Katniss’ Mockingjay Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

November 23, 2014

Many of you know that were are HUGE fans of The Hunger Games books and movie franchise!

We’ve been friends with Linda Flowers, the Department Head of Hair & Makeup for both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies ever since we first put up the Katniss braid years ago. Since Linda had a contract for Dancing With The Stars, she was unable to work on the Mockingjay movies, with Lionsgate instead hiring Camille Friend. Camille is just as talented, and her team did an amazing job trying to have the hair reflect the mood of the war-trodden State, as in the book.

Katniss' Braid from Mockingjay

Katniss’ braid in this 3rd movie isn’t supposed to be focused so much on style, as her time in the Capitol and in the Games merited. This time around, Panem is at war, with a growing rebellion movement, and the look is supposed to fully reflect that.

Katniss' Braid from Mockingjay

Things aren’t as they once were, and that’s why there is a fundamental change in the Katniss braid.

Katniss still wears a side braid, which as Linda told us is to ensure that she doesn’t snag her braid as she removes arrows from the quiver on her back. This time around, the wrapping braids from the left and right are French braids instead of Katniss’ signature Dutch braid.

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To see your own photo recreations automatically featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHMockingjayBraid {There are already several braiders who have gained 1000’s of IG followers simply by having their recreations seen by our 350,000+ app users!}

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For the side braid, the stitching looks very similar to a Simple braid, however it really is a chunky Reverse Fishtail. The look is also supposed to be somewhat messy and disheveled, which is the look we were going for. {The wind and rain in our trailer video shoot certainly helped with that!}

Items Needed: 19mm Curling Wand for the base curls, brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1-2 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by adding curls to the hair, for the base texture, using a 19mm curling wand…
  2. Part hair slightly off to the right so that heavy side of the hair is on the person’s left, then section out a few wispy strands to frame the face on both sides…
  3. Starting in front of the left-most ear pick up a section, separate it into three strands, and begin a regular French braid…
  4. Add in hair as you go along, keeping the braid as close to the hairline as possible…
  5. As you braid past the middle of the head, almost to right behind the right ear, stop adding in hair and continue with a few stitches of a regular braid and temporarily secure with an elastic…
  6. Now, on the other side of the head, pick up the hair above the right ear, and begin a regular French braid, again, following the partline…
  7. Continue this braid backwards and down until you reach the other braid…
  8. With the elastic us used temporarily to secure the first braid, now secure both braids together with that same elastic as close to the back right-most corner of the head…
  9. Next, with the combined section, divide it in half and begin a Reverse Fishtail braid…
  10. You do this by taking a sizable strand of hair from one side and take it under the hair and add it to the section on the other side…
  11. Now take a sizable strand from the left-most section, take it under that side and add it into the right section…
  12. Continue with Steps #10-11 until the reverse fishtail braid is completed…
  13. Secure with an elastic…
  14. Now go back and cut the top elastic with a pair of scissors,to loosen the hair and allow the braid to easily sit over the shoulder…
  15. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

We hope you check out the rest of our Hunger Games hairstyles, and be sure come back next week for another tutorial from Mockingjay!

Happy Hairdoing!

My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, began a new YouTube series called Fab or Fail, where they try out products you have seen on TV! The first episode reviews the RoseArt Graphic Skinz Design Studio. To see how the product rated on the girls’ Fab or Fail Scale, simply click below!

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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!

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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!

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

To check out some of our May Favorites, see which surprises BrooklynAndBailey decided to highlight below!

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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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The Alternative Braid

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

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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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