18 Oct

How to Gracefully Grow Out a Pixie Cut

Last December, I finally got the pixie cut I had been dreaming of for years.  (Click the link for the dramatic before and after photo!)  I was so excited to make a big change, and I was also looking forward to the challenge of growing my pixie out as gracefully as possible.

It took a lot of work— when my hair was super-short, I had to trim it every two weeks!  But I thought I’d share the stages with you lovelies to give you some ideas of how to rock your hair as it goes from super-short to an average bob (which is what I’ve got going on now.)  Care to see?

The Pixie– just a refresher of how my hair looked after it was first cut…

Add body- pixies are all about structure, which is why they often look bad when they’re growing out (they get floppy).  You can work with this, though, buy adding curl and body to your hair with a tiny flat iron or curling iron.  And don’t forget to rock cute hair accessories!

Needs a cut- I knew I needed a trim when my hair would start to get this mullet-y quality.  It was still short in the front because of my original pixie fringe, but the back was losing shape fast.

Quick fix- If I didn’t have time for a trim, I’d wear a front braid to pull the bangs back and tiny pigtails to keep the rest contained.

Neck trim- Otherwise, I used a razor along my neck line to keep the back nice and short while the front layers were growing out.  You can see in the photo below that my front layers were allllmost in line with the back.  When the front and back are even, you can let all of your hair get longer and it’ll naturally turn into a bob without much fuss.

Half Up- While I was waiting for everything to even out, I often pinned the short layers back, giving the illusion of a half-up style (even though I didn’t actually have enough hair to pull it into a ponytail in the back).

My Little Pony- Finally, as the entire look grew, I was able to pull my hair into a mini ponytail (with the help of a few bobby pins, of course!)

A Bob with Body- This photo was taken a month ago, when we were in Italy.  By this point, I had a bona-fide bob and could play with a curling iron to give it bounce and curl.

Now that I have a short bob, I can let my hair grow without having to cut it much.  I’ll clean up the layers every couple months, but I’m finally done with the bi-weekly trim that I had to deal with at first.

Overall, when trying to grow out a pixie, invest in some cute hair accessories and don’t be afraid to trim your neckline on your own with a razor (the kind for cutting hair, not the kind you shave your legs with).

Have you gone through the process of growing out a pixie?  Any tips or tricks that I didn’t mention?  Got photos?  Email ’em to kim@blendingbeautiful.com or share your thoughts in the comments!

12 Oct

Have a Scrumptious Weekend!

Happy happy Friday!  I am sooo excited for this weekend.  Travis and I are making our annual trip to Half Moon Bay for the pumpkin festival, where we will fill up on amazing food, fall treats, and feast our eyes on the 1700-pound, award winning pumpkin.

The weather has been gloomy and perfectly autumn— I am loving every minute of it!

So let’s kick off this weekend with some fun links from around the web…

Cute nails!

Would you trash the dress?

Awesome DIY stools made from side tables!

Fall in a box.

Pumpkin frozen yogurt… mmmm :)

Have you used a mattifier to keep your face from getting shiny?  I’m thinking about picking up this one for my clients…

I adore this hair color!

Cute idea: plant flowers in pumpkins for Halloween/Thanksgiving.

I’d love to curl into this bed with a good book…

And don’t forget to enter this week’s hair happy giveaway!

What are you up to this weekend?  Doing anything cozy or fall-related?  Is the weather changing in your neck of the woods?  Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!

11 Oct

Awesome Braided Hairstyle Inspiration… On The Go!

I hope that by now all you lovely ladies are on Instagram because I’ve fallen in love with a user that you MUST check out. @braidsforgirls compiles photos of all kinds of beautiful and unique braided hairstyles… my eyes are on inspiration overload!  Here are a few of the latest posts…

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Awesome, right?!  Start following @braidsforgirls and get your own daily dose of swoon-worthy braided hairstyles…

What do you think of these braided looks?  Where do you go for inspiration when you want to try something new with your hair?  Are you following @braidsforgirls?  Share in the comments!

9 Oct

Get Your Hair Winter-Ready With This Giveaway

As the weather changes, so will your hair.  I’m always combating dry, static-prone hair in the winter, but leave-in conditioning products make a huge difference!

To get YOUR hair ready for the colder months, I’m giving away a bottle of It’s a Ten Miracle Leave-in Product (a $42 value!)  This stuff will make your hair more manageable, soft, and smooth… you’ll adore it!

Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post for ONE entry.

2) Leave a comment on another post (and tell me about it here) for ONE entry.

3) Become a fan of {blending beautiful} on Facebook (and tell me about it here) for TWO entries.

4) Follow {blending beautiful} on Pinterest (and tell me about it here) for TWO entries.

5) Post a link to {blending beautiful} on your blog/website/facebook page/twitter (and tell me about it here) for FOUR entries.

That’s TEN ways to win!  All entries must be in by midnight on Sunday.  I’ll announce the randomly-picked winner on the blog on Monday morning.  Good luck!

Update: Congrats to our winner, Jaque R!

28 Sep

Have a Cozy Weekend

San Francisco is known for its beautiful early fall weather, but it’s been quite chilly in our neck of the woods!  We have a busy, super-social weekend lined up, but I’m hoping we can find some time to light a fire and snuggle up on the couch.  If you have a little down time today, take a moment to check out these fun links from around the web…

Adorable playhouse makeover!  (Can I please have one of these?)

Fall wish list: biker boots.

Tempted to buy this nail polish… so cute!

Did someone say pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls?

A tattoo of your parents’ handwriting— love!

How to make your own boot socks from old sweaters!!

This vintage ponytail tutorial is making me wish I had long hair again…

Trav & I are on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume.  Last year, we were boobs :)

And a few {bb} posts you may have missed…

Thanksgiving table inspiration (in case anyone is thinking ahead!)

Colored piano love.

Affordable fall makeup looks!

What are you up to this weekend?  Is it chilly in your neck of the woods, or are you soaking up the sun?  Got any good couple Halloween costume ideas?  Share in the comments!