Day 14 – Fun Bun

Another winner from The Beauty Department. What can I say, I love a good bun!

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!

xxx

Day 12 – Quick Twist

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!

Day 11 – Mermaid Tail Braid

Yessssssss, I love quick-n-dirty hair tutorials!!! This chick is a video pro! After watching the last few videos I’ve posted, I really appreciate how Bebexo delivers her content.

I just tried this and I really like what my multicolored hair looks like when braided like this; however, I really ought to style the front of my hair. Without bangs, my do just looks flat. What works for you in the front?

Day 10 – Pin Curl Updo

Some friends of mine are getting married tomorrow and I’m really excited to get to play “Dress Up.” I have a fun dress to wear, but in Jo fashion, I need to do something exciting with my hair. After stumbling upon this hair tutorial, I decided this was the one for me 😀

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I can do it, but luckily I have a full day to figure out how to make this work. Pictures coming soon!

Congratulations Dave & Julie!!!

Day 9 – Alternative Braid

Hahah, I’m pretty terrible at this one. I can’t quite get the proportions the way I want them (yet), but I think this idea is really neat. I’ve never even thought about twisting my hair like this to make a braid before. Guess you learn something new every day!

Any tricks you’ve found to make this work for you?

Day 8 – Rihanna Inspired

The ever-so-fabulous Sarah Breck sent this to me and I thought it was worthy of a share. Thanks Sarah!!

 

I’ve been know to wear my hair in a similar style to this, and I think how I do it is much more simple; however, I think this looks more professionally done. Regardless, I think this looks smashing.

Send me a picture if you try this. Would love to see how it looks!

Shoes at Ruche

I would looooooove to have all of these shoes. Click on the pictures to be redirected to the site where you can buy them. 😀

Chelsea Crew Nova T-Strap Heels In Red

Nik Nak Heels By Chelsea Crew In Green

All Dressed Up T-Strap Heels By Seychelles

Bronx Heat Of Nite Lace Up Flat

Pembrokeshire Floral Heels In Brown

Chelsea Crew Pauline Suede Pump In Gray

To be honest, I can see Alice Mei wearing most of these shoes 😀 Perhaps one day some of them will end up in my closet!

Day 7 – Victory Bun

Yup, another bun!! They are so versatile; they are messy, classy, clean, chic, or grungy depending on how you personalize it. What can I say, I appreciate a nice bun, hun!

This gal has amazing eyes…

….and a solid hair tutorial. What I like is that she’s basically uses a victory roll technique to roll her hair up and then has turned those rolls into a bun. Just saying, it’s a great idea and I can’t believe I never thought of it. On the other hand, this does mean you need to spend more than 60 seconds on your hair (heheh, often when I’m putting my hair in a bun, it takes less than a minutes. Keeping in place is another story).