In this latest how-to, Sam Villa shows us how to create a Red Carpet worthy Fishtail Braid Updo, inspired by none other than J-LO! More chic than normal fishtails, this look is voluminous, perfectly put together, and involves the client with styling.  


J-Lo goes BIG – her hair is always flawless, whether it’s a killer bombshell blow out or a massive chunky braid.  Watch Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Overall Educator of the Year 2015, create a J-Lo inspired fishtail braid with serious width and volume. Fishtail Braid Updo


What’s the trick to a big thick statement braid


Texture - Texturizing hair first with a Sam Villa Signature Series Textur Professional Texurizing Iron can add up to three times more volume! This is HUGE, especially for those with fine hair. It not only makes the braid bigger, the added texture helps hold the braid in place as well.


Product - Before braiding, apply Redken braid aid 03 braid defining lotion - a defining hair lotion specifically designed to add smoothness and grip to make braiding and twisting hair easier. It also provides mild control for super smooth braids that stay put.


“This technique is simple, get the rhythm down and remember that product is not an option, it’s a necessity,” says Villa.

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