Hi everyone! May is always a busy time of the year for our family! Which means more places to go, outfits that need washed, and different hairstyles to try. (When I have time) Does anyone else get tired of the same old hairstyles? Everyone has their own ‘thing’ they feel comfortable with, but lately I have been seriously tired of my own ‘thing’.
Thankfully, if there is something I cannot get enough of, it’s hair-styling! My mamaw was a hairdresser and she has always said that she passed that talent down to us girls, and that the magic is just naturally in our fingertips….. All I can say is that it is good I was blessed with four sisters to experiment on! (I am very limited to what I can do with my own hair! LOL)
Spring is definitely here and coming in hot! Every spring I get this new fiery desire to try new hairstyles and do a lot of them. One idea after another pops up in my brain and I have to try them all! Even taking different hairstyles and putting them together is so, sooo fun! With all the crazy hairstyles that are ‘in’ right now, the range of different styles and experimenting are endless!!! Who knows, I might start a new fad sometime in the future! LOL
For these styles, the adorable models are my three precious sisters, Gloria (who demands that she is too old to be called adorable), Melody, and Mya. Mya is the blond five-year-old and has very, very thin, silky and extremely fine hair. Melody is the sweet brunet who has her mind set on being Rapunzel. She has never cut her hair. (Hadassah, she LOVES your hair and has commented on it several times!) She is seven and has the exact opposite of Mya’s type of hair! It’s very thick, long, and wavy (a bit frizzy)! Gloria is twelve, and has the tinted blond-green hair from summer swimming! LOL Gloria has long, frizzy, and extremely fine hair. Many, many hugs and kisses to them for their willingness to help! (They love it!!!)
Half-up Pigtail Braided Hearts
You will need:
- Braiding and Dutch Braiding knowledge
- Two Elastic Stretchy Bands
- Two Fun Ponytails (Hair Clips will work as well)
- Plastic Magic Topsy Tail Hair Braid Ponytail Styling Maker Clip Tool (I used Bobby Pins stretched open wide…..then pinched together)
- Bobby Pins
- *Curling Iron (Totally Optional!)
Brush the hair smooth and part to the side. (If you like the part in the middle that is fine, too! I just prefer the ‘swooped’ side look.) Starting with the front, small section of hair on the larger side of the part, start a dutch (also called inverted) braid. Pick up sections of hair only from the side closest to your face.
As you go, pull on the bottom side of the braid (closest to your face) to make your braid fuller and more elegant. This will also create a ‘lace’ looking braid that is very popular right now. Pulling on your braid to loosen and enlarge your braid takes a lot of practice. So experiment with it and see what fits you and you like.
Continue your braid along the side of your head until the crest of your head. Gather the rest of your hair on the same side of your part and secure the half up side with an elastic band. There should be slightly more hair down than in your half up.
On the opposite side of your part (the side with less hair)…… Put the hair in a half up and secure with an elastic band. Even out and compare both sides. Try to make them identical. I know…. Easier said than done!!!
DON’T LAUGH!!! We are penny pinchers! And instead of buying a $2 Plastic Magic Topsy Tail Hair Braid Ponytail Styling Maker Clip Tool (who came up with that name) from Walmart, I will always see if I can make it first! Bobby pins and even your fingers will work! The only problem with your fingers is that you will normally pull the hair out too much around your pony tail…..then it gets a little sloppy. But your fingers will work! With bobby pins, however, I just pulled them apart as far as I could and pinched them together as I work.
Stick your ‘tool’ under the elastic band and loop the hair into it. Then pull your tool back through, flipping your pony tail under the elastic and up.
It will look like this!
Split the pony tail in two equal parts and braid both.
Attach the two braids with a fun hair tie below the elastic. Vuala! A heart! Mess around with your heart to get the right angle and even sides.
Do the same with the opposite pony tail! You may need bobby pins to clean your heart up or secure your heart if you are going to be active that day. However, your hearts will stay throughout the day without them!
……One more check to make sure they are both even! (Mine are so uneven it’s not even funny! Try to avoid that! LOL)
Add a beautiful curl for special occasions…….
You will need:
- Hair Brush
- LOTS of Bobby Pins
- Elastic Band
- A Rather Long Ribbon (color of your choice)
- A Blunt Needle (plastic will work) for weaving in the ribbon
- Scissors to cut or trim up the ribbon
- Dutch Braiding Knowledge!
Brush your hair smooth. There won’t be a part for this braid.
Start dutch braiding at the very back of your head. Try to steadily keep your braid about an inch or two away from your hairline all the way around your head.
Pull sections of hair from both sides of the braid as normal. Pretend that the very crest of your head is the strict ‘point’ where everything is taken from. So you will be pulling hair on the inside of your braid (top of your head) from that specific ‘point’! WARNING: Braiding will be messy at first!!!
Continue braiding around. Keep the outside pieces of hair tight so that you won’t have big loops around your braid when you are done!
Melody’s little hairs around her face are natural and escape the braid, but it would be a good idea to pull some hair out around your face so you don’t braid it all up. That is quite fashionable right now!
Continue braiding around until you get about three inches past your ear. (It also depends on where you actually started) This is also a good time to loosen and enlarge your braid. Pull on both sides of the braid to loosen.
Secure your braid with an elastic!
Complete your crown by bobby pinning the loose braid to the back of your head. Hide the elastic band by bobby pinning a section of hair over it.
You will be left with a tail from your braid. Weave it into the rest of your braid with your fingers. Be careful not to loosen the braid a whole lot as you weave the tail in!
Start weaving your ribbon into your hair at the spot you want your bow to be. I chose to have the bow a little above the ear. (That is where I started) Using your needle weave the ribbon into one section of hair all the way around your head. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT!!!
Complete the circle with the ribbon and tie the two ends together with a knot. Then tie the bow!
Inspect the braid and bobby pin any bumps. This hairstyle is challenging to get at first, but keep practicing! Don’t give up! This hairstyle is so worth it!!! I love to do it to myself for a banquet or formal, even just a day when I’m tired of the same old ponytail! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!
Braided Rose Half-Up
- LOTS of Bobby Pins (At least 15)
- Four Elastic Bands
- Stretch Band for separating your hair into two sections
- Curling Iron (Optional!)
- Dutch Braiding and Regular Braiding Knowledge!
Brush your hair until it’s smooth!
Part your hair to the side for the swooped, side-look. Then separate a section of hair from the side of the part with the most hair. You don’t want to take hair so much from the back of your head; rather, keep it close to the front of your head.
Start your Dutch Braid (also called inverted) small and pull out pieces from the bottom of the braid to create the elegant lace look. (Like in the Braided Heart hairstyle) Try to keep your braid close to your hairline. Gently swoop the braid around your head behind your ear and stop Dutch Braiding. However, continue the regular braid all the way down and tie with an elastic band.
Separate the remaining hair into two sections. The bottom section will be left down, so decide and mess around with how much hair you want to be down. Put a stretchy band in the bottom section to keep it in place and out of the way.
Separate the top section into three of its own sections. NOTE: You may want to tie the two sections you are not styling at the moment with a stretchy band to keep the sections separated from each other.
Take the section on the right and combine the Dutch braid you did in the front with it. (You do not need to remove the elastic band securing the Dutch braid!)
Start you regular braid tight on the back right side of your head! Do not start your braid on the side of your head or you will have an awkward rose sticking out there! As you braid, pull out hair from only one side of the braid. Pull the sections out as far as you can without harming your braid! (This might shorten the braid a good bit and that is FINE!!!) The side you pull out from will create the rose petals. Braid all the way down and secure it with an elastic band at the end. Do this to all the three sections! (Of course they won’t have braids connected to them…:)
Take one braided section and spiral it. Spiral it in a direction which keeps the pulled out side of the braid on the outside!
Secure your rose with Bobby pins! (It will take at least 5 bobby pins to keep one rose secure) Mess around with your rose and experiment ’till it’s perfect and round.
The middle rose should be slightly bigger than the side roses for a balanced look! Do the same procedure with the middle braid…….
……And the Braid on the left!
You probably noticed that my roses are not straight across; they are kinda in a triangle shape. Truthfully, that was accidental! My first couple styles have been straight across (And also look beautiful!), but this time my roses were too close together and my middle braid was too far up…… ugh! Oh well! It looks gorgeous, too! You really can’t mess this style up!
Say hello to our pretty kitty cat, Jasmine! She was a huge ‘help’!
Now is a good time to pull out hair around your face! Add a curl to your hair and there you have it! Enjoy this style! It is absolutely beautiful and sooo elegant!
I hope you enjoy these and have as much fun experimenting with them as I did!
Many, many thanks to Gloria, Melody, and Mya! (Such amazing sisters!)
Savor these beautiful Seasons! Savannah ♥
An all time favorite story to share with you guys! A good glimpse of how blind we can be to God’s hand!
The Captain and the Lighthouse
In the darkest part of the night, a ships captain cautiously piloted his warship through the fog-shrouded waters. With straining eyes he scanned the hazy darkness, searching for dangers lurking just out of sight. Then His worst fears were realized when he saw a bright light straight ahead. It appeared to be a vessel on a collision course with his ship. To avert disaster he quickly radioed the oncoming vessel. “This is Captain Jeremiah Smith,” his voice crackled over the radio. “Please alter your course 10 degrees south! Over.” To the captain’s amazement, the foggy image did not move. Instead, he heard back on the radio, “Captain Smith. This is Private Thomas Johnson. please alter your course 10 degrees north! Over.” Appalled at the audacity of the message, the captain shouted back over the radio, “Private Johnson, this is Captain Smith, and I order you to immediately alter your course 10 degree south! Over.”A second time the oncoming light did not budge. “With all due respect Captain Smith,” came the privates voice again, “I order you to alter your course immediately 10 degrees north! Over.” Angered and frustrated that this impudent sailor would endanger the lives of his men and crew, the captain growled back over the radio, “Private Johnson. I can have you court-marshalled for this! For the last time, I command you on the authority of the United States government to alter your course 10 degrees to the South! I am a battleship!”
“The privates final transmission was chilling: “Captain Smith, sir. Once again with all due respect, I command you to alter your course 10 degrees to the North! I am a lighthouse!”