Peek-a-Boo Tuxedo Braid | Creative Hairstyles

April 12, 2015

My “to-do” list of hairstyle tutorials is several pages long, and it doesn’t seem to get any shorter! The twins are adding more to the list, as are many of you readers… and we love it!

This Tuxedo Braid hairstyle has been on my list for about eight months now, it’s one that we’ve done from time to time on the girls after first seeing it online a few years ago.

Tuxedo Braid

Back then, Kamri started calling it the Tuxedo Braid, because the inside Dutch Braid looks like the ruffles of a vintage tuxedo, with the outer loose French Braid acting like the jacket of the tux. {The kids’ recognize blue tuxes like that from my in-law’s wedding photo.}

Tuxedo Braid

This braid has also been called a Peek-A-Boo Braid. I am not sure from where the style originated, but a couple of viewers have tagged us on FB or sent in emails, one of them, Gabi, with a photo for a much more relaxed version of this braid from Cosmopolitan’s website. We decided to bump it up the list and finally film a tutorial on it. Diane Kruger also wore it to the 2014 Fashion Awards show. While I like Cosmo’s interpretation, the version we’ve always done uses a higher hide of the Dutch Braid, just like a tux’s jacket.

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

I would definitely recommend doing this hairstyle on someone else first, just to get the hang of it. Making sure to center both braids can be difficult without a good set of bathroom mirrors, or eyes on the back of your head!

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This style can be created wet or dry, loose or tight… it all depends on the look that you are going for. If you have thinner hair, be sure to use a good hairspray or spray wax to help hold in flyaway from the loose French Braid sections.

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastichairspray or spray wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with the hair down and brushed, I prefer the hair to be straight for this hairstyle…
  2. Next, part the hair beginning at the highest point of left eyebrow {about 1 inch off center}, parting it down from the forehead to base of the neck…
  3. Then make a second part, same as the first, above the highest point of the right eyebrow all the way down to the base of the neck, giving you about a 2 inch center parted stripe down the middle of the head…
  4. Secure the two outside sections of hair out of the way, into low ponytails while yo work on the center section.
  5. With the newly parted center section of hair, begin a simple 3-strand Dutch Braid, and continue it all the way down to the nape of the neck and secure it there with a hair elastic {leave the remainder of that hair unbraided}…
  6. Go back and pancake {tug on the elbows} the Dutch Braid so that it lays flatter and gives a fuller and flatter look {this braid will give the hairstyle the ruffled shirt look of a vintage tuxedo}…
  7. Now, release the two low ponytails on either side of the head and pick up a small section of hair, on both sides of the part line, near the crown of the head…
  8. Then divide those two strands into three sections and begin a loose French Braid {the loose version is also called a Mermaid Braid}…
  9. You want this braid to be a loose braid so be sure to hold the strands softly in your hands, instead of tighly {It is easier to do if you braid the hair away from the head a bit, instead of right against the head}…
  10. Pick up strands from either side of the head, to add into the French Braid as you work your way down, but, again, don’t pull them tightly {you want this to cover about the bottom half of the Dutch Braid, just like a tuxedo jacket would, but not the upper half}…
  11. When you reach the nape of the neck, and have run out of hair to add in from the sides, you can leave the hair as is in a “half-up, half down” hairstyle, or continue on with a simple 3-strand braid…
  12. Secure with an elastic, and add hairspray or spray wax {optional} to help hold the hair and control flyaways.

Please watch our step-by-step video tutorial for this braid by clicking below!

Hope you loved this post, and please leave a comment below telling us if you’ve watched our family’s Spring Break in Dubai vlog!

Happy Hairstyling!

BONUS VIDEO! The twins’ uploaded a cute Q&A video with their younger sister, Rylan, this week, and it is super funny! Rylan is a pure joy to have around, and her larger-than-life personality and humor make her a favorite for many viewers. Click below to see for yourself!

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How to Create a Dragon Braid

April 05, 2015

Happy Easter! This week’s hairstyle isn’t anything new, as you’ve likely seen it around everywhere from the catwalk to fashion magazines, but we’re just now getting around to filming a tutorial on it. This has been one of Brooklyn’s favorite braids for a few months now, which is why she volunteered to be our model today.

Dragon Braid | Hairstyles for Girls

This hairstyle is generally called the Dragon Braid, as it mimics the bumpy scales down the spine of the dragon. You know, a lot like you’d see down the backs and tails of alligators and crocodiles today?

To see the video, click below!

I would recommend this hairstyle for an edgier outfit, or for sports, as it holds nicely. It can be done either wet or dry, depending on the final look you want, and how many flyaway you have. {For the latter, I would recommend a good hairspray or spray wax to hold the flyaway down.}

Dragon Braid | Hairstyles for Girls Dragon Braid | Hairstyles for Girls

Brooklyn’s Outfit Details:
Shirt: Forever 21 | Shorts: Cherokee @Target | Necklace: Forever 21 | Earrings: Nordstrom

Dragon Braid | Hairstyles for Girls

We are categorizing this hairstyle as Hard, due to the overdirecting of the braid along the part lines. It seems easy to do, but my first try it took me two to three attempts before i got it down! After that, this braid was easy to create!

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

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 2 ponytail holders, 2 hair elastics, spray bottle, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray or spray wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head, and securing one section out of the way temporarily with a ponytail holder….
  2. Next, just above the eyebrow on one section, begin a 3-strand Dutch Lace Braid, by only adding hair to the outside edge {it’s very important to keep the edge of the lace braid right next to the middle part line, as you don’t want any space between the braid and the part line itself}…
  3. To do this, I will overdirect the hair by braiding with my hands actually on the opposite side of the part line {I find that when I do this, my braid lays right on the part line nicely, which is essential to this braid}…
  4. Continue to braid dow the head by adding hair only the outside strands of your Dutch Lace Braid, being sure to overdirect the braid so it lies next to the part line…
  5. When you run out of hair at the base of the head, go back and pancake only the inside edge of the lace braid, the side closes to the part line, {I like to make my pancaked elbows really big on this braid, so that they stand up high and really shows off the dragon scale effect we are going for}…
  6. When you finish pancaking the one side, go ahead and continue the remainder of the hair in a simple 3-strand braid, pancake those inside edges only, and secure with a hair elastic…
  7. Now repeat Steps #2-6 on the other side of the head, and then securing both braids together at the end with only one hair elastic…
  8. VITAL STEP: At the top of the braid, gently squeeze together the two braids so that the pancaked edge pop up off the head, then, using a bobby pin, grab a little of each braid’s side and then secure the pin firmly so that the braid sits tightly together…
  9. Continue down the braid line, gently squeezing the braids together, as you did in Step #8, pinning as you go so that the braid begins to look like a row of dragon scales all the way down to the elastic…
  10. Go back and adjust your pancaked edges so that the braid is to your liking, then add hairspray or spray wax to help keep down flyaways.

If you loved this tutorial and video, please do let us know below! Also, comment below with what is your favorite part of Spring!

Happy Hairstyling!

Mindy’s Outfit Details:
Shirt: Merona @Target | Pants: American Eagle | Necklace {similar}: Forever 21 | Earrings: Target

If you missed the super-cute recap of our Spring Break to Dubai trip, Brooklyn and Bailey uploaded it to their YouTube channel this week! To watch it, simply click below!

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Rope Twisted Bun | Hairstyles for Prom

March 29, 2015

Today’s hairstyle tutorial is part of our Prom series, where we show you cute hairstyles you can wear to your Prom, Homecoming, or other formal event.

Rope Twisted Bun | Prom Hairstyles

The twins were in LA this week to attend the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards, so Kamri offered to sit in. Simply click below to watch the video tutorial…

Rope twists are the easiest braids to create. This undo uses two rope twists that are then wrapped around each other and secured into a high bun. By fluffing the rope twists and leaving out a few curly strands/tendrils in the front by the face, this becomes the perfect Prom hairstyle!

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

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For athletic events, all you have to to twist your rope twists tightly, adding pomade or hairspray to them, and then wrapping them tightly into a bun and securing them. {For sports, or ballet, do not fluff the rope braids as I did in the video… keep them tight.}

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 2 small hair elastics, 8-10 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair in the middle of head, and dividing into two even sections {for an older look, add curls and tease the hair before creating the ponytails.  You can also leave a few curly tendrils to frame the face}…
  2. Take each section and secure it into a ponytail on the back of the head with a ponytail holder {make sure to keep the ponytails as close to the middle part line as possible}…
  3. Now create a rope twist in each ponytail {you do this by dividing each ponytail into two even strands and then twisting the right most strand clockwise tightly one full turn, and then crossing it under the left most strand, repeating over and over again}…
  4. Then secure each rope twist with a hair elastic…
  5. Optional Step: If you are using this hairstyle for athletics or dance you can leave the rope twists tight.  If you are using this hairstyle for prom or an updo you may want to loosen the hair a tiny bit at this stage by pulling gently on each side of the twist to separate the them and make them more full looking…
  6. Now take the right-most twist and loop it under the left twist, up and over the elastic, and over the top of the two ponytail bases…
  7. Secure the end with a bobby pin to hold it in place while you what the 2nd twist…
  8. Now take the left rope twist and take it clockwise under the right ponytail, and up and over the two elastics, securing it with a bobby pin…
  9. Go back and secure the remaining hair with bobby pins until the whole bun feels secure and with the desired look…
  10. Add any accessories and hairspray {if desired}.

Thank you so much for following our posts, and if you loved this easy Rope Twisted Bun updo tutorial, please let us know in the comment section below! We’d be happy to make more Prom tutorials!

Happy Hairstyling!

The twins found a lost video deep on their hard drive, one that they had filmed early last summer that made its way onto their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel last Wednesday. It was a Baby Food Challenge, where they had to taste baby food and guess what it was! Be sure to watch the entire video by clicking below!

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Dutch Accent Ponytail | Short Hairstyles

March 27, 2015

So, a few weeks ago, Bailey posted an “Outfit-of-the-Day” {OOTD} photo on Instagram of the clothing she put together and everyone commented by asking what it was that she had done with her hair. We’ve never filmed a tutorial for this hairstyle, as it was one she had been making on her own, so we decided post her video of it today!

Dutch Accent Ponytail | Short Hairstyles

I love this quick Dutch Accent Ponytail hairstyle because it is so easy to create and something you can do in under two to three minutes in the morning. It can also be done on either wet or dry hair.

You can watch the tutorial below…

If you know how to create a simple Dutch Braid, this tutorial will be very easy for you. You can incorporate this in any number of combinations and choose to also hair wrap the ponytail, if you wish.

Dutch Accent Ponytail | Short Hairstyles

I love seeing Bailey step into my shoes on our blog and YouTube channel. The grow up so fast, don’t they? She’s developed such a cute on-screen personality, and I think Bailey is more comfortable filming tutorials than I am! Here are a few more shots…

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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: #CGHDutchAccentPony

The point of this hairstyle is for it to be simple, and easy to do, but with a super cute look. You can add a base of curls to it, add a bow or other accessory, etc, as well.

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

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by picking up a medium sizes section of hair at the top near your forehead, as start a Dutch braid…
  2. Continue with the Dutch braid, adding in hair on both sides, until it reaches your ear…
  3. While loosely holding the hair, go back and pancake the elbows of the braid to your liking…
  4. Then go proceed and finish off the strands with a simple braid {a regular three strand braid}, securing it with an elastic band…
  5. Next, pull the rest of your hair up into a ponytail, high or low, depending on your taste, and don’t forget to add the braid into your ponytail before you securing it with a ponytail holder…
  6. Fee free to go back again and touch up the pancaking in the Dutch braid, and section out a few thin strands of wispy hair on the sides of the face, between the temple and ear, and at the forehead corners, to soften the look…
  7. {Optional} Add a hair wrap to hide the ponytail holder, and add hairspray and accessory.

As always, thanks again for following our posts, and if you enjoyed this easy Dutch Accent Ponytail hairstyle tutorial by Bailey, please let her know in the comment section below!

Happy Hairstyling!

So you all know that I showed you BrooklynAndBailey‘s Easter Egg tutorial from last week. What did we do with the eggs? Well, you’ll have a great time laughing as they play Easter Egg Roulette with raw and hard-boiled versions of the eggs! To watch the video, click below…

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Pull-Through Fishtail Braid Combo

March 15, 2015

Our hairstyle today is inspired by both a Pull-Through Braid and a Fishtail Braid, beautifully combined into a combo that we first saw from Blohaute on Instagram. Brooklyn fell in love with this hairstyle first, and brought it to me volunteering to be my model! Doesn’t it look great?

Pull-Through Fishtail Braid Combo

You can watch the video tutorial for this braid by clicking below…

This isn’t a complex braided hairstyle, although it really does look that way. We’ve shown you how to create a Pull-Through Braid before, and by now everyone hopefully knows how to Fishtail Braid.

Today we are blending these two braids into a gorgeous combo that we are certain you will love!

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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: #CGHPullThruFishtail

You can style this hair dry, like I did here, or wet. Feel free to also use a pomade, gel, or spray wax if you want a slicked-back look that would be perfect for dance or other athletics.

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions: 

  1. Begin by teasing the crown area of hair, and pulling it back into a poof or pompadour {hair parting for this section should be about 2 inches above the ears}…
  2. Next, secure this section of hair with an elastic and clip forward out of the way…
  3. Then part off another section of hair about 1 inch above the ears,  and secure them together with an elastic…
  4. Now, unclip the 1st ponytail of hair and split it in half, straddling the sections on either side of the 2nd ponytail…
  5. Clip the second ponytail up and out of the way…
  6. Gather another section of hair from the tops of the ears back {grab this hair and combine it with the end strands from the 1st ponytail, and secure with an elastic}…
  7. Let the 2nd ponytail of hair split in half and straddle each side of the 3rd ponytail, and then clip the 3rd ponytail out of the way…
  8. Repeat these steps over and over until you run out of hair {generally 4-5 ponytails}…
  9. On the last section, grab the ends of the ponytail, allowing them split and fall on either side of the 5th ponytail, and secure them underneath with an elastic…
  10. At this point, I go back and pancake the top pull-through braid sections, tugging on the elbows until they are about 2-3 times their original size…
  11. I then take all of the hair at the bottom of the pull-through braid, split it in half, and begin a REVERSE Fishtail {taking hair from the outer strands and crossing them under and into the opposing strand}…
  12. Once you have completely the fishtail go back and pancake the edges to give it a nice puffy look and an seamless integration into the pull-through braid above.
  13. Add hairspray or accessories {if desired}.

Want a few super cute Easter Egg decorating ideas? BrooklynAndBailey share with you a few of their favorite ideas they found on Pinterest! To watch the video, click below…

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