Braids for Days

Floral dress on laura with braided hair

I think it’s a common tale that waking up to the “windblown” look, with the night before still crusted around your eyelashes, isn’t the ideal situation. Got time to comb out the bird’s nest? Nope! Hope your toast doesn’t burn.

No matter what stage of life from which you hail, I think we can all agree that shaving even just ten minutes off your morning routine is basically the lifelong dream of all women. Ok, well maybe not quite, but it’s still a pretty big deal!

Luckily, with the advancements of modern technology…

Just kidding 🙂 The simplest solution to a bad case of bed-head has actually been around for decades: the BRAID.

Ladies, this one’s a lifesaver and can be worked in an impressive array of styles:

1) Kickin it classic.

Floral slip-dress and jean button-up available on Farminista.com
Floral slip-dress and jean button-up available on Farminista.com

This cute side-braid is the morning do that never fails! Legit. However, it isn’t exactly your regular braid. So what gives this look that extra bit of glitter? As pictured above, I have carefully pulled out the edges of each curve in the braid in order to create the illusion of volume. Fortunately, with this look, a head of messy locks is actually an asset and helps to give it that effortless, beach-tossed feel!

 

2) Stepping it up!

Knit sweater with beaded, shoulder detailing available ob Farminista.com
Knit sweater with beaded, shoulder detailing available on Farminista.com

As of late, is seems the “medieval meets new age” trend has gracefully managed to edge its way from catwalk to sidewalk and into the wardrobes of everyday fashionistas. However, my guess is that, “back in the day”, your average maiden was not making regular trips to visit the local Mark Anthony. That being said, this look is perfect for when you feel like getting a little creative and you want to do it yourself… quickly. As pictured above, I have simply taken the braid, as it appears in the first image, and rolled it up towards my jaw, fastening it underneath with as many pins as needed. Sounds simple? YEAH. No catch. While this style can still be rocked with a fairly casual ensemble, I’ve found that it’s also an easy way to give my look a noticeably more formal appearance in just a few minutes.

 

And last, but definitely not least…

3) The Goddess Braid!

Photo credit: Natalie Robin
Photo credit: Natalie Robin

Because, really – what woman doesn’t enjoy feeling as though she were dropped from the sky like a preciously wrapped chocolate? Unlike the gods of Olympus, however, my “divine secret” doesn’t involve a trip to the snack isle. In this image, I’ve taken a medium sized section of hair from just above my temple and braided it as before, pulling out edges of each curve in the braid in order to enhance its volume. To finish off, simply lay the braid across the top of your hairline and secure the end with a pin underneath! If you’re feeling particularly lavish and do have a few minutes to spare, try curling the ends of your hair or an intense lip colour to achieve a more dramatic look.

Alas, the various styles from which to choose, when braiding, are far too numerous to detail.

So whether you’re aiming to tame your morning mane or to please the hair gods themselves, any one of these braided looks will have you feeling like gold and free of your bed head in minutes 😉

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