The Alternative Braid | With Abby from TwistMePretty

March 30, 2014

Many of you know that I started as a hairblogger before becoming a YouTuber. As such, I am very familiar with biggest beauty bloggers and those to make a viral splash on Pinterest.

The Alternative Braid | Faux Braids
Abby Smith, from

Twist Me Pretty, is one of those bloggers I have admired for a long time! I was caught a little off guard when she came up to me during a conference I was speaking at in Utah! I mean, I knew who Abby was, and she knew who I was.. but we had never met! We like literally ran across the crowded hall and hugged each other!

During the course of the conference, Abby said that she and he husband would be in Dallas this month, and wondered if they could stop by. While she was here, I thought it would be fun to introduce her to you all.

For today’s hairstyle, we are showing you how to create the Alternative Braid {one of her viral hairstyles on Pinterest}. This is a faux braid, one that looks like a braid but really is not. In fact, it’s really a series of knots using two twists. {Don’t worry, the knots come out easily!}

Alternative Braid
The Alternative Braid

Brooklyn volunteered as our model, since she is always looking for great go-to styles for her thick wavy hair.

Faux Braids
The Alternative Braid
Abby Smith at Twist Me Pretty

Be sure to check out Abby’s website over at the Twist Me Pretty, where you can find her DIY version of this braid!

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

I personally think that this braid would look very elegant wrapped up into a bun, for more formal occasions as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, 1 small hair elastic, 1-2 bobby pins {if needed}, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side, and swooping all of the hair over one shoulder {I prefer the shoulder that the majority of the hair falls onto}…
  2. Now divide the hair into two equal sections…
  3. Twist both sections toward the middle {or toward each other} a few times…
  4. When you have about an inch of twisted hair, hold the two strands next to each other…
  5. Now, taking your index finger, push it directly through the stacked center of both twists, with your finger parallel to the face {this will divide the two twists into two even halves again, top to bottom}…
  6. You should now have once again two sections, leaving what looks like a braid stitch above them…
  7. Twist the pieces pieces again toward each other…
  8. When you have about an inch more of twisting, hold them together and once again push your index finger sideways through the center of both twists…
  9. After about 4 sections, hold the two twisted strands together and begin to pancake the top part of the braid {you want to pull out the hair quite a bit to really accent the messy, fullness of this braid, but do not pull them out to much to where you cannot secure the ends of the braid}…
  10. After pancaking the upper section, continue again with Steps #2-8 until the hair is finished.
  11. At the end of the braid, you will want to pancake the rest of the hair, again, being mindful of the hair ends…
  12. Secure with an elastic.
  13. Feel free to use bobby pins  any hair strands that fall out in back, and hairspray any other smaller flyaways into place.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

Yes, last week we took all six kids on a Spring Break cruise to the Western Caribbean! To see a recap of our family fun, be sure to see the video BrooklyAndBailey uploaded on Wednesday to their YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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Fishtail-Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

March 23, 2014

More likely because our girls are more into dance and cheer more than they are in other sports or athletics, we have been lacking in the Sport Hairstyles category.

So today, CGH#3 decided she wanted to show you an awesome one! Below you will learn exactly how to create a Fishtail-Accented Ponytail.

Fishtail Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

This is one of her personal hairstyle favorites, because it spices up a regular old ponytail. {If you can’t tell, we’ve been on a fishtail braid kick lately!} We added a pompadour on top, and the micro-fishtail braid and hair-wrap as accents to the ponytail. It looks a lot better this way, right?

Simply click here if you do not know how to Fishtail Braid.

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFishtailAccentPony

Fishtail Braid Ponytail

Fishtail Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

Like I mentioned, CGH#3 actually picked this style for today, and wanted to be sure we filmed it on her. I also think it looks SOOOOO good on her!

Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

She is also proud to let me know that she has been the model for nearly 50% of our tutorials since 2008! I had no idea she was keeping count! {Also, be sure to stay until the end of the video to see her at 18 months old!}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 2 small hair elastics, 3-4 small bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 6-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sectioning off a square section of hair at the front top of the head…
  2. Then, to create a pompadour, tease it a little to add some volume underneath and then smooth the top of the hair over with a smoothing brush…
  3. Next, secure this section with an hair elastic that matches your hair color {ensuring that it poofs up a little at the front for added shape and volume}…
  4. Then, fishtail braid this section and then secure with another hair elastic that matches the hair color…
  5. Clip this braid out of the way for a few minutes….
  6. Now, pull the rest of the hair back to base of neck and secure into a tight, low ponytail with a ponytail holder…
  7. Take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail elastic, to hide it, and secure with bobby pins…
  8. Now unclip the fishtail and place it directly-centered, straight down the head and over the hair wrapped section…
  9. Use a couple of bobby pins to secure it against the head near where the ponytail is secured {for sports, you may opt to add another ponytail holder here, instead of the bobby pins, for added security}…
  10. Lastly, add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Fishtail-Accented Ponytail! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

It is already Spring, and my kids are getting Spring Fever badly! Don’t believe me? Look at what my twins created last week for their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo | Prom Hairstyles

March 16, 2014

Today’s tutorial is inspired by the upcoming Prom season, and multiple reader requests for hairstyles that can be used at the dance.

We are loving Fishtail Braids right now, and Brooklyn and I wanted to show you an updo that is very unique using the fishtail as the focal point.

Flipped Fishtail Updo | Prom Hairstyles

We like that it isn’t really a bun, but more of a chignon-like undo. This Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo is very versatile, and can be used on girls of all ages, from teens on up to grandmothers!

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Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFlipFishtailUpdo

If you do not know how to fishtail braid, here is my first fishtail tutorial showing you how to create one.

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Want to learn how to create a Flipped-Fishtail Braid Updo? Here is your chance…

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, Topsy Tail Tool {optional}, 4-5 bobby pins, decorative hair comb, spray wax or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 6-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling the hair back and secure it a low ponytail with a ponytail holder {make sure to leave a few strands of hair out near the front, and curl them, to frame the face}…
  2. Loosen the ponytail elastic away from the head a little. Using a topsy tail tool, or your fingers, flip the ponytail down though the loosened section to create a flipped ponytail…
  3. Now tighten the elastic again against the head…
  4. Next, fishtail braid the remaining ponytail hair and secure with an elastic when you run out of hair…
  5. Take the end of the fishtail and tuck it back up and down through the same hole {this creates a nice bun-like updo}…
  6. Using bobby pins, secure the fishtail against the head so it won’t fall out or droop down through the day.
  7. Add an glam accessory on top of the fishtail flip to accent the updo…
  8. Add hairspray or spray wax {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Flipped-Fishtail Updo! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week my twins finally received permission from Nickelodeon to provide you links to the entire Nick News with Linda Ellerbee episode on “Webstars II: More Kids Behind the Hits”. You can find the links on their most recent video on the BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. Click below to see the video…

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3 Ways to Wear a Celtic Knot | St Patrick’s Day Hairstyles

March 09, 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to upload a tutorial to celebrate our family’s Irish/Scottish heritage {yes, from both sides of the family}. This is a hairstyle that I have wanted to film for a long time… the Celtic Knot.

How to Create a Celtic Knot | Cute Hairstyles

The Celtic Knot has been around for centuries, and the style was traditionally used to adorn religious sculptures and various kinds of artwork. You have likely seen several versions of this knot in hairstyle form on Pinterest, as well as a few YouTube tutorials.

Today, Brooklyn and I wanted to create fun variations of this knot using curls as the base. {Brooklyn just used her NuMe curling wand to achieve the curls}.

Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

Single Celtic Knot Hairstyle

Double Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

Double Celtic Knot Hairstyle

Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

Side Celtic Knot Hairstyle

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHCelticKnots

For today’s tutorial, we want to show you how to create three versions of a Celtic Knot. The Single Celtic Knot, a Double Celtic Knot, and a Side Celtic Knot. {Believe it or not, the side version is my favorite! I really love subtle accents!}

Now, because this is a winding-loop knot, using only two strands, it can be very confusing to learn how to tie. Normally I would show you once how to create it, but I actually show you how to do this three times in the video below. As confusing as the knot may be at first, it does get easier and this really is a fun and beautiful knot to tie!

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I also show you a helpful tip, using a flat iron, which is useful in helping the knot to keep its shape and its tassels laying flat.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, pomade, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

For the Single Celtic Knot~

  1. Begin by grabbing one section of hair from each side of the head right by the ear. These will be used in a tieback, for your knot, so you want these to be medium-to-small sized sections about the thickness of a pencil or smaller…
  2. Add some water, dry wax, or pomade to the hair strands to prevent fly-aways and frizz as you work with the for the knot…
  3. Take the left strand near the center of the back of the head and make a loop forming upward {hold this loop with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand}…
  4. Now take the right strand and place it between your third and four finger of the left hand…
  5. Next, take the end of that strand up and over your left hand so it lays on the top of your forefinger near the knuckle…
  6. Now take your pointer finger and middle finger and slide them behind the left strand between your ear and the loop…
  7. Grab the end of the right strand and pull it up through {the right strand should now go under the left strand and be in an upward position on the head}…
  8. Taking the same right strand ends, bring them over the top of the loop where your fingers are pinched together…
  9. Push the end through the loop going towards the head…
  10. Now take the ends under the right main strand {where it comes in a straight line from the ear}.
  11. Take the same ends back through the loop, this time going away from the head…
  12. Now release all your fingers and tighten up the knot a little to hold itself.
  13. Gently, shape the knot to your liking.
  14. Next, take a flat iron and carefully clamp the knot to help the knot and strands lay flat…
  15. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Double Celtic Knot

For the Double Celtic Knot~

  1. After completing the first knot, simply grab one more section of hair on each side of the head and repeat the same Steps #1-15 directly below the first knot.
  2. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

For the Side Celtic Knot~

  1. Part the hair on one side.
  2. On the smaller-parted side, grab two small sections of hair and repeat Steps #1-15 above to create a Celtic knot accent.
  3. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these Celtic Knot hairstyles! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

Also in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, my twins BrooklyAndBailey, decided to share with you their favorite Mint Chocolate Cookie recipe using only four ingredients. You are going to LOVE this one! Simply click below to see the recipe…

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Rope-Twist Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles

March 02, 2014

Brooklyn has been a bun lover for ages! We joke that she is the most likely to become a librarian, not only because of her huge love of reading, but because her go-to hairstyle is always the Librarian Bun!

Prom Updos Well, a few weeks ago, Brooklyn and I began experimenting with new hair bun ideas. We did so because we can see a huge trend in 2014 towards buns and hair bun combos!

In 2013, our good friend, Princess Hairstyles, created a Pinwheel Bun, using single strand twists to add texture that we loved. Then, a few of our viewers experimented with her tutorial in combination with our Love Bun this past Valentine’s Day.

Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun | Updo Hairstyle

Brooklyn wanted to create a bun that had even more texture, in a duplicating pattern, that would really stand out. We decided to test out using micro rope twists to create this effect, and the end result was absolutely STUNNING!

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This bun will certainly be a highlight of any hairstyle combination you use. We imagine this Rope-Twisted Pinwheel Bun being a personal fan favorite for formal dances such as Prom or Homecoming, or for events such as graduations or weddings, etc.

It doesn’t have to stop there… the bun can be perfect for sports, gymnastics, cheer, ballet, etc, because the bun holds up so well during activity. Brooklyn wore this bun for two days straight, and hardly needed any time to spruce it up the second day!

This tutorial is absolutely adorable, and you can share/pin it                         <——- here!

Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles Rope Twisted Pinwheel Bun | Prom Hairstyles Today we want to teach you how to create a Rope-Twisted Pinwheel Bun!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 bun maker {matching color of hair}, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Hard {mostly because of time}

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Next, take your bun maker {matching the hair color} and, pulling the hair through it, slide it down to the base of the ponytail…
  3. Now let the hair fall down evenly over bun maker…
  4. Create a little separation on one side of the bun, where you will begin the rope twists…
  5. Next, pick up a small section of hair and divide it into two small strands…
  6. Now, twist both pieces each in the same direction a few times, and then twist them together in the opposite direction {this is the standard rope braiding technique, and you should only need to twist down about 4-5 inches or so}…
  7. Then, you will reach two fingers down through the middle of the bun maker, grabbing the twist you just created, and pulling it up through the middle of the bunker…
  8. Now untwist any  ends,if they are still twisted at all, and pick up some additional hair to combine with your strand…
  9. Again, separate the section of hair into two strands, making sure to divide the shorter strands evenly with the newly added-in hair…
  10. Repeat Steps #6-9 until the entire bun maker is covered with the rope-twisted strands…
  11. When you get to the last rope twist, pull it through the bun maker and then rope twist the ends all the way down the strand…
  12. Now, take the end and wrap it under the bun, around the ponytail holder, and bobby pin it securely into place.
  13. Perfect your bun by tucking any layered wispies underneath the neighboring twist, and spread the twists out evenly around the bun…
  14. Add hair wax or hairspray {as desired}, and a cute accessory.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

The girls, BrooklyAndBailey, decided to re-stock their small nail polish collection after Sweet Pea got into it. Their most recent video shows you the vibrant colors they chose for Spring. I love it! Simply click below to see which colors they chose, and why…

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