Super Sized Braided Hairstyles Even Jared Leto Would Love

Social media was all abuzz when Jared Leto arrived at the Golden Globe Awards wearing a man braid, so I think he’d approve of the gigantic braided hairstyles I recently pinned. Pinterest is my go-to way to discover amazing new braided styles and since Mr. Leto showed up wearing a braided ‘do on Sunday, I’m pretty sure the style won’t be going away anytime soon.

Recreating these looks will require yards of extensions (or a Barbie-like head of natural hair), but I think they are stunning, totally worth the effort and will likely make you look thinner, too. Gigantic hair, smaller body … you with me on this? Anyway, here are my latest braided hairstyle Pins.

Fairytale Fishtailbarefoot blonde fishtail braid

This side swept fishtail braid from the Barefoot Blonde is fabulous in a non-fussy, fairytale princess way. Continue reading

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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

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

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?