Showing posts with label Braids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Braids. Show all posts

Feb 21, 2018

Testing The Faux Hawk Kit! Is It Actually Quick And Easy?

Faux Hawk Kit Review and First Impression Video #fauxhawk #hairstyle

We recently purchased this "FauxHawk Kit" made by Goody and wanted to give it a try, so we decided to do a tutorial and review/first impression for you. My daughter has worn a faux hawk hairstyle quite often in the past as her dance team used to use it as their competition hairstyle.  She also will occasionally wear the style to school or church.  But, as much as we love the edgy yet glamorous look, the traditional way to make a faux hawk hairstyle (using messy buns) can be quite time consuming.  And on school mornings, we are all about quick! We wanted to see if this tool actually would make the process faster and easier with the same cute result!

Faux Hawk Kit Review, Tutorial, and First Impression Video: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



This kit comes in several different colors.  I would recommend looking for the one that matches your hair the closest.  We found ours at Walmart and I'm guessing it can be found in most discount and drug stores for around $5.

Easy way to create a braided #fauxhawk #updo

This hairstyle would be great for all ages... teens, little girls, and moms. I could see this working for casual as well as formal occasions. This style could even work for Prom, Homecoming, church, recitals, weddings, etc.

Quick and easy faux hawk kit. #dancehairstyle #fauxhawk

You can choose to leave this the braided faux hawk sleek and neat looking, or stretch it out and deconstruct it a bit more for a messy and voluminous look. You might notice in our photos (above and below) that one side is messier than the other (below.)  We purposely deconstructed one side after the tutorial to see if the messy look was possible with this tool and it is... it just takes some work to mess the braid up a little more.

Quick and easy faux hawk kit tutorial. #goody #hairhack

After looking over the instructions for a second time, I'm pretty sure a hair elastic was not meant to be used at the top of the ponytail before placing the tool in her hair (as we demonstrated in our video.) But, we found that this "misunderstood hair tie" actually helped to hold the hairstyle in place very securely in her fine and slippery hair.  We tried the style again without the elastic and it did not hold well at all. If you have textured or thick hair, the tool will probably work just fine without adding a hair tie.

This tool will work best with at least medium length or long hair. I think it would look adorable with curly or wavy hair as well as straight.

If you are wanting to make a faux hawk the traditional way, we do have a few tutorials on our blog showing how to do that:

Messy Bun Faux Hawk

Topsy Tail Faux Hawk
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Jan 31, 2018

Arrow Braid Heart Hairstyle For Valentine's Day

Cute heart hairstyle for Valentines Day. Video instructions.

Our hair tutorial this week is a pretty half-up heart hairstyle. We have combined an arrowhead/ladder braid with a "heart knot" to create this fun new Valentine's hairstyle for 2018.

Over the years, valentines and heart hairstyles have been some of our favorite styles to create.  If you are looking for heart hairstyle ideas, we have more than we can count on our website, some of them dating back to 08'!  You can check those out here: Heart Hairstyle Ideas

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



You might remember a style we posted several years ago called the "heart knot hairstyle" which has been quite popular on social media. And then last year we added one of our favorite and easiest Valentine's hairstyles, the "hanging heart ponytail" which uses the heart knot technique shown in today's video. We decided to combine the heart knot technique with a ladder braid... which sort of ended up looking like an arrowhead braid or fairy wings braid and we are loving how it turned out!

Valentines Day hairstyle tutorial. Arrow braid heart.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 4 small/medium size hair elastics.
  • Several clips or hair ties to temporarily hold the hair while you are working.
  • Pomade, gel, hair wax or other product to help avoid flyaways.
  • Long or medium length hair.

This style would not only be cute for valentine's day, it would also make an adorable flower girl hairstyle for a wedding or other special occasion.  Hearts can really be worn year round!
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Jan 24, 2018

Valentine's Day Hairstyle For Teens! Braided Faux Hawk With Heart Braid Accent

Heart hairstyle tutorial. Braided faux hawk with cute heart accent.

Looking for heart hairstyles? You'll love this braided faux hawk with an adorable heart accent.

We love heart hairstyles and have traditionally added a few heart themed tutorials each year on our hair4myprincess YouTube Channel and Princess Hairstyles blog. As my daughter is now a teenager, we wanted something a little more grown up this year.  We are loving the combination of an edgy and contemporary faux hawk mixed with a super cute and dainty heart.  Like denim and lace, this unexpected combo is very chic! This Valentine's hairstyle would be perfect for school, work, Valentine's Day parties and dances, weddings, and other special or casual occasions.

Braided Faux Hawk and Heart Accent Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




This style was created by combining several techniques: a voluminous french braid faux hawk, a standard ponytail, and a cute heart accent braid which was inspired by several tutorials we have seen on Instagram and Youtube. Cute Girls Hairstyles, Brown Haired Bliss, Learn Do Teach Hairstyles, Two Little Girls Hairstyles, Easy Toddler Hairstyles and Toddler Hair Ideas are just a few accounts where we remember seeing this type of braided heart.

Cute heart hairstyle for Valentine's Day! Video tutorial.

If you would rather rope twist, fishtail, or leave the hair unbraided in your heart, you could do that instead for a slightly different look.  You could also add another heart directly underneath the first one for a double heart look!  As mentioned in our video tutorial, a piece of hair could be wrapped around the top of the ponytail for a modern and sophisticated looking finish.

Wanting more heart hairstyles?  Check out our Valentine's hair playlist with many more heart hair ideas to browse through.
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Jan 10, 2018

Prom & Wedding Hairstyle! Romantic Updo With Twists & Braids

Romantic updo with twists and braids hair tutorial.

In today's hair tutorial we show an easy, elegant, and pretty updo for special occasions. This romantic hairstyle with twists and braids is glamorous, sophisticated, and fancy. Similar to something you might see on the red carpet, but can be created quite easily in your own home! This gorgeous style would be great for many occasions such as Prom, Homecoming, Weddings (bridal, bridesmaids, and flower girls) recitals, communions, holidays, date night, Instagram photos, etc.

Romantic Updo With Twists and Braids Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



In our step by step video tutorial (above) we use a topsy tail to create the first twisted section. These tools can be found online (affiliate.) This tool is optional, if you do not have a topsy tail, the twists can be made by pulling the hair through with just your fingers. As mentioned in our video, there really is no exact science for creating this hairstyle. After making the basic twists and braids, you can use your own creativity to loosen, pull, and pin up the final look and much of this will depend on the length and texture of the hair you are working with.

This up-style will work best on long hair and medium hair. Curly, wavy, or straight.

Gorgeous wedding hairstyle tutorial.


Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several small/medium clear hair elastics. (We used 5.)
  • Bobby pins. Our favorite brand and best we have found for holding the hair in place is Sally Beauty Supply min pins (affiliate.) 
  • Topsy Tail (affiliate) (optional.)
  • Finishing hairspray.
  • Flat iron, curling wand, or curling iron for face framing curls.

Visit our Prom Hairstyles collection for more special occasion hair ideas!
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Dec 13, 2017

3D Christmas Tree Hair Tutorial

Christmas Tree Hairstyle Tutorial! 3D Bubble Braid.
This half up half down 3D "Christmas tree hairstyle" is so fun and would be perfect for your next holiday occasion!  We posted a simplified version of this Christmas hairstyle last year, which we called the "bubble braid Christmas tree." This year we have added some dimension to the tree by creating an extra loop in front of the braid (for a 3D effect) as well as some green ribbon for added color.  At the top of the tree we have placed a sparkly star clip.  You could add an angel, ornaments, lights, bows... whatever decorations you would like to your tree.

3D Christmas Tree Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



This hairstyle would be great for a Christmas party, Christmas Eve, meeting Santa, Christmas dinner, sledding, making gingerbread cookies and houses, a Christmas recital or play, school, or a hairstyle to go with an ugly sweater contest! ;)

3D Christmas Tree Hair Tutorial. Easy Video! #Christmas #Christmastreehair

Supplies needed to recreate this holiday hairstyle:
  • Several hair elastics. The amount will depend on the length of hair you are working with.
  • Green ribbon (optional.)
  • A Christmasy clip for the top of your tree (optional.)
  • Pomade, gel, hair wax, etc. to help control flyaways.
To see more Christmas hair ideas, click on our Christmas hairstyles collection. (Including a snowflake hairstyle, classic hair wreath or halo braid, cookie cutter or ornament braid, candy cane hairstyles, holiday updos, and several Christmas tree hairstyle ideas.)
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Nov 15, 2017

Woven Pie Crust Hair Tutorial, Holiday Hairstyles

Woven pie crust hairstyle. Christmas hairstyle, Thanksgiving hairstyle.
A braided and woven half up hairstyle, perfect for the upcoming holidays!  We have done similar styles in the past which involve weaving the hair and they usually end up being our favorite hairstyles! These intricate basket weave styles always garner tons of compliments and are actually easier than they look. 

This pretty holiday hairstyle doesn't have to be just for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, etc. but we thought it would be fun to name it something festive since we are in the midst of the holiday season (hence the name our boys came up with) the "woven pie crust hairstyle!"

Woven Pie Crust Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Pretty half up woven and braided hairstyle, video tutorial.
This hairstyle is a combination of several techniques: A half knot, feather braids, hair weaving, french braiding, and a pull-through faux waterfall technique.

As mentioned in our hair tutorial, I would recommend adding pomade, gel, or other hair product before starting.  You may find it easier to create this hairstyle using wet or damp hair (depending on the texture you are working with.)  Also, we mentioned a trick using rubber bands to help hold the style in place (towards the end of the video) for those of you with fine or silky hair.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Small clip  (to help hold the hair while you are working.)
  • 2 medium, clear rubber bands or hair elastics.
  • Topsy tail (optional)
  • Pomade, gel, or other hair product to help prevent flyaways.
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Oct 11, 2017

Wonder Woman hairstyle tutorial! DIY Braided Headpiece, Halloween Hair

Wonder Woman hairstyle tutorial! How to make a WW headband using braids for Halloween.

You'll love this Wonder Woman hairstyle featuring a DIY headpiece made from your own hair! A perfect Halloween hairstyle to go with your Wonder Woman costume.  And the best part? You will not need to purchase or make a wonder woman headband or crown to complete your look. Our tutorial today shows how to create a wonder woman headband using 4 cornrow braids and an inexpensive red or gold star sticker.  This warrior braid / super hero hairstyle is edgy, unique, and fierce. So fun!

Wonder Woman Hairstyle, Braided Headband Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



As mentioned in our wonder woman hair tutorial (above) we would suggest adding large, voluminous curls to complete your wonder woman Halloween costume and hairstyle.  We have a tutorial showing how to curl hair with a curling wand that would work great. I would suggest using a large barrel for loose, bouncy curls.

Wonder woman DIY headpiece or headband tutorial.

 Supplies needed to recreate this Wonder Woman inspired headpiece:
  • Several small, clear hair elastics.
  • Sectioning clips (alligator clips or claw clips) to help keep hair out of your way while braiding. 
  • A gold or red star sticker.
  • Pomade, gel, hairspray, etc. to help control flyaways.
Over the years we have seen many awesome hairstyles using braids placed over the forehead on Instagram and Pinterest and had the idea to make a wonder woman headband using this concept a few months ago when we heard there would be a DC comics wonder woman movie coming out in 2017! A few inspiring hairstyle accounts we have seen these trendy "forehead braid" or braided tiara warrior princess hairstyles on recently: @ashley_cardon_hairstyles @trenzasnmba @vlechtidee @brianasbraids @ashton_hairstyles @tinkerbeanpoplettes_hairdesign

Hope you enjoyed our Wonder Woman hairstyle tutorial.  Happy Halloween!
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Sep 27, 2017

Squiggle Knot Braid, Beautiful Half Up Hairstyle Tutorial

Squiggle knot braid video tutorial

For today's hairstyle tutorial, we have combined a lace feather braid with a  new knotting technique to create a gorgeous and unique braided half up hairstyle for long and medium length hair.

We're loving the intricate look of this squiggle braid!  I could see this working as a bridal hairstyle or for many other special occasions (Prom, Homecoming, recitals, communions, etc.) The knotted lace or woven lattice pattern reminds me of something you would see on a medieval princess or at a renaissance fair!

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



This style is surprisingly easier than it looks and fairly quick to make (after you get the knot tying technique down) and should hold up decently well since it is secured with braids on both the top and bottom of the delicate knots. 

Squiggle knot braid, pretty braided hairstyle

Hair tutorial, squiggle knot braid half up hairstyle

 Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 small, clear, hair elastics,
  • Pomade, gel, serum, or other hair product to help control flyaways.
 The trick to getting this pattern to look nice is tying all of the knots the same way (as shown in our video tutorial above) and using hair product before you start to keep things smooth and neat.

Hope you enjoy!
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Sep 6, 2017

Homecoming Hairstyles, Flower Pull Through Side Braid

Gorgeous Homecoming hairstyle. Pull through braid on the side with rosette accents. Video tutorial.

Looking for a hairstyle for Homecoming? You'll love this beautiful side pull-through braid style with braided rose accents! This hairstyle may even be easy enough to do on yourself as a DIY Homecoming or Prom hairstyle! We know many of you will be going to the Homecoming dance in the near future, so we thought it would be fun to do a formal hairstyle tutorial this week. If you are looking for more Homecoming hair ideas, we have shown several fancy updos and half up styles in the past. Feel free to look through our Prom hairstyles for more ideas!

Flower Pull-Through Side Braid Video Tutorial (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




We have fallen in love with the look of the ever popular pull through braid and especially love it swept loosely to the side with the edges stretched out voluminously. We decided to take this glamorous style to the next level by adding some rolled flower braid accents to the center of the braid. Of course, you can add as many braided roses as you wish. If you wanted even more glam, you could incorporate jewels, other hair jewelry, or accessories to the finished braid, or in the center of your rosettes.

Cute Homecoming hairstyle. Pull through braid with flower braid accents. Video tutorial.

This hairstyle turned out so beautiful and would look stunning with a fancy Homecoming dress, for the Prom, or other formal events such as a wedding (for the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls or guests.) Although this style is quite simple, I think it is really gorgeous and would stay in place through lots of dancing and look great in photos!

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several small or medium size, clear elastics. (The amount will depend on your hair length and thickness of sections.)
  • Bobby pins.  We prefer using miniature pins (affiliate) when we are creating the rosettes as they are easier to hide.  
  • Finishing hair spray.
 This style will work best with long hair, or at least medium length. If your hair is on the shorter side, you could possibly opt for a half up variation of the style.
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Aug 30, 2017

14 Easy Hairstyles For School Compilation! 2 Weeks Of Heatless Hair Tutorials

14 cute hairstyles for school! Video tutorials.

Today we are sharing 14 cute and easy back to school hairstyles. 2 weeks of hairstyle ideas all in one video! Trendy and popular braided hairstyles, twists, messy buns, and half up hairstyle ideas for school.  These are all heat-less, 5 minute hairstyles for medium length and long hair.

This hair tutorial video is a compilation of hairstyle ideas for the 2017 - 2018 school year. We had a request to put our simple styles from our "back to school series" all in one place (to make it easier to find a specific hairstyle in the morning) and we thought it was a great idea!  All of the tutorials in this video show DIY hairstyles and quick styles that my teen daughter wears on a regular basis. A fun collection of every day hair styles for busy school mornings.

14 Back To School Hairstyles, Compilation Video:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Hairstyles featured in the video (above) with timestamps for quick searching:

Part 1:
#1 Windsor tie half up knotted hairstyle. (Inspired by Sam Villa) 0:17
#2 Single lace french braid 0:57
#3 Side lace braid rose 1:42

Part 2:
#1 Side twist ponytail 2:15
#2 Double twist ponytail 3:13
#3 Double lace braid hairstyle 4:01

Part 3:
#1 Double French braid space buns, messy buns, or top knots 5:43
#2 Dutch braid faux hawk half up hairstyle 6:48
#3 Triple twist half up hairstyle 7:43
#4 Triple twist fishtail braid 8:26

Part 4:
#1 Boho braids and twists half up hairstyle 9:52
#2 Lace braid part line hairstyle 11:11
#3 Ponytail cascade 12:35
#4 Triple twist messy bun w/ headband 13:23

We didn't feel like any of these hairstyles needed super detailed step by step instructions, but just a quick overview showing the partings and basic process of creating the styles.  We do have several videos on our YouTube channel showing how to french braid, fishtail braid, and dutch braid if you are wanting more detailed tutorials.

These hairstyles would be great for middle school, high school, and college students, although any age could wear them.
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Aug 23, 2017

4 Cute Hairstyles For School, Quick and Heatless, Part 4

4 back to school hairstyles, video tutorials.

Today we are sharing 4 more cute and easy back to school hairstyles! Trendy and popular braids, twists, buns, ponytails, and half up hairstyle ideas for school.  These are all heatless, simple, 5 minute hairstyles!

This hair tutorial video is part 4 of our fun back to school hair ideas series for the 2017 - 2018 school year.   Click on the following links to see parts 1, 2, and 3!

Back to school hair ideas, part 1
Back to school hairstyles, part 2
Back to school hairstyles, part 3

This is the last video in our "back to school hairstyle series" for this year featuring lots of simple, everyday hairstyle ideas. All of these videos show DIY hairstyles and quick styles that my teen daughter wears on a regular basis to school.  Nothing super creative or extravagant, but a fun collection hairstyle ideas for busy school mornings.

Back to School Hairstyles, Part 4 Video Tutorials: (Click here to watch the video directly on Youtube.)



Hairstyles featured in today's video:

#1 Boho braids and twists half up hairstyle.

Cute braids and twists half up hairstyle tutorial.

#2 Lace braid part line hairstyle.

Lace braid part line hairstyle for school.

#3 Ponytail cascade.

Ponytail cascade, cute hairstyle for school.

#4 Triple twist messy bun with headband.

Hair tutorial, triple twist messy bun with headband.

We didn't feel like any of these hairstyles really needed detailed step by step tutorials, but just a quick overview showing the partings and basic process of creating the styles.  We do have several videos on our channel showing how to lace french braid, fishtail braid, and dutch braid if you are wanting more detailed instructions for those braids.

These hairstyles would be great for middle school, high school, and college students, although any age could wear them.

Hope you guys like these back to school hairstyles.  See you next week!
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Aug 16, 2017

4 Easy Hairstyles For School, Cute and Heatless, Part 3

4 back to school hairstyles, cute, easy, and heatless.  Video tutorials.

Today we are sharing 4 more cute and easy back to school hairstyles! Trendy and popular braids, twists, and half up hairstyle ideas for school.  These are all heatless, 5 minute hairstyles!

This hair tutorial video is part 3 of our back to school hair ideas series for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  To watch parts 1 and 2, click here:  Back to school hairstyles, Part 1, Back to school hairstyles, Part 2.  We will be posting one more video in this series next week featuring another set of simple hairstyle ideas. All of these hair tutorials will be showing DIY hairstyles and quick styles that my teen daughter wears on a regular basis to school.  Nothing super creative or extravagant, but a fun collection of braided hairstyles and every day hair styles for busy school mornings.

4 Easy Hairstyles For School, Part 3: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Hairstyles featured in today's video:

#1 Double French braid space buns, messy buns, or top knots.

Double french braided space buns hairstyle.

#2 Dutch braid faux hawk half up hairstyle.

Dutch braid faux hawk half up half down hairstyle tutorial.

#3 Triple twist half up hairstyle.

Triple twist half up hairstyle. So easy and cute.

#4 Triple twist fishtail braid.

Triple twist french fishtail braid, video tutorial.

We didn't feel like any of these hairstyles really needed detailed step by step tutorials, but just a quick overview showing the partings and basic process of creating the styles.  We do have several videos on our YouTube channel showing how to french braid, fishtail braid, and dutch braid if you are wanting more detailed instructions for those braids.

These hairstyles would be great for middle school, high school, and college students, although any age could wear them.

Hope you guys like these back to school hairstyles.  See you next week!
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Aug 2, 2017

3 Easy Back To School Hairstyles, Part 2

3 hairstyle ideas for school, easy video tutorials

3 more cute and easy back to school hairstyles! Trendy and popular braids, twists, and ponytail hairstyle ideas for school.  These are all heat-less, 5 minute hairstyles!

This hair tutorial video is part 2 of our back to school hair ideas series for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  To watch part 1, click here.   We will be posting several more videos featuring lots of easy and simple hairstyles in the upcoming weeks! All of these videos will be showing DIY hairstyles and quick styles that my teen daughter wears on a regular basis to school.  Nothing super creative or extravagant, but a fun collection of hairstyle ideas and every day styles for busy school mornings.

3 Easy Hairstyles For School Part 2, Video Tutorial:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Hairstyles featured in today's video:

#1 Simple side twist ponytail

Side twist ponytail hairstyle tutorial. #backtoschoolhair

#2 Double twist ponytail

Cute and easy double twist ponytail hairstyles. #backtoschoolhairstyles

#3 Double lace braids hairstyle

Double lace braid hairstyle tutorial. Cute for school.

We didn't feel like any of these hairstyles really needed detailed step by step tutorials, but just a quick overview showing the partings and basic process of creating the styles.  We do have several videos on our blog showing how to french braid and twist braid if you are wanting more detailed instructions for those braids.

These hairstyles would be great for middle school, high school, and college students, although any age could wear them.

Hope you guys like these back to school hairstyles.  See you next week!
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Jul 26, 2017

3 Quick and Easy Back To School Hairstyles, Part 1


3 back to school hairstyle ideas. Quick and easy video tutorials.

3 cute and easy back to school hairstyles! Trendy and popular braids, knots, hair rosettes, and half up hairstyle ideas for school.

This hair tutorial video is "part 1" of our back to school hair ideas series for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  We will be posting several more videos featuring lots of easy and simple hairstyles in the upcoming weeks! All of these videos will be showing DIY hairstyles and quick 5 minute styles that my teen daughter wears on a regular basis to school.  Nothing super creative or extravagant, but a fun collection of hairstyle ideas and every day styles for busy school mornings to browse through when you are in a hair styling rut.
  
Back to School Hairstyles Video Tutorial, Part 1: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Hairstyles featured in today's video:

#1 Windsor tie half up knotted hairstyle. (This style was inspired by a video we saw on facebook by "Sam Villa.")

Easy windsor tie half up hairstyle tutorial.

#2 Single side lace french braid.

1 lace french braid, hairstyle for school.

#3 Side lace braid rose.

Side lace french braid with braided flower. Back to school hair ideas.

We didn't feel like any of these hairstyles really needed detailed step by step tutorials, but just a quick overview showing the partings and basic process of creating the styles.  We do have several videos on our YouTube channel showing how to french braid and lace braid if you are wanting more detailed instructions for those braids.

These hairstyles would be great for middle school, high school, and college students, although any age could wear them.

Hope you guys like these back to school hairstyles.  See you next week for part 2!
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Jul 19, 2017

Easy Halo or Crown Braid Tutorial

Easy halo braid or crown braid hair tutorial. Video instructions.
In today's hair tutorial we show how to make a crown braid, halo braid, or "Heidi braids" using a super easy method or hair hack.  If you can make a regular french braid, you can do this!

We love the look of a classic halo braid but know it can be a struggle to try and french braid in a circular shape around your head!  This method we are showing today is very easy (if you know how to french braid) and looks adorable besides.

Halo/Crown Braid Cheat, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.) 



Depending on the length of hair you are working with, you could actually cross the braids at the base of her neck before pinning them to the top of her head, to form a full circle with the braids.  My daughter's hair isn't quite long enough for that at the moment, so technically the way we styled her hair in the video (above) could be considered "Heidi braids" or "milkmaid braids" instead of a full halo.

Cute "Heidi braids" hairstyle. Easy method.

We have done this style before starting with regular pigtails, which is another "cheat" or "hair hack" rather than having to french braid around your head.  That is a great method as well, but we love the double braided look this technique creates, and also think this style lays nicer and looks more authentic (since you are actually pulling in separate pieces while french braiding, instead of bringing the hair in all together with a pigtail.)

Step by step hair tutorial. How to make a crown braid or halo braid cheat.

As mentioned in our video, you can leave your braids tight, or stretch them out for 2 different looks.  Stretching the braids will give you a more relaxed, voluminous, slightly messy bohemian look and will also make it easier to tuck in the ends of the braids and hide your bobby pins.  Leaving the braids tight can be super cute as well though, especially for little girls.

Crown braid, top view.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 or 2 medium size hair elastics (depending on length of hair and how you decide to secure the ends of your braids.)
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Finishing hairspray.

This would be a cute hairstyle for school, work, church, dance, sports, special occasions, flower girls, weddings, dress up, holidays, the beach, etc.
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Jul 12, 2017

Easy Faux Mermaid Braid Hair Tutorial

Pretty mermaid hairstyle. Braiding hack tutorial.

This mermaid braid hairstyle is so pretty and surprisingly easy to create using a french braiding hack shown in our video tutorial below!

You may recognize the faux braiding technique used in the beginning of this video if you watched our hair tutorial last week (the cross bow hairstyle.) These 2 hairstyles start with the exact same steps (even though they turn out completely different.)

Faux Mermaid Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube.)



We have always loved mermaid hairstyles and I think this one is so gorgeous with the triple braids and signature mermaid look featuring the delicate strands laying on top of the hair.  P.S. These braids are not just for mermaids! This hairstyle could also be considered in the "warrior braid" category... or medieval, renaissance, or fairy tale princess!  Of course, it would also be cute for regular old school, work, a date, church, school dances, etc.

Mermaid hairstyle, french braiding hack tutorial.


Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 3 small hair elastics
  • Topsy tail (affiliate) (optional)
 This braided hairstyle will work best with long hair or medium length hair. If you tend to have flyaways, I would suggest adding pomade, gel, or hair wax before braiding.
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Jul 5, 2017

Faux French Braids and Braided Bow, Cross Bow Hairstyle Tutorial

Faux lace braids and braided bow hair tutorial. Cross Bow Hairstyle.

An adorable braided half up hairstyle without having to know how to french braid!

In today's hair tutorial we are showing how to create a braided bow made out of your own hair, in the center of 2 crossing faux french braids. We thought this style turned out so pretty and feminine looking.  A true princess hairstyle!

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




We love half up hairstyles for teens and girls of all ages, and this one is just so cute. This style is easy, even for those who don't know how to french braid.  Of course, if the bow is too much for you, you could leave it off for more of a simple, but still unique braided look as well.

"Cross bow hairstyle." Faux french braids and bow, video tutorial.

The faux lace braids on each side are made by pulling the hair through a regular 3 strand braid, which can be accomplished with a topsy tail tool (affiliate) or just your fingers.  We have shown this faux braiding technique on our blog before, and both methods seem to work equally well.  This hairstyle would be a cute back to school hairstyle, or could be used for special occasions such as Prom, Homecoming, communions, weddings, church, recitals, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 small, clear hair elastics
  • 1 medium size, clear hair elastic.
  • Topsy Tail (affiliate) optional.
This style will work best with long and medium length hair. Straight hair, curly hair or wavy hair.  You may want to add hair product, water (or both) before pulling the sections through the braid if your hair is prone to flyaways.
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Jun 28, 2017

4th Of July Hairstyle, Infinity Braid Ribbon Twist

4th of July Hairstyle Tutorial. Infinity Braid Ribbon Twist. #fourthofjuly

A cute and patriotic hairstyle for the fourth of July! These twisted ribbon infinity braids look so cool, I'm sure you will get lots of compliments!! This hairstyle would be great for a 4th of July parade, watching fireworks, a barbecue, or any other fun festivities your family participates in as you celebrate independence day.

 Infinity Braid Ribbon Twist, 4th of July Hairstyle Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



This hairstyle tutorial is inspired by 2 similar photos we saw on Instagram by these awesome hair accounts:
@flower.braids and @tojashair

To create these "3 strand infinity braids" or "figure 8 braids" we have taken a length of ribbon and woven it around 3 strands of hair.  You can make these braids with as many sections of hair as you would like.  The more strands you add, the thicker and more intricate the braids will be.  These 2 ribbon braids were then loosely twisted around each other to create a fun pop of color and accent on the side of her hair.

We used red and white ribbon, since we were going for a patriotic 4th of July hairstyle look.  If you have time to add a 3rd braid with blue ribbon, you could braid the red, white, and blue braids together, which would look amazing! Of course, this doesn't have to be just a 4th of July hairstyle. You can use any color of ribbons that you would like, and if you don't live in the U.S. you could substitute the ribbon for your own country's colors! This hairstyle would be great for many special occasions including holidays, team sports and activities, school pride day, etc.

Cute ribbon hairstyle for the 4th of July.

4th of July hairstyle tutorial. #4thofjuly

We actually have an old tutorial showing a 2 strand version of this braid, which was one of our first (and quite honestly cringeworthy) videos made on this blog over 7 years ago! Also from our 2011 archives, we have a 3 strand ribbon ponytail using this same braiding technique if you want to check that one out.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Ribbon.  About quadruple the length of each braid you are intending to make.
  • Small elastics to tie off your braids.
 As mentioned in our video, although these braids look fabulous... they are quite time consuming.  I would plan on about 10 minutes per braid (depending on how long your are making the braid and how many strands you use, etc.)  I think the end result is worth the time and effort, although I would probably save this one for special occasions!

If you are looking for more 4th of July hair ideas, check out our 4th of July playlist on YouTube.  Including star hairstyles and more red, white, and blue hairstyles!
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