Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pretty Princess Hair Styling Tutorial

This is the first installment of many hair styling tutorials to come.

I had such a cute little model to work with this week who was so excited to get her hair done... can't tell by her face... ha, ha, ha!

She had no input on a specific hairstyle she wanted to try so I decided that with her gorgeous, long, incredibly straight hair that I would give her what I call the "Pretty Princess" style. I drew my inspiration from the movie "The Princess Bride". (see picture below)

I will use my lovely hair mannequin, Gwen, to demonstrate how we achieved this adorable look.

Supplies: Medium to large barrel curling iron, hairspray, tail comb, brush, bobby pins, 4 clips to section hair off and a head of hair to style.

Step 1:  Hair must be dry and detangled. It is best to work with hair that is not freshly washed because clean hair tends to be slippery and not as easily manipulated. It is always good to have a little product in the hair as well.

Step 2: Using the tip of your tail comb part bangs down the middle and clip them up and out of the way. If your model does not have bangs then section off the area just in front of the ears (at the front of the crown) and above the ears as shown in the picture below.

Step 3: Create and clip out of the way the hair at the crown of the head and another section just below the crown and about 2 inches above the nape of the neck.

You should now have the front of the hair (bangs) parted in the middle and clipped out of the way and 2 sections of hair clipped up with the last section hanging down and ready to curl.

Step 4: Starting with the bottom section of hair pull out about a 2 inch section of hair to curl. Start with your barrel at the top of the hair near the scalp to create body. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then with the hair still in the barrel pull the iron down and roll it back up. We are going to curl the hair in the direction away from the face. Working from the bottom section up, curl all of your model's hair. Wait a few minutes for the hair to cool completely and then spritz with light hairspray for hold.


For a wavy look leave about 1.5 inches of hair out of the barrel.

Step 5: Before letting your bang/front sections down clip the hair behind it back and out of the way. Begin your braid at the top of the part. French braid the section until you run out of hair to pull from then, continue braiding normally until you have about 4 inches of hair left. Pin this hair up and out of the way and do the other side.

Step 6: Bring both braids to the back of the head and cross them over one another. Using two bobby pins pin the hair in place. I use a crossing pattern because it is a more secure hold and.... it's kinda cute. 

Step 7: Lightly tousle the hair to loosen the curls and spritz with a light hold hairspray. Now you have the "Pretty Princess" look!

What a doll! She looks happy now! She was twirling around after our session exclaiming, "I just LOVE my hair!"

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. As a side note, I'm thinking the next tutorials will be in video form....