Hey babes. This hairstyle was fun one that I did on my friend Sarah this Summer. The fun thing about it was that it was very experimental and different than any other hairstyles I have done in the past. The hairstyle reminded me of something a female knight might have rocked back in the royalty days, maybe slaying dragons or freeing slaves or something.
Or maybe some kind of tribal style? I dunno. What do you think when you look at this hairdo?
I basically did 3 different french braids, one down each side, and one straight down the back. I secured the ends with clear elastics, and then I realized there was no where to tuck the ends into…..The braids were too tight and unforgiving.
This is the point in the creative process where my mind shifts to plan B…..Make it work.
I folded the very ends (tails!) under once and then used creatively placed bobby pins in neat rows to overlap and secure the ends of the braids against the head in no particular order….I just sort of criss-crossed em.
The finished product was a tightly braided maze of braids that looked cool because of her stark ombre, with bobby pins as function AND fashion. (I am embracing this trend.)
Sarah promptly looked in the mirror and told me to please start over because she felt like a weird pin head:) Obvies not the hair-do for those with small head complexes. So I took it all out and braided a bunch of moss into her hair like a mohawk instead.
Hello friends. Today I want to share with you how a very simple fishtail braid can be perfected with just a little deconstructing. In 3 minutes or less, you can have a 3rd day hairstyle that looks great from all angles.
First off, watch this video and learn how to fishtail braid. It is really much easier than you
Do a fishtail braid down the back, stopping half way and securing the braid with a clear elastic. There should be very long ends hanging out.
Deconstruct the braid by pulling the edges apart to widen and flatten and soften it. Start at the end of the braid and work your way up. Now to finish off the look, pull down small pieces of hair around the face, and put on your best pair of Nikki J earrings.
It took me a long time to finally give the HBO hit show Girls a second chance. My first impression was that it was unbearably superficial and annoyingly full of screechy, neurotic spoiled girls. Yuck.
Now, though, babes, I am hooked. I love Hannah Horvath like my own best friend, and I just adore Adam. Marnie and Shosh crack me up with their obscene insecurities and warped views on life, and Jessa has a great bohemian New York woman vibe, and I dig her casual boho hairstyles.
On one early episode of Girls where Jessa becomes a nanny, she rocks this great leather-wrapped braided hairstyle that was so good. I had to recreate it for you! All you need is a couple of small elastics and some leather scraps (take a scrap piece and cut out 2 strips:) .
I began to break down in my head what it is that distinguishes these different braid-feels. Obvies, there is the deconstructing trick to soften a braid and give it that lived-in look. But beyond that, how can we use our braids to tell our story about how we feel in the moment?
I decided to put a post together about soft braids vs edgy braids, just to get you started in thinking about manipulating your braids to fit your mood. Nikki graciously volunteered to let me style and photograph her in one of her lovely kimonos and a pair of her best-selling earrings.
Think romantic, bohemian, pretty, loose, natural.
Soft braids work on all hair types. I think they look best on wavy, curly, thick hair. If you do not have these things, Master-Braider is your braid boosting bff.
Soft braids are obviously done with a loose grip and no tension. Larger sections of hair are added in from each side. They are pulled apart and deconstructed using this trick.
They always have small bits falling around the face, which can be pulled down after the braid is secured. (See Ladyparts!)
Think tight. Geometric. Intricate. Precise.
These braids can totally work on all types, but it is easiest to achieve the edgy feel in straighter hair. If your hair is wavy or curly and you want to rock an edgy braid, start with a head-wrap to straighten things out. If you are into heat styling, apply some Shiny-Dancer to your ends and flat-iron your hair to prep it.
Edgy braids are tightly wound, with tension and precision. Small partings with tiny sections added in from each side give them their textured complexity. Generally, you don’t want little hairs falling around the face to soften the look. High, tight, and precise!
As you can see in the upper right hand edgy braid style, a soft bun paired with an edgy accent braid makes a beautiful contrast! So you can bend all these rules to combine elements and create very cool hairstyles. But I want you to understand the how’s and why’s.
Here is an example of how using different sized partings and sections in your braids can change the feel of it. The top row is a standard dutch braid with very small sections added into each side as I braided. My section partings were quite precise ( As precise as a pinkie can get!)
The bottom row is also a dutch braid but with larger sections added in, and my partings weren’t as precise. See the diffy?
The photo below is the side view of the top row edgy braid.
These next braids are just regular french braids. The top row braid is done with very small sections, again. Edgier, right?
In the same photo, the bottom row braid has larger sections added in. It is softer and more flowing.
This last photo illustrates how to make that softer french braid even more soft and pretty by pulling the edges of the braid out, loosening small sections, and pulling down pieces of hair around the face to frame it. Free your lady parts!
Food for hair-thought. I want you all to be inspired and informed master-braiders!
After I did that lovely Bamboo Braid, I felt compelled to grab my favorite hair-comb, Maza by Nikki Jacoby (Available in the HTHG boutique!) an bun her up. This took the hairstyle to a new level from casual pretty to high-end fancy lady gorgeousness. I think this would be an absolutely perfect bridal hairstyle for a simple, natural bride. I see a cream-colored sheath dress with a bold neckline in a japanese garden.
As usual with braids, start by prepping the hair with Masterbraider braid and wave spray. This will add lots of grip to your braid and help the bamboo ends stay put all day long.
Begin by doing a Bamboo Braid.
Begin gently wrapping the braid into a bun, slightly to one side.
Try and situate the braid so that as you wrap it, it lays flat against the head. This will show more detail in the bun.
Continue wrapping, and tuck in the end of the braid. Use your hair comb, or some large bobby pins, to secure the bun into place.
Tuck in any loose pieces and pin with additional bobbies if needed. Don’t be afraid to really get in there with the bobby pins, this bun can be a bit heavy!