Instead of the usual journal entries of "what we have been up to lately", I am going to try and spice my blogging up a little. Since the title of this blog is "Love is in the Hair", I've decided to actually write about hair for a change. I'd like to make this a weekly thing, so get excited.
This week I was thumbing through the February issue of InStyle when I came across a segment sharing the same title as this blog! I'm sure one of their writers stumbled across my blog, and loved my clever title so much they had to steal it. After all, I had the title first!
Anywho, I loved the article, so I thought it would be the perfect topic for my first "Let's Talk Hair" (Don't try stealing that, InStyle! I'm on to you.) segment of this blog.
The article shares 4 ways to "explore the roots of romance": "the big tease", "dream weaves", "classic with a twist", and "up, up and away". These are styles our clients often come in the salon asking about, and this article shares some tips for achieving these looks at home. Using the article as a guide I'm going to share my own tips for achieving these looks.
1. "The Big Tease"
This look can be a day or night time look. In the evening, pair it with smokey eyes to really turn heads.
Step 1: Use a volumizing shampoo. I like Bed Head's newly reformulated Superstar (now known as Epic Volume) shampoo and conditioner.
Step 2: Use a root boost at the crown of your towel dried hair (my fave is Redken's Guts) and apply a volumizing blow dry gel, (I like Redken's Velvet Gelatin), to the ends of your hair.
Step 3: Turn your head upside down and blow it 80% dry with your hands.
Step 4: Flip your hair over and use a large round brush to create lift at the root.
Step 5: Take small sections of your hair in the crown and tease it with the small tooth end of your comb, then smooth the teasing with the wide tooth end of the comb.
Step 6: Take a 1 inch curling iron and curl 1 inch sections of your hair. Starting at the root, turn the iron toward your face and pull the ends through last.
Step 7: Run your fingers through the curls to loosen them and finish the look with Bed Head's Masterpiece, hairspray and shine spray 2 in 1.
2. "Dream Weaves"
This style will be your go to look this summer. It works perfect on second day hair, or sun dried hair.
Step 1: Start creating loose waves with your curling iron randomly throughout your hair.
Step 2: Take a shine serum (love, love, love S-Factor's Dream Drops) and rake it through your ends.
Step 3: Leaving out your bangs, part your hair to one side and gather your hair on the opposite side in a low side pony tail, but don't tie it off, instead begin loosely braiding just below the chin. When you get to the bottom secure the braid with a clear elastic.
Step 4: Hold the braid taut at the end and give it a few shakes to soften the look.
3. "Classic with a Twist"
I know this looks complicated, but you can create this look with second day hair in 10 minutes, I promise.
Step 1: Tease the crown of your hair and curl 1 inch sections just like you would for "The Big Tease".
Step 2: Make a soft part and pull your hair back low at the nape and secure it in a loose ponytail. Leave out your bangs, and/or shorter layers around your face.
Step 3: Wrap your hair around the pony tail holder as though you were making a bun. Bobby pin a few places, but leave the bun loose.
Step 4: Spray with a firm hold hairspray. Try Bed Head's Hard Head.
4. "Up, Up and Away"
This look is the easiest of the 4, but it still makes a bold statement.
Step 1: Blow dry your hair until it is about 80% dry.
Step 2: Use a frizz fighting serum (Redken's Smooth Down: Heat Glide would be perfect) and rake it from roots to ends.
Step 3: Use a boar-bristle brush to slick your hair back into a high pony on the top of your head. Secure it with an elastic.
Step 4: Twist your hair in a tight bun and pin tightly into place.
Step 5: Finish with a medium hold hairspray (Redken's Forceful would be a good choice).
There you have it! Our first "Let's Talk Hair" on "Love is in the Hair". What do you think? Do you like this new segment? Also topics for this segment are welcome, so please, comment.