3 Easy Ways to Braid Your Bangs
When it comes to bangs, we love ‘em but sometimes can’t really deal with them on those hot summer days. So what’s a fashionable fringed gal to do? Braid them away, of course! Here are three simple braided hairstyles to help get the bangs out of your way this summer. And if you’re in the midst of growing out your bangs, check out 3 ways to grow them out in style :)
Oo! And if you’re a braiding beginner, head here for the basics of French braids, fishtail braids and Dutch inside out braids.
1. Put your bangs into two sections off to the side of your head.
French Braid Side Twist
2. Begin by twisting the two sections together once or twice.
3. Now, just like you would with a French braid, begin picking up small sections of hair to add into the outer pieces of the original sections of hair as you continue to twist down the perimeter of your face.
3. Continue doing this all the way until you get to the ends of your hair and add a tiny elastic to secure the twisted section. Once you are done, section the remaining hair into three sections (including the twist you just finished as part of one of those three sections).
4. Braid these three sections together. When you get to the end take out the elastic that was holding the original section together and use it to elastic the new braid you just finished.
5. Pull out some strands of hair for a more unfinished, natural, less polished look.
Messy Braided Bangs
1. Start with a heavy side part and section your bangs into three strands to begin your French braid.
2. Continue on French braiding (pulling up pieces of your hair and adding them into the outside sections of the original braid while you continue braiding the original strands).
3. Use the end of your comb or brush and pull out small strands of hair to make this look more messy and tousled.
4. When you get to the point where the braid is towards the side of your head right around the point above your ear, secure it with a small elastic.
Bold Braided Bun
1. Begin by separating the front section of your hair — use your ears as a guide, pull everything in front of them forward.
2. Pull up the remaining hair to the top of your head using your brush to smooth out any bumps or fly away hairs.
3. Use a large elastic to put your hair into a messy top bun.
4. You are going to place small loose braids all throughout the front section and pull them back and around your messy bun. Start with a small section on the top center of your bangs.
5. Secure the braids by pinning them back into the messy bun.
6. Continue to braid the longer front side sections of your hair.
7. Wrap the finished braid back and around the bun and secure in place with bobby pin.
8. Whoomp, there it is!
9. Give your whole ‘do a once over with your favorite hairspray.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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