French-Up High Bun | Updo Hairstyle Ideas

December 14, 2013

Last week, our neighborhood went without electricity and heat for just over two days, after an awful ice storm here in Dallas, with temperatures below freezing! Yes, we were super cold, but did have a few fireplaces going to provide heat.

That being said, there wasn’t any way to shower, or curl my hair without getting sick, so I instead exclusively relied on hair buns.

Upside Down French Braid BunThis bun style uses a French-Up technique, which is an upside down French braid, and it has been a very popular style during 2013.  We had shown this style briefly in a video two years ago, but never filmed a full tutorial for it. It is basically an Upside-Down French Braid into a Bun!

Upside Down French Braid Bun

I love this French-Up High Bun, and since it was the style I wore for those two freezing days with out electricity, we felt it appropriate to show you how to recreate it!

In the video, I am using a hair bun tool called the Wrap-Up that I have been carrying around in my purse for months. {You can find one at the the link above, and by using the coupon code of Merry1230, you will receive 20% off your purchase until Dec 30th, 2013.}

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Also, if you are careful CHG tutorial viewers, you will notice that this is the exact same tool that Brooklyn used on me in the DisneySide video we posted a few months ago! You can see the video here.

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by separating hair from just above one ear to just above the other ear, and secure the front section out of the way…
  2. Now flip head upside down {you can also lay over the end of the couch or end of abed to be more comfortable in braiding}…
  3. Pick up a section near the base of the neck and and begin braiding down a regular French braid {pick up pieces of hair and add them in along the way, continuing to braid towards the top of your head}…
  4. Once you run out of hair to add in, continue with a simple braid and secure with a hair elastic…
  5. Now tip head back up {and catch a breath, letting the blood flow normally for a minute}…
  6. Next, gather and smooth the front section of your year and combine it with the braid into a high ponytail…
  7. Then create a bun by using a wrap up, bun maker, sock bun, or simply using your hair {I love the wrap up as it makes doing a bun quick and easy, and it looks great every time}…
  8. Add in a few bobby pins, as needed,to secure the bun and tuck any hair whispies…
  9. Add hair accessory and 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!

Be sure to watch the BrooklyAndBailey‘s video below, where they show you how to make cute little {and inexpensive} Christmas gifts for friends!

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Pull-Through Braid | Easy Hairstyles

November 17, 2013

My favorite hairstyles over the years happen to be the ones that are so easy to do, but they leave your friends wondering exactly how you did it!

Today’s braid is just like that! This came from Emily, a viewer who emailed me with a photo asking if I could recreate it.

Pull-Through Braid | Cute BraidsThe style looks something like a simple braid, but the elbows are not offset… they are exactly the same, looking like little inverted hearts sitting on top of each other.

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Plus, this Pull-Through Braid is so easy, even a daddy can do it! {Although I can imagine dads getting out their Stanley tape measures to make sure that each stitch is exactly two inches long!}

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In the video below, I show you how to create a high-braid version on my third daughter.

Then my oldest, Brooklyn, shows you her DIY side braid version that she did herself in about three minutes this morning.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 10+/- small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} Add any accent twists or braids to the top, before pulling hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Now, begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate the ponytail into two sections, a top section and a bottom section…
  4. On the top section, slide down about two inches and add a hair elastic {you can leave it slightly loose}…
  5. Next make a hole in the middle of that two-inch segment, and reach through the hole pulling through the underneath hair section…
  6. Cinch the back elastic upward to create a heart-shaped segment look…
  7. Now move down another two inches on your new top strand…
  8. Add a hair elastic, make another hole in the middle of the new segment, pull through the underneath hair strand, and cinch the back elastic upwards.
  9. Repeat Step #8 until you run out of hair…
  10. Now, secure both sections, at the bottom of the braid, together with one final elastic.
  11. Go back and pancake the hair {tugging on the elbows of each section} to flatten out the braid and give it a fuller, more beautiful look.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Bonus Video: My twins below share a few of their favorite items for young teens who need a little help with their Christmas Wish Lists! They are so funny when we turn them loose with a camera!

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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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Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

September 22, 2013

I do often wear ponytails, and me and the girls love them in our home because they are cute at any age. The hardest part finding ways to spice up the hairstyle so that it is not just a “plain old” floppy ponytail!

Brooklyn and I thought about this during the week and decided to show you all how to cutify a high ponytail using a fluffy fishtail braid. If you know how to back comb hair, and create a fishtail braid, then this hairstyle will be super easy for you to do!

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute BraidsI started Brooklyn off with a Single Frenchback into a hair-wrapped high pony. From there, the rest is in the video further below…

Although I show you how to do this on Brooklyn’s hair, I have worn it twice this past week.

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

The perfect DIY aspect of this hairstyle is that the fishtail starts about 6-8 inches from the top of the ponytail, making it easier for you to swing the hair over your shoulder and fishtail from the front!

Enjoy!

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Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

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We want to see your re-created photos of this hairstyle! Be sure to tag your own photo with #CGHFluffyFishtail on Instagram this week, and you just may find yours reposted to our nearly 400,000 followers there!

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

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by styling hair into a high ponytail {you can do a pompadour in front, or even a single Frenchback, to add some extra flair to the hairstyle}…
  2. Take a small section of hair and wrap the strand around the elastic, to hide it, and secure with a bobby pin…
  3. Next, take a rat-tail comb and back comb the top half of the hair in the ponytail.  You do this by lifting layer by layer, and back combing the hair down to the roots.  Do this for the top half of the ponytail only {leave the underside of the ponytail as is}…
  4. Now, using a smoothing brush, gently brush the surface hair, and any rough spots from the teasing, so that they top layer of the ponytail is smooth and straight…
  5. For the braid, go about 6-8 inches  down the ponytail and begin a regular fishtail braid….
  6. Continue the fishtail braid until you are within a few inches of the ends of your hair, and secure with a small elastic.
  7. Go back and gently loosen the braid for a more full look, and especially tug up the surface hair on the top section of the ponytail {this will further add to the volume you created with the back combing in Step #4}…
  8. Add any hairspray or accessories desired.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This week Brooklyn uploaded a super cute “Get Ready with Me” video on YouTube. If you would like to see it, please click below…

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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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