Sometimes, I just don't have the time to fix my hair. Cue the milkmaid braid, which for me is the perfect quick fix for (gasp) dirty hair. But the thing is - I don't know how to French braid, or really even braid in general. So out of necessity, I've figured out another way to fix my hair in the milkmaid braids, without all the complicated braiding techniques. All you need to complete this look are bobby pins, hair spray and rubber bands - I prefer the Goody "Plastic Elastics" in black. Follow the jump for all the details.
1. Step one - prepare your hair. If it's fresh out of the shower, add some mousse to texturize it. If it's dirty - well, you go girl. You can part your hair in the middle, or if you have bangs like I do, keep your natural part and either add your bangs into the do or, like I did, leave it out.
2. Divide your hair into four parts through parting it horizontally, creating four equal sections.
3. Put each of the sections into a ponytail. Don't secure them too tightly - you want the sections to be loose so you can secure them on your head.
4. Once each section is secured, either twist or braid each section. I like to call this look the L.L. Cool J. The twists will naturally loosen once you've secured their ends with a ponytail - don't panic. If you're braiding them, you want the braids to be loose for a more natural and bohemian look.
5. Start wrapping the individual ponytails around your head in a counter clockwise motion. Use bobby pins that match your hair color as you go to secure them in place.
6. Once your ponytails are secured on your head, pin down all fly aways! Adjust the twists or braids through loosening them to hide any exposed bobby pins. Then add some hairspray to keep everything in place!
I love how easy and chic this look is - it's also nice to have my (almost always) unruly hair out of the way so I can focus on more important things! This hairstyle is perfect for running errands or a romantic date. Good luck with faking a milkmaid braid of your own!