Peek-a-Boo Tuxedo Braid | Creative Hairstyles

April 12, 2015

My “to-do” list of hairstyle tutorials is several pages long, and it doesn’t seem to get any shorter! The twins are adding more to the list, as are many of you readers… and we love it!

This Tuxedo Braid hairstyle has been on my list for about eight months now, it’s one that we’ve done from time to time on the girls after first seeing it online a few years ago.

Tuxedo Braid

Back then, Kamri started calling it the Tuxedo Braid, because the inside Dutch Braid looks like the ruffles of a vintage tuxedo, with the outer loose French Braid acting like the jacket of the tux. {The kids’ recognize blue tuxes like that from my in-law’s wedding photo.}

Tuxedo Braid

This braid has also been called a Peek-A-Boo Braid. I am not sure from where the style originated, but a couple of viewers have tagged us on FB or sent in emails, one of them, Gabi, with a photo for a much more relaxed version of this braid from Cosmopolitan’s website. We decided to bump it up the list and finally film a tutorial on it. Diane Kruger also wore it to the 2014 Fashion Awards show. While I like Cosmo’s interpretation, the version we’ve always done uses a higher hide of the Dutch Braid, just like a tux’s jacket.

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

I would definitely recommend doing this hairstyle on someone else first, just to get the hang of it. Making sure to center both braids can be difficult without a good set of bathroom mirrors, or eyes on the back of your head!

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This style can be created wet or dry, loose or tight… it all depends on the look that you are going for. If you have thinner hair, be sure to use a good hairspray or spray wax to help hold in flyaway from the loose French Braid sections.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastichairspray or spray wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with the hair down and brushed, I prefer the hair to be straight for this hairstyle…
  2. Next, part the hair beginning at the highest point of left eyebrow {about 1 inch off center}, parting it down from the forehead to base of the neck…
  3. Then make a second part, same as the first, above the highest point of the right eyebrow all the way down to the base of the neck, giving you about a 2 inch center parted stripe down the middle of the head…
  4. Secure the two outside sections of hair out of the way, into low ponytails while yo work on the center section.
  5. With the newly parted center section of hair, begin a simple 3-strand Dutch Braid, and continue it all the way down to the nape of the neck and secure it there with a hair elastic {leave the remainder of that hair unbraided}…
  6. Go back and pancake {tug on the elbows} the Dutch Braid so that it lays flatter and gives a fuller and flatter look {this braid will give the hairstyle the ruffled shirt look of a vintage tuxedo}…
  7. Now, release the two low ponytails on either side of the head and pick up a small section of hair, on both sides of the part line, near the crown of the head…
  8. Then divide those two strands into three sections and begin a loose French Braid {the loose version is also called a Mermaid Braid}…
  9. You want this braid to be a loose braid so be sure to hold the strands softly in your hands, instead of tighly {It is easier to do if you braid the hair away from the head a bit, instead of right against the head}…
  10. Pick up strands from either side of the head, to add into the French Braid as you work your way down, but, again, don’t pull them tightly {you want this to cover about the bottom half of the Dutch Braid, just like a tuxedo jacket would, but not the upper half}…
  11. When you reach the nape of the neck, and have run out of hair to add in from the sides, you can leave the hair as is in a “half-up, half down” hairstyle, or continue on with a simple 3-strand braid…
  12. Secure with an elastic, and add hairspray or spray wax {optional} to help hold the hair and control flyaways.

Please watch our step-by-step video tutorial for this braid by clicking below!

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Happy Hairstyling!

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Mermaid Heart Braid | Cute Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

January 25, 2015

I can’t believe another Valentine’s Day is here! With only a few weeks to go, it is now time for another heart hairstyle! Valentine’s Day hairstyles have become some of our most popular tutorial, and this one will be not different.

Valentine's Day Hairstyles

This style combines three little elastic heartlets with a Mermaid Braid technique and curls. We’ve worn it several times, letting the hair fall straight, combining it all into a simple braid, and here with curls. We love how it turns out every time! Even as we were taking photos, moms were stopping us to either comment on the hearts, or ask me how we created them.

To see the entire tutorial, simply click below!

Now, you can complete this hairstyle with either wet or dry hair, it really depends on the look you are going for. We’ve done both and they are equally as beautiful in their own way. Today, we are teaching you on wet hair, which we know keeps the hair tighter and the hearts more uniform {adding a little pomade helps, too}.

Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Feel free to use pink, red, or clear elastics in the hair, as those colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day hairstyles. I went with dark elastics today only because I wanted the hearts to be the main attention draw.

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

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This style was inspired from a combination of my hairblogging friends, Лена Роговая, Princess Hairstyles and Mimiamassari.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 6 small hair elastics, pomade, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with wet or dry hair {I find that for the first try, the hair lays better if done wet}…
  2. Then pick up a section of hair right behind each temple.  Pull them to the back center of the head, apply a little bit of pomade, and then secure with an elastic…
  3. Pick up another small section of hair directly underneath the first ones, pulling them to the back of the head, and applying pomade, just as you did before…
  4. On your first side, place your pointer and middle fingers onto of the section you just pulled back…
  5. Then tuck your fingers underneath the first section you pulled back….
  6. Now, place the second strand between those fingers and gently pull the strand downward {this should create a looping effect around the first strand of hair}…
  7. Repeat Steps #4-6 on the other side…
  8. Next, grab the ends of the two second strand and secure them together to form the heart shape {make sure you like the shape of the heart before you move on}…
  9. Continue with Steps #4-8 for both sides until you have three total hearts…
  10. Optional: I ended the style with three hearts and curled the rest with my wand, you could also add a simple braid, a fishtail, or continue the hearts down the remaining hair into a full Mermaid Braid.

Please leave a comment below letting us know what you think about this Mermaid Heart Braid! In what combinations would you wear it?

Happy Hairstyling!

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The Twist Braid | Cute Braids

January 11, 2015

We received an email last month from a Canadian girl named Shelby H, who included a photo of a hairstyle that we used as inspiration for this tutorial.

Twist Braid

The braid is a unique combination of a vertical Waterfall Twist and a Mermaid Braid. I had never thought of combining those two braids before, and the resulting braid is stunning! Thanks, Shelby!

Please carefully notice the stranding for the first few braid stitches. This stranding can be confusing, but once you get one or two stitches down… the rest of the braid is a cinch. You can certainly braid this hairstyle up tightly, but we prefer it loose. We’ve tried both.

This is a cute hairstyle that fits in line with many of the Mermaid Braid variations floating on Pinterest. I can already imagine using this braid as a base for an updo combo, taking it down to the base of the head and then creating a chignon, or curled/braided bun.  For French Braid lovers, this braid will also fit nicely in your style arsenal!

Twist Braid Instructions

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

Did you notice something different about Kamri in this week’s tutorial? It was her birthday a few weeks ago, and at age 12 we allow our girls to start wearing makeup {a little mascara and lip gloss}. She was thrilled to be my model, because she was hoping you would all notice her eyes! Not that Kamri needs mascara, because her lashes are so long, but it does make them darker.

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair parted slightly off to one side {Alternate Option: you can brush all the hair back away from the face and have no part line}…
  2. Move to the back of the head, at the crown, and pick up a section of hair…
  3. Divide that section of hair into two strands…
  4. Take the left strand and move it over the right strand…
  5. Pick up another section of hair from the left, and take it over the left-most strand and place it in the middle of the two twist strands…
  6. Now take the left stand and move it over the right stand again {this creates a twist in the center just as you do in the the Waterfall Twist}, creating your first stitch…
  7. Next, do a stitch the other way by picking up another section of hair from the right, and take it over the right-most strand and place it in the middle of the two twist strands…
  8. Then, take the left strand again and move it over the right stand, creating your 2nd stitch…
  9. Repeat Steps #5-8 all the way down the hair, keeping the hair slightly loose so that the braid isn’t too tight.
  10. Optional: As you go down, you can pull out a few wispy strand out near the face to frame the front and soften the look…
  11. As you reach the end of the braid, the ends of the hair your strands will become more distinct because you have already used them previously…
  12. Secure with an elastic, adjust the braid to your liking, and add hairspray {if desired}.

What do you think? Please do leave a comment below letting us know what hairstyles you would like us to film next!

Happy Hairdoing!

With the New Year beginning, it was time for the family to take part in our annual Polar Bear Plunge! To see everyone in our family attempt it on BrooklynAndBailey‘s YouTube channel, be sure to click the video below!

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Mermaid Half Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

September 07, 2014

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Our Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid did so well back in May 2013, that we decided show you another mermaid braid look today!

Mermaid Braid Tutorial

This Mermaid Half Braid is a half-up, half-down hairstyle with gorgeous definition in its stranding!

A Mermaid Braid works similar to a Lace Braid, however you are adding strands in on “both” sides of the braid, instead of just one. {You can think of it as an creating an extremely fine stranded, but loose, French Braid.}

If you want to see your recreation photos featured in our CGH App, please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHMermaidHalfBraid

Mermaid Braid

You can carry the mermaid stranding all the way down the braid, if you would like, and it will be beautiful! We stopped half way down,  because we loved how it looked. Your braid length is merely a matter of personal preference.

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I wouldn’t recommend this style for any girls who will be very “active” throughout the day, such as in PE, dance, or other athletics. This style would be worn more for casual wear, or dressed up. {Trust us, we have tried it during soccer and had to tie it all up in a ponytail!}

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Kamri has worn this Mermaid Half Braid a few times over the past several months, and her friends absolutely love it! When she first came home, she told us that a few boy classmates even commented on it, which is a huge shocker coming from boys her age!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by straightening the hair, to create a nice sleek look as your base…
  2. Comb all hair towards the back of the head, and create a middle part down the center of the head {allowing hair to fall straight down after parting}…
  3. Now, go to each side of the head, and, from the front near the temple, pick up one small strand {all strand pickups will be from the front}…
  4. Pick up a second independent strand from the left side…
  5. You should now have three strands of hair {you can use some spray wax, pomade, or water, to help the strand stay uniform and separate from other strands}…
  6. Begin a regular braid stitch with the three strands…
  7. Do not pull the pieces too tight, as you want the braid to drape softly, allowing the strands to curtain naturally {the first stitch should hang right about at the base of the head}…
  8. Before you begin your second stitch, pull in a new thin strand of hair from the front of each side, as you would with a regular French braid…
  9. Continue to braid down about four inches, then stop adding in new strands of hair and continue with a simple three-strand braid.
  10. Secure with an elastic.
  11. Add any bows or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Mermaid Half Braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, Bailey shares her August 2014 favorites on her BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. If you are curious to see what she chose to share, feel free to click below!

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Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

May 12, 2013

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Many fans have emailed or tagged me in photos from Pinterest and Instagram asking me to film a mermaid braid tutorial.

To be honest, I haven’t loved the style enough to film one because I didn’t particularly like how the strands pulled into the braid from the front and sides.

Thinking about it for some weeks now, it hit me that we should create a hairstyle combination using the Waterfall Twists as a base for the style… and then use the falling strands of those twists as the “add-ins” for the Mermaid Braid!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

If you love this photo, please feel free to pin it!

When I tried it out, as soon as I released the braid… it nearly took my breath away! We L-O-V-E-D it!!!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

CGH#3 wanted to be my model knowing that today is Mother’s Day, and she asked to do the video introduction as well! Isn’t she adorable???

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

If you love this photo, please feel free to pin it!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing hair, and making a center part right down the head…
  2. Complete a waterfall twist on both sides of the head, beginning near the temples and ending at the back of the head…
  3. Take the ends of both twists {you should have 4 strands total} and create three strands from them {I do this by joining together two strands, one from each side, to create one strand}…
  4. Now begin a simple braid….
  5. After one complete stitch, pick up the nearest waterfall strand {the hair running through the twist} on the left side of the head and add it into your left-most braid strand…
  6. Now pick up the nearest waterfall strand on the right side of the head and add it into your right-most braid strand…
  7. Next, complete a regular braid stitch without adding in any hair {this will space out the stranding and create the mermaid braid look}..
  8. Repeat Steps 5-7 by adding in the waterfall strands until you run out…
  9. After all waterfall strands are included, finish the rest of the hair off into the simple braid…
  10. Secure with a hair elastic…
  11. Add any accessory or ribbon as desired.

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!

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