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Long hair how-to: French plait headband updo

My poor old hair has been through a lot, and right now it’s longer than it’s been since my childhood. It needs cutting – I’m going to lose good few inches to get soft, shiny ends back – but before I do that I wanted to put together some tutorials for some of my go-to long hairstyles. When your hair gets this long, wearing it loose all the time gets boring, and your hair gets tangled and messy very easily. But finding updos that work with this much hair takes a bit of trial and error (and a lot of kirby grips). At the moment I’m loving milkmaid braids but I wanted to do my own take on them.

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The one thing I dislike about classic milkmaid braids is you end up with a parting all the way down the back of the head, and the style really only looks nice from the front. So with this look, I’ve changed the way I plait it to be bit more messy, with a raised french plait that coils all the way around the head. This really keeps the hair secure, and it looks much more interesting from the back. This is not a style that’s easy for beginners, but practice and you’ll get it. The joy of it is it looks better if it’s a bit scruffy, so don’t worry if you’re still learning.

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If your hair is shorter, you can still try this, but you’ll have less hair to bring back up onto the head, so you’ll need to pay a little more attention to how neatly you section off the hair at the sides and where you pull it from when you’re braiding the top. If you have longer hair it doesn’t matter as the plait will come up and cover any strange partings (you can really see this in the video).

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This might look like a style that takes ages, but the video is less than 10 mins long and I do the whole thing for you in real time. It’s much easier to perfect than you think, once you get used to gripping various sections of hair as you readjust your hands!