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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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.

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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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Pull-Through Braid | Easy Hairstyles

November 17, 2013

My favorite hairstyles over the years happen to be the ones that are so easy to do, but they leave your friends wondering exactly how you did it!

Today’s braid is just like that! This came from Emily, a viewer who emailed me with a photo asking if I could recreate it.

Pull-Through Braid | Cute BraidsThe style looks something like a simple braid, but the elbows are not offset… they are exactly the same, looking like little inverted hearts sitting on top of each other.

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Plus, this Pull-Through Braid is so easy, even a daddy can do it! {Although I can imagine dads getting out their Stanley tape measures to make sure that each stitch is exactly two inches long!}

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In the video below, I show you how to create a high-braid version on my third daughter.

Then my oldest, Brooklyn, shows you her DIY side braid version that she did herself in about three minutes this morning.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 10+/- small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} Add any accent twists or braids to the top, before pulling hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Now, begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate the ponytail into two sections, a top section and a bottom section…
  4. On the top section, slide down about two inches and add a hair elastic {you can leave it slightly loose}…
  5. Next make a hole in the middle of that two-inch segment, and reach through the hole pulling through the underneath hair section…
  6. Cinch the back elastic upward to create a heart-shaped segment look…
  7. Now move down another two inches on your new top strand…
  8. Add a hair elastic, make another hole in the middle of the new segment, pull through the underneath hair strand, and cinch the back elastic upwards.
  9. Repeat Step #8 until you run out of hair…
  10. Now, secure both sections, at the bottom of the braid, together with one final elastic.
  11. Go back and pancake the hair {tugging on the elbows of each section} to flatten out the braid and give it a fuller, more beautiful look.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Bonus Video: My twins below share a few of their favorite items for young teens who need a little help with their Christmas Wish Lists! They are so funny when we turn them loose with a camera!

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Faux Fishtail Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyles

February 17, 2013

Today’s video features CGH#1 filming her very first tutorial!

If you are like me and my girls, you love fishtail braids… but fishtails can take “soooo looooong” to style! We have shown you before how to create fake fishtail braids, but this technique is so easy and super fast!

Faux Fishtail Braid | Easy Braid HairstylesMy twins love this style because it’s so fast and easy, but looks so much like a fishtail that sometimes people cannot even tell a difference!

CGH #1 wanted to show all of you this braid because it is a morning go-to style when you are in a hurry because it can be done in “2 minutes or less”!

Faux Fishtail Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyles

Faux Fishtail Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyles

Faux Fishtail Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyles

Faux Fishtail Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyles

Faux Fishtail Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 1-2 minutes

Skill Level: Very Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sweeping the hair over to one side and over the shoulder {your hair can be curly or straight to begin with… either one looks great}…
  2. Take you thumb and forefinger and push them through the back of your hair to the front of the hair…
  3. Then, using those two fingers… grab the bottom of the ponytail and flip it through the hole created by your fingers…
  4. Make sure and hold the hair securely after the first flip, so that the twist generated by the flip does not unravel {This one can easily come undone if you don’t hold it tight. Also, don’t worry if the flip is down away from your head a bit}…
  5. If you feel that the flip is down too low simply reinsert your thumb and forefinger again through the hair {make sure you don’t go through the exact same spot!} and pull the bottom of the ponytail through once more {you want the new flip to be slightly off from the original one}…
  6. Give the hair a slight tug downward to help straighten out any excess bumps or thickness in flips {you will notice that once you have created a flip or two, your hair will likely hold its shape and often won’t even come undone if you let go}…
  7. Continue down the ponytail, adding as many flips as you wish by using the same method as above. {Please make sure each time you are instering your fingers through the ponytail, that you do so in a slightly different spot. This help the hair hold, and creates the fishtail braid-like look.
  8. When you run out of hair, secure the the bottom with an elastic.
  9. Feel free to loosen any pieces or tug on the edges of the fishtail to create a messier more romantic look.

Also, we present to you our four favorite names for our new family puppy… from the over 16,000 fan suggestions you left in our last video. Our four favorites are Chewy {from Chewbacca in Star Wars}, Thor {because this little guy is so tough}, Mousse {play on words for a tough Moose and the mousse foam used in hair, and Braidy {play on words for Brady, the boy’s name, and “Braid”y, since we are huge fans of braids!

PomaPoo Puppy

PomaPoo Puppy

For the next week, are allowing our fans to vote for their favorite from among those four names, and we will announce the new puppy’s name in our next video! Be sure to comment on YouTube below the video with your vote!

Enjoy!

If you liked this hairstyle, please do feel free to share! Happy Hairdoing!

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Quadruple-Flipped Ponytail #2 | Easy Hairstyles

August 07, 2012

Some of you may remember about a month ago where we showed you a very simple, yet beautiful Quadruple-Flipped Ponytail hairstyle.  Today, we are showing you a second way to create this cute ponytail but using a different technique and with a softer look.

What we enjoy about this hairstyle is that is that it looks a lot like a Fishtail Braid, without having to braid it that way!  {Fishtail braids are one of the most time-consuming braid techniques.}  I also did this on straight hair, to get the softer look that we really wanted.

You can use a Topsy Tail tool if you really want to, but the flips were large enough that I did them with my fingers instead.  That preference is totally up to you.

Quadruple-Flipped Ponytail #2 | Easy Hairstyles

When we were finished filming, my husband said that this one is easy enough that we should add it to our “Daddy Do” hairstyle list! To prove it, he recreated the style for me! My only regret was that we did not have him film the tutorial!

Quadruple-Flipped Ponytail #2 | Easy Hairstyles

This hairstyle is perfect for sports, especially if you wet down the hair first and pull the flips tighter than I had done.

If you have longer hair, you can also continue adding flips to the hair… one fan on YouTube said that she was able to get in 7 flips!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 5-6 clear hair elastics, Topsy Tail tool {or use your fingers}, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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