The half up pull thru braid; the braid that’s not really a braid, le faux braid. If you have a hard time with a regular three strand braid I highly recommend giving this a try. It’s such a cool concept and something that can transition into so many different looks and hairstyles. I have a bunch of different tutorials with this braid including a half up pictorial, french braid style, side braid, 3-strand version, and pull-thru bun updo. If you’ve already tried and loved this braid then what’s your favorite way to wear it? I’d love to know which version is your go-to!

Supplies:

  • Rattail comb
  • 5-7 clear elastic bands
  • Medium-hold hairspray
  • 1 1/4″ Curling iron

Half Up Pull Thru Braid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by parting the hair on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Then divide off a small section on the left side and lay it over my head and clip it out of the way for later.
  • Step 3 / Pick up a new section of hair behind the first and tie it off with an elastic band.
  • Step 4 / Let down the first section clipped away and split it into two equal halves.
  • Step 5 / Wrap these two sections around the second section and then clip the second section out of the way.
  • Step 6 / Combine the two split sections back together again. Divide off a new section of hair from the top of the head and tie it all together with another elastic band.
  • Step 7 / Let down the first section, split it in half, wrap it around the second section and clip the second section up and out of the way.
  • Step 8 / Combine the two split pieces and add in a new section of hair. Then tie it all together with another elastic band.
  • Step 9 / Now repeat the same steps working towards the right side of the head.
  • Step 10 / Once hair is brought in from the right side of the head then stop creating new sections and go back over the braid pulling on the edges to make them wider and more full.
  • Step 11 / Then smooth down any flyaways with hairspray.

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Summer is around the corner and I’ve been rounding up some great heatless hairstyles! I am planning to give up hot tools when the weather really heats up and this would be a great hairstyle to try. I love braiding my hair on day two or three because the texture is easier to work with after a little dusting of dry shampoo. This style takes less than 10 minutes to do and you can even switch out the fishtail braid for a regular one if you’re in a super rush. If you recreate this look I’d love to know in comments below!

Topsy Tail Fishtail Braid Instruction:

  • Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair where you normally prefer. Section off a portion of hair from the part down to the left ear.
  • Step 2 / Divide off a similar sized section on the right side of the head.
  • Step 3 / Bring the two sections to the back of the head and tie them together with an elastic band.
  • Step 4 / Flip the ends up and around the elastic to create a topsy tail.
  • Step 5 / Gently pull on the edges of the twists to make them fuller.
  • Step 6 / Pick up two new sections of hair and tie them together underneath the first.
  • Step 7 / Flip the ends up and around the elastic band to create a second topsy tail. Split the tail into two halves and pull in opposite directions to tighten the twist underneath the previous one.
  • Step 8 / Take the remaining hair and braid it into a fishtail braid.
  • Step 9 / Braid the hair to the bottom in a fishtail braid and tie off the end with an elastic band.
  • Step 10 / Pull on the sides of the fishtail braid to make it wider and more full. Then set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.

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I have such a thing for overalls. I feel like it’s such a strange thing but I am so drawn to them! Not sure if it is because it’s Spring but I am in love with this pair. I love that the bottom is unfinished. They’re a little longer on me than on the model and I think they’d still be cute with the bottom rolled up but let me know what you think! Are you an overalls lover like me?

Outfit details: CREAM TOP (6 colors + on sale!) | OVERALLS | BAG (on sale!) | HEELS (11 colors) | SUNGLASSES ($16) | LIP LINER (dervish) | LIPSTICK (modesty)


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Happy Monday! I’m still over here wishing the weekend was 3 days instead of 2, ha! I just started season 3 of Grace and Frankie on Netflix and totally love it. I didn’t think I would but I am so sucked in and love watching it every night after Cohen goes to bed.

I have such an obsession with cute white tops. The peplum detailing on this one makes it my new favorite and white is such a fresh color to wear once the weather starts to warm up. Can we talk about these wedges for a sec? I wasn’t quite sure if I liked them at first but now I want to wear them every single day. I am so excited for summer because they match everything and I know I’ll be wearing them all the time.

Outfit details: PEPLUM TOP | CAMISOLE ($12) | JEANS (on sale!) / similar | WEDGES | BAG (on sale!) | SUNGLASSES ($16) | LIP LINER (dervish) | LIPSTICK (mehr)




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Now that summer is right around the corner I’ve been thinking of some new heatless hairstyles to feature. I recently wore my hair in this style and realized I didn’t have a tutorial for it. The one I do have that is slightly similar is a really elaborate hairstyle with a 4 strand waterfall braid and big elegant bun. I figured it’d be fun to show you a more “basic” everyday version of the style. I honestly feel like this hairstyle isn’t too exciting but hopefully you learned a few new techniques from it. Let me know what you think; I love to hear from you!


What I’m wearing: Open Stitch Sweater

Four Strand Braid Low Bun Supplies:


Four Strand Braid Low Bun Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by creating a part on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Then pick up a small section on the heavy side of the part for the braid.
  • Step 3 / Divide this section into 4 pieces.
  • Step 4 / I’m going to number the strands 1-4 starting with the strand closest to the hairline as number one.
  • Step 5 / Take strand 4 and cross it under 3.
  • Step 6 / Then cross 3 over 2.
  • Step 7 / Cross 2 under 1.
  • Step 8 / Now take strand 3 and cross it over 2. Those are the steps so now just repeat them while adding in new hair to the outside strands.
  • Step 9 / So add in hair to strand four then cross it under 3.
  • Step 10 / Cross 3 over 2 and 2 under 1.

Instructions continued:

  • Step 11 / Add a new section into the new 2 strand, or add in hair to 1 before crossing it over 2.
  • Step 12 / Now continue the braid until it’s about an inch above the ear. Then braid the section to the ends without adding in new hair.
  • Step 13 / Criss-cross two bobby pins over the bottom so it doesn’t unravel.
  • Step 14 / Next divide  off a small section on the right side of the head to add in later.
  • Step 15 / Now combine the rest of the hair together in a low ponytail.
  • Step 16 / Wrap a hair band over the hair and on the last wrap only pull the ponytail half way through to create a loop.
  • Step 17 / Take small sections of hair from the loop, bring them up to the head, and pin them in place with bobby pins.
  • Step 18 / Then combine the ends left sticking out, wrap them towards the hair band and tuck them in to form the bottom part of the bun.
  • Step 19 / Next pick up the section on the right side that was left out. Twist it together, pull on the top a little bit to make it bigger and then lay it over the top of the bun. Wrap the ends around the side and pinning it in place with bobby pins.
  • Step 20 / Now take the braid and gently pull on the sides to make it really wide and a lot bigger.
  • Step 21 / Then lay it over the bun, wrapping it around the side and pin it in place with bobby pins.
  • Step 22 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.


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