If you can't get enough of Pinterest and wish you had more time to find the best beauty looks on the photo-sharing site, this new column is for you. Each week we'll highlight a coveted hairstyle, makeup technique or nail design with a popular following and we'll get the tips and tricks for creating it from the person behind the original pin. For the first edition, we tracked down the blogger behind this twisted braid. Hair Romance blogger, Christina Butcher, says her site is all about loving your best accessory: your hair. As part of her mission, she has just released an online book, 30 Braids in 30 Days, that is a must for those who can't get enough of woven strands. She posted this twisted braid on Pinterest and shared the steps for creating the romantic look on your own.
Step 1: Prep your hair the day before creating this braid by applying a cocktail of smoothing cream and hair oil to your strands before blow-drying them. Try:Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk and Kérastase Elixir Ultime.
Step 2: Immediately before starting your braid, brush through your strands to smooth any tangles.
Step 3: Begin tightly braiding your hair above one ear. You'll want to create an inside-out French braid. That means that instead of wrapping each section of hair over the next, you'll wrap it under. Continue the braid along the base of your hairline and secure it with an elastic on the opposite side of your head. Tip: Pick up large sections of hair as you braid.
Step 4: To create a more twisted-looking finish, stretch out the braid to loosen it. "Pin any shorter layers [that come loose] with bobby pins," Butcher says.
Step 5: Wrap the end of the braid and your loose ends into a bun shape just below your ear. Secure with bobby pins.