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Beach-ey Waves

12 Aug

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to create beach-ey waves so here goes!

If you have hair longer than your shoulders you’ll probably need at least a 1″ curling iron.

Beach in a bottle is always good to have.  It helps give your hair the “I’ve been hanging out at the beach all day” texture that will definitely help, especially if you have really straight or fine hair.  I have found that this one by Alterna works great.

1. Start with dry hair.

2.  For those of you that have really straight hair I would clip up most of the hair and start at the bottom.  Girls that already have somewhat curly or wavy hair can start midway or anywhere on the head.  Use at least 2″ sections I would say…depends on how loose you want the curls/waves (the bigger the section the less curly it is, with this look you would want more of a wave vs. curl).

3.  Start midway along the section and wrap it around the iron.  Curl it vertically like you would if you were doing spiral curls but leave out the ends.  Repeat this step over until you’ve done everything.  Girls that already have curly or wavy hair don’t have to section the whole head and curl every single hair.  I would leave out some natural sections as this would give it a more relaxed “beachy” look.

4.  Once you are done curling it should look somewhat like this (loose curls).

5.  Break up the curls with your fingers.

6.  Twist or braid your bangs out of the way if you like and voila!  Beach time!
(At this point you can apply some pomade or wax on your fingertips and break it through the curls for some definition on certain pieces if you like or more beach spray.  This look is easy to do because you don’t need it to be perfect, the less perfect it is the better.)
Hopefully this post helps and you have a better understanding of how to get beach-ey waves.  If you have any further questions feel free to email me!  Now, get out there and hit the surf!

A little tribute to Snookie

29 Jun

Hey everyone, as promised, here’s the post on how to tease your hair.


1.  You will need a teasing comb and a brush.

2.  Texturizing powder is optional but I highly recommend it.  This is my favorite one and it works well with all hair types.

3.  Apply texturizing powder to roots.  Remember to “sprinkle” the powder on versus dumping it all over.  Skip this step if you don’t have any texturizing powder.

4.  Pull hair straight up (about 1″ sections) and slide the teasing comb down to your roots.  Repeat a few times with every section until you build a “base”.  You can start your sections from the front or back, I prefer to start from the back of my head.

5.  Your hair should look a little something like this when you are done teasing your sections.
6.  Lightly run the brush over the top to smooth the outer layer of the hair.
7.  Push the poof up a little bit and pin the hair as desired. Hair spray and voila!
You can make your poof as big or as little as you want by controlling how much of a “base” you create.  Hope this helps.  Feel free to email or comment if you have any questions.

Blow Out

22 Jun

Today’s post is how to achieve the look of a great blow out on your own at home.  I would say the way you blow dry your hair is one of the most important things to achieving lots of volume.  Here are a couple of different ways you can make your hair voluminous and curly.

The Classic Blowout.

1. Start with towel dried hair.

2.  Apply mousse through hair concentrating on the roots area.
( I like to use Redken Guts)

3.  Blow dry hair starting from the roots to ends.
Pull your hair up and in the opposite direction it wants to go, this will create more volume.
4.  When hair is about 90% or more dry, section it off like so.
5.  At this point, you can use a round brush and a blow dryer but I find that its not as easy for anyone that’s not a stylist to do it that way so I like to use a Hot Air Brush.  The specific one I get is made by Hot Tools. I like it because the bristles don’t get stuck in your hair.
6.  Take smaller sections of hair and wrap it around the brush and roll it up like you are curling it.  Turn the brush on to high (leave for about 10 seconds or until hair heats up) and then to cool (about 5 seconds) and release.  Once you get the hang of it you can leave the brush on high the whole time throughout instead of turning the brush on and off.
6 1/2.  For the bottom half of the hair I flip it so that I can add a little tension and get smoother results.
7.  Once you get to the top over direct the hair and roll under.
8.  Voila!  Fluff with hands, a little bit of hairspray and you’re done!
If you like something a little more curly…
1.  Follow blow out instructions steps 1-3.
2.  For this style you’ll want to use a bigger curling iron.  For my hair length I could use a 1 – 1/4″ or 1-1/2″ iron.  You’ll also need some hairpins.
3.  Grab about one inch section of hair and curl.
4.  Form curl and pin into place.
5.  Repeat steps 3-4 until your whole head is curled and pins are in place.  Spray hair spray all over and let set for about 5-10 minutes.
6.  Take pins out.
7.  Brush hair out.
8.  Fluff with fingers and style!
I hope this was helpful and gave you guys some ideas on how to work with your hair to create volume.  For people in the Seattle area that want a fabulous blow out without doing the work yourself you can always visit me or Kim at the salon!  We’re available for all your hair needs : ).  If you have any other questions feel free to leave comments or email me!


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