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

September 01, 2013

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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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Single Frenchback into Round Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 11, 2013

Today we want to show you a beautiful new high ponytail that is now sitting in my Top-5 list of CGH hairstyles!

Frenchback into Round Braid | Back-to-School HairstylesWith back-to-school season already here, it is great to head into the school year with a few super-cute, and quick hairstyles ready to go. This hairstyle is certainly on our list!

This is a very versatile look with the braid going well with just about any outfit, and the style holds well for sports, cheerleading, and dance. You can even choose to wrap the braid into a bun for a very beautiful updo!

Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

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Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

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We have shown you before how to create a chain braid, and a Double-Twist Ponytail. This braid has a ver similar look, but we are actually using single Frenchback into a Round {or 3D} Braid.

Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

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The braid stranding is a bit confusing, but once you have the hang of it, this can be a 3-minute hairdo! {That is the only reason why this hairstyle is rated “Medium” in skill level.}

Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Frenchback into 3D Braid | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Brooklyn wore this hairstyle during our meet-up a week ago in Downtown Disney, and it definitely was noticed by the fans!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

There are many ways to style this braid. Here, I have used a single Frenchback into a high ponytail, but you can use it in any variety of hairstyle combos.

  1. Begin by pulling the hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with a hair band…
  2. Now divide hair into 4 equal sections, laying each section between one of your fingers on your right hand….
  3. The hair should lay like this: Strand #1 {outside pinky finger}, Strand #2 {between pinky and ring finger}, Strand #3 {between ring finger and middle finger}, strand #4 {between middle and index finger}…
  4. Now, take the index finger on your left hand and use it to hook Strand #3. It should now lay between your pointer finger and your middle finger.
  5. Take your middle finger and hook Strand #1. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  6. Take the last two pieces and twist them once {so they cross over each other} and place them so Strand #4 lays between your ring finger and pinky and Strand #2 lays outside your pinky…
  7. All strands should now be sitting in your left hand and will be numbered 1-4 from left to right…
  8. Take your right index finger and hook Strand #2. This will now lay between your index and middle finger…
  9. Next, take your middle finger and hook Strand #4. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  10. With the last two remaining strands, do a half twist so they cross, and then place them so Strand #1 now lays between your rink finger and pinky, with Strand #3 laying outside your pinky…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 until you run out of hair…
  12. Secure with an elastic and add accessories as desired.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget my twins’ video this week on their YouTube channel! Both of them wanted to upload a Babysitting 101 video for younger girls looking to start! All of the tips were their own ideas! So cute!

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Lace Braided Bun | Cute Updo Hairstyles

July 28, 2013

Note from Mindy: My twins and I are headed to VidCon in Anaheim, CA, this next weekend, and will be holding two Meet Up’s on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013! We hope to see some of you there! See below for details:

For VidCon Attendees: Saturday from 3-3:30pm in YouTube’s Fan Booth at the Anaheim Convention Center.

For Non-Vidcon Attendees: Outside of Tortilla Joe’s {at Downtown Disney in Anaheim} on Saturday from 5-6:00pm. Come meet us, take pictures, and the first 20 fans will receive a free CGH vintage t-shirt! Who knows, maybe the twins will sign them!

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I have been trying so hard to perfect this braided bun for two months now! I never could get it secured the way I wanted it, and this week I finally figured out a trick to getting the braid and bun to look perfect!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute UpdosIf you have practiced our Lace Braid tutorials, this updo will be a so easy for you!

The trick for me was to isolate out a small strand of hair before placing the bun maker into the hair. This strand is very important, and serves as your base to anchor the lace braid.

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

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Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

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Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

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The style holds up nicely throughout the day, and is a perfect updo for Prom or Homecoming, or to be worn casually on any other day! I love hairstyles like that!  It is one I would wear to work, and even the gym!

CGH#3 volunteered to be my model, and isn’t she adorable? She wore it to church today, and I noticed several of the young women commenting on it!

I guarantee this one will get you compliments, as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 bun maker, 1 large hair band, 1 small hair elastic, 2-3 Goody Spin Pins, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail, and secure with a hair band…
  2. Separate a small section of a hair {about ½ inch} out of the ponytail, in the back behind the right ear, and let it fall while you hold onto the rest of the ponytail….
  3. Slip the ponytail hair through the bun maker, and snug it down against the head, making sure the sectioned piece stays out of the bun maker {actually, the bun maker should sit right on top of it}…
  4. Now, let go of the ponytail, an let the hair fall evenly over the bun maker {try to make sure it is all even all the way around, and that hair evenly covers all of the bun maker}…
  5. Comb out any tangles or fly-aways around the bun, to help make the bun look perfect and silky…
  6. Now gently part the back hair and find the strand that you intentionally left out…
  7. With this strand, begin to create a 3-strand Dutch braid with it {as you braid, add fallen hair from the bun maker into the top strand only… this creates the Lace Braid}…
  8. As you continue braiding, make your way around the base of the bun, adding hair into only the top strand, and keeping the braid tight near the base of the bun maker…
  9. When you have braided all the way around the bun, meeting where you began, continue a simple 3-strand braid down the remainer of hair, and secure with a small hair elastic…
  10. Now, take the tail portion of the braid and tuck it around and under the main braid. It should all fit fairly well under the main braid.  {If you do have a few problem areas, where the braid doesn’t fit well, feel free to tug the top braid down a bit and secure with a bobby pin}. Do you best to make it look like one continuous braid around the bun…
  11. You will want to use bobby pins to secure the main braid against the head.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget my twins’ video this week on their YouTube channel! Bailey was sick, so Brooklyn asked me to step in for her to show you some cute, coming trends for this school year!

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Waterfall Braids into Double Frenchbacks | Sport Hairstyles

July 14, 2013

If there was one hairstyle that I wore the most as a young teenager, it would have to be my Soccer Braids tutorial.

I loved it because of the cute double Frenchbacks into flips, but also because on the second day I could take out the braids and have beautiful waves. For each of my girls, that is the very style we use when they are participating in sports because the hair holds up well with all the activity.

Today, I wanted to go into my past, take that style, and “spice” it up a bit!

Waterfall into Double Frenchbacks | Sport HairstylesRather than adding another Frenchback down the middle, I opted to create a double-sided Waterfall Braid down the center of the head. I then incorporated those fall-through strands as the added-in hair for the topside of each Frenchback. It turned out super cute, and leaves a very intricate pattern that I am sure people will notice!

Waterfall into Double French Braids

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair into three vertical sections {the two parts should start above the middle of each eyebrow, and run down to the neck.  The middle section should be about 3 inches wide}…
  2. Secure each outside section with an elastic to keep it out of the way…
  3. Working on the middle section first, begin by creating a regular three-strand French braid.  After the first stitch, drop the outside strand of hair.
  4. Replace that strand, by picking up hair near the part line {this is the same technique used in the Waterfall Braid}….
  5. When you get to the other side of the braid, drop the outside strand there and replace it with hair with hair near that part line…
  6. Continue braiding with Steps 4 & 5 all the way down the center braid, dropping each outside piece as you go {continue to replace the outside strands with hair near the part lines}.  This will create a double waterfall braid, or a waterfall with strands dropping on both sides of the braid…
  7. When you run out of hair to add into the braid, finish off this section with a simple three-strand braid, and secure with a hair band {the end of the braid will be smaller because you dropped so much hair off to the sides – this is normal}…
  8. Now, release the hair on one of the side sections of the head and begin a normal three-strand French braid…
  9. When you add hair into the top side of this braid, add in only the fallen strands from the Waterfall braid above it…
  10. When you add in hair from the bottom, do so as you would normally with a French braid…
  11. Continue this braiding technique, Steps 9 & 10, all the way down until you run out of hair {you will begin to see a ladder effect forming  as you pull the strands from the Waterfall braid into the bottom French braid}…
  12. When you are finished with this side braid, temporarily secure it with a hair band.
  13. Repeat Steps 8-12  on the opposite side of the head…
  14. When all three braids are finished, you can complete the hairstyle in many ways.  One option would be a ponytail.  Anther option would be to form all the ends of the braids into one braid, or you can form the hair into two separate braids over each shoulder as I did in my Soccer Braids tutorial.
  15. Lastly, add accessories and hairspray as desired.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget this week’s bonus video from my twins’ YouTube channel! This was one of the most fun activities our kids have ever done! What community activities does your city have?

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Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

July 07, 2013

This week we wanted to show you a cute ponytail hairstyle idea, using Lace Braids in a different way!

You can think of this one like braiding a one-sided French Braid, so if you know how to create a French Braid, this one will be easy!

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long HairAt the end of each Lace braid, I twisted in the remaining hair into the resulting strand, and repeated the same on the other side!

After creating the Lace Braid Twists on both sides, I then combined them into a ponytail in the back and accented it with a lace clip-in bow.

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

You can leave the ponytail as is, or you can add curls to it.  You can even get very creative and throw in any other combo for the ponytail you would like {simple braid, fishtail braid, 5-strand, etc}!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair down the middle of the head {roughly divide hair into two even sections}…
  2. Next, pickup a small section of hair near the right temple and begin a French-lace braid {make sure you are only adding hair into the bottom strand of the French braid, or the side closest to the ear}…
  3. Continue the braid back around the head and above the ear…
  4. When you get just past the right ear, stop braiding and instead twist the hair toward the head as you add in the final pieces {the lace braid has a tendency to twist away from the head, so adding the twist at the end of the braid will keep the lace braid laying flat against the head}…
  5. When you are done picking up all the remaining hair, twist the ponytail and secure with a hair clip or have someone else hold the hair…
  6. Now repeat this same braiding technique, Steps #2-5, on the left side of head…
  7. When you are finished with both Lace Braid twists, combine the two into a ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  8. Add any accessories {like a ribbon or bow} and hairspray, as desired.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Please also be sure to check out my appearance on ThePlatform’s “Makeup to Breakups” episode with host AndreasChoice! She is such a sweetheart, and also a twin! Every time we see Andrea, she treats us like family!

In this episode, we talk about Honesty in friendships. Can you be too honest? Not honest enough? Where should that line be?  Check it out and let us know what you think!

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