Wednesday, September 5, 2012

French Braided messy bun!

We are in the hair sculpting division at school meaning I am having to do a lot of weird 80's blowouts and teasing, but I am also getting to try updos! Today I tried and failed a Regency era inspired style, so we ended up playing around with her hair for the rest of the time. My friend Sierra (who is a much neater braider than me) and I did this look on Lindy. 
Looking back, I really wish I had done a more in-depth tutorial with pictures for this. Maybe even a video?  Fortunately, this is not a unique look. I am almost positive there are a bunch of reviews on youtube, and I know I have seen variations of this on Pinterest (that's where we got the idea!)

Here is a step-by-step, just in case.

  • Apply a root lifting powder, a mousse, sea salt spray, or something along those lines to help your hair mold into the style you want. You can do this on second day hair as well. The reason I do not suggest doing this on squeaky clean hair is because it will be harder to maintain the style. For Lindy I used the root lifting powder put out by Big Sexy Hair, and shook it through her ends a bit. The powder adds a ton of volume to her very long, very straight hair and shaking it through the rest makes it a bit easier to manipulate. Next time I will probably use other products as well.
  • French braid your hair all the way to the nape of your neck, then secure with an elastic.
  • Take your fingers and lightly tug at the braid to loosen it. It is also a good idea to do this on wavy or second day curled hair for extra texture. 
  • Curl the remaining hair at the bottom loosely. It does not have to be perfect! I grabbed random sections and hit them with the flat iron. 
  • Take a teasing comb and tease the curls slightly. Not too much! You want to be able to section your hair. 
  • Divide the hair into three sections. Twist each section and then either wrap them around each other and form a bun or make three separate buns and bobby pin to secure. There is really no right or wrong way to do this step. It is just whatever looks best to you! 
  • Tuck in any loose ends and secure with bobby pins.
  • Take down small pieces in the front to frame your face. You can either loosely curl these or leave them as they are.
  • Hair spray. Lots of hairspray. 

I really hope that wasn't too terribly confusing! I have trouble explaining things like that in words and some things may have been worded awkwardly. Then again I am an awkward person. I just sent a picture of a cat toilet-training kit to my boyfriend.

So, what would you rather see next time? Pictures or video?


Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

This is one of my favorite hair styles, I have long hair and it looks so nice like this. And so easy to do :).

You have a really cool blog here. Do you want to follow each other, I would love that.

Emily-Ann Hill said...

Yes! Let's follow each other... how exactly do I do that? Haha. I am a noob.

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