The Force Awakens Hair Tutorial

I have just seen The Force Awakens and I loved many things about it. The most spoiler free and beauty blog appropriate aspect was Rey’s hair. Remember, this is the same franchise that brought us the Leia buns so it’s not a surprise there’s another iconic look within the 7th instalment.

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This look is incredibly simple. I have recreated a very rough version for you. First you need to pin back the very front section of your hair.

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Then your hair will need to be separated into three sections. Take each section and tie it back into an easy loop bun. You can do this by just not pulling the ponytail all the way through.

Do do this for each section and leave two strands of hair free at the front in the ‘side burn’ area.

But for a much more comprehensive tutorial and a neater look, check out this video tutorial.

May the force be with you.

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How to tie a scarf like Rosie the Riveter

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Rosie the Riveter, whilst being a feminist icon for decades, is also a bit of a style icon. To get her practical bandana look is pretty simple, too. All you need is a scarf. You don’t even need hair.

If you do have hair, however, tie it up to start with. Fold your scarf into a triangle. The rest is better explained through pictures:

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Its fairly simple and it’s a very handy way to cover up a bad hair day.

Which parting works best for your face shape?

It is a common dilemma. Many different partings, which way will suit you? We’ve worked out which glasses to get, but now we have to decide how to part our hair, or whether or not to get bangs. I say wear your hair how you want. However, if you want to know which way is the most flattering, here are the ‘rules’.

For around face shape, a deep side part will add length to your face.

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For a square face shape, a side parting is best, but not too deep. Just off centre is the most flattering.

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A heart shaped face looks best with a centre parting, or side swept bangs

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A centre parting or bangs works best with a long face

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And if you have an oval shaped face, you’re lucky. You can wear you hair in any parting you like and always look great.

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These ‘rules’ however, are made to be broken. So if you have a round face, for example, and want to rock a centre parting, go for it. With enough confidence you can carry off any look.

Happy Star Wars Day!

In honour of Star Wars day, I thought I’d bring you a Princess Leia hair tutorial!

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Most of the tutorials involve sock buns, unless you have one of those fancy hair donuts. Here is the easiest and most straight forward video I could find.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vhfN5R7pNwg

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If you don’t have a hair donut, you will have to sacrifice two socks, but it is definitely the easiest way to get the look.

I tried it out myself…

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Help me, Obi Wan! Didn’t go quite so seamlessly for me because I am rubbish at sock buns, but you can tell who I’m supposed to be. Probably.

Good luck, and May the Force be with you.

20 Hair Straightener Hacks

As you know from my recent Hair Growth article, I don’t use heated products on my hair and don’t recommend them if you are trying to grow your hair. However, if you aren’t on a mission of hair growth, you can have a lot of fun with heat.

Here are 20 Hair Straightener Hacks to inspire you to get creative with your hair:

http://www.coolblades.co.uk/hub/hair-styling-hacks/

Remember, when using any heated appliance on your hair, always protect it first.

Half a Top Knot

Continuing the theme of 90s hairstyles that have come back in fashion, I present the half top knot:

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All the cool kids are doing it. It’s pretty simple too:

1. Brush your hair and take the top section of hair that you want to tie and brush out all the knots

2. Tie it into a ponytail

3. Like with the space buns, twist the ponytail and wrap it round the base. 

4. Secure with another tie and pin any unruly bits. 

It looks great on these cool kids, however whenever I try it, it looks really unflattering. I know the point of the hairstyle isn’t to look ‘pretty’ but sometimes a girl wants to. So for a much more flattering look, albeit less 90s and more 60s, just do steps 1 and 2. 

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Less ‘trendy’ but way more flattering and pretty. 

Once you’ve followed steps 1 and 2, make sure the ponytail is secured high up with lots of volume and then just back comb the hell out of the rest of your hair for a classic pretty 60s look. Have a play around and see which style suits you best 🙂

 

Space Buns

I am so in love with the modern day revival of the 90s trend, Space Buns. 

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I think they’re cute, youthful and a perfect solution to a bad hair day (of which I have plenty)

They’re also pretty easy to do on long or short hair. In fact they might actually be easier with short hair because that makes for smaller buns whereas with long hair if you don’t wrap them tight enough you could end up looking like Princess Leia

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To achieve the look,

1. Part your hair in the middle and brush out all the knots till it is as smooth as your can get it.

2. Brush your hair into two high pigtails.

3. Twist the hair and wrap it round the base of the pigtail, where the hair band is.

4. To secure, tie with another hair band.

5. You can secure them even more by pinning the base and pinning down any bits of hair that are trying to unravel. 

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Super cute. 

Go forth and have nineties fun.