While I haven’t yet been able to keep an appointment for the big hair makeover you all voted on, I did have some time on Saturday to whip out a braided hairstyle. This was a very unplanned look, but I got a ton of compliments on it. It started off as a simple braided bang style and then morphed into this braided updo. Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Create a side part and braid a two-inch section of hair on the side opposite your part. Start right at the top of your hairline.
Step: 2: Braid that section down to the ends and secure with a small elastic.
I’m in a serious hair rut. It’s mostly due to the fact that have I have zero time to style it these days — that’s what having a 2-year-old and a full-time job will do for you. But, I’m still just desperate for a change. I’m also a little bit torn as to which direction to go next though. Should I go shorter, blonder or just add some bangs? Two girls at my office told me to stick with the length, but I thought I’d open it up to you. So … given the three options, which do you think I should choose? Here’s a recent pic of me after a pro blowout. My hair normally lives in a ponytail:
OK, voting time. Which look (pulled from my Pinterest board, of course) should I try next?
The Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones with gold on their minds. Backstage at New York Fashion Week, gold accents were everywhere — from dipped braids to 24 karat manicures. If you want to add a little bling to your look, try one of these winning looks.
Tadashi Shoji: Manicure by Katie Jane Hughes, Butter London Global Colour Ambassador
SUNO: Hairstyle by Odile Gilbert for Kerastase
Mara Hoffman: Manicure by Honey Nailz for Maybelline New York
Lela Rose: Makeup by Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com
Mara Hoffman: Hairstyle by Catwalk by Nick Irwin, TIGI Global Creative Director
Until 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.