I’ve always admired women who are really good at doing their own hair because I’ve never been that great at it. I can handle maintenance and basic styling, of course, but I just don’t have the skills (or the patience) to take it to the next level. It’s ironic because I’ve written countless hair how-to articles and yet I’m a total klutz with the curling iron and I’m a pretty mediocre braider. It’s sort of like being a food writer who can’t cook.
Right now, I can somewhat justify my boring hair because, currently, it’s barely shoulder length and on the thin side -- there’s not a ton I can do with it as is anyway. But even in my longer, healthier hair days I was all about a quick and easy ponytail. And before I got a relaxer again about seven years ago, I had an Afro for a long time, which is a style all by itself. Honestly, simple styles suit me best because once I get ready and head out the door, I don’t want to worry about what I look like. Are my curls in place? Did my updo fall? Are my accent braids unraveling? I can’t be bothered. With a ponytail or a bun, I just tie it up and forget about it.
That doesn’t stop me from admiring cool styles when I see them, though. Like the one Jane pointed out to me in the office. We had just gotten out of our staff meeting and she said, “You gotta go see this girl’s hair. She told me it’s her ‘dirty hair’ look, but it’s amazing.” Naturally, I had to track this person down. That is how I met Justine, who is a new social media manager at the company. It was only her second week working here and I think I freaked her out a little when I approached her at her desk and asked to take pictures of her hair, but she was a good sport and is super-nice. And now, I present you with her awesome hair.
I loved the style even more when I found out that it took Justine no time at all to do it. “I found this hairstyle on Pinterest so I can’t take total credit. Basically you just make three braids, tie on rubber bands at the end then wind them up into little buns. That’s it! It did it in three minutes. I think blowdrying my bangs took longer than creating this style,” she says. Not only is she adorable, but she's also humble, people.
This is what I would call a Fake-Out hairstyle because it looks all fancy and chic, but it's surprisingly easy. Is anyone else getting summer wedding vibes from this? I could totally picture these buns on some radiant bride getting hitched on a beach or somewhere outdoors. It's got a romantic feel to it. I don't know. Maybe I just have weddings on my mind because I was just at my cousin's, which was beautiful and a lot of fun, thanks for asking.
Are any of you wearing an amazing, 3-minute hairstyle today? Brag about it in the comments section, please.