May 17, 2015

DIY Woven Faux Hawk | Edgy Hairstyles

This week’s hairstyle is a mashup inspired by a style created for Bailey during one of her photo shoots a few months back. The hair stylist was Charise Miller, a friend of mine from Utah, who I love to watch work her magic.

Woven Faux Hawk | Edgy HairstylesFor this tutorial, I wanted something that gave a bit more of an edgy look, without going over the top with a complete mohawk.I also didn’t want something that seemed too simple, either. Blending the look of a fishtail, with what I had already learned using a simple French Braid for the style from Charise, we mashed things up to get this beautiful hairstyle!

This faux braid is so easy, anyone can follow, and it only involves crossing a strand and then dropping the previous crossed strands. Easy as that!

Woven Faux Hawk | Edgy HairstylesMindy’s Outfit Details
Blouse | Necklace | RingJeansShoes

Woven Faux Hawk | Edgy Hairstyles

Woven Faux Hawk | Edgy HairstylesTo see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHWovenFauxHawk

This hairstyle looks perfect with a pair of ripped jeans and a cute blouse or t-shirt. Feel free to accessorize it as you wish, and add curls. You can see that I also added a cute red bow to help cover the elastic.

Woven Faux Hawk | Edgy HairstylesHere’s the photo I referenced above from Bailey’s photo shoot with Frosted Productions

Woven Braid Hawk | Edgy HairstylesItems Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, hair powder, dry shampoo, 1 small hair elastics, 1-2 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:


Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Optional: Begin with a base of curls…
  2. Then comb the hair away from the face, towards the back of the head…
  3. Now, pick up a small section of hair right at the middle forehead, and divide it into two equal sections…
  4. Then cross these two strands {at this point you’ll have one piece that lays on top of the other}…
  5. Now to the other side, pick up another small strand about 1.5 to 2 inches from center, and cross it over the top {this will begin to form a criss-cross woven pattern}…
  6. Then, on the other side, pick up a new strand of hair about 1.5 to 2 inches from center and cross it over the top {as you cross, you should be able to release both other strands, except the new strand you just crossed over the top…
  7. With each new strand, try to pick up hair in front of the last piece you just played down {however, farther back into the braid, you’ll notice that you have to pick up hair a second time and that’s perfectly fine}…
  8. Continue Steps #5-6, keeping the braid directly down the middle of your head, and also ensuring that the faux hawk maintains a width of about 3-4 inches…
  9. Continue the braid down the back of the head about 4 inches past the crown, and then tie it off with an elastic…
  10. Add a hair bow for an added pop, and hairspray {if desired}.

If you loved this tutorial, please be sure to let us know below, and also tell us what hairstyles you’d love to see next!

Happy Hairstyling!


May 10, 2015

Double-French Messy Bun Updo

Today’s hairstyle takes inspiration from one we posted back in December 2013. That style was the French-Up High Bun. Since its popularity, and with nearly 5,000,000 views, we decided to tweak it a bit for this week’s Double French Messy Bun Combo!


If you know how to French Braid, this style will be easy to do. You can also use Dutch Braids, instead of French {I like them both ways}.

Double French Braid High Bun UpdoKamri’s Outfit
Dress | Necklace

This hairstyle is pretty versatile, and can be worn dressed up, or dressed down. A lot of it depends on how tightly or loose you create the style, and if you want a more sleek wet look or a somewhat messy/effortless look.

Double French Braid High Bun Updo

Double French Braid High Bun UpdoYou can also wear wear this hairstyle using any other accent to create the combo… such as a ponytail, braided bun, twisty bun, messy bun, etc. Brooklyn and I often wear this hairstyle with jeans and a cute t-shirt with Converse sneakers, while Bailey and Kamri like to dress it up. Here, Kamri is wearing the style a super cute dress!

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

Double French Braid High Bun Updo

Double French Braid High Bun UpdoItems Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 claw clips, 3 ponytail holders, hairspray and spray wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Video Tutorial:

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by determining how you intend to wear this hairstyle {sleek and wet or dry and less formal}…
  2. Then, create a part running from each temple to the nape of the neck, leaving to “C” shaped parts on either side of the head, and clip them temporarily out of the way…
  3. Now pick up from hair from the top, near front of the face and begin a normal French braid {be sure to use small sections of hair to create a crisp and tight-looking braid…
  4. Continue braiding until you reach the crown of the head, then stop adding in hair and complete a few extra stitches of a simple 3-strand braid before securing temporarily with an elastic…
  5. Flip head upside down and now begin a French braid running from the nape of the neck up to the crown area, meeting your previous braid, again, finish that braid with a few extra stitches of a regular 3-strand braid…
  6. Now, take the two braids and join them together into a high ponytail, securing them together with the ponytail holder you temporarily used on the first braid…
  7. Now pick up both first-parted sections of hair from either side and add them into the sides of the ponytail {each section should cover any part lines of your braid, without hiding the braids entirely}…
  8. Options: At this point, you can finish the combo with a messy bun, a braided bun, twisty bun, sock bun, or ponytail — we show you a messy bun…
  9. Pull up one section of the ponytail holder and pull through the ponytail halfway through, leaving the ends inside the elastic…
  10. Now grab and twist the hair in different directions until you like the way it looks clumped around the elastic, and add a clear elastic to help hold the hair in this position…
  11. Feel free to use bobby pins to fix and shape the bun to your exact liking…
  12. Use hairspray or spray wax to set the hairstyle and clean up any flyaways.

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit

Hey, so this week we also launched our redesigned website! What do you all think? Please feel free to comment below and let us know!

In honor of Mother’s Day, my twins uploaded a video on their YouTube channel where they see how much they know about me, and compare their answers with mine. How do you think they did? Click below to see, and hear my own memories of my mom!

May 03, 2015

Faux French Braid

I learned this Faux French Braid last month, from a friend here in TX, whose 10-yr old daughter wore it that day. To me, the braid looked a lot like a French Braid, but the stitching looked a bit different so I knew it couldn’t be. When my friend finally showed me how she created the style, I almost laughed at how easy it was!

Faux French Braid

Brooklyn’s In-Video Outfit:

Really, this Faux French Braid is a Daddy ‘Do hairstyle, it’s that easy to do! We realized this after we filmed, and we didn’t have time to re-film with Shaun as the stylist.  He does say, though, as a guy, that he thinks this is much easier to make than a French braid.

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

Faux French Braid Faux French Braid Faux French Braid

We’ve shown you a few faux braids over the past few years, but the French Braid really is a stumbling block for many beginning braiders.  Given its slightly different look, learning this French braid hack can be very useful for anyone at any age!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

See the Video:


Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Pick up a section of hair starting about the end of each eyebrow and back to crown {be sure to leave out a few loose, curly strands to frame the face}…
  2. Then divide that section into three even strands and braid it using the simple 3-strand braiding method, all the way down to the end an secure with a hair elastic…
  3. Now pick up a small section of hair from the right side of the head, and cross it over the braid to the left top outside loop in the first stitch of the braid.
  4. Then, with your left thumb and index finger, place them up an through the first outer loop of the braid on the left side…
  5. With the thumb and index finger, grab the new strand that you just crossed over, and pull through the hole and let free…
  6. Now pick up a small section of hair from the right side of the head, and cross it over the braid to the left top outside loop in the first stitch of the braid.
  7. Then, with your right thumb and index finger, place them up an through the first outer loop of the braid on the right side…
  8. With the thumb and index finger, grab the new strand that you just crossed over, and pull through the hole and let free…
  9. Repeat Steps #3-8 until you have run out of hair or useable loops {at some point, you will begin to use hair that has already been pulled through, which is fine, just keep taking sections through the outer loops}…
  10. Go back can lightly tug on the outer edges of the faux French Braid to give it a more loose and full look.
  11. Secure braid with a hair elastic, and add hairspray {if desired}.

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit:
Shirt | Jeans | Bandana | Bracelet | Earrings 

Please be sure to leave a comment below telling us what other types of hairstyles would you want to see here!

Happy Hairstyling!

Be sure to click below to see our family’s experience with a mother duck and her 15 eggs, which she laid in our back yard! It’s a cute, cute video!

April 26, 2015

Stacked Pull-Through Braid

I’ve loved Stacked Braids for a long time. Pretty genius, really, accenting a braid down the spine of another braid! Now we’re seeing quite a few intriguing combos using this fun braid technique.

Stacked Pull-Through Braid

A few months back, my friend Shelley from Pretty Little Braids, direct messaged me with an idea asking if we could share it on our channel. Her idea? How to stack a braid on top of a Dutch pull-through braid. We loved it, and so today we’ll show you our version using a simple pull-through.

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

Stacked Pull-Through Braid

Stacked Pull-Through Braid Stacked Pull-Through Braid

Kamri’s Outfit:
Blouse | Pants | Shoes | Bow 

After each pull-through created, we sectioned off {feathered} a small strand from each stitch to be used later for our stacked braid. The stacked braid consists of a simple 3-strand braid using the feathered-off strands.

You’ll find that by braiding this hairstyle tightly, it will hold up super well during sports or any other active activities. Braid this hairstyle loosely, really pancaking the edges, and you’ll get that soft and full look that is very popular today.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 8-12 small hair elastics, accessory and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Video Tutorial:

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair secured into a high ponytail…
  2. Divide the ponytail into two even sections {a top and a bottom}…
  3. Now, separate off a small section of hair from the top of the top section, laying it over the head and securing with a clip or have daughter hold…
  4. Add your first elastic to the remaining top section of the hair, down a few inches from the ponytail holder…
  5. Then, create a centered hole in the hair section between the two elastics…
  6. Now, reach through with your thumb and index finger, grabbing the second section of the ponytail and pulling it upward through the hole so that it is now on top…
  7. As you did in Step #3, separate off a small section of hair from the top of the new top section, and lay it out of the way…
  8. Continue Steps #4-7 until you run out of hair, leaving you with a Pull-Through Feather Braid.
  9. Go back and pancake each of the Pull-Through sections to add volume to the base braid…
  10. Then go back to the top and starting with the first small section you feathered out…begin a regular 3-strand braid…
  11. Braid down a couple of stitches and then add in the hair from the next feathered strand you left out.
  12. Continue Step #11 until you’ve reached the end of the ponytail {the top braid will be nicely secured against the bottom, because you anchored in pieces along the way}…
  13. Secure with an elastic and add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit:
ShirtPants | Kimono | Shoes | Necklace | Earrings

If you loved this hairstyle, please let us know below in the comments. I am on am mission now to find various other stacked braid combinations!

Happy Hairdoing!

My twins’ latest YouTube video!

April 23, 2015

Daxton & Paisley’s Room Tour

A few months back, I stumbled upon an ingenious bedding idea from a company called Beddy’s. Its product is an all-in-one bedding set that goes onto your bed as easy as a fitted sheet! As if that wasn’t ingenious enough, the sides of the bedding have zippers! So, I jumped online and bought Daxton and Paisley each a set.

Kids Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Bedding is aways where I begin my bedroom decorating. Never with paint, because it is easier to match paint to bedding than the other way around. With my young kids, I always worry about them kicking off their covers at night and catching a cold. It also seems like for the first 6-7 years of their lives, I am the one who has to make their bed in the mornings. With six kids, I have made my fair share of beds! {Wish these were around when the kids were in bunks!}

Dax, who is age 6, and Paisley, who just turned 4, can now make their own beds in less than 10 seconds! All they have to do is climb out of bed and zip it up! Brooklyn and Bailey saw the kids zipping up their beds, and are now begging me to get them one!

Little Girls Bedding

This all-in-one bedding set includes two side zippers, fitted sheet, cuddle blanket, comforter, pillow case, and pillow sham all for only $249! {All of my old bedding has come from Pottery Barn, and I can honestly say that I’ve spent close to that for just the comforter and sheets alone.}


I checked with Beddy’s and found out that the company is currently offering a coupon code SPRING50, which is good for $50 off each bedding set you buy, until May 23, 2015. {Good thing I hadn’t bought one for the twins, Kamri, or Rylan yet!}

We took plain walls, and added board and batten to it, and painted the latter white. The top part of the wall we painted the color Sea Salt, a blue-green hue, from Sherwin Williams.

For Daxton’s bed frame, we found it at Wayfair, and Paisley’s is one we had built in out of wood. It has a trundle drawer beneath it where we can store an extra mattress or toys. My friend Jenny from ShowMeCute helped create the decorations and pillows.

I love that the bedroom has a sitting area, where the two littles can sit and enjoy reading books together, one of their favorite past times!

See the full bedroom tour, here…


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