Half Up Half Down Braids

 

This look was inspired by Jamie at DeSo hair bar in Atlanta. I first saw her picture on Instagram on the @lalatheislandgal page. I loved the simplicity and how you can either dress this look up or down.

My beautiful model Isabella has the most gorgeous natural color with a little bit of grey and the braids helped show it off. I cannot take credit for her bomb copper eyes, those were done by her. The photos were taken by the talented Ceara Kennedy Watrous (@c.kennedy).

This look was Created using Bumble and Bumble Anti-humidity Gel-Oil. The product holds like a gel and hydrates like an oil. I like that it holds all the baby hairs in place without causing any flaking or dryness. I applied about a quarter size to each side after parting the hair down the middle. I like to add a little extra to the nape once I get down there because most people have shorter hairs there as well. I created a dutch braid on each side and go past the nape to have some room to put in the elastic without losing the shape. The ends have Bumble and Bumble Does It All applied right before curling. The curls were created using a 1 inch GHD Curling Iron. After curling the ends, I grab a small piece of hair and wrap it around the elastic band, placing a bobby pin to keep it secure. One last spritz of hairspray is applied on the ends for that extra hold and she is ready! I can see this style being perfect for those hot summer days and when you can't stand to wear your hair down. If you try this look at home, I'd love to see + hear about your experience!

half up half down braids