Saturday, February 21, 2009

6 Things That Make Me Happy

My friend, Mindy tagged me. Since this is a hair blog, and I've been wanting to highlight my 'must-haves', these are some hair things that make me happy......

#6 El Cheapo Brush

Yup, remember these brushes? They area my absolute FAVORITE tool for smoothing the hair back into a ponytail. They are not for brushing through all your hair. Do that first with a pin brush- you know, the ones with he rubber thing with all the thingies sticking out like a hedgehog?

Combs can't stand up to the smoothing power of these brushes! Just spray a little water and smooth away. Buh bye fly-aways!

BTW- don't get the natural boar hair brushes if your daughter's hair is thick at all- they aren't strong enough smooth all the layers. I could only find these online recently. If they are more than a couple dollars or so, they don't work as well.

#5 This little contraption. A flat iron comb.

It goes hand in h and with the flat iron. It holds and combs your hair and works like a charm. No
more burnt fingers, and your hair will be S-MOOTH!

#4 My flat iron.
What did I ever do without one of these? Need I say more?

3 Biolage Smoothing and Matrix Sleek Look Shampoo & Conditioner

We alternate so our hair doesn't get used to one shampoo. My all-time favorite shampoos/ conditioners. And yes, all my kids use them, too.

#2 TIGI Curls Rock Curl Amplifier.

LOVE IT! This stuff is amazing! and the best part is, your hair will not be crunchy or stiff. The curls will be soft and stay all day!

#1 Of course, my family.

They trump all. And without them, who's hair would I play with?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Twisted Heart

One last heart before all the festivities are over....These pictures really don't do it justice. It was darling in person!

I saw this here and loved it! It is one of the only heart styles that lasted all day on my middle daughter. I tweaked it just a little...

Part the hair like I showed you in the Puffy Heart, only this time, secure the REST of the hair in a ponytail to keep it out of the way. Again, I pulled a section across the front so she didn't have a part down the middle. French twist toward the back of her head, following the curve of the part.

When I get to the end (she didn't quite have enough for the twists to meet...maybe next year!)I tack it to the rest of the hair by grabbing a section right where I wanted it to stay and secured it with an elastic. I actually do this anytime I do a hairstyle like this- it makes a huge difference in how well this stays.

Add a bow if you'd like (I needed to to cover up the fact that her hair is so short.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hair Cutting 101....take 1

Swoosh Bangs.... my niece calls them.
Disclaimer: I am not good in front of a camera...never have been, probably never will, yes, I do know that a full revolution is 360 degrees...not 365 like the number of days in a year. It's just my nerves, and I wasn't about to keep trimming my bangs to get the perfect take!

I used some root lifter and my flat iron to style them. If you like, you could use gel or mousse, even some pomade. Whatever works on your hair. I personally don't like my hair too stiff, so that is all I use. And as you can see, they blend nicely into the rest of the hair...even when I actually DO my hair and wear it down, it blends. Today was not one of those days!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Puffy Heart

I'll get to the haircutting and other requests later....but for now, I thought I'd post another 'heart' do. I did one sorta like this after I saw this one. But I couldn't get it to look much like a heart- so I never posted it. So I tried it upside-down and this is what I got:

Start by sectioning off the top hair almost like a half pony. But really try to get the arch at the a heart.... (you'll take out those red elastics when you get there.)

Pull the hair all the way down to the nape, as far as you can, and make a tight as she'll let ya!

Divide that piggy in half and section off another piece. Tie this one off a higher up, to the left.

Repeat on the right side....and again on the left, even higher....same thing on the right again...

Work your way up to the front, forming the heart shape. I took a section and swept it across the front for a cute part, like this:

Add that hair into the section off to the side. On the last section (the middle, bring all the hair from both sides together.

Curl the pony or make a messy bun if you have more hair than this. I used a comb to smooth the sections with pomade and sprayed ita ll with hairspray to keep the fly aways at bay. You can add ribbons or bows if you'd like. She insisted on THIS bow with THIS mu mu. She's two, so hey.....whatever!

Monday, February 9, 2009

You Tell Me....

OK gals....I need your input. I am in rut. My oldest daughter is not thrilled with me trying new things on her hair (she is going to read this and tell me otherwise....but really, you should see her face when I try ya, girl!) Most of what I do in her hair, has been done at some point on these other fabulous hair blogs. And my other two daughters have such fine "wimpy" hair as it has been called. And I think "Jackie and Kassie's Sweet Do's" does a fantastic job. Is there something you want to see? Or some trick you'd like to learn? I am not fancy or intricate. And I don't get overly complicated, but I can do the basic. I know hair. My only regret (OK, so not my ONLY) but a big regret is that I didn't go to cosmetology school before having kids. Would you like more tutorials?

Maybe a home hair cutting 101 video?
More french braid tutorials?
More curling techniques?
Or pixie flips (topsy tails?)

You tell me......