3 Easy Pencil Bun Ideas | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 10, 2014

It is Back-to-School season, and on some days you will wear your hair down in the most perfect, gorgeous curls. But, later that afternoon, it will get hot in Math class! What can you do to cool down?

Pencil Buns | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Today we will show you how to create each of these three easy Pencil Buns!

All you need is a pencil, and any one of these bun ideas will work perfectly! This can be done on straight or curly hair, with layers, etc, and it will look equally as cute, too! Some choose to use pens to facilitate the hairstyle, and others use chopsticks… it is all up to you!

Pencil Buns | Back-to-School Hairstyles

I prefer to use curls as the base for these buns, simply because the added texture helps the style hold easier. Today I show you how to create them on straight hair, because I wanted you to see that they can be done.

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To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, and gain your own fan base on IG, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHPencilBuns

There is nothing new to these styles, as teachers and secretaries have been wearing them for decades. Asian cultures have been tying up hair with in styles like these for centuries longer.

It’s just that when you are in a pinch, and want to tie your hair up, what do you do? It is nice to have a few pencil bun ideas to choose from.

Then, as an added bonus…when you are done with it, simply pull out the bun, whip your head around a bit, and ejoy a few hours of subtle bouncy curls!

Items Needed: One “No. 2″ pencil

Time Requirement: 30 seconds each

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Bun #1- Simple:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering all hair to the middle back of the head, like you would for a centered ponytail…
  2. Now begin to twist the hair and form it into a bun shape, as you normally would before placing in a hair elastic…
  3. When you run out of hair to twist around, take your pencil and push it into the right side of the bun, at an angle, towards your head…
  4. Then weave the pencil up and down, up and down, through the bun and out the far left side of the bun {this is what secures the bun in place, much like setting a safety pin}…
  5. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Bun #2 – Inverted:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering all the hair to the nape of the neck, like you would a low ponytail…
  2. Place the pencil on the left side of the ponytail…
  3. Wrap the hair over the pencil once {or twice, depending on the length of hair}…
  4. Now, twist the pencil upward until the point is pointing straight up…
  5. Then lift the end of the pencil upward which will force the point downward through the hair between the bun and head {be very careful not to scratch your scalp in this process}…
  6. As the bun is set, be sure the pencil doesn’t pop out in the hair beneath the bun…
  7. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Bun #3:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering hair to the middle back of head, like you would in a centered ponytail…
  2. Twist and let it wrap around itself into a bun…
  3. Stick the pencil up through the bottom of the bun, and force it all the way through the bun, in an upward motion…
  4. When the pencil reaches the top of the bun lift up the back of the pencil, which will force  the point downward against your scalp…
  5. Push the pencil all the way down until it nearly comes out the bottom beneath the bun…
  6. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these three easy Pencil Bun Ideas!

Happy Hairstyling!

With school coming in just a few weeks, BrooklynAndBailey needed to go school shopping. I agreed that if they could pay for half the clothes, we would pay the other half! They have been working like crazy, babysitting and house sitting for neighbors, and the video below is the end result of their back-to-school shopping! {Several of the items are now sold out!}

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How to Create an Infinity Bun | Updo Hairstyles

February 16, 2014

If you are looking for Prom hairstyles, the Infinity Bun would be a perfect inclusion!

Infinity Bun UpdoToday’s updo hairstyle is super easy, taking literally like 3 minutes to do! {That really was the point, to create something beautiful and elegant enough to look like you spent awhile doing it, when all it took was just a few minutes.}

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Please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHInfinityBun

Plus, you can use the bun in any number of updo combo styles, along with accent braids, pin coil accents, pancake braids, curls, etc!

To show you how to create an Infinity Bun, we began with a simple Frenchback in the front top, and incorporated it into a high ponytail. The instructions for the Infinity Bun further below take it from there.

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Brooklyn wore this to a dance last week and had several compliments on it. This hairstyle is appropriate for all ages, little girls and tween on up to grandmothers – especially for activities such as formal dances, ballet, work, or everyday wear!

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our CGH App, which will be coming out later in March! It has been fun working on the app, and makes the portability of our hairstyle tutorials to the bathroom counter much easier, and includes a place to see fan hairstyle recreations as well!

Enjoy the video!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 6-8 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Optional: Begin by adding curls, a braid, or twistbacks, into the ponytail to add some texture and to accent the bun…
  2. Begin by pulling hair back into a ponytail {this looks best if the ponytail isn’t too high or too low, mid head is perfect}…
  3. Now, begin twisting the ponytail counter-clockwise and slightly upward towards the top of the head…
  4. As the twist tightens, it will naturally want to twist up on itself, to use that to begin to form the left loop of the infinity bun, in a counter clockwise direction…
  5. Still twisting the hair the same direction, take it up toward the top of the head, in a clockwise direction, and begin to form the second loop, thus completing the sideways figure  infinity shape…
  6. Because the second loop will have less hair than the first, feel free to loosen the twist a little to add volume, so that the bun looks balanced…
  7. If you have left over hair ends, while holding the whole bun in place with your left hand, simply tuck them up under the edge of the original loop…
  8. As you continue to hold this shape, place bobby pins approximately every inch or so, depending on hair weight and thickness, to secure the bun firmly in place…
  9. With the bun secure, you can go back and smooth any fly aways as needed with hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey decided to give you a tour of their newly-decorated room {which was part of their Christmas/Birthday presents this year}, and uploaded the video to their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. It was a fun project for mom, dad, and the twins! Simply click below to watch…

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Anna’s Coronation Hairstyle Inspired by Disney’s Frozen

January 12, 2014

Before Disney’s Frozen hit theaters in November, 2013, the team at DisneyStyle had already contacted us about filming three individual hairstyle tutorials from the styles worn by the movie’s main characters. {We love that they trust us so much!}

Anna's Coronation Hairstyle from Disney's FrozenThat being said, it was a challenging task for us… especially since hairstyles worn by animated characters are more easily drawn, by hand or computer, than they are in being actually done in actual hair.

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This particular updo hairstyle was worn by Anna {Elsa’s little sister} at Elsa’s coronation as queen. Of the three hairstyles, this one was definitely one of the most difficult we have ever done, but simply gorgeous!

After seeing the movie twice, and looking at still frames from the movie, my girls and I figure that we spent close to 20 hours trying to recreate this on our mannequin head. This is the closest we could get to the actual style that Anna wore in the movie.

When I was stumped on the finishing touches, we checked in on good friend Princess Hairstyles‘ tutorial of this hairstyle and saw that she had the same difficulty. {Be sure to click the previous link to see her fabulous tutorial.}

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What was the challenging step? Bringing up the hair from the bottom up and tucking it into the center of the bun, under the center hair. Instead, we opted to pull it up first before creating the bun, which makes this hairstyle much easier to achieve. Don’t you think it is simply beautiful?

The end result is a fabulous looking updo, something I have never seen before! We know you will love this hairstyle, and are happy to share it with you! {Be sure to watch until the very end, for a cute cameo by Sweet Pea singing, “Do you want to build a snowman?

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, 2 hair elastics, 1 braid headband {matching hair color}, 6-8 bobby pins, 1 small golden bow comb barret, green ribbon, hairspray and pomade {as desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting the hair down until damp all the way through…
  2. Take a section from the top of your hair, from about eyebrow to eyebrow, and secure it into an elastic that matches your hair, toward the top of your head…
  3. Loosen the hair a little to add a little volume in front…
  4. Now, take a small section of hair from behind one ear and braid it in a simple braid…
  5. OPTION #1: Take the braid over the top of the head, like a headband, and bobby pin in place…
  6. OPTION #2:  Buy a fake braided headband, matching your hair color, and slide it into place and bobby pin it down…
  7. Next, carefully pull out a little hair above each ear and place in front of the braid {this will be the hair you use to cross over the top of the braid}…
  8. Pick up the two sections of hair near the ears and pull it back to the center of head and secure with an elastic {this should have created a pretty pullback over the top of the braid, near the ears}…
  9. Now gather up all the remaining hair and secure it into a rubber band a few inches above the base of your head…
  10. Twist  that new ponytail hair tightly, and begin to wrap it around to form an “0” shape on the back of the head, like seen in Anna’s hair {you will need to bobby pin this as you go, in order to secure it appropriately}…
  11. Once you have create the “0” shaped bun, tuck under and hide the ends with a few bobby pins…
  12. Now, gently pull on the hair in the middle of the “0” so that it pops out a little…
  13. Using any similar-looking hair accessory or ribbon, and place them inside the bottom of the “0” shaped bun, to complete the look.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

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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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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

Mickey Mouse Hair

Mickey Mouse Hair

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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