1920’s Inspired Hair Tutorial

Easy Faux Bob and Flapper Headband Tutorial

1. Feather

2. Black elastic headband

3. Brooch Pin

Step #1

 Take your brooch and  pin the feather to the elastic headband. You may have a few of these items at home already (the pin I used is from a necklace I bought last year).

Faux Bob

Here’s what you’ll need!

1.Brush

2.Hairspray

3.Small barrel curling iron (3/4″)

4.Rattail comb

5.Pin curl clips

6.Bobby pins

7.Hair clip

Steps 1-4

*** I straightened my natural hair with a flatiron for this look ( you can also roller set your hair)

*** Short hair chicks skip steps 2-4

1.Create a side part

2. Part hair from ear to ear and clip away top half.

3. Twist hair around your finger to create a pin curl. Place pin curl close to your scalp and secure with bobby pins.

4. Create 3 to 4 pin curls in the back section

Steps 5-8

 5.  Start at the top and part out a small section of hair (about the width of your finger).

6.Use a small barrel curling iron and curl hair forward.

7.Direct the hair forward and pin with a pin curl clip (pin curls should be about the size of a nickel)

8.Proceed to bottom side section and curl in opposite direction. Pin hair going back away from face.

Steps 9-12

9. Proceed to remaining sections and repeat the same process

10. After it’s all pinned  spray with hairspray! Let pin curls set while you start your makeup.

11. Remove pin curl clips (do not remove the 3-4 pin curls that you bobby pinned earlier)

12. Softly brush out each section

Steps 13-16

13. Try and create a “C” formation at the top using your finger to help mold hair in place.

14.Use a pin curl clip to help hold your “C” formation in place. Take your comb and tease the ends in an upward direction to create fullness.

15. Tuck ends under and secure with bobby pins.

16.Proceed to opposite side and repeat the same process. Use your rattail comb to help create an “S” formation.

Steps 17 & 18

17. Tease, tuck and pin

18. Spray, spray, spray, and spray some more!  Add your fabulous flapper headband to complete your look.

Whew … done! It should look something like this when you finish. 

 Thanks for reading!

Easy 5 Step Milkmaid Braid

Braids continue to be a summer favorite. The side braid and fishtail braid were super trendy last summer and the milkmaid braid is hot this summer. I love this braid because it’s really easy to do and you can dress it up or down. Check out my easy 5 step tutorial below. Enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need!

1. Rat-tail Comb

2. Synthetic Hair (or human hair extensions)

3. Bobby Pins

4.  Hair Ties

Step #1

 Part hair into two sections.

Step #2

 *Chicks with long thick hair … skip this step and go to step #4*

If your hair is short or thin,  you’ll need to add synthetic or human hair to your ponytail. When you have the desired amount of hair separate your ponytail hair in half and pin the extension hair just above your ear.

Step #3

 Once the hair extension is secure, use a hair tie to secure the ponytail in place.

Step #4

 Braid the ponytail down and secure the end with a hair tie or rubber band. Repeat the process on the other side.

Step #5

 Bring one braid across your head and pin in place. Bring the second braid across and pin in place. Continue to pin braids down until it feels secure.

Done!

  It should look something like this when you finish. Chicks with these 5 easy steps you can turn a bad hair day into a super cute summer hairstyle. Thanks for reading:)

DIY Twist Out

It’s all about being a naturalista these days. Chicks are putting away their flat irons and are rocking fabulous textured hairstyles. Below is a DIY twist out tutorial. It’s super easy and this technique can be used on all hair textures. Enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need!

1.  Hair Foam

2. Hair Clips

3. Rat tail Comb

Step #1

Shampoo and condition hair. Apply hair foam (or whatever styling product you prefer). Part hair into two sections. Use hair clips to hold hair in place.

Step #2

  Start in the back and create a two-strand twist. Twist hair down close to the scalp. You can also achieve this style by braiding your hair into cornrows.

Step #3

 Make sure that your twist is secure. Proceed to the next section.

Step #4

Continue to the top section.

Step #5

 When you finish it should look something like this. Dry hair for 45 minutes under the hair dryer or air dry overnight. Separate each section and fluff it to create fullness.

DONE

Done! Try this style when you’re between hair appointments. If your hair texture is really fine (like mine) you may need to re-twist your hair at night to maintain this style.

Thanks for reading:)

Live In Color!

Hey chicks  it’s time to lighten up! Summer is the perfect time to be bold with hair color and style! Try hues that complement your skin tone and hairstyles that complement your features. Check out the hot summer hair color inspiration below. Enjoy:)

Blonde Bombshell

via Angeles Hairdressing

via Hype Coiffure

Tip: When going blonde keep in mind that you’re removing  pigment from the hair. Your hair may become very dry and brittle over time. Use a reconstructive conditioning treatment, hot oil treatment or  hair mask to help protect your hair from breakage.

Double Trouble

via Francesco Group

Tip: Try adding  two or more colors for a very special custom color.

Cinnamon & Spice

Textured hair is really trendy right now!  Rocking a light brown or blonde hair color can easily take your textured hairstyle to the next level!

Tip: When caring for color treated natural hair, use sulfate free shampoo or co-wash product because it won’t strip away  hair color or dry out your tresses. Use products that help to maintain moisture and shine!

 Thanks for reading:)

DIY Spiral Rod Set

 There’s nothing like soft bouncy curls. Spiral rods add volume and texture to fine limp hair. Rod sets also allow you to take a break from harmful heat styling. This week I cut and rod set my hair. I wanted to share the process with you, so that you can experiment with this style at home. Enjoy! 
 
 
 
Here’s what you’ll need!
 

1. Setting Lotion or Hair Foam ( I use Lotta Body )

2. Jumbo End Papers (sold at local beauty supply)

3. Hair Clips

4. Rat tail Comb

5. 15-20 Medium Rods  (sold at Sally Beauty Supply) (rods come in all sizes)

Step #1

Shampoo and condition hair. Part hair into four sections.Use hair clips to hold hair in place.

Step #2

 Apply setting lotion to the first section.

Step #3

  Take a small section of hair. Fold the jumbo end paper halfway down. Then slide the end paper all the way down to the end. Make sure that your hair is really saturated so that the end paper slides down easily.

Step #4

 Place the tip (with the end paper) at the end of the rod. Roll up. I’m rolling my hair forward because that’s the direction I want my hair to fall in.

Step #5

 Your hair should look like a candy cane stripe on the rod. After rolling the rod up to your scalp… bend the top of the rod to hold it in place. This step takes practice…so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right away:)

Step #6

Proceed to rod each section of hair. Don’t worry about perfect rod placement… you can basically pick up random strands of hair and it will still come out cute! Now…get ready to stuff your alien-like hairdo under the hair dryer.

Step #7

 Okay… I headed over to the salon to use the hair dryer. Sit under hair dryer for 35-60 minutes or until completely dry.

This is how it looks dry with rods removed. I like to use a small amount of Bed Head Manipulator on my fingertips when pulling the curls apart to control frizz.

Step#8

Separate each curl a few times to create fullness.

Done!

 Whew… finally done! You can use spiral rods on all textures of hair. Chicks have fun…be creative…play and manipulate the curls to create beautiful textured styles. Try one side pinned back, or braided… create a sexy updo. Good luck!

Thanks for reading:)

The Rapunzel Trend

Long hair is back with a vengeance! Mohawk are out and “Cher Hair” is in. Chicks are ditching their short hair for super long length. Here are a few examples on how to wear this trend.

Middle Ground

via juicy magazine

 This look is blunt and there’s little to no curl. Achieve this look by simply adding long hair extensions.

Tip: Buy quality hair to prevent hair tangling and shedding.

Bangin Beauty

 

Transform this trend by adding sexy bangs.

Tip: Do not cut bangs too short…just above the eye is perfect.

Tall Tale

via essence

photo credit Stephen Lovekin

Try this easy and fun style at your next event and watch heads turn!  Take this look to the next level by crimping and combing out your ponytail for a trendy textured look.

Tip: When wearing hair pulled back … your face should be flawless. Don’t forget to play up your makeup and add a pair of fabulous earrings to your look.

 Thanks for reading:)

Spice Up Your OJ!

Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orang...

 Studies show that vitamin C is an essential nutrient needed to protect our bodies from cancer, stroke, and immune system deficiencies. Vitamin C… not only helps to build our immune system, it’s also essential for healthy hair and scalp. My new obsession is juicing. I’ve practically juiced any and everything that looks like it can be juiced. I tried this yummy juice combo last week and I’m excited to share it with you. I’ll explain how you can spice up your OJ while boosting your antioxidant intake. Enjoy:)

 

             1. Oranges: Vitamin C assists in repairing body tissues.Vitamin C  helps to protect hair follicle cells and aids in the prevention of wrinkles.

             2. Ginger: Aids in digestion.Rich in antioxidants.

             3. Sweet Potato:  Packed with vitamin C and vitamin A …rich in antioxidant nutrients that are essential for hair growth.

             4. Carrots: Packed with vitamin A and vitamin K. Vitamin A helps in slowing down the aging process and aids in fighting off viral infections. Vitamin K prevents bones from weakening and fracture.

For more information go to www.webmd.com

 

 Orange Spice

 2 large carrots

2 oranges (peeled)

1 sweet potato

1″ inch piece of ginger

(makes 1 glass of juice)

 

Get healthy hair from the inside out!

Thanks for reading…happy juicing:)

 

 

Work It Out!

Happy New Year! With each new year we’re full of hope and full of resolutions. Getting into shape is probably the # 1 resolution made each year.  If you’re a determined diva who’s planning to hit the gym hard this year you’ll need a sweat friendly hairstyle. I’ve listed a few easy breezy hairstyles that you can rock while getting your workout on!

EXTENSIONS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND!

Why Extensions (weave)?

1. Low maintenance hairstyle.

2. Protects hair from excessive heat styling and other harmful chemical services.

3. Extensions give you the freedom to have an intense workout and not worry about your hair.

Tip: Choose a hair stylist that specializes in extension (weave) services and hair care! In a few months, you can look forward to healthy hair growth . Don’t forget to take hair vitamins and amp up your diet with green leafy veggies and protein!

BE POETIC!

image via pin/pr photos

Why Braids?

1.Low maintenance hairstyle.

2. Braids and locs are weather proof and sweat proof!

3. Braids allow you to take a break from heat styling.

Tip: Do not braid hair tight! Tight braids can lead to breakage and balding. If you live in Los Angeles and you’re looking for a stylist who braids well and practices healthy hair care  please check out Crystal Oliver at www.crystalblingssalon.com . She’s an amazing braider and hair stylist!

GO NATURAL!

Why go natural?

1. Low maintenance hairstyle.

2. You can twist or set natural hair to achieve different fabulous textured looks.

3. Natural styles hold up well through workouts and bad weather.

4. Rocking natural hair is freeing! We’ve entered into a natural hair revolution  and there are so many amazing products on the market today. These new products (Miss Jessie’s for example) help natualistas maintain their natural styles and keep them looking great all day.

Tip: Make sure to use products that add moisture to natural hair and avoid products with parabens, silicone, petroleum, and mineral oil. Do weekly hot oil treatments! Check out my post on natural hot oil treatments “Get Your Hot Oil On”

HEY SHORTIE!

photo credit Glenn Harris

Why Go Short?

1. Low maintenance hairstyle.

2. Pixie cuts are super trendy and cute.

3. Short hair looks great even when it’s a sweaty mess!

Tip:  When wearing short hair  make sure your eyebrows are neat and shaped. Don’t forget to wear lashes, makeup and earrings too.  Try to create softness when wearing short edgy hair for a balanced look.

Ladies,  make sure that your hair is in tip-top shape while getting in shape. Let’s go! xoxo

Fab Holiday Hair Tips

The holidays are here and it’s time to take you hair to the next level!

Dress It Up!

The easiest way to take your hair from ordinary to extraordinary is to add headbands, feathers, bows, and barrettes! Hair accessories are a great way to give your hair a little extra holiday glam.

Curl It Up!

Try a roller set or rod set this holiday season for a fun and sexy look. If you usually rock a straight sleek style… surprise your family and friends with bouncy curls!

Play It Up!

The holidays are also a great time to be bold and fun. If you’ve always wanted to add length and volume to your hair…now is the time! Clip-in extensions are sold everywhere. Add a few clip-in extensions to your holiday style for that instant WOW factor!

Color It Up!

Changing your hair color is like getting a mini makeover! Hair color has the ability to enhance features and hide breakage. Chicks, don’t put it off, color those pesky grays and take years off your appearance or add rich warm tones and unleash your inner hottie!

 Go into 2012 fabulous! Happy Holidays Chicks! xoxo

Get Your Hot Oil On!

 Sometimes we can be very cruel to our hair. Pulling, curling, coloring, straightening, etc. We do not realize how much torture we actually put our hair through. That’s why it’s important to put back in what you take out. But before I get into that…let’s take the healthy hair test.

HEALTHY HAIR TEST:

1. Pluck a strand of hair from your head

2. Drop the strand of hair into an eight ounce glass of water

Okay chicks…if your hair strand sinks to the bottom of the glass quickly… your hair lacks protein and moisture. If your hair floats…it’s healthy! 

 I’ve listed three of my fave natural hot oil treatments below and they all add moisture and promote healthy hair and scalp. These hot oil treatments can be found in your home! If they’re not in your home…they should be!

Containers of coconut oil and flax oil

Coconut Oil: I love coconut oil. Coconut oil helps to regrow damaged hair and  it’s effective in eliminating dandruff. It’s also a great moisturizer for dry hair, scalp and skin . Coconut oil is light, so it’s perfect for chicks with fine hair who suffer from dandruff and dry scalp. BONUS: You can also bake with coconut oil! Cooking with coconut oil has many health benefits. It aids in digestion, kills bacteria and  strengthens your immune system. You can find coconut oil at your local health food store. Please go to www.organicfacts.net for more information on coconut oil. If you’re allergic to coconut try flaxseed oil or avocado oil. 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree is one of the best healing oils. It’s a natural antibacterial disinfectant. One of the major hair/scalp benefits of tea tree oil is that it eliminates dandruff and scalp bacteria while adding moisture. Tea Tree oil is also great for men to use after haircuts…to help prevent razor bumps. Do not cook with tea tree oil! BONUS: Tea Tree oil is effective on burns, acne, warts, boils, etc. Caution: If you’re preggers (pregnant) or have sensitive skin, you should avoid using tea tree oil. Visit www.homeremediesweb.com for more information on tea tree oil.

Olive Oil:  one of the oldest and most common oils on the market today. Olive oil works wonders on dry damaged hair. If you have a dry hair issue more than dry scalp…this is the oil for you! BONUS: Olive oil is probably the most popular cooking oil today and cooking with olive oil has cardio vascular, digestive, and anti-cancer benefits. Visit www.whfood.org for more information on olive oil.

Do-It-Yourself  HOT OIL Treatment

1. Take your oil of choice and put it into an applicator bottle. Heat oil in the microwave for a few seconds (you can buy applicator bottles from your local beauty supply)

2. TEST OIL ON YOUR FINGER FIRST TO MAKE SURE THAT THE OIL IS NOT TOO HOT!

3. Apply oil to your scalp and massage in using your fingertips for 5-10 minutes.

4. Comb oil through hair from scalp to ends. 

5. Run hot water over a towel. Twist out excess water and wrap the warm towel around your head.

6.Place a plastic cap over the towel for 15-20 minutes. (optional)

7. Shampoo and condition hair thoroughly.

*Like everything in life…you get out what you put in! If you take care of your hair and scalp…healthy hair will grow out!