BOSS HAIR GROUP, Chicago’s eco-friendly, sustainable, and cruelty-free salon space, presents a collection of fun, "Falloween" stylized braids. Created by BOSS hairstylist Ramona Villanueva, the styles incorporate muslin, black velvet ribbons and faux Fall flowers for some head-turning looks.
The Mummy Tail
Muslin wrap strips and floral wire were used to create an interesting ponytail that bends and twists into any shape. “The muslin strips inspired me to create a fun mummy/fringe look off the ponytail,” explains Villanueva. The hair was braided tightly at the base of the head with floral wire. "I did a regular tight three strand braid. This style takes a plain Jane braid that wouldn’t normally be worn as is and dresses it up to be as festive as they come.” Then, the muslin strips were folded in half and looped down the braid so the ends were left hanging.
“The Nightmare Before” Braid
This look features tulle wrapped around Dutch braids to create contrast and a texture difference. The style starts with two tight Dutch braids down the head, separated with a middle part from the front all the way to the nape.
“A Dutch braid is similar to a French braid but it sits atop the hair. So, when interweaving the three strands, the hair is added under the braid to make the braid pop. When the tulle is wound down the braid, it looks like a cool tulle structure that is sitting on top of the hair.”
Using a weaving tool is most helpful to get the tulle neatly wound down the braid. Using a plastic tool, like a sewing needle (but much bigger with a blunt point and the other end with a wide opening for fabric to loop through) makes this interesting braid much easier to achieve. Ramona left the ends out and secured them with a black rubber band.
The Faux Flower-Fall
The dark faux flowers were woven into two loose pigtails to create a soft undone look. The pigtails were secured at the end with a black ribbon to pull the look together. For braid beginners, the pigtails can be done easily with just a three-strand technique. You can add more dimension and texture with different braiding styles depending on your preferences and skill level.
“Dark flowers and ribbons are great Fall time accessories to mark the festive October and Halloween occasions. This look is also perfect for an autumn bride or even a wedding party."
The Black Infinity
This half up/half down look was inspired by the beautiful infinity braids we've been seeing this Summer. However, this look has a Fall flair by adding the velvet ribbon as an accessory.
The infinity symbol, seen in math, looks like a figure eight, as does this braid when wound. Starting with two strands of hair, a third strand is wound around the two to create a figure eight. Working down the hair, the piece that is the "figure eight" needs to be kept taught for the full effect of the structure to take place.
“An infinity braid can be styled using all the hair down the back of the head, in small sections for detail like in this look or even just at the base of the head for a different take on a braid that’s over the shoulder. Heavier fabrics, like velvet, are great to use during the Fall/Winter months to mimic the colder weather that comes upon us.”