Monday, July 27, 2015

Fishtail Side Braid Tutorial

Can’t decide which braid to wear today? Try a combo braid. This Dutch – fishtail side braid tutorial combines two of my favourite braids.

I’m kind of obsessed with my friend Sonia‘s hair. It’s gorgeous and she lets me play with her hair which is so much fun. Sadly we don’t live in the same state or you’d see her featured here all the time. When I was last in Adelaide, we shot a few tutorials together and this is one of my favourites.

This style is pretty much my dream hair. This style is made up of two Dutch braids that meet and become a fishtail side braid. If you have long hair, you’ll love this style. If not, grab a friend and practice in their hair!


WHAT YOU NEED:

Small hair elastic
Hair clip
Bobby pins (optional)

STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL:

1.Brush your hair to remove any knots before you begin. Part your hair in a side part.

2. Start with the Dutch braid that runs along the back of your head. Take a section of hair by your part near your right ear. Split it into three and cross the left under the middle and then the right under the left. Add in hair from each side as you continue to braid.

3. Angle the back Dutch braid down along your hairline. Stop the braid once you reach the left side of your neck and hold it in place with a clip while you do the front braid.

4. Starting at your part, create a Dutch braid along your hairline. As with the back braid, split a section of hair by your part into three. Cross the left piece under the middle and then the right under the left. Add in hair from each side as you continue to braid following your hairline.

5. Continue braiding along your hairline until you pass your ear and reach level with the back braid. Combine the two braid together by taking a section from each braid and crossing it over into the other braid.

6. Begin to fishtail braid using each braid as one side of your fishtail braid. A fishtail braid crosses small pieces of hair from the outside of one section to the inside of the other. See my fishtail braid tutorial here for more detail.

7. Adjust your braids so that you’re happy with how they look. Stretch the sections to make them look thicker and then continue with the fishtail braid until you reach the end of your hair.

8. Hide your hair elastic by winding a small piece of hair around and use a bobby pin to hold it in place. Check out my bobby pin tricks for more details.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Perfect Ponytails to Redefining Yourself

A hair bungee is a great alternative to normal hair bands or hair elastics. It’s a length of elastic with a hook at either end. You wrap it around your ponytail which means there’s no pulling and you can get the perfect tension every time.

First you hook the bungee into the base of your ponytail. Holding your ponytail in one hand, wind the hair bungee around the base of your ponytail.

Once you have the tension you want, place the other hook in to your hair to hold it. You can also connect both hooks together if your ponytail fits.

I especially love a hair bungee for curly ponytails as you keep all our curls intact as you don’t have to squeeze them through an elastic.

You can find hair bungees at hairdressing supply stores. You can also find them online at adorebeauty and Amazon.

I wanted to understand why it had always been so important to me to look a certain way. Why my blemishes and so-called imperfections were such a problem to the point where I couldn't go out and enjoy myself if they were showing. Why I was so obsessed with appearance. My preoccupation with beauty was driven by insecurity, not self-love or inspiration and I wanted to understand why and how and what I could do to change it.

Stripping down, learning to love my reflection without make up, without chemicals in my hair and without trendy clothes -- finding the beauty in all my womanly insecurities, has been exactly what I needed to trigger a shift in perception. To begin to appreciate my body for the miracle that it is and start taking care of myself from the inside out. I needed to shed some old skin and old ideas, redefining myself, for myself.

When we are in tune with our spirits, we feel beautiful on the inside, and we want to express it on the outside. Inner beauty naturally leads to all the magical powers we crave -- outer glow, magnetism, confidence, grace.

Without that inside-out dynamic, we find ourselves placing too much emphasis on the external package, excessively proud or excessively ashamed of our appearances and acting accordingly. Thinking that worth and status is dependent on how we look. Allowing how we feel on the inside to be determined by the response we get on the outside, instead of the other way around.

But a woman who delights in her appearance in order to honor her Creator, her spirit, and her vehicle for expression, that’s the kind of beauty I've come to believe in and this is what I will teach my daughters. It is more than caring about how you look, it is caring about how you affect people, how you speak to them without words, and how you inspire them with your presence.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

12 Quick & Simple Hairstyles

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to create a half-crown braid in two minutes

 
Beautiful Braided Bun | takes less than 2 minutes! 
Here’s a video tutorial for one of my favourite hairstyles, the half-crown braid.
I wear this style a lot because it’s both pretty and practical. You can wear your hair down but the braids keep your hair back and away from your face. Plus it takes less than two minutes to do.
This hairstyle works on both curly and straight hair and you can find my picture tutorial for the half-crown braid in straight hair here.
  1. Start by taking a 1-2 inch section of hair on the left side of your hair above your ear. Split this section in three and make a braid (plait).
  2. Angle the braid back around your head and secure the end of the braid with a small clear hair elastic.
  3. Repeat on the right side, taking a section above your ear and making a braid. Secure the end with a small clear elastic.
  4. Bring one braid across the back of your head and pin in place with bobby pins.
  5. Cross the other braid over the first and tuck the end in behind the first braid. Secure with bobby pins.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tips and Guidelines To Long French Braid Hair

This loose French braid tutorial is what my hair dreams look like. This braid tutorial is perfect for long hair or hair with long layers.

Last week I had the best time staying with the gorgeous Sonia of Sonia Styling. It was a blog-fest in Adelaide for Little Blog Big and in between planning and work I managed to shoot some new tutorials with Sonia.

It’s so much fun playing with someone else’s hair as I get to try more complicated styles. Not that this loose French braid tutorial is a difficult style, but I created some new looks that are not as easy to do in your own hair. Also Sonia has a lot of hair so it’s brilliant to style.

WHAT YOU NEED:

Small hair elastic
Bobby pin
STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL:

Brush your hair before you braid to remove any knots or tangles.

Start your braid near your crown. Take a good-sized section of hair at the top of your head to your crown and split it into three.

Make a regular braid for 4 turns, then add hair from your hairline the way you would with a French braid. Sweep it back into your braid. Just pick up a section from the hairline, allowing the rest of your hair to fall next to the braid.

Do the same on the other side and add hair from your right side hairline.

Now continue the regular braid for another 2 turns then repeat stage 3 and 4 where you add in French braid sections. Make the sections as large or as small as you like. Keep it loose so that it sweeps across to the braid.

Finish in a normal braid (plait) and secure the end with a small hair elastic. You can cover the elastic with a piece of hair to conceal it.

Tips and Guidelines To Long, Healthy Hair:

1. Moisturizing!
Curly/kinky hair is naturally drier than straight hair–this is why Asians, Indians, Caucasians, etc “typically” have an easier time growing their hair. It is more difficult for the oils to travel down our hair strands since our hair is so curly. As a result, our ends hardly get any love! They get dry and brittle and then break off and get split. So we MUST moisturize constantly. And I mean DAILY! I could write a whole post about this, but until then make sure you do by deep conditioning about once a week or every other week. Also, moisturize your hair with water before you go to sleep. Sometimes we get wrapped up in using tons of products to add moisture to our hair– by why not moisturize with pure H2O! Makes sense, right?

2. Eating Healthy!
Our outer beauty is a reflection of our interior. If your body isn’t healthy, then your skin and hair won’t be. It truly makes a huge difference. I can attest to it first hand! Eating more veggies will have a major impact–they help you digest quicker, therefore giving you more beauty energy to go to your hair! I talk more about practical ways to be healthy here.

3. Taking Supplements
There are several supplements that help promote hair growth. The one I take is Biosil. It is all natural and it will help strengthen your hair, which will in turn help it grow and retain length. It also helps the growth of your nails, and contains collagen which helps to prevent wrinkles so that you have beautiful glowing skin! You can order it on amazon for about $17 in liquid form (you’ll get more for your money by buying the liquid form versus the pills because it’s more ounces). It tastes horrible lol but if you put 5 drops in some orange or cranberry juice you can barely taste it!