Winding Lace Braid Ponytail

June 20, 2013

You all know that we absolutely adore Lace Braids in our home!

A little over a year ago, a fan emailed us the lace braid ponytail photo that had been circulating on Pinterest and we filmed a tutorial on CGH#3 at that time. The video ended up being super long, lace braiding all the way around, and since we had just bought a new camera, the lighting was pretty awful, too. So, we decided to re-film the hairstyle a few weeks ago, before we moved to Texas.

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute HairstylesWhen we filmed the hairstyle, Brooklyn and I decided to find a shortcut to shorten the braid time without sacrificing the look of the spiral braid.

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

If you love this hairstyle, please feel free to Pin it!

The key is that you do not actually Lace Braid all the way down the ponytail.

Every time the braid wraps under the ponytail, I simply did 3-4 stitches of a regular braid and then wrapped it around behind, picking back up with the Lace Braid on the other side! You can’t tell the difference, and it makes the braid so much easier to do!

Here it is! I like it much better!

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Base Hairstyle: I began by doing a pompadour in the front of the hair to add a little volume…
  2. Next, gather the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the rubber band, and secure with a small bobby pin, to hide it…
  4. To begin the Winding Lace Braid:  Take a small section of hair at the top right side of the ponytail and divide it into three sections…
  5. Begin using a simple braid technique by creating one stitch of a simple braid…
  6. Now, add hair into the top {left-most) strand of the braid {you will only add hair into the top strands, never the bottom – this is what forms the lace braid}…
  7. As you add hair and continue the braid, begin to move from right to left across the top of the ponytail…
  8. When you reach the other side of the ponytail, stop adding in hair and continue with 4-5 stitches of a simple braid…
  9. Now take those 4-5 stitches and wrap it under/behind the ponytail and back around to the left side. You should now be directly under where you began the braid, by about 3 inches…
  10. Begin once again to add hair into the top strands of the braid, creating another lace-braided section, as you move across the ponytail in a slightly downward angle…
  11. Repeat the processes {Steps 8-10} above when you hit the left most edge of the ponytail…
  12. Continue until you run out of hair…
  13. At the very end of the ponytail, secure the entire braid/ponytail together with a hair elastic.


Happy Hairdoing!

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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.



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Happy Hairdoing!

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Double-Frenchbacks into High Pony | Cute Ponytail Ideas

October 14, 2012

As an initial note, this is actually a 3rd-day hairstyle on my daughter…

On Day 1, she had used a high twisty bun, then removed it on Day 2 to leave subtle curls with a pullback on top, and this ponytail style what we used on Day 3…

Double-French High Ponytail | Cute Ponytail Ideas

My girls and I have been wearing this ponytail hairstyle for a few months now after seeing it on Pinterest. Just the other day, I uploaded a photo on Instagram of me wearing this ponytail when I was in LA a few weeks ago.  Our fans there loved it!

This easy pony hairstyle incorporates a pullback {pompadour} on top and French-braided sides that are brought up with the remaining hair into a high ponytail…

I then took a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrapped it around the elastic band, for a cute hair-wrapped pontail.

Double-Frenchbacks into High Pony | Cute Ponytail Ideas

You will find that this pony hairstyle is perfect for cheer, gymnastics, other sports, or simply to wear around any day!

I receive emails all the time from moms who love ponytails, but are looking for cute ways to spice them up! This will do it, and you will receive compliments all day!


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 large hair elastic, 3-4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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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!


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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Double Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

October 11, 2011

I promise to keep bringing you updated Waterfall Braid hairstyles from time to time, since this braid is so popular.

This tutorial incorporates a very beautiful double-version of the braid…

Double Waterfall Braid Hairstyle {Back Close-up}

To just prep the style, I had her hair in simple braids the day before.  Taking them out left a very subtle curl with waves that really accented well the waterfall braids.  {This style will look just as cute on straight hair, but I wanted those of you with curly hair to see that the Waterfall Braid looks great on you, too!}

I started by joining two waterfall braids from the front going backward, and secured them together with one clear hair elastic. {If you do not know how to Waterfall Braid, please see the links below the video.} 

Now, for the lower waterfall braids I repeated the exact same process… however the hair I pick up from the top is actually a cascaded strand from the upper waterfall braid.  I then finished it off into a hair-wrapped ponytail, to hide the elastic.

Double Waterfall Braid Hairstyle {Side}

Double Waterfall Braid Hairstyles {Back}

Double Waterfall Braid Hairstyles {Front}

One of the best parts of this hairstyle is that it can be incorporated in any number of combos.

For example, yesterday I did this on myself {I have shoulder-length hair} and finished it off into a low messy bun.  Yesterday was my shopping day and I must have had 1o comments or so on just my hairstyle, with a few of the girls really wanting to know how to do it. You could also finish it off by separating the remaining hair into messy/loose side braids, or pull it all back up into a fun and curly updo.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 clear elastic bands, hairspray and accesory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Our other “Waterfall Braid”-based tutorials…

Happy Hairdoing!

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