Stacked Braids | Cute Braided Hairstyles

February 10, 2013

A few weeks ago, we posted a video called the Ladder Braid Side Ponytail, and it received a lot of positive feedback!

In fact, one of our fans, Ceridwin, adapted the feather braid technique to create a new, beautiful “stacked” braid look, and sent us a photo on Twitter!

Stacked Braids | Braid Hairstyles

 

I loved it so much that asked her to tell me exactly how she did it so that I could teach you! She agreed, emailed me her instructions, and here you go!

You simply create a large feather braid, with tiny strands coming off each stitch from both sides of the braid.  You then go back and Dutch braid the feathered strands on top of the regular braid, and then pancake the latter.  Further instructions are below…

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Stacked Braids | Braid Hairstyles

Stacked Braids | Braid Hairstyles

 

 

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

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair and pulling it to wherever you want the braid to lay. {In the video, I did the hair straight down the back, but a side braid would also be very cute.}
  2. Using all of your hair, section it into three strands and create the first “stitch” of a simple braid…
  3. After the first stitch, on every outside edge, you will begin creating a Feather Braid… {On the left-most strand of hair, pull out a sliver of hair off the top and lay it to the side. For a DIY, you can use a clip, teeth, or extra hands to hold the strands out of the way.}  Also, for this braid, I chose to feather off larger strands at the top and smaller feathers as we worked our way down…
  4. Now cross that outside strand over the middle to become the middle strand….
  5. Then, go to the right-most section of hair and pull out a sliver of hair off the top and lay it to the side, and cross the remaining strand over into the middle…
  6. Repeat these alternating steps until you run out of hair.
  7. Secure with an elastic. You should have a normal-looking braid with feather strands of hair coming off both sides of the braid all the way down. {Kind of looks like a feather, huh? LOL! That’s why we call it a Feather Braid!}
  8. Now, pick up the top two feather strands of the left and the top feather strand on the right.
  9. Begin a Dutch braid using those strands. {When you need to add hair into the braid, use ONLY the other feather strands of hair on both sides of the braid.}
  10. When you run out of feather strands, finish off with 2-3 stitches of a regular braid….
  11. Then, undo the original hair elastic and secure both braids together with that same elastic.
  12. You should now have two braids right on top of each other, the Stacked Braids.
  13. To help the Dutch braid stand out just a bit more, you may choose to “pancake” the bottom braid edges, as I did, by gently tugging on the elbows to make them a little more puffy. {This helps add to the overall illusion of braid awesomeness!}

Enjoy!

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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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Subtle Twist into Side Braid | Easy Hairstyles

November 21, 2012

Quick and easy, those are the hairstyles that I LOVE!!!

This one is a perfect hairstyle for those days or mornings when you have very little time on your hands. Perhaps what I enjoy the most about it is that the style is meant to be loose. There is nothing wrong with tight and crisp hairstyles, but there is just something about that romantic ‘tousled‘ look in a braid that is super cute and very trendy right now!

Subtle Twist into Side Braid

And… it takes no more than 3-5 minutes to complete! This hairstyle incorporates as soft, single twistback on one side that is then merged into a side braid.

We also included small snippets from our family videos this year of the kids’ in their Halloween costumes!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: 1 hairband… that’s it! {hairspray and bobby pins optional}

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Double Lace into Side Braid | Rihanna Hairstyles

July 22, 2012

I am really enjoying the use of Lace Braids in my daughters’ hair lately, and they have worn this braided style for about six months or so.

Double Lace Braid into Side Braid | Rihanna Hairstyles

We first saw this hairstyle on Rihanna from a red carpet shoot last year. My girls always receive so many compliments anytime we wear it, but it is tough to explain to moms on the spot… which is why we created this tutorial!

The hairstyle uses two Lace Braids on either side coming down over the ears {literally} and combining in the back.

Double Lace Braid into Side Braid | Rihanna Hairstyles

 

{If you do not understand how to follow the Lace Braid technique, please see our detailed Same-Side Lace Braid.}

From there, you take all remaining hair and braid it into a large side braid.

Double Lace Braid into Side Braid | Rihanna Hairstyles

You can accessorize the braid if you wish, but we actually think it is beautiful simply left as is!

Double Lace Braid into Side Braid | Rihanna Hairstyles

This hairstyle is perfect for women and girls of all ages… and would be particularly beautiful for Prom, Homecoming, or any other formal occasion.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 clear hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Simple Braid with Micro-Braid Accents | Braided Hairstyles

April 08, 2012

I saw a version of this super-cute micro-braid accented hairstyle on Pinterest last week, and pinned it. Since then, it has received over 330 re-pins.

{We tried as hard as we could to find what website the style originated from, to give proper credit, but the original photo was uploaded directly to Pinterest with no tie to a user.}

After seeing the photo, my #3 daughter pleaded with me to do a tutorial of this braided hairstyle on her, so we could share with all of you! How can I resist those batting eyelashes???

Side Braid with Micro-Braid Accents | Braid Hairstyles

 

This hairstyle uses a Simple Side Braid, only I included two microbraids in two of the strands. Please be sure you follow my braiding procedure exactly to ensure that the micro braids lay on top {rather than be hidden}.

The style of braiding you will need to use will be similar to the under-over stranding in a Dutch braid.

Micro-Braid Accented Side Braid | Braided Hairstyles

I also included a Hair-Wrapped Ponytail, to give the braid an even more sophisticated look.

We have worn this braided hairstyle twice during the week and moms always give a “double-take” for a closer look, asking how I did it. They are amazed when they see how really easy it is!

Micro-Braid Accented Side Braid | Braided Hairstyles

Since this is a simple braid, you can pretty much combo it with any number of accents… like twistbacks, or incorporate the braid into a bun.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, two clear elastics, one hairband, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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