A Figure Eight Braid

This time of year I’m always thinking about all the holiday parties that crop up. From Thanksgiving to various Friendsgivings, there’s so many excuses to dress up a bit and get fancy, which means trying out new up dos. I recently tried this new look and I love how it came out. Simple, but elegant and a little bit quirky.Step one: Separate your hair into three ponytails, one on top of the other. I try to make them about equal in size, but my top ponytail always ends up being the biggest!

Step two: Braid each ponytail.

Step three: Pancake each braid for slightly bigger/fuller braids; you can pancake/loosen them up as much as you want for a fuller/messier look.

Step four: Wrap the top braid around into a loose bun and pin in place with a few bobby pins.

Step five: Wrap the bottom braid around in a loose bun and pin in place with a few bobby pins.

Step six: Take the middle braid and wrap it around the bottom bun and loop the end up towards the top bun, pinning it in place with a few bobby pins.

And this is what the style looks like from the side. Two elegant stacked braided buns that look far more complicated than they are. Wrapping the middle braid around the bottom bun and then tucking it into the top one gives a sense of flow between the two buns and makes it look like a figure eight—to me at least! A perfect little up-do dressy enough for a holiday, but relatively easy to master. Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.