Showing posts with label Dance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dance. Show all posts

Jun 14, 2017

Easy Twist Updo Hairstyle

Easy twist updo hairstyle, video tutorial.

This low side bun or chignon hairstyle would be perfect for those days when you need to look nice, but don't have a lot of time. You could wear this twisted updo for many occasions including: A prom hairstyle, homecoming, church, recitals, weddings (bridal hairstyle or guests) communions, holiday gatherings, etc.

This pretty updo is so easy it could be a DIY hairstyle!  Check out our simple step-by-step hair tutorial showing how to create an elegant low side bun below:

Easy Twist Updo Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Although this style can be made to look quite fancy, you could also wear this bun for casual or everyday occasions as well.  This updo can be made to look smooth and sleek, or more relaxed and tousled, depending on the look you are going for. You could add some texture above your ponytail before you make the bun and frame your face with some wispy pieces if you are wanting a more bohemian looking style. You could even pull the twists apart a little more to make an adorable messy bun.  Along with formal occasions, I could see this being a cute casual hairstyle for school, work, or even the beach.

Easy updo hairstyle! Hair tutorial showing step by step instructions.

Hairstyle for prom, homecoming, weddings. Easy video tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this updo hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size ponytail holder.  You will want to choose one that is stretchy, and strong.
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Hairspray, gel, wax, etc.

I love that this style can be created with just one hair tie and a few bobby pins, and it literally only takes a few minutes to do! This hairstyle will work best with medium or long hair and most hair textures.
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May 10, 2017

Topsy Tail Bubble Faux Hawk Tutorial, Dance Hairstyles

Topsy Tail Faux Hawk Tutorial, Hairstyles for Dance.

We hope you love this easy bubble faux hawk!  This hairstyle would be great for dance, cheer leading, gymnastics, sports, figure skating, school, Prom, church, etc.

My daughter is on a dance team and wears a faux hawk hairstyle regularly to competitions, so we have tried several different ways of creating this edgy look.  If you are looking for more dance hairstyle ideas, we actually have a past tutorial showing how to create a "messy bun faux hawk" as well as a "braided faux hawk with cornrow accents."

We are loving this topsy tail method since it is easy and fairly quick!

Topsy Tail Faux Hawk Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Over the years we have seen several variations of this trendy faux hawk hairstyle made using a topsy tail and have been wanting to try it.  A few of the hairstylists we were inspired by for this tutorial are listed below:

Confessions of a Hairstylist
styles_n_smiles
Two Little Girls Hairstyles
Annies Forget Me Knots

Edgy hairstyle for dance. Topsy tail faux haux video tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several medium size hair elastics (the amount will depend on how many bubbled sections you plan to make in your faux hawk.  
  • If you plan on using this hairstyle for dancing, sports (or anything active) I would suggest adding bobby pins to each looped section to help keep the style secure.
  • Topsy Tail. If you are needing a topsy tail (as shown in our tutorial) they can be found on Amazon (affiliate.) 
  • You may have noticed that I styled her hair while it was damp in this video to achieve a smooth and sleek look on the sides of the style.  Depending on the texture of hair you are working with, it may work out better for you to style the hair dry using hair product to smooth the sides. 
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Nov 16, 2016

The Best Hair Wrapped Ponytail Tutorial

The best hair wrapped ponytail, video tutorial

A "fool proof" and unique method to achieve the perfect hair wrapped ponytail. (No Bobby Pins required!)

Hey guys! We all love a cute and classic ponytail. And a popular, trendy, and well known "trick" of wrapping hair around the top of the ponytail makes it a much more polished and finished looking hairstyle.  This simple technique can take an otherwise lazy or casual ponytail into being fancy enough to wear to a red carpet event, a prom, or a wedding!  But, how many of us struggle with wrapping the hair around the ponytail and then getting it to stay?  Maybe it is just us, but we don't love the "bobby pin method" as it never holds all of the ends tucked in, the pins end up sliding out... and it can hurt.  We have also tried several methods using elastics and topsy tails, but none of them have worked perfectly for us and it usually ends up being a struggle (which kind of defeats the purpose of a seemingly effortless look.) We actually came across the method shown in our hair tutorial (below) when we filmed our "unicorn hairstyle" a few months ago.  But, I'm guessing if you are wanting to do a simple hair wrapped ponytail, you most likely wouldn't think to look for instructions by way of a unicorn hairstyle video lol, so we wanted to make this separate tutorial for you today.

Easy Hair Wrapped Ponytail Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



We added a small french braid with the front/top section of her hair before adding it in to the ponytail. We also share a fun "hair hack" by pushing forward on the braid to create extra volume for more of a faux hawk look.  (You will want to make your braid slightly loose for optimal results with this hack.)  The french braid is optional and we do have a french braiding tutorial if you don't know how to do that. You could also bring her bangs straight back of you wanted, or you could add a pompadour in the front instead if you prefer.

Easy and quick hair wrapped ponytail video tutorial

The perfect hair wrapped ponytail, video tutorial

The perfect hair wrapped ponytail tutorial. No bobby pins.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • 1 medium size hair tie (large enough to contain all of your hair.)
  • 1 small, clear elastic.
  • 1 medium size clear elastic (if you are adding the french braid to the ponytail.)
  • Pomade, gel, hair wax, finishing hairspray, etc.
 This hairstyle should work with long hair, medium hair, straight hair, curly hair, and wavy hair.
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Nov 2, 2016

Elegant Elastic Christmas Tree Hairstyle & Bun

Elegant Christmas Tree Hairstyle Tutorial

This week we are kicking off the holiday season with a festive Christmas tree hairstyle!  And, I think this might be our favorite Christmas hairstyle that we have done to date.  We love how easy and simple this pretty updo style is to create, yet it looks so unique, cute, sweet, and elegant.  This X-mas hairstyle would be perfect for many occasions this holiday season: Christmas parties, meeting Santa, holiday photos, Christmas dinner, Christmas morning, holiday parades, school, church, recitals, concerts, Christmas shopping, making holiday treats, decorating the Christmas tree, making gingerbread men, a winter dance or wedding, etc.

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



You can create any type of bun that you want at the top of the tree (a donut bun, sock bun, messy bun, braided bun, twisted bun, rolled bun, etc.)  We decided on a triple braided bun

Elastic Christmas Tree Hairstyle and Bun Video Tutorial

Of course, you can leave your tree "as is" or you can decorate it and make it more glamorous if you want.  A star or angel at the top would be beautiful, as well as ribbon, ornaments, glitter, gems, or even lights.

X-mas hairstyle! Christmas tree and bun tutorial.

Easy Christmas tree hairstyle tutorial.

You may remember a similar style we did on my little toddler niece several years ago as a "candy corn hairstyle" with the elastics on the side/top of her head going into a side ponytail. As mentioned in our video tutorial, this elastic tree positioned on the back of her head and bun combination is inspired by a "candy corn" hairstyle that has been trending on Instagram this Fall. The first thing I thought of when I saw this style was, not only is this adorable as a candy corn... but it would also make a fabulous Christmas tree! Many Instagramers have posted this candy corn hairstyle recently and I wanted to share a few awesome accounts that we saw it on: @pr3ttygirl79 @simplystranded @brownhairedbliss @twogirls_hairstyles @jespi09 @toddlerhairideas @prettyhstyle3029 @kares84 I know there are more and don't want to leave anyone out!  If you posted this style, feel free to leave your Instagram in the comments and we will check it out. :)

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle: 
  • Several small, green elastics (the amount you will need will depend on the size of tree you make. We used 9 green and 1 yellow for the star at the top.) The brand we used is "goody ouchless." 
  • 1 ponytail holder, large enough to contain all of your hair.
  • 1 medium size, clear elastic to hold the braids before you make the bun.
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Any optional accessories you want to decorate your tree with. (Decorative pins, gems, star clips, ornaments, ribbon, etc.
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Sep 14, 2016

Braided Faux Hawk With Cornrow Accents Tutorial

Braid Fawx Hawk With Cornrows Hairstyle Tutorial

Today we are showing how to make a voluminous Dutch braid faux hawk with sleek double cornrows on each side.  My daughter actually wore this edgy hairstyle to girls camp this year and loved it!  We posted a picture of the style on Instagram and Facebook a few months ago and have had quite a few requests for a tutorial, so here we are.  ;)

Faux hawks and braided mohawk type styles have been trendy and popular for awhile now and we think they are super cute and fun.  We have seen styles similar to this at dance competitions, in high fashion magazines, runway shows, for sporting events, in movies, on celebrities, (everyone from the Kardashians to Selena Gomez) all over the internet, etc.   

Braided Faux Hawk With Braided Cornrow Accents Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Of course, there are many different ways you could style this braided "faux hawk" for a similar look.  We chose to create a large stretched out "inside out" braid in the center, with 2 cornrows on each side.  This style would also look cute with a standard or multi strand pull-through braid in the center, which would hold the faux hawk shape with a lot of volume. Or, if you wanted to do a series of messy buns, that would be cute too.  Since my daughter was going camping for a few days when she initially wore this this hairstyle, we didn't want her to have to deal with taking out a bunch of elastics (which we would have used to make the pull-through braid or messy buns.) This is why we chose a dutch braid, which only required one elastic at the end!

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Several temporary hair ties or clips to hold the ends of the braids while you are working and to help keep the hair sectioned and out of your way.
  • 1 medium size hair elastic or hair tie for the end of the braid.
  • Pomade, gel, or other product to help control flyaways,
  • Finishing hair spray.

If your hair is fairly thin, fine, or straight, you may want to add some texture to the center section before you start braiding.  You could do this by teasing your hair, crimping it with a crimping iron, or by adding product.  These methods will help add volume to your braids, but are not absolutely necessary.  Just pulling and stretching out the edges of the dutch braid (as shown in our tutorial) will add quite a bit of lift.

Since Halloween is right around the corner... I am seeing this style working with several costume ideas as well.  This would be adorable on a biker chick, punk rocker, viking, huntress, etc.
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Aug 24, 2016

Topsy Tail Bun Tutorial

Easy and quick topsy tail bun tutorial.  Only one elastic and no bobby pins!
A quick and easy bun, perfect for dance or ballet!

A few weeks ago we saw this simple and beautiful bun while scrolling through Instagram on an account called "brownhairedbliss." As soon as we saw this "flip through topsy tail" technique, we knew we wanted to try it.  My daughter is a dancer, so dance hairstyles and ballet buns are a huge part of our life. ;)  Sometimes it can be a struggle to put all of her long hair up, and we get tired of our usual bun makers, donut buns, and sock buns.  A standard or braided bun (wrapped around the top of the ponytail) always requires using tons of bobby pins and elastics and can be a pain to take out.  So, we were super excited to see that this bun is quick and easy, and that it only requires using one ponytail holder and zero bobby pins!

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



P.S. Watch to the end of the video to see how to take this bun out and for some tips and tricks. The topsy tail we used can be found on Amazon (affiliate) and in some stores.  The brand we use is "Conair."

Simple bun tutorial. Flip through topsy tail technique.

Quick and easy bun for ballet and dance. Topsy tail bun using no bobby pins.

She tested this bun one afternoon while doing all sorts of trampoline tricks, and it held up and stayed in extremely well (which is quite amazing considering it is only being held together with one hair tie.) 

Of course, this bun isn't only for dancers.  This updo hairstyle could be worn for many casual occasions such as school, for sports, for cheer leading, gymnastics, to work, to the beach, etc.  This could also be worn for more formal occasions; church, weddings, prom, homecoming, communions, recitals, flower girls, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this bun: 
  • 1 hair tie, elastic, or ponytail holder. (You will want something sturdy that can handle all of your hair in a ponytail.)
  • Topsy tail tool. (Affiliate) The package we purchased contains 2 different sizes.  We used the smaller size.
  • Finishing hairspray, pomade, or gel (optional.)
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May 4, 2016

Messy Bun Faux Hawk For Long Hair

Messy bun faux hawk for long hair. Dance hairstyle tutorial.

I'm sure many of you have seen this "messy bun faux hawk" hairstyle at dance competitions and recitals, figure skating events, gymnastics meets, cheerleading, and other special occasions. It is quite popular and trendy right now. You may have even worn it yourself!  It's such a cute and edgy hairstyle, while looking formal and polished at the same time. This style is "high fashion" and really adds to the look of a costume and dance routine.  But, as I mentioned in our video (below).... when I found out this was the hairstyle my daughter was assigned to wear for her dance team competitions this year, I was a little worried.  As some of you with long hair probably know, messy buns can be a struggle!  And with this hairstyle, you not only have to make 1 messy bun, you need to make at least 3!  There are quite a few tutorials of this style online already, but I did not see any for super long hair. So, after some trial and error, we finally found a method for making our buns that works ALMOST every time and we wanted to share it with all of our "long haired" subscribers.

Messy Bun Faux Hawk Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Messy bun faux hawk hairstyle video tutorial.

Pretty and edgy hairstyle for dance. Messy bun faux hawk tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 7 medium size, clear elastics. We used Goody brand ouchless elastics (affiliate.) You will need 9 if you decide to make 4 buns instead of 3.
  • Lots of bobby pins. Be sure to secure the buns really well if you are using this hairstyle for dancing. The bobby pins we use are from Sally Beauty Supply (affiliate) and they hold extremely well.
  • Hairspray, gel, pomade, or other product to keep the sides of your style smooth and free of flyaways.
I would recommend cutting the elastics out when you are done with this style (instead of trying to unwrap them.) In our experience, it saves a lot of trouble, time, pain, and untangling.  ;)

P.S. Luckily, messy buns are supposed to be, well... messy.  So, don't worry too much about getting things absolutely perfect while making this hairstyle. Ends popping out, part lines not quite straight, and buns and aren't symmetrical are going to be ok. The messiness is part of the charm!

P.S.S. This hairstyle isn't only for dance.  I think this faux hawk would be adorable with just the right prom dress or homecoming dress.  It could also work with certain Halloween costumes or even as an updo for church, weddings, or other formal occasions.

This method for making a messy bun can also be used for making a quick "top knot" hairstyle, which we recently showed in our "7 easy hairstyles for school" video.  You can check that out here.
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Dec 16, 2015

Pinwheel Bun Shortcut Tutorial

Pinwheel bun shortcut hair tutorial. Quick and easy!

Today we are showing a quick and easy "hack" for creating one of our all time favorite hairstyles, the "pinwheel bun." My daughter loves to wear the pinwheel bun to dance class and occasionally to school or church. But, the one complaint we have with our original method is that it can be quite time consuming.  Not to mention, it is a bit of a hassle to take the bun down when you are done wearing it.  This new variation (shown in our video today) is quick, easy, and comes out effortlessly when you are done.

The idea for this "shortcut" came to us a few months ago when my daughter had a dance competition and we were using "the perfect bun" to make her standard performance hairstyle (shown in our latest tutorial.) We wondered how the bun would turn out if we braided her hair first, and loved that the end result looked almost identical to a braided variation of the pinwheel bun (also known as the "bun of braids.")

Easy updo tutorial. Pinwheel bun shortcut.

Of course, there are several variations of the pinwheel that can be created using this technique.  If you want the bun to be more of a twisted texture (like the original) I would suggest utilizing twist braids (or rope braids) instead of standard 3 strand braids in your ponytail.  You could really do any type of braids you want for many different options and variations of this updo.

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



As mentioned in our video, the number of braids you will need to cover the bun foundation is going to depend on your specific hair texture and length.  The longer your hair is, the more times the braids will be wrapping around the foundation to provide more coverage.... so you will need less.  And obviously, thicker hair is going to cover more of the surface area, which means less braids will be needed as well.  If your hair is on the thinner side, I would suggest stretching the braids out before you wrap them up to help cover more area.  Also, if you find a "perfect bun maker" close to the color of hair you are working with, it's not going to matter as much if some of it shows through.

Supplies needed to recreate this bun:
  • 2 ponytail holders or hair elastics
  • Alligator clip or temporary hair ties to keep the braids from unraveling while you work.
  • Several bobby pins
  • A bun foundation as shown in our video. The one we used is called "the perfect bun" and can be found online or in stores. (affiliate.)
  • Finishing hairspray (optional)

This bun would be a great hairstyle for dance, gymnastics, ballet, figure skating and sports, or for formal events such as prom, homecoming, weddings, holidays, and church.
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Dec 2, 2015

The Perfect Dance Bun and No-Heat Curls Tutorial

The perfect bun for dance and no heat curls tutorial

This week we are adding another "dance bun" technique to our collection!  The princess's standard dance team hairstyle this year is a classic donut bun / sock bun. And, I'm sure many of you who dance are required to wear this hairstyle from time to time for competitions and recitals as well. It seems to be the standard "go to" style for many teams as it is very simple and looks polished besides.

Easy dance bun hairstyle tutorial. Great for ballet, figure skating, gymnastics, etc.

We have shown several different methods for making this type of bun in the past and are always up for trying something new.  Each technique we have tried seems to have its pros and cons. A lot of deciding which bun is best for your dancer is going to depend on her hair texture and length.  We both liked this "perfect bun" kit (made by Remington)  and think it is one of the easier methods for wrapping up long hair into a bun. The first time we tried it we were slightly worried that it may unroll itself (since there is really nothing visible holding it together) but luckily we have not had a problem with it coming out mid-dance yet!  I would definitely recommend using bobby pins all the way around the bun (as demonstrated in our tutorial below) to be sure though.

The "Perfect Bun" Video Tutorial and Review, Plus No-Heat Curls Demo: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




One of our favorite perks of wearing this bun is the cute no-heat curls or waves you will be left with when you take the bun down.  As mentioned in our video, the curls will turn out best when the hair is wrapped up slightly damp and the bun is left in long enough for the hair to dry completely before taking it out.

Heatless curls using bun maker

Supplies needed to recreate this bun:
  • A bun form. We purchased our "perfect bun" maker at either Walmart or Target (we have had it for awhile and I don't remember which!)  If you are having trouble finding one, they are also sold online. Click here to see it on Amazon (affiliate.)
  • A ponytail holder.
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Pomade or gel and finishing hairspray.
  • Water.
Find some of our other dance bun tutorials below:

Easy dance bun using donut form and hair net

Donut bun with no leftover ends

Hot cross bun

Pinwheel bun

Dance bun with ribbon

Braided bubble bun
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Nov 4, 2015

Ribbon Coiled Bun Hairstyle Tutorial

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.
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Aug 26, 2015

Hairstyles For Sports, Woven Twist Headband

Woven twist headband hairstyle tutorial

Today we are recreating a fun hairstyle from our website which we initially posted way back in 2010. You can click over to see our original "pictorial" and check out "the princess's" short hair if you are curious!

She has worn this woven headband many times over the years and especially loves it for sports. This hairstyle is great for soccer / football, gymnastics, dance, figure skating, ballet, tumbling, swimming, running, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, etc. Elastic styles (such as this) really help to keep your hair out of your face while exercising and hold up well, even with a lot of activity. We love the unique woven accents in this headband, which make this hairstyle pretty and interesting to look at, as well as functional.

Woven Twist Headband Video Tutorial:  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



There are several different options for finishing this style. You could create the woven headband and leave the rest of her hair down (curled or straight.) Or you could add a ponytail, bun, braid, pigtails, etc. with the remaining hair. (We have included a few example pictures below.) Also, if you would rather braid the individual strands in the headband before you weave them, you can do that instead of simply twisting the hair like we did.

Top view of the headband with a ponytail....

Woven twist headband and ponytail hair tutorial

Again, styled with a ponytail. This is her favorite way to wear this hairstyle for soccer.

Cute hairstyle for gymnastics, woven twist headband

And, with a messy bun....
Hairstyle for sports, woven twist headband and messy bun

This headband could also be worn as a cute transitioning hairstyle for those of you who are in the process of growing out your bangs. We know what a painful process that can be. ;)  And although "the princess" has long hair at the moment, this will work with fairly short hair as well.  When we first created this style, her hair was just above shoulder length and it worked just great!

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • Small hair elastics (8-15 depending on how you make the headband.)  The brand we usually use is called Goody Ouchless.
  • Water, gel, or pomade to help control flyaways.
  • A "rat tail comb" is helpful for parting out the hair into boxes, but not absolutely necessary.
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Aug 19, 2015

Easy Triple Braid Bun, Back To School Hairstyles

Triple braid bun updo tutorial.  Back to school hair idea.

This week we are continuing on with our back to school hairstyle series.  This bun is very simple and cute.  So easy that  "The Princess" has been doing this style on herself. A great DIY hairstyle!  This updo isn't anything super creative or extravagant. But, it is always nice to have a few basic, quick and easy hairstyle ideas for busy school mornings as well as for work, sports, dance, ballet, or gymnastics class.  And, although this style can be worn for casual occasions, it is elegant and sophisticated enough that it can also be perfect for a wedding, prom, church or other more formal event.

Triple braid bun tutorial, easy and quick

Since "The Princess's" hair is quite long now, it is sometimes difficult to wrap all of that length into a standard bun without it looking "knobby" or sticking way out from her head awkwardly.  Not to mention, it takes a ton of bobby pins to keep it in place! We have found that the technique shown in our tutorial (below) seems to make a much more compact and pretty bun.  This sophisticated looking up-style is achieved with minimal effort and minimal pins.  Beyond the practicality of this style, all of the individual strands (which are seemingly woven intricately together) also add beautiful visual interest to the style, which is always fun.

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



Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 medium ponytail holders, hair ties, or elastics.
  • 3 temporary hair ties to hold the braids while you are working.
  • Several bobby pins.  We used MetaGrip miniature pins.
  • Finishing hairspray or gel (optional.)
The real "trick" to this bun is the way in which the strands are braided together and how the hair is wrapped around the ponytail.  You will want to keep things loose for the bun to lay more nicely, especially if your hair is long. 

Besides this one, we have posted several other easy DIY hairstyles recently (since The Princess has been learning to do her own hair.)  In case you have missed them, you can find the links here:

Braid with a twist
Double hair bow ponytail
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Jun 24, 2015

Ribbon Swirl Bun Hairstyle Tutorial


Ribbon swirl bun video tutorial

We are excited about our hair tutorial this week, as this style is quite unique and beautiful!  It reminds me a little bit of our pinwheel bun which is one of our all time favorite hairstyles.  ;)

"The Princess" is planning on wearing this "ribbon swirl bun" for her 4th of July hairstyle this year.  Although this is a great holiday hairstyle, it really can be worn for many different occasions. Of course, you can use any color of ribbon, yarn, etc. to accent your bun and change up the look.  For example; elegant sliver or white ribbon would make more of a sophisticated or glamorous updo which would be pretty for a wedding, prom, or other formal occasion.  Brightly colored ribbon is going to stand out and "pop" more for a festive and fun look. I think this hairstyle would also be adorable for Christmas time (using red or green ribbon.) The swirling design reminds me of a lollipop!  If you want to add more than one color, you can definitely do that as well. Or if you prefer not to use ribbon at all, 2 strands of hair could be used to accent the bun instead. If you are a dancer or gymnast, this style would be great for dance recitals and competitions!

Gorgeous ribbon swirl bun hairstyle

As mentioned in our video (below) there are several different methods you could use to finish this bun.  We chose to keep things simple for our tutorial. But, if you are wanting something more intricate, you could braid, twist, roll and pin, or even make a starburst (or never ending) braid with the remaining ends!

We love the waterfall ribbon twist braid (which was used to create the swirl design in this bun) and have used it in several other hairstyles on our blog.  The "waterfall ribbon twist rainbow ponytail" and the "Aztec carousel braid" are a couple of examples of how this braid can be utilized in a hairstyle.

Ribbon swirl bun for the 4th of July

Ribbon swirl bun hairstyle video.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • Bun maker. The bun maker or "hair donut" shown in our tutorial can be found in most beauty supply stores and discount stores.  I have actually even seen them at the dollar store from time to time.  If you do not have one, you can cut the toes out of a sock and roll it up to achieve a similar tool.
  • Several bobby pins.
  • Ribbon.  The ribbon we used was 1/4 inch thick and about 4 feet long. 
  • Finishing hair spray, pomade, wax, or gel.  (Optional.)

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



This hairstyle should work with long hair, medium length hair, straight hair, wavy hair, and possibly curly hair.
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Apr 29, 2015

Dad Does Hair, Spinning Bun Hairstyle

How to make a spinning bun tutorial by a dad

While I was out of town recently "The Princess" had an event to go to where she needed to wear a bun.  Coincidently her dad remembered seeing a video on Facebook awhile ago, showing how to make a bun by the subject spinning as the hair was magically twisted and formed into place!  Our dad does not have much experience with hair and was getting desperate, so he decided to give it a try. They decided to film a fun hair tutorial of their experiment for you, just in case it turned out... and I'm so glad they did.  What a cute little surprise I found on our memory card when I got home! 

Dad and daughter hair tutorial:  How to make a spinning bun.  (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




Although this video is on the silly side and was made mostly for entertainment value, this method actually does work and makes a great bun. And as you can see... it is easy and quick! Dads can do hair too!

P.S. This is not the first time "The Dad" has made an appearance on our channel.  You may remember him from the infamous "vacuum ponytail video" which has strangely and unexpectedly become quite popular on YouTube! You can see that crazy spoof here.
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Mar 4, 2015

Woven Twist Ponytail Tutorial

Woven twist ponytail video tutorial

A cute woven ponytail hairstyle.

Our tutorial this week is basically a simplified version of a style we posted back in 2011 (4 years ago!) which we called the "woven French braid ponytail." Anyone remember it? We have always loved the original hairstyle (it is actually one of our all time favorites.) But, we also realize that it is quite time consuming and fairly difficult to recreate.  For our hairstyle today, we wanted something that still looks intricate and unique, but is quicker and easier to do than the original style... so this is what we came up with.  At first glance, this one still looks kind of time consuming, but after watching our video (below) you will see that it really is quite easy and quick, with only 2 twists being woven from each side of the Dutch braid.

Woven twist ponytail hairstyle tutorial

This hairstyle would be great for gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, sports, school, church and other occasions.  You could finish this off with a bun, chignon, or other updo if you are looking for a special occasion style, or leave it in a ponytail or braid for more of a casual look. 

Video instructions, woven twist ponytail hairstyle

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 medium size ponytail holders or elastics
  • 2 hair clips or hair ties to temporarily hold the ends of the braids
  • water, gel, or pomade to help control flyaways
This is a combination hairstyle, using elements and techniques from a dutch braid, feather braid, lace braid, twist, weaving, and a ponytail.

Woven Twist Ponytail Video TutorialClick here to watch the video directly on YouTube.


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Nov 26, 2014

Dance Hairstyles, Donut Bun / Sock Bun 101

How to make a sock bun / donut bun video tutorial

How to make a donut bun (or sock bun) with no leftover ends.

We are going back to basics with our tutorial today!  "The Princess" had a dance recital recently, so we decided to "hit two birds with one stone" and  film a tutorial of her dance hairstyle as she was getting ready for her performance.  Her dance instructor prefers that everyone on the team has a similar hairstyle for their performances and has requested a simple sock bun for each dancer.

The technique we are showing in our video below is not a new method, but one that has been around for a very long time. Surprisingly we have not shown this particular bun on our hair blog up until now (even though the princess wears her hair like this often for dance recitals and competitions.)  I'm sure many of you already know how to create this type of bun, but we are hoping the few tips and tricks we are sharing in our tutorial today might help someone.  ;)

A few years back we showed a different method for making a donut bun, which in my opinion works better for shorter hair. So, if your hair is on the shorter side, I would recommend our older video.  As "the princess's" hair has gotten longer, we prefer the method we are showing today..... since there are no extra "ends" to wrap around the bun or pin into the base to finish off the bun.  Lately it seems her "leftover ends" can be thicker than the bun itself when we use the prior method!

How to make a sock bun with no ends to tuck in

Of course, this hairstyle doesn't have to be just for dancers and figure skaters.  This style would work great as a sleek and sophisticated bun/updo for many other occasions as well.  And as a bonus, it is super easy and quick (around 5 minutes!)   

Supplies needed to create this look:
  • A bun maker or hair donut
    The hair donut we used in this video was actually purchased at the dollar store.  These can also be found in most beauty supply stores and discount stores for just a few dollars.  ;)  Of course if you do not have a bun maker, you can used a rolled up sock with the toe cut out instead (which will work just as well.)
  • 1 elastic or hair tie for the top of the ponytail.
  • Several bobby pins (optional.)
  • Finishing hair spray (optional.)

Donut Bun / Sock Bun Video Tutorial:  Click here to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube.



Are any of you in dance?  If so, how do you usually wear your hair for performances? 
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Jul 9, 2014

"Hot Cross Bun" Hairstyle, Dance Hair - Ballet Bun

A fancy twist on a bun (literally!)
"hot cross bun" hairstyle tutorial

Today's hair tutorial, the "hot cross bun" features woven criss cross twists accenting a standard ballet bun (or donut bun / sock bun.) The twisted lattice design adds an elegant touch.

This updo hairstyle would be perfect for dance, ballet, figure skating and other sports.  But, could also be worn for more formal occasions such as the prom, homecoming, church, concerts, recitals, communions, weddings, flower girls, etc.  I think this style also has a princess medieval look to it and would be fabulous to wear to a renaissance faire or play!

Dance bun, ballet hair "hot cross bun"

This hairdo is sort of a spin off of the star bun we posted last week and was actually filmed the same day.  Love it when one hairstyle idea turns into another... and another! 

Hot cross bun - Dance hairstyle

Supplies needed:
  • 2 hair elastics or hair ties
  • several bobby pins
  • bun maker or rolled up sock
  • gel or pomade to help control flyaways (optional)
*The "Bun Maker" we used to create this design can be found in most drug stores or online.  If you do not want to purchase a bun maker, you can use a rolled up sock instead. (There are many tutorials on YouTube showing how to make a sock bun.)

Hot Cross Bun Video TutorialClick here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

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