Saturday, April 26

Festival Hair Week: Bohemian Gypsy Style

Hi:) I hope you're having a great weekend! Today's tutorial is not really an average every day style, and it's definitely different than most other tutorials I do on the blog, but I've gotten a fair amount of requests for gypsy style/faux dreadlocks type of styles, and I figured that this would go perfectly in the line-up for my Festival Hair week! I used to do various versions of this to my hair a lot in high-school, so it's fun to finally get it out on here:
What do you think? This tutorial may seem complicated but I promise it's much easier than it looks, and it's lots of fun to do! I may have to do a video for my channel soon so you can see more easily how simple. It's really just random placement of some faux dreadlocks and some braids, feathers, etc, and you don't have to worry about it looking messy or unkempt because that's a big part of the whole idea anyways!:) 
Also if you have a festival or fair you're going to or something of that nature, it's really fun to do once in while. Also because you're using coconut milk enriched serum to coat the dreads you're really nourishing your hair while you wear this style, so that's pretty neat too! haha I'll shut up now though and get on with the tutorial:

Tools & Supplies:
 head scarf // hair-ties // dry shampoo // teasing comb // coconut milk serum // a hair clip // hair spray
Method:
Steps 1-3: Start by giving your whole head a good coat of dry shampoo as you work it in with your fingers to give your hair better texture and grip. Give yourself a deep side part. (1) Start separating small chunks of hair randomly from the top of your head, braid them, and pull the braids apart a bit to give them more size. (2) Tease your crown a bit for lift if you'd like. Divide your hair into two sections horizontally(see photo (3)), the lower section being about 1/3 of your hair and the top section with the other 2/3. 
Steps 4-6: Secure the top section with a clip for later and (4) tie your scarf around your head, with the knot in the back. Let you top section down and (5) divide that into two horizontal even sections . (6) Separate your top most section in half vertically right down the middle and...
Steps 7-9: (7) ...tie it in a half knot. (8) Securing the knot in place with several bobby pins. Begin creating your faux dreadlocks by (9) sectioning off 1-2 inch clumps of hair and twisting them from top to bottom. 
Steps 10-12: (10) Squirt out some of your serum and (11) rub it along the length of your first twist. Tease your twist by (12) combing upward from bottom to top every 1-2 inches down the length of it. This will secure your 'dread', and separating each tease by at least an inch will ensure that your 'dreads wash right out with your next shampoo. Add in as many dreads as you wish (I've done my whole head many times), also add in any feather extensions, clip-ins, beads, etc that you wish, give the whole thing a little coat of hairspray for some extra hold if you wish, and you're all finished!
feather earrings c/o The Feather Junkie / headscarf - thrifted vintage / jewelry - fred meyer / shirt - forever21

Again this is really more a specialty hairstyle for most people that you might not do very often, but it's still fun to get those type of tutorials out, and I'm answering the requests of a lot of you readers as well so I hope this is what you were hoping for! 

Remember as always that I love hearing your questions if you have any, and lastly if you give this or any of my other tutorials a shot I'd love to hear about it or see pictures if you posted any, so please let me know!:)
Thanks for visiting today,
xo, Emily

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53 comments:

  1. Sexy. I love how textured this style is.

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    1. hey hey:) I love it too! Fun to do something a little different from my norm.haha
      xo

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    1. Thank you Shannon! I'm gonna have to repeat this a lot this summer:)
      xoxo

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  3. I'm growing my hair out, it's just past my chin now. Your entire selection of hair tutorials helps me keep going, but this really renewed my excitement. I will use this, a lot.
    Thank you!

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    1. that makes me so happy to hear it really does. Thanks so much for passing that on!
      Have a great day darlin'!

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  4. how many braids do you do? Love this :) There's a big festival/street vendor deal every summer in my city, and this summer I have a booth so I'll have to try my hair like this!

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    1. oh that sounds perfect! I did about 8 braids in this style, but you can of course do as many as you want! Thanks for visiting!
      xo

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  5. Love your tutorials! I also have long (red) hair so it's fun to see what other options I have besides straight, curly, or a pony tail! Do you self tan or are you naturally that tan?? If not, you should do a tutorial!!

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    1. Thanks so much! And no I'm not a natural tan with this red hair and freckles.haha I wish! so a tutorial is a great idea, I'll have to get one up soon!
      xoxo

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    1. I'm so glad Friend! Thanks so much!
      You're the best:)

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  7. you are adorable! i love this mass of waves. :)

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  8. That's such a fantastic hairstyle for a festival or a party!

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    1. I agree! I'm so glad you like it!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting, I really appreciate it!

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  9. I love this! Will totally use this sometime this summer when my hair is too wild for a sleek style anyway and I want something with a lot of texture. :)

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    1. good I'm so glad! I always have a lot of fun with it, and it's definitely as complex as it looks!

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  10. I love this look, thank you for the tutorial

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  11. This is so cute, keep up the great work ♥ from SoCal

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    1. Thank you so much:) and thanks for visiting!

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  12. Wow! Pinned this for later, when my hair finally grows out! Love the feathers! <3

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    1. Aw! You're way too sweet:) thank you so much!

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  14. It looks amazing. Kind of obsessed with this look!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that! It's certainly fun to do something a little different:)

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  15. I really love this! I would possibly wear my hair like this every day if it was long enough... It's getting there.

    Christen
    feathers and ash

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  16. Question: In the photo's 1 & 2 your hair is so well textured and wavy. Can you tell me what you shampoo with and product you used up to that point? Did you dry the hair naturally? Braided? Lol! Sorry for the million questions but I would love to replicate that with my hair!

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  18. This is really beautiful. Thank you for sharing how to create this look! I'm going to have to try it!!

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  19. Please do a video! I'm having trouble with #7 & 8. No matter how I knot my hair it doesn't look like your finished hair. I can get the fullness at the crown just not after where it looks like a ponytail.

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  20. Seriously, I love looking through all your posts- you are one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen! I'm being totally honest! I'm growing my hair out out to my hips and seeing how amazing your hair looks really inspires me!

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  21. Seriously you are one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen- like really. Like really really. I'm growing my hair down to my hips, but it grows so slow. Looking at your hair renews my patience with the process lol. I hope you have a great day!

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  22. Emily, I am OBSESSED with your hair tutorials! This look is gorgeous! I have super long, thick, curly red hair myself and am so tired of just piling it on top of my head. Can you tell me something about your regular cut? Is your hair cut to all one length or do you have long layers?

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  23. This is gorgeous! Could you please do a YouTube tutorial on this hairstyle? It would be so great to see how you do the faux dreads! Much love! Xx

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  24. Beautiful! I have that same scarf! My brother have it to me for Christmas one year, he said "it's just so you" I have used it at different times to create the perfect gypsy look!

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  25. I absolutely love this look! I would really enjoy seeing a video tutorial of this look!

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  26. I absolutely love this look! I would really enjoy watching a video tutorial on this look!

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  27. Where is the video tutorial located? I tried this look today....epic fail. :(

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  28. I have hair extensions. Not clip ins mine are weaved in so would this be a possible look for me

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  29. You have the most beautiful hair ever! :)

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  30. I'm a guy, and I would be totally blown away if a girl walked down the street with that. Best hair cut i think i've seen on a girl.. hopefully i can convince my girl to try it.

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  31. I love this style! You look so great with it! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  32. Your hair is gorgeous! I'm so happy I found this, I absolutely love the way it looks!

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  34. Could you do a video tutorial of this hair style?
    I am still learning how to do my hair and your videos help a ton!

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  35. Hi Emily - I really really LOVE this hairstyle! Is there probably a video of how to do on your youtube channel? Unfortunaltey I did not find it. I ask because I have in July my boho/hippie/country Wedding and want to have my hair done in this style.
    I showed the picture yesterday to my hairstylist - but she have never done such a style before. So I really really hope that you can give us some more detailled instructions (escpecially on the faux dreads)- THANKS in advance. If you want to email me - pls do so - judith.ernst@bnet.at

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  36. I was so happy to stumble upon this! I am volunteering at the local Renaissance Fair this year, and need a hair style to complete my gypsy look. This is perfect. I do have one question, what coconut milk serum are you using? I found a few, but they are vastly different in texture and consistency. Thanks for the lovely tutorials, I will be visiting often now!

    Jenn

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