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Roll ‘n braids….A modern take on a classic vintage hairstyle.

IMG_1398I have gotten some requests lately for unique medium-length hairstyles.The scarf roll came to mind because itis so retro classy and eye-catching. But It needed a little element of modern so I added accent braids to it and Voila!

Putting little braids in the hair is like putting a bird on a handmade messenger bag. They add instant ironic coolness.

Here is how this ‘do is done…..You will need a long skinny scarf and some clear elastics






1. Begin by lightly back-combing at the crown of the head.

2. Now, section off both sides from behind the ear forward.

3. Make a small dutch braid on one side. Braid all the way down the free end of the hair, and secure it with an elastic.

4. Repeat on the other side.

5. Now join the braids together at the back of the head with another elastic. Take out the elastic from the ends of the braids.

6. Take the rest of the hair into a ponytail it at the base of the neck and secure with a tight ponytail holder. Pull the holder down the pony till it is at the ends of the hair.

7. Take your scarf and lay the center of it across the top of the ends of the ponytail.

8. Slowly roll the ends around the scarf.

9. Keep rolling all the way to the head. Now take the free ends of your scarf and wrap them around the front of your head and back around.

10. Tie the ends of the scarf into a loose bow above your scarf roll.

*At this point, if your roll seems loose and sloppy, tuck and pin it until it looks right then pin the braids down behind the scarf to finish the look.

This hairstyle turns heads and makes people wonder how you did that. It is much easier than it looks!

If you like the Roll ‘n braids,  you will LOVE the tutorial in this post;)!



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  1. Meredith

    I love the look of the scarf roll, have tried it a few times but haven’t been able to get it to work for me…until today! I think my hair has just been too long or slippery and its never rolled around the scarf securely enough. Inspired by this post I gave it another try but with a loose braid wrapped around the scarf instead of the ponytail pulled down to the ends. Success! And it looks pretty cool too if I do say so myself 🙂 Thanks for the great blog and today’s hair inspiration!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Glad you got it. It’s one of those hairstyles that once you get it, it is your new best friend. It is all about the tucking in after you have tied the scarf. It can be a really messy roll, but with enough tucking it will be perfect.

  2. annaK

    Can you post a picture of the front and what it is supposed to look like finished as well?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      WIsh I had another photo of this one to post….From the front it is a center part, and scarf across the top, about 2 inches behind the front hairline:)

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