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Bandana Curls or Rag Curls for Long Hair

Isaiah 41:10, 13

10“Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God.
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.
13For I, the LORD thy God, will hold thy right hand,
Saying unto thee, ‘Fear not; I will help thee.'”

I love these verses so much I have them framed in my room. It is such a comfort to know that God is my Father, and He’s always with us and ready to help if we would only ask Him.

I have finally come up with a way to rag curls for really long hair!!! I’m super excited about this one; I think you all will really like it. Continue reading

French Braid

Here’s a step-by-step on how to do a French braid. Yeah, I know there are a gazillion tutorials for this braid, but I think my site would be incomplete without it. 🙂


1. Separate a section of hair where you’d like your french braid to start and divide it into three sections.


2. Cross the right side sections over the middle one.

*Note* Every time I refer to a section as left, right, or middle, I’m referring to the one that is currently left, right, or middle, not where it originally started from.


3. Cross the section on the left side over the one that is now in the middle.

Up ’til now, this has been exactly like starting a regular braid. Here’s where we get to the fun part.


4a. For now, hold the middle section and the left section in one hand. This is the part most people struggle with because you have to hold it snugly. Here’s how I do it– I’m holding the left strand with my ring and pinky finger and the middle section with my middle and index finger (for pianists: 4 and 5 hold left, 2 and 3 hold middle). There’s a clearer picture of how to hold the sections below.

4b. With the index finger of you right hand, swoop up a section to join the right section.


5. Cross this newly enlarged right section over the middle.


6. Repeat on the left side. Hold, swoop,


And cross. Now, you may ask “How is she holding *three* sections in one hand?!” If you hold one side with your pinky and ring finger and the other side section with your middle and index finger, you don’t have to hold the middle section. Really!


Keep adding hair to the side sections and crossing until you run out of hair. At that point, you can either stop and secure the ponytail with your hair thingy of choice or continue with a regular braid like I did.

Commonly asked questions about French braids

  1. “I tried and I still can’t hold the sections right. What should I do?” — If this is you, stop and go do a regular braid. After you’ve done a few rounds, try to hold two sections in one hand like I describe. When you’re doing a French braid, it’s the exact same hold except close to your head.
  2. “How big do I make the sections?” — That depends. Most people want their sections to look horizontal like in my picture above. To achieve that look, for thinner hair, make smaller sections. Average and thicker hair should do larger sections. Most hair types require 3-5 sections per side for one big braid down the back of the head like I did. If you want your sections to swoop up, make larger sections than you normally would.
  3. “How do I keep my hair from tangling while I braid?” — After you cross a section, make sure it is separated from the other sections and the hair you haven’t added. With the a couple fingers of your free hand, grasp the section and gently glide down the length.
  4. “What happens if I cross the sections under instead of over?” — You’ll get what is know as an Inside-out French braid.

Figure Eight Bun

Jeremiah 9:23-24

23Thus saith the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
neither let the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches.
24But let him that glorieth glory in this: that he understandeth and knoweth Me,
that I am the LORD who exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth;
for in these things I delight,” saith the LORD.

This is a pretty basic style, the figure-eight bun. Even though it is simple, I keep coming back to it for an everyday style. This also works really well for wearing hats. There are many tutorials for this style, but this is the way I do it; I’m sure someone else has come up with this method before. One caution, however: this ‘do eats pins! You’ll need at least moderately long hair for this to work, but if you have shorter hair, it will work as a half-up. Continue reading

For those with Short Hair

I’ve received a lot of requests for styles for short hair. While I’m willing to help you all out, I specifically started this site as a blog for long hair tutorials because all the styles I could find online were for shorter hair that didn’t work for me.

I’ve tried to do some short-hair tutorials, but my shorter-hair friends and family aren’t available for tutorials pictures that often.  And I’m just better with long hair because that’s what I have and can play with whenever I want.  ; )

In answer to some of your questions, I have never donated my hair, and it’s always been long. Well, as far back as I can remember. For proof, here’s a picture of me when I was nine years old. (Because I’m the only redhead in my family, and neither of my parents have red hair either, they didn’t want to cut it. My blond sister, on the other hand, grew up with Shirley Temple ringlets.) Continue reading

Braid Basics

This week’s posts will be a series on braids and some basics styles that incorporate them. First, some definitions. A braid is any technique that involves crossing one section of hair over another. You can have a braid with two, three, four, or five sections before the sections get too hard to hold. In this series, I will be focusing on three-strand braids because they are commonly accepted as the most basic type of braid. Many instructions on how to braid are on the internet, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel with picture instructions for all of these. A good site to look at would be DreamWeaver Braiding. The terms for the different types of braids, however, can be confusing so here are the four categories of three-strand braids. Continue reading