Ah summer hair styles! Aren't they fun? Braids seem to be a big deal this summer, but they've always been tops in my book. The bandana braid is a favorite from my childhood (thanks, Mom!) that I'm doing for my daughter this summer and she loves it. It is fast and fun and adds some color and interest without a lot of fuss- the perfect recipe for summer hair. This style also works well using a scarf or scrap of pretty fabric!
1. Put hair in a pony tail ( a high pony tail in the back of the head makes for the most secure braid, but my little moving target wanted to try a side pony this time).
2. Roll up the bandanna/fabric into a long narrow band.
3. Slip the end of the fabric under the top layer of your hair elastic and gently pull it
(try to leave an equal amount of fabric above and below the ponytail)
4. Split the hair into two sections
5. Braid the pony tail, using the fabric as the third section of the braid.
6. Secure the end of the braid with hair elastic.
7. Wrap the top end of the fabric around the elastic a few times until it is tight
8. Tuck the end of the fabric under the hair elastic and hide it.
9. Take the end of the fabric, wrap it once around the end of the braid.
10. Bringing the tail of the fabric down through the wrapped section, tie it in a knot around the braid
(It's hard to explain, but once you actually try it will make sense).
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the simplest ideas are the best!