23 Sep

An Inexpensive Way To Add Some Flair To Your Hair!

Cosmetology school has obviously been rubbing off on me… I have been longing to add a little pink to my hair for the past few weeks.  I’m hesitant to do anything to it, since Travis and I are getting our engagement photos taken in a couple of weeks and I don’t feel like damaging my super-long locks.  My solution…?

Colored hair extensions!

These ready-made clip in extensions cost just $3.49 each at Sally’s Beauty Supply, and they’re super easy to use.  Just part your hair horizontally in the back, and clip them in to add a little punch of color.

Or, if you want to keep the same color, but extend the length of your hair, you can make your own hair extensions and wear them all over your head.  Check out an awesome video tutorial here!

What do you think of my pink highlights?  Have you ever worn extensions before?  Intrigued by the possibility of making your own?  Tell me what you think in the comments!

3 Sep

Bringing Retro Into The Modern Day

Yesterday in cosmetology school, I spent 6 hours learning how to do finger waves.  You know the ones: those sleek, glamourous, 1920’s waves that you see in old-Hollywood movies.  Needless to say, they are super hard to learn, and I needed a little inspiration.  So I took to the web to find some modern-day finger waves, and boy are they awesome!

We’ve been talking a lot about pixie cuts lately, and Halle Berry proved that finger waves look super great on this short style.


But they also look nice on bobs.  (Isn’t Diane Kruger classy?!)


Proenza Schouler showed off long, messy finger waves in their Spring 2009 collection.

I’m super determined to master this technique because I think it’s gorgeous!  Anyone want to be my model?

Are you into this look as much as I am?  Would you ever choose to wear this out to a fancy event?  Do you like it best on long, short, or super-short hair?   Tell me what you think in the comments!  (And have a happy weekend!)

31 Aug

Your Questions, Answered: A Haircut That Will Go Places!

Today I am answering a question sent in from a reader, just like you! Laina commented on yesterday’s hairstyle post with the following question…

I am leaving for a trip to India in just under a month and have been considering chopping off all my hair in anticipation of extreme heat but haven’t done it yet. I won’t be styling it at all while I’m there, so it would have to be a cut that looks relatively cute just washed (or more often than not, unwashed) and air-dried. I have pretty thin, fine hair, so it doesn’t have a lot of volume or body on it’s own. Right now it’s about shoulder length with a few layers…

Any suggestions?

I think it’s awesome that Laina is planning her hair around her exotic trip— that’s a girl after my heart!

A super-short cut can work really well for someone with thinner hair, since volume isn’t really part of the look.  And it would definitely keep the hair from sticking to your neck on those hot Indian days (and nights)!  But not all pixies are created equal: the trick is to pick something that requires minimal styling.

Here are some ideas:


Something this short is definitely the most low maintenance.  It will air-dry quickly and could be combed with your fingers!


If you still want to feel a little girly, keep the look short in the back, but leave longer bangs in the front.  This style would look great with a headscarf, a hair clip, or all by itself!


And if you decide to scrap the haircut altogether, I’d suggest an easy-to-style, yet super-chic side braid to keep your current ‘do in check.  (Though you might not want to wear it this loose…)

I hope this helps, Laina!  Whatever you decide, send a photo to kim@blendingbeautiful.com.

What do you think Laina should do with her hair?  Have you ever changed up your cut for a vacation?  Would you be brave enough to go with a pixie, or are you attached to long locks?

30 Aug

What Hairstyle Are You Coveting Most?

Hey everyone!  I am super happy this morning because today marks a whole new phase in my career life: I am officially (finally!) starting cosmetology school!  The whole thing is so foreign and exciting— I can’t wait to share the experience with you.  And I’m hoping to learn some super awesome beauty tips along the way!

Since I’ve got beauty— namely hair— on the brain, I thought it’d be fun to chat about hairstyles.  As a budding stylist, I’d love to know what look you all are into!

My hair is currently l-o-n-g.  I’ve been growing it out for a while, knowing that 1) I’d be messing with it a bunch during cosmetology school and 2) I wanted to have a lot of options for the wedding (even though I wasn’t technically engaged until 2 months ago!)  But, to be honest, I am OVER having so much hair!  So what’s my plan of attack?

As soon as we get back from our honeymoon, I’m chopping it all off!  I had a pixie cut 9 years ago when I was an awkward, gawky teen.  I had no idea how to style it, and it was definitely not my proudest moment.  But I’m hoping that will change, now that I’ve got a little more experience under my belt.

And, man, it will feel good to get rid of all that hair!

Have you ever had a dramatic hair transformation?  Thinking about switching up your cut or color?  Coveting any celebrity hairstyles lately?  Tell me about it in the comments!

24 Aug

Holy Cow! It’s A Cosmetology Overload!!

I thought I was prepared for a whole bunch of loot when I entered the Cosmetology building today.  I even brought a big suitcase to help lug the stuff back home.  I was so, so wrong.  When I arrived, I was greeted by this:

I can’t even begin to capture the sheer magnitude of beauty supplies with this photo.  This kit includes every hair, makeup, skin, and nail supply anyone would ever need and (count it!) eleven mannequin heads.  ELEVEN.  I guess I’m going to be cutting, dying, and perming a lot of hair over the next 12 months.

I had the joy of lugging all this stuff up three flights of stairs to my apartment this afternoon.  And did I mention that it’s over 100 degrees today and for some reason I chose to wear tight, dark jeans?  Yeah…

Still, I’m thoroughly convinced that all the effort (and money— yikes!) will be well worth it in the end.  I’m so excited to start the program and blog about it from beginning to end.  I’m sure I’ll be able to share some cool tips from the pros along the way, and I’ll definitely be documenting my successes and failures as I navigate through the beauty industry for the first time.

Stay tuned!

Have you ever been in a work or school program where you were required to purchase an extreme number of supplies beforehand?  Ever thought about cosmetology or esthetics school?  What do you think you’d like best?  What would you hate about it?  Tell me all about it in the comments!