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! 😛

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. ❤  😉

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!

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!

Pull-through Braided Half-up Hairstyle for Short Hair

Hello hello, Sabrina here! I am super excited to show you all how to do the pull-through braided half-up hairstyle. I got my hair cut short recently, and it’s a big change, but I am loving it so much. For all you short-haired people out there, I know sometimes it can be really hard to style short hair and be versatile, so I hope this style helps you out. (:

Items needed: 5-6 tiny hair elastics (I recommend ones that are close to the color of your hair so you won’t see them as much. I used black), 7-8 bobby pins or as many as you need; Time: about 10 minutes; Skill Level: easy-medium.

1.) Gather a small section of hair at the front of your head and secure with an elastic. Repeat this step right behind the pony-tail you just made.

2.) Now we’re going to start on the pull-through braid. Split the first ponytail into two equal sections. Then wrap or pull those pieces around the second ponytail. Secure those two pieces with a third elastic. I added more hair to those two pieces in the back to make a bigger pony-tail because I have layers and my hair is so short, but that is not necessary if your hair is longer. Now go to the second pony-tail, split it in half and pull those two sections around the third pony-tail and secure with another elastic behind the third pony-tail. This step might sound a bit confusing, but I promise it will make so much more sense when you look at the picture.

3.) Bobby pin each side down if it is sticking up a bit. Just this makes a cute hairstyle as well!

4.) Grab a small piece of hair next to the pull-through braid. You can grab directly at the front but I prefer to leave the very front hairs down for facial framing. Now begin to do a regular 3-strand braid. You can reference Emma’s post.

Repeat this step on the other side.

5.) Your hair should now look something like this.

6.) Grab the braids and bring them back and grab the two pony-tails and begin to secure all of them with one elastic except only pull half way through, so there is a big loop.

7.) Grab a piece from the loop and pull it forward and pin it down to start your messy-bun.

8.) Repeat this step in all directions until you have reached a messy bun to your desired liking.

And here’s the final look!


I think this hairstyle is super cute, and it looks especially adorable in this fall season and the upcoming winter season! One of the best things about this hairstyle is that it looks great on long hair as well, and you can dress it up or down.

Well, I hope you all liked this hairstyle, let me know what you thought and/or if you have any questions. Happy hairstyling!

See ya!

-Sabrina (:

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.

{my aim for this post is to get 20+ comments, so if you read this post, why not leave a comment? 😀 😉 }

3 DIY hairdos for short hair

By Emily

Hey there everyone! Emily here.  Today, I gathered up a few of my favorite DIY hairstyles for y’all to enjoy!  These are for all y’all who were asking for some hairstyles for short hair, but these hairdos work well on any length.  So, these hairstyles should work on both short and long hair.  😉

~The first hairstyle I have to share with y’all is super duper simple.  It doesn’t take up too much time, and I personally find it really cute.  All you gotta do is follow the super simple steps below!

  1.  Brush hair.
  2.  Gather a section of hair from the front of your head and bring it to the back of your head.
  3. Using only that section, begin to fishtail-braid the hair.
  4.  Secure with a hairband.
  5. Add hairspray as desired.

Voilà!

~Second hairdo!

  1.  Brush hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3.  Begin to dutch braid the side of the head with more hair, to the back of the head (here, you can either pin the braid in place and leave the rest of your hair down, or you can continue to follow the steps).
  4.  Pull remaining hair back into ponytail.
  5. Secure with hairband.
  6.  Go back and loosen the braid carefully, giving it a fuller and more messy look.–This step is completely optional!  You don’t have to do this one.
  7. Add hairspray as desired.

In the end, your hair should look something like this:

~And last but not least, the third hairstyle!

  1. Brush hair.
  2. Pull hair back into a ponytail.
  3. Tease hair, thus making it more voluminous.
  4. Twist the hair into a messy bun.
  5. Pin to your satisfaction/liking.
  6. Add hairspray as desired.

 

This hairdo is one of my favorite go-to’s!  Mainly because, it’s hard to do buns to my short hair, but this one actually works, and doesn’t look half-bad either.  😉

 

And that’s all there is to it!  Three of my favourite DIY hairdos for short hair!  😀  Let me know what y’all think, which ones are your favourites, and if you’d like to see more hairstyles for short hair!  Happy hairstyling, y’all!

~Emily