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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Hook And Ladder Braid" Hairstyle Tutorial

hook and ladder braid hair tutorial
A cute braided hairstyle.

Our hair tutorial this week is inspired by a photo that sort of went viral on Facebook recently (after it was shared by the popular page "Stylish Eve.") Maybe you saw it?  We are unsure of where the hairstyle originated, but we had several of you tag us, send the photo in email, and request a tutorial, so we thought we would give it a try!

cute "hook and ladder braid" hairstyle

This was our first guess and attempt at figuring out the braid, and as you can see... it actually turned out quite different than the hairstyle in the photo. I'm pretty sure we didn't use the same technique that was used to create the original braid. But, we both love how this turned out so much that we decided to keep it! Maybe some time in the future we will try for a more true recreation of the original. ;)

braided hairstyle video tutorial, the hook and ladder braid

This unique "hook and ladder" braid is a combination of several hairstyling techniques; A French braid, feather braid, loop braid, and a simple twist. The "trick" to making this style look extraordinary lies mainly in pulling/stretching out the "hooks" or loops of hair that are wrapping around the twist. If these loops are left as is, the braid doesn't turn out nearly as eye catching or spectacular.

I love that this braid almost looks ruffled or "lacy." So pretty!  In the original photo, some pin curls were added in the center where the braids meet.  We opted to leave those out and added a fun flower clip instead. 

Supplies needed to recreate this style:

*1 small elastic
*1 medium elastic
*1 temporary hair tie or clip
*hair accessory (optional)
*water, pomade or gel to help control flyaways

Hook and Ladder Braid Video Tutorial (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DNA Braid Hairstyle Tutorial

DNA Braid Video Tutorial

A unique and fun braided hairstyle.

We haven't had a lot of time to create anything new and different for awhile, so we are excited about this hairstyle! After filming this tutorial, we were still undecided as to what to call this braid.  The Princess's brother told us it looked like a strand of DNA... a double helix to be exact. ;) So, we settled on the name "DNA Braid." Yay for science class!

This unique braid is a combination of lace Dutch braids (or inside out French braids,) feather braids, and a rope braid. If you are familiar with these 3  techniques, this style should be easy for you to learn.

DNA braid ponytail hairstyle tutorial

In our video below, we created the braid using water to create a slick and sleek finish. The Princess was competing in a sporting event the day we filmed this hairstyle, and we didn't want it coming undone.  If you prefer more of a messy or relaxed looking braid, feel free to braid with dry hair instead.  You could also stretch out the edges of the Dutch braids along each side to create a softer look if you prefer things more tousled looking.  And, for a more edgy or "grown up" finish in the front, you could create a hair poof (or pompadour) in the bangs area if you desire.

Braiding tutorial, DNA Braid

This is a great hairstyle for sports: gymnastics, soccer, swimming, cheerleading, dance, etc.  Also a fun and cute hairstyle for school, work, or other occasion.

This braid can actually be used to create many different hairstyles.  We recently did this diagonally across the back of her head and it turned out super cute. As usual, we love to see your recreations and variations on Instagram and Facebook! You can tag us @hair4myprincess and use the hashtag #hair4myprincess so that we can find it. 

Video tutorial, how to create a DNA Braid

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • 2 medium size elastics
  • 2-3 temporary hair ties or clips
  • Water, gel, or pomade (optional)

DNA Braid Video Tutorial (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

As mentioned in our video above, the first half of this braid may not look so great.  Do not get discouraged... everything should fix itself and turn out lovely as you complete the second half!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Braided Heart Headband, Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Heart headband hairstyle for Valentine's Day

Each year since we began blogging (from 2008 - 2015) we have added a few heart hairstyles to our Valentine's Day Hairstyles collection.  Some of our first styles were from before we even started making videos on YouTube and include a "pictorial" instead of video instructions. But, if you are looking for more heart hairstyle ideas or Valentine's styles in general, feel free to visit our blog here.   At last count, we had over 20 different heart styles to choose from!  And, we are not the only ones creating cute Valentine's hairdos, look here to see more fun styles from all around the web. ;)  

Heart headband hairstyle

For our last Valentine's style of this year, we chose a "braided heart headband" which is inspired by a photo we saw on Instagram last February on "chikas_chic" account:   We thought this braided headband was so cute and girly that we had to try and recreate it.  I think this has to be one of our favorite heart hairdos to date!

Heart headband with side ponytail

We chose to finish off our style with a side ponytail the day we filmed our tutorial (we were going out and it was incredibly windy.)  But of course, if you would rather leave your hair mostly down, this hairstyle is super cute worn as just the headband itself. Some added curls or waves would also add a nice romantic touch, if you have some extra time.

Dutch braid headband

We decided on a Dutch braid (or inside out French braid) for the base braid in our headband.  You can make a regular French braid, lace braid (or any other type of braid) if you prefer.

Supplies needed to create this style:
  • 2 small hair elastics
  • hair clip
  • temporary hair ties
  • gel or pomade (optional)
  • topsy tail (optional)
  • bow or other accessory (optional)

Braided Heart Headband Video Tutorial (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

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