Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Lydia Look // Teen Wolf Lydia Martin Braided Updo



Today I'll be sharing a tutorial I've created for this Lydia Martin look. I'm a big fan of Teen Wolf and Holland Roden, and adore her style (and I love braids), so it only felt fitting. The look itself is two braids arranged into a headband shape. I've tried to explain and show it as simply as possible, but if you have any questions just ask me in the comments!
You will need: a hair brush, bobby pins and elastics. Optional is a texturising spray to add some more, well, texture and grip, and some kind of curling tong to curl the pieces of hair left out of the braids.

Before beginning, my hair was fairly wavy as I had slept with it in a twisted bun. I'd suggest having some kind of movement in your hair if you'd like it to be like Lydia's, but I have no doubt this hairstyle would be just as nice with straighter hair. I also suggest giving yourself a centre or close-to-centre part, so that your braids can be of equal size.
Step 1: After brushing through and spraying and scrunching my hair with VO5's Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray, I sectioned off the hair before my ear on each side of my head, and pinned them out of the way. If you have a fringe of some sort and want to leave it down, then feel free to.
Step 2: Now to start braiding. Split your hair into two down the middle, and braid each section. Make sure to start your braid fairly low down, you'll be wrapping the hair over your head so you don't want any awkward lumps. Just make sure to check it looks good every now and then by lifting it up against your head. Once braided, tie the ends with an elastic and then gently tug at the braids to make them larger.
Step 3: Once braided, let down those small pieces that were pinned up earlier. To recreate Lydia's look, pin half of each section back, just behind the ear. If you have a fringe that can't really be pinned like this, then either leave it down, or pin it upwards.
Step 4: My hair is quite long, so what I'm doing here is wrapping the half section that I pinned back around my fingers, and then sliding it into that same bobby pin. It looks a bit silly at this point, but the braid will soon be covering them. If your hair is a bit shorter then you may just want to skip this step!

EDIT: After wearing this hairstyle a lot since, I've found that you can actually incorporate this extra hair into the braid from the beginning, as long as you leave the braid quite loose at the start. It does make the hairstyle quicker in a way (you can skip steps 3 and 4) but you will most likely have to do a bit of adjusting with the finished look!

Step 5: Now for the fun bit! Take one of your braids and carefully wrap it upwards and over your head, like a headband, and then pin it in place at the end. While doing this, you want to cover those sections that were pinned up. Also, don't pull it too tight, the look is fairly relaxed.
Step 6: Repeat to the other side, making sure to tuck the ends of each braid into the other. This is the time where you can add a few more bobby pins in to make the braids secure. You can also do as I did and gently tease some of your hair out around your hairline to make the style more casual.
Step 7: This step is optional, but I curled the sections of hair I had loose around my face with this Mark Hill wand, to make it look a little more like Lydia's. You can also spray with hairspray, but I've found that once pinned in, the braids stay securely in place. Otherwise, you're done!

I've been wearing this look to college because (after practicing a few times) it's actually quite easy to do, and I think it looks really laid back. I can see myself wearing this on a more dressier occasion though, perhaps with less hair let loose - it's really versatile. Obviously this look is one for those blessed with longer locks, but I think it's manageable as long as your two braids can overlap each other, even a little.

I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial, it was really fun to create. Like I said, I have a big love for Lydia and Holland's style so I hope I did this look justice. Let me know if you give it a shot! Also, a big thank you to my sister for taking all of these photographs!

I am wearing:
Top // Topshop
Cardigan // Zara
Necklace // Kukee
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26 comments

  1. This look really suits you! The tutorial seems really easy to follow so I'm going to have a go myself, although my hair is quite fine so I'm not sure how successful I'll be haha xx

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it enough to try it! That's why I used a texturising spray so I could have more grip in it, and why I teased the braids out a bit so they'd look bigger, as if the hair is thicker ^_^ Good luck!

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  2. I've never tried this hairstyle before, just the other day I was wondering how people do it - perfect timing.

    Grace x
    grace-gibson.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I also love Lydia's hairstyle and I'm a big fan of "Teen Wolf" too. ;) I'm going to try do this hairstyle tomorrow :) Hope that I can do it :)

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    1. Yay, good luck! It's really not that hard once you've had a practice ^_^

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  4. Loved it!!! My hair is about your length but it's super thick and sort of layered... I hope I can get it to work... Lydia always has the best hair!!! :-) <3

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    1. Thanks, she does always have amazing hair! I think you'd be able to get the same effect no matter what thickness. If you get layers sticking out of the braids (I used to have layers and this always annoyed me) then you could either pin them down or leave them for a messy-on-purpose look ^_^

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  5. This is perfect!:) I love Teen Wolf and Lydia as well and her hair...always beautiful:)
    xx
    http://kyrahodosi.blogspot.hu/

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    1. Thanks! I'm working on creating more Lydia/general Teen Wolf posts, I love her/it a lot!

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    2. That's great, I can't wait;) xx

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  6. Hi! This is gorgeous!!! It looks great on you and I'm trying to recreate the look... But I get a little bit confused about step 3 and 4? I can pin my hair back... But there's so much of it I'm not sure what to do?? What do you mean by curling it around your finger? I really want to do this look for prom! Please let me know (: x

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    1. Thanks! I just mean that I'm wrapping the pinned back hair around my fingers (you can see in the first photo of step 4) and pinning it in the same place. It just gets it out of the way! You can completely skip this step and incorporate that hair into the braid from the beginning, but you may need to do some adjusting at the end for it to sit nicely. I hope I cleared that up, let me know if I need to explain more! ^_^

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  7. Hi!
    ( first I'm french so sorry for the english mistakes ) I just wanted to tell you that your tutorial is perfect! It is because Ive been on youtube for hours looking for a lydia tutorial like yours, and I havent found a good one. Then I found yours, and even if its not a video tutorial, I think its waaay better! Ive liked it so much that I hope you will do another tutorial like this soon! I'm going to try this hairdo tommorow, I'm sure it's going to look good thanks to you.
    Keep doing this, you're awesome :)

    Ps I love Teen Wolf and Lydia so much, I can't wait for season 4 :)

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    1. Aw thanks so much! I've been looking through her hairstyles recently because I would like to do another, perhaps an Allison one too! I can't wait either, thanks again ^_^

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    2. I would be so happy if you would do it :) I wear the Lydia braid all days now :) !

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  8. You look lovely :) Thanks for this tutorial. It's perfect, now i'm going to try. xo

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  10. So cute! When I saw Lydia's hair like this, I fell in love; however, I'm awful at anything past a regular three-strand braid. But this is so simple!! Thank you so much for your tutorial! Even a rookie like me can pull this off:)

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  11. I have no idea how you got your braids to stay pinned on your head.

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  12. Your tutorial is awesome; I'm just awful, heh heh. :p

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  13. im actually rather confused, the finished look only looks like one braid is on your head

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  14. That's kind of the point, the ends of each braid are tucked under each other!

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  15. You look exactly like Lydia! <3 BTW, your top is soooo pretty! I love your tutorials!

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  16. My hair is way too thicky do a wonderful milkybraid. It always fall down after 2 minutes :( btw, sorry if my english is bad i'm french

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