Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Effortless Hair Part IV: French Braids


This is probably my favorite way to style my hair, it's easy, it gets all my hair out of my face, and then yields beautiful results the next day.  I like doing this usually on Saturdays or if I'm not planning on going out anywhere.  Yes, the french braids are cute, but I can't help but feel juvenile in public with them, like I look like a high school softball player. 
Just like the Sock Bun Technique, I have to do 2 braids due to the amount of hair I have.  I could do one french braid, but it would be a thick braid and uncomfortable to sleep on, as well as looser waves.  I've found the best way to do it is 2 braids so as to have the more tighter waves in your hair the next day. 
What you need...
-2 elastic hair ties
-brush/comb to make the part (I use my finger nail)
I part my hair down the middle using my finger nail, and secure one side into a pony tail and start to braid.  It doesn't have to be perfect, and it won't be perfect until you practice for awhile.  I've had long hair my whole life and have had my hair french braided all along.  For those of you with thick hair, it's a good way to get the hair pulled back out of the way without headaches.

Here's a video on french braiding:


You can see from my picture that I stop with a few inches to spare.  I do this for two reasons: that's as far as I can reach, and I have lots of layers in my hair which will start sticking out and causing the braid to unravel.

Yes, I'm wearing my husband's Yoda t-shirt to bed.  Don't tell, please? ;)

When I wake up in the morning, I will use a triple curling iron on those last few inches of hair to match the rest.  If you don't have one of these babies, it's a MUST:
You can purchase one (Revlon shown, mine actually) at Target, CVS, Walmart, etc. and they're reasonably priced.

Side note: If I just use this curling iron on my hair I get a similar result:
(Sorry for the grainy picture, took from facebook)

It just takes a long time.  It's not like using a regular curling iron, it's like the old crimpers...it takes 3 motions for each section of hair. Anyways, back to braiding...

They don't have to be perfect.  I was off a little bit with the part on top:


But again, it's ok! I'm after the bumpy/beach waves I'll get the next day:

What do you think?

9 comments:

  1. I love french braids, too! I rock a side braid 5/7 days a week. You are adorable! Love the Yoda shirt, too. :)

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  2. Love it!! We have very similar hair, mine is very thick and wavy. I usually sleep with it in a top knot (put it in a top knot when wet though), and that works wonders! It's probably because I cannot french braid :'( Sad, isn't it?? Maybe one of these days it will finally click! Love the yoda shirt, and you look beautiful!!!
    xoxo
    Lia

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  3. Aww thanks chica! I'm trying to get more adventurous with my hair. Blowdrying is boring and takes too long!

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  4. Your hair looks awesome! I think I am definitely going to try this out to compare and see how this looks vs. my natural waves...yes I am on rare occasion an Asian w/wavy hair! So glad we chatted over twitter, come by for some vino when u r in Chicago :)

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  5. Thank you! There's something about these waves! Uber sexy!!

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  6. Oh so cute!! Too bad I can't do french braids on myself! Maybe i can teach my husband...

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  7. Great tutorial, I love looks waves like that and this looks like it would be so easy.

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  8. Jackie- that's too funny! What we do for love!

    Jaclyn-it takes a little practice, but it's worth it.

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