I was maybe 11, 12, or 13 years old when my neighbor, Hillary Shaw, taught me how to french braid. She taught me how to do an inside and outside braid. Since then I have tried all kinds of styles of braiding and I have become an expert at doing most of them myself. When I saw these inspiration pictures in some magazine, I started perfecting what is now one of my favorite go to hair styles -“The Milkmaid Braid.”
It took me time to get it right, to figure out how to connect the 2 braids in the back of my head and tuck ’em, to find which part looked best on my face, to figure out that no product in my hair makes it easier to braid, that Moroccan oil can be helpful, that my hair needs to be completely dry if I want to have an easier time, that a paddle brush is the best brush to brush my hair out with in order to get the best flow with the braid (better than a comb or a rubber brush) because flow is KEY when braiding. The milkmaid braid is so versatile it’s the perfect style when my hair is dirty, or I need a quick transformation into elegance.
The key for me is a mirror, although in a pinch you can do it without one (or any of the tools mentioned above). The only things that are an absolute must for the milkmaid are: 2 HAIR PINs and 1 BOBBY PIN and for the pig tails: 2 BLACK RUBBER BANDS. That’s it! Okay so I’ve showed you mine, now you show me your milkmaid braids! Leave a picture in the comments!