Stacked Twist | Cute Braided Hairstyles

June 23, 2013

A few months ago we showed you how to create the Stacked Braid, and it has been very popular!

At the same time, we experimented by stacking the base braid with a rope braid twist on top and it is equally as cute! You simply use the same technique in stacking the braid, only that you only pull out strands from the inside of the right-most strand as you go down {to later incorporate in your stacked twist}, rather than strands from both sides as in the stacked braids. The video below will make this much more clear.

Stacked Twist | Simple Braid and Rope BraidMy girls have worn this braid for several months and it gets just as many compliments as the Stacked Braids, only people are more curious at how the twist stays on top!

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

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Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Try it, and see what your friends think!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 1 hairband, 2-3 bobby pins, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling front of hair {bangs} into a pompadour, and use bobby pins to secure. {Optional: Instead of a pompadour, simply throw long hair over one shoulder and use this same technique as a side braid.}
  2. Pull up all hair into a ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate off a small section of hair at the top of the rubber band and keep out of the way for now…
  4. With the remainder of the hair, begin a Simple Braid {three stranded regular braid. Make sure you are taking the middle strand over the outside edges as you braid {you may also create a three strand braid reversing this, but it will not work nearly as well for this specific hairstyle}…
  5. Once you have created the first stitch of a simple braid, pull a tiny section off of the inside of the right-most strand, and hold it out of the way. This is very similar to creating a feather braid…
  6. Continue by creating another stitch of the braid, and again, pull out a tiny section off the inside of the right-most strand, and hold out of the way…
  7. Continue this pattern until you run out of hair, and secure the simple braid with an elastic {you will now have one large simple braid with many little “feathers” of hair coming out of the braid}…
  8. Now, go back up to the top of the hair to the first section of hair was separated off from the ponytail. Separate this section into two strands and begin a rope braid. {To create a rope braid, simply twist each strand of hair in the clockwise direction and then twist them over each other in a counter-clockwise direction. This will keep the twists from unraveling when you let them go}…
  9. As you twist down the rope braid, simply add in the feather strands you pulled out of the simple braid, as you reach them.  Pulling these pieces into the twists will tighten the twist down against the braid and keep it running right down the middle of the simple braid… essentially stacking the twist on top of the braid.
  10. When you run out of hair and finish the twist, remove the hair elastic from the original simple braid and use it to secure both the simple braid and the stacked rope braid together.
  11. Optional: Go back and pancake the edges of the simple braid to create a wider base for the twist.

Happy Hairdoing!

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Winding Lace Braid Ponytail

June 20, 2013

You all know that we absolutely adore Lace Braids in our home!

A little over a year ago, a fan emailed us the lace braid ponytail photo that had been circulating on Pinterest and we filmed a tutorial on CGH#3 at that time. The video ended up being super long, lace braiding all the way around, and since we had just bought a new camera, the lighting was pretty awful, too. So, we decided to re-film the hairstyle a few weeks ago, before we moved to Texas.

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute HairstylesWhen we filmed the hairstyle, Brooklyn and I decided to find a shortcut to shorten the braid time without sacrificing the look of the spiral braid.

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

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The key is that you do not actually Lace Braid all the way down the ponytail.

Every time the braid wraps under the ponytail, I simply did 3-4 stitches of a regular braid and then wrapped it around behind, picking back up with the Lace Braid on the other side! You can’t tell the difference, and it makes the braid so much easier to do!

Here it is! I like it much better!

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

Winding Lace Braid Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Base Hairstyle: I began by doing a pompadour in the front of the hair to add a little volume…
  2. Next, gather the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the rubber band, and secure with a small bobby pin, to hide it…
  4. To begin the Winding Lace Braid:  Take a small section of hair at the top right side of the ponytail and divide it into three sections…
  5. Begin using a simple braid technique by creating one stitch of a simple braid…
  6. Now, add hair into the top {left-most) strand of the braid {you will only add hair into the top strands, never the bottom – this is what forms the lace braid}…
  7. As you add hair and continue the braid, begin to move from right to left across the top of the ponytail…
  8. When you reach the other side of the ponytail, stop adding in hair and continue with 4-5 stitches of a simple braid…
  9. Now take those 4-5 stitches and wrap it under/behind the ponytail and back around to the left side. You should now be directly under where you began the braid, by about 3 inches…
  10. Begin once again to add hair into the top strands of the braid, creating another lace-braided section, as you move across the ponytail in a slightly downward angle…
  11. Repeat the processes {Steps 8-10} above when you hit the left most edge of the ponytail…
  12. Continue until you run out of hair…
  13. At the very end of the ponytail, secure the entire braid/ponytail together with a hair elastic.

Enjoy!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyle Accents

June 09, 2013

I apologize for the delay in posting to the blog, as we have moved to Texas these past two weeks and have been without internet.  Our past two styles posted automatically on YouTube, but we did not have time to schedule these posts here before we left.  Just catching you up! xoxo

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Today’s hairstyle is a half-up, half down style that is quite a bit different than others you may have seen.

It is also very easy to do. CGH#3 volunteered to do the style, and it was perfect because her hair showcases these braids very well! You can also use one or more of these braids as accents in any hairstyle.

Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyle Accents

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The braids are very similar to our Loony Braids tutorial that has been very popular on YouTube, but instead of braiding with one large strand and two smaller strands… these textured braids are made reversed with “one small strand” and “two larger strands”.

The added pullback I created on CGH#3 here is optional, and if you choose to use it, you will need to bobby pin it to be sure it covers the third braid…

Textured Braids

Textured Braids | Cute Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, 1-2 bobby pins and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by taking the top section {crown area} of hair and pulling it towards the back of head {make sure to leave about 1 inch of hair above each ear that should not be pulled back}…
  2. Now, braid this section using a lopsided braid, meaning two regular strands and one small strand.
  3. When you are done with this braid secure with an elastic and pancake {pull out} the elbows of the braid to add texture and shape to the braid…
  4. Now, pick up a section of hair on the right side and repeat another lopsided braid . Try to use a section similar in size to the first braid {do not grab the front section over the right ear into this braid}…
  5. When braid is done, secure ends with an elastic and pancake the edges as you did in Step #3.
  6. Now take the edges of hair over both ears, and a little hair from the left side of original braid to create a third braid of the left side.  You should be pulling the hair over the right ear across the top of the original braid.  This just adds a little extra texture and uniqueness to the braids…
  7. Create the third braid and secure end with an elastic.  Pancake the elbows for added emphasis.  {Optional: Create the third braid  without crossing the hair from the right over both braids}.

Video Tutorial:

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Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch my twins’ video this week from their YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey!  We all ate CRICKETS!!!

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Corner Flip-Under Accents | Hairstyle Tips

May 19, 2013

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Welcome everyone to Sweet Pea’s “official” first hair tutorial! She is now two years old, super wiggly, but absolutely hilarious to watch!

Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute HairstylesI have been asked for toddler hairstyles for awhile now, and Sweet Pea was my only toddler, but my son cut off one of her corn rows with scissors about 5 months ago! We have had to wait until now for her hair to be long enough to film a tutorial!

We love the Topsy Tail, and have used flip-unders in several hairstyles over the years. Princess Hairstyles and Girly Do Hairstyles are also pro’s at showing us how to use this tool in creative hairstyles!

Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

These corner flip accents can be done in any hairstyle alone, or in any form of combination. They are also for girls and women of all ages!

Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

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For girls in sports {cheer, gymnastics, volleyball, softball, etc}, it would be perfect to combine the corner flip accents with a simple ponytail or braids.

In the video below, I show you how to create these corner flips on Sweet Pea, using a small Topsy Tail {you can find one at Claire’s, Sally Beauty Supply, Ebay, or Amazon}.

I then show you how I used the corner flips as accents on different styles on CGH#4 and CGH#3!

Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

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Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

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Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

Corner Flip Under Accents | Cute Hairstyles

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, toothbrush, leave-in conditioner, 3 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessories {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting down the hair with a spray bottle…
  2. Now, part a rectangle section of hair from the left part line to the right part line about one inch deep…
  3. Secure that section with a hair elastic near the right-rear corner of the rectangular part {for my daughter’s AA hair, I used a toothbrush and some moisturizer to help tame any fly-aways and frizz}…
  4. Repeat Steps #2 & 3 with two additional rectangular sections so that you have a total of three…
  5. Gently loosen all three elastics by pulling them away from the head, which will allow for you to flip the ponytail through…
  6. On the first section, insert the thin side of the Topsy Tail tool through the hair, but under the elastic, in a diagonal direction, towards the right-rear corner…
  7. Before you pull the loop of the Topsy Tail through, insert the ponytail through the loop and gently flip the ponytail under…
  8. Feel free to separate the ponytail into two sections and by pulling them apart, cinch the elastic back down again…
  9. Repeat Steps #7 & 8 for the next two rectangular sections.
  10. Incorporate any other hairstyle combinations {braids, buns, curls, etc.) using these accents.

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch my twins’ video this week from their YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey!

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Reverse Fishtail Braid | Cute Braid Hairstyles

May 05, 2013

Note from Mindy: Don’t forget to see BrooklynAndBailey‘s recap of the 2013 Radio Disney Music Awards, and enter their first giveaway… OPI Minnie “Minis” nail polish!

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I know that Fishtail Braids are all the rage these days, especially any that are variations of the original fishtail braid.

Recently, we have found photos on Pinterest of this cute Reverse Fishtail hairstyle, but we did not know how to recreate one. {I also just found out that Princess Hairstyles has a good tutorial on a French version of this braid.}

Reverse Fishtail Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Reverse Fishtail Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

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As you know, the stitches on a standard Fishtail Braid have a distinct “v” herringbone pattern.

Well, a Reverse {or Inverse} Fishtail Braid has an inverted “^” pattern which is very different than what you see around.

Reverse Fishtail Braid vs Regular Fishtail Braid

I spent a few hours a week or so ago perfecting this hairstyle on my mannequin head, and as I completed the first five stitches or so, it seemed like I was doing something wrong! Just as I figured on giving up, all of the sudden… the braid popped out perfectly! A beautiful inverse herringbone pattern!

Reverse Fishtail Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

 

Reverse Fishtail Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

I then recreated it on CGH#3 that day, and had her go show it to Bailey, her older sister. Bailey quickly asked… “How did you do that? I want to learn it!” So, last week, we were pretty much wearing reverse fishtail braids every day!

Reverse Fishtail Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Reverse Fishtail Braid | Cute Braided Hairstyles

Hope you enjoy, and if you do… please feel free to share!

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

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by combing all the hair into a high ponytail or desired location of the fishtail and secure with a hair band {I sprayed the hair with water first, to make the ponytail clean and crisp}…
  2. Separate the ponytail into two equal sections…
  3. Take a small sliver of hair from the outside edge of the right section, and take it behind the rest of that same section and combine it into the inside edge of the left section {in a regular fishtail braid, you would go over the section of hair, and not under}…
  4. Now take a small sliver of hair from the outside edge of the left section, and take it behind the rest of that section, and combine it into the inside edge of the right section {simply the opposite of Step #3}…
  5. Continue Steps 3 & 4 over and over again until you run out of hair…
  6. When you get to the end of your braid, secure it with a hair elastic.
  7. You may tug on the edges of the braid to soften the fishtail, and create a more romantic look, if desired.
  8. Add any desired hair accessory {such as a bow, ribbon or clip} to finish it off.

If you liked this, you may very well love our other Fishtail Braid tutorials!

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

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