OKAYYY intervention time. My name is Abrielle and for about the last 2 years I have relied on a slick back ballerina bun (or mom bun, whatever ya wanna call it) a litttttle too much.
But TBH I just like having my hair out of my face and my hair has gotten so long (but damaged/scraggly) that I don’t think it looks presentable bring down anymore. Enter: pigtail inside out braids.
Several years ago when I started blogging, I found Barefoot Blonde and became braid obsessed. I ALWAYS have loved doing hair. Each day before school my mom would say “Abs we’ve GOT TO GO” and I was always in the bathroom rushing to add the finishing touches to my hair (that I had already been working on for an hour and a half because God-forbid I wore my hair in the same sassy style as the day before). My dream was beauty school post-high school graduation. But mama demanded a college degree first, and for that I am thankful.
Alright tangent over- back to braids. Amber Fillerup Clark of Barefoot Blonde taught me all I know. I was mesmerized with all of her videos showing how to do a bajillion different braid styles. The long and the short of it was, I was in the midst of healing from mono, lost a lot of hair, bought extensions (Hi TY, Bellami Hair) for the first time and was shook on how to navigate this new, lifeless, paper-thin, sad head of hair I had. Braids saved me. Ever since, it’s been love. I don’t care what anyone says, braids will always be in.
Anywho- now to the point…
How-To do Pigtail Inside Out Braids
- Part your hair down the center
- Pull the half you won’t be working on first into a tight ponytail
- Divide the hair at the crown of your head into 3 sections
- The trick to get the french braid to appear on the outside is to wrap each side piece UNDER the center piece one at a time
- Add hair to each side piece as your continue to wrap down your head
- Once you hair tie your braid, take your pincher fingers and pull out the edges of each braid to give it that full, thick braid look.
As it is a bit hard to explain in writing, I made a how-to video below:
I promise, the more you do it, the easier and faster the process gets!
Are you going to give it a try? Comment below.