November 21, 2012

Holiday Hair: Festive Maiden Braids

Festive Maiden Braids
When it comes to getting dolled-up for the holidays, my routine usually involves a new shade of lipstick that I pick out by closing my eyes and spinning around in the beauty aisle in Target. I'm all, Color wheel? Pffft. This year, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something a little more involved... putting my hair up. I love the look of maiden braids, but I wanted something with a little more holiday flare than just your average style so I added a flash of bright red ribbon and wove it in with my hair.

Though it looks time-consuming, it took less than ten minutes from start to finish- a definite win for those of us who don't like to fuss over our hair for hours on end (or those of us who practically have to pry the hairbrush from the death-grip of a screaming toddler). For those of you who are ambitious enough to try, here's how I did it!
Festive Maiden Braids
1. Start with hair that's dry and not freshly-washed. Part your hair down the middle to the back of your head. Cut a length of ribbon slightly longer than your hair and tie it into your hair just above your ear.
Festive Maiden Braids
2. Begin to braid the hair, taking care to keep the ribbon visible at the back of your braid. Secure the end of the braid with a ponytail holder or bobby pins to temporarily hold it.
Festive Maiden Braids
3. Repeat the tying and braiding process with the other side.
Festive Maiden Braids
4. Carefully remove the ponytail holder or bobby pins from the end of one braid and pin it to the top of your head. Repeat with the second braid, hiding the ends of each braid under each other.
Festive Maiden Braids
Enjoy your new style and if you're feeling like you want to add something to really scream SANTA! I LOVE HIM! then try tucking a sprig of holly into your braids after they're secured!

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