Autumn Hair Trend Spotlight: Braids

I'm embracing the last weeks of my favorite season with all I've got but Autumn will soon be upon us & the arrival of brisker weather and golden leaves on the ground will insist I investigate some of the exciting new beauty trends. 

One of my favorite details in taking part in the wedding beautification process this summer has been seeing all of the different ways braids were incorporated into glamorous hair styles. I have been a fan of braids ever since wearing them as a kid in pigtails with bobbles at the end! So you can imagine my excitement on seeing all of the various new fall hair trends several of which included beautiful braids!

It's surprisingly easy to master braids and a well executed one can really take an outfit to the next level, it's the perfect accessory and it sure costs a lot less then a designer hand bag.

Tip: Like up dos, they work best on day old hair since the grittier textures make the hair more workable.

Today I want to focus on 3 of my personal favorite braids and give you some easy steps to achieving them:

The Fishtail:

Step 1: Spritz your hair with a texturizing spray or dry shampoo to give it some volume to work with.

Step 2: Gather it into a low pony wherever you want it- at the back of the head, at the side of the head or even as part of a half up hairstyle. Secure the hair at the top with a clear elastic. 

Step 3: Divide the ponytail into 3 sections and begin by taking a thin portion from the outside of the right section and crossing it over all the way to the left side. Then repeat that step on the left side taking a piece from the inside of that piece and pulling it over to the right side. Continue doing this and tighten the braid by pulling the pieces tight as you go especially towards the end of the braid. When you are reaching the tip leave a bit of hair at the end and finish it with a clear elastic. 

Step 4: (Optional) Mess it up a bit with your fingers if you'd like to get a carefree look. If the hair begins to come out of the sides a bit too much you can fasten it with bobby pins. 

The French Braid:

Step 1: Begin by taking a section from the top of the head. Separate it into 3 sections and then cross the left one over the middle and then the right one over the middle like you would do for your basic braid. 

Step 2: Keeping the three strands separated, switch the bunch to your left hand and gathering a small even section from the right side of your head add it to that right strand in your left hand.
Now bring that right strand over to the middle and bring the middle strand over to the right.

Step 3:  Switching hands you now have a free left hand gather a section from the left side and add it to the left strand. Now bring the left strand to the middle and the middle section to the left. And as you do this keep your hands close to your head so that you will get a super tight braid. 

Step 4: Keep repeating steps 2,3 until you finish off the hair and then close it with a clear elastic. 

The Crown:

Step 1: Start by creating an extreme side part in your hair. Mess it up a little with your fingers to create a casual look instead of a very severe line. 

Step 2: Now french braid your hair keeping the braid as close to the part as possible. 

Step 3: Bring the section you are working with around the side of your head to the back and when you reach the end of the braid, secure it with a clear elastic. 

Step 4: Twist some hair from the other side of the part and bring it to the back of your head securing it with some bobby pins.

Step 5: Put together a loose chignon by twisting all of your hair at the back three to four times. Then tuck in the ends and pin them with some "U" shaped bobby pins. 

Step 6: Lightly tease your hair around the crown of your head and then hide the ends by tucking them into the chignon and spray over your whole head with some hairspray. 

Step 7: (Optional) Rub your hands over the braid slightly to have it looks a little less tidy. 

Disclaimer: some pictures in this post are from google or pinterest. if a photo is yours and you would like it removed please contact me by email: gittyktz @ gmail dot com or in the comments form below and I will gladly comply immediately.

Do you like the braids hair trend? Will you be wearing it during the fall season? Which of these three braids is your favorite? Don't be shy! Leave a comment in the form below, I love to hear from you!

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