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!
So you have chosen to have white winter wedding – congratulations! Now the question is what to do for your wedding hairstyle during the winter. One factor to consider is where most of the wedding, and wedding photos are taking place.
If most of your wedding and wedding photos will be taking place inside, wearing your hair down is a great option. Winter weather typically has very dry conditions, so be sure to use a product that will keep your wedding locks moisturized, soft, and shiny. Not sure weather to go up or down? Do both! Having half of your hair pulled up, allowing soft ringlets to escape down the back with create an elegant and soft look, while also showing off your face.
If your will have to stand up to any of the elements, an up-do may be the way to go. Up-dos are always a great choice, especially if your wedding is on the formal side. Consider a tight bun with a slight part in the front – it is classic and chic. Let a few curls escape to create a very romantic look.
The important thing to remember is that your final hairstyle should be able to hold through picture taking, any elements, dancing, and all the hugs you are bound to get! Winter weddings tend to be white, bright, and sparkly. Adding a jeweled barrette, a pearl hair clip, or small white flowers can help to create that perfect winter bride look.
Thinking about changing your look this season? Adding bangs can be a great way to go! Before taking the plunge, finding out what bangs will suit your face shape best is a good idea.
If your face is on the rounder side, consider a gentle arching fringe. If your face is round, it is likely you have softer features. You want to be sure to avoid making your round face seem fuller. Asking for a more curved shape will actually flatter and bring out your cheekbones.
Side bangs are perfect for a heart shaped face. The side swept bang tends to bring attention downwards to the eyes. If your face is heart shaped, the bangs should be layered and feathered. The shortest pieces should fall just barely on the arch of your eyebrows, and the longer outside piece should hit the corner of your eye.
If you have a square face, consider long eye-grazing bangs. Ask for them to be tapered on the sides, this will add a softer element to a square face shape. The key to these kinds of bangs is that they must hit in exactly the right spot. A good tip to master this is to ask your hairdresser to cut them just slightly below the brows with the heavier stronger pieces on the side (you don’t want them in the way of your eyes!
Be sure to choose bangs that accentuate your best facial features and you won’t go wrong!
Going to bed with wet hair overnight doesn’t always give you glamorous results in the morning. The good news is there are a few ways to control that mane of bed head.
Sometimes overnight hair has a tendency to fall flat because of the way we are sleeping when it dries. To avoid this, apply a volumizing spray. This will help to make your hair look a little thicker. Next, pull your hair into a high ponytail and then twist into a loose bun. Note: if it is too tight it can prevent your hair from drying and can also lead to breakage. In the morning, take out your hair and use a finger comb – a brush can take out the volume you’ve created.
For some, bed head means frizz everywhere. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, giving your hair some time off from heat can do wonders for its health. If morning frizz is a problem for you, a leave in conditioner is your best friend. Use a wide toothcomb to make sure the conditioner is evenly distributed. Divide your hair into three smaller sections. At the bottom of each section, create a pin curl. Do this by wrapping the ends up over two fingers (imagine there was a foam roller). Wrap all the way up to your roots and then secure with a hair clip to hold the curl in place. Do this with all the hair sections. In the morning, remove the clips and lightly spray some water on your hair. This will get rid of morning static.
Ever wonder what the deal with coconut oil is? Coconut oil contains vitamins E and K. These vitamins are often found in hair and skin products. Using coconut oil is actually like giving a huge gift to your hair. It is one of the most effective conditioners and helps in the regrowth of your hair.
The benefits of coconut oil are endless. It adds shine and body to your hair and has been proven to slow down hair loss. Regular use will keep your hair strong, nourished and create a more full look. The oil also provides extra protection from styling and environmental damages.
Moisture is the key to avoiding dry and weak hair. Coconut oil adds a layer that seals in moisture, which also contributes to a silky feel. Last but not least, coconut oil helps control dandruff. The moisture that coconut oil provides prevents the build up of dry skin (which is the cause behind dandruff). When using coconut oil be sure to use circular motions to scrub away dead skin.
Look for hair products that are made with coconut oil or better yet just pick up a bottle of the oil itself!