How to Create a 4-Strand Waterfall Braid

April 13, 2014

Yes, we are taking a trip back in time to add a feature to a hairstyle that we made near the very beginning of this website. Today we are going to show you how to add a 4th strand to the Waterfall Braid!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

If you know the Dutch Braid stranding or stitching, then this braid will be a cinch for you! Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH4StrandWaterfall

Bailey has loved our Waterfall Braids the most, out of all my girls, and wanted to be our model for today. In fact, it was Bailey’s idea to pancake the braid, which really makes it stand out!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

If you have longer hair, feel free to continue the braid around the back.

For shorter hair, you may create a braid on both sides of the head, and bring them back into a tieback, or simply what we have done here and have a single accent braid. The 4-Strand Waterfall Braids are beautiful any way to style them!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Bailey has worn this to school and had lots of compliments, and I’ve worn it several times over the past year or so, with the same result!

FYI… this hairstyle would not be recommended for younger girls who are active during PE or recess, unless you bring two braids back into a tieback.

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

* Note: The hair you use in the initial stranding will be the hair that runs throughout the entire braid. If your hair is layered, or shorter in the front, it will be difficult to carry this braid all around the head without the layered ends sticking out.

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side of the head…
  2. Next, pick up a good sized section of hair in the front next to the part line,and divide it into 4 equal strands…
  3. Take the top-most strand {closest to the part line} and take it under the 2nd strand, over the 3rd strand, and under the 4th strand…
  4. Now release that strand and allow it to fall {becoming the first waterfalling strand}…
  5. You should now be left with three strands to braid…
  6. Then, complete one simple 3-strand Dutch braid stitch by taking the middle strand over the right strand, and then taking the new middle strand over the left strand…
  7. Next, pick up a new small strand of hair next to the part line and use this as a new fourth strand of hair…
  8. Repeat Steps #3-7, always creating one simple 3-strand Dutch braid stitch in-between dropping through the 4th strand, and adding a new one.
  9. Braid until you are comfortable with the look…
  10. Now, lift a small section of hair on the side near the back, using crossed bobby pins to secure the end of the braid, and then let that hair fall to cover the bobby pins…
  11. To really make the braid POP, gently tug on the elbows of the braid to pancake it.
  12. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Pancaked Four-Strand Waterfall Braid! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

Apparently “Room Tours” are all the rage for young teens on YouTube these days, giving other teens ideas on how to decorate their rooms. I think BrooklyAndBailey has a record for the oldest room tour on YouTube with their latest video, their reactions to their first bedroom when they were 3 1/2 years old! They will have you laughing for sure, simply click below to watch…

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Best Advice I’ve Been Given | Mom Minute

April 12, 2014

I am very grateful for all the wonderful advice given to me over the years, particularly from my grandmothers, my mom, and friends. Not only for the advice given to me as a young girl and the challenges I had faced, but for advice given to me as I came into my own in motherhood.

Best Advice

Today’s #MomMinute question comes from Donna, who asks the following, “What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Best Advice

I have to say that I am far from perfect, meaning I have a lot to work on as an individual, and as a wife and mother. But, there is a piece of advice I heard years ago that has always stuck with me. It is something that I went home and quickly memorized, and I recall that advice very often as an adult.

Want to know what it is?

To see the entire episode, including the best advice I have ever been given, please feel free to click the video below…

For any of our readers, how would you answer Alisha’s question? What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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How to Create a Knotted Braid Tieback | Braid Hairstyles

April 06, 2014

During the past five years, we have shown you how to use knots in hairstyles several times, but this is a first for us using them in a tieback.

Knotted Braid Tieback

For today, Brooklyn and I will show you how to create a knotted braid tieback {yes, with me wearing a Marvel Avengers t-shirt… another first}!

If you can make the first stitch of tying your shoelaces, you can create this knotted braid!

Knotted Braid Tieback

What I love about this knotted tieback in a half-up half-down hairstyle, is the unique “crown” look that it provides. By adding a cute bow or other accessory, you will have a braided hairstyle that will bring many compliments your way!

Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHKnotBraidTieback

Knotted Braid Tieback

Knotted Braid Tieback
Knotted Braid Tieback
Knotted Braid Tieback

When we were done, Brooklyn said that this would be a great hairstyle for a flower girl, especially if you added curls to the hair and flowers to accent the braid!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 1 bobby pin, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by dividing the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Now, part another straight line about 1-1 ½ inches above the ear going back towards the back of head…
  3. From there, create a new part going from the middle part to the line you just created {you should now have a rectangular section of hair parted out, with remaining hair still falling over the ear}…
  4. While holding this parted section, gather and pull the rest of the hair over the opposite shoulder and secure it out of the way…
  5. At the top corner of the rectangular-parted section, pick up a small piece and divide it into two smaller strands…
  6. Take the back strand over the front strand, wrap the front strand over, then under and pull it through the loop to create the first knot {similar to the first stitch of tying your shoe}…
  7. Similar to a French Braid, add in hair into both strands…
  8. Create a second knot, just like in Step #6, and then add in more hair…
  9. Repeat Steps #6-7  until you have about 5 knots and run out of hair…
  10. When all of your hair is added in, go ahead and create a few more knot stitches without adding any hair, using pomade or hairspray to help hold in flyaways {these extra knots will float freely, allowing for the braid to be tied back behind the head later}…
  11. Secure that braid with an elastic and use a bobby pin to hold the hair in place until you are done with the other side…
  12. Now, repeat the entire process on the other side of the head…
  13. After the second braid is complete, bring both braids back and combine the two into one tieback with an elastic..
  14. Add hairspray and hair accessory {like a bow} to finish off the style.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Knotted Braid Tieback! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

By request from their young fans, my daughter Brooklyn filmed a Contacts 101 tutorial on Wednesday that she uploaded to her BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel! If you have young tweens or teens who wear glasses, feel free to let them watch Brooklyn’s contact lens tutorial below…

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Parents vs Your Best Friends | Mom Minute

April 06, 2014

Today’s topic is a very interesting one, and definitely one that needs to be discussed from both perspectives!

Parents vs Best Friends

Alisha, one of our viewers, specifically asks the following question… “My parents do not like my best friend. What do I do?

Parents vs Best Friends

Moms? Do you remember as a teen how you wanted your independence, the freedom to hang out with whomever you choose, and the hope that your parents would simply trust you and your friends?

Now as a parent yourself, with a much greater perspective, you understand why your own parents had those concerns. It wasn’t about mistrust. It was about your parent’s concern for your longterm safety.

For our teen readers who may be in Alisha’s situation, I totally get it. We have all been there as well. The advice I provide in today’s #MomMinute episode on The Moms View gives both perspectives, from the teen and the parent, with one final counsel for you.

Our parents have a pure love and concern for our longterm happiness, as opposed to maybe our short-term concern for what fun events we have planned for this weekend with our friends.

I promise that your lifelong love and personal interactions will be much greater with your family members, especially your parents, than with any friend you have as a teenager. I hope you trust me on this one.

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what would you suggest to do in Alisha’s situation? Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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The Alternative Braid | With Abby from TwistMePretty

March 30, 2014

Many of you know that I started as a hairblogger before becoming a YouTuber. As such, I am very familiar with biggest beauty bloggers and those to make a viral splash on Pinterest.

The Alternative Braid | Faux Braids

Abby Smith, from Twist Me Pretty, is one of those bloggers I have admired for a long time! I was caught a little off guard when she came up to me during a conference I was speaking at in Utah! I mean, I knew who Abby was, and she knew who I was.. but we had never met! We like literally ran across the crowded hall and hugged each other!

During the course of the conference, Abby said that she and he husband would be in Dallas this month, and wondered if they could stop by. While she was here, I thought it would be fun to introduce her to you all.

For today’s hairstyle, we are showing you how to create the Alternative Braid {one of her viral hairstyles on Pinterest}. This is a faux braid, one that looks like a braid but really is not. In fact, it’s really a series of knots using two twists. {Don’t worry, the knots come out easily!}

Alternative Braid
The Alternative Braid

Brooklyn volunteered as our model, since she is always looking for great go-to styles for her thick wavy hair.

Faux Braids
The Alternative Braid
Abby Smith at Twist Me Pretty

Be sure to check out Abby’s website over at the Twist Me Pretty, where you can find her DIY version of this braid!

Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHAlternativeBraid

I personally think that this braid would look very elegant wrapped up into a bun, for more formal occasions as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, 1 small hair elastic, 1-2 bobby pins {if needed}, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side, and swooping all of the hair over one shoulder {I prefer the shoulder that the majority of the hair falls onto}…
  2. Now divide the hair into two equal sections…
  3. Twist both sections toward the middle {or toward each other} a few times…
  4. When you have about an inch of twisted hair, hold the two strands next to each other…
  5. Now, taking your index finger, push it directly through the stacked center of both twists, with your finger parallel to the face {this will divide the two twists into two even halves again, top to bottom}…
  6. You should now have once again two sections, leaving what looks like a braid stitch above them…
  7. Twist the pieces pieces again toward each other…
  8. When you have about an inch more of twisting, hold them together and once again push your index finger sideways through the center of both twists…
  9. After about 4 sections, hold the two twisted strands together and begin to pancake the top part of the braid {you want to pull out the hair quite a bit to really accent the messy, fullness of this braid, but do not pull them out to much to where you cannot secure the ends of the braid}…
  10. After pancaking the upper section, continue again with Steps #2-8 until the hair is finished.
  11. At the end of the braid, you will want to pancake the rest of the hair, again, being mindful of the hair ends…
  12. Secure with an elastic.
  13. Feel free to use bobby pins  any hair strands that fall out in back, and hairspray any other smaller flyaways into place.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Alternative Braid! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

Yes, last week we took all six kids on a Spring Break cruise to the Western Caribbean! To see a recap of our family fun, be sure to see the video BrooklyAndBailey uploaded on Wednesday to their YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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