8 UNIQUE BRAIDS: NY CHIC Level: Intermediate (only because you have to braid sideways!) Best for: Any length, straight or wavy hair Step 1: Make a slight side part. Step 2: Do a tiny (and we mean tiny!) French braid from the scalp down the side of your head. (If it's going awry, start over. This time, find and work with the section of hair that falls naturally where you want the braid. Braid in that direction.) Step 3: Pin the braid in place a few inches above your ear.