This holiday hair style is very easy to do, takes little time and is a great holiday style as it includes a side bow. It works best on very long hair but we show you how to do it on hair that is a reasonable length. I also think that this hairstyle turns out nicer on women with a thicker texture to their hair.
- Bobby pins the shade of your hair
- Two Elastic ponytail holders
- A long (around 2-3 feet) ribbon in a color to match your outfit (you can pick this up at a craft store or in the sewing section of Walmart.)
Pull all of your hair into a low ponytail in the back of your head
Slip the ribbon under the rubber band so it hangs out about 6 inches above the ponytail.
Separate the hair into 3 equal sections. Let the ribbon be included in the middle section.
Braid the hair. To braid, place the right section over the middle section (which includes the ribbon) and then take the left section and place that over the middle section. Continue to place right over middle/left over middle until you run out of hair. Secure the ends with another elastic band. The braid should look like this:
Coil the braid up and around the ponytail holder making a circle. Try to make the end of the braid end stop by the top of the ponytail holder (near the ribbon that is hanging out the top of the ponytail). Tuck the ends of the braid under. Secure with bobby pins.
Tie the two ends of the ribbon together into a bow. Adjust the bow so that it is on the side of the chignon (coiled up braid).
Exquisite tips for holidays and travel
All elaborate up-dos and hairstyles start with a nice base. That base may be curls, waves, beach waves, spirals or straight hair. As well as being able to perform these techniques, it is also important to have a head of healthy, vibrant hair, void of flakes and dirt.
Healthy hair stems from a healthy body. The basic rules of health apply to great looking hair. These rules are simple, yet can be difficult for many women to implement. They are:
- Get plenty of rest – preferably eight hours of sleep per night
- Eat regularly. Do not starve your body of nutrients. To keep a nice metabolism, it is important to keep fueling your fire. Eat every 2-3 hours. You do not need to eat a full meal, but depending on your calorie needs, this will stem out to be 200-300 calorie meals 4-6 times per day, or 3 bigger meals with 2 small snacks.
- Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces every day. For example, if you are 120 lbs, then you need to drink 60 ounces of water per day (120lbs/2 = 60 ounces). This is approximately 8 cups of water per day.
- Don’t skimp on the fat – the GOOD fat, that is. Good fats are Omega 3 Fatty Acids that are found in fish, almonds and walnuts. If you do not eat enough of these types of foods, consider taking a fish oil supplement or cod liver oil daily.
If you follow the above, that will eliminate a host of hair problems, from hair-thinning or balding to a more specific hair problem such as dandruff. I’ve included some home-made remedies that will get rid of these flakes and make your hair-quality gorgeous enough to try the following tips and techniques:
What causes dandruff
Dandruff is caused by a poor diet, imbalance of hormones, a dull metabolism, or possibly yeast bacteria. It is important to explore the root cause to see if you can eliminate the problem for good!
In the meantime, though, you need a remedy to get rid of the flakes. Here are a few low-cost ways:
Aspirin – Take two aspirins and crush them. Add them to a quarter-sized amount of shampoo that you use to wash your hair. Put the mixture on your hair, leave it for one to two minutes, and then rinse off.
Tea Tree Oil – 100% Pure – 2 fl oz. – You can either pour drops of the tea tree oil directly on problem areas, or if the problem is all over your head, combine about 10 drops of tea tree oil with a quarter-sized amount of olive oil. Massage this oil all over your scalp. We recommend doing this before bed, because your hair may feel and look oily. Cover your hair with a towel or plastic bag as you sleep. In the morning, wash your hair as normal.
Vinegar – This method also works wonderfully to detoxify your hair of waxy build-up caused by certain hair products:
Combine ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water. After conditioning your hair, use this as a final rinse. This will also leave your hair soft and shiny. As a side note: We have tried this with plain white vinegar, and found that it works just as well.
Make sure that you clean all of your brushes and combs. Do not reintroduce old flakes and oil back into your freshly detoxified hair.