If you’re thinking you’ve seen this hairstyle before you are probably right. I have a tutorial for a similar version here but am always trying to figure out ways to make hairstyles a little easier to master. I took a few techniques from different hairstyles, this one and this one in particular for this new tutorial.

I think this is one of the coolest ways to dress up a messy bun or top knot. Once you get down the technique, I have no doubt people will be throwing all kinds of compliments your way. Let me know if you do try this out. I always, always love hearing when one of my hair tutorials is useful to you!

Dutch Braid High Bun Supplies:

Dutch Braid High Bun Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles.
  • Step 2 / Next, divide off a circular section of hair at the crown. Start the section about 3 inches back from the hairline. Use a hair sectioning clip to pin it out of the way. This will be used for the bun later on.
  • Step 3 / Next create a deep side part on the right side.
  • Step 4 / Pick up a small section on the heavy side of the part and split it into three pieces for the braid.
  • Step 5 / Begin a dutch braid by crossing the side strands once under the middle strand.
  • Step 6 / Cross the right strand under the middle and bring in a new section of hair.
  • Step 7 / Now cross the left under the middle and bring in a new section.
  • Step 8 / Continue the braid along the left side of the head but only bring in hair from along the hairline, keeping it high along the part line created at the beginning.
  • Step 9 / When the braid reaches the back of the head stop adding in new sections and braid it to the ends.
  • Step 10 / Tie an elastic band over the bottom so it doesn’t unravel.

  • Step 11 / Now create a second dutch braid on the right side of the head. Add in hair from along the hairline and keep the braid up high so it lines up with the part line created at the beginning.
  • Step 12 / Once all of the hair is brought into the braid, braid the section to the bottom and tie it off with an elastic band.
  • Step 13 / With both braids done, wrap the ends up and around both sides of the head.
  • Step 14 / Criss-cross the braids over the top of the head and pin them in place with several bobby pins.
  • Step 15 / Let down the hair at the top and hold it all together in a high ponytail.
  • Step 16 / Wrap a hair band once over the section.
  • Step 17 / Then put the band back in the dominant hand and twist the band once over the hand.
  • Step 18 / Use the opposite hand to spread the ponytail around the hair band.
  • Step 19 / Wrap the hair band twice more over the hair to create the base of the bun.
  • Step 20 / Pull on the edges of the bun to make it bigger while also tightening it against the head.
  • Step 21 / Combine the rest of the hair sticking out from the bun and loop it back into the hairband at the top of the bun.
  • Step 22 / Pin down the edges of the bun so it’s flush with the head.
  • Step 23 / Make sure the braids are hiding the part lines for the bun.
  • Step 24 / Set the style with hairspray and smooth down flyaways.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I know this is super last minute but I couldn’t help sharing one more cute heart hairstyle tutorial. I’ve seen this style done so many times so I couldn’t resist sharing my own version of it. This is so super quick and easy and to be honest I thought I was a little too old to wear this type of look but from the front it just looks like a regular half updo! If you give it a try please let me know and tag me on any social media, @MissySueBlog. I would love to see your recreation!

Braided Heart Supplies:


Braided Heart Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Brush through the hair to remove any tangles. Create a center part with a rattail comb. Pick up a small section of hair at the end of the part line. Divide the section into three pieces and begin a braid by crossing the side strands under the middle strand. Continue braiding the hair bringing in hair from along the hairline creating an arch. This is the first part of the heart shape.
  • Step 2 / Continue the arch, creating the left side of the heart shape, bringing in hair from along the hair until it reaches the top of the left ear.
  • Step 3 / Once the braid reaches the ear, continue braiding the section and tie off the end with an elastic band.
  • Step 4 / Pick up another section of hair on the right side of the part and begin a second lace braid on the right side.
  • Step 5 / Continue the lace braid, bringing in sections along the hairline, creating the second arch of the heart.
  • Step 6 / When the braid reaches the right ear stop adding in hair and braid the section a little further down.
  • Step 7 / Tie the ends of the two braids together to create the bottom point of the heart.
  • Step 8 / Spray the style with hairspray to set it and curl the ends with a 1 1/4″ curling iron.

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Valentine’s day is next week and I think this hairstyle would be perfect for the occasion. I know this hairstyle might seem a little fancy but just in case you feel like going all out for the holiday this only takes a few minutes to do. I love fishtail french braids because they always feel a little extra dressed up. It would also be so easy to switch out the bun for your favorite one instead. If you decide to recreate this look then please let me know in the comments!


Fishtail Braid Updo Supplies:

French Fishtail Braid Updo Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair in a deep side part on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a section of hair on the heavy side of the part and divide it into two pieces.
  • Step 3 / Begin a fishtail braid by crossing a small piece from the right side over to the left. Then cross a small piece from the left over to the right.
  • Step 4 / Continue crossing small sections from one side over to the opposite side and begin incorporating new sections into the braid.
  • Step 5 / Continue braiding the hair into a fishtail french braid. Angle the braid at a diagonal down the back of the head towards the right side of the nape of the neck.
  • Step 6 / When all of the hair is added into the braid continue the fishtail braid, braiding the section down to the ends.
  • Step 7 / Criss cross two bobby pins over the ends to keep the braid from unraveling.
  • Step 8 / Go back over the braid, pulling on the edges to make it wider and more full. This is important for the bun portion of this hairstyle.
  • Step 9 / Once the braid is a little bit bigger, take it up the left side and fold it over itself, laying it against the nape of the neck.
  • Step 10 / Slide bobby pins around the braid to secure it against the head. You can use as many bobby pins as you need. I sort of weaved them through the hair to create a better grip.
  • Step 11 / Once it’s all pinned go back over the braid , pulling on the edges to make the bun a little bigger. Adjust any sections until you like the way it looks.
  • Step 12 / Set the style with hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.

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Next week is Valentine’s Day so I thought it’d be fun to share a cute heart hairstyle tutorial! I’ve been seeing these types of hairstyles everywhere but quickly noticed there were different ways to do them. The two different techniques create different shaped hearts but I think both are so dang cute and could actually be worn any day of the week. Check out the tutorial below to see how they’re done and I’d love to hear which one is your favorite!

Heart Hairstyles 2 Ways Supplies:



Heart 1 Hairstyle Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles. Then divide off two small 1” sections of hair near the temples . Bring them around the back of the head and tie them together with an elastic band.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a new section on the right side of the head, directly underneath the previous section.
  • Step 3 / Bring the new piece over the elastic band creating a “c” shape.
  • Step 4 / Wrap the same piece underneath the right side of the section tied off. Then bring the section back down again laying it over itself.
  • Step 5 / Pin the previous section with a hair sectioning clip and repeat the previous steps with a new section of hair on the left side.
  • Step 6 / Bring the ends of the two wrapped pieces together underneath the elastic band.
  • Step 7 / Tie the two sections together with a new elastic band a few inches down to form the heart shape.
  • Step 8 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.
  • Step 9 / Optional step: curl the ends of the hair with a 1 1/4” curling iron.


Heart 2 Hairstyle Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin the second heart hairstyle similarly to the first one by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles. Then divide off two small 1” sections of hair near the temples . Bring them around the back of the head and tie them together with an elastic band.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a new section on the right side of the head, directly underneath the previous section.
  • Step 3 / Wrap the section underneath the hair elastic.
  • Step 4 / Loop the hair over the right side of the tied section. Bring two fingers underneath the loop and grip the ends.
  • Step 5 / Pull the tail down and clip it away with a hair sectioning clip. Then repeat the previous steps with a new section of hair on the left side.
  • Step 6 / Tie the two ends together with a hair elastic.
  • Step 7 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.
  • Step 8 / Optional step: curl the ends of the hair with a 1 1/4” curling iron.

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I am so excited about today’s tutorial because this Triple French Braid Double Waterfall braid is one of my absolute favorites. I know it looks super tricky but I promise you it is not as difficult as it looks. A few years ago, I featured this braid as an updo and wanted to revamp it into a new style that would be fresh and fun for the new year. Since half up mini buns are so trendy I thought this version would be perfect for updating your everyday mini bun. I hope you love it as much as I do! Be sure to share it with a friend who would love it too!

Triple French Braid Double Waterfall Mini Bun Supplies:

  • Rattail comb
  • 2 Hair sectioning clips
  • 6 Bobby pins
  • 2 Clear elastic bands

Triple French Braid Double Waterfall Mini Bun Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by dividing off the top section of hair from the hairline back to the crown. Clip down the hair on the left and right side to keep it separated.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a small section of hair in the middle section and divide it into three sections.
  • Step 3 / Begin a regular braid crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left strand over the middle.
  • Step 4 / Now begin creating a waterfall braid on both sides by first dropping down the right strand and picking up a new section in its place, crossing it over the middle.
  • Step 5 / Then drop down the left strand, picking up a new section of hair crossing it over the middle in place of the dropped piece.
  • Step 6 / Continue the braid, creating waterfall sections on both sides and braiding the entire middle section back to the crown of the head.
  • Step 7 / When the braid reaches the crown, create a few more stitches of a regular braid. Then criss cross two bobby pins over the end of the braid so it doesn’t unravel.
  • Step 8 / Next create french braids on both sides of the middle braid so start by picking up a section of hair on the left side and dividing it into three sections.
  • Step 9 / Begin a regular braid crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left.
  • Step 10 / Then start incorporating the waterfall pieces into the braid without adding in any new hair to the bottom side of the braid.
  • Step 11 / When the last waterfall piece is brought into the braid, braid the section a little further down and criss-cross two bobby pins over the end.
  • Step 12 / Now create a second french braid incorporating the waterfall pieces into the braid and working upwards at a diagonal towards the end of the first, middle braid.
  • Step 13 / When all three braids are done, wrap an elastic band around the ends and remove the bobby pins.
  • Step 14 / Tie the ponytail into a mini bun by wrapping a second elastic band half way over the ponytail. Then twist the elastic band with the left hand and grip the bun with the same hand. Wrap the ends of the hair around the front of the bun with the left hand and wrap the elastic band once more over the bun.
  • Step 15 / Pull on the edges to make the bun a little bigger and then combine the ends and loop them back towards the bun, tucking them into the elastic band.


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