How to Get Diffused Curls

February 16, 2015

You’ve likely seen a recurring style theme on me in most of our videos going back for years. I love to wear curls and waves! Viewers have been asking for these tutorials for a long time, yet we hadn’t actually filmed one for my favorite curly style… until today!

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This week, we are showing you how to get salon-quality Diffused Curls at home! I was inspired to do it by our participation in Suave Professionals’ Style It Yourself program. Yes, this technique is my secret weapon… and has to be one of our most-requested tutorials ever!

Simply click below to see the video tutorial!

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHDiffusedCurls

The steps to this technique are very easy. All you need to begin is damp hair, an excellent curl-defining mousse, and a hair dryer {with a diffuser attachment}.

You’ll notice that my damp hair starts with a little bit of wave, I want to add a more voluminous curl without using direct heat. I’ve seen girls with more straight hair than I have get beautiful curl using this technique. {My daughter Kamri is a good example!}

Diffused Curls

I then add Suave Professionals Luxe Curl Mousse to my hair, making sure that I get it in the base of the hair, and then drag it down the ends.

Diffused Curls

The diffuser is essential, as it slows down the air and disperses it evenly from the dryer while its fingers gently separate the hair strands without blowing out your curl. Using this technique without good product and the diffuser {using a hair dryer only} will likely leave your hair frizzy.

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It is important to scrunch the hair with your hand as you dry it, which combined with the product, is what helps lock in the curl.

Diffused Curl

Once the hair is nearly dry, I flip my head back up and set my part line. Then I finalize the curls around my face with the dryer, and there is the final look!

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Sometimes it’s not always about the style, but the base! You know that look that many updos have, with a beautiful curly base? You can use these curls for that, and any number of hairstyle combinations {accent braids, fishtail braids, buns, Dutch Braids, twists, French braids, pancake braids, side braids, etc}. You can now up your hair game knowing this curl technique!

Items Needed: Hair dryer, diffuser attachment, Suave Professionals Luxe Curl Mousse, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with damp hair…
  2. Add in mousse, I use a generous amount ensuring that I have a little spread all over my thick hair {the mousse will help define the curls, but will still leave the hair soft and frizz resistant}…
  3. Grab your blow dryer and add the diffuser attachment {a diffuser helps to disperse the air coming out of the blow dryer.  Without it, the air is too strong and will blow your curls out of shape and cause them to frizz.  The little fingers on the diffuser will also help to separate the hair as it dries}…
  4. Next, flip your head upside down and shake it a few times {this allows the hair and any curl you have to settle into its natural fall pattern}…
  5. Turn the blow dryer to medium, and begin drying at the ends of your hair…
  6. Gently move the diffuser in and out of your hair in an upward motion {don’t be too forceful with your hair}.
  7. Then, while drying, take your free hand and gently “scrunch” your hair as it dries {this, along with the product, is what helps lock in curls}…
  8. As you reach the top of your head, use the diffuser to dry your roots a bit {you can do this by placing the diffuser closer to the roots for just a second or two}…
  9. Continue this pattern on all then air until it is about 85% dry…
  10. Then, flip your head back up and set your part line as well as the front curls around the face {if I need a little more curl, I make sure to diffuse a bit more around my face and scrunch with my hand.  This is all specific to your personal taste, and how much curl and structure you want.  Remember that this is a NATURAL curl style so it’s not meant to be perfect or too uniform.  The beauty in the style lies in the unique curl patterns and definition brought out by the mousse}…
  11. Depending on your hair, the curl may look too voluminous. Don’t worry, your hair will settle after a few minutes…
  12. At this point, you can add in a little hairspray for extra hold, and to finish the look.
  13. Add in an accent braid to complete the look {if desired}.

Please leave a comment below if you would like to see more curly hairstyles, or any other hairstyle ideas for future posts that you may have!

Happy Hairstyling!

Don’t forget to watch BrooklynAndBailey‘s video from last week where they teach us 3 Cute Lip Looks! Simply click below…

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Triple Knot Accents | Short Hairstyles

January 18, 2015

We cut Bailey’s hair two months ago, the very same morning she had her wisdom teeth removed. It has been a long time since she had short hair, so she has had fun experimenting on ways to style her hair using braids and hairstyle accents.

Triple Knot Accent | Short Hairstyles

Bailey told me earlier this week, “Mom, I’ve got you covered on this week’s tutorial, go ahead and take the weekend off.” I about died! She must have read my mind because I was juggling so much between the kids schedules and work, that I felt like I was drowning! Thank you, Bailey, you did a fantastic job! I think I can retire from this blog now!

She showed me her hair, and I loved it! Since Bailey’s hair is now short, she opted to begin with a base of curls to add some volume. We filmed a tutorial for these curls shortly after we started this blog WAY back in October 2009, and you can find it by clicking here… Flat Iron Curls.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGH3KnotAccents

These knot accents are super easy to create, using a simple knot technique that anyone can do. They are also super easy to remove, as well.

Triple Knot Accent | Short Hairstyles

When you are bobby pinning, be sure to hook the back part of the strand of hair first, and then slide the bobby pin up underneath of the knot towards the forehead. This will secure the knots in place perfectly.

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You know how those simple braided bangs that were all the rage a few years ago, and only take 2 minutes to do in the mornings? This knotted accent is the same, perfectly cute and quick to do! That is what we are all looking for, right?

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair already curled, with a curling iron or flat iron {you can do this on straight or wavy hair, as well}…
  2. Part hair on one side, either will work…
  3. Take a small section of hair from the front of your face, pull it back and tie a simple knot in it {you do not want this super tight, as you want to see the curve of the knot}…
  4. Using a bobby pin, secure the knotted strand back against the side of the head {hook the back part of the strand of hair first with the bobby pin, and then slide it up underneath the knot towards the forehead}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3-4 on two more strands, pinning each under the previous knot, giving you a total of three knots…
  6. Grab a section of loose curly hair from right behind the knots, and pull it over the ends of the knotted strands to hide them…
  7. Add hairspray {if desired}.

What do you think of this Triple Knot Accent tutorial? Please leave your comments below, we’d love to hear from you! We try to answer back everyone we can.

Happy Hairstyling!

Now that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, BrooklynAndBailey want to share with you a super cute Pinterest-inspired heart collage, so be sure to click the video below!

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Scissor Waterfall Combo | Latest Hairstyles

November 09, 2014

I’ve noticed this cool new Scissor Waterfall Braid technique several weeks ago, and now a few YouTubers and Instagrammers have shown how to create one with their own fabulous tutorials. Viriyuemoon on IG was who I saw this from, but Princess Hairstyles, FletteMaria, and HairAndNailsInspiration have created tutorials.

Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo

This is a VERY creative braid! So many readers felt such that they began tagging me, or emailing photos of this hairstyle to me, asking for us to film a tutorial for it! Today, we will teach you how to create a Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo.

Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo

Two weeks ago Kamri volunteered to model as long as I allowed her to add a messy fishtail to it. I so loved the idea of a combination, that we decided to incorporate the Scissor Waterfall Braid with a base of waves created by a deep-V waver, and then bringing the scissor waterfalls back into a centered messy fishtail braid. It’s gorgeous!

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To see your own photo recreations featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHScissorWaterfallCombo

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Isn’t this braid beautiful? Although I created this combo using waves in Kamri’s hair, this would look great on straight or curly hair as well! I can imagine this being perfect for a communion, wedding, flower girl, church, or every day wear! It also hold up fairly well with activity, as the day we filmed this tutorial it was very windy and we had been active outside for a few hours. A few of these photos were taken then.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 20-25 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair slightly off to one side {or a middle part, if you feel inclined}…
  2. Now pick up a fairly large section of hair from the ear up to the part line…
  3. Divide this section into 4 equal strands – the two outside pieces will be Strand #1 and Strand #4, while the middle strands will be Strand #2 and Strand #3…
  4. Take the two middle pieces, Strands #2 & 3, and switch their places by crossing them…
  5. Take the outside pieces, Strands #1 & 4, and switch them with the two middle strands so they now become your new middle pieces {leaving you with new outside edges are as Strands #1 & 4 and the middle ones being Strands #2 & 3}…
  6. Take the middle Strands #2 & 3 and combine them into one strand for now…
  7. Now take the top Strand #1 and bring it across the two middle pieces and combine it with the bottom Strand #4, which just now creates your first braid stitch…
  8. Now pick up a small strand of hair from near the part line, take it over the combined middle Strands #2 & 3, but under the bottom Strand #4, and drop it {this becomes your first waterfelled strand}…
  9. Separate the middle strand back into the original two Strands #2 & 3, and separate the outside edges into Strands #1 & 4 again…
  10. Now take the outside strands and switch them with the middle strands as you did in Step #4, and start your numbers over again…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-9 for additional waterfall stitches, over and over, until you create the braid length you want {you can do one long wrap-around braid, bring two back and tie them, an accent braid or a combo braid like this one}…
  12. When you are finished with your waterfall portion, continue the braid with a few simple braid stitches and secure with a rubber band for now…
  13. Next, repeat the Scissor Waterfall Braid on the other side of the head…
  14. Once both braids are complete, bring them to the back {removing your previously-placed temporary rubber band} and secure them together with a rubber band…
  15. Now create a Fishtail Braid with your combined strands, pancake it for a messy look, and secure with a rubber band…
  16. {Optional} Remove the top rubber band by.. cutting it with nail clippers, to allow the waterfall portion to flow into the fishtail braid…
  17. Add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

What do you think about this Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo? How many ways can you think of to incorporate this fun braid into a combo? Feel free to share this with a friend you want to create this on you!

Happy Hairdoing!

Want to learn my family’s recipe for yummy Pumpkin Ice Cream Dessert? Think pumpkin pie, only made with ice cream! The girls show us how this week on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! Perfect for Thanksgiving or any Fall festivity, I promise! Click below to view…

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Zombie Cheerleader | Hair Pin Curls

October 26, 2014

Today we are going to show you how to create Hair Pin Curls, a tutorial that we’ve been waiting nearly a year to show you. The curl set we use here isn’t likely one you would use every day, but it is PERFECT for Halloween!!!

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

You can use this technique as a base-texture hairstyle for a witch, lion, mad scientist, Bride of Frankenstein, zombie, purple minion, Mad Hatter, etc! Bailey wanted to be a Zombie Cheerleader! Pretty much anything that requires frizzy hair!

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We sure turned a lot of heads this weekend as we filmed the intro for this video! Bailey loved it, and really delved into character! {Shaun was pretty much embarrassed the entire time!} Bailey found her Zombie Cheerleader costume at Chasing Fireflies.

For this tutorial, I used hairpins to wrap the hair in a rick rack set {giving the resulting “rick rack” looking wave pattern, a classical sewing term}. I then secure the sets with bobby pins. This curling set isn’t new, as it’s been taught in styling schools for decades, and now several websites provide tutorials for them as well. {One of our favorites was done by the girls over at The Beauty Dept.}

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To see your own photo recreations featured in our app, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHHairPinCurls

To get this look, be prepared to spend about an hour setting the hair {if you are doing this by yourself}. If you have a friend helping you, this process will go much faster.

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Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

Zombie Cheerleader | Halloween Hairstyles

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To see the rest of our #CGHSpooktorials series, click here.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 40-50 hair pins, 40-50 bobby pins or alligator clips, heat protectant, flat iron, hairspray, leaves and grass {optional}.

Time Requirement: 60 minutes

Skill Level: Hard {only because of time}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Spritz hair with heat protectant…
  2. Begin by parting off a section of hair at the nape of the neck from ear to ear, securing the rest up in a temporary bun…
  3. Now take a 1″ section of hair nearest the ear and use a hair pin {not the same as bobby pin} to straddle it, next to the head…
  4. Wind the hair over and under the two hair pin prongs, in a figure 8 pattern, using your free hand to slide the sticking up the pin, until you reach the end of the hair strand…
  5. While pinching the end of the hair with your free thumb and index finger, use a flat iron and gently press the hair pin set…
  6. Now use a bobby pin, or alligator clip, to secure the hair by sliding it up the outside middle of the hair pin…
  7. Continue with Steps #2-5 across the rest of that hair section…
  8. Now release the hair bun on top and part off another section of hair on top of the one you just set…
  9. Continue the hair pin curls in this manner until the entire head is covered.
  10. Feel free to iron the sets one more time, just to be sure they take, and let them cool for about 10 minutes.
  11. Now remove any bobby pins or alligator clips, and then pull the hair pins out from the top of the set, which will realize the rick rack curls/waves.
  12. Lastly, gently separate the waves and finger comb them to your liking {do not to use a brush, as this will make the hair super frizzy}…
  13. Add hairspray, leaves, or grass {optional}.
  14. No-Heat Version:  Set the Hair Pin Curls as above, only with slightly damp curls. Cover with a bandana or silk scarf and let set overnight.  You can also sit under a hooded dryer, using a cool setting, or use a blowdryer on low to dry the curls.

Please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you thought of this Hair Pin Curls tutorial!

Happy Halloween!

My girls were on a DIY Last Minute Halloween costume kick this past week, and uploaded four new ones to thier BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! I think they are all going to be favorites! Click below to view!

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Bandana Curls | No-Heat Curl Hairstyles

January 19, 2014

Our No-Heat Curl tutorial series has been very popular, because a lot of teens and moms are trying to avoid using too much heat on their hair but still want voluminous curls.

It’s about time that we posted another no-heat tutorial!

No-Heat Bandana Curls{The styles are also popular for single or involved daddies who are intimidated by using heat tools anywhere near their daughters!}

Today we are going to teach you how to create beautiful No-Heat Bandana Curls using just a few bandanas/handkerchiefs, a few rubber bands, and a water spray bottle.

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This curling technique gives you more of a wave than a full curl, and it dries fairly well because the fabric breathes and allows moisture to evaporate as you sleep. This is what helps set the curl.

No-Heat Bandana Curls No-Heat Bandana CurlsWe have used the curls as is, and we have also incorporated them as a base for several hairstyle combos. In this tutorial, my daughter Brooklyn simply added a simple daisy accented headband as an accessory.

This No-Heat Bandana Curls tutorial is so easy, we know that you all can do it!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, spray bottle, 3-5 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair, and parting it where you  normally would…
  2. Now, divide hair into halves side to side…
  3. Then, divide each half into half once again, but top to bottom this time {you should have four total sections each creating essentially a square shape}…
  4. Using a water bottle, take your first top section and spray it down until slightly damp {not soaking}…
  5. Now take a diagonally-folded bandana and wrap it in half around the base of that hair section, next to the head…
  6. Then tightly braid the hair around the bandana, using the bandana ends ad your two other strands…
  7. When you run out of hair, secure the ends with an elastic {the bandana will help pull some of the moisture off the hair, and also add thickness to prevent the hair from getting too kinky or wavy}…
  8. Sleep on hair overnight, or let it dry all day.
  9. The next morning, take the bandanas out, tip the head upside down and gently shake the curls loose with fingers {this separates the curls enough to give them a nice voluminous look}.
  10. Tip the head back up and finger comb the hair until the curls are to your liking.
  11. Add a cute accent braid, accessory, or hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these No-Heat Banana Curls! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey uploaded a 2-in-1 Valentine’s Day Nail Tutorial video!!

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Note from Mindy: We are holding our very 1st international “Meet & Greet” in Singapore on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, from 5-7pm at the Atrium at *SCAPE! We hope to see as many of you from Singapore as possible, so please bring your friends… and meet some new ones! We will be giving away an autographed CGH t-shirt to the first 20 people there!

Singapore Meet & Greet

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