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One Week of Hairstyles

Do you ever get bored of your everyday hair style? I have crazy frizzy hair and I have to style my hair every day. I recently told my husband that I needed to wash my hair, but I wasn’t mentally prepared to dry it. I like to try to do a different hair style every day just to change it up.

I usually can go about three days in between washing my hair. I can go four or five, but that’s pushing it. I’m going to show you a week’s worth of hairstyles. If you are bored of your hair, try a new style and see how long you can go without washing your hair.

Monday

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I washed my hair on Sunday and then braided it into two french braids. I slept in the braids and didn’t take them out until Monday afternoon. My hair was crimpy curly when I took the braids out.

After I took out the braids, I added a hair oil to help calm the frizziness. I also added a little hairspray to keep the style all night.

This look is fun because you can have a lazy hair day on Sunday and then have a cute and funky crimpy style for a fun night. This is the way I wore my hair at the fair with my family.

When you braid your hair, you can get at least two great styles that last for two days.

Tuesday

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This is a pic of me and my cute family out on an adventure. I did a top knot style that day. I always throw my hair up in a bun when I’m in a hurry because it’s cute and also very easy.

You just put a ponytail a little higher on your head and then you add more elastics until you get a good hold. I always bring some hair down by my ears and sometimes I add a headband.

I use the bun style when my hair is a little dirty. You can also part your hair and let your bangs down. I like to pull all of my hair up, but you can do what looks best on you. Try this style when you don’t want to wash your hair, but need a cute style for the day.

Wednesday

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I have curly hair and I like to straighten it often. Just straight hair is very cute. Sometimes you can put a braid in your hair or pull your bangs back after you straighten it.

Remember that when you straighten your hair, you need to use a heat protectant spray. This helps with the split ends. Also, try to use a low heat on the flat iron. This also helps with lowering the damage caused by heat styling.

 

Thursday

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This is a pic of me with a loose curl style. I like curling my hair after straightening it. To achieve this style, I use a flat iron. I just wrap a bigger section of hair and only twist the iron once around. This helps with getting the loose effect.

Flat iron curls are very trendy. you can do this for a day of work or to go out on the weekend. I added in a hair oil to get the sleekness and then some hairspray to hold the style.

 

Friday

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This style is very cute and simple. It’s a big braid with some random curls at the bottom.

I took my bangs and started a dutch braid and pinned it under some hair. I also pulled the outside parts of the braid to make it bigger. This is a simple style if you are going on a date or just out with the girls. Try it and tell me what you think.

I love that it keeps the hair out of my face and is cute at the same time.

Saturday

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This hairstyle is super simple, too. It’s just a half up style and then put in a bun with loose curls on the bottom.

There is also a trendy style right now that takes two dutch braids on top of your head and then pulls them into a bun. This is a kinda lazy fun style that I like to do when I work on Saturdays. It takes curls from the day before with a twist.

Sunday

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It’s kind of hard to see. But, this is a Pigtail style fishtail braid. It is a good Sunday style.

I parted my hair down the middle and then did an elastic on both sides. Then, I did a fishtail braid and slipped the elastic down to the end and tied it off. This is a super messy braid but a great lazy Sunday style.

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My Favorite Beauty Hacks

Don’t you just love life hacks? They are the best, aren’t they? I love reading about survival life hacks, like If you ever crash your car into a lake you’re supposed to use your headrest to break your window. I would have never thought to do that. Or another one is if you break a glass, you can put bread over the broken pieces and the bread will help pick up the micro shards.

Anyway, Here are some of my favorite beauty life hacks. I hope you try them all!

Nail Polish Hacks

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  • Do you want your nail polish to go on smoother? Put it in the fridge. If you leave it in there for 15 minutes or so it will harden just enough to gently glide right on your nails.
  • Want your nails to dry super fast? Put your freshly painted nails into a bowl of cold water for a minute. When you pull them out, they will be dry.
  • Something cool you can try is to break open some glow sticks and put them in your nail polish. You’ll have glowing neon nails. Just make sure you use the non-toxic glow sticks.

Hair Hacks

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  • If you have static in your hair, pop a dryer sheet onto your hair brush. It will help with the static and also make your hair smell nice.
  • Hairspray your bobby pins before you put them in your hair and they will stay put longer.
  • Have you ever had gum stuck in your hair? There are a couple of things you can use to get it out, but mayo is a good one. The oil in mayo will help loosen the sticky part of gum and help it slide right out. Mayo is also a good deep conditioner.

Skin Hacks

  • Rub an ice cube over your face before applying makeup. This helps close pores, eliminate redness, and makes you makeup last longer.
  • Do you have a giant pimple on your face but have a hot date the next day? If you dab a little Listerine mouthwash or toothpaste on it, the alcohol will help shrink the pimple.
  • Use vaseline and coconut oil to help heal dry skin.
  • End your shower with cold water. The cold water will close pores and help prevent acne. It also clears the mind and makes you alert.
  • Use apple cider vinegar to remove skin tags and warts.
  • Shave with coconut oil for the smoothest legs possible.

Makeup Hacks

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  • Vaseline is a good makeup remover.
  • Want your pencil eyeliner to go on smoother? Run the tip over a flame for a second, it will melt the liner and apply a lot smoother.
  • On the back of makeup, there is a little picture of a container that has a number on it. That tells you how long the makeup has before it expires.
  • Use Vaseline with lipstick to make a cream blush.

These are some of my favorite beauty hacks. Try them and let me know how they work for you in the comments below!

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My Everyday Makeup Routine

I wanted to show you guys my daily makeup routine. It’s not anything special but when I was learning to do my makeup I didn’t know how to apply each product. So I hope that this will help you at least get an idea of what to use and how to use it.

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Makeup Prep Routine

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First, I always prep my face by washing it and using an acne medicine. I don’t have a lot of acne, but I do break out occasionally. The one I use is Equate Beauty Dual Power. Then I use a face lotion. Mine is the Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration face cream.

I have very dry skin so using products that work for your skin type is a game changer. After that, I use the face primer, Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, which helps smooth my face so the makeup just glides on.

Concealer and Foundation Routine

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After priming my face, I use a concealer to help hide any imperfections with my Baby Boo-Boo Cover-Up concealer. Then, I do a little contouring with my NYX Sculpt and Highlight. After that, I use a liquid foundation from Rimmel London Match Perfection.

I use a foundation brush to spread it all over my face. If you want to try this, it’s important to bring it down on your neck and blend it in from your jawline down your neck. Then I use a blending brush and use it in a circular motion to help blend any lines. I use my powder brush and do a pink blush from e.l.f. on the apple of my cheeks to my hairline. I also use a bronzer called Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo to contour right under my cheekbones, around my hairline, jawline, and nose. I use a highlight powder under my eyes  and the middle of my forehead. I also like to set my face makeup with a loose powder.

You always want to make sure that the color you pick either for foundation or eyeshadow compliments your skin tone. Here is a post to help you figure out how to do that. Fall fashion to match your skin tone.

Eye Makeup Routine

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I start by applying a neutral color for all over my eyelid. The brand I use is Color Tattoo 24-Hour Lasting Eyeshadow. Then, I use my Matte Eyeshadow Mellow Plum on my crease and blend it in with a sparkly eyeshadow from Bare Minerals Queen Tiffany. I use a darker matte color for the crease.

I love using my gel eyeliner from Maybelline New York Eye Studio. I take it from the inner corner of my eye to the far corner and do a little cat eye. Then, I use the mascaras Collosol Volume Express and Rocket Volume Express. I like using two different kinds because they do different things.

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Eyebrows Routine

I like using the eyebrow pencil Brow Stylist Designer. I mostly just fill in my eyebrows, but you can actually shape them. You want to make sure your eyebrows go from a little thick to thin. The outer part of your eyebrows should taper off. Your eyebrow should have an arch. No eyebrow should be too thin or too thick.

Makeup Finishing Touches

Sometimes I like to line the bottom of my eyelashes with some eyeshadow or eyeliner. Obviously, I make sure everything looks even and there are no lines and everything is blended. Then, I use a matte spray to help set the makeup. I use NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting.

My Makeup Brushes

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I use a lot of different brands of brushes. You can use whatever you like best. But, I have A couple foundation blending brushes (the short one and the very long one with orange bristles), a blush and powder brush (Big fluffy one with the white handle), a contour/highlight brush ( blue handle). I also have several eye shadow brushes. I use an angled one for the crease of my eye and a more flat brush and a small fluffy one to blend the eye shadow.

It has taken me a while to feel like I could do my makeup nicely. When I was in high school I thought it was unnecessary to have a ton of makeup or brushes. But, Now I understand that everything does different things, and benefits you in different ways.

I hope you found this article fun and educational. If you have any fun daily makeup tips or routines let me know!

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4 Non-Hair Uses for Hairspray

Did you know that hairspray can be used for all sorts of things besides hair? It’s actually a very useful household product. Take a look at these four non-hair uses for hairspray.

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Stop Runs in Pantyhose

If you notice a run in your nylons or tights, you can stop it from getting bigger by immediately spraying the run with hairspray. As soon as the hairspray dries, the pantyhose won’t run any further. That’s why you should always carry a travel-size bottle of hairspray in your purse when you’re wearing pantyhose so you can catch runs before they become noticeable to everyone. You can also use clear fingernail polish to stop runs in pantyhose.

Get Rid of Static Cling

Another cool use for hairspray is to get rid of static cling in your clothes. Some skirts, especially those made from lightweight and silky fabric, stick to your legs when you walk. If you spray hairspray on the underside of your skirt or directly to your tights, it won’t stick anymore. You can get rid of static cling on shirts, too.

Preserve Flowers

Flowers begin to wilt shortly after they’re cut. You can prevent this from happening by lightly spraying them with hairspray. Hairspray stiffens the petals and helps prevent their color from fading. You can also spray hairspray on dried flowers to give them strength.

Remove Permanent Marker Stains

Hairspray can also be used to remove stubborn stains like permanent marker. First, dampen the permanent marker stain with water. Then, spray some hairspray onto the corner of a towel. Use the towel to blot the permanent marker stain. You’ll see the stain start to transfer to the towel. This is even an effective tip for removing permanent marker stains from white fabric.

Hairspray makes your hair look great, but you can do so much more with it. What other ways do you use hairspray? Leave a comment below.

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About Braids Blondes and Beauty!

Hello! I wanted to share with you guys my thoughts and hopes behind this blog. I’m really nervous, mostly because this whole process was just a thought like a week ago, but I’m super excited. OK, so my whole thought process was mostly to help people get educated about hair and the right things to help. Also, it is about putting my work out there and hopefully inspiring myself and others. I’m going to put pictures of my work and formulas on here to help my fellow stylists. Bare with me. I’m a Newbie at this whole blog stuff. If you enjoy my posts and have any questions or want a specific topic addressed, just let me know and I’ll try my best to help. And subscribe!!

♡♡JDL

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