After you complete a Dutch braid (a reverse French braid) down one side, go in with some dry shampoo and gently pull it apart. This will create a thick-looking braid. And after the ponytail is secure, use your fingers to back-comb the tail slightly
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For the girls @ the wedding - French braid bun. My daughter taught me the best way to do this is to lay on your stomach on a bed and hang over the edge. Tip: braid past the French braid and be sure to rubber band the end before putting in the messy bun!
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