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BOXER BRAIDS // GYM HAIR IDEAS

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

If you’re planning on hitting the gym tonight after work, you might want to try one of these variations on lady-boxer-inspired braids. These are great on any length hair (EVEN SHORT!) because as long as your hair reaches up into those braids, the bottom part can be anything!

For regular boxer braids, part the hair down the center. Do a regular French braid on each side. Use this video as a guide if you don’t know how to French braid. I like to start with really small sections and keep the hair tight as I go so it doesn’t fall out while being active. Clip one section at the nape of the neck while you do the other side. Once you’ve done the 2nd side, merge your braids together!

Also– love these braids for anyone with bangs! You know we suffer.

Boxer braids + ballerina bun is simple. Just create one braid on each side and then tie both together at the nape of the neck using a thick ponytail holder. Twist your ponytail tightly, let it coil, then add another ponytail holder (and large bobbypin or two if needed).

Boxer braids + a pumped up pony! Love this look. Part your hair down the middle, do regular french braids on both sides stopping behind the ear. Pull the rest of the hair up to meet the braids in a pony. Use this “Pumped Up Pony” trick I showed you guys last week to make it look fuller and to stay off your neck!

Boxer braids + fun bun. If you’re not planning on working out THAT hard, you can do this combo (hey– sometimes a girl’s gotta look cute in class, ya know?). Part your hair down the center, french braid both sides and stop behind the ear and tie them off using a small elastic. Bring the rest of your hair up to meet your braids and do a messy fun bun. Tutorial for a messy fun bun can be found here!

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

THE MINI FRENCH BRAID

Wait! Come back! Don’t be intimidated by this teeny tiny braid. It may look intricate and kind of difficult but if you can do a regular french braid, you can do this! It’s basically the same exact method as the french braid but you take tiny strands from around the face. We shot this in great detail, which is why there are so many steps, but it’s actually really easy and fast. Here we go…

photos + post: Kristin Ess

You’ll need a comb, a mini clear elastic (optional), a curling iron or wand, and a mirror where you can see the back of your head. (more…)