French Twist Ponytail

In the mornings, when I’m doing my hair, I generally want something neat that will stay out of the way and stay in. So I usually just do a ponytail! But over the years, I’ve discovered a prettier alternative to the reliable old ponytail: a French twist ponytail. Perfect for doing things at home or when you’re going out and about, this DIY hairstyle – with some practice – takes 10 minutes or less to finish. (At the moment my hair sits a bit below my shoulders. So though my sister is modelling this hairstyle today with her beautiful long hair, it works for fairly short hair as well.) I hope you all enjoy it!

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Skill: medium

Time: 5-10 mins

Items: brush, 1 or 2 bobby pins, hair tie

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Part hair as desired (I really like a side part). Take a section of hair next to the part.
  2. Take a second section of hair with your other hand and wrap, or place it over the first one, swapping the sections in your hands. Now the first strand should be on the ‘outside’ and the second one on the ‘inside’ of your head. This is the beginning of your french twist.
  3. Take the outside strand and some new hair (as in a French braid) and wrap/place it over the inside strand, swapping the sections in your hands as you go. Repeat around the head, along the hairline, until you reach where your ponytail’s going to be.
  4. I like to then do a few twists with your two strands (but don’t pick up new hair). This gives you a bit of unraveling space as you do the ponytail. Gather all of the hair into a ponytail, and tie with your hair tie.
  5. Now for the fun part – ‘pancake’ the twist by pulling each twist out slightly to give your hairstyle a fuller, polished look.
  6. And finally, take a small section of hair from the base of the ponytail and wrap around the hair tie. Secure end with one or two bobby pins.

I like to secure the hair by pinning down the end of the strand and pushing into the hair tie and the base of the ponytail, but do what works for you. The main thing is that it stays in place. 😉 The wrap-around isn’t necessary, but it does add a nice touch. And if – like me – you have rather thin hair, the wrap-around can distract from your ponytail’s thinness.

Here’s a trial…

This style is quite similar to the lovely rope twist in Sophia’s DIY Overnight Curls/Waves, which has also been used a few more recent posts (if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out!) The difference is that you don’t twist the strands as you gather up extra hair. I hope you all enjoy it! And here’s the final hairstyle:

Like every hairstyle, the French twist takes practice to perfect. However, twists can be slightly easier than braids as you only have two strands of hair to worry about. And once you do get it, you can use twists for almost any occasion. They stay in pretty well too – the French twist I did on my sister lasted through a whole day of school holidays, involving flying planes, dancing, and crazy games! And this post wouldn’t have been the same if Clare hadn’t inserted the video and added music to it. Thank you! 😀

Comment below and let me know if you liked this hairstyle, and if you found the video helpful, or otherwise! 😛

dutch braided double bun hairstyle

Hello Everyone!

Sophia here. 😉 Today, I am showing you a super cute and easy hairstyle that is really spunky and fun. Its perfect for every season.

level of difficulty: easy

time needed: 10 minutes

items needed: 2 bands

Step 1: Part hair to your liking. Just make sure to part from the crown of your head to the nape of your neck in the middle. I parted the top in a side part. Section one side off with a band.

Step 2: On the other side, pick up a 1 inch section of hair from the top of your head, and begin a dutch braid. You can reference how to do a dutch braid here.

Step 3: Once you reach the crown of your hair, stop braiding, and gather the entire section into a ponytail. Twist the ponytail, and coil it around the band, forming a bun. Wrap an elastic around the bun to secure it. Personally, the band holds the bun securely for me, but if you’d like, you can add some bobby-pins for extra holding power. 😉

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side of your head. You can pull on the hairstyle a little to make it look a tad messier and loose.

 

…And there you have it! I really really love this hairstyle…its so easy to do, yet it is so pretty. I hope you all enjoy it!

Till next time!

Diy Waterfall Braid

Today I’m going to show you how to create the waterfall braid, I love how easy this is once you get the hang of it! I just came up with a great way to wear the waterfall braid as a DIY style a week or two ago, right before Mass, and loved it so much I wore it two or three times that week!

The funny thing is, I wasn’t really into wearing waterfall braids on myself until recently. Maybe it was because my hair was really long before, and sometimes a bit frizzy so I wasn’t as inclined to wear it out, I’m not really sure… But what I do know is that I love this look! 😉

I hope this tutorial will help you all to learn how to do this super easy DIY waterfall braid look!

Also, as a side note, I do realise that the “4 strand braid” won the most votes in the recent poll, but I just couldn’t wait to show you all this hairstyle! 😉 (it came 2nd in the poll) Do however, look out for the 4 strand braid in one of my next posts!

Another thing I think is amazing about waterfall braids is the fact that they work on even the shortest of hair, I’ve seen them done on a-line bob hair cuts ect. (which is pretty short) and they work really well! So I would definitely give this hairstyle a tick for almost every length of hair! 😉

Time requirement: 4-8 minutes, (it depends on your hair length)

Items needed: 1-2 small rubber hair ties, and a comb, (hairspray is optional)

Step-by-step instructions:

  1.  To begin with take a small section from one side of the hair in the front and separate the hair into 3 sections..
  2. For the first stitch of this braid, you actually just do the first step for a french braid..
  3. I actually do two complete stitches of a french braid before beginning the waterfall braid on the heaver side of my hair..
  4. Once you get to the third stitch of the braid, you now drop the right hand piece and let it fall out of the way.
  5. Now pick up a small section of hair to add back into the braid and add it back as the right hand piece. You have basically just dropped the right hand strand and replaced it with a new strand in the exact same location.
  6. Now take that right hand strand and cross it over the middle strand.…
  7. You then add hair to the top strand {this is exactly what you would do with a regular French braid}and cross it over the middle strand…
  8. You have now just finished your third stitch of the braid at this point.
  9. Repeat steps 2-7 over and over again until you get to the middle of the back of your head..
  10. Using the three remaining strands, create a basic braid down about half way and secure with an elastic or clip for now..
  11. Essentially you’re just doing a french braid the whole time, only you drop the bottom strand each time over and pick up some more hair from just behind the strand you’ve dropped and continue…
  12. Repeat steps 2-10 on the other side, but as I mentioned I only did the extra stitch of a normal french braid on the heavy side of my hair, so don’t do it for the other half..(trust me it’s really not as complicated as it all sounds 😉 )
  13.  Now take the two braids and secure them together tightly at the middle of your head…
  14. I didn’t really like how the braids looked just tied together at the back, so I did a flip-under (the pictures should explain..)

And there you have the DIY waterfall braid! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 🙂

Also a special thanks to my older brother who took the pictures for me, and helped out with producing the video. ❤  😉

Twisted Half-up Hairstyle *Bonus Post*

Hello everyone!

Today, I’m going to be showing you a very simple, yet elegant, hairstyle. This is great for formal occasions, holiday parties, or for everyday! It’s very versatile, and you can really dress it up, or play casual. 😉

items needed: 2 bands, 2 bobby pins

difficulty: easy

time needed: 10 minutes

Step 1: Begin with a side part, and, from the heavy side of the part, pick up a 1 inch section of hair. Split into 2 sections.

Step 2: We are about to begin a lace twist. To do a lace twist, start with the 2 strands, and twist them together, away from your face, once. Then, add some hair to the strand closest to your face, and twist again. Continue doing this all the way down to your ear. Once you reach your ear, continue with a rope braid. You can reference a previous post of mine, if you want to see how to do a rope twist: Secure with an elastic.

Step 3: On the other side of your head, grab a large section of hair, and do a rope twist.

Step 4: Tie the two rope twists with an elastic. I like to tie mine near the nape of my neck for a looser, more elegant look. Remove the elastic from the first braid.

Step 5: Pancake the twists, to make them look really full.

Step 6: Grab a small inch section from underneath the band. Split into two sections, an do one more rope twist. Then, wrap it around the elastic, and secure the braid with two bobby-pins.

…And there you have it! A very quick, yet beautiful hairstyle. I love this one a lot, especially since you don’t need a lot of materials or time to do it. If you want it to look extra fancy, you can add some curls to really get some movement through the hair.

 

I hope you guys like this hairstyle! Let me know what you think of it. Have a great weekend!

— Sophia 🙂

Fun with Knots/Short hairstyle

Hey everyone, I’m very excited to present my first post – Fun with Knots! Okay, so we all know that the maths usually goes: hair + knots = something that is definitely not fun (or attractive)! But my younger sister recently got a cute bob cut for a school dress up day (she went as Madeline, the little French schoolgirl).

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It looks lovely, but I didn’t really know what to do with it. And I couldn’t do something with my other two sisters and not her, could I? So after some Internet searching for inspiration and some tinkering with my own hair – plus a lot of patience from my sister! – here is a DIY style that is both fun and attractive, and will work in almost any length of hair. I hope you all enjoy it! 😉

Skill level: medium

Time: 5-10 mins

Items needed: 1 brush, 1 small hair elastic, some bobby pins, accessories (optional)

  1. Part the hair (I used a side part) and take a small section of hair, next to the hairline and the part.
  2. Treating the section of hair like a piece of rope (as if it were all one big strand) tie a simple knot in it, the sort that look like a pretzel: wrap the end around, and through the hole. Tighten your knot so that it’s firm, pushing it closer to the scalp as you do so.
  3. Holding the ‘tail’ of your first knot, take another section of hair from the hairline, next to the first one. Wrapping the new section around the tail, make another knot. 
  4. You now have two tails. Smooth them together and hold them as if you just have one tail. Repeat Step 3 a few more times.
  5. Secure the end with your hair tie and hide it.
  6. Pancake the edges of the knots by pulling them out, but be careful – you don’t want to pull out your work!

Now, if you’re anything like me, all of these words aren’t making much sense to you! So here’s a short picture tutorial, which hopefully shows what I’m trying to say.

Take a section of hair…

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knot and tighten…

Take a new piece of hair and knot it around the tail…

When you’re done, tie the end and hide it, and pancake a bit…

I decided to bring another section of hair and lay it over the hair tie, securing it with a bobby pin. (I also pinned down the top edges of the knots to make them sit nicely instead of sticking up.) But you could also clip the end back with something pretty, gather all of the hair into a pony tail, or a bun…it’s up to you really! I chose to pull the knots out into nice symmetrical curves, but you could also play up the knots’ irregularity and create a completely different hairstyle.

As a DIY hairstyle, it can be tricky to make the knots stay in place and look attractive. But everyone can do a knot, and with some time and practice, you’ll be able to just add some accessories, and voila!

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Comment below if you like this tutorial, and want to see more hairstyles like this one!