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 Hair This 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.

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

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Bedroom Bedlam and Monsters University

June 21, 2013

Our family has been a huge fan of Disney-Pixar’s Monsters, Inc, since it first came out in 2001. We thought that Boo was so adorable with her cute pigtails and she reminded us so much of our twins at the time. Then when we had CGH#3, we actually called her Boo for awhile!

In fact, some of you may remember that in our early years here at CGH, we carved a Halloween pumpkin with Boo’s image from Monster’s, Inc.  We had carved it several years since, as well!

As I am sure you would agree, I was thrilled a few weeks ago when Fandango approached me with an opportunity to attend the press junket for Disney-Pixar’s prequel called Monsters University, which opened in theaters this week.

Monsters University Press Junket | Cute Girls Hairtsyles

Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski in Dinsey Pixar’s “Monsters University”.

Billy Crystal | Monsters University

Me interviewing Billy Crystal for Fandango at the Disney-Pixar “Monsters University” press junket.

I was able to visit Pixar’s headquarters, view a pre-premier screening of the movie, and interview the Director, Executive Producer, and the very funny main actors!

The Pixar Studios Lamp

Monsters University Gate at Pixar

Fandango has allowed me to post my interviews here, so please also feel free to watch and comment…

Prior to the interviews, I was able to film a Monsters University snippet starring… ME!  Yes, it is pretty funny, so please also check it out below…

Actually, during filming of the snippet, I was supposed to count to 100 while brushing my hair. Every time I reached 98, I would skip 99 unintentionally, and go straight to 100! I didn’t realize I was doing this until the third take. When I finally figured it out, the entire crew burst out laughing for a good minute! The rest of the day I was getting teased, of course, about my wonderful math skills!

Shortly after filming this snippet, I was ushered into a room for one-on-one interviews with Director Dan Scanlon and Executive Producer Kori Rae. I was subsequently also able to interview Billy Crystal {who voices the adorably green, one-eyed Mike Wazowski}, Nathan Fillion {who voices bully, Johnny Worthington III}, and Charlie Day {who voices the lovable and oddly-purple Art}.

Seriously, what stay-at-home mom ever gets the chance to interview a group of executives and actors like that? I mean, Billy Crystal… from City Slickers and The Princess Bride? Nathan Fillion from one of my favorite current TV series Castle? They were each so kind, hilariously funny, and provided great insights into their characters and the wonderful moral messaging of the movie.

The whole experience was simply amazing and so much fun… definitely one I will not forget anytime soon! From our home, and from our CGH fans, we thank Disney-Pixar and Fandango for giving us such a wonderful opportunity!

Feel free to make some family time this weekend and take your children to see Monsters University. I can’t wait to take my kids!

Happy Hairdoing!

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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!

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Happy Hairdoing!

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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 Hairstyles As 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!

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Happy Hairdoing!

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Wrap-Around Prim Braid | Catching Fire | Hunger Games Hairstyles

April 14, 2013

It looks like Lionsgate has been releasing sporadic photo stills from the upcoming Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire!

The one that I am most interested in shows Prim embracing Katniss right after her sister returns home from the games.

Wrap-Around Prim Braid | Catching Fire | Hunger Games Hairstyles What I love about this photo is that it symbolizes Katniss’ promise to her younger sister that she would return to her, a promise that she kept.

The released photo shows a good side shot of a super-cute braid that Prim is wearing! The hairstyle looks like a variation of the Katniss braid, but leaving some hair down in the back. {The movie still is credited here.}

Taking a quick look at the photo, my girls and I deducted that it is a winding braid, using a lace braid technique along the partline and forehead. Then, right about the right temple, the braid turns into a Dutch braid until just behind the right ear, then back into a lace braid diagonally around the back {allowing for hair down}. The braid is then finished into a simple braid that can be worn down in the back or over the shoulder.

Wrap-Around Prim Braid | Catching Fire | Hunger Games Hairstyles

Wrap-Around Prim Braid | Catching Fire | Hunger Games Hairstyles

Wrap-Around Prim Braid | Catching Fire | Hunger Games Hairstyles

For another super-cute look, you could continue the diagonal braid as a Dutch braid instead of a lace braid… giving your a beautiful variation of the Katniss braid from the original movie and Catching Fire!

Prim and Katniss Braid Combo | Hunger Games Hairstyles Prim and Katniss Braid Combo | Hunger Games Hairstyles

If you would like us to replicate more “Catching Fire” hairstyles, simply let us know in the comment box below! And… if you loved this tutorial, PLEASE BE SURE TO SHARE IT!

Wrap-Around Prim Braid | Catching Fire | Hunger Games Hairstyles

Wrap-Around Prim Braid | Catching Fire | Hunger Games Hairstyles

Get practiced up on this hairstyle, because I feel it will be one that millions of young girls will wear to see Catching Fire when it releases in November, 2013!!!  I know Brooklyn and Bailey are anxious to see it!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, curling wand, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes without texture, 10-12 minutes with curls added.

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} You can use a TopStyler to add curls previous to braiding, which is what the Hunger Games hairstyle team uses, but I used a NuMe curling wand to add texture to the hair.
  2. Begin by creating a deep side part on the left side of the head…
  3. Pick up a small section of hair at the back left of that part, closest to the crown. Separate that section in to three smaller strands, and begin a Dutch Lace Braid.
  4. Creating a lace braid, you add in hair only on the side of the braid closest to the part line.  Continue directing the Lace Braid towards the face…
  5. As you get to within about an inch of the hair line, begin to curve the braid slightly to create a soft arc shape…
  6. As you complete the arc, just above the right temple, you will need to begin adding hair into both sides of the braid by using a few stitches of a regular Dutch braid.  This is because you will also want to incorporate the bottom hair so that it isn’t in the face…
  7. Continue the Dutch braid till you get to right above the ear…
  8. angle using the Dutch lace braid technique seen in the video.Once you reach directly above the right ear, you will want to switch back to forming a Lace Braid.  {You will only be adding hair into the top side of the braid nearer to the top of the head.}  Remember that Prim has long hair remaining below the braid that flows down her back.  Using a lace braid for the diagonal braid in the back will allow the bottom hair to remain, like a half-up/half-down hairstyle, just as in the photo.  From the top of the right ear to the bottom of the left ear, you will want to create a 45 degree angle using the Dutch lace braid technique seen in the video.
  9. When you get to the bottom of the left ear, make sure you tug the hair into the braid a little tighter, in that last stitch, to keep the hair from hanging awkwardly over the ear.
  10. Once you have gathered up all the hair into the Lace Braid, finish it off using a simple braid, and secure with a hair elastic.
  11. Spritz with hairspray, if desired.

Here is the video tutorial… enjoy!

Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Happy Hairdoing!

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