Box {4-sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braid Ideas

September 01, 2013

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I do get a ton of emails every day, and although it is impossible to respond to them all… I want you to know that I read each and every one!

Just a few weeks ago, a fan, Kendra from Canada, submitted a hairstyle photo of her own creation and it BLEW my mind!

Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute BraidsWe think this braided hairstyle will be a big hit with our fans, because it is so unique and you can do so much with it!  We wanted to be sure to credit Kendra here!

Yes, this is a fishtail braid… however it is a fishtail braid on FOUR sides of the ponytail!

Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

The front and back of the braid have a regular fishtail pattern, while the right and left sides have a reverse fishtail pattern!  {Watch the braid closely when I spin Brooklyn around in the chair at the end to see the cool effect!}

Here you can learn how to fishtail braid.
Here you can learn how to reverse fishtail braid.

To recreate this look, you combine alternating double stitches of a fishtail braid with a reverse fishtail.  The step-by-step directions are below.

You can also use this Box Fishtail braid hairstyle in a beautiful updo by simply twisting the braid up into itself.  This will create a magnificent-looking bun that your friends will be seriously fawning over!

Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

The ponytail version of this braid is perfect for sports, cheer, or every day wearing.  The bun version of this hairstyle would be perfect for ballet, a wedding, Homecoming, Prom, or any other occasion!

You’ll LOVE this braid hairstyle as you receive compliments all day long!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 hair band/ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 1 bobby pin, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium {only because it is time consuming and your arms get tired!}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair and securing it into a high ponytail with a hair band…
  2. Now, divide the ponytail into two large strands…
  3. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it over that strand and add it to the inside of the right strand…
  4. Next, take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it over the that strand and add it to the inside of the left strand {this completes the first full stitch of a regular fishtail braid}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3 & 4 to create a second complete stitch of a fishtail braid…
  6. Now, take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it under the that strand, and add it to the inside of the right section…
  7. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it under that strand, and add it to the inside of the left section {you have just created one complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid}…
  8. Repeat Steps #6 & 7 to create a second complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid. {Please make sure that when you add the pieces to the middle, that they stay in the middle. You do not want these pieces migrating to the outside and being used too soon or the fishtail pattern will not look correct.}
  9. Repeat Steps #3-8 by creating alternating two regular fishtail stitches, and then two reverse fishtail stitches, over and over again until you run out of hair…
  10. When you reach the end of the braid, secure the hair ends with an elastic.
  11. You may choose to wrap a small strand of hair around the elastic to hide it, by using a bobby pin.
  12. {Optional: Gently twist the braid until it wraps around itself to create a very beautiful and intriguing braided bun.}
  13. Add hairspray and accessories as needed.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this new hairstyle!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, this week my daughter Bailey uploaded a Football Nail Art tutorial in honor of the American football season kickoff! I thought she did a fabulous job, and is getting to be a natural in front of the camera! What do you think?

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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!

If you enjoyed this hairstyle, please feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Leather Accent Loony Braids | Cute Braids

October 28, 2012

Since Halloween is only a few days away, we decided to show you what CGH#3 wants to be for Halloween! She did not want to be a fairy, or something scary… she wanted to be someone from history. The challenge is to come up with cute Halloween hairstyles!

We, of course, were going for Pocahontas, but are very careful not use the character name in the tutorial due to our contract with Disney, so we are calling this a “Native American Princess” hairstyle.

Loony Braid with Leather Accents

{* Note from Mindy:  Please note, my daughter’s choice in dress this year is not in any way mocking an indigenous culture and is nothing more than an honor and celebration of it.  She has been studying early American history in school this first semester, talks about Native American culture every day, and has been checking out books at the library and reading them on her own. She loves the stories of Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Not sure if any of our fans, know this, but our youngest daughter is 1/16th Native American {from her great-great grandmother}.  We honor and celebrate all cultures in our home.}

Given all of our braided hairstyles to choose from, we simply could not settle for a 3-strand braid. We wanted something a little different, so decided to accent an idea from one of our old videos called Loony Braids.

  1. We began by parting the hair down the middle of the head, and into two side ponytails. We then took a basic strand of crafting leather, doubled it over, and secured it around the ponytail.
  2. The next step is to grab the whole ponytail and use it as one of the three braiding strands along with the two remaining strands of leather. {Yes, the hair actually becomes the 3rd strand!}
  3. Once I braided to the end of the ponytail, I secured it with a clear hair elastic and cut of any excess leather. You could also simply take the remaining strands of leather and create a bow at the end.
  4. Repeat the same steps as above on the other ponytail…

Loony Braid with Leather Accents | Pocahontas Braids

Loony Braids with Leather Accents | Cute Braid Ideas

You can see that by braiding the two small strands of leather along with the ponytail acting as the 3rd strand, that the resulting braid has a very fun zig-zag look to it!  You can pull out the elbows of the braid to make the braid look more “jagged”, but we left the braid as is for this style.

This can be an everyday braid, and you can substitute pretty much anything in place of the leather for a different accented look.  You can use ribbon, colored yarn/string, strips of fabric, old necklace chains, etc.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, leather strands, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Rapunzel Braid | Disney Princess Hairstyles

July 05, 2012

As indicated in our previous post, we recently agreed to a partnership agreement with Disney to provide exclusive Disney-themed hairstyles on its Rapunzel Braid Tutorial on the DisneyStyle YouTube Channel!

For this hairstyle, I show you how to recreate the Rapunzel Braid from Disney’s Tangled first in a practical every day use of the braid… and then we dress it up with real flowers to get the Rapunzel look from the movie.

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 4 hair elastics, hairspray, decorative hair clip or fresh flowers {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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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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