I love braids–especially in the summer because they are easy and yet pull an outfit together more so than when I take my crazy curly hair and snap a rubber band into a bun (nothing against this look, especially because I rock it quite often). Last week, when I was with Bex (a staycation for her, a vacation for me) she needed some outfit pictures for her fashion blog and I needed photographs to grow my portfolio. Thus, a friendship birthed a collaboration all about those braids (now, I would like to sing all about that bass).
Let me tell you: it is hot in Florida. Creating different, distinct looks with the heat was no joke so I brought up the idea of braids. It was new to her but I feel confident she will be rocking them from now on. You can check out her blog on tips for how to do just that. Here, I’ll be giving you the tips and the tricks of how to actually braid. Because the truth is, I am not talented when it comes to hair but these are so easy, anyone can swing them, even me (right now, my hair stylist friends are laughing).
Ah, the Fishtail Braid! Don’t be scared of it. This is the easiest braid ever, easier than just a normal braid. I promise! I am actually going to share Lauren Conrad’s Tutorial with you because once I saw it, all I could think was: “Nu uh. I’ve been intimidated by this!?”
In fact, I wore a Fishtail Braid on the plane down to Florida. Maybe that’s why it was on my mind. For Bex, we made it more messy (okay, the wind helped a bit too). But we didn’t want it to perfect for a more preppy looking outfit. This is actually the braid that started us on this odyssey where I (me? I know hairstylist friends, you’re still in shock) was in charge of the hair.
Dorothy Braids aren’t not necessarily my go to (or Bex’s) but they are the precursor for the Milkmaid Braid (coming up next) and we kind of fell a bit in love with the whimsy. These are so simple. I can’t french braid well and these are not french braids, obviously. Just part your hair (in the summer, don’t worry about a perfect, severe part, all the way down the back of your head) and divide into two sections. From those two sections, pretend your hair is a friendship bracelet (the easy kind) and with the three sections just place one over the other. Tie off with those thin black or clear rubber bands.
This is my go to when I want to beat the heat but look like I put some effort into taming my frizz. For Milkmaid Braids start the same way you would with the Dorothy Braids. Take one Braid and use bobby pins to keep it in place wherever it naturally looks good on your face. You’ll need a couple. Then take the second braid and do the same thing. Your braid will overlap and this allows you to hide the ends of your hair which are not braided.
Depending on the thickness of your hair, you may want to take the rubber bands out once you have plenty of bobby pins. I did this for Bex. When I do this to my own hair, I leave them in and manage to cover them.
The Chignon Braid is a French way of saying, I made this up as I went along. Like the Milkmaid Braid, begin with two Dorothy Braids. Bring them around back this time instead of on the crown of your head. Stick pins at random and wrap them that is pleasing to you.
I will say that Bex hair’s weight and the fact that it was freshly washed and slippery did not make for ideal conditions. Any of these braids look best with hair a bit dirty but with this one, it is especially important. And for girls like me, with coarse or curly hair, it’s not hard to do at all.
In my mind, the Headband Braid will always remind me of Lauren Conrad when she was on the Hills(total coincidence she’s mentioned twice here). This is ideal for someone with side bangs (if you want them off your face) but is a bit easier without those short pieces to include. Just take a side portion of your hair and separate it from the rest for ease. Start at the top with those shorter pieces in the case of bangs (like I did for Bex) or at the part (as I would for myself).
I cannot French Braid well but I do know how to in theory only. Don’t be intimidated that this involves pseudo French Braiding. Braid as normal but pick up parts of the hair that naturally flow and continue the braid past the ear. Bobby pin it or use one of those thin elastics again. For me, it adds an extra flair to a normally straight style and keeps my hair off of my face. At the beach, I like to do this and then tie my hair back (kind of like a natural sweat band. Ha!)
Which is your fave?Have you tried any of these braids? Will you? With the heat, what’s your go-to style to take your hair to the next level? Be sure to check out how Bex would style them.
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