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1011 Tutorial :: Halo Braid

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Step 1

  • Clip the sides and back of the hair into place, leaving the longer hair clipped and trailing down the neck and back. You can use simple clips and this area can look messy as the main focus will be on the braid.

Step 2

  • Pulling the hair up from the ear, it can be divided into a normal French braid of three sections and woven across the front of the forehead. As you work with the braid, more pieces of hair can be incorporated to keep the halo firmly in place.

Step 3

  • As you cross the opposite ear from where you started, it is time to start bringing the clipped hair into the braid and it can be secured with well placed and hidden clips, bobby pins, and other tools.

Step 4

  • Coming full circle around the head, you will need to pin the last bit of hair to the first part of the braid. If done correctly, this will create a seamless appearance and the point where the braid starts and ends will be completely hidden from view.

Step 5

  • At this point, there will probably still be a decent amount of frizz. To finish the look, simply add a healthy dose of hairspray and fluff up the halo using the fingers. The frizz will fall in place and you can choose to either go with a natural halo braid or a more polished and glamorous look.

As with many other things, remember that practice makes perfect and you should ask your hairdresser to go through a dry run to make sure they are able to deliver the exact halo braid that you are looking for. This should be done a few weeks before the actual wedding to make sure you have time to make last minute changes or switch to a different hairstylist, if needed. It may seem tricky at first, but the halo braid becomes easier to perfect with each successive try. The benefit of having a classic and timeless look on your wedding day will definitely be worth the effort.

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Photography provided by Wedding Chicks

Posted on March 27, 2012 and filed under DIY Tutorial.

1011 Tutorial :: DIY Sock Bun

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Step One:

  • Take a sock and cut the toe off. The thicker the the sock, the larger the bun. Try to use a sock that is similar to your hair color (light sock for light hair, etc.). Starting from the area you cut, roll the sock down, tightly, to form a doughnut shape. H&M also offers a cheater version of the doughnut.

Step Two:

  • Brush out your hair and secure hair into a ponytail with an elastic band. Where you place your ponytail will be where the center of the bun rests. The higher the pony tail, the higher the bun placement. You can smooth out the hair, creating a sleeker ponytail for a more elegant bun, or allow a few wispy pieces, for a less kept, playful bun.

Step Three:

  • Take the sock you rolled and pull the hair from the ponytail through the center of the doughnut, and spread the ends of the hair around the doughnut. You will start rolling the doughnut down the hair, starting from the ends of the hair and rolling to the base of the ponytail. As you roll, continue tucking and spreading the hair under and around the doughnut.  Don’t give up, it may seem like it isn’t working but it is :)
  • If you have lots of layers, or very straight hair, you can slightly back comb the hair in the ponytail, prior to rolling, to help with keeping the hair together as you roll the hair down.

Once you have rolled the hair completely, and the bun is resting in place, you can use the end of a comb to tuck any pieces out of place into, and under, the bun. Use bobby pins and hair pins to secure the bun (placing them under the bun to help hold in place, securing any loose pieces). Check to make sure there are no places where the sock is visible. If you can see the sock, just spread the hair and secure with a pin.

Spray with a light finishing spray.

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Photography provided by Wedding Chicks

Posted on March 27, 2012 and filed under DIY Tutorial.

1011 Tutorial :: Loose Curl

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Step 1

  • Spray a heat protectant on your hair prior to using any hot tools on your hair. You can section your hair however you would like, pining some hair up and away while you work from the nape of your neck up, or you can just pull hair from the back and work your way to the front.
  • The size of the barrel you choose to use as your tool will depend on the desired size of the curl, or “looseness” of wave, you would like to achieve (bigger barrel, larger and looser the curl).
  • For “loose curls” begin with about 1 inch sections and insert hair into the open barrel, with the barrel at an angle,  towards the top of the hair shaft (closer to the scalp and not the ends of the hair.

Step 2

  • Rotate the hair around the barrel until the hair is wound. You can wrap hair in whatever direction you desire (towards face or away from the face). I prefer the hair directed away from the face. As you turn the iron to curl, you will move the barrel down the hair shaft after each turn. Try to hold the ends of the hair with one hand as you curl with the other. This will help to control the hair and keep the hair taut as you work your way down. As you turn the barrel, you may need to drop the ends from the hand not holding the iron in order to turn the hair, pick the ends back up as you slide the barrel down.
  • Don’t be afraid to move the iron around so it makes it easier to control. You can direct the iron angled up or you can direct the iron angled down, depending on what side of the head you are working on, and what hand is your dominant hand.

Step 3

  • You will feed the ends of the hair into the barrel last to smooth the ends, trying not to keep heat on them for too long.
  • The hair that frames the face should be directed away from the face. Once you have worked your way around the head, you can use your fingers to break up the curls leaving you with loose, tousled, curls.

Step 4

  • Spray hair with a light finishing spray.  You can also use a light spray wax to give you a more “piecey” look… just don’t overdo the wax or it can weigh down the curl.
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Photography provided by Wedding Chicks

Posted on March 27, 2012 and filed under DIY Tutorial.