Mid-Length Hair Styles for Fall

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The cool, crisp season of autumn is among us. While the leaves are transitioning from green to gold, you too can switch up your style. Look through the mid-length styles below for some fun and easy looks that are fabulous for the season.

Reverse French Twist:

  1. Begin with your hair at a strong center part. Try using a comb to make sure that the part is as bold as it can be.
  2. Use your thumbs to slide all your hair back into a mid or center ponytail.
  3. Before securing it twist the base of the pony in a clockwise motion.
  4. If you twist all the hair at once and make sure you’re pulling it tight, you will be able to secure the twist with just a few hair and bobby pins. Finish the look with some strong hold hair spray.

woman with bun

Wrapped Top Knot:

  1. With your hair totally tangle-less, use a brush to pull all of it up into a high ponytail at the crown on your head.
  2. Secure it with a sturdy elastic so that it doesn’t come loose throughout out the day.
  3. Wrap all the hair from the pony around the base of the hair tie. Once it’s all wrapped up, use hair pins to hold every strand in place.
  4. Before adding hair spray, use your fingers or the end of a comb to relieve a few strands from the ponytail to frame your face.

woman with braided bun

The waterfall, Dutch style, French braided bun is a bit more challenging, however, once you can master the look, it’s a perfect way to get every last static-y flyaway out of your face. Follow the steps below to get the look:

  1. With your hair in a low side part, grab a section of hair from the top the top of your head and separate it into three pieces.
  2. Beginning braiding as usual, then transition to a waterfall braid by dropping the lowest outer strand and replacing it with a new, similar-sized section of hair small section of hair.
  3. Incorporate the new section of hair into the braid, then drop the next lowest section and replace it with a new section, just as you did with the last strand.
  4. Continue to braid in the fashion until the waterfall braid reaches your neck. At this point use the remaining three sections of hair to braid as you normally would. Once you reach the end use a small elastic to secure the braid from coming loose.
  5. Directly below the waterfall braid you have just created, craft another waterfall braid, this time incorporating the “dropped” pieces from the first braid as the new pieces in the second. This is now your your Dutch braid.
  6. Once you’re no longer able to incorporate “dropped” pieces,  incorporate the tail of the waterfall braid into a regular braid with the reaming hair of the Dutch braid. Be sure that to secure the braid with an elastic.
  7. Now, grab a section of hair on the other side of your head, divide it into three sections and make a French braid. Continue on until you’ve reached the bottom and secure it with an elastic.
  8. Finally, take any remaining hair that’s in the back of your head and the tails of the braids and twist it all together into a bun. Hold it in place with a few hairpins, add some hair spray, and you’re good to go!

Creating Cute Ponytails, Pigtails, & Buns

Put your hair up in a bun, drink some coffee and handle it.
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We all have those days. You know, the ones where you think you’ve gotten back into your back to school sleep routine, so you feel confident that staying up late to watch the season premiere of Modern Family won’t change your ability to wake up at six a.m. Except, you find yourself rolling out of bed at a quarter after seven rushing around the house getting ready, hoping you’ll make it to your eight a.m. class in time. We’re all human – things like this happen. It’s time’s like these that you don’t need to apply your extra-long falsies, or curl your hair to perfection. All you need to do is slather on some CC cream, throw your hair up, and make sure the lid is screwed on to your coffee mug tight because you’re about to slay the day.

A major miss conception about the term “throwing your hair up” is that the resulting hairstyle will be a major messy bun or sideways ponytail. But this isn’t always the case! There are plenty of other ways to quickly style your hair so that it looks fab. Whether you’re running late, or just like your hair out of your face, check out the mini tutorials below on how to create cute ponytails, pigtails, and buns in just a few moments!

Women with a stylish side ponytail

Double Twisted Side Ponytail
This pony is super stylish and beyond easy. All you need is a single hair elastic and maybe some hairspray if your hair is thin and tends to slide out of style throughout the day. Start by twisting the hair on one side of your head along the hairline. Keep twisting, grabbing more hair as you go along. Once your twisted hair reaches the back of your ear, use the elastic you have on hand to secure it. Now repeat the same twisting method on the other side of your head. Take the elastic out of the first twist and use it to secure the two twists together into a single ponytail.

Dutch Braid Ponytail
Who doesn’t love the charm of a loose Dutch braid? Not only are they cute, but we thank the style gods because they’re super easy! If you don’t already know how to do a Dutch braid, it may be wise to practice ahead of time, however, as we said they are very easy: it’s very much like a French braid, the only difference being that you cross the outer sections under the center section, instead of over. To create the Dutch braid ponytail, begin by taking a small section of hair a few inches above the ear and creating a side Dutch braid. Secure the end of the braid with a small elastic. Next, use your thumb and index finger to pinch and loosen the braid giving it a full, boho look. Then pull all of your hair (including the braid) to the center of the back of your head, and secure it with an elastic that matches the color of your locks.

Women with stylish pigtails.

Phish Tails
Some people say pigtails are just for children, we disagree! Rock a set of modern and mature pigtails by separating your hair into two sections. Then do a fishtail style braid into each pigtail. Once you’ve secured each pigtail with an elastic, use your fingers to loosen them up for a fuller look.

Braid -Up Bun
This super cute look takes no more than ten minutes and only a few hair accessories. Separate the top half of your hair as if you were going to do a half-up-half-down ponytail, but instead of a ponytail, you’re going to braid it. Secure the end of the braid with a small elastic, and loosen it just a bit with your fingers. Now wrap the braid like a cinnamon bun around itself. Once you can’t wrap anything more, use a few hair pins to secure your braided bun in place.

Cowgirl Hair

Woman with ponytail braids wearing a hat

From their cowgirl boots to their toned bums, which they seem to effortlessly flaunt in their Daisy Duke cut-offs, to their seemingly perfect messy buns, a cowgirl’s style is always on point. As the temperature begins to rise and summer sets itself in full swing, the last thing anyone of us wants is our long hair getting icky and sticky on the back of our necks. So, we decided to take a few hair styling tips from the sassy cowgirls of today, and figure out how to create the perfect, summertime, sexy, cowgirl hairdo (a.k.a a chic farm girl messy bun).

Since we understand that the messy bun, has taken on a whole new meaning over the past few years, we have provided you with two different, cowgirl approved, hairstyles. The first cowgirl hairdo takes minimal effort and is perfect for those days when you are running behind and are okay with your messy bun getting a bit…well, messy. The second cowgirl hairstyle takes a bit more effort, as it begins at the top of your head with a Dutch side braid and works its way down to a low, messy bun. Take a few moments to read over the steps involved in each look and decide which cowgirl style works for you!

The Simple, Less Effort Required, Cowgirl Hairdo
Begin the look with either freshly washed and dried hair, or day old washed hair. If you choose the ladder of the two, go ahead and sprinkle some root lifting powder in your roots to give your hair some extra oomph. Next, apply some high-quality heat protectant to your locks – the Lionesses Hair Serum is a perfect choice – and give your hair some cowgirl texture with a large barrel curling iron or clipless wand, being sure to follow up with a few spritz of movable hairspray. Now, pull back the hair on the crown of your head first, and create a low profile poof, being sure to secure it with a bobby pin or two. When you’re ready, pull the rest of your hair to the center back of your head and secure it into a ponytail. Now, with bobby pins at the ready, take sections from the ponytail, use your fingers to shape the section into large and small ringlets, and pin the ringlet close to the base of the ponytail. Finally, secure it all with some medium to strong hold hairspray and you won’t have to worry about you hair falling down all day!

The Sassy, More Elaborate, Cowgirl Hairdo
Just as with the first look, you whether your hair is freshly washed and dried hair, or day old washed hair is totally up to you. Begin this look by creating a right-side part. Now, grab a section of your hair on the more-hair side of your part (which should be the left side). Okay, next you will separate the section of hair that you just grabbed into three equally smaller sections. Those of you who have never attempted a Dutch braid may need some practice with the braiding part of this do.

Now, cross the back section under the middle section. Then simply bring the front section under the middle section. Now, move the back section under the middle and pull in a new section of hair to incorporate into the braid, just as you would with a French braid. Go ahead and cross the front section under the middle, and then just like before, incorporate another section. Keep up this pattern of crossing under and incorporating new hair into the braid until the braid reaches your ear. At this point, continue the braiding pattern, without incorporating new hair and secure it with a small elastic.

Once you’ve tied off the first braid, do the same thing to the other side, with a slightly smaller amount of hair. Again, secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic. Now pull all your braided and unbraided hair into a mid-to-low ponytail, pulling the all of the hair through a hair tie once, then as you would with a bun, warp the hair around again, but only pull the hair half way through. Now, use a few bobby pins to redirect any untamed ends and finish the look with some medium-to-strong hold hairspray.

No Heat Hair Styles

Sometimes, every woman wants to create the perfect hair style – but not everyone wants to opt for heat. While heat styling is great and can contribute to the perfect look, it can also be damaging to the hair, and time consuming. Today, Lionesse wants to provide you with a few no heat hairstyle options to create a gorgeous heat free style, while looking absolutely fabulous at the same time.

Woman with sock curls hairstyle.

Sock Curls
If you love the look of curls but can’t bring yourself to take the flat iron or curling iron to your hair to create the style, this is a great option for you. Sock curls are super easy to complete, and all you need is 6-8 single long socks to get the look. Begin with damp hair, either fresh from the shower or spray the hair with water. Simply take one of the socks to the scalp of your head, letting the sock dangle down. Grasp a small section of hair and wrap from the top of the sock down to the bottom of the sock. Twist the sock up, winding towards the scalp, and tie the bottom of the sock to the top of the sock. Complete all over your head. Once complete, wrap a scarf or silk sleeping cap around your head and drift off to dreamland. Upon waking up in the morning, remove the socks gently from your hair, and tousle through the curls with your fingers for a perfect style that lasts all day. Spritz with a little hairspray to hold the style.

Woman with a waved hairstyle.

Waved Style
If you love the wavy look that’s so typical of summer, you’ll be happy to know it’s super simple and easy to get the look without breaking out the crimper or curler. Simply create smaller braids (opt for about 15-20) for a tighter waved look, or larger braids (opt for about 4-6) for a more natural beachy waved look. You should complete the braids on damp hair to really allow the waves to set in. Create the braids at night before bed, and when you wake up, remove them to reveal a gorgeous, wavy style. Spritz with a bit of sea salt spray or texturizing spray or pomade to give them a natural appearance.

Woman with a braided bun

Braided Bun
For those days where you can’t seem to find the time to create the style you want, and you’re just having a generally bad hair day, you can create a braided bun look which is super simple and exceptionally easy – and the best part is, no special braid skills are required to create this look as it’s a simple braid and bun style. You will need two hair ties and bobby pins for this style. Simply put the hair into a ponytail towards the bottom of the back of your head. At the top of the pony, create a space in the middle of the top of the hair, above the elastic, and pull the ponytail through the hole you created to form a sort of topsy-turvy style. From there, braid the length of the ponytail in a simple three strand braid. Secure the bottom of the braid with an elastic. Grasp the hair and roll upwards, two or three times, whichever you prefer, and pin into place into the topsy-turvy styled area. Spray with hairspray to secure your look all day.

Beautiful Braids to Try This Summer

Braided styles are in –every girl knows that. From kids, to teens, to adults, they are a beautiful style that can be worn in any manner for any occasion. Nowadays, there are so many gorgeous braided styles to choose from that you could literally create a different braid for every day of the week. Lionesse would like to give you some braid options that you could try to wear this summer, or even do on your child’s hair, or friend’s hair.

Five Strand Braid Hairstyle

Five Strand Braid
Wearing a five strand braid long and down your back or even flipping over your shoulder is one of the cutest, most fashionable styles you can wear for summer. This style goes with everything, from shorts and a pretty blouse, to a cute summery dress and sandals. There are so many tutorials available online detailing how to create a five strand braid, and it’s one of the easiest, trendiest braids you can wear this summer.

Braided Bun hairstyle

Braided Bun
For a cute twist on a typical bun, why not try a braided bun? A section of hair is braided and wrapped around the already created bun, leaving behind a gorgeous braided bun style. This is a classy look so it would even be suitable to wear to an important event, such as a wedding. It’s also a very nice style for summer, as it keeps the hair off of your neck in the heat and humidity – and it’s easy to keep smooth and sleek by use of a shine spray and hairspray.

Crowned Fishtail Braid hairstyle

Crowned Fishtail Braid
A crowned fishtail braid incorporated braiding the hair into a fishtail braid, one of the trendiest current braid styles, and wrapping it around the head similar to how you would wear a flower crown, or a milk maid braid – which we will discuss below. The fishtail braid is a special type of braid which resembles, you got it, the tail of a fish. This would be gorgeous to wear a bride for a summer wedding, or as a guest in attendance. It would also be a very sweet look for a first date, or even when spending time with friends.

Milk Maid Braid Hairstyle

Milk Maid Braid
Milk maid crown braids are another easier type of braided look to create, which is much more simplified than a fishtail braid, and looks very summery and beautiful. The name comes from Dutch and British milk maids, who were actually women who were employed to milk cows. They would typically wear their hair in this fashion to milk the cows and collect the dairy. You could also incorporate a fishtail look into this braid to give it a spin if you’re skilled or so inclined to do so.

Upside Down Crown Braids Hairstyle

Upside Down Crown Braid
Upside down crown braids are another beautiful type of crown braid to create. It requires braiding the hair in an upside down fashion – again, many tutorials are available online to learn how to create this style, and they don’t require much skill or effort such as the five strand braid we spoke about above. This looks more elegant than the milk maid braid or even the crowned fishtail braid we spoke of. You could wear this for a special occasion or keep it as a casual hairstyle.

Fishtail pigtails hairstyle

Fishtail Pigtails
Braided pigtails were a go-to hairstyle for many of us when we were children. Now that we are grown, we can still wear this style with a new spin – fishtail braids! Create two fishtail braids on parted hair, one on either side of the face to get this look. Keep this one for a casual day or just hanging around. Also a cute look when you go to do your grocery shopping or running errands. This is a fun summery hairstyle that goes with anything.