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1011 Tutorial :: Milkmaid Braid


Step 1:

  • Part your hair down the middle, from the front of your hair line to nape of your neck.

Step 2:

  • Braid symmetrical braids, one on each side, and secure the ends with an elastic band. Clear bands are easier to hide within the style.

Step 3:

  • Take one of the braids and pull it up and over to the opposite side of your head. Secure the end of the braid with bobby pins. You can hide the pins by placing them within the braid. The braid should rest on the head towards the front of the crown. Repeat with the opposite side, and tuck the ends under each braid-  As you secure this side, cover the ends of the other braid and tuck the ends of this braid under the other side. Secure with bobby pins.
  • You can also weave fabric into the braid if you wanted to spice the look up a bit. Just simply braid the hair with the fabric and secure it in with the elastic band. Spray with a light finishing spray.


Photography provided by Wedding Chicks

Posted on March 27, 2012 and filed under DIY Tutorial.

1011 Tutorial :: Fishtail Braid


Step one:

  • Gather hair into a ponytail and secure with a clear elastic band. You can either cut the band for a loose braid or you can wrap the band with hair to hide it upon completion.

Step two:

  • Divide the hair in the pony tail into two equal parts. If you would like to wrap the band with hair when finished, leave a small piece aside, separate from the two equal parts, and do not include this piece as you braid.

Step three:

  • Take a small piece from the outside of side one and pass the piece to side two (you can decide which side will be one and two). Next, take a small piece from the outside of side two and pass it to side one. Continue this process.  Once you pass each piece over you can forget about them, just let them gather into their new sides.
  • To keep the braid tight, every so often you can take side one and side two and pull them away from each other. This will help tighten the pieces you have already placed and braided.

Step four:

Once you have finished the braid (takes a lot longer than a normal three strand braid), you can secure the ends with an elastic band.  At this point you can either carefully cut the elastic at the top of the braid, or you can take the piece you set aside and wrap the band, securing the end with a bobby pin.

  • For a looser braid, upon completion, you can gently pull the braid apart, helping to separate the pieces a bit, loosening the braid.
  • For a sleeker braid, make sure to brush through your hair first, and try to keep the braid as tight as possible.
  • For a “messy/ boho” braid, you can add texture prior to starting the braid by curling your hair or teasing your hair a bit, and don’t worry about keeping the braid too tight as you work. This will help the braid to appear a bit thicker and looser. Spray with a light finishing spray.


Photography provided by Wedding Chicks

Posted on March 27, 2012 and filed under DIY Tutorial.

1011 Tutorial :: Messy Updo


Step One:

Before you begin prep your hair with thermal protectant, and curl your hair to create some texture. We like Rusk® Thermal Shine Spray with Argan Oil.

  • Section out the hair around the crown of your head, leaving out the front pieces, that frame your face, on both sides.
  • Back comb the hair you have gathered from the crown. Spray with a medium hold spray to help hold the back comb.
  • For best results use the fine tooth portion of your comb and start the back comb about 3 1/2 inches from the scalp, pressing the hair down, towards your scalp, to create a cushion and volume.
  • Lightly brush and smooth over the surface of the hair on the top, leaving the back comb in place on the under side of the section.

Step Two:

Once smooth, gather the hair around the crown and pin from each side creating an “x”.   You can slightly push the hair up to create lift and volume prior to pinning.

  • Try to keep the hair you have gathered centered on the back of your head, as you push up to create volume, it will be more even. You can use the end of a rat tail comb to lift areas where the shape and form of the hair are uneven or not as full as you would like.
  • Once secured with bobby pins, take one side of the hair you left down in front and bring it back to cover the previously pinned, “x”, section.
    Spray with strong hold hair spray before you pin.
  • If you have finer hair, or lots of layers, you can back comb the under side of this front section and smooth the outside/top as you bring the hair back to cover the pins.
  • As you pin the side section you can place the bobby pins under the hair and at an angel. The pin will still grab the hair to hold, but will no longer be noticeable. Depending on the thickness of your hair you may need multiple bobby pins to secure, making sure no pins are visible. Repeat with the other side.

Step Three:

  • Section out the hair however you would like for your custom up do. A quick and easy way would be four sections, two on top and two on the bottom.
  • Twist a section of hair, form a circle, and bring the ends of the hair through the center- as though you were tying a knot.
  • For a more playful look, bring the ends all the way through, creating a finished knot, and pin.  For a more structured look, do not bring the ends all the way through the center, and pin.

Step Four:

  • Pin through the center of the knot, making sure the pins are not visible. Making an “x” with the pins will help keep them secure.
  • You may need to secure the outsides of the knot as well. Pin from the outside towards the center, keeping pins close to the head as you pin the underside of the knot. Spray and repeat. Finish with a strong hold finishing spray.
  • If you have finer hair, you can back comb the hair prior to twisting the hair into the knot, creating a fuller look. If you have thick hair you may need more sections with less hair, and any hair that is not placed into a knot can be twisted and intertwined into the design you have created. Secure with pins.
Posted on March 27, 2012 and filed under DIY Tutorial.