Posts Tagged ‘braids’

SUMMER BRAID 2 Baby Boho Braid

Post/Photos: Kristin Ess, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

While we love a good, big, thick braid, there is also something about a baby braid that we just love (remember these braids?!). They are so cute + simple and can provide lots of texture with just a little bit of hair so you can leave half down. When our gorgeous graphic designer Eunice came into town I thought it would be fun to do it on her jet black hair so you can see for yourself that in fact, these braids can be done on dark hair and look just as intricate and beautiful as they do on light hair. We get a lot of comments and emails about braids not looking as fun on dark hair but I think we can all agree, this looks super pretty and fun. Here’s how we made this little gem!

  1. Start by taking 2 equal sized sections, one from each side (in front of your ears). Think of it as if you were going to put your hair half up/back.
  2. Now grab a small third section from the center back of your head. Grab it from right near the occipital bone (that bone in the back of your head), that way you’ll have a lot more length to work with.
  3. Start weaving that small piece in a section 8 pattern between the two larger sections.
  4. Keep going all the way down until you run out of length with the small section.
  5. Tie it off using a small elastic that matches your hair color (or use clear!).
  6. Gently and slowwwly pull small bits of the larger sections out from in between the small pieces to give it some texture. If your hair is too soft or straight, add a little surf spray. Eunice has thick, heavy, straight hair so we added a couple sprays of one of my favorites, Wella Ocean Spritz, to the braid and let it dry before pulling it apart.

And for those of you who want a visual of what this braid looks like on lighter hair, we’ve got a picture perfect photo for you below! Baby Boho Braid

As you can see we added THESE cute little hearts at the top. You could also use THESE or THESE or THESE!

Now hop to it! Let’s get to braiding!! Don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram with your own baby boho. braids!


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!


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

We love a one-sided hair do ’round here. Now we’re doing it with a little twist– literally. A side part, a braid of your choice + a twist is all it takes!



photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

We love a good sparkle around here. We recently saw THIS on one of our favorite sites for fancy wedding goods. Although the one that they show is gorgeous, when we posted it on our instagram many of you mentioned that it was way out of your price range. We thought it would be fun to create our own version of the stunning strand DIY style and though it doesn’t come anywhere close to how beautiful the one on the website is, it definitely works for a bride working on a budget. Also, could be an amazing gift for your bridesmaids! Here’s how we made our own…

  1. You’ll need to get 28 gauge wire, crystal drops, small jump rings, small plyers + wire cutters. All of these were purchased at a bead store but you can likely find them at the craft store.
  2. Necklace chain. I chose something that had different sized loops. This was also purchased at the bead store for $7 per foot– I got 2 feet and it worked pretty well. Only ended cutting off about 2″ of the necklace chain at the end.
  3. Cut a 1 or 2″ piece of wire. Slide a crystal and a jump ring onto the wire.
  4. Twist together tightly.
  5. Cut off the excess wire.
  6. Using plyers, open the jump ring. Add the crystal to your necklace.
  7. Close the jump ring.
  8. Add them about 1 or 1.5″ apart.

Keep going! You can do just one section with the crystals or you can go all the way around. Secure to your CHIGNON using bobbypins through the loops on each end. Good luck and tag us in your photo on instagram @thebeautydept if you do this project! xo