Happy (rainy) Wednesday, Penny Darlings!
We are bewitchingly close to the big spooky day, and as All Hallows’ Eve approaches – I am doing all the things I’m supposed to be doing. I’ve watched Hocus Pocus, drank ALL the PSLs, stocked up on candy for trick-or-treaters, and most importantly: got some costumes!
Now, if you’re like me, then I’m sorry.
Ha! Just kidding!
But seriously, I have CURLY CURLY CURLY hair and it is TOUGH to style. It doesn’t hold style very well (it’s also SUPER fine and silky!), it gets frizzy the second I start sweating or thinking about humidity, and it deflates to being totally flat in under an hour.
I’m also not that great at doing really inventive hairstyles – but I love an excuse to do my hair up nice and fancy or to get to experiment with something new. I knew that I definitely needed something to beat the heat, humidity, frizz, and last my whole Halloween party long: so obvious choice is: Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray! (which you can shop at your local Ulta, CVS & a million other places!)
If you don’t have curly hair, don’t want curly hair, etc. these tips and styles should still work (with some slight variations) and you can totally just ignore step one!
For my hair looks, I started out with “day to day” hair treatment to get my curls looking fly with my Not Your Mother’s line! I did a whole post on this back in the spring – so check out my step by step process here!
A little mini-review for the TL;DR-type-readers:
After washing (or rinsing) my hair until it is totally wet, I wrap in a cotton t-shirt (SO much better for curls than a towel!), then spray some Beach Babe Texturizing Spray near the roots. Next, I scrunch my hair from tip to root to give it a little boost. Next, a decent dollop of Curl Talk Defining Cream followed by more scrunching. Third, you guessed it, another scrunch with Curl Talk Curl Activating Mousse. Then I let it air-dry!
This is one I’ve been wanting to tackle for awhile now!
So for this look, I had all the ingredients (like a dress and shoes!), but I was trying to get an easy bun with a bit of a bump in the front for the classic princess look!
how to get that royally perfect bun
Step 1: Listed above. Follow it. Believe.
Step 2: Once hair is dry, apply a healthy layer of She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray
Step 3: Take a comb (I used a regular comb, but a teasing comb with have worked better) and comb on your top-most layer of hair.
Step 4: Put your hair in a ponytail.
Step 5: Loop the ponytail halfway through the holder, creating a messy bun. Separate * fluff to desired bun size.
Step 6: More hairspray
Step 7: Take your index fingers from your hairline back to the bun, lifting a small section, but not so much that it falls out of the bun to create a small bump or lift in front
Step 8: More hairspray
Step 9: Finish with a ribbon (or scrunchie, like I did) for that royal bun with the bump
Step 10: One last layer of hairspray all around the hairline (for any frizz or flyaways!).
Fun Fact: while taking this photo, a group of probably 30-40 Italian & French tourists walked by Preston & I at the exact moment I kicked off my shoe (pictured below). They all stopped and took pictures and videos on their iPad and phones of us! #MortifiedButLaughing – And a lovely young Italian man with bleach blonde & yellow hair wearing a leather vest yelled: “Slaaaay Queen” in the HEAVIEST ITALIAN ACCENT of all time. I cannot express how awesome it was! (hence my intense laughter in this pic!)
I grew up totally obsessed with Samantha on Bewitched. I thought she was so rad and her costumes were totally envy-inducing. I was forever trying to wiggle my nose and see if any magic happened.
For this hair look, I wanted a softer, more brushed out, and looser blonde curls to pair with this retro dress & vintage sofa!
Step 1: I literally just told all of you what step one is. Scroll back up, ya nerd!
Step 2: Wait for hair to completely dry!
Step 3: Spray (dry) hair with She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray & let dry
Step 4: Brush out curls – STOP 1-2 INCHES BEFORE THE ENDS! Don’t brush THROUGH your hair.
Step 5: More She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray
Step 6: Repeat brush process from the under side of hair, leaving tips unbrushed.
*When you split the ends, that’s when the frizz gets crazy for me and the ‘bushy’ hair starts – by not brushing the tips, it only softens the curls in the middle.*
Step 7: Spray underside of hair
You are on your way to a nose-wiggling good time!
Obvi, a 90’s queen had to make this list – so I went ALLLLLLLL the way back to the most iconic music video of all time* – Hit Me Baby One More Time
*not a fact
I wanted to do her iconic pink hair scrunchies mixed with pigtails. My hair is a little too short to make the braided version work – so I did a variation with pigtails!
get those iconic 90’s pigtails
Step 1: Listed above, for real, get it together.
Step 2: Separate dry hair into two sections and gather towards the shoulders.
Step 3: With small elastic bands create two ponytails just above and behind your ears.
Step 4: When tightening them, pull at a wide angle to create some volume.
Step 5: Spray with She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray
Step 6: *OPTIONAL* braid both pigtails and tie at the end with small elastic bands. My hair CAN’T do this, so I modified and that’s totally fine!
Step 7: Obvi, spray that hair – braided or unbraided – it’s gotta survive your Halloween plans!
Step 8: Accessorize! I got my pink scrunchies at Claire’s in the mall, and when I told the girl what I needed them for (Britney Spears costume) she went, “Who?” and I nearly DIED ON THE SPOT OF OLD AGE.
Step 9: One last spritz of She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray for hold & for good luck! Ha!
TA-DA! Those are my Halloween hair looks.
…for those of us who are only okay at doing our own hair, welcome friends. Ha!
Double bonus: I can pick these up at CVS or Ulta, just around the corner, without breaking the bank!
I find my hair to be such a big part of my confidence and my femininity that I love to take care of it and find products I can stick with for a long time and use again after I’m done being spooky. I hate buying products that I use once and then end up sitting around until they’re crusty – get some supplies that last!
Seriously, switch out your hair towel for a tee and thank me later!
Everyone – be safe & spooky & awesome & haunted & make good choices & look cute & don’t forget to put an extra coat of hairspray on & eat candy.
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*this post is sponsored by Not Your Mother’s Brand, however all thoughts and opinions are my own!*
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