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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Anna’s Coronation Hairstyle Inspired by Disney’s Frozen

January 12, 2014

Before Disney’s Frozen hit theaters in November, 2013, the team at DisneyStyle had already contacted us about filming three individual hairstyle tutorials from the styles worn by the movie’s main characters. {We love that they trust us so much!}

Anna's Coronation Hairstyle from Disney's FrozenThat being said, it was a challenging task for us… especially since hairstyles worn by animated characters are more easily drawn, by hand or computer, than they are in being actually done in actual hair.

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This particular updo hairstyle was worn by Anna {Elsa’s little sister} at Elsa’s coronation as queen. Of the three hairstyles, this one was definitely one of the most difficult we have ever done, but simply gorgeous!

After seeing the movie twice, and looking at still frames from the movie, my girls and I figure that we spent close to 20 hours trying to recreate this on our mannequin head. This is the closest we could get to the actual style that Anna wore in the movie.

When I was stumped on the finishing touches, we checked in on good friend Princess Hairstyles‘ tutorial of this hairstyle and saw that she had the same difficulty. {Be sure to click the previous link to see her fabulous tutorial.}

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What was the challenging step? Bringing up the hair from the bottom up and tucking it into the center of the bun, under the center hair. Instead, we opted to pull it up first before creating the bun, which makes this hairstyle much easier to achieve. Don’t you think it is simply beautiful?

The end result is a fabulous looking updo, something I have never seen before! We know you will love this hairstyle, and are happy to share it with you! {Be sure to watch until the very end, for a cute cameo by Sweet Pea singing, “Do you want to build a snowman?

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, 2 hair elastics, 1 braid headband {matching hair color}, 6-8 bobby pins, 1 small golden bow comb barret, green ribbon, hairspray and pomade {as desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting the hair down until damp all the way through…
  2. Take a section from the top of your hair, from about eyebrow to eyebrow, and secure it into an elastic that matches your hair, toward the top of your head…
  3. Loosen the hair a little to add a little volume in front…
  4. Now, take a small section of hair from behind one ear and braid it in a simple braid…
  5. OPTION #1: Take the braid over the top of the head, like a headband, and bobby pin in place…
  6. OPTION #2:  Buy a fake braided headband, matching your hair color, and slide it into place and bobby pin it down…
  7. Next, carefully pull out a little hair above each ear and place in front of the braid {this will be the hair you use to cross over the top of the braid}…
  8. Pick up the two sections of hair near the ears and pull it back to the center of head and secure with an elastic {this should have created a pretty pullback over the top of the braid, near the ears}…
  9. Now gather up all the remaining hair and secure it into a rubber band a few inches above the base of your head…
  10. Twist  that new ponytail hair tightly, and begin to wrap it around to form an “0” shape on the back of the head, like seen in Anna’s hair {you will need to bobby pin this as you go, in order to secure it appropriately}…
  11. Once you have create the “0” shaped bun, tuck under and hide the ends with a few bobby pins…
  12. Now, gently pull on the hair in the middle of the “0” so that it pops out a little…
  13. Using any similar-looking hair accessory or ribbon, and place them inside the bottom of the “0” shaped bun, to complete the look.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

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How to Create an Easy Twisted Updo Hairstyles

December 28, 2013

We have had quite a few requests for formal updos lately, with all the formal dances going on and the upcoming Prom season.

How to create an Easy Twisted UpdoToday we wanted to show you this variation of a twisted bun style that we first did over two years ago.

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On Brooklyn, we used a curling wand to provide a base of soft curls before forming the undo. The purpose was to add a bit of texture to the hair, but this step is not necessary and can be eliminated to save time.

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We think this hairstyle is very beautiful, and know that you will love it, too!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, curling iron, heat protectant, 1 hair band, 10-12 bobby pins, 2+ Goody Spin Pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair slightly to one side of middle.
  2. Now, divide hair straight down from that part to behind each ear {securing the rest of hair in the back out of the way}…
  3. Next, using a 1-inch curling iron, begin to curl the hair {using small sections curl the hair going toward the face}…
  4. After you curl each section, pin it using a bobby pin or alligator clip so that the curl doesn’t fall as the hair cools.  Continue to curl all front sections towards face and pin.
  5. While the curls set, gather the rest in the back hair into a low ponytail, slightly off to one side of head…
  6. Twist the hair and wrap it around the ponytail, to create a nice low bun {using bobby pins, pin it against head}…
  7. Now let the curls down from one side of head {using a boar-bristle brush, very gently comb the curls together to create more of a wave than separated curls}…
  8. Pull the curls toward the bun, wrap them around it, and pin them in place {you want the curls to be soft and loose near the face}…
  9. Repeat Steps #7-8 on the other side of the head.
  10. Accessorize and add hairspray {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Christmas fashion video, showing you some of their favorite season outfits! {Yes, that is me with the dancing cameo at the end of the video!}

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Crown Rope Twist Braid | Updo Hairstyles

October 06, 2013

Yes, it is time for another super cute updo, especially with all of the school homecoming dances going on nationwide.

Today we want to show you an updo that we love, which is actually a variation of our own Crown Braid {Milkmaid or Carousel Braid} tutorial from exactly two years ago. That tutorial now now has nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube!

Crown Twist | Cute UpdosCGH#3 volunteered to be my model for this one, and she was the one who wanted me to show you how to do this using a rope braid/twist.

I personally love how this version tucks in better than the regular crown braid did, and that the hairstyle still maintains no part lines on top…

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Notice how radiant CGH#3 looks while wearing this braid… it simply is beautiful and a definite comment getter! {In fact, imagine this adorable hairstyle with little flowers tucked into the twist for a wedding or other formal occasion!}

I think you will all agree that this hairstyle is simply FANTABULOUS!

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If you take a photo of your own recreation of this hairstyle, on either yourself or your daughter, please be sure to tag us on Instagram with @CuteGirlsHairstyles and hashtag #CGHCrownTwist and your photo may be reposted on our IG this week! My girls are the judges, so please be creative!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 2-4 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by creating a deep part on the left side of the head…
  2. Pick up a small section of hair by the left ear and begin forming a rope braid {you want to twist both strands of hair to the right first, then cross the front strand over the back strand, which which will keep the twist from unraveling}…
  3. Continue the rope twist, adding hair only to the front side of the hair {as you twist, keep it close to the front of the face, then move around just above the opposite ear, and then near the nape of the neck, etc}…
  4. When your twist gets close to the other ear, you will not have enough hair to add into the twist. {It is very important to keep the twist tight against the head at this point, or you will have loose hair when you place the rest of the twist on the head.} At this point, continue a regular rope braid with the rest of the hair and secure with an elastic…
  5. Now take the end of the rope twist and wrap it up and around the beginning of the twist in front, gently placing it directly behind the original twist…
  6. Feel free to tuck the twist under the front twist, in order to create the look of a seamless braid…
  7. Simply add bobby pins to secure any place in the braid where things do not look right, or you need additional security.
  8. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

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Box {4-sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braid Ideas

September 01, 2013

Want to become CGH braid certified??? Simply tag your own photo of this braid with #CGHBoxFishtail on Instagram! Don’t forget that you can follow us on Instagram, too!

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I do get a ton of emails every day, and although it is impossible to respond to them all… I want you to know that I read each and every one!

Just a few weeks ago, a fan, Kendra from Canada, submitted a hairstyle photo of her own creation and it BLEW my mind!

Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute BraidsWe think this braided hairstyle will be a big hit with our fans, because it is so unique and you can do so much with it!  We wanted to be sure to credit Kendra here!

Yes, this is a fishtail braid… however it is a fishtail braid on FOUR sides of the ponytail!

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The front and back of the braid have a regular fishtail pattern, while the right and left sides have a reverse fishtail pattern!  {Watch the braid closely when I spin Brooklyn around in the chair at the end to see the cool effect!}

Here you can learn how to fishtail braid.
Here you can learn how to reverse fishtail braid.

To recreate this look, you combine alternating double stitches of a fishtail braid with a reverse fishtail.  The step-by-step directions are below.

You can also use this Box Fishtail braid hairstyle in a beautiful updo by simply twisting the braid up into itself.  This will create a magnificent-looking bun that your friends will be seriously fawning over!

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The ponytail version of this braid is perfect for sports, cheer, or every day wearing.  The bun version of this hairstyle would be perfect for ballet, a wedding, Homecoming, Prom, or any other occasion!

You’ll LOVE this braid hairstyle as you receive compliments all day long!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 hair band/ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 1 bobby pin, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium {only because it is time consuming and your arms get tired!}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair and securing it into a high ponytail with a hair band…
  2. Now, divide the ponytail into two large strands…
  3. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it over that strand and add it to the inside of the right strand…
  4. Next, take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it over the that strand and add it to the inside of the left strand {this completes the first full stitch of a regular fishtail braid}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3 & 4 to create a second complete stitch of a fishtail braid…
  6. Now, take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it under the that strand, and add it to the inside of the right section…
  7. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it under that strand, and add it to the inside of the left section {you have just created one complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid}…
  8. Repeat Steps #6 & 7 to create a second complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid. {Please make sure that when you add the pieces to the middle, that they stay in the middle. You do not want these pieces migrating to the outside and being used too soon or the fishtail pattern will not look correct.}
  9. Repeat Steps #3-8 by creating alternating two regular fishtail stitches, and then two reverse fishtail stitches, over and over again until you run out of hair…
  10. When you reach the end of the braid, secure the hair ends with an elastic.
  11. You may choose to wrap a small strand of hair around the elastic to hide it, by using a bobby pin.
  12. {Optional: Gently twist the braid until it wraps around itself to create a very beautiful and intriguing braided bun.}
  13. Add hairspray and accessories as needed.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, this week my daughter Bailey uploaded a Football Nail Art tutorial in honor of the American football season kickoff! I thought she did a fabulous job, and is getting to be a natural in front of the camera! What do you think?

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