One of my readers, Melissa, told me that she was looking for unique hairstyle ideas to wear for softball. She wanted something that would work under a helmet – and look good even after the helmet came off. Thankfully, I have some experience with this!
My daughter Hope (who appears in most of my tutorials), is in her second year of softball and actually just started practices for this season. We jumped on the request for a style that will work under a helmet, because we need styles like that at our house too! I did this 5 strand Dutch braided faux hawk a few weeks ago and knew that this was the perfect style to film a tutorial on for you guys. Hope agreed, dubbing it the “Hope Hawk” lol!
It doesn’t take too long to do and it holds up perfectly under a helmet. It has an edgy and tough look to it, perfect for game time!
Let’s get started!
Step 1. Part her hair in a straight line from the outer edge of either eye back to the crown of the head. Then angle those part lines down so that they meet about an inch above her neckline. Secure the hair that is left down back into a smooth ponytail at the nape of her neck.
Step 2. Starting at the front of her head, take a small section of hair from closest to her face and divide it into 5 sections.
Step 3. Take your left most strand, go under the strand next to it then over the strand next to that.
Step 4. Take your right most strand, go under the strand left of it then over the strand next to that.
Step 5. Add hair into your left most strand, then repeat step 3.
Step 6. Add hair into your right most strand, then repeat step 4.
Step 7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 until you have no more hair to add in.
Step 8. Continue braiding out your 5 strand braid a few more stitches until you reach the ponytail at the nape of her neck, then secure it all together with a ponytail holder.
Step 9. Optional – take a small section of hair from the bottom of your ponytail, wrap it around to cover the ponytail holder. Then slide the end of your topsy tail into the middle of your ponytail (through the center of the ponytail holder) at the underside of your ponytail. Take the end of that section of hair that you are wrapping around the ponytail, put it through the loop in the topsy tail, and pull the topsy tail through to secure. Voila, a hair wrapped ponytail!
You’re done! If you want to dress it up by adding a bow or braiding the ponytail, you could certainly do that (I have a picture below where I did). I like the look that the 5 strand Dutch braid gives this hairstyle, but it would look great with a regular Dutch braid or another braid too.
I hope that you’ll give this faux hawk hairstyle a try! If you do, I would love to see how it turns out for you! You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use hashtag #HBLFauxHawk so that I can find it.
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