Day Two: Half Up With Crossed Bobbies {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Two: Half Up With Crossed Bobbies
Skill To Learn: Crossed Bobbies and Parting
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Time Commitment: 15 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 4 Bobby Pins


For Day Two of 30 Days, 30 Ways, we are going to do a partial upstyle using my Crossed Bobbies Secret.  If you haven’t already, I suggest that you read my Seven Basics of Hairstyling before we begin this.   We will be focusing on clean partings and learning how to anchor your hair with bobby pins (bobbies), which are both introduced over there…  Okay, caught up? 

So for this hairstyle, you will start with a wet head.  Lightly gel the front portion of your hair that will be pulled up, especially around your facial parameter if your hair tends to develop ‘wispies’ throughout the course of the day.   Now create a center part and then subdivide it from your crown down to your ears on both sides.

Next, you will comb that section to the back of the parting and twist it slightly so that the hair that has been drawn up from the ear is closest to the center parting.  This twist allows the hair to help support itself, plus it looks pretty!

 Once the hair is in place, run your first bobby (with the ridged side up) from your ear up across your twist toward the center part.  Still holding the hair in place, run the second bobby from the center part back down toward the ear, creating an X with the bobbies and making sure the ridges cross and lock.

Do the same for the other side, and don’t be discouraged if it takes a minute to produce symmetrical work with both your right and left hands.  I am extremely right-dominant, but I have learned the muscle memory of creating these styles on both the left and right.  Just remember that you can always move your arms into different positions to allow your hands to come at it from a different angle.  Once you get both sides pinned back, it should look like this:



And then you just style the back straight or curly.  It’s as easy as that! 
Practice and let me know how it goes…  see you tomorrow!  

Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness! 


About ~Sarah

Artist. Musician. Writer. Mother. Daughter. Friend. Christian. Existentialist. Pilgrim.

Posted on January 2, 2012, in beauty, hair tutorials and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. With my hair being so heavy and thick, I never dreamed of trying bobby pins as an anchor — I don’t even own any — but this is something I will definitely add to my shopping and “to do” lists! Although you show the styles in their still-wet form, I can picture how cute (and tidy) they will look once the hair has dried. Perfect for active kids and active women too!

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