Step 1. Start with straight hair. I used these three different brushes by Goody which are must haves that I picked up at Walmart. When my hair was wet, I brushed it with the Goody Detangle It Vent Brush which is in the middle. It's perfect for detangling with it's flexible bristles. Just make sure you work in sections to get out tangles and knots. This brush also has vents which allow for increased airflow from the hair dryer. I love using the Goody Clean Radiance Paddle Brush (on the right) after I have dried my hair. The copper bristles help with reducing buildup and restoring hair back to its normal moisture balance. When the buildup is reduced hair will be healthier, radiant, and shiny. Don't use this brush with a hair dryer though because the bristles can become a little hot! Lastly, the brush on the left is the Goody Straight Talk Porcupine Hot Round Brush which is perfect for adding some volume, straightening, smoothing, and for getting rid of flyways. Use it with your hair dryer and work in sections to get the best results. These brushes all came into play for the milk maid braid!
Step 2. Part your hair like normal, and begin the first braid by separating your hair into three pieces. You will start french braiding your hair into a pig tail, but instead of doing a typical french braid you'll do a dutch braid. This just means that you bring the pieces underneath instead of bringing them over.
Step 3. Finish your first pig tail and secure it with a hair tie for now.
Step 4. Repeat the same braid on the other side until you have two pig tails.
Step 5. This step is crucial for braiding and for the milk maid braid in particular! Pull at all sides of your braids to loosen them up (there's nothing worse than really tight braids in my opinion). If you want your braids to stay when you loosen them you want to make sure that you do two things. First, make sure that your hair is dirty. Second, use a texturizing or plumping powder. Just sprinkle the powder over your braids and tap it to work it into your braids. Your braids will then stay loose and in place!
Step 6. Take your first braid across the back of your head. Take off your rubber band and secure the braid with two crossed bobby pins. Repeat this with the other braid too.
Step 7. Secure any loose hair with bobby pins and finish with your favorite hair spray.
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