Pancaked Bun of Braids | Updo Hairstyles

July 20, 2014

Based upon the number of views, we can tell you’ve all loved our Rope Twisted Bun from a few months back! As lovely as that hairstyle is, it can take awhile to create.

Bun of Braids

So, this week, Kamri and I thought it would be fun to show you another of our adorable textured bun hairstyles, that uses some of the same techniques, only much faster to complete!

Bun of Braids

This style is called the Pancaked Bun of Braids! The updo uses a bun maker/donut over a ponytail, and is exactly what the name states… a bun full of pancaked braids! {If you do not have a bun maker, you can make one simply by cutting the toe off of a long sock, and then rolling up the sock.}

There are a few tricks to getting this bun just right, and in this tutorial {particularly the video} I will show you several tips on how to do this.

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To see your recreation featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHBunOfBraids

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This hairstyle would be perfect for dance, gymnastics, ballet, cheer, weddings, Prom, Homecoming, or for every day wear!  You can dress it up by wearing something formal, or dress it down with a cute t-shirt and jeans.

The best thing about this beautiful bun, is that it can last you for two days!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bun maker, 1 small hair elastic, 6-8 hair pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair in a high ponytail…
  2. Put the ponytail of hair through the middle of a bun maker, and let the hair natural separate and fall until it covers the entire bun maker…
  3. Now create a little separation in one spot on the bun maker {this is where you will begin your first braid}…
  4. Gather about one inch of hair, and begin a simple braid {the braid needs to be somewhat loose, don’t pull it too tight as you braid}…
  5. Braid down this length of hair about 6-8 inches, enough to wrap around the bun maker once, and that’s it…
  6. Now, stick your fingers down through the middle of the bun maker, and underneath it, grabbing the end of the braid and pulling it through {this wraps the braid once around the bun maker}…
  7. Next, taking that same braid, separate any still braided hair so that all the hair in the strand is loose again…
  8. Add in about ½ inch of new hair to your first strand, making sure to mix the hair thoroughly by running your fingers through it {ensuring that the short strand is now evenly mixed with the longer new strand}…
  9. Now, divide your newly-created section of hair into three even strands and begin a regular a new three strand braid {again, only braid down about 6-8 inches}…
  10. Reach your fingers down through the bun maker, and underneath it, and pull through this braid, making another braid wrap around the bun.
  11. Next, take a hair pin, and pin together the very outside edges of the two braids, on the underside of the bun {helping to cover the bun maker}…
  12. Now loosen any left over braiding to the strand, and add in a new 1/2 inch section of hair once again…
  13. Complete Steps #8-12 until you have used up all remaining hair…
  14. One your last braid, continue with a simple braid all the way down the strand, and secure with an elastic…
  15. Wrap this braid around the bun maker as many times as you can, keeping in mind that it needs to be loose enough to pancake it {the number of wraps depends on your hair length, for Kamri’s I wrapped it twice around and pinned the end inside the bun} …
  16. Now go back and pancake the braids by tugging on the elbows of the braids, to create a full textured effect to the bun {you really want the braids to be nice and flat, which will very much help hide the bun maker}…
  17. Use hair pins, to help make the bun have a perfect look…
  18. Add an accessory and hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think updo! To where would you wear this style?

Happy Hairstyling!

We’ve been traveling a lot this summer, and our twins are now in Utah for two weeks without us! {Yes, I miss them terribly!} So, in preparation for the trip, the girls filmed a teen “Airplane Essentials” and uploaded it on Wednesday to their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! Simply click below to see a haul of what they take with them on a plane! Great tips!

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Diagonal French Loop Braid | Cute Braid Hairstyles

July 13, 2014

Today’s hairstyle is inspired by the combination of the Diagonal Bow Braid and the Zipper Braid. Brooklyn volunteered to be my model, because she loves these kinds of braids.

Diagonal French Loop Braid

This hairstyle is called a Diagonal French Loop Braid.

We went with a French Braid as the base, because Brooklyn and I really wanted the loops to be the main feature of the hairstyle. You can also use a Dutch Braid, but I felt it would drown out the loops a bit.

Diagonal French Loop Braid

You can also do this style with either dry or wet hair, depending on how “messy” you want the braid to look. We show you how to create this hairstyle with wet hair.

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We listed this hairstyle as “hard” in skill level, only because the stranding is difficult to keep track of. Once you have the pattern down, however, you can create this braid in less than 5 minutes.

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To see your recreations featured in our app, below this video, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFrenchLoopBraid

If you are looking to impress your friends, this Diagonal French Loop Braid will certainly do it! I promise! {And it only takes about 10-12 minutes to create!}

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by brushing all the hair back away from the face…
  2. Now, take a small section of hair, near the temple, and divide in into three smaller strands…
  3. Begin a simple French Braid by completing one stitch {you will braid down diagonally around the back} …
  4. On the outside strand of the French Braid, the strand closest to the ear, section off a small piece of hair and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of the way}…
  5. Pick up some new hair from the bottom {not the piece you just removed} and add it into the bottom strand, like you would in a regular French Braid…
  6. Next, cross the new gathered strand over the middle strand…
  7. Now, on the outside strand nearest the top of the head, again, section off a smaller strand of hair, and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of way}…
  8. Add in some new hair to the top section, like you would in a normal French braid…
  9. Cross the entire gathered section of hair over the middle strand…
  10. Go back to the outside edge, nearest the ear again, and section off a small strand of hair and hand it to someone to hold {or clip it out of the way}.
  11. Now reach underneath and grab the first tiny strand of hair you originally handed to her {or clipped out of the way}.
  12. Add that small stand of hair into the original bottom section, while also picking up some new hair to add in…
  13. Cross that entire gathered section over the middle strand…
  14. Repeat Steps #4-13, using the two outside edge strands, over and over again…
  15. After you braid about 3-4 full stitches down, go back and gently tug on the first loops you had created {See video for exact details. This will loosen the loops, and create the fun lacy look you see in the photos.}
  16. Continue this entire process in a diagonal direction across the back of the head…
  17. When you get to the nape of neck and run out of hair to add in, simply continue the same braiding pattern, minus the “adding in hair” step {you will have the same looped/lacy look, but on a simple braid}….
  18. Secure with an elastic, and add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Diagonal French Loop Braid hairstyle! I am sure you could come up with some wonderful updos using this braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

It is getting hot here in Texas! The girls are having fun finding fun, and healthy, treats to freeze! Right now, they are on a Frozen Banana Pop kick, having lots of fun creating new and delicious recipes for them! This week, they uploaded a DIY tutorial for Banana Pops to their BrooklynAndBailey’s YouTube channel! WARNING, watching the video below will make you hungry

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Fishtail-Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

March 23, 2014

More likely because our girls are more into dance and cheer more than they are in other sports or athletics, we have been lacking in the Sport Hairstyles category.

So today, CGH#3 decided she wanted to show you an awesome one! Below you will learn exactly how to create a Fishtail-Accented Ponytail.

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This is one of her personal hairstyle favorites, because it spices up a regular old ponytail. {If you can’t tell, we’ve been on a fishtail braid kick lately!} We added a pompadour on top, and the micro-fishtail braid and hair-wrap as accents to the ponytail. It looks a lot better this way, right?

Simply click here if you do not know how to Fishtail Braid.

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHFishtailAccentPony

Fishtail Braid Ponytail

Fishtail Accented Ponytail | Hairstyles for Sports

Like I mentioned, CGH#3 actually picked this style for today, and wanted to be sure we filmed it on her. I also think it looks SOOOOO good on her!

Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

She is also proud to let me know that she has been the model for nearly 50% of our tutorials since 2008! I had no idea she was keeping count! {Also, be sure to stay until the end of the video to see her at 18 months old!}

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 2 small hair elastics, 3-4 small bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 6-8 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sectioning off a square section of hair at the front top of the head…
  2. Then, to create a pompadour, tease it a little to add some volume underneath and then smooth the top of the hair over with a smoothing brush…
  3. Next, secure this section with an hair elastic that matches your hair color {ensuring that it poofs up a little at the front for added shape and volume}…
  4. Then, fishtail braid this section and then secure with another hair elastic that matches the hair color…
  5. Clip this braid out of the way for a few minutes….
  6. Now, pull the rest of the hair back to base of neck and secure into a tight, low ponytail with a ponytail holder…
  7. Take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail elastic, to hide it, and secure with bobby pins…
  8. Now unclip the fishtail and place it directly-centered, straight down the head and over the hair wrapped section…
  9. Use a couple of bobby pins to secure it against the head near where the ponytail is secured {for sports, you may opt to add another ponytail holder here, instead of the bobby pins, for added security}…
  10. Lastly, add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

It is already Spring, and my kids are getting Spring Fever badly! Don’t believe me? Look at what my twins created last week for their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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Diagonal Bow Braid | Popular Hairstyles

November 07, 2013

In May 2012, we posted our Bow Braid tutorial which was a hit, with now nearly 4.3 million views!

In that video, we showed you how to create the basic bows in a French braid, and showed you various live examples on my other girls of hairstyles where you can incorporate the bow braid.

Diagonal Bow Braid | Popular HairstylesOf all the styles we showed in that video, viewers overwhelmingly asked for a detailed tutorial on this Diagonal Bow Braid.  We must have received thousands of requests in that time, but are just now getting around to filming it for you!

Making the bows really is not that difficult once you get the hang of it, as I am sure you will agree.

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It appears that our viewers were having difficulty figuring out where to get the extra hair to incorporate into the bows. In the video I show you exactly how to part the hair, which is really the trick to understanding the hairstyle.

One of my daughters wore this around Disneyland one day earlier this week and we must have had over 100 compliments on it!  I am sure you will see the same thing!

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

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair {I part a section beginning at the end of her right eyebrow, on a diagonal, to about an inch above her left ear}…
  2. Next, take the part to her forehead with a straight line {I know this is a strange part, but it creates just the right look when the style is finished}…
  3. Secure the parted section out of the way for now…
  4. Go back to top of the right ear, and begin a diagonal French braid running along the back of the head…
  5. When you run out of hair to add into the braid, continue with a simple braid and secure with an elastic.
  6. Now, release the section of hair on top and brush straight.  This hair will be used to create the bows {you can add water, pomade, or hair wax to add extra precision to the strands you incorporate into the bows}…
  7. Take a hairpin and slide it through the first top stitch in your French braid…
  8. Next, take a small strand of hair from the top section and form a loop with it…
  9. Slide the loop through the hairpin end and hold onto the loop with your left hand…
  10. Now, gently tug the hairpin back through the loop of braid.  As it pulls through, it will also bring the hair tail through and create a another loop, creating the bow look.
  11. When the bow is complete, remove the hairpin {you can add an extra twist to one of the loops so that the bow lays and looks better}…
  12. Let the ends of that bow fall to the left of the braid, where  they will be hidden in the next bow you create…
  13. Continue making bows all along the braid, placing them in each top stitch of the French braid…
  14. Add hairspray or spray wax when finished for a better hold {as desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Bonus Video: Want to see me freak out at seeing a spider on my back patio? Really, truly scared me nearly to death! Simply click the video below to watch! {Please do not make fun of me! I really am deathly afraid of them!}

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How to Get Deep Waves | Curled Hairstyles

October 20, 2013

Don’t forget to hashtag your own photo recreations of these waves by using #CGHDeepWaves on Instagram and Twitter… they just might be reposted by us!

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Many of you have asked how I have achieved the waves worn in my past several videos. Well, today is the day that I teach you how to do it!

Nothing special, nothing complicated… it is actually quite easy.  I use a deep V waver.

Deep Waves | Curly HairstylesWhat I love about these deep waves is that it makes perfect base for a second day hairstyle. All you have to do on day 2 is re-crimp the top layer and finger comb it… and you are good to go!

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As always, it is important to remember to first spray your hair with a good heat protectant never to use too much heat. When I crimp, you will notice that I also never hold it more than 2-3 seconds. These irons get super hot, so that should be all you need.

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Pay attention to how I manage my part line  and wave the top of the hair, because my cool trick will leave your hair looking more natural!

As promised, here are links to a few deep wavers that I have used…

KQC Deep Waver
Hot Tools Deep Waver

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, heat protectant, Deep V Waver, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-12 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with dry hair, although you do not have to blowdry before this style {it is just as cute if you sleep on wet hair and let it air dry}…
  2. Always spritz heat protectant on your hair before using heat…
  3. Section your hair into thirds and pull the top two thirds up and pin out of the way…
  4. Take a strand of hair in the bottom section and begin crimping with the heated Deep Waver at the base of the strand next to the head. {Crimp the waver down on hair and hold for 2-3 seconds. You do not want to hold for a long time.}
  5. Move the waver down the hair strand about 5 inches and repeat the crimp, continuing down the entire strand…
  6. When you are done crimping the bottom section, pull the next section of hair down and begin waving it in the same manner…
  7. Continue the same with the top layer, except you part the top layer down the middle first and then wave it…
  8. Next, find the side part you want and flip the hair over the middle part {this gives a  more natural look for the waves on top and does not show the waver crimp marks on top as much.
  9. Finger comb the hair to get the desired look, and feel free to crimp any missed strands.
  10. Add some hairspray {optional} to hold the waves.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Mu twins uploaded a super cute “Midnight Eye Nail Art” video on YouTube. If you would like to see how create that nail look, please click below…

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