02 October 2012
spiral braid up-do-how-to
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