Melting braid hairstyle tutorial

This week's hair tutorial is a fun and unique braid which we are calling the "melting braid," as it looks like the bottom strand is literally melting away from the rest of the braid.  ;)  This technique could be used to create an endless amount of hairstyles and variations.  We featured just a few ideas at the end of our video as examples. The braided flower (shown below) was my daughter's favorite, since the looped part of this braid looks just like flower petals!

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



Cute braided flower made with "melting braids"

Flower made from hair. Video tutorial

Melting braid tie back hairstyle tutorial

Pretty hairstyle, the melted braid.

As shown in our tutorial (above) it may be helpful to work with wet hair, or to add some product (gel, pomade, wax, etc.) to help control flyaways and keep the small strands of hair separated while you are braiding.

Although this braid looks quite intricate, it really isn't that hard to create once you get the pattern down and I think the end result is worth the trouble!

If you love this technique, we have done a few similar braids in the past which you may like:

The cookie cutter braid
The scallop edge braid
The folded Feather Braid

Thanks so much for watching our hair tutorials each week!  We love you guys.
Goody Fancy Fishtail Braid Kit, Video Tutorial

We recently purchased a "Fancy Fishtail Kit" (made by Goody) and thought it was so fun, we decided to do a tutorial with it.  My daughter wears fishtail braids to school quite often, but loves the subtle style and flair these beads add to the braid.  On top of that, this tool is so much quicker for her than creating a regular fishtail braid (which can be quite time consuming on long hair) and on school mornings, she is all about quick!

Fishtail Braid With Beads, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



This hairstyle would be great for all ages... teens, little girls, even moms.  I could also see this working for casual as well as formal occasions.  The braid itself is quite standard, but the beads give it more of a glamorous look, which would be pretty for Prom, Homecoming, church, recitals, weddings, etc.  You can choose to leave the braid sleek and neat looking, or stretch it out and deconstruct it a bit for more of a relaxed, trendy, and voluminous look. 

My daughter was at school the day I had time to film this tutorial, but we wanted to show you what this looks like on real human hair. I think it's so pretty!

Fancy fishtail braid with beads, video tutorial.  Easy.

This braid can be created on the side (as shown) or in the low center.  Of course, this could also be placed in a high ponytail if you prefer, or even made as a half up hairstyle or wrapped into a bun.

This will work best with medium length or long hair and would be adorable with curly or wavy hair as well as straight. If your hair is longer than the tool,  you can extend the braid all the way to the end of your ponytail with a regular fishtail braid if you prefer, or you can stop at the last bead like we did.

As mentioned in our video, this kit comes in several different colors.  I have seen the beads in silver, gold, and black.  I tried searching online for a link to this kit and did not find it, even on Amazon (I think it is too new.)  But, it can be found in most discount and drug stores (we purchased ours at Walmart.) I am including a picture of the packaging (below) so that you can hopefully find if it if you are wanting one.

Goody fancy fishtail kit, video instructions.

Easy fishtail braid with beads tutorial
Umbrella lace hair tutorial

This week we have combined a pompadour, some regular braids, and a unique knotting technique to create this cute half-up hairstyle and design, which we think resembles a fancy lacy umbrella!  This fun hairstyle would be great for school, church, recitals, communions, weddings, special occasions, etc. 

The overall shape and concept of this hairstyle is similar to a few of our past favorites, which we have shown on our blog previously.... the "arrowhead braid" and the "fairy wings braid."

Umbrella Lace Hairstyle, Video Tutorial (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Cute braided hairstyle, "umbrella lace."

Knots and braids hairstyle, umbrella lace.

This hairstyle is actually quite easy to create, but as shown in our tutorial (and depending on the texture of your hair) you will probably need to add some water, gel, pomade, or other product before making the knots (to help control flyaways and keep things looking neat and smooth.)  We noticed as this style dries, the design really "pops" and looks so beautiful!  She received tons of compliments the day she wore this hairstyle.  I'm sure you will too!

Gorgeous hairstyle for school, umbrella lace video tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • 3 small, clear elastics.
  • Water, gel, or pomade, to help control frizz and flyaways.
  • Finishing hairspray.
P.S. If you would rather not wear your hair down, you could definitely add a braid, ponytail, or bun with the remaining hair to keep everything up and out of your way.
Messy bun faux hawk for long hair. Dance hairstyle tutorial.

I'm sure many of you have seen this "messy bun faux hawk" hairstyle at dance competitions and recitals, figure skating events, gymnastics meets, cheerleading, and other special occasions. It is quite popular and trendy right now. You may have even worn it yourself!  It's such a cute and edgy hairstyle, while looking formal and polished at the same time. This style is "high fashion" and really adds to the look of a costume and dance routine.  But, as I mentioned in our video (below).... when I found out this was the hairstyle my daughter was assigned to wear for her dance team competitions this year, I was a little worried.  As some of you with long hair probably know, messy buns can be a struggle!  And with this hairstyle, you not only have to make 1 messy bun, you need to make at least 3!  There are quite a few tutorials of this style online already, but I did not see any for super long hair. So, after some trial and error, we finally found a method for making our buns that works ALMOST every time and we wanted to share it with all of our "long haired" subscribers.

Messy Bun Faux Hawk Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Messy bun faux hawk hairstyle video tutorial.

Pretty and edgy hairstyle for dance. Messy bun faux hawk tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 7 medium size, clear elastics. We used Goody brand ouchless elastics (affiliate.) You will need 9 if you decide to make 4 buns instead of 3.
  • Lots of bobby pins. Be sure to secure the buns really well if you are using this hairstyle for dancing. The bobby pins we use are from Sally Beauty Supply (affiliate) and they hold extremely well.
  • Hairspray, gel, pomade, or other product to keep the sides of your style smooth and free of flyaways.
I would recommend cutting the elastics out when you are done with this style (instead of trying to unwrap them.) In our experience, it saves a lot of trouble, time, pain, and untangling.  ;)

P.S. Luckily, messy buns are supposed to be, well... messy.  So, don't worry too much about getting things absolutely perfect while making this hairstyle. Ends popping out, part lines not quite straight, and buns and aren't symmetrical are going to be ok. The messiness is part of the charm!

P.S.S. This hairstyle isn't only for dance.  I think this faux hawk would be adorable with just the right prom dress or homecoming dress.  It could also work with certain Halloween costumes or even as an updo for church, weddings, or other formal occasions.

This method for making a messy bun can also be used for making a quick "top knot" hairstyle, which we recently showed in our "7 easy hairstyles for school" video.  You can check that out here.
7 quick and easy heatless hairstyles, video tutorial

You ask, and you shall receive!  We had so many requests last week after posting our "7 quick and easy hairstyles for school" for a part 2 video. So, this week we are showing 7 more quick and easy heatless hairstyles, which makes 14 total, or 2 weeks worth of 5 minute hairstyles!

Since my daughter is now a teen in middle school aka junior high, she does her own hair before school every morning.  She is always looking for cute, easy, (and most importantly) QUICK hairstyles that she can do herself (DIY.) For this video we have pulled together 7 more "go to" hairstyles  that we think would be fashionable and simple for teens, tweens, or any age.  These styles aren't anything super unique or intricate, but we are hoping this video will again help add to your collection of every day hairstyle ideas. 

Video Tutorial Part 2, For All 7 Hairstyles: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Hairstyles included in this video:

*Flip braid side ponytail (also known as a faux fishtail braid or topsy tail braid.)

flip braid side ponytail (faux fishtail or topsy tail braid)

*Flip braid messy bun (or chignon) on the side

Easy messy bun (flip braid technique)

*Side flips hairstyle

Cute and easy side flip hairstyle tutorial

*Bubble braid tie back

Easy bubble braid tie back tutorial

*Accent braids

Easy accent braids hairstyle

*70's braids tie back hairstyle

Easy and quick "70's braids" tutorial

*Angel wings braids

Angel wings braid tutorial, cute hairstyle for school

Most of these styles will work with most hair types: Curly, wavy, or straight. All will work with long hair and medium hair, the accent braids will even work with short hair
7 quick and easy hair tutorials for school

This week we are showing 7 quick, easy, and heatless hairstyle tutorials!

Since my daughter is now a teen in middle school aka junior high, she does her own hair before school every morning.  She is always looking for cute, easy, (and most importantly) QUICK hairstyles that she can do herself (DIY.) For this video we have pulled together 7 of her "go to" hairstyles (one for each day of the week) that we think would be fashionable and simple for teens, tweens, or any age.  These styles aren't anything super unique or intricate, but we are hoping this video will help add to your collection of every day hairstyle ideas. 

7 Easy Hairstyles For School, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Hair tutorials included in this video:

*Pull-through braid on top

Half up pull-through braid tutorial

*Half up messy bun / top knot

Half up messy bun tutorial

*Knotted tie back

Knotted tie back hairstyle tutorial

*"French knot" hairstyle

French knot hairstyle tutorial

*Side braid accent

Quick hairstyles, side braid accent

Faux waterfall braid / lace braid

Fake waterfall braid or lace braid tutorial

*Faux lace braid & fishtail braid combo

Faux lace braid, fishtail braid combo hairstyle tutorial

Most of these styles will work with most hair types: Long hair, medium hair, short hair. Curly, wavy, or straight.

If you would like to see more 5 minute hairstyles like this, be sure to let us know.  We can do a part 2!
Dad braiding, hairstyling challenge

This week we wanted to do something a little bit different on Princess Hairstyles and included our "camera man" in the fun.  Watch our "Dad vs YouTube braiding challenge" to see just how much dad knows about braiding! 

Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.




P.S. Be sure to let us know how YOU did in the challenge as well!
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