A Summery Half-Up Milkmaid Braid You Can Actually Do By Yourself

And it's perfect for hot weather short hair.
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And it's perfect for hot weather short hair.

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube — a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than 5 million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.

Last summer was a scorcher, and nearly every day I put my long hair in milkmaid braids — a style that looks elaborate, but is remarkably easy to do. But this spring I chopped my hair into a Sienna Miller-style bob. While my waves have reached lob length now, the easy milkmaid braids of summers past still aren't feasible. I just don't have enough hair.

But then I unearthed this tutorial by a cute little Brit named Laura, who showed off her technique for creating a half-up, half-down milkmaid 'do by starting the braid at the bottom of the ear on one side and continuously French braiding until the twist reaches the other side of her head. And done. No extensions needed. Mind you, Laura doesn't do the speed-up-style video or jump ahead to the finished product, so you will have to sit and watch her use her own two hands to complete the entire braid. But observing the whole procedure did give me faith that I, too, could repeat it on my own — without professional salon help.

Final word of advice, when Laura says what sounds like "platt," she means "plait" — i.e., braid. And bobby pins, appropriately enough, are called "grips" in British.