Three quick braided hairstyles for you guys I think this is great because we have the New Year coming up and you want to have fantastic here in the New Year these come together really quickly and easily and work for so many different occasions so to start off I'm going to tell you how I prepped my hair I actually lit with second day hair because I kind of wanted to show you guys that you could use this on a second day hair to turn second day hair into awesome hair but you could also do this I'm just about any hair texture and your hair doesn't have to look pretty when you start out to make the hairstyle pretty so we're going to start out with this half updo and this one is great for looking amazing on a casual day you're going to start off with braids number one which starts about three inches back from your hairline a little bit more.
If you have really short layers around your face then you're going to braid all the way down your hair and secure it with an elastic once you reach the end then if you want to add more of a bohemian row luminous look to your braid you can pull it apart just a little bit and then you're ready to move on to the next step and now we're actually going to put our hair half up so you're going to start out with the hair that's in front of the braid on one side and that is going to go back you're also going to make a similar section on the other side of your head with the hair that is right next to your hairline both of those sections are going to go back and you're going to secure them with a clear elastic to create this half up hairstyle now we're going to finish off with one more braid to do that you're actually going to pick up hair around the little elastic that we just secured so that you have enough hair for the braid then you're just going to braid all the way down that section securing it with a clear elastic once you reach the end the hide the clear elastic at the top I just loosened my hair up a little bit and then.
I kind of pushed the elastic into the braid so that it hid itself nicely you can also use a bobby pin to hold it there if it doesn't seem to want to stay in place inside the braid and then of course I loosen the braid up just a little bit more for some extra volume and then I'm finished off by adding a couple more little curls to my hair because this was second day here and I wanted to just kind of use it up a little bit but you don't have to do that said you can totally skip that just go with however you want your hair to look for this and once you've got all that done the hairstyle is complete and like I said this is a great casual hairstyle because it can make your hair look great in just five minutes and will stay in place all day long and now onto our braided ponytail which I love to death you're going to start out with just taking a section of hair from the top of your head and kind of securing that out of the way we're going to use this to cover the top of the Dutch braid later then we're going to create our braid so to do that you're just going to take the hair from right next to your hairline in a nice little section and then you're going to begin Dutch braiding and that's basically doing a French braid by taking the strands under instead of over which.
I really like because it makes the braid look 3d instead of kind of like a zipper I feel like a French braid looks like a zipper does anybody else agree with Neil not anyway um so then you're just gonna braid about four inches doing your Dutch braid once you've got that done you're just gonna braid the rest of the hair normally but don't secure it with an elastic quite yet because the next thing we're going to do is pull the braid apart for more volume this time I'm actually pulling on each individual little piece of the braid and you can see that's giving it kind of more of a bubbly really voluminous look and I really like it for that so once you've gotten that done with all of the normal braid you can add in the last and then go and pull apart the Dutch braid just like you see me doing it here pulling on either side then you are done with the braid and it's time for the plenty tail I'm just letting down the section from up top and letting that drape over just like it would in a ponytail so that you can't even see the hair that's going into the Dutch braid then you're also going to pull the rest of your hair back and into a ponytail and finally add the braid into that ponytail as well then see here at all together with an elastic or two for a really great hold and finally we're going to wrap some hair around the elastic.
I like taking a really small piece of hair and wrapping it around until all the hair has been wrapped then just pending the end of it against my head with a bobby pin making sure that the bobby pin goes between my head and the elastic so I'm also finishing this one off by adding a couple of little curls again you don't have to do this but I kind of like to I also added in a little bit of texture spray just to make it more beachy and lived in looking once that was done the hairstyle is complete I love how versatile this hairstyle is I can see it being great for like a girls night out or even prom so definitely try this one out and finally we're finishing off with this braided updo which I love and comes together way easier than you think first of all we have to make the braid you're going to start about three to four inches back from your hairline and then if you want to leave any bangs out you can if you have side bangs or normal bangs go ahead and leave them out of the situation and then you're going to go ahead and braid all the hair from that section that's like you know three to four inches back from your hairline then you want to make this super voluminous so pull on each little part of the braid to make sure that it has max volume.
I do have a post on how to do this so if you need any more tips check that post out and then secure it with an elastic now we're going to tie back the hair from the front so you're going to section your hair in front of your ears on both sides and then pull that back to like a low ponytail height in the back of your head you can also leave out some longer pieces from the front if you want in this process so I'm pulling these pieces back and then I'm going to just use a normal hair elastic to hold them in place now we're going to create what I call the headband loop which you guys probably already know how to do we're going to use this half up portion like the back of a headband so you can kind of loosen it up a little bit if you need to then take all your hair together and you're just going to wrap your hair around the half up portion of this hairstyle and it works just like a headband so if you've ever wrapped your hair around a headband it's literally the same thing just wrap it over and over and over again until.
You have all the hair wrap and you can do that once twice three times however many times you need to you now if you take a look at it you can see that on the Left we have this portion where I wrap the hair first and it looks nice and pretty and then on the right we have this portion that's wrapped over and over again and it's not as pretty so what we're going to do is slide the hair together so that the pretty hair goes over the wrapped hair so basically you just hold the pretty side with your left hand and tuck the right side underneath it and it actually works really well it all just slides into place so just hold the pretty side with one hand and tuck the not as pretty side underneath until it's completely hidden and then once you have it nicely tucked underneath you're just going to use bobby pins to hold everything in place and that's it for this hairstyle I love how romantic and sweet this one is definitely great for homecoming or prom or any kind of wedding occasion you might have or you know however you want to wear it I hope you guys enjoyed this post what better way to start out the new year than with some fresh new braids I hope you guys try these out and send me pictures if you do using the hashtag Keeley Melissa I'll see you in my next post muah bye.