How to Get the Perfect Ponytail | Hairstyle Tips

January 05, 2014

We receive so many requests on how to create a perfect ponytail, and there are some tricks that will certainly help. Today, we want to show you those tips.

How to Get the Perfect Ponytail{Now, I know there are many readers who are looking only for complex and ultra-creative hairstyles, but keep in mind that we have readers of all skill levels, including young girls and daddies! Therefore, we will share posts ranging from easy, medium, and hard for hair doers at all levels.}

How to Get the Perfect Ponytail

Our first Perfect Ponytail tip, shows you how to make your ponytail look longer. You will be shocked at what we do to accomplish this, but it works nicely!

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The second Perfect Ponytail tip shows you how to give the ponytail a more voluminous look.

Have you ever perfected your ponytails in the morning only to have it fall flat by the early afternoon? This trick solves that problem with something you might not expect! A simple small butterfly clip!

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We used to use butterfly clips on the girls when they were very young, to clip hair twists into place, but for the past year or so… each of us CGH girls have been carrying one with us everywhere we go!

It is the perfect trick to give your ponytail life that you would likely never get on your own!

Enjoy these tips!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 1 ponytail elastic, 1 small butterfly clip, volumizer/hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by teasing the front area of hair {if you have a hard time getting the poof the way you want it, you can even use bobby pins to create a pompadour effect first}…
  2. Using a smoothing brush, smooth out the top area of the section you just teased…  
  3. Next, gather a section of hair starting behind each ear and part going in an upside-down-U shape toward the middle back of your head…
  4. Secure the top hair out of the way for now.
  5. Now, create a low bottom ponytail {using a tiny elastic that matches your hair color} on the bottom section of hair you just created…  
  6. Next, create a high ponytail using the top section of hair…
  7. Using a tiny strand of hair, wrap it around the elastic holder to hide it, and secure with a bobby pin {not only does this hide the elastic, but it dresses up the ponytail}…
  8. Next, lift about 1/3 of the high ponytail upward and clip in a butterfly clip {matching your hair color} under the hair next to the elastic…  
  9. Now let the hair fall back down over the top of the clip, and tease the hair a little as needed {this adds an upward movement to your ponytail that makes it look more full and with some personality}…
  10. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these Perfect Ponytail Tips, and feel free to leave your own!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Due to the holiday weeks, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Christmas/Birthday Haul video, showing you some of the things that they received, which can give you some great teen gift ideas!

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Pull-Through Braid | Easy Hairstyles

November 17, 2013

My favorite hairstyles over the years happen to be the ones that are so easy to do, but they leave your friends wondering exactly how you did it!

Today’s braid is just like that! This came from Emily, a viewer who emailed me with a photo asking if I could recreate it.

Pull-Through Braid | Cute BraidsThe style looks something like a simple braid, but the elbows are not offset… they are exactly the same, looking like little inverted hearts sitting on top of each other.

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Plus, this Pull-Through Braid is so easy, even a daddy can do it! {Although I can imagine dads getting out their Stanley tape measures to make sure that each stitch is exactly two inches long!}

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In the video below, I show you how to create a high-braid version on my third daughter.

Then my oldest, Brooklyn, shows you her DIY side braid version that she did herself in about three minutes this morning.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 10+/- small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} Add any accent twists or braids to the top, before pulling hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Now, begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate the ponytail into two sections, a top section and a bottom section…
  4. On the top section, slide down about two inches and add a hair elastic {you can leave it slightly loose}…
  5. Next make a hole in the middle of that two-inch segment, and reach through the hole pulling through the underneath hair section…
  6. Cinch the back elastic upward to create a heart-shaped segment look…
  7. Now move down another two inches on your new top strand…
  8. Add a hair elastic, make another hole in the middle of the new segment, pull through the underneath hair strand, and cinch the back elastic upwards.
  9. Repeat Step #8 until you run out of hair…
  10. Now, secure both sections, at the bottom of the braid, together with one final elastic.
  11. Go back and pancake the hair {tugging on the elbows of each section} to flatten out the braid and give it a fuller, more beautiful look.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Bonus Video: My twins below share a few of their favorite items for young teens who need a little help with their Christmas Wish Lists! They are so funny when we turn them loose with a camera!

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Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

September 22, 2013

I do often wear ponytails, and me and the girls love them in our home because they are cute at any age. The hardest part finding ways to spice up the hairstyle so that it is not just a “plain old” floppy ponytail!

Brooklyn and I thought about this during the week and decided to show you all how to cutify a high ponytail using a fluffy fishtail braid. If you know how to back comb hair, and create a fishtail braid, then this hairstyle will be super easy for you to do!

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute BraidsI started Brooklyn off with a Single Frenchback into a hair-wrapped high pony. From there, the rest is in the video further below…

Although I show you how to do this on Brooklyn’s hair, I have worn it twice this past week.

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

The perfect DIY aspect of this hairstyle is that the fishtail starts about 6-8 inches from the top of the ponytail, making it easier for you to swing the hair over your shoulder and fishtail from the front!

Enjoy!

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Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

Fluffy Fishtail Braid | Cute Braids

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We want to see your re-created photos of this hairstyle! Be sure to tag your own photo with #CGHFluffyFishtail on Instagram this week, and you just may find yours reposted to our nearly 400,000 followers there!

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

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by styling hair into a high ponytail {you can do a pompadour in front, or even a single Frenchback, to add some extra flair to the hairstyle}…
  2. Take a small section of hair and wrap the strand around the elastic, to hide it, and secure with a bobby pin…
  3. Next, take a rat-tail comb and back comb the top half of the hair in the ponytail.  You do this by lifting layer by layer, and back combing the hair down to the roots.  Do this for the top half of the ponytail only {leave the underside of the ponytail as is}…
  4. Now, using a smoothing brush, gently brush the surface hair, and any rough spots from the teasing, so that they top layer of the ponytail is smooth and straight…
  5. For the braid, go about 6-8 inches  down the ponytail and begin a regular fishtail braid….
  6. Continue the fishtail braid until you are within a few inches of the ends of your hair, and secure with a small elastic.
  7. Go back and gently loosen the braid for a more full look, and especially tug up the surface hair on the top section of the ponytail {this will further add to the volume you created with the back combing in Step #4}…
  8. Add any hairspray or accessories desired.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this cute fishtail braid!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week Brooklyn uploaded a super cute “Get Ready with Me” video on YouTube. If you would like to see it, please click below…

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Ribbon-Accented Loony Braid | Hairstyle Ideas

September 08, 2013

Be sure to tag #CGHRibbonLoonyBraid on your recreations of this hairstyle on Instagram and Twitter! We will be searching your photos and posting some of them on our CuteGirlsHairstyles Instagram page this week!

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My voice has not yet recovered from being sick, so this week my daughter Bailey offered to film one of the hairstyles she has been wearing lately … which I felt was very thoughtful!

It actually brought a tear to my eye when she volunteered! I was all ready to film a more difficult hairstyle, and became frustrated when my voice was not responding well.  She noticed on her own as asked me if I would let her demo her own hairstyle. I so appreciate her for that {and much, much more}!

Many of you loyal readers have seen our Loony Braid tutorials in year past, and this version is a variation that Bailey uses with her favorite color of ribbon as an accent.

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This braiding technique creates such a fun and beautifully-accented braid, and can literally be done in approximately two minutes!

If you know how to create a simple three-strand braid… then this hairstyle will be a cinch!

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Ribbon Accent Loony Braid

We show you below how to create a simple side loony braid, however you can use this braid in a pair, or in any number of hairstyle combinations {like tiebacks, hidden braids, etc}.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 2 yards {2 meters} of your favorite color hair ribbon, hairspray or pomade {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. {Optional} Bailey began with her hair twisted back away from her face, to keep her bangs and layers under control….
  2. Begin by securing the hair into a low ponytail, over one shoulder, with a hair band…
  3. Next, take the end of the ribbon {about 6 feet or 2 meters long} and thread it through the elastic…
  4. Pull the end of that ribbon through the elastic until both ribbon strands are exactly the same length {about 3 feet or 1 meter each}…
  5. Take one side of the ribbon and wrap it around the hair band to help hide…
  6. Now, cross the ribbon pieces to tighten  and secure it around the elastic…
  7. You should now have three total “strands,” two ribbon strands and one large hair strand {to help control fly-aways, you may choose to apply a good pomade to the hair strand}…
  8. Begin a simple three-strand braid using those three strands…
  9. When your braid gets to the end of your hair, tie the two ends of the ribbon into a knot to secure the hair in place…
  10. Cut off any excess ribbon with a small pair of scissors {adult supervision required}…
  11. Lastly but not least, gently tug on the elbows of the braid which helps them to pop out in between the ribbon strands. This effectively creates the “Loony” part of the braid.
  12. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

For anyone wanting to learn how to be fashionable on a babysitter’s budget, you will need to view BrooklynAndBailey’s first episode of their Thrift Store Fashion Show series below…

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Box {4-sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute Braid Ideas

September 01, 2013

Want to become CGH braid certified??? Simply tag your own photo of this braid with #CGHBoxFishtail on Instagram! Don’t forget that you can follow us on Instagram, too!

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I do get a ton of emails every day, and although it is impossible to respond to them all… I want you to know that I read each and every one!

Just a few weeks ago, a fan, Kendra from Canada, submitted a hairstyle photo of her own creation and it BLEW my mind!

Box {4-Sided} Fishtail Braid | Cute BraidsWe think this braided hairstyle will be a big hit with our fans, because it is so unique and you can do so much with it!  We wanted to be sure to credit Kendra here!

Yes, this is a fishtail braid… however it is a fishtail braid on FOUR sides of the ponytail!

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The front and back of the braid have a regular fishtail pattern, while the right and left sides have a reverse fishtail pattern!  {Watch the braid closely when I spin Brooklyn around in the chair at the end to see the cool effect!}

Here you can learn how to fishtail braid.
Here you can learn how to reverse fishtail braid.

To recreate this look, you combine alternating double stitches of a fishtail braid with a reverse fishtail.  The step-by-step directions are below.

You can also use this Box Fishtail braid hairstyle in a beautiful updo by simply twisting the braid up into itself.  This will create a magnificent-looking bun that your friends will be seriously fawning over!

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The ponytail version of this braid is perfect for sports, cheer, or every day wearing.  The bun version of this hairstyle would be perfect for ballet, a wedding, Homecoming, Prom, or any other occasion!

You’ll LOVE this braid hairstyle as you receive compliments all day long!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 hair band/ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 1 bobby pin, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium {only because it is time consuming and your arms get tired!}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair and securing it into a high ponytail with a hair band…
  2. Now, divide the ponytail into two large strands…
  3. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it over that strand and add it to the inside of the right strand…
  4. Next, take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it over the that strand and add it to the inside of the left strand {this completes the first full stitch of a regular fishtail braid}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3 & 4 to create a second complete stitch of a fishtail braid…
  6. Now, take a small piece of hair from the outside-left edge of the left strand, cross it under the that strand, and add it to the inside of the right section…
  7. Take a small piece of hair from the outside-right edge of the right strand, cross it under that strand, and add it to the inside of the left section {you have just created one complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid}…
  8. Repeat Steps #6 & 7 to create a second complete stitch of a reverse fishtail braid. {Please make sure that when you add the pieces to the middle, that they stay in the middle. You do not want these pieces migrating to the outside and being used too soon or the fishtail pattern will not look correct.}
  9. Repeat Steps #3-8 by creating alternating two regular fishtail stitches, and then two reverse fishtail stitches, over and over again until you run out of hair…
  10. When you reach the end of the braid, secure the hair ends with an elastic.
  11. You may choose to wrap a small strand of hair around the elastic to hide it, by using a bobby pin.
  12. {Optional: Gently twist the braid until it wraps around itself to create a very beautiful and intriguing braided bun.}
  13. Add hairspray and accessories as needed.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, this week my daughter Bailey uploaded a Football Nail Art tutorial in honor of the American football season kickoff! I thought she did a fabulous job, and is getting to be a natural in front of the camera! What do you think?

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