Labor Day and several seasonal transitions are rapidly approaching, so we’re going to spend the next few days sporting our favorite summer beauty trends. Our editor Abby was so inspired by the hairstyle Blake Lively wore to the 2011 “Green Lantern” premiere that she decided to recreate a similar look herself. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial for this boho-chic stacked braid—it’s not as hard to achieve as it appears!
1. Start with tresses that have a little texture—this style will look and work best on hair that hasn’t been washed in a few days. If you have stick-straight hair, create more volume by curling random pieces with a curling iron. Dry shampoo or a texturizing spray will also help!
2. Use a teasing comb to tease the hair at the crown of your head (and on any other spots that could use a bit more texture!).
3. Decide which side of your head you want the braid to be on. On that side, grab a three-inch section of hair from the top of your head. Put it in a standard three-section braid, then secure with a clear elastic. Use a clip to secure that braid out of the way (for now).
4. On the same side of your head, gather the rest of your hair near the nape of your neck. Put it in a full fishtail braid, then secure with a clear elastic. (If you’re not sure how to do a fishtail braid, check out this tutorial.) Tip: To make the finished product look more full and voluminous, we recommend braiding your hair super tightly at first and then gently loosening/pulling apart sections of the braid after you’ve secured it.
5. Unclip the first braid you did and position it to lay on top of the fishtail braid. Next, weave two or three bobby pins through both braids, knitting and securing them together (almost in a sewing motion!).
6. Finish the look by tucking the end of the first braid into the second braid (this will hide the first braid’s elastic). Pin back any loose pieces of hair.
7. To add a bit of extra embellishment to your ‘do, use a bobby pin to secure a vintage brooch into the braid.