get inspired : emma stone waves

January 26, 2016By stephanie

Remember that year when it was all “short hair, don’t care”? A year of pixies, undercuts and fringe were all the rage, and rightly so because the look was hot. And while pixies and undercuts are still great cuts, some people have opted to start growing out their hair into bobs, and their slightly longer cousin – the lob.

But with any grow-out, come wedding season, we are often told “I’ve been growing out my hair, and it’s just a bit longer than a bob …and I really don’t know what I can do with it. Maybe we should just blow it out and I’ll wear it straight”.

Wearing your hair as is can be an option – nothing will translate as more you than a slightly more polished version of how you regularly wear your hair. You’l look great! However, if you are looking for another option, I think that the textured and wavy lob adds a bit of flare to your “not long enough yet” strands!

tousledLeft : Emma Stone
Right : waves done by Stephanie Daga, BlushPretty

I think the poster child for the ultimate wavy lob or bob is the always stylish (and charming) Emma Stone. She’s known to wear her short hair many ways from middle part to deep side part, straight to curly, bangs to no bangs. She knows her options! But I find her go to look is always a bit of piecey twistedness.

I have plenty of clients scheduled in this year with lobs. Some are brides, some are maids of honour, some are the chicest of mothers! Plenty are shooing away the standard blowout and flip for a sexier bedhead style.

To create this look for my clients I prefer to use a 1 inch curling iron and very few products. The list looks something like this:

– Hot Tools 1-inch barrel curling iron
– Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak
– Sall Hershberger Supreme Lift Root Spray
– Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray
– Elnett Hair Spray
– Bumble+Bumble Styling Creme
– Bumble+Bumble Texture (un)Dressing Creme

For prep, I always start with a bit of dry shampoo brushed through the hair. My pick is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak, and I find it adds a bit of lift and texture, especially for finer hair types. It soaks up the right amount of excess oil, but doesn’t leave a film or dusty layer of product.

As I section through the bottom layers of hair, I’ll spray Sally Hershberger’s Supreme Lift Root Spray before wrapping small sections  around the barrel  of my iron. I never use the clamp and wrap the sections with the barrel pointed downward. I also leave the ends free a bit for a more undone look.  I’ll repeat this sectioning and wrapping from the nape of the neck to the crown, alternating the direction I wrap the the hair with each section.

For the layers from the crown and up, I do repeat the process, but instead use Sally Hershberger’s Glam Waves instead of root spray. This is just personal preference as I find it gives a shiny but not weighted appearance to the top layers.

Once I’m done wrapping the hair and styling the front according to the client’s wishes (some want fringe, some don’t; some want it up off the face, others flat!), I’ll either finesse and finish with some Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme or Texture (un)Dressing Creme.  While both are made to be applied to the hair while damp, I actually will rub a bit through my fingers or palms and then either smooth the hair (Styling Creme) for a bit of shine or break up the waves and “fluff” a bit more (Texture Creme) for a more undone appearance.

Everything gets finished with some Elnett. Every-THANG!

So that’s how we do the ‘do! If you want to see it up close and personal – have you RSVP’d for our Bridal Beauty Preview this Sunday, January 31, 2016 yet?  If not, there is still time with a couple of spots left! Save your spot by heading over to our Eventbrite page!

Have a great week!


the artistry life : get em bodied …

June 23, 2014By stephanie

I had the most refreshing request the other day for a trial run. A bride to be, actually a bride to be VERY soon, asked for hair that just had body and a softness to it. No fighting her hair into submission to conform to a curl (or for some, to make sleek+straight); no troubleshooting slicking stray hair down that wants to stick straight up; no hassle … period.

Now I cannot share a picture of the final look as well … the bride isn’t married yet … so no images until she shares her own photos first. But what I can share is the low-down on the tools I like using to give volume and swoosh to the hair.

When creating volume and body I really like using larger barrel sizes – whether with a curling iron or rollers. My current favourite tools on the market are Hot Tools  for curling irons and T3 for rollers.

To achieve a simple bend in the hair with lots of movement, I used T3’s Voluminous Hot Rollers and rolled four sections at the top of the head, starting from the bang and ending just under the crown, using the four larger barrels.  With the four smaller barrels I rolled two each on either side of the head. Set by the temples, I rolled them side by side – one closer by the face, and then one right beside it closer to the back of the head.

For the rest of the hair, I used a Hot Tools 2-inch barrel. Instead of traditionally clamping the ends of the hair and rolling up, I clamped the sections of hair close to the root to create lift, released the clamp just slightly and started rolling down the section of hair (similar to using it like a flat iron or a marcel wand curling iron). A 2-inch barrel, even a 1.5 inch, still creates lots of shine in the hair but plenty of lift and bounce too. The curl is barely visible but still, lots of movement in the hair.

Once all sections were curled with the iron, I released the rollers and shook them out. My bride used a simple middle part – which looked fabulous with her face shape and style, but a deep side part looks great too.

I think this relaxed down ‘do looks best with women who have fuller hair, not necessarily thick and abundant, just fuller. The bride above had one-length hair so her wave was consistent throughout the entire style. This style would look great on hair with layers also, but the end look may appear more wavy.