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A Hair How To: Flat Iron Waves

When I learned how to do this technique last June my mind was blown; I’d heard rumors of girls using their one inch flat irons to curl their hair but I couldn’t understand how it worked. To be honest, I’m still not sure I get what happens on a physics level but I do know that I can take my hair from this:

To this:

In under 10 minutes and it lasts all day. Yes folks, this is 100% possible even if your hair can’t hold a curl from a curling iron/curlers/all those other fancy ways people on pinterest try to curl their hair without heat (because mine usually is completely flat in under 20 minutes, regardless of how much hairspray I use). I swear this is the miracle curling method and I’m here to tell you, you can do this and rock awesome waves!

The Tools:

-Chi Flat Iron (this baby gets as hot as 410 degrees)
-Aussie Heat Protecting Spray
-Nexxus Mouse
-Nexxus Hairspray
-Claw Clip
-Flat Brush

The Prep Work:

I used  the heat protector and mousse to dry my hair. I usually finger dry my hair and then use my round brush to curl the ends but since I knew I was going to curl my hair today, I just made sure the moisture was out and let it sit for a little bit before attacking it with more heat devices. I’m pretty sure my hair appreciates the break and it helps the curl hold better if your hair is cool when you start using your flat iron.

Step 1- Section Off Hair:

Because of how thick my hair is, I like to do three big sections that span all the way around my head. I use my claw clip to keep the sections I’m not going to work with out of my way and brush out the section I’m planning to curl. And, yes, I do realize just how sexy this half up half down swept over on shoulder look is. Ohhh yeaaaah. Especially with the white wife beater.

Step 2- Curling A Chunk of Hair:

You want to pick up a chunk of hair (I usually do between 1 and 3 inch chunks- the bigger the chunk the looser the curl…which also translates to use bigger chunks if you’re seeking out cool beachy waves over Shirley Temple-esque curls) and clamp the flat iron straight up and down onto the section.

Then you want to rotate it 180 degrees (or a half turn) and slowly pull your hair through the iron. You don’t need to keep rotating the iron as you pull the hair through but you can if you would like to make your curls tighter.

Now you have a curl!

Step 3- Repeat Step 2 on All the Chunks and Sections of Hair:

Yeah, it’s really that simple. You can do all your curls in the same direction then brush it out for big glam waves but I usually vary the direction I do my curls because it makes them look more natural. You can do a lot of styles and variations with this technique which rocks because this is SO easy to learn how to do!

Step 4- Brush it Out:

After some resent research I found out the best way to break curls down into waves is by gently using a flat paddle brush rather than using your fingers (which ends up giving the opposite look. So to minimize the Texas look my hair can have after being curled (no hate to our Texan friends), I like to gently brush my hair out.

Step 5- Hairspray the Crap Out of It and Admire Your Work:

With a hairstyle so simple and quick, it’s hard not to.

Step 6: Make Some Silly Faces:

Because why not?!

If you have any questions about how I do this, please ask in the comments section, I’d love to help anyone who felt as adept at curling their has as I used to! Happy Sunday everyone!

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Stripes: A Little Arts and A Little Crafts

Hey guys, I’m sorry I’ve been slacking in the outfit pictures department; starting a new full time job that has me getting up at 5 am has been an interesting transition. I also dont have any friends at this new job that I can ask to take outfit pictures of me. I know, excuses excuses, but I am going to try to be better about capturing my outfits either before or after work next week. See how much I love you guys?! I’m willing to consider waking up a whole 15 (very precious) minutes early for you. This is true love my friends.

Until I muster the courage and self control to wake up that early, I have a crafty-crafty post for you! After moving home, I realized I needed some new decor; I tossed a lot of my decorations before moving home because I didn’t want to have to move more stuff and I wanted a chance to start fresh in this new stage of life. So, in the midst of my unemployment, I got busy with my acrylic paints and went crazy painting some decorations. The following is a how-to guide for making cute plaques as inspired by these canvasses.

Step One: Pick some plaques. I got mine at Michaels for $1-2 depending on the size. Super easy and there are a million shape options.

Step Two: Prime. I don’t think you really need to do this but some of the nots on the wood were pretty dark so I figured it probably wouldn’t hurt the final product. Though I was a little worried seeing the not so great job this spray paint did …hello drippy droppies. I’m pretty sure it was the can but it could have been operator error, too…

Step Three: The Base Coat. I did this in different colors on each board and I would totally recommend doing two coats, just in case.

Step Four: Arrange the letters on the board. I would also recommend waiting a couple hours just to be sure the paint is dry so you don’t pull it off with the letters at the end. (I forgot a picture of just the letters, but I used plastic letter stickers from the tshirt decorating section [I think…] at Michaels)

Step Five: Paint the top coat. I LOVE BLUE so I chose blue. I would totally sugest two or three coats just to be sure your colors are brillant.

Step Six: Peel off the letters. I used my tweezers and a lot of patience…not as much as I needed while laying the letters down though. Boy, did I go a little OCD in that step.

Step Seven: Optional: Use fine grain sandpaper to distress the project. I did it on the first one I did (the small one) but I wasn’t sure I liked it so I held off on the second one.

Voila! There you have a rediculously cheap and easy project that brightens any room and makes an awesome gift. No seriously, everyone I know is getting one of these for Christmas. EVERYONE! So don’t be surprised if all the Michaels store in the greater Seattle area are out of these plaques