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A Double Bun Variation


Thanks to my brother for taking the picture!

John 1:6-7

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe.”

May we, like John the Baptist, reflect the light of Christ to the world.

This is a variation of the Double Bun style that I did a while back.  It was pretty easy and took about five minutes. The only thing I changed from that tutorial was that, instead of  shell buns, I made folded twists and coiled them into the two buns.  The flowers are attached to two separate clips, and here’s how I made my hair flowers.

Ta-da!  Have a Fabulous Friday!!!

p.s. More pictures of the dress on my sewing website here.

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Double Bun Updo: Both Video and Picture Intructions

John 12:3

“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly,
and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.”

Have you given that which cost you most and that which is most precious to you for the glory of Christ?

Finally a new tutorial!! I call this one the double-bun Edwardian-inspired updo. This style is super easy– In the video, I did it in three minutes. If your hair turns into Dr. Seuss-type squiggles when you wash it like mine, here’s a great way to use that texture to your advantage. And yes, this is my hair’s natural, freshly-washed texture. 🙂

For those looking for a messy bun for super long hair, here’s what I use. Soft, puffy, and romantic–everything a good updo should be. If my hair curls more than it did today, I like to pull some little bits out around my ears and neck. Also, if your hair gives you headaches when it’s up, splitting the weight like this is very comfortable.


Wow, I talked way too fast during the intro! Sorry about that. In fact, the intro in general isn’t that great. 😦 ( I really didn’t want to do another take.)  For this video, we’re back in ye olde bathroom. I’ve figured out an angle were I can kind of see what I’m doing in the mirror. Yay!

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Beauty and the Beast

Today’s tutorials are inspired by the lovely Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” for the Belle fashion event being hosted by Hannah at spacious-soul.livejournal.com. Trying to copy a hairstyle from a cartoon was hard! What I ended up with works for my hair length, but you might need to modify it slightly for your hair type and length. I did a version of both Belle’s everyday ponytail which you can see in the image above and her ball style which you can see below.


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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

Celtic Knot Bun

Psalm 24:7-10

7Lift up your heads, O ye gates! And be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9Lift up your heads, O ye gates! Even lift them up, ye everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah

Magnificent Monday, ladies!  As we enter the week celebrating the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in payment for our sins, remember how much it cost Him so that we could be forgiven and reconciled.

Ok, now I’m really back!  The mouse for my computer completely died, but a new one has been installed.  I’ve also finished up some major sewing projects while I’ve been away.  Details to come on my other blog.  Today’s tutorial was originally planned for St. Patrick’s Day and is kind of a variation on my last tutorial. This is a great bun for super long hair, but if your hair is shorter, it still works as a half-up. Continue reading

Emma: Triple Twist Bun

Harriet: Oh, I do not know Miss Fairfax!
Emma: There is not much to be said for her. When pressed, I say she is elegant.
*Parasol pop*

A comparatively minor style, this bun of Emma’s is one of my favorite styles from the movie. I will definitely being wearing this style for Christmas events this year. While it looks complicated, it really isn’t difficult.

You will need to know how to do either a folded twist or rope braid for this style. Don’t know which one to pick? You can read this comparison.

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Ropes vs Folded Twists


For twisted styles, rope braids and folded twists are interchangeable. So interchangeable, in fact, that I have them as the same category. If one is easier for you or works better, go ahead and switch techniques for styles that you may want to try. During Emma week, I will use both, but the method doesn’t matter as much as the finished look.  Same destination, different ways to get there.   Here’s a quick comparison-contrast of the two techniques.

Folded Twists

  • Shorter
  • Wider
  • No “tassel”
  • Best for longer, thinner hair

Rope Braids

  • Longer
  • Thinner
  • Has a “tassel”
  • Better for thicker, shorter hair

Personally, I prefer to wear a folded twist if I want to wear my hair “down” and  ropes for updos.  Which method do you prefer?

P.S.  Emma week starts on Monday!