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How-To: Bohemian Double Braids (For Shorter, Layered Hair!)

Who else would have a bird feather in her hair but PetSugar? She was so inspired by Nicole Richie's earthy double braids that she set out with some bobby pins and rubber bands to create her own.
Worried that she didn't have enough hair to properly recreate the original look, she tweaked it and made it work. Get her modified version for shorter, layered hair when you


  1. Start off with your hair parted normally whether you usually part to the left, right, or up the center. Begin a loose French braid angled down along one side of your face heading towards your ear.
  2. Attach a rubber band once you get right behind the ear or whenever you run out of hair from the layers in front. Repeat the process on the other side.
  3. Next, divide all the hair that's down (including the two ponytails from the ends of your French braids) and form two more very loose braids with all of your remaining locks.
  4. Use bobby pins to pull the bottom of each individual braid to the other side of your head so they criss-cross and secure.
  5. If you don't have enough hair to form a bun with the braids, hide the boring, pinned results with an oversized barrette, hair pin or clip.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I love the look, although my hair is too thin to look right when I do separate braids, darn it.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
'Kenley on Project Runway opened my eyes to the world of random feather hairpieces./ Me too. Kenley inspired me and I actually made my very own feathered hair clip. I had this black rose hair clip and jazzed it up with some peacock feathers and black marabou trim I got at Michael's craft store. I'm so proud of my self :)!
niqua230 niqua230 8 years
That is too cute! I believe my hair is long enough for this! I am definitely going to try this!
spirit35 spirit35 8 years
very cute!
hannahsnow hannahsnow 8 years
Thanks Pet! I'll check them out!
Pets Pets 8 years
It's actually one (very large) hair clip from Urban Outfitters!
hannahsnow hannahsnow 8 years
Where did you find those hair clips?
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
I think that is such a unique version of the Nicole Richie style, so beautiful.
pacostacos113 pacostacos113 8 years
I WANT A FEATHERED HAIR CLIP!!! Kenley was so cute, but why was she such a brat...I digress. I WANT A FEATHERED HAIR CLIP STILL!!!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
this is cute but I think my hair is too short for this. I don't have enough to do the second braids. But I really want my hair to look like this!!!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Gorgeous!!! I love it!
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
This is utterly adorable! I love it.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I can testify - It looked even more fabulous in person! Such a great way to dress up your hair!
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Thanks my hair is layered almost exactly like yours Petsugar, except curly.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
Wow, that looks really elegant and complicated.
emalove emalove 8 years
I love the look of boho braids...they're always so cute. And the feather detail she's wearing is adorable.
Pets Pets 8 years
Thanks everyone! To answer the question about my hair length, it's very layered – the shortest layer hits the middle of my ear and the longest is just past my shoulders.
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 8 years
That looks awesome! Kenley on Project Runway opened my eyes to the world of random feather hairpieces.
nancita nancita 8 years
I was very jealous of this hairdo. Thanks for the how to. I will try to find someone who can follow it, because I'm terrible at braiding my own hair. ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That is absolutely gorgeous! And now I'm envisioning Sugar HQ as this magical girlie land where the staff braid each others' hair. :D
wren1 wren1 8 years
This is such a fabulous look, Pet! :love:
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
really cute!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Wow, that looks great! Love the feather! :-)
CityStyleLife CityStyleLife 8 years
heartcandy heartcandy 8 years
I love it! I've been looking for updos now that the cold has hit chicago and I don't want my hair to dry out.
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