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Holiday Hair Hacks for Keeping Updos UP

Happy Friday lovelies!

As you’re getting your ideas together on how you want to style your hair for any upcoming holiday events, I wanted to offer a few tips on how to keep your hair in place. Want to say goodbye to unexpected trips to the bathroom to “fix” your hair? Here are a few hairstyling hacks for you:

1. Place your bobby pins correctly

We’ve all probably been guilty of this at some point but, the truth is you’re going to have a tough time keeping your updo up if you’re not putting your bobby pins in correctly.  You want to make sure that the side with the ridges are face down.  This helps to provide traction so that the pins are secure and will hold your hair in place all night.

  
Another thing to note on placing bobby pins, if you’re looking for extra stability try criss crossing two bobby pins. This will reinforce the hold for your style.

2. Tame those edges

If you’re going for a more sleek look you’re going to want to tame those edges. My primary tool for applying edge tamers or gel to my edges is this

  
Yep! A toothbrush. This is an amazing application tool for really slicking the hair down. 

  

3. Incorporate flat twists or braids

If you’re not crazy about ultra tamed hair and are looking for a softer look, try incorporating a flat twist or braid into your look. This is an easy way to keep your style soft but secure. Here are a few examples:

   
   

4. Twist, Pull & Pin
If you follow me then you already know about this super easy styling technique. With this method you just twist various sections of hair, pull the twisted sections in different directions to form a unique look and bobby pin them in place (correctly of course). Having the hair twisted helps to keep it nice and secure. You can check out one of my twist, pull & pin tutorials here.

Wondering if these tips will work for straight hair? Absolutely!
   
   
So let’s make sure those updos stay up this holiday season! If you missed the DIY tutorial for my “Flirty But Sturdy”  holiday hairstyle click the photo below. And be sure to stay tuned for more tips, tutorials and inspiration as I help get you beauties ready to COME THROUGH your holiday events!

 

XOXO

~TJ
  

Come Through Holiday Hair – Series & Giveaway

Hey my lovelies!

I am so excited about the holiday season and the start of a new year. My personal theme for 2016 is to be fearless in my pursuit of greatness. I think that fear has a sneaky way of getting into our hearts and minds and holds us back from achieving greatness. Time to take hold of that fear and throw it to the wind!  

So, in honor of fearlessness I’m doing a very special series. I want to encourage and inspire you all to step way outside of the box this holiday season. I want to see you beauties COME THROUGH with some unique hairstyles. Let go of the fear of what people will think or say if you rock that style you’ve been wanting to try so bad. Be creative! Be bold!

Throughout this 4 week series ending 12/31/15, I will be offering style ideas, hairstyling techniques, tips, DIY tutorials and fearless inspiration to help you all COME THROUGH in a big way for your holiday events and in life for 2016. AND, to spice things up I’ll also be doing a contest/giveaway for my lovelies that COME THROUGH! More on that to come.

There will be frequent posts so, make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel, following the blog, my Instagram and Facebook pages so you don’t miss a thing!  

XOXO

~TJ

Structured Hair

Hi luvs!

I absolutely adore the look of structured hairstyles. They’re so clean and sleek. Last week I decided to rock a structured style of my own with this mega French roll.

  
This is just one of many structured styles of mine but a lot of them tend to be French rolls. Although they may seem limited in versatility there are tons of ways to wear them. Check out more on the versatility of French rolls here.

As for this look. Love, love it!

  

3 Eye-catching French Rolls

Hi loves!

Today I wanted to share 3 eye-catching French rolls with you along with how-to’s for each look. 

I love French rolls because they are extremely dynamic. You can always find a new way to style a French roll. Here are a few different styles I’ve come up with on both stretched and straightened hair and tutorials for each. And for more styles & tricks and tips to French roll versatility click here. Enjoy!

The Mega Side French Roll

Click here to see how I got this look

 

The French Roll with a Twist

Click here to see how I got this look

  

The Flat Twist Framed French Roll 
Click here to see how I got this look. Tutorial starts at 3:26

  
 

  

Where I Get My Creative Inspiration

Hi loves!

Coming up with a different style every single day definitely isn’t easy but boy do I love the challenge. As I’m sure you can imagine the inspiration to do something like that has to come from somewhere. Well, today I want to share with you all where I get my creative inspiration.

1. Creative styles by others – so there aren’t a whole lot of naturals that focus on creative updos (at least not that I’ve found). But there are a few Instagram accounts that I do pull inspiration from. The following ladies are always very innovative and unique with their styles which is right up my ally! There looks always get my creative juices flowing.

@simplycre8eve

  
@teyonahparris

  
@janellemonae

 

2. Shapes – Sounds simplye but I’m often inspired by different shapes and how I can incorporate them in my styles. You can learn more about how I do that here.

3. ME – So, I get that it may sound a tad narcissistic when I say that I am my own inspiration but, it’s true! I can’t tell you how often I go through my social feeds looking at old styles that I’ve done and get inspired to do something new. Every day! It’s like an ongoing competition with myself. A healthy competition, but a competition nonetheless :o)

That’s it you guys! These 3 simple sources of inspiration help me create each of my unique styles every day. For more insight on how I come up with my creative styles check out this YouTube video here.

3 Ways To Take Your Hair Higher

Hi luvs!

Today I want to talk about 3 easy ways to take your hair styles higher! Ya’ll know how much I love high hair. It has so much presence. It’s daring, bold and down right fierce!  I use a few key methods to achieve high hair that I want to share with you today, all which I’m able to get the most height out of when I style with completely dry stretched hair.

1. Pompadours: This is probably the easiest way that I achieve high hair.  My pompadour method is quick and easy and the hight can be adjusted easily. To see A video tutorial of my go-to pompadour method click here. If you want to surpass my rambling just skip to about 4:25 into the video :o)



2. French roll: The thing I love most about french rolls is the opportunity for versatility, which you can read more about here. Some of my highest hairstyles have been achieved with different french roll variations. The hight is achieved in how high you gather the hair and how loose you roll and tuck the hair

3. Loose flat twists: You can do a million and one things with flat twists, including create high hair! Loosely flat twisting a section of hair up front allows you to form and adjust the hight of your hair easily. 


So, next time you’re looking for a style that will command attention, consider taking your natural hair higher with one of these styling methods. 

Stretched Hair vs Straight Hair

The majority of the time I style my hair when it’s completely stretched and completely dry. However I do also enjoy styling my hair when it’s straight. Both textures allow for distinct looks that allow me to achieve unique eye catching styles. Today I want to take a look at the major differences between my stretched and straight styles and give you all some insight on what my preference is and why. 

Stretched Hair

First things first, the preparation for my stretched hair takes a bit of time but isn’t necessarily a lot of work. You can find the detailed process in how I stretch my hair heat free here. The photo below is of completely dry completely stretched hair prior to my most recent hair cut.



Stretched hair allows for flexible styling with shapes and dimension. I almost always wear updo’s so although it doesn’t necessarily seem like I’m benefiting from the length I get with stretched hair, I really am in the shapes I’m able to create.





Straight Hair

The straightening process for my hair is quite lengthy and requires a lot of work. I don’t have a video on the process but I’m sure you can imagine what goes into straightening natural hair. Below is a photo of flat ironed hair after my most recent hair cut.



Styling my straight hair can be a lot of fun when I’m playing with flat twists. The styles always appear incredibly intricate and tend to get a lot of attention. I very rarely however wear my hair down when it’s straight. 





Either way, stretched or straight, I always have the ability to try out new creative styles with my hair. Having that opportunity within the versatility of my natural hair is a huge overall b benefit to natural hair.

As for preference, 9 times out of 10 I would take my stretched hair over straight hair. For me personally, it takes too much time to get my hair straight and too much maintenance to keep it that way (especially in the warmer months). Additionally, after 2 or 3 flat twist styles I’m totally bored with my straight hair. At the end of the day I can do so much more with texture!