Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hair series: the half up poof

I'm back for week three of my hair series where I'll be sharing my most worn hairstyles for real life, everyday stuff. Today you'll be seeing what you can consider my "day 3 hair" or more simply, "the half up poof."

Day 3 hair: The half up poof
Products used--- Hairspray: Not Your Mother's (option) | Thermal shield spray: Not Your Mother's | Teasing Brush (mine came from my salon, this is similar) | Dry Shampoo: TRESemme | Bobby Pins: GoodyFlat Iron: BaBylissPRO

This is the style I get asked about the most, and it's kind of hard to explain in non-video form. I go over a few of my tricks in the video like how it's all about pinning back the least amount of hair possible and using your teasing skills to create the volume. Alternating the direction you insert your bobby pins so they form an "X" is also key in making them stay put. When using a single bobby pin without a second one to keep it in place, I like to do the scoop and flip technique. Insert the bobby pin in one direction, scooping up the hair you want to pin, then flip it and push it in the opposite direction. This gif is a great close up shot of exactly what I mean:

Gif taken from this post here with original video here

All that said, here is the video for your viewing pleasure. You'll see that with all these styles so far, it only takes me 10 minutes or so to do my hair and that's with having to stop and tell you guys what I'm doing. It's not very time consuming at all to switch my hair up as much as I do. The biggest time suck is having to wash AND blow-dry it in the same day. The days I can style it with just some dry shampoo in lieu of a full wash are so wonderful!

Before I go, here is a snapshot of the whole series so you can see what's in store or what you've missed:

Day 3 hair: Half up, half down

Day 4 hair: All down with slept-on-braided waves and curls

Day 5 hair: An easy top knot

Thanks for following along!



  1. I am amazed (jealous!) at how much volume you can get at the crown of your head! I also love the pro tip of "it's all about pinning back the least amount of hair possible..." I really only do my hair one way but I do a style like this if I have an evening dance class or I'm just having a really bad hair day and need it away from my face.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  2. Thanks for the tips - gotta try this asap!

    The 2nd installment of my festival style collaboration with UK brand BOOHOO is now live at the blog - come check it out and let me know what you think!

    Happy Tuesday!


  3. What a great tutorial! I could never have the skills to do that! I'd love to see you share this and your outfits on my Midweek Inspo Linkup!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  4. This is what I'm talking about, baby GRIN

  5. Love this! Yet another one to try, can't wait for next weeks top knot.