Fishtail Braid

Aloha! We started off the New Year right by spending the first 11 days of January in beautiful Hawaii! The sun and 80 degree weather made me forget that it is actually winter back here in the Pacific Northwest. Although, I am glad to be home and looking forward to getting the boys back on a routine.

I am not sure how this happened but somehow Hubs and I have become addicted to the Bachelor. We are quite possibly losing brain cells just watching this show. Regardless and even though we were in Hawaii, we were sure to watch the first two episodes of the season! As a blogger I was excited to see that one of the girls contending for Ben is also a blogger (can that actually be an occupation?). Her name is Jenna Burke and she writes a blog called the Over-Analyst. I took a little looksy at her site, and wasn’t overly impressed. Looks like her blog may be under construction right now. I like to think she put it on hold for filming of the show but rumors are swarming that this was ABC’s ploy to get bloggers talking. In any case, I did come across this neat post on her blog about how to make a fishtail braid. This post came a perfect time because my hair was a complete disaster after one day in Hawaii and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. My hair is naturally curly but the curls quickly turned into a big frizz ball. I made sure to bring my Chi flat iron, but between the beach, pool and slight humidity, my hair ended up like this…

Here is what my hair looked like after the fishtail braid tutorial:
Much better!

I combed it out and quickly ran the flat iron over it, just to tame a little of the frizz (not to straighten it). Then followed these instructions as posted on Jenna’s blog:

– Separate hair into two equal sections at the back of the head. Fishtail braiding requires only two sections (not three, like a classic or French braid).

– Use your index fingers to pull out a half-inch section of hair from the area near the base of your ear on the right section of your head. Cross it over to the left section. (It’s important to pull sections from underneath when you cross over to that scaly look.)

– Repeat with a half-inch piece from the left section, crossing it over to the right. Don’t worry if layers start to fall out of the braid. It gives the look a pretty, effortless feel.

– Continue adding half-inch pieces until you reach the ends, and secure with an elastic. Pull on the braid a bit to loosen it. Don’t put pressure on yourself to make it perfect. If there’s a bump 

or knot, leave it.

If you watch the Bachelor (please tell me there are others out there?), you know that Jenna didn’t get a rose from Ben at Monday nights rose ceremony. Maybe now, she can go back to blogging :o)



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