Today’s DIY project is the first of our DIY hair and make-up series with Knoxville wedding make-up artists, Southern Belle Beauty! Thanks to Knoxville wedding photographer, Danielle Evans Photography, we have awesome photos to help with each step of the tutorial. Danielle also allowed us to film the DIY video in her studio, Memories Portraits.
This hairstyle is called a bardo ponytail with a fishtail braid. Alex, of Southern Belle Beauty, will show us each step to achieve this elegant look that can be dressed up for night or dressed down for day. Brandalyn is the make-up queen, and she shows us how to do a winged eyeliner. Enjoy, and let us know what questions you have in the comments section!
Section off a “horse shoe” shaped piece of hair from the top of the head. Using a comb, tease the bottom layer of this section of hair. Spray with hair spray to create a firmer hold. Tease more or less to alter the height of the “poof.” Clip the section of hair on top of the head, out of the way.
Southern Belle Beauty gave a great tip for deciding where to put the ponytail. Alex suggested choosing one of two locations on the head – either below the curve in your scalp (low ponytail,) or at an even angle with your ears (higher ponytail.) Alex shows how she uses a brush to determine the right location of the “high” ponytail.
Next, remove the top section of hair from the clip. Using a comb, smooth the layers together until they smoothly transition into the ponytail section. Wrap the hair from the first layer around the ponytail and secure it with bobby pins.
For the last step, fishtail braid the ponytail. Click the link for tips on how to do a fishtail braid. Before starting the braid, tease the top of the ponytail to add lift and body. After braiding the ponytail, gently loosen the braid by pulling at the sides of the ponytail. This will give the ponytail braid a fuller look.