I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t spend much time fixing my hair on a daily basis. A quick brush through, a little anti-frizz lotion and I’m good to go. Now with the weather heating up, I’m interested in cute and easy ways to get my long hair up and off my back.
We’ve written about braids before and are excited about this one… the Upside Down French Braid. Don’t let its name intimidate you. With a few tools and a little practice, you can master this braid. Best of all, it’s functional for a casual or dressy look and doesn’t require squeaky clean hair.
To Start, You’ll Need:
- A brush – try Phyto Bamboo Paddle Brush, great for detangling hair and massaging the scalp
- Elastic ponytail holders – try clear or match your hair color
- Bobby Pins
- Dry Shampoo if you want to refresh hair, while soaking up oils and adding volume – try our new arrival Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo.
- Finishing Spray for shine, protection and hold – try Phyto Plage Protective Sun Veil to add shine while protecting against UV damage. For ultimate shine with a strong hold, use Alfaparf SDL Diamante Illuminating Hairspray. It protects against frizz, humidity and UV rays.
- Flip your head upside down and using your Phyto Bamboo Paddle Brush, brush hair from nape to ends, making sure to untangle any knots. (If using dry shampoo, apply first to roots, giving a few minutes to massage in or dry if needed, then brush hair.)
- Next, from the nape of your neck, separate a section of hair into 3 equal pieces.
- Now the “hard” part – time to French braid! Start by taking the left piece and pulling it over the middle piece, (so your left piece of hair becomes the middle piece). Next pull your right piece over the middle piece. Easy so far, right?
- Next, add more hair to the piece on your left. Pull all of this over the middle piece. Do the same with the right side, and keep using this process, gathering hair as you go, up to the crown of your head.
- Once you’ve reached the crown (the area where your hair meets on the top back section of your head; where you’d put a high ponytail), gather your braid and secure with a small elastic ponytail holder. Give yourself a pat on the back for making it through the French braid!
- After pulling the rest of your hair into a ponytail with your braid, you can create your bun. Here you’ve got some room for creativity and personal style. Go with a messy teased bun for a carefree look or a chic ballerina bun for a more polished look. Secure the loose ends of your bun with bobby pins. Finish with your shine spray, and you’re all set!
Want to add a personal touch? Pin a bow at the back of hair, where your braid meets your bun. Braid the rest of your ponytail before wrapping it into a bun for an extra fun ‘do!
Try this fun look now and save 20% on orders for hair products over $25! Use code HAIR20 at checkout. As always, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to comment on this blog. We LOVE feedback!
Until next time….stay tuned and stay beautiful!!!