Milkmaid braids have quickly become one of my go-to styles! They're a LOT easier than they look, are quick to do once you get the hang of it, and ALWAYS get compliments! (Remarkably, from guys as well as gals!) As a bonus, they keep my hair securely out of my face all day, which is perfect for me!
Here's what you need: a comb, two small hair elastics (I love to use these little rubber ones as they don't slip and are easily hidden) and a bunch of bobby pins.
Detangle your hair - this will make your braiding easier.
Divide your hair into two sections.
I like to tie up one section so long to make my life easier.
Now for your first braid. Gather the remaining loose hair just above your ear (the exact position will depend on how long your hair is, but this is a good place to start).
Braid as normal. Depending on what look you're going for, this can be as neat or messy as you want.
Braid as far down as you can go, and then secure with a hair elastic.
Untie the other side and repeat!
Optional: I'm busy growing out my bangs so this is the point when I pin them back.
Now for the criss-cross! Take one of the braids and pull it over your head towards the opposite ear. Pin the end down with a bobby pin or two.
Now for the other one! You want to start off by trying to conceal the ends of the first braid...
... then pull it over, bringing the end to hide behind the first braid! Secure the end with a bobby pin or two.
Looking good so far!
Now to make sure your hairdo stays put, grab a few more bobby pins and secure the base of the braids to your head!
All done! If you want to, add a spritz of normal hold hairspray. You're now ready to go wow the world with your fantastic braided 'do! (Be prepared for lots of people to go "Ooh! Your hair looks so cool! How do you do that?")
This style can be altered by making the braids loose or messy, or by doing more intricate braids (eg fishtail braids). For Spring, I'm definitely going to be putting some flowers into my braids!