Showing posts with label step ponies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label step ponies. Show all posts

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ladder Pigtails

Little Miss' hair is ALMOST long enough for pigtails!  We didn't quite make it all the way down to include all of the hair in the back.  This style was helpful in getting all of the hair on the sides into the style, though.  And if your hair model has longer hair, this could easily be continued down the back of the head to make (more complete) pigtails.  I actually did this style on Little Miss for the first time just before she got her hair cut, and joined the two pigs in back to make a half-back instead of pigtails.  You can do that, too!  It's very versatile.  (By the way, these pics were taken during a warm spell a couple of weeks ago... so she's not out shivering in the December cold.  It was actually up around 60!  And we weren't out for very long.  ;)  )

Part the hair down the middle.  Part out a section at the front of the head as shown below; take not just the hair on top, but also the hair all the way down on the left (in this case).  Tie it off with an elastic.  I like to do all of the lefthand ponies in one color and the righthand in another color. 
Now, part back towards the back of the head right behind that elastic for an inch or so.  Then continue horizontally across the top of the head and down all the way on the other side of the head.  Include the loose hair in front from the previous row, but NOT the elastic you already tied off.  Tie this all off with another elastic. 
Part again towards the back of the head for an inch or so, right behind the most recent elastic (yellow in my case).  Continue the part down the left side of the head.  This time, include the hair from the first red elastic (in my case) and tie it off with another elastic.  The 'ladder' ponies are beginning to take shape. 
Continue to do the same thing now, alternating sides.  If you're good, you might be able to choose your parting angle such that you hide the little inch-long parts (that go towards the back of the head) underneath the ponies.  I didn't quite manage to do this this time.  Oh, well.  Next time's a charm! 
Try to make the last sections thinner, so that the very last elastics on each side are even with each other.  And you're done! 
Have a great hair day!! 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ribbon as a Headband

There are many ways to get a ribbon to stay in place and act as a headband (as it seems intuitive that it really should be able to do on its own; alas, I've never met a ribbon that does).  This is one of the ways that Little Miss and I have experimented with lately.  She wore a version of this to be Alice in Wonderland for Halloween this year (with a light blue ribbon), and it would also work nicely for Snow White (with red).  It's also pretty as an everyday style, and you can use almost any width of ribbon.  Shoot, it's even a cute style without the ribbon in it!  You'll see what I mean...

Begin with a part down the center of your model's head.  From there, do a part from ear to ear, over the top of the head.  Part that off into four sections and tie them off with an elastic each.  The ear-to-ear part below is crooked on the right; I fixed it before I went on, but didn't take a pic of it fixed...
Then do a pull-through with each of the four sections: 
Next, part out a little square behind each of the current four squares, and tie them off, including the hair from the square in front of each: 
Finally, do a pull-through on those last sections (all four): 
You've now created a path for your ribbon.  It's a cute style on its own, though, and you could stop here if you wanted!  But if you'd like to add ribbon, "thread" a ribbon through your Topsy Tail, and go underneath each tied-down pony of hair, as shown below: 
Finish with the two ends of ribbon on top of the head (or off to the side, if you'd prefer a side bow), and tie a bow: 
Ta da! 
Have a great hair day! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Spunky Ribbon Headband (Ribbon PT Style #5)

Welcome to the fifth (and final) ribbon pull-through post!  I love the cute look this style has... This is a short-hair version of a style I used to do on Little Miss' long hair way back when.  *Sniff!*  I first got the idea from a post by Princess Hairstyles, although now that I look back at that post, I am realizing that the technique I use has evolved to be more different from the post than I remembered!  The short-hair version is a little spunkier and takes into account the fact that short hair won't reach as far as long hair  :)  ...

Make a part from ear to ear, over the top of the head.  Clip the back hair out of the way as necessary.  From the hair in front of the part, part out a square on one side just above her ear.  Secure it with an elastic and do a ribbon pull-through, using about a 2-foot-long 1/4" satin ribbon (or whatever you'd rather): 
Wrap the ribbon around the piece of hair after the pull-through to make an "X."  Part out the next square and combine the ribbon-wrapped piece of hair with it in an elastic. 
Wrap & tie the ribbon around the elastic, and do another ribbon pull-through.  This makes 2 sections.  I did this for 3 sections on the first side, and 2 sections on the other side.  With the hair leftover in between the two halves of the headband, I tied everything all together with an elastic and tied a bow around the elastic with the ribbon.  Make sense?  So 6 equal sections in the headband altogether, but the palm tree was off-center, being in one of the two squares on the very top of her head.  (The other square of the top two was included in that side's part of the headband.)  I hope that makes sense; I didn't get great pics for this part! 
And the finished product...
As I mentioned above, I used to do this style on Little Miss' long hair... The main difference is that instead of pulling the sections up when you pull them through, you pull them down.  Each half is still done by itself, and then the two ends are tied together with a little elastic at the back of her head, underneath her hair.  On top, I closed the gap between the two halves with a wider ribbon of the same color or a similar color.  The longer version gives much more of a headband look... When we went to Disneyland, Little Miss dressed up as Snow White, and this was the Snow White hair I did for her.  It was very cute!  She got lots of compliments from the princesses.  :)  

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Play-Date Piggies

Sometimes hair just needs to be kept out of the face.  Am I right?  There are definitely times for letting it fly free, too, but today was a sides-up day.  (By the way, I'm still excited we can pull this off...even if we have to use step ponies to do it!)  Little Miss had a friend coming over today, and I wanted her to be able to cavort without being bugged by her hair.  (She's not crying in the picture above, she's actually holding two tiny dolls up by her face for them to be in the picture too!  :)  ) 

I didn't take a lot of step-by-step pics for this one... I think it's easy to figure out by looking at it.  The trickiest part for me was tying off the lower sections before the upper while keeping the hair for the upper out of the way.  And in general, keeping hair out of the way while working (an everyday challenge for us with short hair!). 

Start with a part down the center of her head.  In the pics below, I had already finished the right side of her head, and will show you the left side as I did it.  Part off the row for the two front sections.  Divide that front row in half.  Have your daughter hold the top section out of the way, clip the back hair out of the way, and tie off the lower section neatly with an elastic. 
 Join the hair from the lower section to the upper section with another elastic. 
Use the same procedure for the next row back.  Finally, part out a final section with a bit of a wedge shape to it, as shown below.  Combine everything together there with your final elastic. 
Do the same on the other side, and you're play-ready!  Great for painting, cooking, messy projects, swimming, mud/garden, etc. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Diagonal Step Ponies


There is nothing earth-shatteringly new about this style, but it's cute, it's fun, and it's doggone easy.  Instead of taking the ponies straight back, we mixed it up a little and brought them back diagonally.  I apologize for the blurry pics... it was one of those mornings.

You can probably figure this out by looking at it, but I'll give a bit in the way of instructions just for funsies.

Start with a rectangle part on top of her head, but a bit askew, like this:


Part that in half, down the middle.  Begin step ponies!


 Add desired ribbon or bows.  Send to school.  Drink coffee. 


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Criss-Cross Step Ponies with Ribbon

Fall is here!  Which means, among other things, that Little Miss is back in dance class.  With her long hair, I used to challenge myself to see how many different ways I could do or accent a bun.  While the buns will (obviously) not translate well into short hair styles, some of the accents will!

For this style, start with a rectangle on top of her head.  Divide this into four equal square-ish shapes, like so...


Beginning with the front left square, remove the temporary hair band.  Part it into two equal parts.  Tie off the front one with an elastic, as shown below.  Then add the hair from the other part to it and tie that off with another elastic.  (I'm calling these 'step ponies' but I've also heard them called French pigtails and other names.)  See below (before I've added the second elastic):

Next, remove the temporary hair band from the back right corner (light pink in the above pic).  Divide this square into two as well, and cross the midline with the hair that's already in progress to add it to the front section of the two.  Then add all that hair into the back section, tying it all off with an elastic to make a palm tree. 


Do the same thing to the other side, crossing over the other side's hair in the middle. (This could all be done in inside-out French braids (aka "Dutch" braids or cornrows) as well.  Since Little Miss' hair is so short, step ponies tend to hold together more easily than braids!  You won't be able to tell when it's covered in ribbon unless you look closely.  But do whatever your preference is.)  It should look like this at this point: 


Now for the ribbon!  You can, of course, do this style without adding the ribbon.  It's cute on its own.  But if you like the look of the ribbon, read on...

You'll need two fairly long pieces of ribbon.  I used white 1/8"-wide polyester (satin-y) ribbon that I bought at a craft/fabric store for about $1.  I re-use the ribbon pieces until they're too short to use.  (I often trim them at the end; you'll see.)  You'll also need a craft needle.  You can also get these at craft/fabric stores.  They're great for hair because they're not sharp. 

You're going to stitch up and down one step pony with each ribbon.  Start on the right.  At the base of the palm tree, insert your craft needle (threaded with ribbon) like this:


Leaving some ribbon out (about 8 inches or so), keep stitching around the step pony until you get to the top.  Stitch around that elastic a couple of times if you want, then stitch back the way you came, taking care to position your stitches so they criss-cross each time.  It's also a good idea to make sure that your ribbon isn't twisted after each stitch.  It looks much nicer if the ribbon lays flat around the hair.  After doing one 'side,' here's more or less what it should look like (not perfect, but you get the idea):


Take the two pieces of ribbon at the end and wrap them around the elastic of the palm tree a few times, going opposite directions.  Then tie a bow.  Trim the ends to the length you want.  Do the same to the other side.  Congratulations, you're done!