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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 princesshairstyles.com

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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Reverse Pull-Through Braid, Ponytail Hairstyle

A cute and easy elastic ponytail!
Reverse pull-through braid
Hey guys! Our hair tutorial this week is the "reverse pull-through braid." This is a variation of the standard "pull-through braid" which has been a popular and trendy braiding / ponytail technique floating around on Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram recently.

If you have not seen the original braid, linked below are a few video tutorials to check out from some of our friends and fellow hair vloggers (which show how to make the original braid as a ponytail and as a French braid.)

Hair and Nails Inspiration 
Cute Girls Hairstyles
Bebexo
ladollyvita333

For comparison purposes, the pictures below show the reverse braid on the left, and the original braid on the right.  As you can see, the braids look quite different from one another, even though they are made in a very similar way.

reverse and standard pull through braids

As mentioned in our video tutorial below, you can wear this braid "as is".....
reverse pull through elastic braid

Or you can stretch the sides of the braid out for a larger and more voluminous ponytail....
voluminous reverse pull through braid

This is a quick and easy ponytail hairstyle which should stay in place very well for school, sports, work, etc. 

Supplies Needed:
  • Several hair elastics (the amount will depend on the length of your hair.) The elastics we used in our video below are the smallest size made by "Goody Ouchless."
  • Pomade, gel, hairspray or water to help control flyaways (optional.)

Reverse Pull-Through Braid Video Tutorial:  Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cute Ponytail Hairstyle, The Braided Ledge

A fun ponytail style to try!
braided ledge ponytail tutorial

Our hairstyle video today is a combination style, utilizing a 4 strand braid, a simple twist braid, and a ponytail.  This is a wonderful hairstyle for school, sports, and other casual occasions.  Sometimes we want more than just a standard ponytail and this is a great way to wear your hair up and out of your face (while still looking super cute.) We named this ponytail the "braided ledge" because of the way the braids are sort of sitting on a ledge of hair along both sides of the head. ;)
 
We have actually had this hairstyle on our "tutorial to-do-list" for over a year now, but just haven't gotten around to creating a video until today.  The Princess wears variations of this hairstyle often to school since it is so quick, and cute! 
 
Our tutorial below shows how to create this style using a 4-strand braid, but you can really do this with any type of braid you want.  We have tried a regular 3 strand braid, a fishtail braid, a rope braid, and even a chain.  Each braiding technique gives this style a completely different look. This is a fun one to experiment with!
 
4 strand braid and french twist (the braided ledge ponytail)
Supplies Needed:
  • 1 small elastic
  • 1 medium elastic
  • Bobby pins (if you need the style to be very secure.)

The Braided Ledge Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

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