Showing posts with label hairstyles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hairstyles. Show all posts

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hair-Do How-To #7: The Faux Under-cut

1. As always, dirty hair works best for this. Decide of the placement of your part- a deep side part works best.
2. Using a fine-tooth rat-tail comb, make your part and comb the lower "shaved" section straight back against your scalp.
3. Smooth the combed section beneath the crown of your head, allowing some loose strands to fall over it.
4. Using bobby-pins, secure the combed section of hair so it lies tightly against your head.
5. Spray with hairspray (I spray my hand, then run it over my hair so it doesn't look shellacked).
6. Using a curling wand or curling iron, add curls to the loose section of hair, break apart and set with hairspray.

Optional: If you'd like a little more texture, rub some pomade or styling cream between your hands and sprunch through your hair, being sure not to run your fingers through (this will just weigh it down).

After this post, I received a number of requests for tips on creating a faux-half shave (or undercut). I've been wearing my hair like this a lot lately and, yes, this hairstyle is basically early-90s mall hair. No, I do not in the least feel self-conscious about this. I remember standing in front of my bathroom mirror as a kid, holding one half of my hair back and thinking it would just look so cool if it were shaved. I have no idea where on earth I could have seen this hairstyle back then, since I had very little access to any media or pop culture, but something, somewhere made an impression. So yeah, I'm all about the resurgence of undercuts and shaves. And, by the looks of the Tracy Reese SS13 runway show and the Rachel Antonoff SS13 presentation, the look will stick around a while (not that it matters, do what you want with your hair! Be free!). A faux-undercut is the perfect way to change up your hairstyle without the commitment of breaking out the razor.

Want more? Go here for more tutorials and tips and tricks for long hair. Have a how-to request? Let me know in the comments section!

Product details:
Hairspray: Tresemme
Curling wand c/o Missako

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How To: Grow Out Your Bangs and Not Go Bananas

Once upon many times, I've had bangs, Betty Page bangs, Vampira bangs (ouch), and most recently, just long bangs...
...and just as many times as I've had them, I have grown sick and tired of them.
In February, I reached my "bangs breaking point" for this round, and decided to grow them out. In the past this process has been far from easy, but this time for some reason, it's pretty much been a breeze. I think it was just time to get rid of them, I was sick of styling them, sick of cutting them, and I was only pleased with their appearance once or twice a week. It's funny, because as soon as I pinned them back, I felt more awake and alert, it was like pulling back the curtains. While I can still look at old pictures like the one above and reminisce, I really don't miss them. If you're currently facing the arduous process of growing out your own fringe, here are a few things I've found that make the long process a little less painful...

First thing's first, when I wash my hair, I immediately pin my bangs off to the side and allow them to dry that way (I air dry my hair overnight). 85% of the time there is a bobby pin holding them down, and I always sleep with a bobby pin in so they don't get in my face and remind me of their existence.

Rule number one: pretend they don't exist, bobby pins help with this charade.

Try experimenting with different ways of pinning your fringe back, this will add variety to your routine and lessen the urge to just trim them already and be done with it. Try a center part with a messy ponytail a la Pamela Love's Fall 2012 Presentation:

Try pinning them straight back and pulling your hair into a high ponytail or bun, enjoy the sun on your forehead and the feeling of alertness that comes over you:

You can also try to work with styling your growing fringe along the way. For me, this usually results in more frustration, so I suggest you do this sparingly, as you may be tempted to snip if you get irritated. If you have the patience of a saint however, try curling them off to the side and setting with a healthy dose of hairspray:

Once they start to grow, it'll be easier to hide your bobby pins, and styling your hair as if your bangs already don't exist will become second nature (or, at least, a little easier):

On the weekends (and who am I kidding, most days), I typically wear them styled in a little twist off to the side. This is an easy style that isn't ruined if I get annoyed and throw my hair up in a bun halfway through the day (this usually happens):

Play around with how you part your hair. Sweeping some length over your fringe easily conceals the shorter pieces (and makes you feel- secretly- like Jessica Rabbit):
I also recommend playing around with different braiding techniques. I'm actually not doing this too much myself this go-round, but braids came in super handy when I was growing out a set of fringe a couple of years ago.

If you get tempted to grab the scissors- and you will, I can almost guarantee it- don't do it. Look at pictures of fringe-less ladies on Pinterest, think of how greasy bangs get so easily. 

Essentially: remind yourself constantly of why you're growing them out. 

The process is a slow one, for everyone, but if you learn how to wrangle them early on, it's easy enough to forget they even existed.

Feel free to share tips of your own for growing out your bangs in the comments section!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hair Do How-To #6: Beachy Waves 2.0

I might own the oldest curling iron known to man, I have no idea where it came from, but it's served me well over the many years I've had it. This is a great technique for those of you looking to achieve beachy, undone waves, but want to avoid the "Shirley Temple" effect that traditional curling irons are known to cause. Unlike most of my tutorials, I recommend starting with clean hair, simply because it's easier to break apart the curls once they're set. This is my go-to hairstyle lately, if I'm running low on time in the morning- which, let's face it, is always- I can throw in a few curls in the top layer and curl the ends and I'm done. Happy styling!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wedding Style File: At The Salon

(photos taken by Adria)
Belt: American Apparel
Cat Pin: Thrifted ($1)
Shoes: Thrifted ($10)

Please excuse the picture-heavy post. And the bra-straps. It was my wedding day after all, and on your wedding day you can get away with these sort of things. As much as I will preach DIY and low-maintenance hair, I've always loved going to the salon, especially for big events. I've been going to the Cut Off Salon & Day Spa since high school, and even worked there from 2006 to 2007 as a receptionist. So there was no question where I would be going for my wedding-day hair and make-up. Per my practice appointment, I knew my hairstyle would be vintage-inspired, and decided to dress accordingly. I had a few last-minute errands to run afterwards, and didn't want to be running around town with fancy hair, and no fancy outfit to match! I chose this ModCloth dress by Dear Creatures because it's comfortable and conveniently buttons up the front, a key feature so as not to have to pull the dress over my perfectly coiffed hair when it came time to change. I kept the accessories simple by adding a brown belt and little kitty pin, something I had completely forgotten about until I found it buried in a bag full of thrifted wedding supplies!

Also, this was too cute not to share:

This little diagram is from my practice appointment with my stylist, Michelle T. After wrangling my hair into a beehive, she smartly decided to draw herself a diagram for my day-of hair. I have so much hair to wrangle, it requires scientific formulas!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Easy hair tutorial: Waves

This post is coming super late coming, I know, but I wanted to share a simple way of achieving a wavy effect on your hair. The best part is that you don't need extra long hair to do this, if you can make a little bun, you're set. I've been doing this a lot lately, it's easy and saves my hair from the scorching heat of the curling iron I usually use.

To start: This style is best achieved with freshly washed hair. Blow dry your hair until almost completely dry.
(optional): I run a flat iron over my bangs and around the crown of my head to smooth flyaways. Work some smoothing creme into locks for shine and control. I like S Factor Smoothing Lusterizor.

This next step is a little dweeby, but I swear, it's worth it:
Separate your hair like you're going to make low pig tails, starting on one side, work some texturizing paste (I like Garnier Surf Hair) into ends and twist away from your face to make a tight bun. secure with a couple of bobby pins. Repeat on the other side.

Now keep yourself busy for about 30 minutes. If I were to do this on a work day, I would spend this time getting dressed and ready. But since it wasn't a work day for me, I made lunch, did some dishes, and recited Princess Leia monologues (when in Rome, right?).
When you feel as if your hair has percolated long enough (or you get antsy), take out the buns and shake it out. your hair may be a bit chunky, gently separate but don't comb it! Spritz with hair spray, and admire yourself.
What I'm wearing: Sweater: LOFT (swapped), T-Shirts: Madewell, Necklace c/o Noble Town Vintage

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hair-Do How-to #5: Heidi Braids

Heidi braids have been my go-to style lately (as evidenced by yesterday's post). They're easy, keep my hair out of my face, and relatively painless. I did these kind of fast, they can be as messy or as sleek as you would like. For this style you will need: A comb, bobby pins, invisible hair bands, and some hairspray. Have fun and send me a link if you try this!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hair-Do How-to #3: The Top-Knot

You may have noticed I've been wearing my hair like this a lot lately, it's become my go-to easy style. So much prettier than the typical messy bun. And also extremely convenient for the gym because my hair is too heavy to stay in a ponytail on the treadmill. It's so easy, all you need are some bobby pins, a headband (optional), and some light hairspray:

Next Month's Hair Post: Beach-y waves and the secrets behind them!
Previous Hair Posts: Half Coronet and Le Grande Bouffant

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hair-Do How-to #2: Le Grand Bouffant

With out further adieu, the hair post I've been procrastinating on is here! For this style you'll need: a teasing comb or brush, hairspray or surf spray, and bobby pins. Your hair can be washed or dirty, mine was freshly washed for this. Have fun!
My hair posts will now be once a month, so if you have questions on how to do a style or ideas for a future post, be sure to email me! The first how-to post can be read Here.
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hair-do How-to #1

How was everyone's weekend? Mine was relaxing, and consequently, I really don't have much to share! I'm back in Fishkill for another week in upstate New York. I'm posting this a little early because I've got a busy day of work tomorrow. I've received a lot of questions on how I do my various hairstyles so I decided to try doing a video post to show you all! So, here it is:
So, be gentle- it's my first try! Let me know if you have any suggestions for future videos!