Quick and easy mosaic twist braid tutorial

Our hair tutorial this week features an easy rope braid / twist braid variation.  We originally filmed this style a couple of months ago for our back-so-school hairstyle series... but just didn't get around to posting it until now.  This unique looking side braid is a perfect hairstyle for school, as it is fairly quick, and can be created with wet or dry hair.  "The Princess" has made this braid a few times on herself and finds it quite easy and fun.  I would say this is a good DIY hairstyle to try, even for beginners.

Hairstyle for school.  Mosaic twist braid tutorial.

As the weather is getting colder, we also thought this would be an adorable hairstyle to wear under a hat or beanie... something cute and different (rather than a standard braid) to go with your fall fashion.

This braid could also be pinned up into a bun or updo. which creates a gorgeous pattern that looks quite intricate when it is wrapped up.

Easy braid tutorial.  Mosaic twist braid video.

Easy side braid tutorial. Mosaic twist braid video.

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

Depending on how you want your braid to look, you can create many small rope braids as your 3rd strand, or just a few larger ones like we did.  Also, you can choose to stretch out the edges of your braid for a thicker/messier look, or leave it "as is" for more of a polished finish.

Supplies needed to create this braid:
  • Several temporary hair ties or clips to hold the ends of your braids while you are working.
  • 1 medium size clear elastic or hair tie for the bottom of your finished braid.
  • Gel, pomade, or water to help control flyaways (optional.)
  • Finishing hairspray (optional.)
Disney Descendants Hairstyle Tutorial

Our hair tutorial this week (and our first Halloween Hairstyle of the season) is inspired by a fun style we saw on Disney's new show "Descendants" which was worn by "Evie" ie Sofia Carson.

In the original style, Evie is wearing a blue/purple woven or braided headpiece (which sort of resembles a crown or tiara) sitting atop her classic dark blue hair.  We wanted to create a DIY of something similar, as well as something simple and inexpensive for anyone who is planning on dressing up as Evie for Halloween... or for anyone else just because it's a cute style!

Descendants "Evie" Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

P.S. If you are wanting to make some curls or waves to go with your headpiece (like Evie is wearing) feel free to watch our curling wand tutorial.

Evie Hairstyle and Headpiece Tutorial From Descendants

As shown in our video tutorial (above) we braided our headpiece right into "the Princess's" hair.  This is not actually necessary.  If your hair is too short, or if you would rather make the headpiece on its own and bobby pin it into place, you definitely can.  We just thought it would be a fun way to keep the headpiece in place without having to use bobby pins or clips and worry about it falling out while trick-or-treating!  

Halloween Hairstyle, Evie from Disney's Descendants

You may have noticed in our photos and video that we are showing 2 different ways to finish this style.  Depending on your personal preference, you can either leave the braids sitting on top of the hair (as shown above) or you can drape some hair over the back/center of the headpiece to hide the elastic and give the hairstyle more of an authentic look to the original style (shown below.)

DIY Halloween Hairstyle and Headpiece from Descendants (Sofia Carson)

Evie hairstyle for halloween

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • Ribbon: We found the 2 rolls of ribbon shown in our tutorial at our local craft store in the discount bin for 50 cents each.  You can really use any ribbon you want, but I would suggest finding some that is around 1/2 inch thick to easily create the "point" in the front of the headpiece. We used around 3 feet of each roll.
  • If you have beads, you could thread the beads onto the ribbon and randomly add them throughout the braid for added bling and sparkle. 
  • If you really want to make this hairstyle authentic, you could actually dye or spray your hair dark blue! Or you could look for a blue wig, which would be less messy.  ;)
  • Curling iron/wand or other curling method if you are wanting curls.
  • 1 medium/clear elastic.
  • Finishing hair spray (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
Hourglass braid hair tutorial

For our hairstyle tutorial this week, we have combined several braiding techniques: Dutch braids,  feather braids, rope braids, and a double twist to create a fun "hour glass" braid hairstyle.

This style would be great for school, sports, and other casual occasions.  We love that these braids stayed neatly in place all day when "the Princess" wore this recently.

Cute hairstyle idea, the hourglass braid

We have used the double twisting technique featured in the center of this hairstyle several times before in the past, most recently in our "arrowhead braid" half up style.  We love the pattern the twist makes with the rope braids all combining in the center of this style. Of course,  If you want to use more than 2 braids on each side, you can definitely add as many as you like.  Also, French braids can be utilized instead of Dutch braids if you prefer.

Hourglass braid hairstyle using dutch braids and rope braids

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

Hourglass braid hair tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this style:
  • Several temporary hair ties or clips to keep the braids from unraveling while you work.
  • 2 medium elastics for the bottom of the braids
  • gel, pomade, or water to help with flyaways
  • finishing hairspray
This hairstyle will work best with medium length and long hair, curly, wavy, or straight.
Micro braid lattice wrap hairstyle video tutorial

This braid is inspired by a photo we saw a couple of years ago on Pinterest and tracked it down to an awesome account on Instagram called @haartraum. We thought this braid was very cute and "princess like" and hope you like it too!

I think this would be a lovely hairstyle for school, sports, work, or other casual occasions.  I love the delicate and subtle accent micro braids wrapping around the sides of the french braid (which add a lot of interest and style with an almost lattice looking pattern) to an otherwise ordinary and standard braid. 

Cute and easy braiding tutorial, micro braid lattice wrap

Of course, you can use any type of micro braids to accent your main braid (rope braids, fishtail braids, etc.) I really love how the regular 3 strand braids look in this particular style though, they really pop! Also, if you prefer Dutch braiding over French braiding, you can go that route instead for another variation.  Or you can skip all of that and just start with a regular braided ponytail or low side braid (or center braid) if you desire.

Micro Braid Lattice Wrap Hairstyle Video Tutorial: Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

This hairstyle is fairly quick and easy to create, which we all love on school mornings. As shown in our video tutorial (above) the braids can be threaded through quite easily using just your fingers.... but if you have a topsy tail, it might make things even easier.  I would recommend starting with wet hair, or use some gel or pomade to help avoid flyaways if you are threading the braids by hand.  I suppose you could add the micro braids in as you are braiding the main French braid if you want to skip the threading part altogether, but this would make the braiding a little more complicated.  ;)

Princess hairstyles, Cute micro braid and french braid tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • 2 small clear elastics
  • 1 medium clear elastic or hair tie
  • Water, gel, or pomade to help control flyaways
  • Topsy Tail (optional)
This hairstyle will work best on long hair or medium length hair.

We are excited to share this fancy and unique half-up braided princess style with you today.  I think this hairstyle would be perfect for a wedding (on a bride, flower girl, bridesmaid, or guest) for prom, homecoming, recitals, communions, and other formal occasions.

braided flower corsage hairstyle video tutorial

We have combined elements of a waterfall twist braid variation and a braided rose or flower to create this elegant and fancy half updo ponytail. I'm thinking this hairstyle has a slightly vintage, medieval or renaissance feel to it.

Pretty hairstyle for a wedding or prom.  The braided flower corsage.

Although this style looks quite intricate, it is actually not extremely difficult to complete.  If you can do a waterfall twist, a standard 3 strand braid, a bun, and a ponytail, you can do this.

My favorite part of this hairstyle is how the individual strands from the waterfall twist surround and showcase the braided flower bun in the center, which reminded us of a flower corsage. So beautiful!

Gorgeous half-up formal hairstyle

Top view of the braided rosette....
Unique braided rosette hairstyle tutorial.

Braided Flower Corsage Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 3 medium/small clear elastics
  • 4-6 temporary hair ties or clips to keep things from unraveling while you work.
  • Several bobby pins.  We used miniature pins from Sally Beauty Supply.
  • Pomade, wax, or gel to help with flyaways.
Woven twist headband hairstyle tutorial

Today we are recreating a fun hairstyle from our website which we initially posted way back in 2010. You can click over to see our original "pictorial" and check out "the princess's" short hair if you are curious!

She has worn this woven headband many times over the years and especially loves it for sports. This hairstyle is great for soccer / football, gymnastics, dance, figure skating, ballet, tumbling, swimming, running, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, etc. Elastic styles (such as this) really help to keep your hair out of your face while exercising and hold up well, even with a lot of activity. We love the unique woven accents in this headband, which make this hairstyle pretty and interesting to look at, as well as functional.

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

There are several different options for finishing this style. You could create the woven headband and leave the rest of her hair down (curled or straight.) Or you could add a ponytail, bun, braid, pigtails, etc. with the remaining hair. (We have included a few example pictures below.) Also, if you would rather braid the individual strands in the headband before you weave them, you can do that instead of simply twisting the hair like we did.

Top view of the headband with a ponytail....

Woven twist headband and ponytail hair tutorial

Again, styled with a ponytail. This is her favorite way to wear this hairstyle for soccer.

Cute hairstyle for gymnastics, woven twist headband

And, with a messy bun....
Hairstyle for sports, woven twist headband and messy bun

This headband could also be worn as a cute transitioning hairstyle for those of you who are in the process of growing out your bangs. We know what a painful process that can be. ;)  And although "the princess" has long hair at the moment, this will work with fairly short hair as well.  When we first created this style, her hair was just above shoulder length and it worked just great!

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • Small hair elastics (8-15 depending on how you make the headband.)  The brand we usually use is called Goody Ouchless.
  • Water, gel, or pomade to help control flyaways.
  • A "rat tail comb" is helpful for parting out the hair into boxes, but not absolutely necessary.
Triple braid bun updo tutorial.  Back to school hair idea.

This week we are continuing on with our back to school hairstyle series.  This bun is very simple and cute.  So easy that  "The Princess" has been doing this style on herself. A great DIY hairstyle!  This updo isn't anything super creative or extravagant. But, it is always nice to have a few basic, quick and easy hairstyle ideas for busy school mornings as well as for work, sports, dance, ballet, or gymnastics class.  And, although this style can be worn for casual occasions, it is elegant and sophisticated enough that it can also be perfect for a wedding, prom, church or other more formal event.

Triple braid bun tutorial, easy and quick

Since "The Princess's" hair is quite long now, it is sometimes difficult to wrap all of that length into a standard bun without it looking "knobby" or sticking way out from her head awkwardly.  Not to mention, it takes a ton of bobby pins to keep it in place! We have found that the technique shown in our tutorial (below) seems to make a much more compact and pretty bun.  This sophisticated looking up-style is achieved with minimal effort and minimal pins.  Beyond the practicality of this style, all of the individual strands (which are seemingly woven intricately together) also add beautiful visual interest to the style, which is always fun.

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

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 medium ponytail holders, hair ties, or elastics.
  • 3 temporary hair ties to hold the braids while you are working.
  • Several bobby pins.  We used MetaGrip miniature pins.
  • Finishing hairspray or gel (optional.)
The real "trick" to this bun is the way in which the strands are braided together and how the hair is wrapped around the ponytail.  You will want to keep things loose for the bun to lay more nicely, especially if your hair is long. 

Besides this one, we have posted several other easy DIY hairstyles recently (since The Princess has been learning to do her own hair.)  In case you have missed them, you can find the links here:

Braid with a twist
Double hair bow ponytail
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