Do you read The Small Things Blog? I imagine a lot of you do because Kate's blog went viral with the Pinterest craze, but if you don't I will fill you in. The Small Things Blog is a beauty/personal blog were Kate, who is a professional hair stylist, talks about things from her cats, her life, beauty products, and most notably, her hair. She started doing hair tutorial videos on youtube, and they have just taken off. I have read and watched a ton of her tutorials through the past few months and she honestly has changed my relationship with my hair. I think a lot of us women feel like we want a low maintenance style that we can wash and do something easy to and look stylish. It's not even that we don't want to put a little time into it, but it's that we don't really know how to replicate what the stylist does. Kate's tutorials are great because they teach you what you need to do from curling your hair to flat ironing it to blowing it out for volume. It's so nice to be able to watch something and realize, "Hey that's why mine doesn't look right!"
I would say I have okay hair and I do think it's pretty. It's blonde, which I like (although it's not so natural anymore) and it's silky soft. However, the softness is a terrible combination with the fact that it is thin. Kate says in one of her videos that she has a medium amount of fine hair. Yep, that's me. Combined with the softness, it is very hard to do anything with it. It has never liked to hold a style and bobby pins like to slide out of it. The one saving grace is that as I have gotten older, and it's gotten darker, I have gotten a full set of highlights every 2 months or so for about 7-8 years. This has really helped it to get less soft (dries it out some), and it hold styles better. But still, I never know what to do with it!
Enter Kate and her tutorials! I chopped all my hair off shortly after my wedding because I was sick of feeling like it was a limp noodle hanging down my head all the time. I thought this would help me feel like I had a style.
right after I cut it...I liked it but I only had one option for what to do with it and the upkeep was awful.
However, short hair styles grow out FAST and I didn't like that up keep. I started watching her tutorials, but I couldn't do any of them until I grew it out a little bit. I don't want my hair to be long again, but I am aiming to keep mine around a medium length (a little shorter than Kate). Well, through the months my hair has been growing and now I can happily say I can start to utilize some of her tutorials!!!!
Last night I decided to try out her curling tutorial. My hubs loves my hair curly, but I have always been terrible at doing it. I always have kinks in it when I am done. Turns out I have been doing it wrong all along. I would start at the ends and wrap up, instead of starting at the root! When I learned the right way to do it, my hair curled easily and pretty quick. It took me about 30 minutes last night (second time to try it in a couple months), and I decided to do it again this morning for work. It took me 10-15 minutes once I got the technique down! I like to shower at night and go to bed with wet hair, so this was a pretty big time savings considering how long it takes to blow out! I have also used the flat iron tutorial for months now and some of her ideas to braid my bangs and the different twist techniques lately. I feel a lot more stylish and amped up that I actually can do something with my hair!
I just wanted to share this great resource if you have hair troubles!