Ribboned Bobby Pins | Tips and Tricks

February 13, 2011

This video tutorial shows a very simple way to spice up an updo hairstyle, for any holiday occasion. This one happens to be for Valentine’s Day.

Holiday Messy Bun (Back)

In this video (you can use Messy Bun #1 or Messy Bun #2), I use a thin ribbon cut into small strips (length can vary), and then tie them onto bobby pins. You can tie the ribbons into tiny bows if you would like, but I did not have time when I filmed this tutorial. If you make the ribbons longer… you can curl them by running the edge of scissors along the ribbon so that they look like curly-q’s. Then I place the bobby pins throughout the messy bun until the hair style looks right.

Holiday Messy Bun (Side)
This tip is perfect for any holiday or special occasion by using the colors of that holiday, for students or cheerleaders who want to wear school colors, and for brides/flower girls who want to accent their updo with white-ribboned bobby pins.

Tools Needed

Items Needed: 6-8 small bobby pins, thin colored ribbon, scissors

Time Requirement: 5+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

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Braid Combo into Messy Bun | Hairstyle Videos

June 08, 2010

Here is one of a few hairstyles that we filmed awhile ago, but have not yet posted here. It uses a cornrow on the top with two standard braids on each side. Then you combine the braids on the back of the head, braid them down a bit, and form a messy bun. (On the video tutorial below, I used a low messy bun… but it would look even better if you bring it higher on the head by not braiding down so far.) The best thing about a combo hairstyle, is that you can use any combination of braids to make the style your own!

Braid Combo into Bun

Items Needed: Spray bottle (to dampen hair), rat-tail comb, 2 large hairbands.

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

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Accent Braid into Messy Bun | St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

March 12, 2010

This is a very simple hairdo that takes literally five minutes to do.  For St. Patrick’s Day I used a green ribbon in the braid, but you could use any color of ribbon for any occasion.   I show that there are a few ways to finish the style, one being into a soft side ponytail and the other is into a cute messy bun.

Items Needed: Spray Bottle, rat-tail comb, ribbon (any color), small elastic band, hair band, hairspray (if needed)

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

This hairdo is also subtle enough to be used on tweens, teens, and moms.  Please view the video below for the tutorial.  Enjoy!

Other cute St. Patrick’s Day Hairstyles (click titles for detailed instructions)

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Lucky ‘Do – Four Leaf Clover

Items Needed:  Brush, comb, hairspray, spray bottle, pomade, 5 rubber bands.
Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes.

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Lucky ‘Do – Three Leaf Clover (with 3 ponytails)

Items Needed: Brush, comb, spray bottle, hairspray, 4 rubber bands, and any accessories.
Time Requirement: 10 minutes.

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Lucky ‘Do – Three Leaf Clover (one ponytail)

Items Needed: Brush, comb, hairspray, spray bottle, pomade, 1 regular rubber band, 7 small elastics (the clear kind like ortho’s use on teeth), and green ribbon.
Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes.

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Lucky ‘Do – Two Leaf Clover

Items Needed:  Brush, comb, spray bottle, hairspray, 3 rubber bands.
Time Requirement: 10 minutes.

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Lucky ‘Do – Tween Slide-Up Braid

Items Needed: Brush, comb, spray bottle, 1 rubber band, and hairspray.
Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes.

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Lucky ‘Do – Messy Bun w/Ribbons

Items Needed:  Standard messy bun supplies, 8 bobby pins with 8 ribbon ties.
Time Requirement: 10 minutes

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Here's my "Angle"…

December 07, 2009

*Note from Mindy: Congratulations to Shaunell on being our December Hairdoer of the Month! Shaunell recently started hairblogging and has a lot of talent, not to mention really cute daughters! Please visit Shaunell at Shaunell’s Hair. If you love the hairdo, let her know! Here is her introduction and hairdo:
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I am a stay-at-home mom of two angel (I truly believe) girls. They are my life and my loves. I have always loved doing hair… and doing it in fun, cute ways is a highlight to my day. I love to share them, and of course, show them off on my babies!!

Here’s our angle on hair! A super cute sideswept ‘do. This one always gets a TON of compliments! It works great on short or long hair!


Time Requirement: 15-20 min (if uninterrupted by other children)

Items Needed: 5-6 elastics, spray bottle (or means to wet hair), and comb. A large doodad for the hair is also a bonus. Hairspray is a must!

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

First, part off top of wet hair into a square in center of head, making both sides on a slight angle (naturally!). You’ll be making 4 sections, and this is your first 2…


Next, split this section down the middle into two sections, and clip off one section to prep for first twist braid (as below)…


Take a small section at the front and divide in two…


Cross the pieces to begin twist…


After initial twist, pick up and add hair from one side, just like when French braiding. Then add hair in the same manner to other piece of twist, and twist two sections around each other again…


Continue in this manner: Add hair to both sides of twist, then twist around once…


Finish off by twisting tightly without adding more hair, and secure with elastic. Do the same thing in next parted off section.

Prepping for side section. Part down to ear and follow twist pattern as mentioned above…


Do teh same with the other side. Now, here is a photo fo teh four finished sections…


I used varying colors of elastics just to make it fun. See the cute angles? DARLING!

Next comb the rest of the hair, including the 4 ponys, to the side, going at the same ‘angle’…


If you have shorter hair to work with, then make it into a pony, or a pull-through pony. Here I’ve done what I call a Stuffed Bun. Do a pony, then on last time through, pull through halfway. Take long tail and loop around and ‘stuff’ it back into the elastic. (For tips on how to do this easier, see my blog post Stuffed Bun). Keep stuffing until it looks nice and messy. I don’t like the double loop look, so I just keep stuffing in until I like it. Spray well with some spritz!!


I also added some snap barrettes, since side ponys can have escapees out the back easily..


Stick in a super darling doodad (I got mine from Madibu Bows!) to draw attention to your girl’s “Angle”!


And show off that super cute smile!! Do you think she has an “angle” underneath that angelic expression?

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Messy Bun Videos | St. Patrick’s Day Hairstyles

March 12, 2009

Here’s another teen St. Patrick’s Day hairstyle. This style is subtle and more likely to be worn by your teenagers, but it also looks great on younger kids too!

Leprechauns always make messes, don’t they? This messy bun is a great hairstyle for this day. I have had MANY requests for messy bun help so this video post also helps! I really couldn’t think of a great way to do pictures that would thoroughly explain the messy bun, because it really is messy, so instead I did a quick video tutorial.

Messy Bun | Easy Hairstyles

Each video is under 2 minutes so don’t panic–they are short. I personally have two ways I do messy buns. I know there are lots of varieties in doing messy buns, but these two happen to be both easy and my favs.

In the first video I started with wet hair to do the bun. In the second I started with dry hair. It really doesn’t matter, but I wanted you to see the differences in how the buns look.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle,  2 hair bands, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Messy Bun Video #1

Click to watch video, or click here to view on YouTube.

Messy Bun #2

Click to watch video, or click here to view on YouTube.

To make both of these do’s look St. Patrick’s Day-friendly, add bobby pins with green ribons tied on…

St. Patrick's Day Hair

Add them by just sticking them here and there into the bun.

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