How to Create a Banded Puff Braid

November 16, 2014

A few months ago, Alicia, my friend from high school shared a photo with me on Facebook of this hairstyle that she simply could not figure out. At first, I couldn’t either.

Banded Puff Braid

It took several weeks, trying to reverse engineer the style in the photo, but the girls and I finally cracked the code! Today, we will be showing you how to create a Banded Puff Braid – a beautiful faux braided hairstyle that we know you’ll love!

Banded Puff Braid

This technique involves the use of small banded tiebacks to create this style, threading your newest one under and up through the previous one. Then as you go, simply pancake the stitches to your liking. You can do as many, or few, stitches as you want… it’s entirely up to you!

The steps may seem confusing at first, especially in the beginning as it was for me. Then you will see that as you go along, the steps will go faster and the puff braid will take shape, and you will LOVE it!

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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: #CGHBandedPuffBraid

We’ve stopped every time we go out wearing this braid! Women and girls will simply want to know how you created it!

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You can leave this braid as we have done, or finish the bottom ponytail into a braid, tucking and rolling it all up and underneath the puff braid for a gorgeous updo. Creating this on a base of curls, would make it super elegant as well! Your options really are limitless!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 10-12 small hair elastics, hairspray or hair wax, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start with a middle part…
  2. Next, begin by separating off the hair on each side of the head, from just behind the ears on up to the middle part line {make sure you don’t take too much hair from the top area, since the large strand will not look as nice pulled back and spread flat against the head}…
  3. Now, pull both sections to the back center of the head and secure with an elastic as a tieback…
  4. Then, create two more small strands from behind the ears, pulling them back and securing against the head with an elastic, however this tieback will lay right on top of the previous one…
  5. Now pull the bottom tieback up through and over the second tieback {effectively switching places}.
  6. Then gather two more small strands of hair from the sides of the head and tie them back with an elastic…
  7. Now thread the bottom tieback up through and over the top of your newest tieback so that it now lays on top {at this point, you should notice the hair beginning a twisting pattern}…
  8. Next, go back and gently tug on the elbows of the hair twists, the outside first, then the inside, to pancake them and begin creating the puffed texture…
  9. Repeat Steps #4-8 until you have gathered all the remaining hair into elastics, continuing to puff the braid after every stitch…
  10. Now that you’ve run out of hair, secure all remaining hair into a ponytail with an extra elastic…
  11. Add hairspray, hair wax, and an accessory {if desired}.

What do you think about this Banded Puff Braid? How many ways can you think of to incorporate this fun braid into a combo? Feel free to share this with a friend you want to learn this hairstyle with you!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week, Bailey gives us all a peek into her mornings {getting up at 4:45am}, as she goes to seminary/bible study and prepares for early AM cheer practice before school. Her Get Ready with Me – Cheer Edition video is now on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! To see the video, simply click below…

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Scissor Waterfall Combo | Latest Hairstyles

November 09, 2014

I’ve noticed this cool new Scissor Waterfall Braid technique several weeks ago, and now a few YouTubers and Instagrammers have shown how to create one with their own fabulous tutorials. Viriyuemoon on IG was who I saw this from, but Princess Hairstyles, FletteMaria, and HairAndNailsInspiration have created tutorials.

Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo

This is a VERY creative braid! So many readers felt such that they began tagging me, or emailing photos of this hairstyle to me, asking for us to film a tutorial for it! Today, we will teach you how to create a Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo.

Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo

Two weeks ago Kamri volunteered to model as long as I allowed her to add a messy fishtail to it. I so loved the idea of a combination, that we decided to incorporate the Scissor Waterfall Braid with a base of waves created by a deep-V waver, and then bringing the scissor waterfalls back into a centered messy fishtail braid. It’s gorgeous!

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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: #CGHScissorWaterfallCombo

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Isn’t this braid beautiful? Although I created this combo using waves in Kamri’s hair, this would look great on straight or curly hair as well! I can imagine this being perfect for a communion, wedding, flower girl, church, or every day wear! It also hold up fairly well with activity, as the day we filmed this tutorial it was very windy and we had been active outside for a few hours. A few of these photos were taken then.

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

Time Requirement: 20-25 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair slightly off to one side {or a middle part, if you feel inclined}…
  2. Now pick up a fairly large section of hair from the ear up to the part line…
  3. Divide this section into 4 equal strands – the two outside pieces will be Strand #1 and Strand #4, while the middle strands will be Strand #2 and Strand #3…
  4. Take the two middle pieces, Strands #2 & 3, and switch their places by crossing them…
  5. Take the outside pieces, Strands #1 & 4, and switch them with the two middle strands so they now become your new middle pieces {leaving you with new outside edges are as Strands #1 & 4 and the middle ones being Strands #2 & 3}…
  6. Take the middle Strands #2 & 3 and combine them into one strand for now…
  7. Now take the top Strand #1 and bring it across the two middle pieces and combine it with the bottom Strand #4, which just now creates your first braid stitch…
  8. Now pick up a small strand of hair from near the part line, take it over the combined middle Strands #2 & 3, but under the bottom Strand #4, and drop it {this becomes your first waterfelled strand}…
  9. Separate the middle strand back into the original two Strands #2 & 3, and separate the outside edges into Strands #1 & 4 again…
  10. Now take the outside strands and switch them with the middle strands as you did in Step #4, and start your numbers over again…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-9 for additional waterfall stitches, over and over, until you create the braid length you want {you can do one long wrap-around braid, bring two back and tie them, an accent braid or a combo braid like this one}…
  12. When you are finished with your waterfall portion, continue the braid with a few simple braid stitches and secure with a rubber band for now…
  13. Next, repeat the Scissor Waterfall Braid on the other side of the head…
  14. Once both braids are complete, bring them to the back {removing your previously-placed temporary rubber band} and secure them together with a rubber band…
  15. Now create a Fishtail Braid with your combined strands, pancake it for a messy look, and secure with a rubber band…
  16. {Optional} Remove the top rubber band by.. cutting it with nail clippers, to allow the waterfall portion to flow into the fishtail braid…
  17. Add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

What do you think about this Scissor Waterfall Braid Combo? How many ways can you think of to incorporate this fun braid into a combo? Feel free to share this with a friend you want to create this on you!

Happy Hairdoing!

Want to learn my family’s recipe for yummy Pumpkin Ice Cream Dessert? Think pumpkin pie, only made with ice cream! The girls show us how this week on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! Perfect for Thanksgiving or any Fall festivity, I promise! Click below to view…

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Boho Lace Tieback | Bohemian Chic Hairstyles

September 28, 2014

This week’s hairstyle uses a similar technique as our Lace Braided Heart, only our purpose here is to highlight the front parting of the hair and not so much the back.

That is why we show you today how to create a Boho Lace Tieback, a bohemian chic and hippie-ish hairstyle that is sure to get you compliments!

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The trick is to get your Lace Braid started, since you are using such a micro strand to begin with, but once you have it, this braid is really a cinch!

We love how boho {or bohemian} this look gives us, very much a hippie vibe without overdoing it.

Boho Lace Braid | Cute Hairstyles

As you can see, this hairstyle uses the unique combination of Lace Braids, Simple Braids, and a Tieback to complete the look. You can try mixing things up a bit by trying a side part, using fishtail braids, or any other way to spice up a combo.

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

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Feel free to click this link for a beginner-level tutorial on how to Lace Braid. {Sometimes I need a refresher course, too!}

This hairstyle combination can work on long, medium, or short hair, and is perfect for any occasion. It holds up well in sports {minus the accessory} and can be used as a wedding or communion hairstyle.

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My girls use this in sports and dance, by pulling all the hair up into a ponytail instead of a tieback, with the Lace Braided portion keeping the hair out of their faces.

The style can also be worn with curly, wavy, or straight hair, and can be accessorized in any number of ways.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 small hair elastics, 1 alligator clip, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 4-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional Step} Begin with a base of soft curls or waves…
  2. Begin by parting your hair down the middle of your head…
  3. Move your hands up the part line about 3 inches from the forehead, and pick up a tiny strand of hair…
  4. Divide this section into 3 tiny, even strands and begin a simple braid stitch…
  5. After your first simple stitch, begin to add hair only into the strand on side closest to the part line {this creates a Lace Braid}…
  6. Continue to braid along the part, towards your face, until you reach your forehead, and then turn the braid so that it follows your hairline down towards your ear…
  7. Once you turn the braid, you will then be adding hair into the braid from the front, your forehead side…
  8. Continue braiding until you are about 2-3 inches above your ear.
  9. Stop adding in hair, and continue braiding the remaining strand using a simple braid…
  10. Secure the braid with an elastic, and clip this braid back out of the way using an alligator clip…
  11. Repeat Steps #2-8 on the other side of the head…
  12. When you are finished with the second braid, wrap both braids of hair around to the back/middle of the head, and secure together with an elastic…
  13. Add hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Boho Lace Tieback!

Happy Hairstyling!

Want a super cute fashion craft idea for you and the kids? Try out our twins super cute DIY Graphic T-Shirt tutorial on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! I think the shirts turned out adorable!

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Pancaked Bun of Braids | Updo Hairstyles

July 20, 2014

Based upon the number of views, we can tell you’ve all loved our Rope Twisted Bun from a few months back! As lovely as that hairstyle is, it can take awhile to create.

Bun of Braids

So, this week, Kamri and I thought it would be fun to show you another of our adorable textured bun hairstyles, that uses some of the same techniques, only much faster to complete!

Bun of Braids

This style is called the Pancaked Bun of Braids! The updo uses a bun maker/donut over a ponytail, and is exactly what the name states… a bun full of pancaked braids! {If you do not have a bun maker, you can make one simply by cutting the toe off of a long sock, and then rolling up the sock.}

There are a few tricks to getting this bun just right, and in this tutorial {particularly the video} I will show you several tips on how to do this.

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To see your recreation featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHBunOfBraids

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This hairstyle would be perfect for dance, gymnastics, ballet, cheer, weddings, Prom, Homecoming, or for every day wear!  You can dress it up by wearing something formal, or dress it down with a cute t-shirt and jeans.

The best thing about this beautiful bun, is that it can last you for two days!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bun maker, 1 small hair elastic, 6-8 hair pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair in a high ponytail…
  2. Put the ponytail of hair through the middle of a bun maker, and let the hair natural separate and fall until it covers the entire bun maker…
  3. Now create a little separation in one spot on the bun maker {this is where you will begin your first braid}…
  4. Gather about one inch of hair, and begin a simple braid {the braid needs to be somewhat loose, don’t pull it too tight as you braid}…
  5. Braid down this length of hair about 6-8 inches, enough to wrap around the bun maker once, and that’s it…
  6. Now, stick your fingers down through the middle of the bun maker, and underneath it, grabbing the end of the braid and pulling it through {this wraps the braid once around the bun maker}…
  7. Next, taking that same braid, separate any still braided hair so that all the hair in the strand is loose again…
  8. Add in about ½ inch of new hair to your first strand, making sure to mix the hair thoroughly by running your fingers through it {ensuring that the short strand is now evenly mixed with the longer new strand}…
  9. Now, divide your newly-created section of hair into three even strands and begin a regular a new three strand braid {again, only braid down about 6-8 inches}…
  10. Reach your fingers down through the bun maker, and underneath it, and pull through this braid, making another braid wrap around the bun.
  11. Next, take a hair pin, and pin together the very outside edges of the two braids, on the underside of the bun {helping to cover the bun maker}…
  12. Now loosen any left over braiding to the strand, and add in a new 1/2 inch section of hair once again…
  13. Complete Steps #8-12 until you have used up all remaining hair…
  14. One your last braid, continue with a simple braid all the way down the strand, and secure with an elastic…
  15. Wrap this braid around the bun maker as many times as you can, keeping in mind that it needs to be loose enough to pancake it {the number of wraps depends on your hair length, for Kamri’s I wrapped it twice around and pinned the end inside the bun} …
  16. Now go back and pancake the braids by tugging on the elbows of the braids, to create a full textured effect to the bun {you really want the braids to be nice and flat, which will very much help hide the bun maker}…
  17. Use hair pins, to help make the bun have a perfect look…
  18. Add an accessory and hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think updo! To where would you wear this style?

Happy Hairstyling!

We’ve been traveling a lot this summer, and our twins are now in Utah for two weeks without us! {Yes, I miss them terribly!} So, in preparation for the trip, the girls filmed a teen “Airplane Essentials” and uploaded it on Wednesday to their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! Simply click below to see a haul of what they take with them on a plane! Great tips!

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Milkmaid Braid | Cute Summer Hairstyles

June 15, 2014

Ever since Brooklyn & Bailey uploaded their Spring/Summer Fashion video a few weeks ago, hundreds of our viewers have been requesting a tutorial for Brooklyn’s hair. I have to admit, she looked adorable in that video.

Milkmaid Braids | Summer Hairstyles

To see Brooklyn in that video, simply click here

The hairstyle is quite simple, really, as she was wearing Milkmaid Braids. For today’s tutorial, we show you how to create Milkmaid Braids, as well as a few tricks and tips to get this perfect Summer look!

Milkmaid Braids

Since this hairstyle is one of Brooklyn’s favorites, she of course volunteered to be my model today. I swear every time I watch back these videos, I notice how my girls are looking more and more like me every day! {You should seriously watch them as they raid my closet pretty much daily!}

Also, congratulations to YouTube users ThisPersonsPage, DeeDoesMakeup, & Melinda Karkola, who were our Fin Fun Mermaid Tail winners!

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For a chance to be featured in our App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHMilkmaidBraids

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Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 4-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head into two equal sections…
  2. Gather up one side of hair right behind the ear and begin a simple braid {you want the braid to go toward your face so it won’t bunch up later, and feel free to leave a few wispy strands of hair out in front to frame the face}…
  3. When you are finished with the simple braid, secure it with a hair elastic…
  4. Repeat Steps #2-3 on the other side of the head…
  5. Next, take one braid up and over the top of the head {leaving about 2 inches of hair showing between the forehead and the braid, as you do not want the braid lying directly onto the forehead}….
  6. Now take the 2nd braid and lay it over the head as well {positioning the braids so that they look the way you want them.
  7. Tuck each braid end under the braid on top of it, in order to hide them, securing them with bobby pins.
  8. Then then use a few bobby pins to safely secure the braids into place on top of the head.
  9. {Optional} Go back and gently pancake the braids by tugging on their elbows {this gives the hairstyle its bohemian, true milkmaid look}…
  10. Add hairspray or accent flowers {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these Milkmaid Braids! Perfect for Summer, wouldn’t you agree?

Happy Hairstyling!

Since today is Father’s Day, my daughters BrooklynAndBailey decided to upload a “Know Your Dad” Tag video below! It was fun for me to ask them questions about Shaun, film their responses, and then film Shaun giving his answers. How well do you think they did???

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