Dutch fishtail braid

I apologize that this is a bit of a rushed post, I would have made a video to go with this one, but due to internet ect. I wasn’t able to.. Hopefully you like it!

I can’t begin to tell you all how much I love this braid, it just looks so awesome! I’m going to show you how to create a dutch fishtail braid, with my cousin modelling for me again. Now it can be a quite time consuming braid, but the end result is totally worth it in my opinion! 😉

You could also do this as a side braid, into a ponytail (I’ve done it a few times for sport) or you could completely braid it all the way down the side.

Items needed: brush, 1 hair tie, hairspray and bobby pins {if desired}.

Time:10-15 minutes

Skill level: Hard

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Pick up a section of hair at the front of the hair, and divide it into two halves.
  2. Take a small piece from the right section, cross it underneath and add it to the left section.
  3. Next, take a small piece from the left section, cross it underneath, adding it into the right section.
  4. Cross a section from the right underneath to the left and then pick up a section of hair, crossing it underneath and adding it into the previously crossed section. This  is the same as doing a dutch braid where hair is brought in. The two main sections is how the fishtail effect is created.
  5.  Next cross a section from the right underneath to the left, bring in a section, crossing it under as well.
  6.  Now repeat steps 2 -5 crossing sections underneath and bring in hair until all of the hair is incorporated into the braid.
  7.  When all the hair is brought in, finish in a regular reverse fishtail braid.
  8.  Tie off the end with a hair elastic.
  9. Now, gently loosen the edges of the braid by pulling the edges of the braid. This creates the big, full braid that looks awesome!
  10. Add hairspray if desired.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Remember to leave a comment below, we love hearing from you all.  If you found the written instructions difficult to follow, leave a comment to let me know, and I will see about making a video tutorial for you! 😉

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 🙂

Rope Twisted Updo *Bonus Post*

Hey everyone, Clare here. You might be wondering why I’m posting today instead of Wednesday. Well the reason for that is because this weekend and next weekend we’ll be having bonus posts on the Saturday.

So we had a request for some slightly more formal hairstyles, also for shorter, curly hair. I don’t really have curly hair anymore, but my hair isn’t too long at the moment. I also have layers with some shorter ones at the front of my hair, so it was easy to add those into the twists too.

I’ve actually seen a very similar hairstyle to this where it was done on curled hair that was only shoulder length, I think what makes it possible is the rope twists which are easy to do in short hair.

Items needed: comb, lots of bobby pins, 2 small rubber elastics, 1 hair tie, a curling wand (though that step is optional), and hairspray.

Time: 10-15 minutes, depending on length ect. (without counting the time it takes to curl your hair)

Steps:

To start off with I curled my hair, this adds a much more formal look to a style and also just helps with fancy updos. This step is however, optional. Another thing to remember when curling your hair for an updo is to make sure you wrap the hair flat up against the wand to create more of a ringlet curl. (it wouldn’t look too great wearing them normally like that, but you’re not going to see them once they’re in the updo 😉 😀 )

They should look something like this once you’re done, they don’t have to be uniform, even, or anything like that as you can see:

After you’ve completed your curls part your hair to either the middle or the side (I always wear a side part).

Next you want to start doing a lace rope twist, here’s a short clip from Sophia’s post to show you how:

You’ll want to take smaller sections at the beginning and gradually add in slightly bigger pieces as you go along, try to keep the twist closer to your hairline like mine is in the first picture, down below.

Once you have both sides done it should look something like this, and it’s actually fine (and almost better) if the hair is somewhat loose and softer looking, because we don’t want it to look too tight and polished.

When you have both the rope twists done and secured off at the bottom, you have 2 options. One, to leave the twists separate and take the right hand side twist under and around the left to twist them together into a nice bun. Or two, secure both the twists together at the nape of the neck slightly over the the left hand side, then twist that up and around itself to create a bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun, and pin to your liking!

And.. here you have it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know what you think and if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask!

2 easy sport hairstyles

Today I’m going to show you 2 of my go-to sports hairstyles. I play competition basketball, and have for years, but these are two of the styles I come back to the most. They’re quick, easy, look nice, and keep your hair out of your face. What more could you want? 😀

This was totally unintentional, but I find it really funny how our last 2 posts on here were either 2 in 1 hairstyles or 3 in 1. It looks like you’re all gonna get another bonus post here with me giving you 2 styles too! 😉

Hairstyle No. 1: Double dutch side braids: My go-to is usually just a single dutch braid on one side into a ponytail, but I thought, why not spice it up a bit? So instead I’m going to show you how to do this fun style with not one but two dutch braids!

Both of these will work for any length of hair as long as you can tie it back.

And… Hairstyle No. 2: Dutch accent ponytail: This hairstyle is so easy to do, and it just adds something more to your average ponytail.

 

Items needed: comb, 1 hair tie, 2 small rubber elastics. {hairspray & bobby pins if desired}

Time: 3-4 minutes for each.

Skill level: Easy

{I apologize for my head going slightly out of frame in certain parts of the video}

Step-by-step instructions:

Hairstyle No. 1: double dutch braids

  1.  Start with your hair down and parted to the side..
  2. Dutch braid your hair until you get past your ear..
  3. Then stop adding in hair and continue with a plait…
  4. Gently go back and pancake the the braid…
  5. Secure with an elastic..
  6. Now reach behind the first braid and repeat steps 2-5..
  7. Ddd all the hair into a ponytail at whatever height you like, then make sure to add the braid in.
  8. Once the ponytail is secure, take the elastic out of the braid.
  9. And you’re done!
  10. {Alternative finish, you could also put the ponytail up into a messy bun for a cute look, or a normal bun, whichever you like!}

Hairstyle No. 2: dutch braid accent

  1. Begin with your hair down..
  2. Next part a small section in the middle of your head to braid..
  3. Splitting the hair into 3 sections of hair, dutch braid taking small sections from either side of the hair until you get to the crown of your head..
  4. Finish off the braid with a normal plait, and then go back and pancake..
  5. Secure the ends of the plait with an elastic..
  6. Pull all your hair up into a relatively high ponytail.. and add the braid into that as well..
  7. Secure with a hair tie, and you’re done!

{Alternative finish, you could also put the ponytail up into a messy bun for a cute look for both of the hairstyles. Or a normal bun, whichever you like!}

I hope you enjoyed those quick and easy sports hairstyles, which would look awesome even if you didn’t use them for sport! Which was your favourite?

Was the video helpful? Let me know what you would like to see improve.

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