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Teach Me: French Buns for Wet Hair

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You may or may not be aware of this, but I am one of the Laziest Bloggers on Earth.  If I can take some kind of shortcut with my hair or makeup, you can bet I’ll be all over it.  That’s why I love this hairstyle!  It’s quick, easy, and you can do it straight out of the shower.  Here’s how:

Starting with wet hair, comb back the top and twist, twist, twist!  You’ll want to twist until your hair starts to double back on itself.

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Roll the strand into a bun and secure with a bobby pin.

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Take two pieces of hair from each side of your head and do the same thing–twist them into a small bun and secure below the first one.

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Then do it once more to get all your hair into teeny buns.

And that’s it!  Once you get the motions down, experiment with the number of buns or the placement–have fun!  If you try this out, be sure to let me know!

 

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Teach Me: Quick Crown Twist

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I’ve been playing around a lot with new hairstyles, and this is one I came up with for days when I’ve slept past my alarm, I haven’t had time to shower, and I need to do something nice to my hair for a big meeting.  This style will take you all of one or two minutes, and all you need are a few bobby pins!

  1. Part your hair deeply on one side.  I like to part mine right above my ear.
  2. Take the top section of your hair and start twisting away from your face. Take small sections of hair and incorporate them as you twist your hair around your head.
  3. Once you get around your head once, take the remaining hair and twist it into a long…twist.  (I don’t know if there’s a better word for that!)
  4. Pin that twist above the opposite ear, carefully tucking the ends underneath.

 

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Teach Me: Easy Braided Bun

Since the spring, I’ve been trying out all kinds of braided buns, and there are two versions I really like.  The first is a very elegant and full version done by Rebecca of The Clothes Horse, which you can find here.  The second, the one I’ve done today, is a bit more understated and messy, and I love how it’s a little asymmetrical.

It only takes a few minutes to do, and all you need are two small elastics and a handful of bobby pins.  Since I’m still a little new to hairstyling, I also used two mirrors to check my work.

  1.  Divide you hair into two sections–one on top and one on the bottom.  Braid the top section together.  Try to do this all behind your head to get a nice, full braid.

2.  Braid the bottom section of your hair.  This time, I’d suggest starting to braid it behind your head and then pulling it in front to finish it.  This gives it a curve that makes it easier for the next part.

3.  Take the bottom section and twist it into a small bun.  Secure with a couple of bobby pins.

4.  Take the bigger braid on top and wrap it around the small bun you’ve just made.  Tuck in the ends and add a few more pins.

And that’s it!  Once you get the method down, it’s easy to customize–you can make the top braid loose and flowing or tight and chic.  I just bought this bow and wanted so badly to wear it for a blog post, so here it is!

Speaking of this bow, I recently found out one of my old college friends opened up an Etsy shop.  She’s selling all kinds of cute, handmade bows, and I had to have one!  I love the soft floral print and that it’s big enough to make a statement.  If you’d like to check out her shop, you can find it here.

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Teach Me: Macrame Braid

Since we’re really in the dog days of summer, I’m forever vetting looks that keep my hair out of my face.  My favorite way to contain all that blonde hair has been an abundance of braids, so this tutorial is no exception!  A variation on a regular braid, the macrame style has a little more of a twist but is just as easy to do.

1. Brush out your hair, and depending on how wavy or curly it is, you might also want to straighten it.  The smoother your hair, the easier the style will be.

2.  Braid a 1″ section of your hair as you normally would, but make sure you make it looser rather than tighter.

3.  When you get to about 1″ left of hair, grasp the two outside strands in one hand and the middle strand in the other.  Pull the outside strands up to get a little wave going on in the braid!

And that’s it!  At this point, you can do whatever you want with it.  Personally, I think it looks really cool if you leave it as is, without pinning it or securing with a hair tie.  It has a sort of beachy vibe, which is a concept I’m only vaguely familiar with (a crying shame because I’m not far from Lake Michigan).

Also: bonus Moxie picture.  I literally cannot sit on the floor without her attacking me with kisses.