Amazing Hairstyles from Easy to Elegant {book review}

A year ago, about this same time, I got a call from one of my best friends telling me her exciting news that she was writing a book. I was thrilled for her! Over the last year I have watched her pour her heart and soul into every detail of this book. This was not just a simple undertaking for her. It meant hours in front of her computer, traveling every other weekend for miles to get to her photographer. Sleepless nights where she'd lay awake envisioning every last detail wanting it to be perfect. I personally think she succeed with that goal.

You know her as Becky from Babes In Hairland. And if you haven't met her yet and seen her work you should definitely check her out. She is very talented.

I was able to see some of the work throughout the process and it was really fun to see it all come together. The photographer she worked with was fantastic. The pictures are superb and the written descriptions are easy to read and follow. I love it. Becky can be very proud of this beautiful book she put together for all of us.

I've often wondered how well a book would do since so many styles are available all over the Internet. To me a tangible book just makes sense. I love books. I haven't given in to the "tablet" book yet because I love turning pages. I probably never will convert to paperless. I love the smell of the pages in a book (old or new). I love the crack of the binding when you are the first person to open a book.  I like having a book in hand. I am old fashioned I guess.

...but enough about me.

What made me know for a fact that this book would be so successful was when I showed it to Beans, my daughter. She looked at it and was able to flip through the pages and see the styles come together. She could point out exactly the styles she wanted to try. It was so much more personal to her. My daughter got excited that she could take the book into her room and try the styles out on her friends by herself. She loves it. It is so convenient. We even tried out one of the super cute styles that Beans was able to choose on her own. She pointed to the steps while we worked through the tutorial and was able to see the style come together in a way she never could from the Internet. This is now one of her favorite styles that we had never tried before, until we saw it in Amazing Hairstyles.
The tutorials you can find in Amazing Hairstyles from Easy to Elegant by Becky from Babes in Hairland really do range from easy for everyday to elegant and formal for fancier occasions. The new to hair stylist can learn basics and the more advanced experienced stylist will benefit from new creative ideas. It's easy to follow the step-by-step instruction make successfully completing the style simple.

My favorite part was turning the pages to see real photo's of the instructions and not drawn pictures. All to often hairstyling books fail by trying to explain with complex drawings that I personally can't translate to actual hair. Seeing some of my favorite (familiar) faces was an added bonus too.
Amazon has the book with a preview right now and you can scroll through and see some of the styles that are offered in the book. You can see introductory pages to some of the bonus content you get in the book about haircare, tips, supplies and a sweet introductory message about helping your little ones hold still while you style there hair. Go check it out. I am thrilled with my copy and I would highly suggest this book to anyone. It's beautifully photographed, well written and easy to use. Thank you for writing this book and giving us such a great hairstyling tool. It is fantastic.

Twisted Waterfall Braid

MONTHS ago... LOL. I shot this hairstyle braid tutorial (and a bunch of others) that I have needed to post for all of you. Especially for one reader who specifically asked for the Twist Waterfall Braid tutorial. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get this posted.

I had carpal tunnel surgery and was totally convinced that while I might not be able to do hair I thought I could type away and post a bunch of tutorials for you while I recovered. Boy was I wrong. I even had some super cute princess styles I wanted to get posted before Halloween. Bummer. Better late than never I guess.

Thanks to EVERYONE who sent emails and posted lovely "get well" wished on my Facebook page. It was nice to know you were thinking of me. I appreciate that. I am happy to say that my hands are feeling great! I don't have it all back, but the pain that my carpal tunnel was causing is totally gone. Surgery was well worth it for me. And I am excited to get back into the swing of things here on Girly Do's.
 So without further stalling I give you the tutorial for the twisted waterfall braid. This braid is done with two sections. And these will be the whole braid all the way back. Nothing adds into these two sections ever! You will just be placing hair between twists to add the waterfall effect. Its the easiest of all the waterfall braids.
Once you have the hair divided twist these two sections separately clockwise. I twist these throughout the braid process to add a little definition to these braided sections.
 Twist counter-clockwise the two sections together. Just once.
 Take a small section of hair from the top by the part and place this between your two braid sections.
 Hold tight and twist the braid section on the other side of the hair (between) to secure. And repeat this action all the way back.
Once you are where you want to finish this style Take one last section from the top and combine it to the braid. (I guess I kind of fibbed earlier when I said you never add to the braid.) This is just an anchor section to hold the braid and make it not just slip out of place. This is an important step, so don't skip it.

You end up with this pretty braid. See how easy that was and how good you are at doing it. Way to go! Have a great weekend and happy hair doing!

Daenerys Targaryen Inspired Hairstyle

I was asked to do a tutorial on Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones hairstyle. And since I had a little cutie who wanted this style done on her beautiful THICK long blond hair I decided this would work out beautifully.

This is a fairly simple hairstyle, but I think it deserves having the step-by-step laid out for you. So this is how we accomplished this fun style. My model slept with her hair in braids the night before to accomplish the wavy look this hairstyle needs to look like the original.
Comb through the hair first, but do not get the hair wet unless absolutely necessary. You want to keep the waves in tact for this style. Comb through the hair in order to make the braiding easy. 
Start by pulling the top section of the hair into a very high ponytail that stops at the back of the crown of the head. Start the ponytail at the outside of where the bangs would sit. Its important to keep this ponytail in that area so the rest of the style falls into the correct place. Keep this section nice and loose. This is supposed to be a loose looking, soft hairstyle.
 Your first braid will start at about the temple on the face. Or right above the eyebrow.
You will only be adding hair into the braid on the top side of this braid. DO NOT ADD HAIR FROM THE BOTTOM. Keep the braid loose and let the texture be part of the braid.
Finish in the back and repeat the braid on the other side both meeting up in the middle back of the hair and secure with an elastic.
 Your style should look like this at this point.
Your next braid will begin just above the ear.
You will only be adding hair again from the top while braiding. This will leave your bottom section of your braid defined, but loose.
Repeat on the other side and combine the braids together in the back with a small clear elastic. For this style it really is best to use a clear elastic to keep it very subtle and simple. Your elastic shouldn't dominate this style.
 Your finished style should look like this. See what I mean... the style is pretty simple. Now if only I could figure out how to say that characters name. I've never seen the movies or read the books, but maybe I had better. I've heard great things about this series. What do you think?
Thanks to my beautiful blond model who was absolutely perfect for this hairstyle. It looked so great on her. She has perfect hair for this style. Good luck and don't forget to share your Daenerys Targaryen hairstyles with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We love seeing your version of these fun hairstyles.

A Short List of Ten of Our Favorites

Lately both Beans and I have been missing her long hair. This morning I caught her scrolling through some of our old pictures. She told me she was ready to do these fun styles again. We've had so much fun with her short hair and we have a handful more of short hairstyles I really need to get tutorials made up for. But we are both ready to have it long again.

So for today I decided to pull together some of the styles we are missing most. Beans was particularly longing for wearing her hair in buns again. I was leaning more towards the low ponytail hairstyles. Either way we seriously have a lot of great hairstyles. Next week I will pull together some of the short styles into a list like this.

As for a new post... it still needs to wait. But not much longer until I can get back to work. I am having surgery at the end of this month once I finish all my Halloween costumes. LOL, yes that was a huge priority. Then I will hopefully be back to having full use of my hands again.

One we both agree is super cute is our Big Flower Bun.
Big Beautiful Braid Bun makes the top of our list for favorites. I think Beans might miss these bows more than anything.
Beans does tumbling a lot these days and she would love to be wearing this one to the gym this is our Dancers Braid tutorial.
Drag Braid Headband, I have another tutorial that I need to add on to this one, but I don't love presenting a new tutorial on a mannequin. This one is fantastic!
Low Drag Braid into a Ponytail. This one just is one of my all time favorites.
Beans took one look at the Braided Faux-Hawk Beautiful Updo  and would have loved to choose this one for school today. This one really is easy and super fabulous.
Figure Eight Braided Bun would be another good one for the gym.
I chose the Ladder Braid because I love this, but its complex. I know this one hasn't been tried too much... and I wish more people could do this one.
Twisted Bun is just great. And there are so many variations that make this look even more cool that others have posted now. Isn't having all the hair bloggers out there so wonderful?
Double Twists to a Low Ponytail made my list because its a low ponytail. I tell ya... I miss the low ponytail right now. This one is one of my favorites. 

I guess you can call this our Throw-Back-Thursday. Reminiscing over old photo's of when Beans had long hair. We are ready for long hair, but I still have a few more short hair tutorials that I need to share with you. So once I have this surgery I hope it can be back to work for Beans and me. 

Watch for a giveaway also in the next few days. I have just been pulling together a few things to giveaway for our Facebook page getting over 100,000 followers. THANK YOU!!!! 

Fun With Braids

The last few weeks Beans has been asking for micro-braids. Not that these are super micro, but they are super adorable.The first one we accomplished the wavy look with a three prong curling iron. We just clamped it in a few select spots since we didn't want it all wavy. This is Beans current favorite hairstyle. She was considering it for picture day.  And its been a great one for while she is letting her hair grown out.
When Beans went in for surgery on her mouth last week we decided to do this fun braid all the way across the top of her head. This kept the hair out of her way while they did surgery. And it was fantastic for recovery. She liked this one, but not nearly as much as the top hairstyle.
She wants the next time we do this for us to do the side style like in the top photo, but with the "X" worked into the side. I think I can do that for her. Have you tried this style before? Does your little one, or you, totally love this style? It's been a few years since we have done this, but it's coming back into style.



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