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18th century hairstyle…..Scarlet Letter snood braids.

DSC02715Wikipedia describes The Scarlet letter as the ultimate puritanical story of sin, guilt, and persecution. I describe it as the ultimate story of public humiliation, baby daddy drama and haters hatin. Which reminds me of an old quote I always liked from a rapper I can’t quite locate in my brain. “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” Can anyone tell me who said that? Was it Iced tea? I’m sorry. I have been in the south too long. I meant Ice T?Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 5.20.59 PMScreen Shot 2013-05-26 at 5.21.08 PM

Really, though, hate is a strong word. We should spend more time loving and not judging each other. This hairstyle is in honor of Hester, the lead female character in the historically fictional book The Scarlet letter. She is a strong and dignified woman in a time when being a woman kind of seems like it must have sucked. Let’s take a moment to appreciate how far we have come as women.

This hairstyle is fun because it looks really cool and old fashioned-y. All it is is 2 french braids, but instead of adding hair to both sides back and forth, you just add hair from underneath. And also, you pull the braids away from the head as you braid, to loosen the under-part of the braid, giving it the snood-like look. Do you know what a snood is?Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 5.53.50 PM It is a device that gathers the hair into a hood on the back of the neck to contain it. But it creates a loose and ball-sack like shape that is pretty in a non-ball-sack way.

With this hairstyle, the longer your hair is, the hangy-er the snood part will be.

Here is how to do it.

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1. Start by making a part down the back of the head.

2. Begin a french braid on one side. Add hair in from the bottom on the up-braid, and just ovelap the down braid without adding in any hair.

3. Work your way down, adding in small sections from the bottom every other overlap. Hold the braid out and away from your head as you go. When you reach the end, secure with a small elastic.

4. Repeat on the other side.

5. * Because you are only adding hair every other overlap, you should still have more hair to add as you get towards the ends of your hair. This is the trick to getting the snood effect.

6. Now take each braid and pull them straight across to the other side. You will see the snood take shape. Tuck the ends under the opposite braid, behind the top of each ear. Pin them securely and discreetly. Tug at the snood if you need to, to get the shape right.

Here is a video that breaks this hairstyle down.

There you have it. Your perfect hairstyle for all your 18th century costume party needs. And also, you can just rock this hairstyle on a regular day and bring a little Scarlet Letter drama to your world.

XO, HTHG

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  1. […] Ever watch a period movie on 18th century England?   The woman of those times had ornate dresses and braids that probably took hours to create.  Modern techniques make it much easier today, but this Spring you’ll see some beautiful updos and braids that wreak of The Scarlet Letter! […]

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