TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
You know I love a good brow gel. But I hate telling you all that you have to buy yet another product! So do what I’ve done dozens of times and set your brows like this. It really works and some people swear it lasts longer than brow gel. Here’s how:
We’re super excited that one of our favorites Carol’s Daughter has expanded their reach into the world of styling! The reason we love Carol’s Daughter so much is because they’ve always been so focused on moisture and repair of the hair, and their new styling products are no exception. We were lucky enough to get the first look at their newest video tutorial starring their brand new Monoi Flexible Hold Hair Spray and because we’re no strangers to step-by-step tutorials, we really love this one because it shows us five styles to create over five days, which is awesome for the girl on the go!
For those of you who haven’t tried this flexible hold spray yet, you’re in for many happy hair days! The hold is buildable, brushable and invisible as opposed to a traditional hair spray that can create stiff, crunchy “helmet” hair. It’s actually meant to be brushed through, so you can change up your hair styles as many times as you need to, as opposed to traditional hair spray that flakes and breaks as you brush and restyle.
This is possible because it has Monoi Oil in it! In the French Polynesian Islands, Tahitian gardenia petals are soaked in coconut oil to create what they call Monoi Oil. It’s incredibly repairing and hydrating, not to mention smells divine, and ingenious to sneak into a hair spray!
Enjoy these five looks that Carol’s Daughter’s team created to show how many ways you can style and restyle your hair with their Monoi Flexible Hold Spray! Remember to hold the nozzle 10-12 inches away from your hair when spraying. Spray before styling with hot tools, spray again to set, then if you want to restyle it later, simply brush through it.
You can get your hands on one at carolsdaughter.com or exclusively sold at ULTA! And keep your eyes out for a step-by-step printable photo tutorial from us with our favorite ways to use it on both straight and curly hair!
This post was brought to you with love by our friends at Carol’s Daughter.
As a hairstylist I’m always looking for a favorite new product or tool. Sometimes the thing you end up loving the most was right under your nose the whole time. Undone texture is having a mega moment right now and for the most part we want our FLAT IRON WAVES and CURLING IRON WAVES to look less pattern-y and a bit more natural.
When I discovered my CURRENT FAVORITE PRODUCT for undone texture, it was a total accident. I’ve shared a trick before that involves this spray waaaaay back in 2011, remember? That’s exactly what I was doing– adding a little moisture back into the hair so I could keep curling until I got the texture I wanted. But when I sprayed that superfine mist over the waves and scrunched it in, what I got was a gorgeous diffusion of the waves I had made with the iron. It just took the overly “styled” look away. It’s hard to believe my favorite new trick is simply WATER, but it is. A lot of people are probably wondering if this can be done using a regular spray bottle, but I’ve found that it’s not the same. Regular spray bottles put out too much water at once causing the hair to become too wet which will then cause it to return to it’s natural texture or go flat. There’s definitely a big difference in the fine mist from THIS ONE and any other sprayer.
Above I’ve shown you the finished look. Below are some photos as THE SPRAYis being used. You want to avoid spraying it at the root and focus more from middle to ends. Just a little will do. Then scrunch it in. Avoid pulling on the hair or dragging your fingers through it when it’s wet because you will drag the waves out and flatten your hair.
Here’s the “before hair” with some very subtle waves using a 1 1/2″ barrel iron.
Spray a light veil of water, focusing middle to ends and all the way from front to back. Begin scrunching right away.
Once you’ve scrunched all the water in, let it air dry. Scrunch a little more if you need to.
The waves and texture will come together as it air dries. This hair was prepped with MOUSSE when it was wet, before blowdrying. So you’re really using the hold from the mousse as well when you add the EVIAN SPRAY. If you try this, let us know! Would love to hear if you love it as much as we do!
What’s the best thing about Spring? Flowers, obviously! Especially the ones that can be bottled up and sprayed all over. Today were going to show you how to make your own floral water.
You will need: A large metal pot with glass dome lid, a ceramic ramekin, flowers, cutting board, knife, bottled water, turkey baster, ice.
In the center of your large pot, place ceramic ramekin as your “catch bowl”. This is where the floral water will fall. Some people use bricks below their catch bowl but I’ve always thought that makes my water smell a little dirty. Instead I use a ceramic ramekin that can withstand higher heat. I’ve never had a problem with the ramekin getting too hot and “cooking” the fragrance. But if you want to put a brick under as a buffer, go for it!
Pull the petals off of your flowers and give them a little chop. Not too much– I just do it to help release the fragrance.
Pile the flowers around the ceramic ramekin as you see in photo 3. Add 1 1/2 cups of water for each cup of flowers. Note: Depending on where you live, I suggest using bottled water. If there’s any unwanted bacteria in your tap water, you certainly don’t want to bottle it up. Could get gross, fast!
Place your glass lid upside down on the pot. Add a tray of ice on top. Without going into too much detail- the cold temperature of the ice will help procure condensation underneath the lid.
Place it on the stovetop on low. I used a turkey baster to clear away the ice as it melted. Watch your flowers– once the color is gone from the petals, lift the lid. You should end up with a small amount of clear liquid inside your ramekin.
Use a turkey baster to transfer the floral water into a bottle. You may have to repeat the process to get an entire bottle full. Tighten the lid and spray away!!
Here’s my hilarious little illustration of how the process works. Uh– don’t judge.
My favorite flowers to use:
Rose (particularly Sterling Silver if you can find them)
Chamomile (any tea for that matter)
Sadly I haven’t been able to make gardenias work for this yet, but luckily all of the ones above have worked really well.