Cool Hair Alert: You've Got To See This Runway-Ready Braid

(Source: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images North America)We're always on the hunt for a good braid. Like the search for the perfect LBD or non-pain-inducing heels, an innovative and unique plait is hard to find. But we might have found just the weave from New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 to blow all those wispy ponytails out of the water.
(Source: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images North America)
While we were making the rounds backstage at Honor, we spotted a twisted, ribbon-infused, sailor-rope braid cool enough to stop all hair fanatics in their tracks. The style, created by James Pecis for Beauty.com using T3 and PHYTO products, is a funky combination of pigtails and braids with a touch of Renaissance charm.
(Source: Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro)We got the step-by-step breakdown straight from Pecis on how he created this look for the runway. (Heads up, this is a fairly complicated braid that requires an extra set of hands, so be sure to grab a coordinated friend before giving this one a go at home.)

Step 1: Blow dry wet hair completely straight. Pecis and his crew used T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i blow dryers. 

Step 2: Apply a volumizing mousse, such as PHYTO Professional Intense Volume Mousse, throughout hair. 

Step 3: Create a clean middle part. Pull hair into two ponytails. Tie off each pony at the nape of the neck. Be sure to keep the ponies over the ears.

Step 4: Apply PHYTO 9 Nourishing Day Cream on each ponytail from base to end. 

Step 5: Secure a ribbon around each ponytail base, leaving two pieces hanging down. Separate one ponytail into two strands of hair. (You should have two pieces of hair and two pieces of ribbon at this point.)

Step 6: Grab an extra set of hands for this—or better yet two. One person takes one piece of hair and one strand of ribbon, and the other person takes the other piece of hair and the other strand of ribbon. Weave hair and ribbon together in sailor-knot fashion: two strands of hair, two strands of ribbon. Take the braid all the way to the end of the hair and tie off. Repeat step 6 for other ponytail.

Step 7: Once both braids are complete, twist two ponytails together and tie off with remaining hanging ribbon to create a bow.

Step 8: Finish with PHYTO Professional Workable Holding Spray.

Admittedly, it's a little bit of a challenge, but with practice, patience, and a braid-loving friend, this look is ridiculously cool and definitely achievable off the runway.

See all the looks from the Honor Fall 2014 collection:
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