Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hair Tutorial // Maiden Braids Updo

Every single time I wear this hairstyle out people compliment it and/or ask how I did it, and lately I've had a few people request a tutorial on the process, so here it is! 

 This hairstyle is super fast and easy (maybe you're noticing a reoccurring theme with all these 'fast and easy' tutorials I have on this blog eh?:)) and its especially nice on an off hair day to have something that I can just whip up and it looks like I've spent a lot of time! I like that I can also wear this with a dress and heels, or with a t-shirt and jeans. People will compliment you every time!

Supplies Used:
  • Volumizing Hairspray
  • Basic Braiding Knowledge:)
  • Hairbrush
  • Bobby Pins
Tip: I certainly recommend doing this in front of a mirror, and checking the back every once in a while to make sure you have a smooth bump goin' on.
 
Step 1: Unless your hair is already full of product you may want to add a bit of texture. I like to use a dry shampoo or just spray a bit of hairspray here and there, lifting as you go, lightly coating areas of your hair. This will not only help with the teasing in step two but will give your hair more fulness and body. 

 Step 2: Devide your hair into two sections (top and bottom), and back comb a little (gently) underneath the top half. Spray with a little hairspray, and smooth over the top with a comb. This will help give you more lift from the front.
Step 3: Devide your hair in half once again, this time from side to side (like your doing milkmaid braids), being sure to separate the hair at the nap of your neck to avoid a severe part. Severe parts are not our friends ladies! They make your hair look thin:) Begin braiding.
 Step 4: Next you'll want to remember to stop braiding about 4-5 inches down and tug the hair out of the braid a bit (we don't want flat head after all our bodifying:)). I usually do this by just put my fingers to my scalp in a pointing upward position, and than move my wrist upward without moving my fingers so that my hand is now pointed in a downward position. Make sense? This tends to lift the hair a bit without frizzing up my smooth do:)
Step 5: Next criss-cross your braids behind your head, and pull the first braid up and over your ears to the crown of your head. Secure your braid firmly by placing your bobby-pins in towards your scalp in a downward position. This will mean you only need 4-6 pins per braid! When you bring your second braid up to pin, simply tuck the ends of each braid underneath the other and secure with a couple pins.
  Step 6: Once you've got your braids both secured well, you may wish to 'fluff' up your volume again using your fingertips or whatever. Gravity is not our friend, and will constantly work against those of us who want big hair:) Spritz on another little coating of hairspray, and that's all there is to it!! 
Now that you're all done you'll want to take a hand mirror or use a two-way mirror to check the back of your lovely new do! If you find your hair to be a little frizzy or unkempt (ahem), use a comb to fine-tune the back. 
Be sure and ask if you have any questions about this hairstyle or requests for future hair tutorials. Also let me know if you decide to give this a try! 



Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Xo, Emmy

31 comments:

  1. This looks lovely, Emily! Will definitely have to try this as I love doing the "messy bun" up do and putting braids with it.

    Thanks for sharing. =)

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  2. I am not sure if my hair is long enough for this, but I'll definitely try this out! Such a fun hairstyle!

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  3. I too have been rocking the maiden braids on lazy days for the last few months, I need to remember to tease out the back a little more, it makes them look so much better! You look gorgeous girly! XO Lori

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  4. Seriously I´m not gay, but I only discover your blog today, and I´m amazed with your face..... your freckles are so cute, you eyes and hair are amazing!

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  5. Adorable! Nice little tutorial, too. I'll have to try it soon.

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  6. Gorgeous and looks really nice on you ;)

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  7. You are so gorgeous! I'm going to have to try this!

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  9. super cute! thanks for the tutorial!!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful! I can't say it enough ,I want your face, your hair, gosh I can't stand looking at your blog because my envy levels seem to sky rocket... oh well, I love you anyway :) Your hair looks beautiful and if I were to have long hair I would be jumping on this!

    Janelle

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  11. hello from Italy!
    You're so beautiful, I like the way this hairstyle is on you and the effect with your bangs!

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  12. Great tips. I like the no part bit. Makes sense.

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  13. I have just found your blog today and Emily you are just beautiful.

    Rachael.

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  14. Thank you so much for the sweet comments!! Every single one is much much appreciated!

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  15. I wish I could pull this off....you have gorgeous hair!! Mine is way too frizzy :(

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  16. Lovely post and tutorial! Awn, too bad I only discovered it today... now my hair is too short to try it!

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  18. excellent points altogether, you simply gained a brand new reader. What would you suggest in regards to your post that you made some days ago? Any positive?

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  19. Thank You Emily for share that wonderful tutorials. I love the bun tutorials. My hair is very, very long (until my waist) but I will try today. Thank you

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  20. I love this hair style, looks so romantic..

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  21. This is SO pretty!

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  22. Such a beautiful look, love it! I really like this one on you, you look lovely!

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  23. I am definitely trying this one tomorrow!!

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  24. I have just come across your blog, I LOVE this hairstyle and must try it!I have pretty long hair, so I am pleased to see that it works for you, gives me some hope when I try it. Newfollowerwiththesamenamealert! x

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  25. So cute! I really like all of your tutorials.
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  26. these tutorials are FANTASTIC!!! thank you so much for sharing! I've been getting a little bored with the same old way of doing my hair every day, so thank you, thank you!

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  27. Thanks so much!!! I wear this hairstyle all the time! Yay for hair, braids, and you!!!

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  28. Thank you so much!! I wear this hairstyle all the time! I am not creative, especially with hair. Yay for hair, braids, and your tutorials! Emily

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  29. oooh its so cuuuute! i wear my hair diff every day at work i get bored with the same darn pony. and it keeps it outta my face. Thanks a mil girl ;)

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  30. How about a tutorial on bangs? I'm loving your bangs!

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