5 Ways to Style Dutch Braids

Before we start this post, can we just appreciate how hard it is to take pictures of the back of your head without someone else to do it for you – it’s hard! Also, I did all of these hairstyles by myself, on myself, so obviously they’re not going to be perfect so be nice.

Dutch braids have quickly become one of my favourite ways to style my mid-length hair. They’re a quick and easy fix to a bad hair day. If you’re looking for new ways to style your hair the post is definitely for you! Keep scrolling to find out how I style my dutch braids.  

1. Incorporate them into your space buns. 

Part your hair straight down the middle – it doesn’t have to be perfect. Tie one side out of the way whilst you plait the other. Once you have reached to the point of having no more hair to add, keep plaiting and secure with an elastic. Pull the sides all the way up slightly to loosen and make a more relaxed look. Twist the end into a bun and secure with grips, bobby pins, slides whatever you call them. Repeat with the other side. 


2. Dutch braid crown.

Give your hair an extreme side parting. Moving a long your hair line part all the way along around 2 inches back from your hair line. Begin a Dutch braid from one side to the other, braid all the way along and once you’ve reached the other side carry on the plait and secure with an elastic. Loosen the sides to create more of a relaxed look. Pin back using bobby pins. Take the rest of your hair and style how you wish. My favourite is a messy bun or pony tail – but you could always style hair down, or however you like. 

3. The simple Dutch braid.


This is the most simple of the lot. Do a simple Dutch braid starting from the top, adding sections as you move down. Once you get to the bottom leave a small section out at the nape of your neck – this will be used to hide the bobble. Tie off leaving the rest of your hair in a pony. Pull the sides out all the way up to give yourself more of a chunky plait – it doesn’t have to be perfect. Use the piece you left at the nape of your neck wrap around the bobble to hide and secure it underneath with a bobby pin. 

4. The half up/half down dutch braid.


Another pretty simple one. You start off exactly the same as number 4 – apart from when you reach to around about your ears, stop adding sections and carry on with a plait and tie it off. Loosen the sides if you’re looking for more a relaxed/messy look and style the rest of your hair as you please. 

5. Dutch braid up-do 

This is one I’ve only taught myself recently. Tease the roots of around the crown to give it a little volume. Part your hair roughly down the centre, it doesn’t need to be perfectly. Tie one side out of the way. Start braiding the other from just behind your ear along the hair line until you reach your parting and then plait the rest off until you’ve reached the ends of your hair and secure with a bobble. Repeat on the other side. Loosen along the sides all the way up to give it more of a relaxed/messy look and then cross the plaits over and twist the remainder underneath so it can’t be seen, pin to secure. Play around loosening different parts to gain desired look. 


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My Hair History 

Those of you who know me, or have followed me on social media will know how many times I have changed my hair and that’s a lot! But for those of you who haven’t – which I suppose is the majority – I thought it’d be a quirky idea to show you the stages of my hair over the years!

Now, some of these photos are going to be cringy, VERY cringy but that’s the fun of it all! Isn’t it? Yes, let’s all laugh at kayla and her stupid hair stages – it’s okay I’ve laughed at myself too.

Where do I start? I have hunted through social media and the earliest picture of me i can find is in 2010. Welcome to 15 year old Kayla. Shoulder length natural coloured hair. Lots of layers, and a heavy fringe.

Early 2011 – we chopped it alllllll off! I went through the Frankie Sandford stage. Remember that? I definitely do! I feel short hair is a lot harder to keep up with, especially when it grows at the rate mine does. Trying to keep it maintained and at the length I wanted meant very often trips to the hairdressers.

June 2011 – My prom! We decided to go bleach blonde! Okay I kinda secretly loved my hair like this.

And then I few months later I went ginger. Well – I actually tried to go red but we ended up ginger because of the bleach and I actually kinda liked it.

 

By this time, my hair was dead and I wanted to start growing it out. I dyed it back a natural colour to try and get it back into a decent condition – this helped out a lot! Along side copious amounts of deep conditioning and hair masks.


By July 2012 my hair was in much better condition and had grown a considerable amount so I jumped on the extensions band wagon. With my hair still a natural colour. (Please excuse the crappy webcam quality)


By November/December I was yet again bored with my natural hair colour and decided to go red again – this time more of a dark/cherry red – still wearing extensions.

But obviously, I get bored quite easily! By the end of 2013 my hair was back a dark brown but with a full fringe this time.


By December, I’d cut it all off again and gone majorly dark, almost black with a cute chin length bob style.

 
Mid 2014 I stripped it and went a beautiful aurbun colour! With the same dorky fringe and cut.


Guess what? By the December I was back dark! Shock horror. 

Miss indecisive was on her wait back lighter by April 2015 whilst trying to grow my hair out a little. How many different shades can you spot here?


Throughout last year my hair got lighter and lighter… p.s I think when my hair was a mixture of browns and blondes is my ultimate fave. 


Until we finally got blonde! Around September time, whilst still trying to grow my hair out – big mistake! Going fully bleach blonde killed my hair, a lot. I had to get it all cut off, bob length again because the ends were just dead and fried. :(((


Earlier this year I decided to turn back to the darker side until I get my hair to a length I’m comfortable with and then I will probably get some highlights and/or go for a baylage look with some lighter shades through.

So that is my hair-story so far. As you can see, I’m very indecisive with my hair but I guess that’s just a part of who I am.

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Five Things to be Happy About

So I have a confession to make; lately I’ve been a bit down, a bit stressed and very under motivated. I couldn’t tell you why, I have no idea why. Maybe it’s the crappy weather, maybe it’s that work is getting me a little down lately, or it could be that I sense a loss of direction in my life. Or it could be all of those things.

This morning I woke up and it got to breaking point, I can’t be feeling like this any longer. I thought what better way to I,prove my mood other than writing down the reasons for me to be happy? Here goes.

1. My other half – Nathan 

 

Lame? I know. He makes me giggle uncontrollably when I really don’t feel like leaving the house. He makes me feel confident, and beautiful when I don’t like what I see in the mirror. I couldn’t be more thankful for him coming into my life at the perfect time.

2. Our home 

I know I keep going on and on about it, but it’s so exciting having your own little space. Yes, it’s stressful and to be completely honest with you I don’t think there will ever be a day where I think ‘Okay, we’re done. We don’t need anything else for the house’ – there’s always something and I’m always having new ideas thanks to Pinterest.

3. Dainty Dweeb 

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Obviously my little corner on the Internet makes me happy. I know I’ve been abit behind on posting lately and I do apologise but I’ve been feeling a little lost and uninspired, which sucks because I want to post but I’ve been suffering with a little writers block. But hopefully we’ve kicked that out the door now and I will be back posting more regularly.

4. Family 

This is an obvious one, I love my family with all I have. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them and I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for me. The Hughes’ and Jones’ are #1!

5. The future

I am sooooo looking forward to the future. Although I feel a little lost in what career path I want to take at the moment, there are lots more things in my future to look forward too – ALOT. Lately I’ve learnt your career isn’t everything, and not everyone realises what path they want to take when they’re young. Hey, I might not realise what I want to do 100% for another few years, but that’s okay. I can look forward to other things instead.

So there are five things that make me happy. If you could tell me your five things, what would they be?

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