Cage Braid Ponytail | 5-Minute Hairstyles

January 23, 2012

This unique braided hairstyle is lesser known, but it is making the rounds on Pinterest from a few wonderful sites.

What I love most about this braid is how easy it is to do, however the finished product looks so complicated {like you spent an hour on it}! If you know how to French Braid, you can do this hairstyle easily with only a small tweak to the stranding!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid

When you are finished braiding, you simply grab the center part of the braid about 1-2 inches below the ponytail holder. Then, gently pull that part of the braid up over top of the ponytail holder {secure it there} and the whole braid literally “pops” out into a super-cute 3D braid!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid Ponytail

After watching the video, you can clearly see why this hairstyle is called a “cage braid” because the style effect looks very much like a ribcage. My girls and I fully plan on using this braid in a Halloween hairstyle using a red-heart bobby pin stuck in the right side of the cage.

It would also make for a fun Christmas party hairstyle because the braid could easily be decorated as a tree! Many fans will likely use it for Crazy Hair Day because it does have a very unique look to it!

Although I know this hairstyle may not be for everyone, I promise you will receive many compliments from people on it, with most wondering how in the world you were able to do it! Our secret is… that it only took 5 minutes! How neat is that???

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two ponytail holders, 4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Chalk Highlights | Teen Hairstyles

December 14, 2011

Aside from feather extensions, I am starting to see quite a trend towards color highlights in girls hairstyles. I am not a fan of permanent color in my girls’ hair, for obvious age reasons, but also because it can be damaging and a big commitment to that color.

My girls are coming home stating that many girls in their classes are using highlighters or Sharpies to color strands of hair {I about died hearing this}! That certainly cannot be good for the hair, even if they believe it washes out!

Just a few weeks ago, a Facebook fan commented that she thought we had used chalk highlights on a hairstyle we posted for our #3 daughter. We didn’t… however, intrigued, we looked into what it would take to use chalk as highlights and this tutorial is the end result.

No-Dye Hairstyles | Chalk Highlights

What is great about these highlights is that they are fairly easy to apply, are non-toxic, last for one day and then easy to wash out. I bought our chalk pastels at Michael’s {with a 50% off coupon}, but you may buy similar pastels on Amazon.  I, personally, would not use oil pastels as they will be messier and much harder to wash out.

I had my daughter’s hair in a soft braid the day before, to help add some body to the hair, so this is perfect 2nd day hairstyle! Be sure your daughter is wearing a shirt that you do not mind getting a little dirty {or use a plastic cape or towel over the shoulders}. You can create these highlights with minimal mess, if you are very careful.

Next, I take a bright colored pastel chalk and gently wet it with either the spray bottle or faucet. I then take a small strand of hair and, by gently rubbing the wet chalk in a downward motion. I color the bottom 4-5 inches of the strand. {Do not rub the chalk up and down the strand as this will ruin the hair.} I do the same on another 2 strands or so, and then switch to another color, and vary the colored segment lengths a bit.

Teen Hairstyles | Chalk Highlights

After I have colored the desired strands, you can {if you wish} gently brush through the strand once with a brush, and then take a curling iron or wand and help set the chalk by curling the highlights. This also allows for the strands to fall beautifully within the rest of the hair. You may also choose to spritz the strand with hairspray to help the chalk highlights stay in longer.

Chalk highlights can work with many different colors of hair, including dark. Obviously, the darker vibrant colors show better on blonde hair with the lighter vibrant colors showing better on dark hair. You can use any number of colors, and it can be fun to experiment!

Fans on YouTube are going nuts over this hairstyle, because it is so easy to do and easy to wash out. As this is a chalk application, when you wash the hair… be sure to use a good conditioner. Chalk has a tendency to remove oils, so it is important to keep the hair conditioned.

This hairstyle tip is perfect for holiday hairstyles, school spirit day, cheerleaders, crazy hair day, or for use in many of our hairstyle combinations. It is a way to have a little color, which is becoming popular, without the committment! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, towel, pastel chalks, curling iron, hairspray.

Time Requirement: 5+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Lady Gaga Hair Bow | Video Hairstyles

November 23, 2011

Lady Gaga first introduced the “Hair Bow” hairstyle to the masses back in 2009, and it has gained steady popularity every since. Aside from her Grade-A meat dress, or being carried to an awards show in an UFO-looking egg, this is another of her popular fashion moments and certainly the most duplicated.

Lady Gaga Bow Hairstyle

We have received hundreds of requests for our own version of the bow hair style over the past few months. It has been perhaps the most asked-for style we have ever had!

Just last weekend, we finally found some time to film the bow hairstyle version that my girls have been wearing. We get compliments all the time on how cute it is, so we are sure you are going to like it!

Hairstyle - Lady Gaga Hair Bow

This is a perfect hairstyle for your daughter if she decides to dress up as Minnie Mouse {along with a set of Disney mouse ears), also good for Crazy Hair Day, or used in a variety of hairstyle combos {we plan to show some in later tutorials}.

Hairstyles - Lady Gaga Hair Bow (Back)

If you have seen the pictures of Lady Gaga’s bow, you will notice that it is a half-up/half-down hairstyle. We opted for a full on updo for our tutorial, but you can do it either way. You may also choose to angle the ponytail to either side so that the bow if offset. The great thing about this hairstyle is that it is completely up to you! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 6-7 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Princess Jasmine Ponytail | Bubble Braid

September 29, 2011

You may recognize this as the ponytail that Princess Jasmine wears in Disney’s Aladdin, which makes for a super cute hairstyle for Halloween!

For many of you moms, Bubble Braids will not be new to you as they were popular back in the mid to late 1980’s. Interestingly, I have been seeing them around lately! Fans on YouTube have been saying that some female characters in today’s video games have been sporting this ‘do.

Bubble Ponytail {Back}

This style is really easy to to do, as all you need is to secure a low ponytail in the hair.  Then, simply rat each section a little {to add volume} before securing the next band.

After placing that next band, you can gently tug the hair up into the secure section from the remaining hair to create the bubble/poof effect around the ratted hair.  Then do the same for the remaining sections.

Bubble Ponytail {Side}The hair bubbles can be as little or big as you wish, by the amount of hair that you tug in, and if you secure the bands closer together… you can get some incredibly flat bubbles for an even more dramatic effect!  You may also choose to do two ponytials, or use this in a fun combo for Crazy Hair Day!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 4 clear rubber bands, hairspray, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

* Note from Mindy: I apologize for the camera angle, as my hubby was out of the country on business when we filmed this. One of my 11-year old twins volunteered, and she actually did a fantastic job… don’t you think???

Happy Hairdoing!

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Messy Glow Bun | 4th of July Hairstyles

July 04, 2011

We decided to get really creative with this 4th of July hairstyle! This can be done for any national celebration (July 4th, Canada Day, Australia Day, or for New Year’s Eve, etc.)

About six months ago I was surfing around the internet for fun hair accessories when I stumbled upon a really fun site. It is where I learned about Glowby’s! {Be sure to use coupon code CUTEGIRL10 to receive 10% off of all orders!}

I loved the fiber-optic concept and that you do not have to have a stack of AA batteries stuck in your hair for the lights to work. They do not get hot, and the strands can pretty much work with any style (without breaking). I decided to buy some Glowby’s and try them out.

I used our popular Messy Bun hairstyle as the base concept, and then wove in the strands of the Glowby throughout. {Luminence offers these in a variety of colors, so you can mix and match them for any holiday, or simply use white ones for weddings or formal dances.}

While we were at a fireworks display, our girls were constantly stopped and asked where we found the glow strands. We noticed plenty of people pointing to our girls, and some even wanted to take photos of the styles on their phones.

Trust us, your girls will be noticed with this style!!!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 large hair elastics, 1 Glowby.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Now, it may look like a bear to take the Glowby out of the Messy Bun, but it really is a 2 second process. Since the strands of the Glowby are smooth plastic fiberoptics, they literally slide right out with a gentle tug on the barrette! No pain!

Hope you enjoy this style, which can be used by girls of all ages on any holiday, or by older girls and women at concerts, dance clubs, etc! Enjoy!

Happy Hairdoing,

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