21 Apr

How To: Placement Ideas for Hair Chopsticks

hair stick hairstyle

Using chopsticks in your hair to accessorize.

I absolutely adore hair accessories. Every time a new hair accessory is advertised, I tend to go out and buy it. In some cases, the hair accessory did nothing for my hair or actually caused a bit of damage (ex: Conair Bun Maker – this sucker is like velcro to the hair!) but in most cases I can liven up my hairstyles with neat little accessory.

One of my favorite hair accessories is the hair chopstick. Hair sticks can make an ordinary looking style appear more put together. They are rather easy to use but for the most part, ladies tend to put them in the hair just one way.

While April is almost coming to a close  I wanted to slide a few more “How to” posts in for you to munch on :-) Today I’m sharing simple ways to decorate your hair with hair sticks – specifically the placement of them.

NOTE: Since spring has really just sprung (and just barely), I haven’t taken the time to accessorize with hair chopsticks lately so I restyled my hair a few times in one sitting vs. sharing various days that I styled my hair with them. I don’t tend to accessorize my hair much in the winter.

In this pic, I used just 1 hair stick with a double end to decorate this side clipped bun (and yes it’s side clipped with my other favorite hair accessory….the banana clip! LOL):

hair stick hairstyle

Here, I used 2 hair chopsticks to hold a bun in place:

styling hair with hair sticks

And here are 2 more hair sticks that I used to jazz up this pumped up extreme side bun:

hair stick placement

Now, there are many ways you can decorate your hair with hair sticks but buns, twists, braids and french rolls are the easiest styles to work with. The 3 ways I just shared are all bun based.

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20 Apr

Happy Resurrection Sunday & Flat Ironed Natural Hair!

flat ironed natural hair

I hope your Easter was blessed and filled with love. This here is a short post because it’s family day :-)

I wanted to quickly share my flat ironed natural hair. It’s been a year and so I decided to give it a whirl. I was not going for really straight hair because that would require higher heat or more than one pass with the flat iron and ain’t nobody got time to risk heat damage.

flat ironed hair

I’m very careful when flat ironing my natural hair since I have fine hair that’s also naturally prone to breakage. Therefore, I am picky with the flat iron I use as well as the styling products.

Check out the video which shares what I did to prep my hair for flat ironing as well as what I used. Beneath it, are links to the products mentioned (including my beloved flat iron!):

The best flat iron for natural hair. I use it and do not get heat damage (I’m in love):

Happy Easter

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14 Apr

How To: Hide Your Banana Clip When Styling

banana clip hairstyles

Banana clip styling tips.

banana clip styling tips

We are smack in the middle of April and I have a confession to make

When I kicked off blogging for 2014, I totally had a plan. I was going to focus on 1 topic or type of post delivery per month. April was supposed to be a month of How To’s. Well, I clearly have not stuck with the plan!

See. What had happened was….

While I had a few “How to” posts in draft form. I wasn’t feeling all of them. I also got a bit distracted with sharing changes to my hair regimen, the NYCFlawlessFace Event and a couple of product reviews.

Now, I’m preparing to go to the Atlanta Hair Show/Expo in a couple of weeks. My mind is all over the place!

I did however want to share a few quick “How To’s” where styling your hair is concerned and that’s what prompted this here post.

The banana clip is a long time favorite hair accessory of mine. I’ve been using it to style my hair since I was in High School (3 years ago :-) ). The banana clip can create multiple hairstyles if you’ve got skillz…. Check out one of my banana clip styles here.

Even the simplest of styles can look elegant when using a banana clip. The key is to make sure you can’t see that dern clip! Here are some quick styling tips:

  • For a messy but put together look, pin your hair over the banana clip in a non-coordinated fashion so that the clip is hidden but some of your ends are left loose:

messy banana clip bun

  • Try pin curls or large twists pinned over the banana clip in a pin curl like fashion (and don’t forget to decorate):

banana clip hairstyle

  • When using a banana clip to create a ponytail, leave sections of your hair out at the top and bottom of the banana clip. This will elongate your hair. Score!

banana clip hairstyles

Banana clip styling is easy peasy but guess what I have been eyeballing? The Puff Cuff! My hair is a bit long and since I don’t get tons of shrinkage to create a puff, I would be using this to create a high ponytail or voluminous  bun (stay tuned for future posts).  The makers of Puff Cuff are supposed to be at the Atlanta Hair Expo so, yes I will be picking up 2 of these bad boys. Stay tuned for pics and video footage from the Expo.

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