Wednesday, 8 March 2017

My 5 Go To Hairstyles with Braids

Dublin, Ireland

Firstly Happy International Women's Day to all you fabulous women reading this! And don't worry men, you'll pretty cool too.

Secondly, I bring you today's post. It's been a while since I had braids, about a year I think, or maybe more. Back in July when I went to Ghana I got faux locs done which I loved styling because it was much longer than my natural Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA) and now that I have my braids, I'd like to share some of these hairstyles with you all. From hair to get by day-to-day to styles that help me feel empowered, I'd like to share with my global sistas and mistas not afraid to push style boundaries.

Also as promised I am announcing my first travel destination of 2017 at the end of this post so be sure to keep reading. If you're a subscriber to the Get In The Know Newsletter you already know what is coming. Buut in case you're new to the site or missed the memo about the hot Albatroz & Co. newsletter that launched this year, you can subscribe here and get in the know about everything that goes on behind the blog. What are you waiting for? Subscribe!

1. The Let Down Top Knot

This is my pretty much basic go-to day to day hairstyle. It's relaxed and hassle free, just a part of my braids packed at the top of my head and let to hand loose, like a half-arsed ponytail. I love wearing this style with a very dressed down casual combo of Jeans/ Leggings with a plain top and sneakers or dress it up like I have in this post.

2. The French Braid

This style is particularly handy for when I am already wearing the Let Down Knot at seen above but have a lot of errands to do and don't quite fancy having my hair flinging around the place. It's one of my 'Getting Sh*t Done' styles and is perfect if you're on the go. Also for work, it is suitable for a more collected look. 

3. Half-Arsed Pigtails

This is more of a playful hairstyle for me and kind of makes me feel Avril Lavigne-esque. It's also got a cyber space girl feel to it which I think is mostly attributed to the colour but I love it. If you want something fun and playful, this is your style.

4. a) I'm A Boss Ass Bitch Top Knot

Now this is hand down my absolute favourite style that I do quite often refer to Exhibit A and Exhibit B. There's just something about this style that says 'Don't F~#k With Me' and I love it. It's also got major Boss Ass Bitch vibes that you can't help but feel empowered by. Forget about the man bun, this is the real deal.

4. b) Make a low ponytail with the remaining loose her or as I sometimes like to do, make another bun or two!

5. a) Cornrows

 I like to split my hair in two and make a cornrow each side for days where again I have a lot of running around to do and don't want hair flying every where. This style is also very handy for Zumba classes to protect yourself from hair whiplash and unsuspecting victims in the vicinity from being attacked with your lovely bangs. You can check out how I styled this look here.

 5. b) A 4 part cornrow is just another step up from the 2 part. I love that this style brings some personality to any outfit but especially on days where I'm not particularly bothered to stray away from my basic black jeans plain top combo when it really steps up to the 'I swear I care about my looks' mark.

What are some of your go-to hairstyles? Is there anything you'd change or add to mine?

And now as promised, my first travel of 2017 is to *drumroll please* LONDON!! Yes, Prince Harry called and after much thinking he's decided I'm the only woman for him so I'm off to Buckingham Palace so we can elope together!

All jokes aside, I am indeed heading to the city with the infamous red buses, a not that giant clock named Ben and a massive Ferris Wheel in it. The plan was initially to go for a weekend. I will be attending a Glass Animals concert and thought, why not make a trip of it? But seeing as the only two days I can afford to travel are a week apart, I will be in London for a whole week and I am stoked. Not particularly because I have never been there, because I have but this trip will be completely different from any other trip I have ever been on and I can't wait to share my next post on Sunday.

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2 comments so far

  1. I'm jealous, you get so creative with your hair! Even when mine is long it just gets piled into a bun and then ignored for the day ;) But yeah, all of these styles look great on you, but I do love your bad ass bitch top bun!

    Also, I'm excited to hear about your trip! Maybe you'll give me some inspiration, since I haven't been able to figure out where I want to travel to this year D:

    Erin | Explore, Refresh

  2. I like all the styles but especially like the cornrows!


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