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Tips and tricks for braiding your hair 

Photo by Cheryl Gerber
Using the waterfall braid technique, braid hair on each side. Allow hair to hang like pigtails, but keep the braid loose for a webbed look in the back. Take the ends of each braid and cross them along the back of the head, twisting and pinning into place. For added body, Padilla takes the end of a rattail comb and pulls out small sections of hair, loosening the strands and giving the style more texture.
Photo by Cheryl Gerber
Renaissance Princess
Photo by Cheryl Gerber
This style is a new twist on a vintage look perfect for a 1920s-themed party. Begin by tightly braiding the fringe around the face, a trick Padilla says works great with bangs that aren't quite grown out. Continue braiding piece by piece, grabbing a new strand of hair each time and shaping the braid sideways around the head. Repeat the process on the other side, creating a braided crown. When the two ends meet, gently tease the unbraided hair and form into a bun. Secure with pins and hairspray.
Photo by Cheryl Gerber
Vintage-Inspired Look
Photo by Cheryl Gerber
This detailed swirl design grows out of one creatively placed French braid. After braiding the bangs, following the hair's natural part, Padilla directed the French braid across the back of the head. Once the braid reached the other side of the head, she braided the remainder in a traditional style. The look could stop there, but to form the petals of the Dutch flower, she created a twist with the braid's remaining length and pinned it in place.
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Photo by Cheryl Gerber
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