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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
– Bobby 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 bobby pins. (Be sure to tuck and hide each bobby 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
– Bobby 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 bobby 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 bobby 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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DIY Hair: Fishtail Pigtails

diy hair: fishtail pigtails - drifter and the gypsy blog

Fishtail braids are a great variation of the classic braid to get your hair out of your face in an elegant way. I remember my mom braiding my hair in fishtails when I was young and always getting compliments on it! It’s one of those hairstyles that looks more complicated than it actually is and we all love those.

Makeup artist and hairstylist Danika and I are teaming up for a regular monthly column to show you how to do pretty things to your hair!

For this first ‘do, we gave the fishtail braid a new look in these fun and playful pigtails. Not sure how to fishtail braid? watch this video to learn how. Then follow these simple steps below to have fab hair in no time!

diy hair: fishtail pigtails - drifter and the gypsy blog

Materials:

– Clear plastic hair elastics (such as Goody)
– Two hair elastics (color doesn’t matter since we will remove the elastic later)
– Hairbrush
– Flower crown

diy hair: fishtail pigtails - drifter and the gypsy blog

Steps:

1. Part your hair where you like and section in two.

2. Secure each pigtail with an elastic (color doesn’t matter since it won’t show later).

3. Begin to fishtail braid. Once finished, secure the bottom of each braid with a clear elastic.

4. Carefully cut the top elastic out from the top of each braid.

5. Loosen and “fatten” up each fishtail braid by gently pulling them apart.

6. Give this hairstyle a carefree and boho feel by topping it off with a simple flower crown.

diy hair: fishtail pigtails - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: fishtail pigtails - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: fishtail pigtails - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hairstyle by Danika Lamb // Photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Hair: Let’s Be Straight

diy hair: let's be straight - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hey everyone! My name is Aya and I transported myself here from Strawberry Koi with yet another simple and versatile look. Because that’s how I roll. This is my new fave way to wear my hair, because it’s basically my naturally straight hair with a bit of texture and shape. This style also works for long hair easy enough, but more importantly it’s best to have long “bangs” to complete the look.

diy hair: let's be straight - drifter and the gypsy blog

You’ll Need:
– A brush/comb
– A clip or hair tie
– A Flat iron
– Heat Protectant Spray (optional)

diy hair: let's be straight - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Give your hair a good brushing. Make sure it’s clean, fluffy and smooth all the way through.

2. Section off the complete top layer of your hair, leaving the bottom section from ear to ear/below eye-level.

3. Spritz your hair with a little heat protectant spray before you start flat ironing. I like to straighten this layer while curving the flat iron upwards to flip at the ends up. With my own length, the flippy bits peek out from beneath the top layer and creates a nice texture!

4. Let the top layer down, but re-pin or clip the front section of your hair… saving it for last.

5. Straighten the hair in thin sections, about 1-inch thick for better results and less damage. Straighten each section, while curving the flat iron to give the hair a bit of bend. I like to alternate the sections of curling outward away from my face, and inward towards my face. Doing this gives the hair a naturally straight texture, while still being soft and easy to style.

6. Let the top later down. Because I have a deep side part, I straightened the small section on my left side to curve around the side of my head (if you’re doing a middle part, include this step with the final step instead). Doing so, makes the hair hold that same shape and sweep away from the face.

7. Take the last section of hair at the front and pull up and back from your face. Hold it in place, as you straighten it away from your face and curling the hair up and under in one fluid motion. The hair will gracefully fall down into place, sweeping to the side(s) with a subtle bend.

diy hair: let's be straight - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: let's be straight - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: let's be straight - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: let's be straight - drifter and the gypsy blog

Aya (DIY Hair Contributor)

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DIY Hair: The Short Updo

diy hair: short updo - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hey everyone! Aya from Strawberry Koi here with another simple hair tutorial. This is a fun one for all the short-haired girls out there looking to be creative with what they have. With long hair, feel free to follow and adjust the style according to your needs!

diy hair: short updo - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Start with a freshly washed and styled base. I curled my hair, as it’s a great way to cover problem areas and to give a sort of impression of longer hair. A side part works best for this style.

2. On the shallow side of your part, twist a section of hair by your hair, and gently wrap it around the back of your head. Pin in place as you go.

3. Continue twisting and pinning until you reach just behind the opposite ear. It will basically be a side-pony, but less conspicuous and a more elegant. You can polish up the look just by gathering the hair into a tighter section, if you like.

4. Cross the pins over each other in the shape of an “X” for strong, all day hold.

5. This is what the pinned-side should look like. It’s ok to leave some stray hairs fall down around your face, for an awesome bedhead look as another alternative.

6. Gather the opposite side to what you started with.

7. Twist and pin into the hair that’s bunched together, blend and hide any pins.

8. DONE! Finish with a little light hairspray, or throw in a flower on the side for even more fun!

diy hair: short updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: short updo - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: short updo - drifter and the gypsy blog

Aya (DIY Hair Contributor)

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DIY Hair: ’60s-Inspired Braids

diy hair: braided '60s hair - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hello all! Aya from Strawberry Koi here with another hair tutorial. This one is inspired by playful ’60s hairstyles with a subtle bouffant. If you want even more of a ’60s looks, comb it out to smooth it over even more, and bump up that bouffant with even more hairspray and teasing!

diy hair: braided '60s hair - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. I curled my hair for this one yet again, adding a modern vibe and keeping it soft. Relaxed waves is a great way to play up a natural sexy look (long hair works for this style too, ladies!)

2. Tease the bang/front section of hair on the underside. This will build some texture and volume for the braid to be nice and thick. (If you have very full hair, you don’t have to worry about this)

3. Flip the hair over onto the opposite side of where you want the braid to lay. I did this so that the braid started at the roots instead of an inch or two away – which is what my hair wanted to do naturally. Tie with a small invisible elastic. Want to spice it up even more? Make a “Fishtail” braid instead of a classic braid.

4. After braiding, flip it back over to the direction you want it to lay.

5. Gently pull and tug the layers of the braid apart, to widen it.

6. Pin the braid behind your ear, beneath the top layer of your hair to hide the ends. I pinned mine above my forehead because I have a low hairline and try not to accentuate it, but you might want to try experimenting with the position of the braid over the forehead or even back further to use like a headband against the bouffant!

7. Add more smaller braids on the opposite side. This is optional, but sometimes it helps balance the look.

8. Tease the back of the hair on the crown, on the underside. For a BIG vintage bouffant, tease the section of hair in three layers, spray each layer with hairspray and allow to dry. Smooth over the top layer with a fine-tooth comb or soft brush.

9. Done!

diy hair: braided '60s hair - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: braided '60s hair - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy hair: braided '60s hair - drifter and the gypsy blog

Aya (DIY Hair Contributor)

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