A full ballet-style bun is a perfect hairstyle for nearly any occasion – prom, your wedding or just a weekend shopping trip. Plus, the basic bun is way easier than you think to make. Here’s how to style it yourself so you get a full, thick ballerina bun:
1. Pull your dry hair back into a ponytail positioned wherever you’d like the base of the bun to fall. (This is where you get to play – you can go as low as the nape of your neck or, my favorite, pull it straight up out of the top of your head and get a big poofy ball up there like the girl in the pic above.) Use a little Frizz-Ease or Garnier Sleek n’ Shine to tame flyaways; this look is sleek.
Yet another beauty term you probably don’t know, but that likely touches your face every day: titanium dioxide. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Not so much! Read on and don’t be afraid.
ti¬∑tan¬∑i¬∑um di¬∑ox¬∑ide (ty-TAY-nee-um di-OX-ide) n. An ingredient found in many mineral makeup and skincare products, titanium dioxide is a naturally mined mineral considered to be a very effective sunscreen.
Titanium dioxide protects skin from sun damage by reflecting the sun’s rays. Its light reflecting qualities are only surpassed by diamonds! It also offers full coverage and helps makeup stick to your skin.
Three cheers for titanium dioxide! It just goes to show it doesn’t have to sound pretty to make you pretty.
What’s the hottest go-to hairstyle in Hollywood today? Simple: long locks with big, loose curls. But for everyday, this hairstyle can look a little too polished. A slightly unkempt hairstyle with big, beachy waves¬†is more wearable around town and still cute enough for an impromptu date with the Starbucks guy. Here’s how to style it yourself:
Wash hair and towel dry just until damp. Rub in some mousse to give your hair a little volume – if your hair’s too flat on top, this hairstyle will make you look less beachy and more like you got rained on.
Blow-dry upside down without combing through;¬†instead, just run your fingers loosely through it. Remember, we’re going for slightly unfinished here. Effortlessly beautiful and all that jazz. Brush your part to one side and grab your curling iron.
Use a curling iron with a pretty sizable barrel, like 1 1/4 inch. (I know these curls are smaller. Just listen to me, dammit.) Spiral one-inch sections of hair around the iron, hold for 20 seconds or so, then release the iron by pulling it out downward. This will keep the ends from getting too curly and will narrow the spiral just right. Make sure you’re twisting the iron towards the back of your head when curling the big chunk of hair on the one side.
A common habit for ladies who are running low on their favorite mascara is to “pump” the brush in and out of the tube to get more mascara on the brush. I’m here to tell you: stop doin’ it! This actually pushes air into the tube and dries your mascara out. Before you know it, you’ll have a clumpy mess of what used to be your lash plumping and separating best friend. No bueno!
So what’s the solution? Simple. Twist the brush while it’s inside the tube and get some more black sexy goodness on there. Your mascara will last longer, clump less and cover eyelashes better. Bellissimo! (That’s right. Spanish to Italian. Go ahead and argue with me.)
“French twist” is a catch-all term for an easy and adaptable type of updo. The basic French twist can be modified into any number of updo hairstyles – but it’s beautiful all on its own! This is a great choice for a prom or wedding hairstyle, and if you’re brave and can do anything with pin curls or braiding, you can modify it to no end. Here’s how to create the basic French twist all by your wittle self at home. C’mon baby, let’s do the Twist!
1.Use a thin, oily serum or hair gel like Garnier Sleek & Shine and grease your hair up top to bottom. Classically, this look is very finished, so we recommend greasing the front up as well. Start with a side part that has more hair on the left side of your head when looking in the mirror. (It doesn’t have to be extreme, just enough to give us some excess hair on that side.) Slick your hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and slightly off to the right – but don’t use your hairtie yet; just hold it there. Thaaaaat’s right. Keep holding it. Yeah. You’ll do what I say just ’cause I¬†say so.
2. Okay, I’m off my power trip. Bend the ponytail up against the back of your head and fold the ends of your hair down underneath the ponytail. (Note: If you have unusually long hair, first: I hate you, and second: you may have to fold your hair down a couple more times to get the top of the twist even with your head. Oh wahhh, I have to fold my long luxurious hair down more than a regular person. Poor you.) The top of the ponytail where the ends are folded under should fall right below your crown. Smooth the hair on the right side (this should be the side with less hair, if you parted as directed) against the back of your head.