Southern Mom Loves: 3 of My Favorite Hairstyles {Tutorials, Tools, Tips & Tricks}

3 of My Favorite Hairstyles {Tutorials, Tools, Tips & Tricks}

Monday, March 7, 2016

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Being the mom of a girl, when it comes to hair, you have to be on the ball. Not only is your little sweetpea waiting for you to style her hair for school, you have to take care of your own mane too. Over the years, I've developed some go-to hairstyles that I can rely on to look fabulous, but that don't take a lot of time. Today, I've got 3 of my favorite, go-to hairstyles for you with tutorials for each, and the tools, tips, and tricks to achieve them perfectly! 

Through trial and error (and watching a ton of YouTube videos), I've learned a lot about hair. I had to since my daughter's hair texture is so different from mine. From styles and braids, to which products and tools to use for different purposes, I soaked it all up and began to enjoy creating styles for our hair. Using the right tools is imperative to getting the right results, so once I learned what tools to use, it was a breeze!

Let's take a minute to talk about tools. The right hairbrushes are essential to achieving the style you want, and you'll need different brushes depending on your hair texture. Goody makes hairbrushes for every need and I'll go through the different types of brushes and their benefits.

Girl's Detangling brushes: Goody TangleFix Brush or Goody Ouchless Girls Oval Brush

The super-flexible bristles won't pull or snag hair, which means less tears for your daughter. For the most effective detangling, start at the bottom and work your way to the roots.

Round brushes: Goody Amp It Up Medium Round Brush or Goody Straight Talk Porcupine Hot Round Brush

Use a round brush to straighten, smooth, or create volume while blow-drying. Choose a round brush with pins only for fine to medium-textured hair. This will give you the biggest lift. 

Choose a round brush with boar bristles and pins for medium to coarse-textured hair for better grip on the hair to smooth and straighten while blow-drying.

Paddle and Oval brushes: Goody Gelous Grip Paddle Brush, Goody Detangle It Oval Cushion Brush, Goody Clean Radiance Oval Cushion Brush, or Goody Clean Radiance Paddle Brush

Oval and paddle brushes are good for everyday, all-purpose use. Choose a brush with bristles based on your everyday hair needs: detangling, smoothing, or adding shine. The new Clean Radiance brushes have copper bristles to reduce buildup in hair to leave hair looking healthier and shinier. For smoothing and adding shine, choose boar bristle brushes, or a detangling brush if you have tangle-prone hair.

Vent and Styler brushes: Goody Detangle It Vent Brush or Goody Straight Talk Boar Styler Brush

Vented brushes work with fine to medium-textured hair to aid your blow-dryer in drying your hair more quickly. If you have medium to coarse-textured hair, choose a boar bristle styler to put the finishing touches on your hairstyle, giving it shine and smoothness.

Phew! I think I covered just about every need. Now to get to the fun part!

Girl's Dutch Pony Tutorial

This is a great style for girls whether they're going to school or doing sports; The Dutch braid will help keep hair out of their eyes. This is a rockstar look that my daughter just loves. If you have a girl with an edgier style, this can easily become a Faux Hawk Pony if you pancake out the top to the max and slick back the sides with gel before tying it up.

I'm using the Goody Ouchless Girls Oval Brush for my daughter's hair. Hers is very thick, but fine-textured and tangles like crazy. We have a drawerful of "detangling" brushes that were not as advertised. This brush slips through easily and has become her favorite.

  • Goody Ouchless Girls Oval Brush
  • 1 large colorful hair band
  • 1 small clear elastic hair band
  • (optional) a styling mousse or gel to finish


  1. Brush through and detangle the hair with your Goody Ouchless Girls Oval Brush.
  2. Section off a wide center strip of hair from the forehead to the crown.
  3. Use your hairband to keep the bottom section out of the way.
  4. Section off about a 1" deep section from the front.
  5. Split that section into 3 even pieces (left, center, right.)
  6. Proceed to Dutch braid the top. Dutch braiding is like French braiding, but instead of bringing each section over, you bring it under, which makes the braid come out on top instead of under the hair. 
  7. To do this, bring the left strand under the center, then bring the right strand under the new center strand (your first left strand.) Add a 1" strip of hair from the left side to the new left strand, then bring it under the center strand. Add a 1" strip of hair from the right side to the new right strand and bring it under the new center strand. It sounds complicated, but with a little practice, you'll be a pro!
  8. Finish braiding all the way down to the end and fasten with a clear elastic band.
  9. Take the edges of the braid and pancake them out by pulling gently. Do this all the way down the braid.
  10. Unbind your bottom section and brush it into a high ponytail, using the hair to cover the side parts from the Dutch braid.
  11. Fasten it with your colorful hair band.
  12. Optional: Use a styling mousse or gel to tame any flyaways.

Smooth Voluminous Blowout Tutorial

My hair is medium textured and wavy with a heaping helping of frizz. It looks like I have a ton of hair, but it's fairly thin. This blowout is what gives me volume and makes my hair look thick and luxurious. It may take a bit of time to get used to doing it, but I can do this blowout now in about 10 minutes.

I'm using the Goody Straight Talk Porcupine Hot Round Brush in this tutorial because blow-drying can be a curse for me. This pin-and-boar bristle brush grips all of the flyaway hairs to get a smooth style on my frizz-prone hair while giving me lift and polish. Also, the core is ceramic to heat and shape hair, vented to help dry hair quicker, and is a versatile width for any hair length. It's a great all-around tool.

  • Goody Straight Talk Porcupine Hot Round Brush
  • A hairdryer with a diffuser attachment
  • a nourishing oil for hair ends (optional)
  • volumizing mousse
  • heat protectant spray
  • wide-tooth comb
  • sectioning clip
  • glossing or shine spray (optional)


  1. After shampooing and conditioning, wrap your hair in a towel for about 10 minutes to absorb excess moisture. This will speed your blow-dry time up. Have breakfast. Make a cup of coffee!
  2. Prep your hair by using a nourishing, moisturizing oil in your hair ends. If you have very fine hair you can skip this step, but it will keep your ends in good condition while blow-drying. If you have medium to coarse hair, you can use it up to the mid-shaft. You just need a drop or two depending on the amount of hair you have. Rub between your palms and distribute evenly.
  3. Use a volumizing hair mousse from your roots to mid-way down your hair. This is important in getting a ridiculous amount of bouncy volume! You'll use 2-3 egg-sized dollops depending on the amount of hair you have. Spray it into your palm and rub your hands together, then apply and gently rub through. If your mousse has a built-in heat protectant, you can skip the next step. If not...
  4. Spray your hair with a heat protectant and comb through with a wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute.
  5. Flip your head upside down and blow-dry your hair until about 75% dry, concentrating on your roots. By drying your hair in the opposite direction, you'll get a ton of lift. I've tried a few methods and the drying upside down works best for me. If I can give you any advice, it's to direct the airflow at all times down the hair shaft. If you direct the airflow up the shaft, you'll give yourself a ton of frizz! Once the hair is mostly dry, give it a cold shot if you have that function on your dryer. This will help set the hair in this direction.
  6. You'll section your hair into 3 sections, bottom, middle, and top. For now, you can just section off the bottom (from about the top of the ears, back) and clip the top two sections up.
  7. Split this section in two, and starting with your first section, brush it through to remove any tangles.
  8. Bring your Goody Straight Talk Porcupine Hot Round Brush up underneath the section and pull it through, rotating it up and away from you to catch any flyaways and to keep the section taut while you dry it. Using your hairdryer on the highest speed and hottest setting, run the diffuser tip down the hair right above the brush as you go down the section. Remember to tilt it so it's pointing down the hair shaft towards the ends. Repeat until the section is completely dry and silky smooth. This may take 2 passes for thin hair or 6-8 for thick hair.
  9. Once the section is dry, run the brush through one more time, but when you get to the end, rotate the brush wrapping your hair ends around it and keep wrapping until about mid-way up the hair. Aim your hairdryer at the brush to heat it up for 5-10 seconds, then let it cool for a few seconds, then unwrap the hair from the brush. Voila! You've just given your ends a nice curve!
  10. Next, flip your bottom section behind your shoulders and let down your wet hair and section off the top from about temple to crown, then clip away again. Section the middle part of your hair into about 4 sections (2 over each shoulder) and work on those in exactly the same way as your bottom sections. Once those 4 sections are finished, flip them behind your shoulders, out of the way.
  11. Now it's time for your top section. This will get split into 3 rows going from your crown to your forehead. Start with the crown piece and clip the others back up.
  12. You will over-direct these sections towards the front. Place your brush underneath the crown section and pull up about 1", then blow your roots completely dry first. Once your roots are fully dry, pull the brush up and over the front of the head, following it with the dryer. Give your ends a curl as you've been doing.
  13. Repeat with the center-top section.
  14. When you get to your front section, you'll move the hair in the same direction (forward), but with the brush under your hair on the forehead side. Remember to rotate the brush while you're drying to pick up all of those little hairs that everyone has in the front to smooth them out and keep them from frizzing.
  15. Once all of your hair is completely blown out, brush it all out together and part it where you normally would. Isn't that volume amazing?!
  16. Tip: If you have wily hairs sticking up in front, or there's too much volume for your taste, point your hairdryer down from above and use the heat and airflow to redirect stray hairs or dial down the volume. You can use the heat and direction of the air to shape your finished hair.
  17. This is also an optional step, but it can really give your blowout a polished look: shine or glossing spray. Spraying it directly onto your hair can give you greasy-looking spots, so I spray this into my hands and lightly finger comb it through my hair, then use the last of it on my ends. Try to keep it away from your roots.
  18. Enjoy your fabulous, smooth, bouncy, voluminous blowout!

Twisted Updo Tutorial

I love this style for everyday with strands pulled out around my temples for a softer look. It can also do double duty as a sleek, more-complicated-looking style for a night out. It looks much more complicated than it is, and once you get the hang of the twists, it's super-simple. It's basically 3 twists and a bun. I've got this one down to about 5 minutes, max.

I'm using the Goody Straight Talk Boar Styler Brush because I am prone to frizz, and also because when you're doing twists, you want them to be as smooth as possible before you start. The boar bristles will help smooth out your hair and add some polish and shine as well. This brush is a great choice for finishing a style.

  • Goody Straight Talk Boar Styler Brush
  • dry shampoo
  • wide-tooth comb
  • 1 large hair band to match hair
  • 2-3 small clear elastic hair bands
  • bobby pins to match hair
  • hairspray


  1. Start by spraying a fine mist of dry shampoo throughout your hair from at least a foot away. This will help to give your hair texture and grip. This is especially important if you have fine, silky-textured hair.
  2. Completely brush it through and smooth out your hair with the Goody Straight Talk Boar Styler Brush.
  3. You'll want a side part for this style, so part your hair, then section out a 1" strip from your part line to about the center, going back towards your crown 2"-3".
  4. Split this into 2 pieces.
  5. Take your front strand and pull it back and over your back strand. Your back strand is now your front strand.
  6. Add a piece of hair from the front about 1/2" wide into your (now) front strand and bring it back and over your back strand, making that the new front strand.
  7. Repeat, pulling your twists back to towards the back of your ear until you run out of hair above your ear.
  8. At this point you will have 2 thick strands of hair. Take one in either hand and twist them both in the same direction, towards your face, all of the way down the strands.
  9. Then take the strands and twist them around each other, twisting away from your face. Fasten the end with a small clear elastic.
  10. Pancake the twist out from the top to the bottom by grabbing the edge of each twist and pulling. You want plenty of volume around your face, so pull them out more than you would like; They will settle back down. When you get to the twisted section below your ear, use two hands to pull each twisted section apart, fluffing them out.
  11. Repeat a twist on the other side.
  12. To get volume at your crown, lift the hair there and tease it with a wide-tooth comb (less damaging that a fine-tooth comb.) Once you have the amount of tease you'd like, lay the section down and use the comb to detangle and smooth just the top layer of the section.
  13. Pull all of the hair (including your twists) into a low ponytail and fasten with your matching hair band. Grasp the crown and top twist sections with your fingers and pull slightly loose from the ponytail so you don't lose the volume you worked hard for!
  14. Pull the small clear elastics from the twist ends and unravel them. Brush your ponytail smooth and section into 2 large strands.
  15. Twist both strands in one direction, then twist the strands around each other in the opposite direction just like you did with your front twists. Secure with a clear elastic.
  16. Pancake and loosen your twist just as you did in the front.
  17. Wrap your ponytail twist into a bun by wrapping it in a circle around your ponytail band and tucking the end under your bun. Pin in place with as many bobby pins as feels secure.

Finding the right tools for your hair is important to getting the results you want. I go to Walmart for all of my hair tools. They have a huge selection and the prices are perfect for anyone's pocketbook. Remember, you don't have to spend a bundle for a good-quality brush!

You can find all of the wonderful Goody brushes I used in these tutorials in the Hair Care section of your local Walmart. You can also find Goody brushes online at


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What are your go-to hairstyles? Are you burnt out on styling your hair or hungry for more tutorials? Which of these is your favorite? I love to read your comments!

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