Get the Look: Olivia’s Braided Up-Do

This specific up-do was done with a combination of Dutch braids and fishtail braids for Olivia’s lunch in the Hamptons with Revolve Clothing. If you’re just learning to braid you can do large plaits which will have a similar effect.

I started by prepping Olivia’s hair with Bumble and Bumble styling lotion to make the hair more manageable and pliable for the braided hairstyle then I used T3 PROi blow dryer and my fingers to work the product into her hair .

Once her hair was fully prepped I parted Olivia’s hair in a side part then sectioned the rest of the hair into 6 sections – *Stylist note: Although I’ve done 6 sections in Olivia’s hair, this style can definitely be done in 3 sections just make sure you’re sectioning off the top and bottom layer.

First, section your hair into two diagonal sections going from the middle of your ear lobe all the way across to the middle of your other lobe – the top section should be much heavier than the section at the nape of the neck. Next, clip away the top section and braid the hair at the nape of the neck horizontally across, (if you find this challenging, plait this section then pin this section onto itself horizontally to create the same effect).


Now, you can start on the top sections. On the heaviest side of the side part, split the hair in half going down vertically until you reach the top of the ears. Repeat the same step on the other side of the head and section off with sectioning clips. Then, clip away the middle section of the hair into its own section. Once you have these sections in place you can start braiding .

I braided all of the braid going vertically down the head except the very last section at the nape of the neck . That braid was done horizontally so that I can pin the rest of the braids to that section .
Secure all of the braids with a clear elastic band.

Once all the braids were done, I used my finger along with Oribe’s Dry texturizing Spray to pull the braids apart and create a lot more texture. Then, I crisscrossed the braids in the front  towards the nape of the neck and pinned them on top of the last braid at the nape of the neck but hiding the ends and elastic Away.

I finished off this look with R + Co “Outerspace” flexible hold hairspray and pulled any wispy hairs out of the braid to create a “lived in” effect .

About the Author

At the age of 14, Lacy took an apprenticeship in an African-American hair braiding salon in New Jersey and closely studied the craftsmanship of hair braiders. She later moved to New York City to study at The Aveda Institute in Manhattan in pursuit of becoming an editorial hairstylist. By the age of 22, she had already worked extensively with Guido Palau, Eugene Souleiman, Odile Gilbert, Luigi Murenu, Bob Recine, and Yannick D’Is and later went on to assist Didier Malige. A combination of Lacy’s proficiency working with all hair textures, and her magnetic personality have earned her a loyal following amongst celebrities and Respected photographers. Follow her on Instagram @lacyredway.