Katniss’ Mockingjay Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

November 23, 2014

Many of you know that were are HUGE fans of The Hunger Games books and movie franchise!

We’ve been friends with Linda Flowers, the Department Head of Hair & Makeup for both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies ever since we first put up the Katniss braid years ago. Since Linda had a contract for Dancing With The Stars, she was unable to work on the Mockingjay movies, with Lionsgate instead hiring Camille Friend. Camille is just as talented, and her team did an amazing job trying to have the hair reflect the mood of the war-trodden State, as in the book.

Katniss' Braid from Mockingjay

Katniss’ braid in this 3rd movie isn’t supposed to be focused so much on style, as her time in the Capitol and in the Games merited. This time around, Panem is at war, with a growing rebellion movement, and the look is supposed to fully reflect that.

Katniss' Braid from Mockingjay

Things aren’t as they once were, and that’s why there is a fundamental change in the Katniss braid.

Katniss still wears a side braid, which as Linda told us is to ensure that she doesn’t snag her braid as she removes arrows from the quiver on her back. This time around, the wrapping braids from the left and right are French braids instead of Katniss’ signature Dutch braid.

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To see your own photo recreations automatically featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHMockingjayBraid {There are already several braiders who have gained 1000’s of IG followers simply by having their recreations seen by our 350,000+ app users!}

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For the side braid, the stitching looks very similar to a Simple braid, however it really is a chunky Reverse Fishtail. The look is also supposed to be somewhat messy and disheveled, which is the look we were going for. {The wind and rain in our trailer video shoot certainly helped with that!}

Items Needed: 19mm Curling Wand for the base curls, brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1-2 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by adding curls to the hair, for the base texture, using a 19mm curling wand…
  2. Part hair slightly off to the right so that heavy side of the hair is on the person’s left, then section out a few wispy strands to frame the face on both sides…
  3. Starting in front of the left-most ear pick up a section, separate it into three strands, and begin a regular French braid…
  4. Add in hair as you go along, keeping the braid as close to the hairline as possible…
  5. As you braid past the middle of the head, almost to right behind the right ear, stop adding in hair and continue with a few stitches of a regular braid and temporarily secure with an elastic…
  6. Now, on the other side of the head, pick up the hair above the right ear, and begin a regular French braid, again, following the partline…
  7. Continue this braid backwards and down until you reach the other braid…
  8. With the elastic us used temporarily to secure the first braid, now secure both braids together with that same elastic as close to the back right-most corner of the head…
  9. Next, with the combined section, divide it in half and begin a Reverse Fishtail braid…
  10. You do this by taking a sizable strand of hair from one side and take it under the hair and add it to the section on the other side…
  11. Now take a sizable strand from the left-most section, take it under that side and add it into the right section…
  12. Continue with Steps #10-11 until the reverse fishtail braid is completed…
  13. Secure with an elastic…
  14. Now go back and cut the top elastic with a pair of scissors,to loosen the hair and allow the braid to easily sit over the shoulder…
  15. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

We hope you check out the rest of our Hunger Games hairstyles, and be sure come back next week for another tutorial from Mockingjay!

Happy Hairdoing!

My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, began a new YouTube series called Fab or Fail, where they try out products you have seen on TV! The first episode reviews the RoseArt Graphic Skinz Design Studio. To see how the product rated on the girls’ Fab or Fail Scale, simply click below!

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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!

Want to learn my family’s recipe for yummy Pumpkin Ice Cream Dessert? Think pumpkin pie, only made with ice cream! The girls show us how this week on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! Perfect for Thanksgiving or any Fall festivity, I promise! Click below to view…

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Double Flip-Under Accents | Easy Hairstyles

November 02, 2014

Today we will show you another short hairstyle tutorial, teaching you how to create Double-Flip Accents that can be used in any number of hairstyle combos. We’ve been doing these for years, particularly across the front of the head as a way to keep bangs/fringe out of our eyes.

Flip-Under Accents | Easy Hairstyles

We’ve shown you how to create corner flip-unders on Paisley last year, but now we are doubling up this year to give you a different, better integrated look. We used simple waves, created with a deep-V waver as the base in Rylan’s hair, before we begin styling.

Easy Hairstyles

We are showing only how to create the accents today, in an across the front of the head “headband” style. After creating this look, you can also tie the remaining hair into a high ponytail, or divide it the back and create two messy buns. Each would be equally as cute! Because of how tight these sit, using flip-unders accents are perfect for girls in sports such as cheer, dance, gymnastics, softball, basketball, etc.

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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: #CGHDoubleFlipAccents

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Rylan, who often doesn’t want to film tutorials, volunteered to be our model today! Be sure to give this video a “Thumbs Up” just for that! {We also hope you enjoy the little baby clip of her at the end!}

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 8 small hair elastics, topsy tail tool, 1 large alligator clip, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair, from the middle-front back to just a few inches in front of the crown, and then again from ear to ear…
  2. Secure one parted side out of the way with your alligator clip…
  3. Take the other parted side, and divide it into 4 equal square sections, going from the front of the face toward the back of the head…
  4. Using small elastics, create a mini ponytail in the middle of each section, ensuring that you don’t secure them too tightly {this will still allow for a flip in the next step}…
  5. Now using a Topsy Tail Tool, thread it under the first elastic, straight through the first front ponytail base…
  6. Thread the loose ponytail down through the loop in the Topsy Tail Tool, and then gently pull on the pointed end of the tool until the ponytail flips under through itself {if you don’t have a topsy tail tool, you can always simply use your fingers and create a small hole and flip the ponytail through yourself}…
  7. Repeat this same process on the second ponytail {right behind the first one}, however, this time also tuck the first tail upwards through the loop before pulling…
  8. As you pull the topsy tail backwards, it will flip the second ponytail under AND also pull the first tail through, effectively linking the two flip-unders…
  9. Repeat Steps #5-8 on the remaining two sections of this side.
  10. Repeat Steps #3-9 on the other side of the head.
  11. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please let us know what you think about these Double Flip-Under Accents! If you would like to see more sporty or short hairstyles, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week my girls decided to share some of their favorites things from Fall 2014 on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! From pumpkin spice treats, to makeup, to fitness clothes and a good read. Click below to view!

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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.}

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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

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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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