Butterfly Braided Headband | Cute Braids

October 14, 2013

You all know that our Bow Braid hairstyle tutorial is very popular, and it is about to get a huge boost when Lionsgate’s Catching Fire, the next movie in The Hunger Games series, comes out in November. Watch for our headband version of it to appear on Prim!

Last week, my 4th daughter wanted to put a butterfly in her hair using the Bow Braid concept as a base. So, we did it, and the hairstyle turned out adorable!

Butterfly Braid Headband I began with a Dutch Lace Braid Headband  across the head and then used the bow pull-through technique we taught in our Bow Braid Headband tutorial to create the butterfly.

Hair loops in this style are tough to maintain throughout the day, so feel free to use a good pomade and 1-2 bobby pins to help keep them in.

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Recreate this hairstyle, and tag your own photos with #CGHButterflyHeadband on Instagram and Twitter! We will be reposting your photos this week!

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I can see this hairstyle as being perfect for a flower girl or in an Easter updo.

Be sure to watch the tutorial to the very end to see how my daughter’s classmates reacted to her butterfly headband when she wore this to school!  She is hilarious!  That, my friends, is CGH#4′s true personality!

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1 hair pin, 1-2 bobby pins, pomade, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair from ear to ear, and gathering the back hair out of your way with a hair elastic…
  2. Next, create a Dutch lace braid from one ear to the other, finishing it off into a simple braid when you run out of hair…
  3. Now, release the hair in back and take a small strand of hair from the opposite side of the head, along with the simple braid you just finished, and secure them together back at the nape of the neck underneath the hair {this created a hidden tieback}…
  4. Then, identify which stitch of the Dutch braid you want to begin setting for your butterfly….
  5. Using a hairpin, gently push it through under that one stitch of hair, on a diagonal upwards from right to left…
  6. Next,  pick up a tiny strand of hair from behind the braid and apply some pomade on it and comb it through…
  7. Then create a loop with that strand and feed it through the hairpin…
  8. Gently pull the hairpin back through that stitch, making sure you hold onto the loop you pushed though the hair pin with your index finger {as you do this, it will pull the new strand of hair through as well and create a nice hair loop}…
  9. Pull the pin all the way through until the loop on the top is larger than the loop on the bottom.
  10. Again, repeat Steps #5-9 only this time inserting the hairpin on a diagonal downwards from right to left…
  11. using a hairpin push it through that same stitch of hair on a diagonal nowfrom left to right. Now pick up a tiny piece of hair from behind the braid, create a loop, and feed it through the hairpin.
  12. Be sure to even out the loops, with the two loops on top being larger than the two loops on the bottom.
  13. This will create the butterfly look you desire {if you have any left over ends of hair, simply comb them into the main hair or bobby pin them down into the braid.
  14. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Mu twins uploaded a super cute “Halloween Pumpkins” video on YouTube. If you would like to see how to make the cutest little Jack O’Lanterns, please click below…

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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 Updos CGH#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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Not-So-Hidden-Mickey | Disney Hairstyles

September 06, 2013

Working with the style team at Disney IMG, we decided to give you fun a tutorial today on a cute hairstyle that can be worn to the Disney theme parks!

In every hairstyle video we create for Disney, my girls have been hiding a Mickey Mouse somewhere in the shot that fans can spot and comment when they find it. Our fans are having so much fun with these “Hidden Mickey’s” that we thought it would be fun to do a not-so-hidden Mickey as hairdo!

Mickey Mouse Hair This hairstyle really is not complicated at all. If you can tie a simply ponytail, and wrap it into a bun… that is all you need to know!

Simply follow the step-by-step instructions below, and watch the video tutorial and you are all set!

Mickey Mouse Hairstyle

Mickey Mouse Hair

Mickey Mouse Hair

I guarantee that your daughter will receive compliments all day in the park, and other children are running around trying to spot the Hidden Mickey’s!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 3 hair bands, 3 hair elastics {matching hair}, and 3-6 bobby pins.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by dividing hair down the middle from forehead to crown…
  2. Now part from crown down to each ear {this will give you three sections of hair. The bottom section which should have about ½ the hair in it, and 2 sections on top that contain approximately ¼ of the total hair in each}…
  3. Secure the top two sections into ponytails, both of which need to be gathered as close to the inner corner as possible…
  4. Now gather and secure the bottom ponytail with a hair band as well, as top centered as you can get it {remember we want this to look like Mickey’s head with two ears, so the eventual buns must be touching each other}…
  5. Now take the bottom ponytail and and wet it down {or optionally use pomade}, then twist the ponytail until it wants to turn into itself, and allow it to coil/wrap itself around the rubber band base.  This should create a flat cinnamon bun effect…
  6. Use a hair elastic to secure this bun around the base, being sure your ends are tucked in {feel free to use a bobby pin to tie in any stragglers}…
  7. Repeat Steps #5-6 on the top two ponytails…
  8. Your buns will likely not be touching, becuase of how the hair works with parts, etc, so please use bobby pins to pin the buns together.  Do your best to get them to form the Mickey silhouette, and still hide the pins.
  9. Add hairspray, if desired.
  10. Optional: Add a red-with-white-polka-dots bow between the ears to create a super cute Minnie Mouse bun!

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this new hairstyle!  Are there any other Disney-inspired hairstyles you would like to see?

As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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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 Updos If 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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Get Merida’s Fiery and Curly Red Hair | Disney Princess Hairstyles

July 02, 2013

Since we have been creating content for Disney Style during the past 18 months now, I am often asked which of all the Disney princesses I most closely relate.

It really isn’t a hard question anymore, after Brave came out in theaters last year!

I do not have red curly hair like Merida does, however, like her, I do have an independent and driven personality with a very laser-like focus.  I guess you would have to be to manage the daily schedules of an eight-person household!

Merida's Hair | No-Heat Straw Curls | Disney Hairstyles

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Just this past May, Merida was coronated as the newest member in the Disney Princess family, and I was invited to attend.  To help celebrate this occasion, my girls and I decided to show you how to replicate Merida’s spiral curls using an easy straw no-heat curling method.  It really is a beautiful hairstyle!

This no-heat curling technique is similar to that of “rag curls” or “paper bag curls” that many of our grandmothers used on our moms when they were little.

The idea is to take small sections of slightly-damp hair, wrap/roll them tightly with a straw, and then tie the straw into a first-stage of a knot.  The straws actually hold up fairly well.

No-Heat Straw Curls

{I purchased a box of flexible, accordion drinking straws from Wal-Mart for only a couple of dollars.  I use these straws, because the flexible bend actually makes it easier to tie the straws into the hair.}

You can sleep on the straws for next-day curls by tying a silk scarf around the head, or simply wear the straws around for a few hours.  You can also simply use a hair dryer, like I did, to have the curls dry in only 10-15 minutes.

When you untie the straws, you will see beautiful corkscrew curls {like  old telephone cords} in the hair.  You can then separate the curls to your liking, and style the hair as desired for an everyday look.

No-Heat Straw Curls

To get Merida’s fiery red color, we used a mix of orange and red temporary “spray-in” hair color, which you can find in small cans at your local beauty supply or party supply store.  This sprays in and washes out easily.  {Be sure to use an old bath towel to drape over the shoulders to prevent  wet spray getting on the clothing.}  Once the spray dries, it holds up pretty well all day.

Merida Curls {No-Heat} from Brave

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Merida's Hair | No-Heat Straw Curls | Disney Hairstyles

Merida's Hair | No-Heat Straw Curls | Disney Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bandana, and approx. 40 plastic drinking straws. Optional: 1-2 cans of orange and red temporary spray-in hair color and an old bath towel.

Time Requirement: 20-30 minutes to tie the straws. 5-10 minutes to remove the straws and style hair.

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with washed and dry hair.
  2. Separate off the top ¾ of hair, and secure on top of the head with an elastic…
  3. On the bottom section, take a small 1 inch section and spritz with water once or twice… just enough to dampen the strand. {If you drench it with water, the knots will not dry and the curls will not set.}
  4. Holding the straw where it bends, begin to wrap the hair around and around the straw away from the face. Keep the hair tight and close together on the straw…
  5. When you run out of hair to wind, and while holding the hair end against the straw, take both ends of straw and tie them like you would tie the beginning  step of a shoelace. When secure, let go and move on to the next strand…
  6. Continue Steps 3-5 until the entire bottom row of hair is finished.
  7. Now release the next layer of hair and repeat the same steps….
  8. Continue winding and knotting until all the hair is done. {When I was doing the top layer of hair, I parted the hair to one side and curled it all away from the face.}
  9. If you are going to sleep with straws in overnight, tie in a silk scarf or a bandana to help the straws remain in place. You can also let the straws sit in the hair for a few hours before removing, or even sit under a hair dryer for 10-15 minutes to set the curls.
  10. To remove the straws, simply untie them and let hair fall off straw.You will have amazing corkscrew curls that will loosen into soft curls over time.
  11. Separate the curls to your liking and style as desired. {Be careful to not brush out the curls!}

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!

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