The Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

May 09, 2012

I am always on the lookout for the next Waterfall Braid-type hairstyle!

About two weeks ago, a Twitter fan tweeted us a photo of a very intricately-laced bow braid hairstyle, and I thought the idea was so fun and unique! In fact, it was likely the most creative and cute hairstyle I have seen since the Waterfall Braid! So… I sat down to figure it out, but after many attempts I wasn’t having much luck at all.  Close, but nothing worth posting…

Another fan, Katrina on Facebook, posted her version along with a link to a low resolution Russian YouTube video showing the exact technique.  The video was at times hard to follow, and it does not show a finished hairstyle, but it provided me with just enough info to be able to master the braid! With that, I am now ready to teach you all!

The Bow Braid | Cute Girls Hairstyles

The Bow Braid | Cute Girls Hairstyles

You can use The Bow Braid in pretty much any hairstyle as long as there is a three-stranded French or Lace Braid involved.  It will work on short hair, medium hair, long hair, layered hair, hair with bangs, combos, etc.

In the tutorial, I show you how to do Bow Braid Ponytails, but I also show you on myself and the other daughters some finished looks for a braided headband, diagonal braid, and lace braid.

Bow Braid Ponytails | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Front Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Side Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Diagonal Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Lace Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

 

Items Needed: A brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, hairspray or pomade, a hairpin (not a bobby pin), and a few hair elastics.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes, depending on the hairstyle you choose.

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by braiding a section of your hair. You can use a lace braid or a 3 strand French braid. Remember you will need another ½ inch section of hair parted next to your braid to create the bows.
  2. Thread the hairpin, loop end first, through a section of your braid to prepare it to pull through hair for the bow.
  3. Take a small section of hair from the ½ inch parted section and create a loop with your fingers.
  4. Thread the loop of hair through the hairpin and grab loop of hair with left hand while gently tugging the hairpin back through your hair with your right hand.
  5. As you pull the hairpin out of the braid it will begin to form the other half of the bow. Gently tug the hairpin until you like the look of the second loop and then remove it from hair. You should now have one competed bow that runs through the braid.
  6. Repeat Steps 1-5 all the way down the braid until you run out of hair.

{You can see in the video that I mixed in the remaining tails of the bows back into the next strand. It may be easier and less “messy” to simply lay the tails alongside the French Braid and then bring down the next section of hair over the top for the next loop. As you finish the braid, most of the tails will be covered by the hair from the top. It all depends on how you want the bow braid to look.}

Happy Hairdoing!

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Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Special Guest

April 17, 2012

Several months ago we uploaded our 1st version of the Katniss Braid, long before the movie came out. The movie was a blockbuster smash, and everyone was amazed at the hairstyles seen throughout the film!

Right after the premier, Linda Flowers, the lead hairstylist on The Hunger Games movie set, began searching the internet to see what people were saying about her hairstyles.

In fact, Linda was so amazed at how the Katniss Braid was becoming a “symbol”, so much that teen girls worldwide and their friends were wearing the braid to see the movie in theaters! She found us on YouTube and recognized that CuteGirlsHairstyles had a huge hand in helping teach literally thousands of our fans how to do the braid!

As such, Linda reached out to us and offered to give me a personal tutorial of the many Hunger Games hairstyles over Skype!

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

During our tutorial, I quickly saw that the Katniss braid had a little more prep work to it than I had originally thought! Linda showed me how she added the texture into Jennifer Lawrence’s hair “before” she created the Katniss braid {something I had not figured out}.

She uses a tool called the TopStyler® {by InStyler®} to add volume and stranded twists into the diagonal Dutch braid. From the leaked photos prior to the premier, many thought that there was maybe one more strand added into the braid… and this was the reason why. You can see exactly how to create this texture by viewing the tutorial below.

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

I appreciate that the TopStyler uses a slow and uniform transfer heat to curl the hair, rather than the immediate super hot heat a curling wand provides that only heats the outside of the strand. It also allows for the curl to stay in much longer.

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

This is the exact look Katniss wore throughout the arena scenes in the movie, taught to CuteGirlsHairstyles personally by the one who created it… Linda Flowers! Hope you enjoy it!

{You can find the TopStyler at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ulta, or Amazon online.}

Enjoy!

 

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, hairspray, TopStyler, 1 hairband, quiver of arrows {optional}

Time Requirement: 30 minutes {approximately, including heat time}

Skill Level:  Hard

If you enjoyed this tutorial, please feel free to Facebook share it, tweet it, pin it, “whatever-you-want” it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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FTC Disclosure: I was provided this TopStyler® tool free of charge by InStyler® for review purposes only. No other forms of compensation were provided to CuteGirlsHairstyles. All opinions of the product are strictly mine, and results may vary.

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Five {5} Strand Messy Braid | Top Hairstyles

February 26, 2012

I am a HUGE fan of messy braid hairstyles, and you can see them pretty much anywhere right now in movies, on TV, in magazines, etc. They are so popular that we decided to give you the 5-Strand Messy Braid tutorial today!

5-Strand Messy Braid Hairstyle

When you braid hair, whatever the braid variation, it is important to understand the stranding. For this braid, the stranding is a bit complex, since you are using five strands instead of three. Once you get the hang of it, this gorgeous braid will take very little time to create.

5-Strand Messy Braid Hairstyle

{If you do not know how to braid with five strands, make sure you are comfortable with a 3-stranded braid first.}

Be sure to watch the video carefully to see how we incorporate the additional two strands. Then, as we finish the hairstyle, we tie off the braid and then loosen the “elbows” of the braid {we call this pancaking} for that messy boho look.

Wherever I go with this braided hairstyle, I receive so many compliments because you can easily tell that it does not look like a regular braid. Other girls want to know exactly how I did the hairstyle, and I am sure that you will get the same reaction! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, comb, ponytail holder, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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Lace Braid Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

February 05, 2012

One of my favorite hairstyles for Valentine’s Day has to be the Lace-Braid Heart…

Lace Braid Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

I’ve had this requested via emails and comments from fans, and we are seeing versions of the style on Pinterest, and even in a book called Cozy’s Guide to Girls’ Hair. You can style this on your daughter, your neice, or even yourself (YES, you can do it)!  I have done it on myself and it still looks great!  As long as you have at least shoulder-length hair, you are good-to-go!

{We posted a Lace Braid hairstyle tutorial previously, that you may want to view first since this tutorial really doesn’t demonstrate how to do the braid, but rather the hairstyle using the braids.}

Lace Braid Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

This one is sure to impress anyone and everyone that sees it, especially during Valentine’s Day season. I’ve had teachers, neighbors, and even strangers stop my girls to take photos of this hairdo! For a more mature version, try making the braid look messier by using the Pancake Braid technique we showed you last week.

Lace Braid Heart {Front}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. I started with dry, straightened hair. To begin the hairstyle, create a DEEP part down the center of the head… about six inches long. The part should go from the middle forehead all the way down to the base back of the head.
  2. Secure one side of hair out of the way with a rubber band.
  3. On the other section, about 4 inches back from hairline, begin the lace braid using three-sections of hair. {This means you will only pick up hair from ONE side of the braid}. Begin the braid by braiding toward the face. After you have created about three braid weaves, “turn” the braid by now braiding toward the ear to create the heart arc.
  4. Continue to create the shape of a heart as you lace braid down to the ear. At this point, stop gathering hair into the braid and continue with a regular braid until you reach the middle of the head. Secure with a rubber band.
  5. Remove the ponytail holder off the hair on the other side of the part ,and repeat the lace braid process.
  6. Remove the rubber band on the first half of the braid and join the two ends of the braids together in the back with a ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.
  7. Add a red or pink ribbon for a little added flair.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 1 hair band, 1 clear hair elastic, hairspray and ribbon {if desired}

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

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…

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