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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Triple Lace Side Twists and Bonus Video by Twins

October 27, 2013

Bailey is becoming quite the little hairstylist, always trying new things out on her own!

Triple Lace Twists | Cute HairstylesThis past week, Bailey tried out this twist hairstyle and received compliments from her friends on it several times. I noticed the style even though she did not actually come up to me and show me… and sought her out and commented on it because she looked so darling wearing it!

{They grow up way to fast! I am so proud of the beautiful young women they are becoming!}

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Then, with a smirk on my face, I asked Bailey if she wouldn’t mind filming this week’s tutorial with this braid for all of you!

I thought she would turn me down because she was so busy this weekend, but she responded in a split-second eye blink that she would LOVE TO!

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Bailey says that if you can lace braid, then the lace twist is actually much easier to do. This hairstyle is a cinch!

Here is Bailey teaching all of us how to create adorable triple lace twists!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3-4 small bobby pins, hairspray or pomade {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. I started with soft hair curls made by my wand {this step is optional, but adds great texture and volume to the hair. It would look equally as great on straight hair}…
  2. To begin the twists, create a part on one side of your head…
  3. Take a small sectioned strand from the top front of bangs and begin a twist {feel free to use a little Pomade in your strands to help keep the twists defined and without flyaways}…
  4. As you move back, add in hair strands only from the top into the top piece of the twist (this will creates the lace look of the twist}…
  5. When you get about 6 inches back from the front of your face, secure the twist with an elastic or a bobby pin {I prefer the latter}.
  6. Now move down about an inch and pick up another small piece of hair from the bangs, which will create the second twist…
  7. Repeat the Steps #3-5 to create another small lace twist, and secure with a bobby pin…
  8. Next, move down another inch and pick up your last small section of hair to create your third and final twist.
  9. Repeat Steps #3-5 one last time, and secure with a bobby pin.
  10. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Bonus Video: My twins BrooklynAndBailey were in a creative mood last weekend when they filmed their “Shadow Figure” Halloween makeup tutorial! {Brooklyn was the storyline and editing mastermind while Bailey was the model.} If you would like to see how recreate that makeup look, and watch their movie short, please click below…

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How to Get Deep Waves | Curled Hairstyles

October 20, 2013

Don’t forget to hashtag your own photo recreations of these waves by using #CGHDeepWaves on Instagram and Twitter… they just might be reposted by us!

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Many of you have asked how I have achieved the waves worn in my past several videos. Well, today is the day that I teach you how to do it!

Nothing special, nothing complicated… it is actually quite easy.  I use a deep V waver.

Deep Waves | Curly HairstylesWhat I love about these deep waves is that it makes perfect base for a second day hairstyle. All you have to do on day 2 is re-crimp the top layer and finger comb it… and you are good to go!

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As always, it is important to remember to first spray your hair with a good heat protectant never to use too much heat. When I crimp, you will notice that I also never hold it more than 2-3 seconds. These irons get super hot, so that should be all you need.

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Pay attention to how I manage my part line  and wave the top of the hair, because my cool trick will leave your hair looking more natural!

As promised, here are links to a few deep wavers that I have used…

KQC Deep Waver
Hot Tools Deep Waver

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, heat protectant, Deep V Waver, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-12 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with dry hair, although you do not have to blowdry before this style {it is just as cute if you sleep on wet hair and let it air dry}…
  2. Always spritz heat protectant on your hair before using heat…
  3. Section your hair into thirds and pull the top two thirds up and pin out of the way…
  4. Take a strand of hair in the bottom section and begin crimping with the heated Deep Waver at the base of the strand next to the head. {Crimp the waver down on hair and hold for 2-3 seconds. You do not want to hold for a long time.}
  5. Move the waver down the hair strand about 5 inches and repeat the crimp, continuing down the entire strand…
  6. When you are done crimping the bottom section, pull the next section of hair down and begin waving it in the same manner…
  7. Continue the same with the top layer, except you part the top layer down the middle first and then wave it…
  8. Next, find the side part you want and flip the hair over the middle part {this gives a  more natural look for the waves on top and does not show the waver crimp marks on top as much.
  9. Finger comb the hair to get the desired look, and feel free to crimp any missed strands.
  10. Add some hairspray {optional} to hold the waves.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Mu twins uploaded a super cute “Midnight Eye Nail Art” video on YouTube. If you would like to see how create that nail look, please click below…

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Headband Twist | Half-Up Half Down Hairstyles

September 29, 2013

We want to see your re-created photos! Be sure to tag your own photos with #CGHHeadbandTwist on Instagram and Twitter this week, and we may repost yours!

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Several months ago Brooklyn was wearing a headband we bought from Target, one that was braided in the front but with an elastic on the back half. She thought that it was tacky how you could see that elastic from behind, so she asked Bailey to twist her hair around the back half of the headband to hide it!

Headband Twist | Half Up Half Down HairstylesThis isn’t actually a new technique, as we showed you how to do this {back in 2011} in order to create Headband Curls.

Instead, we are leaving in this headband to give you a half-up half-down hairstyle that is sooo very pretty!

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Headband Twist | Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

{Please also note, in the video I show you how to get the headband to stay where you want it, using pre-set bobby pin trick.}

Bailey used a NuMe 19mm wand to create her base curls, but the hairstyle will look equally as great on straight hair with subtle waves!

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Headband Twist | Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

Try out the hairstyle, and let us know what you think… this one is so easy! Teens and adult women of all ages can enjoy this hairstyle, and not only because it is easy to do, but because it is beautiful!

Items Needed: Curling wand, rat-tail comb, brush, 1 braided headband {elastic back}, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by curling the hair with a curling wand {optional}.  Bailey used a 19mm NuMe curling wand to create her curls…
  2. To create a softer look, finger comb through the curls before beginning…
  3. Place the desired headband onto head with the decorative edge on the forehead with the back half resting near the base of the head {you can add a few bobby pins to help hold the bottom of the headband in place}…
  4. Now, pick up a 1/2 inch section of hair near the top of the right ear and thread it up, over, and under the headband by pulling it through with your fingers…
  5. Continue to back wind the hair around and around the headband until you are about 2-3 inches away from the end of the hair strand {near the back of the head}, and let the strand go…
  6. Next, repeat Steps #4 and 5 on the other left side of the head.
  7. When both strands of hair are completely twisted around the headband, you can go back and loosen the loops for a more soft, bohemian look {you may also bobby pin the ends in place for added security}.
  8. Now go back, gently lifting the headband twist,  and re-tuck any hair that had loosened from the top of the head.  Personally, I like my hair to look a little more disheveled and full, so I don’t tuck it down tightly.
  9. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This week the twins uploaded a super cute “Fall Treats” video on YouTube. If you would like to see how to make the cutest little acorn snacks, please click below…

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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.

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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

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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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