Monday, October 8, 2012

Kids Costumes 2012 and some braid waves

It is, once again, my favorite time of year! I love Halloween so much and have a ton of fun coming up with fun costume ideas for my kids. My daughter had a little girl in her Kindergarten class that was a peacock and she has wanted to be one ever since. I looked up tons of pictures and thought long and hard about it, and this is what I came up with. We still need to figure out what shoes to wear and I am adding peacock feathers to her hair piece...but I think it turned out pretty fantastic. My little guy was going to be a puppy until I came across this adorable owl costume. Here are my little birdies. What do ya think?
You can't really tell, but I braided her hair along the hair line in a circle in the picture above, and this is what it looked like today after I took out the braid. I just used a little shine serum on my hands as I combed my fingers through it. LOVE it!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Crazy 8

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this hairdo. I started out with a dutch braid along the front and added it into the first messy bun at the base of the neck. To learn how to do the dutch braid along the part, check out our tutorial here. My husband saw me do this hair do and I told him that it had 8 messy buns, which is a lot, and he said we should call it Crazy 8! Gotta love when he gets in on the creativity! After I did the braid along the front I just combed the remaining hair back and started adding little ponies. The first pony had the hair from the braid on the front added into it. I did 8 small ponies right along the base of her neck. I used the little clear elastics like always.
When you have all 8 ponies done just start doing messy buns! I like the hair damp and I use hairspray to keep it smooth and in place. Lately to make a messy bun, I just take the pony and split the hair in half. then I take the top half and fold it up and the bottom down so you have a loop on the top and bottom and put my hand around it and add an elastic. If the hair is long you should have lots of hair sticking out still. So I take another elastic and fold the hair that is sticking out and secure it. Keep doing this until all the hair is secure. I tug around at the loops on the bun until I get the shape and look I want, and add more elastics anywhere it needs one. For a big messy bun I use 6 or 7 elastics. For these little guys I probably only used 3 for each.
To finish it off I added this ADORABLE feather and pearl flower from I will be adding them to the site later this week and I have other colors too!

Dutch Braid Pony

I have been doing dutch braids a ton lately, or inside out frenchies as I call them. I love the way they look and all you have to do is add your braids sections "under" instead of "over." One hairstyle we do ALL THE TIME is this braid across the front of her head. I start by parting the hair from ear to ear across her head. I comb the hair forward and the rest I tie back out of the way like this. I always think it is easier to start with damp hair. I use the back of a plastic rattail comb to make the part...just "draw" a line with the pointy end and seperate the hair.
Next I comb the hair one direction...from one ear to the other the direction the braid is going to go. Then start the braid. To get this look where the braid stays next to the part rather than being in the middle of the hair you only want to add hair into the french braid from the front side. Get it? So your right hand will add hair but your left hand won't. I like to comb it as I go and add a little hairspray to make it smooth and to keep the little fly aways down. We have worn this hairdo a second day many times.
Then just keep braiding along. When you get to the other side make sure to keep the hair really tight. I usually sit on the couch to do this hairstyle and have my daughter lay her head on my leg and then tip her head the other way when we get to the other side of her head. I also do it standing up...just have her tilt her head one way and then the other. My daughter is 6 and I just tell her to put her ear on her shoulder. :) When you get the hair braided all the way across you can add a small elastic and finish the hairdo there. I like to add the elastic and flip the hair back under like you would with a topsy tail, but I just use my pinky finger. That way the hair from the little pony goes back instead of hanging down in the front.
I usually blow dry the rest of the hair, or wait for it to dry and curl the ends under or curl the whole thing. I also usually add a flower where the pony is. Super cute! Gotta love the snaggle teeth!
Or, if you want to, keep on braiding the remaining hair like this. I do it this way sometimes and just leave the braid down.
Or, pull the hair in the back up into a pony tail. Then take the long braid and pull it back and around the pony tail and secure it with an elastic. On this one I also took a piece of hair from the bottom of the pony tail and wrapped it around to hide the elastic. I used the little clear elastics...I like the ones from Sally Beauty Supply, but the WalMart ones are fine too. Take one of the elastics and wrap it around to secure the piece of hair that is hiding the other elastic and pull the pony tail tight. You can tug a little at the wrapped piece of hair and should be able to hide that last elastic. So many possibilites!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Twisty side messy bun

This one was a while ago but it was pretty simple. I started by parting the hair from ear to ear and tied the bottom half of hair out of the way. On the top I parted a third of the hair from the front to the part at her crown and had my daughter hold it out of the way. With the two thirds of hair left I parted in half horizontally and made a pony with the back section. Then I took the front section and just twisted it and combined it with the rest. With the other third of her hair that I parted out of the way I made a twist and brought it across and secured it with the side pony. Then I took all the hair in the pony and made a messy bun and untied the back of the hair and combed it down. This sounds a little complicated but it was really simple and fast. I usually use my flat iron to turn the ends of her hair under just a little for a more finished look...but be careful cause those things are super hot! I added a red daisy from Snapbnadz under the messy bun.

zig zag double frenchies

The zig zag part on this hairdo makes it so fun! I started out with damp hair as usual and used the back of a comb with the pointy end and "drew" a zig zag in the hair. Then I parted from the crown to each ear and added a loose elastic to one side to keep it out of the way. I also tied the hair on the bottom out of the way. On the other side I started doing an inside out french braid. If you know how to french braid it is simple to do the inside out...just add the hair "under" instead of "over." When I got to where my part was at the crown and had no more hair to add I just continued with a 3 strand braid and secured the end. I did the same with the hair on the other side of her head and used an elastic to secure the two braids together in the back. I topped it off white a small hot pink daisy on a clip from When I use a clip this way I put one of the prongs through the elastic so it won't slip. I loved the way this one turned out!

2012 Valentine Hairdo

I know it has been forever since I have blogged. We have moved...AGAIN...and are finally settled in. I will be posting lots to catch up! :) I have seen so many cute heart hairdo's all over the blog world. I think ours turned out so cute! M was excited to wear her hair in hearts for school on Valentines Day. I always like to do M's hair when it is's way easier to control for me. I started by parting the hair all the way down the middle and securing half so I could work with one side. Then on one side I parted the hair from the crown of her head to her ear and secured the hair with an elastic and fliped the pony so the hair was going up...which is the opposite of how I usually do it. I then combed the bottom section of hair on that side down in a low pony and secured it with an elastic. Then I took the hair that I flipped up on the top and split it into two sections. I made two twists and brought them both down and secured them to the lower ponytail creating the heart shape. You could also easily just do two 3 strand braids and make the heart that way. To do a twist you split the hair in two sections and twist each section the same direction and then twist them together in the opposite direction. I did the same steps on the other side of her head and chose to top this hairdo off with a simple ribbon tied around the pony. I also used a bobby pin on each side of each heart to secure it to her head....these kindergarteners can get kind of rowdy!