Hairstyle Video: Lauren Conrad Front French Braid

October 29, 2009

Okay, now this one is an easy one and everyone is seeing this hairstyle made famous by Lauren Conrad from “The Hills” on MTV. (I even saw a few variations the other night on Dancing with the Stars.)

Lauren Conrad French Front

Items Needed: One rubber band (preferably small and clear), and a couple bobby pins.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes.

Skill Level: Easy

There are likely 101 ways to do this braid… pinching off with a rubber band just after the French right above the ear, braiding through as I have done (with a bobby pin tuck), tucking the braid behind the ear, etc. It all is a matter of preference and hair length. Try each out and see which works best for you.

Many of you may think that this was too simple or common of a hairdo to post here, however this was a special request from Samantha (a fan of the site who is only 12 years old). Sam, this one’s for you!

Enjoy, and Happy Hairdoing!

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The "Outtie" Braid | Dutch Braid

May 24, 2009

Now that you have had a few days to try out the French Braid, I would like to add to your knowledge. I had a sweet mother send me some pictures today of the french braids on her daughter. She did a fantastic job on the braids, especially as she stated that she was a beginner french braider. She had a great variation of the French Braid, with a difference I will explain.

Reverse French Braid

There are two types of basic French Braids. The first is your very traditional french braid as seen in my previous tutorial. The second braid is EXACTLY the same except for one small deviation in braiding. By implementing this one change, you get a french braid that pops out of the hair. I call them Outtie French Braids (also known as Reverse French Braid), and the photos above are one from my daughter and another from the dear mother who wrote me today.

So here is how to reverse the braid to an “outtie” braid:

*Note* You will understand this better if you have already watched the video tutorial on the last post.

When French braiding, I refer to the stranding of pieces A, B, and C. Piece B is always the middle piece and A & C alternate switching places with B (with A or C always coming over the top of B) as you braid down. Again, if you are confused watch the video. To create the outtie French braid, A & C alternate switching places with B (with A or C always coming under strand B) as you braid down. Get it? Sorry if that is confusing.

That simple change causes the hair to pop out quite dramatically and actually looks really fun, sort of like corn rows. Also don’t forget that French braids are great the next day if you just brush them out and leave the hair wavy as seen on my “Second Day Do’s“.

A quick comparison:

An “Innie” French Braid:French Braid
An “Outie” French Braid:Reverse French Braid

Happy Hairdoing!

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