How to Create a Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

January 12, 2014

This braid is similar-looking to a conjoined double Cobra Braid, only the stranding is different and very tricky.

This is not a new braiding technique, but the braid should be included on the list as one of the most beautiful braids out there!

How to Create a Zipper Braid I first saw this technique in video form on YouTube in Spanish back in July by a talented braider named Diana Rojas. Our version uses the technique diagonally across the back and ending in a braided bun for an absolutely gorgeous updo! {The braid would actually look great in any number of hairstyle combos.}

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHZipperBraid

We imagine this hairstyle as being a perfect updo for Prom, Homecoming, or any other formal occasion.  You are going to simply LOVE IT!!!

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My first huge tip is to wet down the hair before braiding. For braids that involve multiples in stranding, we find that this helps the braid be more clean and crisp in the final look.

As you braid, you may find a few “sharks” {parts where the hair sticks up like a shark fin in water} will appear. Simply comb them towards the braid and tuck them under it, to help hide them.

How to Create a Zipper Braid

How to Create a Zipper Braid

This is an expert-level braid that can be difficult the first few times, but is easy each subsequent attempt and truly amazing if you know how to do it! Again, the first few stitches are the most difficult, so keep practicing until you get it!

CGH3 has worn this to school a few days over the past few months.  The girls at her school loved it so much that they were taking photos of them on their phones and texting it to their friends.

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Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Apparently the photos spread to older sisters, who then showed the photos to my twins at their Junior High asking them to show me the style! My twins and CGH3 thought that was so funny how fast it spread, and came back full circle to us!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hairband, 3-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting down the hair…  
  2. Start with a small section near the top of the head, and divide into three strands…  
  3. Now, take the middle strand and take it over the left strand…  
  4. Then take the new middle strand and take it over the right strand…  
  5. This completes your first stitch of the braid.  
  6. Now take the new middle strand and take it over the left strand again, then take it under the two strands to the right, and have your daughter hold it {this secures the first stitch in place, without slipping}…
  7. Pick up a tiny section of hair on the right side of your head, which will be come the new strand.  
  8. Next, take this piece over the middle strand and then under the left strand, and ask your daughter to hold it…
  9. Up until this point, you have been prepping the base stitches for the core braid.
  10. Now you will begin the Zipper stranding… 
  11. Pick up hair on the left side of the head, take it over the middle strand and under the right strand, and ask you daughter to hold {she will now have two strands of hair in her right hand}…
  12. Take the first strand she was holding, and bring it UNDER the new strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand…
  13. This will create a little sandwich around that strand of hair. 
  14. Pick up more hair on the right side, and take it over the middle strand, and then under the left strand, and have your daughter hold this second strand… 
  15. Now, take the first strand of hair from her, and take it UNDER the second strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand {from this point, the braid is repetitive}…
  16. Continue to repeat Steps #11-12, and 14-15, until you run out of hair {as you go, the braid will continue to take form and look more and more like a zipper}…
  17. Feel free to finish it off with an elastic for a ponytail, add a bow, or continue with a simple braid and twisting it up into a bun {as we did in the video}.
  18. Use bobby pins to secure any option bun in place.
  19. Add hairspray {as desire}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Book Review video, sharing their thoughts on John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, and Marie Lu’s Legend!

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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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How to create a Sides-Up Slide-Up Hairstyle

December 15, 2013

One of the first tutorials we ever posted on our website nearly 5 years ago, was a Slide-Up Braid {aka Snake Braid}, video version here. That video has over 6,250,000 views today!

We have done a couple of Slide-Up Braid variations over the years, but this is a beautiful style because it style is so subtle.

How to create a Sides-Up Slide-Up Hairstyle

The purpose of a Sides-Up ‘do is to pull back your sides with a cute hairstyling accent, while letting your straight or curly hair be the feature. This style does simply that.

Bailey began by using a curling wand on her hair, to get her soft bouncy curls. By creating Slide-Up Braids on either side of the head, and pinning them back while covering the pins with your down hair, you are left with this beautiful hairstyle! {We have also called this type of pin-back technique as “Hidden Braids”.}

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Bailey wore this hairstyle to her school Christmas concert yesterday and received lots of compliments on it. We are certain that you will too, when you wear this hairdo!

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Be sure to tag your own photos with #CGHSidesUpSlideUp so that we can see them!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 4-6 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with curly or straight hair, parted down the middle {we curled the hair before this video using a curling wand}…
  2. Next, create a part just slightly above the end of the eyebrow going back just a few inches towards the back of your head…
  3. Then take that part down to just behind the ear {this should give you a triangle-shaped section of hair}…
  4. Clip or pin the front section of hair out of the way…
  5. Now, using the sectioned-out triangle strand of hair above the ear, create a loose simple braid {make sure you braid towards the back of your head so that it can lay flat, and remember that you do not want to braid too tight or the braid won’t slide up}…
  6. Once you have completed the braid, simply hold the middle strand with the thumb and index finger of your left and and gently slide up the other two strands with the other hand, towards the head {make sure you push the hair tightly against the head, creating the desired snaking effect in the braid}…
  7. Easing the braid up just a little bit, secure it with an elastic to make sure the slide up section stays intact.
  8. Repeat Steps #2-7 on the other side of the head.
  9. Next, release the rest of your hair you had clipped away on top and finger comb it down…
  10. Lay the braid flat against your head over the top of your hair, and using two crossed bobby pins, secure it in place.
  11. Using a little hair from the back of your head, spread it over the bobby pins to hide them.
  12. Repeat on the other side of your head and you are finished.
  13. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week my twins BrooklyAndBailey uploaded a Christmas Weather TAG video, showing you some of their winter weather favorites! {These girls are so funny to watch, and you are only seeing a glimpse of what I see all day long!}

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French-Up High Bun | Updo Hairstyle Ideas

December 14, 2013

Last week, our neighborhood went without electricity and heat for just over two days, after an awful ice storm here in Dallas, with temperatures below freezing! Yes, we were super cold, but did have a few fireplaces going to provide heat.

That being said, there wasn’t any way to shower, or curl my hair without getting sick, so I instead exclusively relied on hair buns.

Upside Down French Braid Bun This bun style uses a French-Up technique, which is an upside down French braid, and it has been a very popular style during 2013.  We had shown this style briefly in a video two years ago, but never filmed a full tutorial for it. It is basically an Upside-Down French Braid into a Bun!

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I love this French-Up High Bun, and since it was the style I wore for those two freezing days with out electricity, we felt it appropriate to show you how to recreate it!

In the video, I am using a hair bun tool called the Wrap-Up that I have been carrying around in my purse for months. {You can find one at the the link above, and by using the coupon code of Merry1230, you will receive 20% off your purchase until Dec 30th, 2013.}

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Also, if you are careful CHG tutorial viewers, you will notice that this is the exact same tool that Brooklyn used on me in the DisneySide video we posted a few months ago! You can see the video here.

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by separating hair from just above one ear to just above the other ear, and secure the front section out of the way…
  2. Now flip head upside down {you can also lay over the end of the couch or end of abed to be more comfortable in braiding}…
  3. Pick up a section near the base of the neck and and begin braiding down a regular French braid {pick up pieces of hair and add them in along the way, continuing to braid towards the top of your head}…
  4. Once you run out of hair to add in, continue with a simple braid and secure with a hair elastic…
  5. Now tip head back up {and catch a breath, letting the blood flow normally for a minute}…
  6. Next, gather and smooth the front section of your year and combine it with the braid into a high ponytail…
  7. Then create a bun by using a wrap up, bun maker, sock bun, or simply using your hair {I love the wrap up as it makes doing a bun quick and easy, and it looks great every time}…
  8. Add in a few bobby pins, as needed,to secure the bun and tuck any hair whispies…
  9. Add hair accessory and hairspray {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Be sure to watch the BrooklyAndBailey‘s video below, where they show you how to make cute little {and inexpensive} Christmas gifts for friends!

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DIY Double Fishtail Twist | Braided Hairstyles

December 01, 2013

My little Bailey is becoming quite an expert little braider! She has been wearing this one around as one of her go-to hairstyles lately, and telling me about her friends’ reactions.

So, I asked her if she would be willing to share it with you, too, and she agreed!

Double Fishtail Twist | Braid Hairstyles {First off, can I just say that my girls are growing up way too fast! Just look at them, and then compare them to the little girls in some of our earlier tutorials!}

If you know how to create a fishtail braid, then this hairstyle will be easy for you. If you do not know how, you can learn here from one of our first tutorials.

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Basically you create two fishtail braids, and then twist them flatly around each other into a cute side twist.

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium {for time}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sweeping all the hair over to one side of the head…
  2. Separate the hair into two smaller sections, and secure one out of the way for now…
  3. Using the free section, begin creating a regular fishtail braid… to create a fishtail braid, you begin by separating the hair into two strands.
  4. Now take a very small piece of hair from the outside edge of the right strand, and pull it over the top and place it on the inside edge of the second strand…
  5. Now take a small piece from outside edge the left strand, cross it over the top and add it to the inside of that right strand…
  6. Repeat Steps #4-5 over and over until you have formed a fishtail braid…
  7. Once you reach the end of the braid, secure it with a hair elastic.
  8. Now repeat this process with the hair section you had previously secured out of the way…
  9. You should now have two finished fishtails at this point.
  10. Take the two fishtails and wrap them around each other, flatly, to create the fishtail twist…
  11. Remove both elastics at the ends of the fishtails, and re-secure both fishtails together using only one elastic…
  12. Loosen any necessary strands to frame the face and soften the look.
  13. Add bobby pins for added security, or hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of Bailey’s DIY Double Fishtail Twist!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Two weeks ago Bailey had her braces taken off and she wanted to upload a video of it to YouTube. She wanted to show other kids her age that they have nothing to worry about, plus show you all her smile reveal…

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