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Side Braid Hair Tutorial

Sunday

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a hair tutorial on my blog (my other hair tutorials are here and here). Today’s post showcases my absolute favorite hairstyle, which I’ve been using all the time since becoming a mom. You have may noticed that I love using this hairstyle often. I think it’s perfect for thick and long hair, like mine. It helps keep my hair in place and looks pretty with an outfit, or even for a normal day at home with the kids. Here’s what I used:

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1 First, brush your hair to remove any knots and tangles.

2 Begin by gathering a small section of your hair on the top right side.

3 Divide the hair into 3 even sections. Then, start to braid without pulling any hair.

4 Add more hair by pulling on the right side before crossing underneath the middle section of hair.

5 Next, do the other side. Add more hair from the left side before crossing it underneath the middle section of hair.

6 Continue repeating #4 and #5 until there is no hair to gather and combine to the braid. Continue to braid until you reach the end.  Secure it with hair elastics. You can also use hairpins on the left side to secure the hair, if you have short layers like mine.

 

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What are your favorite easy hairstyles that you like to do?

I hope you had a great weekend!

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Baby Bump Style + Favorite SALE Picks!

Wednesday

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(Beach bag from Abejas Boutique, similar here / Thin belt similar here)

I am soon reaching the end of my second trimester, and my baby bump has been showing a lot these past few weeks. I love this time in my pregnancy as I can still wear clothes that aren’t maternity clothes. Lately, I’ve been choosing dresses over tops and pants because I’ve been easily feeling warm. I know it’s only spring in Texas, but it feels like summer to me. That’s the pregnant life, along with chasing two toddlers around.

When choosing clothes while I’m pregnant, I like to get one size bigger than my usual and try to style it with a belt or other accessories.  I’m wearing an off-shoulder dress (in the images above) that I got from T.J. Maxx. It’s not a maternity dress, but it has a flowy style, so I thought it would be perfect to wear while I’m pregnant. It’s cute for springtime too! Here’s similar piece!

Don’t you think it’s cute to dress up with a baby bump? Here are a few of my favorite picks of dresses and accessories that are on sale! These are great, regular, non-maternity clothes that preggies like me can wear.

Reverse Flowy Dress

Mango Flowy Striped Dress

Mango Off-shoulder Dress

Old Navy Striped Dress

Steve Madden Thin Belt

Straw Beach Bag

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

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