Front French Braids into Side Ponies

February 08, 2010

**Note from Mindy:  Get ready for an amazing hairstyle from a fantastic single dad!  Lance is the perfect “Little Girl’s” Daddy, and has a cute little girl at that!  Congratulations to Lance for being our February’s Hairdoer of the Month!  Here is Lance’s hairdo and a quick bio…

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My name is Lance, and I am a single working dad. My adventure began when I moved to Singapore six and a half years ago to teach at an American school there. Living in S.E. Asia provided me many opportunities to travel all over that part of the world–Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia. I was amazed at the beauty of these places, but at the same time, I was heartbroken at the great number of orphaned children I encountered. Precious little ones in need of loving homes.

After spending a great deal of time in prayer, I began the process of adoption. Not an easy task being a single dad, but nonetheless a burden that God had placed on my heart. I was quite surprised when the adoption officials in Vietnam sent me a referral of a six-month-old baby girl! But I took one look at that picture, and she completely stole my heart. I completed all the final paperwork, and traveled to Vietnam to bring my daughter home when she was nine months old.

Now my little one is a happy, chatty, and precocious three and a half year old—my, how time flies! After six years in Singapore, I felt it was time to move on. I do yearly mission work in Central America and have a heart for that part of the world, so we are currently living in Guatemala, where I teach at an international school and where my daughter and I are active in a local church. Although we are not the “traditional” family, we are just as happy as can be, and I know that my daughter and I have both been blessed through the miracle and gift of adoption.

Front French Braids into Side Ponies

Items Needed:  Brush, comb, 2 small rubber bands, 2 large ponytail holders.

Time Requirement:  About 15 minutes.

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:  I like to start by wetting my daughter’s hair. Then part the hair equally down the middle…

Next section off a bit of hair just in front of the ear. Repeat this step on the opposite side…
Now have your daughter hold each of these front sections while you brush the remaining hair back into a ponytail (or clip) to keep it out of the way…
French braid each front section all the way down into regular braids…
Here’s what your daughter’s hair should look like from the front after this step– with french braids on both sides…
Now have your daughter hold the braids up out of the way and let down the hair in the back…
Part the back section equally down the middle and pull each of these sections, along with the braid on that side, into a side ponytail. Spray with a bit of hairspray for flyaway hairs and you’re good to go!
See back, side, and front views for finished hairdo…

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Happy Hairdoing!

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Twist-back into Ponytail Twist-Flip Combo

June 14, 2009

This hairstyle may look complicated, but if you know how to do a simple twist then you can do this do!

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Items needed: Brush, comb, hairspray, spray bottle, 4 rubber bands, and accessories.

Time requirement: 10 minutes.

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

To begin, part the hair on either side…

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Then part down from the middle part to the ears on both sides of the head…

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Secure with clips or rubber bands to keep hair out of the way. Take the front section on the right and seperate into two pieces…

Twist-back Ponytail Twists #4

Twist them tightly together…

Twist-back Ponytail Twists #5

Have your DD (Darling Daughter) hold the twist. Now repeat on the other side and have DD hold the second twist. Now part remaining back of hair into two sections. Clip one side out of the way…

Twist-back Ponytail Twists #6

Gather the right side of hair into a ponytail and add in the twist your DD held…

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Secure with a rubber band…

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Repeat on the left side…

Twist-back Ponytail Twists #9

To create ponytail twists, start by seperating one ponytail into two even sections and then seperate each section again for a total of four sections…

Twist-back Ponytail Twists #10

Twist strands #1 and #2 together. Repeat with strands #3 and #4. You should have TWO twists for each ponytail…

Twist-back Ponytail Twists #11

Now, twist the two twists together (they will naturally want to do this on their own) and then secure at the end with a rubber band…

Twist-back Ponytail Twists #12

For added flair, flip the ends up before adding the rubberband…

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Repeat the two-twist process on the other ponytail and secure with a rubber-band. Add flowers or bows as desired…

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Twist-back Ponytail Twists #17

Happy Hairdoing!

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Rosette Buns | Flower Girl Hairstyle

April 29, 2009

Here is a super cute bun hairstyle that I think you will love!

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Items Needed: Comb, brush, spray bottle, hairspray, and 6 rubber bands.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Begin by brushing hair and wetting it down. Part hair wherever the natural part is and form a big ponytail on the back of the head. Secure with rubber band.

Rosette Buns #1

You are now going to create 5 hair sections in the ponytail. Two sections on top and three on the bottom. The easiest way to do this is to divide the hair into two pieces (one on top and one on bottom). Make sure the bottom section contains slightly more hair than the top section… to allow for the extra hair section. Feel free to loosly rubberband the top and bottom sections to keep them separate.

Now, ignore the bottom section for a minute. Divide the top section into two even-volume pieces…

Rosette Buns #2

Twist each piece until it is tight…

Rosette Buns #3

Now wrap the twisted hair around itself creating a rosette looking bun (see pictures below if you are confused by this step). Secure the bun by putting another rubber band around its base. Make sure all ends are anchored by the rubber band, and repeat with section #2. Your DD’s hair should now look like this…

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Now divide the bottom section into three equal-volume strands…

Rosette Buns #5

Again twist each piece until it is tight. Twist the strand around itself to create the Rosette bun. Again, secure the ends with a rubber band…

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I did the piece on the left and the right first leaving the piece in the middle for last. When you twist the middle piece into a bun you might find there is not a lot of room for the bun. No worries… if you look closely at this picture, you can see my middle bun hangs down just a little for extra room. That’s ok. Your DD’s hair should now look like this…

Rosette Buns #8

Happy Hairdoing!

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Easter Hairstyles | Egg-Tails

April 10, 2009

Do any of you remember the “Bun Hawk” my husband proposed? Well these “Egg-Tails” are another one of my husbands creations. He really does come up with some funky stuff!

I recognize that this probably isn’t the hairstyle you are going to take your DD to Church with on Easter Sunday, but I think it would be really fun for Friday at school or even Saturday morning’s Easter Egg hunts!

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Items Needed: 10 small elastics, 6 rubber bands, 2 ribbons, 4 plastic Easter eggs (this number may vary depending on the length of your DD’s hair). To help hold the eggs, you may wish to use Got2b Blasting Freeze Spray (available at Walmart or Target).

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes.

Skill Level: Hard

To begin I did a zig-zag part on the top and then a straight part down the back. You don’t have to do the zig zag, but do part the hair into two equal parts down the back…

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Gather hair into ponytails and secure with rubber bands. Take the hair from one ponytail and divide it evenly into five parts. About 1-2 inches down the hair strand, add an elastic. This keeps the hair pulled together so you can see the eggs better and also adds a little grip on the egg. Continue adding elastics until all five pieces have one elastic each…

Eggtails #3

Now about another inch down the hair add a rubber band. Be aware that you may have to slide the rubber band down a little to fit the egg in, but it so much easier to add the egg after the rubber band (you may also find that using the tiny rubber bands that have that “eraser” texture will hold the eggs easier rather than the slick ones)…

Eggtails #4

Now add the egg, spacing hair pieces evenly around the egg. (Be aware that smaller eggs will not work… they fall out too often.)  Once you feel like the egg is secure, tighten down the hair by pulling the rubber band as tight against the egg as possible. Repeat these steps for additional eggs (if you can fit them) all the way down the ponytail.  You may wish to use Got2b Blasting Freeze Spray (available at Walmart or Target) one the eggs are in… this is a very effective hairspray that will help the little “baskets” to keep their shape.  Once you spray, use a hairdryer on low heat on the egg just until the baket becomes stiff)…

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In my DD’s case we only got two eggs in…

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Repeat these steps on the other ponytail.

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Add some ribbons at the top, and you will now have this! I guarantee you will get lots of comments on this one!!

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If you have access to the smaller plastic Easter eggs (ones that fit maybe 5-6 jelly beans), you could fit maybe 3-4 eggs per ponytail, but I couldn’t find them anywhere this year!

HAPPY EASTER!!!

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Double-Braid into Twisty Bun | Easter Hairstyles

March 29, 2009

OK so here is the first of a few Easter hairdo’s. Remember that my goal in hairstyles is to make them fancy and fun, but easy and quick. I just don’t have time to spend an hour doing each girl’s hair! LOL! I gathered this idea from Dancing With The Stars last week.

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Items Needed: brush, comb, hairspray, 2 rubber bands, and accessories.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes.

Skill Level: Medium

Begin by parting hair on the side where the natural part falls…

Double-Braid Twistback #1

Now divide a small section of hair from that part down to the ear…

Double-Braid Twistback #2

French braid this section LOOSELY. You don’t want a super tight braid. We are going for the more natural, soft look. Have your DD hold the braid…

Double-Braid Twistback #3

Now section off another small piece of hair parallel to the first braid. French braid this one too. Have DD hold second braid too…

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Now rat the hair on the top of her crown. This just adds a little dimension to the hair and prevents that slicked back look. You don’t have to do this step if you are really opposed to ratting.

Double-Braid Twistback #6

Pull the remaining hair back into a side ponytail and secure with a rubber band. Twist the hair around the ponytail to create a bun and secure with a rubber band around the whole thing.

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You will now have this.

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Add a ribbon, flowers, or other accessories that match your DD’s cute Easter dress.

Double-Braid Twistback #11

Happy Hairdoing!

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