How to Create a 4-Strand Waterfall Braid

April 13, 2014

Yes, we are taking a trip back in time to add a feature to a hairstyle that we made near the very beginning of this website. Today we are going to show you how to add a 4th strand to the Waterfall Braid!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

If you know the Dutch Braid stranding or stitching, then this braid will be a cinch for you! Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH4StrandWaterfall

Bailey has loved our Waterfall Braids the most, out of all my girls, and wanted to be our model for today. In fact, it was Bailey’s idea to pancake the braid, which really makes it stand out!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

If you have longer hair, feel free to continue the braid around the back.

For shorter hair, you may create a braid on both sides of the head, and bring them back into a tieback, or simply what we have done here and have a single accent braid. The 4-Strand Waterfall Braids are beautiful any way to style them!

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Four-Strand Waterfall Braid

Bailey has worn this to school and had lots of compliments, and I’ve worn it several times over the past year or so, with the same result!

FYI… this hairstyle would not be recommended for younger girls who are active during PE or recess, unless you bring two braids back into a tieback.

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

* Note: The hair you use in the initial stranding will be the hair that runs throughout the entire braid. If your hair is layered, or shorter in the front, it will be difficult to carry this braid all around the head without the layered ends sticking out.

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side of the head…
  2. Next, pick up a good sized section of hair in the front next to the part line,and divide it into 4 equal strands…
  3. Take the top-most strand {closest to the part line} and take it under the 2nd strand, over the 3rd strand, and under the 4th strand…
  4. Now release that strand and allow it to fall {becoming the first waterfalling strand}…
  5. You should now be left with three strands to braid…
  6. Then, complete one simple 3-strand Dutch braid stitch by taking the middle strand over the right strand, and then taking the new middle strand over the left strand…
  7. Next, pick up a new small strand of hair next to the part line and use this as a new fourth strand of hair…
  8. Repeat Steps #3-7, always creating one simple 3-strand Dutch braid stitch in-between dropping through the 4th strand, and adding a new one.
  9. Braid until you are comfortable with the look…
  10. Now, lift a small section of hair on the side near the back, using crossed bobby pins to secure the end of the braid, and then let that hair fall to cover the bobby pins…
  11. To really make the braid POP, gently tug on the elbows of the braid to pancake it.
  12. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Pancaked Four-Strand Waterfall Braid! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

Apparently “Room Tours” are all the rage for young teens on YouTube these days, giving other teens ideas on how to decorate their rooms. I think BrooklyAndBailey has a record for the oldest room tour on YouTube with their latest video, their reactions to their first bedroom when they were 3 1/2 years old! They will have you laughing for sure, simply click below to watch…

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How to Create a Knotted Braid Tieback | Braid Hairstyles

April 06, 2014

During the past five years, we have shown you how to use knots in hairstyles several times, but this is a first for us using them in a tieback.

Knotted Braid Tieback

For today, Brooklyn and I will show you how to create a knotted braid tieback {yes, with me wearing a Marvel Avengers t-shirt… another first}! If you can make the first stitch of tying your shoelaces, you can create this knotted braid!

Knotted Braid Tieback

What I love about this knotted tieback in a half-up half-down hairstyle, is the unique “crown” look that it provides. By adding a cute bow or other accessory, you will have a braided hairstyle that will bring many compliments your way!

Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHKnotBraidTieback

Knotted Braid Tieback
Knotted Braid Tieback
Knotted Braid Tieback

When we were done, Brooklyn said that this would be a great hairstyle for a flower girl, especially if you added curls to the hair and flowers to accent the braid!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by dividing the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Now, part another straight line about 1-1 ½ inches above the ear going back towards the back of head…
  3. From there, create a new part going from the middle part to the line you just created {you should now have a rectangular section of hair parted out, with remaining hair still falling over the ear}…
  4. While holding this parted section, gather and pull the rest of the hair over the opposite shoulder and secure it out of the way…
  5. At the top corner of the rectangular-parted section, pick up a small piece and divide it into two smaller strands…
  6. Take the back strand over the front strand, wrap the front strand over, then under and pull it through the loop to create the first knot {similar to the first stitch of tying your shoe}…
  7. Similar to a French Braid, add in hair into both strands…
  8. Create a second knot, just like in Step #6, and then add in more hair…
  9. Repeat Steps #6-7  until you have about 5 knots and run out of hair…
  10. When all of your hair is added in, go ahead and create a few more knot stitches without adding any hair, using pomade or hairspray to help hold in flyaways {these extra knots will float freely, allowing for the braid to be tied back behind the head later}…
  11. Secure that braid with an elastic and use a bobby pin to hold the hair in place until you are done with the other side…
  12. Now, repeat the entire process on the other side of the head…
  13. After the second braid is complete, bring both braids back and combine the two into one tieback with an elastic..
  14. Add hairspray and hair accessory {like a bow} to finish off the style.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

By request from their young fans, my daughter Brooklyn filmed a Contacts 101 tutorial on Wednesday that she uploaded to her BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel! If you have young tweens or teens who wear glasses, feel free to let them watch Brooklyn’s contact lens tutorial below…

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The Alternative Braid | With Abby from TwistMePretty

March 30, 2014

Many of you know that I started as a hairblogger before becoming a YouTuber. As such, I am very familiar with biggest beauty bloggers and those to make a viral splash on Pinterest.

The Alternative Braid | Faux Braids
Abby Smith, from

Twist Me Pretty, is one of those bloggers I have admired for a long time! I was caught a little off guard when she came up to me during a conference I was speaking at in Utah! I mean, I knew who Abby was, and she knew who I was.. but we had never met! We like literally ran across the crowded hall and hugged each other!

During the course of the conference, Abby said that she and he husband would be in Dallas this month, and wondered if they could stop by. While she was here, I thought it would be fun to introduce her to you all.

For today’s hairstyle, we are showing you how to create the Alternative Braid {one of her viral hairstyles on Pinterest}. This is a faux braid, one that looks like a braid but really is not. In fact, it’s really a series of knots using two twists. {Don’t worry, the knots come out easily!}

Alternative Braid
The Alternative Braid

Brooklyn volunteered as our model, since she is always looking for great go-to styles for her thick wavy hair.

Faux Braids
The Alternative Braid
Abby Smith at Twist Me Pretty

Be sure to check out Abby’s website over at the Twist Me Pretty, where you can find her DIY version of this braid!

Be sure to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHAlternativeBraid

I personally think that this braid would look very elegant wrapped up into a bun, for more formal occasions as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, 1 small hair elastic, 1-2 bobby pins {if needed}, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair on one side, and swooping all of the hair over one shoulder {I prefer the shoulder that the majority of the hair falls onto}…
  2. Now divide the hair into two equal sections…
  3. Twist both sections toward the middle {or toward each other} a few times…
  4. When you have about an inch of twisted hair, hold the two strands next to each other…
  5. Now, taking your index finger, push it directly through the stacked center of both twists, with your finger parallel to the face {this will divide the two twists into two even halves again, top to bottom}…
  6. You should now have once again two sections, leaving what looks like a braid stitch above them…
  7. Twist the pieces pieces again toward each other…
  8. When you have about an inch more of twisting, hold them together and once again push your index finger sideways through the center of both twists…
  9. After about 4 sections, hold the two twisted strands together and begin to pancake the top part of the braid {you want to pull out the hair quite a bit to really accent the messy, fullness of this braid, but do not pull them out to much to where you cannot secure the ends of the braid}…
  10. After pancaking the upper section, continue again with Steps #2-8 until the hair is finished.
  11. At the end of the braid, you will want to pancake the rest of the hair, again, being mindful of the hair ends…
  12. Secure with an elastic.
  13. Feel free to use bobby pins  any hair strands that fall out in back, and hairspray any other smaller flyaways into place.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

Yes, last week we took all six kids on a Spring Break cruise to the Western Caribbean! To see a recap of our family fun, be sure to see the video BrooklyAndBailey uploaded on Wednesday to their YouTube channel! Click below to see the video…

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3 Ways to Wear a Celtic Knot | St Patrick’s Day Hairstyles

March 09, 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to upload a tutorial to celebrate our family’s Irish/Scottish heritage {yes, from both sides of the family}. This is a hairstyle that I have wanted to film for a long time… the Celtic Knot.

How to Create a Celtic Knot | Cute Hairstyles

The Celtic Knot has been around for centuries, and the style was traditionally used to adorn religious sculptures and various kinds of artwork. You have likely seen several versions of this knot in hairstyle form on Pinterest, as well as a few YouTube tutorials.

Today, Brooklyn and I wanted to create fun variations of this knot using curls as the base. {Brooklyn just used her NuMe curling wand to achieve the curls}.

Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

Single Celtic Knot Hairstyle

Double Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

Double Celtic Knot Hairstyle

Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

Side Celtic Knot Hairstyle

Tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHCelticKnots

For today’s tutorial, we want to show you how to create three versions of a Celtic Knot. The Single Celtic Knot, a Double Celtic Knot, and a Side Celtic Knot. {Believe it or not, the side version is my favorite! I really love subtle accents!}

Now, because this is a winding-loop knot, using only two strands, it can be very confusing to learn how to tie. Normally I would show you once how to create it, but I actually show you how to do this three times in the video below. As confusing as the knot may be at first, it does get easier and this really is a fun and beautiful knot to tie!

Side Celtic Knot Hairstyle Celtic Knot Hairstyle

I also show you a helpful tip, using a flat iron, which is useful in helping the knot to keep its shape and its tassels laying flat.

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, pomade, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-3 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

For the Single Celtic Knot~

  1. Begin by grabbing one section of hair from each side of the head right by the ear. These will be used in a tieback, for your knot, so you want these to be medium-to-small sized sections about the thickness of a pencil or smaller…
  2. Add some water, dry wax, or pomade to the hair strands to prevent fly-aways and frizz as you work with the for the knot…
  3. Take the left strand near the center of the back of the head and make a loop forming upward {hold this loop with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand}…
  4. Now take the right strand and place it between your third and four finger of the left hand…
  5. Next, take the end of that strand up and over your left hand so it lays on the top of your forefinger near the knuckle…
  6. Now take your pointer finger and middle finger and slide them behind the left strand between your ear and the loop…
  7. Grab the end of the right strand and pull it up through {the right strand should now go under the left strand and be in an upward position on the head}…
  8. Taking the same right strand ends, bring them over the top of the loop where your fingers are pinched together…
  9. Push the end through the loop going towards the head…
  10. Now take the ends under the right main strand {where it comes in a straight line from the ear}.
  11. Take the same ends back through the loop, this time going away from the head…
  12. Now release all your fingers and tighten up the knot a little to hold itself.
  13. Gently, shape the knot to your liking.
  14. Next, take a flat iron and carefully clamp the knot to help the knot and strands lay flat…
  15. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Double Celtic Knot

For the Double Celtic Knot~

  1. After completing the first knot, simply grab one more section of hair on each side of the head and repeat the same Steps #1-15 directly below the first knot.
  2. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Celtic Knot |St Patrick's Day Hairstyles

For the Side Celtic Knot~

  1. Part the hair on one side.
  2. On the smaller-parted side, grab two small sections of hair and repeat Steps #1-15 above to create a Celtic knot accent.
  3. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these Celtic Knot hairstyles! As always, if you loved the tutorial, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

Also in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, my twins BrooklyAndBailey, decided to share with you their favorite Mint Chocolate Cookie recipe using only four ingredients. You are going to LOVE this one! Simply click below to see the recipe…

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Lace Braided Ponytail and Updo | Cute Hairstyles

February 23, 2014

Today’s tutorial is a Style-laboration {style collaboration} with Lilith Moon, one of my all-time favorite hair gurus on YouTube.

We have wanted to work together for several years, but since Lilith lives in France, and we are in the US… the large distance makes it too difficult to film a video in person. So, for this type of a collaboration, we decided that I would recreate one of my favorite Lilith Moon hairstyles, while Lilith recreates her favorite CGH hairstyle for her fans on her channel!

Lace Braided Ponytail and Updo | Cute Hairstyles

Lilith’s most popular video is actually Lace Braided Ponytail, with over 5,000,000 views, and is the tutorial we used as inspiration for this post. Variations of this style have been popular on Pinterest, most likely fueled by Lilith’s video tutorial.

Lace Braided Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles Lace Braided Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles

CGH#3 volunteered to be my model, since she watches Lilith’s tutorials as well, and we included the bonus updo at the end as well!

Lace Braided Ponytail | Cute Hairstyles Lace Braided Ponytail and Updo | Cute Hairstyles

Feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHLaceBraidedPony

I admire Lilith’s creativity and how well she incorporates extensions for longer hairstyles, while also filming DIY styles for shorter hair. You can find more about her here:

If you are curious to see which of all our 230+ hairstyles Lilith decide to showcase to her fans on her channel, simply click here

I have been subscribed to Lilith for nearly 5 years now, and can honestly say that I adore her styles, her beauty, and her definitely her accent!

Although we have not yet met in person, I cannot wait until we can! I hope each one of you loves her styles as much as we do!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, pomade, 1-2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 3-4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory{if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by gathering all the hair into a high ponytail {an option is to add a single Frenchback, pompadour, or even a little  teasing into the top of the hair first, to accent or add fullness to the hairstyle}…
  2. Wrap a small strand of ponytail hair around elastic, and secure with a bobby pin….
  3. Next, pick up a small section of hair on the right-most side of the ponytail, and begin a regular 3-strand braid…
  4. Once you have complete one single braid stitch, pick up a very small strand of hair from the left most side of the ponytail, almost near the back of the ponytail {the hair needs to come from the underside of the ponytail to create the effect that the ponytail is caged, or laddered, underneath the stranding}…
  5. Add this piece into the left strand of the braid, and again create one more single stitch, which is what created the lace braid {do not add in hair on the right side of the braid}…
  6. After another stitch, again take another tiny strand of hair from the left side of the ponytail, crossing it over the ponytail and add it into the left strand of the simple braid.
  7. You will need to over slightly extend the laddering of the braid as you go down, in order to the right to keep the braid going straight down the side of the ponytail {if you don’t, it will want to cross diagonally over the ponytail}…
  8. Continue Steps #3-6 until you reach a stopping point {you can loosen the ladders from the lace braid slightly to help keep the braid straight}….
  9. When you finish adding in hair, continue with a regular simple braid and secure with an elastic.
  10. To create the updo version: Simply take the completed ponytail and twist it once, wrapping it over the top of the elastic and back again, tucking in the hair ends underneath and securing them with a few bobby pins.
  11. Add hairspray or accessories {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Lace Braided Ponytail and Updo!

As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairstyling!

My twins have been asking for months to film a Twin Tag video for their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel, which is a video talking all about what it is like being a twin. The girls finally did it, and their interactions and reactions are so funny to watch! Simply click below to see…

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