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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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 Updo Today 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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How to create a Sides-Up Slide-Up Hairstyle

December 15, 2013

One of the first tutorials we ever posted on our website nearly 5 years ago, was a Slide-Up Braid {aka Snake Braid}, video version here. That video has over 6,250,000 views today!

We have done a couple of Slide-Up Braid variations over the years, but this is a beautiful style because it style is so subtle.

How to create a Sides-Up Slide-Up Hairstyle

The purpose of a Sides-Up ‘do is to pull back your sides with a cute hairstyling accent, while letting your straight or curly hair be the feature. This style does simply that.

Bailey began by using a curling wand on her hair, to get her soft bouncy curls. By creating Slide-Up Braids on either side of the head, and pinning them back while covering the pins with your down hair, you are left with this beautiful hairstyle! {We have also called this type of pin-back technique as “Hidden Braids”.}

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Bailey wore this hairstyle to her school Christmas concert yesterday and received lots of compliments on it. We are certain that you will too, when you wear this hairdo!

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Be sure to tag your own photos with #CGHSidesUpSlideUp so that we can see them!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 4-6 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with curly or straight hair, parted down the middle {we curled the hair before this video using a curling wand}…
  2. Next, create a part just slightly above the end of the eyebrow going back just a few inches towards the back of your head…
  3. Then take that part down to just behind the ear {this should give you a triangle-shaped section of hair}…
  4. Clip or pin the front section of hair out of the way…
  5. Now, using the sectioned-out triangle strand of hair above the ear, create a loose simple braid {make sure you braid towards the back of your head so that it can lay flat, and remember that you do not want to braid too tight or the braid won’t slide up}…
  6. Once you have completed the braid, simply hold the middle strand with the thumb and index finger of your left and and gently slide up the other two strands with the other hand, towards the head {make sure you push the hair tightly against the head, creating the desired snaking effect in the braid}…
  7. Easing the braid up just a little bit, secure it with an elastic to make sure the slide up section stays intact.
  8. Repeat Steps #2-7 on the other side of the head.
  9. Next, release the rest of your hair you had clipped away on top and finger comb it down…
  10. Lay the braid flat against your head over the top of your hair, and using two crossed bobby pins, secure it in place.
  11. Using a little hair from the back of your head, spread it over the bobby pins to hide them.
  12. Repeat on the other side of your head and you are finished.
  13. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week my twins BrooklyAndBailey uploaded a Christmas Weather TAG video, showing you some of their winter weather favorites! {These girls are so funny to watch, and you are only seeing a glimpse of what I see all day long!}

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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 Bun This 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!

Upside Down French Braid Bun

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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