Hair How-To Upside Down French Braid

I'll be the first to admit that I don't spend much time fixing my hair on a daily basis. A quick brush through, a little anti-frizz lotion and I'm good to go. Now with the weather heating up, I'm interested in cute and easy ways to get my long hair up and off my back.

I'm excited about the Upside Down French Braid. Don't let its name intimidate you. With a few tools and a little practice, you can master this braid. Best of all, it's functional for a casual or dressy look and doesn't require squeaky clean hair.

To Start, You'll Need:

*A brush

*Elastic ponytail holders - try clear or match your hair color

*Bobby Pins

*Dry Shampoo if you want to refresh hair, while soaking up oils and adding volume

*Finishing Spray for shine, protection and hold - try Phyto Plage Protective Sun Veil

Let's Braid!

*Flip your head upside down and using your Phyto Bamboo Paddle Brush, brush hair from nape to ends, making sure to untangle any knots. (If using dry shampoo, apply first to roots, giving a few minutes to massage in or dry if needed, then brush hair.)

* Next, from the nape of your neck, separate a section of hair into 3 equal pieces.

* Now the "hard" part - time to French braid! Start by taking the left piece and pulling it over the middle piece, (so your left piece of hair becomes the middle piece). Next pull your right piece over the middle piece. Easy so far, right?

* Next, add more hair to the piece on your left. Pull all of this over the middle piece. Do the same with the right side, and keep using this process, gathering hair as you go, up to the crown of your head.