How to Create a Banded Puff Braid

November 16, 2014

A few months ago, Alicia, my friend from high school shared a photo with me on Facebook of this hairstyle that she simply could not figure out. At first, I couldn’t either.

Banded Puff Braid

It took several weeks, trying to reverse engineer the style in the photo, but the girls and I finally cracked the code! Today, we will be showing you how to create a Banded Puff Braid – a beautiful faux braided hairstyle that we know you’ll love!

Banded Puff Braid

This technique involves the use of small banded tiebacks to create this style, threading your newest one under and up through the previous one. Then as you go, simply pancake the stitches to your liking. You can do as many, or few, stitches as you want… it’s entirely up to you!

The steps may seem confusing at first, especially in the beginning as it was for me. Then you will see that as you go along, the steps will go faster and the puff braid will take shape, and you will LOVE it!

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

We’ve stopped every time we go out wearing this braid! Women and girls will simply want to know how you created it!

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You can leave this braid as we have done, or finish the bottom ponytail into a braid, tucking and rolling it all up and underneath the puff braid for a gorgeous updo. Creating this on a base of curls, would make it super elegant as well! Your options really are limitless!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 10-12 small hair elastics, hairspray or hair wax, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start with a middle part…
  2. Next, begin by separating off the hair on each side of the head, from just behind the ears on up to the middle part line {make sure you don’t take too much hair from the top area, since the large strand will not look as nice pulled back and spread flat against the head}…
  3. Now, pull both sections to the back center of the head and secure with an elastic as a tieback…
  4. Then, create two more small strands from behind the ears, pulling them back and securing against the head with an elastic, however this tieback will lay right on top of the previous one…
  5. Now pull the bottom tieback up through and over the second tieback {effectively switching places}.
  6. Then gather two more small strands of hair from the sides of the head and tie them back with an elastic…
  7. Now thread the bottom tieback up through and over the top of your newest tieback so that it now lays on top {at this point, you should notice the hair beginning a twisting pattern}…
  8. Next, go back and gently tug on the elbows of the hair twists, the outside first, then the inside, to pancake them and begin creating the puffed texture…
  9. Repeat Steps #4-8 until you have gathered all the remaining hair into elastics, continuing to puff the braid after every stitch…
  10. Now that you’ve run out of hair, secure all remaining hair into a ponytail with an extra elastic…
  11. Add hairspray, hair wax, and an accessory {if desired}.

What do you think about this Banded Puff Braid? How many ways can you think of to incorporate this fun braid into a combo? Feel free to share this with a friend you want to learn this hairstyle with you!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week, Bailey gives us all a peek into her mornings {getting up at 4:45am}, as she goes to seminary/bible study and prepares for early AM cheer practice before school. Her Get Ready with Me – Cheer Edition video is now on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! To see the video, simply click below…

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Scissor Waterfall Combo | Latest Hairstyles

November 09, 2014

I’ve noticed this cool new Scissor Waterfall Braid technique several weeks ago, and now a few YouTubers and Instagrammers have shown how to create one with their own fabulous tutorials. Viriyuemoon on IG was who I saw this from, but Princess Hairstyles, FletteMaria, and HairAndNailsInspiration have created tutorials.

Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo

This is a VERY creative braid! So many readers felt such that they began tagging me, or emailing photos of this hairstyle to me, asking for us to film a tutorial for it! Today, we will teach you how to create a Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo.

Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo

Two weeks ago Kamri volunteered to model as long as I allowed her to add a messy fishtail to it. I so loved the idea of a combination, that we decided to incorporate the Scissor Waterfall Braid with a base of waves created by a deep-V waver, and then bringing the scissor waterfalls back into a centered messy fishtail braid. It’s gorgeous!

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

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Isn’t this braid beautiful? Although I created this combo using waves in Kamri’s hair, this would look great on straight or curly hair as well! I can imagine this being perfect for a communion, wedding, flower girl, church, or every day wear! It also hold up fairly well with activity, as the day we filmed this tutorial it was very windy and we had been active outside for a few hours. A few of these photos were taken then.

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

Time Requirement: 20-25 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair slightly off to one side {or a middle part, if you feel inclined}…
  2. Now pick up a fairly large section of hair from the ear up to the part line…
  3. Divide this section into 4 equal strands – the two outside pieces will be Strand #1 and Strand #4, while the middle strands will be Strand #2 and Strand #3…
  4. Take the two middle pieces, Strands #2 & 3, and switch their places by crossing them…
  5. Take the outside pieces, Strands #1 & 4, and switch them with the two middle strands so they now become your new middle pieces {leaving you with new outside edges are as Strands #1 & 4 and the middle ones being Strands #2 & 3}…
  6. Take the middle Strands #2 & 3 and combine them into one strand for now…
  7. Now take the top Strand #1 and bring it across the two middle pieces and combine it with the bottom Strand #4, which just now creates your first braid stitch…
  8. Now pick up a small strand of hair from near the part line, take it over the combined middle Strands #2 & 3, but under the bottom Strand #4, and drop it {this becomes your first waterfelled strand}…
  9. Separate the middle strand back into the original two Strands #2 & 3, and separate the outside edges into Strands #1 & 4 again…
  10. Now take the outside strands and switch them with the middle strands as you did in Step #4, and start your numbers over again…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-9 for additional waterfall stitches, over and over, until you create the braid length you want {you can do one long wrap-around braid, bring two back and tie them, an accent braid or a combo braid like this one}…
  12. When you are finished with your waterfall portion, continue the braid with a few simple braid stitches and secure with a rubber band for now…
  13. Next, repeat the Scissor Waterfall Braid on the other side of the head…
  14. Once both braids are complete, bring them to the back {removing your previously-placed temporary rubber band} and secure them together with a rubber band…
  15. Now create a Fishtail Braid with your combined strands, pancake it for a messy look, and secure with a rubber band…
  16. {Optional} Remove the top rubber band by.. cutting it with nail clippers, to allow the waterfall portion to flow into the fishtail braid…
  17. Add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

What do you think about this Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo? How many ways can you think of to incorporate this fun braid into a combo? Feel free to share this with a friend you want to create this on you!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Monster High’s Sirena Von Boo | Halloween Hairstyles

October 12, 2014

Monster High videos are some of the most popular videos on YouTube, and the YT channel behind the most viral Monster High makeup tutorials is one from 11-yr old Emma of KittiesMama.

Sirena Von Boo | Monster High

KittiesMama is family vlog channel, fun by their parents and starring Emma and her two brothers. We’ve known this family for several years, and we LOVE them! {Anytime we find another family who dedicates a great deal of time to create videos for YouTube, it is easy to see that we have a lot in common. They become more than just friends to us.}

Two months ago, Emma’s family drove from Kansas down to Texas just to visit us so that we could film this Spooktorial collab for you all! We had a great time, and the kids laughed and played until no end.

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Today, we are going to teach you how to create the hair from Sirena Von Boo’s character from Monster High. We felt that this was the perfect collaboration to film together, because I am not an expert in character makeup and Sirena Von Boo has a very complicated hairstyle.

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Kamri and Emma had fun playing with the makeup and learning this hairstyle. They also had lots of looks from passers by as we went out to take photos! Paisley, of course, had fun playing with the doll!

To see your own recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHSirenaVonBoo

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The purpleish-blue wig is from Light In The Box. It is important to remember that you are dealing with a wig here. This is not real hair, and it will not style like real hair. As such, just know that the hairstyle will not look perfect and there is nothing wrong with that.

Items Needed: Blue/Purple long-haired wig {LightInTheBox.com}, brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 4 small clear hair elastics, 1 purple ponytail holder, extra-hold hairspray, blow dryer.

Time Requirement: 20 minutes

Skill Level: Medium-Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting a long-haired purple/blue wig into the needed styling sections {you will need a front section to create the sculpted swoop bangs, a back section to create the side ponytail, two small front-side sections to pull up into the top ponytail, and a small middle-right side section to create the three rope twists}…
  2. Next, pick up the two front-side sections of hair and the right sections of hair, and combine them up at the top of the crown, to create a small top ponytail}…
  3. Now go back to the middle-right section, that you left down for twists, and create three rope twists {you want these to be rope twists so that they stay tight}, securing them each with a clear elastic}…
  4. Gather the remaining hair in the back and pull it slightly off center into a left side ponytail, securing it with a light purple ponytail holder…
  5. Now, fluff both ponytails to add fullness and texture…
  6. Next, go to the front bang section and add volume by teasing the hair with a rat-tail comb…
  7. Gather all the strands together, and lift the hair upwards spraying an extra strong-hold hairspray onto the hair…
  8. Gently use a hair dryer to dry the hair spray, allowing the hair to stand straight up {feel free to repeat this step as many times as you like to ensure the hair stands up to your liking}…
  9. Using your fingers, curl the ends of the bangs towards the left side of the head, spraying and drying as needed, to sculpt the hair as seen on Serena Von Boo {you are hoping to create a fun pin curl-type effect, however it all depends on the bang length}…
  10. Once you have everything in place, you are done!

Be sure to click on over to KittiesMama to see how Kamri and Emma created Sirena Von Boo’s makeup look, and tell them that we sent you! Or, you can simply click below…

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Monster High Sirena Von Boo look!

Happy Hairstyling!

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Bailey’s Dorothy Braids | Halloween Hairstyles

October 05, 2014

Ever since Brooklyn and I were little girls, we were fascinated with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland!

I think part of it had to do with our dad telling us all the time that one of the last remaining munchkin actors lived out the rest of his life in my dad’s small hometown of Shelley, ID.

Dorothy Braids | The Wizard of Oz

I remember our mom bringing home a pair of sparkly red-glittered shoes {made to look like Dorothy’s ruby slippers} from a garage sale, and I was in heaven! I wore them all the time, even if I was wearing pajamas! When I grew out of them, Kamri then wore them and I begged my mom to buy me new ones.

Dorothy Braids | The Wizard of Oz

When my mom proposed doing this Dorothy Braids tutorial on herself the other day, I begged and begged her to be the one to do the tutorial! She agreed! We quickly found a Dorothy costume in my size at a local Halloween store, grabbed my red Converse sneakers {yes, a modern touch} from our closet, and went right to work!

So, today we will be showing you how to create Dorothy’s braids from The Wizard of Oz! I even have my own Toto the dog, in Braidy! Isn’t he cute in his adorable sweater?

Dorothy Braids | The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Braids

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

This hairstyle is perfect for Halloween, school or local productions of The Wizard of Oz, or for everyday wear {minus the costume, of course}! Dorothy actually wears blue ribbons in the movie, but for purposes of the costume we bought, red ribbons looked much better.

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I experimented a little with my makeup to complete the Dorothy look. I wanted to accent my lips and to brighten my eyes, so I opted for ruby red lipstick and highlighted the inner corners of my eyes with a white eyeshadow.

I loved this tutorial, and hope to be more involved in future tutorials! Don’t forget that this month of October our mom will be putting up more of our #CGHSpooktorial series Halloween Hairstyles, including a collab tutorial of a Monster High character look next week!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 2 hair ribbons, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by curling the hair with a wand, or a no-heat curling method {I find that 2nd day curls worked best as the base for this hairstyle}…
  2. Divide the hair down the middle of the head, and secure one half of the hair out of the way for now with an elastic…
  3. On your first side, pick up a small section of hair near the middle part line and begin to twist it upward toward the part line…
  4. As you twist the hair back, following your hairline and adding in hair after every twist, make sure all of the hair on that side is eventually incorporated into the twist at the back corner of the head.
  5. Also as you twist back, you will want to ensure that the twist remains fairly tight against the head {you can loosen it later}..
  6. While holding the twist tightly in one hand, with your other hand begin to section the rest of that hair into three even strands {Optional: If holding the twist and creating braiding sections is difficult for you, at this point you can secure the twist with an elastic and then cut it out after you finish the braid}…
  7. With these three strands, now create a simple braid several stitches until you reach the collarbone area.
  8. Secure the braid with an elastic at that spot {which gives Dorothy’s signature fluffy and curly ends to her braids}…
  9. Repeat these steps to create a second braid on the other side…
  10. Add hairspray and bows {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these Dorothy Braids!

Happy Halloween!

It was Daxton’s turn to be interviewed on our BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! This video was part of a Meet My Brother tag going around YouTube lately, and Dax pretty much gave Brooklyn a run for her money! It is sooooo funny! By the end, he was clearly running the show! {PS~ Daxton is watching you!}

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Boho Lace Tieback | Bohemian Chic Hairstyles

September 28, 2014

This week’s hairstyle uses a similar technique as our Lace Braided Heart, only our purpose here is to highlight the front parting of the hair and not so much the back.

That is why we show you today how to create a Boho Lace Tieback, a bohemian chic and hippie-ish hairstyle that is sure to get you compliments!

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The trick is to get your Lace Braid started, since you are using such a micro strand to begin with, but once you have it, this braid is really a cinch!

We love how boho {or bohemian} this look gives us, very much a hippie vibe without overdoing it.

Boho Lace Braid | Cute Hairstyles

As you can see, this hairstyle uses the unique combination of Lace Braids, Simple Braids, and a Tieback to complete the look. You can try mixing things up a bit by trying a side part, using fishtail braids, or any other way to spice up a combo.

To see your own photo recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHBohoLaceTieback

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Feel free to click this link for a beginner-level tutorial on how to Lace Braid. {Sometimes I need a refresher course, too!}

This hairstyle combination can work on long, medium, or short hair, and is perfect for any occasion. It holds up well in sports {minus the accessory} and can be used as a wedding or communion hairstyle.

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My girls use this in sports and dance, by pulling all the hair up into a ponytail instead of a tieback, with the Lace Braided portion keeping the hair out of their faces.

The style can also be worn with curly, wavy, or straight hair, and can be accessorized in any number of ways.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 small hair elastics, 1 alligator clip, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 4-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional Step} Begin with a base of soft curls or waves…
  2. Begin by parting your hair down the middle of your head…
  3. Move your hands up the part line about 3 inches from the forehead, and pick up a tiny strand of hair…
  4. Divide this section into 3 tiny, even strands and begin a simple braid stitch…
  5. After your first simple stitch, begin to add hair only into the strand on side closest to the part line {this creates a Lace Braid}…
  6. Continue to braid along the part, towards your face, until you reach your forehead, and then turn the braid so that it follows your hairline down towards your ear…
  7. Once you turn the braid, you will then be adding hair into the braid from the front, your forehead side…
  8. Continue braiding until you are about 2-3 inches above your ear.
  9. Stop adding in hair, and continue braiding the remaining strand using a simple braid…
  10. Secure the braid with an elastic, and clip this braid back out of the way using an alligator clip…
  11. Repeat Steps #2-8 on the other side of the head…
  12. When you are finished with the second braid, wrap both braids of hair around to the back/middle of the head, and secure together with an elastic…
  13. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Boho Lace Tieback!

Happy Hairstyling!

Want a super cute fashion craft idea for you and the kids? Try out our twins super cute DIY Graphic T-Shirt tutorial on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! I think the shirts turned out adorable!

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