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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

learn more about ME + MY BIZ

Have you seen the french braid trend that all of the celebrities are sporting lately? I love this look! The braid is such a cute, girly style, but the way these women are wearing it is totally updated and sophisticated.

(My personal fav of the three is Drew Barrymore’s version: messy and up off her face. Adorable.)
Anyway, I was a complete tomboy growing up. I loved sports, sports and more sports. I look back at my youth and remember it fondly, but I was soooo not into fashion or style of any kind. I never really cared to learn how to do hair or make it look nice. So, now, when it comes to styling my daughter’s hair, I’m kind of at a loss. I end up doing a lot of pony tails and pig tails. Nothing too special. (Luckily I have a daughter who looks cute no matter her hairstyle). Well, here’s where our good friend Jen B. comes in to save the day.
Jen never fails to look good. She’s always put-together, accessorized, trendy and stylish. She is also awesome at doing hair. (You should see how great her hair looks EVERY TIME we see her). She let us snap a few pictures of her doing the side french braid so we could teach you how to do it! So here goes…
How to do a French Braid Hair Band
Step 1: Make a deep side part in the hair
Step 2: Divide the section of hair you want to braid from the rest of your hair. Tie remainder of hair back so it is out of the way.
Step 3: Gather three small sections from the center and start to do a normal braid.
Step 4: As you bring each piece over, grab another few strands of hair and add it to the existing section. Make sure to pull the hair tight as you braid.
Step 5: Continue grabbing pieces of hair to add to each section as far down the head as you’d like. If you want to leave the braid down along the face, continue braiding the entire length of hair. For adults, you’ll want to braid just enough to pin back underneath the hair you tied back originally.
Step 6: If you have thick hair, use a hair tie to hold the braid, and then pin in place. If your hair is thin, just pin it directly. Then let the rest of your hair fall over the braid you pinned back.
This is the finished product and it looks awesome!
Too bad we didn’t have anywhere to go after doing this little photo shoot. 🙂
A big thanks to Jen B. who did a fabulous job, and to Monica, for lending that beautiful head of hair to us for these photos.
Don’t forget that this style looks adorable on kiddos too! This is Monica’s daughter (and Jen B’s dog Bella.)
Give it a try, and if you do, send us a picture!

The comments +

  1. I love this! I’ve actually been wearing my hair like this for a few weeks now and think it’s such fun. Thanks for linking up!

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