Posts Tagged ‘summer hair ideas’

TOP SIDER

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

We love a one-sided hair do ’round here. Now we’re doing it with a little twist– literally. A side part, a braid of your choice + a twist is all it takes!

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PLAIT PARTY!

Spent the last week traveling in Paris, France. Celebrated Bastille Day, had some fancy dinners, and spent some quality time with friends. But boy was it H-O-T. Walking around all day (as we tend to do when traveling) can really make you want to get that hair up and off your back! We made up all kinds of impromptu cute hair styles before going out and about and I thought it would be fun to share some! Here’s how this one is done…

1. Using a 1″ barrel curling iron, add subtle waves to your hair for texture or if you already have waves/curls, skip that. Then apply a dime size dab of waterbased pomade.

2. Decide to which side you want your hair parted in the front. You can part it center or side. We like parting on the side because that creates one “open side” where there’s less hair. The more open side is where you would want to add a beautiful vintage brooch or fresh flowers.

3. Create a 2 or 3″ diagonal section down the back of your head (starting from the crown).

4. Do a classic French braid down the center and secure with a clear elastic. Then loosen it up slightly with your fingers.

5. Create two mini unicorn braids on one side and tuck them into the French braid, securing with small bobby pins. If you don’t know how to do a unicorn braid, learn how HERE.

6. Wrap up your ends into a quick messy bun and spray in place using a firm holding hairspray.

7. On the opposite side of the unicorn braids, create a mini fishtail braid and wrap that around the clear elastic from your French braid near the nape of the neck.

8. Check the back in a hand mirror and secure any strays using bobby pins and/or a firm holding hairspray.

This is such a great updo for travel because it technically requires no heat if you already have a little wave. If you have pin straight hair you can always DO THIS the night before to avoid using a curling iron. Will be back soon with more ideas for summer + travel hair! xo

APRèS SWIM HAIR

Post/photos: Kristin Ess, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Are you a big swimmer? What if we told you that for around $75-100 you could save your hair from that dry, brittle feeling you get from swimming (and/or an unnecessary haircut)? Save up those dollars and make it a priority to build a swim kit for yourself! (more…)

SUPER SHORT STYLING

photos/tutorial/graphic design: Kristin Ess

If you’ve never chopped your hair off, you’ve probably dreamed about it. (Probably a frequent dream for anyone with high-maintanence hair!) Some of you lovely ladies have actually taken that leap, leaving braids and buns in the past– and this tutorial was for made YOU! You may recognize this look from our Vidal Sassoon voting post a while back. It didn’t win, but we just couldn’t help but share it with our pixie girls anyway! This is a basic every day look at how to take control short hair. A few of you with cropped cuts may already use this trick, if you’re new to short hair or haven’t mastered yours yet, this is what you’ll need to do it. Here we go!

The whole point of this tutorial is to get to step 9 and push your hair the opposite direction you styled it, so make sure you’re styling it the “other way” and then pushing it to your normal part when you’re done.

 

  1. Towel dry your hair right when you get out of the shower.
  2. Apply a heat protecting leave-in conditioner. Of course you don’t want the hair to be too soft, but you do want to protect it from blowdrying.
  3. It’s important to work product through evenly, especially when dealing with short hair. Rub each product in to the root, sides, back and then…
  4. comb through to ensure even distribution.
  5. Using a nozzle on your blow dryer, rough dry a little with just your fingers. The nozzle will help direct the hair and get it to lay down much more than you could without one.
  6. Smooth over the top using a soft bristle brush.
  7. If you have a “bang” or “fringe” on your short hair, smooth it out a little with your soft bristled flat brush.
  8. Spray a little heat protectant spray before the next step.
  9. Flat iron any pieces that are long enough. Best to flat iron them with a little bend so they lay down and cooperate.
  10. Take a little styling paste or styling cream in the palm of your hand. Rub it between your palms to emulsify and warm it up.
  11. Now push the hair in the opposite direction and style as you normally would.

Styling the hair in the opposite direction first will help you conquer cowlicks and any issues you have with your short hair laying “too flat”. Do you have a secret trick you love for a pixie cut? If so, we’d love to hear it in the comments below. Also, what are your favorite short hair products? This tutorial was originally done for our Vidal Sassoon Pro Series partnership post, so those were all the products we used in these photos.