Summer hairatyles:Stacked Pull-Through Braid

Summer hairatyles:Stacked Pull-Through Braid

  • I’ve loved Stacked Braids on summer. Pretty genius, really, accenting a braid down the spine of another braid! Now we’re seeing quite a few intriguing combos using this fun braid technique.
  • After each pull-through created, we sectioned off {feathered} a small strand from each stitch to be used later for our stacked braid. The stacked braid consists of a simple 3-strand braid using the feathered-off strands.
  • You’ll find that by braiding this hairstyle tightly, it will hold up super well during sports or any other active activities. Braid this hairstyle loosely, really pancaking the edges, and you’ll get that soft and full look that is very popular today.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 8-12 small hair elastics, accessory and hairspray {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes
Skill Level: Medium
Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1.  Begin with hair secured into a high ponytail…
  2. Divide the ponytail into two even sections {a top and a bottom}…
  3. Now, separate off a small section of hair from the top of the top section, laying it over the head and securing with a clip or have daughter hold…
  4.  Add your first elastic to the remaining top section of the hair, down a few inches from the ponytail holder…
  5. Then, create a centered hole in the hair section between the two elastics…
  6.  Now, reach through with your thumb and index finger, grabbing the second section of the ponytail and pulling it upward through the hole so that it is now on top…
  7. As you did in Step #3, separate off a small section of hair from the top of the new top section, and lay it out of the way…
  8. Continue Steps #4-7 until you run out of hair, leaving you with a Pull-Through Feather Braid.
  9. Go back and pancake each of the Pull-Through sections to add volume to the base braid…
  10.  Then go back to the top and starting with the first small section you feathered out…begin a regular 3-strand braid…
  11. Braid down a couple of stitches and then add in the hair from the next feathered strand you left out.
  12.  Continue Step #11 until you’ve reached the end of the ponytail {the top braid will be nicely secured against the bottom, because you anchored in pieces along the way}…
  13. 13. Secure with an elastic and add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Hair Care : Facts and Tips

Hair Care : Facts and Tips
Hair can look radiant and healthy despite everything we do to it. Everything includes frequent washing, colouring, blow-drying, curling, straightening and more. Add to this heat and dry air. It is our good fortune that hair is so resilient! Still, the more hair is processed the more TLC it needs. We share with you our best hair care tips to help you protect your hair and keep it beautiful.
Hair Care for All Types of Hair

Every head of hair has its own characteristics. With a little effort you can easily learn how to make the most of your hair’s best features. Even if temporary problems show up, there are tried and tested methods to deal with them. Examples of such problems are dull, lifeless hair, not enough volume and split ends. The proper care and hair care products will quickly restore the radiant nature of your hair.

 

Be sure to focus on the special characteristics of your own hair. Long hair needs a little more care than short hair. Dryness, the results of over-processing, and split ends are seen mostly in long hair. Magic formula for long hair: Do not weigh down the hair near the roots and provide plenty of rich care for the hair ends. This formula guarantees ample volume and guards against split ends.

Bringing out the Lustre in Your Hair

  • Dull hair is a problem for many women. Hiding dull hair under a hat is not the only solution. The proper care can restore the shimmering beauty of your hair.
  • Over-processing is the most common reason for dull hair. The use of the flat iron, blow-dryer and other styling tools can damage hair and so can daily styling and dry heated air.
  • Aside from using the proper hair care products and methods, it is always a good idea to avoid using damaging styling tools and procedures.

Healthy Hair through Proper Hair Care

  • Allowing your hair to air-dry after shampooing goes a long way toward restoring the natural healthy shine to hair. However, you may not always have the time or inclination to wait for your hair to dry without the use of a blow-dryer even though heat-styling will steal the innate healthy glow from your hair. Optimal protection before heat-styling and proper hair care after heat-styling are therefore essential steps in your hair care regimen.
  • Heat protectants for hair help to prevent heat damage. However, it is also necessary to implement a few styling rules: Use your flat iron only on dry hair; apply heat protectant to damp hair and comb it through your hair; do not use metal combs, hair slides or barrettes while heat-styling your hair to avoid additional or excessive heat exposure.

Upward Lace Braid and #ShareTheGift Nativity Feature

Upward Lace Braid and #ShareTheGift Nativity Feature

  • The effect that this braid gives you is a “faux waterfall braid” look, only no hair actually falls through the braid. I’ve been creating Lace Braids in hair for nearly 10 years now, and never thought to pull hair in only from the bottom side!
  • I think this braid looks the best brought back into a tieback, however you can continue this braid around the back of the head and secured just above the other ear, covering the end with hair from that side.
  • This braid technique works on curly hair, wavy hair, straight hair, wet hair, dry hair, Day 2 hair, etc. Really, you can use it to accent pretty much any style combination!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes
Skill Level: Medium
Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1.  Begin with straight hair {but this can work on short, long, wet, dry, curly, or straight hair, too}…
  2. Part hair slightly off to one side…
  3. Pick up a small section near the temple and begin one stitch of a regular 3-strand braid…
  4. When you go to move the bottom piece again in the 2nd stitch, add in some hair only to the bottom piece {try to pick up hair that lays underneath the top layer of hair… when you do this, it will create a pull to the hair that lays in a diagonal direction upward into the braid giving a waterfall braid-like look}…
  5.  Everytime you to to move the bottom strand of hair in the braid, add in some more hair {only from the bottom}…
  6.  Repeat this stitching until you reach halfway around the head…
  7. Finish with a few stitched of a regular braid, and then secure with an elastic for now…
  8.  Now, moving to the other side, create another upward Lace Braid, using the same technique as before in Steps #3-6…
  9.  Secure the two braids together in the back of the head with an elastic, and add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.
  10.  *Optional: You may also continue the braid all the way around the head and secure near the opposite temple using some bobby pins or you can use the ends of the braid, pancaking only one side, rolling it up, and creating a rosette/flower shape and pin into place.

The Twist Braid | Cute Braids

The Twist Braid | Cute Braids

  • The braid is a unique combination of a vertical Waterfall Twist and a Mermaid Braid. I had never thought of combining those two braids before, and the resulting braid is stunning!
  • This is a cute hairstyle that fits in line with many of the Mermaid Braid variations floating on Pinterest. I can already imagine using this braid as a base for an updo combo, taking it down to the base of the head and then creating a chignon, or curled/braided bun. For French Braid lovers, this braid will also fit nicely in your style arsenal!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 5 minutes
Skill Level: Medium
Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1.  Begin with your hair parted slightly off to one side {Alternate Option: you can brush all the hair back away from the face and have no part line}…
  2.  Move to the back of the head, at the crown, and pick up a section of hair…
  3.  Divide that section of hair into two strands…
  4. Take the left strand and move it over the right strand…
  5. Pick up another section of hair from the left, and take it over the left-most strand and place it in the middle of the two twist strands…
  6.  Now take the left stand and move it over the right stand again {this creates a twist in the center just as you do in the the Waterfall Twist}, creating your first stitch…
  7. Next, do a stitch the other way by picking up another section of hair from the right, and take it over the right-most strand and place it in the middle of the two twist strands…
  8. Then, take the left strand again and move it over the right stand, creating your 2nd stitch…
  9. Repeat Steps #5-8 all the way down the hair, keeping the hair slightly loose so that the braid isn’t too tight.
  10.  Optional: As you go down, you can pull out a few wispy strand out near the face to frame the front and soften the look…
  11.  As you reach the end of the braid, the ends of the hair your strands will become more distinct because you have already used them previously…
  12.  Secure with an elastic, adjust the braid to your liking, and add hairspray {if desired}.

Taking Good Care of Your Hair

Taking Good Care of Your Hair

  • Classic Hair Care Products

Shampoo is the most common among the hair care products. It cleans hair and scalp and removes the oil. Almost as common is the use of hair conditioners or hair conditioning rinses to make hair silky and shiny. There are also hair treatments for times when your hair needs extra help to stay beautiful and manageable.

 

  • Hair Care Products with Instant Results

There are those times when hair care must be quick without distracting us from the activities of daily living. Today’s hair care products make it easy to keep our hair healthy and beautiful without spending a lot of time on its care. Leave-in hair treatments save wait time and the effort of rinsing out a regular conditioner. Dry shampoos freshen up hair on the fly.

  • Extra Care for Your Hair

Hair care products are definitely not boring. Appealing fragrances are often mixed in with conditioning ingredients. Shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments can engulf you in pleasing fragrances.

  • Hair Care Products for Your Hair’s Special Needs

Hardly anyone’s hair behaves exactly as it is supposed to behave without one of those exasperating individual quirks. Therefore, it makes sense to look for hair care products, which are specially designed to make the best of your individual hair. There are special hair care products for curls and sleek hair and for dry and oily hair. Hair oil helps to combat split ends and assists you in getting the upper hand against dry hair ends and unruly hair.

What Is a Conditioner?

What Is a Conditioner?
What are conditioners and what are their benefits? What is the difference between shampoos and conditioners? Why use hair treatments as well as conditioners? We explain why conditioners alone cannot provide all the care your hair needs and how to use hair treatments for your complete hair care.

  •  To condition something means to bring this something into its proper state. This state or condition is not necessarily the optimal state for objects like hair, leather, water, etc. On the practical side, why would anyone need to condition hair? If shampoo would leave your hair in perfect condition why would there be any need for a conditioner to bring the hair into its proper state? What is this ‘state’ anyway?
  •  When shampoo is applied to remove sebum, residual styling products, dead cells, and dirt from hair and scalp it also leads to slight swelling of the cuticle layer. The cuticles, which normally cover the hair shafts in tight, even formation like shingles on a roof top, slightly lift away from the hair shaft. In this state, hair is more vulnerable to damaging environmental influences and heat. This is where conditioners show their benefits. They reduce the cuticle swelling, which once again form a tight layer with no gaps or raised cuticles. The hair is now ready for styling and will make it through the day without serious damage. Properly conditioned hair is supple and holds on to its moisture for dazzling shimmer.
  1. Hair Treatment – a Regular Part of Your Hair Care Regimen
  2. As a matter of fact, conditioners do not eliminate the need for regular hair treatments.
  3. Conditioners protect the hair until the next shampoo but they hardly provide any long-term hair care benefits. Additional hair treatments may therefore be necessary.
  • Day in, day out, our hair is exposed to potentially damaging influences. Aside from hot styling without heat protectant, environmental factors like hot or cold weather, heated indoor air, wind, and UV rays take their toll. Damaged hair does not repair itself. For repair and maintenance it needs help in the form of hair treatments. These treatments are designed to repair damages to the core and cuticles of the hair. As a result your hair will feel silky and look healthy.

Tip: For better results, apply hair treatments to towel-dry rather than to wet hair.

Braided Half Up | Prom Hairstyles

Braided Half Up | Prom Hairstyles

  • With Prom season right upon us, the girls and I wanted to give you an easy half-up hairstyle perfect for the dance.
  • This look would make a wonderful Festival Hairstyle, something you could wear to Coachella, medieval festival, or a renaissance fair. Really, this hairstyle pretty much looks great for any occasion… a definite head turner!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, teasing brush, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, 6-8 small bobby pins, finishing spray {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Video Tutorial:
Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by prepping the hair for an updo {I used a 25mm curling wand and added some hairspray to help define longer lasting curls}…
  2. Take a front section of hair, from the forehead to the crown, and carefully back comb it all with a teasing comb {remember when teasing, only go in a downward motion, not an up-and-down motion. This will help add volume, yet keep the hair from tangling and being difficult to take out later}…
  3. Once teasing is done, flip the hair back over and using an edge of the comb or smoothing brush, gentlysmooth the top surface of the hair only {being careful not to comb out your tease}…
  4. Leaving about 2 inches of hair above each ear down, gather the rest of the teased hair and create a poof on top/front and shape it to your liking…
  5. When you love the way the top looks, set it by crossing bobby pins in the back {I used four pins to get Brooklyn’s thick hair to stay in place all day}…
  6. Next, take the two inches of hair on one side of the head and Dutch braid them. I started with Dutch Braid stitching {adding hair in the sides} for three or four stitches, before switching to a regular 3-strand braid…Only go a few stitches past the back center of the head before securing the braid with an elastic… Now go back and pancake the braid {making the hair look more full and also cover any unwanted part lines…
  7. Repeat Steps #6-8 on the other side of the head
  8. Then take one braid over the poof bobby pins and secure in place…
  9.  Next, cross the other braid over and bobby pin you just placed, making sure to tuck the elastics under other braid to hide them…
  10.  Use a strong finishing spray to set the style, and add accessories {if desired}.

The Perfect Wedding Updo: The French Braided Crown

The Perfect Wedding Updo: The French Braided Crown

  • It’s wedding season and what better way to amp up your bridal style than with an untraditional wedding updo! This chic, halo braid is the perfect mix of the trendy goddess look with the functionality of a high ponytail for a very comfortable yet trendy loo
  • Don’t let this around-the-head braided style fool you; it’s pretty simple to achieve! To begin, you’ll want to start on freshly blow dried hair. Make a part down the middle and with a dab of your favorite styling pomade or gel, begin your three-strand, French style braid from the left or right. Once you’ve braided around your hair, fluff up the braid, secure any loose pieces and jump that broom like a woman in love!

HOW TO CREATE THE HALO BRAID WEDDING UPDO:

  1. You’ll want to begin by parting your hair hair straight down the middle on blow dried hair. This will give you a sense of uniformity and direction as you begin the braid.
  2.  Start your French braid on any chosen side of your head from the middle part towards the edge of your hairline. Leave a few tendrils of hair out for to frame your face and add some more softness to the look.
  3.  Continue taking small sections of your hair and integrating it into the French braid. Be careful to create a braid that follows the edge of your hair in a circular pattern. Secure the braid with bobby pins as deemed necessary to keep a neat appearance.
  4.  Once the braid is complete, secure the loose end with a bobby pin, then gently tease your halo by pulling the braid loosely apart. This adds volume to the braid and makes it look more lush.
  5.  Lastly, spiral curl the pieces of hair on the side for added elegance.

Messy Fishtail Braid | Special Guest AndreasChoice

Messy Fishtail Braid | Special Guest AndreasChoice
I have seen a lot of beautiful half-up/half-down hairstyles floating around this Fall, so I think they are going to be very “on trend” for this season.
This messy fishtail braid is very easy to create, and looks even better as a second-day ‘do after twisty buns, pin coils, or braids the day before!
Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1 large hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes
Skill Level: Medium
Steps:
1. Begin by grabbing a section of hair just behind each ear, and be careful to not go too high up into the bang area. You want this to look like the side sections are pulled back…
2. Secure the two sections from each side back into an elastic on the back of the head…
3. Flip the ponytail up, over, and behind the elastic once. This will create a subtle twisted look to the pulled-back, side sections…
4. Begin fishtailing the ponytail…
5. When the fishtail is completed, gently tug on the edges of the braid to create a ‘messy’ look…
6. Secure the ends with a small elastic.
7. Add hairspray to control flyways, and a hair accessory if desired.
To add an even more disheveled look, carefully cut the first elastic out of the hair. This will loosen the top of the messy braid and leave your hair looking more loose and less styled.
Believe it or not, these messier looks are getting quite popular on the fashion runways this season!
This half-up/half-down hairstyle is perfect for girls of all ages, and is sure to bring lots of compliments!
Enjoy!

Dutch Accent Ponytail

Dutch Accent Ponytail

I love this quick Dutch Accent Ponytail hairstyle because it is so easy to create and something you can do in under two to three minutes in the morning. It can also be done on either wet or dry hair.You can watch the tutorial below…
The point of this hairstyle is for it to be simple, and easy to do, but with a super cute look. You can add a base of curls to it, add a bow or other accessory, etc, as well.
Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.
Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Begin by picking up a medium sizes section of hair at the top near your forehead, as start a Dutch braid…
2. Continue with the Dutch braid, adding in hair on both sides, until it reaches your ear…
3. While loosely holding the hair, go back and pancake the elbows of the braid to your liking…
4. Then go proceed and finish off the strands with a simple braid {a regular three strand braid}, securing it with an elastic band…

5. Next, pull the rest of your hair up into a ponytail, high or low, depending on your taste, and don’t forget to add the braid into your ponytail before you securing it with a ponytail holder…
6. Fee free to go back again and touch up the pancaking in the Dutch braid, and section out a few thin strands of wispy hair on the sides of the face, between the temple and ear, and at the forehead corners, to soften the look…
7. {Optional} Add a hair wrap to hide the ponytail holder, and add hairspray and accessory.
As always, thanks again for following our posts, and if you enjoyed this easy Dutch Accent Ponytail hairstyle tutorial by Bailey, please let her know in the comment section below!
Happy Hairstyling!