How to Create a Knotted Braid Tieback | Braid Hairstyles

April 06, 2014

During the past five years, we have shown you how to use knots in hairstyles several times, but this is a first for us using them in a tieback.

Knotted Braid Tieback

For today, Brooklyn and I will show you how to create a knotted braid tieback {yes, with me wearing a Marvel Avengers t-shirt… another first}! If you can make the first stitch of tying your shoelaces, you can create this knotted braid!

Knotted Braid Tieback

What I love about this knotted tieback in a half-up half-down hairstyle, is the unique “crown” look that it provides. By adding a cute bow or other accessory, you will have a braided hairstyle that will bring many compliments your way!

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

Knotted Braid Tieback
Knotted Braid Tieback
Knotted Braid Tieback

When we were done, Brooklyn said that this would be a great hairstyle for a flower girl, especially if you added curls to the hair and flowers to accent the braid!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by dividing the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Now, part another straight line about 1-1 ½ inches above the ear going back towards the back of head…
  3. From there, create a new part going from the middle part to the line you just created {you should now have a rectangular section of hair parted out, with remaining hair still falling over the ear}…
  4. While holding this parted section, gather and pull the rest of the hair over the opposite shoulder and secure it out of the way…
  5. At the top corner of the rectangular-parted section, pick up a small piece and divide it into two smaller strands…
  6. Take the back strand over the front strand, wrap the front strand over, then under and pull it through the loop to create the first knot {similar to the first stitch of tying your shoe}…
  7. Similar to a French Braid, add in hair into both strands…
  8. Create a second knot, just like in Step #6, and then add in more hair…
  9. Repeat Steps #6-7  until you have about 5 knots and run out of hair…
  10. When all of your hair is added in, go ahead and create a few more knot stitches without adding any hair, using pomade or hairspray to help hold in flyaways {these extra knots will float freely, allowing for the braid to be tied back behind the head later}…
  11. Secure that braid with an elastic and use a bobby pin to hold the hair in place until you are done with the other side…
  12. Now, repeat the entire process on the other side of the head…
  13. After the second braid is complete, bring both braids back and combine the two into one tieback with an elastic..
  14. Add hairspray and hair accessory {like a bow} to finish off the style.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

By request from their young fans, my daughter Brooklyn filmed a Contacts 101 tutorial on Wednesday that she uploaded to her BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel! If you have young tweens or teens who wear glasses, feel free to let them watch Brooklyn’s contact lens tutorial below…

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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.

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!

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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 an Infinity Bun | Updo Hairstyles

February 16, 2014

If you are looking for Prom hairstyles, the Infinity Bun would be a perfect inclusion!

Infinity Bun UpdoToday’s updo hairstyle is super easy, taking literally like 3 minutes to do! {That really was the point, to create something beautiful and elegant enough to look like you spent awhile doing it, when all it took was just a few minutes.}

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Please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHInfinityBun

Plus, you can use the bun in any number of updo combo styles, along with accent braids, pin coil accents, pancake braids, curls, etc!

To show you how to create an Infinity Bun, we began with a simple Frenchback in the front top, and incorporated it into a high ponytail. The instructions for the Infinity Bun further below take it from there.

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Brooklyn wore this to a dance last week and had several compliments on it. This hairstyle is appropriate for all ages, little girls and tween on up to grandmothers – especially for activities such as formal dances, ballet, work, or everyday wear!

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our CGH App, which will be coming out later in March! It has been fun working on the app, and makes the portability of our hairstyle tutorials to the bathroom counter much easier, and includes a place to see fan hairstyle recreations as well!

Enjoy the video!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 6-8 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Optional: Begin by adding curls, a braid, or twistbacks, into the ponytail to add some texture and to accent the bun…
  2. Begin by pulling hair back into a ponytail {this looks best if the ponytail isn’t too high or too low, mid head is perfect}…
  3. Now, begin twisting the ponytail counter-clockwise and slightly upward towards the top of the head…
  4. As the twist tightens, it will naturally want to twist up on itself, to use that to begin to form the left loop of the infinity bun, in a counter clockwise direction…
  5. Still twisting the hair the same direction, take it up toward the top of the head, in a clockwise direction, and begin to form the second loop, thus completing the sideways figure  infinity shape…
  6. Because the second loop will have less hair than the first, feel free to loosen the twist a little to add volume, so that the bun looks balanced…
  7. If you have left over hair ends, while holding the whole bun in place with your left hand, simply tuck them up under the edge of the original loop…
  8. As you continue to hold this shape, place bobby pins approximately every inch or so, depending on hair weight and thickness, to secure the bun firmly in place…
  9. With the bun secure, you can go back and smooth any fly aways as needed with hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey decided to give you a tour of their newly-decorated room {which was part of their Christmas/Birthday presents this year}, and uploaded the video to their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. It was a fun project for mom, dad, and the twins! Simply click below to watch…

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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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