Hey everyone. I’m Abby from LA and today I’m going to teach you how to do a double-dutch lace braid. You guys are going to love this hairstyle, but you may have noticed I have a new face in studio today. She is amazing and she’s going to give you a clue to who she is, but you guys already know her because you know that she loves cake and ice cream and especially icing. You are the icing on my cake. You are the smile I can’t replace. You are. You are. It is just not fair. I want her voice. Can I just steal it like “Little Mermaid” movie, like and put it in my throat? It’s just not fair. She opens her mouth and butterflies just come out and she makes it look so easy. So you guys, this is Charity Vance.
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She’s come all the way from Nashville to be in post with us today and we’re so grateful to her for coming, and we’re going to use her beautiful, long, blond locks to do the braid. So let’s get started. Now, to begin, I’ve already parted her hair just right down the center of her head and I’ve gone ahead and down the left side braid and I’m going to show you now how to do it on the right side. So we’re going to pick up a section of hair right here and I want to make sure I leave a little bit right here by her face so it looks really soft and pretty. And we’re going to begin a three-strand dutch braid. And we’re going to do a lace version. So you’ll see I’m adding hair in on the top strand only. So right here, I’m going to pick up hair and add it in. And then I add no hair to the bottom. I’m going to add hair again on the top strand and none on the bottom. And again, add hair on to the top strand and none on the bottom. And you can see that I’m kind of going in a downward angle and I’m just going to make sure I’m matching this other side. I’m going to take one more little piece of hair and put it in. And then I’m just going to finish it off with a regular braid. Now, when you get this all the way braided, before I put the elastic in, I’m going to go back and I’m going to pancake these edges. So I’m just going to tuck on the outside edges and it’s just going to give them a little more fullness and a little bit softer look and make it look really pretty. I’m going to do it on both the top and the bottom. One more. There. You can see how much more full that braid books. I love that look. And then I’m going to go ahead and secure the ends with an elastic. Now, you have two ways to finish this off. You can use bobby pins if you’d like to, and you can bobby pin it right here, crossings the bobby pins. So it would be like right here at the ends and then laying the hair over the top. But a really easy way to do this is to pick up I’ll show you.
Just go ahead and pick up this whole back piece of her hair, like the top maybe third. Make sure I get all the way under the sides and just flip it out of the way for a minute. And then I’m going to take Charity, do you mind holding this? If I had a clip, I’d have it clipped up. Just take the braids and secure them together right here at the back of her head, and this won’t be seen so it doesn’t matter if it’s not pretty. This is just a nice way. Now, let the hair fall over the top to keep that hidden and out of the way and that’s going to allow us to add volume right here in her crown and keep that hair flowing nicely over the top of the braid without bobby pins sticking and jet up out of our way. And then we’re finished. Let’s do the official spin so you can see the entire hairstyle. I think it looks so cute. Now some of the great things about this hairstyle, you can do it on yourself, it looks great on second-day hair, it’s a great back-to-school one because it’s quick and easy, but it adds a little something, something to an otherwise simple, boring style. Now, another thing you can do is, I’ll show you on CJ’s braid on her hair, see if we can get a difference. On this side, we have done the Dutch version, which is what we did on Charity’s hair, and on this side, we did at the French version, and they look similar, but different. And so I think it would be really fun to experiment with both of them and see which one you like better in your own hair. You’re good. Thank you. Now, I’m going to let Charity talk to you about her blog for a second. Hey, you guys. I’m Charity and I have a new song coming out next month, so be sure to comment so that you can be the first to hear it. Now, I love her music. Make sure you check it out. We’ll put a link right here and you guys definitely need to go and listen to her other songs that are just as amazing as “Icing,” and we will see you guys next week. Bye. You are, you are, you are every bit of beautiful. You are, you are, you are every bit of beautiful. What are going to get? Oh, you missed the song. I love sprinkles. Can’t beat it. Here it goes. Look at it. What did you get? Milk chocolate. And into the box it goes. OK You can check that one off your bucket list.