Messy Glow Bun | 4th of July Hairstyles

July 04, 2011

We decided to get really creative with this 4th of July hairstyle! This can be done for any national celebration (July 4th, Canada Day, Australia Day, or for New Year’s Eve, etc.)

About six months ago I was surfing around the internet for fun hair accessories when I stumbled upon a really fun site. It is where I learned about Glowby’s! {Be sure to use coupon code CUTEGIRL10 to receive 10% off of all orders!}

I loved the fiber-optic concept and that you do not have to have a stack of AA batteries stuck in your hair for the lights to work. They do not get hot, and the strands can pretty much work with any style (without breaking). I decided to buy some Glowby’s and try them out.

I used our popular Messy Bun hairstyle as the base concept, and then wove in the strands of the Glowby throughout. {Luminence offers these in a variety of colors, so you can mix and match them for any holiday, or simply use white ones for weddings or formal dances.}

While we were at a fireworks display, our girls were constantly stopped and asked where we found the glow strands. We noticed plenty of people pointing to our girls, and some even wanted to take photos of the styles on their phones.

Trust us, your girls will be noticed with this style!!!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 large hair elastics, 1 Glowby.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Now, it may look like a bear to take the Glowby out of the Messy Bun, but it really is a 2 second process. Since the strands of the Glowby are smooth plastic fiberoptics, they literally slide right out with a gentle tug on the barrette! No pain!

Hope you enjoy this style, which can be used by girls of all ages on any holiday, or by older girls and women at concerts, dance clubs, etc! Enjoy!

Happy Hairdoing,

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Ribboned Bobby Pins | Tips and Tricks

February 13, 2011

This video tutorial shows a very simple way to spice up an updo hairstyle, for any holiday occasion. This one happens to be for Valentine’s Day.

Holiday Messy Bun (Back)

In this video (you can use Messy Bun #1 or Messy Bun #2), I use a thin ribbon cut into small strips (length can vary), and then tie them onto bobby pins. You can tie the ribbons into tiny bows if you would like, but I did not have time when I filmed this tutorial. If you make the ribbons longer… you can curl them by running the edge of scissors along the ribbon so that they look like curly-q’s. Then I place the bobby pins throughout the messy bun until the hair style looks right.

Holiday Messy Bun (Side)
This tip is perfect for any holiday or special occasion by using the colors of that holiday, for students or cheerleaders who want to wear school colors, and for brides/flower girls who want to accent their updo with white-ribboned bobby pins.

Tools Needed

Items Needed: 6-8 small bobby pins, thin colored ribbon, scissors

Time Requirement: 5+ minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Winners | 2010 Halloween Costume Contest

November 09, 2010

After one full week of Facebook voting, here are the three 2010 Kids Halloween Contest winners! (You may click on a given photo to view them in a larger format.) Each of the three are absolutely amazing, as were all the 300+ photos submitted! You all seriously have the cutest kids!

1st Place Winner ($50 Gift Card)
Submitted by Alyssa C
Total Votes: 160

Cute Catgirl

What a little doll! There is surely lots of personality here, and I absolutley love her jeweled nose and whiskers! This little one is certainly going to be a heartbreaker!

2nd Place Winner ($30 Gift Card)
Submitted by Hawley
Total Votes: 125

Alice in Wonderland Costumes

I absolutely love how this photo was set up. I am just waiting for the Queen to yell “Where’s my pig???” The family theme idea is so cute!

3rd Place Winner ($15 Gift Card)
Submitted by Abby W.
Total Votes: 100

Alince in Wonderland Costumes

Again, I had no idea that Disney had such elaborate costumes! Apparently all of you didn’t either, since 2nd and 3rd Place were based on Alice in Wonderland costumes! So fun!

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In order to fairly tabulate the votes, I pulled up the top four photos at 11:55pm last night on four internet screens. At 12:00 midnight, I refreshed all four photos to get the exact vote count at that time and then captured screen shots for each (in case anyone wants to see them).

Since voting was so close for third place, I have decided to offer a $10 gift card for 4th place as an Honorable Mention.

Honorable Mention
Submitted by Peyton S.
Total Votes: 97

OZ Flying Monkey

Thanks to each of you who submitted a photo and those of you who took the time to vote. I hope you all enjoyed this contest and received some good costume ideas for next year! If you are one of our four winners, please email me your gift card choice (WalMart, Target, or Sally Beauty Supply) as well as your full name and mailing address.

Thanks, and Happy Hairdoing!

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Costume Contest: Your Vote Counts (Ended)

November 02, 2010

Thanks to all of you wonderful moms all over the world who submitted amazing photos of your children in super cute Halloween costumes! I must say, you are such a creative bunch! There are so many absolutely adorable faces in costume that it will be interesting to see who wins!

Halloween Costume Contest

As for us, this is how we dressed this year…

Pirate Family

Now, apparently Facebook has a limitation on the number of photos in an album (only 200), so with over 300 photos submitted (way more than I had anticipated), we had to create two albums.  Both albums can be found on our Facebook Fanpage.

Album A

Album B

To give you a jumpstart, I added a link to my YouTube channel page that has about 40,000 visits per day and also here for our website visitors.

Remember, that in order to vote, that person must have a FB account and needs to “Like” our page. Instructions on how to vote are included here. Be sure to get all of your family and friends to vote! You may email them the links, post them on your blog/website, Facebook or Twitter status, etc, to try and get the most votes to win!  Voting ends at midnight on November 8th!

Funny enough… I hadn’t actually counted on this contest’s votes beginning on November 2, National Voting Day! What excellent timing! Good luck and Happy Voting!

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Halloween Costume Contest (Ended)

October 20, 2010

We have decided to get seasonal again, so Adopt a ‘Do – Cute Girls Hairstyles will be sponsoring a Kids Halloween Costume Photo Contest on our Facebook Fanpage!

Halloween is one of my most favorite holiday times of the year! It is a festival of all-out creativity, culture, and wonderful smells of pumpkin spice and hot chocolate! It is time to get FESTIVE!!!

An example of the type of photo we expect to see is posted below. (So many of you have expressed interest in seeing a younger photo of my twins, so I posted this Halloween photo from 2002. Yes, they were a mere 22 months old at the time of this photo!) Aren’t they so cute???

Twin Hula Dancers


1st Place – $50 gift card (or Paypal payment)

2nd Place – $30 gift card (or Paypal payment)

3rd Place – $15 gift card (or Paypal payment)

* The gift cards can be to either Wal-Mart, Target, or Sally Beauty Supply.

Contest Details:

  • I have created an album on our Facebook page called 2010 Halloween Costume Contest.
  • The photos do not have to be from 2010, but it does have to be of your child and you must own the photo’s copyright (cannot submit someone else’s photo).
  • The child must be between 0-10 years of age, and only one photo per child may be submitted.
  • All photos must be emailed to me at cutegirlshairstyles(at) by midnight November 1st, MST.
  • Photos must be child appropriate and cannot be offensive in any way (or they will not be posted).
  • I will post all qualifying photos at once on November 2nd, to give everyone a fair chance and equal timeframe for obtaining the most votes.
  • Winners will be announced based on the vote count at midnight November 8th, MST, so that is a full seven days of voting!
  • I will enter your first name in the description just so voters can be sure that it is your picture they are voting on.
  • By emailing me your photo, you consent to my posting your picture in the Facebook contest photo album, as well as to posting your photo on our website should you win one of the prizes.
  • You must be age 18 years of age or older to enter a photo and by emailing me you are consenting that you comply.
  • You can start submitting your photos today!

Soliciting Votes:

  • There is no random drawing for this contest! It is based purely on votes from your family and friends, as well as our website/YouTube/Facebook visitors.
  • All voters will need to become a fan of our facebook page before they can vote for any photos (see below)…
  • Become a Fan

  • Then simply email the photo or album link to all your friends and family, post it to your blog or Facebook/Twitter status, etc. to try and get as many Likes on your photo as possible between Nov 2-8th!!!
  • Once your photo is submitted, votes will be counted via the “Like” feature below your photo in our photo contest album (see below).
  • Like a Photo

  • The more likes you get, the more votes in order to win. Total likes equals total votes (1 like = 1 vote).
  • Per Facebook coding, each fan can only vote for a photo once, which is great because it prevents gaming. You may, however, vote for as many photos as you wish.
  • Be sure to vote for your own child! I’d be concerned if you didn’t!

We are anxious to see all of your cute kids in their awesome and creative Halloween costumes! I am really excited to see what you come up with!

* Just a reminder… be sure that your digital camera is charged before you head out to that party or Trick-or-Treating!!!

Happy Halloween!

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