Sponsored Post: I am being compensated by Lunchbox in partnership with Suave Luxe Style Infusion for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Okay, before I share this hair tutorial, you should know: I was not a hair stylist in a former life, so I’m no expert. However, being a bored only child growing up I spent a lot of time in the bathroom making all sorts of crazy makeup looks, taking selfies before they were a thing of my “work,” and doing all sorts of strange hair styles. What can I say, I was a creative one. Or a weirdo, whichever. Some of them still work, like my beloved top knot. (Sorry, this is not a top knot tutorial, but I promise I will post one soon!) Some of them, well, probably did not.
But something I’ve never been able to master? The french braid. I’ve had many different people try to teach me how to french braid, and for some reason I just can’t get it.
So, instead of doing one of those fancy french braid things that wrap around my head, or even fancier, the fishtail braid, I thought I’d attempt something a little easier, so I started with a simple volume hair tutorial, then created this super simple partial crown braid, and pinned back to add a little volume up front.
So, have a few minutes to spare? With the help of a few new products from Suave’s Luxe Style Infusion line found at Walmart for everyday low prices, I was able to blow dry my damp hair and get it styled in about 10 minutes. The perfect amount of time for me in the morning! ;)
– Blow Dry Spray (I’m using Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volume Blow Dry Spray)
– Hair Brush
– Blow Dryer
– Mousse (I’m using Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volume Souffle Mousse)
– Bobby Pin(s)
– Hair Spray (I’m using Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volume Plump Hold Hairspray)
Quick Volume Hair Tutorial
1. Starting from towel dried, damp hair, work Suave Luxe Style Infusion Blow Dry Spray in from root to tip.
2. Blow dry hair until almost completely dry, then run a brush through it.
3. While hair is slightly damp, work in Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volume Souffle Mousse from root to tip, fluffing up hair as you go.
4. If hair is still damp in places, finish blow drying on low, pointing the dryer down as you go.
Simple Partial Crown Braid Tutorial (Even for the Braiding-Challenged)
1. Grab a smallish strand of hair (like pictured) and separate it into three equal pieces.
2. Braiding towards the direction you’d like to pin the hair, braid the three strands together, at least half way.
3. Holding tight to the end of your braid, gently pull the strands to loosen the braid up a bit.
4. Without dropping your braid, place your bobby pin in the opposite hand. Then, with the hand still holding the bobby pin, pull back the front section of hair (I chose my right) that the braid will be on. Then, line up your braid against this section of hair. Hold braid and section of hair in place with that hand, while securing it with the bobby pin in the other.
5. Finish with Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volume Plump Hold Hairspray all over, brush in if needed.
What’s your go-to hairstyle? Are you a master braider? If so, please teach me your ways. :)
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Lunchbox on behalf of Suave and Walmart. I’ve been buying Suave hair products for years and would (and have) recommended their line even without compensation. As always, all thoughts are my own. :)
So super cute! I am not only braid challenged but hair challenged in general. haha! This one seems easy enough for me to give it a shot though, so I’m excited! I’ve been wanting to try a cute braided style
Yay! I hope it works out for you Julie! :)
This is so pretty! Love the braid!
Thanks so much, Julia!
I love it! I’m honestly terrible at doing hair. Basically I can blow dry it and wear it down, or I can wear it in a pony tail. I’ve got to learn how to do some cute braids!
Haha, I know what you mean. It’s only recently that I’ve tried some of these styles, just takes time and practice!
Love the braid! Your hair looks great! I will have to check this product out… not that I need too much more volume – my hair is cray on a good day! ;)
Haha! Thanks, Suz!
My hair is always in a messy bun. I don’t know what else to do with it. It seems too long to do anything with.
Have you tried a longer braid? I bet it would look fabulous in a fishtail braid!
What a great tutorial! Love it! I think I’m going to try it next week!
Thanks Ashley! Hope it turns out well!
This is super cute! I am always on the hunt for simple everyday friendly hair styles. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks Marie, glad you liked it!
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Great tutorial! Your hair looks great. Also, I love your photos. Would love to know what editing software you use :)
Thanks so much Meg! I use Adobe Photoshop to edit all of my photos. :)
I love it, so pretty! I am a pretty decent braider, but moreso on myself than other people (lucky me, ahah).
I’m jealous – I wish I was a better braider on myself. I have a much easier time braiding others’ hair!
Love this and you have absolutely beautiful hair!
Aw, thank you Lauren!
I think you did a pretty good job on that braid! Far better than I would, for sure, haha!
Haha, thanks Becca! I tried :)
Jenn…I LOVE THIS! I am a fine haired girl..so all these tips help! I use Sauve dry shampoo for volume, but never knew bout the blow dryer spray! Thanks for sharing this! I was an only child too, so I totally can relate to all you are saying..ha ha! Are you in the SEattle bloggers Unite group on FB? We are having a meet up in Bellevue on May 2nd..would love to meet you!
Thanks Valerie! Glad you enjoyed this. I love Suave dry shampoo, they were my #1 brand for many, many years. I am, and I had commented on that. Looking forward to it!
Your hair looks AMAZING! Great volume!
I love VOLUME! <3 & that is such a cute simple braid style. I will so have to try it out.
1) You look so gorgeous in all these pictures. 2) I can’t wait to try this out! It looks like such an elegant and classy hairstyle, but so simple too! 3) I love wearing braids, but I’ve never been able to do a French braid. I can fishtail all day, but I just can’t do a French braid. Meh.
Aw, thanks Tiffany! I still haven’t actually tried a fishtail braid yet, they look like they’d be difficult but I hear that they aren’t! Maybe I’ll try one this weekend :)
Great tutorial. I love the braided hairstyle. It’s very cute and perfect for summer.
You have the best hair! AH! I’m terrible at doing anything to my hair. Which is why it’s in a bun 6 days a week, and down and straight for that lucky 7th day haha
Haha! I know what you mean. I wear my hair down or in a bun the majority of the week too, but it’s fun to try something new too, even if it doesn’t work out. ;)
I am the worst braided ever! I am screwed if I have a daughter! I’m seriously considering getting a m
Sorry, cell phone at night :-D. Anyway, a mannequin head to practice is the end of that sentence lol.
Haha, no worries Angie!
That’s a great idea! I could use one of those too. ;)
I used to wear my hair in braids ALL of the time, but since I chopped it off, it hasn’t been long enough to braid. I’m so glad that you posted this! I can’t wait to incorporate a braid back into my look :)
I’ve never used a blow dry spray before, but this post makes me really want to try one out! Thanks for sharing!
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Of course, thanks for checking it out and hope this style of braid works out for you! :)
This is a great tutorial! I can’t wait to try it. I also can’t wait for your top knot tutorial, I’ve never even tried one.. This braid though…I think I’m braid challenged. I’ve tried this style before and never been able to make it look this good.
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Thanks Brittany! I’m definitely not good at braiding either, but the nice thing is this is pretty forgiving if you make it look intentionally messy. ;) You could also try just doing a twist with two strands of hair and pinning that back instead!
I think this is a definite hair style win! very well done, my dear!
Thanks so much, Melissa! :)
I am admittedly awful at doing my hair, but I think I can work with these tutorials! I love both of them! You look so pretty!
Aw, thanks Niki! Let me know if you try it – I hope it works out for you!