I have been on such a ponytail kick lately and just can’t get enough of them. I wore this lace braid ponytail recently and posted a picture on the gram. Many of you had asked for a tutorial so I thought it’d be fun to share it as today’s tutorial. Adding a simple, lace braid is such a great way to take your basic pony to the next level so I really hope you enjoy it!
Lace Braid Ponytail Supplies:
2 Bobby pins
Lace Braid Ponytail Instructions:
Start 1 / Start by parting the hair on the right side.
Step 2 / Divide out a section of hair to frame the face along with a small section of hair to add into the ponytail at the end.
Step 3 / Then divide out a 3″ section of hair for the braid and brush the rest of the hair back to keep it out of the way.
Step 4 / Pick up a section near the part for the braid and divide it into three smaller pieces.
Step 5 / Cross the right strand over the middle and then the left strand over the middle.
Step 6 / Now cross the right strand over the middle and pick up a new section crossing it over and into the middle.
Step 7 / Then cross the left strand over the middle, picking up a new section and crossing it into the middle as well.
Step 8 / Now I’m going to cross the right strand over the middle but stop adding in new sections on this side of the braid.
Step 9 / So then cross the left strand over the middle, pick up a new section and cross it over and into the middle strand.
Step 10 / Repeat those steps crossing the side strands over the middle strand while only bringing in new pieces to the left side of the braid; working down the left side of the head.
Step 11 / When the braid reaches almost to the top of the ear, stop adding in new sections and just braid the rest of the section to the bottom in a three strand braid.
Step 12 / Then cross two bobby pins over the end so it doesn’t unravel.
Step 13 / Now go back over the braid and pull on the edges to make it wider and more full.
Step 14 / Take the rest of the hair and combine it into a low ponytail near the nape of the neck.
Step 15 / Add the braid into the ponytail along with a small section of hair in front of the braid.
Step 16 / Now tie it all together with a hair band and remove the bobby pins from the end of the braid.
Step 17 / Take a small section of hair from the ponytail, wrap it around the hair band and pin it underneath with a bobby pin.
Recently, I’ve been getting a lot questions about how I curl my hair.
For today’s tutorial I’m happy to be letting you in on my most basic of secrets and sharing the super simple way that I curl my hair. I am using a 1 1/2″ curling iron in this tutorial and also love to use a 1″ and 1 1/4″ curling iron as well. The technique is always the same and I’ve been doing it this way for years.
I hope you enjoy the tutorial! Be sure to let me know what you think!
Prep: To prep my hair, I always wash my hair at night and let it air dry. After towel drying it, I apply a pea size amount of the Kerastase Leave-in treatment. My hair is super dry so this helps keep it from getting tangled up and makes it really soft after it’s dried.
Step 1 / Before I start curling my hair I always divide it into sections. I split it in half at my ears and use a little claw clip to pin up the top hair.
Step 2 / Then as a heat protectant I spray the hair with the Kenra Hot Spray.
Step 3 / Next I pick up a small 1″ section of hair and clamp the curling iron near the top. Then slide it down to the middle of the section and roll it back up to the root. I do this to smooth the hair at the root and then just wait a few seconds before dropping the iron down near the ends and then roll it up a second time.
Step 4 / After a few seconds I’ll drop out the top half and pull the curl out a bit to keep the wave soft and more loose. I also make sure to leave the very ends out of the iron so they stay more straight. Sometimes I’ll drag the iron over them to make sure they’re not too curled.
Step 5 / Then I just repeat those same steps with the rest of my hair on this bottom section.
Step 6 / Once all of the hair from the first layer is curled, then I’ll let down the next layer and repeat the same steps curling all of my hair away from the face. Sometimes I’ll alternate the direction of the curls so they don’t stick together. Or sometimes I’ll curl just one or two pieces on each side of my head so that I can get more of a carefree, undone vibe.
Step 7 / Then with the hair right around my face I like to make sure the bend of the curls lines up with my chin. This is the perfect spot for my face shape but it can also work to line it up with the cheekbone. You just have to try it out and see what works best for you.
Step 8 / Then to set my curls I will lightly mist them with the Kenra 13 hairspray. This is a medium hold hairspray so it gives my hair a tiny bit of texture without feeling sticky or stiff.
It’s officially the Christmas season so I’m excited to be sharing a pretty updo that would be fun to wear to any holiday party.
Last year I posted a similar style with a lace braid and you all seemed to love it so much that I thought it’d be fun to share a similar style but with a new type of braid and bun.
Of course, this hairstyle would be lovely to wear all year round for whatever occasion you choose so if you do decide to recreate this look, be sure to tag me on Instagram or Twitter (@MissySueBlog) so I can see it!
Thanks so much for watching! xoxo, Missy
Fishtail French Braid High Bun Supplies:
2 Bobby pins
Fishtail French Braid High Bun Instructions:
Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair on the right side.
Step 2 / Now pick up a small section of hair near the part and divide it into two sections for the fishtail braid.
Step 3 / Start by crossing a small section from the right side over to the left side.
Step 4 / Then cross a small section from the left over to the right.
Step 5 / Now cross a small section from the right side over to the left, pick up a new section of hair and cross it over to the left side as well.
Step 6 / Then cross a small section from the left side over to the right, pick up a new section of hair and cross both over to the right side.
Step 7 / Then just repeat these steps continuing the fishtail french braid, making sure to keep the braid high up along the side of the head and angling it back towards the crown.
Step 8 / Once hair is brought in above the left ear, stop adding in new hair and just braid the rest of the section to the ends.
Step 9 / Then cross two bobby pins over the bottom so it doesn’t unravel.
Step 10 / Now brush the rest of the hair up into a high ponytail adding the braid in last.
Step 11 / Then take a hair band and wrap it once over the ponytail.
Step 12 / Then twist it over the dominant hand, remove the bobby pins from the ends of the braid and unravel it.
Step 13 / Now spread the ponytail around the hair band to form the base of the bun and then wrap the hair band twice more over this bun.
Step 14 / Now gently pull on the edges of the bun to make it bigger and tighten it against the head.
Step 15 / Then take the ends that are left sticking out and bring these around to the front of the bun.
Step 16 / Create a rope braid with this section by diving it into two sections and twist them around each other until it reaches the bottom of the hair.
Step 17 / Then gently pull on the edges of the twist to make them bigger.
Step 18 / Now wrap the braid around the base of the bun and pin the ends down with bobby pins, hiding them underneath.
Step 19 / Set the style with a medium or strong hold hairspray
I know it’s past Thanksgiving which means it’s officially the Christmas season but I wanted to quickly share one last fall inspired makeup look.
Recently, I got a hold of the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette and was so obsessed with all of shades in the palette that I couldn’t resist creating this look warm toned complexion. This is a really simple makeup look that can easily be worn during the day especially with a more neutral lip.
As always, be sure to let me know what you think down below in the comment sections! Thanks so much for watching! xoxo, Missy
The Christmas season is coming up so I thought it’d be fun to share a tutorial for this Double French Braid Mohawk Bun, a unique updo with two french braids and a mohawk style bun.
This can have an edgy vibe or done as a classy style. Either way it looks a lot more intricate than it is and can be easy to recreate once it’s broken down into steps. Trade out the messy buns for your favorite bun and make it your own. Let me know down in the comments! xo, issy
Double French Braid Mohawk Bun Supplies:
4 Bobby pins
2 Clear elastic bands
Double French Braid Mohawk Bun Instructions:
Step 1 / Start by parting the hair on the right side.
Step 2 / Then divide out some hair to frame the face.
Step 3 / Next pick up a section on the left side of the part and divide it into three sections for the first french braid.
Step 4 / Begin the braid by crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left strand over the middle.
Step 5 / Now cross the right strand over the middle, pick up a new section of hair and cross it over the middle as well.
Step 6 / Then cross the left strand over the middle, pick up a new section of hair and cross both over the middle strand.
Step 7 / Now repeat those steps crossing the side strands over the middle strand while adding new sections into the braid until it reaches the left temple.
Step 8 / Now stop adding in new hair and braid the section to the bottom in a regular three strand braid before crossing two bobby pins over the ends.
Step 9 / Now clip this braid out of the way and begin the second french braid right underneath it.
Step 10 / Pick up a section of hair at the hairline, dividing it into three smaller pieces and crossing the side strands over the middle strand while adding new hair into the braid.
Step 11 / Once the braid reaches the ear, braid it a little further down and then pull on the edges to make it fuller before sliding two bobby pins over the end.
Step 12 / Now divide out a section of hair at the top of the head and add the top braid into this section.
Step 13 / Wrap an elastic band once over the section.
Step 14 / Then spread the ponytail around the elastic band and then wrap the elastic twice more over this mini bun.
Step 15 / Now pull on the edges of the bun to make it bigger while tightening it against the head.
Step 16 / Then take the ends that are left sticking out and tuck these back into the elastic band.
Step 17 / Now do the same thing with the rest of the hair creating a second little bun right underneath the first one and then pin down any edges that are sticking out with bobby pins.