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3 Easy Braided Hairstyles

Before my vacation in July last year, I decided to do something different with my hair. For several months now, I’ve rocked the shoulder-length bob with bangs and I absolutely loved it. My hair is naturally straight and smooth, so it didn’t take a lot to maintain this look. But now that I want to grow my hair, my bangs are quite an issue since they’re always in the way. They’re long enough to poke me in the eye but not long enough to be tucked behind my ears. And since I wear glasses, it makes it so much harder to get them out of my face. My only solution was braids, and since I love braiding so much, I try different hairstyles to mix it up every day.


Today, I will be talking about 3 simple braided hairstyles that are easy to recreate on any hair length.



Double Dutch braid/inverse braid
This is definitely my go-to hairstyle whenever I braid my hair.  Since I have really thin and smooth hair, I really like to leave my hair half down to give it more definition.  I fluctuate between the Dutch braid and the French braid for this hairstyle.  I find that the Dutch braid or the inverse braid works better for me since it visually increases the volume and thickness of my hair.

Step 1 : Part your hair in the middle
Step 2 : Tuck one side by pinning or tying it with a hair elastic
Step 3 : Start a Dutch/French braid from the front to the crown of your head (Tip: leave enough hair to lay on top of your ear). Repeat on the other side
Step 4 : Tie the ends with a black or clear elastic


Braided Bangs with pigtails
This was an on the spot hairstyle that my best friend, Nailah suggested.  It turned out to be the easiest of all the braided hairstyles I've ever done and so cute.

Step 1 : Part your hair in the middle
Step 2 : Tuck one side by pinning or tying it with a hair elastic
Step 3 : Start a simple, and tight braid on your bangs/front hair
Step 4 : Pin the end of the hair underneath your hair to hide the bobby pin. Repeat on the other side
Step 5 : Tie the bottom of your hair into low pigtails




Double French braid with pigtails
This hairstyle involves similar steps to the first one.  This is my go-to hairstyle for the gym.  I opt to do the French braid since it helps keep the braid tight throughout my whole workout.  It keeps my hair in place which is just what I need.  

Step 1 : Part your hair in the middle
Step 2 : Tuck one side by pinning or tying it with a hair elastic
Step 3 : Start a French braid from the front to the bottom of your head. Repeat on the other side
Step 4 : Tie the ends in low pigtails with a black or clear elastic





Tip : Hold the end of your braid, and tuck on the braid to create a faux volume effect

I hope you enjoyed this hair styling blog post.  It's slightly different from what I usually post about.  But PopOfGrey has always covered all the things I am passionate about, and braiding my hair has been an obsession of mine ever since I learned how to braid from YouTube.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more braided hairstyles on the blog in the future 💕