Many of us may admire hairstyles from the runways never thinking they’d be an easy (or realistic) fit for our everyday lives.
Having glanced at hair images from Valentino’s show in Paris Couture Week, I decided to re-imagine their sleeked gold-rimmed ponytails into a faux braid any girl can truly master. Enter The Elastic Braid—a style not only ideal for second day hair—it’s genius for growing out bangs and layers.
The Elastic Braid is my take on the faux braid for late summer and early fall. All you need is a few black elastic bands…how easy is that? Mornings just got way cooler and hella easy.
I love re-purposing from the runway, don’t you? Do you have any similar fun and easy fashion tips? Please share below.
What You’ll Need:
– Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics
– Not Your Mother’s Double Take (for volume) and/or Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray (for natural beauty waves)
Scroll through to see how it’s done!
Start faux braiding by parting your hair to one side. Feel free to rough section, just using your fingers. Next, tie your first rubber band close to your scalp so you have a good portion of your front fringe removed from you face.
Next, add hair from under your first gathered section and tie it together with a second elastic band. You’ll be repeating this faux braiding (roping) technique throughout the length of hair (at the front).
You can stop faux braiding with the elastic bands when you get to your ear, but I kept the party going until I reached the ends of the model’s hair (BTW her name is Elizabeth Wheeland and her hair is a wonderland).
Roping your hair with elastics until your reach your ends, gives your style more edge. Add effortless volume and waves with texturizing and sea salt spray for even more drama (two of my faves are from Not Your Mothers are listed above). You can also add further volume by tugging at the hair between the elastics to create small bubbles of hair.
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MARITZA BUELVAS is a national beauty-style writer and published hair artist. She enjoys writing and producing content for blogs, media and brands.