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Limelight Thief: Miss C

October 13, 2009
Hair and Makeup for Wedding Guests

Miss C kept her outfit low-key to avoid outshining the Bride at a recent wedding. But with a little dash of glam, she probably stole the limelight just a little.

Hair
To avoid hair breakage on her permed hair, Miss C requested that no heating implements (i.e. blowdryer or curling iron) be used. Also, she wanted to keep her hair somewhat informal, so we used minimal hairspray and didn’t worry about a loose end here or a flyaway there.

By using her natural hair texture, I was able to pin waves in a free form low upstyle. We added in a french braid and twist in the front, so you could see her hairstyle from the front in pictures.

Makeup
Miss C uses minimal makeup on a daily basis (see left). So we used her Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer as a foundation base and layered large patches of buildable concealer to get more coverage and even out skin tone.

For the eyes, I used an eyeshadow palette with natural colors and a satin finish. For definition, black pencil eyeliner and two coats of mascara.

Miss C received a compliment that she was “glowing” and told me “that stuff you use really does the trick!”

The secret was a shimmering, liquid luminizer I used to bring out her cheekbones.

Tip: Showing off your neckline can make you appear taller and leaner.

Click here for more photos of Miss C.

Retro Meets Romance

October 12, 2009
Retro in the Front, Romantic in the Back

Remember how the 80’s mullet was referred to as “business in the front, party in the back”? I wanted to blend two styles, like the mullet, for one look where it was “fun in the front, formal in the back”. The featured updo displays 50’s rolls in the front and romantic curls in the back.

Retro in the Front
On the left side, I created a classic victory roll. After heat-setting hair and teasing for volume, I rolled the section upwards toward the head starting with the ends. Then, I used bobby-pins and hairspray to keep the hair “loop” in place.

The right side was a bit challenging because of a short fringe (i.e. bangs). The solution was to use the same technique for a victory roll, but tucking in the shorter ends in the natural direction of the hair. (Sometimes, you have to let the hair do what it wants no matter hair much hairspray you use.) The result was a modified roll with a “pretzel” effect.

Romantic in the Back
I divided the hair into multiple sections and set the hair in hot rollers. Once cooled, I created large curls and pinned in place.

The bottom section near the nape of the neck was “swirled” together.

For more photos, please visit my Flickr page.

Interview with the Glampire: Hair Trial

October 1, 2009
A Romantic Updo
High on Romance, Low on the Head

My goal was to create an updo with a soft effect, meaning no heavily structured ringlets (though there is a time and place for those!).

The overall outcome was an array of curls and twists. The hair almost has the movement of waves or flowers, naturally placed.

I used light hair, workable hairspray (the kind that is brushable without flaking) and combed through each piece of hair to make it polished and smooth.

At Sally’s, for a mere $5, you can get the Phillips 3 Row Teasing Brush that will help you create sleek looks and backcomb with ease.

I love, love, love Hollywood and retro glamour. I integrated soft S-waves in the front and pulled the hair back to finish the look.

To create this look, set hair in rollers using pin sets or hot rollers and let hair cool completely. Gently break up the curls with a glossy hair product (see below for product recommendations) and comb through. You’ll see a natural S shape in the hair. Use large, light grip clips to exaggerate the shape and pin in place. Spray the hair and let hair set again. Unclip and lightly comb to clean up any flyways. Voila!

Product Recommendations for Shine or Smoothing:
TiGi’s Rockaholic has a fine, light texture and smells great.
TiGi’s Head Rush is a fine misting spray. The shine actually helps texture show up more.
Paul Mitchell’s Gloss Drops is thicker and more dense.
Tip: A little goes a long way. Always start with less and add more if you need.

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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.

Interview with the Glampire: Hair Trial

September 3, 2009
Special Occasion Upstyle

Since most brides need the front/top section of the head relatively flat and un-ornate as they will be wearing a veil or tiara on top, I added a feather hair piece to the front/side to add some flare.

No traditional hair accesory on top? You can also oomph the front section by adding braids or twists, a headband, flowers, or other accesories. Keep it simple, though, you don’t want to go overboard.

Secret (shhh): You can’t see it, but inside the mass of curled and neatly pinned hair, there is a section of backcombed hair (think Amy Winehouse) that served as a little hair “pincushion.” It’s a great way to get height to the hair and you can secure bobby pins in there as well.

Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/glamoh for more photos.

The Ponytail

September 2, 2009
60’s Style Ponytail

Make your bad hair day into a glam one, by slightly adjusting your ponytail for a more polished look. The key to a 60’s style ponytail is va va voom volume on top. You can leave out your bangs, if you’d like.

Steps:
1. Make a tight ponytail, leaving out a section of hair on top.
2. Wrap hair around ponytail to conceal rubber band. Use bobby pins to secure.
3. Backcomb (tease) top portion of hair. Polish the top layer of hair to hide “ratted” hair.
4. Pull back top portion and “hide” near base of ponytail.
5. Curl ponytail, if desired.

Tale of Two GlamOh’s

September 2, 2009

In Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dicken juxtaposes the lives of French peasants vs. aristocrats during the French Revolution. Here, I did two versions of glam, sleek vs. sexy. Don’t be mistaken, though, both of these looks are “rich”!

French Twist
French Twists can be executed in dozens of ways as long as you have the foundation for the look, the twist on the lower portion of the hair.

I added some curls and structure in the front for more texture.

“Victoria’s Secret” Hair
Big, sexy waves are the signature of Victoria’s Secret models. In order to achieve this look, use a curling iron or hot rollers to set curls. Once the curls have cooled, softly run your fingers hair through to break up the curls. Finish with light spray. That’s it.

You want a look that is natural, flowy, and irregular. No need to go in and fix every single curl or you’ll make the look too contrived.

Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/glamoh for more shots of these looks.

project GLAMway: Edgy Hair Upstyle

September 2, 2009
For the Catwalk or Flashin’ Lights

This look is inspired by and for editorial or runway. Whether it’s a Fashion Show or Magazine Shoot or the Runway called Life, look glamOhrous with this simple, yet edgy ‘do.

Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/glamoh for more pictures.

Steps:
1. Create two sections – top and bottom
2. Make a tight (think face lift!) ponytail with bottom portion
3. Backcomb (AKA “tease”) top portion and ponytail
4. Make desired shape with hair – let your creativity run wild
5. Finish with product and brushing to tame the look

Key Elements:
1. Slick on the sides – use oil-based gel or wax
2. Textured on top – light to medium hairspray
3. Polished all around – brush and comb to create a clean silhouette

Secret (shhh): I curled and set the top portion of the hair before styling. The model had a shorter fringe (AKA “bangs”) so it created a cool pretzel shape in the front. Sometimes, you have to let the hair do what it wants and just go with it.

Interview with the Glampire: Bridal Preview for Hair

August 24, 2009
Hair Trial for Jess

Jess wants a down ‘do for her November wedding to match her laid-back personality. She doesn’t want hair that’s too fancy or uptight.

Her hair is fine and very resistant to heat-styling, meaning it doesn’t hold a curl well. Though more time consuming than using only a curling iron, we decided to use hot rollers to set her hair. It resulted in the curls she wanted, plus volume at the roots. I minimized the usage of hair products, like hairspray, to prevent it from weighing down her hair.

We also incorporated in some human hair extension clips (great because they are reusable and less harsh than ones glued directly on hair) to add fullness. She chose the perfect shade that blended right in.

I lightly teased her entire head so she would have volume, but not too much because she will be wearing a veil covering her entire head.

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.