Hairstyles with braids



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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!

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.

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!

If you love this photo, please feel free to Pin It!

This 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!

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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.

My 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!

If you love this photo, please feel free to Pin It!

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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Winding Lace Braid Ponytail


June 20, 2013

You all know that we absolutely adore Lace Braids in our home!

A little over a year ago, a fan emailed us the lace braid ponytail photo that had been circulating on Pinterest and we filmed a tutorial on CGH#3 at that time. The video ended up being super long, lace braiding all the way around, and since we had just bought a new camera, the lighting was pretty awful, too. So, we decided to re-film the hairstyle a few weeks ago, before we moved to Texas.

When we filmed the hairstyle, Brooklyn and I decided to find a shortcut to shorten the braid time without sacrificing the look of the spiral braid.

If you love this hairstyle, please feel free to Pin it!

The key is that you do not actually Lace Braid all the way down the ponytail.

Every time the braid wraps under the ponytail, I simply did 3-4 stitches of a regular braid and then wrapped it around behind, picking back up with the Lace Braid on the other side! You can’t tell the difference, and it makes the braid so much easier to do!

Here it is! I like it much better!

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

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Base Hairstyle: I began by doing a pompadour in the front of the hair to add a little volume…
  2. Next, gather the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair band…
  3. Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the rubber band, and secure with a small bobby pin, to hide it…
  4. To begin the Winding Lace Braid:  Take a small section of hair at the top right side of the ponytail and divide it into three sections…
  5. Begin using a simple braid technique by creating one stitch of a simple braid…
  6. Now, add hair into the top {left-most) strand of the braid {you will only add hair into the top strands, never the bottom – this is what forms the lace braid}…
  7. As you add hair and continue the braid, begin to move from right to left across the top of the ponytail…
  8. When you reach the other side of the ponytail, stop adding in hair and continue with 4-5 stitches of a simple braid…
  9. Now take those 4-5 stitches and wrap it under/behind the ponytail and back around to the left side. You should now be directly under where you began the braid, by about 3 inches…
  10. Begin once again to add hair into the top strands of the braid, creating another lace-braided section, as you move across the ponytail in a slightly downward angle…
  11. Repeat the processes {Steps 8-10} above when you hit the left most edge of the ponytail…
  12. Continue until you run out of hair…
  13. At the very end of the ponytail, secure the entire braid/ponytail together with a hair elastic.

Enjoy!

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 this room tour video my twins uploaded to their YouTube channel BrooklynAndBailey!  It has been a popular one!

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