Thoughts By Natalie » hair honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:23:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bohemian Braids Tue, 20 May 2014 12:00:48 +0000 As the weather warms up during the daytime, wearing my hair down becomes less and less appealing. While I am always one to love a quick top knot, sometimes I feel like I need something fresher and a bit more chic. Which of course, brings me to braids. I learned to braid my own hair while I was young, thanks to many American Girl Dolls to experiment on first. And the great thing about braiding is, once you know how to do it, you know it for life. These are a few styles that have caught my eye—all with tutorials if you click through the links! Can’t wait to give them a whirl… Pretty Simple :: Knotted Side Braid | Camille Styles This knotted side braid is quick and easy, and a fun alternative to the traditional three-strand braid. How to Style a Braided Chignon | A Beautiful Mess Try a braided chignon to keep hair off your neck on a hot day in the sun. The Alternative Braid | Twist Me Pretty This alternative braid is just the right mix of polished and carefree. Book Club: Braids, Buns, and Twists | Nylon Perhaps the ultimate festival hair style, this ...]]> 2 Easy Everyday Beach Waves Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:59:59 +0000 Over the past few years, I’ve realized a few things about myself hair-wise: 1) I love having long hair, 2) I look better with bangs, and 3) wavy hair is my thing, straight hair is not. So of course, I’ve been in a constant state of experiment, attempting to discover the easiest way to get everyday, beach-inspired waves with minimal damage. I’ve previously posted about this, but as I’ve late, I’ve made some amendments to my strategy, which of course I plan on sharing with you today. GET THE RIGHT CUT I cannot emphasize enough how important the right haircut is. I used to think that all I needed was long wavy hair, but as it turns out, layers are what makes the magic happen. With the right layering, you can promote your hair’s natural wave patterns, giving yourself much less work on the styling side of things each day. Ideally, you’re looking for long layers, but the easiest thing to do (assuming you have a trustworthy stylist—something every girl needs!) is to tell your stylist the look your going for, letting him or her know that you want a cut that promotes natural waves, and if possible, allows you ...]]> 6 Waves, Waves, Waves Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Is it sad that the first thing I’m compelled to write about since my decision to slow things down a bit has to do with my hair? Regardless, other than Nellie, and perhaps what’s for dinner, it’s admittedly something I think about a lot, so here goes… Every once in a while, I blow dry my hair straight and realize immediately that my hair really only works one way when it’s down: soft and wavy. I shouldn’t be surprised—after all, that’s the way I’ve asked my stylist to specifically cut my hair. It’s the way I feel most like myself, and it’s also my strategy for creating volume in my otherwise super-fine and very flat head of hair. Over the years I’ve experimented with all kinds of techniques for achieving the perfect waves: hot rollers, large-barrel curling iron, velcro rollers, and the tapered curling wand I’ve been using as of late. But since my hair is actually incredibly long (something I somehow managed to barely notice until recently), I decided to ditch the tapered wand and try something that could create slightly looser waves that looked more natural. Enter the teardrop curling wand. What is this, you ask? Well, I ...]]> 10 Pondering Ombre Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:54:29 +0000 Let me start by saying that I really love being a blonde. Though my natural color these days is a decently dark shade of brown, blonde really goes back to the roots of who I am, as you can see below… That being said, this morning I woke up dreaming of ombre locks. There’s something so carefree and beachy about the whole look, and I love how it still has that sun-kissed vibe that highlights give, though of course less maintenance. I currently highlight my hair every 12 weeks, which I hear is actually pretty great in the world of hair-coloring, but I would really love reducing that to, say, once or twice a year. These are some looks that are majorly inspiring me—my only concern is that I have bangs, and am 99.9% confident that I look better with them than without, yet I’m not entirely sure how they would look with ombre coloring. Opinions are welcome! Images via Love Maegen, Beauty, Pinterest, Beauty, sparklesnfun, NY Mag, Olsens Anonymous, PopSugar Beauty, Huffington Post, Beauty]]> 6 How To Do A Rope Braid Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:04:32 +0000 Good news, friends! You know that braid I’ve been sporting lately that so many of you have been asking about? It’s called a rope braid, and today I’m teaching you how to do it. It only takes a minute, and requires basically no skill at all. It’s simple, quick, and an easy everyday hairstyle that could totally work for a holiday party, too—especially if your outfit is super fancy. Nothing better than a dressy outfit with simple, laid-back hair. Casual-chic at it’s finest. What do you think? Would you wear the rope braid?]]> 6 Curtain Bangs Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:21:07 +0000 After seeing highlights from last night’s AMAs, I could stop thinking of Taylor Swift’s dreamy, perfectly messy ‘do—especially those carefree parted bangs she had going on… In fact, I loved it so much I became totally obsessed with finding similar looks, all of which I completely adore. There’s something so sexy and undone about parted bangs—especially when mixed with tousled waves, don’t you think? I think this style would be especially lovely with dressier holiday looks to keep them grounded and understated. These are some of my favorite takes on the look… What do you think about curtain bangs? Would you ever try them? Photos via Yahoo, Glamour, Chatelaine, NY Mag, Jemal Countess, Glamour, MACS London]]> 6 30 Days Of Hair With A Lover’s Anthology Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:00:19 +0000 One of my dear blogger friends is doing an awesome series that you absolutely must know about. Being the beauty expert that she is, Elizabeth Fuller of A Lover’s Anthology also happens to be super skilled at all things hair—so she started a 30-day series this month called 30 Days of Hair to help the rest of us learn a few things. Personally, I consider myself to be decent when it comes to hair—neither bad nor terribly good. I feel like my hair always looks pretty nice, but I basically stick to two styles: beachy waves and a top knot (either braided or à la Carrie Bradshaw). Since Elizabeth started the series, I’ve already learned how to properly tease my hair, how to curl my hair in a way that accentuates my cheek bones, and that dry shampoo creates really amazing volume at the roots. Brilliant. I’ve already subscribed to her channel so I don’t miss a video! These are the hair how-tos she’s covered so far (click the image to be taken to that tutorial on her blog!)… Be sure to follow her blog and subscribe to her YouTube channel this month to catch the rest of the videos! ...]]> 2 The Carrie Bradshaw Bun Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Though for years my go-to “big bun” style has been the sock bun, I can now say that I have officially converted my loyalties to The Carrie Bradshaw Bun. Unlike the perfectly donut-shaped sock bun, this Sarah Jessica Parker-inspired ‘do is both playful and elegant while not looking like it’s trying too hard. I love it, and I hope you will, too! The good news is, it’s super easy to do because I made a video to help you out. All you need is hair that is long enough to be pulled up into a bun, a hair tie, a comb to tease the hair with, and some bobby pins. And also, some good old fashioned written instructions… Step One: Start by pulling hair up into a high ponytail. Step Two: Grab a fine-tooth comb and tease the entire ponytail, working in sections. When finished, smooth out the top of the ponytail lightly as needed. Step Three: Your ponytail is super thick now. Collect the hair at the end of the ponytail, and twist loosely into a bun. (If you can wrap your hair around more than once, it’s not teased enough. Feel free to take a step back and ...]]> 2 Summer Beauty: Keeping It Natural Thu, 30 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 As the weather warms up and the sun shines brighter, there’s nothing I love more than seeing women around me scaling back their getting-ready routines and looking as natural as possible. I love seeing real faces, real eyelashes and real, minimally styled hair—don’t you? Personally, my routine these days is pared-down to it’s bare minimum: letting my hair air dry (except for my bangs, which I blow dry), swiping on a bit of bronzer, and giving my eyelashes a little curl with an eyelash curler. For nice occasions, like a date night or a wedding, I put my hair up in a braided bun or curl it with a curling wand, and sometimes add a swipe or two of natural mascara. Here are just a few looks that are inspiring me lately and reminding me that it’s beautiful be ourselves, plus my personal favorite summer beauty items at the bottom of the post… Gwyneth Paltrow has the most amazing natural look going on lately. Featured endlessly in her new cookbook, It’s All Good, she looks healthy, fresh-faced and radiant. I love the natural-looking texture of her hair and her light eyelashes so much! These post-braid waves are so dreamy and ...]]> 0 The Braided Bun Sat, 25 May 2013 02:03:00 +0000 Last summer I launched a little hair tutorial series called Braids Of Glory that I’m embarrassed to say I never finished. However, that shouldn’t stop me from picking up again randomly, should it? I didn’t think so. Recently my go-to daily hairstyle has switched from loose, beachy waves to a braided bun. I love how easy it is to do this style in the morning—either with towel-dried hair or even on crazy, slept-in hair—and I also love how the top knot shows off my bangs. Even better—there are only three simple steps… Step 1: Make A High Ponytail Be sure to position your ponytail in the spot you want your bun. I like to use a soft hair tie for this, as it’s generally more comfortable; however, feel free to use any hair tie you prefer! Step 2: Braid The Ponytail I recommend securing the braid with a small, clear elastic band so that it won’t show at all. Once your braid is complete, spread out and loosen the braid. Step 3: Twist & Pin The Braid Sometimes it takes a minute to figure out exactly how you want the braid to lie. Once you have your braid positioned properly, ...]]> 0