curl your hair with me

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I recently bought this 25mm NuMe curling wand from Ulta after my beloved 1 inch curling iron died. I decided on the 25 mm size because my hair is just below my shoulders. however, if your hair is longer you may like the 32 mm (1.25 inches) better.  i love the loose curls i get with this wand and thought i would show you how i do it!

section your hair by pulling back the top layer at your temples. secure with a croc clip. {you can find the clips i use here}

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lets get started!

you will want to divide your hair into even vertical sections. {generally the rule of thumb is to use a section the same width as the iron you’re using: 1 inch iron, 1 inch sections. however, I like the look of a looser curl so I take a wider section} wrap your hair around the wand away from your face until you reach the back of your head. I try to wrap as much of the strand as possible around the wand without burning myself. you may not be able to get the entire end wrapped around and that is ok! {the wand does come with a glove to prevent burning yourself, but I like to live on the edge and choose not to use it} repeat these steps on the other side wrapping the hair around the wand away from your face.

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after you have finished curling the bottom layer, let that top layer down.

again, divide your hair into even vertical sections and curl away from your face. after you finish the top layer you may want to go through and add some extra curls to the side of your part with more hair.

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after my hair is curled all the way, i like to run my fingers through the curls to loosen them up and make them less “perfect.” then i will finish with a layer of hair spray.

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here is the end result!

products i used:

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XO Lo

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hair envy

hello! there are so many bloggers and youtubers that share hair tutorials. however, there are a few that I have come to know and love that I wanted to share with you.

simple braid| vertical lace braid| the great collaboration 

the first one is abby smith from the blog twist me pretty. this chick literally does it all. she is a wife, a mom of four, full time blogger and hair guru. these three are some of my particular favorites but check out more on her youtube channel here!

little french knots| double half up with a twist| not just a pony tail

equally a favorite is kate bryan from the small things blog. kate actually started her blog by doing hair tutorials for her clients at the salon she worked at. although she still does hair tutorials, she also shares about life with her family and does beauty product reviews. she also has a youtube channel that you can find here! {you can find my rendition of the little french knots in this post}

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twisted side braid

this hairstyle is adorable and comes from julia engel’s blog gal meets glam. julia’s blog mostly contains beautiful travel pictures and chic outfit posts but on occasion she shares a hair tutorial.

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mohawk braid top knot

braid into a half bun? this girl gets me! missy sue’s blog is one i stumble upon from time to time. she is so talented and some of her hairstyles are super intricate. she is also on youtube so make sure to check her out!

clearly i am loving braids but aren’t we all? hope you love these hairstyles as much as i do. to find more make sure to visit these ladies blogs and youtube channels.

XO Lo

 

french knot bun

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I have been following Kate from The Small Things Blog for quite a few years now. she has amazing hair tutorials and is just all in all  a pretty cool gal. {my husband refers to her as my “e-friend” though she doesn’t know me…at all}

this summer she posted a tutorial called “little french knots.” I decided to put my own twist on her style by making my knots quite large and pulling it back into a messy bun. this hairstyle is so easy and versatile. it is also a simple option for those of you who find braiding difficult. check out this tutorial as well as a bunch of others by Kate here!

XO Lo

double lace twist

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Select a section of hair on the right side of your part

Start a lace twist {divide the section into two, twist together added sections to the side closest to your face as you twist}

Secure with a bobby pin as you start the next side

Repeat steps one and two on the opposite side

Carefully remove the bobby pins as you tie both ends with an elastic

Enjoy!

XO Lo

*For this hairstyle I parted my hair in the middle. This is not necessary, but make sure the sections on either side of your part are even!*

side fishtail

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Pull the bigger front section of your hair {side of part with the most hair} into a twist

Secure this section with a few bobby pins

Begin a fishtail braid

Finish the braid and end with an elastic {I use dark brown Goody brand elastics from Target for my hair. Use clear elastics for blonde hair}

Enjoy!

XO Lo