Weekend Hair: Braids

braids tracee and penelope

Take Penelope’s word for it—it’s possible to wear braids as an adult in a swimsuit without the obvious Bo Derek subtext.

Now, I’m not going to pass judgment on anyone, but if you’re a woman, you need to know how to braid—if not for your sake, then for your daughter’s—and if not for hers, then for your ends in twenty years, which would certainly benefit from the protective nature of plaits.

A braid like Penelope’s starts at the nape of the neck, where large pieces are loosely woven together. When finished, you can gently tug at the braid for added “I’m perfectly flawed” messiness.

Tracee’s braids require more effort, but I have faith in you. Separate hair into three vertical sections; with the middle section the largest and the sides slightly smaller. If your hair is curly, spritz hair with a moisturizer like Carol‘s Daughter’s Tui Moisturizer Leave-In Conditioner. Using a brush with soft bristles, smooth hair from front to back and then braid the three sections separately. Collect the ends, folding them under and secure with a bobby pin.

The weekend is here. Have a little fun with your ‘do.

Photo credits: VOGUE and UPTOWN Magazine

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3 comments on “Weekend Hair: Braids

  1. Lisa Rollins says:

    These are great! I honestly didn’t know that tightening at the end of a loose braid created that look. Too cool! 🙂

  2. I’m digging these looks! I’ve been wanting to get back into braiding (my favorite was always a loose, messy fishtail), but I’ve been having trouble figuring out how to do it with layers. I’ve been growing them out for a year and they’re almost long enough to reach but not quite. I have pretty thick hair so bobby pins don’t always help (unless I need a better bobby pin technique). Do you have any suggestions?

  3. I’m digging these looks! I’ve been wanting to get back into braiding (my favorite was always a loose, messy fishtail), but I’ve been having trouble figuring out how to do it with layers. I’ve been growing them out for a year and they’re almost long enough to reach but not quite. I have pretty thick hair so bobby pins don’t always help (unless I need a better bobby pin technique). Do you have any suggestions?