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How to Dutch Fishtail Braid

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We’re going back to the basics and learning the classic dutch fishtail braid. Fishtail braids can be one of the easiest braids to master but also one of the most time-consuming. This style of braid incorporates hair into both sides by crossing the sections underneath instead of over the top creating a “dutch” braided effect versus the traditional “french” version.

I didn’t come up with the names but it’s how I remember the difference between the two. If you’ve been wanting to learn, I am sharing two ways to wear it so check out the video below and let me know which style you like best!

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How to Dutch Fishtail Braid:

  • Step 1 / Begin by brushing the hair straight back from the hairline.
  • Step 2 / Divide off a section at the top of the head and split it into two equal pieces.
  • Step 3 / Take a small piece from the outside edge of the section on the right side, cross it underneath and add it into the section on the left side.
  • Step 4 / Divide off a small section from the outer edge on the left side, cross it underneath and incorporate it into the section on the right.
  • Step 5 / Cross a small section from the right side under to the left. Then pick up a new section of hair from the right side of the head, cross it underneath adding it into the left side.
  • Step 6 / Cross a small piece from the left side under to the right. Pick up a new section of hair from the left side of the head, cross it underneath the left section adding it into the right half.
  • Step 7 / Repeat steps 5 and 6 crossing small sections under to the opposite side and incorporating hair into the braid until the braid reaches the nape of the neck and all of the hair is brought in.
  • Step 8 / Now braid the rest of the section to the bottom in a regular braid, crossing small sections under to the opposite side until reaching the ends.
  • Step 9 / Tie off the braid with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 10 / Gently pull on the edges of the braid to make it wider and more full and smooth down any flyaways with hairspray.

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How to Dutch Fishtail Braid on the left side:

  • Step 1 / Start by creating a deep side part on the left side of the head.
  • Step 2 / Brush through the hair to remove any tangles and sweep all of the hair over the left shoulder.
  • Step 3 / Pick up a small slice of hair on the heavy side of the part and split it into two equal sections.
  • Step 4 / Alternately cross a small piece from each side underneath to the opposite side.
  • Step 5 / Continue crossing small sections under to the opposite sides while also incorporating new sections into the braid.
  • Step 6 / Work the braid down the left side of the head and when bringing in hair along the right side of the braid, sweep them across the back of the head while maintaining the parting.
  • Step 7 / Once all of the hair is brought into the braid, continue a regular fishtail braid down to the ends of the sections.
  • Step 8 / Tie off the braid with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 9 / Gently loosening the sides of the braid to make it fuller.
  • Step 10 / Set the style with hairspray and smooth down flyaways.

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Half Up French Braid Crown

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It’s time to change up your look and learn a new hairstyle that is perfect for any season! Today I am partnering with Sally Beauty to share with you how you can easily create these everyday curls along with this pretty half up french braid crown. Anyone can learn how to achieve this look using the right tools and styling products from Sally Beauty so let’s get right into the tutorial!

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Watch the video and check out the step-by-step instructions below to see how to create these everyday curls and fun, trendy hairstyle that works for any occasion!

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Step 1 / On freshly washed hair, begin by working a small amount of the Beyond the Zone Keep It Together Braid Cream from the mid-shaft to the ends of the hair. This will help control flyaways and frizz to create a smooth and touchable style.

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Step 2 / Next blow dry the hair with the Ion Whisper Quiet Lite Blow dryer. Use a paddle brush to follow the dryer down small sections to help create an even smoother style.

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Step 3 / Section the hair above the ears, clipping off the top portion. Pick up the Ion Titanium Platinum Pro Curling Iron and divide off a 1” section of hair. Curl this section away from the face by clamping it in the middle, rolling it up to the roots, holding for 5 seconds, then dropping the iron to the ends, wrapping it up a second time and holding it for 5-8 seconds before releasing the section.

Step 4 / Repeat the precious step curling all the hair from this bottom layer, alternating the direction of the curl either towards the face or away from the face.

Step 5 / Use the Ion Titanium Pro Multi-Styler to go back and smooth down any wavy pieces around the hairline.

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Step 1 / With a part on the right side pick up a small section near the part on the left side.
Step 2 / Divide this section into three equal pieces for the braid.
Step 3 / Begin a french braid by crossing the side strands over the middle.
Step 4 / Start incorporating hair into both sides of the braid until it reaches the temple.
Step 5 / Now stop adding in hair to the top of the braid and continue bringing in hair to the bottom until it reaches the left ear.
Step 6 / Then braid the rest of the section to the bottom in a regular braid.
Step 7 / Gently pull on the edges to loosen the braid and wrap it around the back of the head, securing it with 1-2 bobby pins.
Step 8 / Now repeat the same steps on the the right side, creating a second french braid, adding in hair until it reaches the left ear and braiding the section to the end in a regular braid.
Step 9 / Wrap the braid underneath the first one and pin it in place with 1-2 bobby pins.
Step 10 / Gently loosen the bottom of the second braid to make it a little fuller as the last step.

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All of the products used in this post are available at any Sally Beauty store or online at SallyBeauty.com. Sally Beauty is a hidden gem for finding salon-quality products priced under $10 so you can easily achieve any look on a budget without having to sacrifice quality. They always stand by their Love It or Return It, Guarantee.

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Thank you to Sally Beauty for partnering on this post.

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Favorite #NSale Picks under $100

If you haven’t already heard the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has officially begun. It is one of the best sales of the year in my opinion and the perfect opportunity to stock up on Fall must-haves and Summer favorites. I’ve been on their site so many times over the course of the past week and rounded up a few of my favorite top picks, all under $100!

When it comes to shopping I think finding items that are affordable and of great quality are key. Not to mention these items are great pieces that can be mixed and matched to create an assortment of ensembles. Let me know what you think and I’d love to hear what some of your favorite purchases have been so far!

Click the picture to be taken directly to that item!

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Dutch Braid Fishtail Ponytail

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A ponytail is one of the most convenient hairstyles out here. I love it because you can easily change up your look switching between a low ponytail for errands and a high ponytail for dinner out. Today’s tutorial is a spin on an older tutorial from last year, the Dutch Fishtail Ponytail. This style features a dutch braid and fishtail braid combo whereas last years was a dutch fishtail braid. I love both and think they’re a super sleek way to easily amp up your summer pony. I’d love to hear what you think and which one you like best!

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Dutch Braid Fishtail Ponytail Supplies:

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Dutch Braid Fishtail Ponytail Instructions:

To prep the hair I curled all of it away from the face with a 1″ curling iron. You can do this style with any hair texture whether straight, wavy or curled.

  • Step 1 / Create a deep side part; I put mine on the left side.
  • Step 2 / Clip off the top section to keep it out of the way for the braid.
  • Step 3 / Pick up a small section on the left side near the hairline and divide it into three equal pieces for the braid.
  • Step 4 / Begin a dutch braid by crossing the side strands underneath the middle strand.
  • Step 5 / Start incorporating small sections into the braid, continuing the braid so it goes horizontally above the left ear towards the back of the head.
  • Step 6 / Now stop adding in hair and do a few extra stitches of a regular dutch braid before tying off the end with an elastic band.
  • Step 7 / Remove the clip from the top of the head and brush all of the hair into a ponytail.
  • Step 8 / Bring the braid in last so it doesn’t get lost underneath other hair and tie it all together with a hair band.
  • Step 9 / At this point you can go back through the braid and pull on the edges to make it wider so it shows up a little better.
  • Step 10 / Divide off a small section of hair from the top of the ponytail and split it into two equal sections.
  • Step 11 / Create a fishtail braid by crossing small sections from the outer edges over to the opposite side and braiding all the way to the bottom.
  • Step 12 / Loosen the sides of the braid to make it fuller and tie it off with an elastic band.
  • Step 13 / Divide off a small section from the ponytail, wrap it around the hair band and pin it underneath with bobby pins.
  • Step 14 / Spray the style with a medium-hold hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
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Haircare Cocktail for Heatless Curls

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This summer it’s time to put down those hot tools and try these heatless curls! Today I am partnering with Sally Beauty to share the perfect haircare cocktail to help repair your hair from the Summer’s sun, heat, and humidity. These three steps will not only repair dry, damaged hair but help add moisture back in so it’s shiny, luscious, and hydrated, keeping it healthy all summer long.

heatless-curls-products-2Watch the video to see how to create these easy, heatless curls or check out the step-by-step instructions below and achieve the hair you’ve always dreamed of!

Haircare Cocktail for Heatless Curls Supplies:

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Step 1 / Healthy, hydrated hair always starts with clean hair. Using the right shampoo and conditioner is key to achieving the right hair for you. The Ion Moisture Shampoo from Sally Beauty provides powerful rehydration for dry hair. It gently cleanses while strengthening and conditioning dry, damaged or chemically-treated hair while giving it a more healthy appearance.

Follow it with the Ion Intense Moisture Conditioner designed to help protect, hydrate, and improve the manageability of your hair so it’s vibrant, shiny, smooth and healthy looking. heatless-curls-3Step 2 / Apply the Ion Multi-Benefit Styling Creme to towel-dried hair. This lightweight and silky formula helps to improve the look and feel of hair while making styling easier. It’s perfect for using with this heatless curl method because it softens, hydrates, and helps to de-frizz and smooth the hair.

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Step 3 / Brush through the hair to remove any tangles before dividing it at the top of the ears, clipping off the top sections. Take the hair left down and split into a left and right side. Grab a Salon Care 1″ Jumbo Soft Roller and place it behind the left section. Wrap the hair around the roller so it’s going away from the face. Slide a bobby pin over the ends so it doesn’t unravel. Then bend the top of bottom part of the roller up towards the middle.

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Step 4 / Continue wrapping 2-3″ sections of hair around the foam rollers until all of the hair is wrapped. I used 8 rollers total for all my hair. These rollers are great because they are not only soft and flexible but create soft, natural curls that are perfect for everyday.

heatless-curls-6Step 5 / Let the hair dry for 1-2 hours or sleep on the rollers overnight. This is a great time to do chores around the house, apply your makeup, or catch up on your favorite tv episode. If you are short on time, grab the Ion Whisper Quiet Lite Blow dryer and quickly dry the hair to speed up the process.

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Step 6 / Once the hair has thoroughly dried begin removing the foam rollers one at a time starting with the first one wrapped in and finishing with the last one wrapped in. Then run the fingers through the hair to help blend and soften the curls.

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Step 7 / To finish the style, apply 2-3 drops of the One ‘n Only Argan Oil to the very ends of the hair. This treatment is ideal for all hair types eliminating frizz and leaving the hair silky, smooth with brilliant shine. You can also apply it to wet hair before styling to reduce drying time and speed up styling time.

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All of the products used in this post are available at any Sally Beauty store or online at SallyBeauty.com. Sally Beauty is a hidden gem for finding salon-quality products priced under $10 so you can easily achieve any look on a budget without having to sacrifice quality. They always stand by their Love It or Return It, Guarantee.

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Thank you to Sally Beauty for partnering on this post.