February 6th, 2013
I usually wear my hair down the majority of the time, but it’s fun to experiment with non traditional styles occasionally. In this recent post, I featured one of my favorite looks: the simple braided updo. I love this one because it looks intricate, but it’s actually really easy and takes only a few minutes to complete. Here’s how to do it.
Items you will need: a comb, clear hair bands (2) and bobby pins. If possible, use bobby pins that are close to your hair color, so they camouflage a bit.
Step 1: Part your hair down the center all the way to the back of your head, separating it into two equal sections.
Step 2: Take one of the separated sides and secure with a hair band so it doesn’t get in the way.
Step 3: Braid the side of your hair not secured in the hairband. Don’t worry about making it too tight – it should be slightly loose, so it’s easy to work with.
Step 4: Tie the end of your braid with a clear hairband.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other side, resulting in two Pippy Longstocking-esque braided pigtails.
Step 6: Take one braid and bring it across to the other side, making sure it’s even and that it looks okay from the front.
Step 7: Secure braid with the bobby pins from the top and bottom. My rule of thumb: add one bobby pin each inch of the braid, tucked under so they’re not too visible. Repeat on the other side and pin the braid directly under the first, so they’re right on top of each other.
Take out a few loose hairs right along your hairline so the look isn’t too perfect. Stick a few bobby pins in your purse, so that if it becomes loose during the day, you can secure it easily.