Beauty / Be My Valentine, Hair

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Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a fast and easy (I think this is a theme with my hair) Valentine’s-inspired hair tutorial. To be honest, this hair style could be worn on any occasion, but I think the sweet little red bow adds a nice Valentine’s Day touch. I’d first like to mention I used this technique to get my waves, and I do think it adds to this hairstyle quite nicely, so keep that in mind. And here we go!

❤ FIRST STEP: Backcomb around the crown of your head so we can create the illusion of voluminous hair. I have no real technique to this – I just backcomb until it starts to look puffy and extremely tangled, which makes me feel incredibly anxious…but the more insane it looks, the better, in my opinion. See. Insane.❤ SECOND STEP: To prevent our hairs from looking like we stuck our finger in an electrical socket, start brushing down the top layer of your hair, starting at the crown so it forms a sort-of sheet that blankets the backcombed hair – now no one can tell what nightmare you have created underneath. Next, just hairspray. Always an optional step, but it helps to hold things in place…as it should, because that’s it’s only job.❤ THIRD STEP: We are going to create a half up-half down look (sort-of). Take your desired amount of hair on each side and starting from the front, pull it to the back of your head and secure it with bobby pins, (I have quite thick hair so I needed about 4 bobby pins in total, however, you can add as many or as little as you would like, my sweets) we are doing this to add a messy, voluminous effect, so try not to pull your hair back too tightly, we don’t want it to look like it’s glued to your head. ❤ FOURTH STEP: Take your hair and pull it to your preferred side and tie your hair elastic around 1/4 – 1/2 way down your hair, so we have a nice loose side ponytail thing happening. Hair elastics aren’t always the most aesthetically pleasing, so we are going finish it off by tying a bow around the elastic. Like I had mentioned before, this hairstyle could be worn at any time and doesn’t necessarily need a bow, but since this is Valentine’s Day I think a red or pink bow would add the perfect lovely touch to our do.And we are done! Super simple and yet, adorable. Now whether you are going out with your partner, hanging with your friends, or being your own valentine, you will be the belle of the ball

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16 thoughts on “Beauty / Be My Valentine, Hair

  1. Britney says:

    Love the look! Your photos are literally so gorgeous always. What kind of setup do you use? And what settings do you use on your camera?! I have yet to figure out how to use manual and have it turn out right lol


    • Larkspur Vintage says:

      Thank you so much darling!! For these type of photos I just sit on a stool against a white wall and use my tripod and self-timer function. Since I use manual on my camera it really depends on the lighting and what type of image I am shooting. I don’t get a ton of light in my apartment, so for ones like this I set my ISO 3200 (some people may argue that is too high and thus the image will be more grainy, but for me I prefer it) and my shutter is in a lower range, like 1/30, as I like my photos to be a little more over-exposed and bright, and since there is no motion involved nothing blurrs. My aperture/fstop is mid range like f/5.3 I will also say I edit my photos, making things a bit brighter and and enhancing colour so they look the best they can be. I’m still pretty new at all of this and don’t consider myself an expert at all. I’m always learning new things and playing around, which I think is the best way to figure out your camera and what you like. Since cameras are different and depending on what you are photographing and where you are, my functions won’t necessarily work for you. I think the best thing you can do is learn about ISO, fstops and shutter speed. Someone I found really helpful with learning the basics is Rebecca from The Clothes Horse when she was doing her photography tips segment on her blog. She breaks things down really simply, so that pretty much anyone can understand, and you can use her tips to see what works for you and your camera.

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