Half-dutch Headband with Twists into Messy Bun and Variations
Here is a style that I had put in my gallery when my blog was rather new, but never did the step by step directions until now. It's in my banner, too.
Begin with a part at the back of the ears across the top of the head. Put the back hair into a ponytail.
Part a strip from the top of the ears across the top, maybe an inch and a half thick or so. Get the front hair out of the way with a clip.
Do a half dutch braid ending at the side of the head, meaning that you add in all the rest of the from above the ear before you actually get down to the ear. Then braid to the end.
Pull the braided tail over the top of the hairband. Twist the bang section and draw it up over the ponytail, clipping it in place temporarily. You may have to twist part of the hair and then add a little more to it while you keep twisting to get it to look right.
Twist the other side and bring it up over the pony.
Add another elastic over the whole thing.
You can leave it like this. I think it looks nice this way. Or turn the back into a messy bun. You can leave the braid in or take it out.
Here are some old pictures from when I did it a long time ago. On the smaller side I did a regular braid instead of another twist.
Here is another variation with the same general instructions, you just do a hawser twist instead of the half dutch and simple twist. This also just has a fancy hairband on a ponytail instead of a messy bun.