Jul 26, 2017

3 Quick and Easy Back To School Hairstyles, Part 1


3 back to school hairstyle ideas. Quick and easy video tutorials.

3 cute and easy back to school hairstyles! Trendy and popular braids, knots, hair rosettes, and half up hairstyle ideas for school.

This hair tutorial video is "part 1" of our back to school hair ideas series for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  We will be posting several more videos featuring lots of easy and simple hairstyles in the upcoming weeks! All of these videos will be showing DIY hairstyles and quick 5 minute styles that my teen daughter wears on a regular basis to school.  Nothing super creative or extravagant, but a fun collection of hairstyle ideas and every day styles for busy school mornings to browse through when you are in a hair styling rut.
  
Back to School Hairstyles Video Tutorial, Part 1: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Hairstyles featured in today's video:

#1 Windsor tie half up knotted hairstyle. (This style was inspired by a video we saw on facebook by "Sam Villa.")

Easy windsor tie half up hairstyle tutorial.

#2 Single side lace french braid.

1 lace french braid, hairstyle for school.

#3 Side lace braid rose.

Side lace french braid with braided flower. Back to school hair ideas.

We didn't feel like any of these hairstyles really needed detailed step by step tutorials, but just a quick overview showing the partings and basic process of creating the styles.  We do have several videos on our YouTube channel showing how to french braid and lace braid if you are wanting more detailed instructions for those braids.

These hairstyles would be great for middle school, high school, and college students, although any age could wear them.

Hope you guys like these back to school hairstyles.  See you next week for part 2!
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Jul 19, 2017

Easy Halo or Crown Braid Tutorial

Easy halo braid or crown braid hair tutorial. Video instructions.
In today's hair tutorial we show how to make a crown braid, halo braid, or "Heidi braids" using a super easy method or hair hack.  If you can make a regular french braid, you can do this!

We love the look of a classic halo braid but know it can be a struggle to try and french braid in a circular shape around your head!  This method we are showing today is very easy (if you know how to french braid) and looks adorable besides.

Halo/Crown Braid Cheat, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.) 



Depending on the length of hair you are working with, you could actually cross the braids at the base of her neck before pinning them to the top of her head, to form a full circle with the braids.  My daughter's hair isn't quite long enough for that at the moment, so technically the way we styled her hair in the video (above) could be considered "Heidi braids" or "milkmaid braids" instead of a full halo.

Cute "Heidi braids" hairstyle. Easy method.

We have done this style before starting with regular pigtails, which is another "cheat" or "hair hack" rather than having to french braid around your head.  That is a great method as well, but we love the double braided look this technique creates, and also think this style lays nicer and looks more authentic (since you are actually pulling in separate pieces while french braiding, instead of bringing the hair in all together with a pigtail.)

Step by step hair tutorial. How to make a crown braid or halo braid cheat.

As mentioned in our video, you can leave your braids tight, or stretch them out for 2 different looks.  Stretching the braids will give you a more relaxed, voluminous, slightly messy bohemian look and will also make it easier to tuck in the ends of the braids and hide your bobby pins.  Leaving the braids tight can be super cute as well though, especially for little girls.

Crown braid, top view.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 or 2 medium size hair elastics (depending on length of hair and how you decide to secure the ends of your braids.)
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Finishing hairspray.

This would be a cute hairstyle for school, work, church, dance, sports, special occasions, flower girls, weddings, dress up, holidays, the beach, etc.
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Jul 12, 2017

Easy Faux Mermaid Braid Hair Tutorial

Pretty mermaid hairstyle. Braiding hack tutorial.

This mermaid braid hairstyle is so pretty and surprisingly easy to create using a french braiding hack shown in our video tutorial below!

You may recognize the faux braiding technique used in the beginning of this video if you watched our hair tutorial last week (the cross bow hairstyle.) These 2 hairstyles start with the exact same steps (even though they turn out completely different.)

Faux Mermaid Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube.)



We have always loved mermaid hairstyles and I think this one is so gorgeous with the triple braids and signature mermaid look featuring the delicate strands laying on top of the hair.  P.S. These braids are not just for mermaids! This hairstyle could also be considered in the "warrior braid" category... or medieval, renaissance, or fairy tale princess!  Of course, it would also be cute for regular old school, work, a date, church, school dances, etc.

Mermaid hairstyle, french braiding hack tutorial.


Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 3 small hair elastics
  • Topsy tail (affiliate) (optional)
 This braided hairstyle will work best with long hair or medium length hair. If you tend to have flyaways, I would suggest adding pomade, gel, or hair wax before braiding.
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Jul 5, 2017

Faux French Braids and Braided Bow, Cross Bow Hairstyle Tutorial

Faux lace braids and braided bow hair tutorial. Cross Bow Hairstyle.

An adorable braided half up hairstyle without having to know how to french braid!

In today's hair tutorial we are showing how to create a braided bow made out of your own hair, in the center of 2 crossing faux french braids. We thought this style turned out so pretty and feminine looking.  A true princess hairstyle!

Cross Bow Hairstyle, Video Tutorial:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.) 




We love half up hairstyles for teens and girls of all ages, and this one is just so cute. This style is easy, even for those who don't know how to french braid.  Of course, if the bow is too much for you, you could leave it off for more of a simple, but still unique braided look as well.

"Cross bow hairstyle." Faux french braids and bow, video tutorial.

The faux lace braids on each side are made by pulling the hair through a regular 3 strand braid, which can be accomplished with a topsy tail tool (affiliate) or just your fingers.  We have shown this faux braiding technique on our blog before, and both methods seem to work equally well.  This hairstyle would be a cute back to school hairstyle, or could be used for special occasions such as Prom, Homecoming, communions, weddings, church, recitals, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 small, clear hair elastics
  • 1 medium size, clear hair elastic.
  • Topsy Tail (affiliate) optional.
This style will work best with long and medium length hair. Straight hair, curly hair or wavy hair.  You may want to add hair product, water (or both) before pulling the sections through the braid if your hair is prone to flyaways.
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Jun 28, 2017

4th Of July Hairstyle, Infinity Braid Ribbon Twist

4th of July Hairstyle Tutorial. Infinity Braid Ribbon Twist. #fourthofjuly

A cute and patriotic hairstyle for the fourth of July! These twisted ribbon infinity braids look so cool, I'm sure you will get lots of compliments!! This hairstyle would be great for a 4th of July parade, watching fireworks, a barbecue, or any other fun festivities your family participates in as you celebrate independence day.

 Infinity Braid Ribbon Twist, 4th of July Hairstyle Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



This hairstyle tutorial is inspired by 2 similar photos we saw on Instagram by these awesome hair accounts:
@flower.braids and @tojashair

To create these "3 strand infinity braids" or "figure 8 braids" we have taken a length of ribbon and woven it around 3 strands of hair.  You can make these braids with as many sections of hair as you would like.  The more strands you add, the thicker and more intricate the braids will be.  These 2 ribbon braids were then loosely twisted around each other to create a fun pop of color and accent on the side of her hair.

We used red and white ribbon, since we were going for a patriotic 4th of July hairstyle look.  If you have time to add a 3rd braid with blue ribbon, you could braid the red, white, and blue braids together, which would look amazing! Of course, this doesn't have to be just a 4th of July hairstyle. You can use any color of ribbons that you would like, and if you don't live in the U.S. you could substitute the ribbon for your own country's colors! This hairstyle would be great for many special occasions including holidays, team sports and activities, school pride day, etc.

Cute ribbon hairstyle for the 4th of July.

4th of July hairstyle tutorial. #4thofjuly

We actually have an old tutorial showing a 2 strand version of this braid, which was one of our first (and quite honestly cringeworthy) videos made on this blog over 7 years ago! Also from our 2011 archives, we have a 3 strand ribbon ponytail using this same braiding technique if you want to check that one out.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Ribbon.  About quadruple the length of each braid you are intending to make.
  • Small elastics to tie off your braids.
 As mentioned in our video, although these braids look fabulous... they are quite time consuming.  I would plan on about 10 minutes per braid (depending on how long your are making the braid and how many strands you use, etc.)  I think the end result is worth the time and effort, although I would probably save this one for special occasions!

If you are looking for more 4th of July hair ideas, check out our 4th of July playlist on YouTube.  Including star hairstyles and more red, white, and blue hairstyles!
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Jun 14, 2017

Easy Twist Updo Hairstyle

Easy twist updo hairstyle, video tutorial.

This low side bun or chignon hairstyle would be perfect for those days when you need to look nice, but don't have a lot of time. You could wear this twisted updo for many occasions including: A prom hairstyle, homecoming, church, recitals, weddings (bridal hairstyle or guests) communions, holiday gatherings, etc.

This pretty updo is so easy it could be a DIY hairstyle!  Check out our simple step-by-step hair tutorial showing how to create an elegant low side bun below:

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



Although this style can be made to look quite fancy, you could also wear this bun for casual or everyday occasions as well.  This updo can be made to look smooth and sleek, or more relaxed and tousled, depending on the look you are going for. You could add some texture above your ponytail before you make the bun and frame your face with some wispy pieces if you are wanting a more bohemian looking style. You could even pull the twists apart a little more to make an adorable messy bun.  Along with formal occasions, I could see this being a cute casual hairstyle for school, work, or even the beach.

Easy updo hairstyle! Hair tutorial showing step by step instructions.

Hairstyle for prom, homecoming, weddings. Easy video tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this updo hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size ponytail holder.  You will want to choose one that is stretchy, and strong.
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Hairspray, gel, wax, etc.

I love that this style can be created with just one hair tie and a few bobby pins, and it literally only takes a few minutes to do! This hairstyle will work best with medium or long hair and most hair textures.
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Jun 7, 2017

Bow Tie Braid, Braided Hairstyle For Long Hair

Bow Tie Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial.

You'll love this adorable braided hairstyle with bows made from hair!  This hairstyle would be great for school, recitals, weddings, flower girls, church, communions, and other special occasions. 

This hair tutorial and basic concept was inspired by a photo we saw on an awesome Instagram account by @mylittlebraids. We thought the lace braids and feathered strands were so delicate and beautiful, we had to give it a try!  The elastic bows sitting centered between the 2 lace French braids look a lot like little "bow ties" to us.  So cute!  If you like this hairstyle, you may want to check out our "fishtail bow braid" from a few years ago which is also a very cute style using hair to make bow ties!

Bow Tie Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial. (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



We placed this bow tie braid in a headband type design, along the front / side of her head and ended the style in a hair wrapped side ponytail.  Of course, you could finish this hairstyle with a low side bun, or braid as well.  I'm thinking a pull through braid or elastic braid in the ponytail would be very cute.  Adding beads or jewels to the center of each bow braid would be so pretty as well.

Cute hairstyle, the bow tie braid.

The trick to getting this hairstyle to turn out well is taking tiny sections (micro braiding) as you are creating the initial braids.  If you want to use larger sections, you could always make 1 or 2 hair bows instead of 3 though!

Bow Braid Hairstyle Video Tutorial

A back view of the hair wrapped side ponytail......
hair wrapped ponytail with braids

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  •  Several temporary hair ties or clips to help section and hold the hair while you are working.
  • Around 3 tiny elastics (actual number will depend on how many bows you decide to make.) The tiny elastics we used in the center of our bows are "Goody" brand (affiliate.) 
  • 1 medium size hair tie or clear elastic for the top of the ponytail.
  • Pomade, gel, wax, etc. to help prevent flyaways.  If your hair is prone to frizz, I would suggest braiding your hair wet for this hairstyle to help keep things smooth. 
  • 1 Clear elastic or bobby pin for securing the hair around the elastic if you are making the "hair wrapped ponytail."
We always get questions about where we got our styling head when we use her for hair tutorials.  We found it on Amazon, similar to this one. (Affiliate.)
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May 31, 2017

8th Grade Dance Hairstyle Tutorial and Dress! Princess Hairstyles

Gorgeous braided crown half up hairstyle tutorial.

Today we are showing a hair tutorial and fashion video in one, featuring the pretty braided hairstyle and dress she wore to her eighth grade dance!

Recently my daughter went to the traditional end of middle school dance. This dance is typically a semi formal occasion in our area which some teens have nicknamed the "8th grade Prom" or "eighth grade graduation." This dance is the last celebration before entering High School as a Freshman!

She wanted a half up half down hairstyle with braids, so this is what we came up with.  We have combined french braids, lace braids, feather braids, and a loop braid technique to create a delicate braided crown design.  This hairstyle is fairly simple and classic, yet eye catching and elegant. Truly a "Princess Hairstyle" that could be worn for many special occasions: Communions, Homecoming, Prom, church, recitals, graduation, weddings (both for brides or flower girls hairstyles) etc.

8th Grade Dance Hair Tutorial And Dress Video: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Cute feather loop braid hairstyle tutorial.

8th grade dance hair tutorial. Half up hairstyle with braids.

After creating her cute braided tie back hairstyle, we added some curls off camera.  Our "Curling Wand Curls Tutorial" from a few years ago can be found here.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Clip or hair tie to temporarily hold one side of the braid while you are braiding the other side.
  • Hairspray, pomade, wax, or gel to help prevent flyaways.
  • 1 medium size clear elastic.
  • Curling wand, curling iron, rollers or other curling device (optional, if you want curls.)
The Dress:

She was hoping to find a dress that was fancy, but not too "over the top" formal.  We both fell in love with the adorable and fashionable white chiffon shift dress shown in our video (above) from JCPenney.  I could not find a link to the exact dress online, but here are a few very similar dresses on amazon (affiliate.)

Dress 1
Dress 2
Dress 3
Dress 4
Dress 5

The necklace shown with the dress in our video is also from JCPenney.  Her ankle boots are from Old Navy.
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May 24, 2017

Easy Fishtail Braid Hack! Snap Braid Half Up Hair Tutorial

Snap braid video tutorial. French fishtail braid hack!

Have you struggled with learning how to french fishtail braid? Or dislike how long these intricate braids can take to create? Then you will love this braiding hack!

For today's hair tutorial we are showing a braiding tool called the "snap braid." We found ours a few years ago on Amazon (affiliate.)  This tool is great for creating half up fishtail hairstyles (as shown)  or full length fishtail braids.

Snap Braid Half Up Fishtail Braid Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Fishtail braids have gained popularity over the years and are "on trend" with braided hairstyles in general.  Of course, this braid can be made to look tight and neat, or a little more loose and messy. If you have wavy or curly hair, I think this style would look so beautiful and more textured / voluminous. We are loving the carefree boho look of this braid.

How to french fishtail braid cheat!  Snap braid tool.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • A "snap braid" braiding tool (affiliate.) 
  • If you are making a full length braid, you will need a hair tie or elastic to tie the braid off at the end.
  • Finishing hair spray, gel, etc.
Although this method is very easy and fairly quick, it does have a few cons: We noticed that even though we were strategically placing the hair to try and cover the tool, it did end up showing through in a few spots. Also, as you are bringing in each piece, you need to be careful not to add any hair where the tool snaps together at each end, or it will not stay clamped.  And although it was effortless for us to remove this tool at the end of the day, my daughter's hair is very straight and naturally smooth. I could see that if your hair has more texture to it, it could easily get tangled when you go to take it out.  With that said, we love how this braid looked, how simple and quick it was to create, and will be using it again.
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May 17, 2017

3 Quick and Easy Hairstyles For School Using Headbands

3 cute and easy headband hairstyles for school. Video tutorial.

Some cute and simple no-heat headband hairstyles for every day!

Hey guys! We are always looking for easy and quick hairstyles for school mornings. I'm guessing you are too? These 5 minute hairstyles are all super easy and still fashionable even though they take very little effort!  The headbands used to create each look add a stylish touch and of course can be matched to your outfit of the day.

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



Hair tutorial #1 in this video features an elegant twist on each side, finishing in a low fishtail braid.

Fishtail braid with headband hairstyle tutorial.

Cute hairstyle for school. Fishtail braid with headband tutorial.

Hairstyle #2 is a trendy half up hairstyle with hidden micro braids wrapping around the braided headband placed at the top of her forehead.

Easy hairstyle for school. Half up headband wrap with micro braids.

Cute hairstyle for school using headband.

Hairstyle #3 is the easiest of all! A fancy side ponytail with a twist wrapping around the back.

Easy side ponytail hairstyle with headband twist.

Cute and easy side ponytail using headband.

 Supplies needed to recreate these hairstyles:
 All three hairstyles can be done with straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair. Medium length hair or long hair will work best.
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May 10, 2017

Topsy Tail Bubble Faux Hawk Tutorial, Dance Hairstyles

Topsy Tail Faux Hawk Tutorial, Hairstyles for Dance.

We hope you love this easy bubble faux hawk!  This hairstyle would be great for dance, cheer leading, gymnastics, sports, figure skating, school, Prom, church, etc.

My daughter is on a dance team and wears a faux hawk hairstyle regularly to competitions, so we have tried several different ways of creating this edgy look.  If you are looking for more dance hairstyle ideas, we actually have a past tutorial showing how to create a "messy bun faux hawk" as well as a "braided faux hawk with cornrow accents."

We are loving this topsy tail method since it is easy and fairly quick!

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



Over the years we have seen several variations of this trendy faux hawk hairstyle made using a topsy tail and have been wanting to try it.  A few of the hairstylists we were inspired by for this tutorial are listed below:

Confessions of a Hairstylist
styles_n_smiles
Two Little Girls Hairstyles
Annies Forget Me Knots

Edgy hairstyle for dance. Topsy tail faux haux video tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several medium size hair elastics (the amount will depend on how many bubbled sections you plan to make in your faux hawk.  
  • If you plan on using this hairstyle for dancing, sports (or anything active) I would suggest adding bobby pins to each looped section to help keep the style secure.
  • Topsy Tail. If you are needing a topsy tail (as shown in our tutorial) they can be found on Amazon (affiliate.) 
  • You may have noticed that I styled her hair while it was damp in this video to achieve a smooth and sleek look on the sides of the style.  Depending on the texture of hair you are working with, it may work out better for you to style the hair dry using hair product to smooth the sides. 
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