The Conch Shell Braid!—Get the How-to!

By Lauren Salapatek | 08/04/2012 10:00:00 AM

 

Braids are all the rage! I just got the scoop from owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri in Newton and Dedham, MA, Nick Penna Jr. on how to do the technique for a "conch shell" braid! This versatile style can take your clients from day to night, beach wedding to elegant evening affair and everything in between. This look works best on hair that's been washed the day or night before you plan to style it. Penna says you want the natural texture of your hair to assist you in keeping the braid intact.

STEPS:

1.)   Begin this look with a great blow-dry, Penna's go to product to use on hair before he blowdries it is Shu Uemura’s Kaze Wave, a texturizing mousse that adds ample volume with texture to hair.

2.)   Once hair is fully dry, use a brush to bring hair over to one side of the head. You want to create the illusion that there is no part on the client.

3.)   The key in beginning the braid is to start it about a half inch away from the forehead, so it’s not too dramatic and tight. There should be a little bit of looseness so the look appears carefree and not severe.

4.)   For added volume, lightly tease the front of the hair where the braid’s starting point is, especially if the client has thinner hair. Use a fine tooth comb and hairspray to amp up the volume.

5.)   Using the normal technique for creating a fishtail braid, begin the braid. Penna always likes to keep a shaping cream or wax handy to aid his fingers in keeping the braid in place.

6.)   When you complete about 10 rotations of the fishtail braid, begin to coil the braid’s creation to the left (think the shape of snail shell), heading towards the crown of the client’s head. You want to make the curve noticeable, not subtle.

7.)   Finish the fishtail as normal and tie with a clear or hair-colored elastic band.

8.)   As you would create a normal bun, turn the braided ponytail around in a circular manner, also similar to a seashell’s shape. When all of the hair is in a bun-like shape, take the end of the hair and pin it in or under the bun using hair-colored bobby pins. You want the finish product to appear unfastened, so every tool used to secure the look must be hidden.

9.)   To complete the look, liberally applying secure hold hairspray to make sure the style stays put whether the client is headed to a dance or just a dinner date.

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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 modernsalon.com, salontoday.com and firstchair.com. 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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caroline jones    
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littlehampton, ukj  |  March, 30, 2012 at 05:30 AM

i would never have thought that this was as simple as a fishtail plait, it looks so complicated, definatly going to give it a go

jason    
new mexico  |  March, 04, 2013 at 08:23 PM

I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO SEE THIS DONE ON A MAN LIKE CHANNING TATUM!

Bryan Dean    
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Gainesville FL  |  March, 30, 2012 at 07:06 AM

I would love to see a Video presentation of this. I am a visual learner.

jenny webb    
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brick nj  |  April, 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM

it would be amazing if u could do a video how to for the conch shell braid cause i am a visual learner!! thank u!!!

lauren    
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marion il  |  April, 09, 2012 at 10:49 AM

i love the style! its adorable!

lauren    
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marion il  |  April, 09, 2012 at 10:49 AM

i love the style! its adorable!

Samantha    
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California  |  April, 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM

Can you guys please post a video on how to do this?

Mary Lino    
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Long Beach  |  April, 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM

i love this hair do.... but i'am a visual learner can please post a video it would really help me thanks

Nicki    
Greencastle, IN  |  May, 01, 2012 at 02:28 PM

There are sm KEY elements left out!! A Fishbone it Heiring bone is usually done in ponytail form, therefore, when doing this U Must have to add in hair with each pick of. Kind of an important step. Besides it wld seem that it goes from one side to the other and then back. I think there shld B a video bcuz the explanation is HORRIBLE. But beautiful work.

saraell    
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Truckee, Nevada  |  May, 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Can it be done on shoulder length hair?

idk    
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August, 20, 2012 at 01:01 AM

I DONT THINK SO SRRY

SINA    
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1041  |  August, 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM

i LOVE THIS ITS BEAUTIFUL BUT IT WOULD BE NICE IF THERE WAS A VIDEO TO THIS STINK HAHAHAHA

    
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September, 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM

There is a video of how to do this braid on u tube. FYI. Enjoy

jax    
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aurora  |  March, 04, 2013 at 08:21 PM

your are obliviously not a visual learner!! you are such a lier bryan!

WANG BO CHUNG    
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CHINA  |  March, 04, 2013 at 08:28 PM

WANG BO CHUNG LIKE THIS HAIR STYLE VERY MUCH HE SAY IT IS MOST ATTRACTIVE

anonymous    
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April, 13, 2013 at 08:12 PM

how long does your hair have to be?

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