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Creating Carefree Waves

Woman with wavy hair

Summer’s almost here! As the weather gets hotter and the sun shines brighter, beachy, easy waves are the best accessory for the season. Beachy waves are one of the best parts about the summertime: they’re relatively low-maintenance, easy to style, and look great with everything from a bikini to a party dress. But sometimes those elusive, perfect waves stay just out of reach. If you’re frustrated with your lack Cabo-worthy hair, don’t worry! We’ve got five easy steps to get the perfect tousled beachy head.

Step 1: Prep Your Hair
It’s best to start with two-or-three day hair, meaning you haven’t washed it in a couple days. If your hair gets way too greasy for you to wait that long, then make sure to wash with a conditioning cleanser that doesn’t strip the natural oils away from your hair: those natural oils are what help create curl, and even if it initially looks too slick, the next step will fix that extra shine. If you want to add a tighter curl to this beachy look, try wearing braids for the first two or three days to form a curl pattern on your head. The best types of braids to achieve this are French braids, since they allow hair from the roots to the tips to get nice and curly. If you’re looking for more of a gentle wave, just let your hair go natural during the waiting days.

Step 2: Choose Your Products
Luckily, this style is super low maintenance, so you’ll only need a couple products. If your hair is fine, thin, or naturally oily, look for a salt spray. These are super popular, and can be found everywhere from the drugstore to high-end salons. Look for formulas that don’t have parabens or sodium laurel sulfate, as these can dry out your hair. Instead, opt for formulas that have real salt in them, as well as dry oils like sweet almond or argan oil. If you’d prefer to go the DIY route, simply mixing equal parts distilled water with kosher salt and a few drops of your favorite dry oil is a perfect formula: just grab a clean, empty spray bottle and you’re good to go! If your hair is thicker, coarser, or drier, look for a texturizing paste. This is a great option for taming frizz, making your curls more defined, and bringing out your natural texture. No matter what your hair type, make sure to finish with a light-hold hairspray. This will keep any frizz from emerging and keep your waves nice and bouncy all day. If you have oilier hair towards your roots, opt for a clear or color-matched dry shampoo.

Step 3: Apply Your Products
For those using a sea salt spray: simply flip your hair over and give your whole mane a liberal dose of the spray, making sure to focus on the ends of your hair where your waves will be most obvious. Flip your hair back up (feel free to do this part with some pizzazz), give your hair another good misting, then scrunch your hair with a “clenching” movement, moving your hand up the hair shaft. Finish with dry shampoo on your roots for an ultra-volumized look. If you’re using texturizing paste, simply take two or three fingers depending on your desired wave size, and curl your hair away from your face. Once you have the curl in your fingers, rub a tiny amount of texturizing paste over the hair, almost like your fingers are a curling iron and the texturizing paste is hairspray. Continue doing this all throughout the rest of your hair, making sure you don’t do “even” rows of curls (it’ll look too polished). Once you’re done, gently shake the curls out, and finish with a light-hold hairspray.

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Woman getting hair extensios

Clip-In vs. Microbead Extensions

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With wedding season right around the corner, brides and bridesmaids alike are scrambling to find options for longer, fuller hair. The perfect solution? Hair extensions!

Hair extensions are a wonderful solution to short hair or hair that’s lost its vitality, luster, or volume. They can add length, make your hair seem fuller, and help present the appearance of youth. But there are lots of options out there, from tape to weaves to actual wigs, and it can be hard to pick through all the options. We’ll compare two of the most popular options–clip-in and microbead extensions–and see how they perform in different categories of quality.

First, what are clip-in and microbead extensions? Clip-in extensions are one of the most common types of extensions, and feature wefts of hair that are secured to the head via horizontal pressurized clips that can be removed whenever the person chooses. Microbead extensions use small silicone-coated beads to attach to the head, and can only be taken out by a hair stylist.

Longevity

  • Clip-In Extensions: These extensions can generally last up to a few days attached to the client’s head if taken care of, which includes sleeping with a nightcap and refraining from wetting or styling your hair. If the hair extensions are high-quality virgin human hair, they should be able to be used with heat styling tools like curling irons and straighteners, but in order to prolong their longevity, they shouldn’t be styled more than once every few days. To really prolong their life, take the clip-in extensions out every night in order to keep the hair as undamaged as possible and prevent tangles. If you take the extensions out every night and they are high-quality virgin human hair that isn’t styled more than once every week or so, they can last up to a year.
  • Microbead Extensions: Based on your hair’s density, curl pattern, and thickness, microbead extensions can last anywhere from six weeks to six months. Touch-ups every six weeks are recommended, since some beads typically fall out over time.

Cost

  • Clip-In Extensions: Depending on the quality of hair, clip-in extensions can range from $20-$200.
  • Microbead Extensions: Because microbead extensions can only be applied by a professional, expect to pay around twice the amount you would for clip-in extensions.

 

Appearance

  • Clip-In Extensions: The quality and appearance of clip-in extensions can vary widely because of their popularity. Since they’re so common, it’s possible to buy very bad acrylic hair that feels like doll hair, and does not look real or beautiful. In order to purchase the best quality hair, look for hair that’s human, preferably virgin (undyed), and with the cuticle still intact. These will be much more expensive than acrylic hair, but are much easier to style, wash, and look much more realistic on the head.
  • Microbead Extensions: Although the chances of finding acrylic microbead hair are much lower than in the clip-in extension market, there are still bad sellers out there, so make sure to look for the same qualifiers as those we mentioned in the clip-in extension segment: look for human, virgin hair with the cuticle still intact.

Overall, some people find microbead extensions to look much more natural because of their “row” like pattern on the head instead of attaching in larger wefts like clip-in extensions. However, this often boils down to the application process and skill of the applicant.

Remember, your best bet is to ask your stylist what you think would work best with your hair!

 

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Woman wearing a beanie

90s Grunge Tips: How to Rock a Beanie

Woman wearing a beanie

If you’ve been following style trends, you know the 90s have come back in a big way recently. One of our favorite trends? Grunge hair accessories!

90s-era grunge was fun, punky, androgynous, and effortless: the less time it looked like you took to get ready, the better you fit the image. Courtney Love and Kate Moss epitomized grunge with their messy makeup, delicate lingerie over ripped fishnets and flannel shirts, and general don’t-give-a-what attitude. In an age of plasticized celebrities, ultra-smooth makeup, and a constant drive to be perfect, it’s refreshing to see the carefree attitude of 90s grunge come back into style.

One of the quintessential elements of 90s grunge style is messy, bedhead hair: instead of the super feminine, hairspray-to-heaven looks of the 80s, 90s grunge girls preferred an unwashed, sexy, just-rolled-out-of-bed look. And the best news is, this style is back in (we can hear your sighs of relief from here: you can now officially get 15 more minutes of sleep in the morning!).

The best pairing with sexy, carefree hair? A beanie! Of course, beanies made a huge statement in the 90s grunge scene, and for good reason: there’s no easier way to hide some second-day hair and look put-together at the same time. West coast grunge girls rocked brown and black beanies in the 90s, while East coast 90s grungers had fun with neon colors and stripes. For a modern take on the grunge beanie, the simpler the better: black and dark gray beanies are the best way to add some grunge to your style without going over into costume territory. And underneath that beanie, make sure you have some equally rocking grunge hair! Read on for some of the best ways to style your hair underneath a 90s style grunge beanie.

Beanie and braids

Braided
Fishtails, pigtail braids, cornrows, loose, messy braids: these all look absolutely fabulous underneath a beanie. To get the look, simply add some volumizing sea salt spray to your locks, put your beanie on, and braid accordingly.

Pin-Straight
While a 90s grunge girl may have cringed at the sight of a straightener and reached for a crimping iron instead, pin-straight locks look totally gorgeous under a grunge-style beanie, and provide a nice modern contrast to the retro 90s style hat. To get the look, start with dry hair, and apply a heat-protecting shine serum all over your strands, focusing on your ends where your hair is the most vulnerable to heat. Run all the way through with a straightening iron, making sure to run the iron quickly through to avoid burning your hair. Finish with a shine serum hairspray, pop on your beanie, and you’re all set!

Beanie and wavy hair

Wavy and Fresh
The most popular look for under-beanie style is a wavy, naturally textured model-off-duty style. Like 90s grunge style in general, this look is effortless and easy: simply take your damp hair, run your fingers through with a texturizing paste, then mist with a sea salt spray. Tousle and scrunch your hair for extra volume, add your beanie, and voila! Instant 90s grunge chic.

 

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Jamie Lee Curtis

Amazing Grays: Celebs Who Rock Silver Hair

Thinking about letting your silver shine through? These celebrities will convince you to put down the hair dye!

Until recently, all cultures have revered silver hair as a sign of wisdom and strength in advanced age. Because of recent trends towards covering gray and white hair, lots of women choose to dye their stray grays and even dye their whole head–but many are choosing to let their snow and silver manes shine, with more celebrities sporting natural-colored hair more than ever. Even young celebrities are deliberately “graylighting”, like Kate Moss, Kelly Osbourne, and Lady Gaga, intentionally coloring parts of their hair a sleek chromatic silver. If you’ve been debating whether or not to let your natural colors shine through, now may be the best time to do so–just take a look at these gorgeous stars’ locks for proof!

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Jamie Lee Curtis
At 52 years old, Jamie Lee Curtis has now almost completely transitioned to silver hair, and her salt-and-pepper highlights are beautifully contrasted against her natural dark brunette. Her pixie cut helps keep her hair from looking too wicked-witchy, and we love the amount of texture. To get her textured salt-and-pepper pixie, tell your stylist you’re looking to let highlights of your silver shine through–this look is great for those with dark hair–and make sure to use a moisturizing texture paste to keep your hair healthy, soft, and beautiful.

Blythe Danner
Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother shows that beauty definitely runs in the family. Blondes like Danner are lucky: the graying or silvering process is relatively easy for those with platinum locks like Gwyneth and Blythe, and growing in your natural hair is as simple as putting down the dye for a while. To get Danner’s signature volume, blow-dry your hair with a fluffy round boar bristle brush: you’ll have a chromatic silver effect.

Helen Mirren

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Helen Mirren
A classic example of timeless beauty, Helen Mirren’s grey-blonde coif is another inspiration for blondes considering the gray route. Mirren, like Jamie Lee Curtis, keeps her gray mane cropped short: this helps provide volume and bounciness to gray and silver hair, which helps keep a cut looking fresh and youthful.

Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr’s beautiful honey-blonde locks transitioned seamlessly to her current steel-silver color. Ever the comedienne, when asked about her hair color Roseanne remarked: “I want to look old because I am old… and I think it’s damn good to be old, too.” Can’t argue with that!

Emmylou Harris

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Emmylou Harris
Like many other country stars (Steve Martin and Vanessa Redgrave in particular), Emmylou starting graying in her early twenties and quit dyeing it by the time she was in her thirties. She advocates embracing age, saying, “Women should do whatever makes them feel good, but I do wish that we would accept our aging selves.”

Carole King
Another example of a graceful transition from blonde to gray, Carole King keeps her hair in its signature tight curls to help maintain a youthful, cheerful look. If you’re going gray and curly isn’t your natural texture, beware of too much chemical or heat styling: gray hair is more delicate and prone to breakage, so deep conditioning treatments are a must.

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Hair extensions.

Extensions & Wigs

Bored with your hair length or color, but don’t want to commit to anything too drastic? Extensions and wigs are here to help!

Fake hair is useful for many different people: maybe you can’t rock pastel hair at your office job, maybe you’re bored with your bob style, or maybe you just want to add some Disney princess-level volume to your hair. Whatever your reason, there’s an option out there for you. Here are some of the most popular fake hair options out there.

Hair extensions.

Clip-In Extensions
The best option for beginners looking for some length or extra volume, clip-in extensions are customizable lengths of human or other types of hair that clip into the roots of your hair. Clip-in extensions are most commonly used to add length by extending the look of your hair, but can also be used to add volume to hair that’s already long. There are options for every budget, so whether you’re looking to spend $20 or $200, you have options.

To get the best fit for your clip-in extensions, make sure to go to your hairstylist: not only will they be able to clip in your extensions, but they’ll be able to do the necessary trimming and placement that only a pro can really do. However, you can find clip-in extensions that are ready-made for updos, like bun clip-ins or ponytail extensions that are easy to use and generally pretty natural looking.

Tape-In Extensions
If you’re after super long-lasting length, tape-in extensions might be your best bet. Similar to clip-in extensions, these are long pieces of human or other types of hair used to increase length and volume. But instead of fastening in with clips, a super-strong adhesive is used to “sandwich” the extension pieces between the natural hair on your head. This strong adhesion is what makes these extensions very long-lasting and great for those of us who travel, are active, or just don’t want to deal with clip-ins.

These extensions are upwards of $300, plus your stylist’s application fee, but they’re worth it if you want long-lasting length and volume. Make sure to wait until your scheduled removal appointment to take these out–otherwise, you might end up with less hair than you started with!

Woman wearing a wig

Wigs
If you’re trying to go the other way around–from short to long, instead of long to short–but don’t want to commit to the Big Chop yet, wigs may be your best option. If you like changing up your look on a weekly, or even daily basis, wigs allow you flexibility and lots of choices in deciding who you want to be.

The best types of wigs are lace-front wigs, which allow for completely natural-looking parts and a more comfortable fit on the head. These wigs are attached with a strong adhesive to your natural hairline, and come off easily at night with a little oil. So whether you’re feeling like a short, retro bob, or want long, pastel mermaid hair, wigs are an awesome choice for a more dramatic, fun look.

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Voluminous ponytail

Updos & Ponies

Tired of your long hair? Try an updo or ponytail for a quick short-hair fix! Long hair is gorgeous. It’s been prized by cultures worldwide for centuries, and has been a classic since the dawn of humankind as a sign of pure femininity and gracefulness. You can do tons of styles with long hair, from curly, bouncy locks, to a super straight, sleek look. But unfortunately, sometimes long hair can feel limiting or annoying. Having to get up in the morning, plan a style, and spend a long amount of time on getting your long hair ready can sometimes feel like a chore instead of a fun activity. The solution? No, don’t reach for the scissors—yet—try a cute updo or a ponytail first! Get your hair out of your face and your hair off of your neck, give yourself some breathing room, and then decide if you’d really like to make the Big Chop.

French twist.

Classic French Twist
One of the easiest, most classic hairstyles for long hair is a classic French twist. Not only is it a timeless look, but it can be done in about five minutes or so. All you need are some bobby pins, a flexible-hold hairspray like the Lionesse Holding Spray, and dry, medium-to-long hair. Simply make a deep part in your hair, comb the ⅔ of it to the back, and twist that part towards your part, rolling as you go. As you roll, make sure to secure with some bobby pins. Don’t get too focused on achieving a flawless, sleek look: romantically undone is a modern take that keeps this look from being too stuffy. Once you’re done, finish it off with the Lionesse Holding Spray.

Voluminous ponytail

Voluminous Retro Ponytail
Taking a cue from the cute schoolgirl ponytails of the 1960s, this look uses lots of volume and mod appeal to keep it from looking too much like you just got back from the gym. You’ll need pretty much the same materials as last time, like some bobby pins and Lionesse Holding Spray, but make sure you pick up a cute elastic and a fine-toothed comb for teasing your hair as well. Once you have clean, dry hair, separate your hair into halves: the front half from the middle of your scalp to your hairline, and the rest to the back. Take your fine-toothed comb and gently tease the back part of your hair to create volume (you’ll see a “bump” start to form). Shoot for an inch-to-two-inches of teased hair, depending on how much volume you prefer. Once you have your bump, flip the front half of your hair back, smooth it down with your hands, and pull into a high ponytail. Secure any loose strands with some bobby pins, spray down with Lionesse Holding Spray, and you’re all set!

Braided bun

Trendy Braided Bun
If you’re in a big rush, this one’s for you: you can do this look with damp or wet hair (just make sure you run some shine serum in it to keep from frizzing). With wet or damp hair, simply braid the back of your head with whatever braid of your choosing - fishtail, regular, or ladder braids work fine. Once you have your braid, roll it up into a circular bun on the back of your head, securing with bobby pins as you go. Finish with the Lionesse Holding Spray, and you’ve got a look in under five minutes that helps you achieve that short-hair look with no scissor commitment!

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Woman with black hair

Femme Fatale: Classic Hair Colors

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It seems like today’s hair color trends are all over the place: opal hair, watercolor hair, even cinnamon bun hair. While all of those looks are absolutely gorgeous and the talent of the hairstylists is certainly immense, sometimes it’s nice to go back to simpler times, when hair was mostly all one color, and more focus was put on natural beauty than creativity (even though both of those are fun ways to express beauty and art). In order to fully appreciate the exotic range of possible modern hair colors – everything from rainbow locks to pastel highlights – it’s important to understand where hair color started, and what some of the classic hair colors can offer.

Hair coloring as a practice can be found as far back as the 11th century B.C.E., when Egyptians and other North African and Middle Eastern communities were using Henna, crushed bugs, and plants to color hair. However, because of the expense, this practice was really only exclusive to the upper echelons of society, and never really expanded into the hair routines of everyday women. Other types of hair coloring can be seen in Victorian England, where, instead of traditional dye, cosmetic hair powder (made cocoa, flour, or other combinations) was patted onto wigs and graying hair. Again, this kind of hair powder was only available to the upper classes.

Everything changed in 1907, when synthetic hair dye was invented by L’Oreal founder Eugene Scheuller. At that point, hair dye was still mostly unavailable to everyday women, but in 1947, the first home hair dye product called “Poly Color”, made by Schwarzkopf, hit the market, and suddenly hair dye was more common than uncommon. The first colors available for home use were black, red, and platinum blonde.

Woman with red hair.

Red hair was the most popular classic hair color in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and really only fell out of fashion in the 1990s. Glamorous screen icons like Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis made the obviously-dyed look of light-red, orange-tinged hair a fashion staple for most of the mid-century and beyond. Today, stars like Emma Stone and Famke Jassen make red hair look absolutely stunning, albeit in a slightly different way: instead of the untoned, light red (almost pink!) looks of the 1940s and 50s, modern celebrities take on the classic hair color with slightly darker tones and lots of beautiful caramel and crimson lowlights, which gives them more depth and dynamic movement in their hair.

Woman with black hair

Raven-black hair is always a classic hair color as well. The combination of Sophia Loren’s raven locks and startlingly bright eyes wooed the country for decades, and the dark tresses of Elizabeth Taylor and her vibrant violet eyes captured audiences across the globe with their beauty. Black hair, like red hair, is a classic that will never go out of style.

And of course, the platinum blondes ruled the 1950s, with Marilyn Monroe’s gorgeous white-blond bob stunning the screen every time she stepped onto it.

What do you think: did we miss any of your favorite classic colors? Let us know in the comments!

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Femme Fatale: Short Pin Curls

Short pin curls

Short pin curls are one of the most classic looks from the 1920s to the 1950s, and hold endless possibilities for a glamorous vintage style. They’re not the easiest, but they’re one of the most fun and glamorous looks you can do. This process works best on medium to long hair, and virtually any texture is able to curl.

You’ll Need:

  • Duckbill clips: At least 20 or 30. Grab more than you think you’ll need.
  • A very strong-hold gel.
  • A fine toothed, rat-tail comb to help section off the hair.
  • Butterfly clips to keep the hair pulled back.
  • A spray bottle of water in case your hair becomes too dry while you’re working.
  • Soaking wet hair.

Step 1: Coat the hair with strong-hold hair gel. Make sure your entire head is saturated with the gel to get the smoothest, most long-lasting curls possible.

Step 2: Section the hair into workable areas. Take the middle section of your hair, from the temples backward, and twist it up. Clip it there with a butterfly clip so it stays out of the way. Next, use your rat-tail comb to section the hair above the tops of the ears. Twist these two sections up, and secure them with butterfly clips.

Step 3: Start pin-curling! Take one one-inch section of hair, and comb it through. Make sure to face your comb upwards and draw the hair up with it, which smooths the hair and makes it all go in the same direction. Loop the hair in a curl, making sure to curl away from your face, not towards it. Once you have a satisfactory curl, pinch the curl together with your thumb and forefinger, and roll the curl all the way to the root. Once that curl is flat against the head, slide a duckbill clip through the curl to keep it in place: make sure the top part is going through the curl, not across the entire thing, which could leave an unwanted imprint.

Step 4: Continue pin curling. Keep curling! Make sure your pins all face the same way, and your sections of hair stay in uniform, straight rows. Once you’ve got your curls, decide what kind of part you’re after: are you after the deep Veronica Lake-inspired waves from our last blog post? Then take down your middle section and push it all to one side, then start pinning more curls. If you prefer a middle or less deep side part, then keep all the curls going away from your face, facing backwards like the rest of the curls.

Step 5: Get some beauty sleep! Once you’re all pinned up, wrap your hair in a cute turban: not a terrycloth one that’ll stick to your hair, but a nylon or other slick material that’ll keep your hair in place. Put your hair dryer on the lowest, cool setting and get your hair to a dampness: if your hair is long or thick, this may take a while. Once your head is no longer wet, but damp, then head to bed for a good night’s rest.

Step 6: Wake up, flawless. Not really flawless, but super close. Once you’re up, head to the bathroom, remove your turban, and use your hairdryer on that same low setting to get your hair nice and super-dry. Once it’s dry, start removing the pins. Work from the bottom upwards, and slide them out carefully to make sure you don’t catch your hair on the ends. Give your head a shake before styling.

Now you have some options:

  • For bouncy, vintage curls, simply comb through your hair with your fingers, and set with a fine hairspray.
  • For that 1920s flapper look, comb through with a fine-toothed comb for a little frizz, then smooth down the top with some of that hair gel.
  • For Veronica Lake volume, brush through with a boar bristle brush, run some shine serum through, then set with a fine hairspray.
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Cameron Diaz

Femme Fatale: Side-Parted Waves

Cameron Diaz

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The 1940s were a gorgeous decade for women’s fashion: women reacted to the beautifully masculine trends of the 1920s by showcasing more feminine styles, like longer hemlines, demure and modest makeup, and soft, wavy curls. Actress and heartthrob Veronica Lake, best known for her femme fatale roles in film noirs with Adam Ladd, played female characters born to kill, but with the softest, most feminine hair imaginable, doe eyes, and long, soft lashes. Here’s how to get her wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing hairstyle, and it’s deceptively easy.

Materials

  • A small to medium sized Lionesse curling iron, preferably around 1” barrel.
  • Firm hold hairspray such as Lionesse Holding Spray
  • Comb
  • Clean, dry hair

Steps

  1. With clean, dry hair, create a very deep side part. The key to this look is how deep the side part is, since it adds volume and creates that drapey, romantic, sexy look we’re after. For reference, start at the arch of your eyebrow, and if that’s still too short, continue along your hairline to find which deep part looks best to you. Once you have your part, one side of your head will be pretty heavy, so clip up the top half to help with the curling process.
  2. Begin curling the first layer of the side of your head with the most hair using the Lionesse 1” curling iron. Don’t be afraid to curl sections of hair more than once to really perfect the curl and make sure it’s symmetrical with the other ones, and make sure your iron is as hot as possible while still being comfortable in order to get the most long-lasting curl.
  3. Continue curling, making sure that each curl is exactly the same: picture a Shirley Temple look, where all the curls start and end in the same place. It’ll look kind of weird, and possibly remind you of your first attempt at curling, but trust us: it’ll turn it beautiful at the end.
  4. Once you have your first layer down, (it should look like a nice, even row of symmetrical curls), take down your clip and do the exact same process to the top part, making sure the waves are identical and symmetrical.
  5. Do the same to the other side of your part: symmetrical, even, and identical curls are what you’re after.
  6. Once you’re done curling, set with Lionesse Holding Spray, and wait for about five minutes for the hair to partially set.
  7. Once your hair has slightly set, take a wide-toothed comb and begin to gently comb through your curls. As you do this, the curls will all begin to curl together, giving the appearance of the Veronica Lake wave we’re after.
  8. Keep combing, making sure not to go too hard and accidentally pull the curl too straight. Alternate between spraying with Lionesse Holding spray and combing until you have the wavy, romantic look you’re going for.
  9. Once you’re content, set with a mist of hairspray and fluff for volume. Voila! Instant 1940s glamor.
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Audrey Hepburn-like French Twist

Updos for the Ball

It’s Mardi Gras season! This week, you’re likely wondering what the most glamorous way to celebrate Mardi Gras is. And while the parades, street vendors, and drinking are all certainly fun, one of the best Mardi Gras traditions is the Mardi Gras ball. Mardi Gras balls have been going on in Louisiana and other parts of the south since the beginning of Mardi Gras celebrations, and are usually very formal affairs that call for evening gowns, masks, and tuxedos. Mardi Gras balls are chances for debutantes to step out and meet potential suitors in the upper-class balls that are by invitation only, and the open-attendance balls are fun for people who want a more formal Mardi Gras celebration. Because the event is so formal, it’s important to have a beautiful and glamorous updo for the occasion, all of which can be achieved by using Lionesse products. Here’s a look at some of our favorite updo styles this season.

Audrey Hepburn-like French Twist

Audrey Hepburn-Inspired French Twist
The queen of sophistication and French glamour, Audrey Hepburn’s classic French twist would be a great option if you want a more minimalist, sleek look. To get this look, start with dry, straight hair, and sweep your hair over to the right side, securing at the bottom with a bobby pin. Bring the hair from the other side over to meet your first bobby pin, smoothing and rolling as you go (make sure not to condense your hair into a bun). If pieces fall out while you’re rolling, don’t worry: you can go back and bobby pin those later. Once you have the roll you want, bobby pin! You’ll need quite a few for this look, so try stacking them in an X pattern to get the best hold. Finish with some shine hair spray and voila: perfect Audrey Hepburn French twist.

Bridget Bardot-Inspired Half-Updo
This updo has a glamorous but messy look, with the piecey front bangs and voluminous crown so popular in the 1960s. To achieve this look, start with dry, loosely curled hair, then try gently teasing the back of your crown with a fine-toothed comb in order to get some volume. Once you’ve done that, smooth the rest of your hair over it with a shine serum, and tie back in a half-updo look. For piecey, romantic bangs, rub a little bit of hair paste between your hands, then gently pick through your bangs to give them more definition. For extra glam, secure your half-updo with a sparkly pin: Bridget Bardot would definitely approve.

Braided side bun

Great Gatsby-Inspired Low Side Bun
The magic and glamour of Mardi Gras balls are very evocative of the 1920s flapper style, so why not wear your hair to match? To achieve this effortlessly sexy look, simply add some volume to any texture of hair (you can do this with curly, straight, or wavy hair) by flipping your hair over your head and using some volumizing hairspray. Once you’ve hairsprayed, simply part your hair to the side, and gather your hair in a messy, unstructured low side bun. Bobby pin to keep in place, and pull out strands here and there for an unpretentious glamour. For extra 20s inspiration, try two bobby pins right by your ear.

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