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…

Happy Hairdoing!

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Spiral Curls | Waterfall Braid

May 02, 2011

Continuing on with our Waterfall Braid series, we wanted to show you this one which incorporates the use of spiral curls on the fall-through strands of the braid. (For those of you who do not know how to braid this style, please review our how to waterfall braid tutorial.)

I think this hairstyle turned out absolutely darling!

 Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Spiral Curls

We offset my daughter’s part a little, and then did a waterfall braid on both sides – meeting up together in the back.

Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Spiral Curls (Left)

Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Spiral Curls (Right)

Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Spiral Curls (Front)

We then took a Conair Spiral Styler and curled the loose strands of the hair and left the rest of the hair straight. You could curl all of the hair, but we really wanted to accent the loose strands of the braid against the hair. It is just a matter of your preference. We bought our spiral styler off of Amazon, at the following link…

Always be sure to us a good heat protectant on your daughter’s hair before curling. I find that this specific spiral styler works better than a wand or other curling irons because it grips the entire strand of hair and forms the curl much faster and with less heat.

Just like other curled styles, you will find that throughout the day the style will “curl crawl” {curls migrate into one another}. All you have to do is run your fingers through the strands, and the curls will separate back to original form!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, one hairband, spiral curler (iron), heat protectant, hairspray, accessory (if desired).

Time Requirement: 20 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

We know that this style will be extremely popular for more formal occasions (communions, weddings, Proms, Homecomings, etc.), but it does not have to be.

In fact, I think you moms should try this hairstyle on that Friday night Date Night with your awesome husbands!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Egg Tails | Easter Hairstyles

April 19, 2011

Two years ago we posted a photo tutorial of our Egg Tails, which were a huge hit for little girls at Easter Egg hunts or at family parties, Crazy Hair Day, etc.

It has turned out to be one of our fun Easter Hairstyles (although not appropriate, in my opinion, for Easter Sunday)!

Egg Tails | Easter Pigtails

Yesterday, I took a Facebook poll asking viewers if they thought I should do a video tutorial of this style before Easter and the response was overwhelmingly… YES!!! Sooooo, we scrambled to find the supplies and filmed the ponytails this morning.

Egg Tails | Easter Hairstyles

I am telling you, this hairstyle is a definite conversation starter! I guarantee that you will have people stopping you in the street trying to see exactly what it is that you did!

In fact, the Egg Tail video tutorial is already getting a great response on YouTube! {Two years ago a viewer’s daughter was at an Easter Egg hunt wearing this style and was photographed for her local newspaper!}

Egg Tails | Crazy Hair Day

In our original photo tutorial two years ago, we used full-size Easter eggs.  This time, we used the mini eggs so that we could fit three in each ponytail.  It turned out super cute.  (Be sure to start looking today for these mini eggs, because they are hard to find!  Hobby Lobby had been carrying them, but we found ours at WalMart.)

We also enhanced the hairstyle to include a trick we used last year to help keep the eggs from falling out.  You will have to watch the video to see exactly what it was!

Before you view the video, though, be sure to review the old photo tutorial (“Egg Tail” link above) beforehand just to make sure you understand each step well.  Then after seeing the video, you will be a pro!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, spray bottle, hairspray, 36 clear elastics, 8 hair bands, 6 mini plastic Easter eggs, and two ribbons (your choice of color).

Time Requirement: 20+ minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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Cute Layered Ponytail | Teen Hairstyles

January 09, 2011

I saw a ponytail hairstyle very similar to this in the mall the other day, only I elaborated on it somewhat and I like how it turned out.  Today was the second day that I used it, and we were stopped all the time by people we know asking if we had posted it to the website yet… so here it is!

Side View…Layered Ponytail (Side)

This hairstyle is perfect for teens, since they are always looking for something unique, so I recognize that this hairdo may not be for everyone.

There are several variations you can use on this style… rather than lay the hair strands flat (like I did), you can twist the strands or micro-braid them.  It just depends on how you want it to look, so it really can be three styles in one.

Back View…Layered Ponytail (Back)

Front View…Layered Ponytail (Front)

Items Needed: Spray bottle, rat-tail comb, brush (if needed), 6 clear hairbands, hairspray, and accessories (if desired).

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes.

Skill Level: Medium

If you like this hairstyle… be sure to let us know!

Happy Hairdoing!

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