Tutorial: Rope Braided Updo for Short Hair

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The bob, the lob, the chop… short haircuts are hot! As cute and easy wearing these cuts are, a lot of women fear that they won’t have styling options if they loose length. While there is certainly less to work with, there are still ways to create a variety of ‘dos including pinned back fringe, half up styles, and updos. And don’t forget that adding accessories like embellished barrettes, bobby pins, and headbands is also a simple way to change up your look.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you an easy way to twist short hair into a cute, versatile updo. I used a rope braid technique for this style but you can easily switch it up with a French braid, Dutch (reverse French) braid, or fishtail braid. The key is to incorporate hair as you work, allowing you to braid shorter lengths and layers.

My sweet friend, Macki, generously donated some precious vacation time to serve as my short hair model. Thanks, gorgeous!

Learn how to create a rope braided updo for short hair after the jump. Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Hair Tutorial

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The actresses on the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, are styled with some pretty spectacular braided ‘dos. The hair, along with the distinct attire, make these characters perfect for Halloween. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create two different looks from the show. The first, seen on Sansa is quite simple and easy to execute. The second, inspired by Khaleesi, is a bit more intricate but not difficult once you break down the steps.

My beautiful friend, Jen, was kind enough to model for me for these looks. I don’t have enough hair to pull them off on myself so I am super grateful! She came over with her adorable infant son and was a great sport letting me braid away while her baby spit up on her.

The tutorials for both hairstyles spurred by Game of Thrones is after the jump. Continue reading

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Lesser Known Tips & Tricks for Keeping Long, Coarse Hair Healthy

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Photo credit: Flickr/Eddy Van 3000

Photo credit: Flickr/Eddy Van 3000

When Mila Withley offered to write a post on how to care for thick, coarse hair, I was thrilled. As the author of the awesome blog, Hair Straightener Judge, she is an expert on the subject. If you are in the market for a flat iron, this site is a must! There is a wealth of information including reviews and buying guides as well as interviews with popular beauty bloggers. You can check out my interview here.

Though my own hair is thin and fine, I have plenty of experience working with coarse hair. This post in incredibly thorough and I’m in complete agreement with all of her advice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks, Mila, take it away…


Rough texture, dryness, breakage and a lot of hair that seems to defy any trick or tactic you deploy to make it even somewhat manageable and decent-looking. Sounds familiar?

If it does, your hair falls under the coarse category. Bad news is it’s gonna take some work to make it beautiful and silky smooth. Stay tuned with me in this article and we’ll talk about one or two little known tricks that will make your hair far more manageable.

We’ll go over several easy steps you should adhere to and that coveted smooth and healthy look won’t be reserved for fashion magazines cover any more.

Let’s waste no time and get straight to the bottom of this. Read all of Mila’s tips and tricks after the jump! Continue reading

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