Friday, February 19, 2010

The mommy cut

As I finally finished getting ready to attend a birthday party, my hair curled and sprayed, I picked up my eight month old son to give him a kiss goodbye. Next thing I know the right side of my hair is coated with sweet potato and milk vomit. What to do, what to do. At this moment I finally understood why so many new mom's would come into the salon and request to have their hair cut very short. At the salon we named it the mommy cut. Little time, millions of demands, and lack of sleep allow little time to worry about hair. After having my son, I decided to keep my hair long, as short hair really doesn't suite me. This leaves me with the challenge of finding ways to make my hair look good with little effort. I have my fail-safe bun or ponytail to fallback on, but I started to get tiered of it. In order to spice it up a bit, I started to create a part and twist back a few sections into a loose bun to create a bit of spunk. Another thing to try for those mom's out there with long hair are braids. Braiding sections (aka Lauren Conrad), or creating a high ponytail and braiding it (aka Madonna 80's), creates a quick, fun look. Also, when stepping out with the little one, a ponytail with a teased fo-hawk and smooth sides makes for a funky-mommy. As mom's we forget about ourselves, but sometimes a few minutes primping can make us feel human again!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How to get full sexy hair

Getting full, sexy hair is not as hard as it seems. I am going to share how-to tips that should make it easier and faster to create that Hollywood-glam hair before you go out for the night.

1. Wash and condition your hair with high quality salon hair products that are made for your hair type. You may think that the drug store brand is the same, but let me tell you it is so NOT. I have tried so many kinds, experimenting to see if there is a big difference, and there really is. The drug store stuff just didn't cut it.

2.Blow dry your hair with a large brush. If you have a hard time with the round brush, use a flat brush, but try to dry your hair flipped over completely to one side of your head, then switch. It will give lots of volume, using the shape of your head to create the lift.

3.Apply Aragan Oil, or your favorite serum starting at the ends. Use only a small amount, about the size of a dime. Using too much can make your hair limp and greasy. Spray a light hair spray all over your hair. L'Oreal Professionelle has a great volume enhancing hairspray.

4.Use a 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch barrel curling iron (I suggest Hot Tools brand, or FHI, they get really hot). Clip the top part of your hair up, and take LARGE sections of hair and curl them backwards, away from your face. Using larger sections will help you avoid the Shirley Temple look. Put you finger to the hair wrapped around the iron, and when you feel the hair getting hot, release the curl. Do not touch it, let the air cool it. This will set the curl, and make it last longer. Work your way to the front. Try to do only one turn on the iron in the bang/ front area, to give volume, but less curl.

5.Leave your hair and do not touch it for about 5 minutes. When five minutes is over, run your hands through the curls to loosen them and create big, sexy waves. Use your fingers to comb the curls back from your face, creating the sexy Hollywood look. One last spritz of hair spray, and you are ready to make all the boys swoon. Apparently full, healthy hair is one of the first things a man notices about a woman!