It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the choker began reigning supreme as the accessory of choice for the fashion world, but the main takeaway is that, for the foreseeable future, it’s here to stay. Luckily, the throwback staple has become decidedly more interesting than the braided elastic shape of years past, so to guide you through how to style your hair with what has become a vast sea of neck-adorning options, we tapped Clariss Rubenstein, stylist to Olivia Culpo, January Jones and Mindy Kaling. See Part I; The ’90s Flip. Part II of our take on hair-pairings for the iconic choker trend- the half-up braid that’s also perfect for second-day hair.

TUTORIAL: TOUSELED, TWISTED AND BRAIDED

STEP ONE

What’s great about this style is it works best on hair that already has texture and wave. You could do the ’90’s Flip tutorial the day before, and it would provide the perfect base, or curl your hair with the same technique, then continue to step two.

STEP TWO

After creating a messy center part, grab a two-inch section of hair around your hairline, leaving a few pieces of hair down around the face in front. Begin french braiding the hair above the temple for about an inch, then continue with a traditional braid. Secure with an elastic, then repeat on the other side, making sure the two braids are long enough to meet in the back.

STEP THREE

Use a clear elastic to unite both braids, removing the individual elastics after the two are secured.

STEP FOUR

Taking random pieces of hair from the sides and back, gently loop them over and around the braids, tucking the ends facing downward so they blend with the rest of the hair.

STEP FIVE

Wrap a thin piece of hair around the elastic to cover, then secure with a bobby pin on the backside. Spray the crown with Unite Texturiza, gently messing up a little with your fingers, and you’re done!

Ashleigh Austin [Newmark Models] photographed by Jin-Woo Prensena. Makeup by Hannah Biddle [Cargo Collective]. Hair by Clariss Rubenstein [TWG].

FASHION CREDITS

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Credits

Photographer
Jin-Woo Prensena
Hair
Clariss Rubenstein [TWG]
Model
Ashleigh Austin [Newmark]