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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The Run Braid Combo | Hairstyles for Sports

August 31, 2014

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Everyone is always asking for hairstyles that can be worn for sports, or anything athletic. The activities range from soccer, cheer, dance, gymnastics, softball, track, etc.

Well, I am a huge Lulu Lemon fan, and follow the company account on Instagram. This past week I saw this hairstyle pop up on my Instagram feed, so I just had to learn it and teach all of you!

The Run Braid Combo | Hairstyles for Sports

So, today, we are going to teach you how to create a Run Braid Combo!

To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHRunBraidCombo

Sport Hairstyles

If you know how to create French and simple braids, then you really are good to go for this hairstyle! It is one that will keep the hair pulled out of your face, and off of your neck during those practices and games.

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This hairstyle does not have to be limited to sports, though. Dressed with a cute t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers, would look adorable, too!

We are calling this a combo because you are combining several different braids into the hairstyle… French, simple, and rope. You can swap out any of these, and make several other beautiful combinations using Dutch, Lace, or Fishtail braids!

This hair style happens to be one of Brooklyn’s favorite braids right now, and leads to absolutely gorgeous 2nd-Day Curls the next day!

Sport Hairstyles Hairstyles for Sports The Run Braid Combo

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 3 small hair elastics, spray wax or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with wet or dry hair.
  2. At the very front of the head begin a French braid. Continue to add in hair to the French braid until you reach the ears.
  3. Stop adding in hair at this point and finish with a regular braid.
  4. Flip that braid up and out of the way.
  5. Gather up the remaining hair into a high ponytail.
  6. Before securing with an elastic, add the original braid into the ponytail as well and secure it along with the hair.
  7. Now flip the original braid out of the way again.
  8. Divide the remaining hair into three even sections.
  9. Braid each section and secure with elastics.
  10. Now place two braids in each hand.
  11. Twist the braids around each other until you run out of hair.
  12. Secure the hair together with an elastic.
  13. Remove the original elastics so there is only the one holding them all together.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Run Braid Combo hairstyle!

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey uploaded a cute Back-to-School DIY Notebook decorating tutorial on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel this week. Even Kamri got in on the action, so click below to view!

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Double Dutchback | Heidi Klum Hairstyles

August 25, 2014

My dad is so cute! He’s so proud of our family, our fans, and what this hair thing has accomplished! Dad’s always texting or emailing me photos of hairstyles he sees when he is running errands, or even watching TV!

Double Dutchback | Edgy Hairstyles

Several weeks ago, he emailed me a photo of a hairstyle worn by Heidi Klum during an episode America’s Got Talent. {Funny thing, I had seen the episode and thought her hair looked awesome!} In the email, he hinted that we “should seriously film a video of it!”

Dad, this one is for you! Today we are going to show you how to create an edgy Side Double Dutchback hairstyle!

Double Dutchback Rocker Hairstyle

We used a base of subtle waves for this hairstyle, and the combo consists of two Dutch braids on only one side of the head. The braids go back, then wrap down, and underneath the back of the head where the braids are secured an hair elastic. This cute hairstyle provides an “edgy” look that would be perfect for competitive dance or cheer teams. {I can foresee several dance groups wearing this one, for sure!} We wear it around here to provide that perfect POP with cute jeans, sneakers, and a t-shirt.

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This style can also be worn for several days, and looks adorable with straight, curly, or wavy hair! If you are careful with it, you can wear it for several days in a row, too!

To see your hairstyle recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHDoubleDutchback

It is another way to get the “shaved” look without committing to a razor and half-bald head! {We’ve posted another single single side-up hairstyle called Side Flat Twists here before, and it was a very popular one.}

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Please leave a comment below letting me know what TV shows you love, especially those that showcase great hair! I’d like to know!

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

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting a section of hair about on one side, about 1-1.5 inchs above the ear, towards the back of the head…
  2. Then, slightly curve the part to follow your hairline above the nape of the neck…
  3. Secure the rest of the hair out of the way with a ponytail holder…
  4. Create a Dutch braid with the section you just created above the ear, braiding it back and down, and underneath the set-aside hair…
  5. When you reach the back corner of the head, at the nape of the neck, feel free to braid down a few simple braid stitches, and secure with an elastic…
  6. Now go back to the side and part a new section of hair about 1-1.5 inches above the the previous part, following it down and along the back as before…
  7. Secure the remaining hair, again, out of the way with a ponytail holder…
  8. With your newly created parted section, create a second Dutch braid, following it down along the back as before…
  9. When you reach the back corner of the head, feel free to remove the elastic from the previous braid, and combine the two braids together and re-secure with the elastic…
  10. Lastly, remove the ponytail holder from the set-aside section, and allow it to fall naturally {this will hide the elastic from the braids and also give your hair that completed, fun, edgy “shaved” look}…
  11. Add soft curls to the hair, and hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of Heidi Klum inspired hairdo!

Happy Hairstyling!

A week ago, while we were in LA for BeautyCon, we met up with a good friend, Andrea Brooks from AndreasChoice. She and her sister Brittany are twins as well, and they are fascinated with Brooklyn and Bailey. So much so, that they decided to film a video together to determine if Twinepathy {twin telepathy} really exists!

The video is now on the girls’ BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel, so feel free to click below and watch it! Prepare to laugh!

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Half-Loop Braidback | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 05, 2014

We love tiebacks because they are very mature looking, and can be worn with straight, wavy, or curly hair as the base. I promise, you will receive so many compliments on this one!

Half-Loop Braidback | Back to School Hairstyles

Today we are teaching you how to create a Half-Loop Braidback, using the Feather Braid stranding we’ve shown you before. To create the loops in this braid, you “skip-stitch” the feathered strands from the braid, and then pancake them to your liking.

Half-Loop Braidback | Back to School Hairstyles

This tutorial is inspired by a few shots I saw on Instagram, one from a viewer named Sophia who posted a photo of this after being inspired by our French Loop Braid a few weeks ago, and another by hairstyling momma, Annie.

To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHHalfLoopBraidback

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We categorized this style as “Medium” in skill level, only because the skip-stitching can be confusing. Be sure to watch the video closely to know exactly when to bring back in a previously-feathered strand.

Adding the Loop Braiding technique, to any French, Dutch, Simple, or Lace Braids, you can definitely dress up any braid! I can imagine this being used in any number of wedding hairstyles, or Prom and Homecoming hairstyle combos.

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Don’t you think this braid is beautiful? On what occasions would you wear this? Perfect for Back-to-School, right?

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair slightly off center {you don’t want the part to be too deep, or the braids will be uneven}…
  2. Next, create a section from that part line down to about an inch above the ear, as leaving some hair to cover the ear creates a more mature look to the style {you can also pull all the hair back above the ear for a younger look}…
  3. Now divide that section into three even strands, and begin one simple braid stitch…
  4. In the next stitch, on the elbow of hair closest to the ear, remove a tiny little strand and let it fall {we call this technique “feather braiding”}…
  5. Now, create a 3rd braid stitch, and, again, on the lower piece, create a falling feathered strand {this will be the 2nd feather strand you drop}…
  6. Create a 4th braid stitch, and, again, on the lower strand, create a falling feathered strand {this will be the 3rd feather strand you drop}…
  7. However, on this stitch, after you drop the 3rd feathered strand, go back and pick up the first feathered strand and add it back into the lower right-most strand {you essentially trade strands…you drop the 3rd feathered strand, and then pick up the first and add it into that same strand of hair}…
  8. Now create a 5th braid stitch, and, again, drop the feathered strand and then add back into the braid the 2nd feathered strand…
  9. After about 3-4 stitches, go back and gently tug on the feathered elbows so that they pop out from the braid, creating the integral “looping” in the braid {if you braid all the way down first, it will become much harder to pull the loops out}…
  10. Continue Steps #3-9 until you near the end of the hair, or have created a long enough braid to reach the back of the head {the desired length of the braidback is entirely up to you}…
  11. When you near the end of the braid, stop dropping new feathered strands and simply add in the last two previously feathered strands {this gives a nice finishing point to the braid}…
  12. Repeat Steps #3-11 on the other side of the head.
  13. When both sides are braided, secure them together in the back of the head, adjusting the length to your liking…
  14. Add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Half-Loop Braidback!

Happy Hairstyling!

My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, just returned from a summer trip to Utah and EFY Summer Camp. Feel free to click below and see their recap of the trip!

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Pancaked Bun of Braids | Updo Hairstyles

July 20, 2014

Based upon the number of views, we can tell you’ve all loved our Rope Twisted Bun from a few months back! As lovely as that hairstyle is, it can take awhile to create.

Bun of Braids

So, this week, Kamri and I thought it would be fun to show you another of our adorable textured bun hairstyles, that uses some of the same techniques, only much faster to complete!

Bun of Braids

This style is called the Pancaked Bun of Braids! The updo uses a bun maker/donut over a ponytail, and is exactly what the name states… a bun full of pancaked braids! {If you do not have a bun maker, you can make one simply by cutting the toe off of a long sock, and then rolling up the sock.}

There are a few tricks to getting this bun just right, and in this tutorial {particularly the video} I will show you several tips on how to do this.

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To see your recreation featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHBunOfBraids

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This hairstyle would be perfect for dance, gymnastics, ballet, cheer, weddings, Prom, Homecoming, or for every day wear!  You can dress it up by wearing something formal, or dress it down with a cute t-shirt and jeans.

The best thing about this beautiful bun, is that it can last you for two days!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bun maker, 1 small hair elastic, 6-8 hair pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair in a high ponytail…
  2. Put the ponytail of hair through the middle of a bun maker, and let the hair natural separate and fall until it covers the entire bun maker…
  3. Now create a little separation in one spot on the bun maker {this is where you will begin your first braid}…
  4. Gather about one inch of hair, and begin a simple braid {the braid needs to be somewhat loose, don’t pull it too tight as you braid}…
  5. Braid down this length of hair about 6-8 inches, enough to wrap around the bun maker once, and that’s it…
  6. Now, stick your fingers down through the middle of the bun maker, and underneath it, grabbing the end of the braid and pulling it through {this wraps the braid once around the bun maker}…
  7. Next, taking that same braid, separate any still braided hair so that all the hair in the strand is loose again…
  8. Add in about ½ inch of new hair to your first strand, making sure to mix the hair thoroughly by running your fingers through it {ensuring that the short strand is now evenly mixed with the longer new strand}…
  9. Now, divide your newly-created section of hair into three even strands and begin a regular a new three strand braid {again, only braid down about 6-8 inches}…
  10. Reach your fingers down through the bun maker, and underneath it, and pull through this braid, making another braid wrap around the bun.
  11. Next, take a hair pin, and pin together the very outside edges of the two braids, on the underside of the bun {helping to cover the bun maker}…
  12. Now loosen any left over braiding to the strand, and add in a new 1/2 inch section of hair once again…
  13. Complete Steps #8-12 until you have used up all remaining hair…
  14. One your last braid, continue with a simple braid all the way down the strand, and secure with an elastic…
  15. Wrap this braid around the bun maker as many times as you can, keeping in mind that it needs to be loose enough to pancake it {the number of wraps depends on your hair length, for Kamri’s I wrapped it twice around and pinned the end inside the bun} …
  16. Now go back and pancake the braids by tugging on the elbows of the braids, to create a full textured effect to the bun {you really want the braids to be nice and flat, which will very much help hide the bun maker}…
  17. Use hair pins, to help make the bun have a perfect look…
  18. Add an accessory and hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think updo! To where would you wear this style?

Happy Hairstyling!

We’ve been traveling a lot this summer, and our twins are now in Utah for two weeks without us! {Yes, I miss them terribly!} So, in preparation for the trip, the girls filmed a teen “Airplane Essentials” and uploaded it on Wednesday to their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! Simply click below to see a haul of what they take with them on a plane! Great tips!

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