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! 😛

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? 😀 😉 }

Double french braided ponytail/sport hairstyles

Hey everyone, happy Wednesday (yes that’s right, we’ve moved all future posts now to every Wednesday or Tuesday, instead of on Mondays.)

Now you might be thinking to yourself, “That’s not Clare’s hair is it?” and if you say that then you’d be right. Today one of my awesome cousins is modelling this style in her gorgeous hair.

I think this is a great sports hairstyle to keep the hair out of your face, but it could also just as easily be dressed up or down, however you like it really!

And this is definitely so easy I would classify it as a DIY even though I happened to have done it on my cousin.

Items needed: comb, 1-2 bobby pins, 1 hair tie.

Time: 5-10 minutes

Step-by-step instructions:

  1.  Begin by parting the hair all the way down the middle..
  2. Section off one side for now…
  3. French braid on side, using reasonable large sections, however start with slightly smaller pieces and grab larger sections as you go along…
  4. Once you run out of hair, braid all the way down and tie the ends with a hair tie..
  5. Repeat steps 3-4…
  6. When you have both braids finished, secure the braids together at the base of the neck…
  7. Now undo the braids in the ponytail..
  8. And if you want to, grab a small piece of hair from the under side of the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie, secure with a bobby pin or two..
  9. This step is optional, but I like how it makes the french braid look different from a normal one.. Go back up the braid and gently tug the inside pieces of the braid to make them look fuller, and it also gives it an almost dutch braid look to it.
  10. And you’re done!!

I hope you liked this post, I know quite a few people asked for some sport hairstyles a little while back. So hopefully you enjoyed this tutorial! Is this sport hairstyle something you would wear to training or a game?