54581133bf2303ff5c6a ring braid

With the anticipation of back-to-school and the upcoming fashion weeks, we are always on the look for inventive new styles. In this tutorial, Anna Peters from the Sam Villa ArTeam is showing us how to create a unique braid that can be used to create a plethora of styles. Whether pulling hair back, creating an updo or a half-up style, this technique is a great skill to pick up. “This look can be customized by adding a ponytail, messy bun, chic chignon or whatever else you can come up with,” adds Peters.

Anna Petersis also a full-time stylist behind-the-chair and salon owner.  And, whether she’s on a photo shoot, backstage at an award show, teaching or styling a look for a bride in her salon, she creates beautiful styles with unique accents that are easy to make. 

Follow along with her tutorial here and keep reading to see the exact steps.

Ring Braid: The Steps

1. Work a dime-sized amount of Redken braid aid 03 into hands and evenly distribute throughout hair to create slip for the braiding.

2. Take a diagonal forward section, this allows the braid to move back and away from the face, hold in left hand.  Take a smaller diagonal section in right hand and hold hair between the thumb and first 2 fingers and then wrap it around the ring finger.

3. Flip ends up - left-hand grabs ends and flips to the sky, right-hand grabs the same ends and pulls through to join them with the rest of hair.

4. Take another small section from the hairline and repeat steps 2 and 3.  Keep taking sections around the hairline to the back of the ear and secure with an elastic.

6. Continue the same technique on other side of the head switching to the left and the right-hand positions.

7. Join both braids in the back with an elastic in the center back.

The thing she loves about it most? “This look has a beautiful ring detail made by tying knots along the round of the head that pull hair away from the face to show off features,” explains Peters. 

For even more hair care and styling tricks, be sure to stalk Sam Villa Professional on Bangstyle and check out all of his tools in the Bangstyle Store!