Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

June 30, 2013

Be sure to see my interview with Billy Crystal and the rest of the cast of Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University” here

* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *

It is finally Summertime, so we wanted to share a beautiful bohemian-looking hairstyle that would be perfect for the season!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

This hairstyle uses the popular braided tieback, something we have shown in several variations on this website before.  In this case, after the tieback… we created a super-cute braided flower to accent it.

Although we rate this style as “Hard”, all you really need to know is how to Simple Braid, how to “pancake” a simple braid {tugging out the elbows of the braid}, and the basic bobby pinning skills.  The latter is what can actually make this hairstyle difficult, because pinning the flower takes practice.

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

I would not recommend this hairstyle for an active day, since the flower is delicate and can fall out since it is only pinned up.  I would recommend this more for a date night or a day out with friends, and I promise… you will receive many compliments on it!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

If you love this photo, please feel free to Pin It!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair This one is among Brooklyn and CGH#3′s favorites!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Create a small, Simple Braid on either side of the head and secure with elastics {you will need enough braid length to reach  the back of the head for the tieback}…
  3. Once both braids are finished, simply pull them to the back and secure with another elastic in the middle/back of the head…
  4. Now, cinch the braid up against the head by gently pulling the ends of the two braids apart softly….
  5. Take the end of the rat-tail comb and  gently pull out the hair right above the braids to create some added fullness and volume.
  6. Remove both elastics from the ends of the small braids, undo any remaining braiding in those strands, and combine the hair together to create one more Simple Braid…
  7. Once the single Simple Braid is complete, gently tug on the elbows on only one side of the braid {these pancaked elbows will form the petals of your flower}.
  8. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  9. If you pancaked the left side of the braid, begin by twisting the braid counter clockwise, wrapping it around the elastic in a spiral pattern like a cinnamon roll {if you pancaked the right side of the braid, reverse that process and wind the braid clockwise}…
  10. Continue to wrap the hair around and around the elastic, with each layer of hair just slightly under the previous layer.  The pancaked edges should be sticking up to create the petals of a a flower-shaped accent…
  11. When the flower is finished, take a couple of small bobby pins and gently secure the flower in place.  Make sure both elastics are hidden.

If you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch my twins’ cute DIY Summer Flip-Flops Tutorial…

Comment on this post »

Pancake Lace Braid | Easy Hairstyles

March 24, 2013

My husband and I were on vacation a month ago, and while we were gone, Brooklyn and Bailey decided to take a photo of a hairstyle they made on their own.

They uploaded the photo to their Instagram and the photo was quickly picked up by one of the top braid curators on Instagram!  It had over 25,000 likes in just over an hour!

I was SOOOO proud of the girls! The photo below, which also appears in the video thumbnail is right off of their Instagram!

Pancake Lace Braid | Long Hairstyles

When I arrived home, I asked them if they wanted to film a tutorial for it and they said YES!!!

This is a simple Lace Braid, with the braid itself pancaked and an added cream bow as an accent.

Pancake Lace Braid | Cute Hairstyles Pancake Lace Braid | Easy Hairstyles Pancake Lace Braid | Braided Hairstyles Pancake Lace Braid | Easy Hairstyles Pancake Lace Braid | Easy Hairstyles

This video shows that even younger girls can create this beautiful braid!  {It certainly helps when girls see other young girls making these braids}

BTW… click Kid History #10 episode to see the funny video my girls referenced in their video! We know these guys personally and are hoping that they will continue making amazingly funny, parent-approved videos for our children! Please go and support BoredShortsTV!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray and bow accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing or curling hair…
  2. Then, add a side part…
  3. Now, pick up a front section of hair on the small side of the part… then divide that section into three smaller strands to begin the braid. {This is a lace braid, so you will only be adding hair to the top side of the braid.  DO NOT add hair to the bottom of the braid!}
  4. As you braid, make sure you carry the braid on a diagonal direction so that the braid will cross the back of the head…
  5. As your braid reaches the other side of your head, rather than braiding down the rest of the section in a regular braid, simply secure it with a hair elastic…
  6. To add additionally accent to the braid, gently tug on the “elbows” of the braid in order to pancake it.  This flattens the braid, and helps make it appear bigger at the same time.
  7. Add hairspray, if desired, and any accessory to the end of the braid.

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think! If you enjoyed this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… please don’t forget to follow us on BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Comment on this post »

Dutch Flower Braid | Updo Hairstyles

June 14, 2012

It was so funny that just a little over a week ago we started receiving lots of Facebook photo posts of a hairstyle that we have had pinned on our “Try” Pinterest Board for awhile, by fans who wanted us to film a tutorial.

Then fans started emailing and tweeting the photo as well! Overall, we received likely received over 100 requests for this in under a week!

Dutch Braided Flower | Updo Hairstyles

Since my daughters are totally loving pancake braids right now {braids that are flattened by tugging out the elbows of the braids}, it was easy to convince them to film a tutorial. Fans, this one is for you!

The base for this hairstyle, as seen in the original photo floating around, uses our Pancaked Dutch Braid technique. However, I did not pancake the Dutch portion of this braid because my #3 daughter has a little shorter hair and I needed as much length as we could get for the half-pancaked flower braid.

Dutch Braided Flower | Updo Hairstyles

Dutch Braided Flower | Updo Hairstyles

As my daughter wore this hairstyle around, people were stopping her all day to comment on how cute it looked! I am sure you will have the same response!

Feel free to use the braided flower bun by itself, or in any number of hairstyle combinations! This hairstyle is also perfect for weddings, formal occasions, flower girls, prom & homecoming updo’s, etc!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}, 1 small flower accessory for center of flower bun.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Don’t forget to follow us on BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader!

Comment on this post »

Wrap-Around Dutch Pancake Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

April 01, 2012

* Note from Mindy: I know the title of this hairstyle will likely make some of you hungry! *joke* It sounds like something you could order from a corner bakery! Mmmmmmm!!! {If you like this hairstyle, please feel free to “FB Share” it, “Blog” it, “Tweet” it, “Pin” it, “Whatever-You-Want” it!}

* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
By now, many of your know that we love to “pancake” the braids in our hairstyles, and it is becoming quite the trend!

Wrap-Around Dutch Pancake Braid | Braid Hairstyles

These Pancake Braids {braids that are flattened by simply tugging on the elbows of the braids}, led us to create this flattened version of our Crown Braid

Wrap-Around Dutch Pancake Braid | Braid Hairstyles

Wrap-Around Dutch Pancake Braid | Braid Hairstyles

My oldest daughter wore this braided hairstyle on the Anderson Cooper talk show in NYC last month, and we received so many comments from people all day long.

We knew we had to film this hairstyle tutorial when people stopped us all the time to ask how we did it!

Wrap-Around Dutch Pancake Braid | Braid Hairstyles

{You will have to forgive my daughter’s pink ears and cheeks in the video, as the previous day their school held a Renaissance Fair outside on a sunny afternoon!}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, one hairband, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Don’t forget to follow us on BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader!

Comment on this post »

Pancake Braids | Bohemian Hairstyles

February 01, 2012

Many of you noticed the cute braids that we included in the photos of the No-Heat Sock Curls Hairstyle tutorial, and asked if we could do a tutorial on it…

Great news, we actually filmed those braids on the sock curls that very day! I think you will admit that these braids are so super easy to do!

Pancake Braid | Bohemian Hairstyles

Now, I know you are going to ask… but my twins started calling this style of braiding “Pancake Braids” since they were little, because the braids are flattened like pancakes. {I thought it was cute… so the name stuck!}

Pancake Braid | Long Hairstyles

In order to flatten a braid, you simply make a normal three-strand braid and then tug on the elbows while holding the end of the braid loosely. Once you like the way the braid looks, you simply tie it off with a clear elastic band.

In this hairstyle, we used two pancake braids, one on either side of the top/front of the hair, and then pinned them up around the back of the head. This is what actually gives the hairstyle a beachy-Bohemian look that is so popular today.

Just imagine the compliments you will receive on this hairstyle with such gorgeous curls {using no heat, of course) and these cute braids as an combo!  I promise you that I will be the first to compliment you!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: 2 clear elastic bands, 2-4 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Don’t forget to follow us on BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader!

Comment on this post »