Upward Lace Braid and #ShareTheGift Nativity Feature

December 14, 2014

This week’s tutorial uses a Lace Braid, only instead of adding hair only into the top, as we’ve shown you in several tutorials, you only add hair into the bottom!

Upward Lace Braid

The effect that this braid gives you is a “faux waterfall braid” look, only no hair actually falls through the braid. I’ve been creating Lace Braids in hair for nearly 10 years now, and never thought to pull hair in only from the bottom side!

Upward Lace Braid

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

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I think this braid looks the best brought back into a tieback, however you can continue this braid around the back of the head and secured just above the other ear, covering the end with hair from that side.

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This braid technique works on curly hair, wavy hair, straight hair, wet hair, dry hair, Day 2 hair, etc. Really, you can use it to accent pretty much any style combination!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with straight hair {but this can work on short, long, wet, dry, curly, or straight hair, too}…
  2. Part hair slightly off to one side…
  3. Pick up a small section near the temple and begin one stitch of a regular 3-strand braid…
  4. When you go to move the bottom piece again in the 2nd stitch, add in some hair only to the bottom piece {try to pick up hair that lays underneath the top layer of hair… when you do this, it will create a pull to the hair that lays in a diagonal direction upward into the braid giving a waterfall braid-like look}…
  5. Everytime you to to move the bottom strand of hair in the braid, add in some more hair {only from the bottom}…
  6. Repeat this stitching until you reach halfway around the head…
  7. Finish with a few stitched of a regular braid, and then secure with an elastic for now…
  8. Now, moving to the other side, create another upward Lace Braid, using the same technique as before in Steps #3-6…
  9. Secure the two braids together in the back of the head with an elastic, and add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.
  10. *Optional: You may also continue the braid all the way around the head and secure near the opposite temple using some bobby pins or you can use the ends of the braid, pancaking only one side, rolling it up, and creating a rosette/flower shape and pin into place.

At the end of this video, we share with you something that we felt honored to be a part of. We were asked by the Radiant Foundation, an inter-faith Christian group, to take part in what would become the largest Live Nativity ever held {certified by the Guinness Book of World Records}.

This is the largest collab of its kind, ever, on YouTube, with over 30 other YouTubers, talented musicians, and their families, who volunteered over 10,000 hours over six weeks to the project! Try and see if you can spot each one of us, as well as your favorite YouTube stars!

David Archuleta, Peter Hollens, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Evynne Hollens, ShayCarl, SHAYTARDS, Katilette, Alex Boye, BYUtv, Stuart Edge, DevinSuperTramp, Cute Girls Hairstyles, BrooklynAndBailey, Bored Shorts TV, Grant Thompson, Gardiner Sisters, Mayday RED, AnneWithAnE, StudioC, Nathan Hutson, etc!

The purpose of this Nativity video is to share with you the true meaning of Christmas, our Savior Jesus Christ. It isn’t about money, gifts, nor treats. No matter your faith, we hope you will hold your family a little closer at this time of year, loving and selflessly serving others. #ShareTheGift

You can download the MP3 “Angels from the Realms of Glory” (mixed with “Angels We Have Heard On High”) FREE!

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Prim’s Braided Bun Updo | Mockingjay Hairstyles

November 30, 2014

This week’s hairstyle is inspired by Prim in the new Mockingjay movie of The Hunger Games movie franchise. We’ve watched Prim grow up, from a little girl with side braids, into a beautiful young woman who works to take care of injured patients in a District 13 hospital.

Prim's Braided Updo | Mockingjay

Prim’s braided hairstyles have matured right along with her, as we see in this tutorial.

We know that Prim needs her hair out of her face, and pinned back out of the way, so that she can care for her patients. The obviously best way to do this would be with an updo!, And, typical to Prim’s affinity for signature braids, just like her sister Katniss, she keeps braids as the base for her updo.

Prim's Braided Bun Updo | Mockingjay Hairstyles

This is a very easy updo to create, and it gives a very sophisticated look especially when worn slicked back. You can achieve this look by wetting the hair down beforehand, or by adding in some pomade as you comb the hair before styling.

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I can see this hairstyle being perfect for formal occasions, cheer, dance, ballet, and some sports.  To see your own photo recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHPrimBuns

In another scene from the movie, Prim wears another version of a Dutch wrap-around braid, similar to what she wore in Catching Fire, but it was only seen from one angle and we couldn’t determine the exact look.

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Be sure to check out the rest of our Hunger Games-inspired hairstyles over the years!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 10-14 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head, all the way down {giving you two even sections of hair on either side}…
  2. Create a simple braid with your first section {you want the braid to begin right behind each ear and run straight down the back}…
  3. As you braid, be careful not to braid forward, over the shoulder and towards the front of the face or it will create an odd-looking bump in your bun as you twist up the braids later}..
  4. When you run out of hair, secure the braid with a small hair elastic…
  5. Now, take the very ends of the braid and begin to roll it up the rest of the braid {you want this to be as tight as possible, which will also help to hide the elastic}…
  6. When you reach to the top of the braid, you should be able to lay the bun against the head, giving the bun a braided cinnamon roll look…
  7. Next, carefully secure the bun to the head using a few bobby pins {you want to be sure the bun lays as close to the part line as possible, so that when both braids are pinned, they look like they are touching each other}…
  8. Repeat Steps #2-7 for the second braided bun…
  9. Shake the head to determine how firm the buns are secured, and, if necessary, add in a few more bobby pins…
  10. Add hairspray {if desired} to control flyaways.

The only problem with the 3rd book in this movie franchise, is that it is split into two movies! We can’t see how the directors and Lionsgate will portray the ending until the last movie comes out on Nov 20, 2015!

Have you guys seen the movie yet? What did you think of it? Please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

Want to see the funniest video clip you’ve seen in a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time? My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, had their wisdom teeth removed last Tuesday, and made us swear that we would film everything. We gave them the footage, and this is what they approved for you to see! They are identical twins, but their reactions to the anesthesia are far from identical! You will laugh, and cry, and maybe pee your pants a little, all at the same time! Just click below to view!

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Boho Lace Tieback | Bohemian Chic Hairstyles

September 28, 2014

This week’s hairstyle uses a similar technique as our Lace Braided Heart, only our purpose here is to highlight the front parting of the hair and not so much the back.

That is why we show you today how to create a Boho Lace Tieback, a bohemian chic and hippie-ish hairstyle that is sure to get you compliments!

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The trick is to get your Lace Braid started, since you are using such a micro strand to begin with, but once you have it, this braid is really a cinch!

We love how boho {or bohemian} this look gives us, very much a hippie vibe without overdoing it.

Boho Lace Braid | Cute Hairstyles

As you can see, this hairstyle uses the unique combination of Lace Braids, Simple Braids, and a Tieback to complete the look. You can try mixing things up a bit by trying a side part, using fishtail braids, or any other way to spice up a combo.

To see your own photo recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHBohoLaceTieback

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Feel free to click this link for a beginner-level tutorial on how to Lace Braid. {Sometimes I need a refresher course, too!}

This hairstyle combination can work on long, medium, or short hair, and is perfect for any occasion. It holds up well in sports {minus the accessory} and can be used as a wedding or communion hairstyle.

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My girls use this in sports and dance, by pulling all the hair up into a ponytail instead of a tieback, with the Lace Braided portion keeping the hair out of their faces.

The style can also be worn with curly, wavy, or straight hair, and can be accessorized in any number of ways.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 small hair elastics, 1 alligator clip, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 4-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional Step} Begin with a base of soft curls or waves…
  2. Begin by parting your hair down the middle of your head…
  3. Move your hands up the part line about 3 inches from the forehead, and pick up a tiny strand of hair…
  4. Divide this section into 3 tiny, even strands and begin a simple braid stitch…
  5. After your first simple stitch, begin to add hair only into the strand on side closest to the part line {this creates a Lace Braid}…
  6. Continue to braid along the part, towards your face, until you reach your forehead, and then turn the braid so that it follows your hairline down towards your ear…
  7. Once you turn the braid, you will then be adding hair into the braid from the front, your forehead side…
  8. Continue braiding until you are about 2-3 inches above your ear.
  9. Stop adding in hair, and continue braiding the remaining strand using a simple braid…
  10. Secure the braid with an elastic, and clip this braid back out of the way using an alligator clip…
  11. Repeat Steps #2-8 on the other side of the head…
  12. When you are finished with the second braid, wrap both braids of hair around to the back/middle of the head, and secure together with an elastic…
  13. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Boho Lace Tieback!

Happy Hairstyling!

Want a super cute fashion craft idea for you and the kids? Try out our twins super cute DIY Graphic T-Shirt tutorial on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! I think the shirts turned out adorable!

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Pancaked Bun of Braids | Updo Hairstyles

July 20, 2014

Based upon the number of views, we can tell you’ve all loved our Rope Twisted Bun from a few months back! As lovely as that hairstyle is, it can take awhile to create.

Bun of Braids

So, this week, Kamri and I thought it would be fun to show you another of our adorable textured bun hairstyles, that uses some of the same techniques, only much faster to complete!

Bun of Braids

This style is called the Pancaked Bun of Braids! The updo uses a bun maker/donut over a ponytail, and is exactly what the name states… a bun full of pancaked braids! {If you do not have a bun maker, you can make one simply by cutting the toe off of a long sock, and then rolling up the sock.}

There are a few tricks to getting this bun just right, and in this tutorial {particularly the video} I will show you several tips on how to do this.

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To see your recreation featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHBunOfBraids

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This hairstyle would be perfect for dance, gymnastics, ballet, cheer, weddings, Prom, Homecoming, or for every day wear!  You can dress it up by wearing something formal, or dress it down with a cute t-shirt and jeans.

The best thing about this beautiful bun, is that it can last you for two days!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bun maker, 1 small hair elastic, 6-8 hair pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair in a high ponytail…
  2. Put the ponytail of hair through the middle of a bun maker, and let the hair natural separate and fall until it covers the entire bun maker…
  3. Now create a little separation in one spot on the bun maker {this is where you will begin your first braid}…
  4. Gather about one inch of hair, and begin a simple braid {the braid needs to be somewhat loose, don’t pull it too tight as you braid}…
  5. Braid down this length of hair about 6-8 inches, enough to wrap around the bun maker once, and that’s it…
  6. Now, stick your fingers down through the middle of the bun maker, and underneath it, grabbing the end of the braid and pulling it through {this wraps the braid once around the bun maker}…
  7. Next, taking that same braid, separate any still braided hair so that all the hair in the strand is loose again…
  8. Add in about ½ inch of new hair to your first strand, making sure to mix the hair thoroughly by running your fingers through it {ensuring that the short strand is now evenly mixed with the longer new strand}…
  9. Now, divide your newly-created section of hair into three even strands and begin a regular a new three strand braid {again, only braid down about 6-8 inches}…
  10. Reach your fingers down through the bun maker, and underneath it, and pull through this braid, making another braid wrap around the bun.
  11. Next, take a hair pin, and pin together the very outside edges of the two braids, on the underside of the bun {helping to cover the bun maker}…
  12. Now loosen any left over braiding to the strand, and add in a new 1/2 inch section of hair once again…
  13. Complete Steps #8-12 until you have used up all remaining hair…
  14. One your last braid, continue with a simple braid all the way down the strand, and secure with an elastic…
  15. Wrap this braid around the bun maker as many times as you can, keeping in mind that it needs to be loose enough to pancake it {the number of wraps depends on your hair length, for Kamri’s I wrapped it twice around and pinned the end inside the bun} …
  16. Now go back and pancake the braids by tugging on the elbows of the braids, to create a full textured effect to the bun {you really want the braids to be nice and flat, which will very much help hide the bun maker}…
  17. Use hair pins, to help make the bun have a perfect look…
  18. Add an accessory and hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think updo! To where would you wear this style?

Happy Hairstyling!

We’ve been traveling a lot this summer, and our twins are now in Utah for two weeks without us! {Yes, I miss them terribly!} So, in preparation for the trip, the girls filmed a teen “Airplane Essentials” and uploaded it on Wednesday to their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! Simply click below to see a haul of what they take with them on a plane! Great tips!

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How to Create a 3D Flower Braid | Cute Updos

May 04, 2014

As Spring is fully upon us, with lots of Proms and formal school dances going on, Kamri and I wanted to teach you a variation of a hairstyle we showed you all last year.

This particular variation we call a 3D Flower Bun.

3D Flower Bun

Feel free to click here to see our original 3D Round Braid.

3D Flower Bun Hairstyle

We used that exact 3D Round Braid as the base for this hairstyle, however my good friend Abby Smith suggested that we pancake the edge of the braid to give the petals a more profound look. We LOVED it!

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Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3DFlowerBun

This updo hairstyle holds up very well, and is perfect for those formal dances, weddings, flower girl styles, gymnastics, ballet, or just a day out!

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Yes, you will get lots of compliments on this one… GUARANTEED! Special thanks to Kamri for volunteering to be our model today!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, 4-6 bobby pins, pomade or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin creating a 3d round braid by pulling the hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with a hair band…
  2. Now divide hair into 4 equal sections, laying each section between one of your fingers on your right hand….
  3. The hair should lay like this: Strand #1 {outside pinky finger}, Strand #2 {between pinky and ring finger}, Strand #3 {between ring finger and middle finger}, strand #4 {between middle and index finger}…
  4. Now, take the index finger on your left hand and use it to hook Strand #3. It should now lay between your pointer finger and your middle finger.
  5. Take your middle finger and hook Strand #1. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  6. Take the last two pieces and twist them once {so they cross over each other} and place them so Strand #4 lays between your ring finger and pinky and Strand #2 lays outside your pinky…
  7. All strands should now be sitting in your left hand and will be numbered 1-4 from left to right…
  8. Take your right index finger and hook Strand #2. This will now lay between your index and middle finger…
  9. Next, take your middle finger and hook Strand #4. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  10. With the last two remaining strands, do a half twist so they cross, and then place them so Strand #1 now lays between your rink finger and pinky, with Strand #3 laying outside your pinky…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 until you run out of hair, and secure with an elastic…
  12. Now go back and pancake the braid {all four sides] by tugging on the elbows of the braid, without pulling the hair out of the braid…
  13. When finished pancaking the braid, begin to twist the braid up around itself into a bun {you will want to bobby pin the bun as you go}.
  14. Continue wrapping the braid around, and tuck the ends under the bun, securely pinning them out of sight, and securing the rest of the bun with pins…
  15. Then, tug the edges of the bun again to create the defined petals of the beautiful flower bun.
  16. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Hope you enjoy the app, and more importantly, continue to enjoy our family!

Happy Hairstyling!

Looking for some cute and affordable fashion ideas to go with this updo? Below, my twins, BrooklynAndBailey, give you a few adorable ones! Simply click to view…

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