About a year ago, I took a good, long look in the mirror. Literally. My once glossy, bouncy auburn locks looked a little dull, dry, and depressed. Hairstyles wouldn’t last, haircuts were few and far between, and new conditioner was being purchased every few weeks. For the last few years, I had washed, conditioned, and blown out my long hair every. single. day.
Using Jennifer L. Scott’s braided updo
Who knew you weren’t supposed to do that?? Apparently, everyone except me. I realized I needed to make a change in my hair care routine to achieve the healthy hair I was once known for. A year later, I have learned a lot. I wash my hair 2-3 times a week, pray to the dry shampoo gods, and utilize an arsenal of two-day (or three-day, or….four-day…I’m ashamed) hairstyles. There is nothing chic about greasy, limp, boring hair, but a classic updo or bouncy ponytail turns repulsive into refined.
These hair tutorials have been so helpful in creating a new hair routine, and I had to share them! I use each one a few times a month:
The Braided Updo
By far my favorite and most-used style, the braided updo is much too easy and beautiful! I almost feel bad that everyone thinks this is a glamorous style, but its just two Pippi Longstocking braids and some bobby pins. Jennifer L. Scott’s page has tons of other easy updos, but this one is my favorite. I like to do it on day 2 and work with loose waves on day 3.
The Voluminous Ponytail
Nadine Jolie Courtney is an amazing beauty blogger, and this tutorial on dry shampoo/hair powder plus a voluminous ponytail is a must-watch for every girl. I love the simple, chic ponytail but the information on how to make yucky hair look clean again is invaluable.
The Ballerina Bun
I REFUSE to call this a top knot, since I have been using the ballerina bun style for years. I like to wear them more clean and kept, rather than messy, but this tutorial is really nice and easy. I will – on ocassion – go for a messier style, but any type of bun is great for easy volume and a no-fuss hairstyle.