Ribbon-Accented Loony Braid | Hairstyle Ideas

September 08, 2013

Be sure to tag #CGHRibbonLoonyBraid on your recreations of this hairstyle on Instagram and Twitter! We will be searching your photos and posting some of them on our CuteGirlsHairstyles Instagram page this week!

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My voice has not yet recovered from being sick, so this week my daughter Bailey offered to film one of the hairstyles she has been wearing lately … which I felt was very thoughtful!

It actually brought a tear to my eye when she volunteered! I was all ready to film a more difficult hairstyle, and became frustrated when my voice was not responding well.  She noticed on her own as asked me if I would let her demo her own hairstyle. I so appreciate her for that {and much, much more}!

Many of you loyal readers have seen our Loony Braid tutorials in year past, and this version is a variation that Bailey uses with her favorite color of ribbon as an accent.

Ribbon Accent Loony Braid

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This braiding technique creates such a fun and beautifully-accented braid, and can literally be done in approximately two minutes!

If you know how to create a simple three-strand braid… then this hairstyle will be a cinch!

Ribbon Accent Loony Braid Ribbon Accent Loony Braid

Ribbon Accent Loony Braid

We show you below how to create a simple side loony braid, however you can use this braid in a pair, or in any number of hairstyle combinations {like tiebacks, hidden braids, etc}.


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 2 yards {2 meters} of your favorite color hair ribbon, hairspray or pomade {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} Bailey began with her hair twisted back away from her face, to keep her bangs and layers under control….
  2. Begin by securing the hair into a low ponytail, over one shoulder, with a hair band…
  3. Next, take the end of the ribbon {about 6 feet or 2 meters long} and thread it through the elastic…
  4. Pull the end of that ribbon through the elastic until both ribbon strands are exactly the same length {about 3 feet or 1 meter each}…
  5. Take one side of the ribbon and wrap it around the hair band to help hide…
  6. Now, cross the ribbon pieces to tighten  and secure it around the elastic…
  7. You should now have three total “strands,” two ribbon strands and one large hair strand {to help control fly-aways, you may choose to apply a good pomade to the hair strand}…
  8. Begin a simple three-strand braid using those three strands…
  9. When your braid gets to the end of your hair, tie the two ends of the ribbon into a knot to secure the hair in place…
  10. Cut off any excess ribbon with a small pair of scissors {adult supervision required}…
  11. Lastly but not least, gently tug on the elbows of the braid which helps them to pop out in between the ribbon strands. This effectively creates the “Loony” part of the braid.
  12. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

For anyone wanting to learn how to be fashionable on a babysitter’s budget, you will need to view BrooklynAndBailey’s first episode of their Thrift Store Fashion Show series below…

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Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyle Accents

June 09, 2013

I apologize for the delay in posting to the blog, as we have moved to Texas these past two weeks and have been without internet.  Our past two styles posted automatically on YouTube, but we did not have time to schedule these posts here before we left.  Just catching you up! xoxo

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Today’s hairstyle is a half-up, half down style that is quite a bit different than others you may have seen.

It is also very easy to do. CGH#3 volunteered to do the style, and it was perfect because her hair showcases these braids very well! You can also use one or more of these braids as accents in any hairstyle.

Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyle Accents

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The braids are very similar to our Loony Braids tutorial that has been very popular on YouTube, but instead of braiding with one large strand and two smaller strands… these textured braids are made reversed with “one small strand” and “two larger strands”.

The added pullback I created on CGH#3 here is optional, and if you choose to use it, you will need to bobby pin it to be sure it covers the third braid…

Textured Braids

Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, 1-2 bobby pins and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by taking the top section {crown area} of hair and pulling it towards the back of head {make sure to leave about 1 inch of hair above each ear that should not be pulled back}…
  2. Now, braid this section using a lopsided braid, meaning two regular strands and one small strand.
  3. When you are done with this braid secure with an elastic and pancake {pull out} the elbows of the braid to add texture and shape to the braid…
  4. Now, pick up a section of hair on the right side and repeat another lopsided braid . Try to use a section similar in size to the first braid {do not grab the front section over the right ear into this braid}…
  5. When braid is done, secure ends with an elastic and pancake the edges as you did in Step #3.
  6. Now take the edges of hair over both ears, and a little hair from the left side of original braid to create a third braid of the left side.  You should be pulling the hair over the right ear across the top of the original braid.  This just adds a little extra texture and uniqueness to the braids…
  7. Create the third braid and secure end with an elastic.  Pancake the elbows for added emphasis.  {Optional: Create the third braid  without crossing the hair from the right over both braids}.

Video Tutorial:

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!

Also, feel free to watch my twins’ video this week from their YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey!  We all ate CRICKETS!!!

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Leather Accent Loony Braids | Cute Braids

October 28, 2012

Since Halloween is only a few days away, we decided to show you what CGH#3 wants to be for Halloween! She did not want to be a fairy, or something scary… she wanted to be someone from history. The challenge is to come up with cute Halloween hairstyles!

We, of course, were going for Pocahontas, but are very careful not use the character name in the tutorial due to our contract with Disney, so we are calling this a “Native American Princess” hairstyle.

Loony Braid with Leather Accents

{* Note from Mindy:  Please note, my daughter’s choice in dress this year is not in any way mocking an indigenous culture and is nothing more than an honor and celebration of it.  She has been studying early American history in school this first semester, talks about Native American culture every day, and has been checking out books at the library and reading them on her own. She loves the stories of Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Not sure if any of our fans, know this, but our youngest daughter is 1/16th Native American {from her great-great grandmother}.  We honor and celebrate all cultures in our home.}

Given all of our braided hairstyles to choose from, we simply could not settle for a 3-strand braid. We wanted something a little different, so decided to accent an idea from one of our old videos called Loony Braids.

  1. We began by parting the hair down the middle of the head, and into two side ponytails. We then took a basic strand of crafting leather, doubled it over, and secured it around the ponytail.
  2. The next step is to grab the whole ponytail and use it as one of the three braiding strands along with the two remaining strands of leather. {Yes, the hair actually becomes the 3rd strand!}
  3. Once I braided to the end of the ponytail, I secured it with a clear hair elastic and cut of any excess leather. You could also simply take the remaining strands of leather and create a bow at the end.
  4. Repeat the same steps as above on the other ponytail…

Loony Braid with Leather Accents | Pocahontas Braids

Loony Braids with Leather Accents | Cute Braid Ideas

You can see that by braiding the two small strands of leather along with the ponytail acting as the 3rd strand, that the resulting braid has a very fun zig-zag look to it!  You can pull out the elbows of the braid to make the braid look more “jagged”, but we left the braid as is for this style.

This can be an everyday braid, and you can substitute pretty much anything in place of the leather for a different accented look.  You can use ribbon, colored yarn/string, strips of fabric, old necklace chains, etc.


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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Loony Braids | Crazy Hairstyles

September 01, 2010

This is a fun braided hairstyle we have used for a few years now, a hairdo which my girls creatively call Loony Braids. This particular one uses a 3-strand technique, but there is also a 4-strand version which is very cute (posted on our  Facebook Page by a fun mom name Julie about a month ago).  I am hoping to post a video tutorial of that braid very soon…

Loony Braids (side)

This is one of those braided hairstyles that is perfect for a teenager as well because the style is unique enough not be seen as little Laura Ingalls-ish.  The braid needs to be done fairly tight (although popular braid styles today are worn fairly loose) because if it is not, the smaller strands cannot grip the larger one… causing you to lose the creative bends throughout the day.

Loony Braids (Front)

Items Needed: Spray bottle, rat-tail comb, 2 hairbands, accessories (as desired).

Time Requirement: 5-10 Minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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