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 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!

Day 6 – Edgy French Braid Ponytail

Yes, yes, yes!! This is how you do a hair tutorial!

I’m going to wear my hair like this this week. I’ll post pictures when I do.

Oh yeah, in case you guys try these tutorials and take pictures, I’m happy to post them if you send them, OR I’m just happy to check our your hard work! Email them to johoffberg @ gmail . com if you’d like.

Day 2 – Front Swirl

I chose this video for two reasons:

  1. her hair is redder than mine
  2. her front swirl is larger than I’ve ever had mine

I think it’s safe to say I’m red with envy!

Yes, it’s a long video and I’d say you could safely fast forward through it about 30 seconds at a time until you found what you were looking for. You also can stop watching at the 9 minute mark, and/or jump back in around 12:40 to watch her put an enormous bow in her hair.

Quick run down: section hair off by making a square on the top of your head (for your enormous swirl), put hair in pony tail, and then curl everything. Jump to 3:15.

In general, her motto is: curl it, hairspray it, tease it, hairspray it, pin it, and hair spray it again!

It’s sooooo beeg! (yes, I purposely spelled it that way)

Hair Inspiration in November

Earlier this year in February I did a 28 Day Marathon of vintage-inspired hair videos that I found on youtube. Ever since then, I’ve laid off the hair tutorial videos, but now, my interest has piqued again!

Ask Sash88 shows us how to do three simple hair styles: half up do, diagonal french twist, and at braided bun.

My guess is these would work better for medium-length hair. I really like how at the beginning of the video, she gave a quick preview, filmed everything and laid down vocals and music later, and kept is simple. If that seems silly of me to point out, then you’ve clearly never watched some of the long-winded hair tutorials that are online. I just saved a few minutes of your life; you’re welcome. 🙂

I don’t know about you, but I really like the look of braids and I’ve been interested in how to do a 5 strand braid for a bit.

I am not sure I am going to be able to do this on myself, but I now know how to do it. Lindsay, I think I’ll need to practice on you!

Enjoy, Kittens!

Hair Tutorial – Day 28

It’s the last day for hair tutorial month and I’ve learned so much. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep myself from being so dull with my hair (even though I think hiding under a beret is nice….and a basic ponytail is rather can be rather pretty)!

A few things I’ve learned about hair tutorials:

1) They don’t look very difficult to film. Perhaps I should do one?!
2) People have some UGLY backdrops!
3) There is lots of talky-talky and some of us just want an expedited version. Sigh….just like in dance classes….there are the talkers and there are the make-the-students-dance-ers.
4) People can make funny faces while using hairspray. This makes me slightly insecure about what silly facial expressions I must have that I don’t know about and that my friends are too kind to tell me about. 🙂
5) The definition of long, medium, and short hair is very flexible. Apparently, what I consider medium length hair is what some people consider to be short.
6) I’ll never have hair the right length. It’s either too short or too long for everything! Hahha, perhaps you feel the same way.
7) I keep finding bobby pins in the oddest places!

Alright. Time for our last video. This kinda (eeek….sorta *squint) relates to fashion in the lindy hop scene. We wear bows in our hair, but what if we were to make our hair into a bow!!! I know you’ve always been wondering how to do this, so here’s the tutorial for you!!

In case you don’t have that much hair, fret not, here’s a video with “little hair”. OMGoodness, the Japanese are so cute!!

Here’s two more for good measures. This chick has shorter hair (as opposed to “little hair”) and can still make this happen. No excuses! Fast forward to 3:50 start 🙂

Different technique. I’ll probably use the second one (starts at 4:10) on my hair.

Ladies, I want to see some Gaga Bows at the next few events. I’ll be Stateside in starting tomorrow and will see some of you at Heartland Swing Festival, then at Southwest Lindyfest, and then at Guys & Girls Gone Wild!! I want to see something from this past month at one of those three events. Come show me so we can take pictures together….it’d be very Japanese for us to do that. Peace-su!!

Oh yeah, and if you don’t know about those events, scroll to the top of the page, click on my calendar, scroll down to the appropriate month, and click on the links! Cheers!!

It’s be a Febru-hairy of a month!!!!

Hair Tutorial – Day 25 – Fabulous Friday

Ok, this one blows my mind. I’ve never thought to twist my hair while braiding it. I think I’ll need to try this on someone first so I can have some sense about the dexterity it takes, but I dig it! It’s edgier than how the girls would have worn their hair in the 1940s, but I still think it’s worthy of being up her for Febru-hairy!

Yeah for no words, a quick run down, and good camera angles! That is a great tutorial according to me!!

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Hahah, here is how to do a 5 Braid. What’s so great about this is that it’s not done with hair, it’s done with dough! Now learn it!

And last, but not least, here is one that will also test your french braiding skills. I still can’t do this consistently, but I’m working on it! I often do the same thing she does with the end of her hair. Once you finish your braid (variation), then roll it up and pin the crap out of it to your head so it won’t go anywhere while you’re dancing!

What other variations have you come up with? Do you prefer to braid in pig tails or all of your hair? Over the top, or around the back?

Keep sending and posting pictures!!

Hair Tutorial – Day 24 – Twist n Braid

Two tutorials on twisting the hair! Based on my own experience (and common sense), this gets easier with practice. The first time I did this I nailed it, and most other times I’ve tried twisting my hair I get to the end and then hairs magically loosen themselves. Arg.

I really, really like how quick a precise this hair tutorial is.

Here’s a similar tutorial that requires 3 hands. Heheh, not really, but it’d be helpful, that’s for sure. Just look how quickly the older girl whips through this style.

I don’t typically style my hair when it’s wet, but I can see why it’d be worth doing so when trying this hairstyle.

Here’s a picture of me trying this out. Took me 2 minutes to get up the first time and 10 the second time. Blimey!

Click on photo for a larger view.

Hair Tutorial – Day 21 – Side Roll

I think medium length hair would be ideal for this, but it sounds like long hair would also work. The only problem I foresee with long hair is that you have so much more to deal with!

Curl, pin, and spray! Have at it ladies.

If you do this hair style, let me know if you danced in it or not. I’m going to try this out for class, but who knows if it will actually stay in. Maybe more bobby pins will be in order. Hahah, and maybe I can bum hairspray off of someone.