The Final 2 Hairdos and…a Giveaway!

Guys…this is one of those months that I’m really sad to see go. If you haven’t been able to tell from my Instagram feed, I’ve been having a ton of fun playing with my hair all month and it’s gonna be a major bummer not to have an excuse to give myself a fancy hairstyle every day.

Here’s my final list of styles I tried out from Braids, Buns, and Twists!:

  1. Sock Bun
  2. Angel Braid
  3. Braided Headband
  4. Bobble Ponytail
  5. Messy High Bun With Braid
  6. Triple Braid
  7. Triple Twisted Bun
  8. Heidi Braids
  9. Twist and Pin Bun
  10. Fishtail Braid
  11. Upside-Down Braid Bun
  12. Quiffed Ponytail
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Upside-Down Braid Bun

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Quiffed Ponytail

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Dan had bun envy. Who wore it best?

So, that’s a wrap. I still have plenty of styles dogeared in the book though so you’ll probably see a hair-inspired selfie pop up here and there. Until then, I’m off to my next challenge—more on that later though.

Before I officially send this challenge on its way, I have a fun surprise for you guys…a giveaway! The first 3 people to comment on this post will get their very own copy of Braids, Buns, and Twists! courtesy of the kind folks at Chronicle Books.

Ready, set, go!

Fishtail Fails…and an Eventual Win

I’ve been wanting to learn how to do a Fishtail Braid forever but never took the time to figure it out until the other night. We had the Grammy’s on, and since I’m incapable of sitting still while watching TV, I decided that it would be the night that I conquered this tricky little braid.

I’ve been fairly successful this month at the hairstyles I’ve chosen so it was a little hit to my ego when I failed at this one—over and over again (and more times than are pictured). But eventually I figured it out—for the most part—and I’m psyched to have this style under my belt.

Practice makes perfect friends, or at the very least least, practice makes better.

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Looking to try it yourself? This Lauren Conrad video is what finally made it click for me.

Heidi Braids

Or as I like to call it, the most perfect yoga hairstyle ever. Not only does it keep my hair up and out of the way, but the back and top of my head are free and clear for poses like savasana and headstand. Namaste, Heidi Braids, you are a yogini’s dream.

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In other hair related news, I got my first haircut in 6 months—woohoo! This month’s heavy hair focus brought to my attention that it was looking a little scraggly on the ends so I had it trimmed up yesterday afternoon and I’m as good as new. The timing was perfect too because I finally went down to the Secretary of State (aka the RMV/DMV) and got my Michigan drivers license today. Since I miraculously looked like a supermodel version of myself in my Massachusetts license photo (when does that ever happen? Never!), I was pretty bummed to have to retake my picture, but I think the new one turned out pretty well. I’ll be sure to post when it arrives in the mail.

And no, Heidi Braids was not my license photo hairstyle of choice. I erred on the side of caution and opted for a simple blowout—I mean, I like Heidi Braids, but I’m not sure if I want to look at them every time I order a glass of wine for the next 4 years, know what I mean?

The Angel Braid

Although this one doesn’t actually take that long to do, it does take a minute or two to get the hang of it—or at least it did for me. I love how it looks though, and it was practical (and pretty) for yoga today as well.

I’m giving the Angel Braid points for fashion and function, and also one for repeatability—and if that wasn’t a word before it is now.

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January’s Lent: Braids, Buns, and Twists—Oh, My!

If you’ve seen me in person lately you’ve probably noticed that I’m rocking about 500 feet of long, blonde hair—like the true boho yogini that I am at heart. I’ve been growing it out since I cut it short a few years back and keep telling my hair stylist to let me know when it crosses the line from “sun kissed yoga chick” to “Amish escapee”, which she assures me I haven’t reached yet, phew…

With all this hair I have to work with you’d think I’d be a styling pro, but I pretty much just blow it out straight or throw it in a bun. Talk about a wasted opportunity…it’s time this girl learned to “do hair”.

When I was telling a co-worker about an awesome book called, Braids, Buns, and Twists! that I had seen at the Paper Source, she suggested that I make a lent out of it, which I instantly jumped on board with (especially because it gave me an excuse to buy the book, win!).

So, this month I’m choosing 20 (or so) styles from the book and trying my hand at styling my mane. Get ready for some pretty hair pics (and probably a few epic fails). The timing is perfect too because I’m away in Kalamazoo all week for the second tier of my yoga teacher training, which is pretty much the perfect place to be for hair-braiding month, right?

I’ll leave you with a recent win I had: The Pretzel Braid. Not bad, right?

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