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braids of glory: the fishtail.

August 27, 2012

Today I’m finally sharing with you how to easily create a fishtail braid. The steps are simple: sweep hair to the side, split into two sections, take a small piece from one side and move it to the other, do the same on the other side, and repeat. Need a little more instruction? Watch the video to see how I did it, and remember…practice makes perfect! It’s always a little awkward to learn a new braid, but I promise in time it’ll become a super easy go-to style.

Braids of Glory: The Fishtail Braid // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Missed the previous braid tutorials? Catch up here.

Have you ever done a fishtail braid? Did you find the tutorial helpful if this was your first time?

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braids of glory: the double braid.

July 16, 2012

Today I’m excited to share with you part two of the braids of glory series, which includes the double braid and a variation of the double braid with a bun. They are ideal for hot summer days and bad hair days alike, as they keep all of your hair pulled back and in check. Both options begin with braided bangs, so make sure to refresh your memory with the first video in the series if you’re not sure how to do that.

For those of you eager to try the bun variation, all you have to do it turn the bottom braid into a bun for a chic, pulled-back style. Here’s what the end result looks like and three quick steps on how to do it:

  1. Do the double braid as shown in the video.
  2. Twist your braid toward the back of your head, and loop it around until it forms a cinnamon-roll sort of bun.
  3. Grab some bobby pins and secure around the bun to hold it in place.

P.S. Catch up on the rest of the series here, or by clicking on “braids of glory” under the posts by series section in the sidebar.

Was this helpful? If so, what made it so? If not, how can I improve in the future tutorial videos?

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braids of glory: the bangs.

June 14, 2012

Today I give you the very first installment of the braids of glory series. This is not only my first-ever tutorial video, but also my first time sharing a video of myself on this blog period. While I’m tempted to let my insecurities take over, I know many of you wanted a video and a video you will have! I hope it’s helpful to you as you learn to master the art of the braid.

A quick note: please excuse the jingling sound halfway through the video—my pup Maggie always picks the worst times to make noise!

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This is what the end result should look like :)

P.S. You can find all posts in this series here, or by clicking on “braids of glory” under the posts by series section in the sidebar.

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The Braided Bun

May 24, 2013

Last summer I launched a little hair tutorial series called Braids Of Glory that I’m embarrassed to say I never finished. However, that shouldn’t stop me from picking up again randomly, should it? I didn’t think so.

Recently my go-to daily hairstyle has switched from loose, beachy waves to a braided bun. I love how easy it is to do this style in the morning—either with towel-dried hair or even on crazy, slept-in hair—and I also love how the top knot shows off my bangs. Even better—there are only three simple steps…

Step 1: Make A High Ponytail
Be sure to position your ponytail in the spot you want your bun. I like to use a soft hair tie for this, as it’s generally more comfortable; however, feel free to use any hair tie you prefer!

Step 2: Braid The Ponytail
I recommend securing the braid with a small, clear elastic band so that it won’t show at all. Once your braid is complete, spread out and loosen the braid.

Step 3: Twist & Pin The Braid
Sometimes it takes a minute to figure out exactly how you want the braid to lie. Once you have your braid positioned properly, pin it in place using bobby pins.

What’s your go-to hairstyle these days?

P.S. My dress is by Merona from Target.

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holiday hair roundup

December 10, 2012

The holiday season is in full effect, and that means it’s time for holiday parties! Brian and I will be attending his company party this weekend, and I have no doubt that gatherings with friends—casual and dressy alike—will happen several times before we ring in the new year.

With parties, of course, comes dressing up a bit. Even casual Christmas hangouts beg a bit more of dressiness than the usual get together. Thus, I wanted to share some fun holiday hair ideas to help you feel fabulous this holiday season…

(For instructions on each hair idea, just click on the name to be taken to the original blog post.)

Big, Soft Waves
Soft waves are classic. They work for casual and dressed-up events, and sometimes can carry over from one day to the next—when I curl my hair like this for a Friday night dinner, I find that I can often just touch it up a bit on Saturday and it looks just as nice, if not better than the first day! This look is 100% my go-to style this season.

Sock Bun

The sock bun is both playful and elegant, perfect for a company Christmas party or New Year’s event where you just want your hair pulled back and out of the way. It’s no-fuss and simple to do, which will certainly cut down on your getting-ready time (something we all can appreciate, I’m sure).

Braids
Though I haven’t yet finished this series (I promise I will one day!), I have shared a few video guides to help you with your braiding skills. The fishtail is fun for a more casual look, and the double braid/bun variation is lovely for a fancier affair.

Faux Bob
Thus is by far the most glamourous of hair styles. I love the retro feel of it! This is perfect for those of you (like me!) who have long hair and want to have a totally different look. This would work well with a dress that has a nice back detail—a cutout, an exposed zipper, etc—as all of your hair will be pulled up by your neck.


This is the only one I don’t have a photo of myself with! Jaime King will have to do :)

How do you tend to wear your hair for holiday festivities?

Image of Jaime King via Pinterest