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.
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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.
I’ve been slacking in the hairstyling department, so in order to help me get my act together, I’m kicking off a new column. Every Tuesday I’ll post photos of a new braided hairstyle. If that’s not motivation, I’m not sure what is.
Today’s look: A braided halo. It’s different from this one in that you must have long hair to pull it off. If your hair is medium-length or shorter (but still long enough to braid), try this cheater version.
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Part the front of your hair where you like it.
Step 2: Start French braiding your hair (check out this braiding video for help with that) along one side of your head – starting right at the top. You’ll French braid it along your hairline until you reach your opposite ear. At this point, all of your hair should be in the French braid.
Step 3: Regular braid your hair until you reach the ends (like you would with a normal French braid. Secure with a tiny, clear elastic. The braid should now be hanging loose over your ear.
Step 4: Wrap the hanging tail of your braid around to the opposite side of your head. Secure it to the crown of your head. Hide the ends of your hair and the elastic by tucking them under the braid and securing with a couple of bobby pins.
I was lucky enough to sneak away for a lunchtime blowout at the newest Drybar location in Pasadena, Calif. when it opened last week. And, because my stylist knew I was short on time, she enlisted a teammate to help her finish off my style in record time. Talk about service! Anyway, when I left with a newfound spring in my step, I got to thinking about all of the reasons why spending $35-40 on a professional blowdry is so worth it. Here are 10 reasons why I think you should splurge on a blowout:
1. You don’t have to wash your own hair. (This is something I dread doing and have zero time for now that I have a little one).
2. Not only do you not have to wash your own hair, but you get a relaxing head massage in the process. This visit dropped my stress level a couple of notches, no doubt.
3. If you go to Drybar, you can watch a quality chick flick while you’re getting your hair done. Bonus. Eat Pray Love was on during my visit.
4. Stress relief. I have nearly fallen asleep while having my hair blow dried. It’s seriously relaxing.
5. You can try a style that you wish you could master yourself. I’ve still never been able to create curl in my strands using a round brush alone. I’m am constantly impressed by this.
6. Unlike when you get a cut and/or color, you’re not nearly as nervous that your hair won’t come out the way you hoped. It’s just a blowdry, so even if you’re not thrilled with it, it’s so not permanent. That fact definitely takes a load off.
7. It’s an hour of “me” time. If you’re like me and have an infant at home and a job that keeps you on your toes, finding an hour for yourself is a constant challenge. Being able to sneak away for an hour at lunch and come back looking fabulous is priceless.
8. It’ll warm you up. On a chilly winter day when you just can’t get warm, a hot blowdry is just what you need. Sounds weird, but I’m always cold, so this is a fab fix.
9. You end up with a gorgeous-looking style. Duh. Even if you’re sick of your hair or don’t love your layers, a quality blowout can make you feel better about your strands.
10. The great hair high. Seriously, if your hair looks great, you feel like you can conquer the world. Or at the very least, you’ll have an extra spring in your step.
Now tell me, have you ever splurged on a blowout? Would you and why?