A look into the secrets behind some of the most popular hairstyles found around school – have some fun with your hair with these plaits and buns.
You’ll need a ‘donut’ hair piece (available from places like pharmacies, diva and equip) or the cheaper version is to cut the end of a sock and roll it into a donut shape.
Gather your hair into a ponytail and fasten with a hair tie that is the same colour as your hair, otherwise you might be able to see it later. Then put the donut over your pony tail and let your entire hair fountain over it and your head. Then place a relatively tight hair tie over the donut spreading the hair evenly so you have no gaps to see the donut. Once you have a bun with the rest of your hair still sticking out in fountain mode, gather it into two pieces and twist it around the bun and use bobby pins to fasten it.
This sock bun is slightly trickier to get the hang of, but over time it becomes easier to master. Put your hair in a relatively high pony tail. Now comes the difficult part: put your donut at the bottom of your hair and wrap the ends over the donut until they tuck in. Keep wrapping and wrapping until you reach the top of your head. Don’t fret if you have an incredibly messy bun that is soon to be twice the size of your own head. Keep tucking under and soon enough you will have a sock bun. The difference between sock bun one and two is that the second one has a little bit more of a relaxed look to it. If you are having difficulty with it try watching this YouTube video, by Lucy from The Netherlands, it’s where I learnt how to do the sock bun and she describes steps very clearly. The video is on how to curl your hair with a sock, but personally I find it doesn’t work on my hair. However it depends on what kind of hair you have, so by all means-give it a go!
This plait is done exactly the same way as the first sock bun. Once you have fastened a hair tie over the donut, you separate the hair that is left sticking out into two parts, and plait them. Then it is best to tie them with small see-through hair ties. Wrap the plaits around the bun and then pin them with bobby pins.
You don’t have to stick to the usual bun style. You can also try plaiting your hair and then wrapping it into a bun and pinning it, or you can go Princess Leia style like this ─ perhaps it would be more of an idea for wacky week though!
This plait is one of the most tiresome of all plaits. It requires a lot of patience, if you want it to look authentic, but the hard work pays off!
Firstly, start your plait quite high up because it always slips down otherwise. Take two sections of hair and cross them over. Now, take a new section from the right side and cross it over to the left side, then take a section from the left side and cross it to the right strand and continue like that. The difficult part is ensuring that you have two pieces of hair at all times and don’t merge them into three sections, because then you just have a regular plait. This is a good video to watch; it shows how to prevent the slipping of the plait.
The French plait starts towards the top of your head. Take a small portion of hair and separate it into three sections. Start a normal plait, but instead of carrying on, add more hair to each of the three sections of your plait as you go along. The key to this plait is placing the sections over each other as you add more hair to each of them.
Alternatively, you can make the Inverse French Plait, also known as the Dutch Braid. For this style, you put the three sections of hair under rather than over each other, so it’s like doing a back to front plait. Watching a video is always clearer. I recommend watching this video.
This Inverse French Plait can also be used in side plaits as seen in the picture below. All you do is start on one side of your head instead of starting in the centre. Then you can choose the inverse or normal French plait and plait across rather than down. It may take you a bit of practice to be able to switch arms, and you might have to take small hand naps, one at a time of course!
There are so many plaits you can do, two on each side, two French on each side, two Dutch on each side, the list is endless, if you would like to explore more, YouTube has many hairstyles to try!