Back to Basics: Braids

May 19, 2011    |    By +
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Braids are all the rage these days. You can’t flip open a magazine or walk down the street without seeing some stylish lady with her hair intricately braided. Full disclosure, I was always jealous of the girls in school with french braids.  Anytime I attempted to copy their look, it was like I had two thumbs and always ended up with a messy nest of hair. Even my mom did not have the hair-braiding skills to pass on. She would send to me the hairdressers on special occasions so they could work their magic and voila beautiful braids.

But one summer way back when, I was give not one but two guide books on how to do every kind of braid, both by Klutz.  Both included step by step photos and instructions on how to master each type of braid. They also came with a cute case filled with ribbons, ties, and of course scrunchies (hey it was the 90′s!). I was in heaven, as any little girl would be. In my head, if I could master the art of friendship bracelets, then braids would be a cinch.

It’s safe to say, I still haven’t mastered the elusive “fishtail braid” but I’m sure if I had held onto those books, I’d be a pro by now. So whether you’re a Trendanista looking to test drive a new hairstyle for the summer, or you have a little girly girl of your own, a girl any age will appreciate these helpful and crafty books.

I see a summer project!

Photos Courtesy of: Refinery 29 & Pinterest

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