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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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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How to create a Sides-Up Slide-Up Hairstyle

December 15, 2013

One of the first tutorials we ever posted on our website nearly 5 years ago, was a Slide-Up Braid {aka Snake Braid}, video version here. That video has over 6,250,000 views today!

We have done a couple of Slide-Up Braid variations over the years, but this is a beautiful style because it style is so subtle.

How to create a Sides-Up Slide-Up Hairstyle

The purpose of a Sides-Up ‘do is to pull back your sides with a cute hairstyling accent, while letting your straight or curly hair be the feature. This style does simply that.

Bailey began by using a curling wand on her hair, to get her soft bouncy curls. By creating Slide-Up Braids on either side of the head, and pinning them back while covering the pins with your down hair, you are left with this beautiful hairstyle! {We have also called this type of pin-back technique as “Hidden Braids”.}

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Bailey wore this hairstyle to her school Christmas concert yesterday and received lots of compliments on it. We are certain that you will too, when you wear this hairdo!

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Be sure to tag your own photos with #CGHSidesUpSlideUp so that we can see them!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 4-6 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with curly or straight hair, parted down the middle {we curled the hair before this video using a curling wand}…
  2. Next, create a part just slightly above the end of the eyebrow going back just a few inches towards the back of your head…
  3. Then take that part down to just behind the ear {this should give you a triangle-shaped section of hair}…
  4. Clip or pin the front section of hair out of the way…
  5. Now, using the sectioned-out triangle strand of hair above the ear, create a loose simple braid {make sure you braid towards the back of your head so that it can lay flat, and remember that you do not want to braid too tight or the braid won’t slide up}…
  6. Once you have completed the braid, simply hold the middle strand with the thumb and index finger of your left and and gently slide up the other two strands with the other hand, towards the head {make sure you push the hair tightly against the head, creating the desired snaking effect in the braid}…
  7. Easing the braid up just a little bit, secure it with an elastic to make sure the slide up section stays intact.
  8. Repeat Steps #2-7 on the other side of the head.
  9. Next, release the rest of your hair you had clipped away on top and finger comb it down…
  10. Lay the braid flat against your head over the top of your hair, and using two crossed bobby pins, secure it in place.
  11. Using a little hair from the back of your head, spread it over the bobby pins to hide them.
  12. Repeat on the other side of your head and you are finished.
  13. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week my twins BrooklyAndBailey uploaded a Christmas Weather TAG video, showing you some of their winter weather favorites! {These girls are so funny to watch, and you are only seeing a glimpse of what I see all day long!}

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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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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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