Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Corn Rows

I am going through a craze at the moment where I LOVE corn rows! As practise makes perfect I have been practising them on my friends, my self and my hair head mannequin. 
This hair style is just lots of tiny dutch braids done in equal sized rows down the head. It is perfect for summer as it is cool and compact and it isn't heavy on your head at all.
These ones were done without a comb so the part lines are a bit messy:

As I am loving them at the moment I got my mum to do them on me!

I think this is a very summery look and ideal for long, thick hair like mine.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Just a little update!

Sooo.... I got 20,000 followers on instagram! How crazy is that!? I haven't done any new braids recently as I sometimes just do the same braids on different hair or on a different way. But on instagram I post what ever braids I do. I wasn't sure what to do to celebrate 20k but I'm thinking of a contest maybe? I'll post it on inst when I decide :)
I went to a friends party the other day and had lots of hair to braid on:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Braid Drawings!

If you are reading my blog posts you are probably aware that I also have an instagram where I post all these hairstyles (@braidsnfashion). I have over 19,000 followers on there and some of them have drawn my braids! I love each and every drawing and if I see them I always repost them. It occurred to me that I hadn't shared them with my blog readers so here they are next to the actual photos:
By @jaaaanak

 By @iridescent_sketches and @giving_life_colours

 By @bu_doodles

 By @potato_draw

By @color_with_creativity
These are just some of the recent ones! To see more go to my instagram and scroll though :) I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post today xx

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Crimped Braids

One of my all time favourites 

I have been crimping my hair for as long as I can remember! It'll always be my favourite heat tool for hair and I love the texture it gives. Another great thing about crimping is the way it looks when it's braided, different and volumious! I personally love to just wear it with my hair down and all crimped but you can braid it or even just crimp the very roots of your hair for more volume. If the whole crimped look isn't your cup of tea then the tool can still be used to create volume without back combing.

Play around with crimping and find which styles you think work!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stacked Braids

This braid is so simple to do and adds a dash of detail to a style. There are as many variations of this braid as you can think of, the only limit is your imagination with this one! You could even stack more than two braids and add an extra one on top. For my two examples below I did a dutch braid with a smaller version on top and for the second one I did a simple side braid with a fishtail detail (with a guest appearance of my sparkly nails done by my mum).

How to:
1. do one stitch of a regular braid.
2. take a small section from the centre section and hold it out the way.
3. then use the rest of the section to do one more stitch of the braid (to make it french or dutch add some more hair in.
4. with the new centre bit take a small section out and continue braiding).
5. keep taking out small sections for every new centre piece until you run out of hair.
6. go back to the top of the braid and start a braid with the hair left out of the previous braid.
7. keep adding in the hair left out until you run out of hair and tie it with the same hair band at the bottom.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Half-Up Bows

Cute and simple

Bows have become my new hair obsession! I've been practising Bow Braids, Bow Buns and these Half-Up Bows for a while now and they are definitely getting easier. This style may look simple but it is tricky to perfect. I need at least 6 bobby pins before I'm happy it's nice and secure.

Just a short post today :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

French Braid + Rosettes

Fancy up a french braid

I love how this hairstyle is just a fancier version of a french braid. Perfect for special occasions and for a girly touch.

How to:

1. Split the top section into three and do one stitch of a regular braid.
2. When you cross the next section over leave half of it out of the braid and add some hair under it to the french braid.
3. Do another stitch of a regular braid (remembering to pick up layers to make it a french braid).
4. Repeat step 4 (making sure it is on the opposite side).
5. Do another stitch, then leave one more section out on the opposite side to the previous one.
6. Finish off the main braid and tie it off.
7. Braid all the left out sections individually.
8. Twist them round to make little rosettes and pin them into into place how you like them.