Is this the perfect travel hairstyle?

By Lindsey Campbell
September 20, 2016
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Even the most put-together travelers are bound to have a bad hair day or two on vacation. After all, the changing conditions—extreme humidity, dryness, hard hotel water—can wreak havoc on your ‘do.

And, aside from packing an arsenal of hair products and tools that would rival a salon, taming your mane on the go can feel a little hopeless. So, what’s the fix? Teach yourself one easy, versatile hairstyle that will have you out the door and enjoying the sun and sights in no time. Our recommendation: The Waterfall Braid.

The waterfall braid is one of those hairstyles that takes minimal effort and provides maximum visual impact. The simple braid leaves a cascading “waterfall” of hair down the side of your head for a romantic style that will keep your hair out of your face and make you look instantly put together—it’s like using your own hair as an accessory.

Plus, if you want to change up your look before a night out on the town, let out the braid for ready-to-go face-framing waves.

How to do it? Our step-by-step guide, below:

Step 1

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Divide the hair at the natural part. Starting from the front, grab a small section of hair and split it into 3 pieces.

Step 2

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Cross the left section over the center, then the right over the center, starting the braid.

Step 3

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Drop the outermost section so it blends in with rest of your hair. Pick up a piece about the same size from your hair near the braid. This is your new third section.

Step 4

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Continue the braid by crossing the new section of hair over the center section, then the right over the center.

Step 5

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Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the braid continues to the back of the head.

Step 6 (optional)

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Repeat on opposite side of head and combine the ends of the two braids in the back.

Lindsey Campbell is the Audience Engagement Editor. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @lyndzicampbell.