Day 17: Bohemian Braid

So somehow that Bohemian Braid that I had wanted to do disappeared into the Pinterest abyss.  I swear I pinned it, but apparently not?  It has also disappeared (mysteriously, I might add) from Pinterest altogether.

One funny thing about Bohemian Braids: there are many of them. And they’re all done differently.  Which makes sense, I guess, when you look up the definition of ‘bohemian’ (which I did):

a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices.

Just replace ‘person’ with ‘braid’, and there you go.  The Bohemian Braid is a wild, free flowing (read ‘messy’) and unconventional braid.

Even though I didn’t get to do the Bohemian Braid I originally planned, I did find a pretty cool replacement.

bohemian braid

If you watch the tutorial, you’ll see she does two braids on each side, and braids the first braid into the second.  If you do it that way, make sure you start the first braid low enough so it blends into the second.  The first time I did this hairstyle I did it just as the tutorial showed; the second time I omitted the first braids and just did the side French braids.  In my opinion, it turned out just as good the second time as it did the first (and took a LOT less time)!  Just remember to “pancake” the braids for optimum results.

Good luck!

Katie

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Day 16: Four Twist Ponytail

Let the hair rampage continue!  For some reason, I have been super motivated to continue to add to my hair repertoire.  Usually it takes me a few days to get a new hairdo/tutorial link up, but at this rate we may actually be done by the end of the month!  (Don’t quote me on that!)

This next hairstyle is unique, but VERY simple!  Again, no braiding, only twisting.

I give you, the Four Twist Ponytail:

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We wore it to the local swimming pond-a perfect summer beach ‘do!  Here is a different angle that lets you see the twists a little better:

4twist2

I am thinking of tackling a new braid next…it most likely will be the “Elsa” braid OR this really cute Bohemian braid I happened to come across.  So it really may be a few more days before I get that posted as most of the braids I like (read NEED) to practice for a few days before they are post-worthy.

I also have been working on writing down my testimony of how I came to faith in Jesus Christ…so look for a post on that sometime in the near-ish future (still in the tweaking stage at the moment).

Enjoy your weekend!

Katie

Day 15: Triple Twist Ponytail

We are just whipping through the hair styles these days! I found another cute hairstyle that looks like a braid-but it’s NOT! No braiding involved-only hair twisting. I swear even my husband could do it! (He actually probably could…he is one of those people who picks up everything easily and drives the rest of us crazy!)


One minor variation I added is braiding the three twisted strands-which is a step not included in the tutorial.  I tried it first without braiding the strands, but it didn’t look as good-in my humble opinion.

I can’t believe I am halfway through the 30 Days of Hair Challenge!! OR that I am looking forward to the next 15!

Braid on, braid on!

Katie

Day 14: French Fishtail Braid

I must admit, when I first saw this braid, waaaay back when I started the 30 Days of Hair Challenge, I was intimidated.  I remember watching the video and thinking to myself that there was NO WAY I would ever be able to do this braid!  I did have to bribe my kids with phone time so they would let me practice on their hair-but it was worth it!  After multiple attempts over multiple days, it finally came together quite nicely!

french fishtail

You can see how the French Fishtail really steps it up a little bit from the Fishtail (which I also think is adorable-and easier!).  The hardest part was getting the stranding good and tight so that it would stay-you really have to pay attention to hand placement!  I had to watch the tutorial multiple times just to study her hands.

Here is a later attempt, taken after the first photo, where I started the braid up a little bit higher on the head and got the stranding a bit tighter:

french fisthail2

A little work-but well worth the effort!  Happy Braiding!

Katie

 

Day 13: French Twist into Rope Braid

To piggy-back off of our last hair due, the Rope Braid, I present before you the French Twist into Rope Braid.  This really is a fun, pretty simple braid.  Very straight forward.  Plus, like the fishtail, you use two hair strands instead of three, making it easier than, say, a traditional French Braid, in my humble opinion.

french twist

See how the French Twist just flows right into the Rope Braid?  I love that!  Make sure to watch your fingering and keep your strands tight.  My first attempt I did not make my strands tight enough and by midday T had a lot of loose, fly-away hairs.  The second attempt (which is pictured) went much better!

Have fun and braid on!

Katie

How to be a Stain-Fighting Ninja w/ Stain Removal Recipe

As I mentioned last post, I am working on my own laundry stain remover….sorry, this is not going to be THAT post.  THAT post…still coming.  In the meantime, here is the recipe that I am basing my recipe off of.  You know how when something is so awesome and works so well you kind of don’t even want to mess with it?  Yeah, that’s where I am right now.

BEST STAIN TREATMENT EVER:

  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup Dawn dish soap (original)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (optional-this is more to really work it into the clothes when you are scrubbing-I like it in mine)

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This works SO well-you wouldn’t even believe.  Unless you’ve tried it-then you would definitely believe. Just apply the stain treatment directly to the stain, agitate (aka rub it in) and wait an hour or two before washing.

A few additional tips that will really help you earn your ninja stars:

  • Sometimes a really tough stain will keep a couple of treatments-keep working at it!
  • If the stain doesn’t come out the first time, DON’T run it through the dryer!  This will make the stain set in more, and make your job a lot harder.
  • Something else to try: spray the stain with straight-up vinegar and leave it to sit out in the sun for a couple of hours.  Then wash as normal.  NOTE: Do NOT wash with chlorine bleach after spraying with vinegar as this will create toxic fumes.  Yeah…so don’t do that.  Also, do not spray with hydrogen peroxide and leave out in the sun-unless you want to irreversibly bleach your clothes.

ADDED BONUS: This concoction also works wonders on your tub! Just apply directly to your tub or anywhere you are wanting to clean grout, let sit for 1 minute, scrub (barely)…and not only will all traces of dirt be removed, but your tub will SPARKLE.  I kid you not.

The only part I really struggle with in this recipe is the Dawn.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still WAY better than any chemical stain remover you will buy in the store (less toxic and works better).  But still, I am working on a stain remover using castile soap which has NO questionable ingredients-however, it’s still in the testing stages.

To be continued…

Katie

Day 12: The Rope Braid (another EASY braid!)

So I know that I said that I wanted to explore more variations on the ponytail, but I really felt the wind blowing me in a different direction.  More of a “rope braid” direction.  I had seen this tutorial awhile back and put it on my “Hair To DO” list and there it sat…until today.

The rope braid really is quite an easy braid, if you can wrap your head around crossing the strands over in the OPPOSITE directions of your twists.  If you have no idea what I am talking about, just watch the tutorial.

rope braid

I also added a hair wrap to the original ponytail to dress it up a bit.

I still plan to get those DIY laundry stain remover links up today, if my kids cooperate.  I have also been working on a stain remover recipe of my own, but it is not yet ready to be unveiled.  It needs a few more trials first.

Speaking of trials, I recently read that in New York, Cornell University released GM moths in a “field test”, if you can call it that.  Don’t know how they can really take them back if things don’t go well, now that they’re out there.  These moths are actually from Europe; the Europeans, however, decided that more lab testing had to be done before releasing them into the wild.  Not the United States.  This could have far reaching and potentially harmful effects on local ecosystems.  Glad we really thought ahead on this one.

*Sigh* Rant-over.

Katie