Katniss’ Mockingjay Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

November 23, 2014

Many of you know that were are HUGE fans of The Hunger Games books and movie franchise!

We’ve been friends with Linda Flowers, the Department Head of Hair & Makeup for both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies ever since we first put up the Katniss braid years ago. Since Linda had a contract for Dancing With The Stars, she was unable to work on the Mockingjay movies, with Lionsgate instead hiring Camille Friend. Camille is just as talented, and her team did an amazing job trying to have the hair reflect the mood of the war-trodden State, as in the book.

Katniss' Braid from Mockingjay

Katniss’ braid in this 3rd movie isn’t supposed to be focused so much on style, as her time in the Capitol and in the Games merited. This time around, Panem is at war, with a growing rebellion movement, and the look is supposed to fully reflect that.

Katniss' Braid from Mockingjay

Things aren’t as they once were, and that’s why there is a fundamental change in the Katniss braid.

Katniss still wears a side braid, which as Linda told us is to ensure that she doesn’t snag her braid as she removes arrows from the quiver on her back. This time around, the wrapping braids from the left and right are French braids instead of Katniss’ signature Dutch braid.

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To see your own photo recreations automatically featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHMockingjayBraid {There are already several braiders who have gained 1000’s of IG followers simply by having their recreations seen by our 350,000+ app users!}

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For the side braid, the stitching looks very similar to a Simple braid, however it really is a chunky Reverse Fishtail. The look is also supposed to be somewhat messy and disheveled, which is the look we were going for. {The wind and rain in our trailer video shoot certainly helped with that!}

Items Needed: 19mm Curling Wand for the base curls, brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1-2 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by adding curls to the hair, for the base texture, using a 19mm curling wand…
  2. Part hair slightly off to the right so that heavy side of the hair is on the person’s left, then section out a few wispy strands to frame the face on both sides…
  3. Starting in front of the left-most ear pick up a section, separate it into three strands, and begin a regular French braid…
  4. Add in hair as you go along, keeping the braid as close to the hairline as possible…
  5. As you braid past the middle of the head, almost to right behind the right ear, stop adding in hair and continue with a few stitches of a regular braid and temporarily secure with an elastic…
  6. Now, on the other side of the head, pick up the hair above the right ear, and begin a regular French braid, again, following the partline…
  7. Continue this braid backwards and down until you reach the other braid…
  8. With the elastic us used temporarily to secure the first braid, now secure both braids together with that same elastic as close to the back right-most corner of the head…
  9. Next, with the combined section, divide it in half and begin a Reverse Fishtail braid…
  10. You do this by taking a sizable strand of hair from one side and take it under the hair and add it to the section on the other side…
  11. Now take a sizable strand from the left-most section, take it under that side and add it into the right section…
  12. Continue with Steps #10-11 until the reverse fishtail braid is completed…
  13. Secure with an elastic…
  14. Now go back and cut the top elastic with a pair of scissors,to loosen the hair and allow the braid to easily sit over the shoulder…
  15. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

We hope you check out the rest of our Hunger Games hairstyles, and be sure come back next week for another tutorial from Mockingjay!

Happy Hairdoing!

My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, began a new YouTube series called Fab or Fail, where they try out products you have seen on TV! The first episode reviews the RoseArt Graphic Skinz Design Studio. To see how the product rated on the girls’ Fab or Fail Scale, simply click below!

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Double Flip-Under Accents | Easy Hairstyles

November 02, 2014

Today we will show you another short hairstyle tutorial, teaching you how to create Double-Flip Accents that can be used in any number of hairstyle combos. We’ve been doing these for years, particularly across the front of the head as a way to keep bangs/fringe out of our eyes.

Flip-Under Accents | Easy Hairstyles

We’ve shown you how to create corner flip-unders on Paisley last year, but now we are doubling up this year to give you a different, better integrated look. We used simple waves, created with a deep-V waver as the base in Rylan’s hair, before we begin styling.

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We are showing only how to create the accents today, in an across the front of the head “headband” style. After creating this look, you can also tie the remaining hair into a high ponytail, or divide it the back and create two messy buns. Each would be equally as cute! Because of how tight these sit, using flip-unders accents are perfect for girls in sports such as cheer, dance, gymnastics, softball, basketball, etc.

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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: #CGHDoubleFlipAccents

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Rylan, who often doesn’t want to film tutorials, volunteered to be our model today! Be sure to give this video a “Thumbs Up” just for that! {We also hope you enjoy the little baby clip of her at the end!}

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 8 small hair elastics, topsy tail tool, 1 large alligator clip, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair, from the middle-front back to just a few inches in front of the crown, and then again from ear to ear…
  2. Secure one parted side out of the way with your alligator clip…
  3. Take the other parted side, and divide it into 4 equal square sections, going from the front of the face toward the back of the head…
  4. Using small elastics, create a mini ponytail in the middle of each section, ensuring that you don’t secure them too tightly {this will still allow for a flip in the next step}…
  5. Now using a Topsy Tail Tool, thread it under the first elastic, straight through the first front ponytail base…
  6. Thread the loose ponytail down through the loop in the Topsy Tail Tool, and then gently pull on the pointed end of the tool until the ponytail flips under through itself {if you don’t have a topsy tail tool, you can always simply use your fingers and create a small hole and flip the ponytail through yourself}…
  7. Repeat this same process on the second ponytail {right behind the first one}, however, this time also tuck the first tail upwards through the loop before pulling…
  8. As you pull the topsy tail backwards, it will flip the second ponytail under AND also pull the first tail through, effectively linking the two flip-unders…
  9. Repeat Steps #5-8 on the remaining two sections of this side.
  10. Repeat Steps #3-9 on the other side of the head.
  11. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please let us know what you think about these Double Flip-Under Accents! If you would like to see more sporty or short hairstyles, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week my girls decided to share some of their favorites things from Fall 2014 on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! From pumpkin spice treats, to makeup, to fitness clothes and a good read. 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!

Hippie Hairstyles

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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How to Create a Lace Fishtail Tieback

September 21, 2014

This past week, my niece, age three, who also had such beautiful, long curly hair, was playing at a friends house when the little friend decided to give her a “hair cut”!

This has to be one of every parent’s nightmares! We’ve all been there, now knowing that for little girls hair, the sworn enemies are… kids scissors and gum!

My niece now has a super adorable, chin-length bob haircut. To help my sister-in-law feel a little better, we decided to upload a short hairstyle today! We are showing  you how to create a Laced Fishtail Tieback!

Laced Fishtail Tieback

This is a beautiful braided combo hairstyle that will look amazing if the hair has natural highlights in it. Fishtail braids are right on trend today, so this combo is sure to get you compliments!

Laced Fishtail Tieback

I originally tried this style with two lace-backs, but found that they winged out too much on the sides when I pancaked them. The only solution was to pin the braids down, but I didn’t like they way that looked.

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After playing around for a few minutes, we decided to start each side with a few French Braid stitches to anchor the two braidbacks. This trick worked perfectly!

If you would like to see your recreations of this hairstyle featured in our CHG App, feel free to tag your own photos with: #CGHLaceFishtailTieback

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This hairstyle is versatile and perfect for girls with short hair, medium hair, or long hair. It can also be worn for any occasion, including sports, with straight hair or curls, too!

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

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions: {Optional} Begin with straightened hair, or, if short, flip the hair out with a flat iron…

  1. Begin by parting the hair slightly off to one side…
  2. Now pick up a small section of hair near the front part, on the right side of head…
  3. Divide this section into two strands, and begin a French Fishtail stitch pattern {this step is essential, as the French stitching is what will anchor the Lace Braid down}…
  4. As you braid back, add in small sections of additional hair, and then grab the outside edges of the fishtail sections before crossing over…
  5. Repeat this process on both sides of the fishtail for about 2 -3 inches…
  6. As you near the ear, stop adding hair into the bottom and only add in hair from the top side of the braid braid {this creates the Lace Fishtail}, and braid around the back of the head using this pattern…
  7. When you reach the midway part of the back of the head, secure the braid off with an elastic…
  8. Repeat Steps #3-7 on the other side of the head…
  9. Once you have both fishtails in place, combine them carefully together in the back {if you have short hair, you may need to tuck the middle down a little so that it doesn’t stick up}…
  10. Secure the braids together with an elastic…
  11. Go back and gently tug on the bottom edges {pancake} of the lace fishtail to allow the stranding to pop out…
  12. Add hairspray and accessory {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey met up with their good friend Chelsea Crockett and filmed a fun 2-part tag series on each other’s channels.

The twins uploaded this 7-Second Challenge on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel, and Chelsea uploaded the Whisper Challenge on her channel. Watching both videos reminds me so much of the slumber parties I used to have with my friends when I was their age! Have fun laughing!

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How to Create a Chain Link Braid

September 14, 2014

My girls have worn this Chain Link Braid off and on for several years now, however my new, updated version has become a personal favorite of Brooklyn & Bailey recently.

Chain Link Braid | Hairstyles for Sports

I love this version much better, because I found a way for the twists to be much more secure than my previous Triple Twist Ponytail.

Since the girls are very active in dance, tumbling, and cheer, they are always looking for tighter hairstyles that will keep their hair out of their faces. {I am sure many other girls and moms are looking for the same thing!}

Chain Link Braid | Hairstyles for Sports

We are calling this the Chain Link Braid, simply because of the way you twist the hair… which makes it seriously look like the sequential links in a thick chain!

The twins’ friends have been wondering how to make this braid, so we thought we’d film a tutorial using our triple flip-unders as accents.

Chain Link Braid Hairstyles for Sports Sports Hairstyles

To see your photo recreations featured in our CHG App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHChainLinkBraid

This braid is perfect for any active sports, such as cheer, dance, gymnastics, volleyball, softball, etc, or for simple casual wear. The style is also unbelievably easy to create once you learn the twisting patterns!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. I began with triple flipunders as a base accent, in the front of the head…
  2. Pull all hair into a high ponytail, and secure with an ponytail holder.
  3. Separate the ponytail into two equal sections…
  4. Clip one of the sections out of the way for now…
  5. Using the unclipped section, divide it into two equal strands…
  6. Twist both stands to the right…
  7. Now, twist them together going to the left {this creates a rope twist, which ensure that the rope braid will not unravel when you are done}…
  8. Continue rope twisting the braid, until you reach the end and secure with an elastic or have your daughter hold the twist…
  9. Next, unclip the rest of the ponytail that you had set aside previously…
  10. Again, separate it into two equal sections, twist them both to the right, and then twist them together to the left…
  11. Complete this process on the second section until you reach the end…
  12. Once you have the two twists completed, now twist them together going to the right {this is what causes the twists to spiral around each other, with the twisting causing the strands to interlock, create the chain link look you are going for}…
  13. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Chain Link Braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, the twins uploaded their Chubby Bunny Challenge video on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. Of course, they had me do it, too, and I nearly peed my pants laughing! Click below to watch the funny video!

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