Thanks Joanna for sharing this with me!! I love it, love it, love it!
If you’re short on time, but want to see the highlights, check out:
This is quite a pretty look. I can see how this could be edgy, but also rather elegant if dressed up. I love it. It’s simple and totally doable. Clearly, getting the proportions is important, otherwise the technique is pretty straight forward.
This is a tad different than a normally do, but no less fantastic!! I found this entry off of Hair Romance blog (which you should absolutely go and check out) and I thought you should see the review. I’ve seen this at the salon I go to in Pittsburgh and have been meaning to try it. Have you?
Kevin Murphy was ahead of the game when he tinted the beautiful Abbey Lee for this Vogue shoot last year and now he has commercially released his hair pigments. Color Bug is like shadow for your hair, allowing you to get in on the ombre hair trend but without regret.
Color Bug is available in pink, purple and orange and Kevin Murphy shows you how easy it is to use in this video here.
Color Bug application – Tip: wear gloves or wash your hands quickly!
I was so keen to try it I didn’t style my hair for this shoot. My hair is a bit dirty and I found this made it easier to apply the product. If your hair is squeaky clean, I would spray some dry shampoo or texture spray onto your hair first to help the colour stick.
Ombre hair for one night only!
You can apply it quite lightly for a washed out colour or keep adding more for a vibrant pink. Gently rub the colour through the ends of your hair for an even finish. I thought it would be harder to apply but it took to my hair really easily. It’s quite opaque so I think it would work in dark hair as easily as it does in Kevin’s how-to video.
I found the packaging a little awkward to hold and easy to drop. It’s pretty sturdy but it finally broke the third time it hit the bathroom floor. It was a pink explosion. Enough stayed in the container though for me to keep using it.
Color Bug does exactly what it says on the box. It’s a bit messy but loads of fun and a great way to dip your hair into the ombre trend without a big spend or damage to your hair. Ombre hair for one night only, no regrets.
Pink ombre hair
Second day hair is good for this product. Otherwise try a dry shampoo or texture spray on the ends of your hair.
Cover your clothes – wear something old or put a towel over your shoulders.
Hold the container carefully. It’s a bit awkward to hold and easy to drop.
Layer the product on your hair for a more vibrant colour.
Wear gloves, or wash your hands as soon as you finish.
Add a little hairspray at the end to help set the colour.
Don’t wear white! The colour will come off on your clothes but should wash out.
This one technique can create an infinite number of styles. It’s my favourite styling trick and it’s so easy to do but creates far more complicated result that will make people stop you and ask “how did you do your hair?” wherever you go.
First step, decide if you want a part or if you want some height at the front. Then take small sections of your hair and twist it round your finger like so.
Then grab a bobby pin and pin through both sides of the twist like so and try and anchor the pin the either the hair below or another twist.
Keep going until all your hair is twisted and pinned. It really is as simple as that.
Go on and have a practice yourself. Two simple tips –
Buy some good quality hair pins, the stronger the pin the more hair it will hold.
Try and hide all the ends for a smart finish or leave them out for a more relaxed look.
Short hair – I adopted this technique when I was growing out a short haircut so it’s perfect for shorter styles and bobs. You won’t get really round twists but you can really create a dynamic style.
Long hair – if your hair is too thick or too long to manage in individual twist & pins, section your hair into a ponytail and then take sections from within the ponytail and twist and pin all around the ponytail to hide the elastic. Once you have worked out a few styles this way, experiment with two or more ponytails – one above the other – so you can created different shapes with the twist and pin.
TOOLS: small barrel curling iron (we used 5/8″), sectioning clips, silver 2-prong setting clips, 2 clear elastics, large bobbypins, a large soft bristled flat brush, comb, hairspray, and a headband (optional).
Start with clean, dry hair (straight, wavy, or curly… just make sure it’s completely dry)
To remove excess length and weight, you’re going to want to braid the bottom hair and pin it up so it’s out of the way. Part your hair from ear to ear in the back of your head + clip the top half up.
Create two braids.
Pin the two braids flat against your head in the back. It helps if you lay them in a zigzag pattern. Use large bobbypins for more support.
You want all of the curls to go TOWARD your face. In order to create a pattern in the hair, your curls need to be lined up. They should all be the same size and going the same direction. To get the right pattern, I always I like to pretend I’m laying a brick wall and you should do the same! For this particular look, take sections that are about the same size as your pinkie finger. Wrap them tightly around the outside of your curling iron. Equally important is the size of your iron. It must be small. Anything over 3/4″ will just give you big waves. Check the beauty supply and/or google for smaller irons! Curling will take a lot of time, but it’s SO worth it.
After you curl the hair, clip it in place and allow it to set.
See how Lauren’s curls are all going the same direction and are the same size? That’s what you want. Let it set for as long as you can. The longer, the better. Put your makeup on while you wait, or if your costume/dress goes over your head, put it on now to avoid messing it up later.
When the hair has cooled entirely, release all of the curls (don’t pull them apart with your fingers). Using a large soft bristled flat brush, start brushing the curls out. Give it a couple hard brush strokes and then switch to a lighter stroke (repeat if necessary). The pattern will begin to develop. Look down slightly and brush hair toward your face. Brushing everything toward your face is best for bringing out the pattern.
If you have a lot of hair, it’s optional to pin one side back like Lauren is doing in the shot so that the hair doesn’t overwhelm your face.
Grab a section of brushed out curls. Hold the very bottom of the curls with one hand. Using a comb, tease (using long upward strokes) with the other hand. You should only need 1 or 2 strokes to get it into the “bob” shape.
Spray the section with a strong holding hairspray and then tuck the extra hairs. Pin in place using a large bobbypin or two.
Add a headband, comb, head dress, or barrette for sparkle!
These are quite possibly the largest victory rolls I’ve ever seen. Enjoy!!!
So if you’ve been following along, you’ve probably noticed that I keep Asheley Marie‘s hair tutorials. I love the final product, but I do think she could be more concise and have her videos move along at a fast clip. What do you think?
Holy wow! Jump to 2:40 if you just bopped around through the video. I’ve never seen anyone tease their hair so it looks like that. Daaaang!!
Ok, I also need to throw this out there: I’m literally in awe of her process. Wow. Honestly, I’ve never put this much time or effort into my victory rolls, and now I feel like I should….at least once! Wow wow wow. Is it just me, or are you amazed by her as well?
Have you ever had a bad hair day? What a silly question….right? Well, if today is one of those days, I have a suggestion of what you can do and it will take you less than two minutes to get it together.
Quick and mute – just how I like my hair tutorials :D
photos: Angela Kohler + thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess
In a world where we can’t stop running late, the fun bun is probably the quickest way from A to Chic. This look comes in über-handy when you wake up late and you’re rushing out the door (or even if you have plenty of time). It’s such a high-brow/low-brow look. Meaning it can be paired with anything from jeans and a tank to a chiffon tiered dress. It’s amazing for the summer because some days when it’s really hot outside, all we want is to get that hair off our neck + shoulders! You can leave this plain & simple with no accessories, pair it with a headband or add a little sparkle by bobby-pinning in a jeweled brooch at the base. This works with ANY hair type from curly to frizzy to pin-straight. It’s also amazing for those days when you know your hair needs to be shampooed but you JUST DON’T WANNA! Spray some dry shampoo at the roots and follow the steps below. This is a more messy alternative to the ballerina bun…
Step 1: If your hair is straight, use a 1″ curling iron to curl everything under. This will make it easier to tuck pieces into the bun. When they’re straight, they tend to pop out more. If you have wave or curl you can skip this step if you want to.
Step 2: Flip your hair over and gather everything into a ponytail on top of you head, securing it with an elastic ponytail holder.
Step 3: On the last time around with the ponytail holder, only pull the ponytail through half way.
Step 4: Take the loop you’ve created and spread it out. Don’t over think it. Just widen it and allow it to be somewhat messy.
Step 5: Take the tail end and wrap it around the ponytail base.
Step 6: Pin the end of the ponytail to the base using a couple of hair pins/bobby pins.
Step 7: Gently pull on pieces and then pin them. This will give your top-knot a slightly more messy texture.
Step 8: Spray a veil of medium hold hairspray all over. Don’t smooth down all of the fly aways, just lightly tuck the pieces that have gone rogue!
Today’s tutorial comes from The Beauty Department. This is an outstanding website that all of you ladies should know about.
My hair is too long to do it quite like this, so I’m working on a way to deal with the extra length. If you have long hair and have done something spiffy to make this work for you, leave a note in the comments or shoot me an email!
TOOLS: bobby pins, accessory, hairspray.
Prep: You’ll want the hair to have some texture before you pin it up. If you have curly hair, you’re all set. If not, use a 1″ spring iron and curl everything away from your face so it will twist easier. Then it’s just 2 steps!
Take the entire left side and start twisting near your ear. Best to twist it kind of tight and then loosen it up after you pin everything. Stop just past the middle and add a large bobby pin for extra support. You can see where we placed it in Katie’s hair. When inserting the bobby pin, go back against the hair, almost like you’re putting it inside the twist you just created!
Now gather all of the hair on the right, along with the hair left out from the other side and twist UP. Position it over the first twist and pin using a large bobby pin. Tuck the hair that’s left out into the twist and add a couple more bobby pins for security. If the hair is too short, just add an accessory!
Now using a hand mirror, check it out from the sides and back to make sure it’s well proportioned and balanced. Loosen it up with your fingers or pull some pieces out around your face if you want a more romantic vibe, then add a veil of hairspray.
Not feeling like this look is complete? Grab a feather or something with sparkles and put it in at the top of your twist!