If you're looking for an effortlessly cool beach-ready updo that requires minimal effort, switch it up with a bohemian beach braid courtesy of E! Style Collective vlogger Carly Cristman. At first glance the boho fishtail may look intimidating, but in reality it is as easy to duplicate as one-two-three.
Supplies wise, you're good to go with a can of dry shampoo and a brush. Dry shampoo is a mandatory prep step because it adds volume and texture to thin, limp or otherwise just-washed hair. Carly's picks are Pantene's Original Fresh Dry Shampoo if you're on a budget or Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Teasing Dust for a splurge. Either way, don't skimp on product—it's key to achieving that full beachy texture we're going for.
To get the fishtail look at home, start by flipping your hair to the side of your part and split your side ponytail into two even sections. From there, pull strands from the outer sides of each section and cross over to the inside making an "X" at the center, and repeat! For the step-by-step tutorial, click the video above.
As a final step, don't forget to pull apart the fastened braid for an undone, warm-weather feel. That imperfect messy quality lends itself to relaxed summer outings—an ideal style for the beach or even a casual outdoor wedding. If you're going for an understated look at a formal event, Carly loves the idea of dressing up your free-spirited 'do up with a headband or fresh flowers.
Alone or with accessories, this simple to-do braid will have you out the door and photo-ready in minutes.