The Viking Braid Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

December 28, 2014

When we started playing around with this hairstyle, it totally seemed like something a viking princess would’ve worn, hence the name we gave it. It also as a cute modern boho look that is fits right in with styles that are becoming popular today!

Viking Braid Ponytail | Ponytail Ideas

For this tutorial, we only created the braid on one side, simply to accent the fluffy ponytail. You could do this on both sides for an even more “viking” look. We began the hairstyle with 2nd-day curls as a base, only because we didn’t want a fully curled and defined look. We wanted the hairstyle to still have volume, but not over the top. The rest of the steps are super easy to follow.

Viking Braid Ponytail | Ponytail Ideas

I can see girls of all ages wearing this braid and ponytail, especially for girls in sports. It is just another cute way to spice up a simple ponytail.

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

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If you can’t tell, Brooklyn loves hairstyles like this one. She says it is because they aren’t super girly, which suits her personality to a “T”. She’s worn this look a bunch lately, with lots of compliments, so she volunteered to be our model today.

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with second day curls as a base for this hairstyle…
  2. Part the hair from just above the left temple, straight back 4-5 inches, and flip the remaining hair over the head and secure out of the way for now…
  3. Next, separate out a few small strands to frame the face {these can be curled later}…
  4. At the front of the newly parted section, above the left ear, take a small section of hair and begin a normal 3-Strand Dutch Braid.
  5. Continue adding in hair as you move back {you want the braid to follow the hairline in a slightly downward angle}…
  6. Continue the braid down until you reach the rear corner of the head {behind the left ear}…
  7. While holding the braided strands in your one hand, use the other to pancake the elbows of the Dutch Braid {by gently tugging out the braid edges}, making sure the braid looks nice and full…
  8. Continue with the braid in a Simple 3-Strand Braid…
  9. When you have about 2-3 inches left of hair, go ahead and also pancake the elbows of the simple braid, making sure it is nice and full as well…
  10. Secure the braid with a hair elastic…
  11. Using a comb, tease a few of the top sections of hair near the crown to add a little pump and volume to the hair…
  12. Smooth out any teasing bumps with your rat-tail comb…
  13. Gather the non-braided hair into a fluffy ponytail just below the crown of head {make sure you do not pull so tight that you lose the volume near the top of head}…
  14. Add the braid into the ponytail,and secure with a ponytail holder…
  15. Hide the ponytail holder by taking a small strand of hair from the underside side of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic a few times…
  16. Use a bobby pin to secure the hair wrap in place, then add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Be sure to leave a comment below with what you think about this Viking Braid Ponytail, and we will see you next week!

Happy Hairstyling!

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How to Create a Messy Split Fishtail

December 21, 2014

I’ve been receiving requests on FB, Twitter, email, etc, for today’s hairstyle from viewers everywhere. It’s likely been our most requested hairstyle to date! {You’ll understand why if you’ve seen the many photos of this style floating around on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.}

Messy Split Fishtail Braid

Today, we will be showing you how to create a Messy Split Fishtail Braid! There is nothing super new or special about the Split Fishtail, as the braid itself is exactly the same as our Box Fishtail from last year. It’s the braiding technique we will show you today, however, and the final look, that’s different.

Split Fishtail vs Box FishtailFor a cute final look, simply pancake only the underside and you’ll end up with a very beautiful braid look similar to our Stacked Braid tutorial from a few years back! This one has much more of a messy look to it, which I love!

Messy Split Fishtail Braid

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

Messy Split Fishtail Braid Messy Split Fishtail Braid Messy Split Fishtail Braid Messy Split Fishtail BraidAs always, any fishtail braid will take you a while to complete. This one not super difficult, which is why we are categorizing it as “Easy”, but do plan on spending about 8-10 minutes on the braid.

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy {but time consuming}

  1. Begin by parting hair slightly off to one side…
  2. Be sure to pull out any small strands you want left out of the braid to frame the face…
  3. Pull the rest of the hair back into one side ponytail, just behind the ear, and secure with an elastic {the elastic is temporary and optional, as it helps me keep the braid tight to begin with, but you do not have to use use it}…
  4. Split the ponytail into two equal sections…
  5. Take a small amount of hair off the outside edge of the right section and divide it into two pieces…
  6. Next, take the top strand over that larger right section, and the other small strand under the larger right section, and combine both those smaller strands into the left large section…
  7. Take a small amount of hair off the outside edge of the left section and divide it into two pieces…
  8. Next, take the top strand over that larger left section, and the other small strand under the larger left section, and combine both those smaller strands into the right large section…
  9. Continue Steps #5-8 until you have 3-4 inches of hair remaining in the braid {the braid you have just created looks like a fishtail from all four sides, just like the Box Fishtail tutorial we taught you a year ago {braid is the same, but the technique is different}…
  10. Now gently tug on the outside edges, or elbows of the BOTTOM braid only, all the way up to the top of the braid {this ends up giving you a Stacked Fishtail braid look, with the bottom half being messy}…
  11. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Hope you enjoyed this Messy Split Fishtail hairstyle tutorial! Are you a fan of fishtail braids? If so, please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

My girls uploaded two videos this past week, and DIY Friend Christmas Gift tutorial, and a Christmas BONUS VIDEO! Both are on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. To watch them both, click below!

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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.

Bun of Braids Braided Bun Updos

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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How to Create a 3D Flower Braid | Cute Updos

May 04, 2014

As Spring is fully upon us, with lots of Proms and formal school dances going on, Kamri and I wanted to teach you a variation of a hairstyle we showed you all last year.

This particular variation we call a 3D Flower Bun.

3D Flower Bun

Feel free to click here to see our original 3D Round Braid.

3D Flower Bun Hairstyle

We used that exact 3D Round Braid as the base for this hairstyle, however my good friend Abby Smith suggested that we pancake the edge of the braid to give the petals a more profound look. We LOVED it!

3D Flower Bun Updo 3D Flower Bun Updo 3D Flower Bun Updo

Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3DFlowerBun

This updo hairstyle holds up very well, and is perfect for those formal dances, weddings, flower girl styles, gymnastics, ballet, or just a day out!

3D Flower Bun Updo 3D Flower Bun Updo

Yes, you will get lots of compliments on this one… GUARANTEED! Special thanks to Kamri for volunteering to be our model today!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, 4-6 bobby pins, pomade or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin creating a 3d round braid by pulling the hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with a hair band…
  2. Now divide hair into 4 equal sections, laying each section between one of your fingers on your right hand….
  3. The hair should lay like this: Strand #1 {outside pinky finger}, Strand #2 {between pinky and ring finger}, Strand #3 {between ring finger and middle finger}, strand #4 {between middle and index finger}…
  4. Now, take the index finger on your left hand and use it to hook Strand #3. It should now lay between your pointer finger and your middle finger.
  5. Take your middle finger and hook Strand #1. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  6. Take the last two pieces and twist them once {so they cross over each other} and place them so Strand #4 lays between your ring finger and pinky and Strand #2 lays outside your pinky…
  7. All strands should now be sitting in your left hand and will be numbered 1-4 from left to right…
  8. Take your right index finger and hook Strand #2. This will now lay between your index and middle finger…
  9. Next, take your middle finger and hook Strand #4. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  10. With the last two remaining strands, do a half twist so they cross, and then place them so Strand #1 now lays between your rink finger and pinky, with Strand #3 laying outside your pinky…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 until you run out of hair, and secure with an elastic…
  12. Now go back and pancake the braid {all four sides] by tugging on the elbows of the braid, without pulling the hair out of the braid…
  13. When finished pancaking the braid, begin to twist the braid up around itself into a bun {you will want to bobby pin the bun as you go}.
  14. Continue wrapping the braid around, and tuck the ends under the bun, securely pinning them out of sight, and securing the rest of the bun with pins…
  15. Then, tug the edges of the bun again to create the defined petals of the beautiful flower bun.
  16. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Hope you enjoy the app, and more importantly, continue to enjoy our family!

Happy Hairstyling!

Looking for some cute and affordable fashion ideas to go with this updo? Below, my twins, BrooklynAndBailey, give you a few adorable ones! Simply click to view…

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Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

June 30, 2013

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It is finally Summertime, so we wanted to share a beautiful bohemian-looking hairstyle that would be perfect for the season!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

This hairstyle uses the popular braided tieback, something we have shown in several variations on this website before.  In this case, after the tieback… we created a super-cute braided flower to accent it.

Although we rate this style as “Hard”, all you really need to know is how to Simple Braid, how to “pancake” a simple braid {tugging out the elbows of the braid}, and the basic bobby pinning skills.  The latter is what can actually make this hairstyle difficult, because pinning the flower takes practice.

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

I would not recommend this hairstyle for an active day, since the flower is delicate and can fall out since it is only pinned up.  I would recommend this more for a date night or a day out with friends, and I promise… you will receive many compliments on it!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

If you love this photo, please feel free to Pin It!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long HairThis one is among Brooklyn and CGH#3’s favorites!

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

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Create a small, Simple Braid on either side of the head and secure with elastics {you will need enough braid length to reach  the back of the head for the tieback}…
  3. Once both braids are finished, simply pull them to the back and secure with another elastic in the middle/back of the head…
  4. Now, cinch the braid up against the head by gently pulling the ends of the two braids apart softly….
  5. Take the end of the rat-tail comb and  gently pull out the hair right above the braids to create some added fullness and volume.
  6. Remove both elastics from the ends of the small braids, undo any remaining braiding in those strands, and combine the hair together to create one more Simple Braid…
  7. Once the single Simple Braid is complete, gently tug on the elbows on only one side of the braid {these pancaked elbows will form the petals of your flower}.
  8. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  9. If you pancaked the left side of the braid, begin by twisting the braid counter clockwise, wrapping it around the elastic in a spiral pattern like a cinnamon roll {if you pancaked the right side of the braid, reverse that process and wind the braid clockwise}…
  10. Continue to wrap the hair around and around the elastic, with each layer of hair just slightly under the previous layer.  The pancaked edges should be sticking up to create the petals of a a flower-shaped accent…
  11. When the flower is finished, take a couple of small bobby pins and gently secure the flower in place.  Make sure both elastics are hidden.

If you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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