Snake weave crown, tie back hairstyle tutorial

Hey guys!  This fun half-up "snake weave tie back" hairstyle is inspired by a photo we saw by "Girlz Haircreations." We thought the original style was so cute and have been wanting to try it out for over a year now! So, this is our take on it... with a slight twist (literally.)

The princess really loves this style and thought the end result looked a lot like a "crown of snakes" slithering through her hair. (Hence the name "snake weave tie back.")

This would be a great hairstyle for school or work, as it is fairly quick and easy.  And, I could see this looking cute on teen hair, as well as for little girls.  As mentioned in the video, we show how to alter the style if your hair is on the shorter side. I think this would probably work on hair that is shoulder length and longer.

snake weave half up hair tutorial

Quick and easy snake weave tie back hairstyle, video tutorial

Snake Weave Tie Back Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • 3 small hair elastics.
  • Pomade, gel, hair wax, or water.
  • This hairstyle stayed in just fine "as is" when we tried it.  But, depending on your hair texture and length, you may want to add an extra bobby pin or elastic on the last time through the weave, to help hold things together. 
This style would look great with curls, waves, or straight hair.
French braid tuck tutorial, cute holiday updo

This week we are showing a simplified variation of one of our favorite hairstyles that we posted a few years ago, the "swirling braids updo." And although the original hairstyle is gorgeous, it is a little more time consuming.  Today we wanted to show a super quick and easy (but still elegant and pretty) updo for those occasions when you don't have a lot of time, but still want to look polished, sophisticated, or fancy.  This has been our "go to" style for many occasions (since it is so quick and easy) and would be great for the upcoming holiday season: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc. I could also see this working for Prom, Homecoming, Weddings, church, recitals, communions and other special occasions. If you know how to French braid, this hairstyle should be very easy for you and not take more than a few minutes to create!

French braid tuck hairstyle video tutorial

Quick and easy updo tutorial, french braid tuck

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

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 clear elastic or hair tie.
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Topsy tail.  We purchased ours online (the brand is Conair.)

This up-style should work on long hair and medium hair.  In the video tutorial (above) we show a few ideas to alter the style for the length of hair you are working with. 
DIY relaxed french braid hairstyle tutorial

This week we are happy to have our friends from "Hairburst Tutorials" guest posting on Princess Hairstyles!  Head on over to their channel after watching this tutorial to see more of their cute hairstyle ideas and videos.

This DIY French Braid is super easy, quick, and fun to make for many casual occasions.  We love the beachy, relaxed, loose, and slightly messy look of this braid (which is so popular and trendy right now.)  This 5 minute hairstyle will work great with medium length and long hair.  Curly, straight, or wavy. 

We are always getting requests for DIY videos, so we are excited to be able to offer this tutorial today (for those of you who like to see hairstyles being made on someone's own head!)  This braid would also be great if you are in the process of learning how to French Braid, as you only need to add a few strands in on each side.

DIY relaxed French Braid video tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size hair elastic to tie off the end of the braid.
  • Finishing hairspray, pomade, or gel (optional.)
Ribbon coild bun hair tutorial

This week we are showing how to make a unique "coiled bun" updo hairstyle.  This bun would be great for dance, ballet, figure skating, recitals, communions, weddings, (a cute flower girl hairstyle) for church, holidays, special occasions, etc. 

The technique used to make this bun is fairly easy and quick.  If you know how to make a rope braid and a slide-up braid (or snake braid) this should be a cinch for you. As mentioned in our video tutorial (below) there really is no exact science to creating this bun and some of it will depend on the length of hair you are working with.  These coils can be manipulated somewhat to be stretched longer, or scrunched up shorter... and you can really arrange them however you want to form the updo.

Ribbon coiled bun tutorial. Great hairstyle for ballet.

We chose to tie our leftover ribbon into a bow at the side of the bun for a sweet "girlish" touch.  The bow can also be placed at the bottom of the bun, or at the top of the bun (depending on how you arrange your coils.)  Of course, If you prefer not to add a bow to your updo at all, you can clip your ribbon and tuck in the ends for more of a grown up look.

Cute ribbon coiled bun with bow tutorial

Bun tutorial for dance, ballet, special occasions

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

Supplies needed to recreate this bun:
  • 1 hair tie or elastic to make the initial ponytail.
  • 4 medium size clear elastics.
  • 2 pieces of ribbon. (Our ribbons were each about 4 feet long and 1 inch thick.)
  • Several bobby pins.
*Tip:  I would suggest adding water, gel, or pomade to your hair before you attempt making the coils to help avoid flyaways. Also, the width and texture of the ribbon you use is going to make a difference in how these coils turn out, so you may want to experiment.

We featured a similar technique several years ago in our "spring rings hairstyle" in which we used 2 thin strands of hair to make the rope braid and slide up.  We used this technique to accent a simple half up style in that tutorial. With the original technique, you end up with one long stand of hair and one coiled strand, which isn't ideal for some hairstyles. We decided to try making the coils using ribbon (instead of hair) this time to eliminate the one long remaining strand of hair and ended up loving how the ribbon looks peeking through, especially when pinned up into a bun. The other perk of using ribbon instead of hair becomes apparent when the coils are taken down the next day, and all of your hair is curled into ringlets (instead of only half of it.) You could actually use this as a no heat curling method if you wanted to!

At the end of our video tutorial we show how to make a super easy 5 minute messy bun with the 2nd day coils. This is just an example of an endless amount of styles that could be made with these fun ringlets.

Easy messy bun tutorial, second day hairstyle

Easy messy bun tutorial, second day hairstyle

We first saw the original unique looking coiled braid accented on a style at a Renaissance Faire several years ago and have used it a few times since in a variety of styles.  I think this ribbon bun variation is our favorite so far!  We have also seen several pictures of hairstyles using the original technique to accent hairstyles on Pinterest and Facebook. Two accounts I have noticed who have used this braid in a variety of hairstyles are "cute and glossy" and "hair braiding" if you are looking for more ideas.
Twisted pull-through braid video tutorial

This week we are showing a cute new variation of the trendy "pull-through braid."  I'm guessing most everyone has seen the original pull through braid floating around the internet, as it has become very popular recently in social media.  We love the original braid and decided to add a fun "twist" for a slight change and really like how it turned out. It is funny how just a small change can make a whole new look! You may remember the "reverse pull through braid" we posted last year (which is another variation of this braid.)  The reverse pull-through is one of "the Princess's" all time favorite hairstyles and she wears it often. We are loving the "chunky" and "twisted" look of this new version.

Twisted pull through braid tutorial. (Cute variation of the original braid.)

Twisted pull through braid video tutorial. Hairstyle for school.

We have found that this braid is quite durable and should hold up well for school and even sports.  This braid can be made in a ponytail, (as shown) in a low side braid style, or even as a French/dutch braid.  We usually create this braid on damp hair to help avoid flyaways.  But of course, you can do this on dry hair if you prefer.  You may find that gel, pomade, wax, or other product is helpful.  Or if you are wanting more of a relaxed or messy braid, you don't need to use any product at all.  ;)

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

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • 1 hair tie or ponytail holder for the top of the braid.
  • Several small hair elastics (the amount will depend on the length of hair you are working with.)We chose to use Goody colored elastics for our ponytail as a fun accent. And as you can see, the elastics tend to show up much more in this twisted version than in the original braid.  You can use clear elastics, or the same color as your hair for a more subtle look if you desire.
  • Gel, pomade, hair wax, or similar, to help avoid flyaways (optional.)

In case you haven't seen the original pull-through braid, we have several example YouTube tutorials linked below, featuring some of our friends and other lovely hair vloggers:

Cute Girls Hairstyles
Makeup Wearables
Hair and Nails Inspiration
Annie's Forget Me Knots
Our Reverse Pull Through Braid (Princess Hairstyles)
Halloween hairstyle.  Brave ponytail tutorial.  Merida's mom Queen Elinor hair.

We are continuing on with our "Halloween Hairstyles series" this week with a fun Queen Elinor inspired ribbon wrapped ponytail (as seen in the Disney movie "Brave" on Merida's mother.)

We noticed Queen Elinor actually wears 2 variations of this hairstyle in the movie; The first, as a single ponytail (which we chose for our tutorial today.) And the other is basically the same concept, only doubled up in 2 ribbon ponytails (or pigtails) laying side by side.  I think both styles are gorgeous and perfect to go with a variety of medieval, princess, queen or royal costumes.

We are loving the effortless look of this ponytail and would actually consider wearing it on regular occasions (such as school) and not just for dressing up.

Halloween hairstyle idea.  Disney's Brave ponytail tutorial.

Depending on the thickness of your hair, you may want to tease it slightly to add more volume... or you can choose to skip that step and leave it "as is." We love the "bubbled" look of the ponytail, which was made by stretching the hair between the ribbon (shown in our video tutorial below.) But, this step can also be skipped if you prefer your ponytail to lay more straight and sleek.

Queen Elinor hairstyle tutorial and costume idea

Queen Elinor from brave hairstyle tutorial

Disney's Brave hair tutorial

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

Supplies needed to recreate this style:
  • 1 ponytail holder or large elastic.
  • 1 medium, clear elastic or small ponytail holder.
  • We chose some gold ribbon for wrapping around our ponytail.  You can use whatever you have on hand (leather, yarn, rope, ribbon, etc.) 
  • We also added a gold braided headband accessory to accent the style.  Queen Elinor of course was wearing a gold crown if you really want your costume to be authentic. ;)
  • An Elinor costume to go with your hairstyle (optional of course.) We found the dress shown in our photos at a local store in the Halloween section.... and it wasn't actually meant to be a Queen Elinor costume.
Princess Leia Ceremony Hairstyle Tutorial

This week we are doing another fun Halloween Hairstyle tutorial for any of you who may be thinking of dressing up as Princess Leia this year!  This would also be a great hairstyle to wear to the theatre for the upcoming new Star Wars Movie "The Force Awakens." Although, I think this style is actually very pretty and not too "weird" to wear for other occasions as well. ;) 

When I picture "Princess Leia hair" in my mind, I most often think of the famous large pigtail buns she wore wrapping over her ears, which is probably her most iconic hairstyle.  But, I recently watched several of the older Star Wars episodes and noticed this elegant braided updo from the ceremony in "New Hope." We thought this braided style was so gorgeous, we wanted to give it a try. 

Princess Leia Spiral Braid Bun Updo Hair Tutorial

If I had to guess, the original hairstyle (done on Carrie Fisher) most likely involved using some extensions for both thickness and length.  Either that, or she has some seriously crazy long and thick hair! We thought it would be fun to try and achieve a similar result with just "The Princess's" natural hair and a bun maker.  Although our braided bun didn't turn out to be quite as large and glamorous as the original style, I think it still turned out cute.  This style should be achievable even with fairly thin hair, although you will need some length.  If your hair is on the shorter side, you may in fact have better luck using some extensions, a braided hair piece, or a wig

Star Wars Inspired Princess Leia Hair Tutorial

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

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Bun maker, hair donut, or sock bun.
  • 1 ponytail holder or large hair elastic.
  • 2 medium size hair elastics.
  • 3 small, clear, hair elastics.
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Fairly long hair.
Still looking for your perfect Halloween Hairstyle?  We have several to browse through here: Halloween Hair Ideas
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