Showing posts with label Hairstyles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hairstyles. Show all posts

Friday, 2 March 2018

Hair | 10 Protective Hairstyle Ideas

I'm protective styling as much as possible for the rest of the cold season to help keep my hair more moisturised (more on what else I'm doing here). Even though it's now March, Spring is currently on hold in Manchester with the arrival of a lot of (surprisingly) snowy weather! I've been looking back at a few ways I've styled my hair protectively in the past as a result and thought I'd share a mix of examples here. This is not an exhaustive list, wigs and extensions are also great protective styles but I left them out as it's been a very long time since I've tried either but hopefully the below gives you a few ideas when you're trying your next protective style.

The key to protective styling is compacting your hair together in some way so it's more protected than if it was left hanging completely free and the more covered the better. Some of the hairstyles here are super easy to do whilst others require a bit more skill but the beauty of protective styling is it doesn't have to be complicated.

I like to keep things simple, so I tend to wear buns the most occasionally switching it up with braids or a mix of the two. My favourite protective hairstyle I've done recently is faux locs (below) which I'd never tried before and it's the easiest wholly protective hairstyle I've done so I'll be more experimental in the future.

Do you wear protective hairstyles? 

Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Hair | Easy Messy Bun [Video]

I get a lot of questions on how I shape my hair bun so I've uploaded a quick tutorial on YouTube

The Video
Any requests or questions let me know!

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Hair | Keash Braids

It's been a while since I switched up my style so on Saturday I had my hair braided in two simple cornrows with ombre extensions added at the pop up in Hackney (Manchester). I love this style so much and it's great to have a bit of variety from my usual messy bun. I really need to learn how to cornrow properly myself so I can try this more often!

*complementary hairstyle received - read my disclaimer .

What styles have you been doing lately?

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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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Hairstyle | Double Cornrow Ponytail

I've been mostly wearing buns as usual lately but made myself try something different Monday night.

I dampened my hair, parted it down the middle, cornrowed the top on each side and then finished the style by pulling it into a simple puff. I used more gel than usual and it's meant my hair has held up so well since. I took these pictures today and it's still in place! This has been a great low manipulation style which I'll definitely be doing a lot more often. All I've had to do is refresh my curls a little each morning with some newly purchased  and it's made my mornings even faster than usual.

What have you been doing with your hair?

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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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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Friday, 4 July 2014

Hairstyle | Big Fluffy Braidout

I used to always favour the twist out for heatless styling but it has failed me in recent months as my hair doesn't hold the style for very long. I've been finding that my hairstyle stays intact much longer when I do braidouts. I tried a slightly different technique the other day for my braidout and the results were exactly what I was looking for with minimal fuss.

I loved the definition and my hair had a relatively uniform wave despite me having a mixture of relaxed, texlaxed and natural hair. My hair was absolutely huge too where I'm almost 18 weeks post relaxer and my haircut has given my hair more fullness. Admittedly, the volume made me a little self-conscious as I wasn't used to it but I received a lot of compliments whilst wearing my hair like this. I am starting to think that big curly styles suit me a lot better than straight hair, which I never would have said a few years ago.

Unfortunately, despite taking quite a few snaps before I headed out the door Wednesday morning, I managed to cut the top and sides of my head off (including my eyebrows in many photos). As a result, the true fullness of my hair can't be seen. It's a shame my arms aren't the slightest bit longer so I could get my whole head in! When I got home that evening I didn't have the time to set up my tripod and take better pictures but I'm definitely going to try this style again anyway. I'm hoping it works just as well so I can make a tutorial.

What have you done with your hair lately?

Christine Stewart x