Gibson Tuck with Braids

Monday, July 20, 2015
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The classic Gibson tuck is one of my favorite go-to hairstyles. It's quick, simple, and casually elegant. While it is a hairstyle that can be created on shorter hair, a lot of layers can cause a problem. For this reason, I haven't had a lot of success lately. I few loose strands can enhance the look, but big chunks of spiky ends poking out everywhere isn't really a look I like.

I decided to try incorporating a couple braids to weave in and tame the shorter bits and leave the least layered area for the actual tuck. It worked! Sure, this style takes a couple more minutes than the basic version but it's still pretty quick and the braids take the look to a whole nutha level. Ok, ok, that's a little much but it is cute. Check out the tutorial below for the step-by-step instructions.

Gibson Tuck with Braids

For this hairstyle, you will need:
texturizing product (I used Redken Mess Around 10 Distrupting Cream-Paste)
small hair elastic bands (I use braiding bands from the dollar store)
teasing comb or brush (optional)
hairspray (optional)
bobby pins

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1. Apply product throughout and then divide hair into 3 sections. Part your hair from the top of your head to just behind your ears on both sides to create 2 front sections and one large section in the back.

tuck-with-braids (3 of 15)2. Clip the back section out of your way and then braid the sides. Tie off the ends with a small hair band.

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3. If you want to, pull along sides of the braid to gently tug the braid a little wider.

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4. Gather the remaining hair into a low ponytail and tie off with a small hair band.

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5. Clip the ponytail up and out of the way. Join the two braids just under the ponytail and tie them together with another hair elastic.

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6. Create an opening at the base of your ponytail between your scalp and the hair elastic.

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7. Flip the ponytail up and through the hole.

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8. Optionally, you can spray the ponytail with hairspray and tease it a little to add volume.

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9. Wrap the ponytail around your fingers to create a large loop.

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10. Use bobby pins to secure the loop down over the ponytail base and braid ends to hide them. Done!

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