Day 21 – Elegant Fauxhawk

Thanks Joanna for sharing this with me!! I love it, love it, love it!

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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.

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Day 20 – Color Bug

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 Color Bug in Pink

Ombre hair is the trend that won’t quit.

First it was natural balayage colour that became a stronger blonde/brunette ombre trend. Then pastel hair was a runway feature at NYFW and now coloured ombre hair has become a mainstream trend since Lauren Conrad dyed her tips.

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

Application tips:

 

  • 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.

Find out where to buy Kevin Murphy’s Color Bug here!!

Day 19 – Twist and Pin

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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.

I’ve shown the twist & pin in curly hair here and here is a straight hair example.

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.

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Day 18 – Vintage Vixen

Love love LOVE!! Here’s another fun one from the Beauty Department.

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).

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair (straight, wavy, or curly… just make sure it’s completely dry)
  2. 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.
  3. Create two braids.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. After you curl the hair, clip it in place and allow it to set.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Spray the section with a strong holding hairspray and then tuck the extra hairs. Pin in place using a large bobbypin or two.
  12. Add a headband, comb, head dress, or barrette for sparkle!