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Braided Hairstyles

Braids are officially are favorite summer hairstyle! It's the easiest and most stylish way we can think of to sweep the hair off our face in the heat! The longer your hair, the more creative you can be but any hair length can pull of its own version of the braided hairstyle.


Some of our favorite celebrities have been spotted keeping cool with braided updos, side braids, double braids and braided buns. We'll share some tips with you on how you can recreate the look at home – the best part is that no professional hairstylist is needed!


One word of advice before you get braiding, these hairstyles work best on hair that is slightly unclean. Freshly washed hair is more "slippery" and won't hold thebraid as well. If your hair is too slippery, you can add a few spritzes of salt-water spray, like Aquage Sea Salt Texture Spray ($15.99 and available at Walgreens) or just plain old hairspray to roughen up the texture of your hair. It also helps to keep the braids looking sleek and smooth. Other tools include a rat tail comb, Goody Ouchless clear elastics ($5.29) and some bobby pins the same colour as your hair!


The Milkmaid braid

This looks it would be hard to do but it's actually super easy! We tried this ourselves and it only took about 15 minutes from start to finish. This looks good worn casually or even to something like prom!


Mary Kate OlsonMary Kate Olson

  • 1. Divide your into two equal parts, just like you were about to make pigtails on each side of your head.
  • 2. Braid each side and secure with a clear elastic.
  • 3. Simply take the braided pigtails and wrap them around the top of head like a headband.
  • 4. Tuck the ends underneath the braid (hide the ends with the braid) and secure with bobby pins the same colour as your hair (you might want to enlist the help of a friend for the first time!)

The French braid headband

We love this hairstyle, it adds a cute detail to your everyday hairstyle and it takes minimal effort to achieve. Also perfect for anyone growing out their bangs, it sweeps the hair off your face while looking stylish!


Lauren ConradLauren Conrad

  • 1. Part your hair where you'd like it to be or where it naturally parts.
  • 2.Separate the front section of your hair from about the ear. Tie the hair you won't be using back so it doesn't get in the way.
  • 3. Take the top part of your hair in a one inch section and start a normal braid.
  • 4. Every time you braid the inner part of the braid grab a little piece of hair from the bottom section. This makes the braid lie flat against your head and connects the braid to the front section of your hair.
  • 5. It's up to you where you want the braid to end. When you're done, tie it with a small clear elastic and leave it loose OR you can pin it close to your head and then put hair in front to cover it.>
  • 6. This hairstyle looks great up or down so experiment and wear it different each time!

Messy Side Braid

This takes a little little bit more of an effort because it requires sectioning off three sections of your hair but the end result is worth it!


Selena GomezSelena Gomez

  • 1.Section your hair into 3 sections. Take the front 2 sections just behind the ear. The back section is what you will be braiding.
  • 2.Braid the back section towards one side of your head at an angle and tie with a thin elastic
  • 3. Take each front section of the hair and backcomb the bottom so it looks a bit messy. This gives it the messy volume you want for this look.
  • 4.Make a tiny braid only at the very bottom of these 2 sections after you've back-combed it enough. Take each side and loop it around your finger and pin behind the long braid on each side of your head.
  • 5.Lightly mist with some hair spray and don't worry if it looks messy, it's supposed to!

The Braided headband

This look is very easy and looks so simple and pretty, you'll wonder why you didn't try it before!


Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel

  • 1. Take a 2 inch section of hair from each side of your head close to the front.
  • 2. Loosely braid each side and secure with a tiny clear elastic.
  • 3. When you are done, pull each side up and over to the opposite side to create a headband.
  • 4. Hide the ends underneath the braids and pin with bobby pins the same colour as your hair.
  • 5. Gently backcomb your hair in the back to create volume to give it that soft messy look.

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Autonomy posted in Family Issues:
"StarrChild" wrote: Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting Oh dear, that sounds like a dreadful situation. I've lived through similar difficulties in my own life, and my heart goes out to you, truly. May I offer you some advice? I don't have the cure to your problems or a magic wand that can make them disappear, but I do believe that some good can come out of your living situation. The first thing I'd like to make note of, is that everyone makes mistakes. As human beings, we have to make mistakes. There's no way around it; it's how we learn and grow. And as we get older, we don't stop making mistakes. Your parents are no exception. Although we look to our parents for guidance, and direction, and support, we have to understand that they aren't perfect people, and they make mistakes. They may not always lead us in the right direction. They may not always set a good example. They may not always be there for us, to encourage us and support us when we need them most. And that's okay. Everyone makes mistakes, and we have to accept that. But we can't let allow other people's mistakes to hurt us, my dear. And I know it hurts. Your mum might not understand how her actions make you feel. You said you haven't been the same since your parents divorced, and I know how challenging that can be to go through. But you know, some of the brightest, wisest, and happiest people I've met, are people who have dealt with difficult problems in their lives, and used them to grow as people. You can let your parents' mistakes get to you, and make you upset and depressed; or, you can accept that they aren't perfect people, accept that they make mistakes, and accept that their mistakes don't have anything to do with you. So here's what you do, friend: you can't stop your mum from going clubbing, and that's okay. Don't try to. Don't fight with her about it. You can let her know how it makes you feel, but don't get into an argument. Accept the situation for what it is. Your mother is her own person, and she is accountable for what she does; you aren't. Next time you start to get in a fight or an argument with her, just step back, and withdraw yourself. Try it, see what happens. Once you decide not to let other peoples' failings affect you--and you do have the power to do this--then you'll find a sense of peace you probably haven't felt before. And you'll learn from your mistakes, and the mistakes of your parents, and everyone around you, and you'll be a better person. Press on.
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Dounuts
Dounuts posted in Family Issues:
Go to your neighbor's house and ask him/her to call to police.Everything will be just fine.
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RavenClawRaina
my ex is going through the same thing. Call the police now. Things will get out of hand. My brothers friend has been living with us for about 2 weeks becuz his dad punched him in the face. Call 911 now. They will help you. Just say you have been abused by your family member and they will take it from there. If you want, add me and we can talk
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XxRuby_PhoenixxX
If you are getting abused to the point where you bleed, call the police immediately. This isn't acceptable behavior.
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MRAP
MRAP posted in Family Issues:
Hey, Just wanted some advice to help me on what to do on this. Ever since I was 3 I've been both Verbally, Mentally, And Physically abused. To me, this is normal since it's been happening for so long. But I just can't take this thing anymore. When I get home I always get yelled at for no reason. I have been on Anti-Depressants for the past 1-2 years. Been going to counseling for 6-7 years for family. Nothing has changed yet. I just need help on how to handle this. Thanks.
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