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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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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Flipped Ends | Layered Hairstyles

December 21, 2011

Although the focus of our tutorials is on doing cute hairstyles on my girls, you can still do all the styles on yourself as well. More and more, we receive questions on how  I do my own hair in the videos we film. My goal is to include more of these self hairstyles from time to time.

This straight hairstyle is easy to do. With naturally straight or straightened hair, you can alter the way it looks a bit by using a flat iron to flip the hair ends “in” or “out”.  This is the most common style technique on straight hair.

When we were being filmed for YouTube’s 20/20 special, our stylist actually recommended that I flip the ends the same direction… which was something I had never thought about, but loved it! . It turned out super cute, and I receive compliments whenever I do this!

Layered Hairstyles | Flipped Ends

You can do this technique on short to medium hair, but with longer hair you will not benefit from the flips as much. You can also choose to back-comb some of the hair on the top to help add a little volume. I show you how to do this in the video.

{I also apologize for the clapping of the flat iron, as it is an iron that I have had for a long time.  As with all hairstyles that use heat, please be sure to use a good heat protectant first.}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, alligator clip {to hold top sections of hair}, heat protectant, flat-iron, and hairspray.

Time Requirement: 10+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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