We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration and e-commerce site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their expert advice for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
(Photo by: Elizabeth Messina on Kiss The Groom via Lover.ly)
We’re all about the wedding trends, but when choosing your hairstyle, we absolutely adore the classics! There’s a reason that wedding updos like the French twist, low chignon, and high bun are always in style: these looks are elegant, flattering, and oh-so-lovely. Here are some of our favorite traditional and time-tested updos to inspire your wedding day look.
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
Los Angeles is swiftly becoming the epicenter of intricately styled coifs. In addition to a whopping five places to score brilliant braids in this sunny city, a new, game-changing hair haven has just hit the scene.
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, which means it’s time to stockpile noisemakers, experiment with crazy glitter—and of course accessorize your party frock with dazzling hair. Whether you’re spending the night at home glued to a Ryan Seacrest special or dashing off to a high-octane bash, you can ring in 2013 with these Instagram-worthy hair styles. After all, beyond the bubbly, NYE is basically one giant Instagram session.
Photo courtesy of Blow NY
For this month’s story on second-day hair, I talked to two of Blow NY’s star stylists: Naeemah Carre and Gregory Patterson. They patiently explained why dirty hair always looks and styles so much better, and how you can fake the look with the right products. But the best part of talking to them was getting their foolproof tricks for gorgeous textured hair. Forget sleek and try these techniques:
Naeemah Carre: The Bun + Scrunch
Brush your hair and then tilt your head over and spray it with a light hold product like Blow Out Spray. Then gather it into a high bun. You can wear it like this to bed to wake up with a great look, or just leave it in for an hour if you’re pressed for time. When you take down the bun, be sure to brush hair and scrunch to revitalize the body.
Gregory Patterson: The Twisty Pony
Here’s an easy party style you can do at the end of the day before you go out. First poof a little dry shampoo onto your scalp to absorb any oil, and also freshen up the hair. Massage into the scalp and brush through with a natural bristle brush to enhance shine. Next, spritz a sea salt spray all through the hair. Section into four sections and twist each section so you achieve four dread-like ropes. Use a blowdryer to heat each section, then finish with a shot of cold air. Afterward finger-comb your now-textured hair and secure into a high ponytail just below the crown. Now, twist the ponytail into a very modern textured chignon. Secure with large u-shaped hair pins. You can accessorize with a cute jeweled or feathered headband — it’s an instantly glam modern textured chignon that will work for even the most elitist of parties.
Want more hair ideas? Check out our messy bun video. Obsessed with Blow NY (we know we are)? Read about them on our brand page. Have technique requests? Email us at email@example.com.