How to Create a Loop Waterfall Braid

January 04, 2015

Do you love the Waterfall Braid? Today we are going to teach you how to create this beautiful Loop Waterfall Braid that is sure to get you compliments all day.

Loop Waterfall Braid

A week or so ago, one of our viewers, Bethany, emailed us a photo of this hairstyle that she found on Pinterest and it wasn’t easily evident to me how to recreate it.  In fact, it ended up being Shaun who figured out the braid stranding and technique after looking at the picture for only 15 seconds. I didn’t believe him at first when he said he knew how, so I guess I’ll have to eat my words!

The technique essentially involves creating a loop with one small strand of hair. Then by reaching through that initial loop and pulling half-way through a new small section of hair, and flipping it upside down to create your next loop. You then repeat the process goes on across the back of the head. When you are finished, simply go back and adjust the size of the loops and falling strands to fit your taste.

Loop Waterfall BraidIf you plan on being super active that day, we wouldn’t recommend the Loop Waterfall only because the loops and bobby pins will fall. This hairstyle is simply one that is meant to stand out, better said, pop out, on days where you want to wear something gorgeous in your hair!

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

Loop Waterfall Braid Loop Waterfall Braid Loop Waterfall Braid My mind is already running on various hairstyle combinations in which you can use this Loop Waterfall as an accent, especially in updos! Good thing that Prom season is coming up, so be sure to check back in a few months to see what we come up with!

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Here is one look that I quickly put together to show you how you can use this braid to accent any combo. I loved how it turned out!

Loop Waterfall Braid Combo

One thing I can promise you… you will be stopped all day as you wear this hairstyle! It won’t only be because your friends, and women in general, love how it looks, but that they will want you to teach them how you did it. Kamri knows what I am talking about! Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray water bottle, spray hair wax, pomade, 4 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with hair wet or dry {we did dry here, but some people find it easier to section off strands of hair when it is wet}, and part the hair in the middle…
  2. If your hair is fine or silky, add a little bit of spray wax to the hair to add texture and grip, which will firm up and help hold the loops in place…
  3. I like to start about 1-1.5 inches back from the front of the hair, pick up a decent size section of hair and wrap it around your pointer and middle finger, giving the loop a twist counterclockwise to create your first perfect loop {the looping direction should have the hair going downward, then back up and around creating a loop, and then the hair should fall straight down behind the loop as your waterfall strand}…
  4. Keep your two fingers in the middle of the loop and pinch the falling strand of the hair with your thumb against your ring finger…
  5. With those two fingers, reach through the loop and pick up another same-sized section of hair {feel free to add some pomade to each strand of hair if you need help controlling flyaways}, pulling it half-way through the first loop…
  6. Then twist that hair counterclockwise to create a second matching loop…
  7. Have your daughter {or use your teeth for DIY} to hold the fallen strand of the first loop for extra security as you work your way around the head…
  8. Repeat Steps #4-6 all the way across the back or the head…
  9. One your last loop, pull the new strand completely through the loop and let it fall…
  10. Then, using two small bobby pins to pin that loop in place, being careful to pin under the falling strand to help hide the bobby pins out of the way}…
  11. If your loops have stretched or fallen out of shape, you can now go back and gently adjust the falling strands to either tighten or loosen up the loops to the desired look…
  12. With the first strand that your daughter is holding, or you in your teeth, use two small bobby pins to pin the first loop in place just as you did on the other side {this will secure the front of the braid}…
  13. Add a setting spray or hairspray {if desired}.
  14. *Optional: Pull remaining loose hair into a loose braid or fishtail to secure the ends and help the style last all day.

What do you think about this Loop Waterfall Braid? Please leave a comment below letting us know where you would wear it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Upward Lace Braid and #ShareTheGift Nativity Feature

December 14, 2014

This week’s tutorial uses a Lace Braid, only instead of adding hair only into the top, as we’ve shown you in several tutorials, you only add hair into the bottom!

Upward Lace Braid

The effect that this braid gives you is a “faux waterfall braid” look, only no hair actually falls through the braid. I’ve been creating Lace Braids in hair for nearly 10 years now, and never thought to pull hair in only from the bottom side!

Upward Lace Braid

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

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I think this braid looks the best brought back into a tieback, however you can continue this braid around the back of the head and secured just above the other ear, covering the end with hair from that side.

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This braid technique works on curly hair, wavy hair, straight hair, wet hair, dry hair, Day 2 hair, etc. Really, you can use it to accent pretty much any style combination!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with straight hair {but this can work on short, long, wet, dry, curly, or straight hair, too}…
  2. Part hair slightly off to one side…
  3. Pick up a small section near the temple and begin one stitch of a regular 3-strand braid…
  4. When you go to move the bottom piece again in the 2nd stitch, add in some hair only to the bottom piece {try to pick up hair that lays underneath the top layer of hair… when you do this, it will create a pull to the hair that lays in a diagonal direction upward into the braid giving a waterfall braid-like look}…
  5. Everytime you to to move the bottom strand of hair in the braid, add in some more hair {only from the bottom}…
  6. Repeat this stitching until you reach halfway around the head…
  7. Finish with a few stitched of a regular braid, and then secure with an elastic for now…
  8. Now, moving to the other side, create another upward Lace Braid, using the same technique as before in Steps #3-6…
  9. Secure the two braids together in the back of the head with an elastic, and add hairspray and accessory {if desired}.
  10. *Optional: You may also continue the braid all the way around the head and secure near the opposite temple using some bobby pins or you can use the ends of the braid, pancaking only one side, rolling it up, and creating a rosette/flower shape and pin into place.

At the end of this video, we share with you something that we felt honored to be a part of. We were asked by the Radiant Foundation, an inter-faith Christian group, to take part in what would become the largest Live Nativity ever held {certified by the Guinness Book of World Records}.

This is the largest collab of its kind, ever, on YouTube, with over 30 other YouTubers, talented musicians, and their families, who volunteered over 10,000 hours over six weeks to the project! Try and see if you can spot each one of us, as well as your favorite YouTube stars!

David Archuleta, Peter Hollens, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Evynne Hollens, ShayCarl, SHAYTARDS, Katilette, Alex Boye, BYUtv, Stuart Edge, DevinSuperTramp, Cute Girls Hairstyles, BrooklynAndBailey, Bored Shorts TV, Grant Thompson, Gardiner Sisters, Mayday RED, AnneWithAnE, StudioC, Nathan Hutson, etc!

The purpose of this Nativity video is to share with you the true meaning of Christmas, our Savior Jesus Christ. It isn’t about money, gifts, nor treats. No matter your faith, we hope you will hold your family a little closer at this time of year, loving and selflessly serving others. #ShareTheGift

You can download the MP3 “Angels from the Realms of Glory” (mixed with “Angels We Have Heard On High”) FREE!

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Double Frenchbacks | Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

December 07, 2014

Sony Pictures’ remake of Annie is set to release in US theaters on Dec 19th! I love how the movie is given a modern and updated take on the classic film, with music that is just as catchy as the first!

Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

Annie has always been a family favorite in our home, and I absolutely LOVE the character of Miss Hannigan in the original, played by Carol Burnett! Her song “Little Girls” is so symbolic of how we’ve felt for years in our home, with 5 little girls running around!

Some women are dripping with diamonds,
Some women are dripping with pearls,
Lucky me! Lucky me!
Look at what I’m dripping with… LITTLE GIRLS!

Cameron Diaz Hairstyle from Annie

Now that we have adopted Daxton & Paisley, the movie Annie means even that much more to us! Adoption has been such blessing to us in our home. We are happy that in the new movie and soundtrack, the’ve removed the references to “orphans” in favor of “foster kids”.

In this remake, the very first time we saw the trailer, I noticed Cameron Diaz {who reprises the role of Miss Hannigan} wears some amazing braided hairstyles! This Double Frenchbacks hairstyle is one that we see the most in the trailer, and is what we will be showing you how to create today.

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

We’ve shown you a tutorial for a Single Frenchback on Rylan from way back in 2012. This double version uses smaller sections, and a much tighter stitching, which gives an amazingly-beautiful accent to either straight or curly hair!

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 alligator clips, 1 small hair elastic, 1 barrette or 3 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy DIY

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by sectioning of a rectangular section of hair right between the two eyebrows, to the crown of the head…
  2. Now divide that section in half right up the middle, leaving you with two equal-but-thin rectangular sections of hair…
  3. Clip one of those sections out of the way with an alligator clip, and use the other clip on the opposite side of the hair {not the to-be-braided section, but the remaining hair} to keep it from accidentally being added into the braid…
  4. Now begin a regular French braid on your first section, making sure to begin the stitching with thin strands, adding in little pieces into the braid as you go so that the braid defines immediately near the forehead {if you use too large of strands, the stitching will not be seen until half way back}…
  5. When you run out of hair to add into that section, continue on with a regular braid and add an elastic to keep the hair from unbraiding…
  6. Go back and unclip the remaining section, and French braid is just as in Step #4…
  7. This time, when you get to the end of the braid, combine both braids together…
  8. You can use a barrette here, to secure the braids, as Cameron Diaz has in the movie, or you can cross 2-3 bobby pins as an alternate way to secure…
  9. Now remove the elastic from your first braid and unravel it…
  10. Gently back-comb right at the base of the remaining hair from the braids, and allow the hair and waves to fall naturally, adding a bit of volume to the crown and back of the head…
  11. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Hope you enjoyed this DIY Double Frenchbacks hairstyle tutorial! Now that you know that Annie is one of my favorites, which movie is yours? Please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

Ever wanted to try an Oreo Challenge? This is a super fun activity that is perfect for Family Night, and my twins BrooklynAndBailey show you how to run one in the video below. It’s funny to see them try to guess the flavors! Bet you can’t guess which twin won the challenge {click below to see}!

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Double Flip-Under Accents | Easy Hairstyles

November 02, 2014

Today we will show you another short hairstyle tutorial, teaching you how to create Double-Flip Accents that can be used in any number of hairstyle combos. We’ve been doing these for years, particularly across the front of the head as a way to keep bangs/fringe out of our eyes.

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We’ve shown you how to create corner flip-unders on Paisley last year, but now we are doubling up this year to give you a different, better integrated look. We used simple waves, created with a deep-V waver as the base in Rylan’s hair, before we begin styling.

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We are showing only how to create the accents today, in an across the front of the head “headband” style. After creating this look, you can also tie the remaining hair into a high ponytail, or divide it the back and create two messy buns. Each would be equally as cute! Because of how tight these sit, using flip-unders accents are perfect for girls in sports such as cheer, dance, gymnastics, softball, basketball, etc.

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

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Rylan, who often doesn’t want to film tutorials, volunteered to be our model today! Be sure to give this video a “Thumbs Up” just for that! {We also hope you enjoy the little baby clip of her at the end!}

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 8 small hair elastics, topsy tail tool, 1 large alligator clip, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair, from the middle-front back to just a few inches in front of the crown, and then again from ear to ear…
  2. Secure one parted side out of the way with your alligator clip…
  3. Take the other parted side, and divide it into 4 equal square sections, going from the front of the face toward the back of the head…
  4. Using small elastics, create a mini ponytail in the middle of each section, ensuring that you don’t secure them too tightly {this will still allow for a flip in the next step}…
  5. Now using a Topsy Tail Tool, thread it under the first elastic, straight through the first front ponytail base…
  6. Thread the loose ponytail down through the loop in the Topsy Tail Tool, and then gently pull on the pointed end of the tool until the ponytail flips under through itself {if you don’t have a topsy tail tool, you can always simply use your fingers and create a small hole and flip the ponytail through yourself}…
  7. Repeat this same process on the second ponytail {right behind the first one}, however, this time also tuck the first tail upwards through the loop before pulling…
  8. As you pull the topsy tail backwards, it will flip the second ponytail under AND also pull the first tail through, effectively linking the two flip-unders…
  9. Repeat Steps #5-8 on the remaining two sections of this side.
  10. Repeat Steps #3-9 on the other side of the head.
  11. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please let us know what you think about these Double Flip-Under Accents! If you would like to see more sporty or short hairstyles, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Happy Hairdoing!

This week my girls decided to share some of their favorites things from Fall 2014 on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! From pumpkin spice treats, to makeup, to fitness clothes and a good read. Click below to view!

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Bailey’s Dorothy Braids | Halloween Hairstyles

October 05, 2014

Ever since Brooklyn and I were little girls, we were fascinated with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland!

I think part of it had to do with our dad telling us all the time that one of the last remaining munchkin actors lived out the rest of his life in my dad’s small hometown of Shelley, ID.

Dorothy Braids | The Wizard of Oz

I remember our mom bringing home a pair of sparkly red-glittered shoes {made to look like Dorothy’s ruby slippers} from a garage sale, and I was in heaven! I wore them all the time, even if I was wearing pajamas! When I grew out of them, Kamri then wore them and I begged my mom to buy me new ones.

Dorothy Braids | The Wizard of Oz

When my mom proposed doing this Dorothy Braids tutorial on herself the other day, I begged and begged her to be the one to do the tutorial! She agreed! We quickly found a Dorothy costume in my size at a local Halloween store, grabbed my red Converse sneakers {yes, a modern touch} from our closet, and went right to work!

So, today we will be showing you how to create Dorothy’s braids from The Wizard of Oz! I even have my own Toto the dog, in Braidy! Isn’t he cute in his adorable sweater?

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

This hairstyle is perfect for Halloween, school or local productions of The Wizard of Oz, or for everyday wear {minus the costume, of course}! Dorothy actually wears blue ribbons in the movie, but for purposes of the costume we bought, red ribbons looked much better.

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I experimented a little with my makeup to complete the Dorothy look. I wanted to accent my lips and to brighten my eyes, so I opted for ruby red lipstick and highlighted the inner corners of my eyes with a white eyeshadow.

I loved this tutorial, and hope to be more involved in future tutorials! Don’t forget that this month of October our mom will be putting up more of our #CGHSpooktorial series Halloween Hairstyles, including a collab tutorial of a Monster High character look next week!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by curling the hair with a wand, or a no-heat curling method {I find that 2nd day curls worked best as the base for this hairstyle}…
  2. Divide the hair down the middle of the head, and secure one half of the hair out of the way for now with an elastic…
  3. On your first side, pick up a small section of hair near the middle part line and begin to twist it upward toward the part line…
  4. As you twist the hair back, following your hairline and adding in hair after every twist, make sure all of the hair on that side is eventually incorporated into the twist at the back corner of the head.
  5. Also as you twist back, you will want to ensure that the twist remains fairly tight against the head {you can loosen it later}..
  6. While holding the twist tightly in one hand, with your other hand begin to section the rest of that hair into three even strands {Optional: If holding the twist and creating braiding sections is difficult for you, at this point you can secure the twist with an elastic and then cut it out after you finish the braid}…
  7. With these three strands, now create a simple braid several stitches until you reach the collarbone area.
  8. Secure the braid with an elastic at that spot {which gives Dorothy’s signature fluffy and curly ends to her braids}…
  9. Repeat these steps to create a second braid on the other side…
  10. Add hairspray and bows {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these Dorothy Braids!

Happy Halloween!

It was Daxton’s turn to be interviewed on our BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! This video was part of a Meet My Brother tag going around YouTube lately, and Dax pretty much gave Brooklyn a run for her money! It is sooooo funny! By the end, he was clearly running the show! {PS~ Daxton is watching you!}

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