The classic Gibson tuck is one of my favorite go-to hairstyles. It's quick, simple, and casually elegant. While it is a hairstyle that can be created on shorter hair, a lot of layers can cause a problem. For this reason, I haven't had a lot of success lately. I few loose strands can enhance the look, but big chunks of spiky ends poking out everywhere isn't really a look I like.
I decided to try incorporating a couple braids to weave in and tame the shorter bits and leave the least layered area for the actual tuck. It worked! Sure, this style takes a couple more minutes than the basic version but it's still pretty quick and the braids take the look to a whole nutha level. Ok, ok, that's a little much but it is cute. Check out the tutorial below for the step-by-step instructions.
Gibson Tuck with Braids
For this hairstyle, you will need:
texturizing product (I used Redken Mess Around 10 Distrupting Cream-Paste)
small hair elastic bands (I use braiding bands from the dollar store)
teasing comb or brush (optional)
1. Apply product throughout and then divide hair into 3 sections. Part your hair from the top of your head to just behind your ears on both sides to create 2 front sections and one large section in the back.
3. If you want to, pull along sides of the braid to gently tug the braid a little wider.
4. Gather the remaining hair into a low ponytail and tie off with a small hair band.
5. Clip the ponytail up and out of the way. Join the two braids just under the ponytail and tie them together with another hair elastic.
6. Create an opening at the base of your ponytail between your scalp and the hair elastic.
7. Flip the ponytail up and through the hole.
8. Optionally, you can spray the ponytail with hairspray and tease it a little to add volume.
9. Wrap the ponytail around your fingers to create a large loop.
10. Use bobby pins to secure the loop down over the ponytail base and braid ends to hide them. Done!