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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3D Split Braid | Three Different Looks

June 22, 2014

We had a reader recently email us this easy braid technique, asking if we could make a tutorial of it! Brooklyn actually saw the email first, ran in to show me, and we fell in LOVE with how beautiful it is!

3D Split Braid

The girls named this the 3D Split Braid, because it does have a similar look to our 3D Round Braid, but the stitching is completely different.

You literally, simply, “split” the outside strands in your braiding! How cool is that?

3D Split Braid

Today, Kamri and I will teach you how to create this easy Split Braid technique, but we will also be showing you a few other hairstyles we created that were inspired by it…

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

One aspect we really love, is that this is yet another braid you can add to your hairstyle/combo arsenal {use it tied up into a bun, ponytail, side braid, tieback, accent, etc}!

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

We are also classifying this hairstyle as a “Daddy ‘Do” because it is so easy… even a dad can do it!

To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3DSplitBraid


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

Time Requirement: 2-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing the hair in a ponytail, securing it with a ponytail holder…
  2. Split the ponytail into three even strands…
  3. Now split the left-most section into two pieces, with your index finger…
  4. Next, pull the middle strand in between and through the left “split” strands you just created…
  5. Combine the two split stands together to become the middle strand…
  6. Now take the right-most strand of hair and split it into two even strands with your index finger…
  7. Next, pull the middle strand in between and through the right “split” strands you just created…
  8. Then combine the two split stands together to become the middle strand…
  9. Continue with Steps #3-8 until the braid forms and you run out of hair…
  10. Secure with an elastic.
  11. Add hairspray and an accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this 3D Split Braid! Do you think your husband, boyfriend, dad, or brother could do it?

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn was babysitting a neighbor family last week, so Bailey decided to take her own turn filming for BrooklynAndBailey‘s YouTube channel, by interviewing our 3-yr old, Sweet Pea! If you want to be thoroughly entertained, A LOT, go ahead and click below!

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Milkmaid Braid | Cute Summer Hairstyles

June 15, 2014

Ever since Brooklyn & Bailey uploaded their Spring/Summer Fashion video a few weeks ago, hundreds of our viewers have been requesting a tutorial for Brooklyn’s hair. I have to admit, she looked adorable in that video.

Milkmaid Braids | Summer Hairstyles

To see Brooklyn in that video, simply click here

The hairstyle is quite simple, really, as she was wearing Milkmaid Braids. For today’s tutorial, we show you how to create Milkmaid Braids, as well as a few tricks and tips to get this perfect Summer look!

Milkmaid Braids

Since this hairstyle is one of Brooklyn’s favorites, she of course volunteered to be my model today. I swear every time I watch back these videos, I notice how my girls are looking more and more like me every day! {You should seriously watch them as they raid my closet pretty much daily!}

Also, congratulations to YouTube users ThisPersonsPage, DeeDoesMakeup, & Melinda Karkola, who were our Fin Fun Mermaid Tail winners!

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

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 4-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head into two equal sections…
  2. Gather up one side of hair right behind the ear and begin a simple braid {you want the braid to go toward your face so it won’t bunch up later, and feel free to leave a few wispy strands of hair out in front to frame the face}…
  3. When you are finished with the simple braid, secure it with a hair elastic…
  4. Repeat Steps #2-3 on the other side of the head…
  5. Next, take one braid up and over the top of the head {leaving about 2 inches of hair showing between the forehead and the braid, as you do not want the braid lying directly onto the forehead}….
  6. Now take the 2nd braid and lay it over the head as well {positioning the braids so that they look the way you want them.
  7. Tuck each braid end under the braid on top of it, in order to hide them, securing them with bobby pins.
  8. Then then use a few bobby pins to safely secure the braids into place on top of the head.
  9. {Optional} Go back and gently pancake the braids by tugging on their elbows {this gives the hairstyle its bohemian, true milkmaid look}…
  10. Add hairspray or accent flowers {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these Milkmaid Braids! Perfect for Summer, wouldn’t you agree?

Happy Hairstyling!

Since today is Father’s Day, my daughters BrooklynAndBailey decided to upload a “Know Your Dad” Tag video below! It was fun for me to ask them questions about Shaun, film their responses, and then film Shaun giving his answers. How well do you think they did???

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Triple Braided Hearts | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 02, 2014

For those of you who are super fans, you will know that we started this hairblog to document our girls’ hairstyles back in October 2008. Just a few month later, in February 2009, we posted our very first Valentine’s day tutorial on our website, which back then was taught in photos only.

Has it really been that long? That was five years ago! *gasp*

It has been a great journey, for sure, but one of the styles I posted that month was a simple Hanging Heart. Two years later, in Feb 2011, after our transition to using YouTube, I uploaded a video tutorial of that very same hairstyle on YouTube.

Triple Braided Hearts | Valentine's Day HairstylesToday’s tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can share/pin it                   <——- here!

Here in 2014, for today’s tutorial, we wanted to post an updated variation of the hanging heart, using braids to accent the hearts and doing them in triplicate. Princess Hairstyles also has another beautiful variation of a triple hanging heart.

You do not have to do all three braided hearts if you do not want to, perhaps you would only prefer one or two.  In any way, the hairstyle will look adorable. {A flip-braided heart can also be perfect in any number of hairstyle combinations.}

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Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3BraidHearts

{CGH#4 also wanted to be our model today, because right after filming we are cutting her hair into an A-line Bob. She has been wanting to cut it for months, and I have been the hold up. This week, I relented and we are both very happy with the new cut! We have already posted a photo on our Instagram page…}

Please click here to see a listing of all of our Valentine’s Day Hairstyles!


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, small Topsy Tail tool, 6 small red hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to one side…
  2. Now move down towards that same ear another two inches and create a parallel part line to create a rectangular section of hair…
  3. Secure the rest of the hair over the other shoulder…
  4. Next, divide that rectangular parted section into three more  sections {you want each section going back a little smaller in size, because of the thicker hair on the back of the head… if you section the hair evenly, then the braid widths will not be even}…
  5. Secure each section loosly with a red elastic band…
  6. Now, using a topsy tail flip the hair from bottom to top {this is in the reverse direction of most flips}…
  7. Divide each flipped ponytail into two equal strands and then simple braid them all {you should have a total of six braided strands}…
  8. Take the middle two braids, bring the together to form a heart, and secure them with another red elastic to create your first heart…
  9. Now take one braid from each side, and work it through the middle heart {linking the hearts}, and then form another heart, securing it with another red elastic…
  10. Adjust the heart sizes as desired, and to make sure they lay properly.
  11. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last week, my twins posted a Valentine’s Day Fashion Lookbook on their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. You can see the outfits they put together below…

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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

If you like this hairstyle, please “Pin It”…

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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

If you love this hairstyle, please feel free to “Pin It”…

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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