Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hair 101


I'm one of those girls who reads beauty tips (at least hair tips) and walks away frustrated. I don't get the hair jargon and all the fancy schmancy products that I'm supposed to use. To be honest, lately I've just been using whatever products are under my bathroom sink. I have a system that works pretty well for me. It may not be for you but maybe you can take away a tip or two that might help your hair regimen. 

Sleek & Straight

You might remember this post I did ages ago on how I style my hair straight. I always start with some kind of root lifter or mousse to give my hair a little texture. While silky hair is fabulous, I can't stand the way it feels on me. The roots seem to get stringy quickly and they take on a greasy look way too fast. I do like to use a little argan oil on the ends of my hair because I like the tips to be smooth. After applying mousse, I pile all of my hair up on my head (minus a small back section) and start blow drying with this:

ULTA beauty product
This is the best brush for straightening hair that I have found and is available at Ulta for only $18.99. It's so much easier to use than a round brush and I am able to get the back, normally hard to reach, areas. As I dry each section, I let down another section from the pile on my head until my whole head is dry. When I'm finished, I usually have a pretty flawless blowout. Sometimes I will go over a very thin layer around my head with a flat iron to give it extra shine. 

The best part about using this brush, as opposed to strictly a flat iron, is that my hair stays full looking. Normally when I use only a flat iron my hair comes out looking, well, flat.

Full, Curly Hair

Curly hair is what I do when I feel lazy. I normally wash my hair, blow dry it halfway and do my make-up while the rest dries on its own. I use one large hot roller to roll my 'bangs' (they aren't really bangs, but the front part of my hair) away from my face. Then I use about seven medium (one inch) rollers throughout my hair. I usually leave them in for twenty minutes until they are cool and then let them down. If the curls are a little too perfect, I will separate them with my fingers and then spray with Aussie hair spray (flexible hold). I typically spritz my hair, do what I need to do around the house, and then go back for a final spritz. I find that after the first spritz has dried, I usually miss a section and can catch it on the second try. The flexible hold hair spray helps to keep my hair from looking too stiff.

Top Knot

A top knot is what I do with my hair when I am feeling the laziest. It is super easy, quick, and has been my go-to hair style for several years now. I pull my hair up into a high ponytail and smooth out any bumps with my brush that may happen in the process.

Next, I give the ponytail a twist once to the left (while still holding the ponytail high above my head). Only then, after giving it a twist, do I wind it around the base of the ponytail. I secure the base with several bobby pins and place a few throughout the top of the bun to secure stray hairs.

I realize that these pictures may not be the most professional, but let's face it: I'm a mom and my kids were beating on the door during these pictures. So even if the video I took would have worked, there probably would have been children in the background demanding entrance to my bathroom.

So there you have it. The not-so-glamorous hair routine of a busy mom to two little boys. If any of this helps you or inspires you, bless you.

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  1. I'm right there with you when it comes to trying new hairstyles! They always looks so great but end up being a total flop for me :( I used to straighten my hair all the time but in the last couple years I've become addicted to curling my hair! I love your top knots, once again they don't look nearly as good on me!

    xo jen

  2. I'm impressed you got a hair tutorial up at all:) Being a mom changes everything! I wish I could pull of a top knot as well as you do!! Curly is my go-to or just a messy pony.

  3. The pictures turned out fabulous, hun. lol. You'd never know they were beating down the door. Adore this post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo

  4. Cute looks. The top knot is my favorite.
    ♥ xoxo Cori

  5. That brush looks so much easier than a round...I have about three and I don't use any! Thanks for this post, I'm terrible with hair and need all the help I can get!

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  7. I love your hair straight and your buns are always so polished!

  8. I love your hair regardless of how you style it. It always looks awesome. I really like the top knot on you! You look SO chic.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  9. You look gorgeous wearing all 3 styles Amy!

  10. That brush is so neat...I've never seen anything like it before! My hair is naturally wavy so I can never get my hair straight with just a blowdryer but I'm going to look into it.

    The Tiny Heart

  11. Speaking of lazy, I'm wearing a top knot today (and have most days this week). It's the best thing to do when I need that extra 15 minutes of sleep. :)

  12. I typically wear my hair straight since it's naturally straight and doesn't require too much work. I do like to add some curl/wave sometimes. I miss my top knot a lot... I donated a foot of hair to Locks of Love before Thanksgiving and don't have the ability to do a top knot anymore. At least not yet... It was a fantastic quick go-to hairstyle.

  13. Great tutorial, too bad my hair is short. I'm hosting a link up next thursday April 11. Show me your favorite Spring trend. Hope to see you there.


  14. Looks great! I can never figure out any hair tutorials. Sad thing is, I have pretty good hair for styling, I just can't get it right! Maybe one day :)

  15. i love all of ur hairstyles amy! u always look so perfect and i loved what u said about the kids banging on the door- no one would ever know ur a mommy! you are always so gorg! xO!


  16. Love your to-the-point tutorial! The top-knot is my laziest too...and sadly I wear it about 4 times a week. But as I'm sure you know, it's the best for the southern humidity!

    Gloss and Threads

  17. Aww you look so cute with your top knot! Love it!


  18. I love doing my hair curly and also in a bun! Too bad my hair never stays curled for more than 5 hours :(


  19. thanks for the tips! I always get frustrated with my hair so this helps.

    xo Andrea

  20. Oooh...I am interested in that brush. I use a round brush but always looking for new tools. It looks like it might even work with my extensions! Yay!

    Classy with a Kick

  21. Great tips! I'm going to have to try your top knot...I use the "sock bun" but want to try a more natural bun :)


  22. Lol having extremely curly hair, I don't get to do a lot of the cool hair trends. It pretty much does what it wants. I do down, I do pony tail, I do top knot (a lot). I do wish I could wear my hair straight some, but it would take a HOURS!!


  23. Thanks for the hair tips.. I will have to try that brush for blow-drying it looks great! I'm so low maintenance when it comes to my hair.. shower at night, let it dry while I sleep, then I wake up and go!

  24. What a neat brush for blow-drying! I have never seen one like that before!

    Fizz and Frosting

  25. Love these different looks on you. I definitely need to start playing with my hair more and trying new styles... thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Love your prada sunglasses!!!!

  27. You sound like an amazing mom! Great post and thanks for the tips

    Love Me to Pieces

  28. I can't believe you ever have a bad hair day with your gorgeous hair - it always looks perfect.
    Certainly know what you said about straightening hair - hairdressers tend to do it with mine and the first thing at home is... changing back to my own style as it just looks too flat and I don't have thick hair!
    Funny you show the double hairbrush as I never saw it before until my son (!) bought one last week.

    Lady of Style


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