August 02, 2015

Plopping No-Heat Curls

We’ve been asked a lot lately for a few new No-Heat Curl methods. This curl technique is certainly not new, but definitely one of the easiest ways to set curl to your hair without using any heat.

Today we are going to show you how to create Plopping Curls {or Plunking Curls}, obviously because the vital step is to plop your hair into a t-shirt, and then tie it up. Whenever I go for no-heat curls, I always add a curl-defining mousse our serum to help lock in the texture. Use what you are comfortable with, but it’s certainly not necessary.

No-Heat Plopping CurlsTo see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHPloppingCurls

I am sure pretty much everyone has a spare t-shirt lying around, and I am also certain that everyone showers and sleeps! Those really are the only ingredients necessary to get these beautiful loose curls!

_N0A5325

_N0A5420

_N0A5353It’s important to begin with your hair slightly more than damp, not “dripping” wet. You’ll quickly find that if the hair was too wet when you plop them, your curls may not turn out. {If needed, refer back to the video to see how wet I had my hair.}

_N0A5477Items Needed: Damp hair, curl defining mousse, 1 t-shirt, dry shampoo, if desired.

Time Requirement: 2 minutes plopping & styling {not including overnight drying}

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:

This hairstyle is perfect for girls of all ages, and really any occasion. It’s particularly ideal for thoe Saturday nights, with our daughters or yourself, to make Sunday mornings easier before heading to church! Simply add in an accent braid, and it would look like you spent two hours on your hair. Prepare for compliments!

Please be sure to leave a comment below telling us what is your go-to hairstyle!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, BrooklynAnd Bailey announced that they’ve launched their own zippered bedding line with Beddy’s {be sure to use “BandB” at checkout to receive $50 off each bed you buy}! Feel free to click below to watch their new bedroom tour, where the twins show their new bedding!

July 26, 2015

The Split Headband | Hairstyles for Short Hair

We are back from Europe and had a wonderful time meeting many of you in Amsterdam, various stops in England, and in Edinburgh, Scotland! In all, we met and took photos with more that 1,500 of you! That seriously is the very best part of what we do… meeting you!

Yes, you all know that Rylan isn’t one to volunteer for filming hairstyles, which is why I have a shortage of shorty do’s on here. However, a few weeks ago, Rylan let me try this one on her and she loved it! So, today we will be teaching you how to create this beautiful Split Headband!

Split Braided Headband
To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHSplitHeadband

You could categorize this braid into the Pull-Thru family, since the technique is somewhat similar. When I was experimenting with it, I found that by pancaking only the back elbows of the braid… it left a cute tiara look to the braid. That was what Rylan loved so much about it.

Split Braided Headband

Split Braided Headband

Split Braided Headband
This hairstyle can be worn on short hair, medium hair, or long hair. We added waves as the base for this, but you could do it on straight hair as well. It is also suitable for women of all ages, even I have worn it.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 9-10 small hair elastics, 1 small bobby pin, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair from ear to ear, then use a hair elastic to keep the back half of hair out of the way…
  2. On the front, next to one ear, part out a small square section and use a matching elastic to create a very small ponytail…
  3. Now move up about 1.5 inches and create another parted section {do not add an elastic yet}…
  4. Divide this section of hair into two strands and pull the strands of the first ponytail of hair through the middle…
  5. Then, recombine the two strands of ponytail two and clip them back and out of the way for now…
  6. Next, move up another 1.5 inches and part out yet another small square section…
  7. This time, when you secure it with an elastic, make sure you include the ends of the first section ponytail…
  8. Now divide that newponytail into two strands.
  9. Pull the ends of the 2nd ponytail through the middle and recombine the pieces, clipping toward the back of the head out of the way for now.
  10. Repeat Steps #2-9 until you reach the other side of the head above the ear {giving you a pull-thru braid looking headband}..
  11. To finish off the braid, combine the last two sections together and secure them together with a hair elastic…
  12. Then use a small bobby pin to pin that end flat against the head…
  13. You may leave the hair like this, or add a little pop by going back and pancaking the backside edge of the braid {this will allow the braid elbows to stand up in a tiara-like fashion…
  14. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please be sure to let us know what hairstyles you would like to see here next!

Happy Hairstyling!

To see a recap of our Europe trip from BrooklynAndBailey, please click below!

July 12, 2015

The No-Band Bubble Fishtail Braid

We first posted our original hair-wrapped bubble fishtail back in 2011. We then showed you a banded bubble fishtail just a few months ago. When we saw this “no-band” version by N.Starck on Instagram, we just had to share it {We discovered her a little over a year ago, and have featured her hairstyles on there a few times now.} So many of our viewers asked for a tutorial for this, so we decided to upload it for you this week!

Bubble Fishtail BraidWhat is so unique about this bubble braid is that there aren’t any rubber bands needed to keep the bubble sections formed! it is a natural-looking free-form braid leaving people wondering how you did it!

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHBubbleFishtail2

Bubble Fishtail Braid

Bubble Fishtail Braid

Bubble Fishtail BraidBrooklyn volunteered to be my model, and this hairstyle really fits her personality. This day, she wore the style with her peach-colored blouse and denim shorts with white sandals. You could dress this up, too, and it would even look fabulous with waves and soft curls {I wouldn’t recommend curly curls since too much texture will draw away from the braid itself}.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 4-6 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Hairstyle Tutorial:

 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start by sectioning off the hair about 1 inch above the ears, and gathering it back at the crown with your hands…
  2. Then begin a regular fishtail braid by taking one strand from the outside edge, over the top, and adding it to the other side…
  3. Now take a strand from the opposite outside edge piece, and take it up and over, adding it to the opposite side, repeat ed over and over…
  4. After you’ve braided down about 4 inches, go back and pancake about 3-4 stitches of the fishtail {pancaking along the way, rather than after the whole fishtail braid is finished, makes forming the bubbles easier and prevents the hair from bunching up and shaping oddly at the bottom…
  5. Satisfied with your pancaking, now continue on with a regular fishtail again for another 4 inches or so…
  6. Repeat Steps #4-5 until you run out of hair…
  7. Secure with an elastic…
  8. Now, go back and perfect your pancaked bubbles, giving them lots of volume…
  9. Add hairspray {if desired}.

As a bonus, be sure to watch my hilarious mustache styling video with Studio C, and leave a comment below telling us your favorite braid/hairstyle!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, BrooklynAndBailey uploaded a super cute Pinterest-inspired DIY Sunglasses Decor tutorial. Click below to take a peek!

July 05, 2015

Mermaid Braid Combo

Paisley has been on a The Little Mermaid kick lately, watching the movie over and over again. Have you ever wondered if you saw a Mermaid, what would her hair look like? Today, Kamri and I give you one of our interpretations using the Half Mermaid Braid we showed you last year, and adding in a Feather Braid accent to make a stunning hairstyle! We are calling it the Mermaid Braid Combo.

Mermaid HairTo see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHMermaidBraidCombo

Since we’ve shown you how to make Mermaid Braid before, pay particular attention to how and when we created the Feather Braid Accent. After beginning with a few simple braid stitches, You simply feather off three strands on each side and then bring them back in as you braid down. Then, by pancaking the feathered stands, you are left with this cute circle accent to your Mermaid Braid!

_MG_1687

Mermaid Braid Combo

Mermaid Braid ComboWhat I love about this hairstyle is how much creative stranding and hair delineation is going on. It is something you don’t see every day and certain to get you compliments! If you were to add a base of soft curls or waves, this would look even more stunning {although I would add them after you braid}!

Mermaid Braid Combo

Mermaid Braid Combo

Mermaid Braid Combo
Since this is a mermaid hairstyle, Kamri did agree to put on her mermaid tail for these photos! Don’t you think she looks stunning?

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Video Tutorial:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by straightening the hair, to create a nice sleek look as your base…
  2. Comb all hair towards the back of the head, and create a middle part down the center of the head {allowing hair to fall straight down after parting}…
  3. Now, go to each side of the head, and, from the front near the temple, pick up one small strand {all strand pickups will be from the front}…
  4. Then pick up a second independent strand from the left side, giving you now 3 strands of hair {you can use some spray wax, pomade, or water, to help the strand stay uniform and separate from other strands}…
  5. Begin a regular 3-strand braid stitch with the three strands {do not pull the pieces too tight, as you want the braid to drape softly, allowing the strands to curtain naturally – the first stitch should hang right about at the base of the head}…
  6. Before you begin your second stitch, pull in a new thin strand of hair from the front of each side, as you would with a regular French Braid…
  7. Continue to braid down about 3 inches, then stop adding in new strands of hair and continue with a simple three-strand braid for one more stitch…
  8. Now, on the right outside edge of the braid, pull off a small sliver {or feather strand} of hair and leave out of the next stitch…
  9. Then, on the left outside edge of the braid, section off a small sliver {or feather strand} of hair and leave it out of the next stitch…
  10. Repeat Steps #8-9 until you have three total feathered strands on each side of the braid…
  11. Now, complete one regular 3-strand braid stitch without adding or taking anything away…
  12. Then, begin to add back in the pieces of feathers one at a time {add a right piece to the right-most edge, and then stitch in, add a left piece to the left-most edge and then stitch in, etc}, until all of your feathered strands are added back into the braid.
  13. Now gently tug the feathered strands, creating “half” concentric circles on each side of the braid, leaving the braid with a what looks like a mini target in the braid…
  14. Finish off the hair with a normal three strand braid, secure with an elastic, and add hairspray for added hold.

Please be sure to leave a comment below telling us what you think of this cute Mermaid Braid Combo hairstyle, and where you are from!

This week BrooklynAndBailey uploaded a vlog of their Utah trip to YouTube, including their time at EFY {Especially for Youth}. Just click below to view…