It’s been a fun summer as far as hair color goes. I was being so good, not dying my hair for years, since I cut it off to grow healthy hair. Oh well, the road is paved with good intentions….
Spring Break look
Just before spring break I had some green put in. It was an experience walking around DC and having little kids from all over the world pointing and telling me my hair was green.
Later in the summer
Later on the summer I added a hint of blue, going for more of a teal color. Originally inspired by Five from the show Dark Matter. It’s interesting to see how people react to someone with non-natural hair color. Some people love it and have positive things to say. Others just glare. I had fun with it and it was kind of exciting to be out in the sunshine with my hair such a bright color.
Going blue for the fall
Now that the kids are back in school, my teal hair was fading, I debated going red, but given how the color wheel works, decided to try blue instead.
Already I’m in love with it. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from coworkers and Facebook friends. I do things like this for me, but it’s nice to get a good response from people!
Have you ever gone a crazy color with your hair? I have a friend that is the reason our old high school has their “no crazy hair color” policy. I’ve waited till my 30s, but I’m enjoying it! The closest I’ve come to crazy previously was when I dyed my hair black. I do not have a good complexion for black hair!
Black hair is not for me!
Tonight is all about a hairstyle. I don’t have a link or a pin about this one. It was one of those pictures that circulate on Facebook. No link, just a picture. Tonight, after her bathtime, I bribed Chiara with Chicken-in-a-biscuit (crackers) to sit and let me play with her hair.
Bribery always works on this little girl!
She wasn’t 100% cooperative so this was a bit blurry! You start by pulling the hair into a ponytail at the crown if the head, leaving the edges of your hair down. Depending on your hair’s thickness, for instance if you have a 4 year old’s baby fine hair, you may need to have most of the hair in the ponytail.
I started above her left ear and went up over the crown of her head. You take a small chunk of hair and separate it into two pieces and take the third piece from the ponytail.
After some playing around I discovered that it’s best to take more hair from outside the ponytail and smaller pieces from the ponytail. Otherwise you will run out of hair!
You continue around the outside of your head. When you get to the underside of your head, it gets a little tricky. A clip may help, or you can flip the excess of the ponytail over the top of your head.
As previously stated, it’s easy to run out of hair from the ponytail. Baby fine hair strikes again!
Once you reach the last of your ponytail hair, the easiest solution I found was to tuck the end of the hair under the braid and use some bobby pins to hold it in place.
All in all, I love the hairstyle, but I’ll wait till Chiara’s hair thickens up a little more. Or if someone with longer and thicker hair wants to volunteer……
This one was a little goofy. I think with more time to play I could’ve gotten it a little better, but time with Emily was short. I took merciless advantage of her hair while she was here!
This is pretty simple, although you will want to play around to get it just the way you want it. You start with a high ponytail. You want it at least on the crown of your head, if not a little higher. The last time you pull your hair through, leave the ends caught in the front, about an inch of leeway.
You take your poof of hair and divide it in half, these will be the two sides of your bow. Then you take your leeway hair in the front and wrap it over so that it holds the division between your bow sides. Use bobby pins to hold it in place. I ended up having a little extra leeway so I wrapped it to cover the hairtie as well.
As I said, it turned out pretty cute, but I’m looking forward to attempting this one again.
Style on and let me know how it turns out!
Original pin and directions at http://longhairstyleshowto.com/bow-bun-tut/
This was an elegant hairstyle that I couldn’t wait to try. Unfortunately I haven’t had hair long enough for this in a long time. Chiara’s hair has enough length for this one, but she doesn’t have the thickness to pull it off. But lo and behold, Erin came to town and along came Emily. Emily has gorgeous, thick, long hair. Perfect!
I had fun playing with her hair in general and ended up trying out two pins on her hair.
This one was really easy. If you can french braid, you can do this. Start to the right of the part and braid the hair at a slight angle across the back of the head. Once all the hair is included, continue braiding as far as you can then put in a hair-tie. Roll up the hair, curling up the left side of the braid, then use bobby pins to hold it in place.
Et voilà! You have a simple, yet elegant hairstyle that you could wear to class or out on a nice date. Happy styling!
Original pin can be found at http://www.oncewed.com/diy/waterfall-braid-bun-hair-tutorial/
This has been on my Hairstyles & Makeup board for a little while now. Obviously my hair is too short for this now, and I honestly don’t know if I could manage to do this to myself anyway!
I don’t know if you can tell by the pictures, but I ended up using Chiara’s Rapunzel doll.
You start by taking two pieces from each side of the head. The piece in your left hand, curl into a loop. The right hand needs to be pulled under the loop, as demonstrated in picture 1.
The second step is to take your right piece an twist it over the bottom piece of the loop, as shown in picture 2. Continue twisting that same piece until it curls under the pulled back piece on the left side. See picture 3. The directions sound complicated, even to me, but the pictures should really help! Remember how you pulled the left piece under the loop? Tug that piece, ever so slightly up through the loop. Just a little, as shown in picture 4. Feed your top piece under that pulled up piece and tug it down. It’ll look something like picture 5. Adjust your knot to suit yourself, hopefully it’ll end up looking like it did in final number 6!
I found the overall process was made easier by twisting the pieces. It makes them a little easier to maneuver.
I thought this would be difficult, and I’m not going to lie, I’m glad I had a doll to attempt this on. Chiara would never have sat still for this one, and I tried bribing her with cookies! Let me know how your attempts turn out.
To see this style on human hair, check out http://web.stagram.com/p/391864081600562324_17025592
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This was a purely indulgent Pinterest moment. I was probably just as shocked as everyone when Emma Watson chopped her hair off. At least she didn’t go insane and shave her head like Brittany Spears, but I can definitely understand wanting a change after being forced to keep the same style for over 10 years!
I’ve changed my hairstyle over the years. Mostly it’s kept between my chin and shoulders. It rarely gets longer than that because I get frustrated with it’s slow growth so I chop it off. It’s a little stupid on my part, but women are not expected to be rational!
The most drastic thing I’ve done before now was going “Alice” with her cut from the first Twilight movie, but I wanted a change, and with my birthday coming up (my usual change-up time), I figured, why not?!
I ran the idea by my husband, mother and close friends and I got the same response from everyone: don’t! I’ve never been one to let other people’s opinions slow me down, so of course I went out and did it anyway.
I had a ton of dead ends from chemical stuff I’ve done to my hair (dye jobs, perms, straightening) so I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone, and get rid of the bad and start fresh!
I’ve also started another pin-tip, so there will be follow-up on how to have healthier hair, depending on how it turns out. I guess the point I’m trying to put across with this pin is that you should try what you want to do. Am I in love with this hair cut? Not overly, but you know what, live and learn! It’s a change, yes, but it’s not permanent. Hair grows back, so this will end up just being a fun time to look back at, possibly wondering when I lost my mind. LOL
Positive note: My Hard Rock Café hat looks fantastic with this cut!
Original photo inspiration came from http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m13kx7YdjJ1rnz2zeo1_500.png
I love easy hairstyles. I’m really glad I tried this one before I chopped all my hair off too because it is really cute. I didn’t do it quite like the picture, mainly because I’m not talented enough to do that to myself. Once again, I’m struck with the knowledge that I need a test subject!
It’s another style that if you can handle a French braid, you can handle this. The only difference is that you only add hair from the bottom instead of from both sides. If someone isn’t looking closely, it looks like a regular braid, but if you look closely you can see the difference.
It’s nothing super special, but it is always nice to have variations on a classic. I can’t wait to try this on someone else, maybe play it up a little more like the original pin!
Original pin can be found at http://www.bloom.com/trends/?fm=braidsandponytailspv
The website is a little difficult to navigate and I couldn’t find the directions to this exact hairstyle, but lucky me, the directions were attached to the pin.
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I’ve been playing around with something like this for a while now. I actually styled most of my bridesmaids hair (with the assistance of Mrs. Doris Page) with the upside down braid, but instead of a bun, we curled the top and pinned them down. It was really pretty.
I think I like the curls instead of the bun because it helps hide the bumps on the side. Yes, I did this myself so doing this on someone else you can control the side bumps a little better, but still. On the other hand, the bun really shows off the braid. My husband says it’s goofy, but he thinks most things I do to my hair are a little goofy.
If you can French braid your own hair, this is a piece of cake. You just flip your head over so your hair is hanging towards the floor, then start the braid from the nape of your neck. Once you get to the crown of your head, you tie it off. Then you brush the front of your hair back into a high ponytail, combing with the hair from your braid. I ended up using a hair-tie to wrap my bun up because I was a little too lazy for bobby pins.
I think this is something I’ll do again, and maybe with a little practice, it’ll be something I can do when I’m planning on leaving the house. Good luck to all who attempt this, as always, with any hairstyling, it’s practice, practice, practice!
Original pin found here
So, at first I was thinking, blogging about doing my hair, really?! Then I thought, you know what, it’s an experience that came from Pinterest. So yeah, blogging about hair!
I loved the way this looked in the original pin and it says it’s for short hair, so I was all about trying it out. Sadly I don’t have anyone to experiment on other than myself. Chiara’s hair is a little too short for this style and she’s not quite patient enough to sit through me trying stuff out. I know I could find a friend to sit through this if I tried (Jenna, you may be a victim) but I wanted to try it out right then and there.
I tend to be impatient and skip some steps, just FYI. The original pin says you need to do some big wavy curls with a curling iron. The only curling iron I own is a teeny-tiny 1/2″ one, so that wouldn’t quite do the trick. My solution was to put my hair in french braided pig tails after a shower and let them dry. Then when I let them down, I had big waves.
The bun part of this was easy, other than having to locate my bobby pins, so step 2 was easy. The next and last step was a tricky one for me. I can french braid my own hair without much difficulty, but I like to do tight braids. It’s still a look, as seen in the picture, with tight braids, but it’s not quite the same look. If you check out the original pin you’ll see it’s really a hippy-bohemian look. I have a real issue with loose braids, on myself anyway. Maybe on some level I’m worried they’ll come out. . . . . Anyhow, love the look, will definitely do this again and I’m looking forward to trying this on someone else!