Stacked Pull-Through Braid

April 26, 2015

I’ve loved Stacked Braids for a long time. Pretty genius, really, accenting a braid down the spine of another braid! Now we’re seeing quite a few intriguing combos using this fun braid technique.

Stacked Pull-Through Braid


A few months back, my friend Shelley from Pretty Little Braids, direct messaged me with an idea asking if we could share it on our channel. Her idea? How to stack a braid on top of a Dutch pull-through braid. We loved it, and so today we’ll show you our version using a simple pull-through.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHStackedPullThru

Stacked Pull-Through Braid



Stacked Pull-Through Braid Stacked Pull-Through Braid

Kamri’s Outfit:
Blouse | Pants | Shoes | Bow 

After each pull-through created, we sectioned off {feathered} a small strand from each stitch to be used later for our stacked braid. The stacked braid consists of a simple 3-strand braid using the feathered-off strands.

You’ll find that by braiding this hairstyle tightly, it will hold up super well during sports or any other active activities. Braid this hairstyle loosely, really pancaking the edges, and you’ll get that soft and full look that is very popular today.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 8-12 small hair elastics, accessory and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Video Tutorial:

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair secured into a high ponytail…
  2. Divide the ponytail into two even sections {a top and a bottom}…
  3. Now, separate off a small section of hair from the top of the top section, laying it over the head and securing with a clip or have daughter hold…
  4. Add your first elastic to the remaining top section of the hair, down a few inches from the ponytail holder…
  5. Then, create a centered hole in the hair section between the two elastics…
  6. Now, reach through with your thumb and index finger, grabbing the second section of the ponytail and pulling it upward through the hole so that it is now on top…
  7. As you did in Step #3, separate off a small section of hair from the top of the new top section, and lay it out of the way…
  8. Continue Steps #4-7 until you run out of hair, leaving you with a Pull-Through Feather Braid.
  9. Go back and pancake each of the Pull-Through sections to add volume to the base braid…
  10. Then go back to the top and starting with the first small section you feathered out…begin a regular 3-strand braid…
  11. Braid down a couple of stitches and then add in the hair from the next feathered strand you left out.
  12. Continue Step #11 until you’ve reached the end of the ponytail {the top braid will be nicely secured against the bottom, because you anchored in pieces along the way}…
  13. Secure with an elastic and add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit:
ShirtPants | Kimono | Shoes | Necklace | Earrings

If you loved this hairstyle, please let us know below in the comments. I am on am mission now to find various other stacked braid combinations!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Peek-a-Boo Tuxedo Braid | Creative Hairstyles

April 12, 2015

My “to-do” list of hairstyle tutorials is several pages long, and it doesn’t seem to get any shorter! The twins are adding more to the list, as are many of you readers… and we love it!

This Tuxedo Braid hairstyle has been on my list for about eight months now, it’s one that we’ve done from time to time on the girls after first seeing it online a few years ago.

Tuxedo Braid

Back then, Kamri started calling it the Tuxedo Braid, because the inside Dutch Braid looks like the ruffles of a vintage tuxedo, with the outer loose French Braid acting like the jacket of the tux. {The kids’ recognize blue tuxes like that from my in-law’s wedding photo.}

Tuxedo Braid

This braid has also been called a Peek-A-Boo Braid. I am not sure from where the style originated, but a couple of viewers have tagged us on FB or sent in emails, one of them, Gabi, with a photo for a much more relaxed version of this braid from Cosmopolitan’s website. We decided to bump it up the list and finally film a tutorial on it. Diane Kruger also wore it to the 2014 Fashion Awards show. While I like Cosmo’s interpretation, the version we’ve always done uses a higher hide of the Dutch Braid, just like a tux’s jacket.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHTuxedoBraid

I would definitely recommend doing this hairstyle on someone else first, just to get the hang of it. Making sure to center both braids can be difficult without a good set of bathroom mirrors, or eyes on the back of your head!

Tuxedo Braid Tuxedo Braid

This style can be created wet or dry, loose or tight… it all depends on the look that you are going for. If you have thinner hair, be sure to use a good hairspray or spray wax to help hold in flyaway from the loose French Braid sections.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastichairspray or spray wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with the hair down and brushed, I prefer the hair to be straight for this hairstyle…
  2. Next, part the hair beginning at the highest point of left eyebrow {about 1 inch off center}, parting it down from the forehead to base of the neck…
  3. Then make a second part, same as the first, above the highest point of the right eyebrow all the way down to the base of the neck, giving you about a 2 inch center parted stripe down the middle of the head…
  4. Secure the two outside sections of hair out of the way, into low ponytails while yo work on the center section.
  5. With the newly parted center section of hair, begin a simple 3-strand Dutch Braid, and continue it all the way down to the nape of the neck and secure it there with a hair elastic {leave the remainder of that hair unbraided}…
  6. Go back and pancake {tug on the elbows} the Dutch Braid so that it lays flatter and gives a fuller and flatter look {this braid will give the hairstyle the ruffled shirt look of a vintage tuxedo}…
  7. Now, release the two low ponytails on either side of the head and pick up a small section of hair, on both sides of the part line, near the crown of the head…
  8. Then divide those two strands into three sections and begin a loose French Braid {the loose version is also called a Mermaid Braid}…
  9. You want this braid to be a loose braid so be sure to hold the strands softly in your hands, instead of tighly {It is easier to do if you braid the hair away from the head a bit, instead of right against the head}…
  10. Pick up strands from either side of the head, to add into the French Braid as you work your way down, but, again, don’t pull them tightly {you want this to cover about the bottom half of the Dutch Braid, just like a tuxedo jacket would, but not the upper half}…
  11. When you reach the nape of the neck, and have run out of hair to add in from the sides, you can leave the hair as is in a “half-up, half down” hairstyle, or continue on with a simple 3-strand braid…
  12. Secure with an elastic, and add hairspray or spray wax {optional} to help hold the hair and control flyaways.

Please watch our step-by-step video tutorial for this braid by clicking below!

Hope you loved this post, and please leave a comment below telling us if you’ve watched our family’s Spring Break in Dubai vlog!

Happy Hairstyling!

BONUS VIDEO! The twins’ uploaded a cute Q&A video with their younger sister, Rylan, this week, and it is super funny! Rylan is a pure joy to have around, and her larger-than-life personality and humor make her a favorite for many viewers. Click below to see for yourself!

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Pull-Through Fishtail Braid Combo

March 15, 2015

Our hairstyle today is inspired by both a Pull-Through Braid and a Fishtail Braid, beautifully combined into a combo that we first saw from Blohaute on Instagram. Brooklyn fell in love with this hairstyle first, and brought it to me volunteering to be my model! Doesn’t it look great?

Pull-Through Fishtail Braid Combo

You can watch the video tutorial for this braid by clicking below…

This isn’t a complex braided hairstyle, although it really does look that way. We’ve shown you how to create a Pull-Through Braid before, and by now everyone hopefully knows how to Fishtail Braid.

Today we are blending these two braids into a gorgeous combo that we are certain you will love!

Pull-Through Fishtail Braid Combo Pull-Through Fishtail Braid Combo

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHPullThruFishtail

You can style this hair dry, like I did here, or wet. Feel free to also use a pomade, gel, or spray wax if you want a slicked-back look that would be perfect for dance or other athletics.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 5 small hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions: 

  1. Begin by teasing the crown area of hair, and pulling it back into a poof or pompadour {hair parting for this section should be about 2 inches above the ears}…
  2. Next, secure this section of hair with an elastic and clip forward out of the way…
  3. Then part off another section of hair about 1 inch above the ears,  and secure them together with an elastic…
  4. Now, unclip the 1st ponytail of hair and split it in half, straddling the sections on either side of the 2nd ponytail…
  5. Clip the second ponytail up and out of the way…
  6. Gather another section of hair from the tops of the ears back {grab this hair and combine it with the end strands from the 1st ponytail, and secure with an elastic}…
  7. Let the 2nd ponytail of hair split in half and straddle each side of the 3rd ponytail, and then clip the 3rd ponytail out of the way…
  8. Repeat these steps over and over until you run out of hair {generally 4-5 ponytails}…
  9. On the last section, grab the ends of the ponytail, allowing them split and fall on either side of the 5th ponytail, and secure them underneath with an elastic…
  10. At this point, I go back and pancake the top pull-through braid sections, tugging on the elbows until they are about 2-3 times their original size…
  11. I then take all of the hair at the bottom of the pull-through braid, split it in half, and begin a REVERSE Fishtail {taking hair from the outer strands and crossing them under and into the opposing strand}…
  12. Once you have completely the fishtail go back and pancake the edges to give it a nice puffy look and an seamless integration into the pull-through braid above.
  13. Add hairspray or accessories {if desired}.

Want a few super cute Easter Egg decorating ideas? BrooklynAndBailey share with you a few of their favorite ideas they found on Pinterest! To watch the video, click below…

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Flower Bun Hawk | Hairstyles for Dance

March 06, 2015

Today’s hairstyle tutorial is a guest post from one of my best friends, fellow mommy, and travel buddy! Her name is Jill Ehat, and she’s an up-and-comer braider with a popular Instagram!

Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

I have known Jill since 2007, and she and her husband have such a cute little family, including adorable blonde twins! {We’ve actually used Jill’s twins before, in a Tinkerbell Bun tutorial for Disney!}

Since Jill’s girls have such beautiful blonde hair, something our family does not have, we asked her if she wouldn’t mind contributing a few of her favorite athletic/gym/dance hairstyle tutorials here on CGH! She agreed! Since her girls are active in lots of sports, her tutorials will have more of a focus in those areas.

We’ve all seen this Flower Bun Hawk at dance recitals and cheer competitions, etc, but how many of us actually know how to do it? Today’s the day… this makes the perfect dance hairstyle! Click below to see the video!

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHFlowerBunHawk

Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

Flower Bun Hawk | Hairstyles for Dance Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

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

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by teasing the hair, and creating a small pompadour or poof in the front near your forehead, and securing it with bobby pins or an elastic…
  2. Next, section the hair into three even ponytails, securing each with a clear elastic {you can use hair gel or spray wax for extra hold}…
  3. Begin with the top-most ponytail and divide it into three even sections…
  4. Take one section, add a little dry shampoo or spray wax, and tease the roots just slightly {this will add a little grip and help keep the hairstyle in securely}…
  5. Roll this section forward by holding two fingers on the end and wrapping two fingers from the other hand in the hair toward the face {roll it down until it reaches the scalp and then secure using 2 crossed bobby pins}…
  6. Repeat Steps #4-5 on the remaining two sections of Ponytail #1…
  7. Optional Tip:  Add an elastic about 3 inches from the ends of the hair and use this to help keep ends together as you roll the hair down to head.
  8. Repeat Steps #3-5 on the remaining two ponytails, until all three flower buns are pinned into place…
  9. Now go back and pin or tweak any strands that are loose {you can use this time to really make sure each bun takes on the perfect flower shape…
  10. Add hairspray for extra hold, and accessories, if desired.

If you love Jill’s Flower Bun Hawk tutorial, be sure to comment below and let us know so that we can invite her back again! We hope you enjoy her tutorials as much as we do!

Happy Hairstyling!

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Mermaid Heart Braid | Cute Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

January 25, 2015

I can’t believe another Valentine’s Day is here! With only a few weeks to go, it is now time for another heart hairstyle! Valentine’s Day hairstyles have become some of our most popular tutorial, and this one will be not different.

Valentine's Day Hairstyles

This style combines three little elastic heartlets with a Mermaid Braid technique and curls. We’ve worn it several times, letting the hair fall straight, combining it all into a simple braid, and here with curls. We love how it turns out every time! Even as we were taking photos, moms were stopping us to either comment on the hearts, or ask me how we created them.

To see the entire tutorial, simply click below!

Now, you can complete this hairstyle with either wet or dry hair, it really depends on the look you are going for. We’ve done both and they are equally as beautiful in their own way. Today, we are teaching you on wet hair, which we know keeps the hair tighter and the hearts more uniform {adding a little pomade helps, too}.

Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Feel free to use pink, red, or clear elastics in the hair, as those colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day hairstyles. I went with dark elastics today only because I wanted the hearts to be the main attention draw.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHMermaidHeartBraid

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This style was inspired from a combination of my hairblogging friends, Лена Роговая, Princess Hairstyles and Mimiamassari.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 6 small hair elastics, pomade, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with wet or dry hair {I find that for the first try, the hair lays better if done wet}…
  2. Then pick up a section of hair right behind each temple.  Pull them to the back center of the head, apply a little bit of pomade, and then secure with an elastic…
  3. Pick up another small section of hair directly underneath the first ones, pulling them to the back of the head, and applying pomade, just as you did before…
  4. On your first side, place your pointer and middle fingers onto of the section you just pulled back…
  5. Then tuck your fingers underneath the first section you pulled back….
  6. Now, place the second strand between those fingers and gently pull the strand downward {this should create a looping effect around the first strand of hair}…
  7. Repeat Steps #4-6 on the other side…
  8. Next, grab the ends of the two second strand and secure them together to form the heart shape {make sure you like the shape of the heart before you move on}…
  9. Continue with Steps #4-8 for both sides until you have three total hearts…
  10. Optional: I ended the style with three hearts and curled the rest with my wand, you could also add a simple braid, a fishtail, or continue the hearts down the remaining hair into a full Mermaid Braid.

Please leave a comment below letting us know what you think about this Mermaid Heart Braid! In what combinations would you wear it?

Happy Hairstyling!

Ever wanted to know what our filming room/studio looks like from behind the cameras? Well, this week BrooklynAndBailey give you the entire tour, including a secret room! Click below to watch it!

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