For this style, the longer your hair, the better. Part it the way you like, then separate a one-inch section of hair at each temple and clip those sections out of the way. Gather your remaining hair at the nape of your neck. Then create two or three low braids, securing the ends with clear elastics. Twist each braid until it curls into itself; bobby-pin in place. Last, unclip and twist the two pieces by your temples. Pin under the braided bun or, for a slightly fancier flourish, tuck their ends into the bun before securing.
Side Fishtail Braid
This braid, which works best with longer hair, needs a bit of texture for hold; if your hair is straight, give it some wave by winding one-inch sections around a curling iron. Gather your hair to one side in a low ponytail, securing it close to the base of your neck with a clear elastic. Next, create a fishtail braid: Separate the ponytail into two sections. Hold one section; with your other hand, take a narrow strip of hair from the outside of the other section and bring it over to the one in your hand. Repeat, incorporating hair from one section into the other until you run out of hair; then secure with another clear elastic. Finally, with a pair of scissors, carefully cut out the top elastic to give the braid a loose, casual look. For a more bohemian effect, gently pull the braid apart with your fingers.
Side French Braid
This style works even for short lengths. First create a deep side part. Starting from the part and working toward the opposite temple, French-braid a section of hair about an inch wide along your hairline, stopping at the temple. Secure with a clear elastic or bobby pins. Style the rest of your hair as usual.
Slick down center-parted medium-length to long hair with a comb and some gel (such as L’Oréal Paris Strong Hold Defining Gel, $7 at drugstores). Secure hair at the nape with a clear elastic. Form a fishtail braid, then twist the braid around itself to create a “flower.” Pin to hold.
Separate the upper portion of medium-length to long hair (from temples to crown) and temporarily clip it atop your head. Take a small section at each temple and tightly French-braid it, working back toward your crown; secure each braid with a clear elastic. Next, unclip the hair at your crown. Use one hand to hold this section up and the other to tease it at the roots with a fine-tooth comb, making a little pouf. Gently smooth over the teased portion with a paddle brush. Then anchor the braids to the bottom of the pouf with bobby pins.
Move over topknot, there’s a new bun in town. The sock bun—which uses a sock rolled into a doughnut shape to form the shape of the style—is everywhere these days. And for good reason: It’s a classy, glamorous look that just so happens to be a cinch to create (with a little practice and our hair tutorial).
What you’ll need:
One sock or foam bun doughnut
One ponytail holder
A few bobby pins
Step 1: Prep your sock
If you’re using a foam bun doughnut, skip this step. Otherwise, take your sock and cut off the toe. Now, roll the bun from the ankle end to the toe end, creating a doughnut shape. Ideally you won’t see the sock but, just in case, use one in a similar shade to your hair color—no neons or patterns!
Step 2: Prep your hair
As with most updos, the sock bun works best with second-day hair. If your hair is clean or naturally slippery, spray a texturizing spray like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture & Volume Spray all over. This will make it easier to hold the style without pins.
Step 3: Ponytail
Pull your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. The sock bun looks best when it’s up high, like a top knot. Now hold the end of your pony straight up in the air, and slip the foam or sock doughnut over it.
Step 4: Roll the bun
This is where the process gets tricky—you’ll probably need to practice a few times. Hold the tip of your ponytail, which should now be just above the doughnut, and spread the ends so that they’re splayed out over the sock. At the same time, roll the sock down your pony, continuing to spread and tuck hair around the doughnut as you go. Once you get closer to the base, the process will get easier. Keep adjusting your hair to make sure it’s fully covering your sock.
Step 5: Set the bun
Once you reach the base of your pony, your bun should sit securely on the top of your head. If you need to, add a few bobby pins to secure layers. Finally, spray with a light hairspray like blowPro Blow Out Hairspray to keep flyaways in check—you’re not going for messy bed head.
Your hair is your biggest, best, and most permanent accessory. Love the way it looks! Last week, we posted about your 2013 hair goals. It is time to make a get-the-hair-you-want plan! The most popular hair goals are all about getting more volume, more shine, and more smoothness. Here is how:
Volume is sexy, and there is a way to get it. For this technique you will need a volumizing spray, a round brush, and large Velcro curls. Begin by applying the volumizing spray to damp hair. Use a round brush when you blow dry and pull the hair upward from the root (this part is key!). While your hair is still warm from the blow-dry, section it off and wrap around the curlers. Allow it to cool in the curlers. Once cool, remove the rollers and tease around the root. This will give you that extra voluminous oomph! Be sure to comb through with your fingers to finish off the look – so your locks have a gorgeous soft flow.
Frizz is smooth hair’s biggest enemy. So to get smooth hair, you must reduce frizz. The best way to reduce frizz is to lock in moisture. To get the smooth hair you have been after, you will need a moisturizing hair cream, moisturizing oil, and a round brush. Massage the cream into towel-dried hair before you blow-dry. Use the large round brush and point your hair dryer nozzle downward. Note: pointing the blow dryer in all different directions actually causes frizz because it lifts the hair cuticle. When you are finished, use the moisturizing oil on the ends of your hair. To be extra smooth, touch up your look with an anti-humidity hair spray.
Shiny hair turns heads. If it is that glossy look you are after, you will need shampoo and conditioner that is packed with vitamins and proteins. Tip: hair repair products tend to be packed with vitamins and proteins. After washing, use a leave in conditioner to protect against heat damage. When you blow dry, you should also be pointing the nozzle down. To finish off, apply a shine enhancing spray.
With shine, volume, and smoothness you can love the way your hair looks!
Whether an unexpected rainstorm or a humid dry spell causes a frizzy mane, no gal wants to deal with a poof ball on her head!
There are three main causes of frizzy hair. One cause is having naturally curly hair. The second cause is due to styling, chemical and environmental damage. Ultimately, frizzy hair is the result of dehydration.
Want to eliminate frizz? Three words: Product, product, product. You must invest in quality hair products. Avoid oil-based conditioners. Use shampoos and conditioners with humectants; this will help bring moisture to your hair (Tip: leave the conditioner in a little longer than you usually do). Additionally, you should use a serum to smooth out dry hair and control those fly-aways.
Trim your hair regularly. Split ends tend to make frizz even worse. By keeping the ends of your hair healthy and neat, you can reduce frizz.
Frankly, frizzy hair does not look good on anybody. Keeping it under control will do wonders for your appearance!
We know that different hair types require different products. The same logic goes for hairbrushes too. Using the right hairbrush will make it easier for you to style your hair. Improve your hair health by making sure you are using the right brush.
If you have thick hair that needs detangling:
Use a flat paddle brush. The wide surface area allows the paddle brush to easily glide through dense strands.
If you have curls that need combing:
You have probably already discovered that taking a brush to natural curls gives you frizz! Use a comb with two sets of wide-spaced teeth instead. It won’t create frizz, and will keep your curls looking knot-free. Tip: comb your hair when it is yet and let it dry naturally.
If you have fine hair that needs volume:
Your strands are fragile. Your goal is to create as much volume as possible when you blow-dry without damaging your hair. Use a round brush that has soft boar and nylon bristles. This type of brush will reduce tension and be gentle on your locks.
Along with the holiday season comes the holiday parties. Here are some celebrity-inspired hairstyles that are big on drama and will be perfect for all of your holiday happenings!
Blake Lively has fabulous glossy waves. This look is all about glamour, but it is simple to achieve! After blowing your hair out, use a large barrel iron. Then, run a brush through your spirals. Use a dab of shine spray on the ends and you will rock any holiday event.
Hayden Panettiere’s texture bun is a classic. Blow dry your hair with a diffuser to bring out a natural wave, or you can create spirals with a curling iron. Then use your fingers to take your hair back into a mid level bun.
Eva Mendes’s Sultry sweep is a chic look. Tease your hair at the crown. Then, continue on as if you were putting your hair into a mid level pony tail. Instead, only pull your hair halfway through the elastic. Then let some strands slip out randomly so they frame your face. This look is sexy and sophisticated.
If your hair is damaged, you need to improve its condition. To do that, you need to create shine in your hair. Follow these tips for locks that glisten: Leave-in conditioner is your best friend. When you hair is damp, focus the leave-in conditioner on the damaged areas (usually the ends). On top of this, you should also invest in a deep-conditioning treatment and apply it once or twice a week. Remember that blow dryers and straightening irons may add to the damage of your hair – that is why using quality heat styling and heat protection products is crucial!
If your hair is naturally straight, maximizing shine is very easy (lucky you!). Wash and condition your hair and then blast it with a cold – water rinse for about three seconds. This actually helps seal in the conditioner, leaving your hair very easy to style! Blow dry, then use a light finishing serum and shine enhancing spray.
If your hair is curly, you need to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Also, invest in a straightening gel. After washing, detangle with a wide-toothed comb. When you are blow-drying, wrap 2 -inch sections around a round brush to straighten. Split ends in curly hair tend to be more noticeable when blow straight. To avoid this, be sure to use a finishing cream from 1 inch below the roots to the ends. If you want to get super glossy curls: After you condition, leave a little conditioner in. Then use a little gel on damp hair and twist into sections around your fingers, and let your hair dry naturally.
Whatever your hair type, the most important thing is to care for your hair! Maximize shine, and heads will turn.