It’s a new year which means new year’s resolutions and I know some of you have made a resolution to get in the gym! I’ll admit I’m already getting nervous for the day I have to shimmy into a swimsuit so for today’s tutorial I’m excited to be sharing three hairstyles that would work perfectly for the gym and also transition easily into casual everyday hairstyles. I hope these three are a little more unique than your typical ponytail or messy bun so be sure to check out the tutorial below!

Supplies:

Double French Braid Ponytails Instructions:

In this hairstyle I add in extensions, but you can easily skip this portion of the tutorial if you are wearing this hairstyle to the gym or out to play sports.

  • Step 1 / Start by clipping in some extensions. I’m adding in three of the longer Luxy hair wefts.
  • Step 2 / Next create a zig-zag part down the back of the head and this is what will hide the extension tracks.
  • Step 3 / Tie off the hair on the right side to work with the left.
  • Step 4 / Braid the left section into a french braid by picking up a small section near the hairline and dividing it into three pieces. Cross the right strand over the middle and then the left and then begin adding in new hair into the braid.
  • Step 5 / Continue crossing the side strands over the middle strand while adding in new sections of hair on this left side until it reaches the nape of the neck.
  • Step 6 / When all of the hair is brought in, tie off the braid with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 7 / Now repeat the same steps braiding the right section into a french braid and tie it off with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 8 / Take a small section of hair from the right ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band.
  • Step 9 / Tie a second elastic band over the ponytail making sure to include the ends of the wrapped section to hide the elastic bands.
  • Step 10 / Then repeat the same steps with the left ponytail.

Double Dutch Braids and Low Buns Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by dividing the hair into four sections, creating a middle part and continuing it down the back of the head. Then create a horizontal part from the tops of both of the ears.
  • Step 2 / Clip away the top right section and tie off the bottom left section.
  • Step 3 / Begin a dutch braid with the top left section by picking up a small section near the hairline and dividing it into three pieces. Cross the right strand under the middle and then the left strand under the middle.
  • Step 4 / Now continue the braid bringing in new sections of hair until all of the hair from the upper left quadrant is braided.
  • Step 5 / Then cross over the part lines and begin adding in hair from the bottom right quadrant. You could stop braiding the hair once it reaches this bottom section but I decided to continue the braid so I could do the buns at the same time.
  • Step 6 / When all of the hair is included, tie off the end of the first braid and let down the other sections of hair.
  • Step 7 / Now create a second dutch braid starting at the hairline on the right side of the head and working down the back of the head until all of the hair from the top section is brought in.
  • Step 8 / Cross the braid over the first one and continue bringing in hair until it’s all included in the braid.
  • Step 9 / Once both braids are done, remove the elastic band from the right braid and tie the hair into a knot.
  • Step 10 / To do this, take two fingers and place them underneath the section. Then twist the hand to grip the hair between the first two fingers and the thumb.
  • Step 11 / Twist the hand out towards the right and then twist it once or twice more to wrap the section into a twist.
  • Step 12 / Then wrap the twist around itself to form a bun at the nape of the neck.
  • Step 13 / Wrap the bun with a clear elastic band and then pin the edges with bobby pins. Gently pull on the edges of the bun to make it a little fuller as well.
  • Step 14 / Now tie the left braid into a second bon and go back over the braids, pulling on the edges to make them fuller.

French Braid High Bun Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by sectioning off the hair at the top of the head so create part lines at the corners of the forehead and clip down the bottom hair.
  • Step 2 /Divide off a small section of hair near the hairline and split it into three sections.
  • Step 3 / Begin a french braid by crossing the side strands over the middle.
  • Step 4 / Then begin incorporating hair into the braid and continue the french braid towards the back of the crown.
  • Step 5 / Braid the section a little ways down and tie it off with an elastic band.
  • Step 6 / Brush the remaining hair into a high ponytail for the bun.
  • Step 7 / To create the bun, take a hair band and wrap it once over the ponytail and then place it back in the dominant hand.
  • Step 8 / Twist it once over the dominant hand and use the other hand to spread the ponytail around the base of the ponytail.
  • Step 9 / Wrap the hair band over this base and then twist the band once more and wrap it once more over the hair to form the base of the bun.
  • Step 10 / Pull on the edges to make the bun bigger and then combine the hair sticking out from the bun and loop it back towards the hair band tucking it in to create a loop.
  • Step 11 / Pin down the back of the bun to keep it flush with the head.
  • Step 12 / Spray the style with hairspray to smooth down any flyaways.
Follow:

It’s almost New Year’s eve so I wanted to quickly share a fun hair tutorial that is both easy and fast! I woke up with greasy hair so I wanted a hairstyle that would work with that texture but still have a glam feel. A little dry shampoo and some quick curls and this hairstyle is prefect for ringing in the new year!

I still can’t believe the year is almost over! It seems like yesterday that we were packing up to move to Arizona and now we’ve been here for over 6 months already. Not to mention Cohen turns 2 next year, eek! I am really excited for this new year though and have a lot of really cool, fun things planned!

How are you celebrating the new year?

New Year’s Eve Side swept Hairstyle Supplies:

New Year’s Eve Side swept Hairstyle Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair on the left side.
  • Step 2 / Divide off a section of hair at the crown and tie it off with an elastic band.
  • Step 3 / Create a gap right above the elastic and bring the tail up through the gap and back down again to create a topsy tail.
  • Step 4 / Now pick up two 1″ sections on the left and right side of the head, underneath the topsy tail, and bring them together at the back.
  • Step 5 / Tie them together with a second elastic band and make sure the second elastic band is underneath the previous one slightly towards the left side. This will angle the hairstyle towards the left shoulder.
  • Step 6 / Now flip the ends up and around the elastic band 2-3 times to create a second twist.
  • Step 7 / Next, pick up two new sections, tying them together underneath the previous elastic, slightly towards the left side and then flip the tail up around the elastic band 2-3 times to create a third topsy tail.
  • Step 8 / Pull each topsy tail tight underneath the previous elastic to minimize space in between.
  • Step 9 / Then gently pull on the edges of each twist to make sure there aren’t any gaps between them.
  • Step 10 / Now pick up two more sections to create the last topsy tail, flipping the tail around the elastic band, pulling it tight underneath the previous elastic and loosening the edges to make it fuller. *Always make sure to place the next elastic to the left of the previous one to create the side swept style.
  • Step 11 / With any remaining hair at the nape of the next, twist it underneath the last elastic and pin it with a bobby pin.
  • Step 12 / Then pull on the edges to make it softer and more full.
  • Step 13 / Set the style with hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
  • Step 14 / Curl the ends of the hair with a 1″ curling iron to dress up the style even more.


Follow:

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve so I wanted to do a really quick roundup of some of my very favorite hairstyles from the past year. I think any of these would be so perfect for that last minute holiday party or even for New Year’s Eve! We always have our family party on Christmas Eve and I’m still trying to decide what to do with my hair! Let me know in the comment section how you’re planning to style your hair and which one of these 15 hairstyles is your absolute favorite! Stay tuned for a yearly roundup of the most popular hair tutorials from this past year. It’s one of my very favorite posts that I’ve done for the past 3 years! Happy Holidays!

15 Holiday Hairstyles

  1. GRWM: Holiday Braids
  2. Fishtail French Braid Low Bun
  3. Half Up French Braid Crown
  4. Braid Embellished Rosette Bun
  5. Half Up Mini Fishtail Braid
  6. Sideswept Dutch Braid
  7. Dutch Fishtail Braid
  8. Double Lace Braid High Bun
  9. Half Up Fishtail French Braid
  10. French Braid High Bun
  11. Dutch Braids and Bubble Fishtails
  12. French Milkmaid Braids
  13. Braid Wrapped High Bun
  14. Sideswept Waterfall Braid
  15. Braid + Low Bun Updo
Follow:

fishtail-braid-updo-hair-tutorial
Is it Christmas yet?! All I can think about is pretty updos that would be so fun for a fancy party. This style is so versatile though and works for so many different occasions. You can easily switch out the bun for your very favorite and wear it as an everyday hairstyle. Fishtail french braids are one of my very favorites (aren’t they all my favorite?) because I love how they make any hairstyle look trickier than it actually is. I think you’re really going to love this tutorial; I really hope you do (: Let me know in the comments how you’re planning to style your hair for any upcoming holiday events; I’m so curious to know!

fishtail-french-braid-low-bun
Fishtail French Braid Low Bun Supplies:

fishtail-french-braid-low-bun-hairstyle-tutorial
Fishtail French Braid Low Bun Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair on the left side and then pick up a small section on the heavy side of the part and divide it into three pieces.
  • Step 2 / Do one stitch of a regular braid crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left strand.
  • Step 3 / Now combine the middle and right strand together so there are only two sections.
  • Step 4 / Switching to a fishtail braid, take a small piece from the right side, cross it over the top adding it into the left side.
  • Step 5 / Then pick up a new section of hair and cross it over the top adding it into the left side.
  • Step 6 / Now take a small piece from the left side, cross it over to the right. Pick up a new section and cross it over to the right side as well.
  • Step 7 / Continue the braid working down towards the left ear and then slowly angle the braid towards the back of the head.
  • Step 8 / When the braid reaches the middle of the back of the head stop adding in new sections and just braid this section to the bottom in a fishtail braid.
  • Step 9 / Criss-cross two bobby pins over the end of the braid.
  • Step 10 / Create a second fishtail french braid on the left side of the head though if you prefer to only have one braid then you can skip this step.
  • Step 11 / When the left braid meets the right braid braid the section a little ways down and then secure the ends with two more bobby pins.
  • Step 12 / To create the bun gather the rest of the hair underneath the braids and tie an elastic band once over the section.
  • Step 13 / Put the band back in the dominant hand and twist it once.
  • Step 14 / Grip the base of the ponytail and use the opposite hand to spread the ponytail up and around the elastic band.
  • Step 15 / Pull the elastic band once more over the ponytail to create a small bun at the nape of the neck.
  • Step 16 / Take the ends sticking out from the bun and loop them back towards the top of the bun tucking them into the elastic band to create another loop.
  • Step 17 / Take my two braids and lay them over the top of the bun and pin them against the head with bobby pins.
  • Step 18 / Remove the bobby pins from the braid on the right side, create a loop and pin it next to the bun with a few bobby pins.
  • Step 19 / Then create one more loop with the rest of the hair pinning it as well.
  • Step 20 / Now do the same thing with the ends of the braid on the left side. Creating a loop on the side of the bun and pinning it in place with bobby pins.
  • Step 21 / Set the style with hairspray and curl any pieces left down around the face.

fishtail-french-braid-low-bun-hair-tutorial

 

Follow:

dutch-fishtail-braids-hairstylesThe holidays are coming up quick and I’m sure many of you have some parties coming up even sooner! Today I am excited to be partnering with Conair to share a fun get ready with me style tutorial where I show you how I style my hair from start to finish so it’s holiday party ready!

For this tutorial I am using the new InfinitiPro by Conair 3Q® Hair Dryer. This dryer is literally so amazing! It’s a professional quality dryer at a fraction of the price and made drying my hair a complete breeze. This is the only hair dryer you will ever need. My favorite thing about it, besides drying my hair at lightning speed, is that it has 3 heat settings so I can adjust the temperature to gently dry my hair and then change the setting to cold so I can set my style too.Whether you love having a sleek style for everyday or a voluminous blowout for a special event, this would make a great gift for that beauty-obsessed bestie.

half-up-dutch-fishtail-braids

For this tutorial I am starting with freshly washed hair because I prefer most of my hairstyles on clean hair. To prep for a quick blow out I’m going to first apply a pump of thickening mousse to my roots. This help create flexible volume so my fine hair looks, and feels thicker.

Next I’m going to apply a small dollop of the a styling serum to help smooth any frizz and tame my flyaways. This also makes my hair really soft and easier to style.

For the blow dry I love to start by blow drying my part and then flipping my head upside down to dry the roots from underneath. This really helps add extra lift and volume right at the root.

Once my hair is about 80% dry I like to start drying it with a round brush. First I divide the hair into sections, clipping up the top, and then place my brush under small sections no larger than the brush. Focusing the dryer at the roots, I slowly rotate the brush under the hair and then slowly brushing down towards the middle of the section.

The ends dry quickest so I like to make sure to concentrate the dryer at the roots and mid-length before quickly going over the very ends last.  The titanium ceramic technology in this blow dry has the drying power of a professional dryer so it dries my hair very quickly with minimal damage; something I always look for in a blow dryer.

Working in sections I continue round brushing all of my hair until it’s completely dry. I really love prepping my hair this way because it’s naturally wavy and curly so not only does this blow dyer add lift and volume to my hair, it also smooths and straightens my natural waves so it’s prepped and ready for the next step.

long-hair-curlsOnce my hair is dry and all smoothed out I’m going to grab my Conair 1” curling iron and add in some curls. Picking up small sections of hair I’m alternating the direction of each curl to helps maintain a bit of volume and also so they don’t combine together into one giant ringlet.

I love styling my hair with curls so whenever I have somewhere fancy to go, like a holiday party, this is always what I do to get ready.

half-up-fishtail-braids-hair-tutorial

Now that the base of my style is done I’m going to add in some pretty braids. For this style I’ve parted my hair near the center and then I’m going to pick up a small slice near the part. Dividing this piece into three smaller sections I’m going to begin a dutch braid by crossing the right strand under the middle and then the left strand under the middle.

dutch-fishtail-braids-tutorialNow I’m going to combine the back two sections together so I am only working with two sections. Switching to a dutch fishtail braid I’m going to cross small sections from one side under to the opposite side while incorporating new sections into the braid and braid down towards the left ear. Once it reaches the top of the ear I’m going to curve it towards the back of my head continue to bring in new sections to the top of the braid without bringing in any new hair to the bottom side.

When the braid reaches the center of the back of my head, I’m doing a few more stitches of the braid and then securing the end with two criss-crossed bobby pins.

Now repeat the previous steps and create a second dutch fishtail braid on the right side of the head. Then take both braids around the back of the head and lay one over the other and pin them in place with several bobby pins. I used about 3 on each side and made sure they were tucked underneath the hair so you couldn’t see them. Then just remove the bobby pins from the ends of the braids and set the style with a few spritz’s of hairspray!

half-up-fishtail-braidsThank you to Conair and Target for sponsoring this post! 


Follow: