Having a lot of hair, especially when it's super long, can easily weigh down any pony tail or braid. My hair is naturally straight and flat, so I like to use this method to create a "wind-swept braid" that gives my hair a little more volume. I call it "wind-swept" since the front pieces that are twisted back look like they're being blown by the wind...or by a hair dryer (please don't tell me I'm not the only one who does that)
**apologize for the quality of the photos; while iphone photos can turn out great sometimes, they're not the most light sensitive and it can get a little grainy!
1. Brush out your hair and make a deep side part to one side (I parted it to the right).
2. Twist a 1 inch piece of hair from the side with more hair.
3. As you twist back, gradually add more pieces of hair.
4. Twist all the way to the bottom. The amount that's twisted should be about 1/3 of your hair!
5. Pull the twisted piece behind the rest of your hair.
6. Split the other 2/3 of your hair into two parts (1/3 and 1/3)
7. Start braiding your hair: keep the twisted piece in the back for the first braid; this ensures that the twisted piece doesn't unwind as easily. In other words, pull 1/2 of your hair that's sitting on top of the twisted piece to the back, all around the twisted piece.
8. Continue braiding all the way to the end
9. Gently tug on the outer side of the braid by your face to loosen it up ever so slightly.
You're DONE :)