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Day 26: Partial Knotties {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Six: Partial Knotties
Skill To Learn: Coiled Knots Anchored With Hidden Crossed Bobbies
Difficulty: Moderate
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 1 Fat Elastic, A Bunch of Bobbies

 For Day Twenty-Six of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s use the skills you learned on Day Fifteen: Knotties and make it a partial upstyle.  This is a lovely way to wear your hair that will easily transition from the workplace to your evening plans! Read the rest of this entry

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Day 22: The Zig-Zag Part {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-Two: The Zig-Zag Part
Skill To Learn: Angular Parting With A Comb
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Time Commitment: 3 Minutes + Style
What You Need: Gel, Comb + Style Tools

For Day Twenty-Two of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s learn the Zig-Zag Part!  If you learned the basics of parting way back when we started, then this should be relatively easy to master, but it is yet another way to add flair to the styles we are learning.  This fun, little trick can be done on a full, center or side parting and can be any size from micro-zigs to jumbo-zags!  You can incorporate the zig-zag when your tresses are down, half up with crossed bobbies, pulled into two buns or braided.   Take a look: Read the rest of this entry

Day 21: Two French Braids {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty-One: Two French Braids
Skill To Learn: Parting and Left/Right Symmetrical Braiding
Difficulty: Moderate With A Practice Run
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 2-4 Clear Elastics

For Day Twenty-One of 30 Days, 30 Ways, let’s attempt to do the French Braid that you learned on Day Eight on two sides with a [blind] center part.   When we initially learned french braiding,  there was the simplifying option of anchoring your starter hair with an elastic.  The tutorials pictured here will not incorporate that, but you can still use that option if it will help you pull the style together until you get more familiar with it.  I am going to show you the basic double braid, but then I will show you some fun alternatives as well! Read the rest of this entry

Day 20: Twisty Rows {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Twenty: Twisty Rows
Skill To Learn: Twisting Along A Parting With Crossed Bobbies
Difficulty: Pretty Simple with a Practice Run!
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 6 Bobbies

 For Day Twenty of 30 Days, 30 Ways, I am going to build on the skill that you learned on Day Four: Twisted Bangs.  But for today’s version, we are going to twist and anchor the entire top portion of your head.   First, I will show you how to slice your partings horizontally (on my youngest daughter, Alayna Kate) and then we will see how the same style looks when styled with vertical partings (on my oldest daughter, Emilie).  Read the rest of this entry

Day Nine: Half Up With Tiny Buns {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Nine: Half Up With Tiny Buns
Skill To Learn: Partings and Buns With Crossed Bobbies
Difficulty: Moderately Simple
Time Commitment: 20 Minutes
What You Need: Gel, Comb, 4 Bobby Pins

For Day Nine of 30 Days, 30 Ways, we are going to combine the skills from Day Two and Day Seven to create Tiny Buns.  Start by parting your wet hair down the center, and then subdivide it towards your ears on both sides.  Read the rest of this entry

Day Four: Twisted Bangs {30 Days, 30 Ways}

Day Four: Twisted Bangs
Skill To Learn: Twisting and Anchoring
Difficulty: Pretty Darn Easy
Time Commitment: 15 Minutes
What You Need: Two Bobbies

For Day Four of 30 Days, 30 Ways, we’re going to learn the twisted bang.  This is another easy way to pull back cut bangs, and also a creative way to dress up your hairstyle, whether the alternative was wearing it all down or up in a ponytail.  This twist-and-bobby-pin trick literally takes five minutes and all you have to do is style the rest of your hair as you would have.  Voila!  Read the rest of this entry

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?  Read the rest of this entry

The Seven Basics of Hair Styling

Before we launch into fabulous hair crafting in 30 Days, 30 Ways, there are seven basic tricks you need to know that will make the hairstyles come together easier and last through the end of the day.  If you follow these suggestions, your new, seemingly-complex-but-actually-simple hairstyles will be absolutely self-sustaining once you leave the house, and neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall bring it down!  Seriously. 😉

1. Wet vs. Dry  The  first thing you have to come to terms with is the necessity of wet hair.   Many of the styles require that you put them together while the hair is moderately wet (read: pliable).  Furthermore, once it dries in the styled position, it will stay all day.  Whenever someone comes to me saying that A.) “I just can’t get my hair into an upstyle” or B.) “It just keeps falling out, my first question is always, “Was your hair wet when you styled?”  It’s really that important… number one on the list. Read the rest of this entry