My Favorite Hair Tutorials for Novices

Styling hair and applying makeup are two things I’ve been interested in for a long… long time. At times I’m actually surprised I didn’t go into cosmetology. I’ve styled my friends’ and sister’s hair and makeup for many school dances. I applied makeup for my Mom, sister and I for both my wedding and my sister’s.


Look at the baby blues on that guy… what a hunk!

Starting in sixth grade, I would apply clear mascara (i.e. clear brow corrector) from Cover Girl to my eyelashes to give them oomph. I used a lip balm with a hint of pink to give me color. I went to a private, Catholic grade school where makeup was strictly forbidden and this was my way around the system.

As soon as I was allowed to, I had my Mom pulling my hair through the old-fashioned plastic caps to add highlights.

My senior year, on a whim one afternoon, I decided it was time to trade in my blonde locks for a rich, dark brown/nearly black style. A few months later, still unsatisfied with my change, I chopped my mid-back length hair to a bob. And yet, C.D. still kept me around. 😉

If there’s one word I’d use to describe my hair, it’s “Chameleon.” People have known me as a blonde, brunette, black, red, curly, wavy, straight, long and short.

So with as much passion as I have for it, it’s no surprise that I’m addicted to trying new styles and tutorials when it comes to styling my hair.

I use novice in the title of this post mostly tongue-in-cheek because I am certainly no professional. I have zero training other than the time I spend looking up tutorials and trying my hand at them (which used to be a lot more often than it’s been since having the girls). As with most things, there are some days when things are REALLY working and others where you look like you stumbled out of a nightclub at 6 am. On those days, we wear hats.

In addition to simply seeking hair inspiration on Pinterest to try on my own, here are the trials I’ve found and tested with success!

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Half Up, Half Down Wavy Look

This style is AMAZING for second-day hair or days when the waves just aren’t able to be tamed.

TIP: If you aren’t as sophisticated with using both hands to secure your pony while inserting the bobby pins, try a clear rubber band to hold the ponytail in place. Then grab a small section of hair from underneath and pull it up and over the ponytail and tuck it underneath the band. This will achieve a similar polished look without the risk of the bobby pin failing you.


Low, Messy Bun

I do this look quite a bit for second-day hair. Here’s my very OWN tutorial for anyone willing to grin-and-bear my on-camera voice. 😉 The great thing about this pony is that it works for long hair, short hair, straight hair or curly hair. All you need is to be comfortable with a few frizzy strands.

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Mid-Length Natural Waves

Ah, Desi Perkins. This gal knows makeup AND hair. She’s actually a stylist to the stars and absolutely hilarious if you follow her on Snapchat. I love her natural waves tutorial because it doesn’t require anything but a barrel curler and a comb.

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Braided Half Up, Half Down

This is another way to take hair that isn’t cooperating and make something decent happen. Braids are a classic feminine look. By pulling the braids away from your face, you look fresh, alert but classy.

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Straight, But Voluminous Hair

My hair is a mix between straight and wavy. Some mornings I wake up with full body and beachy waves. Those days minimal teasing is needed. Other times I wake up with straight, flat hair with kinks. I love this tutorial for achieving pretty, soft straight hair.


Classic Chignon

Another blogger worth following is Amber Fillerup. In her pre-blogger life, Amber was a hair stylist. Many of you will instantly recognize her long blonde hair* that she often styles in loose braids from searching for “hair inspiration” on Pinterest. I love this Chignon look she’s done in the past and was so happy that she finally released a tutorial for others to copy.

*She admits to using extensions to boost her volume, so don’t feel TOO bad if your hair isn’t as full/long as hers. 



So what tools do I carry in my kit? Essentials I keep on hand include:


Alright gals, as I try my hand at new looks, I’ll happily share them with you. Be sure to tag us and let us know if there are any looks YOU love and are worth trying. I’m always looking for inspiration!


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