When my daughter started school I wanted to be the coolest mum out there, so I got a friend to teach me how to braid hair. I had images of my daughter rocking off to school with super slick hair that made her the envy of the school yard. Unfortunately she had other ideas having hit a tomboy phase. Not only has she refused to wear the school dresses I spent a fortune on in favour of shorts and t-shirts, she will not let me anywhere near her with a hairbrush.
Luckily for me she’s the only one not into the hottest new hair trend and I often go around to my friend’s houses so their daughters will let me braid their hair. It’s earnt me the title of the cool mum with the other kids so my new learnt skills have not been totally wasted.
It really is so much easier than it looks. Here are some of my fave tips that will make superhero in the braiding dept:
1. Braid hair when wet or damp if you want a tight slick braid.
2. If the hair is dry then the dirter the better…so no shower tonight kids!
3. Go with your kids natural part, it doesn’t need to be straight down the middle.
4. Use hairspray before braiding to hold in place till the end of the day.
5. Practice, pracrice, practice. It really is easier then you think so when the kids are watching TV give it a go and you’ll have it down for the school rush in no time.
6. Watch online tutorials. Oh, the internet – we love you!
Extra tip: If you mess it up and the braid is too loose tell them you modelled it on Elsa from Frozen.
In past few years braiding has moved from the school yard to the red carpet as heaps of celebs jump on the bandwagon. Here are some of our favourites rocking the braid:
Once you’ve mastered it on your kids then you’ll have it down pat to braid your own hair. Ha!
What’s your fave hairstyle?
Zoe Foster Blake is one lady who is a big advocate of looking good to feel your best. Our chat with her was a cracker and you can listen below, and listen to more awesome chats by subscribing to our podcast here.