How to Create a Chain Link Braid

September 14, 2014

My girls have worn this Chain Link Braid off and on for several years now, however my new, updated version has become a personal favorite of Brooklyn & Bailey recently.

Chain Link Braid | Hairstyles for Sports

I love this version much better, because I found a way for the twists to be much more secure than my previous Triple Twist Ponytail.

Since the girls are very active in dance, tumbling, and cheer, they are always looking for tighter hairstyles that will keep their hair out of their faces. {I am sure many other girls and moms are looking for the same thing!}

Chain Link Braid | Hairstyles for Sports

We are calling this the Chain Link Braid, simply because of the way you twist the hair… which makes it seriously look like the sequential links in a thick chain!

The twins’ friends have been wondering how to make this braid, so we thought we’d film a tutorial using our triple flip-unders as accents.

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This braid is perfect for any active sports, such as cheer, dance, gymnastics, volleyball, softball, etc, or for simple casual wear. The style is also unbelievably easy to create once you learn the twisting patterns!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. I began with triple flipunders as a base accent, in the front of the head…
  2. Pull all hair into a high ponytail, and secure with an ponytail holder.
  3. Separate the ponytail into two equal sections…
  4. Clip one of the sections out of the way for now…
  5. Using the unclipped section, divide it into two equal strands…
  6. Twist both stands to the right…
  7. Now, twist them together going to the left {this creates a rope twist, which ensure that the rope braid will not unravel when you are done}…
  8. Continue rope twisting the braid, until you reach the end and secure with an elastic or have your daughter hold the twist…
  9. Next, unclip the rest of the ponytail that you had set aside previously…
  10. Again, separate it into two equal sections, twist them both to the right, and then twist them together to the left…
  11. Complete this process on the second section until you reach the end…
  12. Once you have the two twists completed, now twist them together going to the right {this is what causes the twists to spiral around each other, with the twisting causing the strands to interlock, create the chain link look you are going for}…
  13. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Chain Link Braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, the twins uploaded their Chubby Bunny Challenge video on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. Of course, they had me do it, too, and I nearly peed my pants laughing! Click below to watch the funny video!

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Mermaid Half Braid | Hairstyles for Long Hair

September 07, 2014

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Our Waterfall Twists into Mermaid Braid did so well back in May 2013, that we decided show you another mermaid braid look today!

Mermaid Braid Tutorial

This Mermaid Half Braid is a half-up, half-down hairstyle with gorgeous definition in its stranding!

A Mermaid Braid works similar to a Lace Braid, however you are adding strands in on “both” sides of the braid, instead of just one. {You can think of it as an creating an extremely fine stranded, but loose, French Braid.}

If you want to see your recreation photos featured in our CGH App, please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHMermaidHalfBraid

Mermaid Braid

You can carry the mermaid stranding all the way down the braid, if you would like, and it will be beautiful! We stopped half way down,  because we loved how it looked. Your braid length is merely a matter of personal preference.

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I wouldn’t recommend this style for any girls who will be very “active” throughout the day, such as in PE, dance, or other athletics. This style would be worn more for casual wear, or dressed up. {Trust us, we have tried it during soccer and had to tie it all up in a ponytail!}

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Kamri has worn this Mermaid Half Braid a few times over the past several months, and her friends absolutely love it! When she first came home, she told us that a few boy classmates even commented on it, which is a huge shocker coming from boys her age!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by straightening the hair, to create a nice sleek look as your base…
  2. Comb all hair towards the back of the head, and create a middle part down the center of the head {allowing hair to fall straight down after parting}…
  3. Now, go to each side of the head, and, from the front near the temple, pick up one small strand {all strand pickups will be from the front}…
  4. Pick up a second independent strand from the left side…
  5. You should now have three strands of hair {you can use some spray wax, pomade, or water, to help the strand stay uniform and separate from other strands}…
  6. Begin a regular braid stitch with the three strands…
  7. Do not pull the pieces too tight, as you want the braid to drape softly, allowing the strands to curtain naturally {the first stitch should hang right about at the base of the head}…
  8. Before you begin your second stitch, pull in a new thin strand of hair from the front of each side, as you would with a regular French braid…
  9. Continue to braid down about four inches, then stop adding in new strands of hair and continue with a simple three-strand braid.
  10. Secure with an elastic.
  11. Add any bows or accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Mermaid Half Braid!

Happy Hairstyling!

This week, Bailey shares her August 2014 favorites on her BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel. If you are curious to see what she chose to share, feel free to click below!

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3 Easy Pencil Bun Ideas | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 10, 2014

It is Back-to-School season, and on some days you will wear your hair down in the most perfect, gorgeous curls. But, later that afternoon, it will get hot in Math class! What can you do to cool down?

Pencil Buns | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Today we will show you how to create each of these three easy Pencil Buns!

All you need is a pencil, and any one of these bun ideas will work perfectly! This can be done on straight or curly hair, with layers, etc, and it will look equally as cute, too! Some choose to use pens to facilitate the hairstyle, and others use chopsticks… it is all up to you!

Pencil Buns | Back-to-School Hairstyles

I prefer to use curls as the base for these buns, simply because the added texture helps the style hold easier. Today I show you how to create them on straight hair, because I wanted you to see that they can be done.

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There is nothing new to these styles, as teachers and secretaries have been wearing them for decades. Asian cultures have been tying up hair with in styles like these for centuries longer.

It’s just that when you are in a pinch, and want to tie your hair up, what do you do? It is nice to have a few pencil bun ideas to choose from.

Then, as an added bonus…when you are done with it, simply pull out the bun, whip your head around a bit, and ejoy a few hours of subtle bouncy curls!

Items Needed: One “No. 2″ pencil

Time Requirement: 30 seconds each

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Bun #1- Simple:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering all hair to the middle back of the head, like you would for a centered ponytail…
  2. Now begin to twist the hair and form it into a bun shape, as you normally would before placing in a hair elastic…
  3. When you run out of hair to twist around, take your pencil and push it into the right side of the bun, at an angle, towards your head…
  4. Then weave the pencil up and down, up and down, through the bun and out the far left side of the bun {this is what secures the bun in place, much like setting a safety pin}…
  5. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Bun #2 – Inverted:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering all the hair to the nape of the neck, like you would a low ponytail…
  2. Place the pencil on the left side of the ponytail…
  3. Wrap the hair over the pencil once {or twice, depending on the length of hair}…
  4. Now, twist the pencil upward until the point is pointing straight up…
  5. Then lift the end of the pencil upward which will force the point downward through the hair between the bun and head {be very careful not to scratch your scalp in this process}…
  6. As the bun is set, be sure the pencil doesn’t pop out in the hair beneath the bun…
  7. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Bun #3:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering hair to the middle back of head, like you would in a centered ponytail…
  2. Twist and let it wrap around itself into a bun…
  3. Stick the pencil up through the bottom of the bun, and force it all the way through the bun, in an upward motion…
  4. When the pencil reaches the top of the bun lift up the back of the pencil, which will force  the point downward against your scalp…
  5. Push the pencil all the way down until it nearly comes out the bottom beneath the bun…
  6. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these three easy Pencil Bun Ideas!

Happy Hairstyling!

With school coming in just a few weeks, BrooklynAndBailey needed to go school shopping. I agreed that if they could pay for half the clothes, we would pay the other half! They have been working like crazy, babysitting and house sitting for neighbors, and the video below is the end result of their back-to-school shopping! {Several of the items are now sold out!}

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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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How to Create Perfect Pigtails

July 27, 2014

We get asked for short hairstyles so often, that we decided to film one for you all this week.

{One problem for our lack of shorty styles on CGH is that without extra hair, many of our hairstyles may not work on short hair. We also only have one daughter, Rylan, with short hair, and she doesn’t particularly enjoy her hair being done as much as the other girls. We have to respect that.}

How to Get Perfect Pigtails

We cut Rylan’s hair about four months ago, and she hasn’t appeared in any tutorials since then. Though she was never a first for volunteering to film, Rylan did actually volunteer after I made this adorable hairstyle on myself!

Today we are going to show you how to Create Perfect Pigtails!

How to Get Perfect Pigtails

Contrary to what some may think, pigtails are not just for little girls. I have been wearing pigtails for years, and I get compliments on them all the time. Some may say that they are  for younger girls, but I love them. My girls love them.

There are a few tricks I have learned, that I will teach you today, that will help you get a more beautiful, mature look to this everyday style!

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This technique works wonderfully with straight or curly hair, short hair or long hair. In fact, adding subtle curls to the pigtails on Day 2 is different enough, but equally as beautiful!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair off to one side in the front {whichever side you favor}…
  2. With the front part offset, now part into two even sections, directly down the back {yes we only wanted the front part offset}…
  3. Pull one section of hair out of way for now by securing it with an elastic…
  4. Now, on the side you will work on first, take a small top section and flip it over to other side of head out of the way…
  5. Now begin to tease the hair gently with a rat-tail comb {I usually only tease in a few areas near the top of the head for added volume. You can tease a lot or a little depending on your preference}…
  6. Make sure that when teasing, you run the comb only in a downward motion along the hair shaft. Not up, down, up, down, etc.
  7. Now bring the top, flipped section back over and use it to hide any teasing you created {you do this by gently running the comb over just the surface to smooth things out}…
  8. Pull out a few wispy strands in the front, near the ear and eye brow, to frame the face and soften the look {If you have really short hair, feel free to pull more hair out around near the ear area}…
  9. Then, swoop the hair back and carefully gather it right behind ear, and secure with an elastic…
  10. To make the style look more mature, feel free to tug up on a few sections above the elastic, above the teasing, to add a volume/bump {Your pigtails should be full and fun, not flat and boring}…
  11. Repeat Steps #4-10 on the other side of the head.
  12. Spritz with hairspray {if desired}…
  13. Add any ribbons, bows, headbands, or other accessories to your liking {also if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these pigtails! Would you wear them?

Happy Hairstyling!

My girls are huge readers, and have been ever since they were four! This week they uploaded a book review to their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! They review both “It All Started With an Apple“, by Ashley Winters, and “Defy” Sarah B. Larson! To see the review, feel free to click below:

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