When we were traveling through Australia (see my Australia travel diary part I and II) we were lucky enough to be invited to Melbourne Cup.I then quickly learned that all women have to wear a hat or fascinator. As this probably isn’t a normal hairstyle for most of us, I figured it could be helpful to shoot an easy tutorial for it – just in case you should ever need to wear a fascinator 🙂
Even if you never get the chance to wear one, you could also do this hairstyle with any headband!
a fascinator or headband
1 hair tie
1 bobby pin
Already seems to be quite easy, right?
1. Separate the front part of your curls from the back (on both sides of the parting line). This is where your fascinator/headband will be placed afterwards so don’t place it too far back (I separated my curls right above my ears).
2. Repeat step 1. on the other side of your parting line and place the fascinator.
3. Select a small section of your curls from in front of the fascinator right next to the parting line. Then split it into two equally smaller sections. I suggest you to choose these sections from the opposite side of your fascinator (this way your “rope braid” will be visible.
4. Begin your rope braid by crossing the upper section/ front section.
5. Before you cross the next front section across the back section, add some curls to the front section.
6. Then cross the front section with the added hair over the back section. Continue to add curls to your braid every time you cross the front section.
7. To hide the alice band, I don’t only add curls from the front to the braid, but also from behind the alice band.
8. Repeat until you’ve reached the back of your head. If you’re struggling with the rope braid, see this post.
9. Then, bring back the curls from underneath the fascinator (I just loosely pulled them back) and fix them with the hair tie.
10. To make this hairstyle more elegant, hide the hair tie by wrapping around a small section of curls (taken from the ponytail) and fix it with the bobby pin.
Hi! I’m Sandra - a curl loving Swiss blogger who discovered her love for curly hair about 4 years ago. Ever since then my curly lovestory continued - I’ve been trying new methods to take care of my curls and have experimented with new curly hairstyles. With this blog I’d like to pass my curly love on to you.