How to create a Lace-Rolled Updo

July 06, 2014

Time for another beautiful updo hairstyle! It is Summer, and it is hot, and we are always looking for ways to pull the hair off of our necks!

Lace-Rolled Updo Hairstyle

Today we are going to show you how to create a Lace-Rolled Updo! Yes, this hairstyle has an elegant look, with Lace Braids being used as the basis for the combination!

Lace-Rolled Updo Hairstyle

{To learn how to create a simple Lace Braid, feel free to this beginner look at the braid.}

Bailey volunteered to be my model today, as she is a huge fan of up do’s {if you couldn’t already tell}! To see your own recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHLaceRolledUpdo

 

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This hairstyle would be perfect for prom, homecoming, weddings, any formal occasion, or just that day when your feeling like wearing something a little more fancy with your hair up!

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You can keep it crisp and clean, or feel free to pancake the braid edges to give it a more boho look!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 6-8 bobby pins, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to one side {you can also do it in the middle, if you would like}…
  2. Start near the temple, and create a Lace Braid {meaning you will only pick up hair and add it into the braid from one side, for this style I added hair on the side closest to the ears}…
  3. Continue braiding your way down the hair line, and above the ear, adding in hair as you go…
  4. Once you get to just behind the ear, stop adding in hair and finish of the strand in a simple braid.
  5. Secure the lace braid with an elastic.
  6. Now go back and pancake the braid, by tugging outward on the braid elbows {I pulled the top edge of the lace braid closest to the part line for added effect}, and then pancake both sides of the regular braid…
  7. Repeat Steps #2-6 on the other side of the head.
  8. TIME SAVER TIP: Once both braids are completed, take a bendable straight bun maker, with a slit in the middle, and pull the remaining hair through the middle slit…
  9. Then carefully roll the hair up into the bun maker.
  10. Once the hair is rolled to the scalp, you can fold the ends down under the roll to secure it {this will give the effect that the hair is rolled and bobby-pinned into place, when it is, in fact, not}.
  11. Now take the lace braids and cross them in the back on top of the rolled hair {if hair is extra long, feel free to fold the braid and pin it under itself, as I have done}…
  12. You should now have a layered braid effect on top of the rolled hair, which looks quite dramatic and pretty.
  13. Add any bobby pins to secure the braids down, or any remaining hair into place {you can also add a bobby pin to the edge of the lace braid if it is curling forward}.
  14. Add hairspray, or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Lace-Rolled Updo hairstyle! For what occasions would you wear this?

Happy Hairstyling!

Last week, the twins and I traveled to Anaheim for VidCon 2014, which is a YouTube convention, where we also held a meet up with our fans! If you would like to see a recap of our trip, from BrooklynAndBailey’s perspective, feel free to watch the video below…

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How to Create “No-Heat” Paper Towel Curls

June 29, 2014

You all know that we love posting no-heat curls tutorials from time to time! This one is inspired by a rag curls technique our grandmothers may have used when they were young. My own grandmother used to do them!

No-Heat Paper Towel Curls

Rather than used a cut up t-shirt, we decided to use something just as effective, but something you would definitely have around the house… paper towels!

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

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These paper towel strips work nicely, because they wick excess moisture from the hair and help set the curl. My girls wear them to sleep, but for this video we filmed the before and after on Brooklyn the same day, after about 5-6 hours at home. {If you want to expedite the process, you can choose a hairdryer on low heat.}

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These curls are beautiful and voluminous. They are perfect as is, or as a base for a hairstyle combination with braids, buns, twist backs, etc. You can also get about 2-3 days worth of curls/waves by doing this.

Hope you love the curls as much as we do! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 roll of paper towels, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 30 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by tearing paper towels sections into 4 equal strips {they should each be about 2 inches wide}…
  2. Now part hair where you normally would…
  3. Then, gather the large majority of the hair, except the bottom layer, into a clip and secure it out of the way…
  4. Take a 1-2 inch section of hair {depending on thickness} and spritz it with water. If your hair is already damp that is fine too, but it is important that they hair is not super wet.
  5. Next, take the hair and wrap the last few inches upward over, and around, the paper towel strip to secure the strand’s ends…
  6. Then continue to roll the rest of the strand upwards toward the head…
  7. When you reach the head {or wherever you would like to stop the curl}, To secure the curl, tie the paper towel as though you are tying the first step of tying a shoelace…
  8. Continue to repeat Steps #4-7 until you have completely wrapped all the hair, section by section, into paper towel strips.
  9. Now, allow the hair sit over night to achieve maximum curl {or you may decide to use a blowdryer if time does not permit}…
  10. The next morning take the paper towels out of hair by either untying them or gently ripping them…
  11. Separate the larger curls carefully with your fingers so that you do not create frizz…
  12. Then, if needed, use a tiny spritz of water to tame any super tight curls…
  13. Then add any hairstyle combo {braids, twist backs, buns, etc}, accessories, or hairspray to the hair {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these No-Heat Paper Towel Curls! Do you have any other ideas for fun no-heat curling techniques? I am all ears!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, Brooklyn uploaded a natural, everyday makeup look on the girls’ BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. I love that she did that, because it teaches young teens that makeup should enhance natural beauty, not cover it up. Simply click below to view the video…

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Teaching Independence to Kids | Mom Minute

June 29, 2014

Just in time for Independence Day, on today’s #MomMinute we are talking about how we as parents can help our children learn confidence and independence at a young age.

Independence

I have been there, as a first time parent with twins, constantly hovering over them wherever we were. I was ready at the blink of an eye to swoop in and “rescue” them from falling down, dirty binkis, older kids bopping them with toys, etc.

Having now had six children, I did learn a few lessons on how to help my own kids become less dependent on me, and depend on themselves. {This happened naturally, but also out of necessity – because there was not enough of me to go around!}

One of our viewers, Kristen, asks the following question… “How do you help your kids become more independent?”

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This isn’t easy, for sure. We love our kids, and it hurts us to see them hurt. To see how we have handled this, including a few lessons from my own childhood, fee free to click the video below…

The whole “letting our children fail while the price tags are little” is something I feel very strong about.

It is very similar to us as kids when our parents cautioned us not to help the butterfly out of its cocoon, because doing so would weaken its wings and it wouldn’t be able to fly away from predators. The sooner our kids learn life’s lessons, even if they are somewhat muted while they are little, the sooner they will be prepared for the reality of a sometimes “harsh” world out there.

What ideas do you have about how to teach children independence? Other parents would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below!

Happy Parenting!

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3D Split Braid | Three Different Looks

June 22, 2014

We had a reader recently email us this easy braid technique, asking if we could make a tutorial of it! Brooklyn actually saw the email first, ran in to show me, and we fell in LOVE with how beautiful it is!

3D Split Braid

The girls named this the 3D Split Braid, because it does have a similar look to our 3D Round Braid, but the stitching is completely different.

You literally, simply, “split” the outside strands in your braiding! How cool is that?

3D Split Braid

Today, Kamri and I will teach you how to create this easy Split Braid technique, but we will also be showing you a few other hairstyles we created that were inspired by it…

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

One aspect we really love, is that this is yet another braid you can add to your hairstyle/combo arsenal {use it tied up into a bun, ponytail, side braid, tieback, accent, etc}!

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3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

We are also classifying this hairstyle as a “Daddy ‘Do” because it is so easy… even a dad can do it!

To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3DSplitBraid

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 2-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing the hair in a ponytail, securing it with a ponytail holder…
  2. Split the ponytail into three even strands…
  3. Now split the left-most section into two pieces, with your index finger…
  4. Next, pull the middle strand in between and through the left “split” strands you just created…
  5. Combine the two split stands together to become the middle strand…
  6. Now take the right-most strand of hair and split it into two even strands with your index finger…
  7. Next, pull the middle strand in between and through the right “split” strands you just created…
  8. Then combine the two split stands together to become the middle strand…
  9. Continue with Steps #3-8 until the braid forms and you run out of hair…
  10. Secure with an elastic.
  11. Add hairspray and an accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this 3D Split Braid! Do you think your husband, boyfriend, dad, or brother could do it?

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn was babysitting a neighbor family last week, so Bailey decided to take her own turn filming for BrooklynAndBailey‘s YouTube channel, by interviewing our 3-yr old, Sweet Pea! If you want to be thoroughly entertained, A LOT, go ahead and click below!

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Musical Talents in Children | Mom Minute

June 21, 2014

Music has always been an important part of our family, going back generations.

Developing Musical Talents

In Shaun’s family, his grandmother was a concert violinist, his mom plays several instruments, and every sibling can sing, play the piano, or other instruments. My siblings and I all took piano lessons as children, and one sister is phenomenally gifted with it!

{Like many of you, I personally hated piano lessons as a kid, but LOVE that I can play the piano as an adult!} One of our viewers, Louis, asks the following question, “How do I get my kids interested in music and the arts?”

Music in Kids

So we invited guest, Jorge, the father behind TheRealityChangers music YouTube channel, to share with us his tips and advice on how to nurture an interest in music with our children from a young age. The key, is to never force your child to do something they do not want to do. It also means that we should  not also allow them to give up on something so easily, either. There needs to be a balance between effort and desire, which goes for adults as well as our children Although the twins have dropped piano as a musical interest, they still pursue dance and choir. In our home, we do require that each child have at least one musical activity every year {band/orchestra, piano, choir, dance, etc}, in order to continue with an appreciation for music and the arts. I do feel that music often invites feelings and emotion that sometimes words cannot communicate. Music has always been an important part of my life, and I am so happy that my kids share in that enthusiasm. Click below to view the episode… What ideas do you have about how to nurture musical talents in your children? Other parents would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below! Happy Parenting!

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