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

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

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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Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

June 30, 2013

Be sure to see my interview with Billy Crystal and the rest of the cast of Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University” here

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It is finally Summertime, so we wanted to share a beautiful bohemian-looking hairstyle that would be perfect for the season!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

This hairstyle uses the popular braided tieback, something we have shown in several variations on this website before.  In this case, after the tieback… we created a super-cute braided flower to accent it.

Although we rate this style as “Hard”, all you really need to know is how to Simple Braid, how to “pancake” a simple braid {tugging out the elbows of the braid}, and the basic bobby pinning skills.  The latter is what can actually make this hairstyle difficult, because pinning the flower takes practice.

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

I would not recommend this hairstyle for an active day, since the flower is delicate and can fall out since it is only pinned up.  I would recommend this more for a date night or a day out with friends, and I promise… you will receive many compliments on it!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

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Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long HairThis one is among Brooklyn and CGH#3’s favorites!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Create a small, Simple Braid on either side of the head and secure with elastics {you will need enough braid length to reach  the back of the head for the tieback}…
  3. Once both braids are finished, simply pull them to the back and secure with another elastic in the middle/back of the head…
  4. Now, cinch the braid up against the head by gently pulling the ends of the two braids apart softly….
  5. Take the end of the rat-tail comb and  gently pull out the hair right above the braids to create some added fullness and volume.
  6. Remove both elastics from the ends of the small braids, undo any remaining braiding in those strands, and combine the hair together to create one more Simple Braid…
  7. Once the single Simple Braid is complete, gently tug on the elbows on only one side of the braid {these pancaked elbows will form the petals of your flower}.
  8. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  9. If you pancaked the left side of the braid, begin by twisting the braid counter clockwise, wrapping it around the elastic in a spiral pattern like a cinnamon roll {if you pancaked the right side of the braid, reverse that process and wind the braid clockwise}…
  10. Continue to wrap the hair around and around the elastic, with each layer of hair just slightly under the previous layer.  The pancaked edges should be sticking up to create the petals of a a flower-shaped accent…
  11. When the flower is finished, take a couple of small bobby pins and gently secure the flower in place.  Make sure both elastics are hidden.

If you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch my twins’ cute DIY Summer Flip-Flops Tutorial…

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Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

May 12, 2013

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Many fans have emailed or tagged me in photos from Pinterest and Instagram asking me to film a mermaid braid tutorial.

To be honest, I haven’t loved the style enough to film one because I didn’t particularly like how the strands pulled into the braid from the front and sides.

Thinking about it for some weeks now, it hit me that we should create a hairstyle combination using the Waterfall Twists as a base for the style… and then use the falling strands of those twists as the “add-ins” for the Mermaid Braid!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

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When I tried it out, as soon as I released the braid… it nearly took my breath away! We L-O-V-E-D it!!!

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

CGH#3 wanted to be my model knowing that today is Mother’s Day, and she asked to do the video introduction as well! Isn’t she adorable???

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid | Cute Hairstyles

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Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing hair, and making a center part right down the head…
  2. Complete a waterfall twist on both sides of the head, beginning near the temples and ending at the back of the head…
  3. Take the ends of both twists {you should have 4 strands total} and create three strands from them {I do this by joining together two strands, one from each side, to create one strand}…
  4. Now begin a simple braid….
  5. After one complete stitch, pick up the nearest waterfall strand {the hair running through the twist} on the left side of the head and add it into your left-most braid strand…
  6. Now pick up the nearest waterfall strand on the right side of the head and add it into your right-most braid strand…
  7. Next, complete a regular braid stitch without adding in any hair {this will space out the stranding and create the mermaid braid look}..
  8. Repeat Steps 5-7 by adding in the waterfall strands until you run out…
  9. After all waterfall strands are included, finish the rest of the hair off into the simple braid…
  10. Secure with a hair elastic…
  11. Add any accessory or ribbon as desired.

Enjoy!

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

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Tinker Bell Hair Bun | Disney Hairstyles

May 01, 2013

Tinker Bell has to be one of the most-beloved Disney Characters in my household! CGH #4 particularly loves Tinker Bell, and we have collected all of her movies over the years!

When Disney asked me to create this hairstyle tutorial, I was super thrilled at the prospect of being inspired by Tinker Bell’s adorable fairy bun!

Please note that the 2D photos of Tinker Bell in the past have her wearing a teal blue ribbon at the base of the bun, which is what I show you here. {The ribbon is replaced by green vines in the more recent 3D images.}

Tinker Bell Hair Bun | Disney Hairstyles

TinkerBell Hair Bun | Disney HairstylesAs we planned this hairstyle, I really needed some blonde hair to make the tutorial just right! Nope, no blonde hair anywhere in our home! Luckily for me… one of my best friends was willing to lend me her five-year old daughter, who was tickled pink to help me out!

Be sure to stay to the end of the video, because there is a really cute clip there that you will not want to miss!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 bun maker {matching hair color}, 2-3 bobby pins, 2 hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}, and blue sheer ribbon.

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair, and combing all the hair into a high ponytail {remember, this is a high bun, so be sure that the ponytail is on the top of the head}…
  2. Secure the ponytail with a rubber band…
  3. Slide the ponytail through the middle of the bun maker, or hair doughnut…
  4. Let the hair fall evenly around the bun maker {try to get hair evenly placed so that the bun maker is not visible at all}…
  5. Using another hair band, slide it over the bun maker and release it at the base to create the perfect looking bun {you should have the ends of the hair still sticking out of the base}…
  6. Now, pick up a small strand of the ends of the hair near the front, and begin to twist them…
  7. As you work your way around, add in hair as you go {this will create a cute twist all the way around the base of the bun}…
  8. When you run out of hair, secure the ends at the base with a couple of bobby pins, and tuck in any loose ends…
  9. Lastly, wrap your ribbon around the front base of the bun, and tie it into a cute fairy bow in the back.

This hairstyle is perfect for fairy birthday parties, Halloween, ballet, and dance.  Since it is a bun, you can use it for any number of occasions like family parties, recitals, etc.

Heavens, I’ll wear it too!

Enjoy your adorable Tinker Bell Bun!

If you liked this, you may very well love our other Disney Tutorials!

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always… feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

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Feather Waterfall & Ladder Braid Combo | 2-in-1 Hairstyles

January 28, 2013

You are going to absolutely LOVE this hair tutorial because you’ll learn two amazing-looking hairstyles using essentially the same basic techniques!

Feather Waterfall Braid and Ladder Braid ComboThis hairstyle also incorporates three braids… the Lace Braid, Feather Braid, and Ladder Braid. {If you are confused by any of these techniques, we have previous tutorials of each individual braid you can check out by clicking the links above.}

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The Feather Waterfall

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 1 hair elastic.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

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**Bonus: If you have had a hard time in the past mastering the traditional Waterfall Braid, this is a great technique that looks nearly the same… but might be easier for beginners!

  1. Pick up a small section of hair near the front of the part line and divide it into three strands…
  2. Begin a regular braid by creating one stitch…
  3. Now, add in some hair ONLY to the top strand. {A Lace braid is when you only add hair to one side of the braid, unlike a traditional French/Dutch braid where you would add hair to both sides.}
  4. Once you’ve added in hair to the top strand, cross that piece over the middle strand…
  5. Then,  pull a tiny section of hair off the bottom strand before crossing this strand over the middle. {This is called a Feather Braid, because the tiny pieces fall off the braid much like a feather with its spine.}
  6. Continue to add hair to the top strand, removing out tiny sections from the bottom strand, as you work your way around the head…
  7. When you get near the opposite ear, stop adding in/removing hair, and continue a normal braid down the strands and secure with an elastic.

You have now created the beautiful Feather Waterfall braid!

Feather Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Feather Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Feather Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

Feather Waterfall Braid | Cute Hairstyles

For a very gorgeous look, one that will certainly turn heads when you walk around, use this Feather Waterfall hairstyle as a base and continue below …

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Ladder Braid Combo

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 2 hair elastics.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes.

Skill Level: Medium

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

For purposes of creating this hairstyle, you will need have the Feather Waterfall Braid done {see instructions above}…

  1. Take the first five feathers, or so,  and flip them up and over the head to keep them out of the way while you begin your second braid…
  2. Pick up another small section of hair, 1-2 inches below the other braid,  and begin a regular braid with one stitch…
  3. Now, add in hair from the top…which essentially creates another Lace Braid. {The difference is that you will only be adding in the “feather” strands from the first braid.}
  4. Continue braiding, adding in a feather strand into each top strand of the Lace Braid, as you go. This is creating a Ladder Braid, with the feather strands now becoming “rungs” on the ladder…
  5. As you braid, try to keep the braids about 1-2 inches apart to allow the ladder effect to remain…
  6. Continue ladder braiding as you work your way around the head.
  7. When you get near the opposite ear, stop adding in hair and finish off the strand into a normal braid…
  8. Secure with an elastic.

You have now created an unbelievable, eye-catching Ladder Braid Combo!

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

 

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

Ladder Braid Combo | Cute Hairstyles

CGH#3 wore this hairstyle to the Kid History Episode #10 Premier this past Friday night, and women were commenting and taking pictures of it all night!

Here is the video tutorial…

If you liked this hairstyle, please do feel free to share! Happy Hairdoing!

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