Week 3: Holiday Wreath Braid at the Braid Bar
Hi and welcome back! Braid Bar Week 3 – Holiday Wreath Braid is so much simpler than it looks. As you can see from the picture, this braid is great for a quick updo style, a night out, a holiday party, or just a day when you need to get your hair out of your face…stylishly.
This braid is dependent on just a few things:
- An understanding of a Dutch Braid
- Enough hair on each side of your head to braid all the way to the nape of your neck
- Some really good bobby pins (see below for my recommendations).
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Step-by-Step Dutch Braid “Holiday Wreath”
Start with fairly “grippy” hair either by doing this style after a few days without washing, or by spraying some dry shampoo all over the hair. I’ve found that this is a good “day 3” hairstyle.
- Split the hair into two sections, as you would for pigtails. I usually split along my natural part and then just do the back by feel. I think that it looks better if it is not exactly parted in the back as it gives the sense of a little more fullness.
Note: This braid looks a lot more continuous/better in the back if you don’t try to part the hair directly in the middle.
- Since you will be doing the dutch braid on either side, see this tutorial for a very easy understanding of the dutch braid.
- Start with either side and do a quick dutch pigtail using all the hair you divided into that section. In order to get a lot of fullness from pancaking the braid, I stop periodically and gently pull on the braided parts to ensure it continues to look correct on the bottom. I also make sure to try to take equal chunks each time I add a section.
- Once you have incorporated all the hair in one section, continue braiding the hair to the end and hold the end with one hand.
- Continue to pull out the sections (gently) until you’ve reached the desired fullness
- Tie off with a clear elastic band (see below for my recommendations).
- Repeat this procedure with the other side of your hair
- With the smaller braid (mine is on the right side of my head), pull to the opposite braid and attach with a few bobby pins (one or two should be sufficient). Tuck the end of the pigtail braid underneath itself and hide the end with bobby pins.
- Now take the larger braided pigtail and pin across (or below if you have a lot of hair) the first braid. Pin the braid directly next to the other pigtail and hide the ends underneath.
- Using a second mirror to see the back, pin the braids where necessary to hide any loose ends.
- Use some hairspray or finishing spray to set the style in place.
Bobby Pin and Clear Elastic band recommendations
I have truly only had good experiences with one brand of bobby pins: MetaGrip Premium Bob Pins. I use a combination of the bronze or champagne color, but if you are a brunette or have black hair, they have black colored pins as well. There is such a huge difference between these and the normal pins you get in the pharmacy or grocery store, that I literally take these everywhere. I even carry a variety of colors in a pouch in my purse, just in case I have a friend who wants an emergency braid. Typically you can find just about everything else you need on site (at someones house, in someones purse, etc.).
Clear Elastics are a little less compulsory but I find are also useful to throw into my purse so I also always have a little stash of these are well. The ones I use are the Proclaim Super Stretch because you can break them easily if you want to get them out of your hair. No matter what brand you use, I highly recommend getting some of these for the hair styles, because the larger elastics definitely show more definitively in the final look.
Thanks and a word about Protective Hair Care
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