HOW TO: Easy "Layer Cake" Braided Updo from Joico

By Anne Moratto | 05/28/2013 4:14:00 PM


click image to zoomBefore Curved and graceful, this multi-layered braid looks complex but it's actually quite simple says  Joico Educator Katie Bilovol of Reve Salon in Strongsville, OH. One of Biloval's“secret weapons” is Joico Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax.  “It gives the hair ‘grip’ and cohesion,” she explains, “which makes strands easier to work with when braiding.”

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Color formula: Natural level- 6

Base: Beth Minardi Signature Permanent Haircolor 12ICE + 40-volume developer

Highlights: Joico Vero Crème Lightener + 20-volume developer

Prep: Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner.  Apply Joico K-PAK Smoothing Balm to damp hair to control frizz and flyaways.  Use a blow dryer and a round brush to dry and smooth the hair. As you dry, create volume at the roots and direct the ends of each section under.  Mist dry hair with Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax.

Step 1. Create two side sections from the hairline at the temple to the back of the ear on each side and clip away.

Step 2. Gather the top into a wide section and divide it into three strands. Beginning at the crown, begin creating a Dutch braid (a reverse French braid in which the hair is crossed underneath the center strand instead of over it, which produces a more pronounced shape.) As you braid, feed in additional hair from each side. 3. Continue working in this manner until you run out of hair completely. Secure the Dutch braid at the end.

Step 4. Beginning at the bottom of the braid, gently grasp each plait and pull to expand the shape, creating a looped effect. Work to the top in this manner.

click image to zoomStep 5. Grasp the end of the expanded braid, gently roll it up from the bottom and secure it at the nape with pins.

click image to zoomStep 6. Release the sides. Twist each side section tightly from scalp to ends. As you twist, expand the shape by grasping each side and gently pulling in opposite directions

click image to zoomStep 7. Secure each twisted side section. Cross the twists over each other at the nape and tuck them into the existing braided bundle to create the illusion of a chignon.

click image to zoomSIDE VIEW

click image to zoomStep 8. Mist with Joico Power Spray Fast Dry Finishing Spray, followed by Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray.      




































































Anne Moratto’s well-rounded beauty career includes years in beauty public relations, beauty marketing, beauty manufacturing, and now, with MODERN SALON, in beauty publishing. The through-line has been an intense interest in all things beauty and a sincere appreciation for the skilled artists and entrepreneurs who make the industry so vital, compelling and creative. Anne, a native of Wisconsin, lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA, and is MODERN SALON’s West Coast Beauty and Special Markets Editor. She can be reached at


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