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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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!}

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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!

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Five {5} Strand Messy Braid | Top Hairstyles

February 26, 2012

I am a HUGE fan of messy braid hairstyles, and you can see them pretty much anywhere right now in movies, on TV, in magazines, etc. They are so popular that we decided to give you the 5-Strand Messy Braid tutorial today!

5-Strand Messy Braid Hairstyle

When you braid hair, whatever the braid variation, it is important to understand the stranding. For this braid, the stranding is a bit complex, since you are using five strands instead of three. Once you get the hang of it, this gorgeous braid will take very little time to create.

5-Strand Messy Braid Hairstyle

{If you do not know how to braid with five strands, make sure you are comfortable with a 3-stranded braid first.}

Be sure to watch the video carefully to see how we incorporate the additional two strands. Then, as we finish the hairstyle, we tie off the braid and then loosen the “elbows” of the braid {we call this pancaking} for that messy boho look.

Wherever I go with this braided hairstyle, I receive so many compliments because you can easily tell that it does not look like a regular braid. Other girls want to know exactly how I did the hairstyle, and I am sure that you will get the same reaction! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, comb, ponytail holder, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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Simple Messy Braid | Braided Hairstyles

February 12, 2012

If you are like me, you’ve noticed that everyone in Hollywood {in TV, movies, etc.} is talking about the comeback of braid hairstyles.

Messy Side Braid Hairstyle

Simply flip through magazines, catalogs, or beauty websites and see them there, too! Everyone is wearing braids and the best thing is that there are a million ways to wear them!

One of my very favorite braided hairstyles uses a small, added flair to a simple braid… what everyone is calling a Simple Messy Braid. This is the perfect second-day hairstyle {after curls the day prior} for a quick rush out the door.

Messy Side Braid Hairstyle

I’ve received so many emails requesting a video for this hairstyle. One of our most loyal fans even asked 10+ friends to all email me within a few hours each asking for this style! I swear we have the best fans! Well, it definitely got my attention and my girls and I decided to make this our next tutorial.

Items Needed: Brush, comb, ponytail holder, hairspray {if desired}

Time Required: 2 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with dry slightly messy or curly hair. {You can use a flat iron or wand to add a little curl to the top layer if needed}.
  2. Pull all hair loosely to one side, over your shoulder.
  3. Braid the hair using the regular braiding method.
  4. Tug on the “elbows” of the braid to loosen/flatten and soften the braid.  This is called “pancaking” the braid.
  5. Curl any loose pieces of hair to frame your face. Remember, the braid  is supposed to be messy!
  6. Bobby pin any problem strands into place, and you are good to go!

Enjoy!

Happy Hairstyling!

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The Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

January 26, 2012

From time to time, we like to film super-fun hairstyles that we know that many of our fans will love. Today is one of those days!

My girls and I have read The Hunger Games series, were quickly drawn in to the story lines, and we absolutely love them! With the movie coming out on March 23, 2012, we have received quite a few requests from fans asking us to show some of the styles used in the movie.

Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

Luckily for us, there are trailers and movie posters already available online that give us a tiny glimpse of a few scenes, in anticipation of the movie.

Today we are going to demonstrate Katniss’ Diagonal Dutch Braid hairstyle. {We also want to give a huge thanks to Lindsey, an extremely loyal fan, for emailing us the best shot of the hairstyle in the movie poster below!

Katniss' Braid Hairstyle | Hunger Games

This style uses an exact Dutch Braid starting on the front of the right side of the head and braiding back across the head in a diagonal direction until you can finish off the hair in a simple braid over the left shoulder.  This hairstyle reminds me of a style that Angelina Jolie would wear!

{In the tutorial below, I show you the Katniss style but do not actually go into the details how to do the braiding. If you want to see exactly how to do this, please click our Same-Side Dutch Braid Hairstyle link.}

Katniss Braid Hairstyle | Hunger Games

 

Katniss Braid Hairstyle | Hunger Games

It is important to note that this braid is intended to look messy, as Katniss was wearing this hairstyle in the arena during the games.

You will also note that I used a few hair extensions to add length to the braid, since my hair is short.  It worked well because my own hair acted as layers, which were perfect as some fell out in the hairstyle… just like in Katniss’ braid!

Katniss Braid Hairstyle | Hunger Games

I know this will be a very popular braid, especially once the movie comes out on March 23, so you can help make this braid a viral sensation by referring it to all your girl friends on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc! That way millions of girls everywhere will wear this hairstyle to the theaters to see the movie! I know for sure that we will!

Please a comment and let me know if you plan to go see the movie, and don’t forget to share!

Big hugs!

Items Needed: Brush, 1 hairband, 1-2 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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