Hair Trends: My Braid Obsession

18 Sep

I’ve been uncharacteristically playful and braid-happy with my hair lately. Good thing braids are super trendy right now! I’ve been fortunate enough to have very tame hair. It’s always been super low maintenance, wash & go, straight and boring. So that is typically how I would wear it: straight and boring! Nothing wrong with that, of course. But considering I’ve had PRETTY MUCH the same hairstyle since birth, it’s been a nice change learning different ways to style my flowing mane by using braids!

If you follow me on twitter, facebook or Instagram, chances are good you’ve seen most of these. But I thought it would be nice to put them in a blog post for anyone interested in trying them :)

1. Fishtail Braid

I love fishtail braids because they look so intricate, but they are actually really easy. Depending on your hair length and texture, this braid takes about 7-10 minutes. Gather all of your hair to one side of your head, leave out any front pieces you don’t want to braid. You start with two pieces and keep crossing over small pieces from the back of each section. Here is the Youtube video that I found most helpful :) The top of a fishtail braid can look a little messy, so I like to cover it up with some fabric flower bobby pins.

2. Quick Traditional Braid

This is what I do with my hair when I wake up late. It takes about 2 minutes and always looks cute. I start by spraying my roots with dry shampoo because greasy hair is my arch enemy. Gather all your hair to one side and do a traditional braid. I prefer to sweep my bangs to the side with this look.  And if you couldn’t tell, I love pairing my braids with large earrings!

3. Front Side Braids & Twists

I LOVE incorporating these little front braids and twists into my hair. You can wear them with your hair down straight or curled, a ponytail, a messy bun, anything really. They are a great way to add a dose of cuteness to any regular ol’ hairstyle while keeping the front of your hair out of your face. You pin different accessories around the braid or twist for added detail.

The front braid is just a traditional 3-strander. A French takes too much time for my taste. Just take a small section from the top of your head, angle it to the side and braid in a backwards direction. By backwards, I mean keep pulling your hair to the back of your head as you braid, otherwise it will look lumpy on top if you want to tuck it behind your ear. Secure with a clear elastic.

For the twist, you take two sections and just wrap them around each other continuously. You can either secure it with a clear elastic, or if your hair is long like mine, you can pull the end back into a bun or ponytail and secure it with the rest of your gathered hair.

Braiding Tips:

1. My braids tends to “fray” or “frizz” a lot throughout the day. Try smoothing anti-frizz serum over your hair, followed by some light hairspray before you  begin your braid. Once the braid is complete, get some hairspray in the palms of your hands and smooth your palms over your braid in small sections, following the direction of your braid pieces to slick down any loose strands.

2. Starting a braid is always the most difficult part. Try securing your hair into a pony with a clear elastic band, then proceed with your braid. Once you’re finished, carefully cut the elastic off to release the ponytail.


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2 Responses to “Hair Trends: My Braid Obsession”

  1. Danie September 26, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Pretty, pretty, pretty updo! So Grace Kelly with a twist. Pun only sort of intended.

  2. Chelsey September 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    LOL why thank you :)

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