If you’re into braids but looking for something different than the standard three-strand braid or even the intricate fishtail braid, we have you covered. This criss-cross braid is exactly what you’re looking for! Not only will this braided hairstyle get your hair off your face and neck, but it will also ensure that you showcase your hair in a super cool (and easy!) style that’s bound to turn heads.
We also love that this cool braided hairstyle is a great way to show-off your dye job or highlights since your hair color pops within the stitches of the braid. This pigtail-inspired criss-cross braided style is super cute, we can totally see it being one of the hottest looks to hit the beach this summer. Read on to learn how to create this cool criss-cross braided hairstyle in just 10 minutes or less!
Creating a Criss-Cross Braid: Tips to Mastering this Look
Step 1: Start with clean hair
If you don’t need a wash, but need to soak up some excess oil before styling, opt for refreshing your hair with Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo. This formula works to remove oil from the roots, without leaving any residue. If you’re washing and conditioning, make sure that your hair is at least 90% dry before you start creating your criss-cross braid.
Step 2: Part your hair down the center.
Brush your hair to ensure that it’s soft and manageable. Then, divide your hair into two even sections by parting it down the center. We suggest using a comb to create that even part, along with the assistance of your fingers.
Step 3: Braid each side diagonally.
Start on your preferred side and create a Dutch braid diagonally on each side of your hair. This establishes your signature X braided style a.k.a the coveted criss-cross look. Work your way down until you reach the ends.
Step 4: Secure your ends with hair elastic.
Hold your braided hairstyle in place by securing your style with a hair elastic. Tie each side. Repeat step 3 on the other side of your hair and secure. This braided section will be on top of the first braid, finalizing that criss-cross patterned look.
Step 5: Set with strong holding spray.
Spray your braided hairstyle with a spritz of some hairspray, like TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray, to ensure that your criss-cross braid stays put all day long. You may also need to smooth out the sides of your hair with some additional serum to tame any flyaways.