Candy stripe waterfall braid tutorial

A cute and easy waterfall braid!

If you have been following our hairstyle blog or YouTube channel for awhile, you may remember seeing several styles utilizing what we like to call a "candy stripe braid" (which involves simply wrapping ribbon around a strand of hair.) Fairly recently, we decided to try and combine our candy stripe braid with a waterfall braid and the "candy stripe waterfall braid" was born!  We love how this end result turned out.

A few more fun styles using the "candy stripe" method are linked below:

Snowflake Ponytail
Ribbon Shamrock Hairstyle
Candy Stripe Woven Pigtails

Candy stripe waterfall braid with lace french braid

Of course, there are many different hairstyles that can be created using this fun new braid.  As an example, we have included a picture (above) of the candy stripe waterfall with an added lace french braid underneath. I could also see this braid being used to accent many updos and braided combination hairstyles.  The possibilities are truly endless.

Candy stripe waterfall braid, easy tutorial

If you have trouble with waterfall braids, or braiding in general, this hairstyle is actually very doable... as there really is no intricate "braiding" involved.  If you can form a simple twist, you should be able to master this in no time.  Also, this hairstyle should work with fairly short hair, medium hair, and long hair.  Yay!

As mentioned in our video tutorial (below) we have also shown a different waterfall braid using ribbon previously on our blog called the "waterfall ribbon twist."  This candy stripe waterfall actually ends up looking quite different from the waterfall ribbon twist, even though the concept is similar.  This braid also tends to hold up better for more active days and isn't so fragile, which is always nice.

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • A piece of ribbon, yarn, lace, string, etc. The ribbon we used is 1/4 inch thick and approximately 2 feet long.
  • 2 small elastics (one for the top of the braid, and one for the bottom.
  • Hairspray, pomade, or gel (optional)

Candy Stripe Waterfall Braid Video Tutorial:  Click here to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube.


Prom hairstyle, video tutorial

Since it is "Prom season" we are in the mood for a fancy and glamorous hairstyle this week! 

Today our video features an elegant updo or chignon hairstyle that would be great for Prom, Homecoming, a wedding, communion, church, recital, or other special occasion. 

Depending on the look you are going for, this updo is quite versatile.  You can make this style look smooth, sophisticated, and sleek.... or more soft, messy, beachy, or tousled looking. 

Prom hairstyle, triple braid updo video tutorial

As shown in our video tutorial (below) you can leave the remaining hair down for a fancy and modern ponytail look, or wrap it up into the bun as shown in our pictures.  Curls or ringlets can also be added (framing the face) for a cute and feminine touch if you desire.  A fun hair accessory to compliment your dress also adds extra glam to the style.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size hair elastic or hair tie
  • 3-4 small (clear) elastics
  • several bobby pins
  • Fancy barrette, clip or other hair accessory (optional)
  • Finishing hair spray, pomade, or gel (optional)

Triple Lace Braid Prom Updo Video Tutorial: Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.



Cinderella hair tutorial

This tutorial is inspired by the hairstyle Lily James aka Cinderella wore to the ball in the 2015 Disney Cinderella movie.

Ever since the new Cinderella movie was announced, we have had many requests for a Cinderella hairstyle tutorial.  We're a little slow on getting around to this, but we finally saw the show in theatres this past weekend. We loved it, by the way!  We also noticed the many cute braided hairstyles throughout.  But, we decided to film a tutorial for the ball hairstyle, as it was the most requested. 

As a bonus, this simple and elegant style is quite easy and should work with most hair lengths and textures.

Cinderella hairstyle tutorial from the ball

Photo courtesy, the official Cinderella movie trailer.

You might notice in our pictures that "the Princess's" hair didn't turn out quite as curly as Cinderella's did.  We were a little disappointed in our curls as we ended up having to take the curlers out after just a couple of hours, and they didn't hold as well as they usually do.  We wanted the curls to look effortless and natural, but not quite as flat and blah as they turned out!  If I were to try this style again, I would leave our curlers in overnight, or go for a curling wand or curling iron. ;)

Disney Cinderella hairstyle tutorial

The braided headband in this style can be made in several different ways, depending on your hair length and thickness.  If your hair is fine, I would recommend making a braid on each side and doubling them up to make the headband appear to be thicker and more textured.  And of course, if your hair is shorter, you can make a braid on each side and join the ends at the top, instead of the braids having to reach all the way across her head.  We chose a rope braid because the headband on Cinderella appears to be a twist of some sort, but of course, you can do any type of braid you want.  If I had to guess, I would say the original hairstyle was probably created by using a hair piece for the headband, as well as some added extensions for the glamorous looking curls.  You can purchase a synthetic braided headband if you want, which would make your hair appear to be thicker and the braid more voluminous. 

If you are looking for some magical sparkle just like Cinderella, some glitter could also be added as the finishing touch!

Cinderella hairstyle video tutorial
Photo courtesy allure.com

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several small, clear elastics
  • Several bobby pins
  • Naturally curly hair ;) or a curling wand, curling iron, or other curling method.  We have a tutorial for our "sponge rag rollers" if you want to try that.
  • Finishing hairspray (optional)
Cinderella Hair Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)


Butterfly hairstyle video tutorial
A cute hairstyle for spring!

Our video this week is a highly requested tutorial for a cute braided butterfly hairstyle which we first saw on an Instagram account (pr3ttygirl79) a few weeks ago.  You can see the original photo here. After reposting this fun spring style on our Instagram and Facebook pages, we had an overwhelming amount of requests for a tutorial. So, we decided to try and recreate it for you.  I have to admit that our recreation did not turn out nearly as cute as the original! And I'm not exactly sure we did it the same way "pr3ttygirl79" did. But... an "A" for effort, right? ;)  We had fun trying, and "the Princess" absolutely loved wearing this hairstyle.  By the way, wouldn't this be a cute hairstyle for Easter?

Braided butterfly video tutorial

This one is definitely an "attention getter.".  You can be certain that wherever you wear this hairstyle, you will receive many compliments and inquiries about it.  I love that although it is clearly a butterfly, it's not super "over the top" or obnoxious.  Without the antennas, the bun itself is actually quite classic looking and beautifully elegant.

Spring hairstyle, butterfly hair tutorial

As shown in our video (below) we used part of the ribbon from our 4-strand braid to create the "antennas" for our butterfly.  If you would rather use pipe cleaners or wire instead, feel free (and of course, if you don't want antennas in our hair, you don't have to add them at all.)  Also, you can really use any type of braid you want for the center of the style.  You can substitute the 4-strand for a 3-strand, fishtail, rope braid etc.  It's up to you!

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size elastic for the ponytail
  • Ribbon (ours was approx. 2 feet long)
  • 4 small, clear elastics
  • Topsy Tail (optional)
  • Several bobby pins
  • Alligator or claw clips (temporary)
  • Gel, pomade, or water for controlling flyaways (optional)

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


Curling Wand Curls, Video Tutorial

Our hair tutorial this week shows how to create gorgeous spiral curls using a curling wand. 

"The Princess" has been wearing these curls quite often to school lately.  She loves that these curls will last 2 days with minimal time spent doing her hair on the second morning!  On the third day, we usually use the leftover curls to make a cute updo or textured braided style.

Gorgeous curling wand curls

We are loving the modern look of these wand curls.  In my opinion, the curl pattern ends up looking much more natural than a standard curling iron ringlet.

We used the smallest attachment (19mm) in our NuMe "Curl Jam Set" for this tutorial, as the Princess prefers tighter curls. But, if you are wanting loose curls, or waves (which are so popular right now) you can use the same technique we used in our video (below) with a larger barrel instead.  

Curling wand curls, how to video

 Curling Wand Curls Video Tutorial.  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




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Supplies needed to recreate these curls:
  • Curling wand. We used the NuMe Curl Jam Set with the 19mm attachment.
  • Heat Protectant (optional, but highly recommended.)
  • Argan Oil (optional.)
  • Finishing hairspray (optional.)
  • Heat resistant glove (optional.) 

FYI, I am not a huge fan of using heat daily, as I feel like it is quite damaging to your hair.  But, we have found that if we use a good heat protectant and only "heat style" occasionally, the damage is minimal and the results are worth it.  Sometimes you just want cute curls and don't have time for "no heat" alternatives. I would also recommend using the lowest heat setting, for the least amount of time possible (that will still curl your hair.)  Products such as leave in conditioners, oils, and deep conditioning treatments regularly can also help.


FTC:  NuMe partnered with us to bring you this post.  The Curl Jam Set was gifted for the purpose of this tutorial and review.  We are not earning commissions on product sold using the coupon codes or links provided.  Opinions expressed are always our own.
St. Patrick's Day hairstyle tutorial

This week we wanted to put together a quick St. Patrick's Day hairstyle idea, since St. Patrick's is right around the corner.  ;)  This hairstyle is a spin off of a technique we posted a few years ago, the ribbon flower/clover.  We think this ribbon "4 leaf clover" looks cute as an accent to the braided headband on this style.

4 leaf clover ribbon headband tutorial

Of course, this hairstyle can be used for other occasions besides just St. Patrick's Day. The green ribbon can be switched out for any color you want.   And, instead of forming a clover or shamrock with the ribbon, you could actually just tie a regular bow instead.

Ribbon braid headband video tutorial

We were trying to keep this hairstyle fairly simple and quick. But if you want to create the headband using a French braiding technique, you can definitely add in hair from the bangs area while you are braiding for a more intricate braid.  Also, if the 4 strand braid is too difficult or time consuming for your liking, you can actually make this style using just a regular 3 strand braid (with the ribbon replacing one strand.) 

St. Patrick's Day clover headband tutorial

Supplies Needed To Recreate This Hairstyle:
  • 2 3ft (approx.) lengths of ribbon
  • 1 small hair elastic
  • temporary hair tie or clip
  • scissors to trim the ribbon
Braided Ribbon Headband and Clover Video Tutorial:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



If you are looking for St. Patty's Day hair ideas, we have a few more to choose from here: St Patricks Day Hairstyle Collection (Including a couple of shamrock hairstyles, a rainbow bun, and rainbow ponytail, as well as several hairstyles using green ribbon.
Woven twist ponytail video tutorial

A cute woven ponytail hairstyle.

Our tutorial this week is basically a simplified version of a style we posted back in 2011 (4 years ago!) which we called the "woven French braid ponytail." Anyone remember it? We have always loved the original hairstyle (it is actually one of our all time favorites.) But, we also realize that it is quite time consuming and fairly difficult to recreate.  For our hairstyle today, we wanted something that still looks intricate and unique, but is quicker and easier to do than the original style... so this is what we came up with.  At first glance, this one still looks kind of time consuming, but after watching our video (below) you will see that it really is quite easy and quick, with only 2 twists being woven from each side of the Dutch braid.

Woven twist ponytail hairstyle tutorial

This hairstyle would be great for gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, sports, school, church and other occasions.  You could finish this off with a bun, chignon, or other updo if you are looking for a special occasion style, or leave it in a ponytail or braid for more of a casual look. 

Video instructions, woven twist ponytail hairstyle

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 medium size ponytail holders or elastics
  • 2 hair clips or hair ties to temporarily hold the ends of the braids
  • water, gel, or pomade to help control flyaways
This is a combination hairstyle, using elements and techniques from a dutch braid, feather braid, lace braid, twist, weaving, and a ponytail.

Woven Twist Ponytail Video TutorialClick here to watch the video directly on YouTube.


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