Can you believe New Years Eve is nearly here?! Crazy.
In anticipation of the new year, I have a super fun DIY hairstyle to show you all. It’s my Cinderella French braids.
So, these aren’t supposed to look exactly like the braids Lily James wore in the movie “Cinderella,” but I did use them as inspiration, and they do look very similar. 🙂 I love wearing this hairstyle so much. It is definitely one of my most frequently used looks. I love messier hairstyles. They just look so effortless and beautiful.
level of difficulty: intermediate
time needed: 10 minutes
items needed: two elastics
1.) Start with a side part. You can do a middle part, if you’d like, though.
2.) Grab a large section of hair near your part-line. It doesn’t have to be exact, since Cinderella’s hair was rather messy looking. My section was probably two inches thick. Split into three strands.
3.) Begin a regular french braid. Keep the braid going more straight back, rather than forming it too close to your ear. (Hopefully the pictures show you what I mean.) I think Lily James wore two lace braids, but I like to begin with a French braid, to kind of “anchor” the hairstyle in place all day.
4.) Once you have french-braided for about three stitches, begin a lace braid. (Three stitches means you’ve added in hair and crossed the strands over about three times.) You can do a lace braid by solely adding from the hair-line, rather than the part line.
5.) Once you reach your ear, stop adding in hair, and do a regular three strand braid. I like to leave about two to three inches of hair unbraided, to give more of an “undone” look. Secure with an elastic.
6.) Repeat steps 2-5 on the other side of the part-line.
7.) “Pancake” the braids, to make them appear fuller and messier. I also like to “ruffle” the french-braid part of the hairstyle. I do this by putting one hand on the french-braided part, and moving it gently back-and-forth. This should make it a tad looser, and appear a little bit softer.
…and, you’re done! This hairstyle is so great, since it can be worn as an everyday look. For special occasions though, I like to amp them up with some wand curls. 😉
I hope you all enjoyed seeing and trying out my Cinderella-inspired look! Let me know what you think!
Catch ya later!