Pretty step ladder braid hairstyle, video tutorial.

This week we have combined a woven twist step technique, a french braid, and a ladder braid to create a pretty and unique side braid hairstyle for medium or long hair. 

This braided hairstyle could be worn for casual or formal occasions (school, work, church, the beach, prom, homecoming, etc.)  I think this is one of our new favorite styles, as it is just so eye catching and intricate from every angle, and actually quite easy to create as well.  ;)

Step Ladder Braid Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




Easy video tutorial, the step ladder braid hairstyle.

Unique braid, step ladder hairstyle

Cute hairstyle for long or medium hair. Step ladder braid.

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:  
  • 1 temporary ponytail holder or hair tie.
  • 1 clip to help hold the hair while you are working.
  • 1 medium size hair elastic or ponytail holder for the end of the braid.
  • As shown in our tutorial, we used a topsy tail (affiliate) to create the woven "steps" in this hairstyle (which does make it easier, but is not absolutely necessary.) These tools can be found in various stores where beauty products are sold, or online.
  • Pomade, hair spray, wax, gel, etc. as desired.
Unicorn Hairstyle Tutorial #halloweenhairstyles #halloween #crazyhairday

Since Halloween is right around the corner, for our hair tutorial this week we are sharing a fun unicorn hairstyle! This DIY unicorn horn could be used as a Halloween hairstyle, or for crazy hair day.  Looking for a horn accessory to go with your "My Little Pony" or horse costume?  Why not use your own hair?!

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




 As mentioned in our video, you can make your "tail" sleek, or more voluminous.  Curls, crimping, and teasing could add some extra texture if you are looking for more volume and lift. If you are wanting a colorful mane, tail, or horn, you could definitely add some temporary spray in hair color to go with your mystical creature look.  As another fun option, if you would rather style a "mane" with your unicorn horn, you could make a series of messy buns, a pull-through braid, a french/dutch braid, curls, or faux hawk behind your horn instead of the ponytail.

Unicorn Hair Tutorial, DIY Video Instructions

In our video tutorial (above) we also show a great technique for wrapping hair around the top of your ponytail for a pretty every day look... when you aren't dressing up as a unicorn. Surprisingly enough though, recently we have actually seen a few unicorn hairstyles becoming sort of a "thing" in fashion magazines, tv shows, and around the internet.  Maybe this will be the next big trend hahaha.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • 1 strong ponytail holder for the main ponytail. 1 medium size clear elastic. 1 temporary clip or hair tie to keep the hair sectioned while you are working.
  • Several bobby pins.  We used miniature bobby pins from Sally Beauty Supply (affiliate) which hold things tight extremely well.
  • Small piece of card stock.  (Approximately a 5 inch square.)
  • Clear tape.
Have you decided on a Halloween costume yet?  If you are looking for more Halloween hairstyle ideas, we have several options here: Halloween Hairstyles
Braid Fawx Hawk With Cornrows Hairstyle Tutorial

Today we are showing how to make a voluminous Dutch braid faux hawk with sleek double cornrows on each side.  My daughter actually wore this edgy hairstyle to girls camp this year and loved it!  We posted a picture of the style on Instagram and Facebook a few months ago and have had quite a few requests for a tutorial, so here we are.  ;)

Faux hawks and braided mohawk type styles have been trendy and popular for awhile now and we think they are super cute and fun.  We have seen styles similar to this at dance competitions, in high fashion magazines, runway shows, for sporting events, in movies, on celebrities, (everyone from the Kardashians to Selena Gomez) all over the internet, etc.   

Braided Faux Hawk With Braided Cornrow Accents Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Of course, there are many different ways you could style this braided "faux hawk" for a similar look.  We chose to create a large stretched out "inside out" braid in the center, with 2 cornrows on each side.  This style would also look cute with a standard or multi strand pull-through braid in the center, which would hold the faux hawk shape with a lot of volume. Or, if you wanted to do a series of messy buns, that would be cute too.  Since my daughter was going camping for a few days when she initially wore this this hairstyle, we didn't want her to have to deal with taking out a bunch of elastics (which we would have used to make the pull-through braid or messy buns.) This is why we chose a dutch braid, which only required one elastic at the end!

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several temporary hair ties or clips to hold the ends of the braids while you are working and to help keep the hair sectioned and out of your way.
  • 1 medium size hair elastic or hair tie for the end of the braid.
  • Pomade, gel, or other product to help control flyaways,
  • Finishing hair spray.

If your hair is fairly thin, fine, or straight, you may want to add some texture to the center section before you start braiding.  You could do this by teasing your hair, crimping it with a crimping iron, or by adding product.  These methods will help add volume to your braids, but are not absolutely necessary.  Just pulling and stretching out the edges of the dutch braid (as shown in our tutorial) will add quite a bit of lift.

Since Halloween is right around the corner... I am seeing this style working with several costume ideas as well.  This would be adorable on a biker chick, punk rocker, viking, huntress, etc.
Kaleidoscope loop and kaleidoscope braid comparison. Video tutorial for both ponytails.

Hey guys, this week we are building on a style we posted last month (the kaleidoscope loop pull-through ponytail.) We love the look of the elastics in the first ponytail, but wondered what it would look like with a braid running through the center of the knotted loops.  We ended up loving the unique and intricate design of the second braided ponytail. The day my daughter wore this hairstyle, she had several people stop and ask her how it was made! It can be our little secret that this braid is much easier than it looks.

Video instructions showing how to make both kaleidoscope ponytails: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



As shown in our video tutorial above, we decided to create our 2nd ponytail with a regular 3 strand braid, but you could do a fishtail braid instead if you prefer (which would be gorgeous.) 

Kaleidoscope braid ponytail video tutorial, easier than it looks.

Gorgeous kaleidoscope braid.  Easier than it looks.  Video instructions.
  
Supplies needed to recreate these hairstyles:
  • 2 medium size hair ties or elastics (for the top and bottom of the ponytail.)
  • Several small elastics (the amount will depend on the length of your hair.)
  • Pomade, gel, hair wax, or other product to help with flyaways.
 If you are planning on making the second ponytail, I would suggest using elastics that will easily slide out of your hair and to not get them too tight.  It will also help immensely if you are working with wet hair or if you add some product before you start.
Interlocking floating bubble braid video tutorial

Our hairstyle tutorial this week is partially inspired by a braid we saw on Instagram by @pr3ttygirl79 We took the original "floating bubble braid" and tried interlocking a second braid for a fun and different variation.  We love the intricate "swirly" design that was formed when the 2 braids came together.  So pretty!

This would be a cute back to school hairstyle for girls or teens.  If you prefer wearing your hair up for school, you could try making this braid in a ponytail, or you could pull all of her hair into a low bun, ponytail, or braid (after making the accent braids on top like we did.)

We love that this hairstyle looks unique, but is still super easy and fairly quick to create!

Interlocking Floating Bubble Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Interlocking floating #bubblebraid #hairstyle tutorial

As mentioned in our video, if you would rather stick with one braid, it looks adorable alone! Here, we have wrapped a "floating bubble braid" around her head forming a crown braid look.

Crown braid hairstyle, floating bubble braid tutorial

And, an example of the style with a single accent braid.  So many different hairstyles could be made using this basic concept, the possibilities are endless!

Adorable accent braid, the floating bubble braid (video tutorial)

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • Several small hair elastics (the amount will depend on hair length.) 
  • Pomade, gel (or other product) to help control flyaways.
Easy and quick topsy tail bun tutorial.  Only one elastic and no bobby pins!
A quick and easy bun, perfect for dance or ballet!

A few weeks ago we saw this simple and beautiful bun while scrolling through Instagram on an account called "brownhairedbliss." As soon as we saw this "flip through topsy tail" technique, we knew we wanted to try it.  My daughter is a dancer, so dance hairstyles and ballet buns are a huge part of our life. ;)  Sometimes it can be a struggle to put all of her long hair up, and we get tired of our usual bun makers, donut buns, and sock buns.  A standard or braided bun (wrapped around the top of the ponytail) always requires using tons of bobby pins and elastics and can be a pain to take out.  So, we were super excited to see that this bun is quick and easy, and that it only requires using one ponytail holder and zero bobby pins!

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



P.S. Watch to the end of the video to see how to take this bun out and for some tips and tricks. The topsy tail we used can be found on Amazon (affiliate) and in some stores.  The brand we use is "Conair."

Simple bun tutorial. Flip through topsy tail technique.

Quick and easy bun for ballet and dance. Topsy tail bun using no bobby pins.

She tested this bun one afternoon while doing all sorts of trampoline tricks, and it held up and stayed in extremely well (which is quite amazing considering it is only being held together with one hair tie.) 

Of course, this bun isn't only for dancers.  This updo hairstyle could be worn for many casual occasions such as school, for sports, for cheer leading, gymnastics, to work, to the beach, etc.  This could also be worn for more formal occasions; church, weddings, prom, homecoming, communions, recitals, flower girls, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this bun: 
  • 1 hair tie, elastic, or ponytail holder. (You will want something sturdy that can handle all of your hair in a ponytail.)
  • Topsy tail tool. (Affiliate) The package we purchased contains 2 different sizes.  We used the smaller size.
  • Finishing hairspray, pomade, or gel (optional.)
2 Easy and Quick Back To School Hairstyles

This week we are adding 2 more styles to our "back to school hairstyles" collection! If you missed our video last week (showing 3 more school hairstyle ideas) you can find it here: 3 Easy Back To School Hairstyle Tutorials.

We love quick and easy hairstyles, buns, and braids for school mornings. Since it is "back to school time" for a lot of you, we wanted to share a few simple styles that my daughter frequently wears to school.  None of these hairstyles are super unique or extra special... but classic, cute, and fashionable styles that we use on a regular basis.  We are hoping these are even doable for those of you who do your own hair!

2 Back To School Hairstyles, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




We have already filmed more of our "go to" hairstyles and will be posting them throughout the month of August, so be on the look out if you are wanting more quick and easy ideas for school hair! 

Hairstyles included in this video:

#1 Classic Side Dutch Braid

Voluminous Side Dutch Braid Tutorial

Cute side dutch braid tutorial, for school

#2 Messy Bun Twist Hairstyle (Inspired by a tutorial we saw on "8 passengers" family vlog channel.) Depending on what you wear and how you want this bun to look, you could dress it up or down.  I could see this working as a fancy updo for Prom... or as an every day casual school hairstyle.

Cute and easy "messy bun" tutorial

Easy twisted bun tutorial.

Both this voluminous side Dutch braid and messy bun twist would be great for teens, girls, or even busy moms. Both styles should work with long hair, medium hair, straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair.

Supplies needed to recreate these looks: 

Side dutch braid:

  • 1 medium size, clear elastic
  • Finishing hairspray (optional)
Messy bun twist:
  • 1 hair tie (large enough to make a ponytail with all of your hair)
  • Either 1-2 hair elastics, or several bobby pins (depending on how you choose to finish and secure the bun.)
  • Finishing hairspray (optional)
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