The infinity braid trend has been blowing up the internet. And for today’s how-to, Jenny Strebe (@confessionsofahairstylist) and Nicci Welsh (@nicciwelsh), Oribe’s Lead Stylist of International Education, are showing off a demo of the trending style during New York Fashion Week. Unlike regular infinity braiding styles, this salon-friendly technique is easy to maneuver through the fingers when weaving, and promises to stay nice and tight, avoiding the dreaded gaps and holes that other infinity braids are prone to. Check out the video to see how you can create this trending look.
Get the Look:
- Prep hair with Oribe Foundation Mist and a small amount of Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream at the ends of the hair.
- Spray Oribe Maximista for added texture and hold. Always remember to apply products in sections from roots to ends and from front to back for even distribution.
- Dry hair with the nozzle pointed down onto the hair to smooth out the cuticle.
- When applying Oribe Maximista into the roots at the hairline, Welsh recommends taming unruly baby hairs by using a comb to smooth and flatten out the hair.
- To start the braid, brush hair back, taking a horseshoe-shaped section at the top of the head from the hairline and separate into two. Begin by crossing the two sections over to avoid seeing a split at the top of the braid.
- Pull the two sections out to the sides to create your resting position. Make sure to keep both sections pulled outwards in this position as you work, using them as a guide for the rest of your weaving.
- Pull back a section of hair from the left side at the hairline towards the center, and cross it underneath the left “resting position” section.
- Place your thumb, pointer and index finger underneath the section that you combined the new piece of hair to and pull over these fingers, keeping the section that now rests over the fingers taught. While doing this, add a new piece of hair from the other side, and combine it to the section closest on that side.
- Pull the other original piece of hair that was in the section out to the side to create tension, and move the piece of hair pulled over the fingers into them to pinch and hold.
- Using those two pieces, start a figure-eight system. Pull the piece from the other side that isn't being held underneath the piece closest. Pull to tighten and cross it over and under the other side. Cross over back to the other side and underneath (for a crossover count of three), adding an entirely new section of hair from the hairline and repeat.
- Work all the way down the hair, repeating the three count figure-eight motions and pinching your sections as you go to help control the style.
- Secure ends with a clear elastic.
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