The Latest Braided Hairstyle: The Chain Braid

How To DIY The Chain Braid

For the past few seasons, braided hairstyles have been everywhere. And not just regular old 3-stranded braids like you used to rock circa 1992.

Rather, today we’re rocking braided headbandstriple braided pompadours and, now, the chain braid.

Created by Mario Russo, hair industry expert and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, the chain braid is not only super easy to DIY, it’s also casual enough for the office, cool enough for brunch with your fashion-forward friends, and formal enough for an evening affair. In other words, the chain braid is about to become your new favorite style!

How To DIY The Chain Braid

  1. Start with day-old hair. To create volume, curl sections of hair at the crown of your head using hot rollers, a round brush, or a curling iron, whatever is your preference. If you have fine hair and would like even more volume, lightly tease the hair at your crown once you curl it.
  2. Curl all of your hair with a 1.5-inch curling iron to help with the fullness of the chain braid.
  3. Pull back the top section of hair near the crown, as if creating a half-up half-down style, and split hair in two sections. Tie the two sections in a knot as if you were tying shoelaces.
  4. Add strands of hair from each side, like you would for a French braid, and knot the two sections of hair again to start your chain braid. Once you continue “French knotting” and have no more hair to add, keep knotting down and secure with a clear elastic.
  5. Gently pull and stretch the knots apart to give it a more messy and textured look.
  6. Spray the chain braid with a light working spray, like Bumble & Bumble Does It All Styling Spray, that will keep the braid looking soft, while still holding it in place.
  7. Want to dress it up?! Tuck the chain braid under and secure with bobby pins to create a messy, yet classy, chain braid chignon.