I've got long hair and work with horses regularly so it's kind of essential for me to keep it out of my face.
I started out with simple ponytails and regular braids but I soon got bored by it so I thought I'd up my game a bit by doing french braids and tucking them under. After a while I'd google and youtube "braided updo" or something along that line for inspiration and try to mimick that hairstyle.
It doesn't have to be exactly the same as in the picture but it is a great source of inspiration. It won't be long and you'll easily braid your own hair in all kinds of ways (think french, dutch, fishtail, four-strand, five-strand). I think it's a great approach to braid back your hair and secure it in a bun or something like that with bobby pins. This works especially well if you have bangs that you want out of your face.
My current favorite is a french four-strand braid along the hairline to secure my bangs which I then braid into a big four-strand braid with my whole hair and curl up to a bun, if that makes any sense at all.
The trick to the trade is called practicing ;-) In the beginning, don't be surprised if it looks awful. Look at yourself in the mirror and try to find out what went wrong, then do it over trying to avoid the mistake. With time you'll be able to braid your hair easily and even if a slip-up happens, there's always the magic of bobby-pins to fix it...
I also recommend experimenting a little bit when you have time to kill. Nevermind how it actually turns out, try getting a feel for your hair. You'll figure out what works best for you in no time. Whenever you have your hands free, practice braiding all kinds of braids even without a mirror.
To make it easier on yourself, always THOROUGHLY comb your hair before braiding and maybe even spray it with a bit of water to make it easier to handle. Also, stock up on bobby pins, they're your best friends!
I think it would be great if you'd take pictures of your 'dos and post them so people could critique them and maybe give you tips on how to improve (of course without showing your face if privacy is a concern to you!)
Last but not least, enjoy it and stop when you get frustrated. Good luck :-)
Edited by mrs.meatball, 28 February 2013 - 08:38 AM.