Leather Accent Loony Braids | Cute Braids

October 28, 2012

Since Halloween is only a few days away, we decided to show you what CGH#3 wants to be for Halloween! She did not want to be a fairy, or something scary… she wanted to be someone from history. The challenge is to come up with cute Halloween hairstyles!

We, of course, were going for Pocahontas, but are very careful not use the character name in the tutorial due to our contract with Disney, so we are calling this a “Native American Princess” hairstyle.

Loony Braid with Leather Accents

{* Note from Mindy:  Please note, my daughter’s choice in dress this year is not in any way mocking an indigenous culture and is nothing more than an honor and celebration of it.  She has been studying early American history in school this first semester, talks about Native American culture every day, and has been checking out books at the library and reading them on her own. She loves the stories of Pocahontas and Sacagawea. Not sure if any of our fans, know this, but our youngest daughter is 1/16th Native American {from her great-great grandmother}.  We honor and celebrate all cultures in our home.}

Given all of our braided hairstyles to choose from, we simply could not settle for a 3-strand braid. We wanted something a little different, so decided to accent an idea from one of our old videos called Loony Braids.

  1. We began by parting the hair down the middle of the head, and into two side ponytails. We then took a basic strand of crafting leather, doubled it over, and secured it around the ponytail.
  2. The next step is to grab the whole ponytail and use it as one of the three braiding strands along with the two remaining strands of leather. {Yes, the hair actually becomes the 3rd strand!}
  3. Once I braided to the end of the ponytail, I secured it with a clear hair elastic and cut of any excess leather. You could also simply take the remaining strands of leather and create a bow at the end.
  4. Repeat the same steps as above on the other ponytail…

Loony Braid with Leather Accents | Pocahontas Braids

Loony Braids with Leather Accents | Cute Braid Ideas

You can see that by braiding the two small strands of leather along with the ponytail acting as the 3rd strand, that the resulting braid has a very fun zig-zag look to it!  You can pull out the elbows of the braid to make the braid look more “jagged”, but we left the braid as is for this style.

This can be an everyday braid, and you can substitute pretty much anything in place of the leather for a different accented look.  You can use ribbon, colored yarn/string, strips of fabric, old necklace chains, etc.

Enjoy!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Rapunzel Braid | Disney Princess Hairstyles

July 05, 2012

As indicated in our previous post, we recently agreed to a partnership agreement with Disney to provide exclusive Disney-themed hairstyles on its Rapunzel Braid Tutorial on the DisneyStyle YouTube Channel!

For this hairstyle, I show you how to recreate the Rapunzel Braid from Disney’s Tangled first in a practical every day use of the braid… and then we dress it up with real flowers to get the Rapunzel look from the movie.

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Rapunzel Braid Hairstyle | Disney's Tangled

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 4 hair elastics, hairspray, decorative hair clip or fresh flowers {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-15 minutes

Skill Level: Hard

Happy Hairdoing!

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Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Special Guest

April 17, 2012

Several months ago we uploaded our 1st version of the Katniss Braid, long before the movie came out. The movie was a blockbuster smash, and everyone was amazed at the hairstyles seen throughout the film!

Right after the premier, Linda Flowers, the lead hairstylist on The Hunger Games movie set, began searching the internet to see what people were saying about her hairstyles.

In fact, Linda was so amazed at how the Katniss Braid was becoming a “symbol”, so much that teen girls worldwide and their friends were wearing the braid to see the movie in theaters! She found us on YouTube and recognized that CuteGirlsHairstyles had a huge hand in helping teach literally thousands of our fans how to do the braid!

As such, Linda reached out to us and offered to give me a personal tutorial of the many Hunger Games hairstyles over Skype!

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

During our tutorial, I quickly saw that the Katniss braid had a little more prep work to it than I had originally thought! Linda showed me how she added the texture into Jennifer Lawrence’s hair “before” she created the Katniss braid {something I had not figured out}.

She uses a tool called the TopStyler® {by InStyler®} to add volume and stranded twists into the diagonal Dutch braid. From the leaked photos prior to the premier, many thought that there was maybe one more strand added into the braid… and this was the reason why. You can see exactly how to create this texture by viewing the tutorial below.

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

I appreciate that the TopStyler uses a slow and uniform transfer heat to curl the hair, rather than the immediate super hot heat a curling wand provides that only heats the outside of the strand. It also allows for the curl to stay in much longer.

Authentic Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

This is the exact look Katniss wore throughout the arena scenes in the movie, taught to CuteGirlsHairstyles personally by the one who created it… Linda Flowers! Hope you enjoy it!

{You can find the TopStyler at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ulta, or Amazon online.}

Enjoy!

 

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, hairspray, TopStyler, 1 hairband, quiver of arrows {optional}

Time Requirement: 30 minutes {approximately, including heat time}

Skill Level:  Hard

If you enjoyed this tutorial, please feel free to Facebook share it, tweet it, pin it, “whatever-you-want” it!

Happy Hairdoing!

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FTC Disclosure: I was provided this TopStyler® tool free of charge by InStyler® for review purposes only. No other forms of compensation were provided to CuteGirlsHairstyles. All opinions of the product are strictly mine, and results may vary.

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Katniss Reaping Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

March 25, 2012

Last weekend we filmed two Hunger Games Hairstyles based solely upon a few good photos we could find online, this one and the Prim Braids. {A few months ago we posted the famous Katniss Braid, the one she wears in the arena.}

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

We saw the THG movie Friday night, loved it, and we were happy that our hairstyles were fairly true to form!

We were also excited to receive an email from Linda Flowers, the Lead Stylist on set for The Hunger Games movie who had seen our hairstyles on YouTube and wanted to let us know that she liked them and that she wants to Skype me for a personal tutorial with her! I am so0000 EXCITED!!!

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

 

Katniss Reaping Braids | Hunger Games Hairstyles

For this hairstyle worn by Katniss during “The Reaping” scene in the movie, you basically follow the same steps as we showed in the Prim Braids for the two French-backs into normal braids. The only difference is that you “fold in”  and pin the lower braids into a flat, low bun.

The result is super cute, and sure to get you compliments!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two clear elastics, several bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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The Bun Hawk | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

March 04, 2012

After filming our segment on the Anderson Cooper show, Anderson stopped by the Green Room to visit with our little girls. He did not have to do that, as he had another show to film and CNN lineup later that evening!

Anderson was so nice to them, and really made my girls feel like a million dollars! Not that I wasn’t a huge fan of his shows before {going back to Channel One with Lisa Ling}… but I am extremely loyal now for that reason alone!  If you have not seen the Anderson talk show, I recommend that you do so!

My six-year old was in a particularly “goofy” mood, having an hilarious time teasing Anderson!

I quickly grabbed my iPhone and caught the tail end of their conversation as she told Anderson that he should get a mohawk! He laughed and said, “Sure!”  We included the clip in the tutorial below…

Luckily for us, we had just filmed this Bun Hawk hairstyle a week ago!

The Bun Hawk Hairstyle | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

Many of our fans have been requesting this hairstyle, since so many schools are having Crazy Hair Day at school! We had a very old tutorial in photos on the site, but a video certainly makes the hairstyle easier to follow!

You may also remember that this was my hubby’s first contribution to our hairstyle repertoire, as this was his idea!

The Bun Hawk  {Faux Hawk} Hairstyle

This hairstyle uses the bantu knot technique to form the hawk part of the hairdo.  This is so easy to do and will guarantee comments all day long!

We use this style a lot when our girls are playing sports, because not only does it garner lots of attention… but it intimidates a little as well!  The girls also wear this to 80′s parties, along with Crazy Hair Day.  It could be a fun gymnastics style, too!

The Bun Hawk | Crazy Hair Day Hairstyles

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 10 hair bands, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Steps:

  1. Start with wet, brushed hair…
  2. Section the hair and make five ponytails down the center of the head… starting with a section in front and work your way back, secure them with bands. {Make sure that the hair in the ponytails are as equal as possible, so that the buns are relatively the same size.}
  3. Take the first ponytail and being twisting the hair strand until it wants to twist around itself, gently allowing it to twist around the ponytail holder into a bun, and secure with another hairband.
  4. Repeat Step 3 for the other four ponytails.
  5. Lightly spritz hairspray to help secure any flyways.

{If you have problems with thin hair or baby flyways, you may want to try a little pomade or hair fiber gum to help hold in the twisty buns, but this is completely optional.}

Happy Hairdoing!

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