How to Create a 3D Flower Braid | Cute Updos

May 04, 2014

As Spring is fully upon us, with lots of Proms and formal school dances going on, Kamri and I wanted to teach you a variation of a hairstyle we showed you all last year.

This particular variation we call a 3D Flower Bun.

3D Flower Bun

Feel free to click here to see our original 3D Round Braid.

3D Flower Bun Hairstyle

We used that exact 3D Round Braid as the base for this hairstyle, however my good friend Abby Smith suggested that we pancake the edge of the braid to give the petals a more profound look. We LOVED it!

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Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3DFlowerBun

This updo hairstyle holds up very well, and is perfect for those formal dances, weddings, flower girl styles, gymnastics, ballet, or just a day out!

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Yes, you will get lots of compliments on this one… GUARANTEED! Special thanks to Kamri for volunteering to be our model today!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, 4-6 bobby pins, pomade or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin creating a 3d round braid by pulling the hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with a hair band…
  2. Now divide hair into 4 equal sections, laying each section between one of your fingers on your right hand….
  3. The hair should lay like this: Strand #1 {outside pinky finger}, Strand #2 {between pinky and ring finger}, Strand #3 {between ring finger and middle finger}, strand #4 {between middle and index finger}…
  4. Now, take the index finger on your left hand and use it to hook Strand #3. It should now lay between your pointer finger and your middle finger.
  5. Take your middle finger and hook Strand #1. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  6. Take the last two pieces and twist them once {so they cross over each other} and place them so Strand #4 lays between your ring finger and pinky and Strand #2 lays outside your pinky…
  7. All strands should now be sitting in your left hand and will be numbered 1-4 from left to right…
  8. Take your right index finger and hook Strand #2. This will now lay between your index and middle finger…
  9. Next, take your middle finger and hook Strand #4. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  10. With the last two remaining strands, do a half twist so they cross, and then place them so Strand #1 now lays between your rink finger and pinky, with Strand #3 laying outside your pinky…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 until you run out of hair, and secure with an elastic…
  12. Now go back and pancake the braid {all four sides] by tugging on the elbows of the braid, without pulling the hair out of the braid…
  13. When finished pancaking the braid, begin to twist the braid up around itself into a bun {you will want to bobby pin the bun as you go}.
  14. Continue wrapping the braid around, and tuck the ends under the bun, securely pinning them out of sight, and securing the rest of the bun with pins…
  15. Then, tug the edges of the bun again to create the defined petals of the beautiful flower bun.
  16. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Hope you enjoy the app, and more importantly, continue to enjoy our family!

Happy Hairstyling!

Looking for some cute and affordable fashion ideas to go with this updo? Below, my twins, BrooklynAndBailey, give you a few adorable ones! Simply click to view…

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Fishtail-Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

March 23, 2014

More likely because our girls are more into dance and cheer more than they are in other sports or athletics, we have been lacking in the Sport Hairstyles category.

So today, CGH#3 decided she wanted to show you an awesome one! Below you will learn exactly how to create a Fishtail-Accented Ponytail.

Fishtail Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

This is one of her personal hairstyle favorites, because it spices up a regular old ponytail. {If you can’t tell, we’ve been on a fishtail braid kick lately!} We added a pompadour on top, and the micro-fishtail braid and hair-wrap as accents to the ponytail. It looks a lot better this way, right?

Simply click here if you do not know how to Fishtail Braid.

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFishtailAccentPony

Fishtail Braid Ponytail

Fishtail Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

Like I mentioned, CGH#3 actually picked this style for today, and wanted to be sure we filmed it on her. I also think it looks SOOOOO good on her!

Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

She is also proud to let me know that she has been the model for nearly 50% of our tutorials since 2008! I had no idea she was keeping count! {Also, be sure to stay until the end of the video to see her at 18 months old!}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 2 small hair elastics, 3-4 small bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 6-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sectioning off a square section of hair at the front top of the head…
  2. Then, to create a pompadour, tease it a little to add some volume underneath and then smooth the top of the hair over with a smoothing brush…
  3. Next, secure this section with an hair elastic that matches your hair color {ensuring that it poofs up a little at the front for added shape and volume}…
  4. Then, fishtail braid this section and then secure with another hair elastic that matches the hair color…
  5. Clip this braid out of the way for a few minutes….
  6. Now, pull the rest of the hair back to base of neck and secure into a tight, low ponytail with a ponytail holder…
  7. Take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail elastic, to hide it, and secure with bobby pins…
  8. Now unclip the fishtail and place it directly-centered, straight down the head and over the hair wrapped section…
  9. Use a couple of bobby pins to secure it against the head near where the ponytail is secured {for sports, you may opt to add another ponytail holder here, instead of the bobby pins, for added security}…
  10. Lastly, add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Fishtail-Accented Ponytail! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

It is already Spring, and my kids are getting Spring Fever badly! Don’t believe me? Look at what my twins created last week for their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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Rope-Twist Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles

March 02, 2014

Brooklyn has been a bun lover for ages! We joke that she is the most likely to become a librarian, not only because of her huge love of reading, but because her go-to hairstyle is always the Librarian Bun!

Prom Updos Well, a few weeks ago, Brooklyn and I began experimenting with new hair bun ideas. We did so because we can see a huge trend in 2014 towards buns and hair bun combos!

In 2013, our good friend, Princess Hairstyles, created a Pinwheel Bun, using single strand twists to add texture that we loved. Then, a few of our viewers experimented with her tutorial in combination with our Love Bun this past Valentine’s Day.

Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun | Updo Hairstyle

Brooklyn wanted to create a bun that had even more texture, in a duplicating pattern, that would really stand out. We decided to test out using micro rope twists to create this effect, and the end result was absolutely STUNNING!

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This bun will certainly be a highlight of any hairstyle combination you use. We imagine this Rope-Twisted Pinwheel Bun being a personal fan favorite for formal dances such as Prom or Homecoming, or for events such as graduations or weddings, etc.

It doesn’t have to stop there… the bun can be perfect for sports, gymnastics, cheer, ballet, etc, because the bun holds up so well during activity. Brooklyn wore this bun for two days straight, and hardly needed any time to spruce it up the second day!

This tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can share/pin it                         <——- here!

Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles Today we want to teach you how to create a Rope-Twisted Pinwheel Bun!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 bun maker {matching color of hair}, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Hard {mostly because of time}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Next, take your bun maker {matching the hair color} and, pulling the hair through it, slide it down to the base of the ponytail…
  3. Now let the hair fall down evenly over bun maker…
  4. Create a little separation on one side of the bun, where you will begin the rope twists…
  5. Next, pick up a small section of hair and divide it into two small strands…
  6. Now, twist both pieces each in the same direction a few times, and then twist them together in the opposite direction {this is the standard rope braiding technique, and you should only need to twist down about 4-5 inches or so}…
  7. Then, you will reach two fingers down through the middle of the bun maker, grabbing the twist you just created, and pulling it up through the middle of the bunker…
  8. Now untwist any  ends,if they are still twisted at all, and pick up some additional hair to combine with your strand…
  9. Again, separate the section of hair into two strands, making sure to divide the shorter strands evenly with the newly added-in hair…
  10. Repeat Steps #6-9 until the entire bun maker is covered with the rope-twisted strands…
  11. When you get to the last rope twist, pull it through the bun maker and then rope twist the ends all the way down the strand…
  12. Now, take the end and wrap it under the bun, around the ponytail holder, and bobby pin it securely into place.
  13. Perfect your bun by tucking any layered wispies underneath the neighboring twist, and spread the twists out evenly around the bun…
  14. Add hair wax or hairspray {as desired}, and a cute accessory.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

The girls, BrooklyAndBailey, decided to re-stock their small nail polish collection after Sweet Pea got into it. Their most recent video shows you the vibrant colors they chose for Spring. I love it! Simply click below to see which colors they chose, and why…

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How to Create a Love Bun | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

January 26, 2014

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and as is customary, every year we try to add one more cute and creative hairstyle that you can wear for the occasion. {You can pick your favorite from our Valentine’s Day Hairstyles playlist.}

Today’s tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can share/pin it                   <——- here!

Love Bun | Valentine's Day HairstylesA very good friend of mine, whose twin daughters we have used in some of our Disney hairstyles, texted me a photo of a heart bun that she created the other day and wanted me to see it! We loved it so much that we asked her if we could film a tutorial for it… he said that was her intention!

So today, we are going to show you how to create a Love Bun {heart-shaped sock bun}!

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What I love about this hairstyle, is how simple it is to create the heart form out of a simple bun maker and a few hair elastics. I would never have thought of that!

So this Love Bun tutorial is dedicated to my friend Jill, one of my best friends and an even better vacationing buddy!

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Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHLoveBun

If you know how to make a sock bun, this hairstyle will be easy for you. You can use the bun alone, as I did in CGH#4, or in any number of combinations, including one I show you on CGH#3. You can also do two on top of the head, or incorporate a braid around the base, etc.

We’ve worn this around several times in the past two weeks and had people stopping us everywhere! If you want a comment-getter hairstyle for Valentine’s Day, this is the one!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 bun maker {hair donut}, 4 small hair elastics, 2-3 hair bands, 6-8 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by modifying your bun maker…
  2. Take a standard bun maker, and pinch the bottom of it together until it creates a point, and then place two hair elastics over it to keep the bottom squished together holding that shape…
  3. Now pinch together the top left side of the bun maker and slide two more hair elastics of it, and do the same on the right side {this will create the “M”-shaped divot at the top of the heart, now leaving you with a more triangular-shaped bun maker instead of a donut}….
  4. Next, create a ponytail on the back of the head and secure it with a hairband…
  5. Now take the modified bun maker, and slide it onto the ponytail holder and against the base of the head…
  6. Then, have your daughter tip her head down and let the hair fall evenly over the bun maker…
  7. Once you have the hair evenly spaced, take a hair band {you may need to use two hair bands} and slide it over the bun {it should cinch down enough to hide the bun maker completely with hair, pulling the hair tight against the bun maker and forming a heart-shaped bun}…
  8. You should still have remaining hair ends sticking out from the bun, so pick up a small section and begin twisting the hair, adding in more hair as you go…/li>
  9. Continue twisting in hair until you have included all the hair around the base of the bun, and secure with a few bobby pins {you can also use the to create a braid-wrap accent, if you want}…
  10. To help emphasize the heart shape, gently pull down on the middle hair of the “M” of the heart and secure it with a bobby pin…
  11. Next, gently tug on the arches of the heart to make them more full, which will also add more definition of the heart divot.>
  12. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

I know some of you will ask, but yes, you could carefully wrap the head in an old towel and  spray the heart red with temporary color {adding a spritz of glitter spray as an accent}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of Valentine’s Day Love Bun idea!  Of the two ideas shown in the video, which was your favorite?

If you love the look of this hairstyle, please help us by sharing it on YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc! I have a feeling that this video will go viral with your help if you send it to as many friends as you can! The Love Bun is simply too adorable to keep a secret!

You can also share the link by clicking any of the social share buttons in the floating sidebar to the left!

Happy early Valentine’s Day!

A week ago, Brooklyn had her braces taken off and filmed it all for their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. You can see the process, before and after, including her reaction by clicking below…

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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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