Day Ten: Braided Bangs {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Ten: Braided Bangs
Skill To Learn: French Braiding Across The Front
Difficulty: Takes Some Practice
Time Commitment: 30 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 2 Bobby Pins or 1 Elastic
 

For Day Ten of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s attempt to braid our bangs across the front.  This has become such a lovely new trend and I am thrilled that braids are no longer just for school girls.   If you are willing to apply the time to master french braiding, you will be able to learn multiple upstyles and also add femininity and grace to your everyday look.

    

You want to begin with damp hair in a side part.  Subdivide from that side part down to your ear, making that section as wide or as narrow as you want.  As you can see above, Jennifer Aniston’s parting is wider (center) while Dianna Agron’s is quite tiny (far right).  Once you have your front section separated, use a clip or elastic to hold the back hair out of the way so that as you are grabbing hair for your frenchy you won’t lose that clean part.   Begin with three small sections at the side parting and begin braiding towards your ear.  Bring right to the center, left to the center, integrating new slices of hair from each side as you go.  Practice your finger positioning to ensure that you always keep the tension even on the three strands, which will keep the braid close to your scalp.  Now as your come to your temple, you have a couple options: simple braid out to the length of your hair (what I did on Larken below), use crossed bobbies to anchor the braid right at the stopping point (what I did on myself at the top) or continue your french braid down behind your ear where you can run a hidden, crossed bobbies anchor.  It’s up to you, depending on how you’re going to incorporate the braid into the back of your hair.  As you can see, it can be styled straight, curly or even incorporated into a more complex upstyle (we’ll get to that later!).

    

If with practice, you are still struggling to do a braided bang, here is a simpler alternative (below) until you work out the kinks.  Emilie began with the same parting on damp hair, but did a simple braid, which she then pulled into a bun at the nape.  A couple of sparkly clips and her hair was fabulously ready to go in under 15 minutes.  I promise, most of these styles are going to be quicker to style since you style wet and don’t have blowdrying or flat ironing time.   Plus, by having some creative alternatives in your back pocket, you are giving your hair some heat-free days, which is good for your strand health!  It’s a win for everyone!! 

 
I understand that these braiding styles may be more difficult to figure out in pictures alone, so I will work on putting together some video tutorials in the next couple weeks to fill in the blanks.  In the meantime, practice, practice, practice!  And shoot me your questions in the comment section!

Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness! 

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About ~Sarah

Artist. Musician. Writer. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Christian. Existentialist. Pilgrim.

Posted on January 10, 2012, in beauty, hair tutorials and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post. I am facing a couple of these problems.

  2. Good stuff. This can be a successfull website that everyone need to try and model their very own on. Good work keep it up.

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