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French Braided Pony with Maple Leaves.

7U6A6358This is the first hairstyle from the HTHG Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series!

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In the Fall and Winter, our sidewalks are littered with dead leaves. We can smell their earthy smell when they get ground into puddles on the pavement after it rains, and we track them across our living room floor when we forget to take off our boots.

There is a quick window of time when they are fresh and vibrant and on the ground and not softening into brown soil in the mud. If you are lucky enough to live close to a maple tree, go see if you can forage some leaves for this tutorial. There just might still be fresh and pretty ones on the ground. For this tutorial we used leaves from a Japanese maple tree. If you can’t find good leaves, use some other pretty foraged greenery to decorate your braid;)

french braided ponyThis hairstyle is best done on longer hair, as there must be a long-ish ponytail available to braid.

Start with a low side pony, secured with an elastic.

At the base of the ponytail, take 3 small sections of hair, and begin a french braid at the top of the ponytail.

Continue adding in small sections of hair as you work your way down the tail. It is just a french braid! Nothing fancy;)

When you get to the end, secure it with a clear elastic.

Now, remove the elastic at the top, and loosen and widen the braid a bit by pulling at it from the edges.

Stick foliage into the braid by the stem, pull them through as far as you can. If you can, tuck the stem under a bit of hair behind the braid, to snag it into place.

xoxo, HTHG

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