Woven twist headband hairstyle tutorial

Today we are recreating a fun hairstyle from our website which we initially posted way back in 2010. You can click over to see our original "pictorial" and check out "the princess's" short hair if you are curious!

She has worn this woven headband many times over the years and especially loves it for sports. This hairstyle is great for soccer / football, gymnastics, dance, figure skating, ballet, tumbling, swimming, running, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, etc. Elastic styles (such as this) really help to keep your hair out of your face while exercising and hold up well, even with a lot of activity. We love the unique woven accents in this headband, which make this hairstyle pretty and interesting to look at, as well as functional.

Woven Twist Headband Video Tutorial:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

There are several different options for finishing this style. You could create the woven headband and leave the rest of her hair down (curled or straight.) Or you could add a ponytail, bun, braid, pigtails, etc. with the remaining hair. (We have included a few example pictures below.) Also, if you would rather braid the individual strands in the headband before you weave them, you can do that instead of simply twisting the hair like we did.

Top view of the headband with a ponytail....

Woven twist headband and ponytail hair tutorial

Again, styled with a ponytail. This is her favorite way to wear this hairstyle for soccer.

Cute hairstyle for gymnastics, woven twist headband

And, with a messy bun....
Hairstyle for sports, woven twist headband and messy bun

This headband could also be worn as a cute transitioning hairstyle for those of you who are in the process of growing out your bangs. We know what a painful process that can be. ;)  And although "the princess" has long hair at the moment, this will work with fairly short hair as well.  When we first created this style, her hair was just above shoulder length and it worked just great!

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • Small hair elastics (8-15 depending on how you make the headband.)  The brand we usually use is called Goody Ouchless.
  • Water, gel, or pomade to help control flyaways.
  • A "rat tail comb" is helpful for parting out the hair into boxes, but not absolutely necessary.
Triple braid bun updo tutorial.  Back to school hair idea.

This week we are continuing on with our back to school hairstyle series.  This bun is very simple and cute.  So easy that  "The Princess" has been doing this style on herself. A great DIY hairstyle!  This updo isn't anything super creative or extravagant. But, it is always nice to have a few basic, quick and easy hairstyle ideas for busy school mornings as well as for work, sports, dance, ballet, or gymnastics class.  And, although this style can be worn for casual occasions, it is elegant and sophisticated enough that it can also be perfect for a wedding, prom, church or other more formal event.

Triple braid bun tutorial, easy and quick

Since "The Princess's" hair is quite long now, it is sometimes difficult to wrap all of that length into a standard bun without it looking "knobby" or sticking way out from her head awkwardly.  Not to mention, it takes a ton of bobby pins to keep it in place! We have found that the technique shown in our tutorial (below) seems to make a much more compact and pretty bun.  This sophisticated looking up-style is achieved with minimal effort and minimal pins.  Beyond the practicality of this style, all of the individual strands (which are seemingly woven intricately together) also add beautiful visual interest to the style, which is always fun.

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

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 medium ponytail holders, hair ties, or elastics.
  • 3 temporary hair ties to hold the braids while you are working.
  • Several bobby pins.  We used MetaGrip miniature pins.
  • Finishing hairspray or gel (optional.)
The real "trick" to this bun is the way in which the strands are braided together and how the hair is wrapped around the ponytail.  You will want to keep things loose for the bun to lay more nicely, especially if your hair is long. 

Besides this one, we have posted several other easy DIY hairstyles recently (since The Princess has been learning to do her own hair.)  In case you have missed them, you can find the links here:

Braid with a twist
Double hair bow ponytail
Hope you guys don't mind, but we wanted to change things up a bit this week with a fun clothing haul / shopping / fashion video instead of our usual hair stuff. ;) School is going to be starting here soon, so we recently went school shopping. We thought some of you might be interested in seeing what "The Princess" chose for her school clothes this year. After all, we both enjoy watching shopping and haul videos ourselves from time to time! 

We have 3 school age children / teens in our family who all have outgrown most of their clothing and need new outfits for school. So, it is obviously essential for us to set a shopping budget to avoid taking out a second mortgage.  ;)  We decided to make this a fun challenge to see if she could find 5 outfits (including shoes) for a predetermined amount of $175.  "The Princess" hunted and found some good deals and clothes that she loves and actually came in under budget! 

Her new wardrobe includes:  Several pairs of leggings, overalls, classic black pants, a 1 piece jumper / romper, 2 sweaters, 1 long sleeve shirt, and 1 flowy blouse with a matching tank top.  She also found 1 pair of boots, some ballet flats, and some converse shoes.  I think she did well to find a mix of casual clothes along with some nicer outfits.

List of stores we shopped at:

Old Navy
Burlington Coat Factory
TJ Maxx

I'm curious..... Do you have a tradition to go "back to school shopping" each year?  Or do you buy things as you need them (and not all at once?)  Do you wear uniforms at your school? Leave a comment below.

Split fishtail braid ponytails. 1 braid, 2 hairstyles.

This week we decided to do a couple of cute ponytail tutorials for the start of our back to school hairstyles series.  The end results of these styles look quite different from each other, but both were created by using the same lace fishtail braiding technique (which we are calling the "split fishtail braid." )
Watch Our Split Fishtail Braid Ponytails Video Tutorial - 2 hairstyles, 1 braid. Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube

For the first hairstyle, the braids are hanging freely, coming together at the bottom of the ponytail forming a fishtail V-shape. This is more of a casual and relaxed ponytail (which would be great for school as well as sports.) 

Fishtail braid ponytail using lace braids.

Split fishtail braid, side view

Cute split fishtail braid ponytail hairstyle tutorial.

Back to school hairstyles.  Split fishtail braid ponytail.

For the 2nd hairstyle idea (shown in the pictures below) you will lift and pin the braids up over the top of the ponytail, similar to a "rib cage braid." This is a technique usually utilized with a single French braid. A few examples of this technique on YouTube using a single braid: Julie Morton, Cute Girls Hairstyles, Dluxhairnmakeup.

This look is more glamorous and would be great for a special or formal occasion.  I wouldn't necessarily recommend this variation for sports, as it is a little more delicate than the first ponytail.  If you are looking for more of an updo rather than a ponytail.... after pinning the top of the braids, you could tuck the ends of the ponytail underneath, for an elegant and unique upstyle.

Glamorous fishtail braid ponytail hairstyle

Cage braid with lace fishtail braids tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate these looks:
  • 2 medium size elastics or hair ties, 1 for the top of the ponytail, and 1 for the bottom of the braid.
  • 1 hair clip or temporary elastic to keep the first braid from unraveling while you work on the other side.
  • Pomade, gel, or damp hair to help with flyaways.
  • Several bobby pins (if you are creating the 2nd ponytail style.)
  • A bow, ribbon, flower, or other accessory. (Optional.)
Stingray braid hairstyle tutorial

Our hairstyle tutorial today is loosely inspired by an intricate braid that has been floating around on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram over the past several years.  An example of this original "ruffled braid" can be found on our Russian friends YouTube channel: "Womenbeauty1."

When I first saw this braid a few years ago, I thought it looked so cool, but also a little over the top for most occasions.  I'm thinking the original version of this braid would be great to go with an edgy Prom dress, a modern wedding, certain Halloween costumes, or for a high fashion photo shoot.  We decided to take the basic concept of this unique braid and change it up a bit to make a more casual "every day" type of hairstyle that could work for school, sports, and work, as well as fancy or special occasions.  This style is still very unique and intricate looking, but toned down quite a bit from the original.

 The Princess's dad named this this hairstyle the "stingray" as the ruffled braids running along each side totally look like a stingray body swimming through the water.... with the braid hanging down as its tail! :)

Stingray braid, video tutorial

Stingray Braid Hairstyle Video TutorialClick here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

Supplies needed to create this hairstyle:
  • 2-3 temporary hair ties or clips to help keep the braids from unraveling while you work.
  • 1 medium size elastic for the end of the braid.
  • Gel, pomade, water, hair wax, or hairspray (optional)
Pretty and unique braided hairstyle, the stingray

Pretty braid, the stingray video tutorial
At home hair treatment recipe and tutorial. Coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil.

 Our video tutorial this week is showing part of our hair care routine: How to apply a DIY / at home deep conditioning hair treatment. Our friend, LaTisha (who is a professional hair stylist) taught us this hair treatment recipe.  You can check out her awesome fashion blog here:  "The Girl In The Yellow Dress."  This coconut oil and olive oil "hair mask" can help your hair to feel and look healthier, softer, smoother, silkier, less frizzy, and more shiny. 

Smoothing hair treatment video tutorial:  (click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

We want to add a disclosure that these ingredients are meant to improve the overall condition of your hair, but this treatment will not magically transform your hair into something other than its natural texture (which should be embraced.) ;) The Princess's hair is naturally and genetically straight and smooth... this treatment did not make her hair this way, although I do feel like it has made her hair more shiny and healthy looking.  I have been using this recipe as part of my routine recently on my own hair (which is more frizzy, wavy and coarse than my daughter's) and have seen an improvement in overall softness, shininess and texture, but of course... my hair is still wavy, slightly frizzy, etc. as that is its natural state.  This recipe is beneficial for helping with damaged hair, dry hair, brittle hair, and bleached hair.  If you are trying to grow your hair out, this could also help you to go a little bit longer between trims, as it can help to prevent damage from heat and every day styling.

Hair Smoothing Solution Ingredients: (Links to example products below are affiliates.)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil.   Pure, organic or virgin is best.
  • 1/8 Cup Olive Oil.  Again, try to find something pure or virgin.  I would recommend avoiding "flavored" oil as it tends to smell weird.
  • A few drops of Argan oil or Moroccan oil.  

*This hair recipe can be doubled, halved, etc.  Just remember to use 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part olive oil.  The initial investment on this formula can seem quite expensive upfront, but I have found that the ingredients last a very long time. If you have extra solution leftover, you can store it in a container and use it later to avoid wasting it.

If your hair is very damaged and dry, I would suggest leaving this treatment in overnight for optimal results.
Braided 4 strand slide up accent hair tutorial
Our braiding tutorial this week is a variation of the "4 strand slide up braid" which has been quite popular on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. over the past few years.  There are many tutorials on YouTube showing how to create the original braid already.  We have a few of those linked below:

Cute Girls Hairstyles

"The Princess" has worn the standard slide up braid quite often over the years and we love how intricate and beautiful it looks.  We decided to try braiding the individual strands before sliding them up in this tutorial, for a different spin on the braid.... and we absolutely loved the end result! This braid looks so ornate to me, almost too pretty to be real hair.   I think this has to be one of our new favorite styles.

She has been wearing this braid lately in many different hairstyles and has received so many compliments on it. This braid can be worn on its own (as shown) in a down hairstyle. Or, it can be used as an accent for many elegant updos, buns, and chignon styles.  For more of a casual look, you could pin the braid back (as shown in our video) and then pull the rest of her hair into a side braid underneath.  The other day "the princess" wore this braid with the rest of her hair in a fishtail, which was absolutely adorable.

Braided 4 Strand Slide Up Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

A few more pictures of this fun and intricate braid....
Braided 4-strand slide up braid tutorial

pretty 4 strand push up braid variation

Cute braided 4 strand slide up braid hairstyle

braided 4 strand slide up hairstyle front view

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 4 temporary hair ties or clips to keep your braids from unraveling while you work.
  • Pomade, gel, or water to help control flyaways (optional.)
  • 1 small hair elastic for the bottom of the braid.
  • Bobby pins or another small elastic to pin the braid back.
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