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Braids n’ Things

I ran into Kathryn Potraz last Wednesday evening, and her hair style caught my attention from across a crowded room. The hairstyle, which she calls the ‘swirly french braid,’ is a very unique style that gives off a bohemian-chic vibe. Of course, you would have to have relatively long hair to pull this style off, but either way I thought it was definitely worth sharing. Every strand of hair is used in this style that is twisted all around her head. I asked Kathryn to teach me how to replicate the look myself and here is what she said.

“To make the braid, I start with the outer rim of my hair (going counter-clockwise) and make a french braid – kind of like a headband. Then I just continue in a circle around my head until I get to the middle, where I usually run out of hair right against my scalp and just braid the leftover ponytail like a normal braid. Then I do a little bobby-pin magic, and voila!”

She told me that it only takes about five to ten minutes to complete, just as long as you have the arm strength to finish! Kathryn said that she likes to wear her hair in this style at least a couple of times a month because it keeps her long hair up off of her neck and out of her face. And, not to mention, it’s pretty cool too! I’m so glad that I got the chance to speak with Kathryn and snap a couple of photos. Hopefully I will be able to try the ‘swirly french braid’ out for myself sometime soon.


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googoo for GaGa

i ♥ Lady GaGa.

And I’m happy to say that I’ve met a lot of GaGa lovers here at OU as well.

This all got me thinking about a sweet DIY project that I think a lot of Athenians would enjoy. I must warn the faint at heart that this bold look could be considered a little “cooky” and isn’t intended for just anyone. It’s for those of us who want to stand out from the crowd and pay our own little homage to Lady GaGa herself. (And for those of us with longer hair — Sorry!)

So I did a little research about the infamous GaGa hair bow. This is not your average hair accessory — but a bow made of actual hair!

While I’ve seen these ‘hair bows’ sold online made from extensions that you can clip into your own ‘do’, I wondered how good it would look using nothing but the hair attached to my head? I searched through many odd videos and awkwardly attempted ‘hair bows’ that didn’t really do GaGa’s justice. That is until I came across an article posted on They had a few pictures showing how to create a messy GaGa hair bow with your own God-given hair. I was in luck! The only bad thing is there are only a couple of pictures, so I had to figure out a lot on my own.

But luckily for me, and for you, there are only a few simple steps to complete the look:

  1. You should start out by flat ironing all of your hair so that it is silky and won’t get too frizzy.
  2. Put all your hair into a high ponytail. Then separate it into 2 sections while leaving a small strand out.
  3. Next shape a section into half of a bow and bobby pin into place. Repeat with the other section. (Try to use bobby pins that blend in with your hair color in case any peak out.)
  4. I found it helpful to load on lots of hair spray at this point so that you can shape the bow the way that you want it and keep it in place.
  5. Lastly, wrap the strand you left out of the bow around the center and bobby pin it in place. Finish with an all over mist of hair spray. (Or if you want a messier look, leave out the spray.)

Seems pretty straightforward, right? You might have to practice a couple times before you get it just how you want it.

And if you have any problems/questions feel free to ask me since I tried it out on myself and sort of have a feel for how to do it now.

I’m pretty pleased with how my first attempt turned out and I can’t wait to experiment more with it! Maybe I’ll try putting the bow further to one side of my head, or do a mini one, or even a half up half down version?

If you give this a try and want to share your results I’ll post a few photos for others to see.

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah, Roma, Roma-ma, GaGa, ooh la-la…


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