The Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

May 09, 2012

I am always on the lookout for the next Waterfall Braid-type hairstyle!

About two weeks ago, a Twitter fan tweeted us a photo of a very intricately-laced bow braid hairstyle, and I thought the idea was so fun and unique! In fact, it was likely the most creative and cute hairstyle I have seen since the Waterfall Braid! So… I sat down to figure it out, but after many attempts I wasn’t having much luck at all.  Close, but nothing worth posting…

Another fan, Katrina on Facebook, posted her version along with a link to a low resolution Russian YouTube video showing the exact technique.  The video was at times hard to follow, and it does not show a finished hairstyle, but it provided me with just enough info to be able to master the braid! With that, I am now ready to teach you all!

The Bow Braid | Cute Girls Hairstyles

The Bow Braid | Cute Girls Hairstyles

You can use The Bow Braid in pretty much any hairstyle as long as there is a three-stranded French or Lace Braid involved.  It will work on short hair, medium hair, long hair, layered hair, hair with bangs, combos, etc.

In the tutorial, I show you how to do Bow Braid Ponytails, but I also show you on myself and the other daughters some finished looks for a braided headband, diagonal braid, and lace braid.

Bow Braid Ponytails | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Front Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Side Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Diagonal Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Lace Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

 

Items Needed: A brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, hairspray or pomade, a hairpin (not a bobby pin), and a few hair elastics.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes, depending on the hairstyle you choose.

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by braiding a section of your hair. You can use a lace braid or a 3 strand French braid. Remember you will need another ½ inch section of hair parted next to your braid to create the bows.
  2. Thread the hairpin, loop end first, through a section of your braid to prepare it to pull through hair for the bow.
  3. Take a small section of hair from the ½ inch parted section and create a loop with your fingers.
  4. Thread the loop of hair through the hairpin and grab loop of hair with left hand while gently tugging the hairpin back through your hair with your right hand.
  5. As you pull the hairpin out of the braid it will begin to form the other half of the bow. Gently tug the hairpin until you like the look of the second loop and then remove it from hair. You should now have one competed bow that runs through the braid.
  6. Repeat Steps 1-5 all the way down the braid until you run out of hair.

{You can see in the video that I mixed in the remaining tails of the bows back into the next strand. It may be easier and less “messy” to simply lay the tails alongside the French Braid and then bring down the next section of hair over the top for the next loop. As you finish the braid, most of the tails will be covered by the hair from the top. It all depends on how you want the bow braid to look.}

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Bun Hawk | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

March 04, 2012

After filming our segment on the Anderson Cooper show, Anderson stopped by the Green Room to visit with our little girls. He did not have to do that, as he had another show to film and CNN lineup later that evening!

Anderson was so nice to them, and really made my girls feel like a million dollars! Not that I wasn’t a huge fan of his shows before {going back to Channel One with Lisa Ling}… but I am extremely loyal now for that reason alone!  If you have not seen the Anderson talk show, I recommend that you do so!

My six-year old was in a particularly “goofy” mood, having an hilarious time teasing Anderson!

I quickly grabbed my iPhone and caught the tail end of their conversation as she told Anderson that he should get a mohawk! He laughed and said, “Sure!”  We included the clip in the tutorial below…

Luckily for us, we had just filmed this Bun Hawk hairstyle a week ago!

The Bun Hawk Hairstyle | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

Many of our fans have been requesting this hairstyle, since so many schools are having Crazy Hair Day at school! We had a very old tutorial in photos on the site, but a video certainly makes the hairstyle easier to follow!

You may also remember that this was my hubby’s first contribution to our hairstyle repertoire, as this was his idea!

The Bun Hawk  {Faux Hawk} Hairstyle

This hairstyle uses the bantu knot technique to form the hawk part of the hairdo.  This is so easy to do and will guarantee comments all day long!

We use this style a lot when our girls are playing sports, because not only does it garner lots of attention… but it intimidates a little as well!  The girls also wear this to 80’s parties, along with Crazy Hair Day.  It could be a fun gymnastics style, too!

The Bun Hawk | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 10 hair bands, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Steps:

  1. Start with wet, brushed hair…
  2. Section the hair and make five ponytails down the center of the head… starting with a section in front and work your way back, secure them with bands. {Make sure that the hair in the ponytails are as equal as possible, so that the buns are relatively the same size.}
  3. Take the first ponytail and being twisting the hair strand until it wants to twist around itself, gently allowing it to twist around the ponytail holder into a bun, and secure with another hairband.
  4. Repeat Step 3 for the other four ponytails.
  5. Lightly spritz hairspray to help secure any flyways.

{If you have problems with thin hair or baby flyways, you may want to try a little pomade or hair fiber gum to help hold in the twisty buns, but this is completely optional.}

Happy Hairdoing!

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Cage Braid Ponytail | 5-Minute Hairstyles

January 23, 2012

This unique braided hairstyle is lesser known, but it is making the rounds on Pinterest from a few wonderful sites.

What I love most about this braid is how easy it is to do, however the finished product looks so complicated {like you spent an hour on it}! If you know how to French Braid, you can do this hairstyle easily with only a small tweak to the stranding!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid

When you are finished braiding, you simply grab the center part of the braid about 1-2 inches below the ponytail holder. Then, gently pull that part of the braid up over top of the ponytail holder {secure it there} and the whole braid literally “pops” out into a super-cute 3D braid!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid Ponytail

After watching the video, you can clearly see why this hairstyle is called a “cage braid” because the style effect looks very much like a ribcage. My girls and I fully plan on using this braid in a Halloween hairstyle using a red-heart bobby pin stuck in the right side of the cage.

It would also make for a fun Christmas party hairstyle because the braid could easily be decorated as a tree! Many fans will likely use it for Crazy Hair Day because it does have a very unique look to it!

Although I know this hairstyle may not be for everyone, I promise you will receive many compliments from people on it, with most wondering how in the world you were able to do it! Our secret is… that it only took 5 minutes! How neat is that???

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two ponytail holders, 4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Chalk Highlights | Teen Hairstyles

December 14, 2011

Aside from feather extensions, I am starting to see quite a trend towards color highlights in girls hairstyles. I am not a fan of permanent color in my girls’ hair, for obvious age reasons, but also because it can be damaging and a big commitment to that color.

My girls are coming home stating that many girls in their classes are using highlighters or Sharpies to color strands of hair {I about died hearing this}! That certainly cannot be good for the hair, even if they believe it washes out!

Just a few weeks ago, a Facebook fan commented that she thought we had used chalk highlights on a hairstyle we posted for our #3 daughter. We didn’t… however, intrigued, we looked into what it would take to use chalk as highlights and this tutorial is the end result.

No-Dye Hairstyles | Chalk Highlights

What is great about these highlights is that they are fairly easy to apply, are non-toxic, last for one day and then easy to wash out. I bought our chalk pastels at Michael’s {with a 50% off coupon}, but you may buy similar pastels on Amazon.  I, personally, would not use oil pastels as they will be messier and much harder to wash out.

I had my daughter’s hair in a soft braid the day before, to help add some body to the hair, so this is perfect 2nd day hairstyle! Be sure your daughter is wearing a shirt that you do not mind getting a little dirty {or use a plastic cape or towel over the shoulders}. You can create these highlights with minimal mess, if you are very careful.

Next, I take a bright colored pastel chalk and gently wet it with either the spray bottle or faucet. I then take a small strand of hair and, by gently rubbing the wet chalk in a downward motion. I color the bottom 4-5 inches of the strand. {Do not rub the chalk up and down the strand as this will ruin the hair.} I do the same on another 2 strands or so, and then switch to another color, and vary the colored segment lengths a bit.

Teen Hairstyles | Chalk Highlights

After I have colored the desired strands, you can {if you wish} gently brush through the strand once with a brush, and then take a curling iron or wand and help set the chalk by curling the highlights. This also allows for the strands to fall beautifully within the rest of the hair. You may also choose to spritz the strand with hairspray to help the chalk highlights stay in longer.

Chalk highlights can work with many different colors of hair, including dark. Obviously, the darker vibrant colors show better on blonde hair with the lighter vibrant colors showing better on dark hair. You can use any number of colors, and it can be fun to experiment!

Fans on YouTube are going nuts over this hairstyle, because it is so easy to do and easy to wash out. As this is a chalk application, when you wash the hair… be sure to use a good conditioner. Chalk has a tendency to remove oils, so it is important to keep the hair conditioned.

This hairstyle tip is perfect for holiday hairstyles, school spirit day, cheerleaders, crazy hair day, or for use in many of our hairstyle combinations. It is a way to have a little color, which is becoming popular, without the committment! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, towel, pastel chalks, curling iron, hairspray.

Time Requirement: 5+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Lady Gaga Hair Bow | Video Hairstyles

November 23, 2011

Lady Gaga first introduced the “Hair Bow” hairstyle to the masses back in 2009, and it has gained steady popularity every since. Aside from her Grade-A meat dress, or being carried to an awards show in an UFO-looking egg, this is another of her popular fashion moments and certainly the most duplicated.

Lady Gaga Bow Hairstyle

We have received hundreds of requests for our own version of the bow hair style over the past few months. It has been perhaps the most asked-for style we have ever had!

Just last weekend, we finally found some time to film the bow hairstyle version that my girls have been wearing. We get compliments all the time on how cute it is, so we are sure you are going to like it!

Hairstyle - Lady Gaga Hair Bow

This is a perfect hairstyle for your daughter if she decides to dress up as Minnie Mouse {along with a set of Disney mouse ears), also good for Crazy Hair Day, or used in a variety of hairstyle combos {we plan to show some in later tutorials}.

Hairstyles - Lady Gaga Hair Bow (Back)

If you have seen the pictures of Lady Gaga’s bow, you will notice that it is a half-up/half-down hairstyle. We opted for a full on updo for our tutorial, but you can do it either way. You may also choose to angle the ponytail to either side so that the bow if offset. The great thing about this hairstyle is that it is completely up to you! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 6-7 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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