Category: Diy

DIYDIY: Pastel Hair with Nymphette!

Pastel hair has been all the rage lately but have you ever wondered how to get luscious cotton candy colored locks on your own?  The thing about pastel hair dye is it really doesn’t exist but with a couple easy steps you are on your way to the perfect hue of lilac or pale blue.

Decide what pastel shade or shades you want your hair to be. This is important because you need to purchase your color and more importantly prep your hair for coloring. Your hair will need to be a very pale yellow to almost white depending on what shade you want to go. Keep in mind the yellow in your hair will peak through since pastels are so pale. Certain colors won’t be affected by the yellow tones in your hair as much as others. For example, I have gone a pale pink while a pale yellow with no issues but if I wanted to go a pale blue it would turn a green tone.  Most of us will have to bleach and tone our hair in order to get the ideal shade to ensure the perfect pastel tresses. This will also work on high quality human hair blonde extensions.  

Mix your color. You are going to need conditioner, which is going to dilute your dye. Make sure the dye you purchase is a semi-permanent formula which most unnatural color dyes are. They are usually vegetable based dyes and can be diluted with regular hair conditioner. I am using Special Effects Sonic Green. Keep in mind that although these dyes are semi-permanent, they may stain your hair.  

The conditioner you use doesn’t really matter but I do like to make sure it is white. It helps you gauge the color a lot easier than a colored conditioner. I also like to start with a generous amount of conditioner and add dye to it instead of the other way around. I feel I have more control of the color this way. You want to mix more color than you think you’ll need to avoid running out of color and remixing more color which might not match exactly.  
Start by adding a little bit of dye to your conditioner and mix it thoroughly with a tint brush. You can pick this up very easily at Sally’s Beauty Supply or any other beauty supply.  

You want to keep adding until you get to about 1 or 2 shades darker than your desired shade. I went about 3 shades darker because I have some yellow tones that need to be covered up.  

Apply haircolor. Start applying your color to your hair. I like using my bare hands because the dye is so diluted now that it won’t stain my hands. I really like to get in there and massage the color into the hair.  Apply liberally until your hair is saturated. I put on a disposable shower cap that I purchase for really cheap at the beauty supply to keep my hair out of the way while I wait for the color to process. The beautiful thing about using a vegetable dye is that it isn’t damaging and there is no maximum amount of time that you can leave it in your hair.  In fact, I say the longer the better especially with the conditioner. I have found the longer I’ve let my color stay on, the longer it lasts. I keep the dye in my hair for as long as I have time for (or can tolerate) but I try to aim for at least 2 hours.  

Wash haircolor out. I always wash my hair with cold water when my hair is an unnatural color. This prevents excess bleeding. I find pastels bleed way less than full strength bright colors so washing with cold water isn’t as important here but it’s up to you.  I don’t usually shampoo after washing out the color. I like to give the color a couple days to penetrate my hair.  
And here’s how my hair turned out!      


I love contrasting my pastel hair with something bright or neon just like I do with my clothing.  Sometimes it’s a bright lipstick and other times it’s a neon statement shoe or blazer. Here I am wearing the Notchy or Nice Chartreuse Blazer from Lulu’s.


I love the pastel hair trend and I hope you guys will rock this look now too!
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DIYDIY: At Home Spa Treatments Part 2

Summer is really the best time of year but the harsh weather and summer activities can really do some damage to our skin and hair. After a fun-filled summer, these spa treatments are the best way to bounce back from sun damage and dry skin. These are so easy and fun that you can do them at home or even plan a spa day with friends!

1. Chlorine damaged hair is the worst but there are ways to correct the damage done from hours in the pool. All you’ll need is 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and ¼ cup of peeled cucumber. Muddle (fancy word for squish) all the ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a nice paste. Slather it all over your hair and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse. Your hair will be soft, shiny, and good as new!
2. Makeup remover pads/cotton face masks are great items to have on hand and you can get them from almost any drug store. Soak these in a glass of cooled green tea and put onto your face to relieve sunburn and give yourself a cooling facial. The green tea will help to reduce inflammation, redness and the effects of UV radiation exposure. Green tea’s powerful antioxidants will repair that sunburn in no time.
3. Blueberries are the best summer snack but they also provide beauty benefits. Put the blueberries, honey and olive oil into a blender until they reach a creamy consistency. Apply all over the face for a fresh summer glow and a dose of antioxidants.
4. Sandals can be harsh on feet, and if you’re rocking a heeled sandal, I feel your pain even more. For a quick pick-me-up, try throwing some Epsom salt and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a warm bath to soak those tired summer feet. 

DIYDIY: Wrap Bracelet

 

Friendship bracelets are fun to wear and even more fun to make. I’ll show you how to create some cute wrap bracelets that you could pass along to a friend or keep for yourself! All you need are a few supplies and a lot of time, because you’ll want to make a bunch of these after you see how really easy it is. 
 

 

Materials needed:
  • 1.8 mm leather cord
  • Decorative chain (like the crystal chain we used here)
  • Colored waxed cotton cord
  • Scissors 

     

 

Instructions: 
  1. Fold the length of the leather cord in half and form a loop.
  2. Wrap the waxed cotton cord around the loop 6-7 times to secure the loop.
  3. Place the chain along the leather cording with the end of the chain meeting the end of the wrap. Wrap the cotton cord tightly 2 times around each crystal until you reach the end. Make sure that the bracelet is long enough to fit your wrist.
  4. When you get to the end, wrap the cotton cord around 3 more times and tie it into the leather. Tie a knot at the end of the bracelet to secure it to your wrist.

DIYDIY: Cap-Toe Shoes

Cap-toe shoes are all over the runways and the red carpet lately and I don’t know about you, but I’ve wanted to get my hands on a pair for quite some time. Celebs from Alexa Chung to Gwyneth Paltrow are making a huge statement in cap-toe shoes and I’m going to show you how to take a perfectly plain patent pair of shoes and turn them into something all your own. 

Keep it classic with a black cap-toe or get fierce with a neon cap-toe platform pump! I’ll show you both versions of this simple trend that will be sure to make any outfit pop. 
 
Materials needed: 
  • Any pair of patent flats or heels
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Masking/painter’s tape 
Instructions: 
  1. Figure out how big you want the cap toe to be and use enough tape to mask off the area. Be sure to make the cap-toe portion even on both shoes. (I used the edge of a piece of paper to make sure they would be even.)
  2. Start by painting the toe portion with white paint and let it dry for about 2-3 hours. This helps to prime the shoe so that the black paint looks dark and smooth.
  3. After the white has dried, paint over it with black paint and be sure to get the brush along the edges of the shoe; the goal is to not leave any white peeking through.
  4. Immediately remove the tape and allow the paint to dry overnight and voila! Classy cap-toed shoes that are perfect for any occasion.
Materials needed: 
  • Same as above but instead of black acrylic paint, use a can of any neon-colored spray paint.
Instructions:
  1. Follow the first two instructions above and make sure to cover the rest of the shoe with newspaper and tape it off. Spray paint tends to sneak up in unwanted areas so it’s super important to cover whatever portion of the shoe you do not want painted.
  2. After the white paint dries, start spraying the can of paint in short spurts from about 8-12 inches away from the shoe; this helps to avoid dripping.
  3. Spray a few layers of your color onto the shoe and make sure it’s totally covered. Immediately take the tape off when you’re finished. Let these shoes dry overnight before you dance the night away in them!

DIYDIY: Floral Crown

Floral crowns are in in a big way. From Lana Del Rey to style bloggers across the nation, floral head pieces are the new must-have accessory. The best way to rock this look is to do it yourself! It is so easy to make these crowns and you can create a few of them for different outfits or occasions. Play around with different flowers and different colors to create a look that’s truly your own.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Fake flowers in various sizes
  • Thick brown floral wire
  • Thin green floral wire
  • Felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
Let’s get started:
  1. Start by plucking the stems off of the big flowers and cut off the remaining stem so that they can lay flat.
  2. Cut circles out of the felt and glue them onto the back of each flower. Make sure that the circles are small enough that they don’t show through the petals.
  3. After the glue has dried, place the flower onto the brown wire and glue another circle behind it to secure the flower to the crown.
  4. Fill in the sparse spaces with smaller flowers by wrapping some of the green floral wire around the smaller stems then wrapping them around the crown.
 
Note: I wrapped and glued enough flowers to stop at the ears and then wrapped some leaves around the back, but you can choose to place the flowers all over the entire crown, too!