For the most part, I am a wear-my-hair-down kind of gal. I like braids and updos, but I just tend to wear my hair down with a few curls most days.
But, the summer is the one season I tend to wear my hair up more often because when it’s hot, it feels good. Am I right?
The style I do most often is maiden braids, which is a super simple version of milkmaid braids. So, I thought I would share a super simple and quick tutorial showing how I style this look with my hair length.
Step One: I brush and part my hair in the center all the way down the back of my head. If you have bangs or shorter bits of hair in the front, you can leave them out.
Step Two: I braid each side and fasten with a clear elastic band. I like to use clear bands because the ends are somewhat visible since I have longer hair (but not necessarily super long).
After braiding, I will gently pull at the braids to fluff them out a bit so they will appear a little fuller.
This actually works even better when my hair hasn’t been washed for a day or two, or I can use plumping powder to get a little texture (my hair is super fine).
Step Three: I pin the first braid with a couple bobby pins to the top center of my head. The end usually sticks up at this stage which is pretty funny looking.
Step Four: I pin the other side into place and tuck the ends under each braid. I usually give my head a shake to see if the braids feel secure, and if not, then I add another bobby pin or two.
That’s it! Easy, right? This style seriously only takes me around five minutes to do, and I really like how it looks with my face shape. Plus, it gets my hair off my neck in case it’s a hot, humid day.
This easy maiden braids tutorial can work well no matter if you have bangs or not. Do you have a favorite summer hair style? xo. Emma
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Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy.
Used to do this hairstyle all the time in 2015 when this first got posted. Just did it again today. I feel like a cute Princess Leia. I remember when I used to wear it in 2015 my boss told me it was Frida Kahlo hair.
Super cute! Great for these hot and humid days.
Anything that gives me Princess Leia vibes is a win for me! I really love this look and needed something new to try out — thanks.
Nice and perfect looking outfit..
So cute! This looks like a perfect summer hairstyle for me. 🙂 I’ve never did it before, but I’m definitely going to try it out soon.
This is a super cute updo! I need to try this ASAP!
That’s super cute and looks so easy to do! I’ll have to give it a try!
Beautiful look in this hairstyle. Thanks for telling that how to make this hairstyle. I am about to go to try this. I wish I will make this hairstyle by reading the tips and seeing step wise picks.
So pretty! With your lovely fair skin and that embroidered dress, you look like you’re straight out of a Scandinavian fairytale!
Wow. Love this hair style. I will do it. Thanks for sharing!
Your hair is amazing, I love the braid.
I just cut my hair but this was my go to hairstyle. I’m not gonna lie, I miss it.
Very impressed with your braiding skills! I’ve tried this very unsuccessfully.
Love the dress! Where is that from? Can’t believe no one asked!?!?
This is a cute idea. I usually wear my hair in a braid, also. I never thought to post something like this because I don’t consider myself fashionable (like, at all.), but I do find it convenient if I need to keep hair out of my face. Plus, my son likes playing with the tip of my braided ponytail.
Super easy. Super simple.
I love this! I’m always looking for new easy ways to keep my hair up.
I love crown braids! So pretty!
This looks gorgeous on you, Emma! I wish my hair was a bit longer and thicker so I could pull it off, but it doesn’t hurt to try, right?!
Monica / Mocha and Moccasins
This looks so easy and chic at the same time… I may have to try it. 🙂
It reminded me of old movies. But in a good way. 🙂
I wanna try but my hair is longer than yours, I’m not sure if it’s going to work. I’ll try.