I've been growing out a pixie cut for the last three years, and, now that my hair is mid-back, have been wanting to try out more styles on it. Since I've had short hair most of my adult life, I've never had the chance to play with various braiding techniques, so I ordered this book and also Braids, Buns, and Twists!: Step-by-Step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles, which both arrived this week. I really like them both!
There aren't as many styles in _DIY Braids_ as there are in Butcher's _Braids, Buns, and Twists_ book, which has 82 styles, so that other book has a bit more to choose from. There is also some overlap between the two books, but I'm glad I have them both since each has its own merits.
This book by Sasha Coefield excels in the lovely, large step-by-step photos that are included for every one of the 30 or so styles that are included. Each photo corresponds to a step in the instructions, so it's very easy to follow along with it.
Concerning the styles, I think that there is a lot to choose from in this book. The author starts off with the basic braids (French braid, Dutch braid, fishtail, and lace), and then she creates more complicated styles that build on those four basic types. Each style includes a large photo of the completed look, and then the above-mentioned photos of each step.
As a 42-year-old, I was worried that the styles might be too "young" for me, but I found myself wanting to try out each style in this book. (As dorky as it sounds, I've wanted to try out a Dutch braid since seeing the first _Hunger Games_ movie, and I accomplished it today, thanks to Coefield's fabulous instructions! Yay!)
Each style can also be done on your own without any help from someone else, which is a definite strength of this book. Coefield also rates each style in terms of the difficulty. While most of the styles are done on Coefield's straight, blond hair, a second model with brown wavy/curly hair also models some of the looks, which is really nice so you can see how they will look if you don't have straight hair.
To create the styles in this book, you also don't need any fancy tools, just a comb, some small hair elastics, some bobby pins, and hairspray. You will also want to have medium to long hair to do the styles.
Sure, you can follow along with You Tube tutorials or blog posts to do your hair, but I like having styles in a book to make it quick and easy to do my hair in the morning. I keep my hairstyling books in my bathroom, which makes them easy to grab on mornings when I'm feeling like doing my hair in a more adventurous style.