Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hair Tutorial: braided 'do




I know I said I would post this hair tutorial yesterday, but obviously I'm a no good liar because today is not yesterday, it's today.
 
This hairstyle is basically the same thing as milkmaid braids, only modified to up the volume and lessen the big part in the back. Pigtails or regular milkmaid braids make me look like I'm balding, as I have a wicked scar in the back of my head.

I would recommend doing this in a mirror and checking the back to make sure it's all neat and tidy as you go, because I did not and it's a little (or a lot) messy in the back. I redid it before heading out and it looked much better, so make sure you use a mirror! For full instructions, keep reading after the jump.
What you need:
dry shampoo or volumizing product (like the Sachajuan volume powder I often use)
bobby pins
brush


If your hair needs added texture, you can use a dry shampoo. This will make the teasing part a lot easier. Spray at your roots, lifting as you go. Wait a minute or two and comb it through, or else you'll be left with a powdery mess. Then, divide your hair into two sections, like you're doing a half-updo. Back comb underneath the top half and smooth over the top. This will give you lift in the front.

Pin the newly teased section (make sure the top layer is smooth, to cover the mess) with a couple (or more, if you need them) of bobby pins. You can give the bump a little boost if you want - you don't have to just rely on the teasing.


You should now have what is known as the Snookie. Stop at this step and fist pump the night away, or continue to the next steps for the original hairdo we set out to do. It's your choice!



Divide the lower section into two parts and braid. Secure with small elastics or just be lazypants and leave them loose, like me.



Pull each braid to the opposite side of your head. Secure with bobby pins. You can tuck the ends underneath each braid.



Pin some flowers behind your ear or leave as is. You might want to finish with a little bit of hair spray, but otherwise - that's it!

If you would like me to do a regular demonstration of milkmaid braids, please let me know. Otherwise, it's basically this but instead of doing the whole tease and bump thing, you just braid two low pigtails and pin the braids on either side of your head. Super easy!


120 comments:

  1. so simple, but looks amazing. love it!

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  2. I can't wait until my hair is long enough to do this!!

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  3. I can't wait for my hair to grow long enough that I can do this.

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  4. This is a great tutorial - totally trying it this weekend...LOVE!! :)

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  5. Thankn you sooooo much! That is a lot easier than I thought it would be! The hardest part is resisting going fist pumping right after I get the pouf!
    xoxo

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  6. I must say that the "bump" part is probably the best idea ever. never would've thought.

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  7. This is so gorgeous. I wish I had long enough hair to pull of this look!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  8. Beautiful! I love the idea of this b/c the milk maid braids leave a big part in the back of my head that I'm not a fan of. I will just have to wait for my hair to get longer!!

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  9. GORGEOUS!!! Your hair is insanely beautiful... It makes me wish I never got mine cut! xx

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  10. The milkmaid braids are enchanting on you Miss Keiko. x

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  11. I love this hair style! Can't wait to try it.

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  12. I love this tut! So romantic/ethereal looking and yet so simple. Definitely a must do!<-- no pun intended!

    By the way what shirt are you wearing? I love the cut and the design.

    Nicole
    blackshoesdiary.blogspot.com

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  13. Really Really love this. So fab.

    C x

    http://memiorsofalittlethingcalledlife.blogspot.com

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  14. So lovely, the added volume is perfect with the braids. I can't believe how long your hair is!!

    Krystle
    http://dearwinsome.blogspot.com/

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  15. Love this! The teased part makes a huge difference in the whole look. gorgeous!

    http://chicgeekery.blogspot.com/

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  16. haha the snookie.

    this is such a cute do! too bad my hair isn't long enough =(

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  17. Thanks for this tutorial! Will try to do it on my own!

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  18. Yay, thanks for sharing how to do this, Keiko! I am an avid user of dry shampoo to create volume in my hair (it's nice to see it done on someone else, too.) Will have try this milkmaid braid look soon.

    ♥, Jamie
    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  19. I love this look!! It's simple yet stunning... and your steps are super easy to follow.

    I'll definitely be trying this!

    xo Natalie

    http://natalie-daily.blogspot.com/

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  20. ahhh i love this!! i'm growing me hair and can't wait to be able to do this!!

    Charlotte

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  21. Beautiful and I wish my hair was long enough to do this.

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  22. Thank you! Thank you thank you thank you!

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

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  23. Such a lovely hair tutorial, very pretty hairdo!

    Carmen Ri.

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  24. This is gorgeous! If only my hair was as long as it used to be. When it grows out, I will be sure to try this!

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  25. So pretty! I didn't realize how simple it could be.

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  26. LOVE this....will try tonight and wear to the circus tomorrow!!!! Adore the snookie/fist bump comments...quirkiness agrees with me!! Cheers.

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  27. love it! you look gorgeous!

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  28. you really bring the snookie back to it's classic roots in dolly parton and other pre-snookie badass babes. especially with those false lashes!

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  29. Thanks for posting the tutorial! This is such a great hair idea, I love it! Ans as always, you look breathtakingly gorgeous! I'm still laughing about the Snooki reference!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  30. ok...I totally started laughing out loud about the whole Snooki, fist pumping thing! That was pure genius! but back to the hair...LOVE...I want to try this now. You look gorgeous as always! :) xoxo, Monika
    sewfulloflove.blogspot.com

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  31. I'm growing my hair and I can't wait till it's long enough to do this! thanks for all your lovely tuts<3


    Angie
    http://crayon-sun.net

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  32. Ohmygod! I think I used to read your LiveJournal roughly 5 years ago. I recognized the name Postlapsaria. I stumbled here through Pinterest. The internet makes the world a very, very small place.

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  33. Thank you so much! You make it seem so much more simple than I thought it was...I'm gonna try it out this weekend.

    <3lace
    Sing Along Forever

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  34. Oh yay I can't wait to try this! So pretty and so simple too, I love hair tutorials, thanks!!

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  35. YAY! I am so HAPPY you did this post!!!

    xxx
    www.ladyalamode.com

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  36. Such a cute and easy idea! Wish I could see how the back looks like!

    justQUACHit

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  37. Simple and gorgeous- tres chic!

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  38. Ugghhhh, stop it, you're making me wish I had long hair again! I HAVE been considering extensions recently...hmmm...
    And all Snookie jokes aside, I think you look gorgeous with a bouffant! It looks more Jackie O than Jersey Shore to me :)

    -Christina

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  39. lovely hair, i like this tutorial :D

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  40. That is a lovely post!
    Thanx a lot for that..
    I will definitely try it :))
    x

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  41. So gorgeous! Works beautifully with the bangs. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. You should submit this on thebeautydepartment.com. They're looking to feature bloggers tutorials. I think you can win a prize.

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  43. oh my god :D I love this!!!
    well my hair's too short.. I'll have to wait until I can try this out ;)

    http://www.style1509.blogspot.com
    Live.Laugh.Love. - everyday.

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  44. Great tutorial! ♥
    I lovee braids.
    xo

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  45. I wish my hair was that long so I could pull this look off!!

    Gorgeous!

    www.pamelacurrie.com

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  46. I think the photo where you have the braids down looks really nice too... the backcombed part in the back makes the hairdo look put together either way. I'll have to wait till my hair grows out, it's finally getting long. Also, your shirt looks so nice and summery!

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  47. Hi ! Do you have any particular dry shampoo to recommand, I've been looking for one that works well with dark hair for a while !

    Great look, I will try it !

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  48. Wow! That's so ridiculously simple! Thanks so much for the help :)

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  49. Love, love, love it! I will definately have to try this. You're hair is absolutly gorgeous by the way! I love your hair : )

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  50. I have to try this! Consider this fabulous hair-do-how-to pinned!

    rebeccawithanR

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  51. Your lovely do is making me yearn for long locks of hair to twist, tease and twirl up into fantastical masterpieces like yours. I am humbled because there is no way I could pull that off and it look that sweet in the back by myself, but you look freaking gorgeous! Nice! ;D
    http://stylespook.blogspot.com/

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  52. Sorry to post twice. I just think you could really win this...

    http://thebeautydepartment.com/2011/07/on-that-note-7/

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  53. I'd love to see a picture of the back. Whenever I try to do a bump it just falls flat, no matter how much I tease and no matter how much I pin. Maybe I'm doing it wrong!

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  54. In love....I may do this for a wedding Im in this August!

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  55. I love it. This style will be my holiday hair. Thanks. x

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  56. I'm going to try this and see how I go, hehe. Thanks Keiko! :)

    xx

    http://aprilialove.com

    Don't forget to enter my giveaway where you can win a $75 Shopbop voucher here:

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  57. Gorgeous as always... I don't know anyone who could look cute with a bobby pin in their mouth hehe

    I wish I knew how to tease my hair properly. I badly need it. This looks better than a regular milkmaid braid, I think.

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  58. i am actually trying that this weekend

    http://www.postmodernrunway.com/

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  59. Wow! This is stunning! I have short hair, so I knid of modified it to fit my hair by making to braids like you and then twisting them and pinning them together in the middle so it looks like one braid.

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  60. Oh and I also made another way to keep the poof up since my hair falls flat easily. I just made a pony tail under the poof and tucked it in, so it supports it :)

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  61. Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  62. If you lived in ancient times, I'm sure people would've insisted on making a bust of you. Probably several by now. Like Nefertiti.

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  63. Those glasses are fantastic! I've been looking for a nice pair of bright red frames for a while now and the lens crafters ones look promising. I've also got a few Warby Parker glasses coming for a home try on soon, so that will be exciting. I adore glasses, AND I adore matchy matchy outfits. There is something that feels so great about things just meshing well together?

    Ciao
    aurevoirdear.blogspot.com

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  64. Your hair looks very pretty Kieko :)

    *At first I thought it was your real hair lol but you look great w. long hair =]

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  65. I just discovered your blog! It's great!

    xx.tonya.

    Sounds&Skin
    Music & Fashion
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  66. absolutely beautiful :) well done

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  67. So beautiful! Thank you so much for doing this tutorial, I've been looking for a hairstyle I can do for my varsity ball and I think this is it!
    You are insanely gorgeous, by the way.

    Kisses
    Xoxo

    http://ninasclosetsa.blogspot.com

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  68. THANKS HEAPS FOR POSTING THIS...i'm starting to think i may not have enough hair. oh dear...will see how i go. yay, so happy you did a tut.

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  69. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it out! Possibly tomorrow night :D HEHE Thanks for sharing! XOXO

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  70. noodles and waffles: Thank so much for the tip! I love The Beauty Department and I entered, thanks to you:)

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  71. noodles and waffles: Thank so much for the tip! I love The Beauty Department and I entered, thanks to you:)

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  72. wow, love this up-do on you, keiko! i hope it's as easy to do as you make it look in your tutorial! :)

    xo jeanette
    www.simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com

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  73. What a romantic and chic hairstyle. I love it!

    atleastsheisntstandingstill.blogspot.com

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  74. this looks amazing..every single picture ist wonderful..and please can you tell us what lipcolour you are wearing? lots of love from germany Désirée
    http://brushaddict.blogspot.com

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  75. fantastic tutorial!! different from the many other braided up 'dos i've seen and done myself. can't wait to try it myself!! :)

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  76. haha loved your comment about "the snookie"...i actually really liked the way it looked!! maybe we could call it the bridget bardot? hehe

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  77. hello keiko, i tried to recreate this hairstyle..it would be so lovely if you have look on my blog and tell me what you think about it <3 lots of love from germany Désirée

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  78. your hair always look wonderful, i really liked the tutorial :)

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  79. This is so pretty!

    http://prettyprettypetals.blogspot.com

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  80. Beautiful!! I cannot wait to do my hair up like this :o) I hope!

    Two questions: what kind of hair do you have, Keiko? Mine is super light and thin (which does make up-do's kind of impossible. Sigh.)

    And, do you happen to know of any alternatives for bobby pins? They fall out of my hair too easily :[ Again, one of those fun things about having really thin hair...

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  81. Wow, I can't wait to try this out!!
    I adore the look, and your blog. Am totally looking forward to following!!!

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  82. So cute! xxx
    http://reallyliteral.blogspot.com/

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  83. I wore this hairstyle to my college orientation and got so many compliments! I have medium length hair and it was super easy to do:)

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  84. Why didn't I ever think of this? The back of my head is flat so I look really weird in milkmaid braids, but this would totally solve that problem!

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  85. That is very pretty. Too bad I have short hair and can't try it..

    Erica
    beautyfortheeye.blogspot.com

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  86. what is it supposed to look like in the back?

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  87. Aww, such a shame my hair is too short :c

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  88. I love your bangs! I've tried to get mine styled that way and have been unsuccessful. Could you post a tutorial on how you cut or as your hairdresser to cut your bangs? Thanks

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  89. I stumbled across this today and just HAD to try it. It is so adorable. Thanks for sharing :) I linked it on my blog!

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  90. Gosh I wish I had long enough hair to do this - it looks incredible!

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  91. Thanks so much!

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  92. I love this!

    Katie
    www.katiescreative.blogspot.com

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  93. This is wonderful! I can never do my own hair, but I tried this and it worked! I wore it all yesterday as I ran around the city, and it was so fantastic to have my hair up but looking nice in the heat. Thank you!

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  94. This style is beyond fabulous! Can't wait to give it a whirl of my own. xo Lola

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  95. this sux, you need a certain hair style if you dont have it you cant do it

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  96. I love, love, love this. I am not the best at doing my hair and am always on the look out for cute and easy styles...this is perfect. My hair is a bit shorter than yours so my braids are secured in the middle of my head...would love to hide the ends with a flower like you did, but I just tucked and they look great.

    Thank you so much for this easy hairstyle!

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  97. I love this post! I did my hair like this today for work at my gallery and my customers have been complimenting me all day. Thank you!

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  98. I love this look...and I also totally love your bangs!

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  99. aww this looks so pretty and cute!
    and it's so easy to do!! omg <3
    i'll definitely try it!! i have two free weeks from college and i already have several DIY and art projects in mind, i'll just throw this one in too!! <3<3<3
    so pretty :Q___

    http://shesfiveone.blogspot.com

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  100. just found your blog through pinterest :) I love this and I'm going to try it :) Happy Sunday!

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  101. I can't wait for my hair to be long enough to do this!

    Charlotte

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  102. That is really pretty! I'll have to do that when my hair is long enough.
    ~Selina~

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  103. I seriously love this hairdo!! Thank you!!! I also love all your make up posts, you are soo pretty and all your make up is amazing!!


    http://fabulositywithinreach.blogspot.com/

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  104. Absolutely love it....wish my hair would be growing faster!!

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  105. I tried this and got about 50 complements an hour. Thank you!

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  106. Thanks for your awesome and detailed step by steps, such great advice!!

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