Easy and quick topsy tail bun tutorial.  Only one elastic and no bobby pins!
A quick and easy bun, perfect for dance or ballet!

A few weeks ago we saw this simple and beautiful bun while scrolling through Instagram on an account called "brownhairedbliss." As soon as we saw this "flip through topsy tail" technique, we knew we wanted to try it.  My daughter is a dancer, so dance hairstyles and ballet buns are a huge part of our life. ;)  Sometimes it can be a struggle to put all of her long hair up, and we get tired of our usual bun makers, donut buns, and sock buns.  A standard or braided bun (wrapped around the top of the ponytail) always requires using tons of bobby pins and elastics and can be a pain to take out.  So, we were super excited to see that this bun is quick and easy, and that it only requires using one ponytail holder and zero bobby pins!

Topsy Tail Bun Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



P.S. Watch to the end of the video to see how to take this bun out and for some tips and tricks. The topsy tail we used can be found on Amazon (affiliate) and in some stores.  The brand we use is "Conair."

Simple bun tutorial. Flip through topsy tail technique.

Quick and easy bun for ballet and dance. Topsy tail bun using no bobby pins.

She tested this bun one afternoon while doing all sorts of trampoline tricks, and it held up and stayed in extremely well (which is quite amazing considering it is only being held together with one hair tie.) 

Of course, this bun isn't only for dancers.  This updo hairstyle could be worn for many casual occasions such as school, for sports, for cheer leading, gymnastics, to work, to the beach, etc.  This could also be worn for more formal occasions; church, weddings, prom, homecoming, communions, recitals, flower girls, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this bun: 
  • 1 hair tie, elastic, or ponytail holder. (You will want something sturdy that can handle all of your hair in a ponytail.)
  • Topsy tail tool. (Affiliate) The package we purchased contains 2 different sizes.  We used the smaller size.
  • Finishing hairspray, pomade, or gel (optional.)
2 Easy and Quick Back To School Hairstyles

This week we are adding 2 more styles to our "back to school hairstyles" collection! If you missed our video last week (showing 3 more school hairstyle ideas) you can find it here: 3 Easy Back To School Hairstyle Tutorials.

We love quick and easy hairstyles, buns, and braids for school mornings. Since it is "back to school time" for a lot of you, we wanted to share a few simple styles that my daughter frequently wears to school.  None of these hairstyles are super unique or extra special... but classic, cute, and fashionable styles that we use on a regular basis.  We are hoping these are even doable for those of you who do your own hair!

2 Back To School Hairstyles, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




We have already filmed more of our "go to" hairstyles and will be posting them throughout the month of August, so be on the look out if you are wanting more quick and easy ideas for school hair! 

Hairstyles included in this video:

#1 Classic Side Dutch Braid

Voluminous Side Dutch Braid Tutorial

Cute side dutch braid tutorial, for school

#2 Messy Bun Twist Hairstyle (Inspired by a tutorial we saw on "8 passengers" family vlog channel.) Depending on what you wear and how you want this bun to look, you could dress it up or down.  I could see this working as a fancy updo for Prom... or as an every day casual school hairstyle.

Cute and easy "messy bun" tutorial

Easy twisted bun tutorial.

Both this voluminous side Dutch braid and messy bun twist would be great for teens, girls, or even busy moms. Both styles should work with long hair, medium hair, straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair.

Supplies needed to recreate these looks: 

Side dutch braid:

  • 1 medium size, clear elastic
  • Finishing hairspray (optional)
Messy bun twist:
  • 1 hair tie (large enough to make a ponytail with all of your hair)
  • Either 1-2 hair elastics, or several bobby pins (depending on how you choose to finish and secure the bun.)
  • Finishing hairspray (optional)
3 Quick and Simple Braided Hairstyles. Back To School Video Tutorial.

We love quick and easy hairstyles and braids for school mornings and since it is "back to school time" for a lot of you, we wanted to share a few simple style ideas that my daughter frequently wears to school.  None of these hairstyles are super unique or extra special... but classic, cute styles that we use on a regular basis.  We are hoping all 3 of these are doable even for those of you who do your own hair!

P.S. We have already filmed more of our "go to" hairstyles and will be posting them in the next few weeks, so be on the "look out" if you are wanting more quick and easy ideas for school hair! 

3 Easy Back To School Hairstyles, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)
 



Hairstyle tutorials included in this video:

#1 Infinity braid side accent.

Infinity braid side accent hairstyle.  Back to school hairstyle ideas.

#2 Twisted crown tie back, half up hairstyle.

Twisted crown tie back, half up hairstyle.  So cute and easy for school.

#3 Front and back twist with side braid.

French twist in the front and back with braid.  Easy hairstyle for school mornings.

These styles would be great for teens, girls, or even busy moms. All three styles should work with long hair, medium hair, fairly short hair, straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair.

*Supplies needed to recreate:
  • Just one hair elastic for all 3 hairstyles!
  • Finishing hair spray or gel (optional.)

If you love 5 minute hairstyles, you may like the following hairstyle ideas we posted recently as well:

7 easy hairstyles part 1

7 easy hairstyles part 2

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven't already. We have more "back to school" hairstyle videos coming throughout the month of August for you!
Kaleidoscope loop, pull-through ponytail hairstyle tutorial.

This week's ponytail hairstyle is partially inspired by a photo we saw on Pinterest a few months ago, as well as a technique used in the half-up "heart knot hairstyle tutorial" we posted for Valentines Day a couple of years ago. We did change up the technique a little bit from the heart hairstyle for this ponytail, by bringing the strands under first (instead of over) while creating the loops.

 This would be a great back to school hairstyle since it is fairly quick to do and so cute!  Because elastics are used to form the loops, this should hold up fairly well throughout the school day too. You could change the colors of the elastics to match your outfits, or use clear if you want a more subtle or "grown up" look.

Kaleidoscope Loop, Pull Through Ponytail Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



 We thought the finished pattern on this ponytail ended up resembling something you would see while looking through a kaleidoscope!

Back to school hairstyle! Kaleidoscope loop pull through ponytail tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle: 
  • 1 hair tie for the top of the ponytail
  • Several small hair elastics (the amount will depend on the length of hair you are working with.)
Depending on the texture of hair you are working with, I would suggest creating this hairstyle using damp hair, or adding pomade, gel, wax, etc. before tying the knots and creating the loops (to help avoid flyaways.)

This should work with long hair, medium hair, straight hair, wavy hair, and possibly curly hair.  Of course, the longer hair you have, the more pattern you can create on your ponytail.

If you like this hairstyle, you might also like our "twisted edge fishtail braid." Check it out below! 


Back to school clothes, cute outfit ideas. Nothing over $30.

We did some "back to school shopping" recently, as school is (unfortunately) quickly approaching again!  It's becoming a yearly tradition for us to take a small break from our usual hair tutorials and share what she picked out for her school clothes in a clothing haul / try on video. Be sure to leave us a comment letting us know which outfit in her collection is your favorite.  And, we would love to know what fashion trends, items, or styles you are loving this year as well!

Our goal was to try and only purchase reasonably priced items (hopefully on sale, or cheap to begin with) but to still find cute, modest, and high quality pieces that will hopefully last throughout the year.  She managed to not go over $30 on anything, even shoes/boots, which I thought was pretty great.


6 Back To School Outfits, Clothing Haul Video: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)


Where we shopped: (Some links are affiliates.)

Outfit #1
Boho flowered lace trimmed top, Old Navy
Skinny jeans, Old Navy
Tan booties, Old Navy

Outfit #2
Sleeveless Boho Aztec peasant top - TJ Maxx (similar)
High waisted tan pants, Rue21
Jean Jacket - Purchased previously at GAP.  (Similar)
Sandals, Rue21 (similar)

Outfit #3
Dress - Bliss dresses
Denim Jacket - Purchased previously.  (Similar)
Tan Boots, Old Navy

Outfit #4
Boho babydoll top from Sadie Robertson collection, Rue 21
Mint green jegging pants, rue21
Sandals - Walmart (similar)

Outfit #5
Graphic T-shirt, Old Navy
Army green pants, rue21

Outfit #6
Casual grey sweatshirt, Tj Maxx (similar)
Red skinny jeans,  rue21
Memory foam shoes - walmart (similar)

P.S. Since we are normally a hairstyle channel, she is wearing a fishtail braid with a twist in the back!
Hairbrush straightener review. Tested on naturally wavy, curly, frizzy hair.

Today we are reviewing the "Simply Straight" hair brush straightener (as seen on TV.)  We saw a commercial for this product quite awhile ago and have been wanting to try it ever since.  Then a few months ago we noticed that it was available at our local Walmart, so we went ahead and purchased it.

We are testing this heated brush on naturally wavy, slightly curly, color treated, fairly thick, and generally frizzy hair.  I allowed my hair to air dry after washing it and did not add any hair products except for heat protectant before using (to see what this brush could do on its own.)

Hair Brush Straightener Video Review: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



As shown in our video, this product did mostly straighten my hair, but left it frizzy looking and not completely smooth.  Although It was fun, fairly quick, and easy to use, I felt that I needed to touch up my hair with a curling iron or flat iron afterwards to make it look presentable.... which kind of defeats the purpose.

On the box, this product claims to be "safe and gentle" with "salon quality results."  I can agree that this would probably cause less damage than a flat iron, since your hair isn't being completely flattened between two hot plates giving direct heat, but heat is still being applied (up to 450 degrees) so I can guess that damage will still occur while using this brush.  As with any heated tool, I would suggest using heat protectant, and to only use it occasionally. Also, we were not able to achieve salon quality results in my opinion. 

I could see this being useful if you wanted to quickly straighten your hair before finishing with a curling iron or flat iron to smooth things out completely (as shown in the bottom photo below.)

Naturally curly hair, before hair brush straightener.

Results after using hair brush straightener.

Hair brush straightener results, after touching up with curling iron.

There are several brands of these ceramic electric brushes available and I have only tried "simply straight." Some others I have heard of are: DAFNI, Apalus, Jouvelle, Femjolie, Uspicy, Conair, Chi, Vega, FHI, and Avon.  The simply straight brush was priced at around $40.  The other brands I have seen range from $19 to over $200.
Cornucopia braid hair tutorial

Our hairstyle tutorial this week is a variation of the "stingray braid" (which we have previously done a tutorial on) combined with an elegant braided flower.  I was playing around with the stingray braid (which is one of our favorites) and fell in love with how it looked when I tried pulling the feathered strands over and braided them in on the opposite side of the French braid.  After filming the tutorial of this braid, my husband told me that the finished hairstyle looked just like a cornucopia! After pointing this out, I couldn't see anything else, so this is the name that stuck! Many different and unique hairstyles can be made by using this technique shown in our tutorial, below...

Cornucopia Braid Half Up Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




Cornucopia braid half-up hairstyle

Gorgeous half up hairstyle, the cornucopia braid

Pretty hairstyle with braided flower, the cornucopia braid

We decided to leave half of her hair down, and added a braided rosette to the bottom/side of the braid for a sweet and feminine touch.  If you wanted to make an updo hairstyle instead of a half-up, you could easily add in all of the hair you are working with and end with the rosette at the nape of the neck.  This cornucopia braid could also be created by using a dutch braid instead of a french braid for a slightly different variation.  This elegant hairstyle would be great for a wedding, prom, church, recital, communion, etc..

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 clear hair elastics
  • Several bobby pins
*This hairstyle should work best on long hair, medium hair, straight hair, wavy hair and possibly curly hair.  You may want to use pomade, gel, wax or other product if your hair is prone to flyaways, frizz, or if you have layers.

P.S. I thought I had seen something similar to the top half of this hairstyle on Instagram, so I looked.... and looked! And sure enough, I finally found the braid I had remembered, the "flip over ladder braid" on an awesome account called "Abellas Braids."  Although we both created the braid in a different way, the end result looks very similar, so be sure to check hers out for a different method if you love this one!
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