VIDEO TIME! Let’s Talk About Your WEDDING Hairstyle

Dear Reader-

Wedding season is upon us. You may be a bride or know one at the very least. Friends don’t let friends do their own hair for their wedding.

Warmest Regards,

As The Curl Turns

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VIDEO TIME! New Stylist? Where and What To Look For In A Salon Job

Dear Reader-

If you or someone you know just passed State Board for Cosmetology, here is some advice. Finding a job can be tricky, let alone finding the right job. Good Luck!

Best-

ATCT

No Pin Updo- A How To

Dear Reader-

Updos come in all shapes and sizes, be still my beating heart. But they do not all require pins. This particular updo requires only a needle and thread. It is quite speedy, which is nice when time is of the essence during a wedding or group event. We have all had head counts or time frames change on a dime!

First, set the hair as usual. Take the set out and loosen/brush the big loose curls with the tail of a rattail comb. Spritz with hairspray and don’t be shy. The curls need to be firm.

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You may need about 6 feet of doubled over thread, so three feet of useable thread. I used regular thread here, but embroidery thread works well too. A curved extensions needle works as well as a straight one. Tie a knot around a curl starting on one side of the head and start sewing, in and out and around the curls.

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Up, down, in and around with the thread. Gather the hair as you like it and sew!

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Once you are all the way through to the other side, tie off the thread, and viola!

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A nice, loose looking but totally secure romantic updo that will last. Shellac and you are done! And without a single pin. Grandma may say there is more than one way to bake a cake, and As The Curl Turns agrees.

Sincerely,

ATCT

p.s- martinis becoming too warm too fast? Try a smaller martini glass. Those big glasses may look cool, but they lose their cool quickly.

A New Year’s Resolution Kept!

Dear Reader-

Glamour Up! was my New Year’s Resolution advice for 2015. Even if it is only once a month for something nondescript. I wanted you all to know that I take my own advice and try to walk the walk as much s possible. I attend Bingo at the local Elks lodge once a month, and I utilize this opportunity to gussy up once in a while. I went last night and I wore vintage mink and heels. Yes, I said mink. I was definitely the most overdressed person there by far, and I will tell you this, my dear readers. I was the best dressed one there as well.

So- even if you feel a bit self conscious about being over dressed, let me say this: you will clearly be the better looking of all your peers, so who cares?! Grandma always said there is an outfit for every occasion, but As The Curl Turns believes there is a better version of that outfit to be had as well.

Best,

ATCT

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p.s- Is your dog’s stomach on the fritz? Try a plain baked potato.

Christmas Tree Hair Accessory-DIY

Dear Reader-

This hair accessory, like some of my others, is not for the faint of heart. You will be wearing a Christmas tree in your hair. Literally. If you are ok with that, then let’s get started!

First, I had to find a tree small enough. What an odyssey that was. Of course manufacturers of these little hobby trees are making them for home display, or office holiday cheer. Not hair. So I bought the smallest one I could possibly find, and disassembled it. It had a cement stand!

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Then I had to use wire cutters to dismember the poor thing. It was far too heavy. I needed fewer limbs and a flat back so I could lay it on some felt, and ultimately, on my head.. It took two different types of wire cutters to get through this bad boy! It needed to be thinned out, A LOT.

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Once that was done, I could start decorating. First to be added were the ornaments. I tied them on, one by one, strategically placed.

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Then came the lights. I couldn’t find dollhouse lights that had a battery pack light enough for my hair to support the weight, so unfortunately, they don’t actually light up. Disappointment.

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And what is a tree without gifts? I laid the tree to the felt and glued the gifts onto the felt and the bottom of the tree.

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Cut the felt, add the duckbill hair clip, and it’s done! I could not find a small enough angel for the top, another item for the search- along with working lights. Now you have to decide how you will wear your hair to best accent (and support) your newest accessory.

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Now, be prepared to take a bit of blowback from your friends and passerby. You are after all, taking a fashion chance by wearing this piece of glory. Others of a lesser station may feel the need to say something snippy about your choice of accoutrement. Just tell this riffraff that you love your style and will never compromise. Period.

Merry Christmas Crafties!

ATCT

p.s- don’t forget to at least tidy up your living room before leaving the house this holiday season. You never know who may be dropping by with good tidings.

I have just experienced a life change, and now I want to cut all my hair off!

Dear Reader-

Please don’t-yet. As a beauty operator I have heard many reasons for cutting long hair short. These are the most popular- divorce/break-up, laid off from a job/new job, empty nest syndrome, extreme weight loss, insert major life change here. But cutting off all your hair is not the only option when one is looking to make a positive change. But I will certainly do it if we come to the understanding that you won’t regret it in the morning.

The first thing I ask clients about is layering and texturizing. Do you have layers already, have you had them before, what worked and what didn’t? If a client has had layers in the past and didn’t like them, what were the reasons? Styling issues and heavy layering are almost always the first answer. Once the cut questions are exhausted, I ask about changing the color. Hilites, lolites, pink stripes. Sometimes new styling elements can change the look enough without going to extremes. All it may take is changing the styling techniques used or the brushes employed in a morning regimen. Once all these topics are covered, including questions about retail therapy (I always feel better after buying a new dress) and suggestions of a good night spent with a bottle (or more) of champagne and the girls, I will absolutely entertain chopping off some hair. Grandma may say don’t make permanent decisions when dealing with temporary emotions, and As The Curl Turns concurs.

Warmest Regards,

ATCT

p.s.- did you stain your clothing at a holiday gathering? Try scrubbing the stain out with your husband’s cheapity-cheap shampoo.