11 September, 2010

Side Swipe Dutch Braid with Ribbon

I always see these beautiful ribbon style on other hair blogs, but they are just too cutesy for me to wear. This was my compromise (sorry there are no step by step pictures but its easy, I swear!)
I seriously needed to colour my hair at this point.. Don't judge me I was busy with school!
 I started by making a Dutch Braid (if anyone needs a tutorial on this let me know) but instead of going straight down the head, I made it slant to one side.

Now you will need a piece of ribbon at least twice the length of your braid. Starting at the first plait of the braid, tuck one end of the ribbon into the hair and bobby pin it in
follow the arrow
Now thread the other end of the ribbon into a plastic craft need
I got a two pack of these at Walmart for 1$

(a safety pin will work too, or if you are patient and gentle you can just use your fingers to weave the ribbon through). Now following one strand of your braid, weave your ribbon through the braid. Do this one plait at a time or your ribbon will tangle up on your. Also don't pull too hard or you will unpin the ribbon at the top.
At the end of the braid I used tiny clear elastics to make a little bow. You could also just wrap the elastic with the ribbon, or trim off the extra ribbon.
Not that you care, but I cannot believe how much my hair has grown since this picture (May)
That's all!

Do you think its too cutesy? Would you wear this style?

08 September, 2010

Works for Me Wednesday

Hairstyles are a TON of fun, but I also think hair care, products and the like are really interesting. Therefore, I figured it would be fun to start a series of posts with different tips, techniques, and product reviews to address these things.  I have no experience with any hair but my own so anything I post will just be my own ideas/thoughts, I am not really into the science of it all, thus the title: "Works for my Wednesday". Hopefully some things will work for you, and if they don't you will share your experiences and thoughts with the rest of us in the comments!

If you have any tips, techniques, tools or products that "Work for You" and you would like to share please send me an email at: tweenteenmomhairstyles@gmail.com. I would LOVE to feature your suggestions here!

Now onto what Works for Me:

To begin, I should tell you, I have a small head which makes it very hard to find sunglasses, hats and headbands that fit! But I have found a way to make those adorable fabric-style headbands work for me. 
When I buy a new pack of these (usually under  5$ @ Walmart) I just throw them into the wash with my laundry. It seems the dryer causes them to shrink a little, which results in a better fit. I also find that once I have worn them a few times they tend to stretch back out. So I just wash and dry 'em again and they get nice and snug again. I think this may cause the headbands to become worn out quicker than normal, but it works for me...

Also, I don't know if anyone cares , but since my schedule has changed drastically this semester I have decided to move my hairstyle posts from Thursday to the Saturday. I think its better that way anyway, then you can spend Sunday experimenting with new ideas and go back to work/school on Monday with fun hair!

Thanks for stopping by!

02 September, 2010

Double Twisted Headband

Did you check out this hairstyle? Or this one? Well, here is a third (and last) option using those same twists.

Use them to create an all natural headband!
After you have finished the twists and pinned them back, let your hair out of the ponytail. Curl or straighten as you wish.

This is a great way to keep bang out of your face, and a nice alternative to the common Front French Braid headband.

Has anyone used these twists? How do you like to wear them?