Mermaid Heart Braid | Cute Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

January 25, 2015

I can’t believe another Valentine’s Day is here! With only a few weeks to go, it is now time for another heart hairstyle! Valentine’s Day hairstyles have become some of our most popular tutorial, and this one will be not different.

Valentine's Day Hairstyles

This style combines three little elastic heartlets with a Mermaid Braid technique and curls. We’ve worn it several times, letting the hair fall straight, combining it all into a simple braid, and here with curls. We love how it turns out every time! Even as we were taking photos, moms were stopping us to either comment on the hearts, or ask me how we created them.

To see the entire tutorial, simply click below!

Now, you can complete this hairstyle with either wet or dry hair, it really depends on the look you are going for. We’ve done both and they are equally as beautiful in their own way. Today, we are teaching you on wet hair, which we know keeps the hair tighter and the hearts more uniform {adding a little pomade helps, too}.

Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Feel free to use pink, red, or clear elastics in the hair, as those colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day hairstyles. I went with dark elastics today only because I wanted the hearts to be the main attention draw.

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

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This style was inspired from a combination of my hairblogging friends, Лена Роговая, Princess Hairstyles and Mimiamassari.

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

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with wet or dry hair {I find that for the first try, the hair lays better if done wet}…
  2. Then pick up a section of hair right behind each temple.  Pull them to the back center of the head, apply a little bit of pomade, and then secure with an elastic…
  3. Pick up another small section of hair directly underneath the first ones, pulling them to the back of the head, and applying pomade, just as you did before…
  4. On your first side, place your pointer and middle fingers onto of the section you just pulled back…
  5. Then tuck your fingers underneath the first section you pulled back….
  6. Now, place the second strand between those fingers and gently pull the strand downward {this should create a looping effect around the first strand of hair}…
  7. Repeat Steps #4-6 on the other side…
  8. Next, grab the ends of the two second strand and secure them together to form the heart shape {make sure you like the shape of the heart before you move on}…
  9. Continue with Steps #4-8 for both sides until you have three total hearts…
  10. Optional: I ended the style with three hearts and curled the rest with my wand, you could also add a simple braid, a fishtail, or continue the hearts down the remaining hair into a full Mermaid Braid.

Please leave a comment below letting us know what you think about this Mermaid Heart Braid! In what combinations would you wear it?

Happy Hairstyling!

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Triple Knot Accents | Short Hairstyles

January 18, 2015

We cut Bailey’s hair two months ago, the very same morning she had her wisdom teeth removed. It has been a long time since she had short hair, so she has had fun experimenting on ways to style her hair using braids and hairstyle accents.

Triple Knot Accent | Short Hairstyles

Bailey told me earlier this week, “Mom, I’ve got you covered on this week’s tutorial, go ahead and take the weekend off.” I about died! She must have read my mind because I was juggling so much between the kids schedules and work, that I felt like I was drowning! Thank you, Bailey, you did a fantastic job! I think I can retire from this blog now!

She showed me her hair, and I loved it! Since Bailey’s hair is now short, she opted to begin with a base of curls to add some volume. We filmed a tutorial for these curls shortly after we started this blog WAY back in October 2009, and you can find it by clicking here… Flat Iron Curls.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGH3KnotAccents

These knot accents are super easy to create, using a simple knot technique that anyone can do. They are also super easy to remove, as well.

Triple Knot Accent | Short Hairstyles

When you are bobby pinning, be sure to hook the back part of the strand of hair first, and then slide the bobby pin up underneath of the knot towards the forehead. This will secure the knots in place perfectly.

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You know how those simple braided bangs that were all the rage a few years ago, and only take 2 minutes to do in the mornings? This knotted accent is the same, perfectly cute and quick to do! That is what we are all looking for, right?

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair already curled, with a curling iron or flat iron {you can do this on straight or wavy hair, as well}…
  2. Part hair on one side, either will work…
  3. Take a small section of hair from the front of your face, pull it back and tie a simple knot in it {you do not want this super tight, as you want to see the curve of the knot}…
  4. Using a bobby pin, secure the knotted strand back against the side of the head {hook the back part of the strand of hair first with the bobby pin, and then slide it up underneath the knot towards the forehead}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3-4 on two more strands, pinning each under the previous knot, giving you a total of three knots…
  6. Grab a section of loose curly hair from right behind the knots, and pull it over the ends of the knotted strands to hide them…
  7. Add hairspray {if desired}.

What do you think of this Triple Knot Accent tutorial? Please leave your comments below, we’d love to hear from you! We try to answer back everyone we can.

Happy Hairstyling!

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The Twist Braid | Cute Braids

January 11, 2015

We received an email last month from a Canadian girl named Shelby H, who included a photo of a hairstyle that we used as inspiration for this tutorial.

Twist Braid

The braid is a unique combination of a vertical Waterfall Twist and a Mermaid Braid. I had never thought of combining those two braids before, and the resulting braid is stunning! Thanks, Shelby!

Please carefully notice the stranding for the first few braid stitches. This stranding can be confusing, but once you get one or two stitches down… the rest of the braid is a cinch. You can certainly braid this hairstyle up tightly, but we prefer it loose. We’ve tried both.

This is a cute hairstyle that fits in line with many of the Mermaid Braid variations floating on Pinterest. I can already imagine using this braid as a base for an updo combo, taking it down to the base of the head and then creating a chignon, or curled/braided bun.  For French Braid lovers, this braid will also fit nicely in your style arsenal!

Twist Braid Instructions

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

Did you notice something different about Kamri in this week’s tutorial? It was her birthday a few weeks ago, and at age 12 we allow our girls to start wearing makeup {a little mascara and lip gloss}. She was thrilled to be my model, because she was hoping you would all notice her eyes! Not that Kamri needs mascara, because her lashes are so long, but it does make them darker.

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair parted slightly off to one side {Alternate Option: you can brush all the hair back away from the face and have no part line}…
  2. Move to the back of the head, at the crown, and pick up a section of hair…
  3. Divide that section of hair into two strands…
  4. Take the left strand and move it over the right strand…
  5. Pick up another section of hair from the left, and take it over the left-most strand and place it in the middle of the two twist strands…
  6. Now take the left stand and move it over the right stand again {this creates a twist in the center just as you do in the the Waterfall Twist}, creating your first stitch…
  7. Next, do a stitch the other way by picking up another section of hair from the right, and take it over the right-most strand and place it in the middle of the two twist strands…
  8. Then, take the left strand again and move it over the right stand, creating your 2nd stitch…
  9. Repeat Steps #5-8 all the way down the hair, keeping the hair slightly loose so that the braid isn’t too tight.
  10. Optional: As you go down, you can pull out a few wispy strand out near the face to frame the front and soften the look…
  11. As you reach the end of the braid, the ends of the hair your strands will become more distinct because you have already used them previously…
  12. Secure with an elastic, adjust the braid to your liking, and add hairspray {if desired}.

What do you think? Please do leave a comment below letting us know what hairstyles you would like us to film next!

Happy Hairdoing!

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How to Create a Loop Waterfall Braid

January 04, 2015

Do you love the Waterfall Braid? Today we are going to teach you how to create this beautiful Loop Waterfall Braid that is sure to get you compliments all day.

Loop Waterfall Braid

A week or so ago, one of our viewers, Bethany, emailed us a photo of this hairstyle that she found on Pinterest and it wasn’t easily evident to me how to recreate it.  In fact, it ended up being Shaun who figured out the braid stranding and technique after looking at the picture for only 15 seconds. I didn’t believe him at first when he said he knew how, so I guess I’ll have to eat my words!

The technique essentially involves creating a loop with one small strand of hair. Then by reaching through that initial loop and pulling half-way through a new small section of hair, and flipping it upside down to create your next loop. You then repeat the process goes on across the back of the head. When you are finished, simply go back and adjust the size of the loops and falling strands to fit your taste.

Loop Waterfall BraidIf you plan on being super active that day, we wouldn’t recommend the Loop Waterfall only because the loops and bobby pins will fall. This hairstyle is simply one that is meant to stand out, better said, pop out, on days where you want to wear something gorgeous in your hair!

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

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Here is one look that I quickly put together to show you how you can use this braid to accent any combo. I loved how it turned out!

Loop Waterfall Braid Combo

One thing I can promise you… you will be stopped all day as you wear this hairstyle! It won’t only be because your friends, and women in general, love how it looks, but that they will want you to teach them how you did it. Kamri knows what I am talking about! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray water bottle, spray hair wax, pomade, 4 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair wet or dry {we did dry here, but some people find it easier to section off strands of hair when it is wet}, and part the hair in the middle…
  2. If your hair is fine or silky, add a little bit of spray wax to the hair to add texture and grip, which will firm up and help hold the loops in place…
  3. I like to start about 1-1.5 inches back from the front of the hair, pick up a decent size section of hair and wrap it around your pointer and middle finger, giving the loop a twist counterclockwise to create your first perfect loop {the looping direction should have the hair going downward, then back up and around creating a loop, and then the hair should fall straight down behind the loop as your waterfall strand}…
  4. Keep your two fingers in the middle of the loop and pinch the falling strand of the hair with your thumb against your ring finger…
  5. With those two fingers, reach through the loop and pick up another same-sized section of hair {feel free to add some pomade to each strand of hair if you need help controlling flyaways}, pulling it half-way through the first loop…
  6. Then twist that hair counterclockwise to create a second matching loop…
  7. Have your daughter {or use your teeth for DIY} to hold the fallen strand of the first loop for extra security as you work your way around the head…
  8. Repeat Steps #4-6 all the way across the back or the head…
  9. One your last loop, pull the new strand completely through the loop and let it fall…
  10. Then, using two small bobby pins to pin that loop in place, being careful to pin under the falling strand to help hide the bobby pins out of the way}…
  11. If your loops have stretched or fallen out of shape, you can now go back and gently adjust the falling strands to either tighten or loosen up the loops to the desired look…
  12. With the first strand that your daughter is holding, or you in your teeth, use two small bobby pins to pin the first loop in place just as you did on the other side {this will secure the front of the braid}…
  13. Add a setting spray or hairspray {if desired}.
  14. *Optional: Pull remaining loose hair into a loose braid or fishtail to secure the ends and help the style last all day.

What do you think about this Loop Waterfall Braid? Please leave a comment below letting us know where you would wear it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Viking Braid Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

December 28, 2014

When we started playing around with this hairstyle, it totally seemed like something a viking princess would’ve worn, hence the name we gave it. It also as a cute modern boho look that is fits right in with styles that are becoming popular today!

Viking Braid Ponytail | Ponytail Ideas

For this tutorial, we only created the braid on one side, simply to accent the fluffy ponytail. You could do this on both sides for an even more “viking” look. We began the hairstyle with 2nd-day curls as a base, only because we didn’t want a fully curled and defined look. We wanted the hairstyle to still have volume, but not over the top. The rest of the steps are super easy to follow.

Viking Braid Ponytail | Ponytail Ideas

I can see girls of all ages wearing this braid and ponytail, especially for girls in sports. It is just another cute way to spice up a simple ponytail.

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

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If you can’t tell, Brooklyn loves hairstyles like this one. She says it is because they aren’t super girly, which suits her personality to a “T”. She’s worn this look a bunch lately, with lots of compliments, so she volunteered to be our model today.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 1 small hair elastic, 1 ponytail holder, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with second day curls as a base for this hairstyle…
  2. Part the hair from just above the left temple, straight back 4-5 inches, and flip the remaining hair over the head and secure out of the way for now…
  3. Next, separate out a few small strands to frame the face {these can be curled later}…
  4. At the front of the newly parted section, above the left ear, take a small section of hair and begin a normal 3-Strand Dutch Braid.
  5. Continue adding in hair as you move back {you want the braid to follow the hairline in a slightly downward angle}…
  6. Continue the braid down until you reach the rear corner of the head {behind the left ear}…
  7. While holding the braided strands in your one hand, use the other to pancake the elbows of the Dutch Braid {by gently tugging out the braid edges}, making sure the braid looks nice and full…
  8. Continue with the braid in a Simple 3-Strand Braid…
  9. When you have about 2-3 inches left of hair, go ahead and also pancake the elbows of the simple braid, making sure it is nice and full as well…
  10. Secure the braid with a hair elastic…
  11. Using a comb, tease a few of the top sections of hair near the crown to add a little pump and volume to the hair…
  12. Smooth out any teasing bumps with your rat-tail comb…
  13. Gather the non-braided hair into a fluffy ponytail just below the crown of head {make sure you do not pull so tight that you lose the volume near the top of head}…
  14. Add the braid into the ponytail,and secure with a ponytail holder…
  15. Hide the ponytail holder by taking a small strand of hair from the underside side of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic a few times…
  16. Use a bobby pin to secure the hair wrap in place, then add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Be sure to leave a comment below with what you think about this Viking Braid Ponytail, and we will see you next week!

Happy Hairstyling!

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