There have been a couple of hairstyles trending recently, which harken back to the fabulous heyday of the ’90s. Styles like sleek French “boxer” braids, or cornrows (specifically 2-4) and also, a more relaxed, yet chic take on the half-up, half-down top knot the majority of us girls loved in high school:
As seen on Khloé Kardashian and beauty vlogger, Desi Perkins
I absolutely love the throwback feeling that these styles represent, without being too cliché. Cornrows have always exuded a sporty simplicity that can quickly be translated into modern sophistication with the right styling, and makeup application. As an admittedly lazy girl at heart, I have no doubt I’ll be rocking the half up, half down top knot — ASAP. Follow the below steps to get these fierce looks at home, and add some spice to your next night out, or “random” Instagram selfie. Either way, you’re sure to look bomb AF.
Step 1: Use a comb to create the specific size of section you want. Note: Skinnier sections will result in smaller cornrow braids.
Step 2: Divide the hair section into 3 equal parts then, starting at the hairline, begin to braid.
Step 3: As you continue to braid the hair, add hair from the section you’re braiding into the cornrow. Every time you pick up one of the three pieces of hair to braid, also pull hair from the parted off section and add it in as well.
Step 4: Continue braiding section until you reach the end of your hair length.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 until entire scalp is braided.
Half Up, Half Down Top Knot
Step 1: Separate the top half of your hair from the bottom, with even horizontal parts on either side of the scalp. Secure with hair tie in a high position on top of head.
Step 2: Gently tease hair near the base of the elastic to give the bun a fuller look, and twist hair around the base.
Step 3: Secure bun with bobby pins, then adjust it according to your desired look.
Step 4: For added volume, spiral curl loose hair.