The first challenge this morning was a Dutch braid by Barefoot Blonde. It is an upside down braided bun, which according to the blogger, is really easy. Below on the left side her final product (photos by Barefoot Blonde), on the right mine (my own photo).
BuzzFeed could not replicate the complexity of this dutch braid.
Today my friend Christina challenged me on a messy braid bun featured on Latest Hairstyle by Jenny Strebe. I thought this could be potentially easy since it has the word 'messy.' I can camouflage imperfections. I was wrong of course and my attempt failed miserably today too.
First, I realized soon that I did not have the correct supplies. My pins were cheap and old which made the entire bun fall once I walked out the door. (Yes, I walked out the door like that). I did not have the right elastic bands. Mine were big and well yellow!! I also forgot to make the braids look messy and bigger. And the top of my head was too composed. But surely enough my trainer commented on my braids then proceeded to make me do one minute of jumping high knees- I had braids all over my face slapping me hard!!! Is there a tutorial on braids for incompetent girls like me?
I challenged my friend Christina to do the same as she always looks good with whatever she does with her hair. No surprise she was much much better than me. She shared some tips for beginners like me.
Tips and tricks on how to braid your hair: (I just copied what she sent me, yes lazy me, but I made comments from the beginner's point of view).
Top Knot with Under Side Braid
This one was pretty easy for me, as the version with just a ponytail used to be one of my “go-tos” when I was a cheerleader in high school. [hint here: if you are a cheerleader your braiding skills will improve]. Some tips and tricks to be successful with this hairstyle:- Section off the front portion of your hair. This helps you know where to stop braiding and it will help with the securing of the braid. - If you don’t know how to do a “Dutch braid” or “inside out braid,” instead of pulling your strands overtop of one another, you can take them underneath. - Sit on the edge of a bathtub or you WILL get dizzy! - Braid your hair as tight as possible and as close to your head as possible for the best results. - SUPER IMPORTANT, don’t stop braiding once you’ve run out of new hair to pull in, keep going almost to the end that way when your securing it with a hair tie, your braid won’t come undone. - Swoosh your hair around into a bun and secure with bobby pins. [beginners buy bobby pins] - To get the braid to look larger and thicker, take your fingers, or the metal end of a rat tail comb and starting at the thickest part of your braid pull gently at each section working your way back down to the base of your head. - Hair spray and GO.
Strand “Messy Bun” Braid
Fist warning, this is NOT a “5-minute” hairstyle when your hair is as long as mine! The end result was cute, but definitely this is not an “all day” look for someone with heavy hair, but would work for a dressed up date night. [I agree. Once I got to the gym my fell apart at the first jump] - I started by spraying some dry shampoo throughout my hair to create some added texture and grab. I try so hard to pull of the “day old “ hair, but my hair just looks greasy, so dry shampoo is an easy fix. - Section off the front of your hair and secure it so you can work easily on the back pieces. - When I separated my hair, I braided my hair straight back to get the same look as in the picture. - Instead of braiding all four sections at once, go ahead and mess up these back two sections by just tugging at them from within the braid and then pin them up. - This step is IMPORTANT. When you do your front two braids, you MUST pull your hair in the direction you’re going to pin it, or you’ll have two ridiculous bumps at the front of your head. [I was wondering why I always look like a Star Trek character] - I left these two tight to add visual interest and pinned them back. - Be sure to tuck in the ends, or you’re hair will end up looking weird. (Ahem, Ginevra!) Yes to that! - Bobby pin! Bobby pin! And hairspray.
Can we please give an applaud to Christina. Seriously, look at my attempts and hers.
Day 3 of the braids tutorial challenge:
I found the picture on Head Quarters For Hair which inspired me to give it a try. I think I am getting slightly better, don't you think? I am waiting for Lulu to send me her version.
Day 4 How to braid your hair from beginners:
My friends' creations: two different friends with a lot of hair!!
Day 6 (I skipped a day):
What I learned: brush, brush, brush you hair so it will not create bumps. I never ever brush my hair but you can see it makes a huge difference. Also, having dirty hair helps and it does not even look I have dirty hair. Last, use some hairspray. It not only holds everything in place but it also gives a shine to the hair. I think I am starting to get this all 'how to braid your hair.' Remember to subscribe to my blog if you want an automatic update on the challenge.
Day 7 how to braid your hair
It is finally here the last day of the braid challenge from Pinterest. It has been so fun and it was even more fun when few of my friends joined me. I have learned that with practice you can improve your braiding skills. While it was clear that the tutorials on Pinterest were from professional bloggers who probably tried and tried many times to get it right there is no reason why people like me should not try. I got so many compliments for just having a screwed up braid and it did not take too long.
Now I am off to the next challenge from Pinterest. Do you want to challenge me? Then post a comment below with a picture of your challenge (must be from Pinterest) and I will try to recreate it!