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

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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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Double Frenchbacks | Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

December 07, 2014

Sony Pictures’ remake of Annie is set to release in US theaters on Dec 19th! I love how the movie is given a modern and updated take on the classic film, with music that is just as catchy as the first!

Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

Annie has always been a family favorite in our home, and I absolutely LOVE the character of Miss Hannigan in the original, played by Carol Burnett! Her song “Little Girls” is so symbolic of how we’ve felt for years in our home, with 5 little girls running around!

Some women are dripping with diamonds,
Some women are dripping with pearls,
Lucky me! Lucky me!
Look at what I’m dripping with… LITTLE GIRLS!

Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

Now that we have adopted Daxton & Paisley, the movie Annie means even that much more to us! Adoption has been such blessing to us in our home. We are happy that in the new movie and soundtrack, the’ve removed the references to “orphans” in favor of “foster kids”.

In this remake, the very first time we saw the trailer, I noticed Cameron Diaz {who reprises the role of Miss Hannigan} wears some amazing braided hairstyles! This Double Frenchbacks hairstyle is one that we see the most in the trailer, and is what we will be showing you how to create today.

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

We’ve shown you a tutorial for a Single Frenchback on Rylan from way back in 2012. This double version uses smaller sections, and a much tighter stitching, which gives an amazingly-beautiful accent to either straight or curly hair!

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy DIY

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sectioning of a rectangular section of hair right between the two eyebrows, to the crown of the head…
  2. Now divide that section in half right up the middle, leaving you with two equal-but-thin rectangular sections of hair…
  3. Clip one of those sections out of the way with an alligator clip, and use the other clip on the opposite side of the hair {not the to-be-braided section, but the remaining hair} to keep it from accidentally being added into the braid…
  4. Now begin a regular French braid on your first section, making sure to begin the stitching with thin strands, adding in little pieces into the braid as you go so that the braid defines immediately near the forehead {if you use too large of strands, the stitching will not be seen until half way back}…
  5. When you run out of hair to add into that section, continue on with a regular braid and add an elastic to keep the hair from unbraiding…
  6. Go back and unclip the remaining section, and French braid is just as in Step #4…
  7. This time, when you get to the end of the braid, combine both braids together…
  8. You can use a barrette here, to secure the braids, as Cameron Diaz has in the movie, or you can cross 2-3 bobby pins as an alternate way to secure…
  9. Now remove the elastic from your first braid and unravel it…
  10. Gently back-comb right at the base of the remaining hair from the braids, and allow the hair and waves to fall naturally, adding a bit of volume to the crown and back of the head…
  11. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Hope you enjoyed this DIY Double Frenchbacks hairstyle tutorial! Now that you know that Annie is one of my favorites, which movie is yours? Please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

Ever wanted to try an Oreo Challenge? This is a super fun activity that is perfect for Family Night, and my twins BrooklynAndBailey show you how to run one in the video below. It’s funny to see them try to guess the flavors! Bet you can’t guess which twin won the challenge {click below to see}!

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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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