Hippie braids are a cultural hairstyle stemming from the hippies of the 1970s. These braids are characteristically a free-flowing braid, woven through dishevelled hair. Unlike the typical tight braids, hippie braids are loosely formed. Usually, one or two braids are worn the length of the hair, but thin braids made spontaneously throughout hair worn long are also a signature of hippies. Wear hippie braids with beads interwoven or tied using all-natural ties, such as hemp rope or leather wraps.
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Things you need
- Wide-tooth comb or hair pick
- All-natural hair ties
- Hair gel or hair glue
- Hair clips or hair clips, optional
- Flower, real or fake, optional
Use the end tooth of the wide tooth comb or hair pick to part your hair down the centre. Gather one side of your hair and loosely bind with a hair tie.
Braid the other side using a loose braid. Start by dividing the hair into three equal parts. Comb the sections or separate using your fingers, so the three segments are not tangled together.
Hold the sections so they are arranged in a row. Take the section to the far right and cross it over the middle section. Tighten the braid by pulling the sections away from one another as you continue.
Cross the section on the leftmost side over the centre section. Pull the sections away again to tighten the braid.
Continue crossing and pulling until you have reached the ends of the hair. Wrap a hair tie around the end of the braid to secure. Braid the other side of the head of hair in the same manner.
Leave hair parted in the centre or on the side so that it hangs loosely.
Gather a small portion of hair from one side of your head behind one ear. Take enough hair in your hand to make a thick braid.
Pull hair so that it lies across the top of your head, just behind your crown. Start braiding from the base of the hair, and form a loose and messy braid.
Continue holding the braid over the top of your head as you braid it to direct the shape of the headband.
Secure the end with a hair tie. Tuck the braid behind the opposite ear.
Part your hair in the centre or to the side and leave it uncombed.
Gather a small section of hair from the part line near the front of your hair, close to your face. Braid the hair until you reach the end.
Secure the braid with a small amount of hair glue or gel.
Continue forming three or four additional braids scattered around the sides of your head and near the front of your hair. Use the hair glue or gel to secure the ends.
Make two small braids, one on each side of the front of the hair. Pull the braids back and tie these together with a hair tie.
Tips and warnings
- Make your centre part for the two braids more hippie-chic by weaving the tooth of the comb as you part your hair. This creates a zigzag, which adds a less formal appearance to the braids.
- For the headband braid, use the hair from below the ear if necessary to get the longest hair on your head, which is typically found at the base of your hair line.
- Pin the headband braid using a hair clip or hair clip if necessary.
- Add flowers, either real or fake, to the braids for an added hippie vibe.
- Do not comb through the sections before braiding to retain the messier appearance characteristic of hippie braids.
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