Braids: They’re so pretty to wear, but also so hard to do. Amirite? Even the ones that are supposed to be “easy” on Pinterest seem to require some sort of hair sorcery or superhuman hand strength. All too often we’re left either with a tangled mess or end up settling for a sad ponytail. Sarah Potempa is here to help fix that.
If you’re not already familiar with Potempa, she’s a celebrity hairstylist and the founder of a handy little tool you may have heard of called the Beachwaver. And she happens to be one of the best braid experts out there. Really! She once completed a 365 Days of Braids challenge where she wore a different braid every single day for an entire year. If that’s not proof of her talent and dedication, we don’t know what is.
So on that note, we asked Potempa to come to the Glamour offices and teach us her favorite techniques based on our hair length and textures, all at varying levels of difficulty—”1″ being something you probably mastered at summer camp in grade school to “5” meaning you’ve got your braid game on lock. Here, her best advice on how to braid your hair—along with cute hair DIYs for short hair, fine hair, curly hair, and more.