Braids, Buns and Twists! ($19.95) is a hair styling book by fellow blogger Christina Butcher ($19.95) who hails from Sydney, Australia. Check out her fabulous blog, www.hairromance.com for some serious hair inspiration.
Christina knows how to twist, braid, and shape hair to create interesting classic styles as well as unique contemporary styles. This how-to is organized by style: Ponytails; Braids, Buns, Knots & Twists; and Bouffants. Each style is shown on a real-life model and is accompanied by step-by-step tutorials and how-to’s with excellent illustrations. I counted over 80 different tutorials – that’s a lot of twisting!!
I was able to create styles I never thought I could possibly do thanks to the incredible step by step instructions and illustrations. My first attempt at the Dutch Braid wasn’t perfect, but for someone who barely knows how to make a ponytail it wasn’t half bad.
I wanted to try one of more complicated styles so I asked my daughter Marina for some help. This style required a few extra tools, all of which were clearly listed for us, including one of those hair donuts that I just happened to have bought a few weeks ago. It’s called the Upside Down Braid Bun.
After about a ten minute hysterical laughing fit while we tried to figure out the best way for me to be ‘upside down’ so Marina could do the braid part, it only took about 10 minutes to complete this hairstyle. Here are the results:
While this was waaay more complicated than my typical hairstyle, it was so pretty – pictures don’t do it much justice. I would absolutely wear this out on a date or even just to work.
My daughters and I ended up spending an evening just trying out different braids and styles on each other.
Here is the style Annie wanted, the Half Up Heart Braid.
Braids, Buns, and Twists! is an awesome book that is great for novices as well as for seasoned braiders. There is a perfect mix of simple, easy to create looks and more challenging to create looks. It will keep you entertained for hours and you will add many incredibly stylish hair looks to your repertoire. You can find a copy at Chronicle Books. Way to go Christina, this book is a total winner! - Lisa
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