We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
Photos: The Fashion Spot
Erica Davidson is a star in L.A. for both her makeup wizardry and hair innovations. I knew she was a true innovator when she created this awesome pink root look for cult-favorite jewelry line Luv AJ’s latest lookbook. And talent runs in her blood: not only is Luv AJ designer Amanda Thomas her cousin, but Birchbox’s current guest-blogger Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen is her cousin, too!
Now that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is fast approaching (what weekend are you going?), I thought it was the perfect time to ask Davidson which hairstyles she recommends sporting at the fest.
Style: The Crown Braid
How-to: Divide your hair into two sections. French braid them both and secure with elastics. You should have two school-girl braids behind each ear. Gently tug at the braids to loosen them up a bit. Fold each braid across your head to form a crown and secure with bobby pins. Try to tuck loose ends for a more seamless look.
Style: The Upside-Down Braided Bun
How-to: Flip your head over. Take a section of hair at the nape of your neck and begin French braiding your hair backwards, from the neck to the top of your head. When you’ve reached the top of the head, take all your hair and secure in a high ponytail with an elastic. For a messier, un-done knot, gently tease the ponytail by brushing from the ends up. Next, wrap the hair around the elastic to form a bun and secure with bobby pins. It’s totally fine if there are some bumps and pieces falling out—it’s not supposed to be perfect!
Style: The Side French Braid (very similar to the Katniss Braid)
How-to: This is an update on a classic. Take a section of hair on one side of your head. To keep it loose and relaxed, start with a three-inch section. Begin French braiding, adding in more hair as you braid. Continue along the side of your head, all the way to the opposite ear, allowing the braid to come over your shoulder. Secure with a rubber band and lightly tug at each section to mess it up a little. Let any fringe or layers fall loose. Add a headband or flowers to punch it up, or leave it pretty on it’s own.
If you have a tough time styling your hair, read our Fast Fixes for Major Hair Downers.