Around the Head French Braid

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Tonight is all about a hairstyle. I don’t have a link or a pin about this one. It was one of those pictures that circulate on Facebook. No link, just a picture. Tonight, after her bathtime, I bribed Chiara with Chicken-in-a-biscuit (crackers) to sit and let me play with her hair.

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Bribery always works on this little girl!

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She wasn’t 100% cooperative so this was a bit blurry! You start by pulling the hair into a ponytail at the crown if the head, leaving the edges of your hair down. Depending on your hair’s thickness, for instance if you have a 4 year old’s baby fine hair, you may need to have most of the hair in the ponytail.

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I started above her left ear and went up over the crown of her head. You take a small chunk of hair and separate it into two pieces and take the third piece from the ponytail.
After some playing around I discovered that it’s best to take more hair from outside the ponytail and smaller pieces from the ponytail. Otherwise you will run out of hair!

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You continue around the outside of your head. When you get to the underside of your head, it gets a little tricky. A clip may help, or you can flip the excess of the ponytail over the top of your head.

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As previously stated, it’s easy to run out of hair from the ponytail. Baby fine hair strikes again!
Once you reach the last of your ponytail hair, the easiest solution I found was to tuck the end of the hair under the braid and use some bobby pins to hold it in place.
All in all, I love the hairstyle, but I’ll wait till Chiara’s hair thickens up a little more. Or if someone with longer and thicker hair wants to volunteer……
Happy braiding!

Ballerina Bun (Remix)

Ballerina Bun (Remix)

I’ve been playing around with something like this for a while now. I actually styled most of my bridesmaids hair (with the assistance of Mrs. Doris Page) with the upside down braid, but instead of a bun, we curled the top and pinned them down. It was really pretty.
I think I like the curls instead of the bun because it helps hide the bumps on the side. Yes, I did this myself so doing this on someone else you can control the side bumps a little better, but still. On the other hand, the bun really shows off the braid. My husband says it’s goofy, but he thinks most things I do to my hair are a little goofy.
If you can French braid your own hair, this is a piece of cake. You just flip your head over so your hair is hanging towards the floor, then start the braid from the nape of your neck. Once you get to the crown of your head, you tie it off. Then you brush the front of your hair back into a high ponytail, combing with the hair from your braid. I ended up using a hair-tie to wrap my bun up because I was a little too lazy for bobby pins.
I think this is something I’ll do again, and maybe with a little practice, it’ll be something I can do when I’m planning on leaving the house. Good luck to all who attempt this, as always, with any hairstyling, it’s practice, practice, practice!
Original pin found here