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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

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?

Twisted Tuesday: The Classic Braid

braided-hairstyleUntil 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.

Twisted Tuesday: “Rainbow Warrior Princess” Braids


I’ve been too busy the last few days dabbling in backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week to braid my own hair, so this week’s Twisted Tuesday look is coming straight from the runway.

I loved what hairstylist Nick Irwin, TIGI’s global creative director, called the “rainbow warrior princess” look he created for the Mara Hoffman spring/summer 2014 fashion show. He added miles of extensions to the models’ hair and then created two very sleek inside out French braids. He finished off the look by wrapping the braids together with a colorful woven belt, which he confessed conveniently covered the area where the extensions met the models’ real hair.

Twisted Tuesday: Sleek Side Braid


I rarely have time to flip through a magazine these days, but thanks to a recent flight for a family wedding, I had two uninterrupted hours to start digging into September issues. Marie Claire was the first one I picked up — I can’t get enough of cover girl Zooey Deschanel — and I immediately found the braided hairstyle I should have worn today. I didn’t even have time this morning to run a brush through my hair, so in lieu of me showing off a braided hairstyle on my own head, I’m showing off the one seen at the Valentino fall fashion show. I vow to do this and post the results at a later date with a how-to. I just love how polished this style is, but it’s cute at the same time thanks to the satin ribbon worn as a headband. What do think? Would you wear it?

Twisted Tuesday: Romantic Headband Braid


This casual, boho braid can be done in minutes. It’s great for all hair lengths and is especially perfect if you’re trying to grow out your bangs. I’ve been rocking it because I have a lovely (insert sarcastic tone) halo of hair regrowth around my hairline after having a baby. The tight headband braid keeps the unruly hairs completely hidden. Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: Create a side part.

Step 2: French braid (check out this video If you’re still trying to master the French braid) the front two inches of hair on one side of your part. Keep the braid very close to your hairline as you continue the braid to your ear.

Side note: I left a small section of hair in front of my ears hanging loose. This makes the look a bit softer and gives it a more lived-in vibe.

Step 3: Once you reach your ear, regular braid the section down to the ends. Secure with a small clear elastic.

Step 4: Repeat the French braid process on the opposite side of your part.

Step 5: Once you’ve braided the ends of your second section, bring the two braids together in the back of your head. Secure the second braid to the first with another clear elastic.

Twisted Tuesday: Valentino Couture Style

valentino-couture-fall-2013The hair at the Valentino Fall 2013 Couture fashion show made me fall in love with Valentino again and again. The simplicity of a center part pulled back with a thin braid-as-headband tucked back and behind the ears, is completely chic and elegant. And easy. Try it yourself with a headband like Hairuwear French Braid Hairband, $10.

Image via style.com

Twisted Tuesday: Side-Swept Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

I was seriously pressed for time this morning, but I managed to quickly create an OK-looking fishtail braid. To be honest, it should have looked more like this. Here’s how to create a fishtail braid, if it’s something you haven’t attempted yet…

Step 1: Part your hair and sweep it all over one shoulder. Note: You definitely need some length to your hair to create a fishtail braid. It doesn’t quite have the same effect on shorter strands.

Step 2: Split your hair into two sections.

Step 3: Pick up a very small section from one of the sections and add it to the outside of the opposite section. Tip: If you don’t keep the sections you pick up very, very small, your braid will look more like mine does here — you get less of a fishtail effect and more of a regular-looking braid effect. It’s much more time consuming to use smaller sections, but the result is SO much better.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 on the opposite section.

Step 5: Continue picking up small sections from each side and adding them to the other until you reach the ends of your hair. Secure with an elastic.

Twisted Tuesday: Braided Coil


For today’s braided hairstyle, I wanted to try a new take on the braided bang look. It’s a little bit more daring than the classic braided style you’ve seen on almost every A-list celebrity, but still wearable (in my opinion). Here’s how I did it…

Step 1: Style your hair as usual.

Step 2: Create a deep(ish) side part.

Step 3: French braid the front inch of your hair — but instead of adding hair on both sides of the braid, you’ll only add hair from the side closest to your hairline. The braid should start at your part and end at your temple. Once you reach your temple, regular braid the length of the hair in that section. Secure the ends with an elastic.

Step 4: Wrap the tail of the little braid around into a coil shape and secure it with a couple of bobby pins. That’s it!

Did you miss last week’s braid? It’s not too late to check out the halo braid how-to.

Twisted Tuesday: Halo Braid

The husband hadn't had his coffee yet when he snapped this, so it's a little blurry.

The husband hadn’t had his coffee yet when he snapped this, so it’s a little out of focus.

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.