I took my dude and my kids along with Nikki and her sweet Gabe to Vashon Island this weekend. My mother has a little 1930’s era beach shanty with a mossy roof and red curtains that sits just up a small bank from a quiet little beach. It is surrounded by old run-down docks and boat parts and crabs and random things that can be considered “flotsom and jetsom.” This place is a junkers sun loving paradise and I am endlessly in love with it.
Every time we go there, we think of reasons to stay longer, and ways to justify staying forever.
Maybe someday, I will be the old leathery beach bum lady who braids beach debris into her hair and shares her weird ideas. I hope so.
While on the beach, my hair got sandy and salty and wind whipped. I had with me a fashionable head-scarf. ( I don’t take weekend trips without a scarf.)
We went into town for dinner the second night at a hip little joint called The Hardware Store. I wanted to look presentable, so I braided my scarf into a french braid. It was an experimental hair-do, and it was very easy. I had seen scarf braids on blogs like hair romance and Latest-hairstyles and was intrigued but not quite satisfied with what I saw. Something about a braid and a scarf together seemed a little bit……I can’t find the words. I liked the idea of a simple braid with just a hint of scarf.
So here it is. My version of a scarf braid that is mostly braid and a tiny bit of scarf.
The Sail away scarf braid.
The perfect beach combing, sun bathing, sailing and basking hairstyle. Got your scarf ready? that is all you need!
11. Start by taking a section of hair at the back of the top of the head. You will start your french braid here. Lay that section over the center of the rolled up scarf. The 2 ends of the scarf will be your 2nd and 3rd braid section.
2. Holding the ends of the scarf in each hand, take a french-braid section from one side. Add it to your scarf , and braid them over the center section. Repeat with the other side.
3. Continue adding hair to each side as you braid. You are essentially just doing a regular french braid, with the scarf braided into it.
4. Braid all the way to the ends, and secure the hair and scarf together in a clear elastic.
5. Now roll the ends in towards the neck, and push the braid ends and scarf up behind your braid. Tuck it nicely in. It should stay on its own without any pinning, but add a pin if needed.
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