Stylist Creates Braided Rose Hairstyle From Ordinary Locks in Honor of Late Grandma

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
April 11, 2019 Updated: April 12, 2019

Spring is in full swing. It’s the season to stop and admire the beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers that are in bloom. As the scent of spring fills the air, some ladies love adorning their tresses with flowers.

Tucking colorful blooms, such as roses, in the hair is not the latest trend—women have worn fresh flower crowns on their heads even during the Victorian Era. However, making roses out of your hair definitely is.

Last spring, hairstylist Alison Valsamis, of Fairfield, Connecticut, created an elegant springtime floral hairstyle by doing a braided rose updo in honor of her late grandma.

In a written communication with The Epoch Times, Valsamis, a self-taught up style and braider, said: “I was inspired by my grandmother’s rose gardens when I was a child. She LOVED roses. I created these looks for her in honor of her. She has since passed away and I’m so grateful she got to see these looks and how much people loved them.”

Valsamis, who finds it “very therapeutic” to express herself through styling and braiding, creates mini roses in the hair or transforms a woman’s entire tresses into one gigantic rose.

And the results are absolutely mesmerizing!

The innovative hairstylist’s impressive rose creations have garnered a fair bit of attention on social media, leaving many users falling head over heels for this romantic hairstyle.

“Love the simplicity of the design and how the colors wrap it all together,” one user wrote.

Another commented: “It looks like something I would love to have in my hair! It’s incredible!”

Are you keen to give Valsamis’s rose-inspired pinned-up hair a try?

In a video tutorial that has racked up some 12,060 views, Valsamis shows how to create the intricate rose-shaped hairdo. It looks simple; however, you’ll never know how hard it is until you give it a try.

Valsamis explained to Allure, “To create these roses, I start with a small 3-strand braid rolled up to serve as the centermost part.”

“Next, I alternate between standard fishtails and Dutch fishtails pulled apart to create depth,” she continued. “I finish with a Dutch 3-strand braid only pulled out on the outermost side to create the large petal feel of a rose in bloom.”

To pull off a perfect braided rose updo, Valsamis advised using a light gel in order to prevent flyaways while doing braids. In addition, she suggested using a texture spray before pulling the braids loose.

Speaking to Vogue India, she said: “You can achieve a hair rose with almost any hair length that is at least up to the shoulder. In order to create an entire updo, however, you would need hair that reaches your collar bone, or longer. Clip-in extensions are a fun and easy way to add volume and length to create this hairstyle.”

“You might need a friend’s help to create this look at home. Along with bobby pins, a tail comb and some small clear or black elastic bands. And products! The right hair products make all the difference,” she went on to add.

As the song by American country music singer Charley Pride goes: “Nothing’s prettier than Rose is.” This spring, style your hair into a blooming stunning rose like what Valsamis did.

With the lovely spring-themed braided rose on your head, you’re sure to turn heads at weddings, proms, and parties.

Other than the braided rose hairstyle, Valsamis does all other kinds of stunning hair creations and creative braided styles.

“I do a lot of looks featuring the double ladder braid or lantern braid and a lot of looks using macrame knots,” she told The Epoch Times.

“I have a few other ideas in mind I’ve been working on. I love the idea of creating macrame out of hair. Intricate styles that resemble wall hangings…. I have to work it all out,” she added.

But the rose creations will always be her favorite because “of how much they personally meant to me and also how greatly they’ve been received by everyone else.”

When Vogue India asked her to predict the hair trends for 2019, Valsamis said it will be focused “more on sculpted hair and sleeker, moulded looks.”

“The boho trend has been with us for a while now, and I have a feeling that we will be moving back to a more vintage and classic look. I also know that texture is making a big comeback—small, tight curls, pin curls and new types of waves for sure,” she foresees.

To view Valsamis’s outstanding portfolio, check out her Instagram account or Facebook page @braidedandblonde. She now has more than 45,400 Instagram followers!

Photo courtesy of Alison Valsamis (WebsiteInstagramFacebook)

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