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blue_nant
April 22nd, 2008, 07:05 AM
Here lately, since spring finally sprung, I've been forgetting to put my braid up. Since it gets into trouble when it lies down my back, I've been having it hang down my left side in front, between breast and arm.

It does pretty well there. I put it in back when I'm standing working, but in front when I'm sitting working so it doesn't rub on the chair or truck seat. The tail falls into my lap.

I'm kindof getting used to it and yesterday it occurrred to me to use it to accessorize a wee tad. I play with the tail a bit because when I remember to use jojoba, it's a sweet soft toy, lol

Have you had these thoughts? How crazy would a little earring-type bangle be??

Lady Godiva
April 22nd, 2008, 08:52 AM
The side braid is a cool idea, considering how difficult it can be trying to make a decent-looking braid that's centered down the spine and tends to want to fall back even when you want it to sit in your lap. Might as well try to make it very off-center on purpose! Then it can be moved out of the way easier, and you get to see it more often.

I probably wouldn't decorate with an earring, but maybe try weaving a medium-wide ribbon or thin scarf into the plaiting or curl just the tassel into a playful spiral. :grin:

Anje
April 22nd, 2008, 08:59 AM
I gave my braid a "piercing" a few weeks back. Just stuck a CBR (captive ball ring) in it. I've also heard of folks putting tiny jeweled jaw clips along their braids, which is a bit dressier.

Curlsgirl
April 22nd, 2008, 09:06 AM
Depending on the earring I think that's a cool idea! I would try different ones to see! I love the side braid thing although mine is still quite short relatively.

Curlsgirl
April 22nd, 2008, 09:08 AM
I probably wouldn't decorate with an earring, but maybe try weaving a medium-wide ribbon or thin scarf into the plaiting or curl just the tassel into a playful spiral. :grin:

Can I ask a question? How do you weave the ribbon in? That is what do you anchor it with to start? Thanks!

Lisa-Maria
April 22nd, 2008, 09:27 AM
The easiest way too weave a ribbon into a braid is too use a long ribbon, fold it in half and then let the two "ends" join a braid strand each. This will anchor the ribbon securely in your braid without any knots.

cindy58
April 22nd, 2008, 09:31 AM
An earring just might work. I've fastened small barrettes through pony tail and braid elastics before, it looks nice. I think that is more secure at the pony tail level though -- I ended up losing one I had fastened through the end of the braid.

Lady Godiva
April 22nd, 2008, 09:43 AM
The easiest way too weave a ribbon into a braid is too use a long ribbon, fold it in half and then let the two "ends" join a braid strand each. This will anchor the ribbon securely in your braid without any knots.
Yes. Start the braid like normal, but at/after the first crossing (or second), that's where you thread or insert the ribbon to the half-way point. Then drop the two halves and braid them in two locks of hair, or you could try keeping them together along just one lock, after securing the starting point over a second lock.

Scarves usually are thicker than ribbons, too, so you might have to adjust the size of the locks to accommodate the fabric volume.

If a person has layers and needs to start the braid with a hair elastic at the top, this provides a very convenient place to thread the ribbon into the braid.

Carolyn
April 22nd, 2008, 10:18 AM
I look for elastics with decorations on them. I have some with little butterflies and cute things like that. Where ever I am shopping I always check out the hair aisles for cute things. You never know when you are going to find something.

ginalaurie
April 22nd, 2008, 11:33 AM
I've never thought about this (but I should have, I wear a braid almost every day!), but if you had little charms that had a larger spring ring on them, maybe you could clip them to the band that you tie your braid off with at the end. I think that would look cute. Spring rings are really inexpensive if you buy them at craft stores.

ETA: Big lobster claw clasps would work too, I bet. Probably even better.

Loviatar
April 22nd, 2008, 11:36 AM
Great idea!

Anje, I am SO going to try putting CBRs in my braids :D Thanks for that tip!

Rain
April 22nd, 2008, 11:52 AM
Have you had these thoughts? How crazy would a little earring-type bangle be??

A little crazy. But not that crazy if you wrapped the end in ribbon and added something dangly to that. I have two silver braid slides (http://www.gaelsong.com/product/879/Jewelry_Hair_Accessories) from GaelSong. They're pretty, not pretty crazy. I haven't worn them lately only because I can't find any ties in my house. When I wear a braid lately, I just leave it untied. It stays surprisingly well.

ETA: I've worn cbrs in my hair too. :D

1nuitblanche
April 22nd, 2008, 12:14 PM
You could try putting large beads on some of the strands and continue braiding them.

Curlsgirl
April 22nd, 2008, 12:26 PM
The easiest way too weave a ribbon into a braid is too use a long ribbon, fold it in half and then let the two "ends" join a braid strand each. This will anchor the ribbon securely in your braid without any knots.


Yes. Start the braid like normal, but at/after the first crossing (or second), that's where you thread or insert the ribbon to the half-way point. Then drop the two halves and braid them in two locks of hair, or you could try keeping them together along just one lock, after securing the starting point over a second lock.

Scarves usually are thicker than ribbons, too, so you might have to adjust the size of the locks to accommodate the fabric volume.

If a person has layers and needs to start the braid with a hair elastic at the top, this provides a very convenient place to thread the ribbon into the braid.

Thank you! That's very helpful! :flowers:

Magdalene
April 22nd, 2008, 12:28 PM
I tried to post earlier and the server was too busy.

I'm a big fan of the side braid, I've worn it for years- watch out for heavy objects on the end of your braid, though- if you spin around fast you can knock your teeth out!

cuddledumplin
April 22nd, 2008, 01:58 PM
My husband's friend used to have one long dreadlock (with the rest of his head shaved), and he used to put adjustable rings around it.

I'm trying to popularise my weird rope braid:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y2/cuddledumplin/dafthairstyle.jpg

Yari
April 22nd, 2008, 04:05 PM
I ,for one, like dreadlock cuffs (http://www.zayunubydesign.net/dreadlockadornments2.htm) or hair rings/loops (http://www.brigantialtd.co.uk/index.php?id=1426), shells, little stones and ribbons. You can make them yourself. :)

angelthadiva
April 22nd, 2008, 04:17 PM
I tried to post earlier and the server was too busy.

I'm a big fan of the side braid, I've worn it for years- watch out for heavy objects on the end of your braid, though- if you spin around fast you can knock your teeth out!


BWHAHAHAA, this made for a LOL moment! I love the side braid, I've been doing it for a while now...Especially when I'm in the seated position; I'm sitting on the tassle now...I thought it looked kinda kookie until I received some unsolicited comments in favor of the look. :D

lookingglass
April 22nd, 2008, 08:33 PM
I braided violets into my friend's hair the other day. It really looked lovely!

Morag
April 22nd, 2008, 09:52 PM
Seems to me I've seen rings slipped onto braids somewhere ... little shiny bands all the way down.

heidihug
April 23rd, 2008, 03:34 PM
Here's a pretty attached to an elastic that I often wear at the end of my braid - heavy though, and it will, as others have mentioned, give someone a good klonk if swung hard enough. I contrasted it up against my red blazer so you can see it, though it's a bit fuzzy - no steady hand today.

I love braid pretties. Oh, and cuddledumplin, that rope braid is just awesome :cheese:.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=611&pictureid=9900

dor3girl
April 23rd, 2008, 03:39 PM
I think you should do it! Get creative, girl! I have put silk butterflies, flowers, beads, feathers, etc. in my braids & people usually ask how I got them in there, etc. Still, hair is the ultimate accessory!

blue_nant
April 23rd, 2008, 08:11 PM
Seems to me I've seen rings slipped onto braids somewhere ... little shiny bands all the way down.

OOOoooohhh, I've seen increasing numbers of large-ish sterling beads and/or baubles ... NOW I know what they are there for!!! ... Now I have to buy more, lol

So were they slipped onto strands of the braid, or onto whole braids? How do you braid AND slip things on your braid (or strand). But ooh, it sounds positively GROOVY either way!


Here's a pretty attached to an elastic that I often wear at the end of my braid - heavy though, and it will, as others have mentioned, give someone a good klonk if swung hard enough.

Hmmmmm, I'm getting some awfully good ideas here. And BTW, I don't purposely braid it so it goes to the side, I braid it so it falls down the back, but it is naturally loose enough that flexing over my shoulder doesn't create any torque.

Oooh, you all are full of goooood ideas! woot-a-woot!

MemSahib
April 23rd, 2008, 08:31 PM
I like to do a small reverse roll on one side, then turn it into a small rope and let it decorate a ponytail. It would be really nice with some pretty danglies on it!

Rain
April 24th, 2008, 10:25 AM
Here's (http://kunstiveeb.arhiiv.ee/pildid/mucha/muchasalome.jpg) a picture you guys might like. It's Sarah Bernhardt as Salome, by Alphonse Mucha. Check out the rings in that long, long braid.

blue_nant
April 27th, 2008, 05:07 PM
Wooooooo, that's even fancier than I was picturing, but Thank You! Heh heh heh --- I think I might need help putting these in ... Heh ... but how cool! and then if I whipped it up into an infinity ... very cool.

I have an absolute weakness for silver rings of any sort on any body part ... sigh ...

Enablers!!! ... giggle

thetokenlady
April 27th, 2008, 05:41 PM
As far as beads go, I saw a thing in a beauty supply shop the other day that was for putting beads onto hair. A plastic "stick" that was split about 2 inches from the end. Thread beads on to the end and a bit of hair through the loop and pull the hair through the beads. I almost got one, I may go back and get one yet. I was thinking of a small braid at the temple to hang down with beads on it, while the rest of the hair is in an updo, whattya think?

blue_nant
May 16th, 2008, 07:44 PM
A question and an idea:

Q: What are those big beads called that have a big empty center, like 3/8 or 1/2 inch and really are not that bulky, but not the size of a finger ring; do they have another name besides "bead"

Idea: Another poster said to just do a braid at the temple, and I flashed on a bun of any sort, wrapped by a braid that came from the side of the face and draped around the base of the bun. Some folks would be able to wrap it and the weight of a dangly would anchor it. Various pins could work. I see silver everywhere.

I could use all those silver rings I don't wear coz they don't fit ... oh god this is what happens when your work life takes over: your brain gives up.

anna1850
May 17th, 2008, 04:10 AM
OOOoooohhh, I've seen increasing numbers of large-ish sterling beads and/or baubles ... NOW I know what they are there for!!! ... Now I have to buy more, lol

Ooh, next Christmas I'm going to buy some small Christmas tree baubles and put them in my hair :) That's a good idea.

Otherwise, how about those hair twisty spirally things (http://www.turquoiseweddings.co.uk/Tiaras/HairSpirals.htm)? I have some from Claire's that I don't think I've worn yet (so many hair toys, so little time).

PS. Great rope braid idea cuddledumplin, although I'm a bit worried it would make me look like I had a beard!

blue_nant
May 21st, 2008, 07:15 PM
Here's (http://kunstiveeb.arhiiv.ee/pildid/mucha/muchasalome.jpg) a picture you guys might like. It's Sarah Bernhardt as Salome, by Alphonse Mucha. Check out the rings in that long, long braid.

Rain! A little fiddling this evening produced this:

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/raptorrunner/BraidAccessRe.jpg


As far as beads go, I saw a thing in a beauty supply shop the other day that was for putting beads onto hair. A plastic "stick" that was split about 2 inches from the end. Thread beads on to the end and a bit of hair through the loop and pull the hair through the beads.

I was braiding for the evening, and some little subterranean brain cell led me into the bathroom where my stash of silver rings was recently unearthed. I unbraided halfway and managed to separate one strand, used a nylon hairtie to pull the strand through the ring, and continued braiding.

Warning, if you want the ring to NOT slide down into the next foldover, hold the end of the braid UP. Learned *that* the hard way.

To use the nylon hairtie [NH] to get the ring on the strand:

Slip the NH onto one of the braid strands, then slip a V of the hairtie through a ring, then use it to pull the strand through the ring, pull off the NH, and [holding your braid upward] braid the hair over the ring til it's secure.

It's a little complicated, and I'm shocked it not only came to me at the end of a day, but I was successful. Hmmm!

That 2nd ring needs to be polished!

Ryzen
May 21st, 2008, 07:57 PM
My idea was kinda like blue's...

When my hair was waist-length a few years back, I was invited to go to the NY Reinasance Faire...

I got about $10 worth of Hoop Earrings (About 50 of them..I used the 20 bigger one's) and braided my hair in a single braid. I wet the braid with water and I 'pierced' my braid with the Hoop earrings with the braid going in and out of them with every other earring...

In the end, it looked so nice! Too bad I don't have any pics...but the best description I could give is, my hair looked like a celtic knot.

intothemist1999
May 21st, 2008, 08:39 PM
Have you had these thoughts? How crazy would a little earring-type bangle be??



I HAVE had those thoughts! :D Maybe a stud (or 3!) in the cross-over bits?

aisling
May 21st, 2008, 11:43 PM
Another idea, if you don't want to weave the ribbon in, is to wrap it around your braid in one fashion or another, like this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/aisling_stein/Hair/DCP_4310.jpg).

darl_in1
May 22nd, 2008, 01:47 AM
I don't know if this link is going to work, because it's to a really old thread on the archived boards, but I'll give it a go. There are some pictures of braids decorated with ribbons in there somewhere!

http://archive.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=25863&highlight=ribbon+updos

China Cat Sunflower
May 22nd, 2008, 10:03 AM
I do the ribbon braiding on my daughter's hair :) it looks pretty neat.

kwaniesiam
May 22nd, 2008, 03:23 PM
I used to tie a piece of ribbon on the tail in a bow, never tried anything else though.