Last week, I urged you to reconsider the humble bobby pin as a hair doodad that should be exposed instead of hidden. But sometimes any ol’ bobby pin won’t do — there are occasions when a fun, fancy or funny bobby pin is in order. Here are 13 special bobby pins (sold in packs, pairs, or individually) to add to your collection. Just try hard not to lose these…
In my lifetime, I would estimate that I have used (and lost!) at least 1000 bobby pins. And yet I have never worn them in any sort of exciting way, beyond just to pin back my bangs on a bad hair day or when I’m headed to the gym. But as I’ve been trolling Pinterest lately, I’ve noticed that bobby pins are THE hair accessory of the moment. So grab at least a dozen bobbies that you no doubt have laying around the house — on the floor, between the couch cushions, and at the bottom of your purse — and join me in testing these 15 hairdos out!
When I’m trying to think of something cool to do with my hair, and don’t have the time, energy, or hand-eye coordination to attempt a complex updo, I usually just give up, rake some Moroccan oil through my hair, and call it good. Which is fine, I guess, but wearing it down all the time is so boring. Here’s something I always forget: pulling back just a few inches of hair on the top of my head, securing it with a cute clip, and misting with hair spray (AKA about 30 seconds of effort) creates a super flattering, slightly-fancier-than-normal look. Perfect for a party, date, or girls’ night out!
Whoever is responsible for conceptualizing Pantene advertisements in the Philippines got it really, really right in this minute-long spot. Given that this is a commercial intended to sell haircare products, the clip almost seems out of left field in its simple, but powerful, social commentary. Consider this: Facebook COO and “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg gave the commercial, which parallels a man in the workplace (“persuasive,” “boss,” “smooth”) with a woman in the same position (“pushy,” “bossy,” “show-off”), her own thumbs-up. Granted, it doesn’t do much in the way of selling consumers on haircare, but I’m willing to bet Procter & Gamble enjoys more than enough cash to put out this ad plus 10 others schilling 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. [via Fashionista]
Julianne Hough has had one of the best bobs in the game for a while now — her artfully layered, shoulder length style was super flattering and helped her stand out in a sea of long-haired ladies. But alas, the beautiful bob is no more. Julianne Instagrammed a picture of her new extensions last night, captioned with the hashtags “#changeisgood” and “#longhairdontcare.” Sadly, I kind of do care, as I’m not a fan of this more generic long hairstyle. Maybe she was looking for a way to distract everyone from that Halloween black face fiasco? What do you guys think of Julianne’s new look? Love it or leave it? [Popsugar]
At the British Fashion Awards earlier this week, Sienna Miller debuted a new shade of blonde hair best described as “rose gold.” Basically a very light pink with orange tint, those plebeians at Crayola would probably call it “peach.” I happen to think this wash of color is quite pretty on the right person. And as a number of other celebs have demonstrated, rose gold color can be used in subtle highlights or as an overall color. Click on to see what I mean…
This braided French twist hairstyle is just beyond elegant; perfect for a wedding or a fancy holiday party. It’s deceptively simple, too, assuming you know how to French braid, which is a skill I’ve been meaning to acquire for the past 25 years. Someday. Someday. [Once Wed]
Earlier this week, we fell in love with 12-year-old badass Vanessa Van Dyke (and her supportive momma!) for not letting her private school enforce racist beauty standards on her hair. The Orlando, Florida, student complained about bullying from students over her Afro and school administrators responded by demanding that Vanessa straighten or cut her Black hair or face expulsion. The school’s dress code said hair must be a natural color and not be a “distraction,” but they only said Vanessa’s ‘fro was a distraction after she complained about the bullying. Fuck you, Faith Christian Academy! In honor of Vanessa Van Dyke, EBONY.com has declared today, November 27th, #NationalAfroDay. Women and men rocking natural hair are invited to submit their photos to Ebony, where they will be posted on a special “We Are Hair For Vanessa Van Dyke” Facebook page. Show Vanessa Van Dyke some love for staying true to herself in the face of bullshit. [EBONY.com, Facebook.com: We Are Hair For Vanessa Van Dyke]
Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, has forced 12-year-old Vanessa Van Dyke, a Black student who rocks a mane of natural hair, to either straighten her hair or cut it off — or be expelled.
The school claims her hairstyle is in violation of the school dress code, which says, “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction.” It gives examples of inappropriate hair such as rat tails, mohawks and shaved designs. The “distraction” is apparently Vanessa’s complaint to grownups at the school that she was been teased over her hair. Keep reading »