How to Create a Crossover Dutch Braid

December 29, 2013

One of our favorite hairstyles of all time is the Lace Braid, not just because they are simple and elegant, but because they wear very well throughout the day.

The challenge is to try and find ways to create variations of if that are different, given that the Lace Braid is becoming very popular.

How to create a Crossover Dutch Braid

Today’s tutorial looks very similar to a Lace Braid, only we used a separate thin-parted hair section for the crossover stranding which creates a very unique look to a simple Dutchback!

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In this tutorial, we straightened my daughter’s hair beforehand, but it would look just a cute with hair that has a little wave to it.  {Using second-day hair after braids would be great idea.}

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CGH#4 wore this Crossover Dutch Braid hairstyle to school about a month ago, and it wore very well for as active as she is!

She had lots of compliments on it, and we are sure you will as well!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by creating a side part…
  2. Next, create a second part about 1/2 inch away from the first part (towards to opposite ear}...  
  3. Everything below that part down to the opposite ear needs to be secured out of the way with a hair band, to keep it from being pulled into the Dutch braid.
  4. Now, let the thin-parted section of hair hang down over that secured section.  
  5. Next, begin a Dutch braid above the right eye {by adding hair to the top strand of the braid like you normally would}…  
  6. TRICK TO THE STYLE:  But when you would normally add hair into the bottom strand from the bottom, reach over to the thin parted section on the othe side of the original part and grab a small strand of hair, give it a few twists, and then bring it down across cross the entire Dutch braid, adding it instead into the bottom strand before creating your next Dutch stitch…  
  7. You continue this process over and over until you run out of hair to add into the braid.
  8. When you run out of hair to add into the bottom of the braid, continue with a simple braid and secure with an elastic.
  9. Adjust the crossover strands to your liking and add hairspray {if desired}.

This hairstyle technique is another great one for your arsenal to be used in any number of hairstyle combinations {to accent a bun, high ponytail, etc}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

With the holiday week, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Christmas Traditions video, showing you some of the things we do in the CGH home to celebrate this wonderful day!

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How to create a Sides-Up Slide-Up Hairstyle

December 15, 2013

One of the first tutorials we ever posted on our website nearly 5 years ago, was a Slide-Up Braid {aka Snake Braid}, video version here. That video has over 6,250,000 views today!

We have done a couple of Slide-Up Braid variations over the years, but this is a beautiful style because it style is so subtle.

How to create a Sides-Up Slide-Up Hairstyle

The purpose of a Sides-Up ‘do is to pull back your sides with a cute hairstyling accent, while letting your straight or curly hair be the feature. This style does simply that.

Bailey began by using a curling wand on her hair, to get her soft bouncy curls. By creating Slide-Up Braids on either side of the head, and pinning them back while covering the pins with your down hair, you are left with this beautiful hairstyle! {We have also called this type of pin-back technique as “Hidden Braids”.}

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Bailey wore this hairstyle to her school Christmas concert yesterday and received lots of compliments on it. We are certain that you will too, when you wear this hairdo!

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Be sure to tag your own photos with #CGHSidesUpSlideUp so that we can see them!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 4-6 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with curly or straight hair, parted down the middle {we curled the hair before this video using a curling wand}…
  2. Next, create a part just slightly above the end of the eyebrow going back just a few inches towards the back of your head…
  3. Then take that part down to just behind the ear {this should give you a triangle-shaped section of hair}…
  4. Clip or pin the front section of hair out of the way…
  5. Now, using the sectioned-out triangle strand of hair above the ear, create a loose simple braid {make sure you braid towards the back of your head so that it can lay flat, and remember that you do not want to braid too tight or the braid won’t slide up}…
  6. Once you have completed the braid, simply hold the middle strand with the thumb and index finger of your left and and gently slide up the other two strands with the other hand, towards the head {make sure you push the hair tightly against the head, creating the desired snaking effect in the braid}…
  7. Easing the braid up just a little bit, secure it with an elastic to make sure the slide up section stays intact.
  8. Repeat Steps #2-7 on the other side of the head.
  9. Next, release the rest of your hair you had clipped away on top and finger comb it down…
  10. Lay the braid flat against your head over the top of your hair, and using two crossed bobby pins, secure it in place.
  11. Using a little hair from the back of your head, spread it over the bobby pins to hide them.
  12. Repeat on the other side of your head and you are finished.
  13. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of this Sides-Up ‘do!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

This past week my twins BrooklyAndBailey uploaded a Christmas Weather TAG video, showing you some of their winter weather favorites! {These girls are so funny to watch, and you are only seeing a glimpse of what I see all day long!}

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Triple Lace Side Twists and Bonus Video by Twins

October 27, 2013

Bailey is becoming quite the little hairstylist, always trying new things out on her own!

Triple Lace Twists | Cute HairstylesThis past week, Bailey tried out this twist hairstyle and received compliments from her friends on it several times. I noticed the style even though she did not actually come up to me and show me… and sought her out and commented on it because she looked so darling wearing it!

{They grow up way to fast! I am so proud of the beautiful young women they are becoming!}

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Then, with a smirk on my face, I asked Bailey if she wouldn’t mind filming this week’s tutorial with this braid for all of you!

I thought she would turn me down because she was so busy this weekend, but she responded in a split-second eye blink that she would LOVE TO!

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Bailey says that if you can lace braid, then the lace twist is actually much easier to do. This hairstyle is a cinch!

Here is Bailey teaching all of us how to create adorable triple lace twists!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3-4 small bobby pins, hairspray or pomade {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. I started with soft hair curls made by my wand {this step is optional, but adds great texture and volume to the hair. It would look equally as great on straight hair}…
  2. To begin the twists, create a part on one side of your head…
  3. Take a small sectioned strand from the top front of bangs and begin a twist {feel free to use a little Pomade in your strands to help keep the twists defined and without flyaways}…
  4. As you move back, add in hair strands only from the top into the top piece of the twist (this will creates the lace look of the twist}…
  5. When you get about 6 inches back from the front of your face, secure the twist with an elastic or a bobby pin {I prefer the latter}.
  6. Now move down about an inch and pick up another small piece of hair from the bangs, which will create the second twist…
  7. Repeat the Steps #3-5 to create another small lace twist, and secure with a bobby pin…
  8. Next, move down another inch and pick up your last small section of hair to create your third and final twist.
  9. Repeat Steps #3-5 one last time, and secure with a bobby pin.
  10. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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!

Bonus Video: My twins BrooklynAndBailey were in a creative mood last weekend when they filmed their “Shadow Figure” Halloween makeup tutorial! {Brooklyn was the storyline and editing mastermind while Bailey was the model.} If you would like to see how recreate that makeup look, and watch their movie short, please click below…

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Butterfly Braided Headband | Cute Braids

October 14, 2013

You all know that our Bow Braid hairstyle tutorial is very popular, and it is about to get a huge boost when Lionsgate’s Catching Fire, the next movie in The Hunger Games series, comes out in November. Watch for our headband version of it to appear on Prim!

Last week, my 4th daughter wanted to put a butterfly in her hair using the Bow Braid concept as a base. So, we did it, and the hairstyle turned out adorable!

Butterfly Braid HeadbandI began with a Dutch Lace Braid Headband  across the head and then used the bow pull-through technique we taught in our Bow Braid Headband tutorial to create the butterfly.

Hair loops in this style are tough to maintain throughout the day, so feel free to use a good pomade and 1-2 bobby pins to help keep them in.

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Recreate this hairstyle, and tag your own photos with #CGHButterflyHeadband on Instagram and Twitter! We will be reposting your photos this week!

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I can see this hairstyle as being perfect for a flower girl or in an Easter updo.

Be sure to watch the tutorial to the very end to see how my daughter’s classmates reacted to her butterfly headband when she wore this to school!  She is hilarious!  That, my friends, is CGH#4’s true personality!

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Butterfly Braid Headband

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1 hair pin, 1-2 bobby pins, pomade, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair from ear to ear, and gathering the back hair out of your way with a hair elastic…
  2. Next, create a Dutch lace braid from one ear to the other, finishing it off into a simple braid when you run out of hair…
  3. Now, release the hair in back and take a small strand of hair from the opposite side of the head, along with the simple braid you just finished, and secure them together back at the nape of the neck underneath the hair {this created a hidden tieback}…
  4. Then, identify which stitch of the Dutch braid you want to begin setting for your butterfly….
  5. Using a hairpin, gently push it through under that one stitch of hair, on a diagonal upwards from right to left…
  6. Next,  pick up a tiny strand of hair from behind the braid and apply some pomade on it and comb it through…
  7. Then create a loop with that strand and feed it through the hairpin…
  8. Gently pull the hairpin back through that stitch, making sure you hold onto the loop you pushed though the hair pin with your index finger {as you do this, it will pull the new strand of hair through as well and create a nice hair loop}…
  9. Pull the pin all the way through until the loop on the top is larger than the loop on the bottom.
  10. Again, repeat Steps #5-9 only this time inserting the hairpin on a diagonal downwards from right to left…
  11. using a hairpin push it through that same stitch of hair on a diagonal nowfrom left to right. Now pick up a tiny piece of hair from behind the braid, create a loop, and feed it through the hairpin.
  12. Be sure to even out the loops, with the two loops on top being larger than the two loops on the bottom.
  13. This will create the butterfly look you desire {if you have any left over ends of hair, simply comb them into the main hair or bobby pin them down into the braid.
  14. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Mu twins uploaded a super cute “Halloween Pumpkins” video on YouTube. If you would like to see how to make the cutest little Jack O’Lanterns, please click below…

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Headband Twist | Half-Up Half Down Hairstyles

September 29, 2013

We want to see your re-created photos! Be sure to tag your own photos with #CGHHeadbandTwist on Instagram and Twitter this week, and we may repost yours!

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Several months ago Brooklyn was wearing a headband we bought from Target, one that was braided in the front but with an elastic on the back half. She thought that it was tacky how you could see that elastic from behind, so she asked Bailey to twist her hair around the back half of the headband to hide it!

Headband Twist | Half Up Half Down HairstylesThis isn’t actually a new technique, as we showed you how to do this {back in 2011} in order to create Headband Curls.

Instead, we are leaving in this headband to give you a half-up half-down hairstyle that is sooo very pretty!

Headband Twist | Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

Headband Twist | Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

{Please also note, in the video I show you how to get the headband to stay where you want it, using pre-set bobby pin trick.}

Bailey used a NuMe 19mm wand to create her base curls, but the hairstyle will look equally as great on straight hair with subtle waves!

Headband Twist | Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

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Headband Twist | Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

Try out the hairstyle, and let us know what you think… this one is so easy! Teens and adult women of all ages can enjoy this hairstyle, and not only because it is easy to do, but because it is beautiful!

Items Needed: Curling wand, rat-tail comb, brush, 1 braided headband {elastic back}, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by curling the hair with a curling wand {optional}.  Bailey used a 19mm NuMe curling wand to create her curls…
  2. To create a softer look, finger comb through the curls before beginning…
  3. Place the desired headband onto head with the decorative edge on the forehead with the back half resting near the base of the head {you can add a few bobby pins to help hold the bottom of the headband in place}…
  4. Now, pick up a 1/2 inch section of hair near the top of the right ear and thread it up, over, and under the headband by pulling it through with your fingers…
  5. Continue to back wind the hair around and around the headband until you are about 2-3 inches away from the end of the hair strand {near the back of the head}, and let the strand go…
  6. Next, repeat Steps #4 and 5 on the other left side of the head.
  7. When both strands of hair are completely twisted around the headband, you can go back and loosen the loops for a more soft, bohemian look {you may also bobby pin the ends in place for added security}.
  8. Now go back, gently lifting the headband twist,  and re-tuck any hair that had loosened from the top of the head.  Personally, I like my hair to look a little more disheveled and full, so I don’t tuck it down tightly.
  9. Add hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

This week the twins uploaded a super cute “Fall Treats” video on YouTube. If you would like to see how to make the cutest little acorn snacks, please click below…

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