Friday, April 11, 2014

5 Great Tips for Great Braids!

Thanks to Teen Vogue, we have stumbled across some really great tips for braids! If you are looking to spruce up your 'do, braids are an easy way to leave a big impression! All from One Direction stylist, Lou Teasdale. Try them out and let us know how it goes, Barbizon of Akron!

1. Powder is key. No, we're not talking makeup. Try a texturizing powder. Lou says. "It's like a dust! Just fill your hair with it all over to get a great, gritty texture. Then braid two low pigtails, mess them up, and pin them around your head in a messy milkmaid style!"

2. The fishtail only takes three steps. "Step one is to split your hair into two big sections straight down the middle. Step two is to take a thin strand from the outside of the right section, then cross it over to join with the
left. Then take a strand from the left and bring it across to join the right. Repeat until you reach the end. For step three, tie the braid off, then mess it up tons and tease it apart. Be rough with it!"

3. You might need a little extra. "If your hair is too fine to get the chunky braid you desire, add some weave to bulk it out! You can either tie or clip it in." Buying hair can be scary, but Lou simplifies the process: "All weaves come in packs in a variety of colors and textures. Depending on what you buy, you may need to cut it to length. It's easiest to buy hair with clips already sewn on!" Before you make the big purchase, remember: "Synthetic hair is cheaper, but you can't apply heat to it. It will melt!"

4. Add some color. "Using hair chalk is a cool, temporary way of adding color to the hair. You can use soft art pastels, or white to give a matte look," she says. Make your braids first, then color with your desired color spray. Then, twist it up into either a milkmaid style or a fun braided updo to make it look cohesive.

5. Just go to sleep. During our chat, Lou recommended loading up the hair with a salt spray until it was damp, making two braids, and then going to bed. "When you wake up, take the braids out and rake them through with your fingers," she says. "You'll be left with a really pretty, wavy texture!"