Money Curls | With Guests Michelle Money & Laura Armstrong

September 02, 2012

I know you are going to love this week’s tutorial!

We are so happy to introduce two special guests for this video with Michelle Money (from ABC’s “The Bachelor” and runner up on “Bachelor Pad”) and her best friend/YouTube partner Laura Armstrong.

Michelle Money Curls | Cute Hairstyles

Many of you will recognize Michelle as a reality star, but did you also know that Michelle is a licensed cosmetologist?  She has even offered to do a new cut and color on me soon!  Laura is also a professional esthetician, and has a great knowledge of all things skin and beauty!

Some of you may be wondering how I came to know these two lovely ladies, so I will tell you the story…

I was sitting in my car waiting for gymnastics to end with CGH#4 and looked over to see Michelle waiting in the car next to me.  I mustered up enough courage to go over and strike up a conversation with her.  {She was so nice and did not seem as stand off-ish as many reality stars do!}  In the process of our conversation, Michelle mentioned that she has a YouTube channel called the MMandLShow.  I mentioned that my daughters and I also have a Youtube channel, and from there… the idea to do a collaboration video was born!

Of course I had to go home that night and check out their channel and quickly found myself watching many of their videos.  I was intrigued by many of their hair-curling techniques {especially for more adult looking curls} and have been using some their techniques for months now on my own hair!  I also loved many of their beauty secrets and one video in particular caught my eye {which I will detail in the next section}.

So I decided to meld the two together and film for you a beauty tip from the girls AND Michelle’s secret to her gorgeous curls for which she is widely known! 

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Beauty Tip: The PMD (Mersonal Microdermabrasion)

I’ll just be honest here… Michelle is as beautiful in real life as she is on TV, probably even more!   When I saw her in person, I immediately was curious how she obtained such fabulous skin!  So, of course my attention was peaked when I stumbled onto a video by both Laura and Michelle talking about their “magic skin secret”… the PMD Personal Microdermabrasion tool!

PMD | Personal Microdermabrasion

I was curious enough that I ended up finding one myself and trying it out!

I’m happy to report that I’ve now been using it for about 3 months and I absolutely LOVE it!!!  I simply incorporated it into my skin care regiment for once a week.  It really does leave my skin feeling sooooo smooth, soft, and less wrinkly!

For those of you not familiar with the PMD, it essentially buffs the top layer of dead skin away which then gives your skin a more soft, younger looking, and fresh look.  You will find that it helps control fine lines, wrinkles, big pores, and even some acne scarring.

Once I had tried it, and decided I loved it on my skin, I thought I would try it on my daughter’s skin. She is almost 13, and doesn’t have fine lines or wrinkles yet… but she is getting some of that normal teenage acne on her forehead and nose.  I thought I would just test it out on her as well to see if the PMD would help with the acne.  I was enthusiastically surprised when it did!  Not that it cleared up her acne 100%, but I can tell that it removed some of the worst dead skin and pore-clogging oils from the surface and allowed her acne cream to absorb better.

When using the PMD, make sure you view the accompanying instructional DVD first, to avoid damaging the skin.

I’m sure you will love this little secret! After I started telling people about how much I liked it, I was surprised to learn how many other people I know are already using it!  Hahahaha… I guess I am on the “slow boat ” with this one!  Other YouTubers like AndreasChoice, MissGlamorazzi, Elle Fowler’s AllThatGlitters21, etc, have all been talking about it already!

If you decide you want to try the PMD, as I have done, you can do so by visiting the PMD Website here.  If you enter the coupon code CuteGirlsHairstyles, then you can receive 25% off of your order!  Thank you, PMD!

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Hair Technique: Michelle Money Curls

Michelle Money | Hair Curling Techniques

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, flat iron, 1 inch or 1 ¼ inch curling iron {we used Hot Tools brand}, hairspray, dry shampoo, and pomade

Time Requirement: Approximately 30 minutes {depending on amount of hair}

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with clean, dry hair and flat iron the hair beforehand {This is Michelle’s secret trick… even flat ironing the bottom 6 inches of hair will work}…
  2. Separate hair into small sections starting with hair closest to neck and working up. Take smaller sections of hair, about a 2 inch square, and spray with hair spray…
  3. Work hair around the barrel of curling iron, but leave out the last 2-3 inches of hair.  This will keep the ends looking flat a provide the more messy, “tousled look” that everyone wants right now…
  4. Continue to curl hair all over head in the same manner.  Your goal is to create curls that are less tight-spiral looking and more like a loose bend.  {This technique just provides a more natural, sophisticated look.}
  5. Use a flat iron to give bangs {if you have them} a quick pull and flip the ends out ever so slightly… you want your bangs to blend into the hair on the sides of the head.
  6. Use a dry-shampoo spray at the roots, and around your hairline.  This will prevent oil buildup over the next few days and will create texture and volume in the hair.
  7. Using pomade, run a little dab through your fingertips and then onto the ends of your hair to control flyways.
  8. Last but not least… LOVE your new look!

This hairstyle may take a little more time, depending on your length of hair, but it will create an amazing look that will last for several days!  Believe it or not, the curls will actually get better looking as the days go on.  In this video, Michelle’s were already three days old, and I wore this style for 4 days before washing again and it looked great!

Enjoy, and Happy Hairdoing!

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FTC Disclaimer:  The PMD was provided to me free of charge for review purposes, and the opinions are strictly our own.  I am not affiliated with PMD nor am I receiving commissions on any sales based upon my recommendation.

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Pin Coil {Curl} Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

August 27, 2012

We wanted to teach you a fun way to accent any number to hairstyles, and can accent a style for any number of occasions.

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

You can use pin coils to accent a simple hairdo, add variety to a basic messy bun, dress up a formal occasion, or even just match a cute outfit!   In the video below, I used the pin coils to accent basic beachy waves and also to accent a simply messy bun.  Either way looks great!

I’ve also had fans comment that you can use the coils to cover ponytail holders on a basic ponytail, create a headband, or create amazing day-2 waves in your hair.

Many of you may remember your mother or grandmother making overnight “pin curls” using this same method to created beautiful next-day curls.  That is where I got this accent idea!

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

You may also use these accents as a very fun way to dress up an updo for Prom or Homecoming, since these pin coils are easy to form and look very much like rosettes!

Your possibilities really are endless!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, 3-4 small bobby, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by determining where you want your cluster of Pin Curls…
  2. Then, grab a 1-inch section of hair and twist it around your 2nd and 3rd fingers to create a coil shape…
  3. Gently slide the coil of hair off of your fingers and lay it flat against your head…
  4. Take a bobby pin and secure the coil against your head.  {Do your best to hide the bobby pin.  See note below…}
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you form your desired, cute cluster of coils.  I created three coils in this video, but you can do four, five, or even a whole headband of coils.
  6. Get creative… and enjoy!

* Note from Mindy:  To make the bobby pins less noticeable, try using the mini bobby pins that match the color of your hair.  {In this tutorial, I used large “blonde” pins so you could see what I was doing.} You can also “weave” the bobby pins through the coil in an up and down manner to help hide them.  Using decorative bobby pins with little jewels can also add a little flair.

Happy Hairdoing!

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Side Flat Twists | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 20, 2012

I know that many of our styles I use on my daughters, and that so many of our earlier styles were meant for little girls.

Well, today we wanted to do something for the older girls that is very fun… with a little edge and punk!

Side Flat Twists | Back-to-School Hairstyles

I first noticed a variation of this on Kendall Jenner from the Kardashians, only in the photo she wore cornrows {braids} instead of twists. There are a few other stars who rock this look as well.

I prefer to use twists in this hairstyle instead, because they are faster to do and look fairly similar. You can use either bobby pins, as I have done, or you can secure the twists with small clear elastic bands. {If you were to do cornrows, the hairstyle could be used for a week or so.}

Side Flat Twists | Punk Hairstyles

Side Flat Twists | Rocker Hairstyles

This is a fun look that takes very little time to do. We like that it looks punk enough, kind of like the side of the head is shaved… only you do not have to commit to a shave to get the look! Also, depending on where you part your hair, you could use as few as three twists or as many as five… it is all up to you!

Here I have my daughter’s hair straight, but you could do this with curly or wavy hair as well!  I threw in a shot of me wearing this hairstyle, as well!  For an even edgier look, you could do this to both sides of the head!

Enjoy!  Don’t forget to tweet me at @CuteGirlHair and let me know if you would like to see Homecoming hairstyles or more Back-to-School hairstyles!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 alligator clip or large hair elastic, 4 small bobby pins {or 4 small clear elastics}, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Note from Mindy: In the video, I refer to how I learned this twisting method by researching online how to do hairstyles on my black daughter’s hair {since her hair-care routine and hair texture is so different than my other daughters}. Some fans on YouTube have taken offense to my usage of the term “black”. Please know that I am not racist in any way… I love all my children equally! Many of you also know that we do not give out our children’s names for security purposes, so we have to refer to them in different ways.  It is also important to note that we use the term black often with respect to our children only because “African American” can be a misnomer. There are so many blacks whose heritage comes from Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or other islands in the Caribbean. Labeling them all as “African American” for PC sake is incorrect. Our daughter’s heritage is Caribbean and Italian, with a little Native American, and even more… her birthmother asked us to refer to our daughter as black. We celebrate Black History Month, at times do watch Black Entertainment Television, and talk about Martin Luther King Jr. This heritage is important to our family!  :)

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The Knotted Headband | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 12, 2012

I always appreciate when our fans email links or photos of hairstyles I have not seen previously.

This knotted headband style was emailed to us by a fan from St. Petersburg, Russia and we really loved the look of it!

The Knotted Braid Headband | Braided Hairstyles

It looks complex, but if you know how to do the first step of tying your shoelaces, then you can certainly do this braid! The pattern to the braid is essentially overlaying loose square knots.

  1. I started with the hair wet, and used a little pomade to control the flyways.
  2. You then take as small section next to the part, and divide it in two, and interlace them just like the first step of tying your shoe. I then did this two more times, each time adding the top strands to an alligator clip.
  3. After creating your third set of strands, bring the first two strands under the next two, and interlace them again just like the first step of tying your shoe.
  4. Repeat these steps until the braided headband has the look you want.
  5. Secure the end with a bobby pin and spritz with hairspray as desired.
  6. When the hair dries, the loops of the knots spread out a little and look absolutely gorgeous!

This braid is perfect for any formal occasion, or for dancers, cheerleaders, or simply wearing around town! It can also be worn in any number of combinations for a super cute and unique hairstyle!

The Knotted Braid Headband | Cute Hairstyles

The Knotted Braid Headband | Back-to-School Hairstyles

The knotted headband is also great for women of any age!  We have worn it on my CGH#4 {fourth daughter with short hair}, and I have done this braid on myself as well!

I guarantee you will certainly receive lots of compliments on this hairstyle!  Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Edgy Side Pullback | Easy Hairstyles

July 29, 2012

I have been wanting to film this hairstyle tutorial for a long time, but couldn’t really think of a good name for it.

Edgy Side Pullback | Cute Hairstyles

So many fans have commented on the style in past tutorials when I have worn it, so we filmed it anyway. I even wore it when I filmed a recent episode of The Mom’s View. {We absolutely love The Mom’s View, and will be appearing with them from time to time, so please be sure to subscribe to TMV’s channel!}

My husband calls this the Swayze Hairstyle, because he says it looks a lot like the slicked-side mullet hairstyles that Patrick Swayze wore most of his movie career.

Some people may call it a rocker style, some call it punk, and people like my hubby may even call it… the Swayze!

Edgy Side Pullback | Cute Hairstyles

Edgy Side Pullback | Cute Hairstyles

Of course, my Edgy Side Pullback is a fun one that can be used to compliment many different outfits at various events. You can use this hairstyle to make a nice outfit a bit more hip and edgy, or you can use it to dress up a simple pair of jeans and flip flops!

Nicole Richie, Brooke Burke, and several other Hollywood celebrities have been spotted wearing versions of this hairstyle lately…

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 large hair elastic, 1 small elastic band {color of hair}, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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