How to Create a Messy Split Fishtail

December 21, 2014

I’ve been receiving requests on FB, Twitter, email, etc, for today’s hairstyle from viewers everywhere. It’s likely been our most requested hairstyle to date! {You’ll understand why if you’ve seen the many photos of this style floating around on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.}

Messy Split Fishtail Braid

Today, we will be showing you how to create a Messy Split Fishtail Braid! There is nothing super new or special about the Split Fishtail, as the braid itself is exactly the same as our Box Fishtail from last year. It’s the braiding technique we will show you today, however, and the final look, that’s different.

Split Fishtail vs Box FishtailFor a cute final look, simply pancake only the underside and you’ll end up with a very beautiful braid look similar to our Stacked Braid tutorial from a few years back! This one has much more of a messy look to it, which I love!

Messy Split Fishtail Braid

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

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 2 small hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy {but time consuming}

  1. Begin by parting hair slightly off to one side…
  2. Be sure to pull out any small strands you want left out of the braid to frame the face…
  3. Pull the rest of the hair back into one side ponytail, just behind the ear, and secure with an elastic {the elastic is temporary and optional, as it helps me keep the braid tight to begin with, but you do not have to use use it}…
  4. Split the ponytail into two equal sections…
  5. Take a small amount of hair off the outside edge of the right section and divide it into two pieces…
  6. Next, take the top strand over that larger right section, and the other small strand under the larger right section, and combine both those smaller strands into the left large section…
  7. Take a small amount of hair off the outside edge of the left section and divide it into two pieces…
  8. Next, take the top strand over that larger left section, and the other small strand under the larger left section, and combine both those smaller strands into the right large section…
  9. Continue Steps #5-8 until you have 3-4 inches of hair remaining in the braid {the braid you have just created looks like a fishtail from all four sides, just like the Box Fishtail tutorial we taught you a year ago {braid is the same, but the technique is different}…
  10. Now gently tug on the outside edges, or elbows of the BOTTOM braid only, all the way up to the top of the braid {this ends up giving you a Stacked Fishtail braid look, with the bottom half being messy}…
  11. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Hope you enjoyed this Messy Split Fishtail hairstyle tutorial! Are you a fan of fishtail braids? If so, please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

My girls uploaded two videos this past week, and DIY Friend Christmas Gift tutorial, and a Christmas BONUS VIDEO! Both are on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. To watch them both, click below!

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Upward Lace Braid and #ShareTheGift Nativity Feature

December 14, 2014

This week’s tutorial uses a Lace Braid, only instead of adding hair only into the top, as we’ve shown you in several tutorials, you only add hair into the bottom!

Upward Lace Braid

The effect that this braid gives you is a “faux waterfall braid” look, only no hair actually falls through the braid. I’ve been creating Lace Braids in hair for nearly 10 years now, and never thought to pull hair in only from the bottom side!

Upward Lace Braid

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

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I think this braid looks the best brought back into a tieback, however you can continue this braid around the back of the head and secured just above the other ear, covering the end with hair from that side.

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This braid technique works on curly hair, wavy hair, straight hair, wet hair, dry hair, Day 2 hair, etc. Really, you can use it to accent pretty much any style combination!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with straight hair {but this can work on short, long, wet, dry, curly, or straight hair, too}…
  2. Part hair slightly off to one side…
  3. Pick up a small section near the temple and begin one stitch of a regular 3-strand braid…
  4. When you go to move the bottom piece again in the 2nd stitch, add in some hair only to the bottom piece {try to pick up hair that lays underneath the top layer of hair… when you do this, it will create a pull to the hair that lays in a diagonal direction upward into the braid giving a waterfall braid-like look}…
  5. Everytime you to to move the bottom strand of hair in the braid, add in some more hair {only from the bottom}…
  6. Repeat this stitching until you reach halfway around the head…
  7. Finish with a few stitched of a regular braid, and then secure with an elastic for now…
  8. Now, moving to the other side, create another upward Lace Braid, using the same technique as before in Steps #3-6…
  9. Secure the two braids together in the back of the head with an elastic, and add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.
  10. *Optional: You may also continue the braid all the way around the head and secure near the opposite temple using some bobby pins or you can use the ends of the braid, pancaking only one side, rolling it up, and creating a rosette/flower shape and pin into place.

At the end of this video, we share with you something that we felt honored to be a part of. We were asked by the Radiant Foundation, an inter-faith Christian group, to take part in what would become the largest Live Nativity ever held {certified by the Guinness Book of World Records}.

This is the largest collab of its kind, ever, on YouTube, with over 30 other YouTubers, talented musicians, and their families, who volunteered over 10,000 hours over six weeks to the project! Try and see if you can spot each one of us, as well as your favorite YouTube stars!

David Archuleta, Peter Hollens, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Evynne Hollens, ShayCarl, SHAYTARDS, Katilette, Alex Boye, BYUtv, Stuart Edge, DevinSuperTramp, Cute Girls Hairstyles, BrooklynAndBailey, Bored Shorts TV, Grant Thompson, Gardiner Sisters, Mayday RED, AnneWithAnE, StudioC, Nathan Hutson, etc!

The purpose of this Nativity video is to share with you the true meaning of Christmas, our Savior Jesus Christ. It isn’t about money, gifts, nor treats. No matter your faith, we hope you will hold your family a little closer at this time of year, loving and selflessly serving others. #ShareTheGift

You can download the MP3 “Angels from the Realms of Glory” (mixed with “Angels We Have Heard On High”) FREE!

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Double Frenchbacks | Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

December 07, 2014

Sony Pictures’ remake of Annie is set to release in US theaters on Dec 19th! I love how the movie is given a modern and updated take on the classic film, with music that is just as catchy as the first!

Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

Annie has always been a family favorite in our home, and I absolutely LOVE the character of Miss Hannigan in the original, played by Carol Burnett! Her song “Little Girls” is so symbolic of how we’ve felt for years in our home, with 5 little girls running around!

Some women are dripping with diamonds,
Some women are dripping with pearls,
Lucky me! Lucky me!
Look at what I’m dripping with… LITTLE GIRLS!

Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

Now that we have adopted Daxton & Paisley, the movie Annie means even that much more to us! Adoption has been such blessing to us in our home. We are happy that in the new movie and soundtrack, the’ve removed the references to “orphans” in favor of “foster kids”.

In this remake, the very first time we saw the trailer, I noticed Cameron Diaz {who reprises the role of Miss Hannigan} wears some amazing braided hairstyles! This Double Frenchbacks hairstyle is one that we see the most in the trailer, and is what we will be showing you how to create today.

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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: #CGHDblFrenchbacks

We’ve shown you a tutorial for a Single Frenchback on Rylan from way back in 2012. This double version uses smaller sections, and a much tighter stitching, which gives an amazingly-beautiful accent to either straight or curly hair!

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 alligator clips, 1 small hair elastic, 1 barrette or 3 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy DIY

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sectioning of a rectangular section of hair right between the two eyebrows, to the crown of the head…
  2. Now divide that section in half right up the middle, leaving you with two equal-but-thin rectangular sections of hair…
  3. Clip one of those sections out of the way with an alligator clip, and use the other clip on the opposite side of the hair {not the to-be-braided section, but the remaining hair} to keep it from accidentally being added into the braid…
  4. Now begin a regular French braid on your first section, making sure to begin the stitching with thin strands, adding in little pieces into the braid as you go so that the braid defines immediately near the forehead {if you use too large of strands, the stitching will not be seen until half way back}…
  5. When you run out of hair to add into that section, continue on with a regular braid and add an elastic to keep the hair from unbraiding…
  6. Go back and unclip the remaining section, and French braid is just as in Step #4…
  7. This time, when you get to the end of the braid, combine both braids together…
  8. You can use a barrette here, to secure the braids, as Cameron Diaz has in the movie, or you can cross 2-3 bobby pins as an alternate way to secure…
  9. Now remove the elastic from your first braid and unravel it…
  10. Gently back-comb right at the base of the remaining hair from the braids, and allow the hair and waves to fall naturally, adding a bit of volume to the crown and back of the head…
  11. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Hope you enjoyed this DIY Double Frenchbacks hairstyle tutorial! Now that you know that Annie is one of my favorites, which movie is yours? Please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

Ever wanted to try an Oreo Challenge? This is a super fun activity that is perfect for Family Night, and my twins BrooklynAndBailey show you how to run one in the video below. It’s funny to see them try to guess the flavors! Bet you can’t guess which twin won the challenge {click below to see}!

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Prim’s Braided Bun Updo | Mockingjay Hairstyles

November 30, 2014

This week’s hairstyle is inspired by Prim in the new Mockingjay movie of The Hunger Games movie franchise. We’ve watched Prim grow up, from a little girl with side braids, into a beautiful young woman who works to take care of injured patients in a District 13 hospital.

Prim's Braided Updo | Mockingjay

Prim’s braided hairstyles have matured right along with her, as we see in this tutorial.

We know that Prim needs her hair out of her face, and pinned back out of the way, so that she can care for her patients. The obviously best way to do this would be with an updo!, And, typical to Prim’s affinity for signature braids, just like her sister Katniss, she keeps braids as the base for her updo.

Prim's Braided Bun Updo | Mockingjay Hairstyles

This is a very easy updo to create, and it gives a very sophisticated look especially when worn slicked back. You can achieve this look by wetting the hair down beforehand, or by adding in some pomade as you comb the hair before styling.

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I can see this hairstyle being perfect for formal occasions, cheer, dance, ballet, and some sports.  To see your own photo recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHPrimBuns

In another scene from the movie, Prim wears another version of a Dutch wrap-around braid, similar to what she wore in Catching Fire, but it was only seen from one angle and we couldn’t determine the exact look.

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Be sure to check out the rest of our Hunger Games-inspired hairstyles over the years!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 10-14 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head, all the way down {giving you two even sections of hair on either side}…
  2. Create a simple braid with your first section {you want the braid to begin right behind each ear and run straight down the back}…
  3. As you braid, be careful not to braid forward, over the shoulder and towards the front of the face or it will create an odd-looking bump in your bun as you twist up the braids later}..
  4. When you run out of hair, secure the braid with a small hair elastic…
  5. Now, take the very ends of the braid and begin to roll it up the rest of the braid {you want this to be as tight as possible, which will also help to hide the elastic}…
  6. When you reach to the top of the braid, you should be able to lay the bun against the head, giving the bun a braided cinnamon roll look…
  7. Next, carefully secure the bun to the head using a few bobby pins {you want to be sure the bun lays as close to the part line as possible, so that when both braids are pinned, they look like they are touching each other}…
  8. Repeat Steps #2-7 for the second braided bun…
  9. Shake the head to determine how firm the buns are secured, and, if necessary, add in a few more bobby pins…
  10. Add hairspray {if desired} to control flyaways.

The only problem with the 3rd book in this movie franchise, is that it is split into two movies! We can’t see how the directors and Lionsgate will portray the ending until the last movie comes out on Nov 20, 2015!

Have you guys seen the movie yet? What did you think of it? Please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

Want to see the funniest video clip you’ve seen in a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time? My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, had their wisdom teeth removed last Tuesday, and made us swear that we would film everything. We gave them the footage, and this is what they approved for you to see! They are identical twins, but their reactions to the anesthesia are far from identical! You will laugh, and cry, and maybe pee your pants a little, all at the same time! Just click below to view!

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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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