Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo | Prom Hairstyles

March 16, 2014

Today’s tutorial is inspired by the upcoming Prom season, and multiple reader requests for hairstyles that can be used at the dance.

We are loving Fishtail Braids right now, and Brooklyn and I wanted to show you an updo that is very unique using the fishtail as the focal point.

Flipped Fishtail Updo | Prom Hairstyles

We like that it isn’t really a bun, but more of a chignon-like undo. This Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo is very versatile, and can be used on girls of all ages, from teens on up to grandmothers!

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Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFlipFishtailUpdo

If you do not know how to fishtail braid, here is my first fishtail tutorial showing you how to create one.

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Want to learn how to create a Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo? Here is your chance…

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, Topsy Tail Tool {optional}, 4-5 bobby pins, decorative hair comb, spray wax or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 6-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling the hair back and secure it a low ponytail with a ponytail holder {make sure to leave a few strands of hair out near the front, and curl them, to frame the face}…
  2. Loosen the ponytail elastic away from the head a little. Using a topsy tail tool, or your fingers, flip the ponytail down though the loosened section to create a flipped ponytail…
  3. Now tighten the elastic again against the head…
  4. Next, fishtail braid the remaining ponytail hair and secure with an elastic when you run out of hair…
  5. Take the end of the fishtail and tuck it back up and down through the same hole {this creates a nice bun-like updo}…
  6. Using bobby pins, secure the fishtail against the head so it won’t fall out or droop down through the day.
  7. Add an glam accessory on top of the fishtail flip to accent the updo…
  8. Add hairspray or spray wax {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

This week my twins finally received permission from Nickelodeon to provide you links to the entire Nick News with Linda Ellerbee episode on “Webstars II: More Kids Behind the Hits”. You can find the links on their most recent video on the BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. Click below to see the video…

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Rope-Twist Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles

March 02, 2014

Brooklyn has been a bun lover for ages! We joke that she is the most likely to become a librarian, not only because of her huge love of reading, but because her go-to hairstyle is always the Librarian Bun!

Prom Updos Well, a few weeks ago, Brooklyn and I began experimenting with new hair bun ideas. We did so because we can see a huge trend in 2014 towards buns and hair bun combos!

In 2013, our good friend, Princess Hairstyles, created a Pinwheel Bun, using single strand twists to add texture that we loved. Then, a few of our viewers experimented with her tutorial in combination with our Love Bun this past Valentine’s Day.

Brooklyn wanted to create a bun that had even more texture, in a duplicating pattern, that would really stand out. We decided to test out using micro rope twists to create this effect, and the end result was absolutely STUNNING!

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This bun will certainly be a highlight of any hairstyle combination you use. We imagine this Rope-Twisted Pinwheel Bun being a personal fan favorite for formal dances such as Prom or Homecoming, or for events such as graduations or weddings, etc.

It doesn’t have to stop there… the bun can be perfect for sports, gymnastics, cheer, ballet, etc, because the bun holds up so well during activity. Brooklyn wore this bun for two days straight, and hardly needed any time to spruce it up the second day!

This tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can share/pin it                         <——- here!

Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles Today we want to teach you how to create a Rope-Twisted Pinwheel Bun!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 bun maker {matching color of hair}, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Hard {mostly because of time}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Next, take your bun maker {matching the hair color} and, pulling the hair through it, slide it down to the base of the ponytail…
  3. Now let the hair fall down evenly over bun maker…
  4. Create a little separation on one side of the bun, where you will begin the rope twists…
  5. Next, pick up a small section of hair and divide it into two small strands…
  6. Now, twist both pieces each in the same direction a few times, and then twist them together in the opposite direction {this is the standard rope braiding technique, and you should only need to twist down about 4-5 inches or so}…
  7. Then, you will reach two fingers down through the middle of the bun maker, grabbing the twist you just created, and pulling it up through the middle of the bunker…
  8. Now untwist any  ends,if they are still twisted at all, and pick up some additional hair to combine with your strand…
  9. Again, separate the section of hair into two strands, making sure to divide the shorter strands evenly with the newly added-in hair…
  10. Repeat Steps #6-9 until the entire bun maker is covered with the rope-twisted strands…
  11. When you get to the last rope twist, pull it through the bun maker and then rope twist the ends all the way down the strand…
  12. Now, take the end and wrap it under the bun, around the ponytail holder, and bobby pin it securely into place.
  13. Perfect your bun by tucking any layered wispies underneath the neighboring twist, and spread the twists out evenly around the bun…
  14. Add hair wax or hairspray {as desired}, and a cute accessory.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Rope-Twisted Pinwheel Bun undo! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

The girls, BrooklyAndBailey, decided to re-stock their small nail polish collection after Sweet Pea got into it. Their most recent video shows you the vibrant colors they chose for Spring. I love it! Simply click below to see which colors they chose, and why…

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Rope-Braided Heart | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 09, 2014

We are gaining quite the extensive list of Valentine’s Day Hairstyles, with some from as far back as 2009. Feel free to click the link to view them all!

Today we are going to teach you how to create a Rope-Braided Heart updo.  This tutorial uses aspects from a few of our past Valentine’s Day tutorials, and combines them with a rope braid to bring you this beautiful updo.

Rope Twisted Heart | Valentine's Day Hairstyles Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHRopeTwistedHeart

We chose a rope braid specifically because of how perfectly it accents and frames the parted heart ponytail, without overpowering it.

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To finish off the elegant Valentine’s Day updo, we decided to add a cute rope-twisted bun at the base of the heart and at the nape of the neck.

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Clearly we were going more for an older look with this updo, especially for those who do not feel comfortable wearing LuvPiggies this week! Brooklyn and Bailey love this one!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much attention this hairstyle garnered as we wore it around this past week!  I promise you will love this one!

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Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head…
  2. Next, starting on the top/back of the head, begin parting a half heart using the rat-tail comb end and using straight line as a middle of the heart…
  3. Now part the second half of the heart on the other side of the part line…
  4. Tightly gather all hair from the heart part, secure it with an elastic near the bottom at the point of the heart, and leave alone for now…
  5. Now, take all remaining ungathered hair on the left side of the part line and secure it out of the way…
  6. On the right side, beginning at the top of the head near the inner eye, begin a rope twist and continue this twist along the hairline, near the ear, around the head and down to the nape of the neck…
  7. To do this, you create a rope twist by taking only two strands, twisting both sections in the same direction {either direction is fine as long as both strands are the same}…
  8. Then take those two strands and twist them around each other in the OPPOSITE direction than the one the individual strands were twisted…
  9. Now add in hair into both strands, twist them both in the same direction, and then twist the two strands over each other in the opposite direction {continue until you run out of hair to add into the twist}…
  10. Secure with an elastic.
  11. Repeat Steps 6-10 on the left side of the head.
  12. Lastly, take both rope braid ends, and create another rope twist with them
  13. Then wrap the rope braid up around itself into a bun at the base of the heart, and secure with bobby pins..
  14. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

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

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to check out Bailey’s new tutorial for “Simple Valentine’s Day Makeup” on her BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. Simply click below to watch…

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How to Create a Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

January 12, 2014

This braid is similar-looking to a conjoined double Cobra Braid, only the stranding is different and very tricky.

This is not a new braiding technique, but the braid should be included on the list as one of the most beautiful braids out there!

How to Create a Zipper Braid I first saw this technique in video form on YouTube in Spanish back in July by a talented braider named Diana Rojas. Our version uses the technique diagonally across the back and ending in a braided bun for an absolutely gorgeous updo! {The braid would actually look great in any number of hairstyle combos.}

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHZipperBraid

We imagine this hairstyle as being a perfect updo for Prom, Homecoming, or any other formal occasion.  You are going to simply LOVE IT!!!

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My first huge tip is to wet down the hair before braiding. For braids that involve multiples in stranding, we find that this helps the braid be more clean and crisp in the final look.

As you braid, you may find a few “sharks” {parts where the hair sticks up like a shark fin in water} will appear. Simply comb them towards the braid and tuck them under it, to help hide them.

How to Create a Zipper Braid

How to Create a Zipper Braid

This is an expert-level braid that can be difficult the first few times, but is easy each subsequent attempt and truly amazing if you know how to do it! Again, the first few stitches are the most difficult, so keep practicing until you get it!

CGH3 has worn this to school a few days over the past few months.  The girls at her school loved it so much that they were taking photos of them on their phones and texting it to their friends.

Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Apparently the photos spread to older sisters, who then showed the photos to my twins at their Junior High asking them to show me the style! My twins and CGH3 thought that was so funny how fast it spread, and came back full circle to us!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hairband, 3-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting down the hair…  
  2. Start with a small section near the top of the head, and divide into three strands…  
  3. Now, take the middle strand and take it over the left strand…  
  4. Then take the new middle strand and take it over the right strand…  
  5. This completes your first stitch of the braid.  
  6. Now take the new middle strand and take it over the left strand again, then take it under the two strands to the right, and have your daughter hold it {this secures the first stitch in place, without slipping}…
  7. Pick up a tiny section of hair on the right side of your head, which will be come the new strand.  
  8. Next, take this piece over the middle strand and then under the left strand, and ask your daughter to hold it…
  9. Up until this point, you have been prepping the base stitches for the core braid.
  10. Now you will begin the Zipper stranding… 
  11. Pick up hair on the left side of the head, take it over the middle strand and under the right strand, and ask you daughter to hold {she will now have two strands of hair in her right hand}…
  12. Take the first strand she was holding, and bring it UNDER the new strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand…
  13. This will create a little sandwich around that strand of hair. 
  14. Pick up more hair on the right side, and take it over the middle strand, and then under the left strand, and have your daughter hold this second strand… 
  15. Now, take the first strand of hair from her, and take it UNDER the second strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand {from this point, the braid is repetitive}…
  16. Continue to repeat Steps #11-12, and 14-15, until you run out of hair {as you go, the braid will continue to take form and look more and more like a zipper}…
  17. Feel free to finish it off with an elastic for a ponytail, add a bow, or continue with a simple braid and twisting it up into a bun {as we did in the video}.
  18. Use bobby pins to secure any option bun in place.
  19. Add hairspray {as desire}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Book Review video, sharing their thoughts on John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, and Marie Lu’s Legend!

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Box {4-sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braid Ideas

September 01, 2013

Want to become CGH braid certified??? Simply tag your own photo of this braid with #CGHBoxFishtail on Instagram! Don’t forget that you can follow us on Instagram, too!

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I do get a ton of emails every day, and although it is impossible to respond to them all… I want you to know that I read each and every one!

Just a few weeks ago, a fan, Kendra from Canada, submitted a hairstyle photo of her own creation and it BLEW my mind!

Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids We think this braided hairstyle will be a big hit with our fans, because it is so unique and you can do so much with it!  We wanted to be sure to credit Kendra here!

Yes, this is a fishtail braid… however it is a fishtail braid on FOUR sides of the ponytail!

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The front and back of the braid have a regular fishtail pattern, while the right and left sides have a reverse fishtail pattern!  {Watch the braid closely when I spin Brooklyn around in the chair at the end to see the cool effect!}

Here you can learn how to fishtail braid.
Here you can learn how to reverse fishtail braid.

To recreate this look, you combine alternating double stitches of a fishtail braid with a reverse fishtail.  The step-by-step directions are below.

You can also use this Box Fishtail braid hairstyle in a beautiful updo by simply twisting the braid up into itself.  This will create a magnificent-looking bun that your friends will be seriously fawning over!

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The ponytail version of this braid is perfect for sports, cheer, or every day wearing.  The bun version of this hairstyle would be perfect for ballet, a wedding, Homecoming, Prom, or any other occasion!

You’ll LOVE this braid hairstyle as you receive compliments all day long!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 hair band/ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 1 bobby pin, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium {only because it is time consuming and your arms get tired!}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair and securing it into a high ponytail with a hair band…
  2. Now, divide the ponytail into two large strands…
  3. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it over that strand and add it to the inside of the right strand…
  4. Next, take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it over the that strand and add it to the inside of the left strand {this completes the first full stitch of a regular fishtail braid}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3 & 4 to create a second complete stitch of a fishtail braid…
  6. Now, take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it under the that strand, and add it to the inside of the right section…
  7. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it under that strand, and add it to the inside of the left section {you have just created one complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid}…
  8. Repeat Steps #6 & 7 to create a second complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid. {Please make sure that when you add the pieces to the middle, that they stay in the middle. You do not want these pieces migrating to the outside and being used too soon or the fishtail pattern will not look correct.}
  9. Repeat Steps #3-8 by creating alternating two regular fishtail stitches, and then two reverse fishtail stitches, over and over again until you run out of hair…
  10. When you reach the end of the braid, secure the hair ends with an elastic.
  11. You may choose to wrap a small strand of hair around the elastic to hide it, by using a bobby pin.
  12. {Optional: Gently twist the braid until it wraps around itself to create a very beautiful and intriguing braided bun.}
  13. Add hairspray and accessories as needed.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, this week my daughter Bailey uploaded a Football Nail Art tutorial in honor of the American football season kickoff! I thought she did a fabulous job, and is getting to be a natural in front of the camera! What do you think?

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