Cute Heart Accents | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 01, 2015

Today we will be showing you how to create Heart Accents, fitting right into our Valentine’s Day Hairstyle theme we’ve been running the past few weeks. These accents are perfect for girls of all ages and with all hair lengths {short, medium, and long}.

Heart Accents | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

Shaun actually came in to me a few weeks ago with three strings and a few rubber bands, that made a heart just like this. He asked me what I thought of the style and if we could use it for a Valentine’s Day tutorial. I told him that it would be perfect! I could tell he was so proud of himself! =0)

To learn how to create these adorable Heart Accents, simply click the YouTube video below!

What is perfect about accents, is that you can combine them easily into hairstyle combinations, such as a bun, ponytail, or braids. We’ve tried a few and they are cute! Kamri’s style here is a perfect example of a combination using the heart accent.

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

Not everybody likes the idea of walking around with a huge heart on the side or back of their head, so what’s great about these heart accents is that they can age downwards or upwards, depending on how you style them.

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Heart Accents | Valentine's Day Hairstyles

For a younger look, adjust the heart size up, and for an older look, adjust the heart size down. In fact, my twins prefer the 1 tiny heart accent into a combo. Rylan likes her style just as you see here.

For Kamri, we added a Faux Fishtail which made for a very beautiful final look!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair slightly off to one side…
  2. One the light side of the hair, the side with less hair, and about halfway back, section off a 3-inch rectangle…
  3. Move down about ½ inch from the scalp and secure the section of hair with a small elastic…
  4. Now, divide that section into three equal strands…
  5. Braid each strand into its own 3-strand micro-braid…
  6. Using your fingernails, or a rat tail comb, pull one side of the elastic away from the section of hair and slide the right-most braid half way back upward through the elastic…
  7. Do the same with the left-most braid on the other side…
  8. Pull up on both of the flipped braids until they are only about ½ inch inside the elastic…
  9. You should now have one middle micro-braid that hangs straight downward, and two micro-braids {one on each side of the middle braid} that go upward through the elastic and then arc back downward {leaving the middle braid there will better help the heart hold it’s structure and less likely to collapse throughout the day}…
  10. Now, gather the ends of the two side braids together with the middle braid to form your heart shape, sliding the base of the heart up or down, or cinching the strands, to adjust the heart shape/width/height/size as desired…
  11. Secure the base of the heart together, the three strands, with a hair elastic…
  12. Remove the three elastics from the bottom of the braids, and allow the hair to fall naturally…
  13. Add hairspray and an accessory, {if desired}.

*Optional: You can create more than one heart accent using the same strands, as we did with Kamri here.

Please leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these Heart Accents, and also let us know your favorite romantic movie! We are in the mood to watch a good one!

Happy Hairstyling!

Be sure to check out BrooklynAndBailey’s 2015 Valentine’s Day Fashion video from this week, using a mix of old and new clothing items! Click below to watch it!

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Triple Knot Accents | Short Hairstyles

January 18, 2015

We cut Bailey’s hair two months ago, the very same morning she had her wisdom teeth removed. It has been a long time since she had short hair, so she has had fun experimenting on ways to style her hair using braids and hairstyle accents.

Triple Knot Accent | Short Hairstyles

Bailey told me earlier this week, “Mom, I’ve got you covered on this week’s tutorial, go ahead and take the weekend off.” I about died! She must have read my mind because I was juggling so much between the kids schedules and work, that I felt like I was drowning! Thank you, Bailey, you did a fantastic job! I think I can retire from this blog now!

She showed me her hair, and I loved it! Since Bailey’s hair is now short, she opted to begin with a base of curls to add some volume. We filmed a tutorial for these curls shortly after we started this blog WAY back in October 2009, and you can find it by clicking here… Flat Iron Curls.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGH3KnotAccents

These knot accents are super easy to create, using a simple knot technique that anyone can do. They are also super easy to remove, as well.

Triple Knot Accent | Short Hairstyles

When you are bobby pinning, be sure to hook the back part of the strand of hair first, and then slide the bobby pin up underneath of the knot towards the forehead. This will secure the knots in place perfectly.

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You know how those simple braided bangs that were all the rage a few years ago, and only take 2 minutes to do in the mornings? This knotted accent is the same, perfectly cute and quick to do! That is what we are all looking for, right?

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair already curled, with a curling iron or flat iron {you can do this on straight or wavy hair, as well}…
  2. Part hair on one side, either will work…
  3. Take a small section of hair from the front of your face, pull it back and tie a simple knot in it {you do not want this super tight, as you want to see the curve of the knot}…
  4. Using a bobby pin, secure the knotted strand back against the side of the head {hook the back part of the strand of hair first with the bobby pin, and then slide it up underneath the knot towards the forehead}…
  5. Repeat Steps #3-4 on two more strands, pinning each under the previous knot, giving you a total of three knots…
  6. Grab a section of loose curly hair from right behind the knots, and pull it over the ends of the knotted strands to hide them…
  7. Add hairspray {if desired}.

What do you think of this Triple Knot Accent tutorial? Please leave your comments below, we’d love to hear from you! We try to answer back everyone we can.

Happy Hairstyling!

Now that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, BrooklynAndBailey want to share with you a super cute Pinterest-inspired heart collage, so be sure to click the video below!

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How to Create a Loop Waterfall Braid

January 04, 2015

Do you love the Waterfall Braid? Today we are going to teach you how to create this beautiful Loop Waterfall Braid that is sure to get you compliments all day.

Loop Waterfall Braid

A week or so ago, one of our viewers, Bethany, emailed us a photo of this hairstyle that she found on Pinterest and it wasn’t easily evident to me how to recreate it.  In fact, it ended up being Shaun who figured out the braid stranding and technique after looking at the picture for only 15 seconds. I didn’t believe him at first when he said he knew how, so I guess I’ll have to eat my words!

The technique essentially involves creating a loop with one small strand of hair. Then by reaching through that initial loop and pulling half-way through a new small section of hair, and flipping it upside down to create your next loop. You then repeat the process goes on across the back of the head. When you are finished, simply go back and adjust the size of the loops and falling strands to fit your taste.

Loop Waterfall BraidIf you plan on being super active that day, we wouldn’t recommend the Loop Waterfall only because the loops and bobby pins will fall. This hairstyle is simply one that is meant to stand out, better said, pop out, on days where you want to wear something gorgeous in your hair!

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

Loop Waterfall Braid Loop Waterfall Braid Loop Waterfall Braid My mind is already running on various hairstyle combinations in which you can use this Loop Waterfall as an accent, especially in updos! Good thing that Prom season is coming up, so be sure to check back in a few months to see what we come up with!

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Here is one look that I quickly put together to show you how you can use this braid to accent any combo. I loved how it turned out!

Loop Waterfall Braid Combo

One thing I can promise you… you will be stopped all day as you wear this hairstyle! It won’t only be because your friends, and women in general, love how it looks, but that they will want you to teach them how you did it. Kamri knows what I am talking about! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray water bottle, spray hair wax, pomade, 4 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair wet or dry {we did dry here, but some people find it easier to section off strands of hair when it is wet}, and part the hair in the middle…
  2. If your hair is fine or silky, add a little bit of spray wax to the hair to add texture and grip, which will firm up and help hold the loops in place…
  3. I like to start about 1-1.5 inches back from the front of the hair, pick up a decent size section of hair and wrap it around your pointer and middle finger, giving the loop a twist counterclockwise to create your first perfect loop {the looping direction should have the hair going downward, then back up and around creating a loop, and then the hair should fall straight down behind the loop as your waterfall strand}…
  4. Keep your two fingers in the middle of the loop and pinch the falling strand of the hair with your thumb against your ring finger…
  5. With those two fingers, reach through the loop and pick up another same-sized section of hair {feel free to add some pomade to each strand of hair if you need help controlling flyaways}, pulling it half-way through the first loop…
  6. Then twist that hair counterclockwise to create a second matching loop…
  7. Have your daughter {or use your teeth for DIY} to hold the fallen strand of the first loop for extra security as you work your way around the head…
  8. Repeat Steps #4-6 all the way across the back or the head…
  9. One your last loop, pull the new strand completely through the loop and let it fall…
  10. Then, using two small bobby pins to pin that loop in place, being careful to pin under the falling strand to help hide the bobby pins out of the way}…
  11. If your loops have stretched or fallen out of shape, you can now go back and gently adjust the falling strands to either tighten or loosen up the loops to the desired look…
  12. With the first strand that your daughter is holding, or you in your teeth, use two small bobby pins to pin the first loop in place just as you did on the other side {this will secure the front of the braid}…
  13. Add a setting spray or hairspray {if desired}.
  14. *Optional: Pull remaining loose hair into a loose braid or fishtail to secure the ends and help the style last all day.

What do you think about this Loop Waterfall Braid? Please leave a comment below letting us know where you would wear it!

Happy Hairdoing!

To see what BrooklynAndBailey got for Christmas, be sure to click the video below!

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Prim’s Braided Bun Updo | Mockingjay Hairstyles

November 30, 2014

This week’s hairstyle is inspired by Prim in the new Mockingjay movie of The Hunger Games movie franchise. We’ve watched Prim grow up, from a little girl with side braids, into a beautiful young woman who works to take care of injured patients in a District 13 hospital.

Prim's Braided Updo | Mockingjay

Prim’s braided hairstyles have matured right along with her, as we see in this tutorial.

We know that Prim needs her hair out of her face, and pinned back out of the way, so that she can care for her patients. The obviously best way to do this would be with an updo!, And, typical to Prim’s affinity for signature braids, just like her sister Katniss, she keeps braids as the base for her updo.

Prim's Braided Bun Updo | Mockingjay Hairstyles

This is a very easy updo to create, and it gives a very sophisticated look especially when worn slicked back. You can achieve this look by wetting the hair down beforehand, or by adding in some pomade as you comb the hair before styling.

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I can see this hairstyle being perfect for formal occasions, cheer, dance, ballet, and some sports.  To see your own photo recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHPrimBuns

In another scene from the movie, Prim wears another version of a Dutch wrap-around braid, similar to what she wore in Catching Fire, but it was only seen from one angle and we couldn’t determine the exact look.

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Be sure to check out the rest of our Hunger Games-inspired hairstyles over the years!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 10-14 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head, all the way down {giving you two even sections of hair on either side}…
  2. Create a simple braid with your first section {you want the braid to begin right behind each ear and run straight down the back}…
  3. As you braid, be careful not to braid forward, over the shoulder and towards the front of the face or it will create an odd-looking bump in your bun as you twist up the braids later}..
  4. When you run out of hair, secure the braid with a small hair elastic…
  5. Now, take the very ends of the braid and begin to roll it up the rest of the braid {you want this to be as tight as possible, which will also help to hide the elastic}…
  6. When you reach to the top of the braid, you should be able to lay the bun against the head, giving the bun a braided cinnamon roll look…
  7. Next, carefully secure the bun to the head using a few bobby pins {you want to be sure the bun lays as close to the part line as possible, so that when both braids are pinned, they look like they are touching each other}…
  8. Repeat Steps #2-7 for the second braided bun…
  9. Shake the head to determine how firm the buns are secured, and, if necessary, add in a few more bobby pins…
  10. Add hairspray {if desired} to control flyaways.

The only problem with the 3rd book in this movie franchise, is that it is split into two movies! We can’t see how the directors and Lionsgate will portray the ending until the last movie comes out on Nov 20, 2015!

Have you guys seen the movie yet? What did you think of it? Please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

Want to see the funniest video clip you’ve seen in a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time? My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, had their wisdom teeth removed last Tuesday, and made us swear that we would film everything. We gave them the footage, and this is what they approved for you to see! They are identical twins, but their reactions to the anesthesia are far from identical! You will laugh, and cry, and maybe pee your pants a little, all at the same time! Just click below to view!

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How to Create a Banded Puff Braid

November 16, 2014

A few months ago, Alicia, my friend from high school shared a photo with me on Facebook of this hairstyle that she simply could not figure out. At first, I couldn’t either.

Banded Puff Braid

It took several weeks, trying to reverse engineer the style in the photo, but the girls and I finally cracked the code! Today, we will be showing you how to create a Banded Puff Braid – a beautiful faux braided hairstyle that we know you’ll love!

Banded Puff Braid

This technique involves the use of small banded tiebacks to create this style, threading your newest one under and up through the previous one. Then as you go, simply pancake the stitches to your liking. You can do as many, or few, stitches as you want… it’s entirely up to you!

The steps may seem confusing at first, especially in the beginning as it was for me. Then you will see that as you go along, the steps will go faster and the puff braid will take shape, and you will LOVE it!

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

We’ve stopped every time we go out wearing this braid! Women and girls will simply want to know how you created it!

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You can leave this braid as we have done, or finish the bottom ponytail into a braid, tucking and rolling it all up and underneath the puff braid for a gorgeous updo. Creating this on a base of curls, would make it super elegant as well! Your options really are limitless!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 10-12 small hair elastics, hairspray or hair wax, accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 15-20 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start with a middle part…
  2. Next, begin by separating off the hair on each side of the head, from just behind the ears on up to the middle part line {make sure you don’t take too much hair from the top area, since the large strand will not look as nice pulled back and spread flat against the head}…
  3. Now, pull both sections to the back center of the head and secure with an elastic as a tieback…
  4. Then, create two more small strands from behind the ears, pulling them back and securing against the head with an elastic, however this tieback will lay right on top of the previous one…
  5. Now pull the bottom tieback up through and over the second tieback {effectively switching places}.
  6. Then gather two more small strands of hair from the sides of the head and tie them back with an elastic…
  7. Now thread the bottom tieback up through and over the top of your newest tieback so that it now lays on top {at this point, you should notice the hair beginning a twisting pattern}…
  8. Next, go back and gently tug on the elbows of the hair twists, the outside first, then the inside, to pancake them and begin creating the puffed texture…
  9. Repeat Steps #4-8 until you have gathered all the remaining hair into elastics, continuing to puff the braid after every stitch…
  10. Now that you’ve run out of hair, secure all remaining hair into a ponytail with an extra elastic…
  11. Add hairspray, hair wax, and an accessory {if desired}.

What do you think about this Banded Puff Braid? How many ways can you think of to incorporate this fun braid into a combo? Feel free to share this with a friend you want to learn this hairstyle with you!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week, Bailey gives us all a peek into her mornings {getting up at 4:45am}, as she goes to seminary/bible study and prepares for early AM cheer practice before school. Her Get Ready with Me – Cheer Edition video is now on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! To see the video, simply click below…

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