So, this week’s hairstyle is inspired by a braid I had learned and often “tested out” on my little sisters years ago. The Lace Braid that I utilize here is quite simple to style. A Lace Braid is essentially a French Braid, the only difference being that new hair is added into just one side. See here for a step-by-step walk-through.
Basically, I parted her hair on the left side and began the lace braid right at the heavy side of the part. I added in hair only to the right side, or bottom of the braid (closest to her face) and continued to angle the braid all the way around.
The only tricky part is when you reach the back of her head, at the nape of her neck. Make sure to hold your strands firmly and to add in the new strands pretty tightly so that the resulting braid is not baggy.
When I reached the end of her hair, I braided it off, secured it with an elastic, folded it over, and bobby pinned the tail nicely above her left ear. If her hair is long enough, definitely wrap the end of the braid over the part line, securing it so that it blends with the beginning of the braid. This technique produces the very best “milkmaid braid” effect.
Lastly, I loosened up the top edges of the braid (by gently tugging on them) to make them stand out, and pinned a couple of them to her head for added security.
And that’s it! I love the gorgeous “flower girl” look of milkmaid braids; perfect for summer sunshine!