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Why A French Braid Is The Perfect Rainy Day Hairstyle

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Here in the Northeast, we're getting slammed with gusty winds and heavy rains, as a tornado watch is in full effect. We've already figured out how to make it through the weekend (read: curled up on the couch binge-watching TV shows on Hulu). However, deciding what to do with our hair before leaving the house requires a bit more thought.

So what's the one hairstyle that can weather the storm? A French braid.

The classic braided hairdo pulls loose locks away from the face without relying on dozens of hair pins -- an important detail when you'll need your hands to hold on to an umbrella or your coat. A French braid can also be worn by women with short or long hair. And when it's undone, it creates easy and effortless tousled waves.

Scroll down for the step-by-step instructions on how to get this French braid hairstyle as seen on Chinese film star Zhang Yuqi.

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1. For this look, it's best to start with day-old hair to achieve a better grip when braiding. You could also rough blow-dry hair to give it more texture. Soak up excess oil with a dry shampoo and wait a few minutes before you start styling.

2. Brush hair back and begin to braid, gathering strands from each side and working your way down. (Here's a video tutorial help you get it right.)

3. Secure the end of your French braid with an elastic ponytail holder and you're ready to head outdoors.

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