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A growing and popular trend I’ve had my eye on is the top knot. It’s a great, quick, easy look for summer. It actually started with guys and has been adapted by women in different variations. There are a few nuances between how its worn between men and women. For guys, it’s more undone. Using your fingers instead of a comb or brush to pull it up and back. For girls there are more defined partings and seems to be a little more polished. Below are some examples of various lengths and top knot looks.

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The top knot has two distinct things that can add a lot of variation and a multitude of looks.

The first is to decide how much hair you are going to pull back. You can just pull back a rectangular section from the recession areas back or you can pull your hair up all the way from above the ear or anywhere in between.

The second thing to decide is what to do with the tail once you fasten the hair with an elastic. You can twist the hair around and tightly enough that turns in on itself and fasten with a pin. You can simply loop it through the elastic and don’t pull it through all the way, or my pick is to use your favorite braid (three or four strand, rope, fishtail) and wrap it up and around the base of the elastic to get a very unique looking knot.

Finish the look off by adding loose waves to the hair that’s down. Add a shine spray or serum to smooth fly-away’s from the part that has been pulled back.

Experiment, have fun, and rock a top knot this summer!

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Cool Braid Alert!!

April 13, 2015 — Leave a comment

Shailene Woodley won several awards at the 2015 MTV movie awards, including Best Female Performance and Best Kiss for the movie, The Fault in Our Stars. She was also the recipient of the Trailblazer Award for The Fault in our Stars and the Divergent franchise.

Now normally I’m usually not a fan of her styling, but Shailene sported an amazing small dutch braid starting from the front of her hair around to the back where it was twisted into a small bun. To add to the look, her hair was slicked back on the opposite side while the top added loose height to create texture and balance to the shape.

The main reason I’m a big fan of this look is that it shows even with shorter hairstyles you can add big drama to them with braids. Anyone that knows me well knows that I’m mad about braids! I love doing them, learning different variations, and integrating them into a hairstyle whenever possible. Another reason is, it’s perfect for summer and on trend with the bohemian hair look. Lastly, if you do have a short hairstyle that you’re in the process of growing out through perhaps and awkward stage this look or a similar look is a great solution.

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Braids, Braids, Braids

December 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

I’m really inspired by braids and how they can be worn in all aspects of life and how they can transform a look from simple to intricate, innocent to wild or from elegant to avant-garde.  A braid can be worn to work, a weekend at the beach, a night out on the town, and used in a wedding party or by the bride herself. They’re just fun.

I like the idea of mixing different types of braids together and pulling the braid apart to deconstruct it for interesting textures. I also like the idea of using braids to create different shapes and proportions.

These are a few of my own braid creations, but I love to go on pinterest.com and search the hundreds of braid pictures for ideas and inspiration. You can also find a lot of braiding how-to videos on youtube.com

So, experiment and have fun!

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Rope Braid

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Fishtail

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Two French Braids pulled apart

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Two Fishtails pulled apart