Thursday, July 30, 2009

Underbraid aka Dutch braid.

This is one of my favorite braids. A friend of mine did it on her little girls hair and I fell on love with it. I had no idea how to do it and I remembered a braiding book that my mom got back in 1991 it has step by step instructions so I pulled it out and learned how to do it.
Its called an underbraid for a reason, the outside strands are always crossed under creating a raised look.

1. You are going to make a triangular section at the front hair line. Divide the section into 3 equal strands.
2. Cross the right strand UNDER the center strand. So the right strand is now the center strand, and of course the center strand is now the right strand. Then cross the left strand under the center strand, so now the left strand is the center strand.
3.This is were you start grabbing new sections of hair and adding them just like we did in the french braid. So I drop the right strand, pick up a new section of hair and then pick up the strand I dropped, then cross it UNDER the center strand. Do the same thing to the left side, making sure you go UNDER not over. Continue this till you get to the nape of the neck.
This shows me pulling the new picked up hair UNDER the center strand.
4. Once you have picked up the last sections of hair, continue to use the basic underbraid pattern all the way to the ends.
And your done!!. Not that hard and a beautiful braid.

If you want it to look more intricate and complicated just adjust the size of hair you pick up. This time I did pretty big sections, but to make it look like it is super hard just pick up smaller sections. So I hope those were easy directions for ya, let me know if ya have any problems.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

So Cute!!

Today I was going to do a tutorial on under braiding but we just got our bows that we won from the giveaway that SugarandSpice had a couple of weeks ago the bows are from ChicClips and they are absolutely adorable!! Ryne was so excited she wanted me to put them in right away so I did I also came up with a new style to go with the bows and I will do a tutorial on it later after we are done with the basics.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Basic French Braid

1. Start by combing the hair smooth to ensure a neat braid. You can braid the hair wet or you could leave it dry, wet hair makes for a tighter braid were as dry hair results a softer braid. Part a small front section of the hair and divide it into 3 strands of equal size, you can apply gel or hair spray to control stray ends.
2. Cross the right strand over the center strand. The center strand moves to the right and the right strand is now the center strand.
3. Reach across to the left and cross the left strand over the center strand putting the left strand in the center spot.
4. Pick up a new section of hair on the right side from the hairline to the center part. Combine this with the right strand you already have cross it over the center strand pulling it tight. Pick up a new section of hair on the left side combine with strand you already have and cross it over the center strand pulling tight. Try to keep the picked-up sections consistent. Continue down the head until there is no more hair to pick up.

5. Once you have picked up the last sections of hair, continue with the basic braid pattern on the ends.

And your done. Here is a top view.
Back view.
And happy front view. If ya have any questions or you need something explained better just let me know.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Back to Basics

I got to thinking that some of the people checking out my hair blog are experienced with hair and can easily copy the styles while there may be some people who have no clue how to do some of the basic braids and twists and since a lot of the styles I do incorporate these things I decided for the next couple of days I am going back to the basics, I will be doing tutorials on regular french braiding, projected underbraiding, fish bone braiding and a two-strand twist if you are new to my blog and there is something basic you would like to learn that I haven't mentioned please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you would like to see done. I will be starting with the basics tomorrow.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Criss Cross

This tutorial is for my sis, she wanted to know how to do this criss cross french braid.

1. Ya start by parting the hair into 4 sections, front to back, ear to ear secure each section out of the way like this...
2. Start french braiding one of the front sections, I started with the right braid, ya want to try and braid it at an angle, when you have no more hair to add to the braid in that section then continue as a normal braid it should look like this...once it's long enough to reach the other side continue french braiding into the far left bottom section. After the right side is done do the same thing to the left.
3. When you get this far with the left braid...
4. Tuck it under the right one, then continue the french braid. And then your done.
Top view

Back view, I crossed the braids again at the bottom and put this adorable pink polka dot bow that I got from FlowerGoodies on to finish the style. If you wanted to you could stop the french braid at the base of the neck and just curl the ends, this makes for a little more fancy or dressy style.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Just by reading

GirlyDo'sByJenn is going to start having a photo free Friday, were she has no pictures to go with the hair style just written instructions, just to see what people come up with. This is what I came up with. What do ya think?Like it? If ya want to know how to do it click here GirlyDo'sByJenn

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pig tail braids

I did this cute style on Ryne a week or so ago I got it from GirlsCurls, today I decided to try it with 2 pony tails instead of 1. So this is the original style.
Here is my pig tail version, sorry I don't have step by step pics. I only had a few pics left on my memory card and I wanted to save them for the end results but it's pretty easy. First ya start by doing a center part all the way down her head. Then on the right side I parted my front section into 3 smaller sections I did it at an angle, you can do it straight if ya want. Secure each section with elastics, braid the 2 outer pony tails, you want to split the middle pony tail and then braid each half, so you should have 4 braids. Then repeat that on the other side.

Once that's done pull the loose hair into a pony tail (l;eave out the braids)secure with an elastic, then separate the pony tail and braid ( I made 5 small braids.) don't braid all the way to the bottom. Then I folded the braids up NOT UNDER and secured with an elastic, so now you should have a little fountain of hair with the braids under. It should look like this, ignore the finished front part. =)
Now that the other braids are secured take the 4 front braids and kinda weave them. On the right side I took the far left braid crossed it over and tucked it under the elastic, then I took the right one and crossed it to the left then I brought the 2 middle braids down on both sides and then secured under the elastic. This is what it should look like. After that your done!!
Front Shot. If ya have any questions let me know.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Twist and shout!

We decided to go simple and quick today. Ryne wanted her hair down so we just did some little twists.

Start by parting the hair however you want( I did a side part). Split the hair into 3 sections. take the first section and split it in to then twist the 2 separately like so.

Then wrap the 2 strands of hair together, I do it pretty tight once you put the elastic in it relaxes a bit this is what it should look like. Pretty easy. Do this to all 3 strands, and continue on the other side.
Once you have both sides done, pull all of the strands loosely around to the back and secure with an elastic. It should look like this. Now if we were going some were then I would have curled the ends.

It's kind of a loose hippy style. It keeps the hair out of the face but still flows really nice.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Keeping, scarfs or headbands in place

My daughter loves to wear headbands, or scarfs in her hair but the usually fall out with in minutes! This style helps keep the headband or scarf in place, while keeping the hair out of her face!

I started by making a part in the front just in front of her ears, then I divided that section into 4 sections. Then I took my little pony tail pulled it up slightly, then stuck the hair under the rubber band creating a little knot or twist, I then split the hair from that twist I left part of it out while I put the other section into the next pony tail, and then did another twist/knot, creating a puff braid. Each time doing this leaving a section of hair out to pull over the scarf later. So this is what it should look like.
Once you have the front done, you put in the scarf or headband. I used a scarf, I tied it on her head then I made a small part in the back and split it into 4 sections, just like the front. Then I took the section of hair I left out put it on top of the scarf and continued to do in the back what I did in the front, doing the little twist/knot and then connecting it to the next section of hair creating a puff braid, with the back I didn't leave and hair out. This is what it should look like when your done.

Once my scarf was in place I untied it and parted a little section of the hair, then I tied the scarf back on. Now you should have a section of hair under the scarf and one on top. I separated them into 4 sections again and the brought them together, this secures the bottom of the scarf so it doesn't slide up. You don't have to do 4 little pony tails, (I did this because later I pulled all the hair up into a pony tail so it looked cuter with more.)

After your done securing the bottom of the scarf, let the rest of the hair fall down and this is the end result! ( I tied the scarf to the side so the ends hung out, just for some extra cuteness!!)

Later in the day we ended up pulling it into a pony tail, leaving the ends of the scarf hanging down it looked super cute. Hopefully ya understood my instructions and I promise I am going to work on having better pictures! I am still pretty new at this but I will get the hang of taking good pictures!!