Whenever I get invited to something fancy, like a wedding, graduation, or holiday party, I always notice how many of the women I know get their hair professionally styled for the event. I think that sounds like a fun bit of pampering, but I was invited to something recently where I need to look quite elegant and I just don’t want to spare the cash at the stylist’s this close after an expensive holiday season! I decided to start practicing different styles just by playing around with my favourite hair styling elements to see whether I might come up with a simple but beautiful way of pulling my hair slightly back on my own, and I’m pleased to report that I was actually successful!
This style is based on my love for fishtail braids but its simplicity is inspired by the fact that I have thin hair that doesn’t weave well or hold braids with much success. I found a neat trick for getting a similar look without having too many wisps and strands fall out by the end of the night, so I decided to share my method so other people with hair like mine can try it out! Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this style, you’ll need:
- Hair elastics
- Bobby pins
- A brush
Brush your hair out entirely to rid it of tangles. Let it part where it wants to naturally unless you have a preference. My part was off the the right side. Starting at the crown of your head at the back, near the top, section a piece of hair about an in wide and fasten it into a loose ponytail with a small hair elastic. Don’t pull the ponytail very tight; you want to keep things relaxed because you’ll use a twisting technique that requires a bit of slack and tighten things up as you go. Once your elastic is in place, poke your finger up through the ponytail’s base, right above the hair elastic you just put in, and create a space there big enough for your thumb and forefinger to reach up through. Use your other hand to bring the ponytail upward, grabbing it with the thumb and forefinger to pull the whole ponytail through the hole you created, twisting the based of the ponytail lightly.