Day 26 – Knot Your Average Pony

Yes I am sampling heavily from The Beauty Department, but they have so much great stuff!! Just check out this spiffy way of spicy up your pony tail.

photo: angela+ithyle/ post designed by kristin ess

Some days you just don’t wanna. For those days, we made you this! Seems like we’ve been seeing pictures of this lovely look everywhere. It’s definitely an easy, gorgeous spring/summer ‘do. Here’s how to get this very uncomplicated knotted ponytail:


-light holding styling mousse
-small clear elastic
-large bobbypin


1) Apply a light holding styling mousse all over from roots to ends for texture and seperation. Hair can be damp or dry. (If it’s dry, be sure it’s a light holding mousse or you could end up with a strong holding mess.)

2) Separate the hair over your shoulder into two pieces. The piece from the back should come forward and down (see photo).

3,4) Using your girl scout skills, tie hair into a simple knot.

5.) Secure the two ends together using a clear elastic. Once it’s in there, slide it up underneath the knot to conceal it.

6) I like to throw a bobby pin in there for extra security.

7) Back comb the ponytail a little for texture and then comb through it with your fingers to settle it.

Tip: Once the steps are complete, tug on it and mess it up a bit. This look is better when it’s a little disheveled!


Day 25 – 1940’s Reverse Rolls Hairstyle

If you have short hair, then this is the 1940’s Reverse Rolls Hairstyle tutorial for you!

See the following tutorials for styles utilizing this type of roll:

My first Victory Roll tutorial:

Pearl Frush Inspired Victory Roll Pin Up Style:

Up-do with Victory Rolls:

Layrite Products available here or at the Hawleywoods website:

The Ray Collins Hot Club-Bechstein Stomp


Day 23 – Fishtail Braid

Another great hair tip from The Beauty Department! You know what, this actually makes me feel like I could do this. For some reason, I’ve been under the impression that a fishtail braid was harder than the rest. Silly me!

The hardest thing about doing a fishtail braid on yourself is getting it started. In this video, I’m giving you one of my favorite secret tricks… start with a clear elastic then cut it out at the end. By starting with a clear elastic at the top, you never have to worry about holding 4 confusing pieces together to get your braid going. You can just go straight into it!

Tools: 2 clear elastics, scissors, patience.


For a smoother braid, brush your hair out first. For a messier braid, leave the natural texture and separate the hair with your fingers.
Create a ponytail using a clear elastic.
Split the ponytail into two separate pieces.
Take a piece from the first side and pass it to the 2nd side.
Next take a piece from the 2nd side and pass it back to the 1st side.
Once you’ve finished your braid, go in with your scissors and CAREFULLY cut the clear elastic at the top.
Optional: gently pull on the pieces to loosen it up if you wish!
When you’re fishtail braiding, don’t think too hard! You’re simply making X’s. Also, remember that when you take the little piece from one side and pass it to the other side, you don’t need to keep track of it.



Day 17 – Sponge Rollers

I want these sponge roller! I wonder if they’d hold all of my hair though?

Last year for February I posted a number of videos from this gal. I like her stuff, and I enjoy her subtitles :D

Her bendy hair rollers are 1.3” and are available on These jumbo curlers are made of soft foam / sponge perfect for overnight sets.

Do you prefer to use sponge roller, hot sticks, or pin curls?

Day 16 – Victory Rolls

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?

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?

Going to Vegas Hair

I’m off to Vegas with some buddies and I’ve know for quite some time how I wanted to do my hair (thank you Febru-hairy! tutorials!)!

Check this tutorial. Mostly I just wanted to find a reason to post this video because the girl is a crack up!!! Check her facial expressions and how she’s diggin’ on her music and ice coffee!! Love it!

Looks like I gotta get me one of them drawstring …. things. Hahah….I tried. :) Perhaps I’ll end up at a wig store this weekend….who knows?!!

More to come!