Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday selfie

Today's look: Rockin' the Princess Leia braids.

I'm very proud to be a Star Wars nerd. In addition to knowing the nomenclature of various spaceships, planets and alien characters, I'm also a total fan of the costume and hair design-- particularly Princess Leia's.

My favorite look comes from The Empire Strikes Back. On the icy planet Hoth, Leia rocks an amazing white quilted jumpsuit with matching puffy vest. And those glorious braids! I mean, wouldn't you want to look this good during one of the most epic intergalactic battles between good and evil?

Though she's remembered for those cinnamon buns,
I think braids will always be Leia's best look.

Here's how I got the look:

Step one: This style will only work with long hair (mine reaches about six inches past my shoulders). Take a small portion of hair from your temple (like the photo on the left), then make a braid. Rubber band the end to hold it in place. Do the same thing on the other side.  

Ready to channel your inner-Princess? Let's do this!

Step two: Lift each braid over the crown of your head. Crisscross the braids, take off the rubber bands and use barrettes to pin braids in place.  

Lift. Crisscross. Pin. Tuck. Pin some more.

Step three: Tuck any out-of-place hairs with more bobby pins. As for the back of your hair, you can either leave it down or put it in a bun. 

Voila! Princess Leia braids.

With practice, this style should take you no more than 10 minutes. It's the perfect go-to style, especially when you're having a bad hair day.

Now, go rock some Leia braids of your own!