The View Point of an Entrant – NAHA 2014

This is my second year to enter NAHA. This is my experience. What is NAHA? The North American Hairstyling Awards is one of the most prestigious hair photography competitions. There are 14 categories including Avant Garde, Make-up Artist of the … Continue reading

Austin Fashion Week 2014, a look inside a Mash-up Team

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Austin Fashion Week 2014 is Thursday, April 24th through Saturday, May 3rd. It has many components such as runway shows featuring local designers, brunches and cocktail hours for exposure and networking, and the unique Mash-up Team Competition. My favorite part, the event … Continue reading

Get the look, High Top Knot Bun Tutorial

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Reasons Why the High Top Knot Bun is Amazing

1. It’s a great way to look polished in a short amount of time
2. Gives you some height
3. You can do this on dirty hair so it helps spread out your shampoos
4. Great for keeping your hair out if your face (windy day, busy day, or special occasion)

How To:

1. Flip your head over and create a ponytail on top of your head using a soft bristle brush and a hair tie (I like using a bungee- a rubberband with a bobby pin on one side and a hair pin on the other) this will be your anchor.

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2. Use a piece of tool that is similar to your hair color. You can find this at fabric stores. Cut it into a rectangle 8 inches by 4 inches (or you can buy a bun maker from Clair’s, CVS, or any grocery store… boring). Bobby pin this around the base of your ponytail. This will add some drama to your bun.

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3. Use Dry Texture Spray by Oribe on your ends. This is like back combing in a bottle. Next, create a soft cushion by teasing your pontytail with a soft bristle brush. My favorite, the Mason Pearson, is pretty expensive but you can find similar brushes at Target or Sally’s.

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4. The part that will take the most practice is the swirling motion that it takes to wrap the around the tool and create the perfect shape. Think cotton candy. Be patient and keep trying. Once you get it where you want it- pin it! I like using hair pins because they are lightweight and don’t disturb the fabric of the hair. Don’t be afraid to use black pins in any color of hair. Once you get good at hiding them they look like shadows and don’t reflect light in photos.

5. Finish with hairspray. My favorite for build-able hold and a matte finish is Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Hairspray.