Leather Accent Loony Braids | Cute Braids

October 28, 2012

Since Halloween is only a few days away, we decided to show you what CGH#3 wants to be for Halloween! She did not want to be a fairy, or something scary… she wanted to be someone from history. The challenge is to come up with cute Halloween hairstyles!

We, of course, were going for Pocahontas, but are very careful not use the character name in the tutorial due to our contract with Disney, so we are calling this a “Native American Princess” hairstyle.

Loony Braid with Leather Accents

{* Note from Mindy:  Please note, my daughter’s choice in dress this year is not in any way mocking an indigenous culture and is nothing more than an honor and celebration of it.  She has been studying early American history in school this first semester, talks about Native American culture every day, and has been checking out books at the library and reading them on her own. She loves the stories of Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Not sure if any of our fans, know this, but our youngest daughter is 1/16th Native American {from her great-great grandmother}.  We honor and celebrate all cultures in our home.}

Given all of our braided hairstyles to choose from, we simply could not settle for a 3-strand braid. We wanted something a little different, so decided to accent an idea from one of our old videos called Loony Braids.

  1. We began by parting the hair down the middle of the head, and into two side ponytails. We then took a basic strand of crafting leather, doubled it over, and secured it around the ponytail.
  2. The next step is to grab the whole ponytail and use it as one of the three braiding strands along with the two remaining strands of leather. {Yes, the hair actually becomes the 3rd strand!}
  3. Once I braided to the end of the ponytail, I secured it with a clear hair elastic and cut of any excess leather. You could also simply take the remaining strands of leather and create a bow at the end.
  4. Repeat the same steps as above on the other ponytail…

Loony Braid with Leather Accents | Pocahontas Braids

Loony Braids with Leather Accents | Cute Braid Ideas

You can see that by braiding the two small strands of leather along with the ponytail acting as the 3rd strand, that the resulting braid has a very fun zig-zag look to it!  You can pull out the elbows of the braid to make the braid look more “jagged”, but we left the braid as is for this style.

This can be an everyday braid, and you can substitute pretty much anything in place of the leather for a different accented look.  You can use ribbon, colored yarn/string, strips of fabric, old necklace chains, etc.

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Rapunzel Braid | Disney Princess Hairstyles

July 05, 2012

As indicated in our previous post, we recently agreed to a partnership agreement with Disney to provide exclusive Disney-themed hairstyles on its Rapunzel Braid Tutorial on the DisneyStyle YouTube Channel!

For this hairstyle, I show you how to recreate the Rapunzel Braid from Disney’s Tangled first in a practical every day use of the braid… and then we dress it up with real flowers to get the Rapunzel look from the movie.

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 4 hair elastics, hairspray, decorative hair clip or fresh flowers {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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Simple Braid with Micro-Braid Accents | Braided Hairstyles

April 08, 2012

I saw a version of this super-cute micro-braid accented hairstyle on Pinterest last week, and pinned it. Since then, it has received over 330 re-pins.

{We tried as hard as we could to find what website the style originated from, to give proper credit, but the original photo was uploaded directly to Pinterest with no tie to a user.}

After seeing the photo, my #3 daughter pleaded with me to do a tutorial of this braided hairstyle on her, so we could share with all of you! How can I resist those batting eyelashes???

Side Braid with Micro-Braid Accents | Braid Hairstyles

 

This hairstyle uses a Simple Side Braid, only I included two microbraids in two of the strands. Please be sure you follow my braiding procedure exactly to ensure that the micro braids lay on top {rather than be hidden}.

The style of braiding you will need to use will be similar to the under-over stranding in a Dutch braid.

Micro-Braid Accented Side Braid | Braided Hairstyles

I also included a Hair-Wrapped Ponytail, to give the braid an even more sophisticated look.

We have worn this braided hairstyle twice during the week and moms always give a “double-take” for a closer look, asking how I did it. They are amazed when they see how really easy it is!

Micro-Braid Accented Side Braid | Braided Hairstyles

Since this is a simple braid, you can pretty much combo it with any number of accents… like twistbacks, or incorporate the braid into a bun.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, two clear elastics, one hairband, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Katniss Reaping Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

March 25, 2012

Last weekend we filmed two Hunger Games Hairstyles based solely upon a few good photos we could find online, this one and the Prim Braids. {A few months ago we posted the famous Katniss Braid, the one she wears in the arena.}

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

We saw the THG movie Friday night, loved it, and we were happy that our hairstyles were fairly true to form!

We were also excited to receive an email from Linda Flowers, the Lead Stylist on set for The Hunger Games movie who had seen our hairstyles on YouTube and wanted to let us know that she liked them and that she wants to Skype me for a personal tutorial with her! I am so0000 EXCITED!!!

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

 

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

For this hairstyle worn by Katniss during “The Reaping” scene in the movie, you basically follow the same steps as we showed in the Prim Braids for the two French-backs into normal braids. The only difference is that you “fold in”  and pin the lower braids into a flat, low bun.

The result is super cute, and sure to get you compliments!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two clear elastics, several bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Primrose Everdeen Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

March 19, 2012

We here at CGH are totally excited that the first movie in The Hunger Games series comes out this weekend!  In fact, it is about all that my twins are talking about!  They are dying to see the movie!

Primrose Everdeen Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

We recently posted our Katniss Everdeen Braid, which is gaining lots of traction on YouTube, and yesterday we  filmed two additional Hunger Games Hairstyles!

This one is the braided hairstyle wore by Katniss’ younger sister in the District 12 scene, which uses the French braiding technique.  {We scoured the internet for shots of her wearing the style and can confirm that they are French braids, and not Dutch braids.}

Primrose Everdeen Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

These differ than your standard Double French Braids as they run much closer to the hairline and actually “cup and hug” the ears so that the braids naturally want to hang over the shoulders.

We show you exactly how to get that unique braided look in the hairstyle tutorial below…

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb,  spray bottle, 2 clear elastic bands, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Our hope is that all of you who are going to see the movie this weekend will want to wear one of these hairstyles to the theater! Be sure to share this link with your friends so that they will do the same!  Let’s see how many Hunger Games hairstyles we can get to the theaters!

The Hunger Games promises to be a successful movie franchise, so there will be many more fun hairstyles to come!  {It will be nice to actually see the movie, since so much has been left to secret photos and guesswork!}

Happy Hairdoing!

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