Glitter & Pearls


Stars In Her Hair
February 21, 2012, 11:37 am
Filed under: Backstage, DIY, Hair | Tags: , , , , ,

OB-sessed with these star hair clips featured on the models’ glossy coifs at the recent Rodarte show.  The hair artists used star hair accessories from Rodarte on some girls, and rows of bobby pins on others.   I’m dreaming in DIY.

Images: Rodarte // Found on: Into the Gloss

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The Long + Short of It: Hair
December 27, 2011, 10:27 am
Filed under: Hair, Thoughts On Grown-Upness | Tags: , , ,

My hair is an endless battle, and I suppose it’s like that for every woman. I have curly/wavy hair, which means I’m predisposed to desperately want straight hair.  My sister has the thickest, straightest hair – and she dreams in curls.  I call it the grass-is-always-greener effect.  I’ll go to great lengths to blow dry, iron, and chemically alter my hair to achieve “different” (in my case – stick straight), but one thing is for sure, I refuse to cut my hair.

I cut my hair twice (and when I say cut, I mean “more than a trim”) – once in my early teens, unaware of the power of the blow drier at this point, and once in late high school, because I had more guts back then.  Both times I donated the several inches of hair lost.  Today I argue with hairdressers to take no more than an inch, and even after the onslaught of scissors, and a scant pile of hair ends on the ground, I snivel all the way home. #DramaQueen

I’m never happy with a hair cut.  I always convince myself that it looked better before – with that extra brittle inch.  What’s wrong with me?

Are you crazy protective with your hair, or is it just me?

Image via: 5inchandup.blogspot.com

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Hair Cuff
November 14, 2011, 9:46 am
Filed under: DIY, Hair | Tags: , , , , ,

I’m loving the metallic hair cuffs popping up on high and low-slung ponytails everywhere!  My hair generally exists in two styles – long and straight or up in a ponytail.  The hair cuff gives me an excuse to rock the ponytail more often = win!

Plus, the neat hair slides are an easy DIY – a.k.a. my favorite kind. Simply head to your local home improvement center and pick out your favorite plumbing rings and pipes, choose your metal – the pipes usually come in gold and brass colors, then ask for a piece cut between one and three inches – depending on the size you’re looking for.  Voila – DIY hair cuff!

To wear the plumbing cuff, simply twist your ponytail in order to slide the ring up to the base of the head.  If you’re worried about keeping the ring put, use an everyday elastic beneath the ring so that the ring rests on the elastic, giving it better staying power.

And if the idea of hunting through the aisles of a home improvement store gives you the willies, check out this gorgeous honeycomb-printed hair cuff here and these more affordable options at Free People: the cutout ponytail cuff and the stingray ponytail cuff.

{Images via Tumblr, here, here, and here}

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Head Scarves
October 4, 2011, 4:53 pm
Filed under: Accessorize, Hair, Vintage

I’ve always believed that girls who wore head scarves just pulled off chic.  I’ve worn head scarves over dirty hair to much guffawing from the peanut gallery (a.k.a. stupid brothers) who tell me I look like the chiquita banana lady.  Hey, at least she’s famous.

Also, the vintage vibe is irresistable.  So I continue to try (mostly in vain.)

For an easy-as-could-be head scarf tutorial

And a twist on the headscarf …

And for a great turban how-to

{images a la Pinterest}

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Hair Bow
September 20, 2011, 12:03 pm
Filed under: Accessorize, Hair

I’m totally obsessed.  I believe it’s the five-year-old in me.  The trend has stuck and I can’t get enough.  Back in high school we wore ribbons in our hair to pep rallies and such, and trust me, at fifteen, I thought I looked the height of chic with my craft store ribbons.  Nowadays, still wanting to pretend I’m on the dance team (barring requisites of talent to get in … and age-appropriateness), these grown-up versions of the girly bow have my heart aflutter.

{Images a la Polyvore}

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Tie-Dyed Hair Tips
August 1, 2011, 10:53 am
Filed under: Hair, Snag Her Style

I have been obsessing over Lauren Conrad’s cotton candy frosted tips since she posted a picture of the dipped hair on her new beauty blog, thebeautydepartment.  Just a few days before the big reveal, the reality starlet polled her readers and asked whether she should leave the tie-dyed tips to the “rebelling teens,” or to give the color trend a shot.  Sixty percent suggested L.C. go for it, and voila – the most covet-worthy hair trend I’ve seen in a while.

If you are totally panicked about dyeing your tresses in all colors of the rainbow, try a bold colored extension.  Models at Prabal Gurung’s latest fashion show had their extensions individually hand-dyed by stylist, Didier Malige, but you can get the same effect on the cheap and easy by buying pre-colored extensions at your local beauty supply store.

And if you’re ready to rebel, Elle Girl has an awesome dip-dyed hair how-to.  Check it:

What you’ll need: Hair bleach, developer, gloves, brush, foil, dye

{Color Brilliance Powder Lightener, $3; Sensitive Scalp Ion Developer, $2; Manic Panic Hair Dye, $9; Hair Dye Brush, $1}

Steps to Complete the Look:

1. Mix hair bleach and developer in a plastic bowl until you get an icy-like consistency.

2. Section out your hair; keep first section on top of head with a clip.

3. Split the bottom section in 1/2 and apply bleach to desire ends up to your desire length. Feather the brush towards the top and cover completely.

4. Apply foil (yes, you can steal the foil in your kitchen) to each section of hair, take bottom half of your hair down and do the same.

5. Heat ends with a blow dryer and check each section to make sure they are fully saturated.

6. Remove foils and rinse over the sink.

7. Put your desired hair color into a plastic cup and apply generously! This is the time to have some fun.

8. Wrap colored hair in plastic bag and apply heat, the longer it holds, the better the color keeps.

9. Let hair cool for 5 minutes.

10. Rinse ends with condition and smile at your sick new hair in the mirror!

{images a la thebeautydepartment and Pinterest}

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Glam Bobby Pins
April 28, 2011, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Hair, love.want.need

Perhaps it’s the 4 year old girl in me or it’s my obsessive compulsive refusal to have that telltale strip of hair-bang-mutation fall into my face all day, but I am such a fan of bobby pins.  It doesn’t take much to thrill me.  I don’t even go for the $3 and up versions, I’m a 99 cent pack of Goody bobby pins purchaser.  But today I will admit, I have fallen for $15 bobby pins.  It’s not my fault Jane Tran‘s designs are so fab.