Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Gwen meets Kris Kross....

Makes you wanna Jump Jump... Sorry I couldn't help myself. I've had that title in my head for a few weeks now.
So what we did was a basic twist on this hairstyle "the gwen".

We started out about the same. You spray the hair down to get it nice and wet, or straight out of the tub works too.
Do a center part. And then I put one side in a piggy.(I guess I did both sides but don't it's more work if you do)

Then take the unponied side and part it in half. and piggy both halfs. Repeat for the other side.

Now comes the fun part. Starting on either side take one of the piggies out and then take a small section at the bottom out and put hte rest back up. It doenst have to be perfect because its just to keep the hair out of your way. Then put a rubberband around the part left out.

Do that for each section of hair.

Next you do the same thing, take another small section of hair out put the rest back up. Then you reach down to the row below it and take the pony of hair that is diagonal from the loose hair. I like to twist it some to keep it together and then twist it into that loose hair to combine it and add a piggy. For our thin hair it works best to twist it defines the cross more.

Then do it to the one on the same half of the head as before.

Then do it to the other half of the head. So it will look like 2 sets of criss crossed laces going up either half of the head.

You repeat those steps until you run out of hair. For us we stopped at 3, we usually do 4 but someone was getting a little impatient.

When you do the top or last ones make sure you add the hair in from the top of the head also. We have very little hair on top in fact its still growing in, so we added as much of it as we could, and then just combed the rest over to one side of the head. Also when pulling through the top pony you can leave it and not pull it fully through to create a messy piggy/bun, but we got lucky with the curls and it looks cute out, you could sit and curl the hair in the piggies too if you wanted to or if you're subject is sitting really well and willing to let you do so.

I usually do a clip on the top in front to hold the hair back that I combed over but didn't get a pic of it sorry. I've also done just one big bow there too. WE get lots of compliments with this hairstyle! If anyone does this we'd love to see pics of how it turned out!

and just for laughs.. my very patient 1 yr old. What was going on while I was fixing her sisters hair.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Curly Hair Basics...

This is for all you out there with a shorty with curly hair and you wonder what you can do with it or what products work best.
For starters lets meet Kyleigh,she's been on here before but now for a formal introduction.... Everyone say, Hi Kyleigh!

As you can see Ky has curly hair. Its cute but takes some work or she looks like this.

When it was shorter we could just scrunch it after she got out of the bath. We all know what scrunching is right? If not i can try and video it for you.
For now what works the best is this. Shower or bath, we recently started using Noodle Head shampoo, we got it at Sally's beauty, but expensive. almost $6 for a bottle of JUST shampoo, I'm cheap what can I say. You can catch it on sale for about 4.50. It does have detangler in with it and has a whole line of products, the mousse and gel and all that fun hair products, but I wasn't willing to spend nearly $6 per item. So i got just the shampoo. It looks like this.

We do NOT use any conditioner in her hair yet and if it gets tangled we just spray it with water, we have also used the Johnson and Johnson's detangling spray.
First thing we do is comb her hair, it gets all the knots and tangles out of it. Boy her hair looks soo long like this.

Next we scrunch it up some to bring the curls back in.

Most days we leave it like this and let it air dry. If we are going out or anything or I'm not doing her hair up, I spray it with Garnier's Curling Shaping Gel.(there was a coupon in the paper in the last couple weeks for $1 off any Garnier styling product so if you want to try it it would make it cheaper)

It doesnt take a lot just spray some on the wet hair and scrunch. You have options here you can scrunch and then leave it to air dry or you can use a hair dryer and scrunch it and blow dry, Or if you want to you can use a diffuser, we've only used a diffuser one time and it worked but i prefer the air dry method.
After all that fuss you get this.

For a simple finish we like to just comb the front/top of the hair over and hold it back with a bow, some of the time we do use a ponytail on the side then the bow. Its getting harder to do now that the hair on top is growing in more and getting thicker and of course curling!
Garnier also has a curling mousse and it work great too. It actually leaves the curls softer than the curling gel. And those of you wanting to try somethign the curling gel WILL make straight hair curly if you spray it and scrunch, if you use a diffuser or a hair dryer it helps it stay longer. The results wont be as curly as someone with natural curls but it will work.
Sorry for the not so good pictures, Little Miss didnt want to sit still for pictures.

Stay tuned next week for a really cute updo!