Hairstyles That Hide Blemishes

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One of the biggest skin related misconceptions is that once you’ve made it through puberty, you shouldn’t get a blemish ever again. While some individuals are lucky enough to have the complexion of a porcelain doll, the vast majority of us still experience blackhead breakouts, cystic flare-ups, and pesky pimples. Some women find that blemishes occur when they’re under a lot of stress, others may notice these imperfections at certain times of the month, and some women can’t pinpoint a single cause of their blemishes. But let’s face it, pimples aren’t fun for anyone – no matter what the reason! Whether you’re just not into caking on the cover-up or you’re sick of reapplying it every few hours, you’ll be delighted to know that there are indeed hairstyles that hide blemishes. Below you will find two different hairstyles, each a bit different from the other, but both equally suitable to cover up the imperfection that has made its mark on your face. Browse through the blemish hiding hairstyles below and show that sucker who’s boss!

Braided Crown
This artsy blemish masking hairdo is perfect for covering those pesky pimples that run along the hair line, as well as those unsightly forehead zits that make you cringe every time you wash your face. After your hair has been washed and died, go ahead and cover your blemish with the treatment of your choice, then allow it to dry for a few moments. When you’re ready, grab a small section of hair behind your ear, separate it into three sections and begin a French braid. As you move along draw pieces from the back to pull to the front and incorporate into the braid. You want to be sure that you’re leading the braid along the top of your forehead, this way it ends right around the opposite ear. Use a small elastic to secure the end, then use your fingers to flatten and widen the braid. Then lay it across the top of your forehead so that there’s no visible space between your hairline and the braid, then secure it behind the ear with some bobby pins.

Faux Side Bangs
This style is also commonly referred to as “the swoop.” This style is perfect for hiding any imperfections that pop up on your forehead, brows, and even the temple area. Simply start by creating a deep side part, so that about three-quarters of your hair is pulled to one side. Also, when creating your side part, keep in mind that you’ll want the side with more hair to be the side that your blemish is on. If you typically need extra volume, go ahead and give your hair a good tease now. You’ll notice that there are strands of hair falling into your face, trying to make it back to the natural part. Swoop those strands so that they lay diagonally across your forehead. Bring the remaining hair behind your ear and slip in some bobby pins to keep it all in place.

Easy Half-Up, Half-Down Styles

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Doing your hair can be… frustrating, to say the very least. If you’re like us, you get in a routine of wearing your hair in the same few hairstyles over and over. But that can get a little old after a while, and hair should be fun! The great thing about switching up how you wear your hair is it’s not permanent but can be a refreshing change. One of our favorite hairstyles lately is the half up, half down look. We don’t know about you, but many have definitely gotten into the routine of wearing our half up, half down hairstyles the same way every time they rock this look. We’re sharing some easy half up, half down styles to give you some inspiration for this ever-classic style.

The Top French Braid
In case you haven’t already noticed, braids are kind of everywhere lately in the hair and beauty worlds. Personally, we’re all about the French braids and rocking them in totally unique ways. We’ve recently seen some ladies wearing their hair in a French braid, done in the traditional sense but just back about half way through your hair – until you reach the area that you like to create that half up, half down area. It’s an edgy take on a classic hairstyle that’s sure to be gorgeous and give you a totally different vibe to your hair.

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The Half Topknot
Topknots have been all the rage for a few years now, thanks to the Kardashians you really can’t go anywhere without seeing a woman rocking a topknot somewhere. But we’re all about changing and adapting, especially with hairstyles we love as much as the topknot. If you’re with us on this, you’re in luck because the half up, half down hairstyle is merging with the topknot! Yep, it’s really as easy as pulling your hair back in that half up, half down way but instead of leaving the ponytail part down secure it in a topknot style bun.

The Braid Crown – Reversed
You may have seen ladies rocking the braided crown hairstyle before, it’s a gorgeous look that’s always a statement maker. But if you want to give that look an updated twist, and really stick with the half up, half down style it’s all about the reversed version. Basically, what you do is create two braids from the hair just above your ears. Once you’ve created the braids simply bring them to the back of your head and around to the other ear (or around there) and secure them. It creates a total update on the half up, half down look.

Woman with a crisscross hairstyle

The Crisscross Look
This half up, half down hairstyle has been popping up on the internet lately, and we’re kind of obsessed with it! It’s really easy to achieve, too (total bonus if you ask us). All you do to achieve this hairstyle is take small sections of hair from the front and bring them to the back and across the back of your head, and just secure them in place. Do this rotating from one side to the other to create a crisscross pattern in your hair. Easy to do, but a total game changing way to rock the half up half down hairstyle!

Celebrity Inspired Fall Hairstyles

It’s officially fall and while the weather doesn’t completely feel like fall in a lot of the US, most of us are ready to start rocking fall fashion and beauty trends.  Do you get the itch to change the way you style your hair with the change in seasons?  We sure do.  Which is why we’re constantly looking for inspiration this time of year.  Fortunately we found some great celebrity inspired fall hairstyles that we’re going to share with YOU so you can get a little inspiration yourself.

Eva Longoria with shoulder length hair

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The Shoulder Length Cut
Probably one of the most popular hair trends among celebs this fall season is the shoulder length haircut.  We’ve seen this look on Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria…just to name a few.  The fun thing about this fall hairstyle is that although we’ve seen shoulder length haircuts in the past, this season it’s getting an update with more of a ‘shaggy’ type of vibe to it.  Most celebrities are rocking this hairstyle with a lot of texture and that more ‘undone’ look to it to create a unique and fun hairstyle.

Blunt Cuts
Another popular trend among a lot of celebrities has got to be the blunt cut, we’ve seen in on celebs in a lot of different lengths.  The common theme is one, blunt cut length in the hair and it’s generally worn in a stick straight style.  We’re loving the sharpness of this hairstyle, it feels so modern and fresh after we’ve all spent so much time on the beachy waves for so long.  The blunt cut really takes it to a different place!

Stick Straight
Pegging off of the last fall hairstyle, we had to have a mention just for the straight hair.  We’re not just seeing straight hair, but it’s PIN straight.  Some of your favorite celebs have likely stepped out in the pin straight hairstyle a time or two recently.  Typically the stick straight hairstyles are being worn with a sharp side part or center part – depending on what you’re feeling.  Again, although we’ve seen straight hair as a trend in the past something about it this season feels so updated.  Maybe it’s the combination of the 90’s revival or just the fact that we’ve all been about beachy waves for so long.  Regardless, we love it!

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Braids, Braids And More Braids
Braids are no stranger to trends, and this season is no different.  We’ve seen a lot of celebrities rocking braids of all different kinds for fall and we’re all about it.  This season seems to have the contrast of structure with the easy-breezy undone vibes (one or the other), and the braid trend fits in perfectly with that low-key glam.  One of our favorite things about braids is their ease in creating them and the fact that they don’t have to be perfect to look great.  If you want to keep it super simple, create some texture in your hair and braid your hair in a low ponytail braid.  Chic, simple, but doesn’t lack any style.

Do you have a favorite celebrity inspired fall hairstyle?

First Time Blonde

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If you haven’t yet noticed, blond is the hair color right now. From Kimmy K and Kylie Jenner to Miley Cyrus and Miranda Kerr, and even leading ladies of the silver screen such as Anne Hathaway and Emma Roberts have been spotted with lighter colored locks. Often times, we see these celebs with drastic hair color changes and assume that they went from chocolate brown to platinum during their lunch break, but this isn’t the case. Any colorist will tell you that going blonde is a process, and they’re not just pulling your leg. Depending on the natural color and type of hair you have, it can take anywhere from two to four salon visits to achieve the desired color. We’re not telling you this to discourage you, rather hoping that by reading this article you will be prepared for the blond transformation. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect and keep in mind during your first time going blonde.

Good Things Take Time
We talked about this briefly above, but we can’t stress enough that achieving blonde status doesn’t happen overnight. The main reason for this is to save your hair from detrimental damage. The darker hair you have to start, the greater amount of bleach is needed to get you to blonde. If your stylist left bleach on your locks for an extended period of time, you would leave the salon with a burning scalp and severe breakage – not to mention, it’s still unlikely that your locks would be the color you were hoping for. The take-home point of this is to have patience when it comes to achieving the color you want and keeping your hair healthy.

This isn’t a DIY Transition
Let’s be honest, dying your hair at home is risky business. Now, bleaching your hair at home, that’s asking for trouble. Chances are your hair will not turn out the color of your dreams, but it’s likely to turn various shades of orange, yellow, or even green. On top of that, often times the product in boxed color is much harder to alter or reverse in the event that you do try to lighten your own hair, only to realize that you need a stylist’s help.

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Because going blonde is a major commitment, it takes time, effort, and dedication to keep your tresses looking their best. A general rule of thumb is that the greater contrast between your natural hair color and the blonde hair, the less amount of time between root touch ups.

TLC is a Must
Regardless of how blonde you go, you’ll need to carve out some time in your beauty routine for regular blonde hair TLC. Since it’s not your natural color, you’ll want to use a purple or tonight shampoo to keep your hair from turning too yellow. Additionally, it’s important to keep your hair hydrated and protected from the heat to keep it looking its best. Thinks like SPF-fortified hair products and hydrating masks should be in your arsenal at all times.

All You Need to Know About Hair Texture

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When choosing a hairstyle, there isn’t a single thing more important to consider than your hair texture. Just about everyone has experienced either first hand or knows someone who has hair that is straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky. While this quad of adjectives does describe hair’s texture, these attributes are more-or-less changeable. On the contrary, understanding the attributes of your hair’s width and pattern, which are (for the most part) unchangeable, can help you truly understand your hair’s texture. No matter what shape hair holds – straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky – there is the possibility that is one of the three following widths of texture: fine, medium, or thick/coarse.

These width descriptors – fine, medium, thick/coarse – aren’t used to explain how the hair feels in your hands, rather it describes the thinness or thickness of each individual piece of hair. The standard measurement which is used to determine the width of texture is the thickness of a piece of sewing thread. If a single strand of hair is thinner than a piece of thread, then it is labeled as fine; If a strand of hair is the same width of a piece of thread, it is medium; if a strand of hair is thicker than a piece of thread then it thick/coarse.

So, what does this all mean? Well, a few things really; knowing the width of your hair can help you figure out why your hair “acts” a certain way, and knowing these common hair behaviors can help you style your hair so that it’s always looking its best.

Fine Hair
Typical behaviors of fine hair include not holding styles (i.e. curls) for very long, is easily weighed down by heavy product or too much product, often looks thin, and has a tendency to break easily. While it might not always seem like it, individuals who have “fine” hair texture actually have more hair than those with thick hair. Those with fine hair may also notice that their hair gets oilier faster than others. If you find that achieving volume is a struggle, you should try out either a texturizing powder or a dry shampoo. Both products contain ingredients that absorb oils and bond to the cuticle of the hair, giving it a temporary thickness without weighing it down like most products.

Medium Hair
Typical behaviors for medium hair include the ability to maintain style; a tendency to cover the surface area of the scalp; and it’s typically resilient to breakage. Those with medium hair will find that because their hair is less prone to breakage that it can hold just about any style. One thing that individuals with medium hair may struggle with is dehydration or dryness of the strands. To cure and prevent dry hair you should use a leave in conditioner after washing and get into the habit of using a conditioning mask on a semi-regular basis.

Thick or Coarse Hair
Typical behaviors of thick/coarse hair include a dense, full appearance; the ability to maintain styles with little hair spray; a high heat tolerance; and it is often unwilling to take to chemical hair color. Those with thick or coarse hair may never need extra-hold hairspray, but they do need some sturdy hair elastics. Unlike fine and medium hair, thick or coarse hair contains three layers: the cortex, the cuticle, and (the additional layer) the medulla. Although the medulla is filled almost entirely with air, it’s the protein in its composition that gives it the extra strength. If you find that your hair is resilient to hair color, talk to your stylist about a color compositing shampoo which will prevent the color from fading.

Transitional Hair Care

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After years of chemical hair treatments, including coloring, dyeing, bleaching, relaxing, perming, and the like, many women choose to embrace their natural beauty and make the transition from chemically treated to natural hair. Making the transition can be tricky; women may find themselves wondering how long to wait until the chop off the damaged hair, others might be unsure of how to care for their hair during this time. To help with the confusion, this article tells of all the tips and tricks when embarking on transitional hair care.

  • Go big or go home: Plenty of women have multiple chemical treatments done throughout the course of a few months or years. For example, one woman may highlight her hair and get regular body waves, while another may color her hair and be a hair-relaxer regular. While there is nothing wrong with using beauty advancements to their fullest, when making the transition to natural hair, it’s important to stop all chemical treatments. Seriously, all of them.
  • Practice patience over prescience: When transitioning hair from treated to natural, it’s important to give the hair time to grow out and reclaim its natural shape. It takes an average of four-to-six months to let the natural hair grow out. With that said, it’s bound to take more or less time depending on the person. Remember to be patient; show your hair love by allowing it to do its own thing.
  • Chill out: Chemical treatments are known for damaging hair, unfortunately, so is the heat. With the hair in such a fragile and manipulative sate, heat tools (such as blow dryers and flat irons) are likely to cause more damage, and even prevents healthy regrowth. Instead, opt for air drying styles or absorbent hair towels.
  • Snip the snapped: As new healthy hair begins to grow, split and snapped ends will become more apparent. If they are bothersome, visit the salon for a trim. A stylist will be able to assess the hair, cut off whatever is dry and excessive, and suggest the best growth and trim timeline.
  • Start at the bottom: Brushing and combing through transitioning hair can be a pain, to say the least. Rather than starting at the crown of the head and pulling the brush down, start at the bottom. Begin by brushing the lowest three-to-six inches, once detangled, work on the above few inches. This makes the brushing process easier and less painful.
  • Take care when wet: It’s no secret that hair is easier to detangle when it’s clean and wet, this doesn’t change whether hair is chemically treated, natural, transitioning. It’s important to apply nourishing conditioners while in the shower. After letting the conditioner sit for a while, it is also an optimal time to comb through the hair with a wide-toothed comb. This helps to work the nourishing ingredients throughout every last strand.
  • Repair and prevent: As chemically treated hair is growing out, it’s important to continue caring for and showing it live. This will make the process much easier for a multitude of reasons. Additionally, it’s important to protect the new growth with leave in conditioners.

Removing Brassy Hair Tones

Any woman who’s ever colored or highlighted her hair blonde knows that the fresh-from-the-salon color doesn’t stay along for all that long. All it takes is a week’s worth of showers before your light and ashy strands start to lose their luster. Only a few short days-to-weeks later (depending on your lifestyle and environment) your highlights that were once as blonde as Brittany Spears’ are now yellow and brassy. Some women are okay with the brassier tinted shades, specifically those who go with a darker or caramel shade of blonde because the shifting of shades isn’t as noticeable. However, those who prefer a beachy bleach blonde shade, or even silver shade, will notice the color change almost immediately. Although the yellow hue is annoying, it’s almost guaranteed to happen. Luckily, it’s also easily to fix and prevent! Read on to find out what causes brassy hair tones and how to remove them!

Woman with brassy hair.

From Ashy to Brassy
Even though we use the name of one color to describe the color of our hair (i.e., brown, blonde, red), it’s actually a variety of warm and cool tones which alternate to create a dimensional appearance. Regardless of your hair color, the warm tones contribute to the hair’s appearance by giving it depth or darkness. The cool tones, on the other hand, balance the warm tones to give it the neutral color you see when you look in the mirror.

Of course, everyone’s hair color is a bit different from the next person’s; you could have 100 brunettes in the same room and have difficulty finding two people with the exact same shade of brown. If these 100 women bleached their hair to become blonde, however, those with naturally darker hair would be more susceptible to brassiness. The reason being that dark hair needs to go through a lightening process which changes the hair from brown to deep red, then to a pale yellow. When the hair becomes yellow it will then be toned with a dye to reach a natural looking ashy blonde color.

Now, take a moment to consider what happens after a naturally blonde haired woman dyes her hair brown, and then takes a few showers…the brown dye will ultimately start to fade. This is exactly what is happening to natural brunets when their blonde turns brassy – the toning dye is fading, but the result of the bleaching remains. Thus turning ashy blonde strands to golden and brassy yellow.

Woman with ashy blond hair.

From Brassy to Ashy
Knowing that bright blonde tresses dull due to the fading of toning hair color, wouldn’t it make sense to recolor the blonde strands? Well, it’s just that simple! When you tone, (a.k.a. add a toning color) to brassy hair, you are adding cool dimensions to your hair. This works to neutralize the hair by ridding copper and brassy tones and replacing them with silver ashy tones.

If your hair is already very brassy, the best thing you can do to cool the warm tones is to get a toning treatment. Whether you make an appointment to get it done at the salon, or you purchase an at home tonight treatment, you’ll get similar results. If you go to a salon, they are likely to use a gentle semi-permanent color which deposits the needed pigment into your strands to prevent damaging already weak hair. If you prefer to perform this process at home and are confident in your hair’s strength and stability, then you can find a brass-eliminating treatment where you would typically buy an at-home hair coloring kit.

If your hair is only slightly brassy, or even if it still has the majority of its ash, you can prevent the copper hue from ever making an appearance by investing in a high-quality toning shampoo. These shampoos are typically a bright purple or violet color. The purple color works to neutralize brassiness in its tracks. When using a toning shampoo one should take extra care to use an ultra-repairing and hydrating conditioner, the reason being that even the best purple shampoos are known to dry out healthy and hydrated strands.

Creating A Chic Braid

No matter what the season, where the event takes place, or the time of day, a chic braid is always appropriate. Going to and evening wedding at the Ritz? A braided updo is a perfect choice. Meeting your crush for an early morning coffee date? A messy braid will complete your yoga and hoodie ensemble. The best part about braided hairstyles is that many of them are actually easy to do! Granted, there are plenty of braided styles that stump even the most talented of stylists, but the majority of them look much more intimidating than they actually are… seriously. Below are step by step tutorials for two different chic braids, check it out!

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The Fab and Faux Fishtail

  1. Begin by pulling all of your hair to the back of your heady and securing it into a low pony. For the best-finished result, we recommend securing it with a sturdy clear elastic (or two-to-three of tiny clear ones so that they provide a stronger hold) or a regular hair tie that matches your hair color.
  2. Stick your thumb under the elastic and up through the center of the hair above the elastic. If you’ve done it correct you should be about to pull the half section of your hair apart from the other half by using your thumb and index finder.
  3.  With your free hand grab the “tail” of the ponytail, flip it up and tuck it through the opening that you’ve just made with your thumb. You’ll pull the hair all the way through. It should look as if you have a few inches of a fishtail above your ponytail.
  4. Three-or-so inches below the original elastic, wrap another clear or color-matching elastic around the hair and use your fingers to separate the section of hair between the two elastics (the same way you did in step 2).
  5. Just as you did in step 3, flip and tuck the “tail” of the ponytail through the opening.
  6. Repeat septs 4 and 5, adding as many sections as the length of your hair permits.

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Triple Braided Knot

  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is back comb or tease a wide section of hair that runs along your hairline which lies at the crown of your hair. This will create the volume you need to slay this sexy updo.
  2. Divide your hair into three even sections. Secure each section with a tiny clear elastic.
  3.  Braid each of the sections moderately tight, then secure them at the end with another elastic.
  4. Even though you braided each braid moderately tight, use your pointer finger and thumb to pull the hair apart, this way the braid becomes wider and appears a bit fuller.
  5. Twist each braid around itself until it coils on itself. At this point, it should be twisted all the way to the base of the section. Secure it to your scalp by inserting color matching bobby pins.
  6. Repeat the previous step to the remaining two braids, then give your updo a bit of extra hold with some hairspray.

Hair Cuts To Try In Fall 2016

There’s something so fresh about a new season that encourages us to make a change; some get the urge to redecorate the soap room, others aim to switch up their eating habits, we here at Lionesse find ourselves yearning to change our look. With fall nearly upon us (sorry for stating that reality, on the bright side there’s still one more month of summer left!) we’ve found ourselves browsing the internet for haircut inspiration and calling our stylists’ with the hope of getting in for an appointment sooner than later. After some friendly conversation and some social media observation, we’ve noticed that tons of women across the country feel the same way. We hope you enjoy the last few beach days of the season to their fullest; We know you’ll be stress-free – as far as your hair contemplations are concerned – after browsing through our favorite haircuts that will be “in” this fall. In no particular order, here are the must-try haircuts of fall 2016:

Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson is our first celeb inspiration. She effortlessly rocks a long cut that is filled with angles, long layers, and bangs. This cut is perfect for those long-haired girls who want a small change. Also, if you want to make the look even more versatile, you can have your stylist give you longer bangs so that you can sweep them into side-bangs or spread them out into full on bangs. Of course, this in-between bang length is pretty particular so you should be prepared to stop by the salon ever few weeks or (if you’re confident in your ability, be prepared to trim them yourself. With total uncertainty of who wears this next haircut better, we turn to Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba as celeb hair-spiration. While layers, angles, and uneven texture can be fun and flirty, these to women slay with the chest-length, simple center-parted, one length haircut. If you hair is medium to full in thickness then this look is a perfect choice for you this fall. If you follow any one of Kylie Jenner’s social media accounts you’ve probably come to notice that she experiments with trends just before they make it mainstream. Of course, she is one who changes her look up before the pictures make it to the press, but her look that we love for this fall is the straight and smooth one-length lob. Her ends were long enough to bush her chin, which makes it the perfect lazy-girl hairstyle.

Victora Beckhams bob hairstyle

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For this next cut, we turn to super model Victoria Beckham and her fabulous A-line bob. If you have a round-shaped face, then this cut is absolutely perfect for you. If you like the idea of an A-line cut but aren’t ready for such a short look, then you may like Jenifer Lawrence’s A-line lob, this Hunger Games actress gives the look a sexy update by adding in loose, voluminous waves. Finally, if you spent last year on the fence about getting a pixie cut, now’s the time to go for it! Yes, the pixie cut is still in, and with stars like Anne Hathaway, Tyra Banks, and Scarlett Johansson still rocking the look, we have a feeling this cut will become more popular for seasons to come.

Faux & Half Hawks

The faux hawk trend has taken the hair industry by storm; Like clothing, it is typical for hair styles to go in and out of fashion, but it seems that faux hawks and half hawks are here to stay. The term itself, faux hawk, does have a sort of intimidating ring to it. In fact, a simple Google search on the beauty term brings up the following definition: a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect, intended to resemble a Mohawk haircut (in which the sides of the head are shaved). After giving the definition some attention it’s understandable as to why many women were apprehensive about trying the look at first, giving it a slow climb to popularity. However, with the faux hawk on top we have put together two very easy to follow tutorials: the first one for a classic, all up faux hawk, and the second for a flirty, half hawk.

Faux hawk hairstyle

The Faux Hawk:

  1. Using your thumbs, pull the center front section of your hair back to create a poof, then secure with two bobby pins.
  2. Now, slide your fingers into your both sides of your hair so that you are pulling back the hair which is about halfway between your poof and your ears. Merge the hair you’ve gathered on both sides together, securing it directly under your poof with an elastic.
  3. Use a hair large hair clip to move that ponytail away from the rest of your hair. As in step 2, slide your fingers into your hair, this time grabbing the sections of hair which are right above the ears, then pull them together and secure them with a loop right under the first pony.
  4. Continue to make ponytails that are the same or similar thickness as the first two, depending on your hair type you should finish with about 5-7 individual ponytails. As you pull the hair back, it may be helpful to use a brush to smooth out the hair so that it doesn’t have any unkempt-looking hair bumps. Do your best to keep each ponytail the same distance from the previous. Once you’ve finished gave the sides of your head a spritz of hair spray.
  5. Use a medium-to-large barrel curling iron to curl each section of hair, being sure to curl each pony in multiple sections, not all at once.
  6. Starting back at the top, wrap the curled pony loosely around itself, then secure it to your scalp with hair pins. Spray it with some strong hold hairspray before moving onto the next one. Continue on until all your hair is pinned up and you have yourself a faux hawk.
Rihanna with a half hawk hairstyle

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The Half Hawk:

  1. If your hair is not already naturally curly or wavy, it would be beneficial to distribute hair texturizer to your locks before styling.
  2. Slide your fingers on either side of your hair so that you are gathering all the hair parallel to your brows (about an inch-or-so above your ear) to the crown of your head.
  3. As you bring the hair from each side together, use your thumbs to tuck the outer pieces of hair under the center pieces to create body.
  4. Have bobby pins ready to go as you use one hand to hold the hair in place, pinching the tucked hair under. With the other hand slide a few bobby pins (at least three, if not more) on each side so that you are securing those outer-underneath pieces. It’s best to alternate which side you insert the bobby pin so that you create an X with them.
  5. Once you gave the hair secured with hidden bobby pins, you can release your grip and let that half hawk flow. Don’t forget to mist on some strong hold hairspray!