as you guys probably know, october is breast cancer awareness month. i wanted to share a cool thing you can do to support the cause, called pink hair for hope. through the month of october, participating salons will put a pink hair extension in your hair for $10, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. this is such a great idea and a fun way to raise awareness! i think i’m going to have to re-dye the ends of my hair to be pink again :)
as promised, the lovely ladies of free people austin lamar have provided step by step instructions on how to put in these rad feather hair extensions! i’m so bummed i didn’t know how to do this all summer long!
step 1: pick anywhere from 3-5 feathers. you can buy the feathers at some hair salons, or order them from etsy.
step 2: pick a small piece of hair- we suggest either under a layer of hair on top, or a small piece of hair underneath, right by the ear.
Step 3: if you don’t have a fancy tool, you can just take a piece of fishing line and loop it! then place the hair extension bead through both ends. you can find these beads at any beauty supply store that carries hair extensions.
step 4: pull the small piece of hair that you selected through the loop.
step 5: move the bead up the fishing line and onto the piece of hair.
step 6: pull the hair through the bead completely, and make sure it stays about an inch from the scalp.
step 7: take your cluster of feathers, and make sure every feather makes it into the bead!
Step 8: once you make sure all of the feathers are in, you can trim any of the excess that is sticking out of the top of the bead.
step 9: take pliers and squeeze the bead until it is completely closed.
VOILA!!! you have beautiful feathers in your hair!!
now if you want to take it a step further, put some feathers on both sides of your head and put your hair into a french braid:
peace of cake ;)
to remove the feathers you can just pinch the bead with pliers in the other direction to open it and they slide right out. or after a week or two they might slide out on their own.
the feather can get wet, washed, brushed, blown dry and straightened! you can pretty much just treat them like your own hair.
ever since the vogue australia shoot featuring abbey lee with bright pink dip dyed hair, the idea of doing it myself has sat in the back of my mind, resurfacing whenever i saw someone else try the trend. here are some awesome examples that inspired me to say yes when I was asked to be the guinea pig for our how-to video :)
the best part about it is that my ends are bleached now, and when the pink washes out i can try another color. as much as i love the blue and green, i’ m not sure i could pull it off. as a brunette, i’m a big fan of the ombre look in the last pic – brown with blond ends. that might be something i’ll have to try.
a lot of you have been asking about the amazing technicolor fishtail braid in our september catalog. well lucky for us, our videographer was on hand to film the process! check it out…
How to do Amazing Rainbow Fishtail Braids by Free People from FreePeople on Vimeo.
it’s actually pretty simple! our team bought colored extensions at a hair/beauty supply store and glued them into model karolina’s hair, then carefully braided them into the fishtail. the rainbow effect is stunning!
the song in the video is “woh woh yea yea” by the dynamos.
when i was in the photo studio last week for our latest how-to style session, i kept finding myself admiring our associate stylist’s hair! she died her ends purple and i think it looks awesome – as a fellow brunette who loves the whole colored hair trend, i’ve often wondered what colors would look good with brown hair and i think purple definitely does! it’s subtle but still catches the eye.
i just noticed that lately i’ve been really drawn to face and bodypaint. i keep saving photos of it. i love how it makes such a bold, colorful statement… but i’m not sure when or if i’d ever be able to pull this off… if i was going to burning man i would definitely be rocking some paint. what do you guys think?
so last month we made a little video showing you how to do a fishtail braid – and this month we have a kickass way to spice up your fishtail braid! our stylists and hair/makeup artist are loving this look right now – colorful streaks woven into the braid!
Now this can be done many ways- you can do one color or three, you can actually dye streaks in your hair, or you can put in colored extensions.
for the braid in these images our hair/makeup artist used extensions. she mixed blond, blue, purple and pink extensions together and spread them out before braiding them into a fishtail, which she then clipped into the model’s hair. simple enough, right?
here it is on a larger scale in our august catalog:
i have been dying to learn how to do this ever since i first saw it on some of the models on our website! watch as our makeup artist (and fishtail braid expert!) deanna demonstrates how to do a fishtail braid like the ones on our website and in the pages of our july catalog. featuring our lovely shoe buyer :)
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