Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid | Easy Hairstyles

December 30, 2012

This hairstyle is so fast and simple!

I love a good rope braid {or plait} for those “Running-Behind Mornings” when I do not have much time to get myself or my girls ready before school.

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

My niece Aniston spent the night last weekend at my house with the twins and she has been begging me for months to film a hairstyle tutorial on her!  How can I resist all of that beautiful blonde hair???

{Aniston is just beginning to learn styles on her own hair, so we agreed to teach her a hairstyle that she can recreate easily in on school mornings.}

What I love about a rope braid is that it is not really a braid at all… the only skill needed is to know is how to twist a hair strand. Simple as that!  With two 13-year olds myself, helping them learn a few easy hairstyles like this is a simple way to keep them interested in doing their own hair rather than relying on only a ponytail or a headband!

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

Hair-Wrapped Rope Braid {Plait} | Easy Hairstyles

 

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 large hairband, 1 small hair elastic,1-2 bobby pins, leather strand and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. To start, begin with straight or curly hair {Either will work fine.  Bangs will also work by pulling them into the braid or simply leaving them out and styling as usual}…
  2. Gather all hair over to one side directly behind the earlobe, and secure into a nice side ponytail with a large hair elastic…
  3. Section off a small strand of hair {to be used later} from the ponytail and leave it out of the twists…
  4. Divide the remaining ponytail hair into into two large strands…
  5. Now, twist those two strands {separately} in the same direction. I twist mine clockwise…
  6. Once those pieces are fully twisted, now begin winding the twists around each other in “counter-clockwise” direction {going in the opposite direction will keep the hair twists and form secure and tight when you let go of the braid}…
  7. Continue winding the hair around each other, counter-clockwise, all the way down while adding another twist or two to the original strands just to keep things tight…
  8. Secure the braid with a tiny elastic that matches the hair.
  9. Now, take the small section of hair we separated off at the beginning and wrap it around the top hair elastic, to hide it. Secure the hair wrap with a bobby pin, and tuck in any extra hair that remains.
  10. Feel free to add any cute accessories to the end of the twist.

Enjoy!

 

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Happy Hairdoing!

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Subtle Twist into Side Braid | Easy Hairstyles

November 21, 2012

Quick and easy, those are the hairstyles that I LOVE!!!

This one is a perfect hairstyle for those days or mornings when you have very little time on your hands. Perhaps what I enjoy the most about it is that the style is meant to be loose. There is nothing wrong with tight and crisp hairstyles, but there is just something about that romantic ‘tousled‘ look in a braid that is super cute and very trendy right now!

Subtle Twist into Side Braid

And… it takes no more than 3-5 minutes to complete! This hairstyle incorporates as soft, single twistback on one side that is then merged into a side braid.

We also included small snippets from our family videos this year of the kids’ in their Halloween costumes!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: 1 hairband… that’s it! {hairspray and bobby pins optional}

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Twistbacks into Square Knot | Daddy 'Do Hairstyles

September 30, 2012

This hairstyle tutorial is the result of what happens when daddy is home alone with the kids while I am out of town!

Unfortunately, the video I left in reserve for our usual weekly upload has sound issues.

My hubby called to let me know, which created a perfect opportunity for him to film another one of his famous Daddy ‘Do Hairstyles!  This one is called Pullbacks into Square Knot, and demonstrates perfectly his experience in scouting!

Pullbacks into Square Knot | Cute Hairstyles

I was actually very impressed when I saw the video, that the hairstyle looked so crisp and clean! The knot looked beautiful as well, so brownie points to him for bringing you this week’s tutorial!

{Although I wasn’t quite prepared for the “surprise” action he did in the video… my daughter was trying so hard not to laugh!}

Pullbacks into Square Knot | Easy Hairstyles

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, one hairband, 2-4 bobby pins, pomade and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Brush out hair…
  2. Separate off a small section of hair near each ear to create the two pullbacks…
  3. Secure remaining unused hair into a soft ponytail with a hairband to keep hair out of the way…
  4. Dampen the hair with a spray bottle {if needed} to help control flyaways…
  5. Add some mousse or pomade to the pullback strands to help add a little grit.  {This will better help the hair stay in place when you create the square knot.}
  6. Take both strands and pull them to the back of the head, and form the first part of a knot just like tying your shoe…
  7. Now repeat the same step again to create the square knot…
  8. Holding the hair ends in place, gently add bobby pins to each “tail” right where they come out of the knot {in an up-and-in motion, to create a more secure pin}…
  9. Then add hairspray to secure any remaining flyways and to help hold the knot shape.
Enjoy!

 

Happy Hairdoing!

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Twisted Zig-Zag Hairdo | Updo Hairstyles

September 23, 2012

As promised a few weeks ago, we wanted to post an updo hairstyle for you… please keep in mind that this style really is a twist hairstyle, not a braid. {It sure does look like a braid, however!}

Twisted Zig-Zag Hairstyle | Updo Hairstyles

This hairdo utilizes a very simple twisting technique, adding in hair only as you reach the sides, thus creating a very elegant zig-zagging pattern in the hair.

To make this a more elegant hairstyle, you may choose to leave a small strand on either side, in the front of the ears, that can be curled. For a formal dance or wedding occasion you may also use micro twist-in flower accessories.

Twisted Zig-Zag Updo Hairstyle | Cute Girls Hairstyles

This week we also added an Instagram account where you can follow us on our hairstyling adventures! I will be posting our hair photos there as well as other gorgeous ones that I find inspiring!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 large hair elastic, 2 small Goody Spin Pins, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray and accessories {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Side Flat Twists | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 20, 2012

I know that many of our styles I use on my daughters, and that so many of our earlier styles were meant for little girls.

Well, today we wanted to do something for the older girls that is very fun… with a little edge and punk!

Side Flat Twists | Back-to-School Hairstyles

I first noticed a variation of this on Kendall Jenner from the Kardashians, only in the photo she wore cornrows {braids} instead of twists. There are a few other stars who rock this look as well.

I prefer to use twists in this hairstyle instead, because they are faster to do and look fairly similar. You can use either bobby pins, as I have done, or you can secure the twists with small clear elastic bands. {If you were to do cornrows, the hairstyle could be used for a week or so.}

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This is a fun look that takes very little time to do. We like that it looks punk enough, kind of like the side of the head is shaved… only you do not have to commit to a shave to get the look! Also, depending on where you part your hair, you could use as few as three twists or as many as five… it is all up to you!

Here I have my daughter’s hair straight, but you could do this with curly or wavy hair as well!  I threw in a shot of me wearing this hairstyle, as well!  For an even edgier look, you could do this to both sides of the head!

Enjoy!  Don’t forget to tweet me at @CuteGirlHair and let me know if you would like to see Homecoming hairstyles or more Back-to-School hairstyles!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 alligator clip or large hair elastic, 4 small bobby pins {or 4 small clear elastics}, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Note from Mindy: In the video, I refer to how I learned this twisting method by researching online how to do hairstyles on my black daughter’s hair {since her hair-care routine and hair texture is so different than my other daughters}. Some fans on YouTube have taken offense to my usage of the term “black”. Please know that I am not racist in any way… I love all my children equally! Many of you also know that we do not give out our children’s names for security purposes, so we have to refer to them in different ways.  It is also important to note that we use the term black often with respect to our children only because “African American” can be a misnomer. There are so many blacks whose heritage comes from Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or other islands in the Caribbean. Labeling them all as “African American” for PC sake is incorrect. Our daughter’s heritage is Caribbean and Italian, with a little Native American, and even more… her birthmother asked us to refer to our daughter as black. We celebrate Black History Month, at times do watch Black Entertainment Television, and talk about Martin Luther King Jr. This heritage is important to our family!  :)

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