It’s a new year and I’m not ready for the holidays to be over yet. I’ve had such a blast the last few weeks spending time with family and taking time off from this blog. It’s been so great to disconnect and spend time in the real world. Sometimes it’s easy to let all those little apps on our phones take over all of our free time. I’ve been trying to focus on friends and family and it’s made everyday so much more exciting.

Today’s tutorial is a hairstyle I recently shared on instagram. It’s a quick way to add a little something extra special to your everyday curls. I love wearing my hair down but always want my hair out of my face. Dutch fishtail braids add an extra pop so I hope you give this braid a try.

Half Up Dutch Fishtail Braid Supplies:

Half Up Dutch Fishtail Baid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by parting the hair on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a section near the hairline and divide it into three sections for the braid.
  • Step 3 / Cross the right strand under the middle, then cross the left strand under the middle.
  • Step 4 / Combine the middle and right strand together and take a small piece from the right side and cross it under to the left.
  • Step 5 / Then pick up a new section and cross it under to the left side.
  • Step 6 / Take a small section from the left, cross it under to the right. Pick up a new section and cross it under to the right side.
  • Step 7 / Repeat those steps continuing the braid until you’ve brought in hair from above the left ear.
  • Step 8 / Now only add in new sections to the right side of the braid from along the part line.
  • Step 9 / Once hair is brought in from the right side of the hairline, stop adding in new hair and just continue braiding the section a little further down.
  • Step 10 / Then go back over the braid and pull on the edges to make the braid wider and more full.
  • Step 11 / Tie off the end of the braid with a clear elastic band.
  • Step 12 / Set the style with hairspray.

Happy Saturday! Valentine’s Day is coming up, so if you’ve been looking for a great hairstyle to wear you should give this one a try!

I actually meant to post this style over the holidays but since I didn’t get it up in time I think it’d be great for V Day! Do you celebrate Valentine’s day? We used to stay in and make fondue every year. It’s one of my favorite meals and Cohen’s never had it so I’m sure it’ll be even more fun with a toddler.

Thanks so much for reading! xo, Missy

Sideswept French Braid Supplies:

Sideswept French Braid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Then divide out any hair to frame the face.
  • Step 3 / Pick up a section on the left side of the part and divide it into three pieces for the french braid.
  • Step 4 / Cross the right strand over the middle, then cross the left strand over the middle.
  • Step 5 / Then cross the right strand over the middle, pick up a new section of hair and cross it over and into the middle strand.
  • Step 6 / Cross the left strand over the middle, pick up a new section and cross it over the middle strand as well.
  • Step 7 / Repeat those steps continuing the french braid, crossing the side strands over the middle strand while adding new sections into the braid until it reaches the left ear.
  • Step 8 / Now stop adding in sections to the left side of the braid and only bring in hair to the top side of the braid.
  • Step 9 / Continue the braid angling it down towards the left side of the nape of the neck.
  • Step 10 / Once the braid reaches the nape of the neck, bring the rest of the hair over the left shoulder, take one small section from the very bottom of the hairline and add this into the braid to hold the rest of the hair over the shoulder.
  • Step 11 / Now braid the hair a little further down and then bring it underneath the rest of the hair, towards the face.
  • Step 12 / Take a small section of hair from underneath the left ear and tie it together with the braid using an elastic band.
  • Step 13 / Tighten the elastic underneath the ear and this will hide the end of the braid while keeping the rest of the hair over the shoulder.
  • Step 14 / Then just set everything in place with hairspray.

Styling that perfect braid or updo can be tricky to do, but I’ll share a little secret with you – it’s all in the prep work. Today I’m excited to be sharing with you the hair tools that I use to prep my own hair for all of the different hairstyles that I do.

Hot Tools has been my go-to hair tool brand for years. I bought my first Hot Tools flat iron way back in high school and have bought Hot Tools ever since. They just launched the Golden rose collection and I think these are the prettiest hair tools I’ve ever used.

With my hair freshly washed, I’m going to start by using the Hot Tools Black Rose Ionic Salon Dryer to dry my hair.

This Dryer is one of the most powerful dryers you can buy and it dries my hair so quickly. It makes my hair feel soft without over drying or frizzy which I love. My favorite feature is all of the settings it offers. Not only does it have a Low and High speed setting, but it also has three heat settings low, medium, and high so I can choose the settings that best suit my hair type and texture.

Once my hair is dry I use the Golden Rose 1 1/4″ Flipperless Curling Wand to curl my hair. The 1 1/4″ barrel is my favorite size and it has a really cool feature to adjust the temperature by simply pushing in this little knob and then rotating it to the right or left. I love this because then I don’t accidentally raise or lower the heat while I’m using it which is something that has happened with other hot tools that I’ve used.

I always curl my hair away from my face in 1″ sections. This curling wand curled my hair so quickly. I like to use it at 360 degrees but it heats up to 450 degrees so it works on every hair length, type and texture.

To create half up hairstyle, I started by taking a section of hair on the right side above my ear, divided it into two sections, and twisted the sections around each other before pinning it at the back of my head.

Then I’m going to take a similar section on the left side, divide it into two sections, twisted them together, and pinned it at the back of my head.

Then I went back over the twists and pulled on the edges of the twists to make them fuller.

Then I took a 2″ section of hair underneath the center of the twists and placed my right forefinger underneath it. Then I wrapped the hair around my finger, grabbed the hair with my thumb and finger and twisted my hand towards the right. Then I placed my thumb through the gap in the hair and pull the ends through the gap to create a knot.

Then I pinned the knot against my head with bobby pins.

Thank you to Hot Tools for sponsoring this post.

With all the decorating and shopping you have to do this holiday season the last thing you need to worry about is your hair.

Today I’m partnering with Aveda to share with you two holiday updos that would be perfect for that upcoming work party, new years eve or any special occasion you’re attending. Don’t let your hair fall flat during the Christmas chaos and try out one these festive, holiday hairstyles.

Don’t forget to enter the Aveda giveaway on my YouTube channel for a chance to win an Aveda holiday gift package including my favorite products! (Tutorial at the bottom!)

Products Used:
Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo 
Aveda Texture Tonic 
Aveda Air Control Hairspray 

For the messy french twist, I’m going to grab the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo and puff this through out my roots and then massage the powder into the scalp. My hair is a little dirty so this will help absorb excess oil and refresh my hair and it smells absolutely amazing.

Then to add some texture to my hair I’m going to spritz it with the Texture Tonic. This helps add grip to fine, silky hair and I love it because it creates a soft texture instead of being crunchy or stiff.

So then I’m just going to gather all of my hair together at the nape of my neck.

Then holding my right hand upside down, I’m going to take my pointer finger and place this on the left side of the ponytail.

Then I’m going to grab the hair with my pointer finger and thumb and twist my hand clock-wise while holding onto the hair so it twists upwards into the french twist.

Then I’m going to slide bobby pins into the left side of the twist until it feels secured against the head.

Then to set the style in place I’m going to use the Aveda air control. I love using this because it’s alight hold hairspray so it sprays on dry and has a flexible, workablehold.

For the low bun updo, I want this to have a natural texture and piecey definition, so I’m going to start by spraying it with the Texture tonic.

Then I’m going to divide out a section of hair from the part down to the ear on both the left and right side.

Then with the rest of the hair I’m going to tie it together with a hair band at the nape of my neck but on the last wrap I’m only going to pull the hair halfway through to create a loop.

Then I’m going to take the hair sticking out and wrap it over the bun, pinning it on the right side.

Then with any leftover hair I’m going to wrap this over the bun towards the left and pin it on the left side.

Now I’m going to take the hair on the right side, spray it with the air control hairspray, to give the style a light, flexible hold.

Then I’m going to twist it together before pulling on the bottom to make it fuller.

Then I’m just going to lay it over the bun and pin it it on the left side.

Then I’m going to twist the ends together, pull on the edges and lay it over the bun again pinning it on the right side.

Now I’m going to take the hair on the left side, spritz it with some hairspray to smooth down flyaways,then twist it together and pull on the edges.

Then I’m going to lay it over the bun and tuck the ends underneath the twist from the right side.

Then I’m just going to take any ends left sticking out and pin them underneath the bun.