02 October 2012

spiral braid up-do-how-to

Greetings all,
Last month i put up an image of my middle girl with a spiral braid around her head - many asked for a tutorial - so i did her hair again for choir at Floriade flower festival & took snaps along the way.  Now this girl has waist length platinum blonde hair, it's quite thick & dead straight.  To French plait, you have to ensure the hair is absolutely tangle free, a tiny knot will be your undoing.  
As this braid swirls around her head, i find it easier to part & separate the hair into small sections.  This is not for the faint hearted (or stubborn) . . . your child will literally have to contort their body & twist their head off to allow for the best angles.
Quick tip: her hair was freshly washed & still damp, very easy to handle.  
I had her lay down & twist, it was very manageable (for me.)
 Basically i kept going around her head (twice) & i curved the corner at the starting point, kept going until i had one round patch of hair left (centre), which i plaited to the end like a tail.
 This was the end result, looks far more complicated than it really is.
 This took a solid hour (thus not filming it, yawn) using many hair clips to hold things in place as i twisted my daughter's head & body around.  When i got to the whispy front hair, i actually did a mini French plait, to hold it tighter, then joined it up to the next round of the spiral.
 As i said on Instagram, this child cares for her hair, happily brushing it like Marcia Brady every night.  She has zero split ends & thoughtfully turns off the water while she combs conditioner through it, so she doesn't hog 6 people's worth of hot water.
 Da dah, end result, a little whispy but nice & tight, held together for days (she slept with a shower cap on, i need to make her a silk sleeping cap - Little House on the Prairie style!!)  She loves it, even pops little fresh flowers in there.
 While i'm no Hair Romance (hello Christina) i do try with my girls hair styles & hopefully can avoid the added expense of up-do-appointments for future dances, formals & events times 4 children.  Try French plaiting ladies, it's so much fun - basically plait flat & every time you switch to a side -  collect a strand of hair, it's pure magic & looks a million dollars.  Do check out Christina's stunning hair styles, she's a doll.  My girls watch the tutorials like television & love to have braided hair at athletics, so neat & tidy.  In the end, success of failure . . . it's nice mummy-daughter time.  Love Posie

16 comments:

A little bit Country said...

That looks amazing - puts my single plaits to shame! Elaina

Sindy said...

do you do inside out french braids as well? ;-)

mel @ loved handmade said...

That looks very complicated! You've done a wonderful job, it's beautiful!

The Moerks said...

Oh wow, I am so impressed but I don't think I would be able to achieve this. I fear not show Miss B. Great job.

Kylie said...

Looks lovely. Her is devine up or down.
Love the tip to lie down - will have remember that one.

Tessa White said...

Ummm.. WOW!!

Michelle said...

This hair do is so pretty I love it. She looks pretty happy to. Go Mum! x

rachelmp said...

Very stylish!

Holli said...

Wow!! I'm going to have to try this when I get some time one morning before school.... actually maybe I will give it a trial run on the weekend first. Love it. Thanks!

Holli xo

www.twinsplusonemumma.com

Maxabella said...

i wish I could do hair like this! In my dreams! I struggle with the hair thing, big time. I am still trying to master a basic french braid!! x

Jode said...

This is an absolute work of art Posie! My miss teen would love it but unfortuantely i am terrible at braiding....she does a great job but can't see her 2 yr old sisters sitting still while she practises lol!
Great job!

The Creative Beast said...

Lovely hair do for such a lovely young lady =-)

Hair Romance said...

Beautiful! Imaging having all that gorgeous hair to play with. Your daughter is a stunner and amazing work on the braid xxx

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Wow Posie that braiding looks amazing! What a lucky girl to have such beautiful hair and a clever mummy :-)

Laura @ Twenty5seven said...

Oh wow, that is so intricate and beautiful!!!!! I can barely braid at all, let alone do it neatly and evenly (i always get to the end and find a stray chunk of hair hanging limply or loose bits and tight bits) and no way in this world could I do something as stunning as that!! Im gobsmacked. well done!

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