Showing posts with label Chains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chains. Show all posts

Jan 4, 2017

Waterfall Chain Braid Tutorial

Waterfall chain braid tutorial, with micro braid accent

Our hair tutorial this week is showing how to make a chain waterfall braid!  We have seen pictures of this beautiful braid floating around the interwebs for awhile now, and have fallen in love with it.  We have not seen a video tutorial, so we decided to take on the challenge of figuring out how to create it by studying a photo of the braid. At first glance, this braid looks quite similar to a 4 strand waterfall.  But, I think you will find this tutorial is much easier.  The steps for making this braid are actually quite simple for such an intricate look, in my opinion.

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

As mentioned in our video tutorial (above) the center strand of this braid can be changed out for ribbon, a micro braid, a regular strand of hair... or anything else you would like to use.  We love the look of the hair "chain" with the center strand weaving through the cascading sections in this unique waterfall braid.

Waterfall chain braid with ribbon accent, video tutorial

Waterfall chain braid video tutorial

Waterfall chain braid hairstyle with ribbon

We created the hairstyle shown in our tutorial at a diagonal for a loose, carefree look.  This braid can also be made straight across horizontally, as shown in our photo variations (above.) As you might have noticed, the horizontal placement seems to show off the pattern of this braid more fully.

Video tutorial, how to waterfall chain braid

This braid would be great for many occasions and could accent hairstyles for casual or formal settings:  School, church, weddings, prom, homecoming, the beach, recitals, communions, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 clear elastic to tie off the braid at the end.
  • Pomade, hair wax, gel, or other product to help with flyaways. 
  • Ribbon or other item to use as an alternate center strand (optional.)
I know this braid has been around for awhile, but we wanted to credit the Instagram accounts we have seen photos of it on most recently, since they inspired us to make this video: la13_hair, cute_and_glossy, studiohilde, braidsglamour, thehairbraidingbasics, & miriamtogether.
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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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Dec 10, 2014

Formal Half Updo Hairstyle, Cascading Curls and Chains

Cascading curls and chains half up hairstyle tutorial

We wanted to create a formal half up half down hairstyle for our tutorial this week.  I'm sure many of you will be attending holiday parties, formal dances, recitals, concerts, church, winter weddings, Christmas celebrations, Hanukkah, New Years Eve (among other fancy schmancy events) this season. This fancy hairstyle would be perfect for many of these special occasions and is actually quite easy to recreate. Yay! 

Half up half down formal hairstyle tutorial

One of our all time favorite hairstyling techniques (and one of the very first posts we ever placed on this hair blog) is the "chain braid."  It has been quite awhile since we have shown this technique in a hairstyle, so we wanted to add a chain to this elegant style today.  The Princess always receives compliments when she is wearing chains (as they are quite unique looking.)  I'm sure you will too! 

pretty half updo hairstyle with curls

As you can see, we placed a chain on just one side of this hairstyle and left the other side plain.  If you prefer, you can add a chain to both sides. 

Since the Princess doesn't have any bangs, we used the hair in the very front to create our headband made of hair.... which we refer to as "Barbie bangs." If your daughter has bangs (or fringe) cut, you can make the headband directly behind the bangs and it should work just fine.

fancy hairstyle with cascading curls

And then of course, what would a half updo be without some cascading curls? We love the "princessy" look of this hairstyle and the glamorous volume created with these curls. Beyond the holidays, I could see this working for Prom, Homecoming, or maybe even a bride.

Elegant half up hairstyle, cascading curls and chains

Supplies needed to recreate this style:
  • 3 small elastics
  • Several bobby pins
  • Water, gel, or pomade to help control flyaways
  • Curling iron or curling wand

I would plan on about 15 minutes to complete this pretty hairstyle (depending on how much of the hair you choose to curl.)  As shown in our video below, we only curled the hair in the half ponytail, which did save some time.

Cascading Curls and Chains Half Up Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)

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Jun 19, 2013

Feather Chain Braid Hairstyles

2 braided hairstyles using 1 unique braid!

Feather Chain Braid Hairstyle Tutorial
For today's hairstyle tutorial, we have combined 2 techniques (a feather braid and a chain) to create 2 fun new styles.

The first hair style (shown in the photos above and below) does not require french braiding skills. Yay! If you can do a standard 3 strand feather braid and tie a simple knot, you can do this.  The Princess commented that these braids tied together draping at the back of her head remind her of a fancy lace wedding veil! I have to agree, and can see this working as a bridal hairstyle, or for a flower girl. This style also has a medieval, renaissance, princessy feel to it.

We both love this hairdo, but I would recommend using it only for "low activity" days.  As I'm sure most of you have found, any hairstyle which uses braids laying over the head and connected at the back usually ends up with the hair underneath (and above the braids) trying to escape, tangle, and pop up!  We usually save styles like this for church and other special occasions.

Princess Hairstyles Feather Chain Braid
This second hairstyle idea (shown below) is quicker to make and will hold up much better, but does require some french braiding skills (or lace braiding to be exact.) As the princess is now a "tween" she loves half up styles, as they seem more grown up to her.  I love that the chains add a cute twist to a classic lace braid style. Something unique and a little different is always fun!  I'm thinking adding a few curls to the ends of her hair would be really pretty and add a finishing touch to the hairstyles as well.
Feather Chain Braid Half Up Hair
P.S. Please excuse her damp hair in these pictures.  Both of these styles would obviously look better with dry hair, but we didn't have time to wait for her hair to dry before taking these pics, as we were headed out. ;) We started with wet hair in the first place because the chains are much easier to make while the hair is wet.  Depending on your hair texture, you could try wet hair, or add some product such as gel or pomade before you begin.
Feather Braid With Chain Hairstyle Tutorial

Feather Chain Braid Video Tutorial:

By the way, if you would rather wear your hair up... of course, you could always add a ponytail, braid, or bun to either style!
feather chain braid with braided ponytail

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Nov 21, 2012

Honeycomb Headband Hairstyle Tutorial

 Unique Hairstyles:
A Cute Headband Made From Hair!

honey comb hairstyle

This honeycomb headband hairstyle is a variation of our "chain link headband" which we posted a couple of years ago.  The chain headband we made in the past used only one chain instead of several. After finishing this style, we decided the connected circles of the chains looked just like a honeycomb!

honeycomb hairstyle with curls

This hairstyling technique (which we call chain braiding) can be used to make a variety of interesting and intricate styles.  The trick to making the "circles" neatly is to get the hair wet before you begin, or use hair product to prevent flyaways.  I prefer water over product because I have found that gel tends to makes her hair sticky and tangled the next day. But, definitely do what works best for you. I know that some hair textures will not stay shaped this way without some type of gel or pomade. It is also helpful to use very small or thin strands of hair to create the knots in the chains. 

connected chains hairstyle

The way we made our headband hair style in the video tutorial below will require long hair.  This style can be adapted for shorter hair though.  Instead of tying the chains underneath her head (as shown in our video) you could tie each side with a section of hair behind her ears.  Or, you could use these chains to make a completely different hairstyle.  The other day we made some chains in the front section of her hair and pulled them back into a half ponytail (which was super cute.)
connected circles hairstyle

How to make a "multi chain" hairstyle video tutorial:

I realize this hairstyle probably isn't for everyone, as it is quite different! But, the Princess loves it and always receives lots of compliments and attention when she wears chains in her hair (which she loves.) I'm sure you will too!

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Oct 4, 2012

Easy Messy Bun, Updo Hairstyles

 A "Flip Braid" Messy Bun for Long Hair & Medium Hair

easy messy bun
In my opinion, the longer your hair gets, the harder it is to make a standard messy bun.  And, as you may have noticed, The Princess's hair is getting quite long!

I'm so excited we stumbled upon this method, because this messy bun (shown in our video tutorial below) is super easy and fun to make!  We have tried lots of different ways of making messy buns and I think this is our favorite for long hair & medium hair.
Messy bun for long hair
I love the "rolled" look of this bun without all of the effort that these types of updos usually require.  I'm thinking this bun is casual enough for every day wear, or could even work for a special occasion like a Homecoming or Prom hairstyle.  In the photo above, we accessorized the bun with a cute flower clip.  I think this would look adorable with a headband or other accessory as well.
Easy messy bun

Easy Messy Bun Video Tutorial:

As I mentioned in our video, we actually came upon this bun quite by accident.  The Princess was wearing a "flip braid" one day before a soccer game and wanted all of her hair up and out of the way for the game.  So, instead of taking the flip braid out, we wrapped it all up into a bun and this hairstyle was born!

Of course, if you would rather leave the hair down in the ponytail, the flip braid is super cute on it's own. Or, you can stretch it out as shown in our video for a fun "Princess Jasmine like" bubble ponytail!  In the picture below, the Princess is wearing a flip braid (stretched out) along with a chain on the side.  If you don't know how to make a chain, a video can be found here:  Chain Hairstyle

princess jasmine ponytail
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Mar 1, 2012

Chain Link Braid Headband Hairstyle

The Chain Link Braid Headband Hairstyle
Princess Hairstyles
chain link french braid This unique "chain link french braid" is sort of a spin off of one of our favorite hairstyle techniques: Chains. This braid is somewhat similar to a 2 strand knotted braid but we changed things up a bit with a new fun twist (as you'll see in our video.) In my opinion, the plaiting on this braid is actually easier to complete than a regular french braid, so if you are having trouble french braiding.... this might be one to try.

There are many variations and hairstyles that can be made with this braid. Instead of braiding a headband across her head, you could make a braid on each side of her head to form pigtails, or one braid down the middle, or a braid swept across the back of her head. Lots of possibilities!
chain braidChain Link Braid Video Tutorial:

Btw, the technique we used in this video (of leaving out the strands and adding them in later) can also be applied to a regular french braid or dutch braid. At some point I hope to post a video of this because it actually turns out really neat. But as of right now we are completely backed up on videos lol. I have a handful sitting in drafts that I need to get posted, so it may be a little while. ;)
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Nov 2, 2010

Chain Link Headband Hairstyle

A quick headband hairstyle idea using "chains" for school mornings.....

headband hairstyle
chain link hairstyle We haven't done anything with chains for awhile. Although this is one of our very favorite hair techniques! I love this hairstyle because it's easy, quick, and simple but looks so unique. Every time the Princess has chains in her hair, she always gets tons of compliments.

We've had a few requests for a video tutorial on chains as well, so here you are.......

In case you are wondering, the cute brown/floral headband came from Every Little Detail.

For another fun hairstyle idea using these chains, click on this link: Chain link hairstyle - half ponytail

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Aug 19, 2008

Olympic Hair

Let me start by saying, this didn't turn out quite how I envisioned it. But, it was still fun. I've had this in my "hair folder" for a couple of weeks and almost forgot about it. I thought I better get it posted before the Olympics are over!

Make 4 ponies on the corners of her head, and a low pony in the middle.

Do a chain with 3 links, going over to the elastic on the other side, adding the ends to the elastic.
Now, do a chain with 2 links, going through the 3 and over to the other lower elastic. (You could probably do a better job at tying these in with the first 3. This was my first attempt and I didn't want to go back and re-do. Just learn from my mistakes! LOL) Tie both ends in with the pony.

Ta-da! Olympic rings.

This actually turned out a little better in person, the lighting in this picture is weird and doesn't show all 5 rings very well. Whatever!

(If you need instructions for the chains, visit "chains" in my labels.)

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Aug 1, 2008

Chains With A Half Pony

Alright, we're back to chains!! I haven't posted anything with my chains for awhile, so I'm going to do the step-by-step again, to refresh your memory.

Part the hair on the side or middle, whichever you prefer. Pull the hair back into a half pony, leaving out two little pieces of hair on both sides of the part.
Now, I have to apologize for the quality of the next 2 pics. Have you ever tried to take a close-up picture of something with one hand, while doing hair with the other? Enough said....
Anyway, take the 2 strands from one side of the part. Cross them, and tuck one end through the middle like you are starting to tie a knot. Pull this down to the scalp. Do this step again, but don't pull it tight this time, leave a little circle of hair.
Repeat this all the way to the bottom.
*I've found a few little tricks to keeping the links nice and neat. First of all, don't make the strands too thick. It works better if you don't have a bunch of hair to work with. Secondly, drench the strands with lots of water, then take a little gel and run it from the root to the tip of each strand before you start.
Make a chain on the other side too, while you leave the first chain hanging. Bring both chains back to the half pony and tie them in with another elastic.Add a bow. And of course, some curls.Now, you may be wondering why I start these chains on the top of her head instead of in the front/side area. I've tried them in the front and it looks cute, but my princess has some baby hairs in this area that are hard to keep under control when they're in chains. If your daughter's hair is thicker, you could probably get away with it.

If you're having problems with this style and need more pics, go here. The pictures turned out better on that post!
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Jul 9, 2008

Chain Gang Hairstyle

I promised I would post some variations on my chains, so here you are:

Start by making a part from ear to ear. Put this in a temporary elastic. Pull the rest of the hair back into a ponytail. Take the hair out of the temp and divide into as many sections as you want, (I did 7.) Make a chain in each section, and add to the ponytail. For full chain instructions, visit my label for chains. Now, you can make a messy bun, that's it.

This one is actually much cuter in person. It's hard to see the full detail from the pics. Try it on your own princess and you'll see what I mean.
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Jun 8, 2008

A Bun With Two Chains

This is one of my absolute favorites! I've found this works best when the hair is really wet. It makes it easier to smooth and tie.

Start by making a part on the top of her head. I chose a side part, you can do it in the middle if you prefer. Then, on each side of the part, keep two little boxes of hair out. (I put these in a temporary elastic to keep them out of the way while I pulled the rest back.) Make a low ponytail with the rest of the hair, smoothing the sides really well.

Starting on one side, take the two pieces of hair, cross, and tuck one end through the middle (like you are tying a knot.) Pull down to the scalp, as shown. Repeat this step, only this time, don't pull it tight. Leave a circle of hair by keeping it loose. Continue to repeat this, keeping the links of the "chain" the same size all the way down.

Leave the one side hanging, as shown, while you tie the other side the same way. Then, pull both chains back to the ponytail and secure with another elastic.

Now, you can make a bun by twisting the hair around itself and wrapping with a cute bow or scrunchy.

All done! Here's a side view.

I love these chains! They can be used to make tons of different styles. I'll probably be posting some different variations of it later on. So....stay tuned!

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