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7 Secrets to Having the Braid Styles You’ve Always Dreamed Of

Braids Will Never Go Out of Style; Braid Styles Are in Our Genes!

If you love braids like I do, you know this is not just some fad that became fashionable in ’79 when Bo Derek made them famous in the movie “10″. Braids are in our genes! There is evidence that women were tempting caveman with braids as far back as 28,000 BCE. Wherever ancient works of art are found there seem to be evidence of women braiding their hair. No other hairstyle even comes close to competing as the most popular hairstyle of all time. That being the case, don’t you think it is about time you found out how to do braids right?

Braided hairstyles are quick and easy to do once you get the hang of it.  You can style your hair in a chic looking braid and this look will go anywhere, be it casual or formal. Braids are easy to pull off and comfortable to wear. Here are some creative ideas for braided hairstyles:

1. Braided Bangs

Braided Bangs

As far as braid styles go, there is nothing quicker or easier than braiding just your bangs. Start with a side part and comb out a 1 to 2 inch section of hair to braid. Do a traditional 3 section braid and pin it underneath your hair.  Or, use decorative hair pins to secure the braid and add a bit of bling to the style. This easy braid is subtle and sweet and it gives your hair a unique style.

2. The Braided Bun

Braided Bun Hairstyle

Braid styles from the Victorian era are always a favorite with long locks twisted up in feminine buns and braids. Here is a small trick to get a gorgeous braided bun. Start by french braiding both sides from the temples to the top of the ears, then finish with a regular 3 strand braid tying the ends with an elastic. Leaving both of the braided sides out and brush remaining hair into a low messy bun. Take the side braids and twist them up into the  bun. Use bobby pins to secure. The key here is to make sure that the side braids stand out in the twists. You can easily add a flower, bow, barrette or decorative hair comb for effect.

3. Headband Braid

Grecian Goddess Braids

For a headband braid, separate your hair from front to back at the ear. Take a section 1 to 2 inches wide from behind your ear and braid it as you would a traditional 3 strand braid. The wider the section the bigger the braid. Tie the end with an elastic. For a look like this one, backcomb your hair for height at the crown and pin it into a bun. For added softness, let some face framing layers fall out. Now, sweep the braid over your head and secure it underneath the bun with pins.  The braid should look like you are wearing a headband over your head. For a different effect, try braid styles like a french braid or fishtail braid.

4. Twisted Braid Buns

Twisted braid bun hairstyle

You can add a twist to your bun with this braid style. This is a fairly simple hairdo for a casual night out that adds a fun texture to your hair.  For this look, separate hair from front to back at the ear. Come the back into a ponytail. Take small sections and twist the hair until it curls onto itself. Pin them into the base of the ponytail. Backcomb the top for height and smooth it over pinning it at the top of the ponytail. Twist the hair at the sides and secure them into the base with pins. This look doesn’t need accessories, but a bit of sparkle never hurts!

 

5. Braid the Wool

Braided Wool Hair

Don’t have neon colored hair for a great looking braid style like this? Not to worry, you can add wool to your hair to create dazzling effects. Start by making a braid in the traditional style and add a thick strand of wool midway. Fashion this into the braid by pulling it along with a strand of hair and you will have a colorful looking creative braided bun. Try this with different color combinations of wool for a dazzling style!

6. Fishtail Braided Bun

Fishtail braided bun

Instead of the same old, same old braid down the back, try a fishtail side braid wrapped into a low bun! Create volume and body in your hair with volumizing products and a blowout with a round brush. Backcomb to the top and comb it through with your fingers for a textured effect. Try this hairstyle with the fishtail braid as that stands out the most and you will have great looking textured hair with lots interest.  Twist the braid into a low bun and secure with pins. Add hair accessories to this braid style for a sparkling effect!

For more fetching braid styles be sure to check out the Pinterest Braids we Love board.

Madhavi
Contributing author Madhavi is a senior editor at MetroMela with deep love and passion for all things fashion, lifestyle, health and wellness. Though she is a master’s graduate in human resource management, she fell in love with the idea of sharing her passion through content. She is an avid tracker of Indian and international fashion trends online.

 

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Doing Ponytail Hairstyles the Right Way

Why Ponytail Hairstyles Should Be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

There are dozens of variations on this chic classic. Piled high on the crown like Wilma Flintstone’s or clipped low on the nape like Audrey Hepburn’s, the only caveat is not to pull your hair back too tightly over an extended period of time, because it can break and, over time, you can lose your hair (Go for 100 percent elastic without metal clasps. That tiny metal bit may seem harmless enough, but it really snags the hair.)

Brush your hair back or part it on the side. (If your hair is curly, separate out a piece from the front, set it on a Caruso curler or heat curler for a few minutes, and let it hang smooth and loose.) Slick the top back with gel or pomade, and fasten with a banana clip, a ribbon, or a scrunchy—or, if your hair is really long, use several hands, spaced out every few inches. You can also smooth the hair back, bind it with an elastic, then separate a section of hair and wrap it around the elastic—or let it hang loose.

The Relaxed Pony 1

If you haven’t mastered at least a few new ways to create ponytail hairstyles . . . it’s high time you did!! Ponytail hairstyles not only top the charts for hairstyle trends, but they are also the easiest and most versatile hairstyles to create!

There is an unprecedented amount of women who are wearing their hair long right now, at least in the celebrity and media world. One reason is baby boomers have checked-out on the old, but long held idea that 50 somethings need to wear short hair. They are growing their locks almost in defiance, are looking great and thereby are creating the new 50 (which is 30?) Love it! No matter if you’re young or (not as young,) ponytails are ageless and are stirring up a whirlwind! And the fact that the party season is right around the corner means it’s time to get your ponytail hairstyles skills in line.

I’m pretty sure these ponytails can be copied easily enough by any of you who have worn a ponytail hairstyle before, but you may just need a little practice to get it down quick and easy. Slight differences in ponytail placement, curling, straightening, adding length, mussing-up or braiding and product usage, can give you a variety of ponytail looks to go with your mood!

Elegant Ponytail Hairstyles

Ponytail hairstyles can look totally elegant when swept entirely away from the face and are coupled with elegant earrings (and of course a diamond neclace). Either slightly backcombed on top or slicked down with a styling gel, these ponytails scream posh!

sleek ponytail

low ponytail

Ponytail with Bump and Side Swept Bangs

These ponys only take some backcombing and a touch of finishing spray for a flirty look. Straightened or curled ponytails with flattened side swept bangs look feminine, fun or dressy. Wrap the ponytail with some hair pinning it underneath for a finished look!

Teased Crown Ponytail

Side Ponytails are Versatile

The side ponytail is showing up the runways are braided, coupled with braids, mussy curled and straight . . . anything goes. Remember, you can buy hair extensions to create big thick braids, or ponytail extensions for even easier hairstyles. A quick trip to your local Sally’s Beauty Supply and you’ll be surprised at how many options your have.

Side Ponytail

Side Ponytail with a fishtail braid

One Minute Ponytails

Playful Ponytail

You can’t go wrong with an ultra-versatile ponytail. Last season’s look was sleek and modern, but now we’re seeing a shift towards soft and voluminous ponytail hairstyles.

To get the look, use a 1″ barrel curling iron and curl your hair from root to tip. I suggest using the Hairdo Wrap Around Pony for an extra boost, so using the same curling iron, create curls on the ponytail as well so the hair matches overall in texture.

Next, work a paddle brush through your waves to give your hair added bounce and body. Pull your hair back into a ponytial and attach the Hairdo Wrap Around Ponytail and spray with a medium hold hairspray to complete this look.

Ponytail Extension

Ponytail hairstyles are a feminine way to pump up the coquette side in you this fall and change some bad hair days into good. We’ve got dozens more head turning ponytail ideas on my Pinterest Ponytails board. Take a little bit of time to get down the mastery of ponytail hairstyles . . . And voila! . . . You’re adorable!!

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The Shag Haircut Comeback

These Adorable Shag Haircuts Will Make You Want to Grab the Scissors!

When Harry met Sally back in 1989, women of the world met Sally’s shag haircut, a layered hairstyle that would go on to become one of the most copied in recent history. Fast-forward a few years: Model Freja Beha Erichsen came strutting down the runways with a brand-new version of the shag haircut that had editors . . . well, let’s just say those noises Meg Ryan made in her famous sandwich scene were not far off. “The new shag has a definite rock and roll feel,” says hairstylist Sam McKnight, who has tended to Erichsen’s shag.“It’s almost boyish . . . more messy than pretty, like the shag haircut of the ‘70s.” Think allover layers that look positively unkempt as opposed to perky—Mick Jagger, not Meg Ryan. The fervor over Erichsen’s hair has only increased as she’s grown it out, demonstrating the style’s ability to look good at every length.

The shag haircut

According to hairstylist Christiaan, who also cuts Erichsen’s layers, this is because it’s more “ragged out” than its ‘80s incarnation . . . in other words, it has an edgier, hacked-into effect. While the cut may indeed convey toughness, its tousled layers are also undeniably sexy. “Blunt plays well in the boardroom,” Model Solange Wilvert says Christiaan. “But this plays better in before she was the bedroom.” Which should come as no surprise—it is, after all, dubbed the “shag.”

Rough Treatment

A shag’s intentionally messy layers may make it the ultimate do-nothing haircut. Not only is it wash-and-go, it’s don’t-wash-and go: “I tell people to shampoo only every second or third day,” Christiaan says. “It allows the hair’s own oils to give it some natural texture.” If you need a little something more to achieve the right piecey finish, try a dollop of light hair cream (we like Pantene Pro-V Anti-Frizz Straightening Crème and Kiehl’s Stylist Series Creme with Silk Groom). Rub a pea—size dab between your fingertips and scrunch damp or dry hair lightly for the desired look of semi-dirtiness.

As a more-styled alternative, consider erratically straightening your hair: On air-dried hair, smooth random sections with a flat iron, leaving others untouched. (Don’t let the iron linger—a very quick pass over each section will suffice.) “Vary the sizes of the sections,” McKnight says. “On some pieces, do just the roots, and on others just the ends. The more haphazard-looking, the better.”

How to Get the Cut

Not only can a shag be straight, wavy, or curly, it can also be any length, from above the ears to below the shoulders—making it less of a specific shape and more of a mentality. “This is not a cookie-cutter, cut,” says McKnight, global style ambassador for Pantene. “So it’s even more important than usual to go to someone whose work you know and like.”

  • Ask Your Pro to Cut Like and Amateur ~~ Tell your stylist to make it look like you took a pair of scissors to your hair yourself. “That’s what Freja always asks for,” McKnight says.“You’re aiming for a grown-out kind of vibe.”
  • Seriously Consider Bangs ~~ Full-on fringe is not mandatory, but you’ll at least want to think about a few brow-length, bang-like pieces in front, which can be swept to the side. If you forgo them, make sure your shortest layers are longer than ear length. “Otherwise, shorter bits may get in your face and drive you crazy,” says McKnight.

Customizing the Cut

“The shag is really a bespoke cut,” Mcknight says. “It’s different on every individual.” Here, how to tailor the look to your hair type.

  • If you have fine Hair~~ A lot of choppy layers can make fine hair look thinned-out, which, paradoxically, creates an unfortunate fluffiness. As for length: Not everyone with fine hair needs to go short, but if you’re very wispy to begin with, ask your stylist to bring the ends up to at least shoulder length.
  • If You Have Thick Hair ~~ Coarse hair usually works with any length of shag haircut, but it may require additional thinning out to reduce the bulk. This can be achieved either by layenng or cutting with a razor (which should not be done more than once every four to six weeks, as it can split and damage the hair).
  • If You Have Curly Hair ~~ “Loose curls make a shag look, more free,” Christiaan says. (Those with tight spirals should skip this cut.) Opt for a bob length or a short boy version that has longer layers around the ears and the front. “If it’s too long all over, the curls will form a heavy block,” McKnight says.

Shag Layered Haircuts are Back From the Past

Medium Length Shag

Layered shag haircuts are one of the most commonly requested haircuts that I get. Everyone wants a layered haircut, whether they are long layers, short layers, or somewhere in between. What I’m suggesting a lot right now is an updated version of the layered shag. Remember the shag layered haircuts from the 70’s and 80’s? Well, they are back again in a big way!.

Taylor Momsen and Kristen Stewart, are just two celebrities to jump on the layered shag haircut bandwagon. Their layered haircuts are a bit more on the extreme versions of this layered hairstyle. I prefer something that you can wear every day, so here are some layered haircuts that are great for everyday wear:

Short Shag Haircut on Lisa Rinna

Short Layered Shag Haircuts

Meg Ryan, first made the short layered haircut famous and Lisa Rinna has now perfected it. Their layered shag haircuts are perfect examples of what I’m talking about. A layered shag hairstyle is great for someone who wants a lot of body, movement and texture in their short hair. If you want to steal this hairstyle, I would suggest asking your hairdresser for super short layers blended into the length of your hair.

This is such an easy haircut to style in the morning, you’ll be able to get out of the house in a flash! Blow dry all over, no need to use a brush and then add some texturizing product like Bed Head Manipulator, into the hair and style. I love these short layered shag haircuts since they are so easy to style and so stylish to wear!

Medium Layered Shag Haircut

Medium Layered Shag Haircut

Incorporating this shag hairstyle, are great for those in the process of growing out their hair. It will give you a fabulous new look while your hair is ‘in-between’ hairstyles. For a medium layered shag, you can get away with longer layers. Have your hairdresser cut in all over layers and then go back and do loads of texturizing throughout for that shaggy look.

Long Hair Styles

Long Layered Shag Haircut

I love, love, love this look! This is a great way to add a lot of volume and body to long, lifeless locks. If you love this long layered haircut too, ask your hairdresser for a lot of choppy layers throughout your long hair. You can style this by flipping hair in and out with a flat iron or large barrel curling iron and then spraying a dry wax spray throughout layered pieces. I like Paul Mitchell’s Dry Wax, because it doesn’t seem to leave too much of a build up on strands.

These long layered haircuts are so hot right now, I think I may just have to copy Ashlee Olsen’s hairstyle and claim it as my own. Remember that we are all about change and switching up your hairstyle this season, so why not try one of these shag-alicious styles.

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How to Get the Shattered Shag Haircut

The Shattered Shag Haircut

  • The Cut ~~ Long, sliced-in layers make one of the sexiest shag hairstyles I’ve seen from the hands of Heidemarie Hisle of Phoenix, AZ, the cut truly emphasizes today’s on the edge styled woman. The longest pieces appear in front for the illusion of length; back and side layers are short enough for control. Jagged bangs bring the feeling full circle.
  • The Color ~~ Cool russet with a hint of copper comes from a custom formula you can only get in a hair care salon. By using natural brunette as the base and adding the top tones, you get natural depth and dimension.
  • How to Style It ~~ Work mousse throughout your hair and dry as you use a round brush to create the basic shape. When hair is damp, mist on spray gel or a finishing spray and continue to dry, emphasizing the piecey layers. To finish, take a touch of styling crème and finger-comb the front and surface strands.

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