Love is in the air, all around us. As we hurriedly make Valentine's Day plans with best friends and boyfriends, hubbies and family don't forget to pick up a few quick tips to getting your style to match your mood! Perfectly, imperfect - is there any other way to make a romantic braid? In this step-by-step tutorial, Martin Emmenegger creates the most beautiful undone braid. Pair this sweet plait with a dash of red or pink lipstick, throw on your favorite ensemble and make an entrance - in the best boho way you know how! See his steps below or follow along with the video to see Martin effortlessly move through the steps. This is one braid you'll want to add to your arsenal.
For maximum shine and grip, prepare the hair with PAUL MITCHELL Sculpting Foam und and blow dry it with PAUL MITCHELL Express Ion Round L.
Set the hair starting in the front using the PAUL MITCHELL Neuro Unclipped Rod. Before you set the hair give it a little tease at the roots for more texture. Clip each strand for cooling down. – *Pro tip: for heat protection use PAUL MITCHELL Hot Off The Press to prime the hair before heat work.
Open the back and polish the ends by using some drops of PAUL MITCHELL Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil, bring the hair to the left or right side and start with a 2 strand rope braid. In the middle of the strand-switch to a classic three-strand braid. Then, fix ends with an elastic.
Losen the braid by pancaking sections of the braid to give it a voluminous, undone look.
Open the rest of the hair give a little backcomb with your PAUL MITCHELL 413 Sculpting Brush bring all the hair back away from the face and fix it with bobby pins into the braid.
For the perfect hold finish your look with PAUL MITCHELL Extra Body Finishing Spray.
Be sure to stalk Martin on Bangstyle and check Part 2 below to see how he turns this braid into a more polished look.
In part two of this adorable tutorial, Martin Emmenegger shows us how to take the romantic braid a step further and turn it into a polished look, worthy of any editorial. We have a feeling we'll be seeing this style on the streets very soon! Follow the steps to get the look and recreate the look yourself.
For maximum shine and grip prepare the hair with PAUL MITCHELL Sculpting Foam und and blow dry it with the PAUL MITCHELL Express Ion Round L.
On the top of the head clip a horseshoe section away. Split the rest of the hair into 2 sections a big zigzag part down the back of the head.
For maximum shine add some PAUL MITCHELL Gloss Drops to both sections and do a regular tight 3 strand braid on both sections. Fix it with an elastic and make sure that you have about 10cm of hair not braided left over.
Open the horseshoe section and set the hair with your PAUL MITCHELL Neuro Small Styling Cone to add a wavy-curly texture. Repeat the same technique also at the ends of the braids. Use PAUL MITCHELL Hot Off The Press for heat protection.
Give your horseshoe section a little brush through to expand your texture and do a soft airy backcomb with your PAUL MITCHELL 413 Sculpting Brush. Roll the hair under and fix it with bobby pins. Make sure that some strands will fall into the face.
Backcomb the ends of the braids.
For perfect hold finish your look with PAUL MITCHELL Hold Me Tight.
Hair: Martin Emmenegger
Make-up: Jana Mueller
Photos: Beat Steffen
Model: Billie-Jean Harper