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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Prim’s Bow Braid Tieback | Catching Fire | The Hunger Games

November 24, 2013

Want to win an authentic Katniss {Jennifer Lawrence}, Peeta {Josh Hutcherson}, Finnick {Sam Claflin}, and Haymitch {Woody Harrelson} autographed “Catching Fire” book? Yes, we are giving one away next! See bottom of post for details!

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Is that our Bow Braid Headband that you see on Primrose Everdeen {Prim} in the champion tribute reaping scene of The Hunger Games “Catching Fire”? Why, yes, it is!

Prim Bow Braid Tieback | Catching Fire | The Hunger GamesA little over a year ago, Linda Flowers, the Head Hairstylist for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games movie franchise, called me to ask if we would mind if she used a version of our Bow Braid on a character in the move. Of course, we were thrilled!

Linda then invited us to be on set for the day they were filming the Tribute Chariot Scene. Yes, we did get to meet the stars and enjoyed consulting on hairstyles! {We will write a post about our set visit later this week.}

Today we want to show you the first official hairstyle tutorial for Prim’s Bow Braid Tieback. My third daughter is my model, and don’t you think she looks so much like Prim??? It is almost uncanny!

Prim Bow Braid Tieback | Catching Fire | The Hunger Games

Prim Bow Braid Tieback | Catching Fire | The Hunger Games

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{We have shown you how to create a bow braid before. We have also shown you several Hunger Games hairstyle tutorials.}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, spray wax, 1-2 small hair elastics, on large hairpin, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to the left side of the head, then separate down to each ear…
  2. Secure the rest {or the back} of hair with an elastic to stay out of the way…
  3. Now, create a very small section {about ¼ inch wide} that runs parallel to the original part line {keep this sectioned off by itself also, as it is the hair that you will use to create the bows later}…
  4. On the right side, begin to create a regular French braid starting near the part line and running on a slight diagonal to the ear…
  5. When you reach near the ear, stop picking up pieces of hair and end with a simple braid, and secure with an elastic…
  6. On the left side, create another French braid that mirrors the right, and secure with an elastic…
  7. Now, to create a bow braid on the right side of head, begin by pushing a hair pin through the first stitch of the braid…
  8. Take a small section of the hair from the 1/4 inch section you stored away previously and spray with hair wax…
  9. Create a loop with the hair and push it through hairpin…
  10. Now, while still holding your finger in the original loop, gently pull the hairpin back through stitch of hair, allowing a new loop to be threaded, thus creating a bow…
  11. Continue Steps #8-10 for another 4-5 bows, and let each bow end to fall to the side, which will be hid by the next bow…
  12. After finishing your bows, now take the two simple braid ends and combine them in the back of hair, in a tieback.
  13. Take out the remaining elastics from the ends of the braids, and finger comb out the rest of the braids.
  14. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Want to win an authentic Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and Haymitch autographed Hunger Games “Catching Fire” book? We are giving one away this week… see below for details!

Autographed Catching Fire Book | The Hunger Games

Giveaway Rules:

  1. You must be a subscriber to the CuteGirlsHairstyles and BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channels…
  2. Then, simply leave a comment in the YouTube comment section telling us which Hunger Games character you most identify with.

Bonus Entries: Want to earn more entries into the giveaway, to increase your chances of winning the book? Feel free to do the following:

  1. Let 5 friends know about us by sharing this link: http://www.youtube.com/CuteGirlsHairstyles
  2. You can contact them in any way {text, email, Facebook, etc.} and let them know what you think about us!
  3. Then leave a comment again in the YouTube comment section stating “5 friends”.

You can do this up to 5 times, for a total of 5 bonus entries! {Cheaters will be disqualified.}

The contest is open from now until midnight {CST}, Saturday Nov 30th {date in the video is incorrect}, with the winner being posted on-screen in our next video. One winner will be drawn at random from the comments below, and cheaters leaving more entries than the allowed 6 will be deleted from the queue. The giveaway is open internationally, and you must be age 18 or older {or have your parents permission to enter}.

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Minnie Mouse Buns | Disney Hairstyles

November 19, 2013

By now, everyone here knows that my family has an affinity towards Disney!  It has been a complete honor for us to contribute to DisneysStyle on YouTube for the past two years.

Last month, a representative from Disney Parks approached us about participating in its #DisneySide launch in Disneyland. {Be sure to view my family’s personal photos from the Disney Side Worldwide Campaign Launch last week! I included over 40 adorable shots from the wonderful event!}

Minnie Mouse Buns | Hairstyle TutorialAre you kidding me? How could we turn down an opportunity like that?

One thing they asked us to do as one of their Social Media All-Stars was to produce a video showing our Disney Side.

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Last week’s blog post was the first half, giving you a glimpse of the CHG children doing my hair in their own unique personal styles.

They then agreed to give me Minnie Mouse Buns, which is the basis for this tutorial!

Minnie Mouse Buns | Hairstyle TutorialThe Disney Parks team asked me if there was anything I needed to film the tutorial, and we decided to go for it and ask if we could film it in Minnie’s house in Toontown, Disneyland!

We about died when they told us they would give us early-park access to film on location! I mean, who ever gets to do that???

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Well, this tutorial is the end result!  We must have had over 500 compliments that day as we bounced between Disneyland and California Adventure! Mothers and daughters were constantly stopping us, requesting photos and to ask how we did it.  {Fortunately, we had this tutorial on the DisneyParks YouTube channel as a place to refer them!}

Enjoy!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 hairbands, 6-8 bobby pins, hair bow clip, and hairspray.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle of head…
  2. Create a high ponytail on each side of part line, and secure with an elastic…
  3. Take one of the ponytails and tease it with a comb, to add volume and fullness to the Minnie ear {this is optional, but will make the bun stay more full and in place much better throughout the day}…
  4. Using a smoothing brush, comb only the topmost layer of the teased hair to create a smoothed out look instead of an irregular bumpy look…
  5. Next, pull out a portion of the elastic at the base of the ponytail, and pull the ponytail hair partially through one last time…
  6. You should now have a small fan shaped bun.
  7. Now, spread the fan out until it touches each side of the ponytail base {like a Slinky sitting arched on the table}…
  8. Split the left over hair from the ponytail into two section, and stuff each section of  hair into the tunnel-like hole created by the fanned bun…
  9. Spread the fan out again over the hair  and bobby pin the bases into place {this gives you the Minnie Mouse ear look}…
  10. Add a good holding hairspray {optional}.
  11. Lastly, add a bow at the base of one ear {I prefer to add it to the ear that looks the least perfect}…
  12. Enjoy your Minnie Mouse Buns for a day at a Disney park or Disney-themed party!

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

Happy Hairdoing!

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Its Mom’s Turn | Kids Style Moms Hair

November 14, 2013

For years, we have received 1000′s of requests to film a video where the CHG children style my hair.

It is not that we have not wanted to film one, it is just that we haven’t had time to do so. Today you will finally get to see one!

Kids Style Mom's Hair

Many of you know that our family has always had an affinity for Disney, and that we often visit the parks, and have a tradition of going as a family to each newly-released Disney movie the weekend it opens. We have also often provide character hairstyle tutorials to DisneysStyle on YouTube, and recently started contributing to Disney’s parenting website, Babble.com.

One of the perks of our content being associated with Disney, is that they will often consider our website and YouTube channel for media events. For example, we were asked to participate as a Social Media All-Star in Disney Parks’ worldwide #DisneySide campaign launch last week {click this link to see my personal photo slideshow from the event, including adorable photos of CGH#3 and CGH#4}.

In preparation for the event, we wanted to film a video showing my Disney Side. The kids planned the styles shown in the video on their own, each of them styling my hair in a way that represents their own personalities.

Before the final shot, they had a “CGH Kid” meeting to discuss how my hair should be styled to represent my Disney Side. They came to me with their suggestion, and I helped them figure out how to create the style. The video below shows the end result.

{I dare you not to smile while watching it!}

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know if you would like to see more videos of the kids styling my hair!  As always, if you loved this cute video, please feel free to share!

Happy Hairdoing!

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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 HeadbandI 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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