Quick and easy ponytail hairstyle. Criss cross woven twists.
We're loving this cute and easy ponytail hairstyle! No braiding skills required, just grab some hair elastics and you are good to go!

This criss cross woven ponytail hairstyle is inspired by a photo we saw on Instagram by "vlechtjesezo." The original style featured single banded crosses down the length of the ponytail.  We thought it was such a super cute and creative style! We decided to try our own take on it by adding 2 strand crosses, with woven twists.  We love how intricate looking the pattern turned out, although it was still fairly quick, easy, and fun to create.

This hairstyle would be great for many occasions: school, work, the beach, recitals, communions, dances, sports, church, etc.

 Criss Cross Woven Ponytail Hairstyle Video Tutorial:
(Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Criss cross woven ponytail hairstyle, video instructions.

You can add as many woven sections as you would like to your ponytail (depending on the length of hair you are working with.) I think just one section would be cute as an accent at the top of your ponytail, or you can go to the very ends of her hair.  As you can see, we went down about 3/4 the length of her ponytail with our twists.

Hair tutorial, criss cross woven ponytail hairstyle for school.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size hair tie for the top of the ponytail.
  • Several small hair elastics (the amount will depend on how many sections you decide to twist and weave.)
  • Gel, pomade, hair spray, or other product to help control flyaways.

This style will work best with long hair, medium hair, straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair.
Belle Hair Tutorial, Beauty and the Beast inspired. Video instructions.
This Belle hair tutorial is inspired by Disney's new "Beauty And The Beast."  A beautiful half up hairstyle which is worn with the gorgeous yellow ball gown in the dancing scene with the Beast.

We are so excited for the new live action Beauty and the Beast Disney movie coming out on March 17, 2017. And we could not wait to film this hair tutorial! We have loved watching Emma Watson for years and think she will make the perfect Belle. (Our favorite Disney Princess!)

Belle Hair Tutorial, Elegant Half Up Bun Hairstyle: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Before filming this tutorial, we tried searching the internet for a clear picture of this hairstyle from an actual movie still shot, but were unsuccessful. (We only found blurry pics from the side or front and a very quick flash of the style in the official trailer.) So, this is our perceived rendition and not an exact replica.  Based off of the animated movie and books, seeing Belle at Disneyland, etc...  we know her classic style is a half up with curls, with some type of bun in the back, possibly featuring a yellow ribbon or gold hair accessory of some sort. Of course, although our minor details may not be spot on with the new movie, this hairstyle will definitely pass for Belle!  We can't wait to see the actual authentic details when we go watch this in the theater next month! 

Gorgeous Belle hair tutorial. Half up bun hairstyle from Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beasty hairstyle tutorial. Emma Watson (Disney Belle) inspired.

This hairstyle is fairly easy to make (for a Disney Princess hairstyle) and would be great to go with a Princess Belle Halloween costume, a day at Disneyland or Disney world, a Disney Princess party, watching the Beauty and the Beast movie premiere, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this glamorous hairstyle: 
  • 3 small or medium hair elastics
  • Several bobby pins
  • Finishing hair spray
  • To create the voluminous bun for this style, we used our "Hollywood Half Up" accessory made by Scunci.  When we saw this tool at Walmart, we thought it would be perfect for helping to create Belle's hairstyle and it really was simple to use.  We have an older Belle hair tutorial showing another idea for making the bun from several years ago if you want to check that out. This Bell hairstyle could also be created by following the first few steps shown in our video, and then making a regular twisted, braided, or messy bun with the half ponytail and tying a yellow ribbon around it, or adding a gold clip or barrette (instead of using a bun maker like we did.) 
  • The ringlet curls cascading underneath the bun were created using our 3/4 inch curling iron, starting at the the root.
  • A topsy tail (affiliate) is optional for creating this hairstyle, but does make it easier and can be used for many other styles as well. These can be found online and in some stores that sell hair accessories. 

Browse our Disney Princess Hairstyles playlist. We have renditions of hairstyles for Jasmine, Elsa, Anna, Cinderella & Aurora!
Valentine's Day hairstyle. 4 strand rosette heart hair tutorial.

Looking for Valentine's Day hairstyles? We have one more for you today! You'll love this romantic half up, half down 4 strand braid rosette heart hairstyle.

The basic technique and concept for creating this type of heart hairstyle (by wrapping the hair around 2 ponytails at the top of the heart) is nothing new and has been a popular Valentine's hairstyle over the past few years.  We love this base style and thought it would be fun to try it with a 4 strand ribbon braid and love how it turned out! We thought the "swirls" at the top of the heart looked like little roses (or rosettes) and the ribbon really makes the heart "pop."  You'll notice that we used fairly thick ribbon and made loose braids for "fluffy" looking roses and a pretty "lace like" heart shape.  If you use thinner ribbon and braid tight, your heart will come out more distinct and uniform looking, which is also a beautiful variation.

4 Strand Rosette Heart Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




Heart hair tutorial. 4 strand rosette half up half down hairstyle.

My daughter was wearing braids the night before we filmed this hairstyle to create some no-heat waves and texture.  This style would work great with straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair.  If your hair is shorter, you could make the buns at the top separately and then start a new braid beneath the bun on each side to form the rest of the heart.

Pretty heart hairstyle for Valentine's Day. 4 strand rosette tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle: 
  • 3 small, clear hair elastics.
  • Several bobby pins.  We used miniature pins from Sally Beauty Supply (affiliate.) We have found that smaller pins are easier to hide in delicate styles like this.
  • Ribbon.  We used about 2 feet on each half of the heart.
Find more heart hairstyles in our Valentine's Day hair playlist on YouTube.
Elastic braid twist heart hair tutorial.  Cute and easy Valentine's Day Hairstyle.
Looking for Valentine's Day hairstyles? You'll love this beautiful twisted heart, elastic braid, romantic half-up hairstyle.

This easy hairstyle would be perfect for school, work, Valentine's Day parties and dances, weddings, and other special or casual occasions. And the best part?  You don't even need to know how to braid!  This style was created by using a series of ponytails (which we call an elastic braid) to create a "french braid effect" without having to braid at all.

Elastic Braid Twist Heart Hairstyle, Video Tutorial (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



We used a simple twisting technique to place the heart in this hairstyle.  If you would rather braid or rope twist each half of the heart for a slightly different look, feel free to do that instead.  Also, as mentioned in our video tutorial (above) we chose to leave this as a half up, half down hairstyle. But, you could keep going with the elastic braid (or any other type of braid) to the ends of her hair, or add a ponytail, or bun at the bottom of the heart for more of an updo look if you desire.

Simple heart hairstyle tutorial. Elastic braid twist heart.

Easy heart hairstyle for Valentines.  Elastic braid twist heart tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several small hair elastics
  • Topsy Tail (optional, although it does make this style easier.) If you are wanting one, they are on sale right now on Amazon: Topsy tail link (affiliate.)  
  • Finishing hairspray, gel, pomade, etc. (Optional)
Find more Heart Hairstyles in our Valentine's Hair Playlist on Youtube.
Pretty streaming heart hairstyle for Valentine's Day, Video tutorial
New streaming heart hairstyle tutorial. One of our best and favorite Valentine's hairstyles so far!

Hey guys, this week our hair tutorial is on this beautiful "streaming heart" hairstyle.  We have combined a feather braid (you could use a waterfall braid if you prefer) and a braided heart to create this lovely half up design. 

This style would be great for Valentine's day, school, a formal dance (Prom / Homecoming) church, weddings, special occasions, anytime during February, flower girls, etc.  We created this look with older girls and teens in mind, although it would be adorable for little girls as well. I would not recommend this hairstyle for high activity days or sports as it is quite delicate.  ;) If you want to make this style more "activity friendly" you could always add a bun, ponytail, or braid with the remaining hair at the bottom of the heart (instead of leaving her hair mostly down.)

Streaming Heart Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Braided heart hairstyle tutorial. Streaming heart hairdo for Valentines.

Cute braided heart hair for Valentine's day. Video tutorial.
Looking for more heart hairstyle ideas? Check out our Valentine's hairstyles compilation playlist on YouTube!

Supplies needed to recreate this heart hairstyle:   
  • 2 medium size hair elastics
  • Temporary hair ties or clips 
  • Pomade, gel, or hair wax
  • Finishing hairspray
Quick and easy heart hairstyle for Valentines.  Hanging heart ponytail tutorial.

Our hair tutorial this week is a cute and easy heart ponytail hairstyle!

I can't believe it is already time to start thinking about Valentine's hairstyles for 2017.  Over the years, Valentines and heart hairstyles have been some of our favorite styles to create.  If you are looking for heart hairstyle ideas, we have more than we can count on our website, some of them dating way back to 08'!  You can check those out here: Heart Hairstyles

We love that this hanging heart ponytail is quick and easy with no special braiding skills required. Perfect for school mornings!

Hanging Heart Ponytail Video Tutorial:  Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube. 


 
Cute heart hairstyle.  Hanging heart ponytail.

Easy heart hairstyle tutorial.  Hanging heart ponytail video.

Although we demonstrated this technique showing one single heart in a ponytail, you could add more than one heart if you choose, or add this heart as an accent to a variety of different style options such as a half up, etc.  This style would not only be cute for Valentine's day, but would also make an adorable flower girl hairstyle for a wedding.

You might remember a style we posted a couple of years ago called the "heart knot hairstyle" which has been quite popular on social media.  The heart shown in our tutorial today is made using a similar technique, although the knots forming the top of the heart are tied in a slightly different way.  In our opinion, we prefer the way this "hanging heart" is shaped (with a more distinct point where the halves of the heart meet in the center.)

(Comparison photo below with the "heart knot" on the left and the "hanging heart" on the right.)

Heart knot hairstyle and hanging heart, comparison photo.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • 2 small hair elastics to create the heart
  • 1 medium or large hair tie for the top of the ponytail
  • Pomade, gel, or other product to help control flyaways
How to give a cat a bath, video tutorial

How to give a cat a bath who hates water... without getting scratched. :)

Hey guys! Our family got a surprise kitten 1 year ago for Christmas (which was my daughter's favorite gift of all time!) We have been wanting to do some fun videos with her, but haven't gotten around to it until now.  Hope you don't mind something different from our usual hair tutorials once in a while. Maybe (if we can find the time) keep an eye out for more cat videos in the future occasionally on our YouTube channel.

How To Bathe A Cat, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



A few of our best tips for bathing a cat:
  • Start when the cat is a kitten and bathe regularly to get them used to the water.
  • Clip his or her nails before you start to avoid getting scratched.
  • The kitchen sink works better for us than the actual bath tub since it is higher and smaller.
  • Have all supplies ready and within arms reach before you start.
  • Brush the cat before the bath and after.
  • Make sure your house is warm before bathing.
  • Don't give the cat a bath too often or their skin will get dry.  We usually bathe our cat about once a month unless she gets unusually dirty.
  • Some cats will allow you to blow dry them on a low setting until they are dry.  Our cat is not one of them! The blow drier scares her, so we don't bother with it.  It is not worth scaring your cat if she really hates something.  
  • Clean your sink before and after the bath, especially before using it for anything food related.
  • The water should be warm.  Not too hot or too cold.
  • If you have someone to help you, the process is so much easier with 2 people!
  • If your cat is especially scared, work quickly (and calmly) to cut down on the time she is in the water.
As you might have noticed in our video (above) our cat doesn't like the water, but she isn't completely terrified of it either.  She hated it at first, but we had to bathe her a few days after we got her because she got into a huge mess and was filthy. After that, we decided to try and help her warm up to the idea with regular bathings so that she wouldn't be so terrified if we (inevitably) had to give her a bath again, and it has worked.  She is actually quite calm after the initial "getting in" part. ;)

P.S. The shampoo we used in our video is called "mane and tail" (affiliate) and was recommended to us by our local shelter when we adopted our kitten. It seems to leave her fur soft, smooth, shiny and smelling nice.  Our cat doesn't seem to mind it and has been healthy and happy with us bathing her with it regularly. We purchased it at Walmart. Strangely enough, I've actually heard this shampoo and conditioner is great for human hair as well, although I have not tried it yet.
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