Christmas with Caitlyn: 2 Holiday Hairstyles

Hi my cuties,

Welcome to the second holiday special and today I’ll be doing another hair tutorial. I picked two unique hairstyles, both can be worn to dressier events and the one you can turn into a more casual updo. May I add both are very easy. So lets get started:

Knoted Braid Updo

1.) Brush your hair really well, you don’t want any knots.
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(Excuse some of my pictures, I’m a little bit awkward infront of a camera,  but I’m hoping that it will eventually go away.)

2.) Make a side parting.
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3.) Take a triangle of hair from the back of your head and clip it away.
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4.) Now grab two pieces from the front, these you’ll use for the braid.
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5.) Take the bottom piece cross it over the top one and then through the loop, as if you’re making a knot. Then pull. The bottom piece now becomes the top one and the top one becomes the bottom one. This is really important. Without this the braid won’t work.
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6.) Continue and the secure the braid with a thin elastic band.
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7.) Pull the braid to the back and pin it into place. If you want you can remove the elastic band now. Place the hair ,that we pinned away at the beginning, over the pins so that they’re hidden.
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8.) Now it gets hard. Part your remaining hair into three same sized sections. Start with the middle on. Grab it with your one hand and twist it upward, so that your hair is looped around your hand. Then pin it, but leave a tiny bit of hair hanging out at the bottom. Repeat this with all three sections.
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9.) Take the bits of hair that you left hanging at the bottom and criss-cross them over the pinned up hair. You can do this in a messy or a groomed fashion.
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Voilà,  thats your updo. Now if you want a more casual hair style, instead of pinning the braid to the back of your head, you grab all your hair with the braid to a messy ponytail. This is personnaly my favorite way to wear it.
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Braided updo

1.) Brush your hair to the back and take the top layer of your hair. Start french braiding (see my post ‘Braids 101’ for an explanation) your hair and the go over in a normal braid.
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2.) If you grab underneath your braid with your two thumbs you’ll feel a tiny space there. Try widening it eith your thumbs.
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3.) As soon as you think the space is wide enough,  take your braid and start rolling it inward. Then eventually tuck the rolled up braid into the hole we created before.
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4.) Now pin the braid into place.

And there you go. A formal updo that can be done in 5 Minutes.
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And thats the post for today guys, I hope you enjoyed my little extra post. I am a christmas person and even though Advent kinda just started I’ve been having so much fun.

Now I have a challenge for you. If you decide to do one of the hair styles I showed today, please send me the pic via my email: fashion4forfun@gmail.com and I’ll be choosing the 3 best pictures to be featured on my blog on the 25th of December.  So don’t be shy!

Now on a more serious note. A lot of you probabley know that Nelson Mandela past away and this makes me really sad, since I’ve always loved him because I love South Africa. It has always been my home. So here I just want to pay my respects to him, we lost a great man and an amazing leader. So thank you Mandela for everything that you did for South Africa and for the world. You’ll be sorely missed.

Xoxox

Caitlyn

P.S For post updates follow me on Twitter (@Fashion4forFun) or if you have any questions, reviews,  suggestions or wishes you can contact me via the email address shown above.

Braids 101

Hi my cuties and welcome to my second blog post. Today I’ll be talking about braids. I love hair styles and my friends are my little guinea pigs with whom I experiment various techniques. Something that you’ll find in every hairstyle are different kinds of braids. So here I’ll explain the different types of braids, how to do them and easy ways to style them.

The “Normal” Braid

So before we get started, braids are easiest to do when your hair isn’t freshly washed (1 or 2 days after washing it, your hair shouldn’t be greasy though), but if it is then there’s a simple solution: dry shampoo. It gives your hair that special texture. My favorite is from Batiste (http://www.batistehair.com/). Its actually the first dry shampoo I’ve ever used and it just stuck with me.
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Here I’m using the dry shampoo called ‘Brit’. At the moment it’s my favorite.
So let’s actually get started:
1.) Part your hair into 3 equally sized pieces.
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2.) Now take the first piece and place it over the middle piece. The first piece now becomes the middle piece.
3.) Now take the last piece and place it over the middle piece, which was the first piece to begin with. (I hope that makes sense:P)
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4.) Then you just continue crossing the left and right pieces over the middle piece until you run out of hair.
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5.) This is how it shall look like when you’re finished:
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The French Braid

This is an easy braid once you know how to do it. It is nothing else than a ‘normal’ braid, but you keep adding a piece of the rest of your hair.

1.) Here instead of parting you hair in 3 sections you also section the top part of your hair. So theoretically you’re left with on big piece and 3 smaller sections.
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2.) Normally I start braiding my hair normally, just for the beginning and then start I french braiding.
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3.) Instead of braiding from the side as you see above you can start braiding from the back. It’s a beautiful way to make a simple braid look different, but it will take practice.
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The Dutch Braid

This braid isn’t that known and also not that common ,but its not hard at all.

1.) Instead of crossing the first piece over the middle one, you cross it under it.
2.) You continue the braid like this and in the end you’ll have a ‘reversed’ braid.
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The Fishtail Braid

I saw this braid on a friend of mine a while ago and absolutely fell in love with it. It’s beautiful, yet really simple, you can use it to replace the normal braid and you can french braid it.
It also takes a little practice so don’t give up to early.

1.) Part your hair into 2 sections.
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2.) Take a little part of the first section and cross it over so that you can add it to the second section.
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2.) Now do them same for the second section.
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3.) Continue like that and keep making the strands thinner until you run out of hair.
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I hope that wasn’t to complicated, I tried to explain it as easy as possible. These are just a few basics, and soon I’ll be posting various hair styles which will contain these braids.
Please I’d love to hear what you thought of this tutorial and if you want to know when I’m posting, I have a Twitter account (@Fashion4forFun) which I’ll be updating every time.

Xoxox Caitlyn

Tips:
-Dry shampoo doesn’t replace washing your hair. It’s just a last resort or if you want to add volume and/or texture to your hair.
-All of these braids take a while until you figure out where to put your hands, how to hold the different pieces and how to place them without your whole braid coming undone. It just takes practice.
-If you have a little bow place it on the end of your braid. The same works for flowers or you can actually braid the flowers or a ribbon into your braid, to make a simple and basic hairstyle look special.