Pull-Through Fishtail Braid Combo

March 15, 2015

Our hairstyle today is inspired by both a Pull-Through Braid and a Fishtail Braid, beautifully combined into a combo that we first saw from Blohaute on Instagram. Brooklyn fell in love with this hairstyle first, and brought it to me volunteering to be my model! Doesn’t it look great?

Pull-Through Fishtail Braid Combo

You can watch the video tutorial for this braid by clicking below…

This isn’t a complex braided hairstyle, although it really does look that way. We’ve shown you how to create a Pull-Through Braid before, and by now everyone hopefully knows how to Fishtail Braid.

Today we are blending these two braids into a gorgeous combo that we are certain you will love!

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

You can style this hair dry, like I did here, or wet. Feel free to also use a pomade, gel, or spray wax if you want a slicked-back look that would be perfect for dance or other athletics.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 5 small hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions: 

  1. Begin by teasing the crown area of hair, and pulling it back into a poof or pompadour {hair parting for this section should be about 2 inches above the ears}…
  2. Next, secure this section of hair with an elastic and clip forward out of the way…
  3. Then part off another section of hair about 1 inch above the ears,  and secure them together with an elastic…
  4. Now, unclip the 1st ponytail of hair and split it in half, straddling the sections on either side of the 2nd ponytail…
  5. Clip the second ponytail up and out of the way…
  6. Gather another section of hair from the tops of the ears back {grab this hair and combine it with the end strands from the 1st ponytail, and secure with an elastic}…
  7. Let the 2nd ponytail of hair split in half and straddle each side of the 3rd ponytail, and then clip the 3rd ponytail out of the way…
  8. Repeat these steps over and over until you run out of hair {generally 4-5 ponytails}…
  9. On the last section, grab the ends of the ponytail, allowing them split and fall on either side of the 5th ponytail, and secure them underneath with an elastic…
  10. At this point, I go back and pancake the top pull-through braid sections, tugging on the elbows until they are about 2-3 times their original size…
  11. I then take all of the hair at the bottom of the pull-through braid, split it in half, and begin a REVERSE Fishtail {taking hair from the outer strands and crossing them under and into the opposing strand}…
  12. Once you have completely the fishtail go back and pancake the edges to give it a nice puffy look and an seamless integration into the pull-through braid above.
  13. Add hairspray or accessories {if desired}.

Want a few super cute Easter Egg decorating ideas? BrooklynAndBailey share with you a few of their favorite ideas they found on Pinterest! To watch the video, click below…

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Flower Bun Hawk | Hairstyles for Dance

March 06, 2015

Today’s hairstyle tutorial is a guest post from one of my best friends, fellow mommy, and travel buddy! Her name is Jill Ehat, and she’s an up-and-comer braider with a popular Instagram!

Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

I have known Jill since 2007, and she and her husband have such a cute little family, including adorable blonde twins! {We’ve actually used Jill’s twins before, in a Tinkerbell Bun tutorial for Disney!}

Since Jill’s girls have such beautiful blonde hair, something our family does not have, we asked her if she wouldn’t mind contributing a few of her favorite athletic/gym/dance hairstyle tutorials here on CGH! She agreed! Since her girls are active in lots of sports, her tutorials will have more of a focus in those areas.

We’ve all seen this Flower Bun Hawk at dance recitals and cheer competitions, etc, but how many of us actually know how to do it? Today’s the day… this makes the perfect dance hairstyle! Click below to see the video!

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

Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 6 small hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by teasing the hair, and creating a small pompadour or poof in the front near your forehead, and securing it with bobby pins or an elastic…
  2. Next, section the hair into three even ponytails, securing each with a clear elastic {you can use hair gel or spray wax for extra hold}…
  3. Begin with the top-most ponytail and divide it into three even sections…
  4. Take one section, add a little dry shampoo or spray wax, and tease the roots just slightly {this will add a little grip and help keep the hairstyle in securely}…
  5. Roll this section forward by holding two fingers on the end and wrapping two fingers from the other hand in the hair toward the face {roll it down until it reaches the scalp and then secure using 2 crossed bobby pins}…
  6. Repeat Steps #4-5 on the remaining two sections of Ponytail #1…
  7. Optional Tip:  Add an elastic about 3 inches from the ends of the hair and use this to help keep ends together as you roll the hair down to head.
  8. Repeat Steps #3-5 on the remaining two ponytails, until all three flower buns are pinned into place…
  9. Now go back and pin or tweak any strands that are loose {you can use this time to really make sure each bun takes on the perfect flower shape…
  10. Add hairspray for extra hold, and accessories, if desired.

If you love Jill’s Flower Bun Hawk tutorial, be sure to comment below and let us know so that we can invite her back again! We hope you enjoy her tutorials as much as we do!

Happy Hairstyling!

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Twisted Edge Fishtail Combo | Braid and Updo

March 01, 2015

There have been so many viewer requests, sending in photos and asking for us to create a tutorial for this Twisted Edge Fishtail hairstyle. This isn’t a new technique, as it was inspired by my great friend at Princess Hairstyles late last year.

Twisted Edge Fishtail Combo | Prom Updo's

We love the braid so much, that we decided to develop a braid combo with it including an option for a beautiful updo! {Yes, its almost Prom season and everyone soon will be looking for Prom hairstyles!}

The stitching for this braid can be confusing, so pay careful attention to its pattern. Once you get it down, particularly on the edges, this braid is a cinch! The twisting comes in as you switch strands on the outer edges. Watch the video below and it will give you the best idea of what we are talking about…

Because this braid is so tight, it’s perfect for cheer, dance, and any other sports, etc. The bun version is perfect for ballet, Homecoming, Prom, gymnastics, or to simply dress up your day. We LOVE them both!

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

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 2 small bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair in a high ponytail {can be done in wet or dry hair, I did it here with wet hair}, and, optionally, add a fun accent braid or twist leading into the ponytail {I added a Dutch Braid down the center of the head}….
  2. Split the ponytail into two sections…
  3. Now take a small strand from the outer-left section and cross it over the remaining left strand and add it into the right section, then do the same on the right {these two steps are necessary to create a regular fishtail braid stitch}…
  4. Then, take a similar small strand from the outer-right section and have your daughter hold it with her right hand…
  5. Likewise, take another small section from the outer left edge and have your daughter hold it with her left hand…
  6. Again, take a piece of hair from the outer-right strand and cross it over the remaining right strand, adding it into the left section…
  7. Then, similarly take a piece of hair from the outer-left strand and cross it over the remaining left strand, adding it into the right section {this completes the second regular fishtail braid stitch}…
  8. You next take another small section of hair from the outer-right strand, but this time trade it with the piece your daughter is holding in her right hand, and take it UNDER the new section…
  9. Add this traded piece of hair into the left section of the hair…
  10. Conversely, take another small section of hair from the outer-left section, but this time trade it with the piece your daughter is holding in her left hand, and take it UNDER the new section…
  11. Add this traded piece of hair into the right section of the hair {these two steps create the twisted edge in the fishtail braid we are looking for}…
  12. Now complete a regular fishtail stitch…
  13. Repeat Steps #7-11 until you run out of hair…
  14. At the end of the braid, add the last two pieces of twisted edge into the regular fishtail and secure with a hair elastic…
  15. Optional: At this point you can leave the braid as is or you can wrap it up into a bun shape.  Use bobby pins to secure in place.
  16. Optional: Add hairspray and a bow/ribbon as an accent, if desired.

Thanks also to everyone who attended out meet-up at the PS from Aero store in Dallas yesterday, despite the icy roads! For those of you who couldn’t attend, you can still get 20% off your purchase by using coupon code CuteHair! We will be doing more meet-ups soon, so stay tuned!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, Brooklyn and Bailey posted their February Favorites. Have you seen it yet? If not, feel free to click below… what are your current favorites?

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The Viking Braid Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

December 28, 2014

When we started playing around with this hairstyle, it totally seemed like something a viking princess would’ve worn, hence the name we gave it. It also as a cute modern boho look that is fits right in with styles that are becoming popular today!

Viking Braid Ponytail | Ponytail Ideas

For this tutorial, we only created the braid on one side, simply to accent the fluffy ponytail. You could do this on both sides for an even more “viking” look. We began the hairstyle with 2nd-day curls as a base, only because we didn’t want a fully curled and defined look. We wanted the hairstyle to still have volume, but not over the top. The rest of the steps are super easy to follow.

Viking Braid Ponytail | Ponytail Ideas

I can see girls of all ages wearing this braid and ponytail, especially for girls in sports. It is just another cute way to spice up a simple ponytail.

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

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If you can’t tell, Brooklyn loves hairstyles like this one. She says it is because they aren’t super girly, which suits her personality to a “T”. She’s worn this look a bunch lately, with lots of compliments, so she volunteered to be our model today.

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with second day curls as a base for this hairstyle…
  2. Part the hair from just above the left temple, straight back 4-5 inches, and flip the remaining hair over the head and secure out of the way for now…
  3. Next, separate out a few small strands to frame the face {these can be curled later}…
  4. At the front of the newly parted section, above the left ear, take a small section of hair and begin a normal 3-Strand Dutch Braid.
  5. Continue adding in hair as you move back {you want the braid to follow the hairline in a slightly downward angle}…
  6. Continue the braid down until you reach the rear corner of the head {behind the left ear}…
  7. While holding the braided strands in your one hand, use the other to pancake the elbows of the Dutch Braid {by gently tugging out the braid edges}, making sure the braid looks nice and full…
  8. Continue with the braid in a Simple 3-Strand Braid…
  9. When you have about 2-3 inches left of hair, go ahead and also pancake the elbows of the simple braid, making sure it is nice and full as well…
  10. Secure the braid with a hair elastic…
  11. Using a comb, tease a few of the top sections of hair near the crown to add a little pump and volume to the hair…
  12. Smooth out any teasing bumps with your rat-tail comb…
  13. Gather the non-braided hair into a fluffy ponytail just below the crown of head {make sure you do not pull so tight that you lose the volume near the top of head}…
  14. Add the braid into the ponytail,and secure with a ponytail holder…
  15. Hide the ponytail holder by taking a small strand of hair from the underside side of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic a few times…
  16. Use a bobby pin to secure the hair wrap in place, then add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Be sure to leave a comment below with what you think about this Viking Braid Ponytail, and we will see you next week!

Happy Hairstyling!

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How to Create a Messy Split Fishtail

December 21, 2014

I’ve been receiving requests on FB, Twitter, email, etc, for today’s hairstyle from viewers everywhere. It’s likely been our most requested hairstyle to date! {You’ll understand why if you’ve seen the many photos of this style floating around on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.}

Messy Split Fishtail Braid

Today, we will be showing you how to create a Messy Split Fishtail Braid! There is nothing super new or special about the Split Fishtail, as the braid itself is exactly the same as our Box Fishtail from last year. It’s the braiding technique we will show you today, however, and the final look, that’s different.

Split Fishtail vs Box FishtailFor a cute final look, simply pancake only the underside and you’ll end up with a very beautiful braid look similar to our Stacked Braid tutorial from a few years back! This one has much more of a messy look to it, which I love!

Messy Split Fishtail 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: #CGHMessySplitFishtail

Messy Split Fishtail Braid Messy Split Fishtail Braid Messy Split Fishtail Braid Messy Split Fishtail BraidAs always, any fishtail braid will take you a while to complete. This one not super difficult, which is why we are categorizing it as “Easy”, but do plan on spending about 8-10 minutes on the braid.

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy {but time consuming}

  1. Begin by parting hair slightly off to one side…
  2. Be sure to pull out any small strands you want left out of the braid to frame the face…
  3. Pull the rest of the hair back into one side ponytail, just behind the ear, and secure with an elastic {the elastic is temporary and optional, as it helps me keep the braid tight to begin with, but you do not have to use use it}…
  4. Split the ponytail into two equal sections…
  5. Take a small amount of hair off the outside edge of the right section and divide it into two pieces…
  6. Next, take the top strand over that larger right section, and the other small strand under the larger right section, and combine both those smaller strands into the left large section…
  7. Take a small amount of hair off the outside edge of the left section and divide it into two pieces…
  8. Next, take the top strand over that larger left section, and the other small strand under the larger left section, and combine both those smaller strands into the right large section…
  9. Continue Steps #5-8 until you have 3-4 inches of hair remaining in the braid {the braid you have just created looks like a fishtail from all four sides, just like the Box Fishtail tutorial we taught you a year ago {braid is the same, but the technique is different}…
  10. Now gently tug on the outside edges, or elbows of the BOTTOM braid only, all the way up to the top of the braid {this ends up giving you a Stacked Fishtail braid look, with the bottom half being messy}…
  11. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Hope you enjoyed this Messy Split Fishtail hairstyle tutorial! Are you a fan of fishtail braids? If so, please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

My girls uploaded two videos this past week, and DIY Friend Christmas Gift tutorial, and a Christmas BONUS VIDEO! Both are on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. To watch them both, click below!

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