Prim’s Braided Bun Updo | Mockingjay Hairstyles

November 30, 2014

This week’s hairstyle is inspired by Prim in the new Mockingjay movie of The Hunger Games movie franchise. We’ve watched Prim grow up, from a little girl with side braids, into a beautiful young woman who works to take care of injured patients in a District 13 hospital.

Prim's Braided Updo | Mockingjay

Prim’s braided hairstyles have matured right along with her, as we see in this tutorial.

We know that Prim needs her hair out of her face, and pinned back out of the way, so that she can care for her patients. The obviously best way to do this would be with an updo!, And, typical to Prim’s affinity for signature braids, just like her sister Katniss, she keeps braids as the base for her updo.

Prim's Braided Bun Updo | Mockingjay Hairstyles

This is a very easy updo to create, and it gives a very sophisticated look especially when worn slicked back. You can achieve this look by wetting the hair down beforehand, or by adding in some pomade as you comb the hair before styling.

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I can see this hairstyle being perfect for formal occasions, cheer, dance, ballet, and some sports.  To see your own photo recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHPrimBuns

In another scene from the movie, Prim wears another version of a Dutch wrap-around braid, similar to what she wore in Catching Fire, but it was only seen from one angle and we couldn’t determine the exact look.

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Be sure to check out the rest of our Hunger Games-inspired hairstyles over the years!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 10-14 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head, all the way down {giving you two even sections of hair on either side}…
  2. Create a simple braid with your first section {you want the braid to begin right behind each ear and run straight down the back}…
  3. As you braid, be careful not to braid forward, over the shoulder and towards the front of the face or it will create an odd-looking bump in your bun as you twist up the braids later}..
  4. When you run out of hair, secure the braid with a small hair elastic…
  5. Now, take the very ends of the braid and begin to roll it up the rest of the braid {you want this to be as tight as possible, which will also help to hide the elastic}…
  6. When you reach to the top of the braid, you should be able to lay the bun against the head, giving the bun a braided cinnamon roll look…
  7. Next, carefully secure the bun to the head using a few bobby pins {you want to be sure the bun lays as close to the part line as possible, so that when both braids are pinned, they look like they are touching each other}…
  8. Repeat Steps #2-7 for the second braided bun…
  9. Shake the head to determine how firm the buns are secured, and, if necessary, add in a few more bobby pins…
  10. Add hairspray {if desired} to control flyaways.

The only problem with the 3rd book in this movie franchise, is that it is split into two movies! We can’t see how the directors and Lionsgate will portray the ending until the last movie comes out on Nov 20, 2015!

Have you guys seen the movie yet? What did you think of it? Please leave a comment below!

Happy Hairdoing!

Want to see the funniest video clip you’ve seen in a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time? My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, had their wisdom teeth removed last Tuesday, and made us swear that we would film everything. We gave them the footage, and this is what they approved for you to see! They are identical twins, but their reactions to the anesthesia are far from identical! You will laugh, and cry, and maybe pee your pants a little, all at the same time! Just click below to view!

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Katniss’ Mockingjay Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

November 23, 2014

Many of you know that were are HUGE fans of The Hunger Games books and movie franchise!

We’ve been friends with Linda Flowers, the Department Head of Hair & Makeup for both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies ever since we first put up the Katniss braid years ago. Since Linda had a contract for Dancing With The Stars, she was unable to work on the Mockingjay movies, with Lionsgate instead hiring Camille Friend. Camille is just as talented, and her team did an amazing job trying to have the hair reflect the mood of the war-trodden State, as in the book.

Katniss' Braid from Mockingjay

Katniss’ braid in this 3rd movie isn’t supposed to be focused so much on style, as her time in the Capitol and in the Games merited. This time around, Panem is at war, with a growing rebellion movement, and the look is supposed to fully reflect that.

Katniss' Braid from Mockingjay

Things aren’t as they once were, and that’s why there is a fundamental change in the Katniss braid.

Katniss still wears a side braid, which as Linda told us is to ensure that she doesn’t snag her braid as she removes arrows from the quiver on her back. This time around, the wrapping braids from the left and right are French braids instead of Katniss’ signature Dutch braid.

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To see your own photo recreations automatically featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on IG with: #CGHMockingjayBraid {There are already several braiders who have gained 1000’s of IG followers simply by having their recreations seen by our 350,000+ app users!}

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For the side braid, the stitching looks very similar to a Simple braid, however it really is a chunky Reverse Fishtail. The look is also supposed to be somewhat messy and disheveled, which is the look we were going for. {The wind and rain in our trailer video shoot certainly helped with that!}

Items Needed: 19mm Curling Wand for the base curls, brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 1-2 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by adding curls to the hair, for the base texture, using a 19mm curling wand…
  2. Part hair slightly off to the right so that heavy side of the hair is on the person’s left, then section out a few wispy strands to frame the face on both sides…
  3. Starting in front of the left-most ear pick up a section, separate it into three strands, and begin a regular French braid…
  4. Add in hair as you go along, keeping the braid as close to the hairline as possible…
  5. As you braid past the middle of the head, almost to right behind the right ear, stop adding in hair and continue with a few stitches of a regular braid and temporarily secure with an elastic…
  6. Now, on the other side of the head, pick up the hair above the right ear, and begin a regular French braid, again, following the partline…
  7. Continue this braid backwards and down until you reach the other braid…
  8. With the elastic us used temporarily to secure the first braid, now secure both braids together with that same elastic as close to the back right-most corner of the head…
  9. Next, with the combined section, divide it in half and begin a Reverse Fishtail braid…
  10. You do this by taking a sizable strand of hair from one side and take it under the hair and add it to the section on the other side…
  11. Now take a sizable strand from the left-most section, take it under that side and add it into the right section…
  12. Continue with Steps #10-11 until the reverse fishtail braid is completed…
  13. Secure with an elastic…
  14. Now go back and cut the top elastic with a pair of scissors,to loosen the hair and allow the braid to easily sit over the shoulder…
  15. Add hairspray or accessory {as desired}.

We hope you check out the rest of our Hunger Games hairstyles, and be sure come back next week for another tutorial from Mockingjay!

Happy Hairdoing!

My twins, BrooklynAndBailey, began a new YouTube series called Fab or Fail, where they try out products you have seen on TV! The first episode reviews the RoseArt Graphic Skinz Design Studio. To see how the product rated on the girls’ Fab or Fail Scale, simply click below!

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Rosie the Riveter | Halloween Hairstyles

October 25, 2014

We apologize for getting this post up late, as we were on vacation in Hawaii and not where we had reliable wireless service. Hurricane Anna gave us a scare while we were there, after we could not change our flights to get out early, but she ended up being downgraded to a tropical storm right before hitting us. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes!

I’ve wanted to film this Rosie the Riveter tutorial for a long time now, but knew that it was fitting for our Halloweeen #CGHSpooktorials series this year.

Rosie the Riveter | Hairstyle Tutorial

Rosie is a cultural icon here in the United States. She represents those women who were needed to work in industry while the men of the time were called up to serve during World War II. Because of this, and other sacrifices women made at the time, she is an icon representing feminism and economic industry.

Rosie the Riveter | Hairstyle Tutorial

The basic fundamentals of this hairstyle include a pin curl and a messy bun. Accented with a red bandana, this hairstyle comes fairly close to the style seen in Rosie’s ever-famous “muscle” pose.

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

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This is a super cute Halloween costume idea for girls of any age, and fairly easy to put together with stuff you likely already have in your closet.

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Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, root boost, 1″ curling iron, boar bristle brush, 2 ponytail elastics, 10-12 bobby pins, red headband, finishing hairspray {for hold}.

Time Requirement: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the bang area into a deep U shaped part…
  2. Pull the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and secure it close to the edge of the U part…
  3. On the bangs, spray some root boost into roots of the dry hair, then use a blowdryer to dry the hair while pulling forward, and upward, to create volume and lift at the roots {this is a very important step}…
  4. Using a 1- 1 ¼ inch barreled curling iron, separate the bangs into 5-6 sections and curl in a traditional manner.
  5. Now use a boar-bristle brush to gently brush out the curls, finger combing them also to create one giant curl instead of separate curls…
  6. Using a rat-toothed comb, separate the bangs into 5-6 pieces and teasing each just a tiny bit at the root {ratting in a downward motion only, not up and down}…
  7. Then, use the edge of the comb to gently comb the surface hair only to remove any bumps from the teasing and to smooth the top layer of the bangs down…
  8. Lay hair in the direction you want the curl to form, and again, smooth with the comb…
  9. At the ends of your bangs, you should have one giant curl forming {if not, you may  need to use the curling iron again as in Step #4}, then use this curl to begin a Pin Curl…
  10. To create the Pin Curl, gently wind the hair up and around your fingers until you reach your forehead area, and secure with carefully-hidden bobby pins…
  11. You should now have a nice pin curl, with a lightly-teased swoop into the curl.
  12. Use finishing spray to hold the curl and bangs in place…
  13. Next, take a red, folded bandana and wrap it up and over the tops of your ears, tying it right behind the Pin Curl…
  14. Feel free to use 2-4 bobby pins to hold the bandana in place…
  15. Lastly, create a standard messy bun with the remaining hair in the top ponytail, using bobby pins to secure it to your liking…
  16. Add a final touch of finishing spray for extra hold {optional}.

Please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know if you would like to see more vintage hairstyles like this one!

Happy Halloween!

The girls showed us all this past week how to create a DIY Girly Mario & Luigi costumes from Super Mario Brothers on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! I thought it was adorable. Click below to view the tutorial!

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How to Create a Lace Fishtail Tieback

September 21, 2014

This past week, my niece, age three, who also had such beautiful, long curly hair, was playing at a friends house when the little friend decided to give her a “hair cut”!

This has to be one of every parent’s nightmares! We’ve all been there, now knowing that for little girls hair, the sworn enemies are… kids scissors and gum!

My niece now has a super adorable, chin-length bob haircut. To help my sister-in-law feel a little better, we decided to upload a short hairstyle today! We are showing  you how to create a Laced Fishtail Tieback!

Laced Fishtail Tieback

This is a beautiful braided combo hairstyle that will look amazing if the hair has natural highlights in it. Fishtail braids are right on trend today, so this combo is sure to get you compliments!

Laced Fishtail Tieback

I originally tried this style with two lace-backs, but found that they winged out too much on the sides when I pancaked them. The only solution was to pin the braids down, but I didn’t like they way that looked.

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After playing around for a few minutes, we decided to start each side with a few French Braid stitches to anchor the two braidbacks. This trick worked perfectly!

If you would like to see your recreations of this hairstyle featured in our CHG App, feel free to tag your own photos with: #CGHLaceFishtailTieback

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This hairstyle is versatile and perfect for girls with short hair, medium hair, or long hair. It can also be worn for any occasion, including sports, with straight hair or curls, too!

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

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions: {Optional} Begin with straightened hair, or, if short, flip the hair out with a flat iron…

  1. Begin by parting the hair slightly off to one side…
  2. Now pick up a small section of hair near the front part, on the right side of head…
  3. Divide this section into two strands, and begin a French Fishtail stitch pattern {this step is essential, as the French stitching is what will anchor the Lace Braid down}…
  4. As you braid back, add in small sections of additional hair, and then grab the outside edges of the fishtail sections before crossing over…
  5. Repeat this process on both sides of the fishtail for about 2 -3 inches…
  6. As you near the ear, stop adding hair into the bottom and only add in hair from the top side of the braid braid {this creates the Lace Fishtail}, and braid around the back of the head using this pattern…
  7. When you reach the midway part of the back of the head, secure the braid off with an elastic…
  8. Repeat Steps #3-7 on the other side of the head…
  9. Once you have both fishtails in place, combine them carefully together in the back {if you have short hair, you may need to tuck the middle down a little so that it doesn’t stick up}…
  10. Secure the braids together with an elastic…
  11. Go back and gently tug on the bottom edges {pancake} of the lace fishtail to allow the stranding to pop out…
  12. Add hairspray and accessory {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Laced Fishtail Tieback!

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey met up with their good friend Chelsea Crockett and filmed a fun 2-part tag series on each other’s channels.

The twins uploaded this 7-Second Challenge on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel, and Chelsea uploaded the Whisper Challenge on her channel. Watching both videos reminds me so much of the slumber parties I used to have with my friends when I was their age! Have fun laughing!

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The Run Braid Combo | Hairstyles for Sports

August 31, 2014

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Everyone is always asking for hairstyles that can be worn for sports, or anything athletic. The activities range from soccer, cheer, dance, gymnastics, softball, track, etc.

Well, I am a huge Lulu Lemon fan, and follow the company account on Instagram. This past week I saw this hairstyle pop up on my Instagram feed, so I just had to learn it and teach all of you!

The Run Braid Combo | Hairstyles for Sports

So, today, we are going to teach you how to create a Run Braid Combo!

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

Sport Hairstyles

If you know how to create French and simple braids, then you really are good to go for this hairstyle! It is one that will keep the hair pulled out of your face, and off of your neck during those practices and games.

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This hairstyle does not have to be limited to sports, though. Dressed with a cute t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers, would look adorable, too!

We are calling this a combo because you are combining several different braids into the hairstyle… French, simple, and rope. You can swap out any of these, and make several other beautiful combinations using Dutch, Lace, or Fishtail braids!

This hair style happens to be one of Brooklyn’s favorite braids right now, and leads to absolutely gorgeous 2nd-Day Curls the next day!

Sport Hairstyles Hairstyles for Sports The Run Braid Combo

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 3 small hair elastics, spray wax or hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 7-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with wet or dry hair.
  2. At the very front of the head begin a French braid. Continue to add in hair to the French braid until you reach the ears.
  3. Stop adding in hair at this point and finish with a regular braid.
  4. Flip that braid up and out of the way.
  5. Gather up the remaining hair into a high ponytail.
  6. Before securing with an elastic, add the original braid into the ponytail as well and secure it along with the hair.
  7. Now flip the original braid out of the way again.
  8. Divide the remaining hair into three even sections.
  9. Braid each section and secure with elastics.
  10. Now place two braids in each hand.
  11. Twist the braids around each other until you run out of hair.
  12. Secure the hair together with an elastic.
  13. Remove the original elastics so there is only the one holding them all together.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this Run Braid Combo hairstyle!

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn and Bailey uploaded a cute Back-to-School DIY Notebook decorating tutorial on their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel this week. Even Kamri got in on the action, so click below to view!

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