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Fancy Ponytail Tutorial

fancy pony tutorial

Take your ponytail up a notch this holiday season with this FANCY PONY TUTORIAL!

With only slightly more effort you can change your pony from basic to fancy! It keeps it low maintenance, while still looking like you put in some effort.

We demonstrated this tutorial on long hair but it can work on shoulder length hair as well. Also we went for more of an undone look but you could also make this same style into a smooth and polished look instead.

Give it it a try and don’t forget to tag us in your #RedBloomInRealLife selfies!

Tutorial by master stylist Sara S. at our West 85th location

fancy ponytail step-by-step


Easy Holiday Updo

New EASY UPDO TUTORIAL is here! Elegant, yet simple, it’s the perfect look for your holiday parties!

Give it a try and don’t forget to tag #RedBloomInRealLife

Tutorial by master stylist Sara S. at our West 85th location.

updo step-by-step

Loose & Low Updo Tutorial

Looking for a easy updo for all your special holiday events this season? Look no further! This loose and low updo tutorial is very simple. It's messy yet sleek and can be achieved in an easy 6 steps!

loose and low updo tutorial

Steps:
1. Start with your hair in a ponytail
2. Quickly backcomb the ends using a brush
3. Secure ponytail into a loop
4. Grab the ends of the loop and wrap around elastic and pin
5. Use a few more bobby-pins to secure messy bun style into place
6. Spray with strong hold hairspray like @evohair helmut extra strong lacquer.

Give it a try and let us know how it goes!

 

Tutorial featuring creative director Alex Kool

Flat Iron + Braid = Easiest Beach Waves Tutorial

Messy beach waves don't get easier than this! Plus these are perfect for when you're in a hurry -- all you need to do is flat iron over a basic 3 strand braid and spray in some salt spray and voila! 

flat iron braid beach waves
easy beach waves tutorial

See the steps below

Video featuring creative director Alex K.

  1. Spray hair with heat protector
  2. Split hair into 2 sections, bring the hair forward so one section is on each side of the head (Note: If you have thicker hair make more sections)
  3. Using a basic 3 strand braid, braid each section until the end and secure with an elastic.
  4. Next, take your flat iron and starting from the top, press the flat iron over the braid, holding for a few seconds. You can go over the braid a few times to make sure the wave holds.
  5. Once you’ve gone over the braids, take out the elastics and undo the braids and voila, you should have a soft and subtle wave.
  6. If some spots need touch-ups or you want to add a bit more wave, take a few sections and add in some easy flat iron waves. You can do this by starting at the root of the section, gently clamping the flat iron on the hair and twisting your wrist towards your face while slowly sliding the flat iron down the hair shaft. Pivot your wrist the opposite direction (away from your face) as you continue to glide the iron down the length of the hair. Remember to keep moving! Think of this as a series of wrist pivots as you're slowly moving the tool down the length of the hair. (check out our full tutorial on these waves here!)
  7. Finish by spraying on some texturizing salt spray into the hair like Evo hair Salty dog sea salt spray.

Knot Braid Ponytail Tutorial

Dress up a boring ponytail by adding some knots!

The knot braid ponytail is simple, yet sophisticated and works well for a night out or as an everyday look.  The best part is, if you can tie your shoe, you can manage this hairstyle!

Steps:

1. Brush through hair to make sure there are no tangles, then using a comb or your fingers take about a 2 inch triangular section from your hairline on both sides of the head and bring around to the back of your head.

2. Tie the 2 sections together in a simple knot, just like you would tie a shoe lace. Make sure it is tied tight.

3. Then gather both strands of the knotted hair into one hand and grab a new section of hair from the right side and add it into the ends on the right ends of the knot.

4. Repeat step 3, but take a section from the left side and add it into the left side of the knot end.

5. Make another simple knot with the ends of the first knot with the added hair and pull tight and you have another knot!

6. Always make sure to put the same side over the other when tying the knots, for example always the left section over the right section.

7. Continue like this making 3 or 4 knots (or however many you prefer) until you reach about the nape of the neck.

8. For the last knot, don’t add extra hair in and just tie it off.

9. Next using bobby pins secure the knots in place. You can also use an elastic to and bring everything together and only pin down where it feels loose.

10. Lastly use a strong hold hairspray, like Aveda Control to set the style in place.

 

Tutorial features creative director Alex Kool.

Messy Bun Mohawk Tutorial

Spice up your usual messy bun by adding a few more, with this fun style! The Mohawk bun upstyle is such a great hairstyle because it is simple and versatile. We did a topsy tail, messy version, but you could also do a smoother polished look. Let your creativity run free on this one! Bonus it can be done on long or short hair.  

Try it on yourself or a friend! If you can style a messy bun, you can definitely master this style!

*See video and step-by-step below

messy bun mohawk 1
messy bun mohawk 2
messy bun mohawk 3

Steps:

1. Start by using a comb to make a clean section on the top of your head, from about your temples to the crown of your head.

2. If you want some extra volume and height, break the section into two and backcomb each section.

3. Next use an elastic to secure the hair in the top section, about an inch away from the scalp so you have room to pull through for the topsy tail.

4. Create a little hole between the elastic and the scalp and pull the ponytail through the hole to make a topsy tail. Gently pull twist for a soft, lose look.

5. Clip top section out of the way and make a second section from the top of the ears and repeat steps 3 & 4.

6. Finally make your third section with remaining hair and once again repeat steps 3 & 4.

7. Next starting from the bottom, backcomb the ponytail and loosely twist into a bun and use bobby pins to secure in place.

8. Continue creating a loose bun on the middle and top section securing with bobby pins where needed.

9. Pin any stray or loose pieces and spray with a strong hold hairspray like Aveda Control Force, to hold the style in place.

This style is not meant to be perfect so go ahead and embrace the messiness of this style! Also if you are short on time you can always leave out the topsy tails!

*Tutorial features creative director Alex Kool

Elastic Wrap Around Tutorial

Learn a neat trick to hide your elastic with a hair wrap.  A hair trick everyone should have in their repertoire! It is a classic look that can really polish off a hairstyle. All you need is a couple hair pins!

STEPS:
1.  Take a hairpin and push the top of the hairpin right under the elastic.
2.  Take small amount of hair from the back side of your of your ponytail and wrap it tightly around the elastic, crossing over the hairpin. 
3.  Hold the hair tight and leave a small amount of hair sticking out.
4. Next use a bobbi pin and push onto the end of the hair and thread through the hair pin. 
5. Once the hair is threaded through, hold onto the excess hair sticking out and push the hairpin down and all the way out the bottom. 

In the end you are left with no pins and one hidden elastic!

 

Braided Headband Tutorial

Learn this cute braided headband hair style that works with long or short hair! If you can do a french braid or a dutch braid you can definitely achieve this style!

Featuring master stylist Alex Kool. 

STEPS:
1. Clip hair all hair back from behind the ear (can clip more back if you have thicker hair)
2. Starting at your part take about an inch piece of hair and section into 3 to start your braid.
3. Start a simple 3 strand braid and then start pulling in new hair, crossing underneath the middle section to create a dutch braid.
4. Continue the dutch braid until just behind the ear and then switch to a regular braid a few more cross-overs.
5. Use a bobby pin to secure braid in place, just behind the ear.
6. Repeat steps 2-6 on the other side.
7. Next unclip hair and take a few sections starting at the crown of the head to back comb for some extra volume.
8. Lightly brush top layer of backcombing, so it is no longer visible.
9. Use a dry shampoo for extra texture and volume (we used Aveda shampure dry shampoo)
10. Finish with hairspray to hold style in place (we used Aveda air control.)

Bombshell Waves Tutorial

bombshell waves tutorial with redbloom salon

Getting those classic natural looking waves is easy and intuitive right??? Well unless you went to hair school, have watched loads of hair tutorials or have a BFF who's hair game is on point and taught you her tricks, you may be struggling...But don't worry we are here to teach you the proper techniques to get you those perfect Victoria Secret bombshell waves! 

Watch our tutorial and be sure to pay attention to the simple things like how to hold the curling iron properly because it makes a big difference!

STEPS:
1. Section hair into 3 parts (top, middle and bottom) and secure with clips.
2. Holding the curling iron vertically with the clamp facing forward, clamp about a 2” section of hair a few inches from the scalp.
3. Curl the hair away from the face and twirl the hair up towards the head.
4. Hold and slowly release clasp, gradually sliding the hair down and continuing to twirl the hair up until you have reached the ends.
5. Leave out about an inch of the ends to create a more natural looking wave.
6. Make sure hair lays flat (not twisted) around the curling iron.
7. Continue around the head and release the next section and repeat.

Topsy Tail Twist Upstyle

Remember topsy tails!? I bet you never thought you'd do your hair like that again but we think you'll change your mind after watching this tutorial!

Seriously though, this is probably one of our easiest tutorials yet and it is so chic and simple! Bonus it might bring back some middle school memories ;) 

1. Revive hair with Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo.
2. Gather hair into a loose low ponytail with an elastic.
3. Use your fingers and separate the hair into two sections above the elastic to make an opening. 
4. Tuck the ponytail up and pull it through the opening to create a ‘topsy tail’
5. For a looser look, pull the twisted sections out a bit.
6. Loop the ponytail into the topsy tail opening until it is all tucked away and secure with bobby pins.
7. Be sure to pin any other loose pieces and spray with Aveda Control Force hairspray.