Beautiful Summer Hairstyles

Beautiful Summer Hairstyles
This has been a total go to hairstyle for me this summer (I am sure you can tell if you follow my insta!), especially since it is SO quick and easy to do. Maybe it is just me but I think it kind of gives off a hippie vibe which I love. Today I am showing you how to do this braid that I instagrammed in France and had a lot of requests for!! It is honestly super simple and one of my favorite looks.

So here is the full how to…

  1. Prep your strands by running through Smooth Smoothing Serum
  2. Grab three strands midway down your part and begin doing a Dutch braid
  3.  Pull apart the braid until it is as thick as you would like
  4.  Grab three strands at the front of your part, this time small sections and do a classic micro braid
  5.  Pull all of your hair back and divide into three sections and do a regular three strand braid
  6.  To finish pull that braid apart that large braid and you are done!
  7. Bonus: To tame flyaways and hold the braided style, mist on Protection Finishing Spray.

HAIR HACKS

HAIR HACKS
Today I am sharing 5 of my favorite hair hacks! I love finding little hair care secrets or tips that make doing my hair easier! So I am going to do a series of these posts and share 5 each time. Here are today’s five…

  1. Hide your rubber band without a bobby pin! Use a bobby pin and attach it to the end of the strand you are wrapping around your hair band. Then thread the bobby pin underneath the hair you just wrapped pulling the end of the strand with it. Once the end of the stand is through, you can pull the bobby pin out the other side and the hair will stay in place!
  2. Put a hydrating serum on your hair before bed instead during the day. I like to use my Pantene Expert Dry Defy Velvet Crème Infusion and I lay it on my hair! By the time you wake up it has all soaked in your hair and it is super soft!
  3. Make your braids thick in front by hiding it with hair on top! Very hard to explain BUT I show you exactly how in this tutorial HERE!
  4. Hairspray bobby pins before pinning them in your hair, it will help them stay put!
  5. Apply your conditioner on before going in the sauna at the gym and then rinse it out with cold water! I like to use my Pantene Expert Dry Defy Intense Hydration Conditioner and every time I do this, it makes my hair extra soft and shiny!
  6. Split your pony tail in half then use the lid to a make up product and squeeze it in the middle of the rubber band. It will instantly volumize your pony without adding any product or teasing.

*Thanks to Pantene Expert for partnering with me to make this post possible!

BUBBLE PONY

BUBBLE PONY
With the new year it is always fun to try new things with hair and makeup in addition to New Year resolutions. Since I am not ready to try a new color I went with a new hairstyle that is out of the norm for me I usually always have my hair down or in some sort of side braid where I can pull it in front so having my hair all the way up is rare! Today I’m showing you how to do this bubble pony tail…

How To:

  1. Pull your hair up into a ponytail at the crown of your head and tie it off with a thick elastic so it stays in place. I use these from Sally Beauty.
  2.  Softly tease your hair with a brush or comb – I used my Wet Brush found here.
  3. Tie a clear elastic around the pony tail about two to three inches down and pull on the bubble to make it stand out more.
  4. Continue to make as many “bubbles” as your hair can handle and you are done!

HIPPIE BRAIDS

HIPPIE BRAIDS

  • This has been a total go to hairstyle for me this summer (I am sure you can tell if you follow my insta!), especially since it is SO quick and easy to do. Maybe it is just me but I think it kind of gives off a hippie vibe which I love.
  •  I first wore it in San Francisco in this instagram, and have since gotten lots of requests for a tutorial, but honestly it doesn’t need a video tutorial because of how easy it is so I decided to do a simple hair how to! Here are the steps..

How To

  1. Take a section from either side (your good side ) and do a basic braid starting about two inches from the front of your hairline.
  2. Take the section of hair in front of the braid and an equal section from the other side and pin it in back of your head.
  3. Take the excess hair from the sections that you just pinned and braid that as well.
  4. To hold this look all day, finish with Hairspray and you are done!

*Thank you to xcsunnyhair.com for sponsoring this post

THE FAUX BOB TUTORIAL

THE FAUX BOB TUTORIAL

  • You’ve got gorgeous long lush hair but wearing it all down isn’t in the cards. Whipping it up into a full on updo isn’t really your thing either, so where do you go from there? A haircut is out of the question as your not looking for that kind of permanent decision, so now what? Ladies I present to you one of my ultimate favorite answers to the age old question, what do I do with my hair… the Faux Bob! Simply put a faux bob hairstyle is a spot of gorgeous hair trickery employed by the best of them to give the illusion of a shorter do, without reaching for the scissors. No matter the thickness & length to your hair, there is always an answer and a way.
  •  A Faux bob is a super fun option for wedding hair, both for brides and bridesmaids, yes wedding guests too! With Eden’s tutorial in hand, just about anyone can whip their locks into a shorter do! A lovely bonus to a style like this is brides that are craving a 2 look wedding can easily slip from ceremony do to to reception style with the removal of some pins! There is a playfulness to a faux bob hairstyle, allowing every woman to be their own chameleon!

*Check out our Braided Faux Hawk Tutorial Here!

  1. Step 1. Start with textured locks of any length. Waves and curls are more forgiving than straight hair when working with illusions of this nature. {Refer to Eden’s Prep for Straight Hair here}
  2. Step 2. To manage the length and create the volume that makes the body of this faux bob believable, part off just the back section of hair from ear to ear, pinning the top and sides of hair out of the way. Separate the back into 4 rough sections and tie knots into the hair to take up the length
  3. Step 3. Once you have knotted the sections, grab each section and roll it under and onto itself. Using the knots for anchors, criss cross large bobby pins to secure the sections to the head.
  4. Step 4. The knots give the section weight and help it fall with gravity, maintaining volume and creating the shape. Repeat with all 4 sections.
  5. Step 5. With your base firmly in place, let the top and side sections down. Doing the top and side sections separately from the base is important because these sections will be used to create the finesse touches to the faux bob hairstyle.
  6. Step 6a. Because our model Michelle has ultra long hair, I took the entire top portion creating one loose knot to take up some of the length, leaving the ends loose.Step 6b. Pin the knot to the base you created underneath, then fluffing the little loose ends strategically to create the look and feel of a layered bob.
  7. Step 7. Begin pinning the top and side sections under and onto themselves softly and fluff loose ends. You’ll need a bit of creative license here to sculpt the look that your after.
  8. Step 8. Leave the front sections for last.
  9. Step 9a. Gather the mid shaft and ends of the front sections loosely and wind the mid shaft into a loop. Next, with the ends hanging loose, pin.
  10. Step 10. Fluff and pull out little pieces of hair as needed to create texture and movement which are so important when crafting a believable faux bob et voilà!

Fake a Salon-Style Blowout at Home

Fake a Salon-Style Blowout at Home

For most of us, a professional blowout at the hair salon only happens after our routine haircuts. As we walk out of the salon doors, we revel in the shiny locks and bouncy volume fit for a shampoo commercial. But you don’t have to wait for your next hair appointment to feel fabulous for a day! Professional makeup artist and hair stylist Liz Schroeder helps simplify the seemingly intimidating process with rollers and a boar-bristle brush—no blow-dryer needed. Get the hair of your dreams with this easy step-by-step tutorial.
You will need:

  • a boar-bristle brush
  • sectioning clips
  • metal clips
  • medium Velcro rollers (try 1.5-2″ size)
  • Hairspray

How To:

  • 01. Using the sectioning clips, separate hair into four sections: one mohawk section on the top of the head, two on either side of the ears going forward, and one in the middle back of the head.
  • 02. Starting with the top of the head, use three Velcro rollers in each section. Now you’ll have a bunch of sub-sections.
  • 03. Now you’re going to flat-iron each of these sub-sections. While the hair is still hot, re-wrap it around a Velcro roller and secure with a metal clip. Repeat this step all around the head until the hair is set in rollers.
  • 04. Allow the rollers to cool completely, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 05. Remove the rollers. Brush through the hair using a boar-bristle brush for a smooth, voluminous finish. Or use your fingers instead for a soft, tousled look.
  • 06. Spritz with hairspray to finish your glamorous

DIY TUTORIAL: GORGEOUSLY SIMPLE WAVY HAIR

DIY TUTORIAL: GORGEOUSLY SIMPLE WAVY HAIR

  • Today we’ve got a DIY Tutorial will show you how to create the kind of hair almost every long-haired lady craves; gorgeous, simple, bombshell waves.
  • We created this look for Elizabeth’s (usually poker-straight!) tresses on our recent Bridal Musings photoshoot with Marianne Taylor Photography.
  • While we thought we needed to show you guys something more ornate or formal, our resident hair guru, Sev, of Hepburn Collection, said this natural, yet glamorous look has become, hands down, the most popular wedding day style among the brides he works with.
  • And we can see why, pair this with a vintage hair slide, some pretty blooms or perhaps a mantilla veil and you have the most fabulous wedding day tresses, that don’t look over-styled or (our biggest wedding day fear!) like prom hair.
  • While you might need a stylist on hand to perfect this look on your wedding day, (Sev actually did Elizabeth’s hair for her own big day!) our easy DIY tutorial should give you all you need to get perfectly tousled tresses for an engagement shoot, rehearsal dinner, or just your average glam Monday morning meeting!

WHAT YOU NEED:
– A curling wand (We used quite a wide barrel for voluminous waves, try 38mm)
– A flat bristle hairbrush
– Some hairspray to finish
How to:

  • 1. START AT THE FRONT

Prep your hair first, by brushing out any knots. Curls generally take better in day-old hair, so try not to wash it on the same day as styling.
Starting with the front sections of your hair, use your curling wand to create semi-tight curls, which flow from about ear-length, down.

  • 2. PULL THE WAND OUT GENTLY

As you curl your hair, take one inch sections, clamp the end in the curling wand, then wrap the length around the outside of the barrel and twist it about 180°.
Don’t clamp down too hard on the end of your hair or you’ll get creases, simply hold it for about 5 seconds, then gently pull it out.

  • 3. CURL THE REST OF YOUR HAIR IN SECTIONS

Once the front is curled, work your way around the rest of your hair.
If your tresses are thick, perhaps tie it up in bunches to make sure you don’t miss a section.

  • 4. KEEP CURLING UNTIL IT’S ALL IN WAVES

Once you’re finished wanding, all your hair should be in almost-ringlets, from the nape of your neck down.

  • 5. BRUSH IT OUT

Gently brush out the curls in sections, using a flat, soft bristled brush to comb out the curls. You want soft bombshell waves rather than coiffed curls or ringlets.

  • 6. SPRAY TO FINISH

Polish and hold the look with your favourite hair or finishing spray.
Claire is more than a little obsessed with Hairspray at the moment, (it smells amazing, holds for hours, and never gets hard or sticky – it ain’t cheap, but it’s well worth investing in.)
Aren’t Elizabeth’s tresses gorgeous? We love bridal styles that are simply a glammed-up version of your everyday look.

Party Hairstyles-Show Off Your Beautiful Curls With These Curly Hair Updos

Party Hairstyles-Show Off Your Beautiful Curls With These Curly Hair Updos
We’ve got love for all the curly girls out there! Check out these 3 amazing curly hair updos. Whether it’s your natural curl or you added it with a curling iron, we promise not to tell!
FRENCH TWIST CURLS
Check out this great combination of curly hair in a classic updo.
How To Style:

  • 1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  • 2. Work a high hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  • 3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  • 4. Pull hair into a one-sided French twist and secure with bobby pins. Allow the loose ends to come out of the top.
  • 5. Arrange curls along one side.
  • 6. Finish with medium to high hold hairspray for added style support.

IN THE WILD
Go crazy and have fun with more of a haute couture style in this naturally curly style that’s injected with tons of volume.
How To Style:

  • 1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  • 2. Work a medium hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  • 3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  • 4. Using various random sections, pull hair up to the crown (top of your head) and use bobby pins to secure. Let some random pieces fall, as this style looks amazing when it’s purposely left a little undone!
  • 5. Use light or medium hold hairspray for added style support.

SWEEPING BEAUTY
This romantic updo would be amazing paired with a flowing gown or a dainty top and jeans!
How To Style:

  1. • Work styling mousse through towel-dried hair.
  2. • Part hair to one side.
  3. • Blow dry completely using a round brush or large paddle brush to smooth and turn under the front fringe section.
  4. • Secure hair to one side using bobby pins.
  5. • Add loose curls through the ends with a 1-inch barrel curling iron. Spray each section with thermal setting spray before curling.
  6. • Arrange two curls one one side as shown in the picture and secure them in place with bobby pins that match your hair color.
  7. • Finish with medium hold hairspray for style support.

This DIY Lavender-Infused Coconut Oil for Hair Treatment Will Blow Your Mind

This DIY Lavender-Infused Coconut Oil for Hair Treatment Will Blow Your Mind
Ya’ll know that coconut is like, the most prevalent oil in the beauty world right now, right? I mean, beauty blogs, magazines and gurus have been dishing on all sorts of oils, but the reigning queen has to be coconut oil, partly because it’s so easily accessible, partly because it’s relatively inexpensive, and partly because it’s so darn good. You can slather it all over your legs post-shave, work it into your cuticles, and, of course, use it in your hair as a conditioning agent.
Applied topically, coconut oil actually does a few things for your hair. First, it nourishes the hair shaft to create a vibrant sheen. It also conditions the hair to restore moisture and repair damage. Also, when applied at the scalp, it can help reduce dandruff and soothe sensitive or itchy skin (a winter woe if we ever heard one). Tip: For beauty uses, choose extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil.
Let’s move onto the lavender portion of this two-ingredient DIY hair treatment. Lavender also has numerous benefits. It’s no secret that it smells amazing, and many simply use aromatic lavender for its calming effects. Topically, lavender, like coconut oil, is antibacterial and therefore helps with dandruff. It also helps to soften the hair.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS RECIPE:

  • Small Bowl
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Fresh or Dried Lavender Springs (or 2 drops essential oil)
  • Measuring Spoons

DIY: THE LAVENDER-INFUSED COCONUT OIL FOR HAIR TREATMENT
Step 1: Place Oil Into Your Bowl
Measure out two tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to your bowl. Depending on your hair length, you may want to add more or less oil to the bowl. For medium-to-long hair, two tablespoons should suffice. If your coconut oil has turned to liquid, just measure it out like normal.
Step 2: Add Lavender
Remove the greens and/or buds from your lavender and place it in the bowl with your coconut oil. If you want to add a little more for fragrance, that’s okay. A few pinches is plenty.
Step 3: Infuse Your Lavender
Next, we’re going to infuse the lavender into the coconut oil. To do this, create a bain-marie by placing your bowl over a sauce pan filled with water. Turn your heat to low-medium and allow the coconut oil to melt down, stirring periodically. If your coconut oil is already liquid, you still want to do this, as the warmth from the water bath will expedite the lavender oil extraction. Keep your bain-marie going for 45 minutes to one hour, then remove from the heat.
Step 4: Cool and Strain
Allow your infused coconut oil to set for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is slightly warm (not hot). Remove the lavender pieces if desired.
Step 5: Apply to Hair
Work the oil through your hair, focusing on the ends where hair gets dry. You can also focus on the scalp if you’re dealing with itchy, dry skin or dandruff. Let the oil set for 15 to 45 minutes. The longer it sets, the better. Shampoo and style as normal.
Step 6: Revel in Softer, Prettier Hair
Let us know if you try this lavender-infused coconut oil for hair treatment out — we’d love to see a before and after! Or even just an after.

The Easiest French Knotted Bun Tutorial Ever

The Easiest French Knotted Bun Tutorial Ever

  • This is knot your average hairstyle, ladies. Why settle for a simple top knot when you can pair it with a gorgeous braid? And why settle for a simple French braid when you can do French knots instead? I am here to share how to create a beautifully unique hairstyle that is the perfect alternative your go-to tried and trued styles. It may appear a bit complicated at first glance, but this stunning French knotted bun is actually quite easy!
  • If you have hair that is shoulder length or longer, this style will work wonders for you! You will want to start with second day hair or clean hair that has been prepped with a good texture or sea salt spray. All you need is a couple of bobby pins or a beautiful hair comb like the ones I’m in love with here.

CREATE YOUR FRENCH KNOTTED BUN IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS:

  1.  Flip the head over and take two small sections of hair from the nape at the bottom hairline. Tie these sections together once.
  2. Now add a bit of hair to both sides like you would a braid, but instead of braiding them, tie them together!
  3. Repeat by adding more hair to both sides and knotting.
  4.  Do this again, working your way towards the top of the head.
  5. Now, gather all the remaining hair, twist it together and wind it into a bun on top of the head.
  6.  Use your bobby pins or pretty comb to secure the look.

This hairstyle will loosen a bit and soften throughout the day, but do not fret. It just gets more beautiful with more wear!