Blohaute founder Amanda Diedrich isn't afraid of lived-in looks, and she doesn't think they're going anywhere.
A big concern, Diedrich says, is clients who worry that their hair isn't thick or long enough. But that's where the magic of extensions comes into play, and a technique she calls "stretching," though you might have heard it called "pancaking."
Stretching, or pancaking, involves tugging at the hair on both sides of a braid to make it look fuller and more lived-in. The result is a thicker-appearing braid with texture and interest.
Below, check out Diedrich's how-to for this surprisingly easy updo utilizing stretching, a pull-through braid/faux-hawk, fishtail braid and Fave4 hairsprays.
Spray Fave4 Texture Takeover on the length of the braid. While holding the end of your braid with slight tension--enough to keep the braid together but not so much that hair can't pull through a bit--stretch the fishtail braid from bottom to top. Don't overdo it if you're worried about it being too extreme; you can always stretch more later, but you can't do less once you've stretched.
Even clients with finer hair can achieve this look. Stretching helps significantly, and this model also has some extensions for length and volume. This is great for a variety of event ranging casual to formal! You can also adjust how lived-in the look is (less wispy, more wispy) according to your client's preference.