In our second instalment of the Style It On series, we’re testing the skills of natural hair beauty Breanna (AKA Mini Marley). With a box full of hair products – and the help of some trusty extensions – she is going to show you how to do goddess braids for this month’s braid-themed challenge. We know you ladies with natural locks will absolutely love this one…
How to create a goddess halo braid by Mini Marley
Wash your hair.
This will help to cleanse, nourish and moisturise your curls in preparation for your goddess braids.
After you’ve washed and conditioned your tresses, Mini Marley advises wearing a shower cap to keep your hair damp and get it ready for styling.
Detangle and create your parting.
Now remove your shower cap and generously spray your hair with the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist.
What we love most about this product is that it works a treat as a detangler and as a leave-in conditioner!
Once you’ve misted your tresses, carefully detangle your hair using your fingers or a wide tooth comb and divide it into 2 equal, loose pigtails. Use the tip of your comb to create a nice, clean, middle parting.
Blot your hair.
Mini Marley recommends using a microfibre towel to gently blot your tresses and remove any excess water.
Create your pigtails.
Once you’ve removed all the excess water, take a walnut-sized amount of the Toni & Guy Classic Smoothing Lotion. Rub it between your palms and apply evenly to your hair to help smooth and tame flyaways.
Then, using a natural bristle brush, smooth back your hair into 2 very low pigtails and secure with hairbands. Form your pigtails at the nape of your neck and positon them as close to each other as possible.
Plait your pigtails.
To start your goddess halo braid, divide your pigtails into 2 even sections and use a hair clip (if necessary) to keep them separate. Then braid each section of hair using the classic 3-strand plait technique.
Use a bobby pin to hold the ends of your plait, then repeat this process with your other pigtail.
Add your braiding hair.
Now it’s time to add your woven hair to create your pretty goddess braid.
Find the centre of your braiding hair (it’s normally where the hair folds in half) and ‘connect’ it to your pigtail. To do this wrap it aroud the base, twisting and clipping in place. Repeat this method on the other pigtail.
Pin your real hair.
Now it’s time to tuck away your real hair! Pin your plaits at the back of your head and join them together using bobby pins. Remember to keep your plaits neat and compact, as this will make it easier to cover up later with the braided hair.
Plait your braiding hair.
Take the braided hair that you clipped earlier and divide it into 3 equal sections. Then weave a classic 3-strand plait all the way to the ends. Do the same on the other side.
Create your braided halo.
Now it’s time to create your halo. Take one braid and cross it over the other at the back of your head, wrapping it around the front. Pin the braid as you go, making sure to conceal your real hair as you take it across the other side of your head.
Discreetly pin the end of your braid at the base of the other pigtail and repeat with the other braided pigtail.
Use more pins to hold your 2 plaits together and in keep them in place, if needed. Then, starting from the back, fluff out/pancake your plaits.
This will help give your goddess braid halo a fuller look, so remember to work your way (evenly) all the way around. And there you have it: a beautiful halo goddess braid worthy of any special occasion!
Loved learning how to do goddess braids with Breanna? Then use the hashtag #StyleItOn when you post your finished look to Instagram or Twitter. Oh and don’t forget to check out Nikki Phillippi’s take on the braids challenge to discover how to create a cute inverted French braid bun, here!