Lauren Conrad made me popular

Seriously, I don’t think people actually read what I write. When I check in and see that people have actually been hanging out on my blog, reading the drivel I write, looking at the pictures I think are pretty and inspiring, and generally being my friend and confidant, it astounds me. I also wonder how many actually stick around, and aren’t just a Google search fly by looking for a Lauren Conrad Updo.

Miss Michelle of Booksnshoes recently posted a fab giveaway, which I told you about (and you should have entered, hello!) because she saw the number of admirers visitors to her blog had grown. This got me thinking “how many people visit my blog?” Turns out, it’s a lot of you (over 15,000 visits since December)!

I try to be creative. I try to post pretty pictures when I’m not particularly verbal. I try to entertain you. I try to post hair related things. I try. I try all for you! I’m hoping you get a few inspirations, hair tricks, lightened moods, laughs, and feelings of solidarity and commiseration out of reading my blog. Thank you, I love you this much!

Also, it turns out you like Lauren Conrad. A lot. That seems to be the biggest draw to my blog, so thanks Lauren Conrad and your braided/messy bun/low curly bun/side bun/updo for bringing people to my site, and perhaps making them stay to check the place out? I  think I need to put a Lauren Conrad updo tag in every single post I write, then I’ll see the traffic increase, right?!

I will be announcing a giveaway tomorrow for the loyal friends who visit my blog and read what I write, even though I hate my own writing, you apparently don’t mind it 🙂 All the cool kids are doing giveaways now, didn’t you know? I’ve always wanted to be a cool kid! Yes, it will be hair themed, which is just so appropriate 🙂

Celebrity inspired wedding hairstyles for 2010

I figured you would enjoy a post that details what my brides have been asking for style wise for their hair this season. I collected photos of the most requested wedding hairstyles for 2010 for you to check out, so here ya go! I would love to hear if you wanted any of these looks for your own wedding, or if you had something else in mind!

The side pony. This is hands down the most popular wedding look for my brides this summer. All the girls want some variation of this look. It’s gorgeous, a little casual, and shows off the back and shoulders without having a traditional updo. I love it.

Eva Longoria. This look is printed out and brought to trials, and even day of weddings by girls who want a sexy all up look. Usually the looks end up a little closer to the head, as they have to withstand wind, dancing and long hours, whereas Ms. Longoria had to walk down a red carpet and attend an awards show only.

Taylor Swift. There are many Taylor looks that come my way. I am not a fan of her tight spiral curls, but I understand the appeal for many women, and I do what they want. Taylor Swift has a very unique look, and she carries it well, so why wouldn’t a bride or bridesmaid want to look like that on a special day?

Carrie Underwood. OK, I have to admit Carrie is my go-to celebrity for hairstyles. She always looks fierce, amazing, polished, and classy on the red carpet. I love her hair, makeup, and the gorgeous dresses she is always in. I feel bad for her team, because she goes to a lot of red carpet events, and has to look fabulous each time, so they must have to get extra creative to find new styles for her to wear.

Lauren Conrad. Her twisted back curly updo, seen below in the upper right corner, is second to the side pony for most often requested styles. She’s a cute girl, her style is impeccable, and she has a classy way about her, so I approve. I usually make the twisted back look a little curlier for texture, but there have been many variations this summer.

Don’t sweat the heat

According to my blog stats, you guys liked the favorite summer hairstyles  post I made back in June, so I thought I would give you some more breezy, effortless, and chic styles to use on your hair this summer, without all the hot tools and fuss.

Lauren LC Conrad really made a statement when she started French braiding the front section of her hair. It became and instant classic, and looks great on most people. I however, am not most people. My big old forehead makes losing my fringe to the braid not so pretty. You have to figure out a French braid to conquer this look.

The “Heidi”. I always think of the old movie about the Swiss shepard girl who wore her pigtail braids wrapped across the top of her head. It’s a great style if you have longer hair, shoulder length or shorter won’t reach far enough. Super simple to do: part your hair down the middle into two sections. Braid each section and secure with an elastic band, I like the clear ones, and then pull each up and over your head and pin, then tuck ends under braids to finish.

Pigtails to single braid. This can be done by making two single braids from the crown of the head, or two French braids that you combine at the nape of your neck. I love braids because you can have dirty, unwashed hair, wet straight from the shower hair, or day old dry hair to make this work.

Low ponytail with multiple bands. Sounds strange, but look how pretty it is!! Add a cute headband and you are set. It’s a great way to jazz up your basic pony, so enjoy! Also added some pretty casual ponytails too, but that first is just lovely! If you want to dress up your pony, take a thin section of hair from the pony and wrap it around to cover your hair tie and pin in place.

Cool waves. This style you can achieve by taking wet hair, making 5 vertical sections from the crown down around your head, and making small buns with each section, then letting them air dry while you get ready (best if you have lots of time) or over night. You take the buns down and your hair will have lots of waves. It’s a style you will want to practice with, as all hair responds differently, and you may not like the wave pattern. Try it over the weekend and see what you think!

ANOTHER side bun! I know, I know, I have posted this already, but seriously, you can’t go wrong with this style! It’s easy, looks nice, and people will think you worked harder than you actually did. Just pull your hair, wet or dry, over to one side of your neck. You can either twist it into a bun, or secure in a ponytail first, then wrap the hair around the band, and secure with pins. If pieces fall out, who cares, it makes the style look softer!

If you absolutely MUST use head tools on your hair, try to do so sparingly. I suggest washing your hair in the evening, letting it air dry overnight, then styling in the morning with curling iron or flat iron to reduce the amount of heat you have to use. I love tousled waves, which don’t have to look perfect. This can be done by wrapping 2 inch section of hair from ear level around the barrel of the curling iron, but leaving the ends free so they don’t get too curled, then run your fingers through the curls to break them up and tousle. I also love pin straight hair.

Alright lovelies, go out and make your hair beautiful! I hope this helps you figure out things to do with you hair over the summer so you can protect it from heat tools!