Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Fish Tail Braid

The fishtail braid is a great summer hairstyle that is no-mess and fuss-free-- perfect for the long summer days on the beach. The fishtail braid is actually very low maintenance and requires very little technique despite how intricate the strands of hair actually appear.

To create this look section your hair into two parts, side-by-side onto one side of your face. Grab 1/4 inch of hair from one side and use your hand to hold that piece in place. From the opposite side grab 1/4 inch of hair from the outside of the section and cross it over to the inside of the first section. Repeat these steps until your braid is complete. Once you secure your hair with a hair tie, to create a messier or beachy look gently open the braid by pulling each section apart.

For a unique take on the fish tail braid, simply add fun colors of yarn or colorful rope to your hair to add a pop of color.

What's your go-to hairstyle for staying cool during the long summer months? Comment below and let us know.

Wild Side: Nail Art Designs

Nail care is probably the most forgotten and understated task for the busy modern woman of today. It seems like just yesterday we were all marveling over the exaggerated nails of the stars of the early 2000's comedic film, Baps. Since then our nail design has shifted into a more manageable and conservative nail length and we've brought the same techniques and tools used in everyday craft, beauty and DIY projects, and we've repurposed them to make them work for nail design.

Modge Podge, washi tape, make-up sponges, pain brushes, scotch tape and reinforcement stickers are all essential tools for creating these art inspired nail designs.

To create an animal print inspired nail, apply animal print nail strips on all fingers as your base, and then apply reinforcement stickers on each finger. Paint your nails with a cool complimentary color to your print. Start at the edge of the sticker and paint to the tip of your nail. To seal your design, add a top coat to make certain your design has extra protection.

Here are a few other inspiring nail art designs that incorporate traditional art supplies, and beauty tools.

Do you think social networking sites like Pinterest have made nail art a new trend in beauty? Comment below and let us know!