Lace Braided Ponytail and Updo | Cute Hairstyles

February 23, 2014

Today’s tutorial is a Style-laboration {style collaboration} with Lilith Moon, one of my all-time favorite hair gurus on YouTube.

We have wanted to work together for several years, but since Lilith lives in France, and we are in the US… the large distance makes it too difficult to film a video in person. So, for this type of a collaboration, we decided that I would recreate one of my favorite Lilith Moon hairstyles, while Lilith recreates her favorite CGH hairstyle for her fans on her channel!

Lace Braided Ponytail and Updo | Cute Hairstyles

Lilith’s most popular video is actually Lace Braided Ponytail, with over 5,000,000 views, and is the tutorial we used as inspiration for this post. Variations of this style have been popular on Pinterest, most likely fueled by Lilith’s video tutorial.

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CGH#3 volunteered to be my model, since she watches Lilith’s tutorials as well, and we included the bonus updo at the end as well!

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Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHLaceBraidedPony

I admire Lilith’s creativity and how well she incorporates extensions for longer hairstyles, while also filming DIY styles for shorter hair. You can find more about her here:

If you are curious to see which of all our 230+ hairstyles Lilith decide to showcase to her fans on her channel, simply click here

I have been subscribed to Lilith for nearly 5 years now, and can honestly say that I adore her styles, her beauty, and her definitely her accent!

Although we have not yet met in person, I cannot wait until we can! I hope each one of you loves her styles as much as we do!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, pomade, 1-2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 3-4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory{if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by gathering all the hair into a high ponytail {an option is to add a single Frenchback, pompadour, or even a little  teasing into the top of the hair first, to accent or add fullness to the hairstyle}…
  2. Wrap a small strand of ponytail hair around elastic, and secure with a bobby pin….
  3. Next, pick up a small section of hair on the right-most side of the ponytail, and begin a regular 3-strand braid…
  4. Once you have complete one single braid stitch, pick up a very small strand of hair from the left most side of the ponytail, almost near the back of the ponytail {the hair needs to come from the underside of the ponytail to create the effect that the ponytail is caged, or laddered, underneath the stranding}…
  5. Add this piece into the left strand of the braid, and again create one more single stitch, which is what created the lace braid {do not add in hair on the right side of the braid}…
  6. After another stitch, again take another tiny strand of hair from the left side of the ponytail, crossing it over the ponytail and add it into the left strand of the simple braid.
  7. You will need to over slightly extend the laddering of the braid as you go down, in order to the right to keep the braid going straight down the side of the ponytail {if you don’t, it will want to cross diagonally over the ponytail}…
  8. Continue Steps #3-6 until you reach a stopping point {you can loosen the ladders from the lace braid slightly to help keep the braid straight}….
  9. When you finish adding in hair, continue with a regular simple braid and secure with an elastic.
  10. To create the updo version: Simply take the completed ponytail and twist it once, wrapping it over the top of the elastic and back again, tucking in the hair ends underneath and securing them with a few bobby pins.
  11. Add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Lace Braided Ponytail and Updo!

As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

My twins have been asking for months to film a Twin Tag video for their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel, which is a video talking all about what it is like being a twin. The girls finally did it, and their interactions and reactions are so funny to watch! Simply click below to see…

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How to Create an Infinity Bun | Updo Hairstyles

February 16, 2014

If you are looking for Prom hairstyles, the Infinity Bun would be a perfect inclusion!

Infinity Bun UpdoToday’s updo hairstyle is super easy, taking literally like 3 minutes to do! {That really was the point, to create something beautiful and elegant enough to look like you spent awhile doing it, when all it took was just a few minutes.}

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Please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHInfinityBun

Plus, you can use the bun in any number of updo combo styles, along with accent braids, pin coil accents, pancake braids, curls, etc!

To show you how to create an Infinity Bun, we began with a simple Frenchback in the front top, and incorporated it into a high ponytail. The instructions for the Infinity Bun further below take it from there.

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Brooklyn wore this to a dance last week and had several compliments on it. This hairstyle is appropriate for all ages, little girls and tween on up to grandmothers – especially for activities such as formal dances, ballet, work, or everyday wear!

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our CGH App, which will be coming out later in March! It has been fun working on the app, and makes the portability of our hairstyle tutorials to the bathroom counter much easier, and includes a place to see fan hairstyle recreations as well!

Enjoy the video!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 6-8 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Optional: Begin by adding curls, a braid, or twistbacks, into the ponytail to add some texture and to accent the bun…
  2. Begin by pulling hair back into a ponytail {this looks best if the ponytail isn’t too high or too low, mid head is perfect}…
  3. Now, begin twisting the ponytail counter-clockwise and slightly upward towards the top of the head…
  4. As the twist tightens, it will naturally want to twist up on itself, to use that to begin to form the left loop of the infinity bun, in a counter clockwise direction…
  5. Still twisting the hair the same direction, take it up toward the top of the head, in a clockwise direction, and begin to form the second loop, thus completing the sideways figure  infinity shape…
  6. Because the second loop will have less hair than the first, feel free to loosen the twist a little to add volume, so that the bun looks balanced…
  7. If you have left over hair ends, while holding the whole bun in place with your left hand, simply tuck them up under the edge of the original loop…
  8. As you continue to hold this shape, place bobby pins approximately every inch or so, depending on hair weight and thickness, to secure the bun firmly in place…
  9. With the bun secure, you can go back and smooth any fly aways as needed with hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey decided to give you a tour of their newly-decorated room {which was part of their Christmas/Birthday presents this year}, and uploaded the video to their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. It was a fun project for mom, dad, and the twins! Simply click below to watch…

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Triple Braided Hearts | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 02, 2014

For those of you who are super fans, you will know that we started this hairblog to document our girls’ hairstyles back in October 2008. Just a few month later, in February 2009, we posted our very first Valentine’s day tutorial on our website, which back then was taught in photos only.

Has it really been that long? That was five years ago! *gasp*

It has been a great journey, for sure, but one of the styles I posted that month was a simple Hanging Heart. Two years later, in Feb 2011, after our transition to using YouTube, I uploaded a video tutorial of that very same hairstyle on YouTube.

Triple Braided Hearts | Valentine's Day HairstylesToday’s tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can share/pin it                   <——- here!

Here in 2014, for today’s tutorial, we wanted to post an updated variation of the hanging heart, using braids to accent the hearts and doing them in triplicate. Princess Hairstyles also has another beautiful variation of a triple hanging heart.

You do not have to do all three braided hearts if you do not want to, perhaps you would only prefer one or two.  In any way, the hairstyle will look adorable. {A flip-braided heart can also be perfect in any number of hairstyle combinations.}

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Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3BraidHearts

{CGH#4 also wanted to be our model today, because right after filming we are cutting her hair into an A-line Bob. She has been wanting to cut it for months, and I have been the hold up. This week, I relented and we are both very happy with the new cut! We have already posted a photo on our Instagram page…}

Please click here to see a listing of all of our Valentine’s Day Hairstyles!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, small Topsy Tail tool, 6 small red hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to one side…
  2. Now move down towards that same ear another two inches and create a parallel part line to create a rectangular section of hair…
  3. Secure the rest of the hair over the other shoulder…
  4. Next, divide that rectangular parted section into three more  sections {you want each section going back a little smaller in size, because of the thicker hair on the back of the head… if you section the hair evenly, then the braid widths will not be even}…
  5. Secure each section loosly with a red elastic band…
  6. Now, using a topsy tail flip the hair from bottom to top {this is in the reverse direction of most flips}…
  7. Divide each flipped ponytail into two equal strands and then simple braid them all {you should have a total of six braided strands}…
  8. Take the middle two braids, bring the together to form a heart, and secure them with another red elastic to create your first heart…
  9. Now take one braid from each side, and work it through the middle heart {linking the hearts}, and then form another heart, securing it with another red elastic…
  10. Adjust the heart sizes as desired, and to make sure they lay properly.
  11. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last week, my twins posted a Valentine’s Day Fashion Lookbook on their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. You can see the outfits they put together below…

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Bandana Curls | No-Heat Curl Hairstyles

January 19, 2014

Our No-Heat Curl tutorial series has been very popular, because a lot of teens and moms are trying to avoid using too much heat on their hair but still want voluminous curls.

It’s about time that we posted another no-heat tutorial!

No-Heat Bandana Curls{The styles are also popular for single or involved daddies who are intimidated by using heat tools anywhere near their daughters!}

Today we are going to teach you how to create beautiful No-Heat Bandana Curls using just a few bandanas/handkerchiefs, a few rubber bands, and a water spray bottle.

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This curling technique gives you more of a wave than a full curl, and it dries fairly well because the fabric breathes and allows moisture to evaporate as you sleep. This is what helps set the curl.

No-Heat Bandana Curls No-Heat Bandana CurlsWe have used the curls as is, and we have also incorporated them as a base for several hairstyle combos. In this tutorial, my daughter Brooklyn simply added a simple daisy accented headband as an accessory.

This No-Heat Bandana Curls tutorial is so easy, we know that you all can do it!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, spray bottle, 3-5 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair, and parting it where you  normally would…
  2. Now, divide hair into halves side to side…
  3. Then, divide each half into half once again, but top to bottom this time {you should have four total sections each creating essentially a square shape}…
  4. Using a water bottle, take your first top section and spray it down until slightly damp {not soaking}…
  5. Now take a diagonally-folded bandana and wrap it in half around the base of that hair section, next to the head…
  6. Then tightly braid the hair around the bandana, using the bandana ends ad your two other strands…
  7. When you run out of hair, secure the ends with an elastic {the bandana will help pull some of the moisture off the hair, and also add thickness to prevent the hair from getting too kinky or wavy}…
  8. Sleep on hair overnight, or let it dry all day.
  9. The next morning, take the bandanas out, tip the head upside down and gently shake the curls loose with fingers {this separates the curls enough to give them a nice voluminous look}.
  10. Tip the head back up and finger comb the hair until the curls are to your liking.
  11. Add a cute accent braid, accessory, or hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these No-Heat Banana Curls! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey uploaded a 2-in-1 Valentine’s Day Nail Tutorial video!!

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Note from Mindy: We are holding our very 1st international “Meet & Greet” in Singapore on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, from 5-7pm at the Atrium at *SCAPE! We hope to see as many of you from Singapore as possible, so please bring your friends… and meet some new ones! We will be giving away an autographed CGH t-shirt to the first 20 people there!

Singapore Meet & Greet

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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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