Hello Ladies! This week’s how-to is going to show you how to use hair extensions to create a whopper of a bun. I’m using DIY Pink Lust clip-in extensions to give my hair more density and length. This is quick and easy to do but the result takes any look from drab to fab!
To start you will need:
- Smoothing brush/ boar bristle brush
- 2-3 Hair elastics
- DIY Pink Lust Hair Extensions (5 pieces, size of clip-in wefts detailed below)
- Fine-tooth comb
- Bobby pins
- Hairspray to finish
This style works fabulously on “dirty” or otherwise hair that isn’t freshly washed as it gives your hair more staying power. Brush out hair your hair to make sure it’s tangle free.
To begin we need to create a platform for our extensions to clip onto. In order to do this, use a comb to create a circular section at the crown of the head. The section should roughly be about 5 inches in diameter because there has to be enough space to clip on five hair pieces. Don’t worry about the circle being perfect as it’s going to be concealed. When you’re happy with the size of your circular section, go ahead and secure it into a mini ponytail with a hair elastic.
To create this updo I’ve used 5 clip-in Pink Lust Hair Extension pieces (18 inches in length):
- x2 3-clip wefts, 6 inches in width (one of mine is just over 7 inches and both are pictured above)
- x1 2-clip weft, 4 inches in width (pictured above)
- x2 1-clip weft, 2.5 inches in width
Take one of your larger in width clip-in wefts and clip the hair extension wrapping around the mini pony tail. Repeat this with your remaining wefts to create a much bulkier ponytail. The two single clip wefts should be clipped in last and fastened where you have any gaps.
As you can see the extensions I’m using are much lighter than my natural root colour but do blend nicely with my ombre when I wear my hair down. However, I do love the pop of colour that the extensions give my hair when I use them in an updo. Please feel free to use extensions that match or jazz it up with a different colour.
Use a smoothing brush to sweep your hair up into a high ponytail on top of your head. Take time to make sure there are no lumps and bumps and then secure that sucker with a hair elastic. You might want to reinforce your glorious pony with another elastic like I’ve done to make sure that it doesn’t go anywhere.
Lightly backcomb your ponytail with a comb to make it even fatter. I did more concentrated backcombing in the centre of my ponytail and then the perimeter was more of a tease. Glide over the surface of your pony with a smoothing brush to hide your backcombing.
Here comes the” knotting” of the hair without actual tying any knots. Bring your ponytail forward and wrap it around the base of itself. Don’t tug tightly when your creating your top knot otherwise our whopper knot will become a happy meal!
Keep wrapping the hair around until you reach the ends of the hair. Tuck the ends underneath your knot and bobby pin the ends first. Then pin around the seam of your top knot making sure that the pins aren’t visible. The best method is to direct your pins toward the centre of the updo. Gently tweak your bun, making sure that it has no gaps and that it’s to your liking.
Mist over some hairspray to finish. There you have it Ladies an upsized updo which is fast and fab!
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Hello Ladies! I’m going to walk you through step by step how to achieve glamour waves. This style is seen again and again on the red carpet and is not only easy to do but is a timeless classy look.
To start you will need:
- Pintail comb
- Small barrel curling tong
- Duckbill clips
- Boar bristle brush
- Serum to finish
Make a deep side parting with the teeth of your comb. I did my parting in line with my recession point in my hairline.
If you watched the “Ultimate Date Hair” video tutorial that I did, you will find this process is very similar to my technique I showcased in the video. We’re going to pin set our hair using a curling tong and duckbill clips.
Start at the deep parting line that you’ve made and section with the “tail” end of your comb about a 2 inch wide section, parallel with your parting line. Divide your elongated section into two and curl the sections again parallel to your parting. Curl both sections away from your parting and ensure that you maintain elevation of your tong so that you don’t have a flat root. Create two rolls in a line with your tong and secure both with a duckbill clip.
Repeat this process working down the head towards your ear. I did six rows of two pin curls per row.
Following the same method apply this to the other side, which has a lesser amount of hair. On this side I did three rows of pin curls (two pin curls per row). The curls should again be curled away from the parting and tonged at 90 degrees from your head to create more volume in your set.
Having done the front of your hair, we can now move on to set the back of the hair. This time I worked horizontally and started from the nape. Again I took 2 inch thick bands of hair and divided it into subsections. As you work up the head it may prove difficult to curl at the back of your own head so feel free to bring the hair around to the side to make easier work of your pin set.
Use a flexible-hold hairspray and mist your pin set to give the hair a bit more hold. Allow your pin set to cool completely, I recommend about 5 minutes and this gives the hairspray time to settle as well.
Remove all of the clips and unleash your curls, starting at the nape and working your way up.
Grab your boar bristle brush and beginning from the ends start brushing out your set. Encourage the wave by brushing the hair in larger sections which combines the curl into a seamless shape, revealing a beautiful s-wave.
Pump a pea-sized amount of serum into the palm of your hand and smooth over to give a glossy finish and tame any frizzies. Haze your hairdo with hairspray and you’re red carpet ready! Oh so Jessica Rabbit!
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Hello Ladies! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s! I’m here with part II as promised, showing another Rose inspired hairstyle. Rose (Kate Winslet) in the movie Titanic boasts beautiful corkscrew curls, which I showed you how to achieve last time in a no-heat method. Her gorgeous, auburn hair is swept up into a beautiful updo and I’m going to demonstrate how to achieve this stunning style.
Before we begin…
To achieve this Rose-inspired Edwardian updo I recommend starting with your hair already curled in ringlets. My previous tutorial took you through a method using straws. Alternatively, you could still do this updo without the corkscrew curls and still achieve an elegant result. In this case I am channelling Rose, so I require her springy curls in all their glory.
On a side note, I’d like to mention that the straw hair curling method is a fantastic technique for any hair type or texture. Even if you already have curly hair, the straws will form beautiful ringlets and actually reshape your natural curl. Furthermore the curl takes better in curly hair because of its existing disposition.
To start you will need:
- Pintail comb
- Bobby pins
- Hair elastic
- Hairspray to finish
Use the teeth of your pintail comb to create a centre parting. If you have done part I of this two part series then you will already have a centre parting as this was part of our instruction to attain Rose’s look.
Draw with the teeth of your comb from the center parting directly down behind the ear. Repeat this on the other side, making sure that you’re not too aggressive with your sectioning. We don’t want to fluff or destroy the glorious curls. After sectioning off the front of your hair, clip it up and out of the way.
Scoop up the hair that is left down into a pony tail to sit in the middle at the back of your head. Use your hands to gather the hair (no combs/brushes) and grip the ponytail firmly but don’t secure it with a hair elastic yet.
Rose has cheeky little curls that are purposely left out of her hairdo which gives it a soft, romantic feel. Use your other hand to pull out little pieces of hair from the pony at the nape. When you’re happy with your deliberate escapee curls, go ahead and secure your ponytail with an elastic.
Softly twist the ponytail only a couple of times and begin to coil the hair around the base of the ponytail. Creating a loose bun which then you can tuck the ends under and conceal. Secure the bun with bobby pins around the perimeter.
Unclip the front sections. Then take a small section of hair horizontally across the centre parting at the top of your head. Tease your hair lightly at the root with a comb to give you more body. Then lay this section down and secure it directly above your bun.
Take a vertical section from the side of your hair and draw it back to the bun and lay it over where you pinned your first teased section. Work with the rest of the hair at the sides in the same manner. Don’t pull the sections taught but allow some bagging to give it a softer finish. I did four vertical sections on each side and pinned them back around the bun.
Whether you have a fringe or not make sure you leave out a few pieces at the front to frame the face.
Your bun will be looking pretty unkempt at this point because of all the ends splaying out from your pinned sections. Take a few ends at a time and conceal them within the bun and pin where required.
You might want to re-curl the few pieces of hair left out at the nape with a curling tong. I had to tend to my left out pieces as the hair at the nape is finer and the curl was drooping and we can’t have that!
Finish with a spritz of hairspray and your updo is complete. I say you look rather ravishing my lady!