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.
Waterfall chain braid tutorial, with micro braid accent

Our hair tutorial this week is showing how to make a chain waterfall braid!  We have seen pictures of this beautiful braid floating around the interwebs for awhile now, and have fallen in love with it.  We have not seen a video tutorial, so we decided to take on the challenge of figuring out how to create it by studying a photo of the braid. At first glance, this braid looks quite similar to a 4 strand waterfall.  But, I think you will find this tutorial is much easier.  The steps for making this braid are actually quite simple for such an intricate look, in my opinion.

Waterfall Chain Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



As mentioned in our video tutorial (above) the center strand of this braid can be changed out for ribbon, a micro braid, a regular strand of hair... or anything else you would like to use.  We love the look of the hair "chain" with the center strand weaving through the cascading sections in this unique waterfall braid.

Waterfall chain braid with ribbon accent, video tutorial

Waterfall chain braid video tutorial

Waterfall chain braid hairstyle with ribbon

We created the hairstyle shown in our tutorial at a diagonal for a loose, carefree look.  This braid can also be made straight across horizontally, as shown in our photo variations (above.) As you might have noticed, the horizontal placement seems to show off the pattern of this braid more fully.

Video tutorial, how to waterfall chain braid

This braid would be great for many occasions and could accent hairstyles for casual or formal settings:  School, church, weddings, prom, homecoming, the beach, recitals, communions, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 clear elastic to tie off the braid at the end.
  • Pomade, hair wax, gel, or other product to help with flyaways. 
  • Ribbon or other item to use as an alternate center strand (optional.)
I know this braid has been around for awhile, but we wanted to credit the Instagram accounts we have seen photos of it on most recently, since they inspired us to make this video: la13_hair, cute_and_glossy, studiohilde, braidsglamour, thehairbraidingbasics, & miriamtogether.

Top 12 Hairstyles Of The Year With Tutorials

Our annual tradition! Please enjoy a countdown of our top 12 favorite hairstyles posted on "Princess Hairstyles" this year.



Tutorial links for each of the hairstyles shown:

#12- Elastic Mermaid Braid

#11- Braided Lattice Pull Through Hairstyle

#10- Tear Drop Mermaid Braid

#9- Woven Braid Pull Back

#8- Criss Cross Waterfall Mermaid Braid

#7- Braided Faux Hawk With Cornrows

#6- Multi Strand Pull Through Braid

#5- Half Up 3D Heart Hairstyle

#4- Interlocking Floating Bubble Braid

#3- Melting Braid

#2- Umbrella Lace Hairstyle

#1- Unicorn Hairstyle


Check out our "top hairstyles countdown" videos from past years!

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Thanks so much for reading our blog and we'll see you all next year!!
Easy bubble braid Christmas tree hair tutorial
Quick and easy bubble braid Christmas tree hairstyle.  A last minute holiday hair idea!

Our Christmas tree braid tutorial this week is probably the easiest Christmas hairstyle we have done to date!  To create this braided Christmas tree, we have utilized a "floating bubble braid" technique which we first saw on Instagram by "pr3ttygirl79." And combined it with a simple half up Christmas tree braid hairstyle idea which we recently saw on "babesinhairland." As shown in our video tutorial (below) the looped strands from the bubble braid are stretched out along each side of the braid in the center, gradually getting larger as we work our way down, to form an outline of a Christmas tree. 

This hairstyle would be adorable for a Christmas party, school, Christmas day, Christmas Eve, meeting Santa, holiday photos, an ugly sweater contest, opening presents... along with many other holiday activities.

Bubble Braid Christmas Tree Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Quick and easy holiday hairstyle, the bubble braid Christmas tree

Cute Christmas tree braid hairstyle tutorial

 Supplies needed to create this easy Christmas tree hairstyle:
  • 4 medium (or small) hair elastics. As you can see, we used green, you could also use red, white, brown, clear, etc.
  • Pomade, gel, hair wax, or other product to help with flyaways and to keep your loops together and smooth.
  • An accessory for the top of your tree (optional.) A star, angel, snowflake, or other sparkly or festive clip would be cute.
To see more Christmas hair ideas, click on our Christmas hairstyles label.  (Including a snowflake hairstyle, classic hair wreath or halo braid, cookie cutter or ornament braid, candy cane hairstyles, holiday updos, and more!)

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, no matter how you celebrate.  See you all next week!

2016 Holiday Giveaway. iPad mini and Nume Curling Wand from Princess Hairstyles

Winners have been drawn and notified! 

Winner of the YouTube contest (iPad Mini): Elizabeth R. (please check your direct messages on YouTube.)

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Thank you everyone for entering.  We hope to do more contests in the future!


To thank you for being the very best subscribers, we're giving away an iPad mini and a Nume Classic 25mm Curling Wand! Giveaway is currently CLOSED! Details below:



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Please note: This contest will end on Tuesday night, Dec 20th at 11:59pm mountain time. We will attempt to contact the winners the next day via direct message on the platform used to enter (Dec 21st.)  Winners will also be announced at the top of this blog post. Each winner will have 48 hours to respond.

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side halo braid or wreath braid tutorial
A cute braided hairstyle for Christmas (or anytime.) No bobby pins required!

Hey guys! This week we are showing a fun variation of the standard halo braid (or wreath braid) which is always a popular style this time of year.  We have utilized an "off centered" dutch lace braid to create this halo on the side of her head, instead of in the center (which is more typical of this style.)  We chose to leave most of her hair down for an elegant half up look.  If you want to make this an updo, you could incorporate all of her hair into this side halo braid as well. 

This would be a fabulous hairstyle for many formal or special occasions:  Holiday parties, church, Christmas Eve, school dances, recitals, etc.

Side Braided Wreath or Halo Braid, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on Youtube.)



Side halo braid or wreath braid half up hairstyle

Pretty Christmas hairstyle, side halo braid tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle: 
  • 1 medium size clear elastic
  • Hair product to help control flyaways
  • We love that we were able to finish this style with no bobby pins!  If you have fairly long hair, the braid should hold just fine on its own by using the topsy tail technique shown in our video.  If your hair is shorter, you will most likely need a few pins to hold the end in place. 
  • Topsy Tail. These can be found in some stores where beauty supplies are sold, and online here (affiliate.)
  • Decorative hair clips or pins (optional.) We purchased ours at Sally Beauty Supply. We found something similar online here (affiliate.) 
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