My go-to Formal Hairstyle

Hello everyone!

I’m so honored to be posting on the anniversary of this lovely site! 😀 (In the U.S. it’s June 19 hehe!)  It has been such a pleasure to be a part of it.

Today, I’m very excited to be showing you all my go-to formal hairstyle. It is the hairstyle I have worn for countless formal occasions over the years.

If we ever met at a formal occasion of some sort (be it Church, parties, or other special events,) most likely I’d be wearing this look. It is fairly simple to do, but trust me, it looks harder than it is. (I always receive compliments whenever I wear it.) So let’s begin! 😉

Items needed: two small elastics (preferably your hair color,) several bobby-pins, comb, curling wand.

Difficulty: intermediate

Time needed: 10 minutes (excluding the curls)

1.) Curl hair to your liking. Clare has posted an awesome tutorial on how to curl your hair. The wand I used was a 2″ wand, since that gives me loose, relaxed curls.

2.) Part hair into a side part.

3.) Beginning on the thicker side of the part, begin a dutch braid. Keep adding hair from both sides, until you reach the crown of your head. Then add hair only from the front of your face. Stop adding hair once you reach the top of your ear, and do a three-strand all the way down.

4.) “Pancake” the braid by gently tugging at the edges of the braid. (My hair is long with some crazy short layers, so the braid will look really messy at first. Don’t worry, it’ll all work out in the end!)

5.) On the other side of your part line, begin a dutch braid, and repeat steps 3-4.

6.) Now that both of your braids are done, go back and pancake them a little more. The key to this whole look is that the braids are really full and large. Even if you have thinner hair, you can still get that look by tugging at the braid, gently.

7.) Grab one of the braids (I always choose the messier looking one,) and cross it diagonally across your head. (I like to place mine rather low.) Secure with bobby pins.

8.) Grab the other braid, and drape part of it over the ends of the first braid. Then, with the tail of the braid, loop it over and under the first braid. (If you’d like a simple visual of what I’m talking about, imagine  the braid looking like a ‘S’ on its side.) Secure with bobby pins.

…and there you have it! My go-to formal hairstyle.

I absolutely love this look, and even though I wear it for more formal occasions, it absolutely could be worn as an everyday look as well! 😀 Let me know what you think of it in the comments!

Catch ya later,

— Sophia

How to Create the Perfect Ponytail!

Today I’m going to let you in a little secret: how to make your ponytail look longer, and more full with just one simple trick! (No hair extensions required!) I’ve done this hairstyle on and off for quite a few years now, it looks so good in second day curls, and you could even add a dutch braided accent going into the ponytail like this.

I would recommend you use curls as the base for your ponytail, because if you have straight hair the trick will be much more noticeable. Plus, when you have a long ponytail of curls it looks great! 😉 You can do whatever curls you’d like, I just did some loose messy curls today for a more casual look.

Time: 1 minute (max!)

Difficulty: Super easy!

Step-by-step instructions:

  1.  Begin by scooping your hair up at the front like you would a normal ponytail..
  2. Next, gradually add hair from both sides of our hair all the way to the base of your neck,
  3. You should a upside down “V” shape of hair left out underneath the ponytail you’re holding in your hand..
  4. Tie off the majority of the hair in a high ponytail (the higher you do it, the longer you hair will look)
  5. And leave that V shaped section out of the ponytail..
  6. Adjust the ponytail to you liking and make sure the hair underneath is not visible.
  7. And you’re done!

Let me know if you liked this tutorial, and any feedback you have (we love to read your comments!)