Waterfall Braid Headband Combo | Braided Hairstyles

September 16, 2012

The hairstyle for this week uses a variation of our popular Waterfall Braid tutorial {over 16 million views}.  I think you’re going to LOVE what we do with this!

Everyone knows that the waterfall braid has become a very popular hairstyle. Have you thought about wearing it as a headband?  Well… we decided to try it and the hairstyle turned out simply gorgeous!

Recreate the Hairstyle:

  • Begin by sectioning hair from ear to ear.  Secure bottom section of hair with an elastic to keep it out of the way.
  • Create a Waterfall Braid starting near one ear, going up over the forehead, and down to the other ear. Make sure all dropped strands fall toward the back of your head.
  • Secure the braid right behind your ear with a tiny elastic the same color as your hair.
There you have it! Pretty easy, right?

Now, to show you just how versatile this hairstyle accent can be, I’m going to show you four different ways to finish off the headband!

1.  Waterfall Headband into Gorgeous Curls/Waves

Waterfall Braided Headband with Loose Curls

Leave your hair down and add a few cute curls.  The dropped strands will cascade over your head and down with the rest of the curls.  {You can view our NuMe Wand Curl video or our Sock Curls tutorial to get ideas on how to create gorgeous curls.}

2.  Waterfall Headband into a {Hair-Wrapped} High Ponytail

Waterfall Braided Headband into Hair-Wrapped Ponytail

Pick up all of the hair previously secured out the way, and brush upwards and into a high pony tail.  Add in the dropped pieces from the waterfall braid {be careful not to pull too hard on the strands and un-straighten the waterfall braid}.  Add an elastic to secure the high ponytail.  Grab a small strand of hair and do a hair wrap to cover the elastic, or even a cute microbraid for a fun accent.  {This version is PERFECT for girls need to wear a ponytail, in sports, for example, but still want to have a little fun flair to the hair!}

3.  Waterfall Headband into a Bun with Accent Braid

Waterfall Braided Headband into a Bun with Accent Braid.

Create a high ponytail, however this time twist the hair into a ballet bun and secure with an elastic.  Braid the remainder of the waterfall braid behind the ear and create a long microbraid and wrap it around the bun for a little add flair.  {This is a great twist on a bun for all of you girls that love dance and ballet!}

4.  Waterfall Headband into a Messy Bun

Waterfall Braided Headband into a Messy Bun.

Create the high ponytail, as before.  Now mix it up by adding a super cute Messy Bun

When you are finished, you will have four fantastic look… all very different yet absolutely beautiful!  I’m sure you are going to receive may compliments on this one!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 alligator clips, 2 small hair elastics, 2 large hairbands, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes for each of the four hairstyles

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Pin Coil {Curl} Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

August 27, 2012

We wanted to teach you a fun way to accent any number to hairstyles, and can accent a style for any number of occasions.

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

You can use pin coils to accent a simple hairdo, add variety to a basic messy bun, dress up a formal occasion, or even just match a cute outfit!   In the video below, I used the pin coils to accent basic beachy waves and also to accent a simply messy bun.  Either way looks great!

I’ve also had fans comment that you can use the coils to cover ponytail holders on a basic ponytail, create a headband, or create amazing day-2 waves in your hair.

Many of you may remember your mother or grandmother making overnight “pin curls” using this same method to created beautiful next-day curls.  That is where I got this accent idea!

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

You may also use these accents as a very fun way to dress up an updo for Prom or Homecoming, since these pin coils are easy to form and look very much like rosettes!

Your possibilities really are endless!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, 3-4 small bobby, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by determining where you want your cluster of Pin Curls…
  2. Then, grab a 1-inch section of hair and twist it around your 2nd and 3rd fingers to create a coil shape…
  3. Gently slide the coil of hair off of your fingers and lay it flat against your head…
  4. Take a bobby pin and secure the coil against your head.  {Do your best to hide the bobby pin.  See note below…}
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you form your desired, cute cluster of coils.  I created three coils in this video, but you can do four, five, or even a whole headband of coils.
  6. Get creative… and enjoy!

* Note from Mindy:  To make the bobby pins less noticeable, try using the mini bobby pins that match the color of your hair.  {In this tutorial, I used large “blonde” pins so you could see what I was doing.} You can also “weave” the bobby pins through the coil in an up and down manner to help hide them.  Using decorative bobby pins with little jewels can also add a little flair.

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Knotted Headband | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 12, 2012

I always appreciate when our fans email links or photos of hairstyles I have not seen previously.

This knotted headband style was emailed to us by a fan from St. Petersburg, Russia and we really loved the look of it!

The Knotted Braid Headband | Braided Hairstyles

It looks complex, but if you know how to do the first step of tying your shoelaces, then you can certainly do this braid! The pattern to the braid is essentially overlaying loose square knots.

  1. I started with the hair wet, and used a little pomade to control the flyways.
  2. You then take as small section next to the part, and divide it in two, and interlace them just like the first step of tying your shoe. I then did this two more times, each time adding the top strands to an alligator clip.
  3. After creating your third set of strands, bring the first two strands under the next two, and interlace them again just like the first step of tying your shoe.
  4. Repeat these steps until the braided headband has the look you want.
  5. Secure the end with a bobby pin and spritz with hairspray as desired.
  6. When the hair dries, the loops of the knots spread out a little and look absolutely gorgeous!

This braid is perfect for any formal occasion, or for dancers, cheerleaders, or simply wearing around town! It can also be worn in any number of combinations for a super cute and unique hairstyle!

The Knotted Braid Headband | Cute Hairstyles

The Knotted Braid Headband | Back-to-School Hairstyles

The knotted headband is also great for women of any age!  We have worn it on my CGH#4 {fourth daughter with short hair}, and I have done this braid on myself as well!

I guarantee you will certainly receive lots of compliments on this hairstyle!  Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

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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Dutch Flower Braid | Updo Hairstyles

June 14, 2012

It was so funny that just a little over a week ago we started receiving lots of Facebook photo posts of a hairstyle that we have had pinned on our “Try” Pinterest Board for awhile, by fans who wanted us to film a tutorial.

Then fans started emailing and tweeting the photo as well! Overall, we received likely received over 100 requests for this in under a week!

Dutch Braided Flower | Updo Hairstyles

Since my daughters are totally loving pancake braids right now {braids that are flattened by tugging out the elbows of the braids}, it was easy to convince them to film a tutorial. Fans, this one is for you!

The base for this hairstyle, as seen in the original photo floating around, uses our Pancaked Dutch Braid technique. However, I did not pancake the Dutch portion of this braid because my #3 daughter has a little shorter hair and I needed as much length as we could get for the half-pancaked flower braid.

Dutch Braided Flower | Updo Hairstyles

Dutch Braided Flower | Updo Hairstyles

As my daughter wore this hairstyle around, people were stopping her all day to comment on how cute it looked! I am sure you will have the same response!

Feel free to use the braided flower bun by itself, or in any number of hairstyle combinations! This hairstyle is also perfect for weddings, formal occasions, flower girls, prom & homecoming updo’s, etc!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}, 1 small flower accessory for center of flower bun.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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