Waterfall Twist Rope Braid | Summer Hairstyles

June 08, 2014

Summer is here!  My girls and I are always looking for hairstyles that take the hair out of our faces and off of our necks.

Summer Hairstyles

It’s all about staying cool, for sure.

Kamri, who is my model today, and I want to show you how to create a combo hairstyle, using the Waterfall Twist and a Rope Braid.

Summer Hairstyles

Combined, these two braids make a very pretty look that’s perfect for summertime, inside or out of the pool, or simply when you are out and about enjoying your day.

{If you are concerned about flyways, be sure to use a good pomade, or dry wax to help hold the braid forms. I wouldn’t recommend this to be a hairstyle on an extremely active day.}

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For a chance to be featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own Instagram photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHWaterfallRopeBraid

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Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side of the head…
  2. On the heavy side of hair, pick up a small section near the front temple and divide it into two even sections {feel free to use spray water, pomade, or dry wax to help hold in flyways during braiding}…
  3. Now, cross the bottom strand up and over the top strand…
  4. Next, pick up a small strand of hair from above the waterfall twist and place it between the two original strands…
  5. Let that strand fall down freely with the rest of the hair…
  6. Now take the bottom strand of original hair and cross it up and over the top strand of hair {this will create a little pocket that the waterfall strands will sit in}…
  7. Continue stranding Steps #3-6, with about 5-7 stitches of falling strands} until you have reached near the back of the head, and using a rubber band or hair clip secure that hair out of the way…
  8. Shift all remaining hair to that one side of head, where the braid is, and let it fall over the shoulder…
  9. Gather and divide that remaining hair into  this hair into even strands…
  10. Now, add the the waterfall falling strands into the front section, and add the previously clipped hair from the waterfall twist into the back section…
  11. Next, twist both big sections to the right…
  12. Then, twist the two large strands over themselves to the left {this creates a rope twist that will not unravel when you let it go}.
  13. When you run out of hair to twist, simply secure with a hair elastic and you are finished.
  14. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Waterfall Twist Rope Braid! What other types of hairstyles would you like to see?

Happy Hairstyling!

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The Alternative Braid | With Abby from TwistMePretty

March 30, 2014

Many of you know that I started as a hairblogger before becoming a YouTuber. As such, I am very familiar with biggest beauty bloggers and those to make a viral splash on Pinterest.

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Abby Smith, from

Twist Me Pretty, is one of those bloggers I have admired for a long time! I was caught a little off guard when she came up to me during a conference I was speaking at in Utah! I mean, I knew who Abby was, and she knew who I was.. but we had never met! We like literally ran across the crowded hall and hugged each other!

During the course of the conference, Abby said that she and he husband would be in Dallas this month, and wondered if they could stop by. While she was here, I thought it would be fun to introduce her to you all.

For today’s hairstyle, we are showing you how to create the Alternative Braid {one of her viral hairstyles on Pinterest}. This is a faux braid, one that looks like a braid but really is not. In fact, it’s really a series of knots using two twists. {Don’t worry, the knots come out easily!}

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Brooklyn volunteered as our model, since she is always looking for great go-to styles for her thick wavy hair.

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The Alternative Braid
Abby Smith at Twist Me Pretty

Be sure to check out Abby’s website over at the Twist Me Pretty, where you can find her DIY version of this braid!

Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHAlternativeBraid

I personally think that this braid would look very elegant wrapped up into a bun, for more formal occasions as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, 1 small hair elastic, 1-2 bobby pins {if needed}, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side, and swooping all of the hair over one shoulder {I prefer the shoulder that the majority of the hair falls onto}…
  2. Now divide the hair into two equal sections…
  3. Twist both sections toward the middle {or toward each other} a few times…
  4. When you have about an inch of twisted hair, hold the two strands next to each other…
  5. Now, taking your index finger, push it directly through the stacked center of both twists, with your finger parallel to the face {this will divide the two twists into two even halves again, top to bottom}…
  6. You should now have once again two sections, leaving what looks like a braid stitch above them…
  7. Twist the pieces pieces again toward each other…
  8. When you have about an inch more of twisting, hold them together and once again push your index finger sideways through the center of both twists…
  9. After about 4 sections, hold the two twisted strands together and begin to pancake the top part of the braid {you want to pull out the hair quite a bit to really accent the messy, fullness of this braid, but do not pull them out to much to where you cannot secure the ends of the braid}…
  10. After pancaking the upper section, continue again with Steps #2-8 until the hair is finished.
  11. At the end of the braid, you will want to pancake the rest of the hair, again, being mindful of the hair ends…
  12. Secure with an elastic.
  13. Feel free to use bobby pins  any hair strands that fall out in back, and hairspray any other smaller flyaways into place.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

Yes, last week we took all six kids on a Spring Break cruise to the Western Caribbean! To see a recap of our family fun, be sure to see the video BrooklyAndBailey uploaded on Wednesday to their YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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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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Diagonal Bow Braid | Popular Hairstyles

November 07, 2013

In May 2012, we posted our Bow Braid tutorial which was a hit, with now nearly 4.3 million views!

In that video, we showed you how to create the basic bows in a French braid, and showed you various live examples on my other girls of hairstyles where you can incorporate the bow braid.

Diagonal Bow Braid | Popular HairstylesOf all the styles we showed in that video, viewers overwhelmingly asked for a detailed tutorial on this Diagonal Bow Braid.  We must have received thousands of requests in that time, but are just now getting around to filming it for you!

Making the bows really is not that difficult once you get the hang of it, as I am sure you will agree.

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It appears that our viewers were having difficulty figuring out where to get the extra hair to incorporate into the bows. In the video I show you exactly how to part the hair, which is really the trick to understanding the hairstyle.

One of my daughters wore this around Disneyland one day earlier this week and we must have had over 100 compliments on it!  I am sure you will see the same thing!

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

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair {I part a section beginning at the end of her right eyebrow, on a diagonal, to about an inch above her left ear}…
  2. Next, take the part to her forehead with a straight line {I know this is a strange part, but it creates just the right look when the style is finished}…
  3. Secure the parted section out of the way for now…
  4. Go back to top of the right ear, and begin a diagonal French braid running along the back of the head…
  5. When you run out of hair to add into the braid, continue with a simple braid and secure with an elastic.
  6. Now, release the section of hair on top and brush straight.  This hair will be used to create the bows {you can add water, pomade, or hair wax to add extra precision to the strands you incorporate into the bows}…
  7. Take a hairpin and slide it through the first top stitch in your French braid…
  8. Next, take a small strand of hair from the top section and form a loop with it…
  9. Slide the loop through the hairpin end and hold onto the loop with your left hand…
  10. Now, gently tug the hairpin back through the loop of braid.  As it pulls through, it will also bring the hair tail through and create a another loop, creating the bow look.
  11. When the bow is complete, remove the hairpin {you can add an extra twist to one of the loops so that the bow lays and looks better}…
  12. Let the ends of that bow fall to the left of the braid, where  they will be hidden in the next bow you create…
  13. Continue making bows all along the braid, placing them in each top stitch of the French braid…
  14. Add hairspray or spray wax when finished for a better hold {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Nested Braid | Easy Hairstyles

April 07, 2013

For those of you who do not know, my twins, Brooklyn and Bailey, launched their YouTube channel three weeks ago! They have a handful of videos up that show a little more about their personalities and interests! If you like their channel and videos, please feel free to SUBSCRIBE!

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Today, Brooklyn wanted to show all of you an easy hairstyles that she has been using lately.

I asked her if she wanted me to do the style on her, and she replied with a smile, “No, I can do it!”  {That teenager independence, or twindependence, is already making its appearance!}

The Nested Braid | Cute Braids | HairstylesBrooklyn was still a little nervous to do this tutorial on her own, but keep in mind that she just turned 13 a few months ago.  If you feel she did a great job, feel free to leave a comment below!

This “Nested” Braid uses a simple braid from the bang area, down the right side of the forehead, and then incorporated along with the middle strand of a simple side braid.

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The Nested Braid | Cute Braids | Hairstyles

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

Time Requirement: 3-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with a deep part, allowing most of the hair to fall to one side of the head {middle parts will not look as good with this hairstyle}…
  2. Pick up a medium section of hair near the forehead on the front side of the hair, where the majority of the hair lies…
  3. Begin a simple three-stranded braid with this section {this is a great way to incorporate bangs to keep them out of your face}…
  4. After finishing the braid, secure the end of the braid with an elastic matching your hair color…
  5. Now swoop the rest of your hair loosely over to the right shoulder, and divide it into three strands to create a simple side braid…
  6. Add the original braid from the forehead into the middle strand of this side braid….
  7. Once the small braid is added, make a simple side braid with all the remaining hair…
  8. After finishing the side braid, secure with a hair band (feel free to remove the small elastic from the original small braid, if it shows at the ends of hair}…
  9. Gently tug on the elbows of the braid to broaden it, and you are finished!

Enjoy!

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think! As always, if you enjoyed this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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