It's Rachel from Life Unsweetened here at Made By Girl!  Today, the focus is on everyone's favorite summer hairstyle - braids. Whether you sport a long side-braid or prefer pinning back your bangs with a classic french braid, the style is an easy way to keep hair out of your way. When summer comes along, I find myself leaning toward braided hairstyles- especially updos- to help beat the heat while still looking cute. To get the perfect braid takes some practice and patience, but also a few helpful hair products, shown below.

 (1) Oscar BlandiPronto Texture & Volume Spray-
 Braids are easiest to work with when your hair is a bit dirty. If possible, use second-day hair, but don't worry if you've already shampooed in the morning. This texture and volume spray acts as a dry shampoo that roughens the texture of your hair and adds volume, making hair easier to work with. Summer braids have a sexy, undone look to them and this product does all that.

 (2) Sephora Collection Ombre Bobby Pin Ups- If you have layers in your hair like me, you'll probably need some cute bobby pins to help keep pieces from falling out of the braids. I usually opt for brunette ones to match my hair, but these colored ones are a cute option for summer.

 (3) Oscar Blandi Pronto Braid Paste- Much like the volume spray above, this product is made specifically for braided hairstyles.  This dry texture paste makes braids appear fuller, more defined & offers a strong grip to hold strands together- without the greasiness factor.  

(4) Vidal Sassoon No Crimp Braid Elastics- Tie your braids with these no-fuss, easy to use elastics. The best part? They're thin, easy to conceal with hair and won't leave those horrid crimps in your hair.

-post by rachel maleady



  1. Any tips on the side french braid? I just cannot seem to master it!

  2. I am always trying to get the fishtail and never can... but I do know it's easier when wet!

    x Lily

  3. If only my hair weren't so layered... I love the braid style but my layers are just too short. :(

    - Shanna


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