A quick and easy braided bun for those days you want to look chic, but not put in too much effort. Aka, the story of my life...
+ color-matching hairpins, small and larger grippy ones
+ small hair tie, optional
1. Begin by parting your hair as you prefer, then sweep a strand from each side of your head to create a half-up-half-down style—adding a twist at the end as you bring the two sides together at the back of your head. When sweeping I like to leave the front slightly loose to add volume and softness.
2. Using to the 2 lightly twisted strands you've pulled from each side, lift one over the other to begin the over-under pattern of a braid. To create the third strand, I pull from underneath and slowly add to each strand as I walk the braid down through my hair.
3. Once the braid is long enough, you can choose to secure it with a hair tie or leave it loose. Taking a gentle hold of the braid with your right thumb and pointer finger (feel free to reverse these directions if you're left handed) at the nape of your neck, using your left hand wrap the braid around this hold as many times as you can—making sure to leave a slight tail.
4. Use your left thumb to gently tuck the tail of the braid up and under the bun. Continue to hold in place while you use a few hairpins to secure the braid tail into the bun. Follow this up with as many hairpins as you need to secure the entire bun. I often use the larger grippy hairpins for this part.
5. Shake your head left and right to make sure it will not move throughout the day. Add any more hairpins you might need. Feel free to gently pull at strands or add extra side sweeps at this point. You can do this by gathering some side-swept hair with a hairpin, moving the hair slightly higher and inserting the hairpin against the direction of the sweep.
+ The more discrete the hairpins the softer and cleaner the look.
+ If you have thick heavy hair, you may need to add a hair tie over the braid at the nape of your neck to provide support.
You can create this hair style with dry or wet hair. Yep, you're welcome. ;)
À votre santé!