When this summer rolled around, I vowed to get out of my “throw-my-hair-in-a-bun” rut. This month’s 4×4 post, “Summer Braids”, is helping to ensure I do just that. Jealeyni, Grace, Luci and I all came up with unique, but oh-so-easy to achieve variations on the basic summer braid that will make sure you look cute (aka get those fly-aways in check!) while staying cool.
My hair is naturally very curly making it difficult to work with regularly so when summer rolls around it becomes even worse and resembles something of an out-of-control wild child. Some days I don’t even want to bother with it because I know, no matter what I do, it’s just going to look like a clown wig (minus the rainbow of colors, of course) by the end of the day. Creepy but oh-so-true. Consequently, braids and buns tend to be my go-to summer hair style, but that can get pretty boring pretty fast. For a fun twist, and to make my hair look just a bit more put together, I decided to add a small braid across the top of my hair to my usual side braid. It took almost no extra time and I love the way it came out! Here’s the step-by-step on how to recreate this easy look-
Step 1: Start with clean, air dried hair (I like to use as little heat on my hair as possible in the warm summer months, but feel free to blow dry and/or straighten your hair first). Rub in a dollop of product to smooth out fly-aways. I usually use an oil or a leave-in conditioner cream.
Step 2: Create a deep part to one side and pull aside about a 2 inch section; braid into a small, tight braid, keeping as close to your head as possible. Let it hang down in front of your face when it is complete.
Step 3: Gather the remainder of your hair together and form it into a side braid. Secure the end with an elastic.
Step 4: Use your fingers to gently pull on the side braid for a looser look. Then bring the smaller braid tightly across your head and tuck the ends into the area where it meets the side braid. Secure with a couple of bobby pins.