Money Curls | With Guests Michelle Money & Laura Armstrong

September 02, 2012

I know you are going to love this week’s tutorial!

We are so happy to introduce two special guests for this video with Michelle Money (from ABC’s “The Bachelor” and runner up on “Bachelor Pad”) and her best friend/YouTube partner Laura Armstrong.

Michelle Money Curls | Cute Hairstyles

Many of you will recognize Michelle as a reality star, but did you also know that Michelle is a licensed cosmetologist?  She has even offered to do a new cut and color on me soon!  Laura is also a professional esthetician, and has a great knowledge of all things skin and beauty!

Some of you may be wondering how I came to know these two lovely ladies, so I will tell you the story…

I was sitting in my car waiting for gymnastics to end with CGH#4 and looked over to see Michelle waiting in the car next to me.  I mustered up enough courage to go over and strike up a conversation with her.  {She was so nice and did not seem as stand off-ish as many reality stars do!}  In the process of our conversation, Michelle mentioned that she has a YouTube channel called the MMandLShow.  I mentioned that my daughters and I also have a Youtube channel, and from there… the idea to do a collaboration video was born!

Of course I had to go home that night and check out their channel and quickly found myself watching many of their videos.  I was intrigued by many of their hair-curling techniques {especially for more adult looking curls} and have been using some their techniques for months now on my own hair!  I also loved many of their beauty secrets and one video in particular caught my eye {which I will detail in the next section}.

So I decided to meld the two together and film for you a beauty tip from the girls AND Michelle’s secret to her gorgeous curls for which she is widely known! 

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Beauty Tip: The PMD (Mersonal Microdermabrasion)

I’ll just be honest here… Michelle is as beautiful in real life as she is on TV, probably even more!   When I saw her in person, I immediately was curious how she obtained such fabulous skin!  So, of course my attention was peaked when I stumbled onto a video by both Laura and Michelle talking about their “magic skin secret”… the PMD Personal Microdermabrasion tool!

PMD | Personal Microdermabrasion

I was curious enough that I ended up finding one myself and trying it out!

I’m happy to report that I’ve now been using it for about 3 months and I absolutely LOVE it!!!  I simply incorporated it into my skin care regiment for once a week.  It really does leave my skin feeling sooooo smooth, soft, and less wrinkly!

For those of you not familiar with the PMD, it essentially buffs the top layer of dead skin away which then gives your skin a more soft, younger looking, and fresh look.  You will find that it helps control fine lines, wrinkles, big pores, and even some acne scarring.

Once I had tried it, and decided I loved it on my skin, I thought I would try it on my daughter’s skin. She is almost 13, and doesn’t have fine lines or wrinkles yet… but she is getting some of that normal teenage acne on her forehead and nose.  I thought I would just test it out on her as well to see if the PMD would help with the acne.  I was enthusiastically surprised when it did!  Not that it cleared up her acne 100%, but I can tell that it removed some of the worst dead skin and pore-clogging oils from the surface and allowed her acne cream to absorb better.

When using the PMD, make sure you view the accompanying instructional DVD first, to avoid damaging the skin.

I’m sure you will love this little secret! After I started telling people about how much I liked it, I was surprised to learn how many other people I know are already using it!  Hahahaha… I guess I am on the “slow boat ” with this one!  Other YouTubers like AndreasChoice, MissGlamorazzi, Elle Fowler’s AllThatGlitters21, etc, have all been talking about it already!

If you decide you want to try the PMD, as I have done, you can do so by visiting the PMD Website here.  If you enter the coupon code CuteGirlsHairstyles, then you can receive 25% off of your order!  Thank you, PMD!

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Hair Technique: Michelle Money Curls

Michelle Money | Hair Curling Techniques

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, flat iron, 1 inch or 1 ¼ inch curling iron {we used Hot Tools brand}, hairspray, dry shampoo, and pomade

Time Requirement: Approximately 30 minutes {depending on amount of hair}

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with clean, dry hair and flat iron the hair beforehand {This is Michelle’s secret trick… even flat ironing the bottom 6 inches of hair will work}…
  2. Separate hair into small sections starting with hair closest to neck and working up. Take smaller sections of hair, about a 2 inch square, and spray with hair spray…
  3. Work hair around the barrel of curling iron, but leave out the last 2-3 inches of hair.  This will keep the ends looking flat a provide the more messy, “tousled look” that everyone wants right now…
  4. Continue to curl hair all over head in the same manner.  Your goal is to create curls that are less tight-spiral looking and more like a loose bend.  {This technique just provides a more natural, sophisticated look.}
  5. Use a flat iron to give bangs {if you have them} a quick pull and flip the ends out ever so slightly… you want your bangs to blend into the hair on the sides of the head.
  6. Use a dry-shampoo spray at the roots, and around your hairline.  This will prevent oil buildup over the next few days and will create texture and volume in the hair.
  7. Using pomade, run a little dab through your fingertips and then onto the ends of your hair to control flyways.
  8. Last but not least… LOVE your new look!

This hairstyle may take a little more time, depending on your length of hair, but it will create an amazing look that will last for several days!  Believe it or not, the curls will actually get better looking as the days go on.  In this video, Michelle’s were already three days old, and I wore this style for 4 days before washing again and it looked great!

Enjoy, and Happy Hairdoing!

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FTC Disclaimer:  The PMD was provided to me free of charge for review purposes, and the opinions are strictly our own.  I am not affiliated with PMD nor am I receiving commissions on any sales based upon my recommendation.

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Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Special Guest

April 17, 2012

Several months ago we uploaded our 1st version of the Katniss Braid, long before the movie came out. The movie was a blockbuster smash, and everyone was amazed at the hairstyles seen throughout the film!

Right after the premier, Linda Flowers, the lead hairstylist on The Hunger Games movie set, began searching the internet to see what people were saying about her hairstyles.

In fact, Linda was so amazed at how the Katniss Braid was becoming a “symbol”, so much that teen girls worldwide and their friends were wearing the braid to see the movie in theaters! She found us on YouTube and recognized that CuteGirlsHairstyles had a huge hand in helping teach literally thousands of our fans how to do the braid!

As such, Linda reached out to us and offered to give me a personal tutorial of the many Hunger Games hairstyles over Skype!

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

During our tutorial, I quickly saw that the Katniss braid had a little more prep work to it than I had originally thought! Linda showed me how she added the texture into Jennifer Lawrence’s hair “before” she created the Katniss braid {something I had not figured out}.

She uses a tool called the TopStyler® {by InStyler®} to add volume and stranded twists into the diagonal Dutch braid. From the leaked photos prior to the premier, many thought that there was maybe one more strand added into the braid… and this was the reason why. You can see exactly how to create this texture by viewing the tutorial below.

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

I appreciate that the TopStyler uses a slow and uniform transfer heat to curl the hair, rather than the immediate super hot heat a curling wand provides that only heats the outside of the strand. It also allows for the curl to stay in much longer.

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

This is the exact look Katniss wore throughout the arena scenes in the movie, taught to CuteGirlsHairstyles personally by the one who created it… Linda Flowers! Hope you enjoy it!

{You can find the TopStyler at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ulta, or Amazon online.}

Enjoy!

 

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, hairspray, TopStyler, 1 hairband, quiver of arrows {optional}

Time Requirement: 30 minutes {approximately, including heat time}

Skill Level:  Hard

If you enjoyed this tutorial, please feel free to Facebook share it, tweet it, pin it, “whatever-you-want” it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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FTC Disclosure: I was provided this TopStyler® tool free of charge by InStyler® for review purposes only. No other forms of compensation were provided to CuteGirlsHairstyles. All opinions of the product are strictly mine, and results may vary.

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Flipped Ends | Layered Hairstyles

December 21, 2011

Although the focus of our tutorials is on doing cute hairstyles on my girls, you can still do all the styles on yourself as well. More and more, we receive questions on how  I do my own hair in the videos we film. My goal is to include more of these self hairstyles from time to time.

This straight hairstyle is easy to do. With naturally straight or straightened hair, you can alter the way it looks a bit by using a flat iron to flip the hair ends “in” or “out”.  This is the most common style technique on straight hair.

When we were being filmed for YouTube’s 20/20 special, our stylist actually recommended that I flip the ends the same direction… which was something I had never thought about, but loved it! . It turned out super cute, and I receive compliments whenever I do this!

Layered Hairstyles | Flipped Ends

You can do this technique on short to medium hair, but with longer hair you will not benefit from the flips as much. You can also choose to back-comb some of the hair on the top to help add a little volume. I show you how to do this in the video.

{I also apologize for the clapping of the flat iron, as it is an iron that I have had for a long time.  As with all hairstyles that use heat, please be sure to use a good heat protectant first.}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, alligator clip {to hold top sections of hair}, heat protectant, flat-iron, and hairspray.

Time Requirement: 10+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Spiral Curls | Waterfall Braid

May 02, 2011

Continuing on with our Waterfall Braid series, we wanted to show you this one which incorporates the use of spiral curls on the fall-through strands of the braid. (For those of you who do not know how to braid this style, please review our how to waterfall braid tutorial.)

I think this hairstyle turned out absolutely darling!

 Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Spiral Curls

We offset my daughter’s part a little, and then did a waterfall braid on both sides – meeting up together in the back.

Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Spiral Curls (Left)

Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Spiral Curls (Right)

Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Spiral Curls (Front)

We then took a Conair Spiral Styler and curled the loose strands of the hair and left the rest of the hair straight. You could curl all of the hair, but we really wanted to accent the loose strands of the braid against the hair. It is just a matter of your preference. We bought our spiral styler off of Amazon, at the following link…

Always be sure to us a good heat protectant on your daughter’s hair before curling. I find that this specific spiral styler works better than a wand or other curling irons because it grips the entire strand of hair and forms the curl much faster and with less heat.

Just like other curled styles, you will find that throughout the day the style will “curl crawl” {curls migrate into one another}. All you have to do is run your fingers through the strands, and the curls will separate back to original form!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, one hairband, spiral curler (iron), heat protectant, hairspray, accessory (if desired).

Time Requirement: 20 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

We know that this style will be extremely popular for more formal occasions (communions, weddings, Proms, Homecomings, etc.), but it does not have to be.

In fact, I think you moms should try this hairstyle on that Friday night Date Night with your awesome husbands!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Crimped Strands | Waterfall Braid

April 13, 2011

Here is a cute Easter Hairstyle that will definitely stand out!  It incorporates the use of a Double Waterfall Braid, but with “spot” flair. In fact, I am working on a series of Waterfall Braid videos that will show you several ways to finish off the hairstyle.

Waterfall Braid with Crimps

Now I know that many of the younger generation think that crimping is soooo 1980′s, but I am telling you as a hair guru that it is coming back.  I still have the crimper I used as a teen, but it was in rough shape.  So, I looked online at Walmart and Amazon and found several crimpers, some of which are accent crimpers (1″ or 1/2″, which I absolutely love)!

Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Crimps

The key is that once you finish the double Waterfall Braid, you take each strand… one by one… and gently crimp once every three inches or so. (You can crimp the whole strand, but I prefer the accents.)

Waterfall Braid Hairstyle with Crimps

We received soooooo many compliments that Sunday, and many moms asked where in the world I found my crimper!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, one hair band, crimper, and heat protectant (I know I say protectorant in the video… but they are both the same thing per google!), accessory if desired.

Time Requirement: 10+ minutes

Skill Level: Medium

*Disclaimer: One of my twins had fiddled with our HD camera and accidentally lowered the settings to 370p, so the video is not in HD. I was bummed, but when she looked up at me with her gorgeous puppy dog eyes… I couldn’t be upset! Could you?

Happy Hairdoing!

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