Raven Reyes – The 100 Inspiration

First on my list is a hairstyle that stole my heart through its texture and general badassery. That ponytail has all the practical advantages of a usual ponytail with an extra element of fun created by the eye-catching twirls.

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The difficult part of this hairstyle is keeping everything in place before you tie everything together at the end. Arm yourself with patience and either hairclips or bobby pins, depending on what you have available. Take it slow the first time you try this style out. If you usually have a preferred parting use that and a few centimetres away create a second parting parallel with your initial one. Clip out of the away the rest and focus on the hair in between the two partings. Begin with a strand at near your forehead and start twirling and adding hair a you go towards the future base of your ponytail in the same way you would while French braiding. Twirl a bit beyond where you plan to secure the tail, securing it with small hair elastics and pin the twirl down as it will tend to unroll otherwise.  Repeat this on as many parting as you wish, you can have many around your head or only a few on the top where they are most visible. When they are all done, unpin them with one hand and one by one add them to your other hand to put them together in a tight ponytail. Secure it with an elastic and remove the individual hair ties. Now in order to take full advantage of the texture the twirls provide, fluff them up to cover up to a degree the partings.

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Enjoy looking like a badass!

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French Braid Bun – Collaboration with Wondervibes

The French braid bun is the easiest twist you can add to a French braid to turn the elegant classic into a beautiful updo. I have recreated this look on Raluca.

3 tips for this look:

  1. Begin from the crown of your head rather than from your forehead.

While starting from your hairline would look very interesting, if you are looking for an elegant formal I would recommend you start at the back from the crown of your head. Firstly, it is easier to start there as you have a thicker base for your braid if you have layers. Secondly, the look is faster to create in this way.

  1. Flatten and pull back strongly your hair for a sleek finish.

When creating a boho braid you tend to be a bit more careless in order to create dimension and texture. However, when we aim for a classic sleek look, we must ensure that we keep hairs under control and we must align the direction of the hairs we pull in the braid. You can use a comb or a toothbrush to brush though each strand of hair.

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  1. Plump it up or keep it small.

Depending on the length of your hair you can have a small and highly intricate looking bun or a large and fluffy bun. If you chose a small bun you just need to wrap the braid very tightly around one finger. Have the broader side of the braid facing the finger and as you wrap slowly remove your finger and press the bun to the nape of your neck in order to tighten it. Tuck in the end of your braid under the bun and secure it with as many bobby pins as you prefer. If you go for puff, put the broader side of the braid against the head and pin as you go to keep the whole bun in place as it is larger. You can fluff the edges of the braid to make it even bigger or go for a slicker look.

Raluca went for full sleek look and an intricate small bun to complement her elegant shirt for the day.

What to do with a classic braid?

Milkmaid Braids

Now the name may sound unappealing to some but that’s no reason why not to milk the classic braid of its worth and come off super cute and dreamy at the end. You can split your mane wither with a straight comb or sometimes just your pinky. As hair does not grow in a grid sometimes it’s quite hard to obtain a straight line so make sure to check the mirror often if that’s what you are going for. You can also try to put your forehead down and start parting from the back of your head to the forehead. This should help as the hair on the top of your head generally has already some patterns of parting which are harder to follow down the back where you can’t see anymore. Now take the tips from the classic braid from my previous posts and split them in two. I would recommend to gather all the hair on one side behind the ear before you start braiding away from your head, that will make the braid more flexible to pull over the crown of your head and the root of the braid being right behind your ear gives it more often than not the length to reach the other side of your head as well as to not look awkward.

Your best friends now are bobby pins. With both braids done you can start putting them up one by one. Use the mirror to find the best place for you to pin it, some people prefer it really high up while others stay close to the forehead. Once you found the perfect place, pin the hair in place. To avoid showing bobby pins everywhere, aim to pin in the lower layers of hair in order to have the top strands cover the metal. Use as many pins as you feel necessary and cross them over one another in order to prevent them from slipping away. When you get to the second braid, position it over the ends of the first braid crossed over and then look to pin the other edge under the initial braid. Two awesome things come from this. Firstly, your ends are hidden. Secondly the two braids look more interwoven and dimensional, like a real crown.

Tips for your basic braid

An essential of all long haired individuals is a basic functional braid. Once you have that down you can do anything anytime with your hair. The tricky part is adapting it to your hair type as well as haircut.

  1. Thick hair.

You are lucky! Your braid will be textured and long. A braid in such a hair type will easily become a statement. To make it more 3D the tip is to twirl the strands on your finger as you braid as this gives dimension to the individual stitch of the braid.

  1. Thin hair.

Thin hair can be versatile but might need some product in it as well. If you want a low key out of the way braid you can just throw in a normal braid and forget all about it as you go about your day. Beyond practicality, if you prefer to have thicker braids you can do two things which work separately but also together. You can give dimension to your braid by twirling the individual strand in every stich you make. This makes your strand look like a tube rather than like a ribbon. This makes the braid thicker by default. Another thing you can do is to gently pull the edges of the braids. You must be careful to not undo your braid so only tug on the very edge of the strands as they are interwoven.

  1. Shorter or layered hair.

The biggest issue to look out for is edges poking out of the braids. Usually people attack them with bobby pins and hairspray but it doesn’t always work and it can be quite annoying as you might have to redo your braid through-out the day. One trick is to put some hair oil on your hands while you braid as it makes for a smoother outside of the strand and makes the hairs stick together some more while also protecting your hair. If your layers are towards the base of your braid, consider not adding them. Leaving them out of your braid cuts some of your problems as well as opens up for opportunities such as having strands frame your face or twisting them away from the face and pinning them back in a semi-fringe or just as an interesting detail in your hair. Ultimately choppy and messy braids with some colourful accessories can easily become the boho hairstyle of your dreams so embrace them.

Let me know if you enjoyed these tips and tricks and don’t hesitate to contact me if you want me to discuss anything in particular!