HOW-TO: The Braided Roll

By Lauren Salapatek | 09/19/2012 3:53:00 PM


click image to zoom This woven braided bun (part of Surface's Push & Pin Collection), and created by Surface’s Hair Art Team, can be worn to any kind of occasion from formal to informal. Learn the technique below.

STEP 1: (Section 1) Create a left part to the high point on the head just behind the ear. (Section 2) Create a part on a diagonal from right lower nape to top of left ear. (Section 3) Create a section from the top of right ear to left temple. The remaining hair is Section 4. Begin working in Section 2, and divide hair into four sections.

STEP 2: Start with Section 2 and being creating a four-strand braid, then divide it into four sections. Cross Section D over Section C and under Section B. Then cross Section A under Section B and over Section C. Repeat. Continue this pattern to the end and secure with elastic. Keep in mind that as you work on a section, it shifts into a new position (ex. D becomes B).

STEP 3: Complete the braid. Complete one braid in each of Section 3 and Section 4.
Tip: Make sure braids are not too tight. You will want to be able to mold and shape them easily.

STEP 4: Hold all three braids towards the right, making sure they stay as flat as possible.

STEP 5: Gently braid all three braids together and secure with elastic. Tuck tail and roll the braid under. Secure with one large bobby pin.

STEP 6: Complete the four-strand braid in Section 1. Work a bit looser than the others.

STEP 7: Drape braid above roll, tuck into left side and secure with pin. Begin to spread and shape braid. Pin where desired.

STEP 8: Secure roll in place joining sections together where needed. Finish with shine spray.







ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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