How to Create a Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

January 12, 2014

This braid is similar-looking to a conjoined double Cobra Braid, only the stranding is different and very tricky.

This is not a new braiding technique, but the braid should be included on the list as one of the most beautiful braids out there!

How to Create a Zipper BraidI first saw this technique in video form on YouTube in Spanish back in July by a talented braider named Diana Rojas. Our version uses the technique diagonally across the back and ending in a braided bun for an absolutely gorgeous updo! {The braid would actually look great in any number of hairstyle combos.}

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHZipperBraid

We imagine this hairstyle as being a perfect updo for Prom, Homecoming, or any other formal occasion.  You are going to simply LOVE IT!!!

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My first huge tip is to wet down the hair before braiding. For braids that involve multiples in stranding, we find that this helps the braid be more clean and crisp in the final look.

As you braid, you may find a few “sharks” {parts where the hair sticks up like a shark fin in water} will appear. Simply comb them towards the braid and tuck them under it, to help hide them.

How to Create a Zipper Braid

How to Create a Zipper Braid

This is an expert-level braid that can be difficult the first few times, but is easy each subsequent attempt and truly amazing if you know how to do it! Again, the first few stitches are the most difficult, so keep practicing until you get it!

CGH3 has worn this to school a few days over the past few months.  The girls at her school loved it so much that they were taking photos of them on their phones and texting it to their friends.

Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Zipper Braid | Updo Hairstyles

Apparently the photos spread to older sisters, who then showed the photos to my twins at their Junior High asking them to show me the style! My twins and CGH3 thought that was so funny how fast it spread, and came back full circle to us!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hairband, 3-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting down the hair…  
  2. Start with a small section near the top of the head, and divide into three strands…  
  3. Now, take the middle strand and take it over the left strand…  
  4. Then take the new middle strand and take it over the right strand…  
  5. This completes your first stitch of the braid.  
  6. Now take the new middle strand and take it over the left strand again, then take it under the two strands to the right, and have your daughter hold it {this secures the first stitch in place, without slipping}…
  7. Pick up a tiny section of hair on the right side of your head, which will be come the new strand.  
  8. Next, take this piece over the middle strand and then under the left strand, and ask your daughter to hold it…
  9. Up until this point, you have been prepping the base stitches for the core braid.
  10. Now you will begin the Zipper stranding… 
  11. Pick up hair on the left side of the head, take it over the middle strand and under the right strand, and ask you daughter to hold {she will now have two strands of hair in her right hand}…
  12. Take the first strand she was holding, and bring it UNDER the new strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand…
  13. This will create a little sandwich around that strand of hair. 
  14. Pick up more hair on the right side, and take it over the middle strand, and then under the left strand, and have your daughter hold this second strand… 
  15. Now, take the first strand of hair from her, and take it UNDER the second strand you just gave her, and add it to the middle strand {from this point, the braid is repetitive}…
  16. Continue to repeat Steps #11-12, and 14-15, until you run out of hair {as you go, the braid will continue to take form and look more and more like a zipper}…
  17. Feel free to finish it off with an elastic for a ponytail, add a bow, or continue with a simple braid and twisting it up into a bun {as we did in the video}.
  18. Use bobby pins to secure any option bun in place.
  19. Add hairspray {as desire}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Zipper Braid Updo! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Book Review video, sharing their thoughts on John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, and Marie Lu’s Legend!

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Pull-Through Braid | Easy Hairstyles

November 17, 2013

My favorite hairstyles over the years happen to be the ones that are so easy to do, but they leave your friends wondering exactly how you did it!

Today’s braid is just like that! This came from Emily, a viewer who emailed me with a photo asking if I could recreate it.

Pull-Through Braid | Cute BraidsThe style looks something like a simple braid, but the elbows are not offset… they are exactly the same, looking like little inverted hearts sitting on top of each other.

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Plus, this Pull-Through Braid is so easy, even a daddy can do it! {Although I can imagine dads getting out their Stanley tape measures to make sure that each stitch is exactly two inches long!}

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In the video below, I show you how to create a high-braid version on my third daughter.

Then my oldest, Brooklyn, shows you her DIY side braid version that she did herself in about three minutes this morning.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 10+/- small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} Add any accent twists or braids to the top, before pulling hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Now, begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate the ponytail into two sections, a top section and a bottom section…
  4. On the top section, slide down about two inches and add a hair elastic {you can leave it slightly loose}…
  5. Next make a hole in the middle of that two-inch segment, and reach through the hole pulling through the underneath hair section…
  6. Cinch the back elastic upward to create a heart-shaped segment look…
  7. Now move down another two inches on your new top strand…
  8. Add a hair elastic, make another hole in the middle of the new segment, pull through the underneath hair strand, and cinch the back elastic upwards.
  9. Repeat Step #8 until you run out of hair…
  10. Now, secure both sections, at the bottom of the braid, together with one final elastic.
  11. Go back and pancake the hair {tugging on the elbows of each section} to flatten out the braid and give it a fuller, more beautiful look.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of the Pull-Through Braid!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Bonus Video: My twins below share a few of their favorite items for young teens who need a little help with their Christmas Wish Lists! They are so funny when we turn them loose with a camera!

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Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

September 22, 2013

I do often wear ponytails, and me and the girls love them in our home because they are cute at any age. The hardest part finding ways to spice up the hairstyle so that it is not just a “plain old” floppy ponytail!

Brooklyn and I thought about this during the week and decided to show you all how to cutify a high ponytail using a fluffy fishtail braid. If you know how to back comb hair, and create a fishtail braid, then this hairstyle will be super easy for you to do!

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute BraidsI started Brooklyn off with a Single Frenchback into a hair-wrapped high pony. From there, the rest is in the video further below…

Although I show you how to do this on Brooklyn’s hair, I have worn it twice this past week.

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

The perfect DIY aspect of this hairstyle is that the fishtail starts about 6-8 inches from the top of the ponytail, making it easier for you to swing the hair over your shoulder and fishtail from the front!

Enjoy!

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

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We want to see your re-created photos of this hairstyle! Be sure to tag your own photo with #CGHFluffyFishtail on Instagram this week, and you just may find yours reposted to our nearly 400,000 followers there!

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

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by styling hair into a high ponytail {you can do a pompadour in front, or even a single Frenchback, to add some extra flair to the hairstyle}…
  2. Take a small section of hair and wrap the strand around the elastic, to hide it, and secure with a bobby pin…
  3. Next, take a rat-tail comb and back comb the top half of the hair in the ponytail.  You do this by lifting layer by layer, and back combing the hair down to the roots.  Do this for the top half of the ponytail only {leave the underside of the ponytail as is}…
  4. Now, using a smoothing brush, gently brush the surface hair, and any rough spots from the teasing, so that they top layer of the ponytail is smooth and straight…
  5. For the braid, go about 6-8 inches  down the ponytail and begin a regular fishtail braid….
  6. Continue the fishtail braid until you are within a few inches of the ends of your hair, and secure with a small elastic.
  7. Go back and gently loosen the braid for a more full look, and especially tug up the surface hair on the top section of the ponytail {this will further add to the volume you created with the back combing in Step #4}…
  8. Add any hairspray or accessories desired.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this cute fishtail braid!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week Brooklyn uploaded a super cute “Get Ready with Me” video on YouTube. If you would like to see it, please click below…

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Six DIY 1-Minute Bandana Hairstyles

September 15, 2013

We want to see your recreations of this hairstyles… simply tag #CGHBandanaStyles and @CuteGirlsHairstyles in your photos on Instagram! {We will be reposting from your submitted photos all week!}

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This week we wanted to share with you a hairstyle tutorial that shows several different ways to wear a bandana, each taking less than one minute to do!

Six Ways to Wear a Bandana | Cute HairstylesI envision lots of you trying out these hairstyles, especially because the simple bandana accessory really can make a typical outfit look absolutely adorable!

This day, I was wearing a Mickey Mouse baseball t-shirt, with denim capris and red Converse sneakers.  Adding a little red lipstick and this bandana really made the outfit and I received compliments all day {even though my twins said I looked like a 13-yr old}!

What I love about bandana hairstyles, is that there are literally dozens more that you can do!  One of my favorite beauty vloggers of all time, and good friend of mine, is Kandee Johnson, and she really knows how to rock hat and bandana styles!

Hope you enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, curling wand, heat protectant, spray bottle, 1 bandana, 1-2 hair elastics, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: Each takes approx 1 minute

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

I began each style with 3rd-day curls in my hair after using my NuMe 25 mm wand.  Begin by folding the bandana…

  • Fold the bandana in half, making sure you bring the two points close together, but not all the way, to create a triangle shape.
  • Then, take the longest side and fold up the bandana three times for a thicker headband {or in half and then half again for a thinner headband}…
  • Make sure the open folded-edge points upward when  you wrap the bandana around your neck.

Style #1: Bandana with Bangs

  • Pull some of your front bangs away from the rest of your hair…
  • Pull the bandana up and tie it into a square knot slightly off to one side of your head {watch the video carefully to see how I tie the bandana ends to get the perfect bunny eared ends look}…
  • Tease the hair on your crown to add some volume behind the bandana headband.
  • Add hairspray, as desired.Bandana with Bangs

Style #2: Bandana Side Ponytail

  • Using the bandana in the hair exactly as described in Style #1 above, sweep the rest of your hair over one shoulder…
  • Secure that hair with an elastic into a low ponytail.
  • Loosen hair to add an element of texture and softness to the look {you want a more tousled look}…
  • Add a bobby pin to any stray strands  or layers that fell out of the back…
  • Add hairspray, as desired.Bandana Side Ponytail

Style #3: Bandana with Messy Side Braid

  • Using Style #1 as your base, begin a very subtle, soft twist behind your head to help secure shorter layers into the hairstyle…
  • When the twist reaches your opposite shoulder, divide the hair into three sections…
  • Begin a normal 3-strand braid…
  • Secure the braid end with an elastic…
  • Loosen the braided hair a little to add softness…
  • Add hairspray, as desired.Bandana Messy Side Braid

Style #4: Bandana with Puff in Front

  • Begin with hair down and curled…
  • Do a deep part on one side of the head…
  • Push the hair over to one side, toward the back of the head {you can tease the bangs to add more volume if your hair is thin or straight}…
  • Now secure the bandana on the head in the same fashion as the above styles.  When you tighten the bandana, it should puff up the bang area a bit creating a subtle poof in front of the bandana {the video shows you how}…
  • Add hairspray, as desired.Bandana Hairstyles

Style #5: Bandana with Solid Knot

  • Secure the bandana exactly as in Style #4…
  • Instead of leaving the ends of the bandana hanging out, tuck each end underneath the bandana {this creates a simple headband look for those that do not like the bunny ears hanging out}…
  • Add hairspray, as desired.Bandana Solid Knot Headband

Bonus Style #6:  Bandana Bow

  • Secure the bandana exactly as in Style #4…
  • Now fold each rabbit ear of the bandana in half and tuck the end into the knot..
  • This creates a small bow on the hair that looks simply adorable.
  • Add hairspray, as desired.

Bandana Bow Headband

Video Tutorial:

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these bandana hairstyle tips!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

To see my twins’ book reviews for Divergent and Delirium, on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel, please click below…

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Ribbon-Accented Loony Braid | Hairstyle Ideas

September 08, 2013

Be sure to tag #CGHRibbonLoonyBraid on your recreations of this hairstyle on Instagram and Twitter! We will be searching your photos and posting some of them on our CuteGirlsHairstyles Instagram page this week!

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My voice has not yet recovered from being sick, so this week my daughter Bailey offered to film one of the hairstyles she has been wearing lately … which I felt was very thoughtful!

It actually brought a tear to my eye when she volunteered! I was all ready to film a more difficult hairstyle, and became frustrated when my voice was not responding well.  She noticed on her own as asked me if I would let her demo her own hairstyle. I so appreciate her for that {and much, much more}!

Many of you loyal readers have seen our Loony Braid tutorials in year past, and this version is a variation that Bailey uses with her favorite color of ribbon as an accent.

Ribbon Accent Loony Braid

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This braiding technique creates such a fun and beautifully-accented braid, and can literally be done in approximately two minutes!

If you know how to create a simple three-strand braid… then this hairstyle will be a cinch!

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Ribbon Accent Loony Braid

We show you below how to create a simple side loony braid, however you can use this braid in a pair, or in any number of hairstyle combinations {like tiebacks, hidden braids, etc}.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 2 yards {2 meters} of your favorite color hair ribbon, hairspray or pomade {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} Bailey began with her hair twisted back away from her face, to keep her bangs and layers under control….
  2. Begin by securing the hair into a low ponytail, over one shoulder, with a hair band…
  3. Next, take the end of the ribbon {about 6 feet or 2 meters long} and thread it through the elastic…
  4. Pull the end of that ribbon through the elastic until both ribbon strands are exactly the same length {about 3 feet or 1 meter each}…
  5. Take one side of the ribbon and wrap it around the hair band to help hide…
  6. Now, cross the ribbon pieces to tighten  and secure it around the elastic…
  7. You should now have three total “strands,” two ribbon strands and one large hair strand {to help control fly-aways, you may choose to apply a good pomade to the hair strand}…
  8. Begin a simple three-strand braid using those three strands…
  9. When your braid gets to the end of your hair, tie the two ends of the ribbon into a knot to secure the hair in place…
  10. Cut off any excess ribbon with a small pair of scissors {adult supervision required}…
  11. Lastly but not least, gently tug on the elbows of the braid which helps them to pop out in between the ribbon strands. This effectively creates the “Loony” part of the braid.
  12. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this  hairstyle!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

For anyone wanting to learn how to be fashionable on a babysitter’s budget, you will need to view BrooklynAndBailey’s first episode of their Thrift Store Fashion Show series below…

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