3 EASY BOHO BRAIDED HAIRSTYLES
Hello lovely! This week I felt inspired to wear my hair the boho way 😀 Boho style is always relaxed and comfortable and boho hair fits in with this by never being too perfect or overdone. One of the things I like most about it is that it’s easy to style. The most important part of achieving the bohemian look is to keep the hair relaxed and a little disheveled even.
How to get boho hair
For me that means leaving my hair to air dry, putting some texture spray or salt spray in it and occasionally I might do rope braids like I did here, and leave them in my hair just for a while after it dries, to give it some of that carefree, messy wave. I like how easy it is to achieve this sort of style without any heat, but on some occasions you might want or need to use a curling iron to get quick, soft waves. Which ever way you prepare your hair, once you’ve got the base, you can experiment with different styles, braids and even accessories. This weeks tutorial is on 3 easy boho braided styles, just to give you some inspiration. The beauty of the boho look is that it should be anything but neat and polished, which leaves a lot of room for imperfections 😉 So don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the braids to look exactly as you planned, just go with the flow!
- Part your hair however you like it. Separate a section in the front, about an inch wide, from the top of your head to your ear and secure the rest out of the way.
- Braid that section into a lace braid. Pick up a thin section close to the part and divide it into 3 strands. Cross the outer strands over the middle one and add in extra hair into the braid only from the front. When you run out of hair to add, finish it off by braiding a normal 3 strand braid all the way down, or until it reaches the back of your head. Repeat on the other side.
- Separate another section behind the lace braids and do dutch braids on both sides. Divide into 3 strands and start crossing the outer strands under the middle, then add in new hair to the outer strands from both sides. Finish the braid as a normal 3 strand braid and tie it with a clear elastic. Make sure to pull the braids apart to accentuate the difference in texture between them and the thin lace braids. For an easier version, pick up a section close to the parting and braid a normal 3 strand braid instead of a dutch braid on both sides.
- Bring the two lace braids from the front to the back of your head and tie them off with a clear elastic. Remove any unnecessary elastics. That completes the first style.
- Build on style #1, bring the two dutch (or normal) braids to the back as well and tie them together a bit below the lace braids.
- Pick up a small section of hair a bit off centre and divide it into 2 strands. Do a micro rope braid by crossing the strands over each other in one direction and each strand separately in the opposite direction. This will prevent the braid from unraveling once you tie it off with an elastic and let it go. Repeat on the other side and you’ll have hairstyle #2 completed.
- This one builds on #1 again 😉 After all four braids are tied in the back, separate the rest of your hair in two.
- Braid a fishtail braid by picking a small outer piece of one strand and crossing it over to the opposite one and vice versa. Repeat these steps all the way down and tie the braid with an elastic. Don’t tie it too far down to leave some space for pulling the braid apart. It will appear much fuller, messier and bohemian 😉
- You could just leave it at that, but if you want to make it into an updo, you’ll now roll the braid under and secure it to the nape of your neck with two bobby pins, criss crossing each other.
TIP: Because I have layered hair, I didn’t want to braid the fishtail too far down, so I could pull the braid apart without it falling apart. I braided the tail end into a short little 3 strand braid, just to make it easier to roll up. This is a great way to control the stray strands if the end of the braid is too long to hide seamlessly.
For more details, be sure to check out this video:
I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Happy hairstyling and see you next time!