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Dutch Braid: How-To

Most girls have their “go-to” hair style for any date night or party. Mine is always just down with big curls, hair spray, and lots of volume (basic Dallas girl, I know). I’m so excited to share with you though a new idea for any holiday or new years party you have coming up! I love a good braid and Tracy Melton has showed us step-by-step how to do an adorable half up dutch braid.

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Start by spritzing your hair with a sea salt spray to get a good beach wave going. From there you’ll curl your hair from the bottom up to the crown with a curling wand. Run your hands through it to loosen up the waves.

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Next, part your hair on the side. Take about a two inch section of hair from your forehead back. Begin your Dutch braid. *For those of you who don’t know what a Dutch braid is, it’s like an inside-out French braid. Same steps as a French braid but you go underneath with your strands instead of over*

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Once you have two braids complete, here comes the fun part! The trick to get larger, fuller braids is to gently pull them out. You’ll take each braid and give it a nice tug in order to make your braid look ‘large and in charge’.

From there, criss-cross the braids in the back and tuck the ends under. Hold them in place with bobby pins. Finish off with hair spray and you’re set!


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Top Knot || How To

Ladies and gentlemen (well, probably just ladies but you never know). I am SO excited to feature Tracy Melton on today’s post! Tracy did my hair and make-up for my wedding day and is incredibly gifted. In addition to that, she’s just the cutest thing you’ll ever meet!

Lots of girls have asked me how to do a good top-knot. The ones I do on my own are always super messy and fall down, so Tracy here has created a step-by-step tutorial (pictures included!) to teach you all how to get the perfect top-knot. Enjoy!

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Dress | Scarf | Earrings | Booties | Nail Color | Gold link bracelet | David Yurman bracelet

Here’s Tracy’s step-by-step instructions!

Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail at the crown and securing it with a hair band.

Once secured, take a comb and give your mane a tease. Teasing is an important step if you have fine or thin hair – helps to bulk it up and give it some grip.

From there, simply twist the teased ponytail (loosely) to help form the shape.

Continue by wrapping the twisted hair around the base of the hair band creating the bun shape.

Secure in place with bobby pins. Don’t be scared to tug at the bun to get it to the desired height and shape. Tuck in any strays and finish off with hair spray. You’re all set!

Tip: To make this look more messy and lived-in, take the palms of your hands and rub them on your temples and near your ears to loosen up more face framing hairs. You can also pull on your bun to make it more textured.

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Photos by: Kristen Dee Photography

5 Friday Faves

Happy Friday everyone! Here are our 5 Friday Faves for this week:

  1. Favorite Dry Shampoo: Meta Revive dry shampoo {total lifesaver! I use this far more often than I’d like to admit. Gives your hair great volume too}.
  2. Favorite hair mask: Oribe Signature mask {I color my hair way too often and this mask has saved it from so much damage or breakage!}
  3. Favorite foundation: Mac SPF Foundation
  4. Favorite daily face wash: Kate Somerville purifying cleanser {Once I was introduced to Kate products, I never went back! Total game changer for my skin}
  5. Favorite fall dress: tribal yolk dress {I wore this dress to NYFW and several of you had asked where to get it. It’s now available online!}

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the loose messy braid.

Hi, loose messy braid. My boho-self is totally inspired by you. Michael Kors 2015, you truly can do no wrong || thanks for the major hair inspo.

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Photos: Vogue

let’s talk hair.

Growing up, my sister and I always naturally split the roles: I did the hair; she did the makeup. In fact, when we moved apart, I slightly panicked wondering if I could break from my dependence on her artistic abilities. In the hair realm, Britt’s signature was the ‘throw it up in a pony tail,’ and mine was always the ’round-brushed always down’ look. {styling hair truly became a passion of mine}. I rarely branch out of that organic, naturally straight or beach waved look, but I am inspired by those that do. #stuckinmycomfortzone || All that to say, after many trials and errors, these are the hair products that are now my live with-outs.
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From the shampoo I use to the spray-in conditioner and finishing spray (that smells divine + handles friz), these have added so much health to my locks. They have truly protected it from heat damage + enlivened my blonde. Not to mention, these make my hair thick + shiny + soft (but not too unable-to-style soft). Also, I showed two different hair sprays I use in the scroll below: the Moroccan oil is my day time spray; it keeps my hair in place without constricting the movement. The Kerastase is my night time spray; it is a bit stronger and provides the perfect amount of hold.

drybar love.

sometimes you just need to be pampered. I will never decline a mani/pedi, but having someone play with your hair and style it for you takes luxury to a whole new level. meet your new beauty go-to: the drybar. the philosophy is simple: no cuts. no color. just expert blowouts for only $35 (cheers).

picture walking into a salon that exudes all things girl. it is a beauty haven where the wedding planner stays on replay, a glass of wine or water with fresh oranges quenches your emotions, and a blow dry session leaves you tranquil and confident. the experience is beyond wonderful. every girl must go!

check out the newly opened drybar in the shops at legacy in plano. my favorite part: looking through the fun look book to choose my hairstyle. i want to try them all!