Jun 20, 2018

4th of July Hairstyle! Elastic Star And Pull Through Braid For Teens

4th of July hairstyle! Cute star hairstyle for teens.

Another star hairstyle for the 4th of July!

Our hair tutorial this week features a fun star design accent on one side of her head, combined with an edgy pull through braid faux hawk ponytail look using the rest of her hair.

Over the years we have shared many star hairstyles on this blog for the 4th of July.  Most of these styles would be adorable for younger girls... "star pigtails" anyone? But today we wanted to show a star hairstyle that will hopefully work for teenagers too!  I think this trendy look would be so cute for a barbecue, fireworks, watching a parade, or hanging out with friends and family.

4th Of July Hairstyle, Elastic Star And Pull Through Braid Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



As mentioned in our video, you can end the pull through braid at the base of her neck for a ponytail look like we did.  Or, you can continue the braid all the way down to the ends of her hair if you prefer.  Stretching out the edges of your braid will make this style very voluminous and beautiful.  I would also recommend tugging slightly on the bangs area for more volume and style in the front (if you like the popular pompadour look.)

Trendy star hairstyle for the 4th of July, Video tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • Small elastics to create the star.  We used Goody Ouchless Elastics (affiliate.) 
  • Medium size elastics for the pull through braid.
  • Pomade, gel, hair wax, or other product to help control flyaways.
If you are a teen or tween, tell us in the comments: Would you wear this hairstyle on the fourth of July?
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Jun 6, 2018

6 Easy Toddler Hairstyles

6 cute toddler hairstyles, video instructions

Today we are showing 6 fun hair tutorials for little girls!  These are all simple hairstyles that are fairly quick and doable even on a squirmy toddler.  These hairstyles would be cute for older girls as well! Particularly the elastic hairstyles are great for gymnastics, sports, dance hair, thin hair, short hair, or for growing out bangs.


6 Cute Toddler Hairstyles, Video Instructions: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




Hairstyle tutorials included in this video:


1. Shoelace Knot Hairstyle Tutorial 0:05

2. Elastic Braid Pigtails 2:13

3. Criss Cross Braids Hairstyle 3:30

4. Diagonal Flipunders Hairstyle 5:01

5. Quick Pony Knot 6:29

6. Twist Link Hairstyle 7:37
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May 30, 2018

Checkerboard Dutch Braids Hairstyle Tutorial. Easier Than It Looks!

Checkerboard duch braids hairstyle tutorial. Easier than it looks!

This checkerboard braid is easier than it looks and is so fun to make! Hope you love it.

We have shown several "checkerboard type braids" on this blog that you may have seen in the past...

The 5 strand checkerboard braid with ribbon,

5 strand checkerboard french braid,

and Checkerboard fishtail braid.

As you might have noticed, we love woven hairstyles! For today's style we tried to come up with something that has the woven checkerboard look, but isn't as difficult to create as some of the 5 strand braids or complicated zipper braiding techniques necessary to make most of these checkerboard braids.  If you can make a feathered dutch braid and simple 3 strand braids, you should be able to accomplish this one.

Checkerboard Dutch Braids Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Although fairly simple to create, this hairstyle looks so intricate and is sure to bring compliments and attention!

Woven checkerboard dutch braids hairstyle video tutorial. Easier than it looks.


Supplies needed to recreate this braid:
  • 2 clear hair elastics.
  • Several hair ties and clips to temporarily hold the braids while you are working.
  • Gel, pomade or other product to help control flyaways.
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May 23, 2018

How To Make A Graduation Lei Using Gummy Worm Braids!

Graduation Lei Tutorial.  Gummy Worm Braids!

How to make a cool lei for graduation, a luau, or other celebrations using gummy worm candies!  This is an easy, inexpensive, DIY, homemade graduation gift that every graduate would love to wear... and eat!

Our oldest son is graduating from High School today actually. (Congratulations class of 2018!) So, we wanted to share a fun Hawaiian and Polynesian inspired candy lei we chose to make him for his graduation ceremony.  And since this is normally a braiding website, we thought this would fit right in!

Graduation Candy Lei Using Gummy Worms Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




The awesome thing about gummy worms is that they come in all different colors and varieties, so you can pick out the worms that match your school colors or event.  You could also make a pretty multicolored lei using random colors if you want.  These necklaces would be great for both boys and girls.

Supplies needed:


*Plastic wrap / Saran wrap.  2 pieces, 40-80 inches each (depending on how long you want your lei to be.)

*Gummy worms.  We only needed one bag.  If you are going to be picking out certain colors from a multicolored bag, you will probably need more than one.

*Scissors

*Ribbon (Matching your school colors.)

*One clear elastic, or you can tie the plastic wrap in a knot if you prefer.

We want to thank our friend who showed us how to make these fancy leis several years ago.  We have used them for several parties since!  
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May 9, 2018

Greek Goddess Ladder Braid, Wedding and Prom Hairstyles

Greek goddess ladder braid hair tutorial. Wedding and Prom hairstyles.

Today we are sharing a beautiful "Greek Goddess" inspired hairstyle tutorial featuring braids, twists, and curls, creating a lovely Princess Hairstyle!  This would be a pretty hairstyle for weddings, Prom, Homecoming, recitals, school dances, church, communions and other special occasions.


Greek Goddess Ladder Braid, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




We have combined a lace french braid feathering technique with rope braids (or twist braids) to create the vertical ladder braid on this half up hairstyle. We love how simple and elegant this style turned out.

As mentioned in our video, we used our curling wand to create her loose curls for this hairstyle. Click here for our curling wand tutorial.  You could also crimp or wave your hair if you desire to achieve texture and volume. If you want your style to be more voluminous, you could tease her hair before placing the ladder braid.  A bubble effect between the braids could be achieved by using a rat tail comb as shown in our video tutorial (above.) Bobby pins placed under the twists would help to hold your bubbled hair in place if you decide to go for that look.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size, clear hair elastic
  • Several clips or hair ties to temporarily section and hold the hair while you are working.
  • Finishing hairspray 
  • Curling wand, crimper, waver, etc. (affiliate)
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May 2, 2018

Braided Bow Fan Bun - Easy Messy Bun Tutorial

Braided bow fan bun video tutorial

This easy bun is so simple and quick to make, you'll love it! A dutch braid, combined with a popular fan messy bun technique gives this standard rolled double bun a fun bow look!

This cute hairstyle could be worn for casual occasions, or for more formal events.  It would be great for cheer leading, dance, gymnastics, soccer, track, etc.

Braided Bow Fan Bun Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




My daughter often wears this tucked bun (without the braid) as a quick hairstyle for school. It is a great option for second day hair, or hair that isn't looking so great and is perfect for putting your hair up quickly for after school sports.  But recently she was wearing a dutch braid (as shown at the first of our tutorial) with her hair down. When she pulled her hair up into her "go to" bun after school, this cute style was created.  We both noticed the top of the bun looked adorably like a bow with the braid in the center!

Quick and easy braided bow fan bun video tutorial

Easy messy bun tutorial. Braided bow fan bun

If french braiding or dutch braiding isn't your thing, or you don't have time for that... You could start with a standard ponytail and add a regular 3 strand braid accent before making the bun for a similar look. And, as mentioned in our video, you could place the braid so that it shows in the bottom layer of this bun as well for a double braid look. This bun can be made to look sleek and smooth or more rough and messy, depending on your event and preference. 


Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 1 medium size ponytail holder or hair tie (similar to your hair color would be best.)
  • 1 small hair elastic for the bottom of the braid.
  • Bobby pins (optional.)
  • Finishing hairspray (optional.)
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Apr 25, 2018

Flower Girl Hairstyles! 5 Braided Rose Hairstyles, Part 2

5 cute flower girl #hairstyles, rose braids #flowergirl

Today we are sharing 5 more cute hairstyles using braided flowers! We didn't realize how many hairstyles using flower braids we had done until we started looking through our blog, and we didn't want to leave any of these out. So we decided to make a part 2 of our braided flower hairstyles series! If you missed part 1 (which includes 5 more hairstyles) you can find that here: Braided Flower Hairstyles, Part 1.

We thought all of these styles would be so cute for Spring (or any time you want to wear gorgeous rosettes in your hair!)  These would be great hairstyles for flower girls, brides, the Prom, Homecoming, recitals, school, church, communions, etc.

5 Braided Rose Hairstyles (Part 2) Video Tutorials: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



These hair tutorials are a compilation of flower braid hairstyles we have shared in the past on our channel (some are fairly recent and some date back several years.) We love going through our hairstyle archives, as I'm sure some of you have forgotten about these styles, or have never seen them. We like to group similar styles together to make it easy for you to find that perfect hairstyle for your special occasion!

Hairstyles included in this video (with timestamps)

#1 Double Twist Top Knot With Rope Braid Flower 0:07

Double twist top knot hair tutorial

#2 Dutch Braided Rose Hairstyle 1:11

Dutch braided rose hair tutorial

#3 Romantic Side Swept Braided Rose With Curls 2:24

Side swept braided rose hairstyle with curls, tutorial

#4 Braided Rosette Half Up Hairstyle 4:03

Braided rosette half up hair tutorial

#5 Winding Lace Braid With Rosette Accent 5:18

Winding lace braid hairstyle with rosette accent

All of the hair flowers in this video are made basically the same way... by rolling up a standard braid into a rosette bun. But as you can see, the variations of what you can do with these roses is endless!  These hairstyles will work best with long, or medium length hair.  Hairstyle #1 can be done on fairly short hair.  

P.S. If you would like more detailed tutorials for any of these hairstyles, we do have the originals on our YouTube channel (which are slower and each step is explained using commentary.)

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Apr 18, 2018

5 Braided Flower Hairstyles For Spring!

5 cute #braid #rose #hairstyles. Video tutorials.

Today we are sharing 5 of our favorite hairstyles using braided flowers, or flowers made from hair! We thought all of these styles would be so cute for Spring (or any time you want to wear gorgeous rosettes in your hair!) These would be great hairstyles for Flower girls, brides, the Prom, Homecoming, recitals, school, church, communions, etc.

5 Flower Braid Hairstyles, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)




These hair tutorials are a compilation of flower braid hairstyles we have shared in the past (some are fairly recent and some date back several years.) We love going through our hairstyle archives, as I'm sure some of you have forgotten about these styles, or have never seen them. We like to group similar styles together to make it easy for you to find that perfect hairstyle for your special occasion!

Hairstyles included in this video:

 #1 Side swept french braid flower

Side swept #frenchbraid #flower video instructions.

#2 Triple rosette half up hairstyle 

Triple rosette #halfuphairstyle tutorial. #flowergirlhairstyle

#3 French braid top knot with braided flower 

French braid top knot with braided flower hairstyle.

 #4 Double lace braided roses hairstyle

Double lace braid roses hairstyle. Video instructions.

#5 Braided flower updo 

Braided #flower #updo hair tutorial.

 All of the hair flowers in this video are made basically the same way... by rolling up a standard braid into a rosette bun and pinning it. But as you can see, the variations of what you can do with these roses are endless!

 If you love these hairstyles, be sure to check back next week as we have 5 more super cute braided flower hairstyles to share with you!

 P.S. If you would like more detailed tutorials for any of these hairstyles, we do have the originals on our YouTube channel (which are slower and each step is explained using commentary.)
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Apr 4, 2018

3 Strand Pull Through Braid Tutorial And 5 Ways To Wear It!

3 strand pull through braid video instructions and 5 ways to wear it.

Today we are showing how to make a 3 strand pull through braid and 5 cute hairstyle ideas for finishing the style. We have shown a standard pull through braid tutorial as well as the reverse braid on our blog in the past, but have not filmed this 3 strand variation up until now. We first saw this awesome and original braid by @prettylittlebraids on Instagram. This is probably our favorite variation of the pull through braid since it looks so full, gorgeous, and voluminous! This edgy braid has the look of a "faux hawk" and would be great hairstyle for dance competitions and other sports. Since this braid is tethered with elastics all the way down, it holds up really well to most activities.

3 Strand Pull Through Braid Video Tutorial & 5 Ways To Style It: (Click here to watch the video on YouTube.)




This braid could be used to create many different hairstyles and can be worn along the scalp in a "french braid" look, or in a ponytail without adding in hair from the sides of the braid. We have included 5 tutorials in our video (above) for some of our favorite ways to wear this braid: 

 1. 3 strand pull through braid faux hawk with ponytail.
Cute 3 strand pull through braid faux hawk and ponytail tutorial.

 2. 3 strand pull through braid and flip braid combo.
3 Strand pull through braid and flip braid or faux fishtail instructions.

 3. Pull through and fishtail braid combo.
3 strand pull through and fishtail braid combo. (Video tutorial.)

4. Pull through ponytail with micro braids.
3 strand pull through braid ponytail with micro braids.

 5. Standard 3 strand pull through braid from top to bottom.
3 strand pull through braid video instructions.  Cute hairstyle for sports.

A few tips and tricks: If you prefer to use less elastics, it is possible to gather a new section at the same time you are securing the 3 strands. But, I have found it much easier to make all of the ponytails first and then double up on the elastics as you make the braid. Everything seems to turn out neater and smoother when I do it this way. Also, as mentioned in our video, the braid turns out better for me when I stretch out each individual section before moving on to the next (as it prevents the layer beneath the one you are working on from being disturbed as you are stretching the strands out.)

Supplies needed to recreate these hairstyles:
  • Several medium size, clear (or similar to the color of hair you are working with) elastics.  The amount will depend on the style chosen and the length of hair you are working with. 
  • Hairspray, gel, hair wax, etc. to help control flyaways.
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Mar 21, 2018

Hair Hack! Make A Pull Through Braid Using Half The Elastics

Pull through braid hack! Use half the elastics. Video tutorial.

Hey guys! We love the look of the pull through braid... but hate taking out all of those elastics at the end of the day.  Today's tutorial or "hair hack" shows how to make a pull through braid ponytail hairstyle using only 1/2 of the elastics you would normally need!  This will hopefully save you some time, frustration, and damage to your hair the next time you want to wear a pull-through braid.

How To Make A Pull Through Braid Using 1/2 The Elastics, Video Tutorial: Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.




Hair hack! Pull through braid using half the elastics. Video instructions.

How to make a pull through braid using half the elastics.

How to make a pull through braid with 1/2 the elastics tutorial. Hairstyle hack!

The trick to this hair cheat is adding elastics to only one strand of the braid instead of both strands (like you normally would.) As mentioned in our video (above) you will need to be careful to keep your strands separated and on the same side of the braid from the top to the bottom, or this will end up looking more like a regular 3 strand braid, and less like a pull through.  We recommend stretching the sides of this braid for a more voluminous and glamorous look. 

Hope you love this hack!
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Mar 14, 2018

Half Up Hairstyle For Long and Medium Hair - Swirling Braids!

Half up braided hairstyle tutorial. Swirling braids.

For today's hairstyle tutorial, we have combined a simple knotting technique and some braids to create a gorgeous and unique braided half up hairstyle for long and medium length hair.

We're loving the intricate "criss cross" look of these swirling braids!  I could see this working as an everyday hairstyle for school, or for special occasions (Prom, Homecoming, recitals, church, weddings, communions, etc.)

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




This style is surprisingly easy and fairly quick to make and should hold up decently well, since it is secured with braids on both sides of the delicate knot.

As mentioned in our video tutorial (above) the trick to getting this hairstyle to look nice and to stay in place, is all in how you tie the knot and cross the strands underneath before you start braiding.  We also suggest stretching the strands in the knot for a more voluminous and elegant looking style. 

Hairstyle for Prom or Homecoming. Swirling braids video tutorial.

Swirling braids half up hairstyle tutorial.

Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
  • 2 small hair elastics (preferably clear or similar to the hair color you are working with.)
  • Temporary clip to hold hair while you are braiding.
  • Depending on the texture of hair you are working with, you may want to add hair product before you start braiding to help prevent flyaways.
    Pretty #promhairstyle! Swirling braids half up hairstyle tutorial.
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