Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2 Cover Hairstyle/ Half French Braid

This hairstyle is from the movie cover of Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2.  This tutorial is for an everyday realistic hairstyle, but if you are going for it to look just like the cover, there are a few changes that I'll tell about at the bottom of the post.
To start, make a part over the top of your head from ear to ear.  Pull the back hair out of the way into a temporary ponytail.  The front half is going to be a half french braid.  To do a half french braid, you should know how to do a regular french braid first.  This will be like that, but you only add hair to one side.  When you add the hair in, gather a new section all the way back to the part, and cross it over the middle strand.
Then cross the back strand over the middle without adding any hair to it.
When you run out of hair to add in, keep braiding down.
You can put it into a side ponytail for a variation.
If you are trying for the authentic "just like the picture" style, leave some hair out at the front for long side-swept bangs.  If you want pink hair, you can use an extension clip or color your hair with dye, markers, or pastels (girls, ask your mom first!).  You will also want to curl the ends a bit with a curling iron, but not the pink extension or it will melt.  And of course, don't forget the tiara on top.  (If it's for Halloween and you don't have really long blonde hair, you could do this style on a wig, but don't use a curling iron or it will spoil the wig and the curling iron.  Boil the hair like in this post.)

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