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Fishtail Braids at Mara Hoffman's Summer Swimwear Show


It's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami and the runways are full of bronzed bodies, sexy bikinis and plenty of beach hair inspiration for the rest of summer. At the Mara Hoffman show, Tresemmé hairstylist Elsa Canedo created intricate,earthy fishtail braids with plenty of texture to complement the spiritual, ethnic and effortless feel of the prints and designs on Mara's swimwear. To create the look she followed the steps below:

Step 1: Create a middle part and divide your hair into sections. 

Step 2: Prep each section with a heat protectant (Elsa used Tresemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray backstage), then curl using a 1" barrel curling iron and pin to the head. 

Step 3: Once all sections are completed, take out the pins and brush the curls with a paddle brush. 

Step 4: Flip your head upside down and spray dry shampoo (Elsa used Tresemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo) throughout hair for added texture, lightly combing the product through with your fingers. 

Step 5: Flipping your head upright, divide hair into two sections down the middle of the head, and begin to create two French braids, starting at the top of the head, finishing at the base of the neck. 

Step 6: From the base of the neck, create two fishtails braids, and secure them with clear elastics, leaving some length on the ends loose. 

Step 7: Lightly rough up hair at the top of the head, pulling a few pieces loose with your fingers, and finish by lightly applying anti-frizz cream (Elsa used Tresemmé No-Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème) in a backwards motion. 

Photo courtesy of Mara Hoffman

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