A 7-Minute Braided Style for Busy Chicks
Do any of you all receive Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP newsletter? I love it. Despite the mixed reviews I’ve heard, I think it’s chock full of great tips on dining, exercise, fashion and beauty.
Imagine my joy when this week’s newsletter was all about hair. HURRAH! In the newsletter, she highlighted Orlando Pita’s “easygoing hairstyle” for this season. Now, I adore Orlando Pita. I thoroughly enjoyed him on the greatest show ever, Shear Genius. Orlando was the contestants’ mentor, although his docile temperament and great advice made me think of him as more than just a mentor. A personal buddha. Or Obi Wan. Yes! The Obi Wan of Hair.
Teach me, Obi Wan.
Look at his sweet smile! Orlando, I love you! Kisses!
Anyhoo, here’s the dish from Gwyneth’s newsletter on how to achieve this great style, and you can read tons more about her style and product picks here.
Then, I’ll show you MY MUCH EASIER VERSION.
Okay, that’s gorgeous. GORGEOUS. The fishtail braids are so incredibly lovely.
But here’s the deal. Given the limited time I have in the morning to get my 8 1/2-month pregnant ass out the door with my preschooler in check, I don’t have the patience to perfect this look.
(I also don’t have Obi Wan Pita at my beck and call to personally create this look on my head.)
(Or, frankly, the arm strength to hold my hands over my head for 45 minutes.)
(Although, Orlando! Call me!)
So! Would you like to see the Orlando Pita-inspired hairstyle that took me 7 minutes to complete?
Sure, this is NOT as lovely or intricate as Pita’s version. It just involves regular braids and no flat iron, but I really like the simplicity of the look, as well as highlighting my hair’s natural texture. Plus, the look is so loose and flowing that you absolutely don’t need to worry about making the look perfect.
What you need:
A hairband that matches your hair color
A ribbon (optional)
What to do:
1. Grab a a 1 to 1.5-inch section at the front of your hair
2. Braid about halfway down the length of the hair
3. Secure the braid with a bobby pin
4. Repeat on the other side
5. Pull the bobby pin out of the first side and join the two braids together
6. Wrap a hairband around the two braids to secure
7. Add a ribbon or accessory if you feel the need
Voilá! How easy was that? I timed myself and it truly took 7 minutes. Give it a try – the weekend is coming up and it would be a perfect look for a lazy Sunday.