For summer festivals, special holidays, Fashion Weeks or any random Monday that could use some spicing up, I like to pay a little extra attention to my hair – note: without it being too much of a ‘do’. Usually this involves some type of loose curl, something braided or big hair with a retro wink, depending on what mood I’m in or what aspect of my wardrobe I want to play up that day. (Curious to see those? Also check out my tutorials for 1) everyday curls, 2) a sixties ponytail, 3) a top bun and 4) a braided bun).
For today I’m showing you how to create this easy going, slightly romantic summer style inspired by a bunch of cool tutorials and festival inspiration pics I found on Tumblr. I’ve opted for a fishtail braid, which always looks impressive but is quite easy to master. If you want, I could do a separate tutorial on this. Here we go!
1. Part your hair down the middle or the side. I’ve started by loosely curling it for more structure and messy look. Then I’ve used a bit of dry shampoo – I don’t know about you but I’m addicted to the stuff!– for volume on the roots without weighing the hair down. The one I’m using today is from the Toni & Guy Cleanse line.
2. Gather a large section of hair on one side. I chose to leave some hair in the front to frame my face. Split the section in to two seperate pieces.
3. Braid the section. You do a fishtail braid by separating the section in to two halves. Take a small piece of hair (small because this makes the fishtail more defined) from the outside of the first part and then pass it to the second part. Then take a piece from the second half and pass it to the first half. Set with a clear elastic.
4. Repeat on the other side.
5. I use a little bit of hair spray on each braid, just to keep everything secure. Keep some distance between your hair and the spray can, so it’s more like a mist. I’ve used the Extreme hold hair spray from the Creative line – you’ll only need a tiny bit.
6. Cross the braid behind your head. Either on the back of your head or slightly lower, at the beginning of your neck. Pin it in place (use a bobby pin in your hair color) and make sure to hide the tail under the rest of your hair.
7. Repeat on the other side.
8. Done! You might want to very subtly tease the rest of your wavy hair. I used some beach spray for extra texture at the bottom. I’ve used Toni & Guy’s Sea salt texturizing spray (I usually pick this up at Etos in the Netherlands) which you’ve seen on the blog before.