I absolutely love holiday hairstyles! The holidays give us an excuse to try out fun things in our hair that we normally wouldn’t wear. It’s also a great reason to get creative and have fun with your hair! I have seen a bunch of great hairstyles for little girls (like in this More than 35 Hairstyles for the 4th of July post) but I haven’t seen very many that I would wear on myself. I like styles that are a little softer, more subtle and mature looking. I realized this 4th of July was the perfect opportunity to get a little more creative with my own hair and come up with a hairstyle that would be suitable for older girls and women like myself!
Come learn how to do this accent star hairstyle. I did mine in the top center of my head, but if you prefer, you could do it closer to your face or drop it down so it’s more on the side of your head.
Tools you will need: hairbrush, a dozen or so little elastics (I chose blue elastics from Amazon but you could use clear or any color of your choosing), a bobby pin or clip to temporarily hold hair out of the way, optional – curling wand
Time to complete: Look 1: 7-10 minutes, Look 2: an additional 1 minute, Look 3: an additional 2-5 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
4th of July Accent Star Hairstyle
I started out with my hair curled. If you want to learn how, you can check out my post How I Curl My Hair + My Tips & Tricks.
Step 1. Begin by picking up a small section of hair along the middle of your part line. Secure that with an elastic, this will be the top point of our star.
Step 2. Pick up another section of hair next to the first. You want this section to go down below the first, beginning to make the outline for our star. I tried to make sure that I didn’t pick up too much hair with it, I wanted the hair surrounding the section to hang down nicely for a more mature look. Secure this with an elastic.
Step 3. Next go on the other side of the top point and pick up another section of hair. It should be in line with the last point we made. Secure that hair with an elastic.
Step 4. I chose to do rope braids for the sides of my star, but you could do any braid you want or even not do a braid and just twist the sections of hair to form your star. At the top point, split it into two sections. Then to create a rope braid, split one of those original two into two separate pieces. Twist the pieces to the right and then cross them to the left to create a rope braid. You can find my detailed tutorial on the rope braid here – it’s super easy!) Temporarily secure that braid with an elastic. Then make a second rope braid from the top point with the remaining hair.
Step 5. Next take the hair from your back elastic, divide it in half and create two more rope braids.
Step 6. Take one of the braids you just created, take it over one of the braids from the top and under the other braid from the top, then secure it to the front point with an elastic.
Step 7. Now take all the hair from the front point and create just one braid.
Step 8. Take the braid from the back point, weave it under the braid next to it. Then take the braid from the front point, weave it over the braid next to it and under the next braid. Hold those back two braids together and secure them out of the way.
Step 9. Pick up the front two braids. Hold them together and determine where the bottom front of your star should be. Once you decide on that spot, pick up a small section of hair from that point. You only want a little bit, try not to pick up hair that is hanging above it or around it. Then secure your braids to that section with an elastic. Now you can remove those temporary elastics and undo the rest of the braids from that point.
Step 10. Take your back two braids and repeat the process of determining where your back point should be. Then pick up a tiny section of hair at that point and secure your braids to it with an elastic. Remove your temporary elastics and braids from that back point.
And that’s it, your accent star is done! Here is the first way that you could wear it, just with the rest of your hair down. But, I’ll show you two other ways that you could wear this star.
2nd Look – Accent Star Hairstyle & Side Ponytail
Here’s how to take our accent star hairstyle and pull it into a pretty side ponytail.
Step 1. First I pulled out a little hair out by my face – you don’t have to if you don’t like to have hair down by your face. Next gather all of your hair in a side ponytail.
Step 2. To make it a little more polished, before you let go of my elastic, pick up a small section of hair and wrap it around your ponytail then tuck it down through that elastic, then release the elastic for an easy hair wrapped ponytail.
That’s it! A super easy way to have a cute and festive hairstyle for the 4th that keeps your hair off the back of your neck. Here are some photos of how that looks:
3rd Look – Accent Star Hairstyle with a Side Braid
Lastly, I’m going to braid that ponytail. I chose to do a fishtail braid, I like how it softens the look and keeps our star looking more mature, but you can pick any braid you like here.
Step 1. Divide your hair into two sections, then take a small bit of hair from the outside of one section over and join it to the inside of the other section, alternating sides and repeating this all the way down. (You can find more detailed instructions on how to fishtail braid here.) Secure with an elastic.
Step 2. Once it’s all braided, gently pull on the edges of the braid to soften the look. I like to start at the bottom and work my way up one side at a time, then I will pull on both sides at once, working my way top to bottom.
That’s it! You’re done and have your 3rd look. Here are some photos of how our 4th of July accent star hairstyle looks with a fishtail braid:
Which of these three looks do you like the best? I’d love to hear, leave a comment below! Or feel free to try out your favorite and then share a photo, I’d love to see. You can post it on my Facebook page, tag me in a tweet on Twitter or tag me in your photo on Instagram.
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