30 Day Hair Challenge: Romantic Hair


Time: 15 minutes
Products: 1″ curling iron, 2 bobby pins, hairspray, headband, round brush, hair tie

Usually my look is edgy, so I wanted to try something a little softer.

1. Start by curling all of your hair.

2. Take the back portion of your hair and using a round brush, backcomb your hair. Spray with hairspray, then carefully run the edge of a regular brush over the teased hair to smooth.

3. Pin the teased hair into a poof in the back.

4. With a hair tie, pull your hair into a sloppy bun. Make sure the bun is a little off to the side.

5. Carefully put on your headband. (Secure with bobby pins if needed.)

6. Pull a couple of pieces of hair out from the front, re-curl, twist and tuck back under the headband.

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30 Day Hair Challenge: Loose Curls, Half-Up


Time: 10 minutes
Products: 1″ curling iron, 2 bobby pins, hairspray

This is one of my favorite looks because it is so simple, yet elegant at the same time! A perfect day-time look that can easily be taken into a night-time look with a little more volume and heavier make-up.

1. Start by curling your hair in 1″ wide strands. (If you are not good at curling your hair or don’t know how to, check out Lauren Conrad’s awesome video tutorial here.)

2. Take strands of hair on each side of your head. Twist the strands towards your head.

3. Secure in the back with 2 bobby pins. Finally, spray with hairspray.

30 Day Hair Challenge: French Twist-Inspired Pony


Time: 10 minutes
Products: hair tie, hairspray and LOTS of bobby pins

French twists are a classic hairstyle, but I wanted to add my own little flare to it. Here’s what I did one morning!

To do this look, it is best to do it with unwashed hair. The little bit of oil left in your hair helps mold the twist and keep it together.

Start with an inch or so of hair on the backside of your head. Slowly, twist the hair clock-wise. As you twist add more hair to the strand.

You can direct the direction of the twist by adding different parts of your hair. As you go, secure the twist with bobby pins inside the twist.

When you get close to your neck, grab a hair tie and pull your hair into a low ponytail. Next, spray your hair multiple times with hairspray. (Or just spray it once. I tend to be a huge hairspray junkie.)

If you want, take a piece of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the elastic hair tie and secure with a bobby pin.

All done! That was easy, right?!

(It took me several tries to get it to look good. So don’t give up!)


30 Day Hair Challenge: Colored Hair Extensions


Time: 1 minute
Products: Clip-in hair extension (optional: headband)

We have all thought about dying our hair some crazy color at one time or another. When you are feeling like you want to bring out your inner punk…. try a clip-in colored hair extension! You can find them at stores like Clarie’s, The Icing, and Hot Topic for around $5. I actually bought this blonde extension from Hot Topic, but then dyed it black because they didn’t have a plain black one.

Here I paired it with a headband because it hid the clip better.

30 Day Hair Challenge: Donna Karan Inspired


Time: 6 minutes
Products: Hairspray, bobby pins

Today I felt extra fashion-y and I wanted to try something inspired from Fashion Week in NY. The Donna Karan Spring 2011 collection came to mind. In the show, the models had an easy, messy bun.

However, my hair is layered, so getting a “smooth” messy bun (if there is such a thing) is hard. I put all of my hair to one side, then pinned the opposite side. Next, I teased the roots of my hair to get more volume. I took the ends of my hair and pinned them underneath into a bun.

I adore the look! It doesn’t pull heavily on my scalp and is totally comfy! The only thing is since I did the bun on the lower side, it hits my jacket and gets messed up. I have to fix it every so often because it gets knocked out of place.