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hämähäkinseittiletti, halloween hiukset

Halloween-ideoita

hämähäkinseittiletti, halloween hiukset

Halloween on mun lempparijuhla. Mikäs sen parempaa, kuin pukeutua naamiaisvaatteisiin ja syödä karkkia! Vaikkei se suomalaisiin perinteisiin kuulukaan, niin kaikki ulkomailla vietetyt vuodet antavat kylllä tarpeeksi hyvän tekosyyn pitää Halloween meidän perheen jokavuotisena juhlana.

Aloitimme tänäkin vuonna jo hyvissä ajoin (ennen hiusten leikkausta) kokeilemaan erilaisia Halloween-hiustyylejä. Viime vuosien parhaat pelottavat kampaukset löydät täältä ja täältä. Noidan tupeerattu hiuspörrö on aina helppo ja hyvä valinta, mutta noidalla voi olla myös hämähäkinseittiä ja hämähäkkejä hiuksissaan. Tässä helppo tyyli, joka onnistuu ilman minkäänlaista letitystaitoa ja joka viimeistellään hämähäkkisormuksilla:

Hämähäkinverkko letti

Kokeilimme samantyylistä hämähäkkikampausta myös lyhyeen polkkatukkaan ja toimi todella hyvin (Kuva postauksen alussa). Kampauksen 14 silikoonirenksua pitävät lyhyet hiukset tiukasti kiinni. Teimme myös kuva ohjeet tähän tyyliin:

Lyhyet hiukset, short hair, halloween   hämähakkiletti, spiderweb

Postauksen alussa näkyvä hämähäkinverkko on viimevuonna kehittelemäni Halloween-kampaus. Tänä vuonna jenkkiläinen netti/letti-ystäväni Jill teki tästä hämähäkin verkkoletistä videotutoriaalin.

Noidan kissa on myöskin aina kiva Halloween-asuvaihtoehto. Ennen olen aina letittänyt korvat, mutta nyt kokeilimme tällaisia sykeröitä, joihin löytyy video-ohje Babes in Hairland blogista. Toimivat myös lyhyellä tukalla! Samalla tekniikalla voisi tehdä vaikka pirun sarvet.

braided cat ears, halloween hairstyle

Jos haluaa hieman hillitymmän tyylin Halloween teemaan, voi aina käyttää oransseja, mustia ja vihreitä lettinauhoja. Eilen meiltä ei löytynyt mustaa nauhaa, joten nyt lisättiin vain kurpitsan värit tähän 8-osaiseen nauhalettiin. (Vähemmälläkin vaivalla saa kyllä nauhaa päähän, mutta en ollut koskaan letittänyt kahdeksalla, joten oli pakko kokeilla). Myös esim neljä– tai viisiosainen nauhaletti on helppo värinlisäyskikka. Mutta jos välttämättä haluaa kokeilla 8-osaiasta. niin tähän löytyy kuva-ohje The Hairbraiding Basics Instagramista.

8-osainen letti Halloween vareillä.

Näitä Halloweenkampauksia suunnitellessa innostuin taas vähän liikaa ja aloin kokeilemaan itselleni meikkiä ensi viikonloppua varten… Eli tässä vielä mun koemeikki (osaan siis yleensä laittaa puuteria ja ripsiväriä, joten tämä on ihan uusi alue):

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IN ENGLISH

I love Halloween. Even though people don’t really celebrate it in Finland, I think we’ve lived abroad long enough to take it as a family tradition. As always, we started planning Halloween hairstyles well in advance (even before the big haircut). You can find last couple of years’ scary hairstyles here and here. Each year I get carried away a bit, yesterday I tried to make sugar-skull make-up on myself, a trial run for Halloween. Quite happy about how it turned out!

But back to hair… It’s always easy to do big messy witch-hair, but if you want something a bit different, you can add spiders and spiderweb into the witches hairdo. Here’s an easy one, that doesn’t require any braiding skills. We also did the same in short hair, which turned out great (find a pictorial up in the Finnish part of the post)

Hämähäkinverkko letti hämähakkiletti, spiderweb

My last year’s favourite was a bit more complicated spider web with cornrows.

hämähäkinseittiletti, halloween hiukset

This year my good friend Jill did a tutorial for this braid: Spider web braid.

A black cat is always a good outfit option. I have done braided cat ears quite a few times, but now we tried these folded/twisted cat ears, which worked well on shorter hair. Find a tutorial on Babes in Hairland blog.

braided cat ears, halloween hairstyle

Finally, another way to add Halloween-feeling to braids is to add orange, black and green ribbon. You can do it quite easily by doing a 4-strand or 5-strand ribbon braid. I went a bit over the top and tried my first ever 8-strand braid yesterday (find a pictorial in the Hairbraiding basics Instagram)

8-osainen letti Halloween vareillä.

Pieni lahjoitus

donate hair

Yllätys, josta eilen puhuin, ei varmaan viimepostauksen lukeneille ole niinkään yllätys.

Elli ja Moona ovat puhuneet jo pitkään hiusten leikkuusta. Sovimme keväällä, että sitten, kun lettikirjan kuvat on kuvattu, he saavat leikata hiuksensa sen pituisiksi, kuin haluavat.

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Kesällä, mieheni hyväntekeväisyyspyöräilyn aikaan puhuimme paljon syöpää sairastavista lapsista ja puheeksi tuli tietysti myös syöpähoidot ja hiustenlähtö. Meidän tytöt alkoivat ymmärtää, kuinka onnekkaita ovatkaan kultakutreineen ja kuinka paljon pienelle syöpäpotilaalle hiukset merkitsevät.

Muistin, että Babes in Hairland blogin tytöt USAssa olivat lahjoittaneet hiuksensa jo moneen kertaan. Kun mainitsin tästä omille tytöilleni, ja he olivat heti sitä mieltä, että hiukset lahjoitetaan niitä enemmän tarvitseville. Otin selvää, että Suomessa hiuslahjoituksia ei oteta vastaan tähän tarkoitukseen, mutta löysin Englantilaisen Little Princess Trustin, joka ottaa lahjoituksia syöpäsairaiden lasten peruukkejen tekoon. Itse asiassa Englanti tuntuu todellakin oikealta osoitteelta: sekä Elli että Moona ovat syntyneet siellä ja meidän perheen siellä saamasta avusta voitte lukea lisää eilisestä postauksesta.

Maanantaina oli vihdoin h-hetki: ihana Ellu Studio Ysissä lahjoitti aikansa ja taitonsa hyvään tarkoitukseen. Hiuslahjoitusta varten hiusten on oltava juuri pestyt ja joko poninhännillä tai leteillä, lahjoitettava pätkä on oltava vähintään 17cm. (Lisää tietoa hiusten lahjoittamisesta löydät täältä)

7-vuotias Moona hyppäsi kampaamon penkkiin ensimmäisenä. Hänen toiveensa oli alunperin ”niin pitkät, että niihin saa vielä letin”, mutta nyt hän ilmoitti rohkeasti: ”ota miten paljon vaan”. Moonan hiuksista leikattiin 26 sentin poninhännät lahjoitettavaksi.

hiusten lahjoitus hiukset lahjoitetaan syöpäsairaiden lasten peruukkeihin hiustenleikkuu nämä hiukset lähteväuat tärkeämpiin tehtäviin

9-vuotias Elli halusi hiusten yltävän vähän olkapäiden alapuolelle. Hänen hiuksensa olivat niin paksut ja pitkät, että niistä saatiin leikattua kolme 38 sentin poninhäntää.

before haircut donating hair nämä hiukset lähtevät tärkeämpään tarkoitukseen

donating hair

Tyttöjen ilmeistä näkyy ylpeys ja iloisuus. Heidän hiuksensa kasvavat pian takaisin, mutta muisto siitä, että on tehnyt jotain hyvää, pysyy pitkään. Nämä hiukset sujautettiin pussiin ja kirjekuoreen ja lähetettiin tärkeämpiin tehtäviin!

PS. 4-vuotias Lotta toivoi, että leikatut hiukset lisättäisiin hänen päähänsä, jotta hän saisi nilkkoihin ylettyvän Tähkäpääletin. Eli hänen hiuksiaan ei tällä kertaa leikattu.

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IN ENGLISH:

For anyone who read yesterday’s post, this may not come as a surprise.

My girls have been talking about a haircut for some time and last spring we agreed, that when we are done with the photos for our braiding book, they can cut their hair as short as they want.

Last summer, when my husband was cycling to raise money for a cancer charity, we talked a lot about children with cancer, and of course about cancer treatment and loosing your hair. My girls began to understand how lucky they are with their locks and how much hair can mean to a little cancer patient.

I recalled that Becky’s girls from Babes in Hairland blog had donated their hair several times. I mentioned this to my girls, and they immediately warmed up to the idea of donating their hair to someone who needs it more.

I couldn’t find a Finnish charity that would take hair donations, but I found one in England: Little Princess Trust collects hair for wigs for children with cancer. England seems like the right address anyway: that’s where Elli and Moona were born and that’s where our family got a lot of support from medical staff and charities (read more in yesterday’s post).

This Monday, we went to Studio Ysi hair salon, where my lovely friend Ellu donated her time and skills for a good cause. For the hair donation, your hair needs to be washed and put on ponytails, and you need to donate at least 7 inches. (You can find details about how to donate here)

7-year-old Moona was the first one to go. She had originally said she wanted hair that can still be braided, but now she bravely announced: “take as much as you want”. So she ended up donating 10 inches.

hiukset lahjoitetaan syöpäsairaiden lasten peruukkeihin nämä hiukset lähteväuat tärkeämpiin tehtäviin

9-year-old Elli wanted her hair to be just below her shoulders. Her hair was so thick and long, that we got three 15-inch ponytails.

donating hair donating hair

You can see from their faces how proud and happy they are. Their hair will grow back soon, but the memory of doing something good will stay for long.

My friend Lori’s daughter Grace also donated hair recently. Read her story here.

PS. 4-year-old Lotta was hoping that all the cut pieces would be attached to her head so that she would get a Rapunzel braid. So for now, her hair was not donated.

rantalettejä

Jenni’s Hairdays meets Ice Braids

Minä ja tytöt olemme siis matkalla Travemundesta Pariisiin.

Matkaa suunnitellessa mieleeni tuli hollantilainen Insta-ystäväni, Tamara @ice_braids. Olemme siis tutustuneet instagramin letti-yhteisön kautta. Olemme tunteneet toisemme virtuaalisessa maailmassa varmaan yli vuoden, chattailemme WhatsAppin kautta lähes joka päivä, eikä enää vain leteistä, vaan ihan kaikesta muustakin. Kun tajusin, että hänhän asuu melkein matkan varrella, ehdotin, että tavattaisiin.

Eli lauantaina ajoimme tyttöjeni kanssa Hollantiin ja pystytimme telttamme Tamaran kotikaupungin laidalla olevalle leirintäalueelle.

Sunnuntaina tapasimme lähellä olevassa puistossa. Tamaran tytöt ovat saman ikäiset, kuin meidän kaksi nuorinta; oli ihana nähdä, kuinka lapset eivät kaipaa yhteistä kieltä: kunhan on puisto, hiekkaa tai vettä, niin kieltä ei tarvita. Otimme ensin lettikuvan kaikista viidestä (vaikkei Tamaran nuorimmalla tytöllä olekaan tarpeeksi hiuksia lettiin):rantalettejä

Onneksi otimme kuvan heti, sillä seuraavaksi tytöt juoksivat järveen, kierivät hiekassa, juoksivat uudestaan veteen ja taas kierivät hiekassa: Hiekkaa löytyi hiuksista vielä kolmen uimapäivän jälkeen!

Myöhemmin söimme yhdessä lounasta ja minä ja Tamara letitimme toinen toistemme päät. Tamara teki minulle telttailunkestävän 5-osaisen letin ja minä Tamaralle lauantai-illan grillijuhlia varten ranskalaisen kalanruodon:

French fishtail & five strand dutch braid

Tämä oli kyllä todella kiva tapaaminen! Lapset tulivat tosi hyvin toimeen, samoin kuin me aikuiset!

Käykää katsomassa Ice Braidsin hienoja lettejä InstagramissaFacessa ja Tamaran blogissa.

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In English (sorry, still really bad wifi connection, so pictures are above)

Me and the girls are on our way to Paris. When I was planning the journey, I thought of my Dutch insta-friend Tamara. We’ve got to know each other through the Instagram braiding community, and we chat on WhatsApp almost every day.

When I realized that Tamara lives almost on our route, I thought we definitely have to meet!

So last Saturday, me and my girls checked in at a campsite near Tam’s home town. And on Sunday we met Tam and her girls.

It was so nice to see how kids need no common language: just sand, water or a playground is enough! We took some hair photos first (above).

Good thing we took the photos straight away as afterwards the girls were rolling in the sand, jumping in water, rolling in the sand again!!

We had lunch together and while the kids were playing, me and Tam braided each other’s hair. Tam did a 5-strand braid to last through camping, and I did a French fishtail (picture above).

It was really great to meet Tam and her girls in real life! Everyone got along really well, so much fun!!

Go and check Ice Braids on Instagram, Facebook and her blog!

Näin teet kuplaletin – ohjevideo

Tämän viikon ohjevideossa näytän, kuinka tehdään kuplaletti. Tai eihän se edes ole letti, vaan ponnarikampaus. Tämä on nopea, mutta näyttävä kampaus kouluun, urheiluun tai juhlaan, jota voi vähän muunnella sen mukaan, kuinka paljon aikaa haluaa käyttää kampauksen tekoon. Tein 4-vuotiaan tyttöni päähän monta kuplaa tiheään mohikaanityyliin:

boubble braid

Kuplia voi tehdä enemmän tai vähemmän. Kampauksesta voi myös tehdä astetta helpomman version laittamalla ensin kaikki hiukset poninhännälle, johon kuplat tehdään.

Videon kansikuvassa vasemmalla olevan version tein Halloweenin aikaan, keskimmäinen kesti tällä viikolla 4-vuotiaan touhuja kaksi päivää ja oikealla on viiden minuutin pikaversio kouluaamuna.

Kun kuplaletti onnistuu, saa kampaukseen vielä vaihtelua esimerkiksi letittämällä kupliin pikkulettejä, tai sen voi yhdistää muihin letteihin:

kuplaponnari miniletillä Suspended infinity braid into a bubble ponytail

 

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In English:

This week’s Youtube tutorial is for the bubble braid. It’s a quick but impressive style that you can wear for school, sports or parties. You can change it a bit according to how much time you have. You can also do a super easy version by putting all hair into a ponytail and then doing bubbles with the ponytail.

The big picture above is a mohawk style I did with lots of small bubbles. It lasted two days on my 4-year old.

The video cover photo has a Halloween style on the left, the mohawk in the middle and a 5-minute school morning style on the right.

Here are also couple of variations: you can add micro braids into the bubbles or you can combine it with other braids.

kuplaponnari miniletillä Suspended infinity braid into a bubble ponytail

Trying out something new

Sorry for not posting for ages and ages! I’ve been busy with lots of things, but above all I’ve been busy setting up Jenni’s Hairdays as a business. I’m so excited about this, and so happy about all the people who believe in this!

I’m planning to do braids and hairdos in events, parties and happenings, as well as organise braiding courses, and of course do individual braids for all kinds of occasions. I’ve been busy planning and starting up things, so my girls have had quite a lot of quick and simple hairdos, or braids that I’ve done a million times before…

Lettikampaus honeycomb neadbandToday I decided to try something new, and did this honeycomb headband. I’ve seen a tutorial for this a long time ago, and always though it must be a waste of effort and fall apart in no time. I tried to make it stronger by using thicker strand of hair than in the tutorial and I was quite surprised that it stayed the whole day! So I can tell you it is worth the effort: go and check out the tutorial by Princess Hairstyles.

Braiding marathon – part 2: festival stall

So last Saturday’s story continues at Skidit Festival. After doing all the wedding hairstyles, I rushed to Kallio in Helsinki. Skidit Festarit is a really nice children’ festival with lots of kids’ activities, music, food etc.

festival braiding stallI got the idea for a festival braiding stall last summer when I went to some music festivals and noticed all the boring ponytails… But as I am only a self-taught braider, whose main experience is doing kids’ hair, the kids’ festival was the perfect place to try out how it would work.

It was a hot day (+30 degrees), but luckily I had a tent, so I was in the shade. It took about 15 minutes for the first person to stop for a braid, but after that, it was a constant queue for 5 hours!

two lace braids into a heart braid At first, I had a few little girls, with very thin hair, but I managed at least to do a little lace braid with a ribbon or a quick heart, which looks good on everyone, and is easy to make even when the model is moving a lot.

When the queue started to be quite long, only girls with a lot of hair thought it was worth waiting, so my job got a little bit easier 😉

Some little girls were very specific on what they wanted, many parents wanted something to keep the hair out of the face, some girls chose their favourite colour ribbon, and some gave me free hands… So it didn’t get boring!

waterfall into a french braid

A national news paper’s website had published an interview of me the day before, so some girls had already been on my Instagram or Facebook for ideas.

The most popular style, which I did 6 times, was the corset braid, followed closely by the star braid:

two dutch braids with ribbon star braid

In the end, I did 31 braids in 5 hours. I didn’t even take a break! I remember queueing for face painting with my girls once, and when we got to the face painter, she said she’s going for a break… I couldn’t do that to the little girls (and parents) who had been waiting for their turn! So I just had some quick snacks and water between braids, and carried on!

I was exhausted in the end: my back was aching and I was hot and hungry, but I had really enjoyed it. I didn’t notice the time at all while I was braiding!

I thought it was such a fun experience, that I have already agreed for another event in a week’s time! So everyone, who is near Porvoo, Finland next Saturday, come to Bubbles-event at Taidetehdas! I will be braiding kids as well as adults this time!

braids at Skidit Festarit

PS. as you can see, I used stickers, stamps, crayons etc to keep the little ones occupied while I was braiding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something different

Normally I can look at a braid and figure out how it’s been done. But sometimes I have no clue.

Suspended Infinity braid into a ponytailA few months ago I saw this braid, which looked different from the normal french and dutch braids, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t see how it had been done. Luckily HairAndNailsInspiration had done a YouTube tutorial (link here), so I could try it.

This was my first attempt, and it was quite difficult. I thought you definitely need more than two hands, so I did it on my oldest daughter, who was holding strands of hair when needed.

A few days ago I decided to try it on my middle daughter, who wouldn’t help by holding strands of hair for me… Surprisingly, it still worked out fine:

Suspended infinity braid into a bubble ponytail

PS. Sorry for not posting for a while. We are in the middle of organising our house move. Will be moving out of our apartment next week, then traveling for two months and finally relocating to Finland in the summer. So please bear with me for the next few months, I will try to do some posts while we are travelling, but not sure about the wifi connections in all the places we are going.

I’ll try to do quick Instagram posts when I can. You can get to my Instagram by clicking on the pictures on the right panel.

Two hairdos from one

Haven’t posted for a while. We’ve had a lot of visitors and been away skiing…

My sister has been here, so I’ve had a chance to try out braids on her. Her hair is very different texture from my girls’, so it’s good practice for me.

Today I did a waterfall braid on her. Normally I hate waterfalls as I usually only have child models, and waterfalls just fall apart in minutes, so it was good to try it on an adult and see that it actually works.

Waterfall braid

The braid turned out quite OK, but then we thought it would be nice to make it into an updo, and that turned out even nicer. I just love her hair colour, and this braid really shows it off.

A waterfall braid into a ladder braid updo

More frozen hairstyles

A few days after the Elsa hairdos on my oldest daughter, the little sisters wanted braids from Disney’s Frozen as well. So here are the two hairstyles of Anna and also a young Elsa:

Disney's Frozen: 2 hairstyles of Anna The Anna hairdos were difficult as my middle daughter has very thin, fine and slippery hair, lots of baby hair, and the colour is completely different from Anna’s hair. But she was very happy with the hairdos herself, which is the main thing.

I found quite a few tutorials on You Tube for the one on the right, but did it a little bit differently myself. I thought the braided headband needed to be as thick as possible, so I did partly a 3-strand braid, but on the top of her forehead I did some stitches of dutch lace braid to add hair to the braid and make it long enough.

Here is a link to a tutorial done by Hair 4 My Princess: Anna’s Coronation bun

Braid inspired by young Elsa's hair in Disney's frozen My youngest daughter got a braid inspired by the young Elsa in the film.

For this one, I put a sparkly elastic headband on her, leaving some hair in front, then made a loose french braid partly over the headband.

After we took the picture, she wanted to take the headband off, so we had to undo the braid to get it out!

And for those, who aren’t familiar with these Disney Princesses, here are pictures of Anna and young Elsa:

Disney Frozen: Anna hairDisney's Frozen: Young Elsa

 

 

French braid bun

How to do a french braid bun: step-by-step pictures

I finally got around doing a step-by-step picture tutorial on the french braid bun, which I promised about a month ago. I’ve been so busy with all the Christmas stuff and skiing, that I haven’t done much blogging lately!

Anyway, here it is.

First, make a ponytail in the middle of the head using a thick hairband.

Next, make another ponytail with all the rest of the hair around the original ponytail.

Then start french braiding taking hair from the little ponytail and from the outer ponytail.

Make a loose french braid all the way around, using all the hair, and finish with a normal three strand braid.

Finally, tug the braid inside the loose french braid, wrap the rest of it around and use bobby pins to make the bun tighter and tidier.

I did this pictorial on my 5-year-old. She has quite thin hair, so using a bun-maker instead of a thick hairband would have been a good idea.

I’ve done the same hairdo on my older daughter quite  few times, and it looks quite different because of her thick hair.

She has had her hair on a french braid bun for ballet quite a few times, and it really holds well, and looks pretty:

Frenchbraid bun