Fall Hair How-to: The Lobster Tail

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While the fishtail braid continues to be a hot hair trend this season, not all of us have the braiding skills to pull it off. Luckily the Lobster Tail is just as beautiful and much easier to do. Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston shows you how to create this look at home.


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Step 1

Russo started with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. He used a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42) on the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten hair.

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Step 2

He gathered hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite. Then Russo curled these pieces with a 1-inch barrel to add more shape around the face.

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Step 3

The hair was separated in half to create a front and back section. Russo made three small sections out of the back section, twisting each one individually before joining all three to make one twist. 

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Step 4

Russo secured it with a clip so he can work freely on the front section. He suggests not to worry if it untwists a little bit. It can be re-twisted later.

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Step 5

Russo took the front section and split into two small twisted sections, combining them to make one twist.

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Step 6

Russo joined the front and back twists, making one complete twist and securing it with 5-6 bobby pins by the ear. This holds together the beginning of the twist.

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Step 7

Russo sprayed texturizing spray again on hair below the bobby pins to create fullness and then made two twists with this remaining hair. He combined the two twists into one, twisting all the way down. He was sure not to twist too hard. He let it be a little loose to give it more thickness and texture.

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Step 8

Before securing with hair tie, Russo put bobby pins up throughout the twist almost like a skeleton to hold the twist in place. Russo finished off with a light hair spray, such as Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray ($36).

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