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Not at Coachella? No Problem! Watch How You Can Get Three Coachella-Ready Braids Right Now

Brace yourself, Coachella season is upon us. The annual California fest just started, and people are already wearing ‘Chella underwear and styling dreamcatchers in their hair (that would be Vanessa Hudgens). But you don’t have to have fringe shorts or a VIP wristband to get #coachellavibes.

Sometimes all you need is a good braid. That’s why we called upon hair pro Sarah Potempa, a.k.a. Lea Michele and Reese Witherspoon‘s go-to-braid guru and the founder of the Beachwaver, to show us how to style three easy-to-wear Coachella-ready braids. She created a look for every skill level — just watch and learn.

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1. The Dutch Hun Braid
Skill level: Easy
Your go-to half-up topknot is already festival-appropriate, but this easy update will amp up your braid game in just a few minutes.

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2. The Ear Cuff Pigtails
Think of this look—two plaits wrapped around her ears—as the modern pigtails.
Skill level: Medium

3. The Double Fishtail Bun
Brush up on your fishtail skills because this double dutch fishtail look is maxed out Coachella. And don’t forget to get your flower crowns ready — this look is perfect topped with a fresh ring of blooms.
Skill level: Hard

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Twist, Turn & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewelry

Twist, Turn & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewelry


The traditional Japanese art of cord braiding–known as kumihimo– has been around for centuries. The technique, which uses a loom and several strands of silk thread, was once used to create the strong, slender cords that reinforced samurai warrior armor. Today, it is primarily used to make beautiful, color-drenched cords for jewelry and other decorative items. In “Twist, Turn, & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids,” readers will get everything they need to get started in this ancient craft, including a mini braiding loom They’ll also find: An overview of tools and materials from looms to bobbins to glues to beads Step-by-step instructions for basic loom braiding, handling threads, beads, and more 50 gorgeous projects from simple beginner braids to complex beaded cords 400 full-color photographs for inspirations and instruction With details on kumihimo terminology, starting and finishing braids, and calculating thread and bead counts, this book is an ideal guide for new braiders.

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