How to Create a Crossover Dutch Braid

December 29, 2013

One of our favorite hairstyles of all time is the Lace Braid, not just because they are simple and elegant, but because they wear very well throughout the day.

The challenge is to try and find ways to create variations of if that are different, given that the Lace Braid is becoming very popular.

How to create a Crossover Dutch Braid

Today’s tutorial looks very similar to a Lace Braid, only we used a separate thin-parted hair section for the crossover stranding which creates a very unique look to a simple Dutchback!

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In this tutorial, we straightened my daughter’s hair beforehand, but it would look just a cute with hair that has a little wave to it.  {Using second-day hair after braids would be great idea.}

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CGH#4 wore this Crossover Dutch Braid hairstyle to school about a month ago, and it wore very well for as active as she is!

She had lots of compliments on it, and we are sure you will as well!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by creating a side part…
  2. Next, create a second part about 1/2 inch away from the first part (towards to opposite ear}...  
  3. Everything below that part down to the opposite ear needs to be secured out of the way with a hair band, to keep it from being pulled into the Dutch braid.
  4. Now, let the thin-parted section of hair hang down over that secured section.  
  5. Next, begin a Dutch braid above the right eye {by adding hair to the top strand of the braid like you normally would}…  
  6. TRICK TO THE STYLE:  But when you would normally add hair into the bottom strand from the bottom, reach over to the thin parted section on the othe side of the original part and grab a small strand of hair, give it a few twists, and then bring it down across cross the entire Dutch braid, adding it instead into the bottom strand before creating your next Dutch stitch…  
  7. You continue this process over and over until you run out of hair to add into the braid.
  8. When you run out of hair to add into the bottom of the braid, continue with a simple braid and secure with an elastic.
  9. Adjust the crossover strands to your liking and add hairspray {if desired}.

This hairstyle technique is another great one for your arsenal to be used in any number of hairstyle combinations {to accent a bun, high ponytail, etc}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

With the holiday week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Christmas Traditions video, showing you some of the things we do in the CGH home to celebrate this wonderful day!

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Triple Lace Side Twists and Bonus Video by Twins

October 27, 2013

Bailey is becoming quite the little hairstylist, always trying new things out on her own!

Triple Lace Twists | Cute HairstylesThis past week, Bailey tried out this twist hairstyle and received compliments from her friends on it several times. I noticed the style even though she did not actually come up to me and show me… and sought her out and commented on it because she looked so darling wearing it!

{They grow up way to fast! I am so proud of the beautiful young women they are becoming!}

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Then, with a smirk on my face, I asked Bailey if she wouldn’t mind filming this week’s tutorial with this braid for all of you!

I thought she would turn me down because she was so busy this weekend, but she responded in a split-second eye blink that she would LOVE TO!

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Bailey says that if you can lace braid, then the lace twist is actually much easier to do. This hairstyle is a cinch!

Here is Bailey teaching all of us how to create adorable triple lace twists!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3-4 small bobby pins, hairspray or pomade {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. I started with soft hair curls made by my wand {this step is optional, but adds great texture and volume to the hair. It would look equally as great on straight hair}…
  2. To begin the twists, create a part on one side of your head…
  3. Take a small sectioned strand from the top front of bangs and begin a twist {feel free to use a little Pomade in your strands to help keep the twists defined and without flyaways}…
  4. As you move back, add in hair strands only from the top into the top piece of the twist (this will creates the lace look of the twist}…
  5. When you get about 6 inches back from the front of your face, secure the twist with an elastic or a bobby pin {I prefer the latter}.
  6. Now move down about an inch and pick up another small piece of hair from the bangs, which will create the second twist…
  7. Repeat the Steps #3-5 to create another small lace twist, and secure with a bobby pin…
  8. Next, move down another inch and pick up your last small section of hair to create your third and final twist.
  9. Repeat Steps #3-5 one last time, and secure with a bobby pin.
  10. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these deep waves!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Bonus Video: My twins BrooklynAndBailey were in a creative mood last weekend when they filmed their “Shadow Figure” Halloween makeup tutorial! {Brooklyn was the storyline and editing mastermind while Bailey was the model.} If you would like to see how recreate that makeup look, and watch their movie short, please click below…

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Butterfly Braided Headband | Cute Braids

October 14, 2013

You all know that our Bow Braid hairstyle tutorial is very popular, and it is about to get a huge boost when Lionsgate’s Catching Fire, the next movie in The Hunger Games series, comes out in November. Watch for our headband version of it to appear on Prim!

Last week, my 4th daughter wanted to put a butterfly in her hair using the Bow Braid concept as a base. So, we did it, and the hairstyle turned out adorable!

Butterfly Braid HeadbandI began with a Dutch Lace Braid Headband  across the head and then used the bow pull-through technique we taught in our Bow Braid Headband tutorial to create the butterfly.

Hair loops in this style are tough to maintain throughout the day, so feel free to use a good pomade and 1-2 bobby pins to help keep them in.

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Recreate this hairstyle, and tag your own photos with #CGHButterflyHeadband on Instagram and Twitter! We will be reposting your photos this week!

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I can see this hairstyle as being perfect for a flower girl or in an Easter updo.

Be sure to watch the tutorial to the very end to see how my daughter’s classmates reacted to her butterfly headband when she wore this to school!  She is hilarious!  That, my friends, is CGH#4’s true personality!

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1 hair pin, 1-2 bobby pins, pomade, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair from ear to ear, and gathering the back hair out of your way with a hair elastic…
  2. Next, create a Dutch lace braid from one ear to the other, finishing it off into a simple braid when you run out of hair…
  3. Now, release the hair in back and take a small strand of hair from the opposite side of the head, along with the simple braid you just finished, and secure them together back at the nape of the neck underneath the hair {this created a hidden tieback}…
  4. Then, identify which stitch of the Dutch braid you want to begin setting for your butterfly….
  5. Using a hairpin, gently push it through under that one stitch of hair, on a diagonal upwards from right to left…
  6. Next,  pick up a tiny strand of hair from behind the braid and apply some pomade on it and comb it through…
  7. Then create a loop with that strand and feed it through the hairpin…
  8. Gently pull the hairpin back through that stitch, making sure you hold onto the loop you pushed though the hair pin with your index finger {as you do this, it will pull the new strand of hair through as well and create a nice hair loop}…
  9. Pull the pin all the way through until the loop on the top is larger than the loop on the bottom.
  10. Again, repeat Steps #5-9 only this time inserting the hairpin on a diagonal downwards from right to left…
  11. using a hairpin push it through that same stitch of hair on a diagonal nowfrom left to right. Now pick up a tiny piece of hair from behind the braid, create a loop, and feed it through the hairpin.
  12. Be sure to even out the loops, with the two loops on top being larger than the two loops on the bottom.
  13. This will create the butterfly look you desire {if you have any left over ends of hair, simply comb them into the main hair or bobby pin them down into the braid.
  14. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this cute butterfly headband!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Mu twins uploaded a super cute “Halloween Pumpkins” video on YouTube. If you would like to see how to make the cutest little Jack O’Lanterns, please click below…

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Lace Braided Bun | Cute Updo Hairstyles

July 28, 2013

Note from Mindy: My twins and I are headed to VidCon in Anaheim, CA, this next weekend, and will be holding two Meet Up’s on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013! We hope to see some of you there! See below for details:

For VidCon Attendees: Saturday from 3-3:30pm in YouTube’s Fan Booth at the Anaheim Convention Center.

For Non-Vidcon Attendees: Outside of Tortilla Joe’s {at Downtown Disney in Anaheim} on Saturday from 5-6:00pm. Come meet us, take pictures, and the first 20 fans will receive a free CGH vintage t-shirt! Who knows, maybe the twins will sign them!

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I have been trying so hard to perfect this braided bun for two months now! I never could get it secured the way I wanted it, and this week I finally figured out a trick to getting the braid and bun to look perfect!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute UpdosIf you have practiced our Lace Braid tutorials, this updo will be a so easy for you!

The trick for me was to isolate out a small strand of hair before placing the bun maker into the hair. This strand is very important, and serves as your base to anchor the lace braid.

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

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Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

The style holds up nicely throughout the day, and is a perfect updo for Prom or Homecoming, or to be worn casually on any other day! I love hairstyles like that!  It is one I would wear to work, and even the gym!

CGH#3 volunteered to be my model, and isn’t she adorable? She wore it to church today, and I noticed several of the young women commenting on it!

I guarantee this one will get you compliments, as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 bun maker, 1 large hair band, 1 small hair elastic, 2-3 Goody Spin Pins, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail, and secure with a hair band…
  2. Separate a small section of a hair {about ½ inch} out of the ponytail, in the back behind the right ear, and let it fall while you hold onto the rest of the ponytail….
  3. Slip the ponytail hair through the bun maker, and snug it down against the head, making sure the sectioned piece stays out of the bun maker {actually, the bun maker should sit right on top of it}…
  4. Now, let go of the ponytail, an let the hair fall evenly over the bun maker {try to make sure it is all even all the way around, and that hair evenly covers all of the bun maker}…
  5. Comb out any tangles or fly-aways around the bun, to help make the bun look perfect and silky…
  6. Now gently part the back hair and find the strand that you intentionally left out…
  7. With this strand, begin to create a 3-strand Dutch braid with it {as you braid, add fallen hair from the bun maker into the top strand only… this creates the Lace Braid}…
  8. As you continue braiding, make your way around the base of the bun, adding hair into only the top strand, and keeping the braid tight near the base of the bun maker…
  9. When you have braided all the way around the bun, meeting where you began, continue a simple 3-strand braid down the remainer of hair, and secure with a small hair elastic…
  10. Now, take the tail portion of the braid and tuck it around and under the main braid. It should all fit fairly well under the main braid.  {If you do have a few problem areas, where the braid doesn’t fit well, feel free to tug the top braid down a bit and secure with a bobby pin}. Do you best to make it look like one continuous braid around the bun…
  11. You will want to use bobby pins to secure the main braid against the head.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget my twins’ video this week on their YouTube channel! Bailey was sick, so Brooklyn asked me to step in for her to show you some cute, coming trends for this school year!

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Lace-Up Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyles

July 21, 2013

For this week’s tutorial, we wanted to show you how to lace two simple braids together. Why do we like this?

Lace Up Braid | Easy Six Strand BraidBecause some girls can spend up to 20+ minutes trying to create a 6-strand braid. It takes so long to learn the stranding, but you can get the same look in only a few minutes by using our cheat method!

All you have to do is create two simple inverse braids, and then use one previously-excluded free strand to lace them together… just like lacing up boots!

Lace-Up Braid | Cute Braids

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Once you get the lacing technique down, you can tie together a 4+ strand braid, or any number of individual braids!

Try it and see how many comments you get! When you tell your friends that this hairstyle only took you just a few minutes to do, they will not believe you!

Lace-Up Braid | Cute Braids

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 hair bands, 1 small hair elastic, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by deciding where you want to place the braid. I wanted mine over my daughter’s shoulder, but you can also do it straight down the back if you wish.
  2. Separate the hair into two nearly equal sections…
  3. Now pull a 1-inch strand of hair off of one of those two sections. You should now have three strands {2 large equal sections and one small 1-inch section in the middle of the two bigger sections}…
  4. Using elastics secure one large section and the small section out of the way…
  5. Working with the left-most hair section {one of the large ones}, divide it into three equal strands and create a normal inverse 3-strand braid, and secure the end with an elastic…
  6. Now release the right-most hair section, the other large one, divide it into three strands, and create a normal inverse 3-strand braid, and secure the ends with an elastic…
  7. You should now have two inverse simple braids with a small 1-inch strand of hair in between them…
  8. We now want to lace them together. Taking one braid poke your index finger and thumb through the edge piece and pull the “lace up” strand through it…
  9. Go to the second braid and using the same fingers, poke a hole through the top section of stranding and pull the lace up strand through it…
  10. Now pull that strand tight and the two braids should lace up right next to each other.
  11. Continue to work your way down the braids, switching sides and lacing as you go down, from right to left. Each time, you poke your two fingers through a stitch of braid and pull the “lace up” strand through. {Think of as  lacing up a shoe or a boot.}
  12. When you reach the end of the braid, pull the laced strand tight so that the two braids stay together, and secure the entire braid with an elastic…
  13. Remove any extra elastics.
  14. Pancake the outside edges of the braid, by tugging on the elbows, for added flair.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget the video this week from my twins’ YouTube channel! They had a blast filming this DIY Galaxy Glow Jar tutorial, and we know you will love it, too!

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