Lea Michele's Braided Ponytail Is Basically an Optical Illusion

Lea Michele's Braided Ponytail Is Basically an Optical Illusion
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No need to adjust your screen—though the varied textures running through Lea Michele's lengthy braid may look like something out of the Magic Eye books you read as a kid, it's actually a mix of two plait patterns you're probably already familiar with. A closer look at her hairstylist Sarah Potempa's Instagram reveals how the braid was crafted, and to our surprise it actually isn't as crazy-complicated as it seems at first glance.

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The top part is a standard three-strand plait, then is tied off midway through, and takes on the form of a fishtail braid. The fishtail is tied off, then reverts back to the traditional three-strand braid as it reaches the ends. In between sections, Potempa concealed the ponytail holders by wrapping a piece of hair aroud them, and pulled the braids out slightly to add volume.

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It's definitely not a challenge if you have Rapunzel hair like Michele's, but if your hair is a little shorter, make sure to wind smaller sections, or opt for just two braids intstead of three.

 
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