Elsa Inspired Hairstyle

Are you ready for me to sound egotistical and obnoxious? Just kidding. I hate what I am about to say, but it has to be said. When Frozen first came out a lot of people posted tutorials for Elsa's Coronation hairstyle. I looked at them and they were all very nice, but they weren't quit there for me. They were all missing something. So I took a stab at it myself. And this is what I came up with. I'm totally geek about how much this looks how it should translate (in my mind) to looking like Elsa's hairstyle in real life, not animation.

I shot this hairstyle way back in September and I had all the intentions in the world to post it before Halloween, but that just didn't happen. It's a rather lengthy tutorial with lots of pictures. So bare with me. I am going to do my best to translate this hairstyle and break it down for you to recreate.
First you have your partings. You will basically be working with three sections. Start with your part. Make sure it is not centered. I like mine on the right just above the outside part of that eyebrow. Then part to the left going behind the ear down to the neck. This part arches over the head. You can see it a little clearer in the next picture.
You then part off the right side again behind the ear and all the way down to the neck.
Secure the back into a low ponytail. Then ignore your front to sections we will work with those in a moment.
 Lace your ribbon under the rubber band.
Wrap the ponytail in one direction, we twisted clock wise on this one. Then once it is wrapped tight wrap the ribbon around the ponytail like a candy-cane.
You will then twist the hair into a bun in the same direction you twisted the ponytail. Again, this was clockwise for us. Use pins (or bobby-pins) to secure the hair as you work the hair into a bun.
Now we will work that front section on the left into the beautiful side twist. This is VERY EASY! Don't complicate it or over think things. Start by taking a small section from the top closest to the part. And twist it away from the face, or up, or clockwise if you are standing to your models left (where I am standing in the photo).
Start adding in a little more hair as you work the twist back. I add this is a section at a time rather than grabbing hair aimlessly. That way you can get that little extra texture in the twist. I like to keep this twist a little loose especially on top. And work your best to keep the twist going as close to or over the part to hide that back parting line.
The hair should look like this at this point. You just want to twist the hair past the last add in. My model has VERY THICK long hair. So this hairstyle works great on her.
 Now work that twist into the outer most part of your bun. This will build up the bun and be incorporated into the overall style nicely.Use pins or bobby-pins to secure as you wrap.
Now for the final section. and this is a big one. This was the one that made it come together for me and made this style translate to real life for me. This is kind of what I felt like other tutorials were missing. All great tutorials, but missing one key thing in my opinion. You are going to work this style in small sections. You will pick up the section of hair and cross it over the length of the head joining next to the twisted section on the other side.
You'll fold the hair under slightly back toward the start and secure with bobby-pins. Just leave that tail down FOR NOW. Repeat with your next section and the next until you find yourself out of hair and (hopefully) next to the bun.
And once you get to the bottom you are going to have a lot of hair that should be hanging to the left side of that bun in back.
 Smooth that hair down and swing it back to the other side of the bun.
Twist that last little end and stuff it under the bottom of the bun and secure out of sight with a bobby-pin. Stand back and have a look at your finished hairstyle. Doesn't that look amazing.

Here are a few more finished photographs and a few different angles for you. Hairspray this style and be on your way. You look amazing, just like a queen!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate you sharing our work and sharing your work with us on our facebook page or on instagram. I hope you are having a very safe, happy Christmas season. Happy hairdoing!!!

Wide Braided Headband

I was lucky to be doing this cute young ladies hair a few weeks back and she was nice enough to let me take pictures for a tutorial as we did her hair. Some of my favorite people are red heads! I love a beautiful good head of red hair. Much like blonds you can really see the hairstyle a little better than you can in darker hair. This style is no exception. It just looks fantastic on this little cutie.

This tutorial is for a wide headband. If you can do a wide 11 strand braid, great... don't. When you do the wide headband with an 11 strand or bigger braid you end up with your starting spot thin and your finishing side chunky and HUGE and hard to hide. This tutorial is to show you an easier way to do this look and finish it balanced on both sides so that the headband is balanced in the finished look.
We started with clean, dry hair for this style. Brush through the hair to get any snarls out of the way. This little gal has great snarl free hair, super hair to work with. Also let me note that this style has to be done on longer hair like my model. It is not going to work in short hair. You will see why as we finish the tutorial.
Your first braid will be around the perimeter closest to the forehead.I part out a section at the top of the ears. Make sure you have enough hair to work with for braiding. This will be different for thicker or thinner hair.

Start your first braid, a dutch braid, across the head like a headband. If you start on the right side your second braid will start from the opposite or left side. It will be thin to start, but it will thicken up in the right spots. Try to keep your braid as close to the front, forehead, as you can while you braid.
Braid past the end ofter you run out of hair. That won't show at the end, but it will be nice to have to tuck over your other braids.
Part out the next braid and secure the back hair out of the way. With this section I went behind the ear. You don't want to go much farther back than that spot. It stops looking like a headband and starts looking like a hat real fast, This is a headband.
Dutch braid starting on the opposite side you did for your other braid.
Now your hair should look like this. Two braids going opposite directions. We've done this before up to this point in past tutorials, but this is for a wide headband. And there in no better way to make that happen than to cover the parts in the middle and the back for your two dutch braids. Then it will look like a headband and not two braids.
from behind the ear take out a section of hair to braid. I like to braid this standard braid with the hair directed (pulled) over the head so I don't get a bump in the bottom of the braid.
This is a thin braid, so I puffed out some of the braid by pulling out the braids pancaking them just a little.
Then I did it to the dutch braid as well so that it all flows nicely once we put it all together.
Now with one side of the standard braid pull it up and over to cover that middle part. You will secure this with bobby-pins where ever it is needed.
Take the other braid from the other side and cover that back part line.
It should look like this at this point. Now if you want to curl the hair this is a good point before you anchor those braids under the back of the hair. We wanted curly for what we were doing.
Once you've curls or finished you back however you want you will just lift the hair underneath and secure those down braids with bobby-pins. This will make the braid look like it finishes as a headband.... and that was the goal!
And you are left with a super beautiful wide headband that is balanced on both sides. This really is the best way to make a wide headband hairstyle. Make sure non of your bobby-pins can be seen, but use them to your advantage to make sure this is tightly secured. Isn't she just one of the most beautiful girls! This is one of my Beans very best friends and we just adore her! Thanks for letting me do your hair Little Red.


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.

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