June 14, 2015

How to Create a Rick Rack Braid

This braided hairstyle is inspired by the rick rack ribbon used in both the sewing and quilting worlds. {We’ve shown you this technique back in 2013, in our Textured Braids tutorial.}

Rick Rack is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a flat braid to form zigzags and used especially as trimming on clothing.” Yes, I have been a quilter since I was a teenager, and own a sewing machine and Serger. I’ve used rick rack myself on my kids’ baby quilts I made, and I have my mom my grandmother to thank for teaching me those skills.

Rick Rack Braid

Today’s tutorial uses the Rick Rack braid as a simple single-side pinback on Kamri’s straight hair. Although the braid looks pretty complex, it’s really one of the easiest braids to make. In fact, all you need to know is how to create a simple 3-strand braid, and how to pancake a braid elbow!

Wearing this with subtle waves as the base would be cute, too, but be careful with full curls as they will likely cause the elbows of the braid to look odd.

Rick Rack Braid

Kamri’s In-Video Outfit:

Shirt: Old Navy | Shorts: Old Navy | Shoes: Nordstrom

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

For this tutorial, we used this Rick Rack Braid as an accent, simply because it already has so much going on with it. Accent braids are very nice because you can still maintain the simplicity of down hair, with a little bit of edge or pop in the accent. This hairstyle would be cute, however, as a tieback, too!

Rick Rack Braid

Rick Rack Braid

Rick Rack Braid

This braid is suitable for girls of all ages, in various combinations, for pretty much any occasion. Hope you like it as much as we do!

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

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:

 

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit:

Shorts: American Eagle | Kimono: Forever 21 | Shirt: The Outnet | Shoes: Nordstrom

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Part the hair on your preferred side…
  2. Grab a medium-sized section of hair starting at the part line towards the opposite side, about 3-4 inches total…
  3. Begin a simple 3-strand braid, only one of the strands will be much thinner than the other two, about 2/3 less {as you braid, you’ll notice a different look to the braid, which is OK}…
  4. Continue braiding for about 3-4 stitches of hair, and then stop…
  5. Now, go back and pancake the elbows of the larger strands by pulling gently on the outside edges {actually a rotate of the wrist after pinching works best, as seen in the video}…
  6. Then continue on with a few more stitches, and pancake the last remaining outside larger edges {the more you pancake the more pronounced the rick rack braid will look}…
  7. Secure ends of the braid with an elastic…
  8. Next, lift a small section of hair from the back of the head and lay the braid underneath it right at the base of the skull…
  9. Secure the braid in a pinback by using 2-3 small bobby pins and allow the hair to fall back into place {this will help hide the bobby pins}…
  10. Add hairspray {if desired}.

Please be sure to give this video a BIG if you loved it, and leave a comment below telling us if you’ve watched the twins’ Parent Trap parody video {link at the top of description box}!

Brooklyn & Bailey briefly returned to acting in their last video, which was in collaboration with Studio C, a family-friendly sketch comedy group in Utah. We are such huge fans of Studio C that we couldn’t resist working with them on this project! Click below to watch the twins’ The “Other” Parent Trap parody, and then go watch the Prom Dress Gone Wrong video on Studio C’s channel!

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June 07, 2015

DIY Half-Up Bun

Hi everyone, it’s Bailey, and today it’s my turn to give you a tutorial! This Half-Up Bun hairstyle is on trend right now, a style that we’ve been seeing everywhere!

Half Up Bun

You might recognize it as one our mom has worn it in a few past tutorials, but Brooklyn has been wearing it a ton lately, and I have too, so I am here to show you not only how to create it!

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH app, please feel free to tag your photos on Instagram with: #CGHHalfUpBun

Half Up Bun

Half Up Bun

Half Up Bun

One of the benefits of a half-up half-down hairstyle like this one, is that it’s perfect for when you want your hair down, yet out of your face. You can wear it with straight, wavy, or curly hair, too.

This style is perfect for girls of all ages, and, yes, even men with long hair! I am thinking a man bun! Rylan is wearing this today with her hair straight, I am wearing it with waves, and our mom is wearing it with curly hair.  I prefer mine wavy, but it looks great with any textured base.

Half Up Bun

Half Up Bun

Half Up Bun

For a more grown up look, you can even part out a few whispy strands to frame your face, like or mom did in this video.

Half Up Bun

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 4-6 small bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:

 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with a base of straight, wavy, or curly hair…
  2. Then, start your hairstyle by parting off a rectangular section of hair, I like going from mid eyebrow to mid eyebrow, going back just past the crown of the head…
  3. Add a little tease to the roots of this section to keep it from laying totally flat against the head, and adding volume to the front…
  4. Secure the ponytail with a ponytail holder…
  5. Then, add teasing to the ponytail of hair by gently backcombing it with a rat-tail comb {this will, again, add volume and keep the bun from looking too uniform}…
  6. Next, carefully twist and wrap the ponytail up into a bun around the elastic {as you wind, be sure that the bun is somewhat flat and too “cone shaped” on the head…
  7. Secure the bun with 4-6 small bobby pins…
  8. Add a little tease to the roots of the down hair, next to the part lines, to add a little fullness there as well and to help frame the face…
  9. Add hairspray for added security {if desired}.

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If you loved this tutorial, please share it, and leave a comment below telling us how you would wear this bun!

Also, feel free to come and meet our whole family at CVX Live, at the UCCU center, on Aug 7-8th, 2015 in Orem Utah! Tickets are available here! We’d love to see you!

Happy Hairstyling!

If you want to see a very fun video that we put up on our YouTube channel, BrooklynAndBailey, you have to check out our Expectation vs. Reality video for the last day of school! We had a blast filming it, so we hope you enjoy!

May 31, 2015

How to Create a Fan Bun | Cute Updos

It’s time for another cute updo! Today we are going to show you how to create a Fan Bun. For anyone who loves to wear Top Knots, or High Buns… this hairstyle is for you! We’ve been asked a lot lately for more simple updo ideas, and this is one we just had to share!

The Fan Bun | Prom Updos

This fan bun has been around for ages, literally, but we’ve never shown you here how to create one. The hairstyle definitely has an Audrey Hepburn look to it, and can be dressed up or down depending on what you decide to wear with it. You’ll notice that Brooklyn is wearing this hairstyle with jeans and a t-shirt, but it would look adorable with a cute dress as well.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHFanBun

The Fan Bun | Cute Updos

Brooklyn’s In-Video Outfit:
Shirt: Converse | Pants: Nordstrom | Shoes: Nordstrom

You’ll have to forgive Brooklyn, who had surgery last week to remove two cysts from her wrist. She has her wrist wrapped while it heals, and tried her best not to let it show. Please feel free to leave a comment for Brooklyn, wishing her a quick recovery before drill camp!

The Fan Bun | Cute Updos

The Fan Bun | Prom Updos

If you plan on being active, adding an extra hair elastic on the base to hold the ends before pinning down the fan, will give you added security. On to the tutorial…

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 6-8 bobby pins, hairspray or spray wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Video Tutorial:

 

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit:
Shirt: H&M |  Pants: American Eagle | Shoes: Nordstrom | Bracelet: Forever 21 | Necklace: Asos

Step-by-Step Instructions:

{Optional: Tease the hair in the front a little for some added volume going into the ponytail.}

  1. Begin with the hair secured into a ponytail near the crown of the head…
  2. Slide the elastic up a few inches away from head…
  3. Creating a hole between the elastic and the head, stick your thumb and index finger two fingers through {back to front}…
  4. Now, with those fingers, grab the hair from the ponytail…
  5. While holding about 3 inches above the elastic with your free hand, pull the bottom section of the ponytail through the hole {leaving a loop shape on top}…
  6. Now cinch the elastic down tightly against the head, and you’ll now notice that you have the beginnings of the fan shape…
  7. Divide in half the ends you just pulled through and twist-wrap them up and around the top of the elastic and bobby pin into place {hiding the elastic}…
  8. Pull the edges of the fan down against the head and use 1-2 small bobby pins to secure the bottom edges of the fan to the head, thus giving the true fan or “slinky” shape”…
  9. You may need to pin the inside edges of the fan down in the rear, as well…
  10. Add hairspray or hair wax for extra hold and to tame any flyaways {optional}.

Happy Hairstyling!

With Brooklyn out this past week, Bailey filmed her “Everyday Makeup Look” and uploaded it to their YouTube channel. To see the video, click below!

Browse all the products Bailey used in the video here…

May 24, 2015

The Perfect Bow Bun Updo

I’ve been wanting to feature this week’s tutorial for a long time! It combines features we have shown you how to do a long time ago, the Sock Bun and a Hair Bow. This combo has been perfected fabulously by several of our friends on Instagram, including Kimberly0706 and Chicas_Chic. Be sure to check them out!

The Bow Bun | Prom Hairstyles

TIP: For any of you without a bun maker, you can create one easily by yourself with only a tube sock and pair of scissors. All you have to do is cut the toe out of the sock, and roll the sock up to create your bun former.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHBowBun

The Bow Bun | Updo Hairstyles

The hairdo can be dressed up, or down, depending on your mood and style. Kamri prefers to wear this with just about anything, like the denim shirt and white jeans she is wearing in this video.

This updo hairstyle is so adorable, and would be perfect for Prom or Homecoming, but equally a beautiful for ballet or dance.

The Bow Bun | Updo Hairstyles

The Bow Bun | Prom Hairstyles

I have tried this on both wet and dry hair, and it looks super cute either way. Doing this wet obviously leaves a more crisp and clean look, especially if you add pomade to the ponytail before styling, but the dry version is what older girls are going for today. Because this bun already has a bow in it, there also isn’t any need for you to add an accessory!

The Bow Bun | Updo Hairstyles

The Bow Bun | Prom Hairstyles

Kamri’s In-Video Outfit:
Denim Shirt: Target | White Pants: Target | Grey Flats: Charlotte Russe

The Bow Bun | Prom Hairstyles

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bun maker, 2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray or Spray Wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Video Tutorial:

 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by securing all the hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Next, section off a 1 inch piece and temporarily secure it out of the way while you work with the rest of the ponytail…
  3. Slide a bun maker {or hair doughnut} onto the larger ponytail, leaving the small one underneath…
  4. Allow the hair fall naturally, so that it covers the bun maker evenly {you many use a comb to help you achieve this}…
  5. Add a second ponytail holder over the top of the newly-created hair bun to secure it perfectly…
  6. Then, begin to twist the remaining hair around the base, carefully adding in small sections of remaining hair into the twist as you go around…
  7. When you run out of left-over hair at the base of the bun, bobby pin the ends into place against the bun maker, using more bobby pins to secure any layered ends…
  8. Now, release the small ponytail section you temporarily set aside, which is now underneath the bun, and add a small hair elastic on it up near the bun’s base…
  9. After wrapping the elastic around the hair a few times, before it is too tight, take your index finger and thumb through the elastic and pull through your first loop of hair {when pulling the hair through, only pull enough to create a small loop}…
  10. Then, give the elastic a full twist and then form your second loop the same as you did in Step #9…
  11. Now, to create the knotted section of the bow,  take any left over ends and wrap them up and over where the elastic can be seen in the middle of the bow, and secure them underneath the bun with a few small bobby pins…
  12. At this point, you can can shape the bow to perfection by adding a small bobby pin from the bottom of the loop and anchoring it to the hair, going upward towards the bun {be sure to place the bobby pin inside the bottom section of the loop, which will allow you to form the top into a perfect bow-like shape}…
  13. Repeat on both sides of the bow…
  14. Then add hairspray or spray wax to secure any fly aways.

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit:
Ripped Jeans: Nordstrom | Top: Home T-shirt | Sweater Cardigan: Nordstrom
Ring: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Shoes: Nordstrom

Please be sure to share this post if you found it helpful, and leave a comment below telling us what your family plans are this summer!

Happy Hairdoing!

If you want to see one of the most relatable and funny End-of-School Tag Videos on YouTube, you have to watch what BrooklynAndBailey uploaded this week! Simply click below to watch it!