Showing posts with label Hairstyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hairstyle. Show all posts

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Event | Radiant Manchester Salon Launch


On Tuesday night I had the pleasure of attending the launch night for revamping of 's salon in Bermondsey. I remember first discovering the brand on  at the end of last year and being in awe of the gorgeous on-trend styles created by the team.

Their Bermondsey salon oozes luxury and salon owner Rita Balogun says she aims to give customers "star treatment" and "take the client experience to the next level". The salon offers a variety of services including weaves, custom wigs, cuts and treatments. The salon also boasts a cocktail bar and a virtual mirror with built in lighting so you can share snaps of your new hairstyle across social media websites Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.



On the night there was the opportunity for guests to experiment at the wig bar, have complimentary shellac, choose a style at the braid bar and have  applied. I opted for the latter two options, had lashes applied and choose  braided style, and I am so in love with it (shown above). I posted the same snap on my Instagram page and I'm stunned by the response. So many of you loved this style and it was reshared more times than anything I've ever posted. Ever. It really is a beautiful braiding pattern and it's funny as I had actually attempted to create my own braided style on Tuesday to give my usual everyday bun a little more excitement. The braids I had created were so bad and my hair was still wet as I didn't expect to have my hair styled. It was such a treat to have my hair braided properly and I couldn't be happier with the look.

Here's a few some snaps* from the night including a shot of salon owner Rita Balogun below.
Radiant Manchester's Bermondsey salon will be open for business on Tuesday 2nd March 2016.


*images of the event were provided courtesy of Radiant Manchester.

Have you heard of Radiant Manchester? 

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 28 December 2015

Curly Hair Puff Hairstyle [Video]



High hair puffs have definitely been one of my go-to styles since my hair has been fully curly. It's so easy to do this hairstyle, which is basically a fluffy curly ponytail, but there is a little extra step I do to get a slightly better shape and it disguises uneven lengths too. This video is super quick as I've only recently created a video on my and this follows on from the styling shown there.

The Video:


What hairstyles do you like to do?


Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Hairstyle | Twisted Braids [Video]



I've been wearing my hair in two braids like this on and off lately as a break from my usual bun. It's so easy to do so I put together a quick (ish) how-to for my YouTube channel.

The Video:

There's a few highly requested videos I'm hoping I'll have time to do soon, so if you have any suggestions let me know.

What styles do you like to do?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Hair | Upside Down Braided Bun


This is another style I've been meaning to do but have avoided when my hair is in its usual texlaxed/relaxed state as it can tangle up really easily. My hair is still pretty smooth since being straightened last week but my edges have reverted back to curly and it's been raining so much I've just wanted to keep my hair tucked away.


To create this style I sectioned off a small area at the front and twisted it out of the way. I then flipped my head over and combed my hair out to remove any tangles. With my head still positioned upside down I took a very small section at the top, split this in to 3 and started a regular French braid until it reached the top of my head. I secured the braid with a ponytail and then French braided the front section as normal until I reached the middle of my head. I then took the sections together and wrapped them around a small hair doughnut to create an even shaped bun. The result is a little messy but it made my everyday bun a little more interesting.

video best explains the steps I did, the only difference being that I french braided the top section too. I'll definitely be trying this again though I'll try to make it a little neater next time.


What styles have you been doing with your hair?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Hair | Halo Braid


A halo braid is definitely something I've been itching to try properly. I've tried variations but it's never come out quite as expected. My hair has been straight for the past few days since Michelle Thompson and her team smoothed it out for and it's a bit of a novelty to have sleek hair that I actually want to style. I've been so stuck in my low maintenance and no heat routine that I forgot how much I used to love creating different hairstyles.


This halo braid was pretty easy to put together. There's a couple of ways you can achieve the style and as my hair is currently on the shorter side (for me) I decided to braid around the whole of my head rather than have two separate braids and wrap these over the top (see and ). 

I sectioned off a little of the front of my hair so I could have a subtle fringe (bangs) and wispy bits to make the look more casual. As my hair was still pretty straight at the front I added a little Eco styler gel mixed with oil and wrapped the sections around flexi rollers to create waves. I then wrapped my hair in a satin scarf and slept with the style in overnight. In the morning I took out the rollers and used bobby pins to tuck in any parts that were a bit loose.


What have you been doing with your hair?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

HOTD | Twist Out Ponytail with braided front


I've been wearing my hair without the wigs recently and most days it's been my usual bun but it's causing so many tangles I've had to switch it up a little. I 3 strand twisted my hair Sunday night (there's a great tutorial by ) and I'm still taking advantage of the resulting loose, disheveled waves from when I took the twists out. Today I tried (and failed) to dutch braid the front as this area can tangle a lot but I'm not that great at braiding so it's pretty messy. Regardless, I tend to prefer 'worn in' styles so I thought I'd share a few snaps here.


What have you been doing to your hair lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Hairstyle | Messy Bun with Braided Headband



I've been tired of my hair for a long time. Even my daily bun for work, which takes no more than 5 minutes to put together, has become a chore to do every morning. I've been wanting to try something different, but equally I've had minimal patience to attempt anything that requires too much fussing with my hair. On Friday I did this style as I knew this would be an easy style to create and it would perfectly disguise my curly roots from my straight ends.

There are various hairstyles like this on YouTube, but I've noticed a lot use extensions or braid the actual hair at the front so the result is more like a dutch or french braid. I wanted the effect to be more like a hairband. To make it work I used two long pieces of my own hair from each side roughly in the position I wanted the hairband to sit.


How to do it 
1. Braid each long piece from either side loosely (to keep it long and thick) securing with a hairband if needed 
2. Put the remainder of the hair in a high ponytail
3. Wrap each braid over the top of the head towards the opposite side, securing them in place with a few bobby pins (I pinned any long bits of hair from the braids into my bun for a more seamless finish)
4. Wrap the ponytail around itself, pulling bits out and pinning for a loose and messy look

If your hair is shorter you could try using braiding hair instead of your own hair for the headband.


What hairstyles have you tried recently?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Hairstyle | Flat Twist Side Bun


I took a few quick snaps of this twisted style which I wore on my birthday last Wednesday. This season's lack of light is really wreaking havoc with my blog pictures. I really don't like the yellow-y hue that comes with taking indoor pictures under generic lighting but I guess that's just how it's going to be for the next couple of months.


To do this style I created a rough parting down the middle of my hair from my forehead all the way to my neck. I then flat twisted each side all the way around my head before gathering the two twists together on the left side of my head to make a messy bun. I wore my hair like this for two days and it was great for keeping my ends moisturised during this cold weather!


How have you been wearing your hair lately?


Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Hairstyle | Big Sideswept Braided Bun


I rarely forgo my usual daily high bun but yesterday I thought I'd try something slightly different. I've always wanted to style my hair like this beautiful twisted updo shown in Ropo's video but it's never worked well on my hair. Even though my hair seems to have almost crept back to waist length it's simply not long (or thick) enough to get the same results shown in the video above. I don't wear extensions often and only have Regal Relaxed Clip-ins* (reviewed ) in my haircare arsenal but I figured I would attempt the style with these anyway.


It would have been far easier to replicate this style with braiding hair (hair with no tracks), not clip-ins, but I guess I was determined. I knew I wouldn't be able to do two buns or even twist the hair as shown in Ropo's video as even with clip-ins the hair I had to work with wasn't thick or long enough!

Eventually I decided to clip all 8 wefts of my Regal Relaxed extensions roughly in the center of my head. I then pulled my hair into a fairly taught (but comfortable) high ponytail. I separated the ponytail into four sections to make 4 regular braids, fluffing them a little to make the braids look thicker. I then carefully pinned the braids around each other to one side, readjusting areas as necessary to get the desired shape. It took a lot of bobby pins to keep this hairstyle in place but I was happy with the end result. 


Though this worked out much better than I initially thought it would if I try this hairstyle again I'll definitely ensure I have braiding hair on hand first.

*sample. You can read my disclaimer .

What hairstyles have you tried lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Hairstyle | Big Fluffy Twist Out



Today I wore a twist out for the first time in months. I've not been able to wear a twist out in so long as the curls haven't lasted recently. I tried the 3 strand twist method this time around (instead of the 2 strand twist), twisting freshly washed hair before bed and unravelling this morning. I used  tutorial from Alyssa but I used tights as one of the 'strands' as shown in my braidout tutorial . It gave my hair the perfect definition at the ends, blending the multiple textures on my head. 

It's already dark by the time I get home from work so the lighting in the snaps isn't the best, but you can get an idea of how big my hair is. 


Ever since I started committing to my transition to texlaxed (more info ) my hair has so much more body and fullness. I don't think my hair has ever looked so thick. At the beginning of my transition, I must admit I felt a little overwhelmed by my thicker, fluffy (and seemingly gravity defying) strands. Now I can't wait to chop off my lifeless bone straight ends, though I'm not going to just yet. 

How have you been styling your hair lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Hairstyle | Side Front Twist & Braid


Side twists and braids are naturally my go-to option when I don't feel like bunning or using my hot tools and I came to rely on these hairstyles a lot whilst I was in Scotland last weekend.


To do this particular hairstyle I sectioned off the front portion of my hair, placing a rough parting about 2cm behind my ear on each side. I then split the front section into two, parting it on the side in line with the arch of my right eyebrow. I twisted both sections around my head before pulling them together on one side into a ponytail. I then braided the ponytail loosely, leaving out any short pieces of hair. After I reached the bottom I secured the braid with a hair tie and wrapped the short pieces of hair I left out earlier around the base of the ponytail to finish.


This hairstyle didn't take long to do and you don't need to be any good at braiding to try it either. I always find with braids and twists that the messier they are the better. 

What hairstyles have you tried lately?

Christine Stewart x

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