Spice Up Your Braid

Each morning I try not to walk out of my room with my hair simply down or in a ponytail… but it probably happens 75% of the time anyways. We college students have stuff to do! In an effort to combat my hair laziness, I have been collecting quick and easy ideas to spice up a typical side-braid or front-section-pinned-back.

See if you can try each of the three braids in this tutorial video, and not walk out of the room/house today with the same hairstyle you wear everyday. I know I’ll be rocking one of these today.

The fishtail works great with long hair, and with some mousse or hairspray can help tame rowdy layers that like to poke out of normal braids. Try this one down your back, across one shoulder, as pigtails, or do it to your ponytail to hide a bad hair day.

Second is the snake braid. This one has been getting popular on youtube hair tutorials lately, and I really like it as a way to pump up the old Lauren Conrad braid (to pin back the front section of your hair). You could also secure this with a clear elastic and let it hang straight down to add some fun to a great hair day (aka wearing it down).

Finally I go over the waterfall braid. I love doing this to curly (or curled) hair, because it adds an extra short layer to hair. By starting with a large chunk of hair you could continue this one around to the opposite shoulder! It may take a little practice, so have a mirror handy.

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Tutorial: Taylor Swift Curls for Straight Hair

If you know me at all, you know that I’m doing one of two things in my spare time: cooking, or torturing my hair. I curl my hair a number of different ways, but I think these Taylor Swift-inspired curls take the most effort and have the best result. My hair is naturally very straight, and for a long time I thought I couldn’t get this result without naturally curly hair. Now that I’ve figured it out, I want to share my secrets with you all!

The Inspiration

I don’t use any special products, just a run-of-the-mill curling iron and hair spray. With that said, I highly suggest a small-barreled curling iron (like this one) and a decent hairspray. Check out the second video below for more information on the tools I used.

Before

After

A few final suggestions for people with hard-to-curl hair: try not to shower the day that you are going to curl your hair. The dirtier it is, the better the curl will hold. If you absolutely must wash your hair before curling, don’t use conditioner, and don’t use any other products besides maybe a curling moose. If you have the time, let it air dry.

Good luck! There are so many other ways I like to curl, braid, and style my hair, that I’m sure there will be more of these posts to come. So please let me know if this was helpful, or if there’s anything else you’d like to see! –Annie