I thought it would be fun share a few more updo’s this week since the holiday’s are coming and there always seems to be a party or two where you want to look extra nice! This tutorial I actually shot clear back in 2009 when Bug was only 5 years old and before she cut her hair for Locks of Love. I found this going through some old holiday photos on my computer & they’d been filed in the wrong spot! Apparently I didn’t take pictures for every single step, so hopefully you get the idea. It’s not too hard!
Step 1 – Make a side part on top of the head
Step 2 – Part hair from ear to ear
Temporarily clip those off because you’ll work with those later.
Step 3 – Make a ponytail
Pull all the hair behind the ear back into a low ponytail and secure with a rubber band. With that ponytail, make a rope braid and secure the end with a rubber band. If you need help with that, you can watch our rope braid video.
Step 4 – Bring hair from the front to the back
You’ll be making “Barbie bangs” as we like to call them. Smooth the hair from the front nicely, and pull them together to meet under the big ponytail you made in step 3. Secure them with a rubber band at the nape of the neck.
Step 5 – Make a rope braid with the little ponytail & secure the end
Step 6 – Make a bun
Wrap the big rope braid around to form a bun. Don’t make it too tight – you don’t want it to be a “knobby” bun! I left the tail hanging out and tacked it in at the very end. Secure the bun with bobby pins. Be sure to get your bun close enough to the mini-rope braid so there isn’t a big gap between them.
Step 7 – Wrap the bun
Take the micro-rope braid and wrap it around the edge of your bun. Secure with bobby pins as needed.
Step 8 – Tuck in the ends
I tucked the tail in from my big ponytail to cover up where the end of my micro-rope braid stopped. This technically is an optional step depending on the length of hair with which you’re working.
*If you aren’t real great at rope braids, you could totally do this with regular braids for a pretty look as well.
Don’t know if you can tell from just her profile or not that she’s only 5 here – but she looks so small to me in these pictures! My how she’s grown up! She just loved her “Santa” dress she got that year! We also added a pretty flower to add an extra pop of color to coordinate with her fabulous red dress!
Come back soon for another holiday updo! It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve posted any updo’s, so it’s been fun making some for this time of year!