One Crazy Do! – Holiday Twisty Buns

January 23, 2009

It’s time for another hairstyle! This one is pretty crazy and may require more than the normal 15 minutes for first-time users or the inexperienced. But once you get the hang of it, this won’t take any time at all.

I have used it since my oldest girls were two, and every time I use it we receive so many compliments! It can be used by itself, or with a few accessories… for fun events like Valentines Day, 4th of July, Crazy Hair Day at school, etc, or even just on a day when you are feeling a little funky!

Items Needed: Spray bottle, brush, comb, 10 rubber bands, hairspray, and any other accessories like pipe cleaners (see end of tutorial).

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Begin by wetting all hair. Part off a section of hair right in the front-middle of head…

Form a ponytail by adding an elastic…

Now part down from the middle to top of ear…

Form into a ponytail by adding an elastic…

Repeat process on other side of head to create three ponytails on the front half of head…

Now divide remaining back hair into two parts…

Form each into their own ponytail creating five total ponytails…

Now begin by twisting one ponytail until it is a very tight twist…

Once it is tight, while continually twisting the twist will naturally twist upon itself into a bun. Wrap it around the ponytail holder until all but 2-3 inches of hair is hanging out in the base… (***Another option is to just twist all the hair into the bun and leave none out the back)


Secure this bun by placing another rubber band over the base of the entire thing (this is a good picture of the ends sticking out of the buns as well as the rubber band holding the bun in place)…

Continue to create buns with the four remaining ponytails. When you do the two buns on the back of the head, make sure you leave the ends of hair towards the middle of the head or pointing up (see picture if you are confused)…

Your hairstyle should now look like this…


At this point you can leave the DO alone. But I think the ends look a little boring so I rat each end and fluff them. Add a little hairspray to make them stay in place (this is a picture after ratting)…

The end result of your hairdo should look like this…


For special occasions you can add some fun things like PIPE CLEANERS! My favorite are the super sparkly ones you can get around the 4th of July in red, white, and blue.
Take the pipe cleaner and wrap it around the bun and secure by twisting it a few times in back…

Then wrap the remaining pipe cleaner ends around your finger until the pipe cleaner looks like a stretched spring.


If you do this over each bun, you have a sparkler or firecracker look. On the 4th, I get TONS of comments saying, “Oh look… they look like they have little sparklers in their hair!” Believe me when I say it, THIS ONE GETS A LOT OF ATTENTION!!!! You could also do pink, red, and white for Valentines, green for St. Patty’s, orange and black for Halloween, etc… simply use your imagination!!!

Or you can just do the buns and then add other bling, bling like I did last year in this shot….

Happy Hairdoing!

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Daddy 'Do: Basic Twisty Buns

November 26, 2008

My husband suggested that I start a section called “Daddy Do’s”. This basically means… hairstyles so simple even a Daddy could do them when you are out of town! LOL! If it’s more motivating for your hubby, you can even call these “Princess Leia” buns! So here is my first… moms are still welcome to try them out, too.


Items Needed: Brush, comb, water bottle, hairspray, 4 rubber bands.

Time Required: 3-5 minutes.

Skill Level: Easy

Being by parting the top of hair (I prefer a zig-zag part for this hairdo, but you can do a straight part). Click here to see how to do the zig-zag part again.

Now divide the back of hair into two sections (I prefer a straight part here, but either will work)…

Gather up each section into a ponytail and secure with a rubber band. You can do the ponytails lower on head, like I did here, or up higher near the ears… either way is cute.

Begin twisting one ponytail until the hair is tight.

When hair is tight, begin to wind the hair around the rubber band and it will essentially twist into place on its own with a little guiding…

Continue winding until all hair is wrapped around…

Secure entire bun with rubber band…

Repeat process on the other ponytail. Hair will now look like this (I don’t know why her buns seem so puffy today, but you get the idea…They are normally a little smaller.):

Add a few ribbons and you are done!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Short Hairstyles: 4 Messy-Pigtail Twists

November 17, 2008

Items Needed: Comb, brush, water bottle, hairspray, and 8 rubber bands.

Time Required: 5-10 minutes.

Skill Level: Easy

For this cute hairstyle design, begin by parting hair on either side…

Starting at the middle part, part hair down to each ear…

Gather hair into two ponytails. Rubber band to secure in place…

Now part down the middle of remaining hair to nape of neck (I like my front part to be slightly off center but my back part to be center. If you want to just do center the whole time that works too). Gather hair into two ponytails and secure with rubber bands. You will now have 4 sections of hair and four ponytails…

Take one ponytail and begin twisting…

Twist until the hair begins to twist up upon itself. You can use your finger to guide the twist the the way you want it…

Twist will now look like this…

Using a rubber band, go over the whole twist to secure into place. Note: I always leave about 2 inches of hair popping out the top of the rubber band. I fluff it later, which makes it look very cute. Look at some of the other pictures if you are to see what I mean…

Repeat this process on the other three ponytails…

Using a comb, rat the 2 inches of hair that pops out of rubber bands. This adds a little fluff and pizzaz to the hairdo, which will look like this…

You can stop here and be done. HOWEVER, if your DD’s hair is really long, the twists in front will also be longer. If you don’t like this look try taking the twist, twisting it around the rubber band once, and bobby pinning in place. It will now look like this…

(look close and you can see my bobby pin sticking out at the top)You now have the finished product!!!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Shorty Hairstyle: Two Messy Twists on Top

November 06, 2008

Here’s another great short hairstyle that is so easy a dad can do it!

Items Needed: Comb, brush, water bottle, hairspray, hairdryer, round brush, 4 rubber bands, ribbons or other accessories.

Time Required: 3-5 minutes.

Skill Level: Easy

To begin, part hair on either side…

Then, separate from the middle part down to each ear. This will give you two sections–one slightly smaller than the other…

Take each section and pull into piggy-tails with a rubber band…

Now twist the piggy-tail hair around the rubber band to create a little twist. My girl’s hair is so short it won’t wrap more than once easily, so I just do it once and leave a few ends sticking out the back (fluffing it later). But if that bothers you, simply keep wrapping until all hair is added into the twist. Secure twist by wrapping another rubber band over the top of the twist…

Repeat twisting process on other side. You now have two twisty buns…

I now take my comb and rat the ends that stick out — just to add a little volume and fluff. I also use a hairdryer and round brush to fluff and smooth the back of her hair. (If you can’t remember my directions for this click, see here). Add a few ribbons or bows and… POOF! You are done!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Updo Hairstyle: A Ponytail Of Twists

October 14, 2008

Items Needed: Comb, brush, spray bottle, 2 rubber bands, hairspray or spray gel.

Time Required: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Start by doing a small zig zag part on either side. Pull remaining hair into a tight ponytail.

Separate off a small section of hair (about the roundness of a pencil). I think I did about 10 twists total on this bun. You can spray section with hairspray or gel at this point to help hair stay twisted and not poke out. Begin twisting. Twist all sections one direction.

Continue to twist until hair is so tight it naturally wants to curl in on itself…

Allow hair to curl in on itself until it is short. Hand that section to daughter to hold. Leave about 2 inches of hair at end of each twist…

Separate off another small section and begin twisting…

Continue to separate off sections and twist until you get about halfway through the hair. I switch over at this point and begin from the opposite side. Usually my daughters fingers are full on one hand by this point so I have her switch hands too.

Once all hair is twisted, gather all sections from daughter’s fingers and pull them into one spot just above ponytail holder.

Using a stretchy rubber band go over the entire twisty bun.

Wrap the elastic and go over whole bun again to secure all hairs into place. You need to make sure the elastic is TIGHT or the hair will slip out of place. If the elastic is a little loose…rather than trying to take it off and start again, I just add a second rubber band to help secure hair.

Add a bow or flower. Rat the ends and hairspray to add volume and fluff.

Happy Hairdoing!

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