Peek-a-Boo Tuxedo Braid | Creative Hairstyles

April 12, 2015

My “to-do” list of hairstyle tutorials is several pages long, and it doesn’t seem to get any shorter! The twins are adding more to the list, as are many of you readers… and we love it!

This Tuxedo Braid hairstyle has been on my list for about eight months now, it’s one that we’ve done from time to time on the girls after first seeing it online a few years ago.

Tuxedo Braid

Back then, Kamri started calling it the Tuxedo Braid, because the inside Dutch Braid looks like the ruffles of a vintage tuxedo, with the outer loose French Braid acting like the jacket of the tux. {The kids’ recognize blue tuxes like that from my in-law’s wedding photo.}

Tuxedo Braid

This braid has also been called a Peek-A-Boo Braid. I am not sure from where the style originated, but a couple of viewers have tagged us on FB or sent in emails, one of them, Gabi, with a photo for a much more relaxed version of this braid from Cosmopolitan’s website. We decided to bump it up the list and finally film a tutorial on it. Diane Kruger also wore it to the 2014 Fashion Awards show. While I like Cosmo’s interpretation, the version we’ve always done uses a higher hide of the Dutch Braid, just like a tux’s jacket.

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

I would definitely recommend doing this hairstyle on someone else first, just to get the hang of it. Making sure to center both braids can be difficult without a good set of bathroom mirrors, or eyes on the back of your head!

Tuxedo Braid Tuxedo Braid

This style can be created wet or dry, loose or tight… it all depends on the look that you are going for. If you have thinner hair, be sure to use a good hairspray or spray wax to help hold in flyaway from the loose French Braid sections.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastichairspray or spray wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with the hair down and brushed, I prefer the hair to be straight for this hairstyle…
  2. Next, part the hair beginning at the highest point of left eyebrow {about 1 inch off center}, parting it down from the forehead to base of the neck…
  3. Then make a second part, same as the first, above the highest point of the right eyebrow all the way down to the base of the neck, giving you about a 2 inch center parted stripe down the middle of the head…
  4. Secure the two outside sections of hair out of the way, into low ponytails while yo work on the center section.
  5. With the newly parted center section of hair, begin a simple 3-strand Dutch Braid, and continue it all the way down to the nape of the neck and secure it there with a hair elastic {leave the remainder of that hair unbraided}…
  6. Go back and pancake {tug on the elbows} the Dutch Braid so that it lays flatter and gives a fuller and flatter look {this braid will give the hairstyle the ruffled shirt look of a vintage tuxedo}…
  7. Now, release the two low ponytails on either side of the head and pick up a small section of hair, on both sides of the part line, near the crown of the head…
  8. Then divide those two strands into three sections and begin a loose French Braid {the loose version is also called a Mermaid Braid}…
  9. You want this braid to be a loose braid so be sure to hold the strands softly in your hands, instead of tighly {It is easier to do if you braid the hair away from the head a bit, instead of right against the head}…
  10. Pick up strands from either side of the head, to add into the French Braid as you work your way down, but, again, don’t pull them tightly {you want this to cover about the bottom half of the Dutch Braid, just like a tuxedo jacket would, but not the upper half}…
  11. When you reach the nape of the neck, and have run out of hair to add in from the sides, you can leave the hair as is in a “half-up, half down” hairstyle, or continue on with a simple 3-strand braid…
  12. Secure with an elastic, and add hairspray or spray wax {optional} to help hold the hair and control flyaways.

Please watch our step-by-step video tutorial for this braid by clicking below!

Hope you loved this post, and please leave a comment below telling us if you’ve watched our family’s Spring Break in Dubai vlog!

Happy Hairstyling!

BONUS VIDEO! The twins’ uploaded a cute Q&A video with their younger sister, Rylan, this week, and it is super funny! Rylan is a pure joy to have around, and her larger-than-life personality and humor make her a favorite for many viewers. Click below to see for yourself!

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How to Create a Dragon Braid

April 05, 2015

Happy Easter! This week’s hairstyle isn’t anything new, as you’ve likely seen it around everywhere from the catwalk to fashion magazines, but we’re just now getting around to filming a tutorial on it. This has been one of Brooklyn’s favorite braids for a few months now, which is why she volunteered to be our model today.

Dragon Braid | Hairstyles for Girls

This hairstyle is generally called the Dragon Braid, as it mimics the bumpy scales down the spine of the dragon. You know, a lot like you’d see down the backs and tails of alligators and crocodiles today?

To see the video, click below!

I would recommend this hairstyle for an edgier outfit, or for sports, as it holds nicely. It can be done either wet or dry, depending on the final look you want, and how many flyaway you have. {For the latter, I would recommend a good hairspray or spray wax to hold the flyaway down.}

Dragon Braid | Hairstyles for Girls Dragon Braid | Hairstyles for Girls

Brooklyn’s Outfit Details:
Shirt: Forever 21 | Shorts: Cherokee @Target | Necklace: Forever 21 | Earrings: Nordstrom

Dragon Braid | Hairstyles for Girls

We are categorizing this hairstyle as Hard, due to the overdirecting of the braid along the part lines. It seems easy to do, but my first try it took me two to three attempts before i got it down! After that, this braid was easy to create!

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

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 2 ponytail holders, 2 hair elastics, spray bottle, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray or spray wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head, and securing one section out of the way temporarily with a ponytail holder….
  2. Next, just above the eyebrow on one section, begin a 3-strand Dutch Lace Braid, by only adding hair to the outside edge {it’s very important to keep the edge of the lace braid right next to the middle part line, as you don’t want any space between the braid and the part line itself}…
  3. To do this, I will overdirect the hair by braiding with my hands actually on the opposite side of the part line {I find that when I do this, my braid lays right on the part line nicely, which is essential to this braid}…
  4. Continue to braid dow the head by adding hair only the outside strands of your Dutch Lace Braid, being sure to overdirect the braid so it lies next to the part line…
  5. When you run out of hair at the base of the head, go back and pancake only the inside edge of the lace braid, the side closes to the part line, {I like to make my pancaked elbows really big on this braid, so that they stand up high and really shows off the dragon scale effect we are going for}…
  6. When you finish pancaking the one side, go ahead and continue the remainder of the hair in a simple 3-strand braid, pancake those inside edges only, and secure with a hair elastic…
  7. Now repeat Steps #2-6 on the other side of the head, and then securing both braids together at the end with only one hair elastic…
  8. VITAL STEP: At the top of the braid, gently squeeze together the two braids so that the pancaked edge pop up off the head, then, using a bobby pin, grab a little of each braid’s side and then secure the pin firmly so that the braid sits tightly together…
  9. Continue down the braid line, gently squeezing the braids together, as you did in Step #8, pinning as you go so that the braid begins to look like a row of dragon scales all the way down to the elastic…
  10. Go back and adjust your pancaked edges so that the braid is to your liking, then add hairspray or spray wax to help keep down flyaways.

If you loved this tutorial and video, please do let us know below! Also, comment below with what is your favorite part of Spring!

Happy Hairstyling!

Mindy’s Outfit Details:
Shirt: Merona @Target | Pants: American Eagle | Necklace {similar}: Forever 21 | Earrings: Target

If you missed the super-cute recap of our Spring Break to Dubai trip, Brooklyn and Bailey uploaded it to their YouTube channel this week! To watch it, simply click below!

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Flower Bun Hawk | Hairstyles for Dance

March 06, 2015

Today’s hairstyle tutorial is a guest post from one of my best friends, fellow mommy, and travel buddy! Her name is Jill Ehat, and she’s an up-and-comer braider with a popular Instagram!

Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

I have known Jill since 2007, and she and her husband have such a cute little family, including adorable blonde twins! {We’ve actually used Jill’s twins before, in a Tinkerbell Bun tutorial for Disney!}

Since Jill’s girls have such beautiful blonde hair, something our family does not have, we asked her if she wouldn’t mind contributing a few of her favorite athletic/gym/dance hairstyle tutorials here on CGH! She agreed! Since her girls are active in lots of sports, her tutorials will have more of a focus in those areas.

We’ve all seen this Flower Bun Hawk at dance recitals and cheer competitions, etc, but how many of us actually know how to do it? Today’s the day… this makes the perfect dance hairstyle! Click below to see the video!

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

Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

Flower Bun Hawk | Hairstyles for Dance Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 6 small hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by teasing the hair, and creating a small pompadour or poof in the front near your forehead, and securing it with bobby pins or an elastic…
  2. Next, section the hair into three even ponytails, securing each with a clear elastic {you can use hair gel or spray wax for extra hold}…
  3. Begin with the top-most ponytail and divide it into three even sections…
  4. Take one section, add a little dry shampoo or spray wax, and tease the roots just slightly {this will add a little grip and help keep the hairstyle in securely}…
  5. Roll this section forward by holding two fingers on the end and wrapping two fingers from the other hand in the hair toward the face {roll it down until it reaches the scalp and then secure using 2 crossed bobby pins}…
  6. Repeat Steps #4-5 on the remaining two sections of Ponytail #1…
  7. Optional Tip:  Add an elastic about 3 inches from the ends of the hair and use this to help keep ends together as you roll the hair down to head.
  8. Repeat Steps #3-5 on the remaining two ponytails, until all three flower buns are pinned into place…
  9. Now go back and pin or tweak any strands that are loose {you can use this time to really make sure each bun takes on the perfect flower shape…
  10. Add hairspray for extra hold, and accessories, if desired.

If you love Jill’s Flower Bun Hawk tutorial, be sure to comment below and let us know so that we can invite her back again! We hope you enjoy her tutorials as much as we do!

Happy Hairstyling!

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Zombie Cheerleader | Hair Pin Curls

October 26, 2014

Today we are going to show you how to create Hair Pin Curls, a tutorial that we’ve been waiting nearly a year to show you. The curl set we use here isn’t likely one you would use every day, but it is PERFECT for Halloween!!!

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

You can use this technique as a base-texture hairstyle for a witch, lion, mad scientist, Bride of Frankenstein, zombie, purple minion, Mad Hatter, etc! Bailey wanted to be a Zombie Cheerleader! Pretty much anything that requires frizzy hair!

Cheerleader Zombie

We sure turned a lot of heads this weekend as we filmed the intro for this video! Bailey loved it, and really delved into character! {Shaun was pretty much embarrassed the entire time!} Bailey found her Zombie Cheerleader costume at Chasing Fireflies.

For this tutorial, I used hairpins to wrap the hair in a rick rack set {giving the resulting “rick rack” looking wave pattern, a classical sewing term}. I then secure the sets with bobby pins. This curling set isn’t new, as it’s been taught in styling schools for decades, and now several websites provide tutorials for them as well. {One of our favorites was done by the girls over at The Beauty Dept.}

Hair Pin Curls | No-Heat Curls Hair Pin Curls | No-Heat Curls

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

To get this look, be prepared to spend about an hour setting the hair {if you are doing this by yourself}. If you have a friend helping you, this process will go much faster.

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

To see the rest of our #CGHSpooktorials series, click here.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 40-50 hair pins, 40-50 bobby pins or alligator clips, heat protectant, flat iron, hairspray, leaves and grass {optional}.

Time Requirement: 60 minutes

Skill Level: Hard {only because of time}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Spritz hair with heat protectant…
  2. Begin by parting off a section of hair at the nape of the neck from ear to ear, securing the rest up in a temporary bun…
  3. Now take a 1″ section of hair nearest the ear and use a hair pin {not the same as bobby pin} to straddle it, next to the head…
  4. Wind the hair over and under the two hair pin prongs, in a figure 8 pattern, using your free hand to slide the sticking up the pin, until you reach the end of the hair strand…
  5. While pinching the end of the hair with your free thumb and index finger, use a flat iron and gently press the hair pin set…
  6. Now use a bobby pin, or alligator clip, to secure the hair by sliding it up the outside middle of the hair pin…
  7. Continue with Steps #2-5 across the rest of that hair section…
  8. Now release the hair bun on top and part off another section of hair on top of the one you just set…
  9. Continue the hair pin curls in this manner until the entire head is covered.
  10. Feel free to iron the sets one more time, just to be sure they take, and let them cool for about 10 minutes.
  11. Now remove any bobby pins or alligator clips, and then pull the hair pins out from the top of the set, which will realize the rick rack curls/waves.
  12. Lastly, gently separate the waves and finger comb them to your liking {do not to use a brush, as this will make the hair super frizzy}…
  13. Add hairspray, leaves, or grass {optional}.
  14. No-Heat Version:  Set the Hair Pin Curls as above, only with slightly damp curls. Cover with a bandana or silk scarf and let set overnight.  You can also sit under a hooded dryer, using a cool setting, or use a blowdryer on low to dry the curls.

Please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you thought of this Hair Pin Curls tutorial!

Happy Halloween!

My girls were on a DIY Last Minute Halloween costume kick this past week, and uploaded four new ones to thier BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! I think they are all going to be favorites! Click below to view!

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Rosie the Riveter | Halloween Hairstyles

October 25, 2014

We apologize for getting this post up late, as we were on vacation in Hawaii and not where we had reliable wireless service. Hurricane Anna gave us a scare while we were there, after we could not change our flights to get out early, but she ended up being downgraded to a tropical storm right before hitting us. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes!

I’ve wanted to film this Rosie the Riveter tutorial for a long time now, but knew that it was fitting for our Halloweeen #CGHSpooktorials series this year.

Rosie the Riveter | Hairstyle Tutorial

Rosie is a cultural icon here in the United States. She represents those women who were needed to work in industry while the men of the time were called up to serve during World War II. Because of this, and other sacrifices women made at the time, she is an icon representing feminism and economic industry.

Rosie the Riveter | Hairstyle Tutorial

The basic fundamentals of this hairstyle include a pin curl and a messy bun. Accented with a red bandana, this hairstyle comes fairly close to the style seen in Rosie’s ever-famous “muscle” pose.

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

Rosie the Riveter | Hairstyle Tutorial Rosie the Riveter | Hairstyle Tutorial

This is a super cute Halloween costume idea for girls of any age, and fairly easy to put together with stuff you likely already have in your closet.

Rosie the Riveter | Hairstyle Tutorial Rosie the Riveter | Hairstyle Tutorial

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, root boost, 1″ curling iron, boar bristle brush, 2 ponytail elastics, 10-12 bobby pins, red headband, finishing hairspray {for hold}.

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the bang area into a deep U shaped part…
  2. Pull the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and secure it close to the edge of the U part…
  3. On the bangs, spray some root boost into roots of the dry hair, then use a blowdryer to dry the hair while pulling forward, and upward, to create volume and lift at the roots {this is a very important step}…
  4. Using a 1- 1 ¼ inch barreled curling iron, separate the bangs into 5-6 sections and curl in a traditional manner.
  5. Now use a boar-bristle brush to gently brush out the curls, finger combing them also to create one giant curl instead of separate curls…
  6. Using a rat-toothed comb, separate the bangs into 5-6 pieces and teasing each just a tiny bit at the root {ratting in a downward motion only, not up and down}…
  7. Then, use the edge of the comb to gently comb the surface hair only to remove any bumps from the teasing and to smooth the top layer of the bangs down…
  8. Lay hair in the direction you want the curl to form, and again, smooth with the comb…
  9. At the ends of your bangs, you should have one giant curl forming {if not, you may  need to use the curling iron again as in Step #4}, then use this curl to begin a Pin Curl…
  10. To create the Pin Curl, gently wind the hair up and around your fingers until you reach your forehead area, and secure with carefully-hidden bobby pins…
  11. You should now have a nice pin curl, with a lightly-teased swoop into the curl.
  12. Use finishing spray to hold the curl and bangs in place…
  13. Next, take a red, folded bandana and wrap it up and over the tops of your ears, tying it right behind the Pin Curl…
  14. Feel free to use 2-4 bobby pins to hold the bandana in place…
  15. Lastly, create a standard messy bun with the remaining hair in the top ponytail, using bobby pins to secure it to your liking…
  16. Add a final touch of finishing spray for extra hold {optional}.

Please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know if you would like to see more vintage hairstyles like this one!

Happy Halloween!

The girls showed us all this past week how to create a DIY Girly Mario & Luigi costumes from Super Mario Brothers on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! I thought it was adorable. Click below to view the tutorial!

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