Cute hairstyle idea.  Fishtail wrap braid tutorial.

Our hair tutorial this week, the "fishtail wrap braid" ponytail hairstyle would be great for school, sports, work, and other casual or every day occasions.  If you already know how to create a standard fishtail braid, this variation should be very easy for you!  We love that this braid is unique, but still quite easy and quick.  Something a little bit different than a regular fishtail.

If you like your braids to appear thicker and more "messy" looking (which is so fashionable and trendy right now) feel free to stretch the sides of your fishtail braid and deconstruct it to your liking before you wrap it up.  "The Princess" wanted her hair more sleek and tight the day we filmed this because she was practicing gymnastics / tumbling and didn't want the braid to fall apart.

This hairstyle should work with straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, medium length and long hair.  If you have shorter hair, you might try creating this braid in a half up style, which would give you more length to work with. 

fishtail wrap braid ponytail tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • Several small elastics.  (The amount will depend on the length of hair you are working with.) We choose blue elastics to accent our braid.  Of course, you can use any color you want.  Or, you can use clear elastics if you want more of a sophisticated look.  The brand of tiny elastics we used in this tutorial is called "Goody Ouchless."
  • 2 medium size hair ties (one for the top and bottom of the braid.)
  • Pomade, gel, hair spray, etc. (Optional.)
Fishtail Wrap Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube.)

Ribbon swirl bun video tutorial

We are excited about our hair tutorial this week, as this style is quite unique and beautiful!  It reminds me a little bit of our pinwheel bun which is one of our all time favorite hairstyles.  ;)

"The Princess" is planning on wearing this "ribbon swirl bun" for her 4th of July hairstyle this year.  Although this is a great holiday hairstyle, it really can be worn for many different occasions. Of course, you can use any color of ribbon, yarn, etc. to accent your bun and change up the look.  For example; elegant sliver or white ribbon would make more of a sophisticated or glamorous updo which would be pretty for a wedding, prom, or other formal occasion.  Brightly colored ribbon is going to stand out and "pop" more for a festive and fun look. I think this hairstyle would also be adorable for Christmas time (using red or green ribbon.) The swirling design reminds me of a lollipop!  If you want to add more than one color, you can definitely do that as well. Or if you prefer not to use ribbon at all, 2 strands of hair could be used to accent the bun instead. If you are a dancer or gymnast, this style would be great for dance recitals and competitions!

Gorgeous ribbon swirl bun hairstyle

As mentioned in our video (below) there are several different methods you could use to finish this bun.  We chose to keep things simple for our tutorial. But, if you are wanting something more intricate, you could braid, twist, roll and pin, or even make a starburst (or never ending) braid with the remaining ends!

We love the waterfall ribbon twist braid (which was used to create the swirl design in this bun) and have used it in several other hairstyles on our blog.  The "waterfall ribbon twist rainbow ponytail" and the "Aztec carousel braid" are a couple of examples of how this braid can be utilized in a hairstyle.

Ribbon swirl bun for the 4th of July

Ribbon swirl bun hairstyle video.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • Bun maker. The bun maker or "hair donut" shown in our tutorial can be found in most beauty supply stores and discount stores.  I have actually even seen them at the dollar store from time to time.  If you do not have one, you can cut the toes out of a sock and roll it up to achieve a similar tool.
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Ribbon.  The ribbon we used was 1/4 inch thick and about 4 feet long. 
  • Finishing hair spray, pomade, wax, or gel.  (Optional.)

Ribbon Swirl Bun Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

This hairstyle should work with long hair, medium length hair, straight hair, wavy hair, and possibly curly hair.
Braided Star Video Tutorial, Cute 4th Of July Hairstyle

This star hairstyle for the 4th of July has been a yearly tradition at our house since our daughter was 3 years old!  I'm guessing some of you have the same tradition?  We have noticed over the past couple of years that this braided star hairstyle has become very popular on social media as well as in "real life" for many little girls on the fourth of July. This style is perfect for 4th of July parades, watching fireworks, family barbecues, swimming, etc. Although I'm sure there are plenty of tutorials on the internet already, we wanted to add this fun style to our "how to" video collection as well. After all, it is one of our favorite holiday hairstyles!

We originally did a pictorial for a rope braided variation this style on our website way back before we even did YouTube in 2009.  And then added a "glowing star version" in 2011.  But we somehow have not gotten around to filming a video for the original standard braided star pigtails until this year.  Better late than never, right?

Now that "the Princess" is getting a little bit older, she is planning on a more "grown up" look for her 4th of July hair. (Spoiler alert, watch for that next week!) So, we invited my cute little niece to be our model for today. You may remember "the pea" from several toddler hairstyle videos on our YouTube channel when she was just a baby.  Can you believe she just turned 5?! She is so adorable and looks very cute wearing this star hair style.
Easy Star Hairstyle Tutorial

This basic concept can be used to create several different star hair variations, depending on your preference.  We have used rope braids, fishtail braids, ribbon braids, and multi strand braids to form the star in the past.  And instead of pigtails, you can finish off this style with buns, or braids if you prefer. When "The Princess" had shorter hair, we did sort of a "mini star version" using ribbon. If you have short hair, you can check that out here: Star Hairstyle For Short Hair  

Supplies needed to recreate this style:
  • 5-8 small hair elastics.
  • Accessories such as festive ribbons, bows, etc. (optional)
  • Gel, pomade, finishing hairspray. (optional)

Star Hairstyle Tutorial, How To Make A Braided Star (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

If you are still undecided on how to wear your hair for the 4th of July this year and are looking for more ideas, we have several hairstyles to browse through on our website here: 4th Of July Hairstyles 

Happy Independence Day to all of our American viewers!
Elastic wrap hair bow video tutorial

Today we are continuing on with our quick and easy DIY hairstyle series, which we announced a couple of weeks ago.  If you missed our first simple hairstyle in this series, it can be found at the following link: (Easy braid with a twist.)

This cute hair bow hairstyle would be great for school, work, summer, casual occasions, the beach, etc.  This style is easy enough to do on yourself and doesn't take much more time than just a standard ponytail.  And, the best part? No extra bobby pins or elastics are required to create this bow... just the elastic which was initially used to make the ponytail! 

Easy hair bow ponytail video tutorial

As mentioned in our video tutorial below, you can choose how many of these accent bows to add to each elastic.  A single bow is cute, as well as a double (as shown in our photos) or even a triple bow!  And... if you want to make a "bubble ponytail" (by adding elastics spaced evenly down the hair in your ponytail) these fun bows can be worn all the way down the length of your ponytail.

Quick and easy hair bow video tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size elastic or hair tie. As you can see, we chose a colored elastic this time.  If you don't want the elastic to show, I would recommend using clear or something similar to your hair color.
  • I would recommend using product such as pomade, gel, hair wax etc. (especially if your hair is prone to frizz or flyaways.)

Elastic Wrap Double Hair Bow Hairstyle Video Tutorial (Click here to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube.)

Side swept braided scissor waterfall hairstyle tutorial

Our video tutorial this week is based on a hairstyle that has been on our "to do list" for quite awhile now.  We have been seeing this "side swept" look all over Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc. and of course, we had to give it a try!  Several different variations of this style have been popular on social media recently, including a regular waterfall braid variation, as well as a waterfall twist.

And, ever since posting the "scissor waterfall braid" several months ago, we have been wanting to do a tutorial on a "braided scissor braid" using micro braids as well (which is a variation of the original "waterfall scissor braid" and is shown in our tutorial today.)  So, we decided to combine the 2 techniques into one video, and the "side swept braided scissor waterfall" was born!  I think this variation of the side swept look has to be my favorite of all the braids we have tried with this style so far! I love that this "braided scissor braid" looks really unique and intricate, even though it isn't all that complicated to do.

Scissor waterfall braid side swept hairstyle

Depending on your outfit and how you style the braid; This hairstyle can be worn as a relaxed, effortless, casual, messy bohemian type of look.  Or, as more of a special occasion, fancy, glamorous hairstyle. I could even see this working for Prom, Homecoming, Weddings, photos, etc.. 

As mentioned in our video below, we used some overnight Dutch braids to create our heatless waves/curls for the base of this style, as we wanted more of a textured look.  You can leave your hair straight, or add curls from a curling wand/curing iron if you prefer.

Waterfall scissor braid using micro braids

And...We wanted to share a "front view" of this hairstyle for you, since it is sort of hard to completely see what is going on from the side of this one.  ;)

side swept braided hairstyle, front view

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 4 temporary hair ties or clips to help keep the ends of the braids from unraveling while you work.
  • 2 small, clear, hair elastics.
  • We used overnight braids to create our curls/waves.  But, you can use any curling method you desire if you want curls. (curling iron, curling wand, curlers, etc.)
  • Finishing hairspray, pomade, gel, etc.

Side Swept Braided Scissor Waterfall Hairstyle Video Tutorial:  Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

In the photos below, we did the "braided scissor waterfall" in more of a "standard" fashion, across the back of her head, using straight hair (to more fully show the details of this gorgeous braid.)

Scissor waterfall braid using micro braids

scissor waterfall using micro braids tutorial
video tutorial, scissor waterfall using micro braids

Braid with a twist, simple hair tutorial

 "The Princess" is growing up. Yes, it is sad.. but true! She has been doing her own hair most mornings lately and we wanted to share a few of the styles she has been wearing and doing herself.  Over the next little while, we will be adding several of her quick and easy "DIY beginner hairstyles" into the mix on our blog.  These styles will be great for school mornings, or when you are in a hurry, and for those of you who are starting to do your own hair as well!

Braid with a twist, beginner hairstyle

We shared a similar hairstyle a couple of years ago (which you may remember) called the "braid in a braid." The Princess wears that original braid quite often as well. I think it was actually one of the very first hairstyles she did on her own! One day for school she decided to add a rope braid in place of the regular braid and I think it came out really cute!  This style would be darling using a fishtail braid as well, but keep in mind, fishtails do take a little bit longer to create.

Although this hairstyle is very simple and quick, it still looks quite interesting and different.  So much more fun than a regular side braid.  ;)

Easy video tutorial, braid with a twist

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • 1 temporary hair tie or clip for the rope braid
  • 1 medium size elastic or hair tie for the main braid
  • hairspray, gel, pomade, etc. to help control flyaways (optional)

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

Flip knot waterfall feather braid video tutorial

This fun waterfall/feather braid is a variation of the "flip knot braid" we posted last week.  Of course, waterfall braids have always been a favorite braiding technique of ours.... a favorite most likely shared with many.  I mean really, who doesn't love the intricate, yet relaxed bohemian look of a waterfall braid?  So gorgeous! This knotted variation is great if you are looking for something unique and a little bit different from the standard braided waterfall (which has become so popular.)

Unique waterfall braid, the "flip knot"

This braid can be worn on the side (as shown in our tutorial below.) Or, you could bring the braid all the way around her head horizontally or diagonally.  You could make a braid on each side and join them in the center.  Or, you could use this braid as an accent to a ponytail, updo, bun etc.  This could really be the base for an endless amount of hairstyles if you want to get creative. ;) 

You could wear this hairstyle for school, work, every day, the beach, etc.  Or for more formal or special occasions.  With the right dress, I could see this working for Prom, Homecoming, Weddings, Brides, Flower Girls, Communions, or photos.

Knotted waterfall braid tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 small elastic to tie off the braid
  • comb or brush
  • water, gel, pomade or wax (to help control flyaways)

Flip Knot Waterfall Feather Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch directly on YouTube.)

We have shown several variations of the waterfall braid over the years on our blog. If you love waterfalls as much as we do, you can browse through a few of them here:

Candy Stripe Waterfall Braid

Waterfall Scissor Braid

Waterfall fishtail braid

Waterfall Twist

5 Strand Waterfall

Waterfall Ribbon Twist

If you recreate this "flip knot waterfall/feather braid" we would love to see it.  Use the hashtag #hair4myprincess on Instagram and we will check it out!
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