How To: Teasing Your Hair

Do you have annoyingly flat hair? You know…The kind that just lays lifeless about dull and drab? Well if so, I can absolutely relate, and boy do I have a secret to share with you. Are you ready for it…. it’s teasing! Yes, I’m talking about good, old, southern teasing.  Skeptical? Thats ok- i know teasing gets a bad rap :) But before you write it off, check out this tutorial, and try it for yourself.

Ok, so this is me with semi-flat hair. I had already been out and about for the day, thus I had teased that morning. I tried combing it out, but this trick is pretty powerful. I could only get my hair back to a semi-flat state.

Here’s what you will need: hairspray (I use the cheap Tresemme- its hold is perfect, and it lasts forever) and a round brush with small, preferably plastic bristles. (example)

Start off by sectioning your hair along the crown and sides of your part. A two-inch section is probably best to start with. However, if you want stiffer volume, you will want to use smaller sections. Then spray lightly with hair spray. (This is very important if you have extremely fine hair.)

Next, you will want to hold one section of your hair straight up with one hand. With the other, you will  run the brush in a downward direction (towards your scalp) along the backside of your hair. Repeat this movement with the same section until you have reached the desired amount of volume (the more you repeat the teasing motion, the more volume)

 Repeat the above step with each section of your hair until all sections are complete.

Finally, smooth your hair by lightly brushing the top layer. In this step, be sure not to add very much pressure or you will brush out the teasing. You simply want the top layer to look smooth.

Lightly spray again and there you have it!

Teasing is key to most of my hairstyles. Below I will also show you a quick, half up style and an updo.

After you have teased, take the front section of you hair, twist and secure with bobby pins. I usually use two bobby pins in a crisscrossed fashion.

If you want a quick updo, follow all of the above steps and secure hair in a low poneytail. After securely fashioned, pull out the two hair pins holding the top portion of your hair and lightly loosen if needed. Next, wrap a small section of hair around the hair tie and secure with a bobby pin. Finally, you will section off the remaining hair from your poneytail and pin under usingbobby pins. I do love bobby pins :)

There you have it. A quick and easy updo.

Kid Exercise > Adult Exercise

Humor me for a minute. Think back to around age 6 and imagine you are outside on a beautiful day. You have just spent hours pent-up in your first grade classroom, and you have boundless amounts of energy. What do you do- Run aimlessly, twirl till you fall down, dance to your made up soundtrack, jump incessantly? You bet you do because at that age you are built to play. Movement is fun; it’s a part of who you are.

Now fast forward to present day. Is movement as much fun? Probably not because somewhere along the way we were introduced to exercise: real, adult, calculated exercise. Well, I don’t know about you, but that kind of exercise bores me to death. So, I have decided to revolt! My exercise now consists of aimless walks around the lake,  hula hooping to 90’s music and making up new dance moves on my mini trampoline. Yes, I often feel like my 6 year-old-self, but hey aren’t we all looking for the fountain of youth?

Play like a kid

1. HOP Ball– Is there anything more fun that hopping around on one of these babies?? Added bonus, your quads will get a workout from the hopping and your abs will be burning from all the laughing.

2. New Balance Shoes– Nothing reminds me more of my childhood than neon colors. Yep, I’m a child of the 90’s.

3.I Love my body tee– Need I say more?

4. Mini Trampoline– In the words of Kriss Kross “Jump, jump, you know, you should know that.” You won’t be able to resist.

5. Jump Rope– Nothing will take you back to elementary gym class faster than a jump rope, and if you ask nicely, your BFFs may even come over to double dutch to Miss Mary Mack.

6. Fitness Hoop- Last but not least, the hula hoop. Trust me, it’s a blast and an added bonus is that you will have no need for those awful crunches in your life!