Double Braid Sparkly Headband | Braided Headbands

March 31, 2013

We wanted to do a hairstyle this week that would be different than all of the other braided headbands you see out there.

Double Braided Sparkle HeadbandThis one promises to get lots of attention because of how simple it is, yet it can be accented with thin sparkly headbands that you can find inexpensively at Walmart, Target, or Claire’s, etc.

Double Braided Sparkle Headband | Braid Hairstyles

Double Braided Sparkle Headband

This style is perfect for girls of all ages, and would be particularly beautiful as an accent to an updo for Prom, Homecoming, or any other formal occasion!

This hairstyle incorporates two thin braids, on either side of the head, which are then brought up over the head and pinned down just below the opposite ear.

Double Braided Sparkle Headband

Double Braided Sparkle Headband

Then the sparkly plastic headbands are placed in to accent the braids to your liking. {I pancaked the front braid just a bit to add a contrast to the braids themselves, which ended up being a very good touch!}

Double Braided Sparkle Headband

Double Braided Sparkle Headband

Items Needed: Curling wand, brush, rat-tail comb, 2 small hair elastics, 4 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}, and two thin sparkly headbands.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing out the hair, and curling with your favorite curling tool {I used a 25 mm NuMe curling wand} or overnight no-heat method…
  2. Hairspray the curls when you are done curling, and leave them alone for a few minutes to let cool and set…
  3. {Optional} Tease the top of the hair a little, from the crown down the back, to add mega-volume…
  4. Pick up a section of hair near the ear and begin to braid it over the head {make sure to braid in the direction you want the braid to lie, which is up and over… otherwise, the braid will lay funny when you are done}…
  5. When braid is finished, secure with a hair elastic.
  6. Repeat Steps 4 & 5 on the other side of the head.
  7. Now, finger comb through the curls and smooth the top of the hair lightly with a brush, as needed…
  8. Bring each braid over the top of the head, and secure behind opposite ears with bobby pins {two crossed bobby pins works great}…
  9. {Optional} You can tug on the edges of the braids, like I did to the front braid, in order to pancake them.  It adds a subtle differentiation to the style.  I left the back braid alone.
  10. Now, place one sparkly headband in front of the first braid, and place the second headband between the first and second braids…
  11. Adjust the braids and headbands, as desired.
  12. Finish off with hairspray {if needed}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think! If you enjoyed this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Stacked Braids | Cute Braided Hairstyles

February 10, 2013

A few weeks ago, we posted a video called the Ladder Braid Side Ponytail, and it received a lot of positive feedback!

In fact, one of our fans, Ceridwin, adapted the feather braid technique to create a new, beautiful “stacked” braid look, and sent us a photo on Twitter!

Stacked Braids | Braid Hairstyles

 

I loved it so much that asked her to tell me exactly how she did it so that I could teach you! She agreed, emailed me her instructions, and here you go!

You simply create a large feather braid, with tiny strands coming off each stitch from both sides of the braid.  You then go back and Dutch braid the feathered strands on top of the regular braid, and then pancake the latter.  Further instructions are below…

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Stacked Braids | Braid Hairstyles

Stacked Braids | Braid Hairstyles

 

 

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair and pulling it to wherever you want the braid to lay. {In the video, I did the hair straight down the back, but a side braid would also be very cute.}
  2. Using all of your hair, section it into three strands and create the first “stitch” of a simple braid…
  3. After the first stitch, on every outside edge, you will begin creating a Feather Braid… {On the left-most strand of hair, pull out a sliver of hair off the top and lay it to the side. For a DIY, you can use a clip, teeth, or extra hands to hold the strands out of the way.}  Also, for this braid, I chose to feather off larger strands at the top and smaller feathers as we worked our way down…
  4. Now cross that outside strand over the middle to become the middle strand….
  5. Then, go to the right-most section of hair and pull out a sliver of hair off the top and lay it to the side, and cross the remaining strand over into the middle…
  6. Repeat these alternating steps until you run out of hair.
  7. Secure with an elastic. You should have a normal-looking braid with feather strands of hair coming off both sides of the braid all the way down. {Kind of looks like a feather, huh? LOL! That’s why we call it a Feather Braid!}
  8. Now, pick up the top two feather strands of the left and the top feather strand on the right.
  9. Begin a Dutch braid using those strands. {When you need to add hair into the braid, use ONLY the other feather strands of hair on both sides of the braid.}
  10. When you run out of feather strands, finish off with 2-3 stitches of a regular braid….
  11. Then, undo the original hair elastic and secure both braids together with that same elastic.
  12. You should now have two braids right on top of each other, the Stacked Braids.
  13. To help the Dutch braid stand out just a bit more, you may choose to “pancake” the bottom braid edges, as I did, by gently tugging on the elbows to make them a little more puffy. {This helps add to the overall illusion of braid awesomeness!}

Enjoy!

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Knotted Pullback | Easy Hairstyles

January 25, 2013

Nobody loves a simple hairstyle more than me!

Knotted Pullback | Easy Hairstyles

In fact, the best thing about these 3-minute styles is that they are simply “different enough” to grab people’s attention and generate lots of compliments without taking lots of time to create!

This hairstyle uses a simple knotting technique that is easy to put in and easy to take out… as easy as tying your shoes!

Knotted Pullback | Easy Hairstyles

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Knotted Pullback | Easy Hairstyles

 

That perfect mix is exactly what you will find with the Knotted Pullback…

Knotted Pullback | Easy Hairstyles

This knotting style is perfect for combinations in hairstyles, such as pairing it into a ponytail, sock bun, messy bun, etc.

Your friends will definitely wonder how you did it!

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

Time Requirement: 2-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Brush the hair so that it is parted to one side. You can leave the hair straight or style it with waves. {Even super curly hair will work for this hairstyle!}
  2. Pick up a small section from the front on the heavy side of the hair, the side where the majority of the hair falls…
  3. Split that section into two smaller strands…
  4. Now tie the first step of a knot just like you would begin to tie a shoelace. Pull that “knot” so that it sits snuggly against the head…
  5. While holding the two ends in your hands, add a small section of hair to each side. {Please allow me to clarify… you are going to add hair from both sides of the knot into each strand. So you will pick up hair on the right side of the head and add it to the right strand. Hair from the left side of the head will go into the left strand.}
  6. Now tie another Stage 1 knot as in Step #4, again pull until snug…
  7. Repeat Steps #5 and 6 until you have 3-5 knots…
  8. Secure ends with a tiny elastic that matches your hair in color…
  9. Now, pull up some hair near the top of your head at the end of the pullback.
  10. Pin the pullback against your head using crossed bobby pins…
  11. Now lay that top section of hair over the bobby pins, and end of the pullback, to help hide them.
  12. Feel free to add hairspray or an accessory.

There you go… pretty easy, right?  Feel free to try it and enjoy the compliments!

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Ladder Braid Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

January 13, 2013

The twins and I will be attending IMATS in Los Angeles this next weekend {Jan 19-20} and would love to meet any fans who may also be attending. For anyone who does not know.  You can learn more information about it here.

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For this weeks’ tutorial, we essentially show you two tutorials in one!  First, how to create a Feather Braid, and secondly, how to use that braid to create a cute Ladder Braid into a side ponytail.

Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

{We have used this braiding technique for awhile, although we are just now filming a tutorial… and some of my hair-blogging friends have great tutorials as well, such as Princess Hairstyles, Girly Do Hairstyles, and Babes in Hairland!}

My twins are learning how to recreate this fun braid in their own hair, which is why we show you how to use it in a cute side braid… because it is easier to do on yourself that way!

Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid into Side Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

The girls love this because the braid seems much more grown up than the simple ponytail version.

You will also note that this braid has a similar fun look as a few of our other ponytail combos, such as the Braided-Over Ponytail and the Side Fishtail Combo.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing all the hair over to one side, like you are gathering a side ponytail…
  2. Pick up a small section of hair on the underneath side of the head next to the nape of the neck, and secure the rest of the hair out of the way with a large hairband…
  3. Grabbing the small section, begin making a simple braid…
  4. As you go to cross over the outside-left strand of hair, pull out a tiny sliver-strand of hair and leave it out of the braid…
  5. Repeat the same with the next stitch of the braid. As you go to cross over the outside-left strand again, pull out a sliver-strand of hair and leave it out of the braid…
  6. Repeat until you have 2-3 inches left in the braid, and secure with an elastic.  This braid is what you call a Feather Braid.
  7. Now, release the rest of the hair from the large hairband and pick up another similar-sized small section of hair {this time near the front}…
  8. Braid approximately 4-5 stitches into this braid and then add the first sliver of hair from the Feather Braid into the middle strand…
  9. Complete one more stitch of the braid, and again, add in the 2nd sliver of hair from the Feather Braid into the middle strand…
  10. Continue until you run out of slivers to use, and then finish off with a normal braid and secure with an elastic. You should have a ladder looking braid sitting on top of the remaining hair.
  11. Now, reach your fingers through the bottom two “rungs” of the Ladder Braid and pull the remaining hair though the rungs…
  12. Remove both small elastics from the side braids, gather all of the ends together and secure with one hair elastic.

Enjoy!

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Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

January 06, 2013

I love Valentine’s heart hairstyles!

Of all the holidays, Valentine’s Day is my favorite theme for styling hair… there is something simply cute and romantic about hearts in hair!

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

This year, we wanted to do a heart hair tutorial mature enough for an older teenager or mom. This one is perfect!

We love how the braid actually “turns in” on itself, leaving your friends wondering how you did it!  Much different than the flipped-under ponytail we showed you in our very popular Flip-Braided Heart tutorial a few years ago.

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

I saw photos of a version of this lovely style on the Hairdresser on Fire website and decided to film a video tutorial for all of you!

You also could do this with Fishtail or Rope braids for a slightly different look!

Enjoy!

Twist-Braided Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 2-4 bobby pins, hairspray, fabric ribbon or bow {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. After brushing the hair, divide it by parting directly down the middle from forehead to mid-back of head…
  2. Then, section off the top half of the hair so that you now have three sections… the bottom half of the hair as one, and the top half of hair divided down the middle as two sections…
  3. Now, gather one of the top sections and begin braiding a simple braid as close to the inner corner of the middle part as possible and temporarily secure it with an elastic…
  4. Repeat step #3 on the other top section, again, braiding the braid as close to the inner corner of the middle part as possible and secure with a hair elastic.
  5. Now, take the right braid and twist it around itself clockwise toward the right side of head. Use a bobby pin to secure the curve to create the right crest of the heart…
  6. Take the left braid and twist it counter-clockwise toward the left side of the head and use a bobby pin to secure the left crest of the heart {as you did in step #5}…
  7. Now, bring the ends together to finish off the bottom shape of the heart.
  8. While holding the ends together pull off both elastics and secure the braids together with only one elastic…
  9. Lastly, feel free to use hairspray and then finish off the cute heart by adding an adorable ribbon or fabric bow as an accessory.

Video Tutorial:

I have a few other ideas we will be testing out in the next few weeks, but in the meantime… be sure to check out our other Valentine’s Day hairstyles!

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