There is no denying that the fishtail braid had a great run. But Mario Russo, Owner and Lead Stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, believes it’s time for a new tail to have their chance in the spotlight. Cue the Lobster Tail. This messy and textured twist is easy to create and doesn’t even requiring braiding skills… just twisting! Depending on the occasion, the Lobster Tail can be as deconstructed or as neat as you like. Read on to find out Mario’s tips on how to create the Lobster Tail for your Labor Day weekend beach excursions or at-home BBQs.
Step 1. Start with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. Use a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten hair.
Step 2. Gather hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite side. Curl these pieces with a 1-inch barrel to add more shape around the face.
Step 3. Separate hair in half, a front and back section, and make 3 small sections out of the back section. Twist each one individually before joining all 3 to make one twist. Secure with a clip so you can work freely on the front section. Don’t worry if it untwists a little bit, you can re-twist later.
Step 4. Take the front section, split into 2 small twisted sections and then combine to make one twist. Join the front and back twists; make one complete twist and then secure with 5-6 bobby pins by the ear. This will hold together the beginning of the twist.
Step 5. Spray texturizing spray again on hair below the bobby pins to create fullness and then make 2 twists with this remaining hair and combine the 2 twists into one, twisting all the way down. Don’t twist too hard; let it be a little loose to give it more thickness and texture.
Step 6. Before securing with a hair tie, put bobby pins UP throughout the twist, almost like a skeleton for the twist, and then secure with a hair tie. The pins will hold the twist in place. Finish off with a light hairspray, such as Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray.
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