Hair Styling Tips For Stubborn Hair

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Do you have difficult hair that has a mind of its own? Fret no more! This article will provide you with instructions on how to get your hair away from your face, with all sorts tips and tricks to style your stubborn hair that you can use for any style!

ballerina bun

If you want to rock a ballerina bun, but find yourself giving up after endless fails, we urge you to give this look a try just one last time after reading these tips. You’ve probably read over and over again that it’s best to construct this look with freshly washed and conditioned, combed and dried hair. Sure, this works excellent for those who have straight, less difficult to work with hair, but this will only make things harder for you. To achieve this look with stubborn hair you’ll need to do things a bit differently. If you know ahead of time that you want to wear a ballerina bun, don’t shampoo your hair in the shower. Slather on some conditioner and let it sit on your locks while you wash up, just don’t forget to rinse before you get out of the shower. Instead of wrapping your in a bath towel, use an old t-shirt, this will make your hair less frizzy than if you were to use a normal towel. When you’re ready, use a wide toothed comb to thoroughly detangle your locks. Before pulling your hair up into a bun, apply a small amount of hair gel to the top and front portions of your hair. Then use a brush to pull back that frontal hair backwards and upwards, this will make sure that all your hair stays down and in place as it dried throughout the day. Wrap your hair into a ballerina bun and don’t worry about your hair all day!

Chignon hairstyle

If you envy your thinner-haired friends for their low chignons, then you’ll love the tips you’re about to read! Begin with washed and dried hair; it’s totally fine if it’s not freshly cleaned but you should be sure that there isn’t any product already in your hair. Use a comb to be sure that there aren’t any tangles in your tresses, then spritz some shine spray on your locks (shine serum works too) then use a comb or brush to work the product throughout the hair. Pull your hair into a low bun, but before wrapping the elastic around it, give it a bit of a loosening shake so that some side pieces slip out of your grip. Use an elastic to wrap your hair into a low chignon (like a loose and low bun). Finally, use a small curling iron to give those loose pieces a bit of body with a twist. Finally, spritz on some hairspray and you’re good to go.

Of course, you can deal with your stubborn hair by getting it out of your face as explained above, but you should also be sure that you’re giving your hair the proper maintenance that it needs. This means getting your hair trimmed regularly, not over-using heat tools, and showing your locks some attention by putting on a conditioning mask every week or so.

Fixing Oily Roots

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Everyone has one of those friends who almost never has to wash their hair; you know, the friend who goes on and on about how they haven’t shampooed in four days and are worried that their hair looks flat, while you’re spraying dry shampoo into your washed-four-hours-ago hair like it’s nobody’s business.

If you’ve fallen a victim to oil roots, you’ve probably noticed the unfair vicious cycle that takes its course. Of course, you already know that the oils produced by the scalp are essential in keeping the hair follicle healthy, but when you feel that your roots getting too oily too fast, you’re urged to shampoo it all away. Sure, the shampoo rinses the oils down the drain, but it also dries the hair out, which in turn, causes it to produce more oils to remain healthy. How annoying, right? It’s like you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. If you wash your hair, it’s only going to get oilier in the long run, but if you don’t wash it’s still going to be oily in the present moment. The good news is you’re not alone. Tons of women battle greasy roots on a day-to-day basis, which means many women have tried to combat the oil. Below are some of the top oil-busting tips from women around the globe. It may take some trial and error to find out what works best for you, but will a little time and patience, you’ll figure out how to fix those oily roots in no time.

Oil Detox
You know that you’re not necessarily helping your hair by stripping it of its natural oils every morning, but there’s no way you’re going to leave for work with your hair looking like that. If dry shampoo isn’t your forte, you’ll love this simple anti-oil hair detox that is sure to leave your hair less oil ridden for the next day or two. Not only does it clear up grease and grime, but it also clears the scalp of dead skin cells, which could also be taking a toll on your sebum production. All you need to do is add 1 cup of water, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to an empty spray bottle and give it a good shake. Use this first thing when you get into the shower, being sure that every last strand of hair gets touched by the mixture. Use your fingers to work the mixture into your scalp, then rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual. Use the treatment two-to-three times per week and you’ll find yourself pleased with the difference.

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Oatmeal Treatment
Oatmeal is not only nourishing for the inside of your body, but it’s also beneficial for your hair too! It may sound funny (and even seem a bit strange at first) but an oatmeal hair mask is a great way to remove oils and calm the scalp. Simply prepare regular oatmeal, then apply it all over your hair and scalp, taking a few extra moments to massage it into the roots. After letting it sit for five-to-ten minutes, rinse it all out and wash your hair as usual. 

Medicine Cabinet Alcohol
Do you love the simplicity of dry shampoo, but hate the built-up feel or powdery look? If so, go grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol out of your medicine cabinet. Keep in mind, this won’t prevent your hair from over-producing oil, but it is an overly simple quick fix when you’re running late and need to get out the door. Simply saturate a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol, then lightly dab and pat it around the roots. Use your fingers to fluff up the hair and you’ll be good to go. While rubbing alcohol is a great quick fix, it’s not meant to on a regular basis.

Best Way To Get Rid Of Grays

Those aren’t gray hairs;
They’re strands of glitter growing from my head.
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The truth of the matter is no one likes going gray; however everyone sprouts a gray lock at some point in time, it’s simply inevitable! Fortunately, women have been opposed to going gray for quite some time now, which means there are age-old beauty hacks to fix the lifeless looking locks. Continue reading to first find out why hair your hair turns gray, and then learn the best ways to get rid of those pesky grays. You can thank us later.

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Going Gray
Whether you sprouted your first gray the day before you graduated college or the after your daughter graduated college you hair went through the same process, here’s what happens: our human hair (as well as the hair of a considerable amount of other animals) naturally contains hydrogen peroxide within the hair follicle. In addition to hydrogen peroxide, the hair is made up of something called the hair catalase, which is comprised of enzymes. The enzymes in the catalase initiate the hydrogen peroxide in the hair to generate oxygen and water. This process occurs over and over when the hair is young. However, as the hair ages its enzyme catalase weakens, so the once-active conversion process slows and doesn’t take place as frequently as it once did. This means that the hydrogen peroxide begins to accumulate throughout the hair follicle, which in turn causes the hair to lose its color from the inside out. Of course, in losing its color it will begin to appear gray until you take action.

Woman with gray hair

Getting Rid of the Gray
With an understanding of why the hair decolorizes, you can combat the grays. Here are some tried and true, and scientific tips of how to do so.

  • Offset the gray color by distracting the eye with a mix of highlights and lowlights. While this isn’t changing the hair’s process of turning gray, it does allow you to hide the unwanted color.
  • Prepare one of the following:  black tea, curry leaves, ginger, henna, ridge guard (after you’ve done a few minutes of reading up on the product you choose, to find which one is best for you) and apply it on your locks. Keep in mind that naturally repairing gray hair takes time, and the most immediate result will always come from professionally applied artificial hair color.
  • If you are a smoker, here’s another reason to quit: not only can you prevent grays, but there is convincing evidence that you can reverse grays.
  • A wonderful way to manage gray hair, as well as your overall health, is to be sure that you’re consuming a balanced diet. Additionally, you should be most certain that you are getting the proper amounts of vitamin B12 and B6, as they are key to keeping your hair it’s natural color. Because we know it can be hard to maintain a balanced diet all the time, you can get into the habit of taking a vitamin B complex supplement every morning.

Are You A Cool Or A Warm Blonde?

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Have you ever had your hair colored to perfection, only to look into the mirror a few weeks later and notice that your hair had a strange yellow tint to it? If so, this yellow tint that you noticed is actually a Brassy tone. Brassy tones are probably the top complaint of those with blonde hair. That said, brassy tones are the result of extra blonde warm tones.

If you’re unsure of what all of this hair color mumbo jumbo means, check this out: When your stylist is creating the formula to color your hair, he or she is using a color wheel to determine which chemicals will make for the best color. Before mixing up the color, during the consulting part of the appointment you might hear her use the terms brassy and ashy. When referring to the entire color wheel, brassy or warm tones include the colors red, orange, and yellow, while ashy or cool tones include green, blue, and violet. However, when speaking only of the blonde spectrum it is easiest to think of a scale that goes from 1 to 15. Imagine the beginning of this scale being a warm yellow mustard color, but as the numbers on the scale progress to the center of the scale (say 7 or 8) it lightens to a neutral cream color. Because you can’t get much lighter than cream or white, the remainder of the scale will go from white to gray. Remember, yellow is at the start of the spectrum, and is considered a brassy color, which means it’s warm; thus the opposite side of the scale is cool. What does all this mean for you? Simply those whose blonde hair is more of a sweet sunny color are warm blondes. Of course, this means that those who have silver or platinum colored hair are cool blondes.

Now that you have a better idea of the difference between warm and cool blondes, you certainly have an understanding of why your bleach blonde isn’t as bleach colored as it once was – because for one reason or another the cool, ashy tones have faded to warm, brassy ones. Some ladies may be okay with the warmer tones but others can’t stand it! If you find that you’re one of those who isn’t a fan of the warmer tones, check out the tips below to reverse and prevent them!

  • Use a violet shampoo for regular maintenance. Since violet and yellow are on opposite sides of the color wheel, the purple color works to neutralize the brassy color. Sometimes violet or purple shampoos can be extremely drying, which is the last thing that vulnerable, bleached hair needs. Protract your hairs integrity while preventing brassiness by alternating violet shampoo with your regular shampoo every other day.
  • Use a violet conditioning treatment on a semi-regular basis. This is a great option if you are a fan of conditioning treatments and are able to find the time do them every-so-often.
  • Schedule a toning treatment with your stylist in-between root touch-up appointments. If you notice that the brassiness acts up during the summer it’s because the sand and salt water tend to do some serious damage to cool tones. It can be annoying, but it is also super easy for your stylist to take care of with a toning treatment.

Au Natural: The Beauty of Unprocessed Hair

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Alopecia, specifically Traction Alopecia is the slow and steady process of hair loss, which is most often the result of the continual pulling of the hair. Common causes of the gradual hair loss include: frequently sporting tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids; tight cornrows, weaves or braids with or without extensions; over-rolling hair rollers or curlers to the point of painful pulling.

Unfortunately, once the hair has been tightly tugged to frequently, the hair loss itself is extremely hard to reverse. This is typically when women consider ordering extensions or wigs. However, it goes without saying that younger women are reaping the beauty benefits of hair extensions. Regardless of your situation, chances are you’ve been overwhelmed at one point or another when noticing that buying a set of hair extensions isn’t that simple. Virgin and nonvirgin hair, processed and unprocessed hair, remy and non-remy hair, what does all this mean?

Unprocessed or Virgin Hair
The to save you any future confusion, the terms “unprocessed” and “virgin” can be used in place of one another, as they hold the same meaning; for the purpose of this article, we will stick with “unprocessed.” Most typically, the term “unprocessed” applies to hair is that have never been processed, thus, it is unprocessed. For a wig or set of extensions to dawn the unprocessed label, it must meet demanding standards, which, for the most part, remain the same across a variety of companies. Typically, these standards require that the hair has not been permed, colored, bleached, or endured any sort of chemical process. Further, it is a prerequisite for all unprocessed hair products to present the hair with all cuticles intact and all organized in the same direction. In addition, it is standard for a set of unprocessed hair extensions to come from just one donor.

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Maintenance
If gentle, regular maintenance and proper care are taken, unprocessed hair can be expected to last around a year. To assure you get the full 365 days out of a wig or set of extensions follow these tips:

  • Just as you would your natural tresses, unprocessed hair replacements should be brushed frequently.
  • Because chemicals have not tainted the integrity unprocessed hair, it is important that you shampoo and condition the hair on a regular basis.
  • Regular hair hygiene happens to be imperative for those of you who you use a substantial amount product. If not washed, the hair product will likely leave product deposits which will ultimately damage the quality of the hair.
  • Just as heat tools can damage your hair, they will, at the very least, leave the unprocessed hair feeling less smoother over time; if you can cut down on heat time, you will enjoy its “brand new” look and feel for much longer.

The Unprocessed Benefits
As with all beauty products, there are both advantages and disadvantages that accompany unprocessed hair. By far, the key advantage to unprocessed hair is that, because it has not previously faced chemicals, it much stronger when compared to processed hair, which is more than likely already partially damaged. Additionally, it is much easier to style your unprocessed hair piece with heat tools because there is no keratin treatment or perm defying change. The main disadvantage of unprocessed hair is that specific colors and styles are not readily available.

Hair Strengthening Masks

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Hair masks are a severely underrated product in the beauty and hair care market today. Of course, it goes without mentioning that there are more than a few products out there that don’t exactly keep their promises, so it’s understandable why people aren’t exactly the biggest believers in the claims of hair strengthening masks. Well, it’s time for all the nonbelievers to start believing in all of the super strengthening powers that the ultra-dense conditioning masks have to offer.

Lather… Rinse… Repeat
Believe it or not, hair masks are at the very least as powerful as your typical conditioner, but more than often they are much more mighty. The conditioner that you lather, rinse, and repeat with every morning typically works by resting on the outermost layer of your hair. Assuming that you leave the moisturizing compound on your hair for the recommended amount of time, it will give your hair a rather semi-transformation by replacing the natural oils that are stripped away by your shampoo. Think of this conditioner somewhat like a smoothing primer that would be used prior to putting on the foundation; when someone has rough or dry patches, they may apply a smoothing primer to coat their dry skin so that their makeup goes on easier. However, it’s important to remember that the primer is not actually fixing, helping, or healing the dry patches on your skin.

Lather… Relax… Rinse
Unlike your typical conditioner, which just simply coats the dry, damaged outer cuticle, hair strengthening masks actually strengthen the inner and outer cuticle by totally immersing into each and every strand. This means that instead of the temporary fix provided by a regular conditioner, the hair strengthening mask will provide nourishment to your hair, ultimately leaving it with a natural luster and better than ever manageability.

That being said, a hair strengthening mask is not exactly going to fix split ends, as if they’ve never happened (the only way to do that is to make an appointment for a trim), but it will make them less noticeable. Think of it as the school glue you use to adhere two pieces of paper together: no matter what, it is still two separate sides, but the glue works as a compound to hold it all together, right? That’s exactly what the hair strengthening mask will do; it will hide the noticeable damage by “packing” or “insulating” the hair with as much moisture as possible, giving it added thickness and strength.

Woman applying hair oil

Should Everyone Use a Mask?
The answer here is yes! Although there are different hair strengthening masks tailored to different hair types (fine, frizzy, curly, ethnic) that cater to different needs (color protection, keratin safe, growth promoting), everyone should try to use the hair treatment at least once per week. When choosing the mask that is best for you, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for a few ingredients that can ensure the treatment will keep its promises.

  • Almond Oil: An ultra-hydrating, yet ultra lightweight emollient that is ideal for those with thin or fine hair.
  • Argan Oil: Coined by experts as “liquid gold,” argan oil is known for its powerful nourishing abilities, and will leave your hair smooth and shiny.
  • Bamboo Extract: This plant-based ingredient works to structure the hair by implementing strength.
  • Keravis: A must-have for those who use heat tools regularly, keravis is a double threat that works strengthen heat-wreaked, while protecting it from further heat damage.
  • Panthenol: A vitamin B5 derivative, this element works as a magnet, pulling in water to give dehydrated hair the moisture it longs for.
  • Wheat Proteins: A potent ingredient, wheat proteins encourage the saturation of other nurturing products while working to prevent future breakage.

Creating Summer Highlights

Woman with long hair

The summer season and highlighted hair have had a close relationship for longer than we can remember; for some reason, the sun just seems to inspire us to lighten up our locks. More than likely you’ve ended up here, reading this very article, because summertime has got you interested in a lighter do. In previous years the decision to “highlighting your hair” left you to choose between two options: thick and chunky highlights, or thin and piece-y streaks. Thankfully, artist of the beauty world has provided us with more than a few choices today.

Being that a girl’s highlighting choices aren’t as limited as they once were, we have pulled together a few different highlighting style options. Take your time reading through the highlighting possibilities, that way you know exactly what you want when you make your next salon appointment.

A Summertime Balayaged Lob
What better way to rock the hottest haircut of the moment, the l(ong b)ob, than to bring in some added dimension with a tortoiseshell balayage to lighten things up?! Tell your stylist that you’re interested in an ecaille balayage, let him/her take the rest from there.

Light and Long Summertime Hair
If you’re the person who wants highlight your hair as much as possible, without actually going all-blonde, you’ll love the idea of light and long highlights. This works best on hair that is a natural light brown, but can be achieved in the double process as well for those of you who have darker hair. Either way, explain to your stylist that you want a full set of dimensional blonde highlights.

Heavy Highs and Lows
For those of you that love the look of thick, chunky highlights, you should opt for a partial set of highlights mixed with a partial set of lowlights. Make your look stand out every once and a while a by curling your hair to revile each and every low and highlight.

Long hair highlights

Subtle and Strong Summer Highlights
If you know you want highlights, but are scared that you’ll look too blonde, this is the perfect look for you. Your stylist will create somewhat of a hybrid ombre; your highlights will start ¼ to ½ the way down your hair shaft. Some streaks will be thick and rather subtle, while others will be a bit stronger. The alternating pattern creates an illusion of natural sunkissed highlights, the only difference is the highlights are right where you want them.

Brown + Blonde + Honey hues
If you’re interested in a dimensional look, but don’t necessarily want the look of artificial highlights, you are the perfect candidate for tai-colored highlights. Tell your stylist that you’re in light brown lowlights, blonde highlights and honey highlights. Did we mention that this look looks radiant on just about every skin tone?

Frosted in the Summertime
Do you already have blonde hair, but find that you still wish to go lighter for the summer? That’s okay! This can easily be done with a partial highlight, just a few shades lighter than your base blonde, and a total toning treatment. A week or so later you may notice the silver or frosted tones begin to fade, to keep your hair just as silver and vibrant as the day you walk out of the salon, go ahead and buy a high-quality toning shampoo.

Supergirl Melissa Benoist

Melissa Benoist

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If you didn’t have the chance to get familiar with Melissa Benoist’s name or face when she starred in “Glee”, you will most defiantly become familiar with this super sexy 24-year-old in the near future. Benoist was cast as the lead of “Supergirl,” CBS’s new show, which is best classified as a mix of drama, fantasy, action and sci-fi. Benoist plays Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who made her way to earth about twenty years after Clark Kent and Lois Lane became official.

Unless you’ve been hiding from pop culture under a rock for the last few years, you surely know that male leads heavily dominate television. We love that Benoist steps into the superhero scene as Supergirl; by doing so she is sending a powerfully positive message, that girls are indeed powerful and most defiantly superheroes too.

Naturally she is often dawning her Supergirl suit while filming, but like most television stars, she caught by paparazzi offset looking super amazing. If you want to steal Benoist’s everyday style, feast your eyes on the looks bellow.

Offset Benoist has a simple, easygoing style. If you know that you’re a jeans girl, you would find yourself very fond of her closet! Steal Benoist’s boho look with a pair of highrises, distressed flair jeans, paired with a loose fitting white blouse. After tucking the front of the blouse in, add a thin belt and a floral infinity scarf. If you really want to rock her look, style your hair in loose flowing waves.

Ready to rock you favorite cut-off shorts instead? That’s no problem at all, as Benoist is often seen sporting high rise cut-off jean shorts paired with a trendy crop top tank top. However, she understands that it is important to “leave something to the imagination,” as she does not go for ultra low cut tops and she is always layering with a fitted cardigan, blazer or even hoodie.

Are you going to a summer soiree and in need of some classy inspiration? You should check out a few of Benoist’s red carpet looks. In doing so, you will find that she is one who likes to stick to a basic color pallet, typically sporting form-fitting white, black or nude dresses. Benoist always keeps her red carpet looks classy with knee-length dresses, which are never too tight.

In addition to her trendy outfits, it seems that Benoist’s makeup is always on point. If you’re interested in copying her less-is-more, fresh-faced look, follow these steps:

  1. Beginning with a clean face, apply a layer of high-quality, non-comedogenic sunscreen.
  2. Once the sunscreen has dried, use a damp makeup sponge to apply a light to medium coverage liquid foundation. If you find that you have imperfections that you would like to cover up, you can continue to build up the foundation or apply a concealer.
  3. Benoist does not over do it with the bronzer, blush or highlighter. Instead, it appears that she applies a small amount of natural looking blush to the apples of her cheeks. However, if you feel that your facial structure would best benefit from bronzer, so ahead and apply that – just not both.
  4. Lightly dust your face with translucent powder to set your simple look.
  5. Finally, grab your favorite tinted chap stick, apply it to your lips, and toss it in your bag so you can reapply it throughout the day.

Pinterest’s Hair, Makeup and Nail Color Picks

Pinterest has been around for quite a few years, but it wasn’t until the past three-ish years that the sight had become ultra popular. Business big and small and nonprofit charities all use the social media website to drive traffic to their websites. However, the majority of Pinners today are not companies, rather they are social media users who visit the website to find the best triple macaroni and cheese recipe, save the inspiration for the perfect date night outfit, and share our favorite blogger’s weekly blog posts. That being said, Pinterest has become the Do It Yourself hub and beauty tip central. So, what exactly are top Pinners coining as the must try spring hairdos? Super cute makeup looks? Or got to have nail colors?

Since we totally understand how cluttered your Pinterest feed can get from following other amazing pinners, we have done some (Pinterest style) research and answered those three questions for you – Have a look!

Bun hairstyle

Pinterest  Hair Picks
Pinner’s today are all about their braids! From long bohemian inspired Dutch braids to tight and sleek French braids, you are bound to find a tutorial of a braided hairdo that you’ll love. As you may know, Pinterest can be a bit addictive; we managed to go through hundreds of the top Pinned hairstyles! Here are our favorites.

Half-Up Boho Bun – Start this fab look with soft blow dried, towel dried or air dried hair. Use your thumbs to pull back a small top section of your hair and use an elastic to wrap it into a bun. Now, find a few sections of hair throughout the hair that you have left down, and create two or three braids (being sure to secure the bottom of them with clear elastics). Once the braids are secure, use your fingers to loosen the braids and you’re done!

Upside-Down and Inside-Out Bun – 1. To begin the look, flip your head upside-down and use a wide toothed comb or brush to get all your locks nice and straight. Now, at the nape of your neck begin an inside-out French braid. Keep braiding until the braid reaches the crown of your head, then grab your elastic and pull the remaining hair into a ponytail. Now go ahead and grab a sock bun accessory and finish the look by creating a fab ballerina bun!

Pinterest Makeup Picks
After hours of Pinterest browsing, we have come to the conclusion that there is one thing that Pinners today are totally obsessed with:

Falsies – According to Pinners, the longer and the thicker, the better! Pinners have tons of tips and tricks for the perfect application. If you’re interested in our best lash tricks, check out the article don’t forget the lashes.

gray nails

Pinterest Nail Color Picks
Of course, the Pinners have their say in the nail department too! Top pinners are giving their two since and letting users know that bold nail colors are out and (believe it or not) bland nail colors are in! This means the nudes and beiges, gray and dull blues are all super hot nail colors right now!

Buns for Short Hair

bun hairstyle

It really is no secret that a vast majority of today’s most popular hairstyles are designed with long-haired ladies in mind. Thus, it seems to make sense that one of the most complained about shortcomings (if not the most complained about) regarding short cuts is the lack of style options to choose from. So, to all the short-haired ladies out there: your calls for help have been heard. We have pulled together the cutest and easiest short hair hairstyle options. By the way, we have also found a no hassle way for you to be able to rock the immensely popular #messybun. You are more than welcome, ladies.

Curly B (as in Ballerina) Bun:
It seems that the girlies with long hair have it so easy, right? They can just whip their hair into a ponytail, slip a sock bun piece over their hair and wrap it all up. Well, you will be happy you are here and reading this post, because we are going to tell you how you, too, can rock a ballerina bun – and guess what, there are no oddly shaped hair-pieces required! To start, you will want to gather all your hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with elastic. Then, with a wide barrel curling iron, curl sections of the ponytail. Once it has been curled, loop each ringlet around your fingers holding it against your scalp. With the other hand, slide a bobby pin on the bottom/inside of the curl. Repeat this with each individual curl, placing each one next to the other. One all the hair is pinned, use some strong hold hairspray and you are good to go!

Half and Half Knot
This style is perfect for those of you who love the look of wearing your hair, but also wish that it was not falling in your face all day long. #girlprobs. The half up half down knot is a modern hairstyle that is both edgy and chic. Oh, and super simple! For those of you who need a little extra oomph in the hair department, you will want to start by teasing the top half of your hair. Next (this is also the first step for those of you who do not need to add any extra volume) pull all the hair back that you have just teased and start by using the elastic like you are going to create a ponytail. Now – the final and most important step to make the ponytail into a bun – pull your hair all the way through the elastic once, pull your hair all the way through the elastic twice, then on only pull your hair halfway through the third time. Now you have yourself a fab half up half down top knot.

Side Braid #messybun
Ahh yes, the look you have been dying to know the secret to. To rock the look for your sweatpants and messy bun lazy-day, you will start by grabbing a 1”-2” section at the top of your hairline. With that section, create a loose braid, or fishtail. Once you have finished, secure it with a small elastic and let it be for a few moments. Now pull all the rest of your hair back as if you were creating a low ponytail, once you have gathered every stand of hair, use your finger to twist all of your hair around itself. Keep twisting until the twist begins to coil around itself, then wrap the twist into a bun and wrap a hair tie around the bun. Now, pull the braid back towards your braid and secure it with a bobby pin. Once you have applied some strong hold hairspray, you can use the skinny end of a comb to gently loosen the bun giving it the appearance a bit more volume.