Lace-Up Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyles

July 21, 2013

For this week’s tutorial, we wanted to show you how to lace two simple braids together. Why do we like this?

Lace Up Braid | Easy Six Strand BraidBecause some girls can spend up to 20+ minutes trying to create a 6-strand braid. It takes so long to learn the stranding, but you can get the same look in only a few minutes by using our cheat method!

All you have to do is create two simple inverse braids, and then use one previously-excluded free strand to lace them together… just like lacing up boots!

Lace-Up Braid | Cute Braids

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Once you get the lacing technique down, you can tie together a 4+ strand braid, or any number of individual braids!

Try it and see how many comments you get! When you tell your friends that this hairstyle only took you just a few minutes to do, they will not believe you!

Lace-Up Braid | Cute Braids

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by deciding where you want to place the braid. I wanted mine over my daughter’s shoulder, but you can also do it straight down the back if you wish.
  2. Separate the hair into two nearly equal sections…
  3. Now pull a 1-inch strand of hair off of one of those two sections. You should now have three strands {2 large equal sections and one small 1-inch section in the middle of the two bigger sections}…
  4. Using elastics secure one large section and the small section out of the way…
  5. Working with the left-most hair section {one of the large ones}, divide it into three equal strands and create a normal inverse 3-strand braid, and secure the end with an elastic…
  6. Now release the right-most hair section, the other large one, divide it into three strands, and create a normal inverse 3-strand braid, and secure the ends with an elastic…
  7. You should now have two inverse simple braids with a small 1-inch strand of hair in between them…
  8. We now want to lace them together. Taking one braid poke your index finger and thumb through the edge piece and pull the “lace up” strand through it…
  9. Go to the second braid and using the same fingers, poke a hole through the top section of stranding and pull the lace up strand through it…
  10. Now pull that strand tight and the two braids should lace up right next to each other.
  11. Continue to work your way down the braids, switching sides and lacing as you go down, from right to left. Each time, you poke your two fingers through a stitch of braid and pull the “lace up” strand through. {Think of as  lacing up a shoe or a boot.}
  12. When you reach the end of the braid, pull the laced strand tight so that the two braids stay together, and secure the entire braid with an elastic…
  13. Remove any extra elastics.
  14. Pancake the outside edges of the braid, by tugging on the elbows, for added flair.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget the video this week from my twins’ YouTube channel! They had a blast filming this DIY Galaxy Glow Jar tutorial, and we know you will love it, too!

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Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

June 30, 2013

Be sure to see my interview with Billy Crystal and the rest of the cast of Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University” here

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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

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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.

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Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch my twins’ cute DIY Summer Flip-Flops Tutorial…

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Stacked Twist | Cute Braided Hairstyles

June 23, 2013

A few months ago we showed you how to create the Stacked Braid, and it has been very popular!

At the same time, we experimented by stacking the base braid with a rope braid twist on top and it is equally as cute! You simply use the same technique in stacking the braid, only that you only pull out strands from the inside of the right-most strand as you go down {to later incorporate in your stacked twist}, rather than strands from both sides as in the stacked braids. The video below will make this much more clear.

Stacked Twist | Simple Braid and Rope BraidMy girls have worn this braid for several months and it gets just as many compliments as the Stacked Braids, only people are more curious at how the twist stays on top!

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

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Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Try it, and see what your friends think!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 1 hairband, 2-3 bobby pins, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling front of hair {bangs} into a pompadour, and use bobby pins to secure. {Optional: Instead of a pompadour, simply throw long hair over one shoulder and use this same technique as a side braid.}
  2. Pull up all hair into a ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate off a small section of hair at the top of the rubber band and keep out of the way for now…
  4. With the remainder of the hair, begin a Simple Braid {three stranded regular braid. Make sure you are taking the middle strand over the outside edges as you braid {you may also create a three strand braid reversing this, but it will not work nearly as well for this specific hairstyle}…
  5. Once you have created the first stitch of a simple braid, pull a tiny section off of the inside of the right-most strand, and hold it out of the way. This is very similar to creating a feather braid…
  6. Continue by creating another stitch of the braid, and again, pull out a tiny section off the inside of the right-most strand, and hold out of the way…
  7. Continue this pattern until you run out of hair, and secure the simple braid with an elastic {you will now have one large simple braid with many little “feathers” of hair coming out of the braid}…
  8. Now, go back up to the top of the hair to the first section of hair was separated off from the ponytail. Separate this section into two strands and begin a rope braid. {To create a rope braid, simply twist each strand of hair in the clockwise direction and then twist them over each other in a counter-clockwise direction. This will keep the twists from unraveling when you let them go}…
  9. As you twist down the rope braid, simply add in the feather strands you pulled out of the simple braid, as you reach them.  Pulling these pieces into the twists will tighten the twist down against the braid and keep it running right down the middle of the simple braid… essentially stacking the twist on top of the braid.
  10. When you run out of hair and finish the twist, remove the hair elastic from the original simple braid and use it to secure both the simple braid and the stacked rope braid together.
  11. Optional: Go back and pancake the edges of the simple braid to create a wider base for the twist.

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch Bailey’s night-time teenage skincare routine that she uploaded to the girls’ YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey this week!

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Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyle Accents

June 09, 2013

I apologize for the delay in posting to the blog, as we have moved to Texas these past two weeks and have been without internet.  Our past two styles posted automatically on YouTube, but we did not have time to schedule these posts here before we left.  Just catching you up! xoxo

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Today’s hairstyle is a half-up, half down style that is quite a bit different than others you may have seen.

It is also very easy to do. CGH#3 volunteered to do the style, and it was perfect because her hair showcases these braids very well! You can also use one or more of these braids as accents in any hairstyle.

Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyle Accents

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The braids are very similar to our Loony Braids tutorial that has been very popular on YouTube, but instead of braiding with one large strand and two smaller strands… these textured braids are made reversed with “one small strand” and “two larger strands”.

The added pullback I created on CGH#3 here is optional, and if you choose to use it, you will need to bobby pin it to be sure it covers the third braid…

Textured Braids

Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, 1-2 bobby pins and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by taking the top section {crown area} of hair and pulling it towards the back of head {make sure to leave about 1 inch of hair above each ear that should not be pulled back}…
  2. Now, braid this section using a lopsided braid, meaning two regular strands and one small strand.
  3. When you are done with this braid secure with an elastic and pancake {pull out} the elbows of the braid to add texture and shape to the braid…
  4. Now, pick up a section of hair on the right side and repeat another lopsided braid . Try to use a section similar in size to the first braid {do not grab the front section over the right ear into this braid}…
  5. When braid is done, secure ends with an elastic and pancake the edges as you did in Step #3.
  6. Now take the edges of hair over both ears, and a little hair from the left side of original braid to create a third braid of the left side.  You should be pulling the hair over the right ear across the top of the original braid.  This just adds a little extra texture and uniqueness to the braids…
  7. Create the third braid and secure end with an elastic.  Pancake the elbows for added emphasis.  {Optional: Create the third braid  without crossing the hair from the right over both braids}.

Video Tutorial:

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch my twins’ video this week from their YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey!  We all ate CRICKETS!!!

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Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

May 12, 2013

Feel free to follow CGH on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos of our hairstyles and family!

Many fans have emailed or tagged me in photos from Pinterest and Instagram asking me to film a mermaid braid tutorial.

To be honest, I haven’t loved the style enough to film one because I didn’t particularly like how the strands pulled into the braid from the front and sides.

Thinking about it for some weeks now, it hit me that we should create a hairstyle combination using the Waterfall Twists as a base for the style… and then use the falling strands of those twists as the “add-ins” for the Mermaid Braid!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

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When I tried it out, as soon as I released the braid… it nearly took my breath away! We L-O-V-E-D it!!!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

CGH#3 wanted to be my model knowing that today is Mother’s Day, and she asked to do the video introduction as well! Isn’t she adorable???

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

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Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing hair, and making a center part right down the head…
  2. Complete a waterfall twist on both sides of the head, beginning near the temples and ending at the back of the head…
  3. Take the ends of both twists {you should have 4 strands total} and create three strands from them {I do this by joining together two strands, one from each side, to create one strand}…
  4. Now begin a simple braid….
  5. After one complete stitch, pick up the nearest waterfall strand {the hair running through the twist} on the left side of the head and add it into your left-most braid strand…
  6. Now pick up the nearest waterfall strand on the right side of the head and add it into your right-most braid strand…
  7. Next, complete a regular braid stitch without adding in any hair {this will space out the stranding and create the mermaid braid look}..
  8. Repeat Steps 5-7 by adding in the waterfall strands until you run out…
  9. After all waterfall strands are included, finish the rest of the hair off into the simple braid…
  10. Secure with a hair elastic…
  11. Add any accessory or ribbon as desired.

Enjoy!

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

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