Have you ever looked at your hair in the morning and decided that you want to add some kind of style to keep it back and out of your face, but without pulling it tightly back and really putting it up? I find that sometimes I need a quick, loose style that’s easy to do, adds a little character, but gives my scalp a rest and doesn’t feel tight by the end of the day. That’s why I’ve been playing a lot lately with easy, looser styles that just involve pulling a bit of hair in from the sides rather than swopping it all up and back in a smooth updo. I’ve actually come up with a few concepts I really like and have repeated a few times now, so I thought I’d share my favourites.
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 each of these styles, you’ll need:
- Hair elastics
- Bobby pins
- A brush
- A fine tooth comb with a pointed end
Style 1: “The mini fishtail”
Do some simple, loose fishtail braiding! Start by sectioning a small piece of hair right at the back of the head and splitting it in half down the middle so you have one section in each hand. Keep things loose and relaxed so you’re working about level with the nape of the neck. Pull a small strand loosely from the right side at the front of the hair, bringing it back to rest in the middle between your two original sections. Remember not to pull hard; this isn’t a tight style. Now bring a small section or strand in from the front of the left side. Repeat this process, bringing relaxed strands in front the front of the hair and across the rest to sit in between your original two back sections, alternating right then left each time. When you bring each piece to the middle at the back, let it cross over kind of naturally where it falls into place; you’ll notice that the strands weave loosely and lightly down the centre and rest with the section on the opposite side (and hand) to where you pulled the strand from. This effect is called fishtail braiding because it looks like the way scales weave on an actual fish’s tail as they taper towards the fins.