Lace Braided Bun | Cute Updo Hairstyles

July 28, 2013

Note from Mindy: My twins and I are headed to VidCon in Anaheim, CA, this next weekend, and will be holding two Meet Up’s on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013! We hope to see some of you there! See below for details:

For VidCon Attendees: Saturday from 3-3:30pm in YouTube’s Fan Booth at the Anaheim Convention Center.

For Non-Vidcon Attendees: Outside of Tortilla Joe’s {at Downtown Disney in Anaheim} on Saturday from 5-6:00pm. Come meet us, take pictures, and the first 20 fans will receive a free CGH vintage t-shirt! Who knows, maybe the twins will sign them!

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I have been trying so hard to perfect this braided bun for two months now! I never could get it secured the way I wanted it, and this week I finally figured out a trick to getting the braid and bun to look perfect!

Lace Braid Bun | Cute UpdosIf you have practiced our Lace Braid tutorials, this updo will be a so easy for you!

The trick for me was to isolate out a small strand of hair before placing the bun maker into the hair. This strand is very important, and serves as your base to anchor the lace braid.

Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

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Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

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Lace Braid Bun | Cute Updos

If you love this photo, please feel free to “Pin It” on Pinterest!

The style holds up nicely throughout the day, and is a perfect updo for Prom or Homecoming, or to be worn casually on any other day! I love hairstyles like that!  It is one I would wear to work, and even the gym!

CGH#3 volunteered to be my model, and isn’t she adorable? She wore it to church today, and I noticed several of the young women commenting on it!

I guarantee this one will get you compliments, as well!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 bun maker, 1 large hair band, 1 small hair elastic, 2-3 Goody Spin Pins, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling hair up into a high ponytail, and secure with a hair band…
  2. Separate a small section of a hair {about ½ inch} out of the ponytail, in the back behind the right ear, and let it fall while you hold onto the rest of the ponytail….
  3. Slip the ponytail hair through the bun maker, and snug it down against the head, making sure the sectioned piece stays out of the bun maker {actually, the bun maker should sit right on top of it}…
  4. Now, let go of the ponytail, an let the hair fall evenly over the bun maker {try to make sure it is all even all the way around, and that hair evenly covers all of the bun maker}…
  5. Comb out any tangles or fly-aways around the bun, to help make the bun look perfect and silky…
  6. Now gently part the back hair and find the strand that you intentionally left out…
  7. With this strand, begin to create a 3-strand Dutch braid with it {as you braid, add fallen hair from the bun maker into the top strand only… this creates the Lace Braid}…
  8. As you continue braiding, make your way around the base of the bun, adding hair into only the top strand, and keeping the braid tight near the base of the bun maker…
  9. When you have braided all the way around the bun, meeting where you began, continue a simple 3-strand braid down the remainer of hair, and secure with a small hair elastic…
  10. Now, take the tail portion of the braid and tuck it around and under the main braid. It should all fit fairly well under the main braid.  {If you do have a few problem areas, where the braid doesn’t fit well, feel free to tug the top braid down a bit and secure with a bobby pin}. Do you best to make it look like one continuous braid around the bun…
  11. You will want to use bobby pins to secure the main braid against the head.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget my twins’ video this week on their YouTube channel! Bailey was sick, so Brooklyn asked me to step in for her to show you some cute, coming trends for this school year!

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Waterfall Braids into Double Frenchbacks | Sport Hairstyles

July 14, 2013

If there was one hairstyle that I wore the most as a young teenager, it would have to be my Soccer Braids tutorial.

I loved it because of the cute double Frenchbacks into flips, but also because on the second day I could take out the braids and have beautiful waves. For each of my girls, that is the very style we use when they are participating in sports because the hair holds up well with all the activity.

Today, I wanted to go into my past, take that style, and “spice” it up a bit!

Waterfall into Double Frenchbacks | Sport HairstylesRather than adding another Frenchback down the middle, I opted to create a double-sided Waterfall Braid down the center of the head. I then incorporated those fall-through strands as the added-in hair for the topside of each Frenchback. It turned out super cute, and leaves a very intricate pattern that I am sure people will notice!

Waterfall into Double French Braids

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

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair into three vertical sections {the two parts should start above the middle of each eyebrow, and run down to the neck.  The middle section should be about 3 inches wide}…
  2. Secure each outside section with an elastic to keep it out of the way…
  3. Working on the middle section first, begin by creating a regular three-strand French braid.  After the first stitch, drop the outside strand of hair.
  4. Replace that strand, by picking up hair near the part line {this is the same technique used in the Waterfall Braid}….
  5. When you get to the other side of the braid, drop the outside strand there and replace it with hair with hair near that part line…
  6. Continue braiding with Steps 4 & 5 all the way down the center braid, dropping each outside piece as you go {continue to replace the outside strands with hair near the part lines}.  This will create a double waterfall braid, or a waterfall with strands dropping on both sides of the braid…
  7. When you run out of hair to add into the braid, finish off this section with a simple three-strand braid, and secure with a hair band {the end of the braid will be smaller because you dropped so much hair off to the sides – this is normal}…
  8. Now, release the hair on one of the side sections of the head and begin a normal three-strand French braid…
  9. When you add hair into the top side of this braid, add in only the fallen strands from the Waterfall braid above it…
  10. When you add in hair from the bottom, do so as you would normally with a French braid…
  11. Continue this braiding technique, Steps 9 & 10, all the way down until you run out of hair {you will begin to see a ladder effect forming  as you pull the strands from the Waterfall braid into the bottom French braid}…
  12. When you are finished with this side braid, temporarily secure it with a hair band.
  13. Repeat Steps 8-12  on the opposite side of the head…
  14. When all three braids are finished, you can complete the hairstyle in many ways.  One option would be a ponytail.  Anther option would be to form all the ends of the braids into one braid, or you can form the hair into two separate braids over each shoulder as I did in my Soccer Braids tutorial.
  15. Lastly, add accessories and hairspray as desired.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Also, don’t forget this week’s bonus video from my twins’ YouTube channel! This was one of the most fun activities our kids have ever done! What community activities does your city have?

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Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

July 07, 2013

This week we wanted to show you a cute ponytail hairstyle idea, using Lace Braids in a different way!

You can think of this one like braiding a one-sided French Braid, so if you know how to create a French Braid, this one will be easy!

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long HairAt the end of each Lace braid, I twisted in the remaining hair into the resulting strand, and repeated the same on the other side!

After creating the Lace Braid Twists on both sides, I then combined them into a ponytail in the back and accented it with a lace clip-in bow.

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Lace Braid Twists into Ponytail | Hairstyles for Long Hair

You can leave the ponytail as is, or you can add curls to it.  You can even get very creative and throw in any other combo for the ponytail you would like {simple braid, fishtail braid, 5-strand, etc}!

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting hair down the middle of the head {roughly divide hair into two even sections}…
  2. Next, pickup a small section of hair near the right temple and begin a French-lace braid {make sure you are only adding hair into the bottom strand of the French braid, or the side closest to the ear}…
  3. Continue the braid back around the head and above the ear…
  4. When you get just past the right ear, stop braiding and instead twist the hair toward the head as you add in the final pieces {the lace braid has a tendency to twist away from the head, so adding the twist at the end of the braid will keep the lace braid laying flat against the head}…
  5. When you are done picking up all the remaining hair, twist the ponytail and secure with a hair clip or have someone else hold the hair…
  6. Now repeat this same braiding technique, Steps #2-5, on the left side of head…
  7. When you are finished with both Lace Braid twists, combine the two into a ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  8. Add any accessories {like a ribbon or bow} and hairspray, as desired.

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

Happy Hairdoing!

Please also be sure to check out my appearance on ThePlatform’s “Makeup to Breakups” episode with host AndreasChoice! She is such a sweetheart, and also a twin! Every time we see Andrea, she treats us like family!

In this episode, we talk about Honesty in friendships. Can you be too honest? Not honest enough? Where should that line be?  Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

June 30, 2013

Be sure to see my interview with Billy Crystal and the rest of the cast of Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University” here

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It is finally Summertime, so we wanted to share a beautiful bohemian-looking hairstyle that would be perfect for the season!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

This hairstyle uses the popular braided tieback, something we have shown in several variations on this website before.  In this case, after the tieback… we created a super-cute braided flower to accent it.

Although we rate this style as “Hard”, all you really need to know is how to Simple Braid, how to “pancake” a simple braid {tugging out the elbows of the braid}, and the basic bobby pinning skills.  The latter is what can actually make this hairstyle difficult, because pinning the flower takes practice.

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

I would not recommend this hairstyle for an active day, since the flower is delicate and can fall out since it is only pinned up.  I would recommend this more for a date night or a day out with friends, and I promise… you will receive many compliments on it!

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long Hair

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Cute Braided Flower Tieback | Hairstyles for Long HairThis one is among Brooklyn and CGH#3′s favorites!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 3 small hair elastics, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair down the middle of the head…
  2. Create a small, Simple Braid on either side of the head and secure with elastics {you will need enough braid length to reach  the back of the head for the tieback}…
  3. Once both braids are finished, simply pull them to the back and secure with another elastic in the middle/back of the head…
  4. Now, cinch the braid up against the head by gently pulling the ends of the two braids apart softly….
  5. Take the end of the rat-tail comb and  gently pull out the hair right above the braids to create some added fullness and volume.
  6. Remove both elastics from the ends of the small braids, undo any remaining braiding in those strands, and combine the hair together to create one more Simple Braid…
  7. Once the single Simple Braid is complete, gently tug on the elbows on only one side of the braid {these pancaked elbows will form the petals of your flower}.
  8. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  9. If you pancaked the left side of the braid, begin by twisting the braid counter clockwise, wrapping it around the elastic in a spiral pattern like a cinnamon roll {if you pancaked the right side of the braid, reverse that process and wind the braid clockwise}…
  10. Continue to wrap the hair around and around the elastic, with each layer of hair just slightly under the previous layer.  The pancaked edges should be sticking up to create the petals of a a flower-shaped accent…
  11. When the flower is finished, take a couple of small bobby pins and gently secure the flower in place.  Make sure both elastics are hidden.

If you loved this hairstyle, please feel free to share it!

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch my twins’ cute DIY Summer Flip-Flops Tutorial…

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Stacked Twist | Cute Braided Hairstyles

June 23, 2013

A few months ago we showed you how to create the Stacked Braid, and it has been very popular!

At the same time, we experimented by stacking the base braid with a rope braid twist on top and it is equally as cute! You simply use the same technique in stacking the braid, only that you only pull out strands from the inside of the right-most strand as you go down {to later incorporate in your stacked twist}, rather than strands from both sides as in the stacked braids. The video below will make this much more clear.

Stacked Twist | Simple Braid and Rope BraidMy girls have worn this braid for several months and it gets just as many compliments as the Stacked Braids, only people are more curious at how the twist stays on top!

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

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Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Stacked Twist | Braided Hairstyles

Try it, and see what your friends think!

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

Time Requirement: 5-8 minutes

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by pulling front of hair {bangs} into a pompadour, and use bobby pins to secure. {Optional: Instead of a pompadour, simply throw long hair over one shoulder and use this same technique as a side braid.}
  2. Pull up all hair into a ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Separate off a small section of hair at the top of the rubber band and keep out of the way for now…
  4. With the remainder of the hair, begin a Simple Braid {three stranded regular braid. Make sure you are taking the middle strand over the outside edges as you braid {you may also create a three strand braid reversing this, but it will not work nearly as well for this specific hairstyle}…
  5. Once you have created the first stitch of a simple braid, pull a tiny section off of the inside of the right-most strand, and hold it out of the way. This is very similar to creating a feather braid…
  6. Continue by creating another stitch of the braid, and again, pull out a tiny section off the inside of the right-most strand, and hold out of the way…
  7. Continue this pattern until you run out of hair, and secure the simple braid with an elastic {you will now have one large simple braid with many little “feathers” of hair coming out of the braid}…
  8. Now, go back up to the top of the hair to the first section of hair was separated off from the ponytail. Separate this section into two strands and begin a rope braid. {To create a rope braid, simply twist each strand of hair in the clockwise direction and then twist them over each other in a counter-clockwise direction. This will keep the twists from unraveling when you let them go}…
  9. As you twist down the rope braid, simply add in the feather strands you pulled out of the simple braid, as you reach them.  Pulling these pieces into the twists will tighten the twist down against the braid and keep it running right down the middle of the simple braid… essentially stacking the twist on top of the braid.
  10. When you run out of hair and finish the twist, remove the hair elastic from the original simple braid and use it to secure both the simple braid and the stacked rope braid together.
  11. Optional: Go back and pancake the edges of the simple braid to create a wider base for the twist.

Happy Hairdoing!

* Note from Mindy: Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st, so if you want to follow our blog… you can do so at BlogLovin, a new easy-to-use blog reader for women!

Also, feel free to watch Bailey’s night-time teenage skincare routine that she uploaded to the girls’ YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey this week!

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