Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Add Some Color!

This year, color streaks have been the fad.  Girls at school are actually wearing bright colors in their hair, even in kindergarten.  There are several ways to get the color.  You can dye it permanently, add a temporary dye like chalk, or put in an extension.

Here's my lovely niece with a chalk streak from Gimme Clips.  Instruction are on the package, but they include getting the hair damp and using a heat tool to set the color.
Here is an extension clip I got from Kohl's.  It has a snap clip at the top, colored hair, and colored yarn. To add some color to a sock bun, just clip the extension at the top of a pony tail, and roll it into the sock.

For this style, the hair is parted on each side and then dutch braided. Belle is growing out her bangs, so I started with a regular dutch braid and then added this hair extension with the mini jaw clip from Gimme Clips at the place where her bangs started to stick out, then continued braiding with the color in one strand.  I tried to keep the color bit at the top, but it wanted to sink in anyway with every plait, so after I fastened it off with the hair band, I went back and pulled up on the color at every twist to make it show.
When you use hair extensions, you have to take special care of them.  They shouldn't be thrown in the drawer or box with the other hair stuff or they will become a tangled mess, and possibly fall apart if you try to comb them out. Be gentle when taking them out of hairstyles and put them away in their own separate place, such as in a box or hanging on a bow keeper.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fun Survey from Gimme Clips

Gimme Clips has come out with a lot of neat things lately. Check out this survey to see some of them and tell Gimme Clips which you like best.  If you take the survey, you can be entered into the drawing for some free stuff.  Odds of winning are pretty good, too, but hurry! Winners will be announced on Thursday this week!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Belle's Short Haircut

This is the haircut I gave Belle a several months ago.  This is part of the reason I haven't been posting much lately.  There isn't a whole lot you can do with hair this short, and it often looks cutest when left alone. It's much easier and quicker to have short hair.  Now that it is starting to grow out again, I can do a bit of styling, but she seems to prefer still to leave it alone.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What You Don't Want to See When You Come Home From Vacation

Did you know that after you file a large claim with your home owner's insurance, they may give you the boot? True.
 If you ever come home from vacation and see this, you may not get your house back to normal for a REALLY LONG TIME.
Hairstyling Tips: Whatever is quick and easy cuz you have more important things to deal with than hair.
Lesson learned: Turn off the water main when you go on vacation. (And put your water heater on vacation setting.)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Missed our Bloggiversary

I just realized we missed the anniversary of our 1st post in July. Hairdo How-to is three years old. Since I missed the stats, I'll just put them from today. So far we have had 354,741 all time page views. Our viewers' favorite post is still the Waterfall/Fairytale/Fountain braid post, now with 9,053 views. We have 89 members. This is our 186th post, and this year we've seen a huge increase in the number of viewers looking on with mobile devices rather than computers!

Belle has done another ten inch hair donation, this time to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. I gave an eight inch donation myself. Pantene will take a minimum of 8 inches, and Locks of Love takes a minimum of 10 inches. Belle's hair is now short! She has an a-line bob at the middle of her neck. It's so cute and easy! I haven't been styling her hair much since I've been busy putting my house back in order after the flood. It's nice to have a low-maintenance length haircut.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Not As Complicated As It Looks Braid

This braid looks like very difficult weaving, but it's really not so difficult.  Begin with a ponytail.  Divide the tail into three equal sections.  For each section you will make an wavy braid by taking two tiny sections and braiding them with one large section, and then tugging gently at the edges of the large sections to make them flair out a bit.
Make three of those braids, and then braid them all together.
Add bows or bows or flowers to accessorize. (Ours are from Gimme Clips.)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hot Rollers

I have had these hot rollers for a really long time. I use them only occasionally.  We tried them on Belle's hair quite a while ago.  She didn't like them because they were too hot for her skin.  The curls were cute, and lasted about as long as curling iron curls, but not as long as slept-in curls.  I think they are faster to put in that curling iron curls.
I wear gloves when I use the rollers to protect my hands from getting burned.  They don't sizzle and blister like an iron, but they feel too hot to handle if you touch a wrong spot.  This set has a red dot on the fat rollers that turns brown when they are heated through.  Use the fattest rollers for the shorter hair and the thinner rollers for the longer hair.  Roll up from the ends, and then put a clip upwards around the middle of the roll. Start at the top and work your way back.
Let them stay in until the hair feels cool, then take them out, starting at the bottom.
They make cute soft and wide curls.