Bambi in Braids


When hair star James Pecis [see today's The Professional] got his exceedingly able mitts on Bambi’s mane, things took an unexpected turn. “I wouldn’t say that this is the hairstyle I thought of instinctually,” James grinned, surveying the twin inverted braids he’d created out of a series of square knots, which peaked, horn-like above Bambi’s temples. “I like them!” Bambi laughed, lightly tugging on the ends while she mugged for the camera. James' first look for the Aussie model was more 'traditional'—a tight, asymmetrical cornrow that ended at the base of her skull in thick, rope-like coils, which James had secured with pins. “You pull hair from one side, instead of both sides—I just played with different partings, different directions that you can pull the hair in,” he explained, adding that, “Sometimes, I think when you do braids or cornrows, it gives off a ‘strong woman’ vibe, so you need to keep it a bit soft to balance out the look; they’re tough, but tough in the right way.” The second style—twin, peaked knotted braids—was more off-the-cuff. “They’re really basic: I just tied square knots into the hair—inspired by sailor knots, like in friendship bracelets. Bambi is such a pretty girl, I feel like if we went in with really heavy products, it’d be too hard of a look.” As for a ‘do we’d spotted on a few runways, which James identified as a “basket weave with the hair down the back,” James wrinkled his nose. “It’s a little bit much,” he said. “That’s a beaver tail. I think the best styles usually end up happening when you’re on your way to something or taking something down. You just have to know when to stop and say, ‘Actually, that looks cool.’ That’s when you find something really great.”

Bambi Northwood-Blyth photographed by Emily Weiss in New York in September 2012.

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  • Silvia

    Stunning! I really want to try braids, but I find it almost impossible to do even the most basic French braid myself and make it look decent, a little polished.

  • charlotte bentley

    Bambi is one of my favorite girls out there right now. She has an enchanted look.


  • Rose_Luv

    forget the braids how do we get those BROWS?!?! Mine are pretty full but i have some little sparse patches and they don't have the softness hers do. any tips for softening brow hairs (and I've tried conditioner with mixed results...)

  • kate moss daily

    I love braids, but my hair always slips out of place :(

    • james pecis

      Spray dry shampoo in dirty hair or use use surf spray on clean hair and blow dry in before you braid. It will give you more grip.


  • Sophie Lewis

    Such braid inspiration in these photos! That model is so classically stunning. I can't wait to try these!

  • Alice

    Don't even get me started on how amazing I think that girl is. She's so pretty and seems like so much fun! Those brows and those eyes are just stunning. Then there's also that adorable name :)
    I agree with what James said about the best styles being discovered almost accidentally. It seems like every time I'm just playing around with my hair and making a gigantic mess of it, I discover some cool way to style it. Now if only I could do that on the normal days, when I'm actually trying to style my hair!

    The different braids on Bambi look pretty fabulous. The "horns" seem to fit so well with her name! Plus, I love that cornrow. It's soft but really structured in a very eye-catching way. My eyes are drawn to the intricacy of the braids but also to Bambi's amazing bone structure.

    So who wants to teach me how to do these braids now?


  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Yeah--these are AWESOME! And I'm sure people say this all the time, but I am SO jealous of her brows!!!