Braided tendrils and boho waves | 90s hairstyle step by step

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Braided tendrils and boho waves is the 90s hairstyle you need to try right now…

If you thought the ’90s trend of face-framing layers was going to be over in 2020, you’d be wrong. They’re only getting fiercer and more Insta-worthy. Enter in: braided tendrils. Yes, we know these are most def not a new style. But we’re sure they’re set to pop up all over your feed even more now that we’re #stayingathome trying out new hairstyles. Braided tendrils can be worn in so many ways too but we’ve picked our favourite below in how our simple step by step. And don’t worry, it’s easy to recreate at home too, provided you know how to do a simple 3 strand braid.

But first, say hello to Selena… 👋

We’re dedicating all home-styling tutorials during this time to Selena, our fabulous hairdressing block! Selena’s always been there for us as a hair model. She doesn’t say much, but she’s got a mean head of hair and loves a good restyle 😉 You’ll be seeing a lot more of her on our social channels too as we bunker down and #WFH…

Supercuts Selena Braided Tendrils


Soft boho waves with face-framing braided tendrils.

Braided tendrils – Step 1:

Prep the hair

First, prep the hair with a good curl spray. We recommend ghd’s curl hold spray as it works wonders to protect against heat styling damage and it ensures your curls stay firmly in place throughout the day or night. (Even if you are just sat in your living room).

Supercuts Selena Braided Tendrils

Braided tendrils – Step 2:

Add curls

Supercuts Selena Braided Tendrils

Using a medium sized curling tong take 1 inch sections (or 1.5 inches if you have thick hair) and tong the hair away from the face. We suggest using the ghd Curve Classic Curl tong as its 26mm barrel is popular for creating bouncy, glam waves. And if you’re worried you’re not the best at curling, don’t be. The ghd Curve Classic Curl tong has a spring activated lever. That means it secures the hair at the ends so you can be sure it won’t slip free mid curl. It’s fool-proof. And besides, this look is all about those tousled, loose waves – curl perfection is definitely not a prerequisite for this boho hairstyle.

 Repeat this curling method on the opposite side

Braided tendrils – Step 3:

Add texture

Add texture to your waves with a volumizing dry shampoo (like EIMI’s Dry Me). Just spritz through your mid-lengths at an arm’s distance. Use your fingers to work the product through your hair and dress out your waves. If your curls are ‘too curly’ to be defined as tousled waves – start gently pulling them downwards so that they drop into loose waves instead.

Supercuts Selena Braided Tendrils

Braided tendrils – Step 4:

Begin braiding

Supercuts Selena Braided Tendrils
Supercuts Selena Braided Tendrils
Supercuts Selena Braided Tendrils

Take a small section from one side at the front of your hairline and split in to 3 equal sections. Begin a 3 strand braid from root to tip and secure with a small clear elastic. Repeat on the other side of your parting.

Braided tendrils – Step 5:

Finish the look

Supercuts Selena Braided Tendrils

Finish the look with a light spritz of hairspray to secure the style. We like using ghd’s Final Fix Hairspray because it’s firm, but flexible. This means it’ll maintain your style without weighing it down or feeling heavy in your hair.

…and that’s it!

Told you it was easy, didn’t we? Say hello to braided tendrils and boho tousled waves!

It’s time to hit the living room…

If two large braids around your face isn’t your style, you can also ease yourself into this trend with two skinny braids that hide in the rest of your hair. That’s what we love about this hair trend, it’s easy to recreate and make it your own! You’ll be the envy of everyone in your nightly Zoom parties.

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We’ve got rescue packs for every hair concern going. From dry hair, thin hair, weak hair, brassy hair – or any other kind for that matter. We reckon the Tousled Boho Styling Set is the perfect addition to the products we’ve already mentioned in this how-to guide. Available to shop online now for a limited time, while stocks last!

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Stay Social

Share your braided tendrils with us on the ‘gram! Follow and tag @supercutsuk and we’ll show you some love by reposting our favourites!

By: Mandy Bisla

On: April 3, 2020

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