Natural Beach Waves with Volume–& Without the Man Hours!

Me and my fiance celebrated thanksgiving this weekend in the country where his family is, and let’s just say while they all played sports- i played with my hair lol… and of course ate everything is sight :(
I have never learned how to french braid and it is something i have always wanted to teach myself. My mom use to french braid my hair when i was younger all the time. This weekend his cousin Mary Katherine gave me french braid pig tails! I havent had them in sooooo long! I wanted to rock it for a lot longer than two days but since i dont know how to do it, i couldnt adjust all the loose ends and hair sticking out (lol) so i had to take them out this morning. My hair looks GORGEOUS! It has a very natural looking wave from top to bottom and even some volume. My hair was dry when she did it and i kept it in for almost two days. But if you do this when your hair is wet and wake up and take it out- i promise you wont have to even brush your hair, and just leave with fabulous locks to work! I would suggest first trying it to see how it works our for you. If you love it, do it on a thursday night after a shower and wake up and take it out and have the hair for the weekend! The reason i think i love the look of the two french braid tails over one french braid is because i think it gives you a more defined smaller wave.

Here is before and after:
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hairafterI have been wanting to rock the french braids with some hoop earrings and a colored lip with a cute casual outfit for winter, so i think i will do this again the next time i have an eventful weekend. Ill braid my hair at night before bed, wear the braids the next day, and than take them out before a dinner date that evening <3. There is nothing sexier than natural looking exotic beach waves!

Here is a youtube tutorial that i found, I will attempt to do it myself this weekend too. This one is good because she is doing it herself rather than someone else doing to her hair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8R9vY4jWu8
Let me know what you think and how yours turns out!! I hope everyone has an amazing thanksgiving week! And don’t forget to send me any tips and secrets you would love to share! Send to info@themermaidlife.com! Xo

Fresh Blow Out Style Without the Blowout Hassle!

curlingironI have recently been avoiding the same-ol same-ol curls/waves style that has been the trend for a while now. Im really loving the fresh blowout look with texture and movement. Think Victorias secret hair. I bought a 2inch curling iron from Sally’s about a year ago with hopes it would give me the same style as if i just used a round brush to blowout my hair or put giant curlers in- because who has time to style and blowout their own 24inch long hair?! I deff dont and i deff dont have the patience to do it myself or the money to go to a dry bar twice a week! While the curling iron doesnt give you the volume a blowdryer and round brush does, it DEFINITELY gives you the same texture and flow…. a very light wave for every day. It is sexy but not too big or just too much and deff a time saver! If you are wanting volume at the roots, just use a round brush and blowdryer on your roots and hair around your face  (yes it works even when your hair is dry) and than use the 2inch barrel curling iron on the rest of your hair.

This isnt the best photo but it is the most recent i took at a winter photo shoot for our boutique last week. I did my own hair and makeup and it flows really pretty in photos for movement.
You can get this  curling iron at sallys and it is the hot tools brand. It costs around $35-$40. I really like this brand because my hair is wavy/curly naturally so i need a lot of heat to get my hair to cooperate lol. And you can always adjust the temp on all of their tools!

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