The Alternative Braid | With Abby from TwistMePretty

March 30, 2014

Many of you know that I started as a hairblogger before becoming a YouTuber. As such, I am very familiar with biggest beauty bloggers and those to make a viral splash on Pinterest.

The Alternative Braid | Faux Braids

Abby Smith, from Twist Me Pretty, is one of those bloggers I have admired for a long time! I was caught a little off guard when she came up to me during a conference I was speaking at in Utah! I mean, I knew who Abby was, and she knew who I was.. but we had never met! We like literally ran across the crowded hall and hugged each other!

During the course of the conference, Abby said that she and he husband would be in Dallas this month, and wondered if they could stop by. While she was here, I thought it would be fun to introduce her to you all.

For today’s hairstyle, we are showing you how to create the Alternative Braid {one of her viral hairstyles on Pinterest}. This is a faux braid, one that looks like a braid but really is not. In fact, it’s really a series of knots using two twists. {Don’t worry, the knots come out easily!}

Alternative Braid
The Alternative Braid

Brooklyn volunteered as our model, since she is always looking for great go-to styles for her thick wavy hair.

Faux Braids
The Alternative Braid
Abby Smith at Twist Me Pretty

Be sure to check out Abby’s website over at the Twist Me Pretty, where you can find her DIY version of this braid!

Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHAlternativeBraid

I personally think that this braid would look very elegant wrapped up into a bun, for more formal occasions as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, 1 small hair elastic, 1-2 bobby pins {if needed}, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side, and swooping all of the hair over one shoulder {I prefer the shoulder that the majority of the hair falls onto}…
  2. Now divide the hair into two equal sections…
  3. Twist both sections toward the middle {or toward each other} a few times…
  4. When you have about an inch of twisted hair, hold the two strands next to each other…
  5. Now, taking your index finger, push it directly through the stacked center of both twists, with your finger parallel to the face {this will divide the two twists into two even halves again, top to bottom}…
  6. You should now have once again two sections, leaving what looks like a braid stitch above them…
  7. Twist the pieces pieces again toward each other…
  8. When you have about an inch more of twisting, hold them together and once again push your index finger sideways through the center of both twists…
  9. After about 4 sections, hold the two twisted strands together and begin to pancake the top part of the braid {you want to pull out the hair quite a bit to really accent the messy, fullness of this braid, but do not pull them out to much to where you cannot secure the ends of the braid}…
  10. After pancaking the upper section, continue again with Steps #2-8 until the hair is finished.
  11. At the end of the braid, you will want to pancake the rest of the hair, again, being mindful of the hair ends…
  12. Secure with an elastic.
  13. Feel free to use bobby pins  any hair strands that fall out in back, and hairspray any other smaller flyaways into place.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Alternative Braid! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

Yes, last week we took all six kids on a Spring Break cruise to the Western Caribbean! To see a recap of our family fun, be sure to see the video BrooklyAndBailey uploaded on Wednesday to their YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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Spring Fashion Trends | Mom Minute

March 30, 2014

Spring is in the air! And with the warm weather comes new fashion trends.

For today’s #MomMinute, we invited Lindsay Albanese {Celebrity Stylist} on set to talk to us about this Spring’s fashion trends.

Spring Fashion Trends

Not looking to purchase a whole new wardrobe? I think would all like to save our money! This episode idea came from a question submitted by viewer Amanda, who states… “How can I wear this season’s trends without changing my whole wardrobe?

Season trends

In this video, Lindsay gives us ideas of what colors to pair together, along with the comeback of overall shorts and denim jackets! She also tells us where to purchase such items inexpensively, and what you can add to the outfit from your own closet!

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what do you see as upcoming fashion trends for Spring and Summer? Would you like to see more videos like this?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Fishtail-Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

March 23, 2014

More likely because our girls are more into dance and cheer more than they are in other sports or athletics, we have been lacking in the Sport Hairstyles category.

So today, CGH#3 decided she wanted to show you an awesome one! Below you will learn exactly how to create a Fishtail-Accented Ponytail.

Fishtail Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

This is one of her personal hairstyle favorites, because it spices up a regular old ponytail. {If you can’t tell, we’ve been on a fishtail braid kick lately!} We added a pompadour on top, and the micro-fishtail braid and hair-wrap as accents to the ponytail. It looks a lot better this way, right?

Simply click here if you do not know how to Fishtail Braid.

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFishtailAccentPony

Fishtail Braid Ponytail

Fishtail Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

Like I mentioned, CGH#3 actually picked this style for today, and wanted to be sure we filmed it on her. I also think it looks SOOOOO good on her!

Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

She is also proud to let me know that she has been the model for nearly 50% of our tutorials since 2008! I had no idea she was keeping count! {Also, be sure to stay until the end of the video to see her at 18 months old!}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 2 small hair elastics, 3-4 small bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 6-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sectioning off a square section of hair at the front top of the head…
  2. Then, to create a pompadour, tease it a little to add some volume underneath and then smooth the top of the hair over with a smoothing brush…
  3. Next, secure this section with an hair elastic that matches your hair color {ensuring that it poofs up a little at the front for added shape and volume}…
  4. Then, fishtail braid this section and then secure with another hair elastic that matches the hair color…
  5. Clip this braid out of the way for a few minutes….
  6. Now, pull the rest of the hair back to base of neck and secure into a tight, low ponytail with a ponytail holder…
  7. Take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail elastic, to hide it, and secure with bobby pins…
  8. Now unclip the fishtail and place it directly-centered, straight down the head and over the hair wrapped section…
  9. Use a couple of bobby pins to secure it against the head near where the ponytail is secured {for sports, you may opt to add another ponytail holder here, instead of the bobby pins, for added security}…
  10. Lastly, add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Fishtail-Accented Ponytail! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

It is already Spring, and my kids are getting Spring Fever badly! Don’t believe me? Look at what my twins created last week for their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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Parents and Facebook | Mom Minute

March 23, 2014

As parents, we need to be very careful with social media and internet safety in our homes, especially as it relates to our children. We need to be very vigilant, and aware of what our kids are doing online. It is one of our duties as a parent.

There is a fine line though, between following our kids on their social media accounts, and stalking/harassing/embarrassing/etc them.

Over the past five years or so, we as parents discovered this cool place called Facebook, and are using it more and more even as our kids move on to other social platforms like Instagram, etc.

Parents on Facebook

Today’s #MomMinute episode is based upon a question submitted by a viewer, Tara, who asks, “My mom just friended me on Facebook and won’t stop posting on my wall. How do I get her to stop?”

Parents on Facebook

Maybe I am an overcautious mother, but we always talk about social media safety in our home. {Particularly because +Brooklyn and Bailey have YT, FB, IG, and Twitter.}

I do comment on my twins’ accounts from time to time, but my role as a mother in following them is only in love, support and safety. I do not stalk them, but I do check in occasionally. Not because we do not trust our daughters, but that we do not always trust everyone else. It is just part of the online rules we have set for our children.

For our younger followers, your parents love you deeply, and in almost every case, them following your social accounts is a tell-tale sign of that. That is great!

Now for any parents out there. Just as our kids grow older and are often embarrassed for their friends to see us dropping them of to school, with us begging them for a kiss on the cheek, they can also become embarrassed by us posting cheesy comments on their social accounts with lots of emoticons. An occasional encouragement for a big test or other event, is perfectly fine. As parents, we need to be mindful of the thin line between our Circle of Trust and our kids’ privacy.

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what suggestions do you have on the subject? How much involvement is too much involvement?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo | Prom Hairstyles

March 16, 2014

Today’s tutorial is inspired by the upcoming Prom season, and multiple reader requests for hairstyles that can be used at the dance.

We are loving Fishtail Braids right now, and Brooklyn and I wanted to show you an updo that is very unique using the fishtail as the focal point.

Flipped Fishtail Updo | Prom Hairstyles

We like that it isn’t really a bun, but more of a chignon-like undo. This Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo is very versatile, and can be used on girls of all ages, from teens on up to grandmothers!

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Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFlipFishtailUpdo

If you do not know how to fishtail braid, here is my first fishtail tutorial showing you how to create one.

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Want to learn how to create a Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo? Here is your chance…

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, Topsy Tail Tool {optional}, 4-5 bobby pins, decorative hair comb, spray wax or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 6-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling the hair back and secure it a low ponytail with a ponytail holder {make sure to leave a few strands of hair out near the front, and curl them, to frame the face}…
  2. Loosen the ponytail elastic away from the head a little. Using a topsy tail tool, or your fingers, flip the ponytail down though the loosened section to create a flipped ponytail…
  3. Now tighten the elastic again against the head…
  4. Next, fishtail braid the remaining ponytail hair and secure with an elastic when you run out of hair…
  5. Take the end of the fishtail and tuck it back up and down through the same hole {this creates a nice bun-like updo}…
  6. Using bobby pins, secure the fishtail against the head so it won’t fall out or droop down through the day.
  7. Add an glam accessory on top of the fishtail flip to accent the updo…
  8. Add hairspray or spray wax {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Flipped-Fishtail Updo! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week my twins finally received permission from Nickelodeon to provide you links to the entire Nick News with Linda Ellerbee episode on “Webstars II: More Kids Behind the Hits”. You can find the links on their most recent video on the BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. Click below to see the video…

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