Special Occasion Hair
I’ve pinned over 100 hairstyles on my Special Occasion Hair board on Pinterest, but I haven’t perfected many of these styles myself. Do you ever see a fancy braided hairdo and wish you could do it yourself? I attempted one…here’s what happened.
I needed a special occasion hair style to wear to a friend Liz of In Search of Water’s party earlier this month. I’ve been rocking braided hairstyles since I’ve had hair long enough to braid, but I usually just wing it. This time I used the step-by-step instructions from the book Stunning Braids by celebrity hair and makeup stylist Monaé Everett, which you can totally win at the end of today’s post!
The style I chose had a teased pouf behind a side braid that was a Dutch braid transitioned into a regular braid and then pankcaked to make it looser. Don’t know what those fancy braiding terms mean? I didn’t either, but the book filled me in. It’s really not as difficult as it sounds! I need more practice to perfect the braiding techniques laid out in the book, but with instructions it was easy to make it look nice.
Dress: Nordstrom Rack – Similar from Macy’s
Cardigan: Jean Paul Gaultier second hand – Similar
Necklace: Target – This one is very similar, just a different color, and it’s on mega clearance.
Stunning Braids Book & Giveaway
This book is easy to follow with photos for every step. The beginning has how-to tutorials for beginning braiders as well as some truly fancy ‘dos for more experienced stylists. It’s a great resource to have on your shelf for when you need inspiration for a new special occasion hair style. The styles in the book encompass options you could wear to weddings, parties, formals or just to work.
The publisher of Stunning Braids is generously giving away a copy of the book to one lucky Pink Paperdoll reader!
Pretty Statement Jewelry to Accent Special Occasion Hair