Braids have been in heavy rotation, because I decided to grow my tapered cut out (I want my hair back!). Awkwardness of the awkward-length stage is more awkward when your hair is uneven, so braids have been my crutch.
Growing up, I believed that braids were not appropriate for sophisticated occasions, but it’s all in how you style them. I attended a few events that required a fancy upgrade from the basic everyday top bun I wore.
The video above by Jennifer Olaleye inspired the braided bun i’m rocking below on the left. I added my own twist to the style by crossing a few braids from each side and clamping them with a thin metal barrette. Instead of wrapping the ponytail with hair (as shown in the tutorial), I used a hair tie for a more secure ponytail. I also used a rubber band to secure the final bun and a few bobby pins to hold the bun in place. Pictured on the right is an alternative to the braided bun, I created a regular bun by wrapping the hair in a circle, then pinned it in place.
Make sure that your braids are not pulling your hair, especially around the edges. Loosen hair as needed to stay alopecia free.