How To DIY Your Own Braid Hawk

Its WAY easier than youthink.

How To DIY Your Own Braid Hawk

Paige Moomey

It’s WAY easier than you think.

If seasons were hairstyles, this summer would definitely be known as the Season Of The Braid. Milkmaid, boxer, french, pigtail — you name it, not a day goes by we don’t see at least one Kardashian rocking ‘em. So when we came across a new braid trend that looks a lot like a magical unicorn mane, we ran straight to our favorite salon to learn how it’s done. Allow us to introduce the Braid Hawk.

The hair geniuses at Goldplaited in Chicago showed us the ropes (no pun intended) and it couldn’t be easier to recreate. Here’s how:

Step 1: Tease it up

Pro Tip: The comb should go in, down and pulled back out horizontally. Doing this rather than frantically moving the comb up and down will prevent tangles.

To work the tease, we used Caviar’s Working Hair Spray with ultra-dry control. It gives just enough grit and texture to work the comb through.

Begin by grabbing a two-inch wide section of hair from the top of the head and tease to high heavens with a rat tail comb. Repeat on four more sections, working from front to back. End at the crown of the head.

Step 2: Braid it back

Start making a Dutch Braid. Don’t know what this is? Don’t freak out—it’s just like a french braid, but easier.

Grab from the front section and begin the braid a few inches away from the scalp. Cross the left strand under the center, and pick up another small section from the left side of your head. Add more hair to your braid by picking up small strands every time you cross pieces under the center strand. Braid on the tighter side, so you can loosen later.

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Drew Wittler/Dose

Continue the dutch braid until you reach the bottom of the section. If you have layers, you’ll want to stop about an inch from the end of your hair — otherwise it gets tricky with they varying lengths.

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Step 3: Poof away!

Or as the Goldplaited experts call it—scalloping. It’s basically how to make any braid big, chunky and beautiful. Using your thumb and pointer finger, gently tug the hair, beginning at the bottom. Roll your fingers as you pull outward. Continue your way to the top of the braid.

Drew Wittler/Dose
Drew Wittler/Dose

Step 4: Get creative with the sides

You’ve got the hawk portion of your hair complete, now what to do with the sides? Get weird with it! Braid them up, slick them back or simply twist.

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Step 5: Tuck and pin

If you choose to twist like we did, wrap the twisted portions under the braid and secure.

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Step 6: Roll the braid and secure

Tuck the braid inward and roll it like a burrito until you reach the nape of the neck. Secure with plenty of bobby pins. The braid should cover the secured side ends.

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Step 7: Add volume and spray

Using the end of the rat tail comb, pull up near the root of the hair. This will activate the tease and add major volume to the hawk. Once you have the volume you like, spray again with extra-hold hairspray.

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Stay tuned for more Instagram-worthy hair and makeup tutorials with our pals at Goldplaited ????

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