Flower Bun Hawk | Hairstyles for Dance

March 06, 2015

Today’s hairstyle tutorial is a guest post from one of my best friends, fellow mommy, and travel buddy! Her name is Jill Ehat, and she’s an up-and-comer braider with a popular Instagram!

Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

I have known Jill since 2007, and she and her husband have such a cute little family, including adorable blonde twins! {We’ve actually used Jill’s twins before, in a Tinkerbell Bun tutorial for Disney!}

Since Jill’s girls have such beautiful blonde hair, something our family does not have, we asked her if she wouldn’t mind contributing a few of her favorite athletic/gym/dance hairstyle tutorials here on CGH! She agreed! Since her girls are active in lots of sports, her tutorials will have more of a focus in those areas.

We’ve all seen this Flower Bun Hawk at dance recitals and cheer competitions, etc, but how many of us actually know how to do it? Today’s the day… this makes the perfect dance hairstyle! Click below to see the video!

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

Flower Bun Hawk | Dance Hairstyles

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

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by teasing the hair, and creating a small pompadour or poof in the front near your forehead, and securing it with bobby pins or an elastic…
  2. Next, section the hair into three even ponytails, securing each with a clear elastic {you can use hair gel or spray wax for extra hold}…
  3. Begin with the top-most ponytail and divide it into three even sections…
  4. Take one section, add a little dry shampoo or spray wax, and tease the roots just slightly {this will add a little grip and help keep the hairstyle in securely}…
  5. Roll this section forward by holding two fingers on the end and wrapping two fingers from the other hand in the hair toward the face {roll it down until it reaches the scalp and then secure using 2 crossed bobby pins}…
  6. Repeat Steps #4-5 on the remaining two sections of Ponytail #1…
  7. Optional Tip:  Add an elastic about 3 inches from the ends of the hair and use this to help keep ends together as you roll the hair down to head.
  8. Repeat Steps #3-5 on the remaining two ponytails, until all three flower buns are pinned into place…
  9. Now go back and pin or tweak any strands that are loose {you can use this time to really make sure each bun takes on the perfect flower shape…
  10. Add hairspray for extra hold, and accessories, if desired.

If you love Jill’s Flower Bun Hawk tutorial, be sure to comment below and let us know so that we can invite her back again! We hope you enjoy her tutorials as much as we do!

Happy Hairstyling!

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Twisted Edge Fishtail Combo | Braid and Updo

March 01, 2015

There have been so many viewer requests, sending in photos and asking for us to create a tutorial for this Twisted Edge Fishtail hairstyle. This isn’t a new technique, as it was inspired by my great friend at Princess Hairstyles late last year.

Twisted Edge Fishtail Combo | Prom Updo's

We love the braid so much, that we decided to develop a braid combo with it including an option for a beautiful updo! {Yes, its almost Prom season and everyone soon will be looking for Prom hairstyles!}

The stitching for this braid can be confusing, so pay careful attention to its pattern. Once you get it down, particularly on the edges, this braid is a cinch! The twisting comes in as you switch strands on the outer edges. Watch the video below and it will give you the best idea of what we are talking about…

Because this braid is so tight, it’s perfect for cheer, dance, and any other sports, etc. The bun version is perfect for ballet, Homecoming, Prom, gymnastics, or to simply dress up your day. We LOVE them both!

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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: #CGHTwistedEdgeFishtail

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair in a high ponytail {can be done in wet or dry hair, I did it here with wet hair}, and, optionally, add a fun accent braid or twist leading into the ponytail {I added a Dutch Braid down the center of the head}….
  2. Split the ponytail into two sections…
  3. Now take a small strand from the outer-left section and cross it over the remaining left strand and add it into the right section, then do the same on the right {these two steps are necessary to create a regular fishtail braid stitch}…
  4. Then, take a similar small strand from the outer-right section and have your daughter hold it with her right hand…
  5. Likewise, take another small section from the outer left edge and have your daughter hold it with her left hand…
  6. Again, take a piece of hair from the outer-right strand and cross it over the remaining right strand, adding it into the left section…
  7. Then, similarly take a piece of hair from the outer-left strand and cross it over the remaining left strand, adding it into the right section {this completes the second regular fishtail braid stitch}…
  8. You next take another small section of hair from the outer-right strand, but this time trade it with the piece your daughter is holding in her right hand, and take it UNDER the new section…
  9. Add this traded piece of hair into the left section of the hair…
  10. Conversely, take another small section of hair from the outer-left section, but this time trade it with the piece your daughter is holding in her left hand, and take it UNDER the new section…
  11. Add this traded piece of hair into the right section of the hair {these two steps create the twisted edge in the fishtail braid we are looking for}…
  12. Now complete a regular fishtail stitch…
  13. Repeat Steps #7-11 until you run out of hair…
  14. At the end of the braid, add the last two pieces of twisted edge into the regular fishtail and secure with a hair elastic…
  15. Optional: At this point you can leave the braid as is or you can wrap it up into a bun shape.  Use bobby pins to secure in place.
  16. Optional: Add hairspray and a bow/ribbon as an accent, if desired.

Thanks also to everyone who attended out meet-up at the PS from Aero store in Dallas yesterday, despite the icy roads! For those of you who couldn’t attend, you can still get 20% off your purchase by using coupon code CuteHair! We will be doing more meet-ups soon, so stay tuned!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, Brooklyn and Bailey posted their February Favorites. Have you seen it yet? If not, feel free to click below… what are your current favorites?

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DIY Faux Waterfall Headband

February 22, 2015

Since Bailey has cheer in the mornings, and early-morning seminary before that, she has to get up at 4:45 am to get ready for school.  As such, she’s become a master at quick and easy hairstyles, and this DIY Faux Waterfall Braid Headband is one she absolutely loves!

Faux Waterfall Braid Headband

This hairstyle is one Bailey has been wearing a lot lately, and it literally only takes 2 minutes to create! In fact, it is so easy that even a daddy can do it! Learn how by clicking the video below…

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

If you know how to create a simple 3-strand braid, you can do this! This is also a perfect hairstyle if you are growing out your bangs, as the faux braid keeps them out of your face in that in-between growing phase {with your bangs becoming the waterfall-en strands}.

Faux Waterfall Braid Headband Faux Waterfall Braid HeadbandAt the end of the tutorial, Bailey also shares a few tricks to help keep the waterfall strands looking great!

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

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair curled {Bailey used a flat iron to get her curls}…
  2. On your preferred side, create a deep side part {it needs to be very deep, we started near the end of one eyebrow}…
  3. Next, create a small section of hair next to the deep part line and begin a regular 3-strand braid…
  4. Braid down about 8 inches and secure the braid with a small hair elastic…
  5. On the side of the braid closest to the crown, you will be working with the backside bumps along the braid, also called the elbows…
  6. Grab the outside edge of the very first stitch and pull it away from the braid a ittle bit, and sticking your pointer finger and thumb through the hole you just created…
  7. Now, grab a small section of hair from the front of your head by your forehead and pull it through the loop and towards the back of your head…
  8. Continue Steps #6-7 for each elbow of the braid, until you have reached the end of your other eyebrow and used up all your bangs {usually 5-6 sections}…
  9. Next, take the end of the braid and tuck it under the hair on the side/back, and secure into place with a bobby pin…
  10. Allow the hair to fall back over the top of the braid…
  11. Lift up the waterfall strands on top, and using a rat-tooth comb, tease the underside of the hair to keep the strands laying straight back and volumized…
  12. Optional: Feel free to pancake the front elbows of the braid to create and added pop and accent to the braid.
  13. Add hairspray.

Please comment below if you loved Bailey’s DIY Faux Waterfall Braid Headband hairstyle today, and feel free to leave suggestions for future tutorials.

Happy Hairstyling!

Don’t forget to watch BrooklynAndBailey‘s video from last week where they filmed the What’s in My Mouth challenge! It’s hilarious! Simply click below to view…

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How to Get Diffused Curls

February 16, 2015

You’ve likely seen a recurring style theme on me in most of our videos going back for years. I love to wear curls and waves! Viewers have been asking for these tutorials for a long time, yet we hadn’t actually filmed one for my favorite curly style… until today!

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This week, we are showing you how to get salon-quality Diffused Curls at home! I was inspired to do it by our participation in Suave Professionals’ Style It Yourself program. Yes, this technique is my secret weapon… and has to be one of our most-requested tutorials ever!

Simply click below to see the video tutorial!

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

The steps to this technique are very easy. All you need to begin is damp hair, an excellent curl-defining mousse, and a hair dryer {with a diffuser attachment}.

You’ll notice that my damp hair starts with a little bit of wave, I want to add a more voluminous curl without using direct heat. I’ve seen girls with more straight hair than I have get beautiful curl using this technique. {My daughter Kamri is a good example!}

Diffused Curls

I then add Suave Professionals Luxe Curl Mousse to my hair, making sure that I get it in the base of the hair, and then drag it down the ends.

Diffused Curls

The diffuser is essential, as it slows down the air and disperses it evenly from the dryer while its fingers gently separate the hair strands without blowing out your curl. Using this technique without good product and the diffuser {using a hair dryer only} will likely leave your hair frizzy.

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It is important to scrunch the hair with your hand as you dry it, which combined with the product, is what helps lock in the curl.

Diffused Curl

Once the hair is nearly dry, I flip my head back up and set my part line. Then I finalize the curls around my face with the dryer, and there is the final look!

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Sometimes it’s not always about the style, but the base! You know that look that many updos have, with a beautiful curly base? You can use these curls for that, and any number of hairstyle combinations {accent braids, fishtail braids, buns, Dutch Braids, twists, French braids, pancake braids, side braids, etc}. You can now up your hair game knowing this curl technique!

Items Needed: Hair dryer, diffuser attachment, Suave Professionals Luxe Curl Mousse, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with damp hair…
  2. Add in mousse, I use a generous amount ensuring that I have a little spread all over my thick hair {the mousse will help define the curls, but will still leave the hair soft and frizz resistant}…
  3. Grab your blow dryer and add the diffuser attachment {a diffuser helps to disperse the air coming out of the blow dryer.  Without it, the air is too strong and will blow your curls out of shape and cause them to frizz.  The little fingers on the diffuser will also help to separate the hair as it dries}…
  4. Next, flip your head upside down and shake it a few times {this allows the hair and any curl you have to settle into its natural fall pattern}…
  5. Turn the blow dryer to medium, and begin drying at the ends of your hair…
  6. Gently move the diffuser in and out of your hair in an upward motion {don’t be too forceful with your hair}.
  7. Then, while drying, take your free hand and gently “scrunch” your hair as it dries {this, along with the product, is what helps lock in curls}…
  8. As you reach the top of your head, use the diffuser to dry your roots a bit {you can do this by placing the diffuser closer to the roots for just a second or two}…
  9. Continue this pattern on all then air until it is about 85% dry…
  10. Then, flip your head back up and set your part line as well as the front curls around the face {if I need a little more curl, I make sure to diffuse a bit more around my face and scrunch with my hand.  This is all specific to your personal taste, and how much curl and structure you want.  Remember that this is a NATURAL curl style so it’s not meant to be perfect or too uniform.  The beauty in the style lies in the unique curl patterns and definition brought out by the mousse}…
  11. Depending on your hair, the curl may look too voluminous. Don’t worry, your hair will settle after a few minutes…
  12. At this point, you can add in a little hairspray for extra hold, and to finish the look.
  13. Add in an accent braid to complete the look {if desired}.

Please leave a comment below if you would like to see more curly hairstyles, or any other hairstyle ideas for future posts that you may have!

Happy Hairstyling!

Don’t forget to watch BrooklynAndBailey‘s video from last week where they teach us 3 Cute Lip Looks! Simply click below…

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Cute Heart Ponytail | Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

February 08, 2015

It’s that time of year again, where we start seeing heart hairstyles everywhere! Just take a look at your Instagram explore feed! With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, not every girl is OK with wearing a huge heart braid on her head… especially older teenagers like my twins!

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Every year, we try hard to come up with at least one hairstyle that is subtle enough, yet still festive for the Valentin’s holiday. Today’s Heart Ponytail tutorial is one that is sleek enough, with a subtle heart accent, that older girls and women will wear it and love it.

To see how we created this cute ponytail, simply click the video below:

In fact, Brooklyn volunteered to be my model this day, and while we were out filming the outside shots, several women stopped by to watch. You could hear them whispering to each other, commenting on Brooklyn and how cute they thought the ponytail was! Anytime we took a break, they would come up to me and ask how how we created the heart!

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

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It only takes about 3 minutes to create this hairstyle, very little time at all, and I guarantee you will get compliments all day long!

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, pomade or spray wax, 1 ponytail holder, 1-2 small bobby pins, 2 small clear hair elastics, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling the hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Secure with a ponytail holder {I added two holders because Brooklyn’s hair is thick and it helps give the ponytail more lift}…
  3. I pulled back on the hair on top, to give more volume, and you may also wish to pull out a strand on either side of the face to frame the style…
  4. Take a thin section of hair from the underside of the ponytail, and wrap it around the elastics to hide them, and secure with 1-2 small bobby pins…
  5. Now move down the ponytail about 3-4 inches and add a clear elastic…
  6. Grab another thin section of hair {about the thickness of a pencil} from the underside of the ponytail…
  7. Divide the rest of the ponytail into two even sections and pull the small section upward in between them {the small section should now be coming from underneath of the ponytail and up through the middle}…
  8. Take the small section, divide it into two even sections, add some spray wax or pomade to each strand, and then twist them upward and outward 1-2 times {this helps in creating the heart shape}…
  9. Now, bring the ends back together again and join them with the rest of the ponytail using another clear elastic…
  10. Gently pull on the twisted loops to form your very pretty, perfect heart shape accent…
  11. Add hairspray {if desired}.

So, what are your family traditions for Valentine’s Day? I love hearing your ideas. Please leave a comment below!

Shaun gets up early every Februrary 14th to make us pink heart pancakes with bacon, eggs, strawberries, and strawberry milk. Shaun and I then send flowers to the girls during school. It’s funny, because all their friends end up thinking they have a secret admirer… the kids love it!

Happy Hairstyling!

You’ll all get a kick out of the video Brooklyn and Kamri filmed one day when Bailey was away cheering for a game. It’s called The Smoothie Challenge, where you draw from among 10 great smoothie ingredients, and 10 disgusting ingredients, blend them, and drink it! You can find the video on BrooklynAndBailey’s YouTube channel, or simply click below!

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