Tuesday, April 22

Festival Hair Week: Basic Boho Braids + a Noonday Giveaway

Howdy:) Day two of my festival hair week is actually covering two things that I've been getting requests for a lot lately - basic braids that look age appropriate and not like you're trying to be a kid.haha and also braids that you can wear fun hats with! These particular braids have a more rustic finished look, but the method is the same and I'm excited to finally be putting out a little tutorial for you guys:)
Because my hair is so long, it can often look a little silly spilling out everywhere from under a hat, so more often than not I put my hair into two braids like these when I wear them. 
One last thing before starting, remember that keeping them loose while you braid will help them not look so 'american indian', and never starting the braiding higher than your shoulders is what keeps them looking mature and a little more sophisticated. Okay lets get going!

Supplies:

- two hair-ties or elastics
- hairspray - optional
- dry shampoo - optional

Notes: If you already have texture in your hair then leave out the dry shampoo otherwise spray a bit on for some grip. If you have silky or fine hair(like me!) then you'll want to include some hairspray to help the braids hold in place longer:)
Steps 1-3: (1) Start by separating your hair in half with a straight part down the middle, and if you need extra grip and texture work in some dry shampoo with your fingers. (2) Pick a side to start, separate your hair into three sections, and begin your braid (3) by first pulling your front-most section to the back. This will keep it from pulling towards the front more than you want it too. 
Steps 4-6: Make sure as you begin your braiding that you don't start around your ear level, but rather closer to your shoulder. this difference makes the difference between adult lady braids and 12 year old braids.haha Once you've braided your desired length, tie it off, (4) and tug the edges of the braid to loosen, as well as around your scalp. Repeat on the other side, only this time (5) I like to work in a few random braids here and there for some asymmetry. Tie the second one off, (6) loosen the hair around your scalp a bit, and you're all finished! 
Steps 7-9: (7) After tugging out from my scalp (8) I added a few feathers to each braid (for that extra bohemian touch) by tucking the pointy end upwards into the end of the braid, and (9) wrapped the ends with some leather cording to finish it all off. and you're all done!
Just your basic run-of-the-mill braids, but it's still great to get the tutorial checked off the list! I hope that you've learned a little something new or at least are inspired to do somethin fun with your hair today!
One last exciting thing before I finish up: Noonday Collectionthe inspiring company that sells the necklace I'm wearing here, has graciously offered to give one away to you guys! I really love the mission behind Noonday Collection and each beautifully handmade piece that they sell. This necklace for instance is called the 'Modern Angles Necklace' and it was handmade by artisans in Ethiopia from up-cycled metal and artillery. "These remnants of former weapons of conflict are new beautiful pieces of redemption. The women who make these pieces are HIV positive and they are proud to say they are no longer defined by their disease. If you want a deeper glimpse into the Noonday Collection artisans, here is a link to our Website." I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to work with Noonday Collection, I love knowing that my necklace has a history and so much meaning, and I'm so excited one of you will win one for yourselves, so lets get to it!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks again for coming by for a visit today, and if I don't see you back here for the rest of the tutorials this week, I hope you have a great rest of your week ahead!
xo, Emily


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46 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! Can I just ask what lipstick you are wearing in these pics? I love it!
    Thanks!

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  2. I wish i had your hair^^ !
    @ www.camille-marianne.blogspot.fr

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  3. Another amazing hair tutorial! Too bad my hair is a bit shorter (just a bit lower than my shoulders) and I cannot get it to stand in one place for such braids.
    Other than that I wanted to tell you that the new tutorial design is absolutely stunning!
    Great job!

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  4. Love the hairstyle! It's a perfect music festival look <3

    Cindy's Little Black Book

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  5. i would wear this just like you did or maybe with a black maxi dress!!

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  6. amazing and easy hair tutorial thanks for the giveaway

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  7. I love Noonday's Dahlia Necklace. GORGEOUS!

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  8. I love all the colors in the Bling Necklace.

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  9. First off, I am so glad you're doing hair tutorials again!! You have the most fabulous hair and as a fellow redhead I love trying all your styles out....although my husband is a little over all the bobby pins I'm leaving around the house! Secondly, love the new style of tutorials, so clean and sleek! Way to go! Anyway hope you're having a lovely day and please keep them coming!!!

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  10. First off, I am so glad you're doing hair tutorials again!! You have the most fabulous hair and as a fellow redhead I love trying all your styles out....although my husband is a little over all the bobby pins I'm leaving around the house! Secondly, love the new style of tutorials, so clean and sleek! Way to go! Anyway hope you're having a lovely day and please keep them coming!!!

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  11. Love the tutorial! May I ask where I can find both of the darling hats you're wearing in the photos?

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  12. Hi there! Love the tutorial! May I ask where I can find the darling hats you're wearing?

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  13. love the feather idea :) boho is my favorite but i feel like i'm just beginning to stretch out in that territory :) thanks for fantastic shots of a simple but super hot style :)

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  14. I have a purple dress that necklace would look lovely with!

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  15. I love the Linen and Stripes Catch All bag - that would be perfect for the pool this summer!

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  16. I love Noonday, especially the Ethiopian stuff! Maybe because it's beautiful or because my daughter was born there or both!

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  17. My favorite is my Annie earrings... I wear them with everything.

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  18. I love all my noonday pieces. This necklace is amazing!

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  19. love the tutorial today! thank you! I would totally style that necklace with jeans and a black tee! can't go wrong :)

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  20. I love the glimmer bracelet!! This necklace would be good with simple tshirt material tanks for the summer weather to look a little more put together ;P

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  21. I love the geometric look of this necklace so much that I think I would pair it with the simplest of clothes. A black dress or even to dress up a shirt and jeans. Love it! I also love the Clustered Bamboo Wrap necklace!
    mbrigham7 at yahoo dot com

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  22. I would pair it with a black vneck shirt and a light blue skirt, rounded off with black and gold sandals. Oh, and I can't forget the Athena cuff!

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  23. I'd wear it with my black vneck, blue skirt and black and gold sandals. Oh and I can't forget the Athena Cuff!

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  24. Noonday Collection rocks. All of it! And p.s. -- you have the. most. beautiful. hair!!!

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  25. Noonday Collection rocks! All of it!!
    And p.s. -- you have the most. beautiful. hair!!!

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  26. Beautiful! Can't wait to style my hair in messy braids this summer. You styled the neckless so well! I would rock that for sure.

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  27. I love the linked bracelet in sage from Noonday! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. Love this. Tried it yesterday and (of course:) it looks much better on you (my hair is really dark when parted down the middle because my natural highlights don't come through there) but it still was a fun and easy hairstyle! Wish I knew how to do fun stuff with my hair more often...I never had sisters to practice on but at least I have a daughter now so as soon as she gets hair I can use her for practice;)

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  29. I love everything noonday! La Gloria bag is my newest obsession

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  30. I've been looking for a way to wear braids since my hair has grown back out. Now I can do it with it without looking like a little girl! As a 21 year old who looks 15, this is a big deal :)

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  31. Love the necklace. I love the message behind it as well. I'm not big on jewelry usually because I never know how to wear it. But I could rock this with my teal maxi skirt for sure.

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  32. I love all their bracelets! Everything is so cute though! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. You're so adorable!! And a gorgeous Superwoman :-) I love following your blog and instagram!

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  34. I love how you style it!!!! I would style it the same way(: My email is perezashley60@hotmail.com. I would love to win. thanks!

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  35. Love this necklace!!! Absolutely gorgeous as always my friend :)

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  36. I love Junas Wristlet <3 great tutorial and I love your lipstick ^_~

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  37. Everything about you is so beautiful!

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  38. Hey lovely!

    I'm a close friend of your sister (Whit) and wanted to let you know how amazingly epic you are. Keep going strong, your light shines bright!

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