How to Create a Chain Link Braid

September 14, 2014

My girls have worn this Chain Link Braid off and on for several years now, however my new, updated version has become a personal favorite of Brooklyn & Bailey recently.

Chain Link Braid | Hairstyles for Sports

I love this version much better, because I found a way for the twists to be much more secure than my previous Triple Twist Ponytail.

Since the girls are very active in dance, tumbling, and cheer, they are always looking for tighter hairstyles that will keep their hair out of their faces. {I am sure many other girls and moms are looking for the same thing!}

Chain Link Braid | Hairstyles for Sports

We are calling this the Chain Link Braid, simply because of the way you twist the hair… which makes it seriously look like the sequential links in a thick chain!

The twins’ friends have been wondering how to make this braid, so we thought we’d film a tutorial using our triple flip-unders as accents.

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To see your photo recreations featured in our CHG App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHChainLinkBraid

This braid is perfect for any active sports, such as cheer, dance, gymnastics, volleyball, softball, etc, or for simple casual wear. The style is also unbelievably easy to create once you learn the twisting patterns!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. I began with triple flipunders as a base accent, in the front of the head…
  2. Pull all hair into a high ponytail, and secure with an ponytail holder.
  3. Separate the ponytail into two equal sections…
  4. Clip one of the sections out of the way for now…
  5. Using the unclipped section, divide it into two equal strands…
  6. Twist both stands to the right…
  7. Now, twist them together going to the left {this creates a rope twist, which ensure that the rope braid will not unravel when you are done}…
  8. Continue rope twisting the braid, until you reach the end and secure with an elastic or have your daughter hold the twist…
  9. Next, unclip the rest of the ponytail that you had set aside previously…
  10. Again, separate it into two equal sections, twist them both to the right, and then twist them together to the left…
  11. Complete this process on the second section until you reach the end…
  12. Once you have the two twists completed, now twist them together going to the right {this is what causes the twists to spiral around each other, with the twisting causing the strands to interlock, create the chain link look you are going for}…
  13. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Chain Link Braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, the twins uploaded their Chubby Bunny Challenge video on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. Of course, they had me do it, too, and I nearly peed my pants laughing! Click below to watch the funny video!

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How to Create “No-Heat” Paper Towel Curls

June 29, 2014

You all know that we love posting no-heat curls tutorials from time to time! This one is inspired by a rag curls technique our grandmothers may have used when they were young. My own grandmother used to do them!

No-Heat Paper Towel Curls

Rather than used a cut up t-shirt, we decided to use something just as effective, but something you would definitely have around the house… paper towels!

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To see your recreations featured below this video in our CGH App, please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHPaperTowelCurls

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These paper towel strips work nicely, because they wick excess moisture from the hair and help set the curl. My girls wear them to sleep, but for this video we filmed the before and after on Brooklyn the same day, after about 5-6 hours at home. {If you want to expedite the process, you can choose a hairdryer on low heat.}

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These curls are beautiful and voluminous. They are perfect as is, or as a base for a hairstyle combination with braids, buns, twist backs, etc. You can also get about 2-3 days worth of curls/waves by doing this.

Hope you love the curls as much as we do! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 roll of paper towels, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 30 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by tearing paper towels sections into 4 equal strips {they should each be about 2 inches wide}…
  2. Now part hair where you normally would…
  3. Then, gather the large majority of the hair, except the bottom layer, into a clip and secure it out of the way…
  4. Take a 1-2 inch section of hair {depending on thickness} and spritz it with water. If your hair is already damp that is fine too, but it is important that they hair is not super wet.
  5. Next, take the hair and wrap the last few inches upward over, and around, the paper towel strip to secure the strand’s ends…
  6. Then continue to roll the rest of the strand upwards toward the head…
  7. When you reach the head {or wherever you would like to stop the curl}, To secure the curl, tie the paper towel as though you are tying the first step of tying a shoelace…
  8. Continue to repeat Steps #4-7 until you have completely wrapped all the hair, section by section, into paper towel strips.
  9. Now, allow the hair sit over night to achieve maximum curl {or you may decide to use a blowdryer if time does not permit}…
  10. The next morning take the paper towels out of hair by either untying them or gently ripping them…
  11. Separate the larger curls carefully with your fingers so that you do not create frizz…
  12. Then, if needed, use a tiny spritz of water to tame any super tight curls…
  13. Then add any hairstyle combo {braids, twist backs, buns, etc}, accessories, or hairspray to the hair {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these No-Heat Paper Towel Curls! Do you have any other ideas for fun no-heat curling techniques? I am all ears!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, Brooklyn uploaded a natural, everyday makeup look on the girls’ BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. I love that she did that, because it teaches young teens that makeup should enhance natural beauty, not cover it up. Simply click below to view the video…

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How to Create a 3D Flower Braid | Cute Updos

May 04, 2014

As Spring is fully upon us, with lots of Proms and formal school dances going on, Kamri and I wanted to teach you a variation of a hairstyle we showed you all last year.

This particular variation we call a 3D Flower Bun.

3D Flower Bun

Feel free to click here to see our original 3D Round Braid.

3D Flower Bun Hairstyle

We used that exact 3D Round Braid as the base for this hairstyle, however my good friend Abby Smith suggested that we pancake the edge of the braid to give the petals a more profound look. We LOVED it!

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Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3DFlowerBun

This updo hairstyle holds up very well, and is perfect for those formal dances, weddings, flower girl styles, gymnastics, ballet, or just a day out!

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Yes, you will get lots of compliments on this one… GUARANTEED! Special thanks to Kamri for volunteering to be our model today!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, 4-6 bobby pins, pomade or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin creating a 3d round braid by pulling the hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with a hair band…
  2. Now divide hair into 4 equal sections, laying each section between one of your fingers on your right hand….
  3. The hair should lay like this: Strand #1 {outside pinky finger}, Strand #2 {between pinky and ring finger}, Strand #3 {between ring finger and middle finger}, strand #4 {between middle and index finger}…
  4. Now, take the index finger on your left hand and use it to hook Strand #3. It should now lay between your pointer finger and your middle finger.
  5. Take your middle finger and hook Strand #1. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  6. Take the last two pieces and twist them once {so they cross over each other} and place them so Strand #4 lays between your ring finger and pinky and Strand #2 lays outside your pinky…
  7. All strands should now be sitting in your left hand and will be numbered 1-4 from left to right…
  8. Take your right index finger and hook Strand #2. This will now lay between your index and middle finger…
  9. Next, take your middle finger and hook Strand #4. This will now lay between your middle and ring finger…
  10. With the last two remaining strands, do a half twist so they cross, and then place them so Strand #1 now lays between your rink finger and pinky, with Strand #3 laying outside your pinky…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 until you run out of hair, and secure with an elastic…
  12. Now go back and pancake the braid {all four sides] by tugging on the elbows of the braid, without pulling the hair out of the braid…
  13. When finished pancaking the braid, begin to twist the braid up around itself into a bun {you will want to bobby pin the bun as you go}.
  14. Continue wrapping the braid around, and tuck the ends under the bun, securely pinning them out of sight, and securing the rest of the bun with pins…
  15. Then, tug the edges of the bun again to create the defined petals of the beautiful flower bun.
  16. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Hope you enjoy the app, and more importantly, continue to enjoy our family!

Happy Hairstyling!

Looking for some cute and affordable fashion ideas to go with this updo? Below, my twins, BrooklynAndBailey, give you a few adorable ones! Simply click to view…

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Bandana Curls | No-Heat Curl Hairstyles

January 19, 2014

Our No-Heat Curl tutorial series has been very popular, because a lot of teens and moms are trying to avoid using too much heat on their hair but still want voluminous curls.

It’s about time that we posted another no-heat tutorial!

No-Heat Bandana Curls{The styles are also popular for single or involved daddies who are intimidated by using heat tools anywhere near their daughters!}

Today we are going to teach you how to create beautiful No-Heat Bandana Curls using just a few bandanas/handkerchiefs, a few rubber bands, and a water spray bottle.

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This curling technique gives you more of a wave than a full curl, and it dries fairly well because the fabric breathes and allows moisture to evaporate as you sleep. This is what helps set the curl.

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This No-Heat Bandana Curls tutorial is so easy, we know that you all can do it!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, spray bottle, 3-5 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing the hair, and parting it where you  normally would…
  2. Now, divide hair into halves side to side…
  3. Then, divide each half into half once again, but top to bottom this time {you should have four total sections each creating essentially a square shape}…
  4. Using a water bottle, take your first top section and spray it down until slightly damp {not soaking}…
  5. Now take a diagonally-folded bandana and wrap it in half around the base of that hair section, next to the head…
  6. Then tightly braid the hair around the bandana, using the bandana ends ad your two other strands…
  7. When you run out of hair, secure the ends with an elastic {the bandana will help pull some of the moisture off the hair, and also add thickness to prevent the hair from getting too kinky or wavy}…
  8. Sleep on hair overnight, or let it dry all day.
  9. The next morning, take the bandanas out, tip the head upside down and gently shake the curls loose with fingers {this separates the curls enough to give them a nice voluminous look}.
  10. Tip the head back up and finger comb the hair until the curls are to your liking.
  11. Add a cute accent braid, accessory, or hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these No-Heat Banana Curls! As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey uploaded a 2-in-1 Valentine’s Day Nail Tutorial video!!

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Note from Mindy: We are holding our very 1st international “Meet & Greet” in Singapore on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, from 5-7pm at the Atrium at *SCAPE! We hope to see as many of you from Singapore as possible, so please bring your friends… and meet some new ones! We will be giving away an autographed CGH t-shirt to the first 20 people there!

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Crown Rope Twist Braid | Updo Hairstyles

October 06, 2013

Yes, it is time for another super cute updo, especially with all of the school homecoming dances going on nationwide.

Today we want to show you an updo that we love, which is actually a variation of our own Crown Braid {Milkmaid or Carousel Braid} tutorial from exactly two years ago. That tutorial now now has nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube!

Crown Twist | Cute UpdosCGH#3 volunteered to be my model for this one, and she was the one who wanted me to show you how to do this using a rope braid/twist.

I personally love how this version tucks in better than the regular crown braid did, and that the hairstyle still maintains no part lines on top…

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Notice how radiant CGH#3 looks while wearing this braid… it simply is beautiful and a definite comment getter! {In fact, imagine this adorable hairstyle with little flowers tucked into the twist for a wedding or other formal occasion!}

I think you will all agree that this hairstyle is simply FANTABULOUS!

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If you take a photo of your own recreation of this hairstyle, on either yourself or your daughter, please be sure to tag us on Instagram with @CuteGirlsHairstyles and hashtag #CGHCrownTwist and your photo may be reposted on our IG this week! My girls are the judges, so please be creative!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 2-4 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by creating a deep part on the left side of the head…
  2. Pick up a small section of hair by the left ear and begin forming a rope braid {you want to twist both strands of hair to the right first, then cross the front strand over the back strand, which which will keep the twist from unraveling}…
  3. Continue the rope twist, adding hair only to the front side of the hair {as you twist, keep it close to the front of the face, then move around just above the opposite ear, and then near the nape of the neck, etc}…
  4. When your twist gets close to the other ear, you will not have enough hair to add into the twist. {It is very important to keep the twist tight against the head at this point, or you will have loose hair when you place the rest of the twist on the head.} At this point, continue a regular rope braid with the rest of the hair and secure with an elastic…
  5. Now take the end of the rope twist and wrap it up and around the beginning of the twist in front, gently placing it directly behind the original twist…
  6. Feel free to tuck the twist under the front twist, in order to create the look of a seamless braid…
  7. Simply add bobby pins to secure any place in the braid where things do not look right, or you need additional security.
  8. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

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