The Knotted Headband | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 12, 2012

I always appreciate when our fans email links or photos of hairstyles I have not seen previously.

This knotted headband style was emailed to us by a fan from St. Petersburg, Russia and we really loved the look of it!

The Knotted Braid Headband | Braided Hairstyles

It looks complex, but if you know how to do the first step of tying your shoelaces, then you can certainly do this braid! The pattern to the braid is essentially overlaying loose square knots.

  1. I started with the hair wet, and used a little pomade to control the flyways.
  2. You then take as small section next to the part, and divide it in two, and interlace them just like the first step of tying your shoe. I then did this two more times, each time adding the top strands to an alligator clip.
  3. After creating your third set of strands, bring the first two strands under the next two, and interlace them again just like the first step of tying your shoe.
  4. Repeat these steps until the braided headband has the look you want.
  5. Secure the end with a bobby pin and spritz with hairspray as desired.
  6. When the hair dries, the loops of the knots spread out a little and look absolutely gorgeous!

This braid is perfect for any formal occasion, or for dancers, cheerleaders, or simply wearing around town! It can also be worn in any number of combinations for a super cute and unique hairstyle!

The Knotted Braid Headband | Cute Hairstyles

The Knotted Braid Headband | Back-to-School Hairstyles

The knotted headband is also great for women of any age!  We have worn it on my CGH#4 {fourth daughter with short hair}, and I have done this braid on myself as well!

I guarantee you will certainly receive lots of compliments on this hairstyle!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, pomade, 1 small hair elastic, 1-2 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Bow Braid Headband | Girls Hairstyles

May 21, 2012

We were surprised to see The Bow Braid do so well in only one week’s time! In that video, we showed you several other ways to incorporate the bows into five separate hairstyles.

Today, I decided to show you how to do a Bow Braid hairstyle on yourself {as requested by so many of our YouTube fans}.

Bow Braid Headband | Cute Girls Hairstyles

This style uses a French Braided Headband as the base before adding in the bows. If you do not know how to do a French headband, you can learn how to do so by clicking our French Front hairstyle tutorial.

In this tutorial, I only sectioned enough hair for four bows, but you can actually do more if you would like. My personal opinion it that this hairstyle looks better with only a few bows on one side, more like an accent to the style, rather than bows all across the front.

I have worn this hairstyle three times in the past two weeks, and cannot tell you how many times moms stopped me wherever we were to ask how I did it! Thankfully, I have this website where I can refer them!

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

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes.

Skill Level: Hard

If you like this hairstyle, please feel free to blog about it, share it on FB, tweet it, pin it, whatever-you-want it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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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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Flipped Ends | Layered Hairstyles

December 21, 2011

Although the focus of our tutorials is on doing cute hairstyles on my girls, you can still do all the styles on yourself as well. More and more, we receive questions on how  I do my own hair in the videos we film. My goal is to include more of these self hairstyles from time to time.

This straight hairstyle is easy to do. With naturally straight or straightened hair, you can alter the way it looks a bit by using a flat iron to flip the hair ends “in” or “out”.  This is the most common style technique on straight hair.

When we were being filmed for YouTube’s 20/20 special, our stylist actually recommended that I flip the ends the same direction… which was something I had never thought about, but loved it! . It turned out super cute, and I receive compliments whenever I do this!

Layered Hairstyles | Flipped Ends

You can do this technique on short to medium hair, but with longer hair you will not benefit from the flips as much. You can also choose to back-comb some of the hair on the top to help add a little volume. I show you how to do this in the video.

{I also apologize for the clapping of the flat iron, as it is an iron that I have had for a long time.  As with all hairstyles that use heat, please be sure to use a good heat protectant first.}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, alligator clip {to hold top sections of hair}, heat protectant, flat-iron, and hairspray.

Time Requirement: 10+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Suave Dry Shampoo | Hairstyle Tips

October 17, 2011

Two months ago a friend of mine introduced me to the idea of dry shampoo. I guess I have seen it around for awhile, but literally thought to myself, “C’mon, a dry shampoo? How useful can that be?”

On this occasion, I saw how it was used and we were hooked from then on!

With that recommendation, and with a limited budget, I went to WalMart and purchased several bottles of Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo for about USD$2.50.

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo

Most girls have learned that washing the hair everyday can be high maintenance and may actually cause damage by stripping the hair of its natural oils. If you do not wash it often enough, however, the hairline and parts {areas next to the scalp} start to get oily, leaving an unsightly greasy look and feel.

We wash our hair every other day, sometimes skipping two days. How regular you wash your hair is really up to you, as everyone is different. {We do find, however, that not washing the hair daily can actually help in styling as a little bit of natural buildup and left-over hairspray/gel gives the hair more “grip”.} So, what can you do on those in-between days when the hair starts to look a little greasy? Try a dry shampoo to revive it!

Suave’s Dry Shampoo contains a mineral clay that helps absorb excess oils secreted from the skin glands next to the hair follicles. Notice I did not say that it  eliminates the oils 100%, as natural oils are good for the hair – it just helps remove the excess. After spraying along the hairline, 10-12 inches from the hair, gently rub the powder in with the palm of your hand or fingertips and style as desired. It also has a citrus/grapefruit smell that is very nice.

You can read more about ingredients and product usage from the Suave website, and can see the professional Suave Stylists use the product. If you cannot find this in stores near you, those of you in the US can buy it online from Amazon.com.

The tutorial below shows how we use Suave Professional’s Dry Shampoo on those off-wash days. I include before and after shots of our actual results, although please recognize that with different hair types, your results may not be exactly like ours.

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So if you are looking for a way to revive your hair on those in-between wash days, give Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo a try! If your results are as good as mine, you will not be able to live without it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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