3 Easy Pencil Bun Ideas | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 10, 2014

It is Back-to-School season, and on some days you will wear your hair down in the most perfect, gorgeous curls. But, later that afternoon, it will get hot in Math class! What can you do to cool down?

Pencil Buns | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Today we will show you how to create each of these three easy Pencil Buns!

All you need is a pencil, and any one of these bun ideas will work perfectly! This can be done on straight or curly hair, with layers, etc, and it will look equally as cute, too! Some choose to use pens to facilitate the hairstyle, and others use chopsticks… it is all up to you!

Pencil Buns | Back-to-School Hairstyles

I prefer to use curls as the base for these buns, simply because the added texture helps the style hold easier. Today I show you how to create them on straight hair, because I wanted you to see that they can be done.

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To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, and gain your own fan base on IG, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHPencilBuns

There is nothing new to these styles, as teachers and secretaries have been wearing them for decades. Asian cultures have been tying up hair with in styles like these for centuries longer.

It’s just that when you are in a pinch, and want to tie your hair up, what do you do? It is nice to have a few pencil bun ideas to choose from.

Then, as an added bonus…when you are done with it, simply pull out the bun, whip your head around a bit, and ejoy a few hours of subtle bouncy curls!

Items Needed: One “No. 2″ pencil

Time Requirement: 30 seconds each

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Bun #1- Simple:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering all hair to the middle back of the head, like you would for a centered ponytail…
  2. Now begin to twist the hair and form it into a bun shape, as you normally would before placing in a hair elastic…
  3. When you run out of hair to twist around, take your pencil and push it into the right side of the bun, at an angle, towards your head…
  4. Then weave the pencil up and down, up and down, through the bun and out the far left side of the bun {this is what secures the bun in place, much like setting a safety pin}…
  5. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Bun #2 – Inverted:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering all the hair to the nape of the neck, like you would a low ponytail…
  2. Place the pencil on the left side of the ponytail…
  3. Wrap the hair over the pencil once {or twice, depending on the length of hair}…
  4. Now, twist the pencil upward until the point is pointing straight up…
  5. Then lift the end of the pencil upward which will force the point downward through the hair between the bun and head {be very careful not to scratch your scalp in this process}…
  6. As the bun is set, be sure the pencil doesn’t pop out in the hair beneath the bun…
  7. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Bun #3:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering hair to the middle back of head, like you would in a centered ponytail…
  2. Twist and let it wrap around itself into a bun…
  3. Stick the pencil up through the bottom of the bun, and force it all the way through the bun, in an upward motion…
  4. When the pencil reaches the top of the bun lift up the back of the pencil, which will force  the point downward against your scalp…
  5. Push the pencil all the way down until it nearly comes out the bottom beneath the bun…
  6. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these three easy Pencil Bun Ideas!

Happy Hairstyling!

With school coming in just a few weeks, BrooklynAndBailey needed to go school shopping. I agreed that if they could pay for half the clothes, we would pay the other half! They have been working like crazy, babysitting and house sitting for neighbors, and the video below is the end result of their back-to-school shopping! {Several of the items are now sold out!}

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Half-Loop Braidback | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 05, 2014

We love tiebacks because they are very mature looking, and can be worn with straight, wavy, or curly hair as the base. I promise, you will receive so many compliments on this one!

Half-Loop Braidback | Back to School Hairstyles

Today we are teaching you how to create a Half-Loop Braidback, using the Feather Braid stranding we’ve shown you before. To create the loops in this braid, you “skip-stitch” the feathered strands from the braid, and then pancake them to your liking.

Half-Loop Braidback | Back to School Hairstyles

This tutorial is inspired by a few shots I saw on Instagram, one from a viewer named Sophia who posted a photo of this after being inspired by our French Loop Braid a few weeks ago, and another by hairstyling momma, Annie.

To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHHalfLoopBraidback

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We categorized this style as “Medium” in skill level, only because the skip-stitching can be confusing. Be sure to watch the video closely to know exactly when to bring back in a previously-feathered strand.

Adding the Loop Braiding technique, to any French, Dutch, Simple, or Lace Braids, you can definitely dress up any braid! I can imagine this being used in any number of wedding hairstyles, or Prom and Homecoming hairstyle combos.

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Don’t you think this braid is beautiful? On what occasions would you wear this? Perfect for Back-to-School, right?

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair slightly off center {you don’t want the part to be too deep, or the braids will be uneven}…
  2. Next, create a section from that part line down to about an inch above the ear, as leaving some hair to cover the ear creates a more mature look to the style {you can also pull all the hair back above the ear for a younger look}…
  3. Now divide that section into three even strands, and begin one simple braid stitch…
  4. In the next stitch, on the elbow of hair closest to the ear, remove a tiny little strand and let it fall {we call this technique “feather braiding”}…
  5. Now, create a 3rd braid stitch, and, again, on the lower piece, create a falling feathered strand {this will be the 2nd feather strand you drop}…
  6. Create a 4th braid stitch, and, again, on the lower strand, create a falling feathered strand {this will be the 3rd feather strand you drop}…
  7. However, on this stitch, after you drop the 3rd feathered strand, go back and pick up the first feathered strand and add it back into the lower right-most strand {you essentially trade strands…you drop the 3rd feathered strand, and then pick up the first and add it into that same strand of hair}…
  8. Now create a 5th braid stitch, and, again, drop the feathered strand and then add back into the braid the 2nd feathered strand…
  9. After about 3-4 stitches, go back and gently tug on the feathered elbows so that they pop out from the braid, creating the integral “looping” in the braid {if you braid all the way down first, it will become much harder to pull the loops out}…
  10. Continue Steps #3-9 until you near the end of the hair, or have created a long enough braid to reach the back of the head {the desired length of the braidback is entirely up to you}…
  11. When you near the end of the braid, stop dropping new feathered strands and simply add in the last two previously feathered strands {this gives a nice finishing point to the braid}…
  12. Repeat Steps #3-11 on the other side of the head.
  13. When both sides are braided, secure them together in the back of the head, adjusting the length to your liking…
  14. Add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Half-Loop Braidback!

Happy Hairstyling!

My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, just returned from a summer trip to Utah and EFY Summer Camp. Feel free to click below and see their recap of the trip!

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How to Create Perfect Pigtails

July 27, 2014

We get asked for short hairstyles so often, that we decided to film one for you all this week.

{One problem for our lack of shorty styles on CGH is that without extra hair, many of our hairstyles may not work on short hair. We also only have one daughter, Rylan, with short hair, and she doesn’t particularly enjoy her hair being done as much as the other girls. We have to respect that.}

How to Get Perfect Pigtails

We cut Rylan’s hair about four months ago, and she hasn’t appeared in any tutorials since then. Though she was never a first for volunteering to film, Rylan did actually volunteer after I made this adorable hairstyle on myself!

Today we are going to show you how to Create Perfect Pigtails!

How to Get Perfect Pigtails

Contrary to what some may think, pigtails are not just for little girls. I have been wearing pigtails for years, and I get compliments on them all the time. Some may say that they are  for younger girls, but I love them. My girls love them.

There are a few tricks I have learned, that I will teach you today, that will help you get a more beautiful, mature look to this everyday style!

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To have your own recreations of this hairstyle appear in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHPerfectPigtails

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This technique works wonderfully with straight or curly hair, short hair or long hair. In fact, adding subtle curls to the pigtails on Day 2 is different enough, but equally as beautiful!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to one side in the front {whichever side you favor}…
  2. With the front part offset, now part into two even sections, directly down the back {yes we only wanted the front part offset}…
  3. Pull one section of hair out of way for now by securing it with an elastic…
  4. Now, on the side you will work on first, take a small top section and flip it over to other side of head out of the way…
  5. Now begin to tease the hair gently with a rat-tail comb {I usually only tease in a few areas near the top of the head for added volume. You can tease a lot or a little depending on your preference}…
  6. Make sure that when teasing, you run the comb only in a downward motion along the hair shaft. Not up, down, up, down, etc.
  7. Now bring the top, flipped section back over and use it to hide any teasing you created {you do this by gently running the comb over just the surface to smooth things out}…
  8. Pull out a few wispy strands in the front, near the ear and eye brow, to frame the face and soften the look {If you have really short hair, feel free to pull more hair out around near the ear area}…
  9. Then, swoop the hair back and carefully gather it right behind ear, and secure with an elastic…
  10. To make the style look more mature, feel free to tug up on a few sections above the elastic, above the teasing, to add a volume/bump {Your pigtails should be full and fun, not flat and boring}…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 on the other side of the head.
  12. Spritz with hairspray {if desired}…
  13. Add any ribbons, bows, headbands, or other accessories to your liking {also if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these pigtails! Would you wear them?

Happy Hairstyling!

My girls are huge readers, and have been ever since they were four! This week they uploaded a book review to their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! They review both “It All Started With an Apple“, by Ashley Winters, and “Defy” Sarah B. Larson! To see the review, feel free to click below:

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Diagonal French Loop Braid | Cute Braid Hairstyles

July 13, 2014

Today’s hairstyle is inspired by the combination of the Diagonal Bow Braid and the Zipper Braid. Brooklyn volunteered to be my model, because she loves these kinds of braids.

Diagonal French Loop Braid

This hairstyle is called a Diagonal French Loop Braid.

We went with a French Braid as the base, because Brooklyn and I really wanted the loops to be the main feature of the hairstyle. You can also use a Dutch Braid, but I felt it would drown out the loops a bit.

Diagonal French Loop Braid

You can also do this style with either dry or wet hair, depending on how “messy” you want the braid to look. We show you how to create this hairstyle with wet hair.

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We listed this hairstyle as “hard” in skill level, only because the stranding is difficult to keep track of. Once you have the pattern down, however, you can create this braid in less than 5 minutes.

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To see your recreations featured in our app, below this video, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFrenchLoopBraid

If you are looking to impress your friends, this Diagonal French Loop Braid will certainly do it! I promise! {And it only takes about 10-12 minutes to create!}

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing all the hair back away from the face…
  2. Now, take a small section of hair, near the temple, and divide in into three smaller strands…
  3. Begin a simple French Braid by completing one stitch {you will braid down diagonally around the back} …
  4. On the outside strand of the French Braid, the strand closest to the ear, section off a small piece of hair and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of the way}…
  5. Pick up some new hair from the bottom {not the piece you just removed} and add it into the bottom strand, like you would in a regular French Braid…
  6. Next, cross the new gathered strand over the middle strand…
  7. Now, on the outside strand nearest the top of the head, again, section off a smaller strand of hair, and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of way}…
  8. Add in some new hair to the top section, like you would in a normal French braid…
  9. Cross the entire gathered section of hair over the middle strand…
  10. Go back to the outside edge, nearest the ear again, and section off a small strand of hair and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of the way}.
  11. Now reach underneath and grab the first tiny strand of hair you originally handed to her {or clipped out of the way}.
  12. Add that small stand of hair into the original bottom section, while also picking up some new hair to add in…
  13. Cross that entire gathered section over the middle strand…
  14. Repeat Steps #4-13, using the two outside edge strands, over and over again…
  15. After you braid about 3-4 full stitches down, go back and gently tug on the first loops you had created {See video for exact details. This will loosen the loops, and create the fun lacy look you see in the photos.}
  16. Continue this entire process in a diagonal direction across the back of the head…
  17. When you get to the nape of neck and run out of hair to add in, simply continue the same braiding pattern, minus the “adding in hair” step {you will have the same looped/lacy look, but on a simple braid}….
  18. Secure with an elastic, and add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Diagonal French Loop Braid hairstyle! I am sure you could come up with some wonderful updos using this braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

It is getting hot here in Texas! The girls are having fun finding fun, and healthy, treats to freeze! Right now, they are on a Frozen Banana Pop kick, having lots of fun creating new and delicious recipes for them! This week, they uploaded a DIY tutorial for Banana Pops to their BrooklynAndBailey’s YouTube channel! WARNING, watching the video below will make you hungry

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Miner-Inspired Hair & Beard Styles | Disney’s #8thMinerContest

July 09, 2014

One of the joys my family has, by doing what we do, is our association with Disney over the past several years. The content we have created for them has been a lot of work, but also a ton of fun. Today’s post is a perfect example!

Miner-Inspired Hair & Beard Styles

Due to a scheduling conflict at the end of April, we were not able to attend the grand opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Walt Disney World. We still wanted to be a part of it, so Walt Disney World teamed up with CGH to bring you this fun tutorial!

Miner-Inspired Hair & Beard Styles

Brooklyn and I are leading off the “Sneezy Challenge” week of Disney’s #BeThe8thMiner contest, so today we will teach you the best way to bobby pin a beanie into place, plus two additional hairstyles using the beanie as a part of the combo.

Disney's "Be The 8th Miner" Contest

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, beanie, 1 ponytail holder, 6-7 small hair elastics, 4-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes per style

Skill Level: Easy

Miner-Inspired Style #1 – Bobby Pinning a Beanie

My girls and I have worn beanies for years, and every time we wear them, girls stop us to ask how we get them to stay in. Today, we show you the secrets to placement and securing of a beanie in your hair!

How to Bobby Pin a Beanie

  1. To begin take the beanie and place it over the forehead. Then slide it back towards the back of the head.
  2. You only want it to sit back a couple of inches from hair line.
  3. Once you have it where you want it, pull some pieces of hair out of the front of the beanie.  This will prevent you from looking bald while wearing the hat.
  4. Now take a bobby pin and slide it thru some of the knitting in the beanie and push it till it gribs your hair underneath.
  5. Repeat with another bobby pin but make sure this one cross the first bobby creating an X.
  6. Repeat a couple more times to make sure the hat stays secure.  Placing a couple of bobby pins in the back by the nape of your neck will help keep the beanie from sliding upward.

Miner-Inspired Style #2—Bubble Ponytails with Beanie

One of the hairstyles we show you uses Bubble Ponytails, something you have seen here before. I bet you didn’t know how easily they would be accessorized with an adorable beanie!

Bubble Ponytails with Beanie

  1. Place the beanie, and secure with bobby pins as mentioned above…
  2. Now, part hair into two even sections, each over over one shoulder…
  3. Place an elastic around the hair near the top of each section…
  4. Move down about 3-4 inches, and place another hair elastic…
  5. Continue placing elastics until you run out of hair {I prefer 3 sections in total}…
  6. Now, go back and loosen each section of hair between the elastics, by tugging on the outside layers {this will “bubble” out the hair in each section, giving the desired look}
  7. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Miner-Inspired Style #3—Lace Braided Bangs with Beanie

The other hairstyle uses Lace Braided Bangs, something else that you have seen here before! Doesn’t this version look so much better?

Lace Braid Bangs with Beanie

  1. Part your hair off to one side, in a deep part…
  2. Place the beanie back several inches from your hairline, leaving hair in front of the beanie, and secure with bobby pins as mentioned above.
  3. Now create a Lace Braid, in a Dutch Braid technique, beginning at the part line and running down along your hairline {only add hair into ONE side of the braid, the top side away from the hairline}…
  4. When you reach the ear, stop adding in hair and complete a regular braid with the remaining hair…
  5. Secure with an elastic.
  6. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Miner-Inspired Style #4— Faux Beard with Beanie

Yes, Brooklyn even shows us all the absolute coolest way for a girl to wear a beard! {Raise your hand if you used to do this in grade school, too!}

Faux Beard Styles

  1. Place the beanie on the head, and secure it with bobby pins as up above…
  2. Split your hair into two sections….
  3. Wrap each side around your neck and under your chin…
  4. Gather the two sections of hair under the chin, and secure with an elastic
  5. Add hairspray {if desired}.

MY GIRLS AND I WANT TO SEE YOUR RECREATIONS!!!

Enter for a chance to win weekly prizes, and a Grand Prize 7-day trip to Walt Disney World for 4 people! Simply visit Disney’s BeThe8thMiner.com for details!

To have that chance to win the Walt Disney World vacation, feel free to post your own fun and creative photos of these styles on Twitter, Instagram, or Vine, with hashtag #8thMinerContest!

How creative can our fans get? I know the answer… SUPER CREATIVE!!! {I just may repost your recreation on Instagram this week!}

So, what did you think of these hairstyles {and beard style}? Can you do something even more creative? I want to see them! Heigh Ho, and Good Luck!

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