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Tired mama braids.

Just because you may be tired, doesn’t mean your hair has to be. I don’t know if it’s the change of seasons or what, but I have been up in the middle of the night lately. Like 2-4 in the morning, I’m awake and alert and thinking of fun things to do with my hair, my impending move back to Seattle, my children who are sleeping soundly, one in her crib and the other in a hammok that she made out of a blanket that hangs from her bed and is filled with stuffed animals. I feel jacked up on coffee.

So I’m going to try and take the otherwise frustrating and painful phenomenon of insomnia and turn it into a positive chance to share one of my coping strategies. I’m going to honer it with it’s own hairstyle.

Tired mama braids are cool. They make you look like you do give a @#$# about how you present yourself to the world, even if you barely have the time or energy to do them. They take less then 5 minutes, and you can wear them all day long. I love mine. Try them out if you have medium length to long hair. They will make you forget about your exhaustion, if only for a wee moment. But as any tired mama knows, a moment of relief is (almost) worth a thousand bites of gourmet dark chocolate or a hot cup of Stumptown coffee on a cold fall morning.


Make a side part. Start a little french braid at the top of your heavier side, and continue it to behind the ear. Braid it all the way to the end and secure with a small elastic.

On the other side, make a regular braid starting behind the ear. Secure at the end with an elastic.

Now bring the first braid up over the top of the head and pin it to the head to secure it. Bring the second braid up over the top as well, and pin the end slightly in front of the first braid. Tuck the tails in to hide em. Now pour yourself a strong cup of coffee and keep your head up, shorty.


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  1. Carolyn Law

    Hey Roxie,
    You look sweetly tired once those braids went round your head — although I know how tired you really, really are with 2 kids and all that goes along with it. Thinking about you out Seattle way. Take good care.
    Got a do that was inspired by your razoring section. You’d like it but maybe it would be better if you’d done it for me!! XOXO hug

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      love you, carolyn.

  2. TillyMonstar

    I love your blog. I love how mellow and easy going you seem to be. I know ALL about being sleep deprived at 2am and I think you have a wonderful perspective being awake and yet inspired to braid your hair! I received a million compliments on this hairstyle today and have you to thank!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      thank you so much. Im really happy to hear that you loved this style. Thank you for reading!

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