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 HairstylesBe 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 BraidI 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 BraidsWe 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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Double-Twist Bun Updo | Homecoming Hairstyles

August 29, 2013

Note from Mindy: Now all of the images on this site are “pin-able” on Pinterest!  All you have to do is hover your pointer over the photo and you will see a red-and-white “Pin It” button on the top left corner of it!  If you click that button, you can  immediately pin that hairstyle photo onto your Pinterest boards!  Now you have an easier reference spot for all your favorite CGH styles!

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Yes, it is football season again and many teen girls are already planning their Homecoming Dance hairstyles and dresses!

Some of my twins’ older friends are already asking them for hairstyle ideas!  Bailey in particular has loved wearing her hair up lately, and she is so loving this specific twisted updo hairstyle that we created years ago, but never filmed a tutorial for it.

Double Twist Bun Updo | Homecoming HairstylesThis updo hairstyle really is not complicated at all, and I only classify it at a medium skill level because getting the bun in the back to secure can be a little tricky.  I have found that Goody Spin Pins work well, and then I use a few extra bobby pins to take care of any of the loosies!  You can find Spin Pins at your local Walmart or Target.

Double-Twist Bun | Updo Hairstyles

Double-Twist Bun | Updo Hairstyles

Double-Twist Bun | Updo Hairstyles

Double-Twist Bun | Updo Hairstyles

This updo hairstyle can be worn by women and girls of all ages, for pretty much any occasion other than sports.  The style looks very beautiful for more formal events like dances, weddings, or church, especially when accessorized with hair jewelry or flowers!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair {either wet or dry, depending on the look you want} straight down the middle of head, and secure one section out of the way…
  2. On your first side, the very front of the hair, separate a small section of hair into two strands and begin a basic twist…
  3. After twisting the pieces together once, add in some hair from the bottom into the bottom strand, and twist again…
  4. Then add in more hair into the bottom strand, and twist again…
  5. Continue this process along the hairline until you run out of hair near the nape of the neck…
  6. When you reach the nape of the neck, begin a rope twist {see next step for explanation} with the two strands…
  7. To Rope Twist:  Twist both strands in the same direction.  When the hair is nice and tight, twist the two strands together in the opposite direction.
  8. When you are done with the rope twist, secure it with an elastic…
  9. Repeat Steps #2-7 on the other side of the head…
  10. Now take one of the rope braids and twist it up like a cinnamon roll onto itself…
  11. Using Goody Spin Pins, and/or bobby pins, secure the bun in place…
  12. Repeat Steps #10-11 with the second rope twist, and adjust the bun with bobby pins as necessary.
  13. Add hairspray or hair accessories as desired.

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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, feel free to check out my girls’ Back-to-School Fashion video from last week on their YouTube channel! I thought it was cute how they tried filming in a different style! Hope you like it, too!

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Lace Braided Bun | Cute Updo Hairstyles

July 28, 2013

Note from Mindy: My twins and I are headed to VidCon in Anaheim, CA, this next weekend, and will be holding two Meet Up’s on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013! We hope to see some of you there! See below for details:

For VidCon Attendees: Saturday from 3-3:30pm in YouTube’s Fan Booth at the Anaheim Convention Center.

For Non-Vidcon Attendees: Outside of Tortilla Joe’s {at Downtown Disney in Anaheim} on Saturday from 5-6:00pm. Come meet us, take pictures, and the first 20 fans will receive a free CGH vintage t-shirt! Who knows, maybe the twins will sign them!

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I have been trying so hard to perfect this braided bun for two months now! I never could get it secured the way I wanted it, and this week I finally figured out a trick to getting the braid and bun to look perfect!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute UpdosIf you have practiced our Lace Braid tutorials, this updo will be a so easy for you!

The trick for me was to isolate out a small strand of hair before placing the bun maker into the hair. This strand is very important, and serves as your base to anchor the lace braid.

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

The style holds up nicely throughout the day, and is a perfect updo for Prom or Homecoming, or to be worn casually on any other day! I love hairstyles like that!  It is one I would wear to work, and even the gym!

CGH#3 volunteered to be my model, and isn’t she adorable? She wore it to church today, and I noticed several of the young women commenting on it!

I guarantee this one will get you compliments, as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 bun maker, 1 large hair band, 1 small hair elastic, 2-3 Goody Spin Pins, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail, and secure with a hair band…
  2. Separate a small section of a hair {about ½ inch} out of the ponytail, in the back behind the right ear, and let it fall while you hold onto the rest of the ponytail….
  3. Slip the ponytail hair through the bun maker, and snug it down against the head, making sure the sectioned piece stays out of the bun maker {actually, the bun maker should sit right on top of it}…
  4. Now, let go of the ponytail, an let the hair fall evenly over the bun maker {try to make sure it is all even all the way around, and that hair evenly covers all of the bun maker}…
  5. Comb out any tangles or fly-aways around the bun, to help make the bun look perfect and silky…
  6. Now gently part the back hair and find the strand that you intentionally left out…
  7. With this strand, begin to create a 3-strand Dutch braid with it {as you braid, add fallen hair from the bun maker into the top strand only… this creates the Lace Braid}…
  8. As you continue braiding, make your way around the base of the bun, adding hair into only the top strand, and keeping the braid tight near the base of the bun maker…
  9. When you have braided all the way around the bun, meeting where you began, continue a simple 3-strand braid down the remainer of hair, and secure with a small hair elastic…
  10. Now, take the tail portion of the braid and tuck it around and under the main braid. It should all fit fairly well under the main braid.  {If you do have a few problem areas, where the braid doesn’t fit well, feel free to tug the top braid down a bit and secure with a bobby pin}. Do you best to make it look like one continuous braid around the bun…
  11. You will want to use bobby pins to secure the main braid against the head.

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 my twins’ video this week on their YouTube channel! Bailey was sick, so Brooklyn asked me to step in for her to show you some cute, coming trends for this school year!

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