Monday, April 28, 2014

Knotty Girl Week - Chain Link Hair Tutorial

I'm on a plane on my way back from San Francisco, having left behind one of my favorite friends (Meghan), one of my favorite families (hers), and now that I think about it, one wet bathing suit in the back of Meghan's car (sorry).

It's more bitter than sweet to have to say goodbye to forever friends for what feels like forever, especially when ten states and three time zones (not to mention the chaos of two tots each) stand between us.  So I'm throwing myself a proper mid-air pity party, listening to sad songs, eating a $7 brownie from the airport and crying into my keyboard while I write up my first of a handful of posts to kick off a series of hair tutorials I'm calling Knotty Girl Week. If anything will make me feel better it's chocolate and a new blog post.

First up in our Knotty Girl series is this fun chain-link style, which is super easy and infinitely versatile. For this tutorial I repeated the chain link on each side and pinned each in place in the back for a fun half-up look, but the chain link steps are as versatile as any braid.  Swap out your usual braid with a chain link for a more unique take on styles like this, this and this.  This tutorial requires no braiding skill at all. If you ever learned how to tie your shoes you're all set. If you're still wearing shoes with velcro straps, then maybe your mom can help you.

What You'll Need

- a few bobby pins (really, that's it!)

What You'll Do

1. Part your hair as desired. Select a small section in the front and divide it into two equal pieces. In the same way you would start tying your shoes, take one section over and around the other. The only trick is to remember which piece and direction you chose for the start of your knot, as you'll want to repeat this for all of our future knots.

2. Add a small section to each of your two sections, taking a piece from below the knot for the section closest to your face and a piece from above your knot for the top section.

3. Make another 'knot' in the same way you did the first.

4. Again, pick up two more pieces, one for each section, and repeat the knot.

5. Once you've done a few knots, you can start picking up only one piece from the top to be added to the top section. This results in a less uniform, looser knot. If you prefer the 'tighter' look, you can continue adding to both sections.

6. When you've reached the back as shown below, tie one last knot without picking up any pieces and secure in place with pins.  You could also simply stop here and pin this in place, resulting in a really lovely side 'braid'. I often just stop here. I just met you, and this is crazy, but here's a half-do, call me lazy.

7. Repeat on the other side and pin in place. You're done!

Fun, right?

We've got some more knotty tutorials lined up in the coming days. If you don't already like Ducklings In A Row on Facebook, it's a great way to be the first to know when the rest of our Knotty Girl posts go up.  xo

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