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“DNA Braid” Hair Trend Turns Ordinary Locks Into Spiraling DNA Molecules

There are some hairstyles so technical that they seem like they could be the result of science experiments. One of the latest hairstyle trends leans into this idea even further by turning the coif into a symbol of biology; an awe-inspiring style called the DNA braid resembles a spiraling DNA molecule.

Rhode Island-based hairstylist Alexandra Wilson is the woman behind the trend that’s quickly gaining popularity on Instagram. The first photo she shared features a woman with multicolored hair whose pink and green highlights showcase the complexity of the braid as the different rainbow hues twist and trail down the hair.

In a follow-up video, Wilson explains how to produce the DNA braid. It begins with the hair divided into three sections. From there, small bunches of hair wrap around the left, middle, and right sides. “Make sure you’re being consistent with that pattern,” she advises, “the braid naturally starts to twist towards left as you go down so you have to keep it tight while braiding or else it will become more difficult. Small sections are always better, they make the braid look more intricate.”

See how others have rocked this mesmerizing hairstyle below.

One of the latest hair trends is the DNA braid, which earned its name by resembling a spiraling DNA molecule.

The look has quickly gone viral and has people recreating it for themselves.

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Want to create your own DNA braid? Here’s a tutorial from hairstylist Alexandra Wilson.

DNA BRAID TUTORIAL!!! Starting off with 3 strands, the middle one being smaller then the others as that will be a stationary strand. When taking a strand from left side you are going over that section, under the middle and adding to right side then taking a small section from right side is then brought under and then over the middle section and added to left section. Make sure your being consistent with that pattern, the braid naturally starts to twist towards left as you go down so you have to keep it tight while braiding or else it will become more difficult. Small sections are always better, they make the braid look more intricate. It’s always hard to fit a tutorial in 1 minute so I may post slower/longer one on IGTV! Happy Braiding 😀💗 . . . #behindthechair @behindthechair_com #modernsalon @modernsalon #americansalon @american_salon @hair.video #hairvideo #beyondtheponytail #beautylaunchpad #hotonbeauty @hotonbeauty @evahairofficial @hair.videos @hairvideoshow #tutorial #braids #dnabraid #hairgoals #hairofinstagram #stylistssupportingstylists #samvilla #hairinspo #hairinspo @mastersofbraids @hairvideosbystylists

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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