4-Strand Slide-Up Braid | Pullback Hairstyles

March 10, 2013

Lately my girls and I have fallen in love with pullbacks, specifically anything that easily pulls hair to the side, or from both sides. We think these looks are so subtle and effortless, yet still put forth a polished and super-cute look!

One of my newest favorites is this 4-Strand Slide-Up Braid! Although it may seem tricky at first, once you get the hang of it… you will find this braid to be a quick style that garners a lot of attention!

4-Strand Slide Up Braid | Cute Girls HairstylesWe first posted the 3-Strand Slide-Up Braid on YouTube in December 2009 and it has nearly 6,000,000 views today! If you can do a three-strand braid that easily, you must be able to do a five-strand braid!

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In this four-strand version, we show you two methods to create the braid… both ending with the exact same look! Simply find which one makes the most sense to you, and then go with it!  {We are all about making things easier for you!}

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 6 small hair elastics, hairspray, accessory {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Part the hair and figure out where you want the braid to lay {I did a side pullback, however you can also do this braid over the shoulder with all your hair, as an accent braid going straight down, as a braided headband, or even from both sides tied together in the back}…
  2. Pick up a hair section that will become the braid and divide it into four even strands…
  3. Now you can create this braid in one of two ways… many people would naturally use Method #1, however my mind processes Method #2 better.  Simply figure out which method works best for you and stick with it…
  4. Method #1: Take the left-most strand #1 and go “over” Strand #2 and “under” Strand #3.  Then, pick up the rightmost Strand #4 and bring it “under” Strand #3 and “over” Strand #2.  Repeat this pattern over and over again until you have a finished braid.  {Over, under… under, over… etc.}
  5. Method #2:  Take the left-most strand #1 and go “over” Strand #2, “under” Strand #3, and “over” Strand #4.  Now, take the two middle Strands #2 and 3 and cross them so that Strand 2 is now Strand 3.  Repeat this pattern over and over again until you have a finished braid. {Over, under, over, cross… over, under, over, cross, etc.}
  6. Continue the 4-strand braid until you run out of hair…
  7. Now, pinch Strands #1, 3, and 4 with your right hand and hold Strand #2 in your left hand by itself.
  8. Gently slide Strands #1, 3, and 4 up Strand #2 until all the hair is squished together at the top. This is what we call “snaking the braid“…
  9. Now, slowly pull the hair back down the strand maybe 1-2 inches or so until you reach the desired look…
  10. When the braid looks good to you, simply secure the ends with a hair elastic {you should have one strand longer than the others}…
  11. Pin the braid in place towards the back/side of head using bobby pins…
  12. Add an accessory as an accent.

You may choose to do a single pullback, or create another one on the other side of the head and tie them back together.

You can also creatively bring this braid up over the top of the head like a braided headband and I am sure you will receive tons of compliments! {If you do make it a headband, be sure your strands are thin so that the width of the braid is uniform all the way down, rather than wide to thin.}

Enjoy!

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Happy Hairdoing!

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Triple-Braided Tieback | Bohemian Hairstyles

December 23, 2012

This hairstyle is one that I know you will enjoy simply because it is not likely one you have seen before, but its definitely one that will garner attention everywhere you go!

Triple-Braided Tieback | Bohemian Hairstyles

We’ve posted a Single Braid Tieback before, and these types of looks are very Bohemian {or Boho} -looking… something that Renaissance girls might have worn, but trendy enough to be worn today! Feel free to add texture {curls} to the hair for a different look!

I have worn this, my girls have worn it, so this hairstyle will work on girls of any age!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tailcomb, 5 clips to hold hair, 6 small hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle of the head. No part from the middle to each ears. You should have a large square shaped section on either side of the head.
  2. Part each section into three smaller sections (for a total of six). Make sure to keep the sections as equal as possible based on hair thickness. You may need to do smaller sections on the top and larger sections near the ears.
  3. Secure five of the sections with a hair clip to keep them out of the way until you need them.
  4. Braid all six sections and either have your daughter hold them or secure with elastics. Make sure you braid going DOWN the head toward the shoulder. Not back toward the back of head. This makes a huge difference in the way the braids lay when finished. You only need to braid them far enough to reach the center back of head.
  5. Now pick up the top braid on either side. Pull them back to the center of your head and secure with an elastic. Pull out any other elastics that were holding the ends of the braids and allow hair to fall free.
  6. Pick up the middle briads on either side, plus the ponytail of hair falling from the first braids and secure all of them together about 1 inch lower. Remove any extra elastics and allow hair to fall free.
  7. Pick up bottom braids on either side, plus the ponytail of hair fralling from the first and second braids and secure them together about 1 inch lower. Remove any extra elastics and allow hair to fall free.
  8. Add a ribbon if desired.

Enjoy!

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Happy Hairdoing!

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The Subtle Bow | Easy Hairstyles

July 11, 2012

For this week’s post, we wanted to show you a super-easy hairstyle that can be done in literally one to two minutes!

Hairstyle bows are very popular right now, as seen everywhere but also evidenced by our Bow BraidPonytail Bow, Lady Gaga Bow tutorials, etc.  However, this hair bow is a lot more subtle and perfect for girls and women of all ages! Super cute, too!  It is a hairstyle that can be done in a pinch!

The Subtle Bow | Easy Hairstyles

I have had one subscriber state that this really could be a Daddy Do, and we are bummed that we didn’t think of that first because my hubby could have done this one easily!

If a guy can tie his shoe, he can do this hairstyle on his daughter!

To dress up the hairstyle further, you may choose to curl the tassels of the bow and the style would be very  elegant!

The Subtle Bow | Easy Hairstyles

Also, we added a small clip with guests Elle & Blair Fowler, two of the top beauty idols on YouTube who happen to be sisters! We met them both at VidCon and had a great time chatting and laughing! Aren’t they both so beautiful??? If you stop by their channels, be sure to comment and let them know that Mindy from CuteGirlsHairstyles sent you! It will put a smile on their faces!

Enjoy the video!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 1-2 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Pancake Braids | Bohemian Hairstyles

February 01, 2012

Many of you noticed the cute braids that we included in the photos of the No-Heat Sock Curls Hairstyle tutorial, and asked if we could do a tutorial on it…

Great news, we actually filmed those braids on the sock curls that very day! I think you will admit that these braids are so super easy to do!

Pancake Braid | Bohemian Hairstyles

Now, I know you are going to ask… but my twins started calling this style of braiding “Pancake Braids” since they were little, because the braids are flattened like pancakes. {I thought it was cute… so the name stuck!}

Pancake Braid | Long Hairstyles

In order to flatten a braid, you simply make a normal three-strand braid and then tug on the elbows while holding the end of the braid loosely. Once you like the way the braid looks, you simply tie it off with a clear elastic band.

In this hairstyle, we used two pancake braids, one on either side of the top/front of the hair, and then pinned them up around the back of the head. This is what actually gives the hairstyle a beachy-Bohemian look that is so popular today.

Just imagine the compliments you will receive on this hairstyle with such gorgeous curls {using no heat, of course) and these cute braids as an combo!  I promise you that I will be the first to compliment you!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: 2 clear elastic bands, 2-4 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Headband Curls | No-Heat Hairstyles

December 12, 2011

I do use heat on my hair from time to time, and also on a few hairstyles with my girls, but always make an effort to use a good heat protectant.

There are, however, hairstyles where you can get gorgeous curls without the use of heat. These no-heat hairstyles have been used for years in the form of pin curls, rag curls, foam rollers, sock buns, etc.

Here is a curling method you may not have heard about, for low curls only using a simple headband. How neat is that?

No-Heat Hairstyles | Headband Curls

To begin, simply place a thin cotton headband on the forehead but over the back of the hair. Then spritz the hair with the water bottle so that the hair is slightly damp, gently finger-combing the water through the hair. {If the hair is too wet, then it will not hold the curls.} Proceed next by separating out small sections of hair to be wound tightly around the headband, until you reach the back of the head

Do the same on the other side and combine the remaining hair into one central strand that you wind through the headband until there is no hair remaining. {You can use a Topsy Tail on this step to make things much easier… I thought of that after we filmed the hairstyle!}

If you have a really cute headband, the hair at this stage can actually be a fun hairstyle for that day. It almost has a Greek Goddess look to it.

The key is to sleep on this hairstyle overnight until you are ready to take it out. You may choose to wear a silk scarf over the hair to keep it from falling out while you sleep.

No-Heat Hairstyles | Headband Curls

The next morning, gently unwind the strands of hair from the headband. You should end up with large, voluminous curls in the lower sections of the strands, and you can style the hair as you wish in all sorts of combinations. We made this a half-up/half-down hairstyle by forming an upper ponytail with some of the hair, and then gently bobby pinning the curls back into the ponytail holder.

Again, this is a fun hairstyle for girls of all ages. It is so easy to do and you never have to touch a curling iron! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, water bottle, 1 thin cotton/soft headband, 1 ponytail holder, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes (night before), 2 minutes (morning after)

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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