3 New Ways to Add Hair Bows to Your ‘Do
First of all, what is a hair bow? It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a bow made out of your hair… in your hair! You’ve likely seen totally outrageous hair bows on folks like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, but we’re here to show you 3 clever ways to create your own hair bows when you feel like mixing it up in the hair department.
We’ll start with the most basic one – adding a bow to the top of your ponytail. The photos correspond to the following steps starting with the upper left photo.
1. Back comb around the crown of your head to take your ponytail into a more sophisticated style zone.
2. Pull into an elastic in the upper mid section of your head.
3. Pull out a piece of hair that is thick enough to create a bow and spray it with hair spray. This will ensure no fly- aways.
4. Using a small elastic, pull the section of hair you just sprayed through the elastic to create the first loop.
5. Tighten the elastic and then add the other end of the same piece of hair to create the second loop.
6. There should be a small section of hair still remaining – this is what you’ll use to cover your elastic.
7. Fluff the bow loops to create a little more body.
8. Adorable from the back.
9. And from the side!
Next up, we’ll add a pair of mini bows to a standard fishtail braid.
1. Pull hair to the side of your head and begin your fishtail braid.
2. Once you get about 2 inches of braid, it’s time to pull out a small piece of hair – this will later turn into a bow.
3. Keep braiding and pull out another piece of hair before you reach the end – this is for the second bow!
4. Take the first strand of hair you pulled out and loop it through the braid.
5. Use an elastic to secure the loop.
6. Separate the loop into two loops.
7. Use the remaining hair to tighten and wrap around the elastic.
8. Secure in the fishtail braid using a bobby pin.
9. Repeat with the second strand of hair to create another bow. So cute!
Last, we have the most dramatic look of the bunch. We have to admit, this one might not be the most wearable but it is definitely our favorite.
1. Flip your head upside down and french braid up the back of your head, starting at the top of your neck and ending close to the crown of your head.
2. Use hair spray to secure the braid.
3. Pull the rest of the unbraided hair into a high ponytail.
4. Use an elastic to create one large loop – be sure to leave hair at the end to secure your bow.
5. Separate the loop into two loops.
6. Wrap part of the remaining hair around the center of the bow.
7. Use bobby pins to secure remaining hair around the center of the bow.
8. The french braid looks great from the back.
9. And the bun bow is pretty awesome from the front as well!
Special thanks to our marketing maven Cecelia for letting us put her gorgeous red locks on display! :)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)