10 quick ways to revamp your hairstyle in 10 mins

Having fabulous hair takes a lot of effort, in fact dragging yourself out of bed and into the shower to wash last night’s antics out of your hair, can feel like a mammoth task.

For those mornings when you have no time, will-power or hot water to make something out of your bed-head: here are 10 quick ways to fix your hair.

All you need is ten minutes and some bobby pins, and you’re boring old pony tail will enjoy a whole new, revamped look.

1. Fishtail braid

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2. Fringe braid

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Section off the hair to be braided in your fringe by creating a parting. You can start the parting on your left or right hand side, whichever you prefer.

The size of the parting depends on how big you want the braid to be and the style you want to achieve. You can also create a middle parting for added effect.

Once you have created a parting between the front section to be braided and the rest of your hair, check that the parting is even and brush the front section forward. Tie the rest of your hair into a ponytail.

Take the front section of hair and divide it into 3 separate and even strands as if you would when braiding/plaiting your hair in the back.

Continue to braid the three strands of hair across the front section of your hair until you get to your ears.

Source: Hair Romance and The Beauty Pot

3. Cut your fringe

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If you want a dramatic new look, all it takes is ten minutes of your time and a bit of courage.

When cutting your own fringe, always consider what’s being left behind and not what’s being cut off. Take small snips, you can always cut more.

Section off , and clip back the hair that you want to keep.

Usually, all the hair in front of your ears on the crown of your head is drawn forward for bangs, but this depends on how thick your hair is. If your hair isn’t thick enough then you will need to draw more hair from the back.

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Pull this fringe section into a point at the front of your head, then take your comb at about eyebrow height and comb the hair down until only a few millimetres are visible underneath the comb.

NEVER cut your fringe past the outer corners of your eyes. The farther you cut away from the centre of your face, the wider your face will appear.

Once you’ve made the cut, blow dry with a rounded brush for heavy, fuller bangs.

Source: Aging Hot Girl

4. Add waves with your straightener

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Separate your hair into workable layers. Take the first piece of hair and place it in the flat iron.

Pull straightener towards you, giving it a half-turn and glide it down until you reach the end of your hair, then release. (Hold the straightener horizontally to get more of beachy wave, vertically to get curls.)

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Finish the layer of hair you have down, then let the next layer you want to work with down from the clips and work through the rest of your hair.

When finished curling all of your hair, take a small amount of product and work it through your hair. If you want your hair to set for a long day or night out, you can spray through a bit of hairspray too.

Source: A Fashion Love Affair

5. DIY Headband

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A headband is a great way to hide greasy hair. If you don’t have one at the ready, and you’re feeling a bit crafy try out this DIY headband by Kelly Hicks.

Start by gathering materials needed: floral wire (available at any craft shop), fabric, and basic sewing tools.

Cut a strip of fabric wide enough to fold in half (can be as thick as you want) but make sure it’s long enough to go around your head once or twice with some extra on the ends. Fold right sides together and iron flat.

Sew together the long way. Attach a safety pin to one side but only through one side of the fabric. Then feed the pin through the tube to make it right-side out.

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Take your wire and bend one end into a loop. Feed the wire through the fabric tube.

This part is a little tricky because you want the wire loop to stay put at the ends. Hold the wire loop at the end while sewing the fabric shut and make sure you put stitches through the wire loop too. So now the ends of the wire will stay put. Then just repeat on the other end and you are done.

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Source: Kelly Hicks Design

6. Hair knot

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Ensure that your hair has enough texture for the hairstyle to hold, you can add texture with a bit of mousse before blow drying.

Using a comb divide the hair at the back down the centre hair line, beginning at the crown of the head and finishing at the nape of the neck.

Hold both sections of the hair part separately ensuring that you’re holding all strands of hair in your hands.

Tie a single knot in much the same way you’d tie any knot.

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To do this place one section of your parted hair over the other, loop that section though the created hole and pull the two parts tights.

This will give you a single hair knot, to achieve a double knot simply repeat the step again tying another knot.

Slightly twist for effect. Then put a bobby pin through the right hair part and the hair knot. Secure the knot by placing a bobby pin through the left hair part and the hair knot.

Source: Fashionising

7. Messy side ponytail

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This works best with unwashed hair.

Make a deep side part on one side of your hair.

Backcomb the top quarter of your hair – brush the hair downwards toward your scalp so it’s sort of frizzy and can stand on its own.

Gently brush the very top layer of your hair to make it smooth on the top. That way, all the back-combing will be hidden under the layer that you brushed. Still, don’t brush too much, you want it a little messy.

Take the entire back-combed section and pin it behind your head. To make it secure, place the bobby pins in an “X.”

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Take all your hair and put it in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Tighten the rubber band as tight as you can. This will help “push” your hair up, creating more volume at the top.

You can either leave the rubber band exposed, or hide it by taking a small half-inch section of hair from the ponytail and wrapping it around the rubber band. Take a small bobby pin and pin the hair to the rubber band.

Rough up the ponytail with your fingers to match the texture at the top of your hair. Use the same motion as you did to back comb, but use your fingers instead, since this will create a messy texture but will be softer and gentler than using a comb.

Source: Joanna Goddard

8. Braided crown

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You want to start by pulling the majority of your hair forward (in front of your face) from nearly the back of your hair line, as you want most of your hair to be toward the front of your head before you begin. Start on one side of the base of your neck and separate three strands of hair.

Begin braiding these three strands together. As you braid, follow along the crown of your head and add a little hair to each strand as you braid around.

Once you’ve braided around the front of your head finish the braid and use an elastic band to secure it. Pin the braid in place, tucking and pinning any loose pieces.

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If your hair is not long enough to braid all the way around your head you might consider adding hair accessories, such as bows or pins to where your braid ended, to sort of disguise any loose ends.

Source: abeautifulmess

9. Loose bun

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Source: seecreatures

10. Half-up do

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Grab a section of hair on your crown, pull it right back to the back of head. Where your fingers are holding your hair, insert the bobby pins horizontally.

Grab a section on the left side of your hair, cross over the two horizontal bobby pins and insert a vertical pin. Push it right underneath the section you have volumized. Do the same on the other side of your hair, again inserting the pin vertically.

With the remaining hair, repeat the process with another section of hair that falls in front of your ear – bring that around and fasten with a vertical pin. Repeat this on the other side.

Source: thesmallthingsblog

Hoop Earrings

I adore this fun jewelry tutorial. I hope you do, too! -http://www.creaturecomfortsblog.com/

I originally made a neon green version of these hoops for an 80’s Halloween party­–perfect under the black lights. When I went to pick colors for this tutorial, however, I pulled this more gentle color palette with a punch of black. I think it’s so lovely. These hoops are simple to make, yet such a fun splash of hand made in your wardrobe. Add the ability to customize every pair and you might just not be able to stop making them. I adore these little black and white ones.

 
These hoops make for a fabulous last minute, personalized gifts, too!  Here’s the tutorial:
 
 

Supplies needed:

  • Embroidery thread (I suggest DMC 6-strand floss for a smooth finish)
  • Inexpensive hoop earrings (I found these at Target)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Cut 40” of chosen embroidery thread colors for a large hoop, less for smaller hoops. If you place the hoops in your ear before you start, it will help you decide where to change colors and place the majority of your design color work (remove hoop from ear before next step).

Start by placing a small bit of craft glue at the end of the hoop.  

Take desired embroidery thread colors and line them up parallel to the hoop, placing the end of the thread in the bit of glue. Choose the thread color you want to start with and begin wrapping it around the hoop…the other colors you aren’t using they go along for the ride (make sure they are being hidden by the thread color that you want to have showing). Keep wrapped thread snugly side-by-side so you can’t see the hoop or other colors underneath.

When you want to change colors, drop the first color parallel to the hoop and start wrapping with the next color you’d like. Repeat to change colors again. Change as many times as you’d like.  

When you get to the end, place another small bit of glue. Wrap thread directly over that glue, using your finger to wipe away any excess. Trim the embroidery thread colors that you are not using first as close to the hoop as possible. Then place a little extra glue to secure the remaining thread over the ends of the other colors, and trim excess. Repeat the finishing process on the other side of the wrapped hoop. Repeat full process for your other earring. Voila!

 
To create the striped earrings, simply wrap the embroidery threads together at the same time, as if they were one. Keep them in the same alignment as you wrap, and finish with the same process as used above.
 

So fast, easy and fun! Happy Hooping!

Easy to make bags

 These bold, stylish prints are sophisticated without being serious and come in a rich palette of colors perfect for fall. I added some sturdy contrasting cotton webbing handles for a pop of color, and I love the way they came out! The new materials are as follows:

Materials:

To make one tote bag:

  • 1/2- yard of Outside Oslo Fabric. I used (clockwise from top left): Dawn Frond, Dawn Sticks, Dusk Wildflower,  and Dawn Picket
  • 2 yards of 1-inch cotton webbing to compliment your fabric. I used (clockwise from top left): Taupe, Turquoise, Turquoise, and Yellow.
  • Cotton thread to match your fabric
  • Cotton thread to contrast with the inside of the bag

The fabric in these how to shots is from Echino and is now out of print but you can see more from the same designer, Etsuko Furuya here.

 Cutting

Cut two 16-inch tall by 14-inch wide panels from the fabric. Make sure the pattern is going the correct direction on both panels.

Cut two 22 1/2-inch long pieces from the webbing.

Attaching Handles and Hemming the Top

Pin the handle pieces to the top raw edge of the right side of each panel 3-inches from the sides. The raw edges of the handles should match up with the raw edge of the top of the panel so the handles will be facing down as shown in the picture above. Make sure the handles aren’t twisted.

Using the contrasting thread sew a zig zag stitch across the  top edge, sewing the handle to the top edge in the process.

This zig zag stitch should be right at the edge of the fabric as shown above.

Turn the panels so their wrong sides are facing up. Press and pin their top edges with the handles down 1 1/2-inches

Make sure to pin the handle so it’s perpendicular to the horizontal sides.

Sew this fold down with the matching thread a 1/4 inch from to top edge and then with a second seam 1/4-inch from the bottom zig zag stitch.

The handle will now be attached and the top hem sewn down on both panels. You’re now ready to sew the bag together.

Sewing the Bag Together

Pin the panels right sides together and sew along the sides and bottom 1/2-inch from the raw edges using the matching thread. Back stitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

Snip off the bottom corners.

Using the contrasting thread zig sag stitch along the raw edges of the sides and bottom of the bag.

Make sure to stitch right along the edge to contain the threads from the raw edges.

Turn the bag right sides out press the corners and you’re all done!

Badge Holders For Workers :)

This is what you’ll need:
A small amount of  leftover fabric {or you can use some cool ribbon},
 the lanyard {a little bit over a yard} you can buy it at your local Fabric Store,
glue gun, scissors,
a key ring {I used the one from my old holder}
and  Fray Block {optional}
You can even use an old badge holder
and just give it a makeover!
 
First I made my fabric flowers…
The burlap one I made back in the days of my bathroom makeover.
I used some hot glue while making the flower to hold the fabric together.
Then I cut two thin strips of fabric {the size will depend of the lanyard you get}
I always like to iron my fabric as I go, I found it
easier to work with that way.
{I am sure you can use ribbon instead of fabric}
I wanted mine badge holder to have an organic look and these fabrics were perfect!
After cutting it was time to attach the strips to the lanyard.
Time to sew!
Next step was easy,
I chose {in front of the mirror} where to place the flowers
and then I just hot glued them…
{Did you know that there is hot glue for fabric?
After it was time to choose where to place the pen packet.
I put the fabric on top of the pen to measure how much I would need.
Then I cut the fabric, ironed it and began to sew it.
{You kind of have to pleat the bottom of the packet since the fabric will not sit flat}
Here is a picture…
 Well… at this point I was almost done…
Next thing was to sew the ends of the lanyard together
and make the loopwhere the key ring was going to be,

 

That’s it…!
Now I better go and finish the other two.