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!

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? 😀 😉 }

Waterfall Twist & Reverse Fishtail

Hey everybody!

Sophia here. Today I’m going to show you how to do two super cute looks, that are absolutely perfect for the autumn season!

#1 Waterfall Twist:

So, I for one, love a pretty waterfall braid hairstyle. This one gives the same effect, but with a little twist to it…(like, literally, a twist!)

1.) To begin part the hair to your liking. I did a side part.

2.)Then, grab a 1 inch section from the front of your head. Split it into two sections.

3. Twist the two sections once.

4.)Hold the two strands with one hand, and with the other hand, grab a small section of hair from near your part-line.

5.)This part is slightly complicated to explain, but is really easy to do. Put the section you’ve just grabbed from you part-line, and put it between the two twisted strands, just let it fall.

6.)After that, twist the two original strands. This will hold the third strand in place.

7.)Continue with steps 5 and 6, until you reach near the crown of you head. Use two bobby-pins to secure. (Sometimes you need to tug a little on the “waterfall” strands, to make sure the braid looks neat.

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….Voila! Hairstyle #1, complete!

#2 Reverse Fishtail Braid:

If you want to get your hair out of the way, but still have it look cute, this is such a beautiful hairstyle to do. I’m accenting it with the waterfall twist.

  1. Start with the first hairstyle above.
  2. So, a reverse fishtail braid is just like a regular fishtail braid, but, instead of crossing the strands over, cross them under. So it’s a reverse fishtail. To reference a regular fishtail, you can take a look at a previous post from Clare.
  3. A little tip I like to do: When doing this reverse fishtail braid, instead of gathering neat, precise sections of hair, I grab different sized sections. Some small, some big. This gives it kind of a messy-chic look to it, which I personally like. 😉
  4. Once you’ve completed the braid, tug gently on the side, to give it a fuller, messier, appearance.

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There you have it! Two lovely hairstyles for Fall! They are both super easy, and quick, and you can wear them either together or separate. I hope you all have a lovely Autumn season (its my favorite!) and I’ll catch you later!

– Sophia 🙂

Half-up crown braid

Hey everyone, Clare here. I hope you all are having a great week!

Sorry this isn’t a DIY hairstyle, I haven’t had much time to do hairstyles on myself lately. However this hairstyle is totally DIY friendly. 😉 😉

I hope you like it!

 

This hairstyle will work for almost any length of hair, so give it a try and let me know if it worked for you! 🙂

 

Skill level: medium

Time: 5-10 minutes (depending on your hair)

Items needed: 1 comb, 1 small rubber hair elastic, a handful of bobby pins.

Step-by-step- instructions:

  1.  Begin by sectioning off the bottom half of the hair..
  2.  Make a small part in the middle at the the top of the head..
  3. Begin dutch braiding the hair round the head..
  4. When you get to around the ear, stop taking hair from the bottom….
  5. keep going, only taking hair from the top half, (you will be doing a lace dutch braid)..
  6. Once you run out of hair finish off the braid with a normal plait..
  7. Secure the ends with an elastic..
  8. Now take the ends of the braid, and pin around underneath the braid to finish off the crown braid look..
  9. Pancake the braid by gently tugging on the edges of the braid…
  10. And you’re done!

There you have the half-up crown braid, I hope you liked this tutorial. Leave a comment below if you have any questions ect.

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?