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Pinspiration: The Five Braided Hairstyles I’m Lusting After

Confession: I’ve got a lot going on right now. Between putting an offer in on a new house (fingers crossed that it all works out!), working full time and being a toddler mom and wife, my plate is pretty full. It leaves very little time for my passion: talking about beauty, playing with products and my favorite: experimenting with fun hairstyles — especially braided hairstyles. So, in lieu of posting a fun twisted tuesday braided hairstyle I’ve created myself, I’m simply going to share photos of the five  looks I recently pinned. Lemme know what you think. Do you deem these pin worthy?

Messy Halo

messy halo braid

Double Braided Updo

double braided updo

Braided Faux Hawk

braided faux hawk

Classic Halo

braided halo

Messy Side Braid

loose side braid

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The Runway Hairstyle I’d Try if I Wasn’t Such a Chicken

tibi fall/winter 2014

Though I’d like to think of myself of someone who takes fashion risks — mostly as they relate to beauty — it’s really not the case. I’m not sure why I don’t take the plunge and go for the platinum strands I’ve always wanted or a short pixie cut, but I just haven’t. I always seem to talk myself out of it — too much upkeep, I like braiding too much, it’s so not “me”, etc., etc. One of these days I’ll have to just suck it up and go for it. Until then, I’ll continue to post looks I’ll try once I have the cojones to so. This look was created by Aveda global creative director Antoinette Beenders for the Tibi show. I love how she took a classic middle-parted style and gave it edge with a braid straight down the middle. A “mini mohawk” is what she called it. Easy enough to do at home, but a look that would definitely garner attention. Here’s how to recreate it:

Step 1: Spritz Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep, $24 on dry hair to add texture.

Step 2: Separate out a one-inch section of hair down the middle of your head.

Step 3: Create an inverted braid from the front of your hairline to the back of your crown and secure with an elastic.

Step 4: Add a slight wave to the rest of your hair by creating three to four very loose braids with your hanging hair.

Step 5: Press a flat iron down the length of your braids before letting them out.

Step 6: Finish with Aveda Air Control Hairspray, $25, or if your hair is super fine, use Aveda Control Force Hairspray, $27.

Will you try this look? And tell me, which styles or colors would you go for if you weren’t too chicken?

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Twisted Tuesday: The Classic Braid

braided-hairstyleUntil my sister Sam recently sported a classic braid (you know, the one you wore circa the third grade) for a morning walk we took together, I had totally overlooked it as an option. Until today, that is.

It’s seriously simple, but it’s a nice alternative to a blah ponytail. I also happen to think it looks pretty great when paired with a fall or winter scarf.

Although I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how to do this, I’ll share a couple of steps specific to this more laid-back version I created:

Step 1: Create a mid-height ponytail and secure with an elastic. I simply raked my hair into the pony to give it a slightly messy finish. The haphazardness prevents the look from being too severe.

Step 2: Loosely braid your ponytail to the ends and secure with a clear elastic. Again, keeping the braid loose prevents your style from looking Olympic gymnast-ready.

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Twisted Tuesday: “Rainbow Warrior Princess” Braids


I’ve been too busy the last few days dabbling in backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week to braid my own hair, so this week’s Twisted Tuesday look is coming straight from the runway.

I loved what hairstylist Nick Irwin, TIGI’s global creative director, called the “rainbow warrior princess” look he created for the Mara Hoffman spring/summer 2014 fashion show. He added miles of extensions to the models’ hair and then created two very sleek inside out French braids. He finished off the look by wrapping the braids together with a colorful woven belt, which he confessed conveniently covered the area where the extensions met the models’ real hair.


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