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Low Bohemian Updo

low bohemian updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
I have to say, I really like this hairdo. It’s a little fancier than wraparound braids or adding a bow and requires a few more steps than usual, but it’s worth it. Trust me. Wear this for a night out, special event or just the occasion of life. I’m attending a wedding later this month and I might try this hairdo out on myself!

Materials:

– 1 or 1 1/2 inch curling iron, curling wand, or anything else that will give your hair a nice curl
– 2 butterfly clips
– Hair elastic
– Paddle brush
– Bobbi pins
– Hairspray

low bohemian updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start with hair that has been slightly curled. You can use a curling iron/curling wand for this OR sleep with your hair in braids overnight for a nice soft wave.

2. Take two sections in the front (one on each side) and secure with clips.

3. Make a ponytail with the rest of the hair.

4. Make an opening with your thumb above the hair elastic and loop the ponytail through.

5. Tease the ponytail with a paddle brush to add a bit of volume and texture.

6. Roll up and tuck the hair, securing into place with bobbi pins.

7. Create a three strand braid with the two hair sections in front. Be sure to braid back so that it will nice and smooth.

8. Once finished braiding, overlap them two loosely over each other and pin into place.

9. Finish with a little bit of hairspray.

low bohemian updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
low bohemian updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
low bohemian updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup: Danika Lamb
Intro & Photography: Micaela Hoo

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Secret Braid

secret braid - drifter and the gypsy blog
It’s no secret (pun not intended) that I love a good braid. I had long, thick hair as a child, so the braid was a staple in my repertoire of hairdos. My mom became a pro at so many types of braids: French braids, fishtails, inside out braids, side braids, waterfall braids, etc.

secret braid - drifter and the gypsy blog
This braid looks 1,000 times more complicated than it actually is. Be prepared to have your mind blown.

Materials:

– Paddle brush
– Hair ties
– Clear hair elastics
– Bobbi pins

secret braid - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start by rough teasing hair with a paddle brush to give it some added volume and texture.

2. Put hair into a side ponytail, but leave a small section of hair out.

3. Braid the ponytail into a fishtail braid and secure with a clear elastic.

4. Loosen the fishtail up by gently pulling it apart.

5. Cut the hair elastic that held the former ponytail.

6. Create a standard three strand braid with the hair you left out and secure with a clear elastic.

7. Take the standard braid and lay it flat against the fishtail.

8. Secure the braids together by bobbi pins. Place about three pins behind the fishtail so that they are hidden.

9. This step is optional. Wrap the tiny ends of hair around the clear elastic so that no elastic is visible and only hair is showing.

secret braid - drifter and the gypsy blog
secret braid - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup: Danika Lamb
Intro & Photography: Micaela Hoo

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Peekaboo Scarf

peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
SPRING IS HERE! Well not quite. But almost! February is one of my favorite months because we (in the Northern Hemisphere) start to see the end of the (winter) tunnel. Especially in California, when things bloom early (the Cherry Blossoms and Daffodils are already in bloom!), it’s easy to start dreaming of spring. This patterned scarf hairdo serves a dual purpose: to add a bit of style to a not-so-great hair day and to add a bit of spring color to your outfit. Who knows, maybe your vibrant colors will encourage the sun to come out and the groundhog won’t see his shadow this year!

(EDIT: Apparently today IS Groundhog Day–coincidence–and the groundhog saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. I never believed the groundhog anyway.)

peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
Materials:

– 1 or 1 1/2 inch curling iron
– Comb
– Bobbi pins
– Hairspray
– Scarf

peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Quickly add a bit of texture to the hair by wrapping a few sections around a 1 or 1 1/2 inch curling iron. You want to create a few soft waves here and there. This does not need to be perfect and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.

2. Tease the hair at the crown and secure back with two bobbi pins. Lightly spray with a bit of hairspray.

3. Choose your scarf (I love ones with a pretty pattern or fun color) and tie in the back or off to the side.

peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
peekaboo scarf - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup: Danika Lamb
Intro & Photography: Micaela Hoo

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Bumped Up Ponytail

bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
I don’t think I’m alone when I say I always feel inspired to work hard at the start of a new year. Hustle, if you will. When I get really involved in a project, I can’t stand having my hair in my face. I’ll usually throw my hair up in a messy bun. Although I do love the bed head look, sometimes I want to look a little more refined when I’m in hustle mode. Regardless of if you have bangs, this bumped up ponytail is an awesome vintage-inspired way to get your hair out of your face.

Materials:

– 2 Butterfly clips
– Bobbi pins
– Hairspray
– Hairbrush
– Comb
– 1 Hair elastic
– 1 inch curling iron or curling wand

bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start with the hair down and section off two areas of hair on each side of the head. Secure (temporarily) with butterfly clips.

2. Next, take the section at the crown and tease it. Secure in place with two bobbi pins.

3. Use a hair elastic to put the remaining hair in a ponytail.

4. Take the two sections that you previously sectioned off and wrap each one around the ponytail elastic. Use a bobbi pin to hold into place once finished wrapping each side around. You can also tuck the wrapped hair under the elastic if you don’t want to use a bobbi pin.

5. Use a 1 inch curling iron or curling wand to curl the ponytail. Finger through the hair once finished curling to soften the overall look.

6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
bumped up ponytail - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup: Danika Lamb
Intro & Photography: Micaela Hoo
Retouching: Kailey Flyte

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DIY Hair: Fishtail Milkmaid Braids

diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
My hair is finally getting long enough to put in milkmaid braids, which makes me very happy. Danika came up with this clever variation on the classic milkmaid braid by simply using fishtail braids instead of regular braids and I photographed the process. Here are milkmaid braids à la fishtail style!

Materials:

– 2 clear hair elastics
– Bobbi pins
– Hairspray

diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start by sectioning each side and braid each into a fishtail. Secure each end with a clear elastic. (Not sure how to fishtail? Watch this video to learn how).

2. Separate each braid to make it appear softer and “fatter.”

3. Wrap one braid over the other and secure with bobbi pins. (Be sure to tuck and hide each bobbi pin under the braids… it will look much prettier this way).

4. Soften the look by gently pulling small pieces of hair out around the front.

5. Finish this style off with just a tad of hairspray for extra staying power. Don’t spray too much though since this look is soft and carefree.

diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: fishtail milkmaid braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup by Danika Lamb // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Hair: Wraparound Braids

diy hair: wraparound braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Danika originally created this hairstyle for a bridal shoot, but I loved it so much, I had her recreate it in this simple tutorial. The ‘do is easy peasy, but the braids add a little bit of a feminine flair. Wear it casually or dress it up!

Materials:

– 1 inch curling iron
– 2 hair elastics
– Bobbi pins
– Hairspray

diy hair: wraparound braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start by adding a few loose waves to hair with a one inch curling iron.

2. Take two sections of hair on each side and braid them back. Secure with a clear elastic or ones that match hair.

3. Use bobbi pins that match hair to slowly secure the first braid back.

4. Next, weave the second braid into the first (wrap and tuck however looks and feels best) and secure with bobbi pins.

5. Use a bit of hairspray to finish it off and tame any stray hairs.

6. Tada! You’ve just created a beautiful romantic and bohemian style!

diy hair: wraparound braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: wraparound braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: wraparound braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: wraparound braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: wraparound braids - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hair & Makeup by Danika Lamb // Photography by Micaela Hoo

Model is Lizzie Gunst.

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DIY Hair: When in Doubt, Add a Bow

diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog

I’m pretty sure the last time I wore a ribbon in my hair was in 3rd grade for school picture day or something like that. Which is a shame because who says ribbons aren’t for grownups? No one. And sometimes you want to do a little something something extra to do to your hair. When in doubt, add a bow.

diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog

Materials:

– 1 inch curling iron
– 1 clear hair elastic
– 1 ribbon

diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog

Steps:

1. Start by sectioning the hair and curling with a 1 inch curling iron.

2. Once finished curling, tease the crown to add a bit of “oomph.”

3. Pull your hair half up and secure with a clear elastic.

4. Tie a pretty ribbon (the one shown is from Michaels) around the clear elastic. Voilà! A chic and feminine style that is easy and fun.

Now go on and admire that ‘do, girl!

diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: when in doubt, add a bow - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hairstyle by Danika Lamb // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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