Hairstyles for girls with long hair


Just this past May, Merida was coronated as the newest member in the Disney Princess family, and I was invited to attend.  To help celebrate this occasion, my girls and I decided to show you how to replicate Merida’s spiral curls using an easy straw no-heat curling method.  It really is a beautiful hairstyle!

This no-heat curling technique is similar to that of “rag curls” or “paper bag curls” that many of our grandmothers used on our moms when they were little.

The idea is to take small sections of slightly-damp hair, wrap/roll them tightly with a straw, and then tie the straw into a first-stage of a knot.  The straws actually hold up fairly well.

{I purchased a box of flexible, accordion drinking straws from Wal-Mart for only a couple of dollars.  I use these straws, because the flexible bend actually makes it easier to tie the straws into the hair.}

You can sleep on the straws for next-day curls by tying a silk scarf around the head, or simply wear the straws around for a few hours.  You can also simply use a hair dryer, like I did, to have the curls dry in only 10-15 minutes.

When you untie the straws, you will see beautiful corkscrew curls {like  old telephone cords} in the hair.  You can then separate the curls to your liking, and style the hair as desired for an everyday look.

To get Merida’s fiery red color, we used a mix of orange and red temporary “spray-in” hair color, which you can find in small cans at your local beauty supply or party supply store.  This sprays in and washes out easily.  {Be sure to use an old bath towel to drape over the shoulders to prevent  wet spray getting on the clothing.}  Once the spray dries, it holds up pretty well all day.

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bandana, and approx. 40 plastic drinking straws. Optional: 1-2 cans of orange and red temporary spray-in hair color and an old bath towel.

Time Requirement: 20-30 minutes to tie the straws. 5-10 minutes to remove the straws and style hair.

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with washed and dry hair.
  2. Separate off the top ? of hair, and secure on top of the head with an elastic…
  3. On the bottom section, take a small 1 inch section and spritz with water once or twice… just enough to dampen the strand. {If you drench it with water, the knots will not dry and the curls will not set.}
  4. Holding the straw where it bends, begin to wrap the hair around and around the straw away from the face. Keep the hair tight and close together on the straw…
  5. When you run out of hair to wind, and while holding the hair end against the straw, take both ends of straw and tie them like you would tie the beginning  step of a shoelace. When secure, let go and move on to the next strand…
  6. Continue Steps 3-5 until the entire bottom row of hair is finished.
  7. Now release the next layer of hair and repeat the same steps….
  8. Continue winding and knotting until all the hair is done. {When I was doing the top layer of hair, I parted the hair to one side and curled it all away from the face.}
  9. If you are going to sleep with straws in overnight, tie in a silk scarf or a bandana to help the straws remain in place. You can also let the straws sit in the hair for a few hours before removing, or even sit under a hair dryer for 10-15 minutes to set the curls.
  10. To remove the straws, simply untie them and let hair fall off straw.You will have amazing corkscrew curls that will loosen into soft curls over time.
  11. Separate the curls to your liking and style as desired. {Be careful to not brush out the curls!}

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Happy Hairdoing!

It is finally Summertime, so we wanted to share a beautiful bohemian-looking hairstyle that would be perfect for the season!

This hairstyle uses the popular braided tieback, something we have shown in several variations on this website before.  In this case, after the tieback… we created a super-cute braided flower to accent it.

Although we rate this style as “Hard”, all you really need to know is how to Simple Braid, how to “pancake” a simple braid {tugging out the elbows of the braid}, and the basic bobby pinning skills.  The latter is what can actually make this hairstyle difficult, because pinning the flower takes practice.

I would not recommend this hairstyle for an active day, since the flower is delicate and can fall out since it is only pinned up.  I would recommend this more for a date night or a day out with friends, and I promise… you will receive many compliments on it!

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This one is among Brooklyn and CGH#3′s favorites!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Create a small, Simple Braid on either side of the head and secure with elastics {you will need enough braid length to reach  the back of the head for the tieback}…
  3. Once both braids are finished, simply pull them to the back and secure with another elastic in the middle/back of the head…
  4. Now, cinch the braid up against the head by gently pulling the ends of the two braids apart softly….
  5. Take the end of the rat-tail comb and  gently pull out the hair right above the braids to create some added fullness and volume.
  6. Remove both elastics from the ends of the small braids, undo any remaining braiding in those strands, and combine the hair together to create one more Simple Braid…
  7. Once the single Simple Braid is complete, gently tug on the elbows on only one side of the braid {these pancaked elbows will form the petals of your flower}.
  8. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  9. If you pancaked the left side of the braid, begin by twisting the braid counter clockwise, wrapping it around the elastic in a spiral pattern like a cinnamon roll {if you pancaked the right side of the braid, reverse that process and wind the braid clockwise}…
  10. Continue to wrap the hair around and around the elastic, with each layer of hair just slightly under the previous layer.  The pancaked edges should be sticking up to create the petals of a a flower-shaped accent…
  11. When the flower is finished, take a couple of small bobby pins and gently secure the flower in place.  Make sure both elastics are hidden.

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