Elaborate updos are awesome. Nothing gives me that strange combo feeling of envy and admiration quite like a lady with fancy, well-coiffed hair that obviously took tons of time and effort.
But while I like doing my hair, sometimes I want it off of my face, looking classy, without actually doing all that work. And on top of that, all those intricate twists can be really intimidating.
At some point, though, I realized most extravagant updos are really just combinations of super-simple basics that anyone can do. If you have a hair arsenal of things like braids, twists and buns, you can use those in different combinations to make all kinds of complex results. You’ll wind up with something that looks elaborate but is actually extremely easy.
One of those boring starting points? Pigtail braids. Yes, the hairstyle that was all the rage in fourth grade can be remixed into some really elegant updos suitable for that classy afternoon tea you’re going to this weekend. Or, you know, for buying groceries.
We’re breaking this up into two parts, and today I’ll show you a braided headband/crown/crownband(?) that takes longer to name than it does to do. A little bit Woodstock, a little bit Khaleesi, it looks cool but is also pretty relaxed.
And there you go!
If you were cooler than me and/or headed to a garden tea party, this would look awesome with some flowers tucked into the braids. Either way, it’s whimsical, fun and refined. A win for lazy braiders everywhere, I’d say.
You can do a lot more from this starting point, and this is only scratching the surface of complicated updos you can do with hair basics. If you’re comfortable with a toolbox of simple techniques, you can turn those into all sorts of fancy stuff.
Do you strive for the most extreme ratio of minimum effort to maximum payoff, too? What inspirational(ly bad) things were you doing to your hair in grade school?