Braid Crossed Chignon Hairstyle Tutorial

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Sometimes I work really hard on a hairstyle tutorial and then the finished product just isn’t working. It’s super frustrating when that happens because I feel like I wasted valuable time. I know; #beautybloggerproblems. Yesterday I attempted a style I liked a lot on a model but it just didn’t work well with my face shape. My makeup was done and my hair was full of product so feeling somewhat defeated, I decided to just play around. This pretty style was the result; an afterthought that took only a few minutes to create. I love it. Hope you do too!

The step-by-step tutorial to create this braid crossed chignon is after the jump. Continue reading

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3 Ways to Style Shorter Hair (And Get Your Hair Off Your Face!)


I had the pleasure of seeing my gorgeous friend and client, Alma, over the weekend for cut and color. She asked me for some styling ideas for her shorter hair and I was more than happy to oblige! I showed her a few options to get the hair off her face that are practical enough for the gym and cute enough for a neighborhood barbeque. She was gracious enough to let me snap some pics to share with all of you.

Sometimes a girl’s just gotta get her hair back. A quick messy pony will do the trick for those of us with longer hair but when you are sporting a shorter style like Alma, the solution is not as simple. These three styles are variations on a theme and aim to pin back just the fringe section of your hair. They look just as great with long hairstyles and are fantastic techniques for dressing up a ponytail or bun.

See how I created each of these pretty styles after the jump. Continue reading

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How to Master the Messy Ponytail


Hey ladies! So many of you have confided in me that you can’t seem to get the hang of the messy ponytail. “Messy” should be easy but in reality, it takes a little practice. But beyond that, it requires a shift in mindset. We are trained to be neat and to look sufficiently undone, you have to undo fight against the urge to be tidy.

First, some tips:

1. Don’t overthink it.
2. Don’t feel self-concious. It’s supposed to be hot mess and no one thinks you’re trying too hard. In fact, no one thinks you are trying at all and that’s the point.
3. Once your ponytail is up, forget all about it. Just leave it alone and own it.
4. Don’t overthink it.

Now watch the video to see how I create a messy ponytail and give it a try. I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create this cute and sassy style.

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