The fairytale braid is big news on the bridal scene at the moment. Now until Valentine’s day is prime proposal season too, so I thought it would be the perfect time do some bridal looks for those of you wedding planning.
I would always recommend getting a professional to do hair and makeup on your wedding day for many reasons. Firstly, a professional will always know the best techniques to get your hair and makeup to last as long as possible. They’ll have everything in their kit so you don’t need to stress about getting it all yourself, just pay the one fee and it’ll all be handled for you.
Also, even if you’re confident in hair and makeup yourself having someone else to do it for you will take away the pressure on the day, when you’re bound to feel a little nervous and excited with a million other things to do. Even as a makeup artist myself I would still want someone else to make me up on my big day. I just know that would be the one day I’d wake up with a giant spot on my nose or I’d have an eyeliner disaster, and I’d rather someone else had the stress of dealing with that! It’s one of the most special days of your life, why not treat yourself to a pamper?
In reality though I know it isn’t always possible for everyone to hire the services of a professional. In which case I would ask a friend who you trust to do it for you. For a fairytale braid it is really tricky to do on yourself anyway so I would definitely recommend showing a friend this tutorial and having them do it for you.
So on to the tutorial! I think fairytale braids are so popular for weddings because they look very romantic and girly and are something a little different to your everyday hairstyle. They look like they could be really tricky, but in actual fact it is such a simple look to achieve!
What you will need:
- Bobby pins that match your hair colour – and lots of them!
- A clear elastic band
- A hair brush
- Some sort of curling wand, straightener or tong – however you find the easiest way to curl your hair.
- If you have particularly think hair you may want to use clip in extensions to give you added fullness.
How to create your fairytale braid:
- Start off by separating the hair. You want to tie up three quarters of your hair on the top of you hair, leaving you with about a quarter hanging free, like so:
- Form a fish tail braid in the loose hair and secure with a clear elastic band.
- “Pancake” the braid by pulling at the side to make the braid wider and looser, giving the illusion of a fuller, fatter braid.
- Release the next quarter of hair and curl.
- Once you have curled the entire section you are going to start pinning the curls to the fishtail braid. To make the curls look fuller and thicker you may want to hold them at the very end and then pull strands up towards the root.
- Starting at the back of the head pin each curl to the fishtail braid. You should pin the curls closest to the face last as this will make it look more like a braid from the front.
- Repeat these steps with the next two quarters:
- Once all the hair has been pinned you will want to make sure the front look as good as the back. Loose tendrils around the face will add to the romantic feel of the style.
- When you’re happy with how it all looks, spray everything in place.
As you can see this is so simple to achieve but really effective! Let me know if any of you have tried this and how it went. I’d love to see pictures. As always, thank you for reading!