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neko_kawaii
August 1st, 2015, 08:55 AM
As far as I have been able to determine both Heidi Braids and Milkmaid Braids are pigtail braids that are wrapped and pinned around the head.

Ever so many tutorials out there. If you have a favorite you think is clear and short, please share!

neko_kawaii
August 1st, 2015, 08:56 AM
Here is an older picture of me with Heidi Braids.
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/elementary_zps8121f1f9.jpg

Elementary school. Did them myself, boy was I proud!
(And a blog post with more recent pics. (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/entry.php?b=113058))

Quasiquixotic
August 1st, 2015, 09:11 AM
my word you are adorable! Did you always have long hair?

Arctic
August 1st, 2015, 09:17 AM
I love this style! My hair is still on the shorter side for this, BUT I can get ot work this way: I start the braids higher up, about the level of the top of my ear. I also direct the braid as I braid to the correct direction. Also, rope braids eat less length than 3-stranders. I try and keep the scalp hair a bit loose to minimize the part at the back. For those with long enough hair, you could cris cros the braids at the nape to get the part minimizing effect, or use the Arctic's braid method (I made a post about it a while ago).

neko_kawaii
August 1st, 2015, 09:21 AM
Thanks! Mostly I'm just lazy about getting my hair cut. My first pixie was at the age of 4 and my life story since then has been pixies separated by years of doing nothing with it.

Quasiquixotic
August 1st, 2015, 09:30 AM
We have very similar stories...but I've never passed waist.

wilderwein
August 1st, 2015, 11:05 AM
Older photo as well (and super messy but I prefer it that way on me)

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=16061&d=1424894898

I like that tutorial couse it doesn't have the back parting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSiSK8wpkc8

Gamma Vector
August 2nd, 2015, 01:43 AM
Damn, my sidecut makes this style impossible! Maybe I can do a cheater version with one braid wrapped around...Let's see how this comes out, eh?

henné
August 2nd, 2015, 04:10 AM
Grumble grumble ... I don't like updos that require bobby pins :demon: But I'll do it! Just need to find all those MIA bobby pins ...

And you're right! There's like a ton of how to videos on this one ... some of them are a little 'out there', haha.

AZDesertRose
August 2nd, 2015, 05:10 AM
My hair isn't quite long enough to pull this style off (due to the thickness of my hair), but I did a modification of it for an SCA event in June, wherein I split my hair into three sections, braided all three, bunned the center braid and crossed the two side braids over my head. It kept my hair off my neck and gave me braids to attach my veil.

brickworld13
August 4th, 2015, 01:19 PM
Hmmm. I bet I could make this work if I could get the braids pinned down. They are plenty long enough for it. Maybe this will finally be how I'm successful with spin pins. I can't use them in buns. They pull too much that way.

neko_kawaii
August 4th, 2015, 05:08 PM
I did nice sleek braids and pinned them up on Saturday but completely forgot to get a photograph. I started to do a bun with an accent rope braid today, discovered I could wrap the accent all the way around my head (duh), couldn't get the bun to do what I wanted, braided it instead and pinned up the two braids.

http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC2612_zpsexoxjaxb.jpg
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC2614_zpsvzc4vmot.jpg

spidermom
August 4th, 2015, 10:22 PM
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c79/spidermom/fakecrownbraid.jpg (http://s25.photobucket.com/user/spidermom/media/fakecrownbraid.jpg.html)

ravenreed
August 4th, 2015, 10:42 PM
This is an older one of me. I used Trash Ties to tie it up. I think this may have been a Hawser braid instead of traditional braids. It is hard to see.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y139/ravenreed/updo1.jpg

TrapperCreekD
August 8th, 2015, 10:55 AM
This is such a cute style! And it's so awesome that it's practically impossible to grow out of. That being said, my current length/thickness ratio is in the awkward stage of sort of too long just pin to my head and too short to cross in the back first. #thestruggleisreal :lol:

I has braids!

http://i.imgur.com/fKZdNyI.png

http://i.imgur.com/nVbn2Hf.png

:hmm: I should do this on Mom, she's the actual milkmaid...

Astroflammante
August 11th, 2015, 12:45 PM
I'm not sure if this counts as milkmaid braids, since I add stuff to the braids:

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m165/astroflammante/frisyrbilder/milkmaid2.jpg (http://s104.photobucket.com/user/astroflammante/media/frisyrbilder/milkmaid2.jpg.html)
It's one of my favourite styles, as it is easy and stays put very well. (Except if I lean my head too far back...) And the I-cord is a great accessory, because yes, that has been made to match that shirt. :knit:

(Also. Photobucket is playing around with my photos today, big apologies if this shows sideways...)

wilderwein
August 12th, 2015, 07:55 AM
TrapperCreekD It looks so elegant :crush:

Astroflammante Oh my, I love it! I'm gonna steal the idea :whistle:

Astroflammante
August 12th, 2015, 01:12 PM
Wilderwein, thank you! And do steal away; the idea wasn't mine to start with! I can't find the thread now, but I know I learned to do that style thanks to LHC. I just modified it to tie in the back, instead of the original giganto-bow on top of the head. (Like Frida Kahlo in the pic on this page: http://www.fridakahlo.org/frida-kahlo-chronology.jsp)

wilderwein
August 12th, 2015, 01:26 PM
Wilderwein, thank you! And do steal away; the idea wasn't mine to start with! I can't find the thread now, but I know I learned to do that style thanks to LHC. I just modified it to tie in the back, instead of the original giganto-bow on top of the head. (Like Frida Kahlo in the pic on this page: http://www.fridakahlo.org/frida-kahlo-chronology.jsp)

Gosh lately I was on Frida Kahlo hair styles! So if I got it right, you basically make two braids with whatever you use (ribbon, scarfs etc) and then you bring them up to your head and tie them on the back? (If so it must have parting in the back of the head right?)

I have to experiment muhahahaha

neko_kawaii
August 12th, 2015, 01:44 PM
No idea how accurate this tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q_Rk5SOOWM&feature=plcp) is compared to what Frida herself did, but I love Frida braids! I did a variation (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/entry.php?b=105900) on them a while back where I put the scarf over the top of my head before braiding and then spread it out to cover the circle made by the wrapped braids.

wilderwein
August 12th, 2015, 01:52 PM
No idea how accurate this tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q_Rk5SOOWM&feature=plcp) is compared to what Frida herself did, but I love Frida braids! I did a variation (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/entry.php?b=105900) on them a while back where I put the scarf over the top of my head before braiding and then spread it out to cover the circle made by the wrapped braids.

Oh thanks a lot for the tutorial! :flower: It looks quite similar!
I love your variation, and It looks protective for the scalp on really sunny days (I get sunburns on my scalp).

Astroflammante
August 12th, 2015, 01:57 PM
Gosh lately I was on Frida Kahlo hair styles! So if I got it right, you basically make two braids with whatever you use (ribbon, scarfs etc) and then you bring them up to your head and tie them on the back? (If so it must have parting in the back of the head right?)


Frida Kahlo is always great inspiration! :) And yes, you pretty much got it. I make two braids at the nape, and then I cross them in the back so that the right braid goes clockwise around my head and the left one anti-clockwise. Cross the braids at the top of the head, and then again at the nape (By this crossing I'm out of braid and only working with the ribbon). Then cross again at the top of the head, and then finish by tying the ribbon at the nape and tuck the ends into the braids.

By crossing at the nape first, before bringing the braids up on the head, I don't have a defined parting at the back of the head. Since the braids aren't very tight, the hair poofs out a little in the back.

(And... I could maybe use a shorter ribbon, and only wrap the braids, not the extra ribbon... I think I need to experiment too!)

unaspenser
August 12th, 2015, 02:00 PM
My hair isn't quite long enough to pull this style off (due to the thickness of my hair), but I did a modification of it for an SCA event in June, wherein I split my hair into three sections, braided all three, bunned the center braid and crossed the two side braids over my head. It kept my hair off my neck and gave me braids to attach my veil.

Hello from Artemisia, fellow SCA-dian! I use this style a lot for SCA events since it is easy, quick, and acceptable even with greasy and/or dry shampooed hair. Here's a photo from an event I went to in May where I was wearing the Heidi braids and getting a rapier lesson.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/camelliabramble/10501782_10153451760982652_1729604404617798819_n.j pg

wilderwein
August 12th, 2015, 02:00 PM
Frida Kahlo is always great inspiration! :) And yes, you pretty much got it. I make two braids at the nape, and then I cross them in the back so that the right braid goes clockwise around my head and the left one anti-clockwise. Cross the braids at the top of the head, and then again at the nape (By this crossing I'm out of braid and only working with the ribbon). Then cross again at the top of the head, and then finish by tying the ribbon at the nape and tuck the ends into the braids.

By crossing at the nape first, before bringing the braids up on the head, I don't have a defined parting at the back of the head. Since the braids aren't very tight, the hair poofs out a little in the back.

(And... I could maybe use a shorter ribbon, and only wrap the braids, not the extra ribbon... I think I need to experiment too!)

Oh thats even better!!!
And personally I like the longer ribbon! It adds fanciness to the hairstyle :eyebrows:

Astroflammante
August 12th, 2015, 02:14 PM
Oh thats even better!!!
And personally I like the longer ribbon! It adds fanciness to the hairstyle :eyebrows:

I was thinking I'd experiment a little to add variation, I'm not abandoning the long ribbon! In fact, I'm pretty sure I will wear this style with a long silver ribbon to a friend's wedding next week. It'll be very shiny (and fancy!), I think. :cool:

wilderwein
August 12th, 2015, 02:20 PM
I was thinking I'd experiment a little to add variation, I'm not abandoning the long ribbon! In fact, I'm pretty sure I will wear this style with a long silver ribbon to a friend's wedding next week. It'll be very shiny (and fancy!), I think. :cool:

Lch members demand a photo of that hairstyle when that happens :whistle:

Gamma Vector
August 13th, 2015, 01:56 AM
This was a pain in the BUUUUUUUUTT to get to work with my haircut. And it never did look that great, or feel particularly secure. Still, I managed it. CHALLENGE COMPLETED.

Picture for posterity:

http://i.imgur.com/PQ28JRw.png

Please ignore my crazy bangs, tired face, and pajama top. It's the middle of the night and I can't sleep, so I'm in the spare bedroom playing with my hair, as you do.

brickworld13
August 13th, 2015, 07:41 AM
:rollin: I actually love your expression. I'm really awful at serious or smiling photos, but I can ham it up like nobody's business.

Unicorn
August 13th, 2015, 12:36 PM
I love the expression :D and the hair.

Unicorn

Seventy7
August 14th, 2015, 04:40 AM
I can manage this (barely). My biggest problem is hiding the bobby pins. Both my braid and my scalphair seem a tad too thin to cover them well. I only have two pins in there, and I hope they keep everything in place. I might need more practice getting them to hold my hair. Mostly I use u-pins if I need to tuck something, but I guess they won't hold this in place either.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u406/Seventy7_lhc/Mobile%20Uploads/Collage%20milkbraid2%2020150814_zpscwzk2ydq.png

I would love for this braid to start at the nape and with room to spare at the top. I'll practice some patience, it will grow.

My DH first asked if I was going to speak german now, but I assured him that was not obliged. He does like the look of it though.

wilderwein
August 14th, 2015, 06:47 AM
I can manage this (barely). My biggest problem is hiding the bobby pins. Both my braid and my scalphair seem a tad too thin to cover them well. I only have two pins in there, and I hope they keep everything in place. I might need more practice getting them to hold my hair. Mostly I use u-pins if I need to tuck something, but I guess they won't hold this in place either.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u406/Seventy7_lhc/Mobile%20Uploads/Collage%20milkbraid2%2020150814_zpscwzk2ydq.png

I would love for this braid to start at the nape and with room to spare at the top. I'll practice some patience, it will grow.

My DH first asked if I was going to speak german now, but I assured him that was not obliged. He does like the look of it though.

Looks so elegant and feminine!!! :crush:

Seventy7
August 14th, 2015, 09:34 AM
Aww, thank you, wilderwein!
Ofcourse I'm also my own worst critic, so I think it should look a million times better than it does now. That didn't stop me from keeping it up though, even to go shopping.
I'm quite surprised at how comfortable this is, in the warm and humid weather today. It's completely clear of the nape and shoulders and has a good balance.
It only shifts back a bit when I look up too far. I guess I'll only have to try and hide the two pins.

Nesoi
August 15th, 2015, 07:31 AM
My first time participating in this thread! Although I did do a disc bun last month I just didn't know it was the hairstyle of the month.

I've got some visible kirby grip action going but still:

http://i939.photobucket.com/albums/ad235/ohnointernetto/Mobile%20Uploads/b196cbc8-37a4-4885-982d-22329c80b97b_zps9zrqm6qp.jpg (http://s939.photobucket.com/user/ohnointernetto/media/Mobile%20Uploads/b196cbc8-37a4-4885-982d-22329c80b97b_zps9zrqm6qp.jpg.html)

Love seeing everyone else's! I think this is a very cute style.

RavenRose
August 16th, 2015, 10:36 PM
Sorry double post.....

RavenRose
August 16th, 2015, 10:42 PM
Hello from Artemisia, fellow SCA-dian! I use this style a lot for SCA events since it is easy, quick, and acceptable even with greasy and/or dry shampooed hair. Here's a photo from an event I went to in May where I was wearing the Heidi braids and getting a rapier lesson.

Waves! Hello fellow SCAdians! Greetings from Northshield! I too often will wear these crown braids for events. They are great to pin veils on my slippery hair, plus there are many Ladies in mid-14th century french artwork showing braids often starting at the temples, and wrapping either around the nape or the crown, in addition to the Templar braids. I will have to get a pic soon of these on my head!

Arctic
August 20th, 2015, 02:08 PM
I had problems making heidi braids this month, even though few months ago I was able to make them easily. Anyway, after many tries, my heidi braid photos and notes (specifically aimed for shorter hair) can be found from this blog post of mine: CLICK (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/entry.php?b=123062). (You'll need to scroll past the first photo and accompanying text.

Arctic
August 20th, 2015, 02:31 PM
I have loved seeing each and every photo, well done everybody!!!



My hair isn't quite long enough to pull this style off (due to the thickness of my hair), <snip>

How about instead of one big braid on each side, you would make 2-3 thinner braids on each side, then pin then up the same way you would pin normal heidi braids? I have seen photos (on Pinterest) of that type of style on a person who had very thick hair, and it looked extremely cool and beautiful! The several thinner braids covered a wider area of the top of the head compared to the normal heidi braid but it looked refreshingly different and really highlighted her thick hair nicely. Her small braids varied slightly in size which not only added visual interest but also makes the braiding process easier.




http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC2612_zpsexoxjaxb.jpg
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC2614_zpsvzc4vmot.jpg

Lovely!



I can manage this (barely). My biggest problem is hiding the bobby pins. Both my braid and my scalphair seem a tad too thin to cover them well. I only have two pins in there, and I hope they keep everything in place. I might need more practice getting them to hold my hair. Mostly I use u-pins if I need to tuck something, but I guess they won't hold this in place either.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u406/Seventy7_lhc/Mobile%20Uploads/Collage%20milkbraid2%2020150814_zpscwzk2ydq.png

I would love for this braid to start at the nape and with room to spare at the top. I'll practice some patience, it will grow.


<snip>It only shifts back a bit when I look up too far. I guess I'll only have to try and hide the two pins.

Hi! I love your very neat braids! I have some suggestion about your pins.

First of all you will need more pinning if your braids move, they should be completely sturdy no matter how you move your head.

Secondly, if you can find pins nearer your hair colour, that would help, although I have to say that at least in my country you couldn't, they tend to come in black, brass, gold or bright colours. Also I think the photograph makes your pins more visible that they are IRL, at least that happens to me often (same with scalp cleavage!). In the same breath I'll add, that I don't think your pins are showing badly at all, in fact you have hidden them quite well and as I already said, I bet they were even more invisible in real life.

Thirdly, did you know bobby pins come in different sizes too? You might find the mini bobby pin ones easier to hide. I know I love mine :D

Fourthly, try gliding the pin under your braid so, that it catches both scalp hair and braid hair, and is alligned with your braid (in other words is under your braid, hidden.If you inser one from right side and another from left side so, that they cross eachother under your braid, this would create a very sturdy anchoring point to your braids.

ETA: Fifthly, you might be putting too much hair inside one bobby pin. That's very common. You actually need to insert only very little hair inside, otherwise they start to glide out of the hair and won't hold well.

And yeah, you are right, one needs quite a bit length to start the braids at the back. Mean while if you want to hide the back part, you can tug the scalp hair around the back part gently a bit looser, this way the visible scalp will be hidden and the part is not so obvious. Good luck with practicing!



Waves! Hello fellow SCAdians! Greetings from Northshield! I too often will wear these crown braids for events. They are great to pin veils on my slippery hair, plus there are many Ladies in mid-14th century french artwork showing braids often starting at the temples, and wrapping either around the nape or the crown, in addition to the Templar braids. I will have to get a pic soon of these on my head!

What are templar braids? I tried to google and got the impression they are double side braids that are coiled over the ears and show under the veil/head dress?

unaspenser
August 21st, 2015, 09:13 AM
What are templar braids? I tried to google and got the impression they are double side braids that are coiled over the ears and show under the veil/head dress?

They're braids at your temples. They (and 14th century styles in general) are really popular in the SCA in my neck of the woods. Here's some examples:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/camelliabramble/Plantanget-21.jpg

brickworld13
August 21st, 2015, 09:19 AM
There is a lot of potential in that image. :hmm: Now if only I was determined enough to try it out.

Becs
August 22nd, 2015, 09:07 AM
Has anyone ever accomplished milkmaid braids using spin pins? If so, where do you put the spin pins to hold them up? I love this style but I am completely inept at using bobby pins. They never hold or do anything for me :(

Gabriel
August 23rd, 2015, 09:31 AM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5674/20789897146_f4d2692883.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/xF8E7w)August 2015 Heidi or Milkmaid Braid Variation (https://flic.kr/p/xF8E7w) by Gabriel~77 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yezica/), on Flickr

Jumping in here after a long time of silence. Been inspired by everyone else posting so maybe I'll try and keep up every month again.

I was pretty excited to try this style again, seeing so many nice pictures of all the successes.

Here's a variation I did. Sorry it's so fly-away but it was the end of the day and windy/humid/hot and I took out one of my hair pins to show a lady.

Becs, I used four spin pins to anchor the braids (if you draw a square on my head, that would be about where I used each of them) and some small Amish pins to tuck the ends of my hair in.

I didn't want a center part so I did a diagonal parting from ear to nape and braided each of those. I have a lot of length so I criss-crossed my hair a few times.

Overall, I don't really like this style though. It is too complicated to pin up and make stay. I thought it would be easier, but I can do a true crown braid much faster, with the same overall look and use less pins and work to make it stay where I want so much easier. My hair doesn't have a lot of grip though, and I may have too much length to make it look like Heidi Braids, which I think is the real problem, so that's just my opinion.

laceyfairy
August 23rd, 2015, 09:35 AM
It (http://36.media.tumblr.com/521f2a59f3a458c3738e23e1f379ec51/tumblr_nqgcqtd2Iw1rnf2ifo1_500.jpg) required (http://40.media.tumblr.com/bb5680f23695a3703626e44980c35496/tumblr_nqgcmvhjXE1rnf2ifo1_500.jpg) a (http://41.media.tumblr.com/ab63e545d902cd3e1c335046678a527b/tumblr_nqgc7hhDL01rnf2ifo1_500.jpg) bit of finagling (photos are in reverse order, completion to base)

spidermom
August 23rd, 2015, 10:57 AM
I've seen some pretty versions on YouTube where people pull on the braid loops to make them look huge. I plan to try that later today.

Seventy7
August 25th, 2015, 12:20 AM
Hi! I love your very neat braids! I have some suggestion about your pins.

First of all you will need more pinning if your braids move, they should be completely sturdy no matter how you move your head.

I was happy enough with them staying in like this, it didn't bother me. But I will take this to heart for next time I use pins in my updo.



Secondly, if you can find pins nearer your hair colour, that would help, although I have to say that at least in my country you couldn't, they tend to come in black, brass, gold or bright colours. Also I think the photograph makes your pins more visible that they are IRL, at least that happens to me often (same with scalp cleavage!). In the same breath I'll add, that I don't think your pins are showing badly at all, in fact you have hidden them quite well and as I already said, I bet they were even more invisible in real life.

I've got a couple of pins from when a hairdresser did my hair up for my wedding. These are the lighter ones, some others are a bit darker brown. I guess these are as close as I can get. At least they are not white or black.. ;)



Thirdly, did you know bobby pins come in different sizes too? You might find the mini bobby pin ones easier to hide. I know I love mine :D

I have a hard time finding bobby pins in the stores here (that are not standard and black), but I'll keep my eyes open for them!



Fourthly, try gliding the pin under your braid so, that it catches both scalp hair and braid hair, and is alligned with your braid (in other words is under your braid, hidden.If you inser one from right side and another from left side so, that they cross eachother under your braid, this would create a very sturdy anchoring point to your braids.

This is the tricky bit. I tried to do that, but they would line up with my scalphair hair, so they wouldn't catch any of that. Or they just caught two hairs and pull like crazy. I will keep trying though.



ETA: Fifthly, you might be putting too much hair inside one bobby pin. That's very common. You actually need to insert only very little hair inside, otherwise they start to glide out of the hair and won't hold well.

Thanks! I've heard it makes a difference and I'll just have to keep trying to perfect this.



And yeah, you are right, one needs quite a bit length to start the braids at the back. Mean while if you want to hide the back part, you can tug the scalp hair around the back part gently a bit looser, this way the visible scalp will be hidden and the part is not so obvious. Good luck with practicing!


Thanks you so much for these tips, Arctic. :thumbsup: I hardly use bobby pins in my hair, so I'm quite a noob handling them. I will keep practicing!

lisasca
August 26th, 2015, 10:19 AM
Here's mine:

http://night-owl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/heidi-braids.jpg

I tried crossing the sections of the braids over behind my head before braiding to get rid of the part at the back. (It kind of worked, but I did end up with a knob at the back of my head where they crossed.)

neko_kawaii
August 26th, 2015, 02:31 PM
I had another go, this time with my beaded paranda in one of the braids. I didn't intend for the braids to cross in the back. I'd put the beaded braid up first and then added the second but wanted the beads in front. Next time remember the front braid goes up second.

http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC2650_zpsuapjcqzh.jpg
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC2651_zpsnoqqnvdz.jpg

spidermom
August 28th, 2015, 11:02 PM
That's very pretty, Neko-Kawaii. I find I like the look so much more if the braids cross in the back before they come to the top. For me at least, if I take the braids upward first, it looks like my head is deformed.

RavenRose
August 28th, 2015, 11:17 PM
What are templar braids? I tried to google and got the impression they are double side braids that are coiled over the ears and show under the veil/head dress?

So Sorry Didn't see this till now! templar braids are braids that start at you temples, hang down till about your ears, then loop back up. Totally not my picture- but here is a good example (http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/c2/db/8c/c2db8cb858056035fe27846131f32fb5.jpg)

wilderwein
August 29th, 2015, 05:11 AM
That's very pretty, Neko-Kawaii. I find I like the look so much more if the braids cross in the back before they come to the top. For me at least, if I take the braids upward first, it looks like my head is deformed.

I can relate!!!

brickworld13
December 5th, 2015, 06:44 PM
:justy: I finally remembered to try this style and damned if I can't figure out how to secure it. My braids aren't long enough to criss cross in the back first. I tried hiding the hair tie of one under the base of the other and securing with spin pins. Failure! Sigh. Pointers please. :flower:

neko_kawaii
December 6th, 2015, 08:04 AM
Practice. Hiding the ends takes some playing around. Sometimes I've hidden them under my hair, just lightly lifted a section at scalp where the tie lands and tucking the tie and tassel in there and pinning it.

Depending on placement, it might be interesting to turn the tassel into a pincurl. . .

Yarrow
December 13th, 2015, 12:34 PM
I love this hairstyle.
All the pics in this thread are very good looking.

If you are having problems with pins, there is also a kind of frenchbraid/pinless/hair taping version of it, which is more confortable to wear if you plan on rolling on the floor.
Basically, it starts by dividing your hair in two sections. you start french braiding the first braid and try to start braiding as close to the parting as you can. Then you take that braid and cross it over the front to your 2nd not yet braided section. Start french braiding this section by incorporate the first braid into this braid. When your second braid is finish , cross it again over to your other side and start weaving the braid through the braid already on your head and (very importantly) through the french braided part. Continue back and forth till your braid is fully sewn on. the french braided portion is the one that kind of anchors your hair taped braid to your scalp so its very important to go through the french braided part. otherwise it will not hold up but just start flopping about. If you want, you can add pins for extra security but it is pretty secure on its own.
Of course, this is one of the hair styles where it helps it your hair is tapered.

brickworld13
December 13th, 2015, 09:42 PM
Yarrow, I like that variation. Tho my hair is so slippery. I bet I would have to braid damp to get it to stay without falling out.

Kat
December 14th, 2015, 09:36 PM
I like this style for working out (I have pictures in my album). It's secure even with a lot of jumping around (it used to be my go-to dance hairstyle until recently), and there's no big knob on the back of my head to interfere with situps and other work done lying on the floor, like there would be with a bun or ponytail. And it looks really nice for dressy occasions with ribbon braided into my hair.


I use only the Good Hair Days (http://www.sallybeauty.com/Magic-Grip-Hairpins/GOODHR1,default,pd.html)pins in my hair. Bobby pins are largely useless to me; they hold hardly any hair (seriously, I could use 20-30 to hold up a simple bun), and what they do hold, they rip to pieces upon insertion and removal. I keep meaning to try it with hair taping, though, in situations where I can get away with it (my hair is not colored such that I could match ribbon to my hair, so in situations where I dont' want it visible, or can't have visible things in my hair, like for dance competitions, the pins it still is). My hairpins dig into my head sometimes and make it sore.

Cg
February 20th, 2016, 03:04 PM
I use extra long, heavy-duty bobby pins. (They may be called something else -- they are about 3 " long and much thicker than regular bobbies yet with the bobby shape.) Pin the first braid one pin angled up and one angled down, then pin the second the same way. When both are secure, twist the tassels/tied ends and secure under one loop of braid using smaller bobbies one up, one down. I use four large and four small pins and it holds my slippery hair all day.

Arctic
February 20th, 2016, 03:08 PM
Maybe they are roller pins? I think that's how extra strong, big, sturdy bobby pin -like pins are called.

neko_kawaii
February 25th, 2016, 05:55 PM
I did this style with rope braids for my first day of work. The second day I combined them into a Hawser Braid (I think that is the term) and made a bun.

Cg
March 9th, 2016, 09:28 AM
Yes, Arctic, you're right. They're roller pins.

Yarrow
April 7th, 2017, 01:07 AM
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=26829&d=1429384314 So I finally came round to doing a picture of the painless Heidi braids. It diesen look quite as elegant as the pinned version but it requires nothing but hair ;) I guess it would also look nicer if done in front of mirror but since this is a sleep/ workout style for me the hair sticking out doesn't bother.

Astroflammante
July 12th, 2017, 01:50 PM
Ages ago, when this was the current month, I promised photos of the milkmaid braids I was going to wear as guest at a wedding. Unfortunately, some RL nastiness got in the way of my photographing friend sending me the pics. But now she's regaining her health, (YAY!) and I have been given pictures.

The "whole effect":
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m165/astroflammante/frisyrbilder/P8220857%202.jpg

A detail shot of the decorations in the back:
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m165/astroflammante/frisyrbilder/P8220854%202.jpg

It stayed wonderfully the whole day, even though we were almost blown away by the wind outside the church while waiting for things to start. (Notice the death-grip I have on the shawl in the first pic...)

Otempura
August 18th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Such a beautiful hairstyle, I can't wait until my hair is long enough to do this! I just got it to collarbone length, rather... a little past collarbone length. I can finally do pigtail french braids again! Hopefully by next year I'll have the length ! :)

Cg
August 20th, 2017, 09:17 AM
I like the look of one French braid to the nape before dividing into two braids. No seam.

Veganmayhem
January 29th, 2018, 08:54 AM
My favorite hairstyle. Especially since i have red hair...people compliment me on this style! ;)