How to Create a Crossover Dutch Braid

December 29, 2013

One of our favorite hairstyles of all time is the Lace Braid, not just because they are simple and elegant, but because they wear very well throughout the day.

The challenge is to try and find ways to create variations of if that are different, given that the Lace Braid is becoming very popular.

How to create a Crossover Dutch Braid

Today’s tutorial looks very similar to a Lace Braid, only we used a separate thin-parted hair section for the crossover stranding which creates a very unique look to a simple Dutchback!

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In this tutorial, we straightened my daughter’s hair beforehand, but it would look just a cute with hair that has a little wave to it.  {Using second-day hair after braids would be great idea.}

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CGH#4 wore this Crossover Dutch Braid hairstyle to school about a month ago, and it wore very well for as active as she is!

She had lots of compliments on it, and we are sure you will as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by creating a side part…
  2. Next, create a second part about 1/2 inch away from the first part (towards to opposite ear}...  
  3. Everything below that part down to the opposite ear needs to be secured out of the way with a hair band, to keep it from being pulled into the Dutch braid.
  4. Now, let the thin-parted section of hair hang down over that secured section.  
  5. Next, begin a Dutch braid above the right eye {by adding hair to the top strand of the braid like you normally would}…  
  6. TRICK TO THE STYLE:  But when you would normally add hair into the bottom strand from the bottom, reach over to the thin parted section on the othe side of the original part and grab a small strand of hair, give it a few twists, and then bring it down across cross the entire Dutch braid, adding it instead into the bottom strand before creating your next Dutch stitch…  
  7. You continue this process over and over until you run out of hair to add into the braid.
  8. When you run out of hair to add into the bottom of the braid, continue with a simple braid and secure with an elastic.
  9. Adjust the crossover strands to your liking and add hairspray {if desired}.

This hairstyle technique is another great one for your arsenal to be used in any number of hairstyle combinations {to accent a bun, high ponytail, etc}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

With the holiday week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Christmas Traditions video, showing you some of the things we do in the CGH home to celebrate this wonderful day!

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How to Create an Easy Twisted Updo Hairstyles

December 28, 2013

We have had quite a few requests for formal updos lately, with all the formal dances going on and the upcoming Prom season.

How to create an Easy Twisted UpdoToday we wanted to show you this variation of a twisted bun style that we first did over two years ago.

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On Brooklyn, we used a curling wand to provide a base of soft curls before forming the undo. The purpose was to add a bit of texture to the hair, but this step is not necessary and can be eliminated to save time.

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We think this hairstyle is very beautiful, and know that you will love it, too!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, curling iron, heat protectant, 1 hair band, 10-12 bobby pins, 2+ Goody Spin Pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair slightly to one side of middle.
  2. Now, divide hair straight down from that part to behind each ear {securing the rest of hair in the back out of the way}…
  3. Next, using a 1-inch curling iron, begin to curl the hair {using small sections curl the hair going toward the face}…
  4. After you curl each section, pin it using a bobby pin or alligator clip so that the curl doesn’t fall as the hair cools.  Continue to curl all front sections towards face and pin.
  5. While the curls set, gather the rest in the back hair into a low ponytail, slightly off to one side of head…
  6. Twist the hair and wrap it around the ponytail, to create a nice low bun {using bobby pins, pin it against head}…
  7. Now let the curls down from one side of head {using a boar-bristle brush, very gently comb the curls together to create more of a wave than separated curls}…
  8. Pull the curls toward the bun, wrap them around it, and pin them in place {you want the curls to be soft and loose near the face}…
  9. Repeat Steps #7-8 on the other side of the head.
  10. Accessorize and add hairspray {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Christmas fashion video, showing you some of their favorite season outfits! {Yes, that is me with the dancing cameo at the end of the video!}

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French-Up High Bun | Updo Hairstyle Ideas

December 14, 2013

Last week, our neighborhood went without electricity and heat for just over two days, after an awful ice storm here in Dallas, with temperatures below freezing! Yes, we were super cold, but did have a few fireplaces going to provide heat.

That being said, there wasn’t any way to shower, or curl my hair without getting sick, so I instead exclusively relied on hair buns.

Upside Down French Braid BunThis bun style uses a French-Up technique, which is an upside down French braid, and it has been a very popular style during 2013.  We had shown this style briefly in a video two years ago, but never filmed a full tutorial for it. It is basically an Upside-Down French Braid into a Bun!

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I love this French-Up High Bun, and since it was the style I wore for those two freezing days with out electricity, we felt it appropriate to show you how to recreate it!

In the video, I am using a hair bun tool called the Wrap-Up that I have been carrying around in my purse for months. {You can find one at the the link above, and by using the coupon code of Merry1230, you will receive 20% off your purchase until Dec 30th, 2013.}

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Also, if you are careful CHG tutorial viewers, you will notice that this is the exact same tool that Brooklyn used on me in the DisneySide video we posted a few months ago! You can see the video here.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 hair band, hairspray and bow accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by separating hair from just above one ear to just above the other ear, and secure the front section out of the way…
  2. Now flip head upside down {you can also lay over the end of the couch or end of abed to be more comfortable in braiding}…
  3. Pick up a section near the base of the neck and and begin braiding down a regular French braid {pick up pieces of hair and add them in along the way, continuing to braid towards the top of your head}…
  4. Once you run out of hair to add in, continue with a simple braid and secure with a hair elastic…
  5. Now tip head back up {and catch a breath, letting the blood flow normally for a minute}…
  6. Next, gather and smooth the front section of your year and combine it with the braid into a high ponytail…
  7. Then create a bun by using a wrap up, bun maker, sock bun, or simply using your hair {I love the wrap up as it makes doing a bun quick and easy, and it looks great every time}…
  8. Add in a few bobby pins, as needed,to secure the bun and tuck any hair whispies…
  9. Add hair accessory and hairspray {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Be sure to watch the BrooklyAndBailey‘s video below, where they show you how to make cute little {and inexpensive} Christmas gifts for friends!

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DIY Double Fishtail Twist | Braided Hairstyles

December 01, 2013

My little Bailey is becoming quite an expert little braider! She has been wearing this one around as one of her go-to hairstyles lately, and telling me about her friends’ reactions.

So, I asked her if she would be willing to share it with you, too, and she agreed!

Double Fishtail Twist | Braid Hairstyles{First off, can I just say that my girls are growing up way too fast! Just look at them, and then compare them to the little girls in some of our earlier tutorials!}

If you know how to create a fishtail braid, then this hairstyle will be easy for you. If you do not know how, you can learn here from one of our first tutorials.

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Basically you create two fishtail braids, and then twist them flatly around each other into a cute side twist.

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1-2 bobby pins and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium {for time}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sweeping all the hair over to one side of the head…
  2. Separate the hair into two smaller sections, and secure one out of the way for now…
  3. Using the free section, begin creating a regular fishtail braid… to create a fishtail braid, you begin by separating the hair into two strands.
  4. Now take a very small piece of hair from the outside edge of the right strand, and pull it over the top and place it on the inside edge of the second strand…
  5. Now take a small piece from outside edge the left strand, cross it over the top and add it to the inside of that right strand…
  6. Repeat Steps #4-5 over and over until you have formed a fishtail braid…
  7. Once you reach the end of the braid, secure it with a hair elastic.
  8. Now repeat this process with the hair section you had previously secured out of the way…
  9. You should now have two finished fishtails at this point.
  10. Take the two fishtails and wrap them around each other, flatly, to create the fishtail twist…
  11. Remove both elastics at the ends of the fishtails, and re-secure both fishtails together using only one elastic…
  12. Loosen any necessary strands to frame the face and soften the look.
  13. Add bobby pins for added security, or hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of Bailey’s DIY Double Fishtail Twist!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Two weeks ago Bailey had her braces taken off and she wanted to upload a video of it to YouTube. She wanted to show other kids her age that they have nothing to worry about, plus show you all her smile reveal…

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Prim’s Bow Braid Tieback | Catching Fire | The Hunger Games

November 24, 2013

Want to win an authentic Katniss {Jennifer Lawrence}, Peeta {Josh Hutcherson}, Finnick {Sam Claflin}, and Haymitch {Woody Harrelson} autographed “Catching Fire” book? Yes, we are giving one away next! See bottom of post for details!

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Is that our Bow Braid Headband that you see on Primrose Everdeen {Prim} in the champion tribute reaping scene of The Hunger Games “Catching Fire”? Why, yes, it is!

Prim Bow Braid Tieback | Catching Fire | The Hunger GamesA little over a year ago, Linda Flowers, the Head Hairstylist for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games movie franchise, called me to ask if we would mind if she used a version of our Bow Braid on a character in the move. Of course, we were thrilled!

Linda then invited us to be on set for the day they were filming the Tribute Chariot Scene. Yes, we did get to meet the stars and enjoyed consulting on hairstyles! {We will write a post about our set visit later this week.}

Today we want to show you the first official hairstyle tutorial for Prim’s Bow Braid Tieback. My third daughter is my model, and don’t you think she looks so much like Prim??? It is almost uncanny!

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{We have shown you how to create a bow braid before. We have also shown you several Hunger Games hairstyle tutorials.}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, spray wax, 1-2 small hair elastics, on large hairpin, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to the left side of the head, then separate down to each ear…
  2. Secure the rest {or the back} of hair with an elastic to stay out of the way…
  3. Now, create a very small section {about ¼ inch wide} that runs parallel to the original part line {keep this sectioned off by itself also, as it is the hair that you will use to create the bows later}…
  4. On the right side, begin to create a regular French braid starting near the part line and running on a slight diagonal to the ear…
  5. When you reach near the ear, stop picking up pieces of hair and end with a simple braid, and secure with an elastic…
  6. On the left side, create another French braid that mirrors the right, and secure with an elastic…
  7. Now, to create a bow braid on the right side of head, begin by pushing a hair pin through the first stitch of the braid…
  8. Take a small section of the hair from the 1/4 inch section you stored away previously and spray with hair wax…
  9. Create a loop with the hair and push it through hairpin…
  10. Now, while still holding your finger in the original loop, gently pull the hairpin back through stitch of hair, allowing a new loop to be threaded, thus creating a bow…
  11. Continue Steps #8-10 for another 4-5 bows, and let each bow end to fall to the side, which will be hid by the next bow…
  12. After finishing your bows, now take the two simple braid ends and combine them in the back of hair, in a tieback.
  13. Take out the remaining elastics from the ends of the braids, and finger comb out the rest of the braids.
  14. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Want to win an authentic Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and Haymitch autographed Hunger Games “Catching Fire” book? We are giving one away this week… see below for details!

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Giveaway Rules:

  1. You must be a subscriber to the CuteGirlsHairstyles and BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channels…
  2. Then, simply leave a comment in the YouTube comment section telling us which Hunger Games character you most identify with.

Bonus Entries: Want to earn more entries into the giveaway, to increase your chances of winning the book? Feel free to do the following:

  1. Let 5 friends know about us by sharing this link: http://www.youtube.com/CuteGirlsHairstyles
  2. You can contact them in any way {text, email, Facebook, etc.} and let them know what you think about us!
  3. Then leave a comment again in the YouTube comment section stating “5 friends”.

You can do this up to 5 times, for a total of 5 bonus entries! {Cheaters will be disqualified.}

The contest is open from now until midnight {CST}, Saturday Nov 30th {date in the video is incorrect}, with the winner being posted on-screen in our next video. One winner will be drawn at random from the comments below, and cheaters leaving more entries than the allowed 6 will be deleted from the queue. The giveaway is open internationally, and you must be age 18 or older {or have your parents permission to enter}.

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