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!


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.


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.

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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!

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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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How to Create an Infinity Bun | Updo Hairstyles

February 16, 2014

If you are looking for Prom hairstyles, the Infinity Bun would be a perfect inclusion!

Infinity Bun UpdoToday’s updo hairstyle is super easy, taking literally like 3 minutes to do! {That really was the point, to create something beautiful and elegant enough to look like you spent awhile doing it, when all it took was just a few minutes.}

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Please feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHInfinityBun

Plus, you can use the bun in any number of updo combo styles, along with accent braids, pin coil accents, pancake braids, curls, etc!

To show you how to create an Infinity Bun, we began with a simple Frenchback in the front top, and incorporated it into a high ponytail. The instructions for the Infinity Bun further below take it from there.

Infinity Bun | Prom Hairstyles Infinity Bun | Updo Hairstyles

Brooklyn wore this to a dance last week and had several compliments on it. This hairstyle is appropriate for all ages, little girls and tween on up to grandmothers – especially for activities such as formal dances, ballet, work, or everyday wear!

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our CGH App, which will be coming out later in March! It has been fun working on the app, and makes the portability of our hairstyle tutorials to the bathroom counter much easier, and includes a place to see fan hairstyle recreations as well!

Enjoy the video!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 6-8 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Optional: Begin by adding curls, a braid, or twistbacks, into the ponytail to add some texture and to accent the bun…
  2. Begin by pulling hair back into a ponytail {this looks best if the ponytail isn’t too high or too low, mid head is perfect}…
  3. Now, begin twisting the ponytail counter-clockwise and slightly upward towards the top of the head…
  4. As the twist tightens, it will naturally want to twist up on itself, to use that to begin to form the left loop of the infinity bun, in a counter clockwise direction…
  5. Still twisting the hair the same direction, take it up toward the top of the head, in a clockwise direction, and begin to form the second loop, thus completing the sideways figure  infinity shape…
  6. Because the second loop will have less hair than the first, feel free to loosen the twist a little to add volume, so that the bun looks balanced…
  7. If you have left over hair ends, while holding the whole bun in place with your left hand, simply tuck them up under the edge of the original loop…
  8. As you continue to hold this shape, place bobby pins approximately every inch or so, depending on hair weight and thickness, to secure the bun firmly in place…
  9. With the bun secure, you can go back and smooth any fly aways as needed with hairspray {if desired}.

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

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey decided to give you a tour of their newly-decorated room {which was part of their Christmas/Birthday presents this year}, and uploaded the video to their BrooklyAndBailey YouTube channel. It was a fun project for mom, dad, and the twins! Simply click below to watch…

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How to Get the Perfect Ponytail | Hairstyle Tips

January 05, 2014

We receive so many requests on how to create a perfect ponytail, and there are some tricks that will certainly help. Today, we want to show you those tips.

How to Get the Perfect Ponytail{Now, I know there are many readers who are looking only for complex and ultra-creative hairstyles, but keep in mind that we have readers of all skill levels, including young girls and daddies! Therefore, we will share posts ranging from easy, medium, and hard for hair doers at all levels.}

How to Get the Perfect Ponytail

Our first Perfect Ponytail tip, shows you how to make your ponytail look longer. You will be shocked at what we do to accomplish this, but it works nicely!

How to Get the Perfect Ponytail How to Get the Perfect Ponytail

The second Perfect Ponytail tip shows you how to give the ponytail a more voluminous look.

Have you ever perfected your ponytails in the morning only to have it fall flat by the early afternoon? This trick solves that problem with something you might not expect! A simple small butterfly clip!

How to Get the Perfect Ponytail How to Get the Perfect Ponytail

We used to use butterfly clips on the girls when they were very young, to clip hair twists into place, but for the past year or so… each of us CGH girls have been carrying one with us everywhere we go!

It is the perfect trick to give your ponytail life that you would likely never get on your own!

Enjoy these tips!

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

Time Requirement: 2-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by teasing the front area of hair {if you have a hard time getting the poof the way you want it, you can even use bobby pins to create a pompadour effect first}…
  2. Using a smoothing brush, smooth out the top area of the section you just teased…  
  3. Next, gather a section of hair starting behind each ear and part going in an upside-down-U shape toward the middle back of your head…
  4. Secure the top hair out of the way for now.
  5. Now, create a low bottom ponytail {using a tiny elastic that matches your hair color} on the bottom section of hair you just created…  
  6. Next, create a high ponytail using the top section of hair…
  7. Using a tiny strand of hair, wrap it around the elastic holder to hide it, and secure with a bobby pin {not only does this hide the elastic, but it dresses up the ponytail}…
  8. Next, lift about 1/3 of the high ponytail upward and clip in a butterfly clip {matching your hair color} under the hair next to the elastic…  
  9. Now let the hair fall back down over the top of the clip, and tease the hair a little as needed {this adds an upward movement to your ponytail that makes it look more full and with some personality}…
  10. Add hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these Perfect Ponytail Tips, and feel free to leave your own!  As always, if you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

Due to the holiday weeks, my twins BrooklyAndBailey shared a Christmas/Birthday Haul video, showing you some of the things that they received, which can give you some great teen gift ideas!

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