Double French Braid and Twist | Braid Hairstyles

April 30, 2012

Over the past few months, we have received so many requests for hairstyles that it is hard to accommodate all of them.   We wish we had time to do all of them, but with six children who are my highest priority… it is difficult to find spare time.

What we do find, however, is that there may be a reoccurring theme among the hairstyle requests…

Double French Braid and Twist | Game of Thrones Hairstyles

Double French Braid and Twist | Braid Hairstyles

We have had quite  few Facebook posts or emails asking for hairstyles from The Game of Thrones TV series on HBO.  We do not watch HBO, but many fans have sent in photos and I have to admit some of the hairstyles are super cute!

Double French Braid and Twist | Braid Hairstyles

 

{Note to readers:  This is not a show that we will watch in our home, simply because we do not agree with its content.  We also would not advise anyone under the age of 18 to view it either, since it apparently contains mature content and themes.}

From an emailed photo of a hairstyle worn by the character named Sansa, here is what we are calling this the “Double French Braid & Twist”…

Steps:

  1. To begin, center-part the hair and then section off about a 1.5 inch strip on either side of the part. {These sections will provide the hair for the two French backs.}
  2. Then French Braid the right section until you reach as far back as the crown of the head, then finish of the hair with a simple braid {tying it off loosely with an elastic band}…
  3. Repeat step #2 on the left section of the hair…
  4. Then take the braids and twist them around each other, tying them off together with an hair elastic.
  5. Add hairspray {if desired}.

We added volume to the hair with a curling wand beforehand, simply to add more texture to the hairstyle. It was only on the top layer of the hair, with the underlying hair “as is”.

This would be a perfect 2nd-day hairstyle if you had braids or curls in your hair from the previous day.  It is so simple to do, as long as you know how to French Braid, and will certainly have people asking you how you did it!

Enjoy!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two elastic bands, hairspray, and curling iron {if desired, for texture}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

As another side note, my hubby and I officially entered a video application for The Amazing Race!  I have been trying to convince my husband to apply with me ever since season #1… but he finally gave in and decided to do it this year! The Amazing Race has been my dream for several years now, so if you happen to know someone at CBS {or know someone who knows someone}, please let them know to look for us!!!

Thanks, and Happy Hairdoing!

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Katniss Reaping Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

March 25, 2012

Last weekend we filmed two Hunger Games Hairstyles based solely upon a few good photos we could find online, this one and the Prim Braids. {A few months ago we posted the famous Katniss Braid, the one she wears in the arena.}

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

We saw the THG movie Friday night, loved it, and we were happy that our hairstyles were fairly true to form!

We were also excited to receive an email from Linda Flowers, the Lead Stylist on set for The Hunger Games movie who had seen our hairstyles on YouTube and wanted to let us know that she liked them and that she wants to Skype me for a personal tutorial with her! I am so0000 EXCITED!!!

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

 

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

For this hairstyle worn by Katniss during “The Reaping” scene in the movie, you basically follow the same steps as we showed in the Prim Braids for the two French-backs into normal braids. The only difference is that you “fold in”  and pin the lower braids into a flat, low bun.

The result is super cute, and sure to get you compliments!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two clear elastics, several bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Primrose Everdeen Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

March 19, 2012

We here at CGH are totally excited that the first movie in The Hunger Games series comes out this weekend!  In fact, it is about all that my twins are talking about!  They are dying to see the movie!

Primrose Everdeen Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

We recently posted our Katniss Everdeen Braid, which is gaining lots of traction on YouTube, and yesterday we  filmed two additional Hunger Games Hairstyles!

This one is the braided hairstyle wore by Katniss’ younger sister in the District 12 scene, which uses the French braiding technique.  {We scoured the internet for shots of her wearing the style and can confirm that they are French braids, and not Dutch braids.}

Primrose Everdeen Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

These differ than your standard Double French Braids as they run much closer to the hairline and actually “cup and hug” the ears so that the braids naturally want to hang over the shoulders.

We show you exactly how to get that unique braided look in the hairstyle tutorial below…

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb,  spray bottle, 2 clear elastic bands, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Our hope is that all of you who are going to see the movie this weekend will want to wear one of these hairstyles to the theater! Be sure to share this link with your friends so that they will do the same!  Let’s see how many Hunger Games hairstyles we can get to the theaters!

The Hunger Games promises to be a successful movie franchise, so there will be many more fun hairstyles to come!  {It will be nice to actually see the movie, since so much has been left to secret photos and guesswork!}

Happy Hairdoing!

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Cage Braid Ponytail | 5-Minute Hairstyles

January 23, 2012

This unique braided hairstyle is lesser known, but it is making the rounds on Pinterest from a few wonderful sites.

What I love most about this braid is how easy it is to do, however the finished product looks so complicated {like you spent an hour on it}! If you know how to French Braid, you can do this hairstyle easily with only a small tweak to the stranding!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid

When you are finished braiding, you simply grab the center part of the braid about 1-2 inches below the ponytail holder. Then, gently pull that part of the braid up over top of the ponytail holder {secure it there} and the whole braid literally “pops” out into a super-cute 3D braid!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid Ponytail

After watching the video, you can clearly see why this hairstyle is called a “cage braid” because the style effect looks very much like a ribcage. My girls and I fully plan on using this braid in a Halloween hairstyle using a red-heart bobby pin stuck in the right side of the cage.

It would also make for a fun Christmas party hairstyle because the braid could easily be decorated as a tree! Many fans will likely use it for Crazy Hair Day because it does have a very unique look to it!

Although I know this hairstyle may not be for everyone, I promise you will receive many compliments from people on it, with most wondering how in the world you were able to do it! Our secret is… that it only took 5 minutes! How neat is that???

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two ponytail holders, 4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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How to French Braid | Back to Basics

April 28, 2011

Hello Ladies!!!  One of the most frequent requests I receive is for a “basic tutorial” on how to French braid.

Since so many of my braid and twist hairstyles incorporate the basic stranding used in a French Braid, we decided a few months back to film this tutorial. Although we uploaded it to YouTube, we never posted it here.

Simple French Braid

Many of you may already know how to French braid, but this video is really meant for those who are struggling, or simply do not know how.  If you have “tweeners” who are almost teenagers, and you want to help teach your daughter how to do her own hair, this is a good start.

The French braid is a doorway style to pretty much anything you can think of… if you can master it, you can pretty much do any hairstyle. (Click here if you are looking for a cute French braid hairstyle for soccer, be sure to visit the link.)

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, one hair band, water bottle, hairspray, accessory (if desired).

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Note from Mindy:  I want to thank you all for the wonderful compliments you post here, on Facebook, YouTube or via email! I wish I had the time each day to respond to them all (literally 100’s), but I do want you to trust me when I say that we read EVERY single one!  Those compliments are what motivates me to keep going on this hairblog!

Happy Hairdoing!

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