4 Festival-Ready Braids You Can Actually DIY
Coachella or bust! You’ve mastered Shay Mitchell’s unicorn makeover and stocked up on all your festival fashion essentials; now, you just need a hairstyle that’ll last you from morning ’til night… ’til morning again. Celeb hairstylist Christine Symonds has your back. The pro, who counts Kaley Cuoco and Jessica Simpson as clients, breaks down four braids that are begging to be worn at a festival this summer. Even better: Each of the styles can actually be done by your beautiful self. Still skeptical? Symonds actually tested one out on herself before teaching us!
“The first trick is dry shampoo,” Symonds, who partnered with Batiste this festival season, tells Brit + Co. “It soaks up the oil, it adds body, and it’s going to give grip.”
Check out the video below to find out her best tricks to mastering a crown braid, plaited space buns, a wrapped-accent braid, and a mini French braid.
Show us your festival-ready braid @BritandCo!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!