How to Create an Easy Twisted Updo Hairstyles

December 28, 2013

We have had quite a few requests for formal updos lately, with all the formal dances going on and the upcoming Prom season.

How to create an Easy Twisted UpdoToday we wanted to show you this variation of a twisted bun style that we first did over two years ago.

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On Brooklyn, we used a curling wand to provide a base of soft curls before forming the undo. The purpose was to add a bit of texture to the hair, but this step is not necessary and can be eliminated to save time.

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We think this hairstyle is very beautiful, and know that you will love it, too!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, curling iron, heat protectant, 1 hair band, 10-12 bobby pins, 2+ Goody Spin Pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair slightly to one side of middle.
  2. Now, divide hair straight down from that part to behind each ear {securing the rest of hair in the back out of the way}…
  3. Next, using a 1-inch curling iron, begin to curl the hair {using small sections curl the hair going toward the face}…
  4. After you curl each section, pin it using a bobby pin or alligator clip so that the curl doesn’t fall as the hair cools.  Continue to curl all front sections towards face and pin.
  5. While the curls set, gather the rest in the back hair into a low ponytail, slightly off to one side of head…
  6. Twist the hair and wrap it around the ponytail, to create a nice low bun {using bobby pins, pin it against head}…
  7. Now let the curls down from one side of head {using a boar-bristle brush, very gently comb the curls together to create more of a wave than separated curls}…
  8. Pull the curls toward the bun, wrap them around it, and pin them in place {you want the curls to be soft and loose near the face}…
  9. Repeat Steps #7-8 on the other side of the head.
  10. Accessorize and add hairspray {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Christmas fashion video, showing you some of their favorite season outfits! {Yes, that is me with the dancing cameo at the end of the video!}

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French-Up High Bun | Updo Hairstyle Ideas

December 14, 2013

Last week, our neighborhood went without electricity and heat for just over two days, after an awful ice storm here in Dallas, with temperatures below freezing! Yes, we were super cold, but did have a few fireplaces going to provide heat.

That being said, there wasn’t any way to shower, or curl my hair without getting sick, so I instead exclusively relied on hair buns.

Upside Down French Braid BunThis bun style uses a French-Up technique, which is an upside down French braid, and it has been a very popular style during 2013.  We had shown this style briefly in a video two years ago, but never filmed a full tutorial for it. It is basically an Upside-Down French Braid into a Bun!

Upside Down French Braid Bun

I love this French-Up High Bun, and since it was the style I wore for those two freezing days with out electricity, we felt it appropriate to show you how to recreate it!

In the video, I am using a hair bun tool called the Wrap-Up that I have been carrying around in my purse for months. {You can find one at the the link above, and by using the coupon code of Merry1230, you will receive 20% off your purchase until Dec 30th, 2013.}

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Also, if you are careful CHG tutorial viewers, you will notice that this is the exact same tool that Brooklyn used on me in the DisneySide video we posted a few months ago! You can see the video here.

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by separating hair from just above one ear to just above the other ear, and secure the front section out of the way…
  2. Now flip head upside down {you can also lay over the end of the couch or end of abed to be more comfortable in braiding}…
  3. Pick up a section near the base of the neck and and begin braiding down a regular French braid {pick up pieces of hair and add them in along the way, continuing to braid towards the top of your head}…
  4. Once you run out of hair to add in, continue with a simple braid and secure with a hair elastic…
  5. Now tip head back up {and catch a breath, letting the blood flow normally for a minute}…
  6. Next, gather and smooth the front section of your year and combine it with the braid into a high ponytail…
  7. Then create a bun by using a wrap up, bun maker, sock bun, or simply using your hair {I love the wrap up as it makes doing a bun quick and easy, and it looks great every time}…
  8. Add in a few bobby pins, as needed,to secure the bun and tuck any hair whispies…
  9. Add hair accessory and hairspray {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Be sure to watch the BrooklyAndBailey‘s video below, where they show you how to make cute little {and inexpensive} Christmas gifts for friends!

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Minnie Mouse Buns | Disney Hairstyles

November 19, 2013

By now, everyone here knows that my family has an affinity towards Disney!  It has been a complete honor for us to contribute to DisneysStyle on YouTube for the past two years.

Last month, a representative from Disney Parks approached us about participating in its #DisneySide launch in Disneyland. {Be sure to view my family’s personal photos from the Disney Side Worldwide Campaign Launch last week! I included over 40 adorable shots from the wonderful event!}

Minnie Mouse Buns | Hairstyle TutorialAre you kidding me? How could we turn down an opportunity like that?

One thing they asked us to do as one of their Social Media All-Stars was to produce a video showing our Disney Side.

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Last week’s blog post was the first half, giving you a glimpse of the CHG children doing my hair in their own unique personal styles.

They then agreed to give me Minnie Mouse Buns, which is the basis for this tutorial!

Minnie Mouse Buns | Hairstyle TutorialThe Disney Parks team asked me if there was anything I needed to film the tutorial, and we decided to go for it and ask if we could film it in Minnie’s house in Toontown, Disneyland!

We about died when they told us they would give us early-park access to film on location! I mean, who ever gets to do that???

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Well, this tutorial is the end result!  We must have had over 500 compliments that day as we bounced between Disneyland and California Adventure! Mothers and daughters were constantly stopping us, requesting photos and to ask how we did it.  {Fortunately, we had this tutorial on the DisneyParks YouTube channel as a place to refer them!}

Enjoy!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 hairbands, 6-8 bobby pins, hair bow clip, and hairspray.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle of head…
  2. Create a high ponytail on each side of part line, and secure with an elastic…
  3. Take one of the ponytails and tease it with a comb, to add volume and fullness to the Minnie ear {this is optional, but will make the bun stay more full and in place much better throughout the day}…
  4. Using a smoothing brush, comb only the topmost layer of the teased hair to create a smoothed out look instead of an irregular bumpy look…
  5. Next, pull out a portion of the elastic at the base of the ponytail, and pull the ponytail hair partially through one last time…
  6. You should now have a small fan shaped bun.
  7. Now, spread the fan out until it touches each side of the ponytail base {like a Slinky sitting arched on the table}…
  8. Split the left over hair from the ponytail into two section, and stuff each section of  hair into the tunnel-like hole created by the fanned bun…
  9. Spread the fan out again over the hair  and bobby pin the bases into place {this gives you the Minnie Mouse ear look}…
  10. Add a good holding hairspray {optional}.
  11. Lastly, add a bow at the base of one ear {I prefer to add it to the ear that looks the least perfect}…
  12. Enjoy your Minnie Mouse Buns for a day at a Disney park or Disney-themed party!

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

Happy Hairdoing!

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Not-So-Hidden-Mickey | Disney Hairstyles

September 06, 2013

Working with the style team at Disney IMG, we decided to give you fun a tutorial today on a cute hairstyle that can be worn to the Disney theme parks!

In every hairstyle video we create for Disney, my girls have been hiding a Mickey Mouse somewhere in the shot that fans can spot and comment when they find it. Our fans are having so much fun with these “Hidden Mickey’s” that we thought it would be fun to do a not-so-hidden Mickey as hairdo!

Mickey Mouse HairThis hairstyle really is not complicated at all. If you can tie a simply ponytail, and wrap it into a bun… that is all you need to know!

Simply follow the step-by-step instructions below, and watch the video tutorial and you are all set!

Mickey Mouse Hairstyle

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I guarantee that your daughter will receive compliments all day in the park, and other children are running around trying to spot the Hidden Mickey’s!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 3 hair bands, 3 hair elastics {matching hair}, and 3-6 bobby pins.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by dividing hair down the middle from forehead to crown…
  2. Now part from crown down to each ear {this will give you three sections of hair. The bottom section which should have about ½ the hair in it, and 2 sections on top that contain approximately ¼ of the total hair in each}…
  3. Secure the top two sections into ponytails, both of which need to be gathered as close to the inner corner as possible…
  4. Now gather and secure the bottom ponytail with a hair band as well, as top centered as you can get it {remember we want this to look like Mickey’s head with two ears, so the eventual buns must be touching each other}…
  5. Now take the bottom ponytail and and wet it down {or optionally use pomade}, then twist the ponytail until it wants to turn into itself, and allow it to coil/wrap itself around the rubber band base.  This should create a flat cinnamon bun effect…
  6. Use a hair elastic to secure this bun around the base, being sure your ends are tucked in {feel free to use a bobby pin to tie in any stragglers}…
  7. Repeat Steps #5-6 on the top two ponytails…
  8. Your buns will likely not be touching, becuase of how the hair works with parts, etc, so please use bobby pins to pin the buns together.  Do your best to get them to form the Mickey silhouette, and still hide the pins.
  9. Add hairspray, if desired.
  10. Optional: Add a red-with-white-polka-dots bow between the ears to create a super cute Minnie Mouse bun!

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this new hairstyle!  Are there any other Disney-inspired hairstyles you would like to see?

As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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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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