June 28, 2015

The Star Bun Combo | 4th of July Hairstyles

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Yes, it’s time for another 4th of July or National Holiday tutorial. We tested out this Star Bun Combo last year, and it is super easy to create. Our family loves patriotic holidays, and we go all out every year… with color coordinated clothing, cute hair, face paint or stickers, flags, etc!

Star Bun Combo | 4th of July HairstylesSince the style uses a combination, your options are limitless! You may choose to rope twist the ponytail before forming your bun, or you can use a simple or fishtail braid to do it. For ease of instruction, today I will be showing you how to create this bun using a simple twist method.

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

Star Bun Combo | 4th of July Hairstyles

Star Bun Combo | 4th of July Hairstyles

Star Bun Combo | 4th of July HairstylesAfter forming and securing the bun and pigtails, I used spray-in glitter to accent the star. This is completely optional, likely only for younger girls, as Rylan insisted on it.

Now, many of our readers are from foreign countries where this style would be perfect for your own National Holiday, like Canada Day for Canadians, etc.

If you’ll be attending a 4th of July parade this year, I am here to tell you that our Independence Day hairstyles get a lot of attention from the media. In fact, the twins and Kamri have each had their photos taken for newspapers in the major cities we’ve lived in, including the national edition of USA Today, for wearing holiday hairstyles like this to parades. Over the years, we’ve even had several fans and their mothers writing in to say the same!

Star Bun Combo | 4th of July Hairstyles

Star Bun Combo | 4th of July HairstylesItems Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 ponytail holders, 3-4 small bobby pins, 2 hair ribbons, spray-in glitter, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Video Tutorial:

 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair near the beginning of one eyebrow…
  2. Then, about 1 inch back, part out a triangular shape to form the first point of your star…
  3. Now part straight out on either side of the triangle, and then back in, to form the second and third points of the star…
  4. Then finish the star by parting the bottom two points…
  5. To form your bun, wet and slick all the hair inside the star into a ponytail and secure it with a ponytail holder…
  6. Then a little teasing to the ponytail and twist it into a bun {you want a flat bun, not a tall bun}, and  then secure the bun into place with a few small bobby pins…
  7. At the bottom of the star, continue to evenly part down the middle of the head to the nape of the neck…
  8. Secure each side into low ponytails, and add some curls or complimenting ribbon for added accents…
  9. Optional: Use spray glitter to accent the star…
  10. When you are all finished, add hairspray to help hold the style.

My twins are giving away 3 iPhone 6’s right now on their YouTube channel, and you can enter by watching the video below and enter on our website HERE! Good luck!

June 21, 2015

3-Minute Scarf Braid | 4th of July Hairstyles

I know it’s been a few years since we last given you a new 4th of July Hairstyle! It’s certainly time for another one, and it is super cute!

Really, this 3-Minute Scarf Braid can be adapted to any holiday, or school Spirit Day, etc, simply by changing up the colors in the scarf!

3-Minute Scarf Braid | 4th of July Hairstyles

To complete this braid, all you need to know is how to create a simple French Braid. The trick is learning how to incorporate the scarf into the braid by making it part of two of the strands. Don’t worry, I show you exactly how to do this in the video!

If you would like to see your own photo recreations of this hairstyle featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHScarfBraid

3-Minute Scarf Braid | Holiday Hairstyles 3-Minute Scarf Braid | 4th of July Hairstyles 3-Minute Scarf Braid | 4th of July Hairstyles

The hairstyle is for women and girls of all ages, and particularly helpful for those with thin hair {since the scarf adds volume to the braid}. This style can also be done as a Dutch Braid, so be creative!

3-Minute Scarf Braid | 4th of July Hairstyles 3-Minute Scarf Braid | 4th of July Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastics, 1 sheer scarf {cut down to a 6-8 inch strip}, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement:
3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with dry, clean hair…
  2. Make sure your chose scarf is cut down to a 6-8 inch strip, and then fold your scarf in half so that you can identify where the exact middle is…
  3. Lift a medium size section of hair from the top of the head, and lay the scarf at the base under this section…
  4. You should now have three sections to work with {scarf end, hair section, and 2nd scarf end}…
  5. You’ll now begin a French Braid using the scarf and hair, by picking up hair from the outside of the head on the right and adding it into the right-most scarf strand…
  6. Cross this section over the middle section so this now becomes your middle strand…
  7. And then pick up hair from the outside of the head on the left and add it to the left-most scarf section…
  8. Cross this section over the middle section so this now becomes your middle strand…
  9. Continue Steps #5-8, adding hair into the outside sections and switching them to the middle, until you reach the base of the head..
  10. When you run out of hair to add in from the outside, continue on with a simple three-strand braid, and secure with an elastic…
  11. Then use the remaining tails of the scarf to tie around the base of the braid to hide the elastic…
  12. OPTIONALLY: you can continue in a braid and then roll the hair up and tuck it under itself by the nape of the neck {this will depend on the thickness hair, thickness of the scarf, the length of hair}.
  13. Add hairspray {if desired}.

If you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it! Also, please leave a comment below telling us of your favorite holiday and why!

Happy Hairdoing!

June 20, 2015

HUGE iPhone 6 Giveaway | Win 1 of 3

My twin daughters, Brooklyn & Bailey, are giving away 3 iPhone 6’s in their latest YouTube video, one of each color, Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.

There’s only one required entry, and it’s super easy! All you have to do to enter, is one random act of service for someone else. Once you complete that entry, the Rafflecopter widget will unlock several other options to gain even more entries! {Each of these latter entries are optional, but completing them can increase your chances to win.)

Do one act of service and get one entry, or complete all the entries for a total of 20+ entries!

Want to win an iPhone 6? Simply enter in the widget below!

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This giveaway is open internationally, and all entrants must be 18 years of age {or older} to participate, or have a parent enter for you, and we will be verifying this. The contest ends on Tuesday, July 14th at 11:59pm CST, and the winners will also be displayed within the widget after that time, so be sure to check back! Good luck!

June 14, 2015

How to Create a Rick Rack Braid

This braided hairstyle is inspired by the rick rack ribbon used in both the sewing and quilting worlds. {We’ve shown you this technique back in 2013, in our Textured Braids tutorial.}

Rick Rack is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a flat braid to form zigzags and used especially as trimming on clothing.” Yes, I have been a quilter since I was a teenager, and own a sewing machine and Serger. I’ve used rick rack myself on my kids’ baby quilts I made, and I have my mom my grandmother to thank for teaching me those skills.

Rick Rack Braid

Today’s tutorial uses the Rick Rack braid as a simple single-side pinback on Kamri’s straight hair. Although the braid looks pretty complex, it’s really one of the easiest braids to make. In fact, all you need to know is how to create a simple 3-strand braid, and how to pancake a braid elbow!

Wearing this with subtle waves as the base would be cute, too, but be careful with full curls as they will likely cause the elbows of the braid to look odd.

Rick Rack Braid

Kamri’s In-Video Outfit:

Shirt: Old Navy | Shorts: Old Navy | Shoes: Nordstrom

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

For this tutorial, we used this Rick Rack Braid as an accent, simply because it already has so much going on with it. Accent braids are very nice because you can still maintain the simplicity of down hair, with a little bit of edge or pop in the accent. This hairstyle would be cute, however, as a tieback, too!

Rick Rack Braid

Rick Rack Braid

Rick Rack Braid

This braid is suitable for girls of all ages, in various combinations, for pretty much any occasion. Hope you like it as much as we do!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 2 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:

 

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit:

Shorts: American Eagle | Kimono: Forever 21 | Shirt: The Outnet | Shoes: Nordstrom

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Part the hair on your preferred side…
  2. Grab a medium-sized section of hair starting at the part line towards the opposite side, about 3-4 inches total…
  3. Begin a simple 3-strand braid, only one of the strands will be much thinner than the other two, about 2/3 less {as you braid, you’ll notice a different look to the braid, which is OK}…
  4. Continue braiding for about 3-4 stitches of hair, and then stop…
  5. Now, go back and pancake the elbows of the larger strands by pulling gently on the outside edges {actually a rotate of the wrist after pinching works best, as seen in the video}…
  6. Then continue on with a few more stitches, and pancake the last remaining outside larger edges {the more you pancake the more pronounced the rick rack braid will look}…
  7. Secure ends of the braid with an elastic…
  8. Next, lift a small section of hair from the back of the head and lay the braid underneath it right at the base of the skull…
  9. Secure the braid in a pinback by using 2-3 small bobby pins and allow the hair to fall back into place {this will help hide the bobby pins}…
  10. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please be sure to give this video a BIG if you loved it, and leave a comment below telling us if you’ve watched the twins’ Parent Trap parody video {link at the top of description box}!

Brooklyn & Bailey briefly returned to acting in their last video, which was in collaboration with Studio C, a family-friendly sketch comedy group in Utah. We are such huge fans of Studio C that we couldn’t resist working with them on this project! Click below to watch the twins’ The “Other” Parent Trap parody, and then go watch the Prom Dress Gone Wrong video on Studio C’s channel!

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