Ladder Braid Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

January 13, 2013

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For this weeks’ tutorial, we essentially show you two tutorials in one!  First, how to create a Feather Braid, and secondly, how to use that braid to create a cute Ladder Braid into a side ponytail.

Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

{We have used this braiding technique for awhile, although we are just now filming a tutorial… and some of my hair-blogging friends have great tutorials as well, such as Princess Hairstyles, Girly Do Hairstyles, and Babes in Hairland!}

My twins are learning how to recreate this fun braid in their own hair, which is why we show you how to use it in a cute side braid… because it is easier to do on yourself that way!

Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

The girls love this because the braid seems much more grown up than the simple ponytail version.

You will also note that this braid has a similar fun look as a few of our other ponytail combos, such as the Braided-Over Ponytail and the Side Fishtail Combo.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing all the hair over to one side, like you are gathering a side ponytail…
  2. Pick up a small section of hair on the underneath side of the head next to the nape of the neck, and secure the rest of the hair out of the way with a large hairband…
  3. Grabbing the small section, begin making a simple braid…
  4. As you go to cross over the outside-left strand of hair, pull out a tiny sliver-strand of hair and leave it out of the braid…
  5. Repeat the same with the next stitch of the braid. As you go to cross over the outside-left strand again, pull out a sliver-strand of hair and leave it out of the braid…
  6. Repeat until you have 2-3 inches left in the braid, and secure with an elastic.  This braid is what you call a Feather Braid.
  7. Now, release the rest of the hair from the large hairband and pick up another similar-sized small section of hair {this time near the front}…
  8. Braid approximately 4-5 stitches into this braid and then add the first sliver of hair from the Feather Braid into the middle strand…
  9. Complete one more stitch of the braid, and again, add in the 2nd sliver of hair from the Feather Braid into the middle strand…
  10. Continue until you run out of slivers to use, and then finish off with a normal braid and secure with an elastic. You should have a ladder looking braid sitting on top of the remaining hair.
  11. Now, reach your fingers through the bottom two “rungs” of the Ladder Braid and pull the remaining hair though the rungs…
  12. Remove both small elastics from the side braids, gather all of the ends together and secure with one hair elastic.

Enjoy!

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Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

January 06, 2013

I love Valentine’s heart hairstyles!

Of all the holidays, Valentine’s Day is my favorite theme for styling hair… there is something simply cute and romantic about hearts in hair!

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

This year, we wanted to do a heart hair tutorial mature enough for an older teenager or mom. This one is perfect!

We love how the braid actually “turns in” on itself, leaving your friends wondering how you did it!  Much different than the flipped-under ponytail we showed you in our very popular Flip-Braided Heart tutorial a few years ago.

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

I saw photos of a version of this lovely style on the Hairdresser on Fire website and decided to film a video tutorial for all of you!

You also could do this with Fishtail or Rope braids for a slightly different look!

Enjoy!

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 2-4 bobby pins, hairspray, fabric ribbon or bow {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. After brushing the hair, divide it by parting directly down the middle from forehead to mid-back of head…
  2. Then, section off the top half of the hair so that you now have three sections… the bottom half of the hair as one, and the top half of hair divided down the middle as two sections…
  3. Now, gather one of the top sections and begin braiding a simple braid as close to the inner corner of the middle part as possible and temporarily secure it with an elastic…
  4. Repeat step #3 on the other top section, again, braiding the braid as close to the inner corner of the middle part as possible and secure with a hair elastic.
  5. Now, take the right braid and twist it around itself clockwise toward the right side of head. Use a bobby pin to secure the curve to create the right crest of the heart…
  6. Take the left braid and twist it counter-clockwise toward the left side of the head and use a bobby pin to secure the left crest of the heart {as you did in step #5}…
  7. Now, bring the ends together to finish off the bottom shape of the heart.
  8. While holding the ends together pull off both elastics and secure the braids together with only one elastic…
  9. Lastly, feel free to use hairspray and then finish off the cute heart by adding an adorable ribbon or fabric bow as an accessory.

Video Tutorial:

I have a few other ideas we will be testing out in the next few weeks, but in the meantime… be sure to check out our other Valentine’s Day hairstyles!

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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.

Enjoy!

 

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Vanellope von Schweetz | Wreck-It Ralph Hairstyles

November 25, 2012

Vanellope von Schweetz, the sweet, but very spunky character from Disney’s new movie Wreck-It Ralph is sure to inspire you or your daughter next Halloween or Crazy Hair Day!

Vanellope von Schweetz Hairstyle

 

When Disney first provided us with photos, long before the movie came out, we knew it would be a challenge that my daughters and I could meet!  We tried hard to keep the style true to form, and you can now see this style on Disney.com and the DisneysStyle YouTube channel.

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Vanellope von Schweetz Hairstyle

Vanellope von Schweetz Hairstyle

Here’s how to get Vanellope’s deliciously-edible hairstyle…

You may need some bobby pins with a flat head and mini jaw clips.  You then can hot glue the candies and fake peppermints onto the flat heads, so they stay firmly in place in the hair.

Hairstyle Steps:

  1. If you have bangs, part them to one side and straighten them to frame the face. {If you don’t have bangs simply pull all your hair back into the ponytail.}
  2. Create a high ponytail.  You simply comb all the hair up to the top of the head and secure with an elastic…
  3. Tease the top of the ponytail to add volume and fullness…
  4. I tied the licorice around the ponytail holder and cut the ends short enough they stuck up a little, as seen in the movie and photos.  Also you may want to use some red fluffy yarn instead of licorice, depending on whether you want to use real licorice in your hair and humidity…
  5. Now… have fun accessorizing the hair with an assortment of your real and/or fake treats!

Items Needed: Brush, comb, hairspray, rubberbands, and lots of treats or craft items.  Some of the items we used included a 2-foot Pull-n Peel Twizzlers licorice rope, for the signature hair tie.  We also used Spree candy, scrapbook pop-up dots, peppermint candies {fake}, candy buttons, etc. Flat-head bobby pins, hot glue gun.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Enjoy!

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Subtle Twist into Side Braid | Easy Hairstyles

November 21, 2012

Quick and easy, those are the hairstyles that I LOVE!!!

This one is a perfect hairstyle for those days or mornings when you have very little time on your hands. Perhaps what I enjoy the most about it is that the style is meant to be loose. There is nothing wrong with tight and crisp hairstyles, but there is just something about that romantic ‘tousled‘ look in a braid that is super cute and very trendy right now!

Subtle Twist into Side Braid

And… it takes no more than 3-5 minutes to complete! This hairstyle incorporates as soft, single twistback on one side that is then merged into a side braid.

We also included small snippets from our family videos this year of the kids’ in their Halloween costumes!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: 1 hairband… that’s it! {hairspray and bobby pins optional}

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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