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
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.
I’ve been wanting to post more half up styles since you guys are always requesting them and this hairstyle is super easy and perfect for everyday too!
From start to finish this hairstyle takes less than five minutes. It’s super quick and yet looks really elegant and put together. I think it’d be a great style to wear to any upcoming holiday party as well. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below! Make sure to give this video a thumbs up if you like the hairstyle as well!
Thanks so much for watching! xoxo, Missy
Looped Half Updo Supplies:
2 Bobby pins
1 1/4″ Curling iron
Looped Half Updo Instructions:
To prep my hair for this style I curled all of my hair away from the face with a 1 1/4″ curling iron.
Step 1 / Begin by parting your hair where you normally part it. I’ve put mine on the right side.
Step 2 / Next divide off a section of hair on both sides of the head, from the part line down to the ears.
Step 3 / Twist this hair together and bring the two sections together at the back of the head.
Step 4 / Gently pull on the bottom of the twists to make them bigger and more full.
Step 5 / Now tie the two twists together with an elastic band.
Step 6 / Pick up a one inch section of hair underneath the right twist.
Step 7 / Wrap this section around the twist twice, towards the elastic band at the middle.
Step 8 / Pin down the section with a bobby pin, underneath the elastic band.
Step 9 / Now pick up a second section of hair underneath the left twist.
Step 10 / Wrap this around the left twist, twice, and pin it in the middle underneath the elastic band.
Step 11 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.
I’ve been wearing ponytails so often lately and today’s tutorial is a really easy way to dress up one for everyday.
The French fishtail braid is a bit tricky to master, but once you do you’ll have a sophisticated, chic braid that is totally wearable and easy to combine with anything.
I’ve added two dutch braids for this style and love this for a great everyday look. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for watching! xoxo, Missy
Fishtail and Dutch Braid Ponytail Supplies:
Fishtail and Dutch Braid Ponytail Instructions:
Step 1 / To start, divide out a section from the part down to to the left ear and clip away the back hair.
Step 2 / Begin the dutch braid by picking up a section of hair on the heavy side of the part and divide it into three pieces.
Step 3 / Start by crossing the right strand under the middle and then the left strand under the middle.
Step 4 / Then cross the right strand under the middle, and pick up a new section and crossing it under the middle as well.
Step 5 / Then cross the left strand under the middle and bring a new section into the braid.
Step 6 / Repeat those steps continuing the dutch braid down the left side of the hairline and be sure to keep the braid nice and small so there’s hair at the top and back of the head for the fishtail braid later on.
Step 7 / Once hair is brought in at the ear then braid the section to the bottom and cross a bobby pin over the end so it doesn’t unravel.
Step 8 / Now create another dutch braid on the right side, along the hairline and slide a bobby pin over the bottom.
Step 9 / Now create a fishtail french braid with the hair left at the back of the head.
Step 10 / So pick up a section near the crown and divide it into two pieces.
Step 11 / Cross small pieces over to the opposite side while adding in new sections of hair until all of the hair is brought into the braid.
Step 12 / Then continue braiding the section in a fishtail braid crossing small sections over to the opposite side without adding in any new hair.
Step 13 / Once the braid reaches a little further down tie it off with a hair band to create the ponytail.
Step 14 / Then take a small section of hair from the ponytail, wrap it around the hair band and pin it underneath with a bobby pin.
Step 15 / Now take the braid from the right side, wrap it around the ponytail and secure it underneath with a bobby pin.
Step 16 / Then take the other braid and do the same thing, wrapping it around the ponytail, and pinning it underneath with a bobby pin.