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Tutorial: 1940's Ribbon Braid Updo

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

 

 I recently fell in love with this simple, cute 40's hairstyle. It's such a fun look and can be dressed up for fancy evenings as well. This style works on hair that is long enough to braid into pigtails. Mine is barely making the cut at shoulder length.
For a long hair variation- use a long length of ribbon and wrap the braids all the way around your head for a fancy crown of braids.

1. part your hair down the middle
2. using a long scarf or length of ribbon, place the center of the scarf at the top of your head and fasten with a barrette

3. using a tail comb, part your hair down the center back and tie one section out of the way

4. Separate this section into 3 parts, including the scarf in one of the parts
5. Braid this section to the bottom, braiding the scarf in with the hair. When you reach the bottom of your hair, tie it off with a hair elastic

6. repeat on the other side

7. take the two pigtails and tie then together. Tie the ribbon into a perky bow and pin any excess hair braid to the sides, tucking the ends in so they're neat.

8. remove the barrette at the top of your head and that's all there is to it.

 If you're doing this style for a party, use a beaded ribbon or silk scarf and add a sparkly brooch to the top or flowers at the back of your neck.

28 Responses to “Tutorial: 1940's Ribbon Braid Updo”

  1. Oh, its so adorable! I wanna try and I think I am going to. :)

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  2. This hairstyle is so cute, I just can't wait until my hair is long enough!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  3. Ahh, that's so adorable and yet so simple!! Like Carys, I am just dying for my hair to grow out a bit so I can try it!

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  4. This is so cute! Once my hair grows out a little more I will definitely be trying this.

    http://lifeofaretrohousewife.blogspot.com

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  5. So cute! I'll have to try this!

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  6. Adorable! I wish my hair was just a bit longer! I had a bad haircut over the summer and I'm still waiting for it to grow out!

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  7. Love this! I think I will try it tomorrow.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  8. Oh Man! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE it! I wished I tried that when it was longer-boo! Must do it when it grows out-super cute and super easy!!! Great post!!! xox

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to try this, and it's something I can do despite my shoulder being not really mobile at all after my surgery :-)

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  10. Surgery!? Oh no!! I hope that you recover quickly! :)

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  11. oh I love this, will try it for work tomorrow
    xx Rosina Lee
    http://rosinalee.blogspot.com/

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  12. Wooooww great idea!I have cut my hair recently and the scarf really helps if you have short pigtails!!!Thank you so much for this!

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  13. What a fantastic idea, I'm definitely going to give it a try! Also, these photographs are adorable- your kitty looks a lot like mine!

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  14. Thank you everyone! Ginger, I forgot to mention, that's my Gypsy! She's not the brightest but she sure is the sweetest. She tolerates my kids pulling her tail and fur as they learn the proper way to pet an animal. She was a stray but I really couldn't have asked for a better little kitty!

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  15. Love this superbly simply and cute idea - I have been thinking of re-styling my hair but it's styles like this which make me re-think the whole idea and leave my hair as it is - long, straight and simple & dress is it up just so. Thanks for the idea!

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  16. Very cute!I haven't done my hair like that in a long time.I just cut mine to my shoulders so lets see if I can pull it off.

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  17. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial; I'm going to go give this a try!

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  18. That is cute and simple! I love how you're cat was attently watching your every move. Hopefullly he didn't try and play with the scarf.

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  19. that is the cutest hairdo! cannot wait to try it, and my daughters will LOVE it ♥

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  20. Ive seen this before and never tried it. Its super cute!

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  21. What a cute hair style! I've been away from the blogging world for some time and was surprised to see you with a new hair color. I think you were meant to be a blonde, because it looks really great on you. Looking gorgeous, Momma!

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  22. Thanks, crafty doll! I had white blonde hair when I was little. I really like it and I think I'll keep it for a while! :)

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  23. Brilliant! I have SO many scarves that are just sitting on a hanger that I can use for this. THANKS!

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  24. Awesome! Reminds me of my great abuelita!

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  25. This is such a cool idea! I can hardly wait to try it out- Though I have just set my hair, so I will have to wait another week!
    Tupney x

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