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.
Step 3: Split the hanging hair on the side of your head opposite your part horizontally into two sections. Braid the top section as you direct it toward the back of your head. Secure with an elastic.
Step 4: Braid the section immediately below the braid you just created, again directing the braid toward the back of your head. Secure with an elastic.
Step 5: Finally, braid the last section of your hair — on the same side of your part — directing it toward the back of your head. Secure with an elastic.
Step 6: At this point, you should have four crazy looking hanging braids. Starting with one of the top braids, fold it over to the opposite side of your head. Tuck under the ends and elastic, so they’re hidden under the braid, and secure the braid to your scalp with bobby pins.
Step 7: Repeat Step 6 on the opposite side of your head. The braids will lay flat — one on top of the other. Use bobby pins to anchor them together and to your head tightly.
Step 8: Repeat Steps 6 and 7 on the lower two braids until each braid is tightly secured to your scalp. Use bobby pins to secure any hanging hair and to perfect the spacing between your braids.
This braided hairstyle isn’t meant to look perfect, so just go for it. That’s what I did. I put in very little effort to get this result.