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

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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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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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 7, 2017

Bow Tie Braid, Braided Hairstyle For Long Hair

Bow Tie Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial.

You'll love this adorable braided hairstyle with bows made from hair!  This hairstyle would be great for school, recitals, weddings, flower girls, church, communions, and other special occasions. 

This hair tutorial and basic concept was inspired by a photo we saw on an awesome Instagram account by @mylittlebraids. We thought the lace braids and feathered strands were so delicate and beautiful, we had to give it a try!  The elastic bows sitting centered between the 2 lace French braids look a lot like little "bow ties" to us.  So cute!  If you like this hairstyle, you may want to check out our "fishtail bow braid" from a few years ago which is also a very cute style using hair to make bow ties!

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



We placed this bow tie braid in a headband type design, along the front / side of her head and ended the style in a hair wrapped side ponytail.  Of course, you could finish this hairstyle with a low side bun, or braid as well.  I'm thinking a pull through braid or elastic braid in the ponytail would be very cute.  Adding beads or jewels to the center of each bow braid would be so pretty as well.

Cute hairstyle, the bow tie braid.

The trick to getting this hairstyle to turn out well is taking tiny sections (micro braiding) as you are creating the initial braids.  If you want to use larger sections, you could always make 1 or 2 hair bows instead of 3 though!

Bow Braid Hairstyle Video Tutorial

A back view of the hair wrapped side ponytail......
hair wrapped ponytail with braids

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  •  Several temporary hair ties or clips to help section and hold the hair while you are working.
  • Around 3 tiny elastics (actual number will depend on how many bows you decide to make.) The tiny elastics we used in the center of our bows are "Goody" brand (affiliate.) 
  • 1 medium size hair tie or clear elastic for the top of the ponytail.
  • Pomade, gel, wax, etc. to help prevent flyaways.  If your hair is prone to frizz, I would suggest braiding your hair wet for this hairstyle to help keep things smooth. 
  • 1 Clear elastic or bobby pin for securing the hair around the elastic if you are making the "hair wrapped ponytail."
We always get questions about where we got our styling head when we use her for hair tutorials.  We found it on Amazon, similar to this one. (Affiliate.)
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May 3, 2017

Cute Braided Hairstyle! The Twisted Wheel Hair Tutorial

Cute braided hairstyle! The twisted wheel hair tutorial.

We hope you'll love this fun and unique half up braided hairstyle with twists!

You may recognize the first few steps in this hairstyle tutorial if you watched our video from a few weeks ago (the braided dream catcher.) Today's tutorial is a variation (or part 2) of our "dream catcher" hairstyle.  We have taken rope braids (or twist braids) and created a double twist in the center of our lace braids before braiding them back into the hairstyle to form a twisted knot design.

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



Unique braided hairstyle, the twisted wheel hair tutorial.

We thought the end result looked a lot like a wheel with braided spokes!   This style could also be used around Halloween time as a fun spider web hairstyle. ;)

Unique hairstyle! The twisted wheel. Video tutorial.

This half up, half down hairstyle would be a cute hairstyle for school, for recitals, dances, church, communions, special occasions, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 medium size hair elastics
  • Several temporary hair ties or clips to hold the twists/braids while you are working. 
  • Hairspray, gel, etc.
  • This hairstyle will work best on long hair or medium length hair.
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Apr 12, 2017

Easter Hairstyles, Braided Dream Catcher Hair Tutorial

Braided dream catcher hair tutorial. Cute hairstyle for Easter.
Looking for a hairstyle for Easter?  This braided "dream catcher" half up hairstyle is very cute and easy!

For today's hair tutorial we have utilized lace braids, rope braids (or twist braids,) a feather braid technique, and a basket weave criss cross webbing pattern to create a fun dream catcher design.

This half up hairstyle would be great for many occasions (not just Easter!) You could wear this style to school, church, for weddings, the Prom/Homecoming, recitals, communions, etc.  I think this would make an adorable flower girl hairstyle as well.

Braided Dream Catcher Hairstyle, Step By Step Video Tutorial:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Braided dream catcher hairstyle. Step by step video tutorial.

You'll notice we made a "pompadour" with her bangs area by gently pulling the hair forward after placing the elastic in the front section of her hair.  We wanted some volume in the front, but of course this step is optional.

Adorable dream catcher hairstyle, video tutorial.

Braided dream catcher hairstyle tutorial.

If you prefer, you could use lace dutch braids instead of french braids around the outside of the dream catcher (and switch out any type of braids you want for the weaving in the center as well.)

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle: 
  • 2 small or medium size hair elastics, (clear or similar to the color or hair you are working with.)
  • Temporary hair ties or clips to hold the braids while you are working (we used 8.)
  • Hair products: pomade, gel, hair spray, etc.
If you love this look, be sure to check back. We will be posting a very cute variation of this hairstyle in the next few weeks!
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Mar 8, 2017

3 More Cute Half Up Bun Hairstyle Tutorials

3 braided half up bun hairstyle tutorials

Today we are sharing 3 of our favorite half up bun or top knot hairstyles.  Add 4 more cute half ups from last week, and you have an entire week of styles!

These particular 3 styles are some of my daughter's favorites at the moment.  We love that these braids are intricate looking, yet still fairly simple to create.  Half up bun styles in general are very popular and trending right now and there are so many variations that you could do!  We actually have a huge running list of half ups that we love and wear regularly. We may have to make a part 3 of this series at some point.

3 Favorite Half Top Knot Hairstyles, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Half up bun hairstyle variations included in this video:

1. Crossed dutch braid cornrows

Crossing cornrows half up bun hairstyle tutorial

2. Topsy tail flipped ponytails

Topsy tail top knot hairstyle tutorial

3. Triple feather braid

Triple feather braid top knot hairstyle tutorial

Of course, these styles can be finished with any type of bun you would like.  We choose to do a stretched out braided bun, similar to a rosette or flower braid for all 3 hairstyles.  You could also make a messy bun, twisted bun, sock bun, etc. if you prefer.

These hairstyles would be great for both casual and more formal occasions. And since we are only using the top section of hair, these styles should work for fairly short hair as well as long.   Yay!

Supplies needed to recreate these hairstyles:
  • Medium or small clear hair elastics
  • Bobby Pins
  • Topsy tail (affiliate) for hairstyle #2 
  • Finishing hairspray or gel
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Jan 25, 2017

Streaming Heart Hairstyle For Valentine's

Pretty streaming heart hairstyle for Valentine's Day, Video tutorial
New streaming heart hairstyle tutorial. One of our best and favorite Valentine's hairstyles so far!

Hey guys, this week our hair tutorial is on this beautiful "streaming heart" hairstyle.  We have combined a feather braid (you could use a waterfall braid if you prefer) and a braided heart to create this lovely half up design. 

This style would be great for Valentine's day, school, a formal dance (Prom / Homecoming) church, weddings, special occasions, anytime during February, flower girls, etc.  We created this look with older girls and teens in mind, although it would be adorable for little girls as well. I would not recommend this hairstyle for high activity days or sports as it is quite delicate.  ;) If you want to make this style more "activity friendly" you could always add a bun, ponytail, or braid with the remaining hair at the bottom of the heart (instead of leaving her hair mostly down.)

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



Braided heart hairstyle tutorial. Streaming heart hairdo for Valentines.

Cute braided heart hair for Valentine's day. Video tutorial.
Looking for more heart hairstyle ideas? Check out our Valentine's hairstyles compilation playlist on YouTube!

Supplies needed to recreate this heart hairstyle:   
  • 2 medium size hair elastics
  • Temporary hair ties or clips 
  • Pomade, gel, or hair wax
  • Finishing hairspray
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Dec 7, 2016

Side Braided Wreath Or Halo Braid Hairstyle

side halo braid or wreath braid tutorial
A cute braided hairstyle for Christmas (or anytime.) No bobby pins required!

Hey guys! This week we are showing a fun variation of the standard halo braid (or wreath braid) which is always a popular style this time of year.  We have utilized an "off centered" dutch lace braid to create this halo on the side of her head, instead of in the center (which is more typical of this style.)  We chose to leave most of her hair down for an elegant half up look.  If you want to make this an updo, you could incorporate all of her hair into this side halo braid as well. 

This would be a fabulous hairstyle for many formal or special occasions:  Holiday parties, church, Christmas Eve, school dances, recitals, etc.

Side Braided Wreath or Halo Braid, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on Youtube.)



Side halo braid or wreath braid half up hairstyle

Pretty Christmas hairstyle, side halo braid tutorial

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle: 
  • 1 medium size clear elastic
  • Hair product to help control flyaways
  • We love that we were able to finish this style with no bobby pins!  If you have fairly long hair, the braid should hold just fine on its own by using the topsy tail technique shown in our video.  If your hair is shorter, you will most likely need a few pins to hold the end in place. 
  • Topsy Tail. These can be found in some stores where beauty supplies are sold, and online here (affiliate.)
  • Decorative hair clips or pins (optional.) We purchased ours at Sally Beauty Supply. We found something similar online here (affiliate.) 
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Nov 9, 2016

Cookie Cutter Waterfall Braid Tutorial

Cute and unique half up hairstyle. The cookie cutter waterfall braid.

For our braiding tutorial this week, we have combined a "cookie cutter braid" and a "waterfall twist braid" to create a beautiful and unique half up hairstyle design which we are in love with!  The ever popular and fashionable "waterfall twist braid" is one of my daughter's favorite braids and she wears it often in a variety of hairstyles for school.  Adding the whimsical cookie cutter design on one side of the head adds such an unexpected and eye catching element to this ordinarily simple style.

Although this hairstyle looks fairly intricate, as shown in our video tutorial (below) it is not difficult to create.  This would be a cute hairstyle for school, church, special occasions, dances, recitals, proms, homecomings, weddings, etc.

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



Waterfall twist and cookie cutter braid combo hairstyle. Video tutorial.

Cookie cutter waterfall braid video tutorial. Braiding instructions.

Of course, if you wanted to add more than one cookie cutter braid inside your waterfall twist, you definitely could.  It would be fabulous to place several braids, evenly spaced across the top of her head like a headband!  Or you could add 2 braids to the waterfall twist, one on each side of her head.

 Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 small, clear elastics
  • 1 temporary hair tie or clip to keep your braid from unraveling while you work.
  • Pomade, gel, or hair wax.
This braid will work best with long hair, or medium length hair. Straight, wavy, or curly hair should be fine (although you will most likely need to use some hair product and/or wet hair if you are working with curls to help the strands in the cookie cutter braid lay nicely.)

If you are wanting to wear this design for a more active event, I would suggest placing your remaining hair into a ponytail, bun, or other braid... instead of leaving it mostly down.
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Sep 28, 2016

Step Ladder Braid Hairstyle

Pretty step ladder braid hairstyle, video tutorial.

This week we have combined a woven twist step technique, a french braid, and a ladder braid to create a pretty and unique side braid hairstyle for medium or long hair. 

This braided hairstyle could be worn for casual or formal occasions (school, work, church, the beach, prom, homecoming, etc.)  I think this is one of our new favorite styles, as it is just so eye catching and intricate from every angle, and actually quite easy to create as well.  ;)

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




Easy video tutorial, the step ladder braid hairstyle.

Unique braid, step ladder hairstyle

Cute hairstyle for long or medium hair. Step ladder braid.

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:  
  • 1 temporary ponytail holder or hair tie.
  • 1 clip to help hold the hair while you are working.
  • 1 medium size hair elastic or ponytail holder for the end of the braid.
  • As shown in our tutorial, we used a topsy tail (affiliate) to create the woven "steps" in this hairstyle (which does make it easier, but is not absolutely necessary.) These tools can be found in various stores where beauty products are sold, or online.
  • Pomade, hair spray, wax, gel, etc. as desired.
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Aug 31, 2016

Interlocking Floating Bubble Braid Hairstyle

Interlocking floating bubble braid video tutorial

Our hairstyle tutorial this week is partially inspired by a braid we saw on Instagram by @pr3ttygirl79 We took the original "floating bubble braid" and tried interlocking a second braid for a fun and different variation.  We love the intricate "swirly" design that was formed when the 2 braids came together.  So pretty!

This would be a cute back to school hairstyle for girls or teens.  If you prefer wearing your hair up for school, you could try making this braid in a ponytail, or you could pull all of her hair into a low bun, ponytail, or braid (after making the accent braids on top like we did.)

We love that this hairstyle looks unique, but is still super easy and fairly quick to create!

Interlocking Floating Bubble Braid Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Interlocking floating #bubblebraid #hairstyle tutorial

As mentioned in our video, if you would rather stick with one braid, it looks adorable alone! Here, we have wrapped a "floating bubble braid" around her head forming a crown braid look.

Crown braid hairstyle, floating bubble braid tutorial

And, an example of the style with a single accent braid.  So many different hairstyles could be made using this basic concept, the possibilities are endless!

Adorable accent braid, the floating bubble braid (video tutorial)

Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • Several small hair elastics (the amount will depend on hair length.) 
  • Pomade, gel (or other product) to help control flyaways.
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Jul 13, 2016

Cornucopia Braid Half up Hairstyle

Cornucopia braid hair tutorial

Our hairstyle tutorial this week is a variation of the "stingray braid" (which we have previously done a tutorial on) combined with an elegant braided flower.  I was playing around with the stingray braid (which is one of our favorites) and fell in love with how it looked when I tried pulling the feathered strands over and braided them in on the opposite side of the French braid.  After filming the tutorial of this braid, my husband told me that the finished hairstyle looked just like a cornucopia! After pointing this out, I couldn't see anything else, so this is the name that stuck! Many different and unique hairstyles can be made by using this technique shown in our tutorial, below...

Cornucopia Braid Half Up Hairstyle, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




Cornucopia braid half-up hairstyle

Gorgeous half up hairstyle, the cornucopia braid

Pretty hairstyle with braided flower, the cornucopia braid

We decided to leave half of her hair down, and added a braided rosette to the bottom/side of the braid for a sweet and feminine touch.  If you wanted to make an updo hairstyle instead of a half-up, you could easily add in all of the hair you are working with and end with the rosette at the nape of the neck.  This cornucopia braid could also be created by using a dutch braid instead of a french braid for a slightly different variation.  This elegant hairstyle would be great for a wedding, prom, church, recital, communion, etc..

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 clear hair elastics
  • Several bobby pins
*This hairstyle should work best on long hair, medium hair, straight hair, wavy hair and possibly curly hair.  You may want to use pomade, gel, wax or other product if your hair is prone to flyaways, frizz, or if you have layers.

P.S. I thought I had seen something similar to the top half of this hairstyle on Instagram, so I looked.... and looked! And sure enough, I finally found the braid I had remembered, the "flip over ladder braid" on an awesome account called "Abellas Braids."  Although we both created the braid in a different way, the end result looks very similar, so be sure to check hers out for a different method if you love this one!
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Jul 6, 2016

Teardrop Mermaid Braid Hairstyle

Teardrop mermaid braid hair tutorial

This week we wanted to show a simple and fairly easy braided hairstyle that would be perfect for summer.... or for a school day.   This style is a combination of a mermaid braid, a French lace braid, and a ponytail.  We love how thia mermaid braid starts in the center, then opens up into a "teardrop shape."  As mentioned in our tutorial (below) you can finish this hairstyle in a number of ways.  If you wanted to add a braid at the bottom (instead of a ponytail) you could add a fishtail, rope braid, 3-strand, 4-strand, etc.  I think a bun or updo would also be a cute way to finish this style. 

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



Teardrop mermaid braid hairstyle, video tutorial

Cute hairstyle, the teardrop mermaid braid tutorial

Depending on the texture of hair you are working with, you may want to braid the hair damp like we did to help avoid flyaways and to keep the hair smooth. Of course, some hair textures will work best when braided dry, so do whatever works for you.  If you would like, you can also use hair products such as pomade, gel, or wax as you are braiding.

This style should work with straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, long hair, and medium length hair.
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May 11, 2016

Umbrella Lace Hairstyle Tutorial

Umbrella lace hair tutorial

This week we have combined a pompadour, some regular braids, and a unique knotting technique to create this cute half-up hairstyle and design, which we think resembles a fancy lacy umbrella!  This fun hairstyle would be great for school, church, recitals, communions, weddings, special occasions, etc. 

The overall shape and concept of this hairstyle is similar to a few of our past favorites, which we have shown on our blog previously.... the "arrowhead braid" and the "fairy wings braid."

Umbrella Lace Hairstyle, Video Tutorial (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Cute braided hairstyle, "umbrella lace."

Knots and braids hairstyle, umbrella lace.

This hairstyle is actually quite easy to create, but as shown in our tutorial (and depending on the texture of your hair) you will probably need to add some water, gel, pomade, or other product before making the knots (to help control flyaways and keep things looking neat and smooth.)  We noticed as this style dries, the design really "pops" and looks so beautiful!  She received tons of compliments the day she wore this hairstyle.  I'm sure you will too!

Gorgeous hairstyle for school, umbrella lace video tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • 3 small, clear elastics.
  • Water, gel, or pomade, to help control frizz and flyaways.
  • Finishing hairspray.
P.S. If you would rather not wear your hair down, you could definitely add a braid, ponytail, or bun with the remaining hair to keep everything up and out of your way.
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