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CROWN OF BRAIDS

photos + post design Kristin Ess

It seems pretty easy, but it’s not. Not everyone has long hair that reaches all the way around the head to make a perfect crown of braids. Girls with short hair need braids TOO! Using this technique, you make small, overlapping intersections of braids to create a full crown. Here’s how:

  1. Start with straight, wavy or curly hair. I personally like this best with a little wave or curl because the crown of braids holds better with texture.
  2. Grab a section of hair above the ear and split it into 2 pieces, like our lovely Nora is doing in this photo.
  3. Braid both pieces. (Gently loosen up the braid for a more natural, romantic texture.)
  4. Cross them over each other as seen above and clip them to hold them in place while you do the same thing on the other side! If your hair is short and won’t reach, do 3 or 4 intersections of hair instead of just 2!
  5. Once you finish the other side, take the two braids that go over the top, cross them over and pin them using small but strong bobby pins.
  6. Take the two pieces that will go backward and tie them together. Add a couple of pins where the braids meet.
  7. Add a few extra bobby pins around the crown of braids to keep them from slipping or moving.

A veil of hairspray isn’t necessary but will help keep things in place if your hair tends to slip.

 

D.I.Y FRIDAY

photos: Kristin Ess + thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

So… after Lauren’s very pretty post on Wednesday, we got a lot of emails asking how to make a “Ring of Rosies” that will last. Here’s what you do!

  • Start with a pair of scissors, a needle + thread, and small flowers. (I got ones that had stronger stems to use for the base, then I’ll add the more delicate ones later)
  • [poke] carefully pierce a hole in the stem of the first flower.
  • [thread through] gently feed the second flower through the pierced hole.
  • [tie] secure the two flowers together by wrapping them with thread right where the two stems meet.
  • [again] do the exact same on the next stem.
  • [and again] feed the next flower through and wrap it with thread as well.
  • do that again and again and again until you have a chain!
  • [twist] use wire to add the more delicate flowers. the stems may be to thin to pierce and thread through. i use bead wire because it’s so thin, but you can also use floral wire. you can get bead wire at the craft store and floral wire at the flower markets.
  • [wear] i added ribbon to the back so it can be tied loosely, but you can also bobby pin it into your ‘do. this is a pretty sturdy way of doing a flower crown so you’re more than welcome to run through fields, forests and do all the cartwheels you want.

Xx Kristin

RING AROUND THE ROSIE

Photos: Daniel Gurton, Txema Yeste post designed by lauren conrad

When I was a little girl I used to make flower crowns by stringing daisies together. I’d wear them all day long until they wilted and then it was time to make another.  I was in love with those pretty little daisy crowns, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I started noticing their comeback.  I have seen countless versions of these beautiful floral wreaths adorning the heads of so many lovely ladies and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  For a summer time wedding or an afternoon picnic, this trend will have you playing dress up all over again.

XO Lauren