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How To Properly Clean Your Hair Brush

30 Jun

This might seem pretty obvious to some people, but you’d be surprised at how many lovely ladies don’t clean out their hair brushes. Too often I walk into a friend’s bathroom, see a brush full of hair and I can’t help myself, so I clean it out. Within the next couple days I usually hear about how much it changed the way their hair looks. It may not seem like a big deal but hair brushes are total traps! Dust, conditioner, oil, germs, even dust mites can be in your dirty hair brush, which is DISGUSTING. For example: if you wash, brush and blowdry your hair on a Monday and then “re-finish” it on Tuesday with the same brush, the oils and dirt from all day Monday will be sitting in that brush. Pile those up for a couple weeks, months… years? Ew. Personally, I recommend you clean out your brush once every week or two. It takes a couple minutes! It’s not something we really think about but you should try to become conscious of the hair piling up in your brush. Cleaning out your round brushes will allow you to get SO much more tension which will lead to smoothness and shine. Here’s how I like to clean out my brushes at home:

  1. Grab any brush that’s gathered a visible amount of hair. Here I’m showing you how to clean out a flat (paddle) brush but this can be done exactly the same on a round brush.
  2. In the hair world, we have tools to clean out brushes, but when I’m at home I grab a pen or pencil and slide it under the hair in the brush. Now pull up until the hair starts to loosen. (You do this so you don’t end up cutting your bristles with the next step!)
  3. Next, go in with your scissors and cut straight down the middle as seen above. TIP: If you’re cleaning out a round brush, flip it over and do the same on the opposite side.
  4. Now “peel” the hair open and remove. You can go back in with your pen or pencil to loosen up any more tight spots.
  5. Discard that gorgeous hairball.

I like to shampoo my brushes each time I clean out the hair. To do that, just fill up the sink with warm water and add a tablespoon of cleansing/clarifying shampoo. Wash the brush + bristles thoroughly, rinse well, and let it dry (or blow it dry).

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Hair Dare!

30 Jun

Since it’s wedding season, we thought it would be a good idea to do a post on flower girl hair. Wee ones need beauty too! It’s a very “sweet” look and will keep a flower girl’s hair out of her face all day. This braid may be a little “young” for some, but  it will probably come in handy at some point! To be totally honest, I’ve worn it and you can’t tell it’s a heart until you’re standing above it. It just looks like two braids running down the back of your head. The hardest part about this braid is starting it, so if you’re doing it on yourself, you may want to enlist a friend who’s good with braiding help you get it going. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Part your hair into two sections by splitting it down the middle.
  2. Starting at the crown of your head, make the curve from the top of the heart. Stop at the back of your ear. Don’t worry about going all the way to the bottom of the heart, only go to your ear.
  3. Clip that hair out of the way as seen above.
  4. I like to do this braid using an “inside out french braid” instead of regular because it shows the shape more, but you can do either! Start french braiding at the part (as seen above) and curve the braid around to your ear. At this point you’re only using hair from outside the heart shape, not the hair that’s in the clip.
  5. Braid it down to the back of the ear and then take the clip out. Now you can start joining in that hair. NOTE: Don’t start joining in hair from the inside of the heart until you get to the back of the ear. That’s the trick!
  6. Braid all the way down to the nape of the neck and clip it off.
  7. Do the exact same thing (or have someone help you do the exact same thing on the other side.
  8. Once you get to the nape of the neck on the other side, it gets a little tricky. I like to take my 6 pieces (3 pieces from the left braid and 3 pieces from the right braid) and join them all together. Then I split it back in 3 pieces and do a regular braid all the way down.
  9. Tie it off with a clear elastic and you’re done.
  10. For added texture, I like to pull gently at each piece of the braid!

Hair Dare!

21 Jun

Girls with bangs seem to have some trouble finding updos. Here’s one that I think is super cute and preppy yet easy to do. It takes about 5-10 minutes and keeps your hair out of your way all day. Well, in my first try, it actually took around half an hour to 45 minutes. It’s a great way to deal with second day hair if you just don’t feel like doing it in the morning but have to look prim + proper for work or school. Here’s how this bun is done:

  1. Start with dry hair. It doesn’t have to be perfectly clean. If your hair is on day 2, spray a little dry shampoo at the root before you start.
  2. Use this type of thick rubber band or something similar to gather all of your hair on the top of your head. Don’t worry about it being perfect, just make sure it won’t move.
  3. Take about 1/4 of the whole ponytail and drop it off to the side. Try taking this piece from the side, not all the way from the back– that way the best/thickest part of the braid will show up in the front.
  4. Leave the 1/4 section out and create a regular ballerina bun on top using the other 3/4 of the ponytail.
  5. Once you’ve secured the bun, take the 1/4 section you left out and braid it. Fishtail, regular braid, whatever kind you want. Tie that off with a small clear elastic. But in my opinion, doing the regular braid is the best!
  6. Secure the braid using small bobbypins. I like to put a bobby pin in every inch and a half to make sure it really stays put.

Oh My DIY: Flower Wrapping for Hair

4 Jun

Who doesn’t love adding a fresh flower to their hair when heading to a special event? This trick has come in handy so many times and I’m really excited to share it with you considering DIY wedding and prom accessories are at the peak of popularity. Here’s how it’s done:

TOOLS:

  • Floral tape (can be purchased at craft stores, some flower shops or google it and buy it online)
  • Beading wire or floral wire
  • Scissors and whatever type of flower you want.

NOTE: Use an open flat flower so it sits nicely against the head. My favorites are gardenias, fully bloomed and opened roses, lisianthus, orchids, and here ranunculus was used.

STEPS:

  1. Push your thin wire through the stem, close to the base of the flower. If the stem is stiff, try poking a needle through first.
  2. Drag the wire through and cut it. The 2 sides of wire should be even. Make the wire is an inch or 2 longer than the stem so you’ll have room to curl the bottom up like you see in picture # 7.
  3. Twist each wire around the stem a couple times, and then twist them around each. This will make the wire twice as strong.
  4. Grab your floral tape and start wrapping the stem from the base of the flower.
  5. Keep wrapping until you get all the way to the bottom.
  6. Snip the tape right where you feel the wire ends.
  7. Now roll the bottom back up to make a loop.

Now, use that loop to secure the flower with a bobby pin. This makes the flower more sturdy and it stays alive longer because you’re not crushing the stem. (And always try to avoid spraying hairspray on the petals of your hair flower!) Good luck!

Hair Dare!

4 Jun

Every one of us needs lots of ways to get your hair off your neck. Here’s one. It’s a new twist on a good old classic– the fishtail. It’s simple, quick and combines two of my favorite hair styles.

STEPS:

  1. Start with all of your hair down. It can be wet or dry and you can do this on any hair texture.
  2. Tease the crown a little so it doesn’t get completely flat up top. Sometimes, you would also want to give the top at least a little texture when doing a messy braid.
  3. Make a regular low ponytail using a thin clear elastic.
  4. Gently pull the clear elastic down about an inch to an inch and a half.
  5. Split the hair in two sections just above the clear elastic.
  6. Loop the whole ponytail up and around and through the hole.
  7. Fishtail the hair under the clear elastic.
  8. Gently pull the braid apart to give it some soft, messy texture.
  9. Carefully cut out the top clear elastic, but leave the bottom one.
  10. Wrap a little hair around the bottom clear elastic to hide it. Use a small bobby pin on the back side to secure.

VOILA! A new summer ‘do or if you’re from the Philippines, you just learned a new back-to-school hair ‘do! If you have a hard time doing the back, get a friend to help. It’s really sort of difficult to get a centered braid by yourself!

Raindrops keep falling on my head!

2 Jun

Another shift in seasons is upon us. Are you looking forward to it? Leaves, coats, umbrellas + rain! One thing none of us are looking forward to is the dry scalp that often comes with a new season. I’m about to tell you something a little weird, but please, bear with me. Did you know that Listerine is the remedy? Listerine is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and it actually makes sense. Tried it on myself . SHOCKINGLY, it worked.

I just mixed 1/2 oz of original formula Listerine and 1/2 oz of baby oil (to soothe and soften).

I shook it up in a bottle and used cotton balls to apply. (Tip your head back a little as you apply to be sure nothing gets on your face.) I left it for 5-10 minutes and then shampooed it out. I only did it for 3 days in a row but I’ve been reading that it can take up to one week. Honestly, not a flake on my scalp. If you do this at home please email me or comment here!

NOTE: This blog post is for the people staying in countries with their rainy seasons on June.

Oh My DIY: Mod Floral Hair Wreath

1 Jun

I adore mod 1960’s styling! One of my favorite collections from this era is enamel flower brooches. I love the colors, shapes and seemingly endless variety that exists in the vintage universe.

What you’ll need:

  • 7 to 12 Vintage Enamel Brooches
  • Elastic
  • Scissors

Steps:

  1. To create your own vintage flower wreath, fit a piece of elastic around your head, then tie and trim it. Make sure it’s tight enough to support the weight of your brooches without being too tight and leaving an evil headband line on your forehead!
  2. Next, pin your brooches to the elastic. Pin them a little bit closer than you need to because the elastic will stretch when you wear it and you want them to be close together.
  3. Then, try it on and make adjustments as needed. You might fill the entire wreath or just the front section. Have fun looking fancy and pretty!

Hair Dare!

1 Jun

The hardest thing about doing a fishtail braid on yourself is getting it started. Here’s a tip: Start with a clear elastic then cut it out at the end. By starting with a clear elastic at the top, you never have to worry about holding 4 confusing pieces together to get your braid going. You can just go straight into it!

TOOLS: 2 clear elastics, scissors, and patience.

STEPS:

  1. For a smoother braid, brush your hair out first. For a messier and loose braid (I usually do this to get the lazy look), leave the natural texture and separate the hair with your fingers.
  2. Create a ponytail using a clear elastic.
  3. Split the ponytail into two separate pieces.
  4. Take a piece from the first side and pass it to the 2nd side.
  5. Next take a piece from the 2nd side and pass it back to the 1st side.
  6. Once you’ve finished your braid, go in with your scissors and carefully cut the clear elastic at the top.
  7. Optional: Gently pull on the pieces to loosen it up if you wish!

When you’re fishtail braiding, don’t think too hard! You’re simply making X’s. Also, remember that when you take the little piece from one side and pass it to the other side, you don’t need to keep track of it.

Hair Dare!

21 May

Wonderin’ how to style your short hair? Worry no more! You can do a chignon/updo even if you have short hair. Just do this Hair Dare!

TOOLS: bobby pins, accessory, hairspray

STEPS:

  1. You’ll want the hair to have some texture before you pin it up. If you have curly hair, you’re all set. If not, use a 1″ spring iron and curl everything away from your face so it will twist easier.
  2. Take the entire left side and start twisting near your ear. Twist it kinda’ tight and then loosen it up after you pin everything. Stop just past the middle and add a large bobby pin for extra support. When inserting the bobby pin, go back against the hair, almost like you’re putting it inside the twist you just created!
  3. Now gather all of the hair on the right, along with the hair left out from the other side and twist up. Position it over the first twist and pin using a large bobby pin. Tuck the hair that’s left out into the twist and add a couple more bobby pins for security. If the hair is too short, just add an accessory!
  4. Now using a hand mirror, check it out from the sides and back to make sure it’s well proportioned and balanced. Loosen it up with your fingers or pull some pieces out around your face if you want a more romantic vibe, then add a veil of hairspray.

 

This Place Is About to Blow

21 May

Okay, this isn’t about Ke$ha’s song nor the wolf who blew the house of the 3 pigs, this is about hair. HAIR-DRYING. Don’t lie, I know that many of you either got bangs or plan on getting bangs but you don’t really know how to style them. Got heavy bangs? Then just follow these steps on how to blow-dry your hair.

STEPS:

  1. Always blow out your bangs while your hair is super wet. The sooner you blow dry them out of the shower, the better the result will be. Hair is most cooperative and flexible before it air dries.
  2. Using  your blow dryer with the nozzle attached and a paddle brush, shift everything all the way to one side. Make sure to get warm air into the root. That will help you manipulate any unwanted “cowlicks”.
  3. Next, use your paddle brush to shift everything to the opposite side. Make sure you’re giving it a good push in the opposite direction.
  4. Split the bangs in half horizontally and clip the top half up.
  5. Using a medium to large sized round brush, smooth the bottom layer of your bangs out. Instead of curling them under, smooth all the way through the ends and point the nozzle toward the tip of the bangs as you see in the photo! TIP: The closer you keep the brush to your forehead and the less curling under you do, the less volume they will have. The more you lift the bangs and the more you curl under, the more volume you will have.
  6. Repeat the same motions with the top layer.
  7. Take the paddle brush and shift the bangs from left to right once more  to smooth everything out. Spray lightly with hairspray if desired.