If you have long hair like me, it's easy to feel like you are in a hair rut constantly. I'm not one to have lots of free time to do my hair each morning either! Enter in this fabulous book, 100 Perfect Hair Days: Step-by-Steps for Pretty Waves, Braids, Curls, Buns, and More! by Jenny Strobe. The book is perfect for everyone as Strobe covers all different kinds of hair types and lengths. I usually end up putting my hair back in a ponytail when I'm busy working and I love the more stylish ways she outlines on how to wear a ponytail. I love watching Rachel Khoo's cooking show on TV just to see her cute side braid she wears. (Yes, there is a tutorial for that in this book!) My favorite hairstyle in this book is the Twisted Ponytail which looks so fresh for spring, right?
There are tons of great casual hairstyles as well as lots of ideas on how to dress up hair for special events. There is even a step by step guide on how to straighten hair -- a blowdrying technique that I'm really trying to perfect. Each tutorial features great step by step instructions and illustrated steps to help compliment the text. The models featured are of diverse backgrounds and have various hair textures from straight, curly, frizzy and more. I'm not blonde so it's great to look inside a book and see so many photos of women with diverse backgrounds with gorgeous hairstyles. It's great to see the same hair technique and how it looks on different people with different hair color/texture.
If you are looking for new hairstyle ideas, tips and more, you have to check out this fantastic book! Thanks to Chronicle Books for letting me share my favorite Twisted Ponytail DIY with you below.
Best for: Curly, Thick
A ponytail is classic, but sometimes, the standard pony might feel a bit boring. The ponytail with a twist brings in a little edge and a different feel, yet your hair is still casually pulled back into a classic ponytail. Incorporating hair from the sides takes a bit of practice but it’s easy once you get the hang of it. I love creating this look on wavy to curly hair with medium to thick texture because it really allows your twists to stand out. It’s also ideal for long hair so the hair left out of the ponytail hits your collarbone. You can still wear this style if your hair is extremely curly, but the twists won’t be as well defined.
- Separate the hair on the right side of your head into two sections and make a ropebraid along your hairline. For this ropebraid technique, you connect the hair as you work down the side of the hairline. So every time you do a twist, incorporate some hair from above or below.
- Continue until you get to right behind the ear and secure the ends with a hair elastic. Repeat this technique on the other side.
- Gather all the hair left out of the ropebraids and create a low ponytail.
- Secure it with a hair elastic. Use two if your hair is very thick.
- Take a 1/4 inch (0.75-cm) section of hair from underneath the ponytail, wrap it around the hair elastic, and bobby pin the ends into the bottom of the ponytail.
- For hold, use a medium-hold hairspray.
If your hair is really fine and your twists are small, you can gently pull on them before securing them into the ponytail. This will make your twists appear fuller.
Review book and tutorial provided by Chronicle Books.