How to Get Diffused Curls

February 16, 2015

You’ve likely seen a recurring style theme on me in most of our videos going back for years. I love to wear curls and waves! Viewers have been asking for these tutorials for a long time, yet we hadn’t actually filmed one for my favorite curly style… until today!

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This week, we are showing you how to get salon-quality Diffused Curls at home! I was inspired to do it by our participation in Suave Professionals’ Style It Yourself program. Yes, this technique is my secret weapon… and has to be one of our most-requested tutorials ever!

Simply click below to see the video tutorial!

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHDiffusedCurls

The steps to this technique are very easy. All you need to begin is damp hair, an excellent curl-defining mousse, and a hair dryer {with a diffuser attachment}.

You’ll notice that my damp hair starts with a little bit of wave, I want to add a more voluminous curl without using direct heat. I’ve seen girls with more straight hair than I have get beautiful curl using this technique. {My daughter Kamri is a good example!}

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I then add Suave Professionals Luxe Curl Mousse to my hair, making sure that I get it in the base of the hair, and then drag it down the ends.

Diffused Curls

The diffuser is essential, as it slows down the air and disperses it evenly from the dryer while its fingers gently separate the hair strands without blowing out your curl. Using this technique without good product and the diffuser {using a hair dryer only} will likely leave your hair frizzy.

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It is important to scrunch the hair with your hand as you dry it, which combined with the product, is what helps lock in the curl.

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Once the hair is nearly dry, I flip my head back up and set my part line. Then I finalize the curls around my face with the dryer, and there is the final look!

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Sometimes it’s not always about the style, but the base! You know that look that many updos have, with a beautiful curly base? You can use these curls for that, and any number of hairstyle combinations {accent braids, fishtail braids, buns, Dutch Braids, twists, French braids, pancake braids, side braids, etc}. You can now up your hair game knowing this curl technique!

Items Needed: Hair dryer, diffuser attachment, Suave Professionals Luxe Curl Mousse, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with damp hair…
  2. Add in mousse, I use a generous amount ensuring that I have a little spread all over my thick hair {the mousse will help define the curls, but will still leave the hair soft and frizz resistant}…
  3. Grab your blow dryer and add the diffuser attachment {a diffuser helps to disperse the air coming out of the blow dryer.  Without it, the air is too strong and will blow your curls out of shape and cause them to frizz.  The little fingers on the diffuser will also help to separate the hair as it dries}…
  4. Next, flip your head upside down and shake it a few times {this allows the hair and any curl you have to settle into its natural fall pattern}…
  5. Turn the blow dryer to medium, and begin drying at the ends of your hair…
  6. Gently move the diffuser in and out of your hair in an upward motion {don’t be too forceful with your hair}.
  7. Then, while drying, take your free hand and gently “scrunch” your hair as it dries {this, along with the product, is what helps lock in curls}…
  8. As you reach the top of your head, use the diffuser to dry your roots a bit {you can do this by placing the diffuser closer to the roots for just a second or two}…
  9. Continue this pattern on all then air until it is about 85% dry…
  10. Then, flip your head back up and set your part line as well as the front curls around the face {if I need a little more curl, I make sure to diffuse a bit more around my face and scrunch with my hand.  This is all specific to your personal taste, and how much curl and structure you want.  Remember that this is a NATURAL curl style so it’s not meant to be perfect or too uniform.  The beauty in the style lies in the unique curl patterns and definition brought out by the mousse}…
  11. Depending on your hair, the curl may look too voluminous. Don’t worry, your hair will settle after a few minutes…
  12. At this point, you can add in a little hairspray for extra hold, and to finish the look.
  13. Add in an accent braid to complete the look {if desired}.

Please leave a comment below if you would like to see more curly hairstyles, or any other hairstyle ideas for future posts that you may have!

Happy Hairstyling!

Don’t forget to watch BrooklynAndBailey‘s video from last week where they teach us 3 Cute Lip Looks! Simply click below…

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Cute Heart Ponytail | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 08, 2015

It’s that time of year again, where we start seeing heart hairstyles everywhere! Just take a look at your Instagram explore feed! With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, not every girl is OK with wearing a huge heart braid on her head… especially older teenagers like my twins!

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Every year, we try hard to come up with at least one hairstyle that is subtle enough, yet still festive for the Valentin’s holiday. Today’s Heart Ponytail tutorial is one that is sleek enough, with a subtle heart accent, that older girls and women will wear it and love it.

To see how we created this cute ponytail, simply click the video below:

In fact, Brooklyn volunteered to be my model this day, and while we were out filming the outside shots, several women stopped by to watch. You could hear them whispering to each other, commenting on Brooklyn and how cute they thought the ponytail was! Anytime we took a break, they would come up to me and ask how how we created the heart!

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHHeartPonytail

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It only takes about 3 minutes to create this hairstyle, very little time at all, and I guarantee you will get compliments all day long!

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

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling the hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Secure with a ponytail holder {I added two holders because Brooklyn’s hair is thick and it helps give the ponytail more lift}…
  3. I pulled back on the hair on top, to give more volume, and you may also wish to pull out a strand on either side of the face to frame the style…
  4. Take a thin section of hair from the underside of the ponytail, and wrap it around the elastics to hide them, and secure with 1-2 small bobby pins…
  5. Now move down the ponytail about 3-4 inches and add a clear elastic…
  6. Grab another thin section of hair {about the thickness of a pencil} from the underside of the ponytail…
  7. Divide the rest of the ponytail into two even sections and pull the small section upward in between them {the small section should now be coming from underneath of the ponytail and up through the middle}…
  8. Take the small section, divide it into two even sections, add some spray wax or pomade to each strand, and then twist them upward and outward 1-2 times {this helps in creating the heart shape}…
  9. Now, bring the ends back together again and join them with the rest of the ponytail using another clear elastic…
  10. Gently pull on the twisted loops to form your very pretty, perfect heart shape accent…
  11. Add hairspray {if desired}.

So, what are your family traditions for Valentine’s Day? I love hearing your ideas. Please leave a comment below!

Shaun gets up early every Februrary 14th to make us pink heart pancakes with bacon, eggs, strawberries, and strawberry milk. Shaun and I then send flowers to the girls during school. It’s funny, because all their friends end up thinking they have a secret admirer… the kids love it!

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You’ll all get a kick out of the video Brooklyn and Kamri filmed one day when Bailey was away cheering for a game. It’s called The Smoothie Challenge, where you draw from among 10 great smoothie ingredients, and 10 disgusting ingredients, blend them, and drink it! You can find the video on BrooklynAndBailey’s YouTube channel, or simply click below!

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Cute Heart Accents | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 01, 2015

Today we will be showing you how to create Heart Accents, fitting right into our Valentine’s Day Hairstyle theme we’ve been running the past few weeks. These accents are perfect for girls of all ages and with all hair lengths {short, medium, and long}.

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Shaun actually came in to me a few weeks ago with three strings and a few rubber bands, that made a heart just like this. He asked me what I thought of the style and if we could use it for a Valentine’s Day tutorial. I told him that it would be perfect! I could tell he was so proud of himself! =0)

To learn how to create these adorable Heart Accents, simply click the YouTube video below!

What is perfect about accents, is that you can combine them easily into hairstyle combinations, such as a bun, ponytail, or braids. We’ve tried a few and they are cute! Kamri’s style here is a perfect example of a combination using the heart accent.

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To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHAccentHearts

Not everybody likes the idea of walking around with a huge heart on the side or back of their head, so what’s great about these heart accents is that they can age downwards or upwards, depending on how you style them.

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For a younger look, adjust the heart size up, and for an older look, adjust the heart size down. In fact, my twins prefer the 1 tiny heart accent into a combo. Rylan likes her style just as you see here.

For Kamri, we added a Faux Fishtail which made for a very beautiful final look!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray wax, 5 small hair elastics, hairspray or accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair slightly off to one side…
  2. One the light side of the hair, the side with less hair, and about halfway back, section off a 3-inch rectangle…
  3. Move down about ½ inch from the scalp and secure the section of hair with a small elastic…
  4. Now, divide that section into three equal strands…
  5. Braid each strand into its own 3-strand micro-braid…
  6. Using your fingernails, or a rat tail comb, pull one side of the elastic away from the section of hair and slide the right-most braid half way back upward through the elastic…
  7. Do the same with the left-most braid on the other side…
  8. Pull up on both of the flipped braids until they are only about ½ inch inside the elastic…
  9. You should now have one middle micro-braid that hangs straight downward, and two micro-braids {one on each side of the middle braid} that go upward through the elastic and then arc back downward {leaving the middle braid there will better help the heart hold it’s structure and less likely to collapse throughout the day}…
  10. Now, gather the ends of the two side braids together with the middle braid to form your heart shape, sliding the base of the heart up or down, or cinching the strands, to adjust the heart shape/width/height/size as desired…
  11. Secure the base of the heart together, the three strands, with a hair elastic…
  12. Remove the three elastics from the bottom of the braids, and allow the hair to fall naturally…
  13. Add hairspray and an accessory, {if desired}.

*Optional: You can create more than one heart accent using the same strands, as we did with Kamri here.

Please leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these Heart Accents, and also let us know your favorite romantic movie! We are in the mood to watch a good one!

Happy Hairstyling!

Be sure to check out BrooklynAndBailey’s 2015 Valentine’s Day Fashion video from this week, using a mix of old and new clothing items! Click below to watch it!

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Mermaid Heart Braid | Cute Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

January 25, 2015

I can’t believe another Valentine’s Day is here! With only a few weeks to go, it is now time for another heart hairstyle! Valentine’s Day hairstyles have become some of our most popular tutorial, and this one will be not different.

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This style combines three little elastic heartlets with a Mermaid Braid technique and curls. We’ve worn it several times, letting the hair fall straight, combining it all into a simple braid, and here with curls. We love how it turns out every time! Even as we were taking photos, moms were stopping us to either comment on the hearts, or ask me how we created them.

To see the entire tutorial, simply click below!

Now, you can complete this hairstyle with either wet or dry hair, it really depends on the look you are going for. We’ve done both and they are equally as beautiful in their own way. Today, we are teaching you on wet hair, which we know keeps the hair tighter and the hearts more uniform {adding a little pomade helps, too}.

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Feel free to use pink, red, or clear elastics in the hair, as those colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day hairstyles. I went with dark elastics today only because I wanted the hearts to be the main attention draw.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHMermaidHeartBraid

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This style was inspired from a combination of my hairblogging friends, Лена Роговая, Princess Hairstyles and Mimiamassari.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 6 small hair elastics, pomade, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with wet or dry hair {I find that for the first try, the hair lays better if done wet}…
  2. Then pick up a section of hair right behind each temple.  Pull them to the back center of the head, apply a little bit of pomade, and then secure with an elastic…
  3. Pick up another small section of hair directly underneath the first ones, pulling them to the back of the head, and applying pomade, just as you did before…
  4. On your first side, place your pointer and middle fingers onto of the section you just pulled back…
  5. Then tuck your fingers underneath the first section you pulled back….
  6. Now, place the second strand between those fingers and gently pull the strand downward {this should create a looping effect around the first strand of hair}…
  7. Repeat Steps #4-6 on the other side…
  8. Next, grab the ends of the two second strand and secure them together to form the heart shape {make sure you like the shape of the heart before you move on}…
  9. Continue with Steps #4-8 for both sides until you have three total hearts…
  10. Optional: I ended the style with three hearts and curled the rest with my wand, you could also add a simple braid, a fishtail, or continue the hearts down the remaining hair into a full Mermaid Braid.

Please leave a comment below letting us know what you think about this Mermaid Heart Braid! In what combinations would you wear it?

Happy Hairstyling!

Ever wanted to know what our filming room/studio looks like from behind the cameras? Well, this week BrooklynAndBailey give you the entire tour, including a secret room! Click below to watch it!

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Triple Knot Accents | Short Hairstyles

January 18, 2015

We cut Bailey’s hair two months ago, the very same morning she had her wisdom teeth removed. It has been a long time since she had short hair, so she has had fun experimenting on ways to style her hair using braids and hairstyle accents.

Triple Knot Accent | Short Hairstyles

Bailey told me earlier this week, “Mom, I’ve got you covered on this week’s tutorial, go ahead and take the weekend off.” I about died! She must have read my mind because I was juggling so much between the kids schedules and work, that I felt like I was drowning! Thank you, Bailey, you did a fantastic job! I think I can retire from this blog now!

She showed me her hair, and I loved it! Since Bailey’s hair is now short, she opted to begin with a base of curls to add some volume. We filmed a tutorial for these curls shortly after we started this blog WAY back in October 2009, and you can find it by clicking here… Flat Iron Curls.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGH3KnotAccents

These knot accents are super easy to create, using a simple knot technique that anyone can do. They are also super easy to remove, as well.

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When you are bobby pinning, be sure to hook the back part of the strand of hair first, and then slide the bobby pin up underneath of the knot towards the forehead. This will secure the knots in place perfectly.

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You know how those simple braided bangs that were all the rage a few years ago, and only take 2 minutes to do in the mornings? This knotted accent is the same, perfectly cute and quick to do! That is what we are all looking for, right?

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

Time Requirement: 2 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair already curled, with a curling iron or flat iron {you can do this on straight or wavy hair, as well}…
  2. Part hair on one side, either will work…
  3. Take a small section of hair from the front of your face, pull it back and tie a simple knot in it {you do not want this super tight, as you want to see the curve of the knot}…
  4. Using a bobby pin, secure the knotted strand back against the side of the head {hook the back part of the strand of hair first with the bobby pin, and then slide it up underneath the knot towards the forehead}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3-4 on two more strands, pinning each under the previous knot, giving you a total of three knots…
  6. Grab a section of loose curly hair from right behind the knots, and pull it over the ends of the knotted strands to hide them…
  7. Add hairspray {if desired}.

What do you think of this Triple Knot Accent tutorial? Please leave your comments below, we’d love to hear from you! We try to answer back everyone we can.

Happy Hairstyling!

Now that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, BrooklynAndBailey want to share with you a super cute Pinterest-inspired heart collage, so be sure to click the video below!

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