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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waffle Cone Ponytail, Easy Hairstyle

Another fun ponytail to try!
Waffle Cone Ponytail Hairstyle Tutorial

This cute woven ponytail hairstyle was named the "waffle cone" by a few awesome members on our Facebook page this week. The Princess and I loved this suggestion, as the woven pattern and triangular shape of this style does look very similar to a waffle cone! And, who doesn't love ice cream... and cute hair?  ;)

At first glance, this hairstyle seems to be fairly complicated with what looks to be a waterfall or dutch braid on each side, and a fishtail type of braid in the middle.  But as you will see in our video tutorial below, there is actually no braiding involved here at all, which makes this a very easy hairstyle to create!  This ponytail is perfect for one of those days when you don't want to put in a lot of time or effort, but still want to look extra cute.  This is a great one for school, work, sports, church and special occasions, along with every day wear.

Waffle Cone #Hairstyle Video Tutorial

The inspiration for this unique hairstyle originally came from an image we saw on Pinterest by a user named "Лена Роговая" (in Russian.) We took the original style and changed it up a bit for our personal preference, and the "waffle cone" was born!

You might have noticed that the pictures up until this point are not of  "The Princess" but rather our mannequin (Plastic Patty.)  We have been quite busy at our house recently with after school sports, homework, and every day life.  The only time I could find to fit in a tutorial this week was while the Princess was at school!  So, Plastic Patty got to be our model for this tutorial.  The Princess has actually worn this style out and about a few times recently, so we did manage to get a quick picture to show what the style will look like on "real hair" (below.)

This hairstyle is versatile in that you can choose to go down as far (or as little) as you want with the weaving.  As you can see, we extended the "braid" a little bit further on the Princess than we did on the mannequin for a slightly different look.

Easy Hairstyle Tutorial, Waffle Cone Ponytail

Supplies needed to create this hairstyle:
  • Several small, clear elastics.  The number you will need will depend on how far you choose to go down with the braid.
  • A hairstyling clip (or an extra hand) to help hold extra hair out of the way while you are working.
  • A bow, flower, clip, or ribbon to accessorize the end of the ponytail (optional.)

Waffle Cone Ponytail Video Tutorial:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

I would recommend this hairstyle for long hair, medium hair, curly, wavy, or straight.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kate Middleton Inspired Half-Up Hairstyle

A Princess Hairstyle, Literally!
Kate Middleton Inspired Half Up Hairstyle

Our hair tutorial this week is inspired by a Kate Middleton hairstyle. We saw Kate, aka "Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge" wearing this lovely half-up, half-down "tie back" knotted hairstyle in a photo recently and immediately knew that we wanted to try and recreate it. This is truly a Princess Hairstyle! 

Half Up Hair Knot Hairstyle

I admire Kate's (or Catherine's) classic, ladylike, and timeless style (both in fashion and in hair.)  She always seems to look so elegant and put together.  We love that this particular hairstyle is simple, yet still unique and stylish. Adding some curls or waves would also be a lovely touch if you have some extra time.

Half Up Tie Back Hairstyle With Knot

This hairstyle is quick and fairly easy to create, although the bobby pinning can be a little tricky.  I have found that using "miniature pins" helps a lot, as it is much easier to hide a tiny bobby pin rather than a full size one (especially if your hair is not extremely thick.)  I would recommend finding some small, salon quality pins with a strong hold. We found ours at Sally Beauty Supply.
Kate Middleton Hairstyle Tutorial

This half up hairstyle could work for both casual and special occasions, although I wouldn't recommend this one for sports or very active days.  This is more of a delicate style that wouldn't hold up well to a lot of activity.    

Supplies Needed:
  • Several small bobby pins
  • 2 small hair elastics
  • Gel, pomade, hair wax (or water) to help control flyaways

Kate Middleton Half Up Hairstyle Video Tutorial: Click here to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube.

If you love this style, we have a few similar knotted half updo's from the past that you may want to try, found at the following links:

Pretzel Knot (or celtic knot) Hairstyle
Woven Knot Hairstyle
Seashell Knot Hairstyle

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Centipede Braid Hairstyle Tutorial

A 4-Strand Fishtail Braid!
Centipede Braid Hairstyle

Our braiding tutorial today features a beautiful and intricate low side braid which was inspired by an Instagram photo we first saw on an account called "PrincessPunzelsHair." 

This "centipede braid" is created by braiding 4 braids together (3 fishtail braids & 1 regular 3-strand braid) woven into a beautiful 4-strand pattern. If you are on Pinterest or Instagram, you probably remember seeing images of a similar variation of this braid (which was 3 fishtail braids braided together) as it went sort of viral in recent years.  "The Princess" has worn the 3-strand version as well, and it is very pretty.  But we love this 4-strand braid even more!

Centipede Braid

The only "complaint" I have with this braid, is that it does take awhile to complete.  Most of the hairstyles we have shown on this blog are much quicker than they look and I rarely spend more than 5-10 minutes on The Princess's hair. But, that is not the case with this one.  If you have made fishtail braids before.... you know what I am talking about. :) I would plan on a good 20 minutes to complete all of the braiding (especially if you are working with long hair.)  With that said, I think the extra time spent is well worth it, since this braid is just so beautiful and intricate looking!

Four strand fishtail braid, centipede braid

We chose to do a side braid for our video tutorial below, but this braid can be centered at the nape of the neck instead, or placed into a ponytail.  You could also wrap the braid up into a pretty bun... but the pattern is just so gorgeous (and after spending all of that time braiding) I hate to cover it up and prefer to leave this one down to show it off! 

Supplies Needed:
  • 4 temporary hair ties (to hold the ends of the braids while you are working.)
  • 1 clear elastic or hair tie.
  • Gel, water, hair wax, or pomade (optional)

Centipede Braid Video Tutorial:  Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

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