Hair How-To: Messy Reverse French Braids

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Messy reverse french braid

I rue the day that sleek, perfect, not-one-hair-out-of-place hairstyles come back into fashion because, duuuuude! — when that happens, I’m pretty much screwed.

Take this messy reverse French braid, par exemple. I don’t know why, but whenever I wear it, I usually get one or two compliments, and it seems like the messier and crazier it looks, the more it makes an impression.

Long live messy hair! :D

Here’s how I do it…

  • I start by prepping my roots with a dry hairspray to add some lift and volume (here I used Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle for oily Hair).
  • Next, I spray a texturizing spray from mid-shaft to the ends, and my ride-or-die is Kerastase Spray a Porter (SERIOUSLY THE BEST!!).
  • Then, I part my hair and do a reverse French braid (which is basically the same thing as a regular French braid, but instead of pulling the hair over to create the braid, you pull it under) on one side, and secure it with an elastic ponytail holder.

    Then I do the same thing with the other side until it meets the first braid. After that, I gently pull the elastic off the first braid and use it to secure both braids together at the point where they meet.

  • A quick spritz of an uber-hold hairspray (like Kerastase Laque Noire Extra Strong Hold or something similar) all over, and I’m done.

Messy reverse French braid
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The ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand: For Loose, Screen Siren-Style ’40s Waves the Very First Time

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ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand

Rockin’ loose Hollywood starlet waves with the new ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand ($245)

[SHH…] I’m growing my hair out so I can take full advantage of the new ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand, and yes, it’s a secret that El Hub does not need to know (although he’ll eventually realize it), because it would bring him too much joy. :)

That man. I swear, I get my hair cut half an inch, and he freaks out!

What is it with dudes and long hair?

So, this wand is really freaking cool. Like, $245 cool, which is how much it costs, and that’s coming from a girl who usually doesn’t like clip-less hair tools.

I know, I know — clip-less wands are super popular these days, but I’ve got trauma, man. When I used one a few years back, I nearly burnt my fingers to a crisp, and after that incident, I started sticking to curling irons with clamps, like the ghd Curve Soft Curl I tried earlier this month.

ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand

In my paw for scale…

Buuut one must be willing to try new things (both with hair and in life), which is why I decided to give the ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand a whirl.

And now I’m so glad I did, because I love so many things about it.

First, the shape. Check it: the barrel is a flattened oval, almost like a curling iron, but instead of creating traditional bouncy, round curls, it builds loose, s-shaped, old-school Hollywood waves on medium length and long hair.

ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand

By the power of Greyskull!!

Like the equally expensive and comparably impressive ghd Curve Soft Curl, this ghd tool, the Classic Wave Wand, comes with all the bells and whistles.


  • Oval barrel designed to create classic deep waves with movement
  • Cool tip designed for more comfortable curling
  • Safety stand for securing the tong on a hard surface while not in use
  • Patented tri-zone® technology locks in your curls with the right, even heat
  • Advanced ceramic coating specially designed for smoother curling
  • On-off switch and indicator press and hold design avoids accidental use during styling
  • Light & sound indicate on-off and ready to use
  • Sleep mode automatically turns off if left unattended for 30 minutes
  • Universal voltage and professional length swivel cable

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High-End Heat Styling for High-End Hair With the ghd Curve Soft Curl Curling Iron

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ghd Curve Soft Curl Iron

The new ghd Curve Soft Curl curling iron ($245), available now at Neiman Marcus stores and online

Oh, heavens…

Is it a curling iron or a high-performance race car? It’s hard to tell based on the specs for the new ghd Curve Soft Curl curling iron.

Check it:

  • 1 1/4” large ceramic barrel for volume and soft, smooth tumbling waves
  • Six quick-thinking sensors set in three zones of the barrel ensure an even internal curling temperature of 365 °F for fast, long-lasting curls
  • A thermo-protective tip at the end of the barrel provides a safe, cool place to hold the iron
  • A built-in safety stand keeps the iron secure so it won’t be rollin’, hatin’, patrolling or otherwise riding dirty when you set it down
  • A swiveling professional-length cord prevents tangling
  • Convenient illuminated power button
  • Makes a sound when powering on (it sounds like a chorus of hair angles singing, “Ahh!”)
  • Automatic sleep mode powers off the iron after 30 minutes of inactivity
  • Universal voltage regulator allows it to be used all over the world
  • Quickly heats up after powering on; ready to use in about 30 seconds

Seriously, that’s some fancy sh*t! :) It might even be able to do your taxes.

Soft Curl comes with all the bells and whistles…as it should, considering that it costs $245!

Yes, that’s right. All of the curling irons in the new Curve line by ghd are priced like that.

ghd Curve Soft Curl Iron

And all of them are designed for specialized jobs, like this one, the Soft Curl model, is the one you want if you have long hair and want big curls and big volume.

So is it worth the price?

Yes, it just might be if you curl your hair often (at least a few times a week) and have some very specific hair-curling pet peeves or needs (like an extra long swiveling cord and a quick heat-up time).

If not, you’re probably better off getting something for $20 from Ulta.

ghd Curve Soft Curl Iron

Wow, though. This bad boy works fast! I have what my friend/stylist Alis jokingly calls “vampire hair,” meaning that I have a good amount of it, and it usually takes me anywhere from 20-40 minutes to use a curling iron, depending on the style I’m going for, but curling with the Soft Curl takes half the time.
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For Messy, Choppy, Loose Waves, There’s Alterna Perfect Texture Finishing Spray

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Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray

Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray ($28 for a 6.5-oz. bottle), available now at Alterna counters and online

Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray ($28), also known as “a perfectly acceptable alternative to Oribe’s bomb-diggity (but much more expensive per ounce) Dry Texturizing Spray.”

I spray it on after curling to get the choppy/messy/loose waves thing I like sporting. You can use it as a dry shampoo, a root lifter or a light hold hairspray.

I like it…but I think I prefer Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray a little more overall. That stuff’s the Jay-Z to my Beyonce.

Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray

Awesome, it’s Broken!

I can’t remember how I came across it, but have you seen Broken? I caught it last night on Netflix and really enjoyed it.

It’s a quirky (and sometimes very grownup) coming-of-age story about a young girl, probably around 12, named Skunk (played by Eloise Laurence), who’s right at that in-between stage before becoming a full-fledged teenager, and she’s precocious and adorable and awkwardly sweet. One of those girls who’d be a great friend.

The movie also stars Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy, who both turn in great performances.

Just as a heads up, there are some pretty intense, emotionally charged scenes in the movie, where you might want to cover young eyes if you’re watching with the kids.

Now I’m looking for something new to watch. Have you found anything good lately on Netflix?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


It Keeps Getting Shorter…

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my new hair

As in my hurr!

It keeps getting shorter…and darker!

My latest hair adventure was inspired by this shoulder-length ‘do on Megan Fox.

My friend Alis at Fox + Stone salon in Corte Madera took off about three inches from the bottom and added more layers around the front of my face.

She also did a darker base with warmer highlights.

I’m still trying to figure out how to do the super loose and choppy waves Megan’s wearing in this pic…but I’m working on it. When I tried today I ended up with bouncy curls instead of loose and choppy waves.

Getting closer though…

Karen New Hair!

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