With the summer months approaching (though rather slowly here in Canada, might I add), I figured it would be appropriate to write a post about 3 simple and beautiful braided hairstyles for all us gals this summer. Nothing is worse than having sticky, sweaty hair plastered to your face/back when it is 30 degrees outside, and I promise you that these three hairstyles will prevent any such circumstances from occurring.
I love braids. They are so versatile and always look great, no matter what braid you choose to do. The three styles I am going to explain involve rope braids, which is when two pieces of hair twist around one another to resemble a rope; French braids, which is when three pieces of hair are pulled underneath one another to allow the braid to appear as though it is underneath the rest of your hair; and Dutch braids, which is when three pieces of hair are pulled over top of one another to allow the braid to appear as though it is atop the rest of your hair. All three types of braids are simple and easy to learn, and if you need some guidance, feel free to check out some tutorials on YouTube – there are plenty.
Just so put it out there, I myself can only do Dutch braids on my own hair, and I can only do French braids on someone elses’ hair, so don’t get too discouraged if you encounter some difficulty with braiding.
Here are my top 3 braided hairstyles for summer:
(1) Half-Up, Half-Down Rope Braid Hairstyle: Part your hair to your preference, and section off a 2-3 inch section of hair by your temples on either side of your head. Make sure these sections bring hair in from the temple as well as from close to your scalp to avoid lumps. For each section of hair, divide the section in two and twist the two pieces around one another to create a rope braid. Do this on both sides of the face, and bring the two rope braids around to the back of your head. Secure them in place with either a small elastic or some bobby pins, and voila!
(2) Dutch Braided Hairband: Using a comb, grab a 2-3 inch section of hair from the side of your head, just above your ear. Take the comb and create a part horizontally across your scalp, as opposed to vertically, and comb the parted hair down into your face. Beginning on the side of your hair where you sectioned the hair off, divide the hair into three pieces and dutch braid them, remembering to pull the sections of hair over top of each other. Do this Dutch braid across the entire section of hair until you reach the other side, and it resembles a hairband. Using an elastic or bobby pins, secure the end of the braid underneath the hair you left out of the braid right above your ear.
(3) French-Braid Fohawk: Comb your hair away from your face, towards the crown of your head. Section off a 2-3 inch piece of hair right above your forehead where your scalp begins, and divide the section into three pieces. French braid the hair, remembering to pull the hair underneath each strand while braiding. Do this until you reach just below the crown of your head, so there is still hair falling down your back, and secure the braid with an elastic.
For each of these style, I like to curl the hair that is not braided to jazz it up a little bit. All 3 of these looks are appropriate for numerous occasions, even weddings, and can all be done in 15 minutes or less!