Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Woven Fishtail Braid Hairstyle Tutorial

If you love loose and slightly messy "bohemian braids" (which are so trendy and popular right now) this woven fishtail braid is for you! 
Woven Fishtail Braid Tutorial
This fishtail (or herringbone) variation is inspired by a picture we recently saw on an awesome Instagram account called @braidsnfashion.  We thought the braid was so unique and lovely, we had to try it out and share it with you!

This plait is created almost the same way a regular fishtail braid is formed, but with a slight variation (shown in our video tutorial below) which creates a beautiful woven pattern in the center of the braid.

Woven Fishtail Braid Video Tutorial
As with most fishtail braids, this one does take awhile to complete.  It is definitely not a quick braid and I wouldn't recommend trying it if you are in a hurry.  :)  But, if you have some time... the end result is so beautiful and worth the extra few minutes in my opinion.

We opted for one large side braid this time, but of course you could make this braid in the back of her head (centered,) or as a half ponytail (or half up, half down) style if you prefer.

Supplies needed:
  • 1 small elastic to tie off the braid at the bottom. 
  • We actually used another elastic at the top of the braid as well, and cut it out later.  This is optional, and just makes it easier to start the braid.  After trying the braid a few times, I would say that I like the look of this braid better if it is started without an elastic at the top.  But, either way it turns out great. You could also leave the elastic in and wrap it with some hair (or ribbon) to hide it if you want to. 
  • Pomade, gel, or hair wax to help control flyaways. Or you could braid the hair wet like we did to avoid flyaways without using hair product.  Of course, if you are going for more of a messy look, you might want to braid your hair dry.

Woven Fishtail Braid Video Tutorial:  Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.


P.S.  If you are looking Easter Hairstyles for this upcoming weekend, we have several of our favorites linked below:

Easter Hairstyle - Diagonal Ribbon Braid Updo

Easter Hairstyle - Woven Half Up Hairstyle With Hair Bow

Easter Hairstyles Collection (A few fancy updo's and half up hairstyles.)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Equestrian Braids" Double Braid Knotted Hairstyle

A cute, casual hairstyle featuring 2 braids and a knot!
Equestrian Braids Hairstyle Tutorial

For today's tutorial, we have taken some ordinary pigtail braids (also known as "Pocahontas braids") and added a knot in the center to spice things up a bit. 

We are naming this one "equestrian braids" as The Princess thought it would be a cute hairstyle for riding horses!  If you actually are into riding horses and wear a helmet while riding, the knot can be placed directly below where the helmet normally sits.  Of course, this style doesn't have to be just for horse lovers and cowgirls!  This would be a cute hairstyle for school, sports, and other every day activities.

"Equestrian Braids" Hairstyle Tutorial

This braided style is great for keeping hair out of your face... adorable as well as functional.  And the best part, this one is super easy and quick, with no French braiding skills required.  ;)

Double Braids Knotted Hairstyle

As shown in the photo below, the braided knot can be tied together tighter, for a slightly different look. And don't worry, even though it sounds strange to purposely make a "tight knot" in your hair, in our experience, it really does come apart easily when you are done.... just like a braid.

Pigtail Braids Knotted Hairstyle

In this next example, we have made the knot very loose, with a large gap in between the knot.  This variation might require a couple of bobby pins at the top of the knot to help keep things in place.
 
square knot braided hairstyle

Supplies Needed:
  • 2 small hair elastics
  • 2 medium hair elastics
  • Finishing hair spray (optional)

This hairstyle will work best with long hair, or medium length hair.  Curly, straight, or wavy.  Perfect for little girls, tweens and teens.

Equestrian Braids Video Tutorial: Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fishtail Illusion Braid (Mermaid Braid) Hairstyle

A pretty side braid hairstyle
Double Fishtail Braid (Mermaid Braid) Hairstyle

If you look closely at this braid, you might see what looks to be a reverse fishtail or Dutch fishtail running down the middle.  Do you see it?

This braid is a spin off of the "Illusion braid ponytail" which is also known online as a "mermaid braid."  In our tutorial today, we have used fishtail braids (or herringbone braids) to create this look. The original variation (using regular 3 strand braids) can be found here: Illusion Braid Tutorial

Fishtail Illusion Braid (Mermaid Braid)

We're both loving how thick this braid makes her normally "fine" hair look. If you remember seeing the original "Illusion Braid," this style is created by using double braids. And, double braids equals double thickness.  Mermaid hair!  ;)

The strands along the edges of this braid can be pulled, stretched and deconstructed as much or as little as you want.  If you are wanting a clean, crisp, sleek, or perfect looking braid, I would suggest not stretching them at all. If you are going for more of a messy, natural, relaxed or bohemian braid, you will want to stretch the strands out and rough things up a little bit (as shown in our tutorial below.)

Fishtail Illusion Braid (Mermaid Braid) Video Tutorial

Supplies needed:
  • 2 temporary hair ties (for holding the hair while you are working)
  • 1 small clear elastic (or similar to your hair color)
  • Several bobby pins. (If you prefer to not use bobby pins, you could lace the braids together with ribbon, or even a strand of your own hair.) 

Fishtail Illusion Braid/Mermaid Braid Video Tutorial: Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

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