Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hair Too{s}day.

Volume 5: Retro Half/Full Up Do'

Welcome to my  weekly tutorial  of what do to with your hair!! People are always asking me 

"How did you do that to your hair?" 

And so here are my answers, trials, and step by step tutorials of 

"How you can do that to your hair, too!"

Good Morning and welcome back to Hair Too{s}day :)I'm super excited about this week's do, so I'm going to get to it without further ado! If you're new to my Too{s}day's, I give you a new idea of what to do with your hair, walk you through it, and show you a little video!


What you need: 
  • Bobby pins
  • Comb (the kind with the pointed handle for parting hair)
  • A curling device - curling iron of about 1 - 1 1/2 inches or curling stick (*don't let the curling iron be too big)
  • Hairspray
  • And your pretty face! :)

What you do: 
  1. This do will work with either freshly washed hair, or second day hair. The only thing you need to do prior to completing this look is curl your hair with either your curling stick, like I did, or with a curling iron. Curl your hair normal, just all over, but if you're using a curling iron, make sure you're not letting your waves get too shirley temple --> You can avoid this by keeping the sections you're curling thicker and letting your waves be looser. 
  2. Next part your hair on which ever side you prefer, but make sure the part lines up with the outer edge of your eye brow, giving you a pretty deep clean part. 
  3. You want to part a good chunk of hair over, so once you've found the part, pull the comb from your hairline back to almost the crown of your head. Just a little bit past the middle. (not pictured in video) You should now have a slim section of your on one side, and a good amount neatly parted on the other. We are going to create a roll, so you're going to need all that chunkness to get a poofy roll. 
  4. Start with a small layer of hair at the very beginning of your part and give it a good little twist. Next is almost like braiding but so much easier. Picking up small even chunks, you're going to pull them back over the twisted part and give it a new twist so both of your hair pieces become one and you can see the twist form. 
  5. You can see me do it in the video, but after every new twist, poof it up a little so that the poof sort of stands up and your twist looks thicker. 
  6. Keep adding pieces of hair and continue until your right ear is completely exposed. 
  7. Give your twist some final touches and place it diagonally above your ear and secure with bobby pins. ** this can be tricky as your twist could be pretty heavy - so make sure you have it safely secured before letting go completely - that way you avoid it falling out and you have to start all over ;) 
  8. Once secure, simply hold the area with the bobby pins and place and fluff out the twisted hair in case it's sticking in all different directions at the moment. Holding the pins will keep you from pulling too hard and pulling them out - again causing you to fix it :). 
  9. check your curls - you can either touch up sections around your ear or in the back to ensure they lay correctly. 
  10. Now to the other side of your head that has the slimmer section of hair: again check your curls here. Not too curly but nice and wavy. 
  11. When you're satisfied with your curls, gently tuck the section behind your ear. 
  12. Check all over and hairspray your curls and definitely your twist, especially if you've got shorter bangs. 
  13. Half up do done!!
If you want your hair a little more simple yet chic go for the all up do:

  1. Start on the side with your twist by bringing all of your head around the back to the other side, folding it under as you go. When hair is curled like yours should be, pinning up hair is the easiest thing, because it's always going to look cute. 
  2. Once you've reached the opposite side of your neck, secure your hair firmly but not to firm :P at the base of your neck. 
  3. Then simply secure the section that's sitting behind your ear with a pin right behind your ear. You can give it a little push up for volume, allowing the curl to still show even though it's pinned. 
  4. Then simple twist or gather your ends together and loosely pin those up as well. 
  5. Check for fly aways or strands that go out, pin if needed or leave for a little glamorous effect and hairspray! :) 
Your "Notebook" circa 1930's/1940'2 look is complete! Add your smoking hot red lipstick and take your grown up looking self out! :) 

I hope you enjoyed this week's do! I always love to see your own successes or misses too! :)

Happy Tuesday.
xo . jess


  1. Hello, 1940's glam! You're gorgeous!! I wish I had long hair to try this on, but me and my bob will just have to make due. :-) Love the new Hair Too(s)day banner (? photo? button? whatchyamicallit).

  2. Love love love this! It does look just like Rachel's hair in the notebook. I might have to try this tomorrow :)

  3. Thank you thank you thank you girls! AH :) I'm so glad you enjoyed today's do! Let me know how you guys do! :)