Braided Volume Hair DIY

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Hello sweet friends! It’s been a couple months since I’ve added a hair experiment to the blog. I got my new camera in the mail the other day (heck yeah)… so, I thought it was the perfect excuse to experiment with it. PLUS, I had to put some makeup on and dress myself too. No jammies for this photo…. ok, maybe…. MAYBE I was wearing pajama pants. But, that doesn’t matter…. hee.

So, I saw this ‘do’ on the beautiful Keiko Lynn’s blog. I really love braids and volume… so, I thought this would be perfect. Braids and volume all in one. With my stick straight hair it’s pretty hard to get volume. But, with a little backcombing and hair spray… it worked. Next time I try this style I’ll blow dry my hair upside down for a little more fluff.

What you need: Many bobby pins, brush, hair spray, and clear hair ties (optional).

1. Add some volume to that hair! I put my head up side down and lightly sprayed some hair spray to the crown of my head. Dividing my hair in half I backcombed the crown for volume.

 2. Grabbing the section of hair you backcombed and added volume to… push it up and pin it! Make sure before it’s pinned that you comb the top part of the hair to smooth any tangles out.

3. Split the bottom half of your hair into two parts. Braid each of the parts into a side braid. I used a clear hair tie for each of my braids (Keiko didn’t). My hair’s pretty slick and a braid doesn’t hold without a tie. Next, time to get those braids on top of your head! Pull your braids up and over towards the opposite side of your head. Pin. Repeat on the other side. You can tuck and hide the braid ends. Pin pin. Pin up any loose ends in the back.

 4. That’s it! Now you have SUPER simple and beautiful hair! You can finish with some hair spray if you need it (I do).

For next time: I may use something to add a little more volume to the bump! More of a Snookie look. Hee! P.S. I actually loved this hairstyle with the braids just down. I think I’ll be wearing it that way too! Cute. See: I love this…

For the original hair style… check out the sweet Keiko’s blog. She’s absolutely adorable. AND, be sure to let me know if you try out this style! I’d love to know! It’s so simple and perfect if you have zero time and want to look cute.

Happy Thursday!

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  • Sarah on said:

    So pretty! Great post!

  • melissa on said:

    i must be an idiot. i've spent 45 minutes backcombing and re-combing the top layer of my hair- and it's not looking anything like that. i think my hair is too thick. 🙁

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Hmmm. Maybe. I'll try and create a backcombing video. It might help.

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  • shannonmarie on said:

    Very cute. I like it both ways, too. Oh, and that stop motion pic at the top is so fun!

  • roxana on said:

    and cute hairstyles like this is one of the reasons im growing out my hair. 🙂

  • Sarah on said:

    Love! I wil try this, for sure. Well, maybe when my hair grows a little more…

  • Michelle on said:

    Beautiful!! I wonder if it would work with my mane of curly hair??

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      It might! You will probably just have a lot more volume.

  • Jen @ Caved In on said:

    Love love love. Will be trying that this weekend when I have more than 20 minutes to get ready.

  • Laura on said:

    Super cute! My hair is almost long enough to do something like this, but (don't hate me) it's nearly too thick when braided to do anything but stick straight out like Pippy Longstocking.

  • Emily S. on said:

    Haha, you're adorable. I love the animation.

  • Allison on said:

    I soooo wish I had stick straight hair. 🙂

  • Anne Marie on said:

    This hairstyle is fantastic! And with the braids down it looks very Audrey Hepburn! I will be doing this in the near future for sure!

  • Meghan on said:

    Ohhh, love it! So beautiful!
    Also- I too was staring at your GIF image for several minutes sorta entranced, haha.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Ha ha ha! IROCKSOWHAT was doing the same thing. ;D

  • Terri on said:

    I just tried this! Love it! You rock and often you help me revolutionize my "mom hair" rut!!!

  • Stephanie on said:

    Jealous of your length! I've done something similar to this but without the backcombing and height, I need to try it your way! Thanks!

  • Kit on said:

    oh wow, thanks soooo much for this! I'll be trying it out but not with the volume- I've got very curly, very thick hair and any attempts at Heidi braids have been massive fails. This has given me the idea to take a slightly different approach and I think it will work (even if that's not the original intention)! Very excited 🙂

  • amber on said:

    I so loved that gif!! I wish my hair was long enough to do this!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      My next hair tutorial will work with shorter hair. 🙂

  • Emily @ Peck Life on said:

    looks beautiful, i LOVE IT! i wish my hair was long enough!!!!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      You're just going to have to grow it out now. 😉

  • Chrissy on said:

    Can I just say how cute you are! Hope that doesn't sound weird…haha!
    Chrissy xxx

  • Ariel on said:

    You are so naturally beautiful! Not sure if I could pull of that hairstyle, but you look fabulous! Love love love your blog by the way. 🙂

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thank you. 🙂 And, it's such an easy style… I say give it a try. 🙂

  • Monica on said:

    So cute! I am trying this style this weekend!

  • Julie on said:

    Now that is some super cute hair! I so needed it for date night last night. Next time!! YAY, thanks for sharing. 🙂 🙂

  • Florens on said:

    Love it, Chelsey! 🙂

  • Jennifer on said:

    That's super pretty and looks easy! I have the same problem with thin, stick straight hair, but I could probably, actually, really do this! How exciting.


    P.S. That gif is adorable 🙂

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I think it could work for you! Mine is just so lame. But, long hair is necessary. 🙂 And, thanks! I had fun making the gif.

  • Tara on said:

    BEAUTIFUL! I agree I love it both ways!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      This would be perfect with your big fancy volume hair!

  • Kara on said:

    Ah, how cute! I'm totally saving this link! Thanks. 🙂

  • Kristina on said:

    Ohhh pretty. I may try this today!!!

  • bird & tree on said:

    oh I love this! I wonder if I can do this with my fringe? I'll try it and see! super cute post…love it!!! and ps your hair is lovely…and long and I love the color!

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