Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Plait-time

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Taking advantage of the slow pace of a day off from school, I finally had some uninterrupted time with Isabela's head. One day last week I told Jeff about Jennifer Peterson. Jennifer Peterson was a perfectly beautiful little girl who had a German mother and occupied the seat in front of me in the sixth grade. Almost every single day she came to school with her angelic spun gold hair plaited into a crown of glory that you could not find the beginning or the end of. Even if you spent the entire leftover time after you'd turned in your algebra test starring and looking for it. It was perfection.

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I had tried it on my Barbie dolls so many times, but Barbie has quite a lot of hair for such a small head, and though I managed to get it into a circular braid, I never managed to do away with the dairy-queen of synthetic hair on top of it. Jennifer Peterson tiptoed back into my brain last week. It occurred to me that she had absolutely no idea how beautiful she was, and likely still is. She was a quiet, modest, bookish sort, and always looked like a little maiden from a painting, not at all what was considered hip in 1983. And she was everything that I love about a braid. In fact some of my favorite paintings of all time embody everything that I love about a braid. Such an honest and natural effort at adorning oneself.

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So today I got to twitch a young girl this way and that with only a few squeaks of discomfort, while my hands played out the process that I've gone over and over in my head. First attempt mind you, but so satisfying. I have no advice on doing this. I just know that if you studied Jennifer Peterson's head the way that I did, you would know how to do it after 25 years.

Our Easter is celebrated next week, but all my love to rest of you this weekend!
xo,Anna

102 comments:

  1. scarlette11:08 AM

    that is truly georgeous. i'll try to save the idea until my grands are old enough and have enough hair.

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  2. Oh I love it so much. I have always wanted to figure out how to do that! I need a tutorial.. lol im sure theres one out there somewhere

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  3. She's gorgeous. My children have been off school this week, and my daughter's hair has never looked better either! Crowns of buns, braids, curls. So much fun! Thanks for sharing this, I'd love to figure it out.

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  4. oh, this is so lovely! i miss being a kid with long hair.

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  5. Dear and lovely... so nice to see your handy work and hear the story that inspired it.
    Happy Easter.

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  6. Fascinating. Must figure out how to do that on myself, now that my hair is long. (I had the same troubles trying to do that on Barbie as a child, and my Samantha doll's hair wasn't very cooperative either.) I'd love to do either that or the Yuliya Tymoshenko style (which I guess is the same-ish, just inverted braids). I'm in awe of your skill!

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  7. It's SO BEAUTIFUL! I wish I could do that with my habir...

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  8. Gorgeous!! It's so even and neat.
    It makes me want long hair again!!

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  9. I just ordered your book and am so excited to receive it soon. I didn't realize that you are Orthodox as well. May you have a blessed Great and Holy Week next week.

    With love in Christ,
    katherine

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  10. beautiful! Funny, my 12 year old came to me this morning and asked for french braids for school. Not a lovely crown like Isabela's, but 2 long french braids. Must be the day for it!

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  11. Beautiful post, beautiful braid.

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  12. Jacqui12:13 PM

    wow, that is beautiful. I've never seen anything like it before. I can just about manage a messy french plait but can only just get my little one to sit still long enough for two ordinary ones. Its school holiday time this week though so her hair hasn't seen a brush for a week! I'd love to try a circle though - will have to search for a video tutorial.

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  13. Okay, so now I'm going to spend the next few hours trying to figure out how to make my daughters hair look like that. It's gorgeous.

    I often turn to this blog (http://shedoeshair.blogspot.com) for inspiration when wanting to do something different with my daughters hair.

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  14. Oh, how nice!Hopefully I'll be able to do it one day..when my daughter will be older and will have more hair..I think I've figured out the way!

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  15. Beautiful!

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  16. Tiffany1:30 PM

    I was a nanny in college for a greek family who celebrated greek easter and I always helped. I love everything about it, especially the food!!! This year I decided to make greek easter bread for our brunch, hopefully it will still turn out without the help of one awesome mom! Have a wonderful holiday!

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  17. I looked at the photos before I read your words, and the only thing I was thinking was, "Perfection."

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  18. Talk about nostalgic! My mama loved braiding my sister's hair like that when we were little. With her long, blond hair, it was always so beautiful. To me, she looked like an angel wearing a gold halo. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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  19. Carol1:53 PM

    This brings back memories of one of my best friends in high school... her mother was German also, and braided her hair every day into this same halo...
    Beautiful. I wish my daughters still had long hair that I could braid

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  20. EquinoxMoon1:56 PM

    Isabela is just beautiful and so is your braiding! Wish I could tell where it ends so I could replicate it.

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  21. I learned how to french-braid on a Barbie doll too!!! I know exactly what you mean with the difficulty of the tiny head & so much hair! :)

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  22. Hi Anna!
    I tried doing something like that to my sister the other, but it didn't turn out near so beautiful as your's!! Seeing braids brings back memories to me too. My mom braided my hair almost every day when I was little. She especially loved doing it in french braids.

    Lots of Love and Happy Easter to you!

    xo, Achaia

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  23. Hi - this is fantastic & reminds me of the patient times I practised braiding on my daughters now 19 & 20 ( yikes how did that happen ? ) I taught myself out of the " Klutz " books which I think are still available.

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  24. In the last month I've trained my almost-3-year-old to sit still every morning so that I can put her hair into two tight braids. It's a family tradition, and she will be the third generation to grow up with braided hair. (We use the braid on top method, where you throw the hair under.) My eldest daughter refused braids - but then she didn't have so much hair. I have to say that carrying on the tradition is a really, really good thing.

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  25. Now that is seriously impressive! I always become the biggest grouch when I try to braid my daughter's hair. I wonder if jennifer peterson reads your blog?

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  26. That child's head is a work of art.

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  27. What a stunning hairstyle. No wonder it has captivated you for 25 years.

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  28. Lovely! I used to wear my hair like this in my early 20's (in the 80's) You did a beautiful job!

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  29. we celebrate the same easter
    christos anesti!

    beautiful braids. i wish i had the patience to do my own.

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  30. I am impressed! Beautiful! Too bad you can't give lessons.

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  31. I have a similar story. I would gaze at a little girl named Heidi...with white blonde hair...in perfect french braids. Her mother was German, too!
    The first thing I learned when my little girl had hair long enough to braid? French braids! I sat her in front of Sesame Street and practiced until I mastered them.
    I have also done that same hairstyle on my girls back in the day.
    My girls are now 34 and 31.
    *sigh*

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  32. Oooo, I love Andrew Wyeth's Helga paintings. I just love Wyeth. And your braids are so enviable. I often had my mom do french braids, but my head was so tender and so fine that it hurt and never stayed put. I pray for a little girl that lets me do braids, but I would most certainly need a lesson to do this masterpiece. Well done.

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  33. Ohhh that braid is just darling and so is that little girl of yours too!! I hope someday my little girls ( one on the way!) let me have at it with their hair.
    For now my 3 yr old has a short bob just trying to brush it is a difficult task ;)

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  34. I think you got it then....it is amazing that you don't find the beginning nor the end...simply beautiful. You must be very proud of yourself...Now can you do it again in a rush?

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  35. ooh! Those pictures remind me of when I was a little girl. My mum used to do my hair like that all the time!She would do them with the braid sitting on top though.

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  36. You did a beautiful job!!!! She looks like a little angel ~ I love french braids but to see them as a crown is wonderful! xxoo, Dawn

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  37. Beautiful. I did this to my 3 year old daughter's hair a couple of weeks ago. I thought it turned out adorable, she thought it looked a-scusting (disgusting). So 20 minutes before church I had to take it out and put in some pony tails. Maybe if I show her these pictures, she'll let me try again.

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  38. I learned how to french braid from staring at the back of another girl's head in HS English class! Your crown of braids is a great way to keep a little girl's hair out of her face...which was always my mom's peeve.

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  39. My best friend as a child was half German and her father lovingly brushed and braided her hair into the most beautiful and simple styles every morning. I had forgotten how much I loved those braids until reading this.

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  40. oh my goshness, this is fabulous! :) now if i can only work out how to do it to my own mermaidy locks ;)

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  41. Oh, I used to love having my hair plated into braids of all shapes. My father used to plait my hair, and my sister did intricate braids like this. I haven't thought about it for many years.
    Can't wait until my little one will sit still long enough for me to do her hair.
    Beautiful photos.
    Enjoy more playing time.

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  42. Beautiful!

    Love from Denmark ;-)

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  43. I used to do this on my own hair then on my girls when they were young. Did you know that if you braid opposite from how you do it now (I can't remember whether this braid is over or under, but try opposite of how you usually do it) you will get a braid that sits up on the head more like a braided rope? Try it. Most people braid one way putting the strands of hair either over each other or under each other. I tend to over and it comes out like yours so give it a try the other way, it is a cool variation!

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  44. That's so beautiful! I struggle just to do a regular braid - I'd so love to be able to do this sort of thing (my dd would love it too).

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  45. I have always liked braids on girls. Being a boy myself, I think that they are fascinating..... I guess maybe part of that mystery of a woman!
    I just showed my daughter who really didn't like this, but I am thinking I could talk her into having my wife do a french braid on her. Happy pre-Easter week to you. Thanks for the link to the Greek Orthodox version. That is very interesting!

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  46. I love a french braid, I can never seem to get them tight enough though. Her hair looks so pretty and sweet. I can just picture it with little baby's breath flowers strewn throughout. Nice work :).

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  47. Oh your patience and skill!
    Sending love and sweet wishes to all of you. We're going to Italy and then Germany for Easter. Wish us safe trips. Kalo Pascha!

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  48. it just makes me wish to have a little girl too....

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  49. This is so pretty! I wonder if it is possible to create this style on ones own head? Good job recreating it from memory!

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  50. Simply precious...both the braids and the little girl!!!

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  51. Oh, I always wanted to have hair like that but my hair was so slippery, and my mum wouldn't have known how to do this anyway.
    Perhaps if I start studying now by the time my daughter will sit still long enough I can plait her hair like this!

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  52. Oh I wish my little girls would sit still and let me play with there hair, that is so beautiful I can imagine tiny little flowers weaving in and out of that plait.

    Nina x

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  53. this is sooo cool. When I was nine I went to school in Germany for a few week with a friend I was staying... I had a similar experience with a girl sitting next to me in art classes... she had two misterious plats, perfectly symmetrical, always tidy, with bows matching her clothes...

    How I envied her.

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  54. That is so beautiful! I have no idea how you did that, but I love it. Can you come over and teach me? :)

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  55. Beautiful girl and braid!

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  56. Oh that is just the prettiest little head! I wish my littlest one had hair thick enough to braid like that. Gorgeous!

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  57. Beautiful job! I'm a hairstylist and I'm very impressed. Braids our one of my favorite things to do on clients.The braid you did on your daughter I would call a Renaissance braid or a plate braid.

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  58. I have always had braid-envy..Not being able to french braid myself, I envy both those who can braid and those who are braided. :) Now it's hit an all-time high with that gorgeous arrangement you managed to whip up on your daughter's head. I looove it! My two yr old has a lot of hair for her age but it is still so silky...maybe one day I'll learn how to braid like those I envy so much! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pics!!
    Nicole

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  59. Wow! That is gorgeous. I can barely braid pigtails. heehee.
    Lynn

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  60. Her hair looks lovely. It takes patience and talent to french braid that particular hairstyle.
    Happy Easter to your and your family.

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  61. How simple and beautiful.

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  62. it's lovely! i miss braiding hair for a little girl. hopefully my grand daughter will let me!!

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  63. Love the braids and love the Andrew Wyeth painting. I've been looking at a lot of Vermeer's work lately and the light in your photos, along with your description of Jennifer, had me thinking your link would take me to Vermeer.

    I would love to think I could get my daughter's beautiful hair to do this but I'm not so sure I have the skill! Well done.

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  64. Very nice! I am an avid french-braider but haven't tried this "crown of glory" (or it SHOULD be called that.).. yet :-) I hope I have a baby girl (someday) to be able to braid their hair.

    Well done - and great story to go along with it~

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  65. This is stunning. Where is your youtube tutorial that we're surely all holding our breath for? :)

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  66. Drat! I wish I knew what you did with the last of the hair. I know a certain 3 y/o this would look fabulous on.

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  67. beautiful! Please give some tips on "crown of glory" construction!

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  68. I love your post. I have a daughter that has such a sensitive head. I can only dream of getting my hands in there and messing around. :)Your braid is truly BEAUTIFUL!

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  69. How lucky she is to get her hair done all the time. Wish I could braid my own, but I'm sure it would end up looking like a crazy person.

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  70. Anonymous3:07 AM

    Try this: http://www.dreamweaverbraiding.com/Braiding_Tips.htm

    Just posting because *my* Mom never braided my hair when I was small :-)

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  71. I love the braid. I find it very therapeutic when I braid my niece's hair.

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  72. What a beautiful job you did on her hair. When my daughter was younger and in gymnastics, the hair was always a big deal. Wish I could have figured this one out :-)

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  73. Melina1:36 AM

    Hello!
    Your little girl looks really cute-I've done this style a thousand times over the years, after coming up with how to hide the braid when I was 16. I call it a Princess Crown. EVERYONE in my church wanted me to do this to their hair, so I became Quite proficient, timing myself at braiding mine in under five minutes, and my sister's at under 6 minutes, for school (This due to the fact I had to do it for so many people at school and church-practice makes perfect!). Now I have done this for my own daughters, and the trick is simple, but can be painful to the tenderheaded, so THREAD SLOWLY. Start above the right ear, looking at the person, and after braiding around the head, continue braiding to the END, yes, END of the braided pony that is left. Then thread this pony UNDER the original French Braid (Can also be done as a Pineapple Braid as well). Bobby pins well placed can hold it in when done, and I find, since our hair is waist length and longer, that it's best to braid to the tiny end of your hair, then wrap with a Very small Pony, which will hold the braid together as it's threaded through and keep it from unraveling. Happy Braiding to ALL!!!

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  74. That is amazing!!! You are incredibly talented...in a multitude of ways. I can hardly even make decent basic french braids.

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  75. beautiful hair on a beautiful little girl - wow...

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  76. My daughters just nicknamed this the princess braid...I think I would have to agree. Absolutely beautiful! Looks like Sunday morning is going to be braid practice at our house.

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  77. this is breathtaking!.. i am 54 and i still lust after thick beautiful braids. i wear pigtails now and my hair stops at the collarbone. maybe ONE day i will be able to do this maiden braiding for myself. thanks for taking these beautiful photos. u are lucky to have a daughter !

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