Half-Loop Braidback | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 05, 2014

We love tiebacks because they are very mature looking, and can be worn with straight, wavy, or curly hair as the base. I promise, you will receive so many compliments on this one!

Half-Loop Braidback | Back to School Hairstyles

Today we are teaching you how to create a Half-Loop Braidback, using the Feather Braid stranding we’ve shown you before. To create the loops in this braid, you “skip-stitch” the feathered strands from the braid, and then pancake them to your liking.

Half-Loop Braidback | Back to School Hairstyles

This tutorial is inspired by a few shots I saw on Instagram, one from a viewer named Sophia who posted a photo of this after being inspired by our French Loop Braid a few weeks ago, and another by hairstyling momma, Annie.

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

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We categorized this style as “Medium” in skill level, only because the skip-stitching can be confusing. Be sure to watch the video closely to know exactly when to bring back in a previously-feathered strand.

Adding the Loop Braiding technique, to any French, Dutch, Simple, or Lace Braids, you can definitely dress up any braid! I can imagine this being used in any number of wedding hairstyles, or Prom and Homecoming hairstyle combos.

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Don’t you think this braid is beautiful? On what occasions would you wear this? Perfect for Back-to-School, right?

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair slightly off center {you don’t want the part to be too deep, or the braids will be uneven}…
  2. Next, create a section from that part line down to about an inch above the ear, as leaving some hair to cover the ear creates a more mature look to the style {you can also pull all the hair back above the ear for a younger look}…
  3. Now divide that section into three even strands, and begin one simple braid stitch…
  4. In the next stitch, on the elbow of hair closest to the ear, remove a tiny little strand and let it fall {we call this technique “feather braiding”}…
  5. Now, create a 3rd braid stitch, and, again, on the lower piece, create a falling feathered strand {this will be the 2nd feather strand you drop}…
  6. Create a 4th braid stitch, and, again, on the lower strand, create a falling feathered strand {this will be the 3rd feather strand you drop}…
  7. However, on this stitch, after you drop the 3rd feathered strand, go back and pick up the first feathered strand and add it back into the lower right-most strand {you essentially trade strands…you drop the 3rd feathered strand, and then pick up the first and add it into that same strand of hair}…
  8. Now create a 5th braid stitch, and, again, drop the feathered strand and then add back into the braid the 2nd feathered strand…
  9. After about 3-4 stitches, go back and gently tug on the feathered elbows so that they pop out from the braid, creating the integral “looping” in the braid {if you braid all the way down first, it will become much harder to pull the loops out}…
  10. Continue Steps #3-9 until you near the end of the hair, or have created a long enough braid to reach the back of the head {the desired length of the braidback is entirely up to you}…
  11. When you near the end of the braid, stop dropping new feathered strands and simply add in the last two previously feathered strands {this gives a nice finishing point to the braid}…
  12. Repeat Steps #3-11 on the other side of the head.
  13. When both sides are braided, secure them together in the back of the head, adjusting the length to your liking…
  14. Add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Half-Loop Braidback!

Happy Hairstyling!

My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, just returned from a summer trip to Utah and EFY Summer Camp. Feel free to click below and see their recap of the trip!

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3D Split Braid | Three Different Looks

June 22, 2014

We had a reader recently email us this easy braid technique, asking if we could make a tutorial of it! Brooklyn actually saw the email first, ran in to show me, and we fell in LOVE with how beautiful it is!

3D Split Braid

The girls named this the 3D Split Braid, because it does have a similar look to our 3D Round Braid, but the stitching is completely different.

You literally, simply, “split” the outside strands in your braiding! How cool is that?

3D Split Braid

Today, Kamri and I will teach you how to create this easy Split Braid technique, but we will also be showing you a few other hairstyles we created that were inspired by it…

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

One aspect we really love, is that this is yet another braid you can add to your hairstyle/combo arsenal {use it tied up into a bun, ponytail, side braid, tieback, accent, etc}!

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

We are also classifying this hairstyle as a “Daddy ‘Do” because it is so easy… even a dad can do it!

To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3DSplitBraid

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 2-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing the hair in a ponytail, securing it with a ponytail holder…
  2. Split the ponytail into three even strands…
  3. Now split the left-most section into two pieces, with your index finger…
  4. Next, pull the middle strand in between and through the left “split” strands you just created…
  5. Combine the two split stands together to become the middle strand…
  6. Now take the right-most strand of hair and split it into two even strands with your index finger…
  7. Next, pull the middle strand in between and through the right “split” strands you just created…
  8. Then combine the two split stands together to become the middle strand…
  9. Continue with Steps #3-8 until the braid forms and you run out of hair…
  10. Secure with an elastic.
  11. Add hairspray and an accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this 3D Split Braid! Do you think your husband, boyfriend, dad, or brother could do it?

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn was babysitting a neighbor family last week, so Bailey decided to take her own turn filming for BrooklynAndBailey‘s YouTube channel, by interviewing our 3-yr old, Sweet Pea! If you want to be thoroughly entertained, A LOT, go ahead and click below!

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How to Create a Zig-Zag Twistback | Cute Hairstyles

April 20, 2014

If you care to venture back to our earliest days on this website, you will find several tightly twisted or braided hairstyles… some involving a zig-zag part.

Zig-Zag Twistbacks | Rope Braid

I stumbled upon my earliest hairstyle album a few weeks ago and found a photo of this style that we have never filmed before. Today is the day that we show you how to create a Zig-Zag Twistback!

Zig-Zag Twistback Hairstyle

My 3rd daughter volunteered to be our model, and here we show you first how to create the zig-zag part, and then how to incorporate four twistbacks into a super cute tieback.

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You could actually use this hairstyle in a combo with a bun, for a super beautiful updo! Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHZigZagTwists My girls often wore this style to sports activities, such as soccer and softball, because the twisting pulled the hair out of their eyes. Better yet, the hairstyle stays fairly well after a long active day! That being said, this twistback hairstyle can also be worn by girls of all ages, especially as “half-up, half-down” hairstyles are very popular right now! Enjoy! Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, 2 alligator clips, spray wax or hairspray, accessory {if desired}. Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes Skill Level: Medium Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. To begin, comb all the hair away from the face towards the back of the head…
  2. Then with a rat-tail comb, part from left to right in a diagonal direction to create the first “Zig”…
  3. Near the end of the first zig, take the comb and part toward the left to create the next “Zag”.
  4. Repeat this one more time, to create two equal sections of hair on either side, with a nice zig zag part line down the middle…
  5. Now go back to the first triangle section of hair, nearest the face and use a comb to continue the partline down next to the ear, or simply use your finger to create a rough part…
  6. Except that section, pull all remaining hair out of the way and secure until you need it…
  7. Using the hair from the first triangle section, grab a strand of hair near the front and divide it into two equal strands…
  8. Begin a rope twist with those two strands {give the hair a gentle twist to the right before crossing it over each other, to ensure the twist remains tight}…
  9. Repeat a rope twist, adding in hair on both sides with each stitch, until you run out of hair near the ear…
  10. Continue twisting the rest of the strands into a rope braid, and have your daughter hold, or secure with an alligator clip…
  11. Repeat Steps 5-10 on each of the three remaining sections of the Zig Zag, which will give you two rope twists on each side of the head…
  12. Gather all four twists together, combine them, and secure with an elastic into a tieback on the back of the head.
  13. Add hair spray or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Zig-Zag Twistbacks hairstyle! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it! Happy Hairstyling! BrooklyAndBailey‘s video for this week showed us all how to create the most vibrant Easter eggs using ingredients you have at home! Sure beats those pale egg-dying kits you can buy at the store! Simply click below to watch…

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How to Create a Knotted Braid Tieback | Braid Hairstyles

April 06, 2014

During the past five years, we have shown you how to use knots in hairstyles several times, but this is a first for us using them in a tieback.

Knotted Braid Tieback

For today, Brooklyn and I will show you how to create a knotted braid tieback {yes, with me wearing a Marvel Avengers t-shirt… another first}! If you can make the first stitch of tying your shoelaces, you can create this knotted braid!

Knotted Braid Tieback

What I love about this knotted tieback in a half-up half-down hairstyle, is the unique “crown” look that it provides. By adding a cute bow or other accessory, you will have a braided hairstyle that will bring many compliments your way!

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

Knotted Braid Tieback
Knotted Braid Tieback
Knotted Braid Tieback

When we were done, Brooklyn said that this would be a great hairstyle for a flower girl, especially if you added curls to the hair and flowers to accent the braid!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by dividing the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Now, part another straight line about 1-1 ½ inches above the ear going back towards the back of head…
  3. From there, create a new part going from the middle part to the line you just created {you should now have a rectangular section of hair parted out, with remaining hair still falling over the ear}…
  4. While holding this parted section, gather and pull the rest of the hair over the opposite shoulder and secure it out of the way…
  5. At the top corner of the rectangular-parted section, pick up a small piece and divide it into two smaller strands…
  6. Take the back strand over the front strand, wrap the front strand over, then under and pull it through the loop to create the first knot {similar to the first stitch of tying your shoe}…
  7. Similar to a French Braid, add in hair into both strands…
  8. Create a second knot, just like in Step #6, and then add in more hair…
  9. Repeat Steps #6-7  until you have about 5 knots and run out of hair…
  10. When all of your hair is added in, go ahead and create a few more knot stitches without adding any hair, using pomade or hairspray to help hold in flyaways {these extra knots will float freely, allowing for the braid to be tied back behind the head later}…
  11. Secure that braid with an elastic and use a bobby pin to hold the hair in place until you are done with the other side…
  12. Now, repeat the entire process on the other side of the head…
  13. After the second braid is complete, bring both braids back and combine the two into one tieback with an elastic..
  14. Add hairspray and hair accessory {like a bow} to finish off the style.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

By request from their young fans, my daughter Brooklyn filmed a Contacts 101 tutorial on Wednesday that she uploaded to her BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel! If you have young tweens or teens who wear glasses, feel free to let them watch Brooklyn’s contact lens tutorial below…

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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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