Friday, October 8, 2010

Hairstyle: Herringbone Braid Half-Updo and: 6 Months of Blogging

Hi everyone! Thank you all for the good wishes. I did sleep well last night and I was indeed able to enjoy the beautiful day we've had here today. Lulu, you're right; it's been just like a perfect summer day.

Today marks six months since I started this blog. I couldn't have imagined then that I would write an entry every day for six months.

Since April 8, 2010, this blog has been visited by people from 2036 cities in 89 different countries who have spent a total time of 24 days and 7 hours reading (my own family is not included in these stats). My blog is small potatoes compared with the longtime career bloggers, but it still boggles my mind that anything I've done has managed to reach all corners of the earth.

If you're under 40, you likely can't grasp just how mind-blowing it really is. When I was a young woman, just making an overseas phone call was still a big deal and we couldn't ever have imagined a day when just about everyone would have a cell phone. The last thing we could have imagined would have been having the ability to connect with people all over the world via something like the Internet. It amazes me still, when I think about it.

Writing this blog has reminded me that one is never too old to try something new. It has helped me to get over myself, and not worry if I write something that someone might find foolish, post a photo that is not perfect, or make a video in which I'm stumbling over my words. It's something I simply couldn't have done five years ago.

So for those of you who are still in your 20s or early 30s, and you're starting to feel the panic of "running out of time", please know that you can change and grow and learn new things throughout your life. You don't have to do it all now. There is still so much to look forward to, and let me also tell you another thing. Being 50 is not the same as being old.

Most of all, I am filled with gratitude daily for the comments and feedback that some of you leave, and for the emails and messages I receive. Believe me, you all give me so much more than I am giving and I am truly grateful.

Okay, now about hair. Today I've done a herringbone braid half-up. A herringbone braid is one of the simplest braids to do, but I do have to warn you; it can be tiring to do, especially on really long hair. The strands are small, and it takes patience. However, it's extremely easy, so that makes up for it.

As you can see, my braid in these photos is not perfect, but I still like the way it looks. Perfection is over-rated.  Photos can be clicked to enlarge them.

For those of you who have never made a herringbone braid, a half-up is a nice way to start.

To make a herringbone braid all you need to do is

  1. Divide hair into two sections.
  2. Take a small amount of hair from the outer portion of the left section and transfer it to the right section.
  3. Now take a small amount of hair from the outer portion of the right section and transfer it to the left section.
  4. Repeat until you have as much hair braided into a herringbone as you wish. 
  5. Tie off the end with a hair-friendly elastic.
Another way that many people like to do a herringbone braid is to make a ponytail first with a hair-friendly elastic and then do steps 1-5. I like to do it without a ponytail tie to start, because I like the v-shape it makes at the top, but both ways are pretty.

To my Canadian friends, I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving weekend. I hope that you spend time with people whom you love, and if not, that you can connect with them in some way.

'Til tomorrow, my friends. Much love to all, and extra hugs to anyone who is worried today.


  1. First of all, congratulations Franny! No wonder your blog has readers from all over the world. It's full of helpful advice (regarding both hair and life, which I cherish), and the whole place you have created is a tranquil web haven. Even though I don't comment much, I read every entry and this is one of the rare blogs I read daily! Your hair topics help me unwind, and life topics make me reflect and empathize. I really hope you keep on blogging :)

    I love the look of the herringbone. Mine never looks so neat; do you have any special tricks?

  2. You have a beautiful blog and I love to read it. The herringbone half up is gorgeous!

  3. Franny, I look forward to reading your blog every day. Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations, Franny! I can't imagine having the discipline to come up with a topic and write something of substance every single day, and yet you do exactly that.

    I really appreciate both the hair tips and your words of wisdom about life. You write beautifully and I can really empathize with a lot of what you say. I hope you continue to blog!


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