Today calls for 3 braided buns that are kind of Heidi-esque with a hint of sci-fi and just a touch of birds nest. I like this one because it looks very intricate and beautiful and it stays put! This is not a soft and flowy style! This is serious structure and hair security that will stay put through a whole night of dancing, cartwheeling, or stumbling!
So think of a french fishtail braid like a french braid, as in you are adding a bit of hair from either side as you work your way down. But with a french fishtail, you start at the top with 2 pieces instead of 3, and you just add tiny bits of hair from each side at a time. But do know this; fishtail braids take quite a bit longer to do than regular braids. But don’t let that stop you, just be patient with it. Here is a post about the fishtail braid, which is the place to start if you are unfamiliar!
To move your braid around the head, gently guide it in the direction you want it to go by slowly adding hair that will pull it in that direction. Does that make sense? It’s a subtle nudge in the right direction without forcing or imposing too much will.
Anyway, this is just so pretty I have to share it with you. It is a hairstyle fit for a sea queen.
Start with a french fishtail that begins on the heavier side of a deep side part and comes back and wraps around the back of the head, and comes out at the front of the other side. Continue the braid to the ends and secure it with a clear elastic. Now gently pull the braid apart a bit to loosen it and bulk it up a little bit.
Take the secure end of your braid and lay it over the top of the head, pinning it so that the end of the braid meets the base so it makes a circular crown. Pin it where you will not see any pins and make sure to tuck in the ends and hide the elastic.
I’m going to wear my hair like this today. Who’s with me? I think you should try it.
By the way, what do you think of her color? Do you want to know how to do it? Here is the tutorial!
Just because you may be tired, doesn’t mean your hair has to be. I don’t know if it’s the change of seasons or what, but I have been up in the middle of the night lately. Like 2-4 in the morning, I’m awake and alert and thinking of fun things to do with my hair, my impending move back to Seattle, my children who are sleeping soundly, one in her crib and the other in a hammok that she made out of a blanket that hangs from her bed and is filled with stuffed animals. I feel jacked up on coffee.
So I’m going to try and take the otherwise frustrating and painful phenomenon of insomnia and turn it into a positive chance to share one of my coping strategies. I’m going to honer it with it’s own hairstyle.
Tired mama braids are cool. They make you look like you do give a @#$# about how you present yourself to the world, even if you barely have the time or energy to do them. They take less then 5 minutes, and you can wear them all day long. I love mine. Try them out if you have medium length to long hair. They will make you forget about your exhaustion, if only for a wee moment. But as any tired mama knows, a moment of relief is (almost) worth a thousand bites of gourmet dark chocolate or a hot cup of Stumptown coffee on a cold fall morning.
Make a side part. Start a little french braid at the top of your heavier side, and continue it to behind the ear. Braid it all the way to the end and secure with a small elastic.
On the other side, make a regular braid starting behind the ear. Secure at the end with an elastic.
Now bring the first braid up over the top of the head and pin it to the head to secure it. Bring the second braid up over the top as well, and pin the end slightly in front of the first braid. Tuck the tails in to hide em. Now pour yourself a strong cup of coffee and keep your head up, shorty.
This is HTHG’s version of a boho braided bun in the form of a chain link braid, a cool knotted-french-braid that I stumbled upon while playing with my own hair one day. This style is great on medium to long hair of any texture.
And it looks gorg when accessorized with a feather!
For this look, you start in the front hairline slightly off center and use two small sections to make a loose single knot.
Add a little to both sides and knot again. Continue adding a bit of hair to both sides and tying a loose knot as you work your way across the back of the head.
Continue knotting the hair all the way to the ends, then wrap the tail into a loose bun on the side, and pin into place.
Behold, the Witch braid bun. Thanks to Alix, style maven of the occult. She submitted this awesome DIY hair creation to share, further driving HTHG’s fall Witch Style obsession. She writes in from NYC…
“Been stopped on the street literally 3 times today and it’s all thanks to you! Tried a little french braid action on myself, and sucking at the weird back of the head spots almost made it better/messier/witchy-er?!”
Love it. Will you try the Braided witch bun?
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