Stacked Twist | Cute Braided Hairstyles

June 23, 2013

A few months ago we showed you how to create the Stacked Braid, and it has been very popular!

At the same time, we experimented by stacking the base braid with a rope braid twist on top and it is equally as cute! You simply use the same technique in stacking the braid, only that you only pull out strands from the inside of the right-most strand as you go down {to later incorporate in your stacked twist}, rather than strands from both sides as in the stacked braids. The video below will make this much more clear.

Stacked Twist | Simple Braid and Rope Braid My girls have worn this braid for several months and it gets just as many compliments as the Stacked Braids, only people are more curious at how the twist stays on top!

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

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Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Try it, and see what your friends think!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 1 hairband, 2-3 bobby pins, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling front of hair {bangs} into a pompadour, and use bobby pins to secure. {Optional: Instead of a pompadour, simply throw long hair over one shoulder and use this same technique as a side braid.}
  2. Pull up all hair into a ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate off a small section of hair at the top of the rubber band and keep out of the way for now…
  4. With the remainder of the hair, begin a Simple Braid {three stranded regular braid. Make sure you are taking the middle strand over the outside edges as you braid {you may also create a three strand braid reversing this, but it will not work nearly as well for this specific hairstyle}…
  5. Once you have created the first stitch of a simple braid, pull a tiny section off of the inside of the right-most strand, and hold it out of the way. This is very similar to creating a feather braid…
  6. Continue by creating another stitch of the braid, and again, pull out a tiny section off the inside of the right-most strand, and hold out of the way…
  7. Continue this pattern until you run out of hair, and secure the simple braid with an elastic {you will now have one large simple braid with many little “feathers” of hair coming out of the braid}…
  8. Now, go back up to the top of the hair to the first section of hair was separated off from the ponytail. Separate this section into two strands and begin a rope braid. {To create a rope braid, simply twist each strand of hair in the clockwise direction and then twist them over each other in a counter-clockwise direction. This will keep the twists from unraveling when you let them go}…
  9. As you twist down the rope braid, simply add in the feather strands you pulled out of the simple braid, as you reach them.  Pulling these pieces into the twists will tighten the twist down against the braid and keep it running right down the middle of the simple braid… essentially stacking the twist on top of the braid.
  10. When you run out of hair and finish the twist, remove the hair elastic from the original simple braid and use it to secure both the simple braid and the stacked rope braid together.
  11. Optional: Go back and pancake the edges of the simple braid to create a wider base for the twist.

Happy Hairdoing!

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Also, feel free to watch Bailey’s night-time teenage skincare routine that she uploaded to the girls’ YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey this week!

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Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid | Easy Hairstyles

December 30, 2012

This hairstyle is so fast and simple!

I love a good rope braid {or plait} for those “Running-Behind Mornings” when I do not have much time to get myself or my girls ready before school.

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

My niece Aniston spent the night last weekend at my house with the twins and she has been begging me for months to film a hairstyle tutorial on her!  How can I resist all of that beautiful blonde hair???

{Aniston is just beginning to learn styles on her own hair, so we agreed to teach her a hairstyle that she can recreate easily in on school mornings.}

What I love about a rope braid is that it is not really a braid at all… the only skill needed is to know is how to twist a hair strand. Simple as that!  With two 13-year olds myself, helping them learn a few easy hairstyles like this is a simple way to keep them interested in doing their own hair rather than relying on only a ponytail or a headband!

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

 

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

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. To start, begin with straight or curly hair {Either will work fine.  Bangs will also work by pulling them into the braid or simply leaving them out and styling as usual}…
  2. Gather all hair over to one side directly behind the earlobe, and secure into a nice side ponytail with a large hair elastic…
  3. Section off a small strand of hair {to be used later} from the ponytail and leave it out of the twists…
  4. Divide the remaining ponytail hair into into two large strands…
  5. Now, twist those two strands {separately} in the same direction. I twist mine clockwise…
  6. Once those pieces are fully twisted, now begin winding the twists around each other in “counter-clockwise” direction {going in the opposite direction will keep the hair twists and form secure and tight when you let go of the braid}…
  7. Continue winding the hair around each other, counter-clockwise, all the way down while adding another twist or two to the original strands just to keep things tight…
  8. Secure the braid with a tiny elastic that matches the hair.
  9. Now, take the small section of hair we separated off at the beginning and wrap it around the top hair elastic, to hide it. Secure the hair wrap with a bobby pin, and tuck in any extra hair that remains.
  10. Feel free to add any cute accessories to the end of the twist.

Enjoy!

 

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Happy Hairdoing!

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Double French Braid and Twist | Braid Hairstyles

April 30, 2012

Over the past few months, we have received so many requests for hairstyles that it is hard to accommodate all of them.   We wish we had time to do all of them, but with six children who are my highest priority… it is difficult to find spare time.

What we do find, however, is that there may be a reoccurring theme among the hairstyle requests…

Double French Braid and Twist | Game of Thrones Hairstyles

Double French Braid and Twist | Braid Hairstyles

We have had quite  few Facebook posts or emails asking for hairstyles from The Game of Thrones TV series on HBO.  We do not watch HBO, but many fans have sent in photos and I have to admit some of the hairstyles are super cute!

Double French Braid and Twist | Braid Hairstyles

 

{Note to readers:  This is not a show that we will watch in our home, simply because we do not agree with its content.  We also would not advise anyone under the age of 18 to view it either, since it apparently contains mature content and themes.}

From an emailed photo of a hairstyle worn by the character named Sansa, here is what we are calling this the “Double French Braid & Twist”…

Steps:

  1. To begin, center-part the hair and then section off about a 1.5 inch strip on either side of the part. {These sections will provide the hair for the two French backs.}
  2. Then French Braid the right section until you reach as far back as the crown of the head, then finish of the hair with a simple braid {tying it off loosely with an elastic band}…
  3. Repeat step #2 on the left section of the hair…
  4. Then take the braids and twist them around each other, tying them off together with an hair elastic.
  5. Add hairspray {if desired}.

We added volume to the hair with a curling wand beforehand, simply to add more texture to the hairstyle. It was only on the top layer of the hair, with the underlying hair “as is”.

This would be a perfect 2nd-day hairstyle if you had braids or curls in your hair from the previous day.  It is so simple to do, as long as you know how to French Braid, and will certainly have people asking you how you did it!

Enjoy!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two elastic bands, hairspray, and curling iron {if desired, for texture}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

As another side note, my hubby and I officially entered a video application for The Amazing Race!  I have been trying to convince my husband to apply with me ever since season #1… but he finally gave in and decided to do it this year! The Amazing Race has been my dream for several years now, so if you happen to know someone at CBS {or know someone who knows someone}, please let them know to look for us!!!

Thanks, and Happy Hairdoing!

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Four Twist Ponytail | Daddy 'Do Hairstyles

July 27, 2011

It is time for another Daddy ‘Do hairstyle, a style that is so easy a dad can do it!

This incorporates a high ponytail that is then separated into four equal parts.  Each section is then divided again, the two strands twisted into each another tightly, then secured with a rubber band.  Repeat the same for the other three sections of the ponytail.

Now we all know the above to be a Rope Braid cheat for dads.  With a rope braid, you can actually tightly twist the two strands independently and then twist them around eachother, securing with a rubber band.  For this tutorial, we simplified the process so that the dads are not spending 20-30 minutes on the style.

My daughter is only 11 and she does this style on herself in just a few minutes.  She prodded my husband to see if he could do it, and the tutorial below was the result!

Four-Twist Ponytail (Side)

The best part for dads, is that by leaving the style in overnight… he can take out the twists the next day and have a fun curly ponytail {2nd Day ‘Do}!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, brush, water bottle, 1 hairband, four clear elastics, hairspray and accessories (if desired)

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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{As awkward as it isfor my husband to film hairstyles like this, because he has big hands and is not used to doing hair all the time, it is just as awkward for me to film the tutorial!  Watching back the video, I was horrified to notice that I spent more time watching my hubby do the style than watching the viewfinder on the camera!  My filming was way off!  Sorry!}

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Video Hairstyles: Triple-Twist Ponytail

July 20, 2010

I wanted to provide a video tutorial for one of the first hairstyles I ever put on this website, because I received several requests from followers to do so.

The 2008 hairstyle was called Triple-Twist Ponytail (click to view photos/instructions)…

Triple-Twist Ponytail

Items Needed: Brush, comb, 2 rubber bands, and hairspray.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes.

Skill Level: Easy

What I love about this hairstyle is that it can be done so quickly, yet it looks fairly complex! Even dad’s can do this since it does not involve any braiding! (The thickness of the ponytail will vary based on how thick or thin your daughter’s hair may be. You may find that to change up this style a bit, you could use two ponytails instead of one.)

Funny enough, I decided to turn the camera on my husband during the filming of this hairstyle… so there is a brief cameo by my dear hubby a few seconds into the video.  He wasn’t too happy with me, but I thought you should all get to meet him!  (He’s getting a kick out of the YouTube comments this video gets.)  Here is the video tutorial…

Happy Hairdoing!

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