Braid with a twist, simple hair tutorial

 "The Princess" is growing up. Yes, it is sad.. but true! She has been doing her own hair most mornings lately and we wanted to share a few of the styles she has been wearing and doing herself.  Over the next little while, we will be adding several of her quick and easy "DIY beginner hairstyles" into the mix on our blog.  These styles will be great for school mornings, or when you are in a hurry, and for those of you who are starting to do your own hair as well!

Braid with a twist, beginner hairstyle

We shared a similar hairstyle a couple of years ago (which you may remember) called the "braid in a braid." The Princess wears that original braid quite often as well. I think it was actually one of the very first hairstyles she did on her own! One day for school she decided to add a rope braid in place of the regular braid and I think it came out really cute!  This style would be darling using a fishtail braid as well, but keep in mind, fishtails do take a little bit longer to create.

Although this hairstyle is very simple and quick, it still looks quite interesting and different.  So much more fun than a regular side braid.  ;)

Easy video tutorial, braid with a twist

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • 1 temporary hair tie or clip for the rope braid
  • 1 medium size elastic or hair tie for the main braid
  • hairspray, gel, pomade, etc. to help control flyaways (optional)

Easy Braid With A Twist Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Flip knot waterfall feather braid video tutorial

This fun waterfall/feather braid is a variation of the "flip knot braid" we posted last week.  Of course, waterfall braids have always been a favorite braiding technique of ours.... a favorite most likely shared with many.  I mean really, who doesn't love the intricate, yet relaxed bohemian look of a waterfall braid?  So gorgeous! This knotted variation is great if you are looking for something unique and a little bit different from the standard braided waterfall (which has become so popular.)

Unique waterfall braid, the "flip knot"

This braid can be worn on the side (as shown in our tutorial below.) Or, you could bring the braid all the way around her head horizontally or diagonally.  You could make a braid on each side and join them in the center.  Or, you could use this braid as an accent to a ponytail, updo, bun etc.  This could really be the base for an endless amount of hairstyles if you want to get creative. ;) 

You could wear this hairstyle for school, work, every day, the beach, etc.  Or for more formal or special occasions.  With the right dress, I could see this working for Prom, Homecoming, Weddings, Brides, Flower Girls, Communions, or photos.

Knotted waterfall braid tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 small elastic to tie off the braid
  • comb or brush
  • water, gel, pomade or wax (to help control flyaways)

Flip Knot Waterfall Feather Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch directly on YouTube.)

We have shown several variations of the waterfall braid over the years on our blog. If you love waterfalls as much as we do, you can browse through a few of them here:

Candy Stripe Waterfall Braid

Waterfall Scissor Braid

Waterfall fishtail braid

Waterfall Twist

5 Strand Waterfall

Waterfall Ribbon Twist

If you recreate this "flip knot waterfall/feather braid" we would love to see it.  Use the hashtag #hair4myprincess on Instagram and we will check it out!
Flip knot braid video tutorial

We have done several knotted hairstyles here on our "hair blog" in the past, and love them. I think knots are fun to try if you are wanting something different and unique. We tend to wear standard braids at our house most often, and knots are a great way to mix things up every now and then. This particular knot braid is somewhat similar to our "spiral knot french braid" which we posted way back in 2011 and is still one of our favorites!

Flip knot braid hairstyle tutorial

This braid/knot could be used to create many different hairstyles. We have chosen to place this braid in the front/side of her head (using the bangs area) with her hair mostly down as a simple style for our tutorial today. You could add another braid on the other side of her head if you wanted, or use this braid as an accent for a cute updo, ponytail, or bun.  Be sure to check back next week... We have filmed another fun variation of this braid that we really love.  <3

Cute knotted hairstyle tutorial

Our video tutorial (below) was shot using our hair mannequin "Plastic Patty."  But, we wanted to include a few pictures of this braid on human hair for you as well.  The Princess has worn this style a few times and loves how quick, cute, and simple it is.  This would be a great style for school, work, church, or other occasion.

Cute and simple "flip knot braid" 

Cute hairstyle for teens, flip knot braid

Supplies needed to create this style:
  • 1 medium size hair elastic to tie off the braid.
  • Pomade, gel, water, etc. (To help keep flyaways under control.)
Flip Knot Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

I wanted to mention that whenever we post a hairstyle using knots, we always get questions about taking it out... and if it is difficult or if it damages or tangles her hair. In our experience, knotted braids come out quite easily (just like any other braid.) I assume you wouldn't want to purposefully tie the knots too tight, or use super thin strands to make your knots, as this might create a knot that would be harder to get out. We have never had any trouble with any of the knotted styles the princess has worn though.... and she has worn a lot!  ;)
Pretty half up rosette braid and headband video tutorial

We were in the mood for an elegant and pretty hairstyle this week.  This style was created by taking several elements (a dutch feather braid headband, a regular 3 strand braid, a braided rosette) and combining them to form a fancy half up hairstyle. This classic style would be great for many special or formal occasions such as church, dances, recitals, communions, baptisms, flower girls, weddings, renaissance faires, etc.  I think the dainty side rosette and the braid swooping across the back of her head gives this style a romantic, feminine, and vintage look.

Elegant rosette braid hairstyle tutorial

The Princess usually prefers hairstyles which are fairly sleek, tight, and neat. She says that loose braids bug her sometimes as she feels like they are falling out.  ;)  But, if your personal style is more of a tousled look, you can definitely stretch out and loosen the braid in the feathered headband as well as the braided flower for more of an effortless or messy look. If you prefer a waterfall braid over a feather braid, you can do that instead (for the headband.) But, we have found that the feather braid tends to hold up better. Some waves or curls could also be added for a cute finishing touch if you desire.

Feather braided headband and rosette hairstyle tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:

Braided Rosette and Feathered Headband Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

How to make a spinning bun tutorial by a dad

While I was out of town recently "The Princess" had an event to go to where she needed to wear a bun.  Coincidently her dad remembered seeing a video on Facebook awhile ago, showing how to make a bun by the subject spinning as the hair was magically twisted and formed into place!  Our dad does not have much experience with hair and was getting desperate, so he decided to give it a try. They decided to film a fun hair tutorial of their experiment for you, just in case it turned out... and I'm so glad they did.  What a cute little surprise I found on our memory card when I got home! 

Dad and daughter hair tutorial:  How to make a spinning bun.  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Although this video is on the silly side and was made mostly for entertainment value, this method actually does work and makes a great bun. And as you can see... it is easy and quick! Dads can do hair too!

P.S. This is not the first time "The Dad" has made an appearance on our channel.  You may remember him from the infamous "vacuum ponytail video" which has strangely and unexpectedly become quite popular on YouTube! You can see that crazy spoof here.
Double fishtail stitched braid hairstyle tutorial
Do you love fishtail braids as much as we do?  Hope you enjoy this fun, woven variation! This braid has a trendy, bohemian feel to it. You may have noticed how popular fishtail braids (of all kinds) are right now..... demonstrated in a big way at Coachella.

Today our video tutorial is a spin-off of a hairstyle you might remember us posting last year called the "rope stitched fishtail braid." The Princess wears our rope stitched braid quite often to school. We decided to try the hairstyle using a micro fishtail braid instead of a rope braid recently, and actually ended up loving it even more than the original, so of course we wanted to share it with you! 

Stitched fishtail braid video tutorial

As shown in our video tutorial (below) I stretched the outside edges of our braid slightly to make it  look fuller and thicker. But if you prefer more of a disheveled or effortless looking braid, you can deconstruct the edges of the larger fishtail as much (or as little) as you want, to achieve the perfect state of "messiness" for your liking.

However messy or sleek looking you decide to make this braid, we just love the unique look of the small fishtail braid weaving in and out of the larger fishtail, sort of like a "peek-a-boo braid" effect.

As you can see, we chose to create this braid in a ponytail for our tutorial. I was actually planning on making a side braid, but it ended up looking kind of awkward on our "plastic patty" since she doesn't have shoulders for the braid to rest on hahaha! For a more "grown up" look, you can make a low side braid or center braid without using an elastic at the top (if you prefer it over a ponytail.)

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • 1 medium size elastic
  • 1 small elastic
  • Alligator clip or similar (optional)
  • Fairly long hair

Double Fishtail Stitched Braid Video Tutorial. Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

Candy stripe waterfall braid tutorial

A cute and easy waterfall braid!

If you have been following our hairstyle blog or YouTube channel for awhile, you may remember seeing several styles utilizing what we like to call a "candy stripe braid" (which involves simply wrapping ribbon around a strand of hair.) Fairly recently, we decided to try and combine our candy stripe braid with a waterfall braid and the "candy stripe waterfall braid" was born!  We love how this end result turned out.

A few more fun styles using the "candy stripe" method are linked below:

Snowflake Ponytail
Ribbon Shamrock Hairstyle
Candy Stripe Woven Pigtails

Candy stripe waterfall braid with lace french braid

Of course, there are many different hairstyles that can be created using this fun new braid.  As an example, we have included a picture (above) of the candy stripe waterfall with an added lace french braid underneath. I could also see this braid being used to accent many updos and braided combination hairstyles.  The possibilities are truly endless.

Candy stripe waterfall braid, easy tutorial

If you have trouble with waterfall braids, or braiding in general, this hairstyle is actually very doable... as there really is no intricate "braiding" involved.  If you can form a simple twist, you should be able to master this in no time.  Also, this hairstyle should work with fairly short hair, medium hair, and long hair.  Yay!

As mentioned in our video tutorial (below) we have also shown a different waterfall braid using ribbon previously on our blog called the "waterfall ribbon twist."  This candy stripe waterfall actually ends up looking quite different from the waterfall ribbon twist, even though the concept is similar.  This braid also tends to hold up better for more active days and isn't so fragile, which is always nice.

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • A piece of ribbon, yarn, lace, string, etc. The ribbon we used is 1/4 inch thick and approximately 2 feet long.
  • 2 small elastics (one for the top of the braid, and one for the bottom.
  • Hairspray, pomade, or gel (optional)

Candy Stripe Waterfall Braid Video Tutorial:  Click here to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube.

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