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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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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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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The Twist Braid | Cute Braids

January 11, 2015

We received an email last month from a Canadian girl named Shelby H, who included a photo of a hairstyle that we used as inspiration for this tutorial.

Twist Braid

The braid is a unique combination of a vertical Waterfall Twist and a Mermaid Braid. I had never thought of combining those two braids before, and the resulting braid is stunning! Thanks, Shelby!

Please carefully notice the stranding for the first few braid stitches. This stranding can be confusing, but once you get one or two stitches down… the rest of the braid is a cinch. You can certainly braid this hairstyle up tightly, but we prefer it loose. We’ve tried both.

This is a cute hairstyle that fits in line with many of the Mermaid Braid variations floating on Pinterest. I can already imagine using this braid as a base for an updo combo, taking it down to the base of the head and then creating a chignon, or curled/braided bun.  For French Braid lovers, this braid will also fit nicely in your style arsenal!

Twist Braid Instructions

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

Did you notice something different about Kamri in this week’s tutorial? It was her birthday a few weeks ago, and at age 12 we allow our girls to start wearing makeup {a little mascara and lip gloss}. She was thrilled to be my model, because she was hoping you would all notice her eyes! Not that Kamri needs mascara, because her lashes are so long, but it does make them darker.

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair parted slightly off to one side {Alternate Option: you can brush all the hair back away from the face and have no part line}…
  2. Move to the back of the head, at the crown, and pick up a section of hair…
  3. Divide that section of hair into two strands…
  4. Take the left strand and move it over the right strand…
  5. Pick up another section of hair from the left, and take it over the left-most strand and place it in the middle of the two twist strands…
  6. Now take the left stand and move it over the right stand again {this creates a twist in the center just as you do in the the Waterfall Twist}, creating your first stitch…
  7. Next, do a stitch the other way by picking up another section of hair from the right, and take it over the right-most strand and place it in the middle of the two twist strands…
  8. Then, take the left strand again and move it over the right stand, creating your 2nd stitch…
  9. Repeat Steps #5-8 all the way down the hair, keeping the hair slightly loose so that the braid isn’t too tight.
  10. Optional: As you go down, you can pull out a few wispy strand out near the face to frame the front and soften the look…
  11. As you reach the end of the braid, the ends of the hair your strands will become more distinct because you have already used them previously…
  12. Secure with an elastic, adjust the braid to your liking, and add hairspray {if desired}.

What do you think? Please do leave a comment below letting us know what hairstyles you would like us to film next!

Happy Hairdoing!

With the New Year beginning, it was time for the family to take part in our annual Polar Bear Plunge! To see everyone in our family attempt it on BrooklynAndBailey‘s YouTube channel, be sure to click the video below!

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