Winter Wedding Hair

Up Do or Down Do – What’s the Perfect Look For You?

You’re special day is coming closer and you’ve figured out everything else. You’ve booked the caterer, hall, photographer, band, and officiant.  You’ve got the dress and the shoes and the nails nailed.  But, what about your hair? Should it be up – because it’s a special occasion and you’ve never worn it that way or long and flowing – because you want to look ravishing?  Either way, it’s decision time.

Is your wedding day “do” predicated on what the weather will be like or what your hair will be like in that weather? If you’re looking for a stay-put, weather-proof hairstyle, below are some examples of elegant looks that you won’t have to worry about during YOUR BIG DAY.

Three UpDo Styles - Photo Credit Glamour UK

Three UpDo Styles

The Wet Look Bun is easy to do, wind-proof, and gives you silky waves at the end of the evening. Dress it up with some pearl pins or your “something borrowed” broach. The Twisted Bun is both dressy and simple. The Rolled Hair look starts with hair parted won the middle (very dramatic!) and then rolled towards your head (need lots of Bobbie pins) and joined at the back. Plus, they all look great from the back!

If you’re looking for a fuller hairstyle, wearing it wavy and long is an excellent choice. (Here’s a hairdresser’s tip; don’t wash your hair the morning of; its easier to style slightly dirty hair.)

Long and Lovely Hairstyles graphic

Long and Lovely Hairstyles

Almost Braided is accomplished with hair curled with a large barrel curling iron or in large rollers to get that full curly look. You can have a slightly off-center part, with two wisps of hair on each side brought back. Then start loosely gathering the curly hair so that you’re almost braiding it, being careful to not pull out the curl. Dress it up with either a spray that matches your bouquet, a glittery clasp  or a small faux flower. The Side Part Curls look starts with hair parted on the side (of course) and long soft curls. Hair can be drawn back, just at the ear with a Bobbie pin to secure it and a blingy Facinator on the side. The Half Braid/Half Curly combines a little teasing, semi-French braiding the top and curling the bottom in long loose curls. With the side clasp, you look great while saying your vows!

With all of these styles, spritz with a firm-hold hairspray, and add a little shine spray for a glossy look. Your hair will look great in your photographs!

 

 

 

 

 

How Do You Keep Your Short Hair Looking Great?

So, you’ve made the decision to wear your hair short. It’s freshly cut and styled, and you want to keep it looking salon-perfect from here on out.  But, how do you do that? It looked so easy when they did it!

Here are some tips on styles and products:

1.  Bob haircuts can be both very feminine and tomboyish. Do you go for the long bang,

Long Bangs, Asymetrical cut picture

Long Bangs, Asymetrical cut picture

Emma Watson's pixie picture

Emma Watson’s pixie

windswept look that can be stick straight or tousled?  Or, the very short, pixie-like look of Emma Watson’s style? With a Bob, you can work in some texturizer like Hyrating Argan Oil Hair Mask by Arvazallia and scrunch with your fingers for a height and some body. Or, you can use a heat protecting hair care cream, mousse or spray before using a flat iron to tamp down that flyaway hair.

2.  Curls can be “well-defined and frizz-free with non-greasy Ouidad’s Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream. Using both hands, distribute a small amount thorough damp hair and style using a diffuser (see Tip #3 in my last Blog post.)  You’ll get a strong hold with soft bouncy curls.  And, it gets high marks for not drying your hair out!

3.  Chin length, or even a little longer, you can add a side braid that will pull the hair off your forehead and give you some height (Again with the height, you say!  Do I have a complex? No! Adding height to your hair lengthens your face and makes it appear narrower. Just sayin’.)  First, spritz your hair with a little hairspray to help it set a little.  Then just part your hair over the middle of your eyebrow and start braiding. Use some more hairspray once you’re finished.  This is a great “do” on a windy day.

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Head Wrap

4.  And, that’s a Wrap!  I mean, use a wrap, or a silk scarf.  Once you’ve got your bangs just so and the rest of your hair gathered high, grab your square scarf. Fold corner to corner so you have a triangle. Fold the tip in about 2 inches, and then fold it another two inches. Wrap (See, you knew I’d “tie” it in there) the scarf around your head with the folds on the inside. Tie it in a knot, then again, and tuck the ends into the scarf. Voila!

I hope these tips have helped you love your short hair even more. Share some of your tips with me!

Curly Hair? 5 Tips to Solve the tame down without losing the volume

Curly Hair Picture

With curly hair, you have the best of both worlds – you can straighten it or leave it curly.  So, how do you tame it without flattening it?

  1. If you shampoo your hair every day, you are drying out your hair.  That tends to add frizz.  Have a plan. Wash your hair every other day (or even once or twice per week) and condition the other times you wet it.
  2. StyleSixty, Frizzy Hair remedies, 9/24/12Don’t just put conditioner on your hair, comb it through. And, your mother was wrong – don’t start at the top of your head. Ouch! Start at the bottom and work your way up! Leave conditioner in for required amount of time and then rinse out with cool water.
  3. Use but diffuse. If you’re going to use a hair dryer, use a diffuser. This will help you keep your style without adding frizz to it.  But first apply a gel or mousse for use with heat-styled hair.
  4. Hair products can either flatten your hair or add volume. Decide which of these works better for your hair – mousse or gel. Try using a leave-in conditioner to reduce the damage to your hair; pick one for either dry hair or damp toweled-dry hair.
  5. Curly Layers picturesLet’s talk haircuts. Curly hair works well when it’s layered; one length tends to drag down your hair because of the weight. Having layers allows your curly hair to be bouncy and full of life!

Small Change, Big Difference

This is Becka. We only did a haircut on this young lady who of course wanted to keep it long and flowing but with more body. Having no layers in her beautifully naturally curly hair was not serving her well.

Becka before

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After

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