Hi honeys. Here is a pretty little half-up braided halo that I did on Birch’s beautiful long hair.
Here is how to do it:
Make 2 braids, on on each side, towards the back of the head and pretty high up. Fljp the braids up and tie them once, so that the ends hang down the opposite side. Stick a couple pins in there, where the braids feel loose. Be sure to pin the sides, where the braid ends overlap the opposite braid.
Take the ends of the braids, pull them up and overlap them across the top of the head again. Add more pins as needed.
Now take the ends of your braids, and tuck them in and under your braid halo, so that they are hidden. Add more pins as needed. Your braids should look like a mix between a halo and a french chapeau:)
Years ago, I brought you the Infinity Braid Bun. Today, we improve on it for the Fierce Braids Feature #5. The hairstyle to wear when you marry yourself, If that is your path.
This beautiful and complex looking bun is made up of 2 braids and 2 french braids, spiraled around each other and pinned into one big braid-bun. It is best done on medium long to very long hair. You will need 4 clear elastics, and 10 long straight pins.
To begin with, section off the front half of the head, by making a parting that goes from behind one ear across the top of the head and behind the other ear. Split the section in two with an deep side part.
Now starting on one side of the part at the front hairline, do a french braid back towards the top of the ear. Once you have added in all the hair from that section, braid the free end all the way down to the ends of your hair, and secure with a small clear elastic:)
Repeat this on the other side of the part, so you have a french braid on either side.
Now, you will move to the back of the head. Split the entire rest of the hair into 2 sections horizontally, from the top of each ear straight across the back. Braid each section tightly and secure with a clear elastic.
Beginning with the upper braid in the back section, wind it gently into a bun against the head. Tuck the end under the braid. Use as many pins as you need to secure the bun to the head. Check out this post if you need help:)
Take the lower braid from the back section and wind it around the bun in the same direction. Pin it securely into place.
Now take the smaller of the two french braids and wind it back around the bun, pinning it into place and hiding the ends under the bun.
Take your last braid and wind it around the bun in the OPPOSITE direction. Hide the tail, and pin the braid into place.
Add more pins as needed.
Now, go get married or something with your super fancy pretty braid bun:) Did you know that you can marry yourself? Here is how.
Do you ever have days where you feel 100% off your game and you can’t focus and your mind appears to be slipping between layers and dimensions of time and space without your control? I am having one of those days today. Technically you can call it PMS but I prefer to think of it as a mystical state of womanhood that goes way beyond my monthly cycle.
I am supposed to be writing an article for Huffington Post about ‘Taking Back Your Beauty!” which I am actually really excited about…….but…….today is just not the day. It’s a self-imposed deadline anyway.
I feel incredibly nostalgic all of a sudden, missing my slowed-down country life. Maybe I will pick up a copy of Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, a great book by one of my all-time favorite authors, Donald Harrington. Check him out if you want a mystically sordid and juicy look at rural Ozark life.
But first, I will tell a little story.
In Arkansas, outside of the little Ozark town that I lived in for 7 years, there was an old road called Black Oak Road.
To me, this road was shrouded in mystery. It may have been because it had such a powerful cool name. It also could have been the haunted folklore that went along with the area, or maybe just the stark rural-ness of it.
Black Oak Road was a 10 minute bike ride from my house, and it shocked me to see how quickly the townie landscape turned to deep country. Where the pavement turned to gravel on Black Oak Road, time slowed way down, and all the sudden I found myself in a past century altogether.
I tell this story because I picture a girl with these featured fierce braids living in an old stone house on Black Oak Road.
Here is how to do the Black Oak Braids.
Remember lace braids? Where you french braid the hair, but you only add hair in on one side instead of both sides? This hairstyle is just essentially 2 lace braids. Super-duper easy. That has been the theme with the Fierce Braids Series……Hairstyles that look complicated but are actually quite simple to do:)
The Black Oak Braids are best done on medium to long hair, and I always recommend using a sea-salt texture spray before embarking on a braid. Masterbraider is my favorite, and you can get it here:)
Begin by parting the hair down the center.
Starting one one side of the front hairline, begin a braid as if you were going to french braid the side. When you begin adding in hair, only add it from above the braid, not from the hairline side. So you are adding in hair every other overlap.
As you add hair in, guide your braid straight downward. The braid itself should fall against the face, unattached on the hairline side.
Your last add-in section should be a vertical parting that lays roughly behind your ear. Then, stop adding hair in and braid your way down the free end of your section. Stop a couple inches from the ends, and secure with a clear elastic.
Now repeat these instructions on the other side.
Once you have completed both braids, overlap them across the back of your head.
From underneath, stick a large bobby pin through the braids and secure them to the head. Let the ends hang free.
Channel a mystical woman from a forgotten time. And be easy on yourself. Take time when you need it. Eat a cookie or somethin’ if you want.
BTW, in trying to explain what ‘PMS’ is like to my Jonny, here is as far as I got.
Imagine that you haven’t slept well in days, and you accidently lock yourself inside an old phone booth. You are sweating and on the verge of panic. From inside the phone booth, everything sounds grating and harsh. The smell offends your senses. You can see out, but it is blurry because the window-ed walls are scratched up and all scuffed so nothing is very clear. You know that people can see you in there, but they can’t hear what you are saying, so they assume that you are
A. a crazy person
B. Just fine and don’t need their help.
You rationally know that you will get out of there in one piece but you can’t logically form a plan of escape. So you just breathe and wait for it to end and try not to make any sudden movements.
Anyone out there have a more positive way of framing PMS? Please share.
If you don’t experience PMS symptoms consider yourself either lucky or out of touch with your body……….But just WAIT till you have children. If you plan on not having children, that is great, you will miss out on an insane rollercoaster ride of hormones. Power to ya, either way 😉 Fist bump.
I called it theBlood Eagle Braidbecause it resembles a rib-cage, and that makes me think of a particularly gruesome episode of Vikings that made me almost have to stop watching the show forever.
So, channeling our inner imaginary Fierce Norse Warrioress, let’s break down the Blood Eagle Braid. This one works best on long hair, but can definitely be done on medium length hair. Some texture spray will help you control the braid, and as always with herringbone braids, the smaller sections you use for your overlaps, the cooler it will look in the end (and the longer it will take to do!)
Begin by sectioning out a bit of hair along the front hairline to start your braid. Split it in half, and start a fishtail braid by taking a bit of hair from one side, and overlapping it to the other side, then doing the same thing on the other side. Make sure to keep a firm grip on each side as you work.. (here for more in depth how-to of a fishtail braid:)
When your fishtail braid is a few inches long, add in hair to either side of the braid, as you would with a french braid. Maintain your 2 braid sections, now made bigger by the addition of hair from either side. Begin fishtail braiding again with your bigger sections.
After the second segment of your braid gets to be a few inches long, add more hair to each side again, and then continue fishtail braiding with your now-even-larger sections.
Continue your fishtail braid for a few inches, then add more hair to either side. Continue with this pattern until you have added all the hair in, and you reach the nape of the neck. Then continue fishtail braiding halfway down the ponytail.
Gather the ends into a small elastic, and then take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the elastic to hide it. Pull the end through the elastic, behind the braid.
Do you feel like a queen? I certainly hope so.
BTW, herringbone=fishtail. Also, I almost called this braid the Herring-Boner because it looks so cool, it gives me a non-sexual female braid-boner.