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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Diagonal French Loop Braid | Cute Braid Hairstyles

July 13, 2014

Today’s hairstyle is inspired by the combination of the Diagonal Bow Braid and the Zipper Braid. Brooklyn volunteered to be my model, because she loves these kinds of braids.

Diagonal French Loop Braid

This hairstyle is called a Diagonal French Loop Braid.

We went with a French Braid as the base, because Brooklyn and I really wanted the loops to be the main feature of the hairstyle. You can also use a Dutch Braid, but I felt it would drown out the loops a bit.

Diagonal French Loop Braid

You can also do this style with either dry or wet hair, depending on how “messy” you want the braid to look. We show you how to create this hairstyle with wet hair.

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We listed this hairstyle as “hard” in skill level, only because the stranding is difficult to keep track of. Once you have the pattern down, however, you can create this braid in less than 5 minutes.

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To see your recreations featured in our app, below this video, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFrenchLoopBraid

If you are looking to impress your friends, this Diagonal French Loop Braid will certainly do it! I promise! {And it only takes about 10-12 minutes to create!}

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing all the hair back away from the face…
  2. Now, take a small section of hair, near the temple, and divide in into three smaller strands…
  3. Begin a simple French Braid by completing one stitch {you will braid down diagonally around the back} …
  4. On the outside strand of the French Braid, the strand closest to the ear, section off a small piece of hair and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of the way}…
  5. Pick up some new hair from the bottom {not the piece you just removed} and add it into the bottom strand, like you would in a regular French Braid…
  6. Next, cross the new gathered strand over the middle strand…
  7. Now, on the outside strand nearest the top of the head, again, section off a smaller strand of hair, and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of way}…
  8. Add in some new hair to the top section, like you would in a normal French braid…
  9. Cross the entire gathered section of hair over the middle strand…
  10. Go back to the outside edge, nearest the ear again, and section off a small strand of hair and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of the way}.
  11. Now reach underneath and grab the first tiny strand of hair you originally handed to her {or clipped out of the way}.
  12. Add that small stand of hair into the original bottom section, while also picking up some new hair to add in…
  13. Cross that entire gathered section over the middle strand…
  14. Repeat Steps #4-13, using the two outside edge strands, over and over again…
  15. After you braid about 3-4 full stitches down, go back and gently tug on the first loops you had created {See video for exact details. This will loosen the loops, and create the fun lacy look you see in the photos.}
  16. Continue this entire process in a diagonal direction across the back of the head…
  17. When you get to the nape of neck and run out of hair to add in, simply continue the same braiding pattern, minus the “adding in hair” step {you will have the same looped/lacy look, but on a simple braid}….
  18. Secure with an elastic, and add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Diagonal French Loop Braid hairstyle! I am sure you could come up with some wonderful updos using this braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

It is getting hot here in Texas! The girls are having fun finding fun, and healthy, treats to freeze! Right now, they are on a Frozen Banana Pop kick, having lots of fun creating new and delicious recipes for them! This week, they uploaded a DIY tutorial for Banana Pops to their BrooklynAndBailey’s YouTube channel! WARNING, watching the video below will make you hungry

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Miner-Inspired Hair & Beard Styles | Disney’s #8thMinerContest

July 09, 2014

One of the joys my family has, by doing what we do, is our association with Disney over the past several years. The content we have created for them has been a lot of work, but also a ton of fun. Today’s post is a perfect example!

Miner-Inspired Hair & Beard Styles

Due to a scheduling conflict at the end of April, we were not able to attend the grand opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Walt Disney World. We still wanted to be a part of it, so Walt Disney World teamed up with CGH to bring you this fun tutorial!

Miner-Inspired Hair & Beard Styles

Brooklyn and I are leading off the “Sneezy Challenge” week of Disney’s #BeThe8thMiner contest, so today we will teach you the best way to bobby pin a beanie into place, plus two additional hairstyles using the beanie as a part of the combo.

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, beanie, 1 ponytail holder, 6-7 small hair elastics, 4-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes per style

Skill Level: Easy

Miner-Inspired Style #1 – Bobby Pinning a Beanie

My girls and I have worn beanies for years, and every time we wear them, girls stop us to ask how we get them to stay in. Today, we show you the secrets to placement and securing of a beanie in your hair!

How to Bobby Pin a Beanie

  1. To begin take the beanie and place it over the forehead. Then slide it back towards the back of the head.
  2. You only want it to sit back a couple of inches from hair line.
  3. Once you have it where you want it, pull some pieces of hair out of the front of the beanie.  This will prevent you from looking bald while wearing the hat.
  4. Now take a bobby pin and slide it thru some of the knitting in the beanie and push it till it gribs your hair underneath.
  5. Repeat with another bobby pin but make sure this one cross the first bobby creating an X.
  6. Repeat a couple more times to make sure the hat stays secure.  Placing a couple of bobby pins in the back by the nape of your neck will help keep the beanie from sliding upward.

Miner-Inspired Style #2—Bubble Ponytails with Beanie

One of the hairstyles we show you uses Bubble Ponytails, something you have seen here before. I bet you didn’t know how easily they would be accessorized with an adorable beanie!

Bubble Ponytails with Beanie

  1. Place the beanie, and secure with bobby pins as mentioned above…
  2. Now, part hair into two even sections, each over over one shoulder…
  3. Place an elastic around the hair near the top of each section…
  4. Move down about 3-4 inches, and place another hair elastic…
  5. Continue placing elastics until you run out of hair {I prefer 3 sections in total}…
  6. Now, go back and loosen each section of hair between the elastics, by tugging on the outside layers {this will “bubble” out the hair in each section, giving the desired look}
  7. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Miner-Inspired Style #3—Lace Braided Bangs with Beanie

The other hairstyle uses Lace Braided Bangs, something else that you have seen here before! Doesn’t this version look so much better?

Lace Braid Bangs with Beanie

  1. Part your hair off to one side, in a deep part…
  2. Place the beanie back several inches from your hairline, leaving hair in front of the beanie, and secure with bobby pins as mentioned above.
  3. Now create a Lace Braid, in a Dutch Braid technique, beginning at the part line and running down along your hairline {only add hair into ONE side of the braid, the top side away from the hairline}…
  4. When you reach the ear, stop adding in hair and complete a regular braid with the remaining hair…
  5. Secure with an elastic.
  6. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Miner-Inspired Style #4— Faux Beard with Beanie

Yes, Brooklyn even shows us all the absolute coolest way for a girl to wear a beard! {Raise your hand if you used to do this in grade school, too!}

Faux Beard Styles

  1. Place the beanie on the head, and secure it with bobby pins as up above…
  2. Split your hair into two sections….
  3. Wrap each side around your neck and under your chin…
  4. Gather the two sections of hair under the chin, and secure with an elastic
  5. Add hairspray {if desired}.

MY GIRLS AND I WANT TO SEE YOUR RECREATIONS!!!

Enter for a chance to win weekly prizes, and a Grand Prize 7-day trip to Walt Disney World for 4 people! Simply visit Disney’s BeThe8thMiner.com for details!

To have that chance to win the Walt Disney World vacation, feel free to post your own fun and creative photos of these styles on Twitter, Instagram, or Vine, with hashtag #8thMinerContest!

How creative can our fans get? I know the answer… SUPER CREATIVE!!! {I just may repost your recreation on Instagram this week!}

So, what did you think of these hairstyles {and beard style}? Can you do something even more creative? I want to see them! Heigh Ho, and Good Luck!

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How to create a Lace-Rolled Updo

July 06, 2014

Time for another beautiful updo hairstyle! It is Summer, and it is hot, and we are always looking for ways to pull the hair off of our necks!

Lace-Rolled Updo Hairstyle

Today we are going to show you how to create a Lace-Rolled Updo! Yes, this hairstyle has an elegant look, with Lace Braids being used as the basis for the combination!

Lace-Rolled Updo Hairstyle

{To learn how to create a simple Lace Braid, feel free to this beginner look at the braid.}

Bailey volunteered to be my model today, as she is a huge fan of up do’s {if you couldn’t already tell}! To see your own recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHLaceRolledUpdo

 

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This hairstyle would be perfect for prom, homecoming, weddings, any formal occasion, or just that day when your feeling like wearing something a little more fancy with your hair up!

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You can keep it crisp and clean, or feel free to pancake the braid edges to give it a more boho look!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 6-8 bobby pins, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to one side {you can also do it in the middle, if you would like}…
  2. Start near the temple, and create a Lace Braid {meaning you will only pick up hair and add it into the braid from one side, for this style I added hair on the side closest to the ears}…
  3. Continue braiding your way down the hair line, and above the ear, adding in hair as you go…
  4. Once you get to just behind the ear, stop adding in hair and finish of the strand in a simple braid.
  5. Secure the lace braid with an elastic.
  6. Now go back and pancake the braid, by tugging outward on the braid elbows {I pulled the top edge of the lace braid closest to the part line for added effect}, and then pancake both sides of the regular braid…
  7. Repeat Steps #2-6 on the other side of the head.
  8. TIME SAVER TIP: Once both braids are completed, take a bendable straight bun maker, with a slit in the middle, and pull the remaining hair through the middle slit…
  9. Then carefully roll the hair up into the bun maker.
  10. Once the hair is rolled to the scalp, you can fold the ends down under the roll to secure it {this will give the effect that the hair is rolled and bobby-pinned into place, when it is, in fact, not}.
  11. Now take the lace braids and cross them in the back on top of the rolled hair {if hair is extra long, feel free to fold the braid and pin it under itself, as I have done}…
  12. You should now have a layered braid effect on top of the rolled hair, which looks quite dramatic and pretty.
  13. Add any bobby pins to secure the braids down, or any remaining hair into place {you can also add a bobby pin to the edge of the lace braid if it is curling forward}.
  14. Add hairspray, or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Lace-Rolled Updo hairstyle! For what occasions would you wear this?

Happy Hairstyling!

Last week, the twins and I traveled to Anaheim for VidCon 2014, which is a YouTube convention, where we also held a meet up with our fans! If you would like to see a recap of our trip, from BrooklynAndBailey’s perspective, feel free to watch the video below…

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