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

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

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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Lace-Up Braid | Cute BraidsLace-Up Braid | Cute Braids

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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Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

July 07, 2013

This week we wanted to show you a cute ponytail hairstyle idea, using Lace Braids in a different way!

You can think of this one like braiding a one-sided French Braid, so if you know how to create a French Braid, this one will be easy!

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long HairAt the end of each Lace braid, I twisted in the remaining hair into the resulting strand, and repeated the same on the other side!

After creating the Lace Braid Twists on both sides, I then combined them into a ponytail in the back and accented it with a lace clip-in bow.

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

You can leave the ponytail as is, or you can add curls to it.  You can even get very creative and throw in any other combo for the ponytail you would like {simple braid, fishtail braid, 5-strand, etc}!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair down the middle of the head {roughly divide hair into two even sections}…
  2. Next, pickup a small section of hair near the right temple and begin a French-lace braid {make sure you are only adding hair into the bottom strand of the French braid, or the side closest to the ear}…
  3. Continue the braid back around the head and above the ear…
  4. When you get just past the right ear, stop braiding and instead twist the hair toward the head as you add in the final pieces {the lace braid has a tendency to twist away from the head, so adding the twist at the end of the braid will keep the lace braid laying flat against the head}…
  5. When you are done picking up all the remaining hair, twist the ponytail and secure with a hair clip or have someone else hold the hair…
  6. Now repeat this same braiding technique, Steps #2-5, on the left side of head…
  7. When you are finished with both Lace Braid twists, combine the two into a ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  8. Add any accessories {like a ribbon or bow} and hairspray, as desired.

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!

Please also be sure to check out my appearance on ThePlatform’s “Makeup to Breakups” episode with host AndreasChoice! She is such a sweetheart, and also a twin! Every time we see Andrea, she treats us like family!

In this episode, we talk about Honesty in friendships. Can you be too honest? Not honest enough? Where should that line be?  Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Winding Lace Braid Ponytail

June 20, 2013

You all know that we absolutely adore Lace Braids in our home!

A little over a year ago, a fan emailed us the lace braid ponytail photo that had been circulating on Pinterest and we filmed a tutorial on CGH#3 at that time. The video ended up being super long, lace braiding all the way around, and since we had just bought a new camera, the lighting was pretty awful, too. So, we decided to re-film the hairstyle a few weeks ago, before we moved to Texas.

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute HairstylesWhen we filmed the hairstyle, Brooklyn and I decided to find a shortcut to shorten the braid time without sacrificing the look of the spiral braid.

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

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The key is that you do not actually Lace Braid all the way down the ponytail.

Every time the braid wraps under the ponytail, I simply did 3-4 stitches of a regular braid and then wrapped it around behind, picking back up with the Lace Braid on the other side! You can’t tell the difference, and it makes the braid so much easier to do!

Here it is! I like it much better!

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Base Hairstyle: I began by doing a pompadour in the front of the hair to add a little volume…
  2. Next, gather the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the rubber band, and secure with a small bobby pin, to hide it…
  4. To begin the Winding Lace Braid:  Take a small section of hair at the top right side of the ponytail and divide it into three sections…
  5. Begin using a simple braid technique by creating one stitch of a simple braid…
  6. Now, add hair into the top {left-most) strand of the braid {you will only add hair into the top strands, never the bottom – this is what forms the lace braid}…
  7. As you add hair and continue the braid, begin to move from right to left across the top of the ponytail…
  8. When you reach the other side of the ponytail, stop adding in hair and continue with 4-5 stitches of a simple braid…
  9. Now take those 4-5 stitches and wrap it under/behind the ponytail and back around to the left side. You should now be directly under where you began the braid, by about 3 inches…
  10. Begin once again to add hair into the top strands of the braid, creating another lace-braided section, as you move across the ponytail in a slightly downward angle…
  11. Repeat the processes {Steps 8-10} above when you hit the left most edge of the ponytail…
  12. Continue until you run out of hair…
  13. At the very end of the ponytail, secure the entire braid/ponytail together with a hair elastic.

Enjoy!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch this room tour video my twins uploaded to their YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey!  It has been a popular one!

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Bailey’s Double Lace Twists | 3-Minute Hairstyles

April 28, 2013

Our Same-Side Lace Braid tutorial has been VERY popular, just passing 3,000,000 views yesterday!

Well, my 13-year old daughter, Bailey, knew it was popular, so she took it upon herself to figure out how to get a similar look… but with twists!  As you can see below, she figured it out!

Double Lace Twists | Cute and Easy HairstylesThe technique is very similar, by adding hair only into the top, but instead of braiding the strands together, you are twisting the two strands as you go back {like a rope braid}.

Double Lace Twists | Cute and Easy Hairstyles

Double Lace Twists | Cute and Easy Hairstyles

Here Bailey shows us all how to create “Double” Lace Twists on herself, simply to show you how easy it can be done! {I love that my twinnies are getting creative with their own hair!}

This is literally a 3-minute hairstyle! If you like, you may begin with only one twist which is very cute as well!

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

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Part off a medium size section of hair in the front bang area, close to the part line {if you have bangs, include them in this section to incorporate the bangs into the twist}…
  2. Now, divide this section into two strands and to twist them, the front strand over the back strand first…
  3. As you complete that one twist, add a small strand of hair from the top of the head {this creates the “Lace” effect to the twist as you go along}…
  4. Continue twisting and adding in hair for another 4-5 stitches, and then finish off the hair with a rope braid.
  5. Pin that top twist behind the head, out of the way, by using a bobby pin to keep it tight on the back of your head…
  6. Now grab a similar size section of hair in front, below the first twist, and repeat steps 2-4 to create a second lace twist…
  7. Finish off the second twist with a rope braid as well…
  8. Using your free hand, unpin the first twist from behind the head….
  9. Take both twists and connect them with an elastic at the end…
  10. When you let go of the rope braids, they will naturally twist together a little creating the illusion of a complicated 4 strand twist…

Enjoy!

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

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