Beauty / 1940s Pigtail Loop Braids

Today I’m going to share a tutorial on how to do 1940s pigtail loop braids. I will say, I honestly feel this hairstyle works better for hair shorter than mine. I say this because I personally think it looks better when the loop holes aren’t so large (they mostly just get in the way when they are as big as mine) and it’s easier to get them to sit comfortably and closer to your posterior hairline at a shorter length. But, as you can see, I made it work, so this hairstyle works for many lengths. Okay, blahblahblah! The tutorial!
STEP ONE: Start by separating your hair just the way you would to make pigtails and then braid each section of hair. Simple as that. If you can braid your hair, then this is a cake walk. If you have shorter hair, you can set your braids a bit farther back, behind your ear, this way your loops won’t get in the way as much.
Processed with VSCOcam with n1 presetSurprise surprise, doing something weird with my braids…this time I made a braided beard.
Processed with VSCOcam with n1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n1 presetSTEP TWO: Take the end of your braid and fasten it to the base of your head with bobby pins – you can do this either on the inside of your hair, closer to your ear, or the outside, which I have done here because my hair is so heavy and it was nearly impossible to pin on the inside. This step is way easier with shorter, light hair, in my opinion. I needed a ton of pins to hold my braids in place, which doesn’t look very aesthetically pleasing, but oh well. If you choose to do the outside, you can clean the look up a bit by hiding the ends of your hair inside the rest of your hair and fastening it with pins.  To finish it off tie a bow around your loops to achieve a more pulled together (and adorable) look.
Processed with VSCOcam with n1 presetAnd bam! Done! Another easy and cute hairstyle for all. If you guys have any hairstyles you’re interested in learning, let me know. I’d be happy to oblige!

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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Beauty / Heatless Waves

Continuing on with showing you guys my go-to hairstyles, these heatless waves are my most go-to hairstyle as it’s probably one of the easiest things you can do to make your straight hairs a little more interesting. This hairstyle may seem like a sort of “duh” hairstyle, but I honestly would have never thought of it if it wasn’t for my best friend (hi Kristen!) who used to braid her hair and leave it in over-night or for extended periods of time only to take the braid out and have these amazing waves (her hair is seriously the best). At the time I had quite short hair and was unable to braid it, so I made note for my future long hairs that this would be how I would get excellent waves with the littlest amount of effort (at the time I had been using a hair straightener to create waves), and now if I’m not ragging my hair at night, it’s in a braid. So here we go! Quick, easy, simple, but effective.FIRST STEP:  Braid your hair…yes, that’s it. I like to do a side braid, but only because I have a real, real hard time doing a braid down the back of my head…but if you’re a magical human who can braid your hair from any angle, well go to town my dear friend. You are far more talented than I.Make use of said braid by doing stupid things with it.SECOND STEP: As with my previous tutorial, I sleep with my braid in at night so that when I wake up my hair is very nearly ready to go – probably the simplest of all steps, unless you have a hard time sleeping at night, but even so, that makes no difference to your beautiful hairs.THIRD STEP: In the morning I will sometimes hairspray the braid to ensure my waves stay wavy throughout the day, and like I do with my rags, I will use my blow dryer on my hair briefly, which also helps maintain your wavy babies – make sure to let your hair cool after you use the blow dryer.FOURTH STEP: Once I’ve taken my braid out and given my hair a wee brush, I often backcomb my hair so I have a bit more volume – my hair is quite thick and thus heavy, and so it can sort of just floop on my head like a giant shapeless mop.Ta-da! Easy peasy! I will note my waves could have been a bit better – if you don’t wash your hair for a few days and braid your hair every night, your waves, obviously, will be even more prominent.

Let me know if you guys are enjoying these tutorials. I’m thinking of including my daily makeup routine and other makeup/hair fun. Do you prefer written/picture tutorials like this, or are you more likely to watch a youtube video?

Beauty / Rag Roll Curls

Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetThe most frequent comments and questions I receive are about my hair, so I thought it was due time I teach you guys a few of my go-to hairstyles. Now, when I first started blogging I did a tutorial on rag rolls, but I thought I should probably update it since my hair is much longer and I’ve learned a few new techniques since then to ensure some pretty stellar curls.
Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetThis is my hair in it’s sort-of natural state. I’ve got really straight hair – those slight waves are likely from being in a braid – so I’m hoping I can show you that even if you have pin straight hair, you can also have voluminous curls with little effort.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • your beautiful hairs
  • an old t-shirt, towel, whatever.
  • scissors
  • tape measure, if you want to be precise

FIRST STEP: Weeee! Time to make our rags! My rags are from awhile ago (maybe gross…I don’t care), but I originally cut up an old sweater into about 20 rags, from what I can remember. I only use about 8 in my hair now, but it really depends on how you want your curls to turn out – I prefer mine a bit thicker, so I use less. I cut my rags to about 1″ in width and 7″ in length – you don’t have to use those measurements, but they have always served me well.

Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetSECOND STEP:  Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’. I like to roll my hair dry, but when I first started out I liked having it a bit damp because it is a little tricky getting the hang of rolling that hair up when it’s not very malleable (hair sometimes has a mind of it’s own). Take your desired amount of hair to be rolled – whether that be a clump, chunk, bundle or strands does not matter, this is your life – and wrap the end of your bundle around the rag and start rolling upward. Once you reach the top (also subjective), tie your rag into a single knot.

Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetEt voila! Your first rag was a success, now onto the rest of that head!Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetTHIRD STEP: I often like to give my rag bundles a little spritz with hairspray. I have found this helps immensely since my hair often likes to stay curly for a few hours and then slowly go back to it’s straight, boring life. Take that hair! I’m the boss!Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetEventually, you will look darling like this. I used to call her spider head because I had so many rags in that resembled a plethora of spiders, but now I call her perogie/dumpling head, for what I feel is obvious reasons, but maybe I’m insane.Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetFOURTH STEP: I usually do my rags in the evening so I can sleep on them and wake up with excellent hair in no time at all. I find giving your hair many hours in the rags is important…especially if you have thick hair. You could also do your rags in the morning if you are going out at night and are planning on spending the day inside…unless you want to walk around in public with these…if so, you are brave and you are my new best friend. If you are concerned about your rolls coming loose while you sleep, you can also tie a head scarf around your head so as to not upset the rolls. I’m too lazy for that shit so I just sleep as is. Don’t worry, it’s not really uncomfortable.Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetFIFTH STEP: In the morning I often use my blow dryer on the little bundles even though they are not wet because the heat will help to keep the curls intact. Make sure if you do use the blow dryer to let the curls cool down before taking them out. Now, un-tie your knots and slowly pull the bottom piece of the rag downward so you don’t upset the curls. Once I’ve taken out all the rags I give my curls another spray with my trusty hairspray just to be sure they don’t get out of line, then I just give the top, uncurled part of my hair a little brush (since I slept on it) and I’m good to go. You could also tease a bit of the hair at the top of your head to get that ultra 60s look, which sometimes I do.Processed with VSCOcam with n3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n3 presetCongratulations on a job well done! Now go take on the day looking and feeling fabulous as ever.