It’s been a while since my last pictorial, so let’s fix that shall we.
This style isn’t from any show or movie specifically, but it draws heavy inspiration from both the Lord of the Rings look and high fantasy art. This is for all of you who want the pointed shape and textured braids of elf hairstyles, but want to be able to do more than just pose for pretty pictures!
By that I mean – many elf hairstyles are only half ups, so there is a lot of free flowing hair. That might work out for mystical beings that never get tangled hair, but for real people, that can get frustrating when you want to run around, shoot a bow, etc. Your hair just gets caught or knotted up. Hopefully this braid style will solve that issue for you, but still maintain the aesthetic of an elven warrior!
It’s a perfect look for cosplayers, Renaissance faires, or just wearing an eye-catching hairstyle in your every day life. Check out the pictorial below to learn how to do it.
The steps don’t take a lot of skill to do. You just need to know how to Dutch braid and Fishtail braid.
Step 1) Part a triangle section of hair on top of your head, and clip it off for now.
Step 2) Make small Dutch braids along both side parts of this triangle section. Add in hair until you get to the back corners of the triangle section, and then finish the braids normally to the ends.
Step 3) Release the triangle section and fishtail braid it, adding in the small Dutch braids as their own strands in the fishtail. Braid all the way to the ends and tie off with a small hair elastic.
Step 4) Flip the fishtail braid up over your head for a second, and English braid half of the hair that is still hanging free (English braid is just the formal name for a normal three strand braid).
Step 5) Hold the fishtail braid, English braid, and the rest of your hair as three separate strands.
Step 6) Braid these strands together down to the ends, and tie off with a hair tie.
Optional step 7) Add an elven circlet to complete the style. The one I’m using in this pictorial is from Thyme2Dream on Etsy. Check them out!
And you’re done!6 by