I have recently been mourning the loss of six inches of my lengthy hair. I woke up one morning feeling quite spontaneous; after never letting my hair venture above shoulder length, I decided that it was the day. After impulsively cutting off all of my precious hair, I went to bed questioning my life and my sacred femininity.
Today’s Fashionista would have been my saving grace that one terrible, terrible day. I was desperate to hide my hair in any way that wasn’t with a Red Sox baseball cap or a hairnet—two things no self-respecting Fashionistas should ever sport in public (Yankees forever!). I always assumed that braids were a no-go for Fashionistas with short hair; bothersome wispsies and uncooperative layers stressed me out even more than facing the reality of my trimmed tresses. This Fashionista, however, deemed this look the “not-braid braid,” which describes the style perfectly. It’s loose and boho-esque; it’s not pulled too tight nor does it flirt with the third grade throwback, pigtail braids. It’s the perfect solution for pixie-phobic Fashionistas or those in need of a speedy style.
Mom always knows best, and she deserves credit for the first step to get this look. Hair is always most cooperative the second day after a wash; a little bit of natural oil allows hair to stay put easily and it develops a perfectly healthy sheen. A little bit of sea salt spray or hairspray also helps hold a natural wave. I love how this Fashionista barely braided twice across and how the three parts she used were uneven. Easy enough for us to mimic—split hair into three uneven sections and pull it softly into a braid. Curl the left out wisps of hair and push the rest back with an awesome headband.
So skip the wash (not the shower), spritz some spray and loosely braid. The not-braid braid: now how chic is that?