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The Jolene Braid Halo

7U6A4276Hello my dears! Today’s braid tutorial is called the Jolene Braid, because as I write this post, my daughters are singing Jolene by Dolly Parton at the tops of their little lungs, and I am thinking to myself If I ever have another daughter, I will name her Jolene. It is just a great name. I recommend listening to this legendary Dolly song while you braid your hair.
http://youtu.be/1plvBR02wDs

The Jolene Braid Halo, which actually consists of two fishtail braids, is demonstrated here on Brette Howard, at this Summer’s Oregon Country Fair.

It is a great hairstyle for shoulder length or longer hair, and can be done on curly hair, if you are good, patient braider:)

bretterbereHere is how to do it.

Starting with a center part, section off one side of the head, from the top of the head to the top of one ear.

Do a fishtail braid in that section. Braid till you get about 2-3 inches from the ends, then secure the end with a small elastic. Deconstruct your braid.

On the other side of the part, take a very small section of hair from the hairline, as if you were going to start a french braid. Begin fishtail braiding that small section. Once you have braided it about 2 inches, add some hair in from either side (as you would a french braid,) guiding your braid back and around your head.

Now, with your 2 fishtail braid sections which are slightly larger now, continue fish tail braiding. Once you have braided roughly another 3 inches, add hair to either side again, continuing to steer your braid around the head.

Continue your fishtail braid 3 more inches, and add in from either side again. Continue this pattern until your braid reaches the other side, right next to the first braid.

Braid to 2-3 inches from the ends, secure the end with a small elastic and then deconstruct your second braid.

Now, wrap your first braid around the front of your head, situating it either at the hairline or slightly behind, your choice. Tuck the end under the braid, and then pin the braid to the head with discreet bobby pins. Anywhere it feels loose, add more pins:)

Take your second braid and wrap it on top but slightly behind the first braid, so you can see both braids on the front of the head. Tuck the ends under the braid, and pin your second braid into place, trying to hide the pins as best you can.

Now, add flowers if you want, or just rock this gorgeous and complicated looking braid as-is…….Your hair will look tremendous from all angles.

Now don’t go stealing other women’s men with that hair, girl.

xo, HTHG

 

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