Posts Tagged ‘braid tutorials’

THE MACRAME BRAID

PHOTOS/POST: Kristin Ess

PHOTOS/POST: Kristin Ess

Okay so this braid isn’t actually macramé but it reminds me of it, hence the name. This might be one of the easiest braids to do and I can’t believe we’ve never done it for you! This looks even better if you have highlights because it shows so much dimension but still looks great on solid colors as well! I honestly feel like we’re moving away from more complicated braids, but the ones that are quick and easy with lots of fun texture are forever cool. Here’s how you do this one!

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  1. Prep the hair by waving it up just a little. We used a 1 1/4″ barrel iron to get subtle waves. Add 2 messy dutch braids, on on each side (see photo) and secure them with small clear elastics. It doesn’t matter where you start the dutch braids. Some like them a little higher and some like them a little lower depending on face/head shape. You can do whatever you want! For this, we started at temple height in front and met them together in back.
  2. Now cross those two dutch braids over each other and pin using a bobby pin.
  3. Next you’re going to make a regular braid down the back. Use the tails of your dutch braids as 2 of the pieces and then grab the 3rd piece from right underneath where your dutch braids meet. Braid all the way down.
  4. Now all you’re going to do is grab 2 of the pieces from your regular braid and hold them together kind of tight. Take the single piece and hold it tight in the other hand.
  5. Start sliding the two pieces UPWARD. It will start to bunch up and become a cool macramé inspired braid.
  6. Once you slide it all up you’re going to have a long tail. You can tie it off with a clear elastic there or do the same technique again and take it further.

After the braid is done, look in a hand mirror at the back. Loosen up and give texture to the braid running down.  Here’s a view from the front as well! Isn’t Alissa Griffith just the prettiest!? You can hear some of her music HERE!

Here’s a bigger view of the back!

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If you do this, please show us a photo or tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram! #TBDmacramebraid

RODARTE INSPIRED BRAID TUTORIAL

photos above (left: style.com) (right: Kristin Ess)

Earlier this year, Rodarte ruled the runway again. Every beauty site went crazy for the beautifully messy rosette braids. We wanted to do an actual tutorail on how you can get this look and make it wearable for the fall. I love that it’s a half up/half down ‘do because in colder weather, we can use the shoulder coverage for added warmth. Below is a very detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to get a wearable Rodarte-like braid along with a couple finished photos at the bottom. Here we go!

You will need: a few clear elastics, a one inch barrell curling iron, a light hold styling spray + some bobbypins that match your hair color.

  1. Start with wavy hair– natural or with a curling iron. We used a 1″ curling iron and our Everyday Waves method for this look.
  2. Create a middle part.
  3. On the left side of the part, create a basic 3 strand braid. (You can get fancy and do it french braid-style, only taking new hair from the top if you’re a champion braider!)
  4. About 4-5 inches down, tie the braid off using a clear elastic.
  5. Gently pull individual pieces as you see in the photot to create a messier looking braid.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Now join the two braids together in the back using another clear elastic.
  8. This is what the back should look like. Take a second to check it using a hand mirror. It shouldn’t be perfect, you just want to make sure you don’t see any weird bumps popping up.
  9. Right behind the place where you joined the two braids together, gently grab a strand of hair and slowly pull it out above the elastics (see photo). Spray with a light hold styling spray or thermal protectant spray.
  10. Take your 1″ barrell curling iron and create a barrell curl (start at the bottom and roll up).
  11. Release the curl and roll it back up.
  12. To make the rosette, gently pull the curl apart and give it some texture with your fingers. We twisted ours a little in the process, clockwise. Then use a small bobbypin to secure the rosette to the elastics.
  13. Create a 3 strand braid using the remaining pieces that hang down from the elastics.
  14. Gently pull and it give that braid some texture as well.

Here is what it should look like up close!

And here it is a little further away. Could be gorgeous for a wedding or just a fun night out with friends. If you try this, please tag us in a photo on instagram @thebeautydept! xo

 

TEXTURE TOOL

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

One of my (and I’m sure your) favorite things in the world is a perfectly messy braid. Don’t you ever wonder how hairstylists get that look? Not the slept on kind of mess, but the perfect amount of fly aways to give your braid that glowing halo? So romantic and so beautiful. Today I’m exposing the tool that we often use to get that look. It’s nothing more than a men’s barbering brush which you can find HERE for about $5. Here’s how you make the perfect mess…

  1. Start with your Favorite. Braided. Updo.
  2. Lightly pull upward on individual loops (as illustrated above) to loosen your braid slightly.
  3. Pull down a few little pieces around your face.
  4. Grab your new best friend, the barber brush.
  5. Give your hair a couple light swirls with the barber brush. I like to brush in the opposite direction of the way I braided the hair. Don’t be afraid. You can always hairspray or pin excess pieces down. Keep going til you get that mess texture you want. Then give it the lightest spritz of hairspray.

Here are a couple of photos for inspiration! Enjoy xo