Moana (no heat!) Curls

Hey Everyone! Happy 2018! I haven’t seen you guys since last year!!

So, my last hairstyle was my Cinderella French Braids, and, to keep with the theme, I decided to master Moana’s curly locks.

Before I start the instructions, I’d like to point out that this is kind of a two-in-one post, since both methods I use to get Moana’s curls can and are also used on their own. The reason I used two no heat curling methods is simply since I felt that one gives more body to the hair, while the other gives texture. 😉

If you’d like another no-heat curls idea, check out these curls.

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Time needed: 20 minutes (if you have long hair, like me.)

Items Needed: 1 rubber band, one cloth headband, several bobby pins

  1. With your fingers, separate a large portion of hair, by starting at your ears, moving towards the crown of your head. Section off with a band. 
  2. Grab your headband, and put it around your head. It should rest on your hairline and right above your ears. Thinner cloth headbands are the most comfortable choice.
  3. Section off a 1″ section of hair. With your other hand, expand the headband, and loop the hair up and through it.

4. Then, add another 1″ section of hair to the first section. Loop the hair up and through the headband.

5. Keep adding 1″ sections of hair, and keep looping the hair through it. Gradually, the section will naturally become larger.

6. Once you’ve run out of hair to add, continue looping through the headband. If you have longer hair, the loop will continue up to your forehead.

7. Secure the twist with about three bobby pins, if necessary. These headband curls will add body to the hairstyle.

8. Let down the top-knot of hair, and part to your liking. I did a side part.

9. Section off a 1″ section of hair, and twist the entire strand. Make sure to twist away from your face.

10. Coil the twist into a small bun, and secure with a bobby pin. These twist curls will add texture to the hairstyle.

11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for the remaining hair, twisting, coiling, and securing. I personally recommend switching the sections up from 1-3 inches thick, since this will make the curls look more natural, like Moana’s.

12. Once you have coiled all of your hair, your hair should look a little crazy, but that’s okay.

13. Sleep on the curls overnight. I slept in these, and since all of the little buns were on the top of my head, I wasn’t bothered at all. 😉

14. The next morning, undo all of the little buns, and uncoil your hair from the headband.

15. Separate the curls. Begin gently, and use your fingers, not a brush. *tip* I like to let the curls rest for a few minutes, before separating them.

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…And there you have it! My take on Moana curls! I hope you enjoyed this hairstyle!

What other princess would you be interested in me recreating her hairstyle?

Catch ya later!

— Sophia

Extra Info: 

Prepping info: This all differs for each person’s hair type (mine is thick, with a slight wave,) but for some people, no-heat curls work better either on dry, slightly damp, or damp hair. For my hair, I like it slightly damp. You can achieve this by prepping the hair with either a hair mousse, salt water spray, curling cream, or simply a mist of water. I’ve used all of these in the past, but for the pictures you see above, I went for a salt water spray.

It all depends on your hair and how well it can hold curl though.

If you know that your hair does not hold curl well, prepping it is a must. Also, after you have undone, separated, and arranged your curls the following morning, you can add a bit of hairspray, to ensure that your curls stay all day long. I find hairspray is especially necessary for those with naturally straight or fine hair.

Please remember that each of these curls can be used separately, so experiment with them, and see which give you the best results! This many coils worked for me since I have long, thick hair, with lots of layers.

 

For thin hair: If you have thin or fine hair, I recommend only doing two coils on the top of your head, with the headband at the bottom.

 

For short hair: You can still do this hairstyle, expect, when you do the headband curls, you might need to secure your hair with bobby pins, to keep it in place.

 

…if you have any more questions, feel free to ask below! Hope you enjoyed the look!

Cinderella French Braids

Hey everybody!

Can you believe New Years Eve is nearly here?! Crazy.

In anticipation of the new year, I have a super fun DIY hairstyle to show you all. It’s my Cinderella French braids.

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So, these aren’t supposed to look exactly like the braids Lily James wore in the movie “Cinderella,” but I did use them as inspiration, and they do look very similar. 🙂 I love wearing this hairstyle so much. It is definitely one of my most frequently used looks. I love messier hairstyles. They just look so effortless and beautiful.

level of difficulty: intermediate

time needed: 10 minutes

items needed: two elastics

1.) Start with a side part. You can do a middle part, if you’d like, though.

2.) Grab a large section of hair near your part-line. It doesn’t have to be exact, since Cinderella’s hair was rather messy looking. My section was probably two inches thick. Split into three strands.

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3.) Begin a regular french braid. Keep the braid going more straight back, rather than forming it too close to your ear. (Hopefully the pictures show you what I mean.) I think Lily James wore two lace braids, but I like to begin with a French braid, to kind of “anchor” the hairstyle in place all day.

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4.) Once you have french-braided for about three stitches, begin a lace braid. (Three stitches means you’ve added in hair and crossed the strands over about three times.) You can do a lace braid by solely adding from the hair-line, rather than the part line.

5.) Once you reach your ear, stop adding in hair, and do a regular three strand braid. I like to leave about two to three inches of hair unbraided, to give more of an “undone” look. Secure with an elastic.

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6.) Repeat steps 2-5 on the other side of the part-line.

7.) “Pancake” the braids, to make them appear fuller and messier. I also like to “ruffle” the french-braid part of the hairstyle. I do this by putting one hand on the french-braided part, and moving it gently back-and-forth. This should make it a tad looser, and appear a little bit softer.

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…and, you’re done! This hairstyle is so great, since it can be worn as an everyday look. For special occasions though, I like to amp them up with some wand curls. 😉

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I hope you all enjoyed seeing and trying out my Cinderella-inspired look! Let me know what you think!

Catch ya later!

– Sophia

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!

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 🙂

Waterfall Twist & Reverse Fishtail

Hey everybody!

Sophia here. Today I’m going to show you how to do two super cute looks, that are absolutely perfect for the autumn season!

#1 Waterfall Twist:

So, I for one, love a pretty waterfall braid hairstyle. This one gives the same effect, but with a little twist to it…(like, literally, a twist!)

1.) To begin part the hair to your liking. I did a side part.

2.)Then, grab a 1 inch section from the front of your head. Split it into two sections.

3. Twist the two sections once.

4.)Hold the two strands with one hand, and with the other hand, grab a small section of hair from near your part-line.

5.)This part is slightly complicated to explain, but is really easy to do. Put the section you’ve just grabbed from you part-line, and put it between the two twisted strands, just let it fall.

6.)After that, twist the two original strands. This will hold the third strand in place.

7.)Continue with steps 5 and 6, until you reach near the crown of you head. Use two bobby-pins to secure. (Sometimes you need to tug a little on the “waterfall” strands, to make sure the braid looks neat.

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….Voila! Hairstyle #1, complete!

#2 Reverse Fishtail Braid:

If you want to get your hair out of the way, but still have it look cute, this is such a beautiful hairstyle to do. I’m accenting it with the waterfall twist.

  1. Start with the first hairstyle above.
  2. So, a reverse fishtail braid is just like a regular fishtail braid, but, instead of crossing the strands over, cross them under. So it’s a reverse fishtail. To reference a regular fishtail, you can take a look at a previous post from Clare.
  3. A little tip I like to do: When doing this reverse fishtail braid, instead of gathering neat, precise sections of hair, I grab different sized sections. Some small, some big. This gives it kind of a messy-chic look to it, which I personally like. 😉
  4. Once you’ve completed the braid, tug gently on the side, to give it a fuller, messier, appearance.

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There you have it! Two lovely hairstyles for Fall! They are both super easy, and quick, and you can wear them either together or separate. I hope you all have a lovely Autumn season (its my favorite!) and I’ll catch you later!

– Sophia 🙂

DIY Overnight Curls/Waves

Hey everybody!

Sophia here. Today, I’m going to be showing you all a really simple, do-it-yourself way to get curls/waves! This summer, I went to Hawaii, and you can bet that with all that salt water, I was enjoying some waves at the beach and in my hair the whole vacation. Now that I’m back in California though, and summer’s coming to a close, this DIY way of getting those beach-y waves will be what I use.

Tip: If you want to have some dramatic curls, leave the braids in for the day and the night—the braids make a cute hairstyle!

Now, let’s get those waves!

Tools needed: 2 small elastics, hair mousse (optional)

Skill level: easy

1. Part your hair wherever you like. I like to part mine off to the side.

2. This is optional, but I recommend putting some hair mousse in your hair. It really helps the curls/waves last longer.

3. From the crown of your head to the nape of your neck, part hair straight in the middle. Tie one section off to the side, so it won’t be in your way.

4. On the other side, pick up a 1 inch piece of hair, and split in two. You will be making a lace-rope braid.

5. To make a lace-rope braid, you will start by twisting the piece of hair closest to your head forwards, before crossing it backwards over the other strand. Then, you will add some hair to the new strand, before twisting it forwards and crossing it backwards. In essence, the twisting will create a rope. Although this braid seems a tad tricky, it’s actually quite simple once you see it done!

6. Complete the lace-rope braid. Once you run out of hair to add in, just continue twisting the strands and crossing them over. Secure with a small elastic.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the other side of your head.

8. And there you have it! Two very cute lace-rope braids. (If you’re wondering why its called ‘lace’, its because you are only gathering from one side of the braid, whereas ‘French’ braids, you gather from both sides.)

9. Leave these braids in overnight. The longer you keep them in, the tighter the curls/waves will be. It differs for every type of hair.

10. In the morning, take out the elastics and uncoil the braids!

11. Style to your liking.

I hope you enjoy this super easy, DIY way to get lovely, effortless curls/waves. This is my favorite way to get some lovely movement in my hair. Its also great since the rope braids can be worn throughout the entire day, so you get a hairstyle and a curls!

See ya later!

-Sophia

The Dutch Flip-Through

Some days, you just feel like having an “everyday glam” type hairstyle, and other
days, you need to find some up-do that can be totally classy, or even have a cute,
messy style to it. The dutch flip-through is a perfect hairstyle for all of these
occasions. Once learnt, it’ll become a super fast and stylish hairstyle that you can
do for any occasion. This can totally be a DIY hairstyle as well.

Items needed: comb, 5 tiny hair elastics, 1 hair tie, 10 bobby pins (or as needed.)
Skill level: intermediate
Time needed: about 15 minutes

Instructions:

1. Using a comb, part your hair as desired. We decided on a side part, ending at
the crown of the head.

2.Where the part ends, (at about the crown of the head,) separate three section
of your hair, going from the end of the part to the top of your left ear and right ear.
You should now have three separate sections. The center section should naturally
be the largest of the three. Tie the center section into a low, secure, pony-tail.

3. Starting on the heavier side of your part (if you did a middle part, then just pick a
side,) pick up an inch section of hair. Split that section into three even sections and
begin a basic side dutch braid.

4. To do a basic side dutch braid, take the left strand of hair, and cross it under
the middle strand. The left strand should now be the new middle strand. Then,
grab the right strand and bring it under the new middle strand. Go back to the left
side, and gather a small section of hair and add it to the left strand and then cross
that section underneath the middle strand. A dutch braid is simply a “reverse” or
“inside-out” French braid: instead of braiding the strands over, you braid under.
Repeat for the right strand and keep repeating this process. (see video)

5. Once you have run out of pieces to add into your dutch braid, continue braiding
in a normal three-strand braid (continuing to bring the sections under the middle)
and secure with a small, clear elastic. Repeat steps #4 and #5 on the other section
of hair, and secure with another small clear elastic.

6. Go back to each braid and pancake them to make them look fuller and softer.
You can pancake a braid by gently tugging on the outer edges of your dutch braid.

 

7. Going to the pony-tail, loosen the hair tie by pulling it very slightly
(approximately 1/2 inch,) away from your head. There should now be a tiny bit of
space between your head and the hairband. Using both hands, create a hole
between the hair tie and your head. Make sure the hole does not go all the way
through. (You should not be able to put your fingers through it.)

8. Then, flip your pony-tail upwards and stuff the entire ponytail it into the hole you
just made. It may take awhile, but don’t worry about it looking perfect or making
sure all your layers are in. Also, don’t worry about covering the hair tie. The most
important thing to remember is to not press down into the hole too hard, because
then you’ll end up with a flip-through pony-tail. This part of the style may take
some practice, but once it is learnt, it is very simple to do. Add two bobby pins to
help secure. You should now have the base of your up-do. (see video)

9. Grab one of your dutch braids and cross it over the hair you have just tucked.
Bobby pin in place. Grab the second braid and cross it over the hair you tucked–
this time slightly lower, to cover the hair tie. Bobby pin in place.

10. Bobby pin any layers that are out of place. Accessorize as desired.
The dutch flip-through is a really great hairstyle for formal events, or–with a little
more pancaking–would make a super cute everyday up-do. The flip-through up-do
part of this hairstyle could also be worn on its own, without the dutch braids. This
flip through up-do is a great technique, since, once mastered, you can put your
hair up and off your neck using only one band!

See you later!
-Sophia