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Beets
April 25th, 2010, 06:37 PM
Hey, y'all. I was watching the ACC women's lacrosse championship today and saw a really great braid on one of the UNC players, #5. Our hair types, lengths, and colors are pretty different, but I wanted to recreate it anyway and see how I liked it. I've been wearing it all day, and so far it's a hit.

It's not complicated; the pictures below are pretty self-explanatory. But what's great about it is that it combines the visually interesting sectioning off of a French braid near the face with the big lift and off-the-neck coolness of a high 3-strand. No sagging, no ridge-down-the-head, and no slick-back-from-the-face of a tight ponytail.

This style isn't for those shy of pulling tight, but I think that's what might make it perfect for athletes. Also, if I were going to do this for looks over function, I'd cover the elastics with a length of hair. From TV, I couldn't see how she fastened hers; the elastics weren't so visible. So that is something to ponder. Incidentally, it looks awesome on what was probably BSL, blond, type 1 hair!

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1238/4552838420_542951a74c.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1288/4552198597_4fdfaca8d4.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4552838084_7db1bb0941.jpg

FrannyG
April 25th, 2010, 07:17 PM
Lovely, just lovely! :blossom:

deviantkitten
April 25th, 2010, 07:18 PM
Ohhhh! Perfect for those of us who are growing out our bangs too! I am at that awkward stage and have been stalled for a cpl months. I can't put my bangs behind my ears quuuuuiiiiite yet, but I can put them up and back, and this is a lovely way to do so. Thanks Beets!

1nuitblanche
April 25th, 2010, 07:24 PM
Ooh! Pretty style! Thank you for showing us! I think I might have to go try it soon.

clichepithet
April 25th, 2010, 07:26 PM
Ooo... that is pretty. Too bad I still can't French for squat or keep a hair-wrapping around elastics to stay. :rolleyes: I'll have to try this once I master those... hehe

Lookin' good as usual, Beets.

redneckprincess
April 25th, 2010, 07:31 PM
That's really cool...can't wait to try it on my DD...she loves the slicked back look :)

Rennire
April 25th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Ooh! I like! Thank you for sharing this, I'll have to give it a try =)

julliams
April 25th, 2010, 07:45 PM
That looks really great. Isn't it amazing that you think you know all the styles there are to do and then you see something like this and you think, wow now why didn't I think of that?

Juliette

sarah061
April 25th, 2010, 07:54 PM
That is gorgeous! Thank you so much for posting pictures Beets! This is going to be just wonderful for me once my bangs grow out a bit more. Pretty! :)

VanillaTresses
April 25th, 2010, 08:48 PM
Thanks for sharing! I have type 1 blonde hair and I will definitely try this out when my hair gets long enough!

It also reminded me of a style I loved to do when I used to have slightly longer than BSL hair-- a high pony divided into five sections, with each section made into a rope braid. Le sigh. :)

Capybara
April 25th, 2010, 08:49 PM
That is a great style for athletes, or anyone for that matter! Very nice.:)

LisaB234
April 25th, 2010, 08:56 PM
That's a great style - and your hair is absolutely beautiful!

Gumball
April 25th, 2010, 09:16 PM
You're right! That's a pretty neat style, Beets!

Loreley
April 26th, 2010, 12:20 AM
What a lovely hairstyle! Thanks for sharing! :D

RecklessCharlie
April 26th, 2010, 12:35 AM
This is a great style!
Excellent for me to try as I am growing out bangs - and they're not quite long enough to tuck behind the ears yet.
Thank you for sharing!

countryhopper
April 26th, 2010, 12:47 AM
I love it!

Not sure if it would look nice with my length yet though, but here's (yet another) style to work towards!

Angela_Rose
April 26th, 2010, 09:39 AM
Oh, neat! Good find, Beets!

Beets
April 26th, 2010, 10:23 AM
Thanks, you guys, for all the encouragement and kind words. I hadn't even thought about it from the perspective of growing out bangs, but how perfect.

I also wanted to add that I did this in damp hair, and when I let it down last night, I had killer braid waves without the flat spots at the top. Woot!

Nastasia
April 26th, 2010, 10:45 AM
Ooh, I definitely have to try this one.

TiaKitty
April 26th, 2010, 11:02 AM
That's really cool, beets!

I like the frenched bangs and then leading them back into the pony braid. Pony braids are one of my go-to's.

I've frenched my bangs but not the back in a half-up, but I never thought to put it all into a pony braid!

Yay for more ideas!

princessp
April 26th, 2010, 11:22 AM
Very cool, definitely a good one for those with bangs!

SheaLynne
April 26th, 2010, 12:53 PM
Another with bangs half grown out here..this is a great style for that!

I'll post pics when I try this one!
(your hair looks great, Beets!)

restourceful
April 26th, 2010, 01:04 PM
Oh, Beets, you look stunning in this style! :thud: I like the two types of braids together. This might be my style later today. I love it and thanks for sharing!

P. S. You might want to put a link onto the braid picture thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=45350).

little_acorn
April 26th, 2010, 01:34 PM
Great braid Beets :D

mellie
April 26th, 2010, 01:35 PM
That is GORGEOUS!! And are those beautiful silvers that I see?? :thudpile:

Golden Mermaid
April 26th, 2010, 02:14 PM
Oh wow! Thanks. I can never get a headband to stay on, which is eternally frustrating. This will be awesome!

restourceful
April 26th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Here's my messy effort. I don't look as goddess-like as you do, Beets.

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5037&pictureid=70445

I think I should have done the front french a little further to the side.

camara
April 26th, 2010, 02:43 PM
That´s great, it looks so good on you! I´ll have to do this style. :)

TXbarbie
April 27th, 2010, 04:50 AM
OMGGGG I want to try this! :D

My bangs are almost long enough - they nearly cover my lower eyelashes - so I might have to do a teeny bang braid. But I might have found my new workout 'do! Thanks for posting :flower:

SheaLynne
April 27th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Okay, I'm wearing this today! It made it through my 45-minute yoga workout this morning...have to get the English braid positioned just right for that....and I may try a Dianyla braid (no pony holder) for the English part next time.

Love it!

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=70564&albumid=4802&dl=1272394658&thumb=1

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=70563&albumid=4802&dl=1272394658&thumb=1


Finally figured out how to post the pics from my album in the thread!! :D