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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Side Flat Twists | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 20, 2012

I know that many of our styles I use on my daughters, and that so many of our earlier styles were meant for little girls.

Well, today we wanted to do something for the older girls that is very fun… with a little edge and punk!

Side Flat Twists | Back-to-School Hairstyles

I first noticed a variation of this on Kendall Jenner from the Kardashians, only in the photo she wore cornrows {braids} instead of twists. There are a few other stars who rock this look as well.

I prefer to use twists in this hairstyle instead, because they are faster to do and look fairly similar. You can use either bobby pins, as I have done, or you can secure the twists with small clear elastic bands. {If you were to do cornrows, the hairstyle could be used for a week or so.}

Side Flat Twists | Punk Hairstyles

Side Flat Twists | Rocker Hairstyles

This is a fun look that takes very little time to do. We like that it looks punk enough, kind of like the side of the head is shaved… only you do not have to commit to a shave to get the look! Also, depending on where you part your hair, you could use as few as three twists or as many as five… it is all up to you!

Here I have my daughter’s hair straight, but you could do this with curly or wavy hair as well!  I threw in a shot of me wearing this hairstyle, as well!  For an even edgier look, you could do this to both sides of the head!

Enjoy!  Don’t forget to tweet me at @CuteGirlHair and let me know if you would like to see Homecoming hairstyles or more Back-to-School hairstyles!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 alligator clip or large hair elastic, 4 small bobby pins {or 4 small clear elastics}, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Note from Mindy: In the video, I refer to how I learned this twisting method by researching online how to do hairstyles on my black daughter’s hair {since her hair-care routine and hair texture is so different than my other daughters}. Some fans on YouTube have taken offense to my usage of the term “black”. Please know that I am not racist in any way… I love all my children equally! Many of you also know that we do not give out our children’s names for security purposes, so we have to refer to them in different ways.  It is also important to note that we use the term black often with respect to our children only because “African American” can be a misnomer. There are so many blacks whose heritage comes from Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or other islands in the Caribbean. Labeling them all as “African American” for PC sake is incorrect. Our daughter’s heritage is Caribbean and Italian, with a little Native American, and even more… her birthmother asked us to refer to our daughter as black. We celebrate Black History Month, at times do watch Black Entertainment Television, and talk about Martin Luther King Jr. This heritage is important to our family!  :)

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The Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

May 09, 2012

I am always on the lookout for the next Waterfall Braid-type hairstyle!

About two weeks ago, a Twitter fan tweeted us a photo of a very intricately-laced bow braid hairstyle, and I thought the idea was so fun and unique! In fact, it was likely the most creative and cute hairstyle I have seen since the Waterfall Braid! So… I sat down to figure it out, but after many attempts I wasn’t having much luck at all.  Close, but nothing worth posting…

Another fan, Katrina on Facebook, posted her version along with a link to a low resolution Russian YouTube video showing the exact technique.  The video was at times hard to follow, and it does not show a finished hairstyle, but it provided me with just enough info to be able to master the braid! With that, I am now ready to teach you all!

The Bow Braid | Cute Girls Hairstyles

The Bow Braid | Cute Girls Hairstyles

You can use The Bow Braid in pretty much any hairstyle as long as there is a three-stranded French or Lace Braid involved.  It will work on short hair, medium hair, long hair, layered hair, hair with bangs, combos, etc.

In the tutorial, I show you how to do Bow Braid Ponytails, but I also show you on myself and the other daughters some finished looks for a braided headband, diagonal braid, and lace braid.

Bow Braid Ponytails | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Front Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Side Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Diagonal Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Lace Bow Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

 

Items Needed: A brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, hairspray or pomade, a hairpin (not a bobby pin), and a few hair elastics.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes, depending on the hairstyle you choose.

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by braiding a section of your hair. You can use a lace braid or a 3 strand French braid. Remember you will need another ½ inch section of hair parted next to your braid to create the bows.
  2. Thread the hairpin, loop end first, through a section of your braid to prepare it to pull through hair for the bow.
  3. Take a small section of hair from the ½ inch parted section and create a loop with your fingers.
  4. Thread the loop of hair through the hairpin and grab loop of hair with left hand while gently tugging the hairpin back through your hair with your right hand.
  5. As you pull the hairpin out of the braid it will begin to form the other half of the bow. Gently tug the hairpin until you like the look of the second loop and then remove it from hair. You should now have one competed bow that runs through the braid.
  6. Repeat Steps 1-5 all the way down the braid until you run out of hair.

{You can see in the video that I mixed in the remaining tails of the bows back into the next strand. It may be easier and less “messy” to simply lay the tails alongside the French Braid and then bring down the next section of hair over the top for the next loop. As you finish the braid, most of the tails will be covered by the hair from the top. It all depends on how you want the bow braid to look.}

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Bun Hawk | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

March 04, 2012

After filming our segment on the Anderson Cooper show, Anderson stopped by the Green Room to visit with our little girls. He did not have to do that, as he had another show to film and CNN lineup later that evening!

Anderson was so nice to them, and really made my girls feel like a million dollars! Not that I wasn’t a huge fan of his shows before {going back to Channel One with Lisa Ling}… but I am extremely loyal now for that reason alone!  If you have not seen the Anderson talk show, I recommend that you do so!

My six-year old was in a particularly “goofy” mood, having an hilarious time teasing Anderson!

I quickly grabbed my iPhone and caught the tail end of their conversation as she told Anderson that he should get a mohawk! He laughed and said, “Sure!”  We included the clip in the tutorial below…

Luckily for us, we had just filmed this Bun Hawk hairstyle a week ago!

The Bun Hawk Hairstyle | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

Many of our fans have been requesting this hairstyle, since so many schools are having Crazy Hair Day at school! We had a very old tutorial in photos on the site, but a video certainly makes the hairstyle easier to follow!

You may also remember that this was my hubby’s first contribution to our hairstyle repertoire, as this was his idea!

The Bun Hawk  {Faux Hawk} Hairstyle

This hairstyle uses the bantu knot technique to form the hawk part of the hairdo.  This is so easy to do and will guarantee comments all day long!

We use this style a lot when our girls are playing sports, because not only does it garner lots of attention… but it intimidates a little as well!  The girls also wear this to 80′s parties, along with Crazy Hair Day.  It could be a fun gymnastics style, too!

The Bun Hawk | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 10 hair bands, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Steps:

  1. Start with wet, brushed hair…
  2. Section the hair and make five ponytails down the center of the head… starting with a section in front and work your way back, secure them with bands. {Make sure that the hair in the ponytails are as equal as possible, so that the buns are relatively the same size.}
  3. Take the first ponytail and being twisting the hair strand until it wants to twist around itself, gently allowing it to twist around the ponytail holder into a bun, and secure with another hairband.
  4. Repeat Step 3 for the other four ponytails.
  5. Lightly spritz hairspray to help secure any flyways.

{If you have problems with thin hair or baby flyways, you may want to try a little pomade or hair fiber gum to help hold in the twisty buns, but this is completely optional.}

Happy Hairdoing!

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Cage Braid Ponytail | 5-Minute Hairstyles

January 23, 2012

This unique braided hairstyle is lesser known, but it is making the rounds on Pinterest from a few wonderful sites.

What I love most about this braid is how easy it is to do, however the finished product looks so complicated {like you spent an hour on it}! If you know how to French Braid, you can do this hairstyle easily with only a small tweak to the stranding!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid

When you are finished braiding, you simply grab the center part of the braid about 1-2 inches below the ponytail holder. Then, gently pull that part of the braid up over top of the ponytail holder {secure it there} and the whole braid literally “pops” out into a super-cute 3D braid!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid Ponytail

After watching the video, you can clearly see why this hairstyle is called a “cage braid” because the style effect looks very much like a ribcage. My girls and I fully plan on using this braid in a Halloween hairstyle using a red-heart bobby pin stuck in the right side of the cage.

It would also make for a fun Christmas party hairstyle because the braid could easily be decorated as a tree! Many fans will likely use it for Crazy Hair Day because it does have a very unique look to it!

Although I know this hairstyle may not be for everyone, I promise you will receive many compliments from people on it, with most wondering how in the world you were able to do it! Our secret is… that it only took 5 minutes! How neat is that???

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two ponytail holders, 4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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