Archive for the ‘upstyle’ Category

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

daily glamOh: Classic Beauty

August 17, 2009
Classic Hollywood on The GlamOh

Even when I’m not working with clients, I’m always dolling up or experimenting on myself to explore the boundless world of beauty. Here, I did one of my favorite looks for a special occasion.

Makeup – Simple, but gushing glamor

Key ingredients: Eyeliner, red lips (or any bold color), defined brows, and sculpted cheeks
Bonus: False lashes for added dramatic effect

Hair – I went for an old-fashioned, traditional style (in less than 15 minutes!)

I parted my hair in the middle to contrast my usual side-part. I split my hair in two sections. I curled the top half of my hair with a small barrel curling iron. The key was to get close to the roots so that after I pinned it the hair back, you could still see waves instead of evenly slicked hair.

I cheated time by making a bun with the bottom section. Then, I pulled the curled pieces from the top half of my head over the bun to conceal it and pinned pieces randomly.

Interview with the Glampire: Bridal Preview for Hair

August 12, 2009
Hair consultation and trial


The most recent formal hairstyle she donned was as a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. She didn’t request a particular style, but asked that she had pieces in the front to “cover” her face. The result was a down ‘do simply curled. She was neither impressed or happy with it.

For our meeting, I convinced her that an upstyle can be accommodated to fit anyone with any face shape, even her “circular” face structure.

I used a large barrel curling iron to create loose waves. Then, I teased her hair all over, especially around the crown to create some body and height. We pulled the hair back and placed curls in an ‘artistic’ manner. I left a large, flowy piece of hair in the front to create an alluring and casual touch to the overall look.

In the end, she was surprised at the fact that an updo actually worked on her and said she would definitely be more open to pulling hair away from her face in the future. Mission accomplished!

Interview with the Glampire: Bridal Preview for Hair

August 5, 2009
Consultation with a client

Here is a special occasion hair trial for an upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be will be wearing a veil over her entire head, so I did an upstyle that would sit low and not be fussy.

I went for a simple, yet elegant look so the bride’s face, veil, and dress could be the stars.

I used a large barrel curling iron to create wave and texture and strategically secured hair pieces with pins.

I used multiple hairspray products to test what worked best on her hair texture:

Aussie Instant Freeze Hair Spray
Kenra Volume Spray 25

TRESemme European Tres Two Hair Spray

She slept on it overnight and wore it to work the next day with everything still intact! Her mom and co-workers loved it.

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