I don't normally talk beauty unless I have made a very exciting discovery. The last one was buying men's skinny jeans for myself— which I still do.
This one is about MY NEW HAIR.
Ever since I began posting my YouTube show (new episode up today!), people have been asking me to do a hair tutorial.
I'm not sure if this is a joke or not but this is NOT THAT HAIR TUTORIAL.
My regular hairstyle is achieved with a blow dryer and a flat iron. There is no secret. Nothing interesting to look at. Just me sweating in my bathroom, exercising my upper arms, hoping I don't burn myself, praying it will all be over soon.
But NOW, everything has changed. And when I say everything has changed, I mean that I have been flat ironing my hair almost every day for eight years and this month, I have hardly used my iron AT ALL.
When I went away to Utah last week?
I DIDN'T EVEN BRING IT.
I'm not sure if you know how major that is, but you'll just have to trust me.
Last month, Babble did a beauty round-up in which I was featured. There's a photo of me and I talk about my love of Make Up For Ever HD Powder .
But that's not important.
What is important, is that another blogger named Melissa Jordan, talked about a hair tutorial for heat-free curls, she had seen online that changed her life.
In her picture, her hair was doing exactly the sort of thing I have always wanted my hair to do— a natural looking no-frizz wave, straight on top with loose curls that started somewhere around her ear. Basically a look I had previously thought was only acquired with a team of experts in the TRESemmé hair salon.
I was a little skeptical so I clicked on the link and watched a frizzy-course-haired woman, wrap her hair in a headband, sleep in it overnight and suddenly transform into a PANTEEN model.
So I got out the sweatband I usually use when I wash my face and gave it a shot.
Miracle of miracles— it worked!
Here's a "during" picture. Try not to laugh.
And here's an after:
I can't tell you how long I have been trying and failing to achieve this look. Even with a stylist for a special event— my hair always comes out like a French poodle crossed with a four-year-old in a peagant.
Before I show you the woman's video, I want to say three things.
1) I can't braid my own hair and the only up-do I've ever mastered is a pony tail— but I found this hair wrapping thing ridiculously easy. It takes about two minutes and it doesn't have to be perfect for it to work.
2) I tried leaving the hairband in overnight, like the woman does, but it was too curly. What I do now is put it on after a quick blow dry in the morning, then keep it on for about an hour while I put on make-up, get dressed, have breakfast, play with Mazzy and then remove it before I go to work.
3) She uses some product throughout but I only use a little hairspray at the end. I like Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hold.
The hair tutorial's biggest fan?
I think it's mostly because I don't monopolize the bathroom in the morning as much.
Please let me know if you try it and it works for you!
And if there are any other hair secrets I should have known about years ago, do tell.
Check out the newest episode of the Mommy Shorts Show! I'm talking about Snooki, Fantasy Island and Mazzy's Big Audition. My hair is straight though. Maybe I'll try wavy for the next one.
tried it when I first saw this months ago and it was an EPIC FAIL. haven’t tried again, but I should do!
Who knew it would be so freaking easy???
Looking good, Ilana!
My hair is long and thiiiiick. I don’t do much and it’s always ‘up’ in some way or form. I don’t have the patience to do much else! But this looks very easy. Very nice!
I’ve been doing this too since I read that article! I sleep in mine and its not so good for sexy time, but it saves a TON of time in the morning.
I also use a really thick headband instead of the super skinny one in the demo for larger waves instead of her pin curls! Mine is also the non-slip kind which helps hold all the hair in place while you’re working.
It’s also way easier than the sock bun thing I tried and completely failed at.
I LOVE HER. I’m going to try this, and also speaking in that accent all day. 🙂
Gah! My computer is to slow to watch the video!! I need to tell my boss he needs to get me a new one…
I spend all my time and hair product money trying to get rid of my natural curls and waves. I think her hair looks too messy, she could get way better results with slapping some very large hot rollers in her hair for about 5 to 10 minutes in the morning while she puts her makeup on.
I feel like I am getting a glimpse to how those women in old Grecian/Roman art did there hair. I mean seriously. How else did they get curls??!!
okay, she’s got a little note there that implies this will work on thin naturally straight hair that doesn’t hold a curl if you put enough product on it. We shall see, we shall see…
I’m trying this tonight with my 8 year old because my hair is too short and she will LOVE the curls!
I have crazy curly hair naturally. I’m going to try this and see if it tones them down at all.
Your hair looks super cute! I think I’ll try it today.
This is fabulous.
I’m going to try it.
Please cross your fingers for me.
I am so sick of how my flat iron is snatching me bald headed…
I cannot believe you can do that in AN HOUR. Mine has to be in at least overnight…it prefers a full 24 hours which means it basically never happens because I need like, a whole day where I don’t plan to leave the house. Ha.
You’re looking fab, though. Love it. Hey! When I move into your closet, we can do each other’s hair!
You know what’s really sad?
I read this whole post SO excited to follow the video suggestions because that’s exactly how I always wanted my hair to look.
For at least the last twenty of my forty-three years.
And it wasn’t until I got to the bottom of the post that I remembered I cut off all my fucking hair for Locks of Love last September.
I mean, I’m really glad I was generous and all. It’s for an excellent cause and I’m not really vain at all.
But I want to try this soooo bad.
Oh well. Maybe in two years….
I’ve seen this on Pinterest like a million times and never thought to give it a try. I once tried to get “sexy beach waves” with my flatiron and the result was definitely NOT sexy or beachy. But you make this sound so easy! Definitely going to test it out soon – especially since drying my hair and straightening it in the humidity of summer is pretty much pointless!
I cannot even tell you how excited I am to try this. Like really really super duper excited. I am a hair minimalist and always feel like such a schlub. I am a shower-at-night-ponytail-in-the-morning kind of person. This is a godsend!!!
Brilliant! Because that pony tail I’ve been rockin’ for the last nine years is getting OLD! Of course, with the mornings being the way they are, there’s a strong possibility I’d forget to take the darn thing out….
Years ago I used to wash my hair, let it dry mostly, pull it into a very loose, smooth ponytail on the very top of my head and put one large roller in it. Then sleep with it. In the morning I would have a slightly puffy do with big curls on the ends that I loved. My hair is shoulder length these days and I’m too lazy lol. But I might have to try this, at the very least, gonna do it on my granddaughter when she spends the night tomorrow night! Thanks!
Well, don’t ever try it with WET hair!!! I did it last night before bed and my hair was STILL damp this morning so it didn’t hold any curl except for an ugly one right in front of my face!! ha, I will try this again with DRY hair!! But I love the way it looks when it works!
Love it and I think I’m going to try it. My hair is crazy-straight though so I’m pretty skeptical as to it working on me.
I did this yesterday and I look beautiful.
My husband walked in the back door (not a euphemism, and I looked up from the stove and he said, “whoa. you look really good.”
I might have to try this. Maybe when my husband is out of town so he doesn’t mock me for how silly I know I’ll look. LOL
As if I’m already not attractive enough in bed…I have this now 🙂
I cannot find a hair band!! I’m going to use one of the dress up ninja (yes, I see the irony) headbands. If I don’t look AND sound like that hot momma in the video I’m suing
Germany (or wherever her fab accent comes from).
You look awe-to-the-some. I have hope. Wish me ninja dress-up luck.
I tried a similar version with a sock and woke up looking like the Cowardly Lion from the wizard of oz….I will try this tonight and see what transpires. Thx for sharing!
This hair trick is amazing! I have a long bob and my hair just barely fits up into it. But I can’t tell you the number of compliments I’ve received this week. Almost every morning someone has asked about it and I’ve sent a link to the video. Even one guy asked me to send it to his wife! Thank you so much for posting!!!!! PS It looks cute left up on casual day AND taken down for dressier work days.
Another tip to get hair like that without having to flat iron the top is to use a scrunchie. (Yeah I know. Do you remember those things??) Wash your hair before you go to bed, twist it into a bun and use the scrunchie to secure. Take it out right before you go to work, spray with hairspray and maybe use a little bit of anti frizz serum and there you go. Works best with longer hair.
I have long thick hair and I’ve had lots of success with this. I also use a thick headband. It’s best when I shower at night, blow dry my hair, and throw in the headband. I then sleep in it. I usually have to clip up some hair in the back so in the morning I use a curling iron to fix up the back and top layers. It takes about 15 minutes and lasts longer than curling the whole thing. I get lots of compliments every time too!
Great tutorial!! It’s always good to try to avoid using heat when styling!
Excellent! Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to more.
Ohhh can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!
I’m so late to this party! This came up as one of the random posts at the end of a current post. I tried it last night and VOILA – I am wearing my hair down today for the first time in 3 years. It took me like 2 minutes to put it up and I was not at all careful or deliberate about taking it down this morning. THANK YOU!