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100 Pleats, 100 Days

A 100 Day Challenge, 1 French Pleat at a time…

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November 2015

Forktastic French Pleats

We put one of our brilliant Stone Bridge Classics in our Day 50 goodie box – the much loved Allegro French Hair Fork.

Perfect for long hair of all types, this hair fork has been loved by thousands of our customers, and now all of our #100pleats entrants too.

Click here to see more information about this hair fork.

 

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Tying myself in Knots…

Hello Pleaters! How are you doing?

Today is Day 66, which is another hotspot where it can be easy to lose your motivation, so I wanted to give you something new to try.

I’ve been working on another great style for long hair this week. It works well for all hair types, but the finish is very pretty in straight hair.

It came about because I’ve been wrestling with the challenge of working with my hair straight, not it’s natural curls, and because my hair has grown a lot since I last bought any hair accessories. (*gasp*) It means a lot of my beloved clips are just too small, and don’t hold all my hair well any more, and so I wanted to come up with a way to still wear my old favourites.

I’m sure I’m not the first to try it, but I’m calling this one the French Knot Pleat. Here’s how you do it…

  1. Divide your glorious mane into two sections…
    Photo on 26-11-2015 at 11.59
  2. Tying a simple ‘shoelace’ knot, pass one section across the other, and through the loop. Gently tighten by pulling the ends…
    Photo on 26-11-2015 at 12.03
  3. Repeat to use up as much length as you can, and pull up against the head…
    Photo on 26-11-2015 at 12.07
  4. Secure with your hair clip of choice…
    Photo on 26-11-2015 at 12.10
  5. Sip tea with satisfaction on creating such an intricate-looking style in 60 seconds.
    Photo on 26-11-2015 at 12.14Photo on 26-11-2015 at 12.11

This lovely Splendide Bow hair clip is our 8cm clasp size, making it best for fine to medium hair. Sadly this little beauty has NO chance of holding all my hair at it’s current length, which needs a Large or Extra Large clip.

However, by using up the bulk and length of my hair by making the knots, I’m just left with a small tail to secure, which this barrette holds with ease. As you can see, the fact that my hair is straight means that you can see the knots clearly, and so you get a pretty, and intricate-looking finish.

So there it is! This is my challenge for you this week, show me your French Knot Pleats…

As always, if you need a helping hand, just holler! You can ring the hair clip phone on 01732 883820, or email me at Claire@Stone-Bridge.co.uk

Happy Pleating!

Weeee-ooooo! Weeee-oooo! Day 50 Alert!

Congratulations on making it to Day 50, you lovely people!

Remember, if you’ve got any entries to catch up on, I need to have all 50 on your record by 5pm tomorrow, 11th November.

If you do, you’ll get a Super Stone Bridge Goodie box sent out in the post to you! So get those pleats coming in…

I know I’ve spoken to so many of you over the past 50 days, but I just wanted to say thank you for making this challenge so much fun to manage.

I’m so amazed and thrilled by the pictures that have flooded into my inbox every morning for the last 50 days. I’ve seen veteran pleaters find new styles, newbie pleaters put their hair up for the very first time, and pretty much everything in between – and every single entrant has made progress…

I know we can all be very critical of our own efforts, and our own hair for that matter. It’s too curly, too short, too thick, too fine – sound familiar? But I just wanted to say today that all of you have done brilliantly.

I think your hair is beautiful, and I’m not the only one. Check out the lovely comments going on on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WordPress to see what lovely things everyone is saying.

Keep up the good work! Here’s to the next 50 😉

— Claire

Roll Up! Roll Up!

(… Get it?)

Alright, I’ll put the pun-machine away… This week I’m talking about the Edwardian Style French Pleat, or as it’s more commonly known, the Gibson Tuck, or low chignon. Lots of our entrants have given it a try already, but I wanted to show off this super-easy style as a great way to add some variety to your pleat-making.

This was popularised by the Gibson Girl illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson in the 1890’s, but the fashion for this gently sweeping style lingered on through decades afterwards.

Take a look at our tutorial video below, that shows Melissa making this style in easy steps…

I have had a go this week, and I think I’ve made some progress…

Photo on 29-10-2015 at 14.17 Photo on 29-10-2015 at 14.54

Now, I did make a few tweaks here and there. As I’m sure you’ve seen already, my hair is normally in big loose natural curls, but this week I have had to wear it straight (sadly I’m having to brush it a lot, due to a flare-up of psoriasis…) but it did mean that my hair was super slippery and much harder to work with than normal.

In my first few attempts (left hand picture) I found I really needed an elastic to hold the initial loop in place, and rather than using a traditional French Pleat Comb for this style, I used a Side Comb.

(As a note, I would *not* recommend this for everyone. French Pleat Combs are specially designed to take the additional weight and tension in your hair that comes with making a french pleat. I have seen a few pleats made with side combs, but I would only recommend this if your hair is very fine. Side combs are only designed to hold small sections of hair, and so those that are worn to hold pleats in place can warp and break after just a few months of use. I wouldn’t want you to have that experience – broken clips make me sad!)

After a few days of practice, I did come up with a method that worked well for me. Rather than using an elastic, instead I decided to use a flat bobby pin to grip the side sections in place while I made the rest of the style. I held it in place with a larger, arched barrette that could accommodate the double-thickness of hair that I was trying to secure, and then I pulled the bobby pin out.

Not too shabby, even if I do say so myself! I think this style definitely needs more practice than a traditional vertical pleat, probably because of gravity. If your comb or clip isn’t in the right place, it just unravels.

Here are some of our great entries using this style…

06 - R Anderson - 3313 - S Morgan - 719 - M Ayres - 4312 - C McNeill - 31

So, if you’ve not tried it yet, this is my challenge to you this week – Attempt the Gibson Tuck at least once. I can’t wait to see what you come up with…

Remember our Day 50 treat, too! Keep sending your daily images in, if you’re on track with 50 entries by 5pm on the 11th November, (that’s next Wednesday!) I’ll be sending you a French Pleat goodie pack in the post.

If you’ve got any questions, just let me know. Ring the Hair Clip Phone on 01732 883820, or send me an email at Claire@Stone-Bridge.co.uk.

Have a great week Pleaters!

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