A Patriotic Braid That Our Forefathers Would Approve Of

How else are you going to be the belle of the Labor Day barbecue?
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How else are you going to be the belle of the Labor Day barbecue?

I've been meaning to break out my hair chalk for a while now. My small collection has sat in a storage cabinet with other neglected hair products, calling out to me as they catch the light every time I open the door. So many times I've pulled out something else and gently whispered, "Your time is coming." 

OK, I don't actually whisper to my hair products, but you get the point. 

a tutorial on how a red and blue braid perfect for labor day

A holiday weekend seems like a good a time to put these L'Oreal Professionnel Hairchalks to use. They're liquid chalks and they last for between 2 to 10 washes. I decided to use them to create a patriotic braid that's easy to do but makes a big impact. Double win!

Step 1: Prep Your Hair

a tutorial on how a red and blue braid perfect for labor day

I added some large curls throughout my hair to give it texture and body. You can add smaller curls, straighten your hair, or just brush it out. Your choice.

Step 2: Separate Front Section

a tutorial on how a red and blue braid perfect for labor day

Isolate a front section of your hair. There should be enough hair to create a three-strand braid.

Step 3: Divide Into Three

a tutorial on how a red and blue braid perfect for labor day

Divide your isolated section into three separate parts. I used bobby pins to keep the pieces separated.

Step 4: Add Color

a tutorial on how a red and blue braid perfect for labor day

Apply red chalk to one strand and blue chalk to another. If you have white chalk you can go ahead and do the third strand white. I think it looks OK without the white, though. The two colors I'm using are Blue Ocean Cruise and Coral Sunset. Let the color air-dry, or blow-dry to speed up the process. 

Step 5: Braid

a tutorial on how a red and blue braid perfect for labor day

Create a simple three-strand braid and secure with a clear elastic band.

Step 6: Drape and Pin

a tutorial on how a red and blue braid perfect for labor day

Finally, drape your braid to the back of your head and secure with two criss-crossed bobby pins. When you do this, push the rest of your hair aside and secure the braid as close to your scalp as possible. Your hair will fall into place and conceal the pins. 

What do you think? Festive enough for a Labor Day barbecue? What makeup would you pair with it? 

Have a happy and safe holiday!