get inspired : the braided updo …

February 6, 2015By stephanie

The braided updo is definitely a bridal favourite that is still on trend for this upcoming bridal season. The bp team has seen many variations, from braids moving into a sidesweep, braided crowns, and even teeny tiny braids peeking through a half up/half down style.

My favourite is actually a pretty  braid twirled into a soft bun, much like the photo above. The braid is a traditional french braid placed on one side of the head, with the ends left unpinned and swept into a bun of loose curls.

This particularly beautiful bridesmaid happened to have longer hair;  just below the shoulders about. For a style like this length does help, especially with creating a full statement bun in the back. While she didn’t have super thick hair, she didn’t have super fine hair either.  We didn’t use extensions for this look but for those with thinner hair or hair that is fine, using extensions will help with filling out the braid.  If you have thinner hair and choose this style, keep in mind that your braid might not be as big/noticeable and your bun may be quite smaller in size.

I found wrapping the hair around a large barrel curling iron and setting with large velcro rollers helped lift the the hair at the root.  I did this with all the hair from the front of the head to the crown and let it sit in rollers while I curled the lower half the head as normal with the iron.  Once I finished curling, I released the hair from the rollers and I teased the front sections at the root for staying power. I then brushed the hair smooth before starting to plait the hair into the braid.

I french braided the side section until the end of the hairline, and then twirled and pinned the end to start the bun. From there, I slowly worked and pinned all the unbraided sections of hair until we achieved a nice bun formation.

To give the braid some “oomph” I pulled and tugged out the curves and weaves a bit to make it appear bigger and fuller. Some brides choose to leave the curls hanging from the bun, but I personally prefer the look of having all the curls pinned in.

I think this style is particularly smart, especially for the warmer more humid months. It keeps the hair clean off the face, but not tight or severe – a look most brides or bridesmaids want to avoid. It sweeps the hair up of the neck as well, but doesn’t look constricted. It can be worn a little looser or messier for someone who wants something more bohemian/rustic. But alternatively, it can be worn smoother and slightly tighter for a cleaner sophisticated style.

Hope you’ve been inspired!


expert advice : hair tips for transitioning to fall

September 10, 2014By DJMC
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If you haven’t noticed already, the temperature is cooling down here in Toronto (little by little) and most of us have traded our shorts and bikinis for sweaters and boots…fall is creeping up on us.

Personally, I find dealing with my hair in the summer is a whole different ball game from working with it in the fall/winter. Keeping this in mind, I turned to one of our BP experts Crista Aguinaldo for some tips on making the transition from summer to fall easy for both managing my style and keeping my locks healthy.

Her advice…

  • Reassess your hair and make sure you have a shampoo & conditioner for your appropriate hair type to better deal with the cooler weather that is on its way.
  • Treat your hair and scalp to a good clarifying shampoo and treatment mask (protein-based for damaged hair or moisture-based for dry hair) to help renew your hair from the damage that may have been caused by your summer fun. Even if your hair feels fine, UV rays are pretty damaging, so it’s great if you can replenish and renew before the change of weather throws you for a loop.
  • Get a trim, or better yet, a hair cut! I know lots of ladies out there hate going to the salon for a cut (especially if they’re trying to grow it out), but a light trim of just the ends at least quarterly (although the recommended time frame is 4-7 weeks) will keep your locks looking great. It will also help keep the shape of your current haircut, or encourage you to go for a new look!
  • Ditch the sun-bleached-blond look and go a little more earthy. As the falls leaves change around you, you can start to look washed out pretty quickly, so fall is a good time to get into deeper, richer and more vibrant tones.

Have you already started working on some of Crista’s tips? I’ll be looking into treatments for my dry, sun-damaged hair!