The key to the perfect braid. Deconstruction and the Art of effing things up.

decYou will have to excuse me for not putting this post together ages ago, before I embarked on my braided hairstyle adventures at HTHG. What I am going to show you today is literally the key to a good braid.

This trick is for all of you who surf Pinterest and get braid envy when you see those thick, fat, gorgeous braids, those perfectly messy textured braids, and those braids that somehow look like flowers.

Lets talk about deconstruction. Deconstruction is the art of making something nicely and purposefully effing it all up to achieve a desired effect. To me, the key to good hair is one part fashion, one part function, one part custom, and one part deconstruction.

The key to deconstructing a braid is to start with a nice, neat, not to tight but just tight enough braid. Start with 3 pieces of hair that are equal sizes. IF you are french braiding, make sure your added sections are consistently the same size. Secure your braids well. Now comes the fun part.

Deconstructing a Braid

deconstructing a braid

Once you have completed your nice and neat braid and secured the ends, Take a firm hold of the outside edges of the bottom of the braid, and pull apart. Pull as hard as you can without making the elastic pop off the end. Pretty hard. Now work your way up that braid pulling the edges apart. If you are deconstructing a french braid, do these steps once with the tail of the braid. If you are deconstructing a regular braid, go from the ends to the base of the braid.

Now, start back at the end of the braid again. Pull apart again, but this time, try and grab 2 edge segments of the braid at a time instead of one (wider pulling section).7U6A5126

Work your way up the braid again, pulling wider sections of your braid out.

Now, if you are deconstructing a frenchie, start pulling apart the attached part of the braid. Repeat twice, using wider pulling sections the second time.

To finish off the deconstruction, start at the end of the braid and pull small bits of hair along the very edge of the braid out a bit. Do this to random pieces all the way up the braid. This gives the perfect messy rough edge.

Use this million dollar trick on all your braids from now on and see how much more fun it is. That’s some next level shit!

XOXO HTHG

 

Braid trick for small heads!

small head braid!I don’t know about you but I have a smallish head. Sadly, it is something that I have been self conscious about my whole life. It has kept me from wearing my hair in tight hairstyles, and it has kept me from ever wearing high heels because I feel like a pinhead on a tree stump walking on stilts.

(FYI this photo shows more face than I have ever shared with the world. There I am. Little head, large forehead, big chin, tiny ears and all)

I imagine the snickers and the jeers of people passing me in the street, pointing and saying “Look at that big tall lady with a tiny head!!” This is my own stupid hang-up about my body, and I own it and try and not to give it too much power. When I was 21, I shaved my head. Then, I got pregnant with my first daughter the next week. The timing was less than perfect, because I blew up like a balloon with my tiny bald head. Yikers.

So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this great braiding trick that creates braids that don’t hug your head too tight. It is a technique that you can use with any sort of french braid. It works with french dutch braids, fishtails, and twists. Instead of adding hair from either side as you braid, only add hair to one side. The other side will just always overlap without adding any new hair.

For these braids, I added hair only from under the braid. It made the braids stick out a bit from my head which satiated my braid craving without making me feel too tiny-headed. Also, pulling the braids apart a bit to loosen them once the end is secured helps to bulk them up and give them more volume.

*Here is a tip-Start pulling apart from the end of the braids and work your way up;)

This hairstyle is easily made into this- Just by tucking and pinning the ends on either side.

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Back combing lesson.

DSC00111The great hair blogger Reagan from www.hdofblog.com once said “Back combing is practically the high-heels of hair” and I have to whole heartedly agree. When styling your own or someone else’s hair, back combing will be what adds the height to the style. And if back-combing is the high-heels, then sectioning is the orthotic inserts. And personally, I walk a lot better in high-heels when I have my inserts in.

With that said, here is a video that will help you understand how to back-comb your hair and why it is important. It think that this should be pretty easy to follow. Have a go!

XO!

Help keep those bobby pins in place.

This is a good little trick to remember when pinning hair into an up do, especially when the hair is very thick or curly.

“The styling trick to keeping your bobby pins in place is not to overload the pins with hair. If you open the pin and take in too much hair, you’ll find the pins seem to reverse out of your hair and fall out. Instead, lightly weave the pin through your hair. This technique only catches only a small amount of hair but connects the twists to the rest of your hair.”

This quote is from Christina at www.hairromance.com

The unicorn horn of braids.

rat#6It is time to learn the Rattlesnake braid. It is  the unicorn horn of braids. It is the unicorn’s favorite braid.

It is not really a braid, but a 2 stranded twist. To do it, you will take 2 sections, twist them in the same direction, and twist them around each other at the same time. It sounds complicated, feels kinda awkward at first, but it just takes practice. Try to learn this one without a mirror, by feel. I find it easier that way.

We will be using this technique in some really fun upcoming HTHG tutorials, so practice up.

XO, HTHG

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