Braided and Back:
This might look like a complicated up-do, but it is just a series of three simple braids. Part your hair a bit off-centered and loosely french braid (dutch style) one side of the part, starting at the front of your forehead back, and secure with pins or an elastic when you get to the backside of your ear. Repeat this with the other side. Now pancake the side braids, making them a bit messy, while pulling out a few loose strands around your face. Then with the remaining hair, create a long dutch braid down your back and secure with an elastic. Take that braid and wrap it into a bun. (I like to create a knot, pulling the ends through) Pull a few of the loops from your bun to make it full and loose as well and secure with bobby pins. Spray in place.
Twisted Side Braid:
This easy braid was inspired by Abby’s Alternative Braid over on Twist Me Pretty. She was genius when she came up with this technique. She has a very detailed video tutorial on her post, but basically sweep your hair to one side and separate it into two sections. Twist each section away from each other and cross one over the other. Then stick your finger in the middle of your hair right below where the two sections crossed, creating two new sections. Twist those two sections away from each other and cross again. Repeat these steps till you get to the bottom of your hair. Then lightly loosen sections of the braid (or “pancake them”) making your braid look full and a little messy. Pull out a few loose strands around the side of your face, twist it back and pin in place.