11.02.2012

How To: Romantic Braided Half Updo


What are you up to this weekend? I've come down with a cold (see my cold tips here), so I'll be seeking comfort with my homemade Shower Soothers or maybe a Detox Bath. If you're into Hot Toddies to cure your cold, check out my post I made for you hereI'll also tackle my comments--I visit every blog that comments (sometimes the Google + accounts are private, so I can't see the blog). Anyway, before I head to my weekend of recovering, I'm sharing one of my favorite hairstyles that marries braids and curls! Enjoy!


T O O L S

  • Teasing Comb or Velcro Bump (I got mine on Ebay for $1) 
  • Bobby Pins 
  • Curling Iron or Wand (barrel size is up to you)
M E T H O D
  • Curl hair with either a curling iron or wand. I like doing this first, but feel free to do this as your last step.
  • Tease crown to create volume. I'm using a Velcro Bump to fake volume so I don't have to tease. There are many variations of these out there; some have 1 strip of velcro while mine is completely covered so it will stay put in hair. The 1 strip is much easier to get out of your hair.
  • Take a section from each side of your head and braid it. If you can french braid, try french braiding a small bit of the braid before braiding regularly so it will sit flat on the side of your head. I didn't do that for this tutorial, but I usually do. Secure the ends with a bobby pin.
  • Pull at the braid a bit to make it appear larger, optional.
  • Pin braid to the back of your head, above your ears.
  • Repeat on the other side and tuck ends under.

Have a great weekend! Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle

63 comments:

  1. So pretty. You are going to laugh at me but I have never used a curler. I have always wanted to but never got around to buying one. I think this year I have to splurge.
    XO,
    Zhanna

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  2. Gorgeous and perfect for weddings and events! The results are red carpet worthy!

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  3. I hope you feel better soon! I know so many people who have come down with colds this week. Love the hairstyle!

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  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Would you like to follow each other?

    Much Love,
    http://amyklundt.blogspot.com/

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  5. HA HA you are already following me. I am now following you back.

    Much Love

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  6. This makes me miss long hair. I hope you feel better soon!

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  7. I love this Elle, oh so pretty. I think I will do my hair this way for church on Sunday! Love ya,

    SHauna xoxoxxoo

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  8. love this! Hope you feel better soon

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  9. this is definitely a hairstyle i want to learn! my hair always has a tendency to lay flat, so i think this might help give it some volume?

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  10. So sorry you are sick. Hope u feel better.
    We are on our way to a couples wine tasting trip in paso Robles, CA.
    Very cool hair do.
    Daphne.

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  11. Love love love this style, Elle:) And hope you feel better soon.

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  12. You have an amazing blog! Thank you for following me, I am so definitely following you back! xoxo.

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  13. looking good, not doable for my still short hair.. but one day!!
    question for you, you had a post where you were showing some candles with different or "weird" scents, where can I order those?

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  14. Ohhhh I have a fancy event this weekend....will have to try this out! Thanks, Elle!

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  15. beautiful elle! your flowing curls always remind me of the romantic period in history. so gorgeous!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  16. I hope you get better soon. I love the hair style! I'm your newest follower from coiredame linky party :)
    -Mariely
    marielyvp.blogspot.com

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  17. Your hair is absolutely beautiful and I LOVE this look! Your tutorials are always awesome and so helpful (especially when you suck at doing hair, like moi and need the step by steps).
    Also, your comment on my post made me so happy. You're an absolute doll! xox, feel better!

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  18. Great tutorial! Your hair is so beautiful!!!!
    Xo
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

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  19. Hey doll! I wanted to pop over and say thank you for your funny comment on my blog. Also I love this! I may try this. My hair is longer then I think I think it is and can probably do more then be put in a ponytail or stuffed under a hat. :-)

    Chao
    Poppie

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  20. LOVE it! Your hair is beautiful!

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  21. PRETTY!!! You did a wonderful job!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  22. This is pretty! It makes me want to grow my hair out again. Almost. Then I remember what a rat's nest it is when it's long. :)

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  23. This is so pretty. A perfect do for a wedding or a romantic date.

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  24. Great hairstyle!

    http://www.thegaragestarlets.com/

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  25. This is so pretty and feminine! Very princess-like hair but it's low maintenance and carefree as well :)

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  26. So pretty! Hope you have a great weekend and recover quickly from your cold!

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  28. This is beautiful! I'm horrible at doing my hair. Hope you feel better!

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  29. That is SO pretty! I may even attempt it sometime. Love your blog.

    Alison

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  30. Gorgeous style! Great for a special day or anytime!

    -Tiffany
    http://stylesidebar.blogspot.com/

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  32. looooove you hair :))

    Brigita r.
    indie-somnium.blogspot.com

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  33. This is very pretty. I am definitely going to try this style.

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  34. thanks for the candle links.. they don't deliver in finland :( got to check man can again though, not sure..

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  35. This is so cute! Your hair looks really pretty like that. Do you like that curling iron? It looks like it works great for you.

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  36. lovely!!! i definitely want to try this, but you have the best hair!

    XOXO

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  37. very pretty style!!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  38. What a GORGEOUS tutorial! It's one that definitely looks like it took forever but actually is simple enough for ME to do! haha
    Thanks for sharing!

    xox,
    tiana of l'esthetique

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  39. I hope you feel better soon, Elle.

    Nice tutorial. Your hair looks fab.

    *Erin

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  40. i totally should have done this when i had long hair!! great look!

    [oomph.]

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  41. Great tutorial, pity I am rubbish with my hair, i dont do anything with it usually, a plait at the most! This looks so pretty, maybe I will give it a try
    Daisy Dayz
    Cross-Jones-Photography

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  42. Great hairstyle!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  43. You have the prettiest hair!

    Hope you feel better :(

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  44. Definitely very romantic and achieved seemingly easily too. I have all these posts your've done bookmarked for when I finally grow my hair out long enough!

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  45. GORGEOUS!! My hair is FINALLY long enough to try this! Thanks for stopping by again! ;)

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  46. I love this hair style it's so pretty :) I have something similar pinned on interest I just have to get around to trying it out. I'm inspired!

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