After Friday night's shenanigans (see the Hula-va Good Time post), I was glad to spend Cinco de Mayo on the couch with a friend and some White Cosmopolitans. We tried to make margaritas, but apparently everyone in Boston had the same idea:
Some sushi and a bottle of Skinny Girl later, we were on the couch watching Spice Girls and picking out our favorite looks from InStyle. Then I remembered an upside-down french braid bun I saw on Pinterest, and decided to give it a try. After practicing a bit and overcoming some really foolish looking first attempts, I think I finally got it:
The look I found on Pinterest only showed the model's hair from the back, so on my first attempt it was difficult to figure out how to make the front of my hair look right. Eventually I figured out that the best way to create this look is to do a double-french braid - that is, an upside-down french braid in the back and then a regular french braid in the front. Read on for easy step-by-step instructions to re-create this funky twist on a regular chignon!
What You'll Need:
- 2 hair elastics
- A bun-maker (see my Chignon Parfait tutorial)
- A brush
- Bobby pins
- Decorative hair pins (optional)
Step 1. Brush your hair. You will have a much easier time doing the upside-down french braid if your hair is not tangled. With your fingers, separate your hair into two sections: a top section and a bottom section. Put the top section into a ponytail or bun on the top of your head, leaving the bottom section down. This is the section that will form your upside-down braid.
Step 2. Flip your head over to make the upside-down french braid. Grab a small section of hair from the nape of the neck and separate into three even pieces, just like you would to make a normal braid. Braid the three strands once, and then pick up a bit of hair to add to each strand as you braid - again, just like a regular french braid. The only difference is that you are starting at the nape of your neck rather than at your hairline! Continue the french braid until you reach the crown of your head. When you are done, take one of the hair ties and secure the braid.
Step 3. Flip your head upright. Undo the hair tie that kept the top half of your hair secure, and brush it out again to get rid of any tangles. Start with a small section at the hairline and separate into three strands. French braid the front of your hair until you meet the upside-down french braid at the crown of your head.
Step 4. Gather both sections of braided hair and secure in a tight ponytail at the crown of your head with the second hair tie.
Step 5. Using the bun-maker and what you learned from Le Chignon Parfait tutorial, put your ponytail into a chignon. Secure the bun with bobby pins. Feel free to add a little pizazz to the look by using some jeweled pins to secure any loose pieces.
Voila! What do you think? Feel free to enter comments or questions about this tutorial below - and let me know how the look works out for you. Also, be sure to ask me about other hair tutorials if there is a specific look you want to learn - I am always trying new styles and would love some audience participation!