Holiday Hair Series:Christmas

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I can’t believe it is already Christmas Eve! It is always crazy to me how fast time flies.  I wonder if I’ll ever get used to it ūüôā Even though it came quickly, I’m just as excited as ever!  Such a magical time and I can’t wait to spend it with family.

The week of Thanksgiving, I posted part 1 of my Holiday Hair Series with my good friend, and incredibly talented photographer, Jennifer Munoz. This is part 2, and I can’t wait to show you.  I love coming up with fun new braids! This one looks complicated, but it is actually super simple. I would definitely wear it to a holiday party, or dress it down with a hoodie and a cup of cocoa.  It goes with everything!

To begin, section the top half of your hair off and clip it up.jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-78

Next, separate the bottom half into two parts and fishtail each.  After you tie them off, slightly pull on the braids to loosen them.  To fishtail, you split the hair into two, take a small piece from one side and add it to the other.  Then, switch and take a small piece from the side you just added to, and move it to the first side.  Repeat until you near the end of your hair.

Pull the fishtails forward so they are out of your way.  Let down the top half.  I chose to French braid the top, but if it is feeling awkward to French braid behind you, you can just braid the whole piece at once.  To braid, split the top into three pieces and alternate moving the outside strands over the middle strand.  After you move the outside strand to the middle, it becomes the middle strand for the other side to cross over. If you move the strands under instead, your braid will be more raised(Dutch braid)jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-104When you have all your hair tied off, braid the three braids together.  Move the outer strand over the middle strand, and alternate. Remove the three elastics, and attach all the ends together with one elastic.  I like to wrap a small piece of hair around it to cover it. jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-114Gently pull and loosen the braid to give it some volume and help the braids work together.

Then you are set! Get creative with it.  It can be as tight and clean or as messy as you want!

 

Huge thank you to Jennifer Munoz for the photography. I adore her! Check her out HERE and here:

Instagram- @jennifer.munoz
Website- http://www.jennifermunoz.co
Phone for Wedding or Lifestyle Photography- (208)557-1566
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/jennifermunozphotography

Thank you also to  Blooms Flower Studio for letting us shoot in your gorgeous space!

Stay tuned for part 3 coming next week.  Have a wonderful Christmas!

Effortless No Heat Curls

Its no secret, heat is damaging to your hair.  I am constantly trying to find ways to reduce the amount of heat my hair is exposed to.  From air drying, to braids, to my arsenal of products used to reduce/prevent damage, it is no small feat to maintain the integrity of my hair.  Especially when it is long, and colored!

You can image my excitement when I discovered Savvy Curls!¬† A headband that curls your hair…without heat…while you sleep? AMAZING, sign me up!

“These headbands are exclusively made with¬†thermal insulating materials & curl forming materials to work with your head’s natural heat zone & produce beautiful, bouncy curls.

There are two options, a single band, and a convertible band.¬† Not to mention, lots of fun patterns!¬† I used the convertible band, and I loved that I could snap off the top and use it as a single band as well.¬† Before you wrap, it’s important to have your hair slightly damp, and brush a mousse through it to help the curls set and stay for the whole day. Wrap right after applying the mousse, before it dries. This is my hair before, it looks so sad I know, but it is just air dried.¬† I allow my hair to air dry as much as possible!

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To use the convertible band, section off the top of your hair, and clip it out of the way. Move the top band in front of that section.  Begin wrapping the bottom half of your hair from your face back.  Do one side, then the other, meeting in the middle near the nape of your neck.  Wrap the ends in together, and secure with a bobby pin or two.

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Next, let down the top section and wrap in the same pattern as the bottom. I chose to sleep in the band.

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When you wake up, unwrap the band, shake it up a bit, and you are ready to go!  My husband is so grateful.  Thanks to Savvy Curls, I can now make it to church on time haha.  After sleeping in the band, I woke up to these voluminous curls!!!

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To use the single band, you will wrap all your hair around at the same time, instead of sectioning it into two.

It is also an option to just leave the band in for a couple hours.  That is what I did here, with the single band, and the results were a looser curl. Still very pretty!

IMG_8348¬† I pulled them back into a simple pony, and loved the result! Thank you for reading ūüôā Savvy Curls has offered a discount code for $2 off a band of your own! Just use the code “savvyc1” Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Day 5 Eliminate and Enhance: Contouring

Our last day! You made it to day 5.  How has it been going so far? I hope you have learned a new tip that has helped you embrace your natural beauty more!

For our last day, I want to walk you through how to enhance your facial features.  Pair this with the eyes from day 3 and you are ready for any occasion!

1. Start by using a foundation/concealer/powder, or any combination of the three.  Level out any redness, dark circles, or blemishes.

2. Use a light powder, highlight, or light eyeshadow and gently sweep over your upper cheekbones and the top of your nose from the bridge to the tip.

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3. Working in a line from your upper ear to the corner of your mouth, make small circles with a bronzing powder.  I like to use a powder with a matte finish.  Stop on your lower cheek.

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4. Use the bronzing powder to lightly shadow the sides of your nose and the top of your forehead.  Blend everything together with a large powder brush and translucent powder.

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5. Apply blush from the center of your cheek up toward your ear.

6. Add a fun lip and you are set!

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Thank you for following along with this series! Enjoy your weekend!

Day 4 Eliminate and Enhance: Pull Through Braid

Day 4! Today I’m going to show you a simple pull through braid that is great for any occasion. ¬†I love it for working out because it stays tight, unlike other braids. ¬†Let me know if you have any questions!

1. Make two ponytails.

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2. Split the first ponytail in half.

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3. Pull the second pony through the split and clip it out of the way.

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4. Make a third ponytail and include the hair from the first ponytail.

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5. Unclip the second pony.  It now becomes the first.  Split it in half, and repeat the steps again as many times as you want.

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6. Once you have braided as far as you like, begin to loosen the sections.

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Pull and adjust until you see fit!

The end. Have a wonderful day!

Day 3 Eliminate and Enhance: Eyes

Welcome to day 3! Hope it is going well and you are feeling more beautiful already.
Today I’m sharing my most simple eye makeup tips to make the biggest impact. They are meant to enhance and highlight the natural beauty of your eyes. Also, they should take no more than five minutes, so they can be done even when you are running late!

The steps move left to right, starting with the top left, moving to top right, then middle left, middle right, so on…

1. Start with a primer, if you would like to, otherwise just a blank slate.

2. & 3. Use a light eyeshadow and soft brush to highlight under the brow (not the whole eyelid, just the brow bone) and the inner eye.

4. & 5. Softly brush a light layer of eyeshadow on the top of your cheekbone, under the outer corner of your eye.

6. Add eyeliner to your upper lids.

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7. Add mascara to the upper lashes.  If you want, you can also add a strip of false eyelashes to add a little oomph.

8. Begin shaping your brows.  Use a brush to create a line from the outside of your nose to the inside of your eye. Mark it on your brow.

9. Next, create a line from the outside of your nose to the outside of your iris. This is the highest point of your brow.

10. Create a line from the outside of your nose to the outside of your eye.  This is where your brow ends.

11. Use a brow kit, powder, pencil, whatever you prefer to fill in and connect the three points.

12. Soften your brows with an empty mascara wand.  You can get them at the grocery store, or just get one from a cosmetic counter in the mall.  Brush softly from the inner brow towards the outside.

That’s it! Quick, simple, and effective!

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Step by Step Bubble Braid

Wow! This is way overdue, sorry. I’m in charge of a big camping trip for the teen girls at church and it’s taking a lot of my free time. We are going week after next, though, so I hope it all magically comes together by then and ends up being a wonderful experience for everyone. After that, I’m planning to be a lot more regular in my posts, including sharing a lot of my favorite beauty products. I’m a total product junkie, and I can’t wait to share!

Well, back to the topic of the day‚Ķthe bubble braid! This is one of my go-to styles because it is so quick and easy, yet looks really neat. I’m posting this as a step by step, so if you find it hard to follow and have questions, let me know!

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First, gather all your hair to one side and secure with elastic.  I like to pull all my hair tight and smooth, then pull out pieces around my face and adjust the volume on the top after I put in the elastic.

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Next, move an inch or two down from the first elastic and add another one.  Depending on how thick your hair is, or the length of it, you may need to adjust to make the gap between a little smaller than this.

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Then split the gap between the two elastics in half.  Flip the bottom of your ponytail through the gap, keeping it tight and smooth.

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Move down another couple inches (the same distance you did on the first gap) and add an elastic.  Repeat the previous step, splitting the gap and flipping the lower part of your pony through.

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Based on preference, and if length permits, repeat again.

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Now begin to gently loosen the sections, one at a time. I find that when I start to loosen the hair, I can pull quite a bit, but once it has started to loosen, I switch and just use my pointer finger and thumb to pull small sections.

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There you have it! Let me know if you give it a try!

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