Stingray braid hairstyle tutorial

Our hairstyle tutorial today is loosely inspired by an intricate braid that has been floating around on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram over the past several years.  An example of this original "ruffled braid" can be found on our Russian friends YouTube channel: "Womenbeauty1."

When I first saw this braid a few years ago, I thought it looked so cool, but also a little over the top for most occasions.  I'm thinking the original version of this braid would be great to go with an edgy Prom dress, a modern wedding, certain Halloween costumes, or for a high fashion photo shoot.  We decided to take the basic concept of this unique braid and change it up a bit to make a more casual "every day" type of hairstyle that could work for school, sports, and work, as well as fancy or special occasions.  This style is still very unique and intricate looking, but toned down quite a bit from the original.

 The Princess's dad named this this hairstyle the "stingray" as the ruffled braids running along each side totally look like a stingray body swimming through the water.... with the braid hanging down as its tail! :)

Stingray braid, video tutorial

Stingray Braid Hairstyle Video TutorialClick here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

Supplies needed to create this hairstyle:
  • 2-3 temporary hair ties or clips to help keep the braids from unraveling while you work.
  • 1 medium size elastic for the end of the braid.
  • Gel, pomade, water, hair wax, or hairspray (optional)
Pretty and unique braided hairstyle, the stingray

Pretty braid, the stingray video tutorial
At home hair treatment recipe and tutorial. Coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil.

 Our video tutorial this week is showing part of our hair care routine: How to apply a DIY / at home deep conditioning hair treatment. Our friend, LaTisha (who is a professional hair stylist) taught us this hair treatment recipe.  You can check out her awesome fashion blog here:  "The Girl In The Yellow Dress."  This coconut oil and olive oil "hair mask" can help your hair to feel and look healthier, softer, smoother, silkier, less frizzy, and more shiny. 

Smoothing hair treatment video tutorial:  (click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

We want to add a disclosure that these ingredients are meant to improve the overall condition of your hair, but this treatment will not magically transform your hair into something other than its natural texture (which should be embraced.) ;) The Princess's hair is naturally and genetically straight and smooth... this treatment did not make her hair this way, although I do feel like it has made her hair more shiny and healthy looking.  I have been using this recipe as part of my routine recently on my own hair (which is more frizzy, wavy and coarse than my daughter's) and have seen an improvement in overall softness, shininess and texture, but of course... my hair is still wavy, slightly frizzy, etc. as that is its natural state.  This recipe is beneficial for helping with damaged hair, dry hair, brittle hair, and bleached hair.  If you are trying to grow your hair out, this could also help you to go a little bit longer between trims, as it can help to prevent damage from heat and every day styling.

Hair Smoothing Solution Ingredients: (Links to example products below are affiliates.)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil.   Pure, organic or virgin is best.
  • 1/8 Cup Olive Oil.  Again, try to find something pure or virgin.  I would recommend avoiding "flavored" oil as it tends to smell weird.
  • A few drops of Argan oil or Moroccan oil.  

*This hair recipe can be doubled, halved, etc.  Just remember to use 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part olive oil.  The initial investment on this formula can seem quite expensive upfront, but I have found that the ingredients last a very long time. If you have extra solution leftover, you can store it in a container and use it later to avoid wasting it.

If your hair is very damaged and dry, I would suggest leaving this treatment in overnight for optimal results.
Braided 4 strand slide up accent hair tutorial
Our braiding tutorial this week is a variation of the "4 strand slide up braid" which has been quite popular on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. over the past few years.  There are many tutorials on YouTube showing how to create the original braid already.  We have a few of those linked below:

Cute Girls Hairstyles

"The Princess" has worn the standard slide up braid quite often over the years and we love how intricate and beautiful it looks.  We decided to try braiding the individual strands before sliding them up in this tutorial, for a different spin on the braid.... and we absolutely loved the end result! This braid looks so ornate to me, almost too pretty to be real hair.   I think this has to be one of our new favorite styles.

She has been wearing this braid lately in many different hairstyles and has received so many compliments on it. This braid can be worn on its own (as shown) in a down hairstyle. Or, it can be used as an accent for many elegant updos, buns, and chignon styles.  For more of a casual look, you could pin the braid back (as shown in our video) and then pull the rest of her hair into a side braid underneath.  The other day "the princess" wore this braid with the rest of her hair in a fishtail, which was absolutely adorable.

Braided 4 Strand Slide Up Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

A few more pictures of this fun and intricate braid....
Braided 4-strand slide up braid tutorial

pretty 4 strand push up braid variation

Cute braided 4 strand slide up braid hairstyle

braided 4 strand slide up hairstyle front view

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 4 temporary hair ties or clips to keep your braids from unraveling while you work.
  • Pomade, gel, or water to help control flyaways (optional.)
  • 1 small hair elastic for the bottom of the braid.
  • Bobby pins or another small elastic to pin the braid back.
If you love this braid, please feel free to share it using the buttons below.  ;)
Cute half up hairstyle tutorial. Woven Pyramid.

Our hair tutorial this week shows a cute braided half up hairstyle which is much easier to create than it looks!  As you might notice in our video (below) the seemingly intricate woven pattern in the center of this braid is actually very simple and quick.  The remaining hair in this half-up design is pulled back by using a standard lace braiding technique.

Woven pyramid hairstyle video tutorial

long hair

Although it was super windy on the day we filmed this style, we wanted to include a few outdoor shoots.  The sunlight really brings out the awesome details in these braids!  ;)
braided half up hairstyle tutorial

This style would be suitable for teens, girls, and women. A great hairstyle for school or other occasions.  If you are wanting more of a  "grown up" or teen style, the bangs (or fringe) area can be gently pulled out of the braid slightly to create a stylish and trendy pompadour look.  We have included a picture of this as an example (below.) Of course, the edges of the lace braids can also be stretched to create more texture and a loose, relaxed look if you desire

braided half up hairstyle with pompadour

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2-3 alligator clips (or similar)
  • 2-3 temporary hair ties or clips to hold the ends of your braids while you are working
  • 1 medium hair elastic or decorative barrette to hold the finished style 
  • Pomade, gel, finishing hairspray (optional)
Woven Pyramid Half Up Hairstyle Video Tutorial: Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

This half-up style would be pretty with curls, waves, or straight hair. This would also be cute in a combination with an updo or ponytail if you prefer to wear your hair up.

If you have extra time and want to make the weave in the center even more extravagant, you could add as many extra strands to the center section as you want.
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!
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