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

‘Princess’ Half-Up ‘Do

Hello again! I got very excited one day when my siblings came home talking about the picturesque grapevines in the school garden. So I dragged my sister out (on her birthday, in her Cinderella costume) to try and get some nice photos! In the end the grapes didn’t show up so well, but the hairstyle went alright. 😀 A big thank you to her for being so patient! I hope you all enjoy this week’s hairstyle – a  lace braid fit for a princess.

Items needed: comb or brush, 1 hair tie

Difficulty: easy-medium

Time: 5-10 mins

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Part hair as desired (I used a middle part) and take a small section of hair above the forehead, next to the part. Split into three segments.
  2. Now you start your lace braid – this is the same as a simple French braid, except that instead of taking up new hair from both sides, you only pick up new hair from the top section..
  3.  Starting on the left side of the head, place the left-most strand over the middle strand, (making it the new middle strand), and put the right-most strand over the new middle strand.
  4. Put the left-most strand over the new middle strand, and, gathering up some extra hair from the middle (or top) of the head, place the right-most strand over the new middle strand. Repeat until you get to the back of the head..and there’s your lace braid!
  5. Once you stop adding in hair, finish off with a simple three strand braid..
  6. Tie off the end of your lace braid (or clip it for now) so that it doesn’t unravel, and repeat steps 1-6 on the right side.
  7.  Secure the two braids together at the back of the head and then remove the hair ties from the ends of the braids.
  8. Pancake the bottom edge of the braid as desired. And voila!


Tip: Be careful when you’re getting hair from the middle of the head – try to pick and place the hair so that it ‘looks nice’. And try to kind of ‘steer’ the braid, (again, being careful as you pick up new hair) so that it ends up where you want it too. 😉

This is also a DIY style (though I wrote the instructions as if I was doing it on someone else). It’s not the easiest, but with a bit of practice, I’m sure it won’t be too hard. 😉 I’m sorry that there aren’t any videos or pictures today – in the end there just wasn’t time for them (too much procrastinating)! 😉 Please let me know what you thought of this tutorial by commenting down below. 🙂 And for a bit of fun, here are some more photos…



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