Let’s talk about the most stressful part of getting ready. It’s getting ready. The whole process- picking out an outfit, finding comfortable yet stylish shoes, putting on makeup, taming your hair, and then making sure you make it out the door with everything you need. It’s basically the equivalent of running a marathon every. single. day. Now throw in a special event, or some weather, or a whole other HUMAN BEING, and just forget it.
One thing that can make your life just a little bit easier is having some go to hairstyles that will work for any occasion. That’s where braids come in. Anyone can rock a good braid and they look great for anything- work, weddings, concerts, running errands, going to the zoo. Anything.
Fun fact about me: I LOVE doing hair. Usually not my own. I’ve done hair for so many weddings (including brides and bridesmaids), proms, special events, etc. I have worked with so many different types of hair and I love doing other people’s hair (should I say hair one more time). I experiment on myself all the time and I had so much fun whipping up some cute looks for a music festival last weekend. Here are 3 easy styles to add to any getting ready routine:
Braided Low Bun
This is the easiest of the 3 styles- if you’re a braid beginner, this is a great place to start! The best thing about low bun hairstyles is that they always get better throughout the day- the looser, the better. If that isn’t your style, you can always use more bobby pins and hairspray to keep it tightened up! For all 3 styles, all you need is a brush, hairspray, hair ties/rubber bands, and bobby pins GALORE.
- Curl your hair. Loose braids always look better with curly/wavy hair!
- Part your hair- if you part on the side, you can go for a big braid on one side. If you part in the middle, you can always do double braids (for more fun)! Section off the non braided portion.
- Start at the very front part of your hair that you’re going to braid. Start with a tiny, TINY portion for your braid. Divide into 3 sections. Begin a simple french braid. PRO TIP: Try to keep it tight as you’re braiding! We’ll texture it up at the end.
- Braid to the end of your hair. If you have a lot of layers, use a rubber band to secure the braid. If your hair is longer, you can skip this step and go straight to the bun if you prefer!
- Now on to the bun- form a messy bun. Done!
- Just kidding- there are SO many ways to do a bun. My favorite (and what’s happening here) is to twist the hair until it starts forming a spiral and keep twisting into a bun. Wrap a hair tie around to secure. I also like to use a bobby pin here to pin it at the top or else it feels a little loose.
- Here is the fun, easy part- piece it out! Start at the bottom of your braid and gently pull the sections to loosen the braid. Keep doing this until you like the way it looks! Do the same for the bun- fan it out a little bit. Bobby pin as needed.
- Hairspray the HECK out of your hair, girl. And voila!
DOUBLE BRAIDED PIGTAILS
This one was my FAVORITE style. Ok, I did it myself and it might be weird to say it’s my favorite, but sometimes you have to toot your own horn. So toot freakin’ TOOT.
- Curl and part your hair. This style absolutely works better on day one/day two (day three +, I’m not judging) hair.
- Section off the part you aren’t going to braid. This is important or you WILL pull part of the hair that you don’t want to braid into your braid and it will look messed up. I am an expert in bad braiding. Trust me.
- Start at the front of your hair and now we’re doing a reverse french braid aka a dutch braid (literally JUST learned it was called that). Basically, instead of tucking the hair inside, you’re bringing it around the outside to make a nice, thick braid.
- Continue braiding as far down as you would like, keeping in mind how long you want your pigtails to be.
- Secure braid and repeat on the other side. PRO TIP: Do NOT worry if your braids don’t look identical. They never will and you will drive yourself insane unbraiding and rebraiding your hair. Again, I am an expert in bad braiding. TRUST me.
- Start at the bottom of each braid and gently pull on the sections to loosen. Your hair will look like a Pinterest dream in no time.
- Keep styling until you love- back comb the pigtails for a teased look, or curl them for a more polished style. I also like to pull some wispies (this is the correct term I’m 90% sure) out at the front for a more casual vibe. Just make sure you only pull a little bit of hair and not your whole braid. Be gentle.
- Hairspray and bobby pin as needed. You can also turn the pigtails into low buns, or just keep braiding until your heart desires!
DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND BRAID
Dramatic name for a dramatic style. This one also took me the longest out of the three and you do have to hold your arms up for a long time. Just a disclaimer. Doing this hairstyle WILL give you arm muscles.
- Pull your hair into a half-up half-down style and section off the bottom portion. A good way to decide how much hair to use is to put your fingers at the ends of your eyebrows and draw them back to part your hair. This will help keep your braids even!
- Part in the middle and section off half of your hair. We’re going to braid the other half!
- Start french (or dutch) braiding! The tricky part is that we’re using a LOT less hair to braid so it gets a little intricate. Start your sections small and add just a little bit of hair at a time.
- Keep your braid TIGHT and secure with a small rubber band or hair tie. It will look like a baby braided pigtail.
- Repeat on the second half. Remember, don’t worry if your braids are perfectly symmetrical!
- Start styling. Since these are small braids, be very gentle when you’re loosening them! It’s very easy to pull a whole section out. PRO TIP: Work on both braids at the same time, i.e. start at the bottom on both sides and then work your way up. You don’t want to get one braid exactly the way you like it and then get frustrated trying to make the other side match.
- Once you’re done styling your braids, take a small section from each braid pigtail and wrap around the rubber band/hair tie. Secure underneath with a bobby pin. Tuck any loose ends under the braid.
- Undo your bottom section and style as needed- recurl the bottom section and pigtails if you would like! I did here in this picture.
- Hairspray and bobby pin and you’re good to go, girl!
The coolest thing about any of these styles is that anyone can rock them. My sister and I are polHAIR opposites (get it)- I have long, thick, crazy hair, and she has beautiful, short, finer hair. She could easily do any of these styles and alter them as needed. Braids are great for adding volume, hiding bad hair days, and creating a cute look in a pinch. Master a braided style and you’ll be feeling like a Disney princess in no time.
Let me know which one you like best! What are your go-to styles?