Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Shrek Ears and a Little Bonus

Okay, ladies. I feel a little guilty. I have had these pics for quite some time, but with all the Christmas sewing and preparation, I haven't posted them. I did some Shrek buns one day and that night, when I took them out to get Al in the tub, I had a cute surprise. I was only sad that I had to wash out that surprise. But, we have done this a couple of times since and it always turns out cute!

First, start by parting the hair. I have found that it works better with only half of the hair pulled up. And, if you use really wet hair for the buns, there are fewer flyaways and a better surprise!

Start twisting your piggy until it starts to double up on itself.

As you twist the hair, twist it around the elastic.

As you are twisting the hair around the elastic, twist it UNDER the previous hair. Keep in mind that the tighter your twist as you go, the better your surprise will be.

When you are done twisting, wrap an elastic around the Shreck bun at the very bottom so it catches in the end of the piggy. If you look close, you can see this on the left bun.

Here's a side view of the Shrek ear I just completed.

Top view of both Shrek ears.

Now for the SURPRISE!!!

I got this cute corkscrew curl out of the Shrek ears. I was so dissappointed that I had to wash them out the same night. But, I am thinking that if your little one slept in these, you would get the same effect the next morning. Enjoy!

Cute little curls, huh?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Doubly Fancy Schmancy

I had someone ask me to explain this hairstyle a little more step-by-step. So, I hope that Jenn from Girly Do's is okay with me doing a little more in depth tutorial on this "Doubly Fancy Schmancy" 'do. Here is a link to her original "Fancy" hairstyle. I have to tell you all that this woman is AMAZING when it comes to ideas for hairstyles. She has so many great ideas and she is very good at explaining things. And, her pictures are incredible. You would never know that my hubby does photography because I am not talented in that aspect. But, if you haven't been to Girly Do's, well, you had better visit her!

Okay, start out by making three rows of six piggies across. Here is a side view of the three rows.

On the top row, flip the piggies under for a little extra flair. You don't HAVE to do this step, it just makes the top look a little more pretty.

Here is the bottom view. I also flipped these piggies, but, like I said, you don't HAVE to.

Now, once you get all 18 piggies done (and flipped) you take the piggies on the right and attatch them to the piggies on the left. If numbers help, take front piggy 4 over to middle piggy 1. Take front piggy 5 over to middle piggy 2. Take front piggy 6 over to middle piggy 3.

Repeat this process on the bottom. Bottom 4 to middle 1. Bottom 5 to middle 2. And bottom 6 to middle 3.

Then, you do the same thing with the other side. Only this time, you weave the strands over and under the piggies that are already attatched. To weave, just go over the first strand, under the second and over the third. Then, with your second strand, go under, over, under. With the third strand, go over, under, over. I think a Topsy-Tail would work wonders to weave with, but since I don't own one, I just use my fingers and my comb. So, front 1 to middle 4. Front 2 to middle 5. And front 3 to middle 6.

Again, follow with the bottom. Bottom 1 to middle 4. Bottom 2 to middle 5. And bottom 3 to middle 6. Weave as you go.

Once you are done attatching and weaving the piggies, make your messy buns. Now, I am NOT good at messy buns. If anyone has a sure-fire way to get a good messy bun every time, I would love you for sharing. I just scrunch up the hair into a ball and put a tiny elastic around the base of it, then spread it out until it looks good.
This hair-do should take a long time; about half an hour. I didn't have that much time once I got started because Al just didn't want to sit still for pictures. So, there are lots of flyaways, too. But, hopefully you get the idea. If anyone has suggestions to help with flyaways, I would love you for that one, too! Good luck and let me know how it works out!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

5 French Twists to Messy Buns

For lack of a better name, I called this what it is: "5 French Twists to Messy Buns." However, it is 5 french twists on each side. So, are you ready to begin?

Start by parting the hair down the middle. I actually start my part on the side, then cut in to the middle about halfway back. I like side parts better, so kill me! Secure one half of the hair with a temporary elastic. Next, you are going to separate the first side into your five sections, but combine the top two and the bottom two sections just to hold them out of the way. You want to start in the middle to get the placement of your bun right.

French twist the middle section, rolling to the back, and stop where you want your messy bun. Then, separate out the second to bottom piece of hair.

French twist the second section of hair, rolling it up. Join the two twists together.
Continue with the bottom french twist, again rolling it up, and join it with the other two twists.
Next, you are going to do the top two french twists. French twist them both to the back, like you did with the middle one.

When you get the point where you stop adding hair to the french twist, continue twisting the hair until it will join with the rest of the sections. I didn't do this with the very bottom twist and it looks a little goofy, but...whatever!

Once you get the five twists done, you can do your messy buns.

This is what the finished product looks like. We did add some cute bows, but I forgot to take a picture of that...oh well! Let me know what you think!

Monday, November 10, 2008

French Twist Headband

This one is super quick and easy. It's a great one for those little ones with short hair, I think. Just start by separating out a ponytail with the outer edges left down. Secure that hair up and out of the way. I started with a side part and french twisted down to the nape of her neck, securing the first french twist with a rubber band. I followed suit with the other side and combined the two french twists under the ponytail. I curled and backcombed and was done. Quick and easy, right! For another view, go HERE.

Side view

Back view

Front view (forced smile :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

My little squirts were Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Halloween this year. Yes, I made the costumes. And, yes, I think they turned out fabulously!

Marianne (aka Goldilocks) poses before her school Halloween party. It took us about a half hour to curl all of her hair. She doesn't have a lot, but when you are doing such little pieces, it takes FOREVER!!!

Here's the whole crew. Allison was Mama Bear, Bo was Papa Bear, and Rachel was Baby Bear. I love my little guys' eyes.

(p.s. Notice how FLAT Marianne's hair is after a couple of hours of just walking around and riding in the car. This time I used a pomade and apparently it didn't work. Next time I am going to try to find a thermal heat spray.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Big BOOF-itul Curls

I have seen the "hair headband" on quite a few blogs, but I can't do the normal one because my girls' hair is still too short. So, when I saw THIS, I was so excited to try it out! I just made a side part and did small sections of hair down the side of her head to the back. I joined both sides of her hair together at the nape of her neck with one elastic. But, I am thinking to distribute the hair more evenly, I would keep the two ending piggies separate in the back. So, after I got the headband done, I curled. Then, I curled. After that, I curled some more. You get the idea. It turned out pretty big and poofy, but some days are good for that right? To see what curling iron I used go HERE.

Side view

Front view

Back view

P.S. If anyone has tips on keeping curls in all day, I would LOVE you for sharing them. I used hairspray, but her hair was about half this size by naptime! HELP!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fabulous Giveaway!

Okay, so there are a whole slew of giveaways going on right now, but if you love me, you will go HERE and enter to win $25 gift cerificate to "All Things Ribbon" and tell her I sent you. There are some unbelievably fabulous things here like bows, headbands and the most beautiful little girl dresses you have ever seen. Her prices are so fantastic that $25 is going to get you A LOT! Good luck!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Doubly Fancy

I have done THIS style quite a few times. I love it! I have thought about doing it on the top and the bottom. Today, I had time while Marianne was at school to do Allison's hair super fancy. She is wearing a skirt to school today, so I figured this 'do wouldn't be too over the top for school. I may have to do it for church on Sunday, too. We'll see. Hope you like!

Front view...not too impressive.

Here's the back. Now, that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

And here's the top. Looks just like the one from Girly Do's.

Here's a side view. Instead of making TWO rows of six piggies, I made three . Then, weave the top like Jenn did, but weave the bottom as well. Make your messy buns and you are done. I decided to add flowers to the bottom, too. I think it makes my girls' wimpy hair look more full. However, it kind of hides the hard work we put in to weaving it. So, do what you will!

Pretty, huh?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Swept-Up Knots and Lots of Curls

I love this curling iron for curls on my girls' hair. It gives fabulous wringlets, or you can get nice full curls, depending on how much hair you put into it. So, Al wanted curls in her hair for school today and we made that happen. Check it out!

Sweet curling iron for less than $20 at Wal-Mart!

Front view

Side view. Look at those curls.

This is what I did to the top. I do this one quite a bit when the girls want their hair left down, but I want their hair out of their faces. Just start on one side and section out a piece of hair, then part out the little front section that you will sweep over to the side, put in your elastic and flip it. Do the same for the center section. Then, for the last knot, pull the hair you have left into that pony. Flip it and you're done!

On a side note, I have a hard time getting the curl to LAST in my girls' hair. If anyone has any suggestions for something that works but isn't SUPER heavy, I would LOVE you for it! Thanks ladies!

Triple Corkscrews

Saw THIS hairstyle and thought it would look cute with the corkscrew. What do you think?

Front view

Side view

Back view

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Corkscrew Fun

Okay, so I've had a "Corkscrew Fettish" lately. So this is what you get!

Five Corkscrews to a Corkcrew Bun

This is a "twist" on THIS 'do. Really easy, but a little time consuming. Just separate out five little sections and twist them, finishing them off to the end with an elastic so they hold. Then, bring them together into one big pony in the back. Leave the small corkscrews in and do one BIG corkscrew on that pony. Tie it into a knot and leave the end poking out. I think it looks pretty cute and it's just another way to use a corkscrew!

Back view

Side view

Faux French Twist

Easy style using the corkscrew braid. Just start by parting the hair into two side sections. Start at the front of one side of the head and make a piggy. Corkscrew that and finish it with a temporary elastic. Part out another section and add the corkscrew to it with an elastic. Remove the first elastic. continue doing thing until you get to the last section of hair, but leave that bottom section undone until you do the other side. Once you have both sides corkscrewed, bring them together with the last, bottom, section of hair and secure with an elastic. Take out the temporary elastics and corkscrew the big pony. You can finish it how you want. I just did a LOOPY BUN. But, I think if she had enough hair, a knot would look better. Have fun!

Side view

Back view