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Rapunzel, Rapunzel

September 17, 2009
Rapunzel, Rapunzel lets down her long hair

Sometimes, Rapunzel wants to wear her hair in ravishing ringlets instead of simply long. Straight, long, medium/thick textured hair is heavy and it often challenged with volume and body.

In order to achieve anti-gravity curls, I set the hair in pin curls (imaginary hot rollers created by hand and clips) for at least 30 minutes to let the curls fully set. Then, I backcombed the hair around the crown to create volume.

Rapunzel exclaimed she has never had her hair so bouncy. It’s a fairy-tale come true.

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daily glamOh: Casual Updo

August 24, 2009
Casual Updo with a Classic Twist

My sister borrowed Good to Great Hair for me from the local library (who knew dusty old libraries could have contemporary gems!). Lately, I’ve been exploring how different hair types require different approaches to styling and this book couldn’t have fallen into my lap at a better time.

I’ve always had an affinity for the glamorous S-waves of yesteryear Hollywood stars and Robert Vetica makes it seem too easy.

On a lazy Saturday afternoon, I put his book to the test by incorporating his techniques in a casual updo. Robert reminds readers that a wave is just a curl brushed out. With that in mind, I took a small-barrelled curling iron and created semi-tight curls in the front of my head and then combed through. A little hairspray and strategic pinning while the spray dried…voila! deconstructed S-waves. Though not the perfect ones as seen on the red carpet, it works for a daily “one up” look.

I took a large barrell curling iron to back section of my hair, just to curl the ends. I split the back into two sections, then twisted into semi-messy buns, “tucking the hair under” at the nape of the neck to give the illusion of shorter hair. Lastly, I pulled the sides of my hair back and pinned along the hairline and into buns.