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“OUT THE DOOR” HAIRSTYLE

Processed with VSCOcam with b4 presetThis past weekend, my husband and I attended a beautiful cliffside wedding in Carmel, California. I knew I would need to wear my hair up for the ceremony since it was right by the water, and very likely to be windy.

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Just before the wedding, we were at the Aquarium in Monterey Bay and completely lost track of time. What can I say? The sea life was completely mesmerizing – also, we are total kids! We had less than an hour to get ready and drive to the ceremony location. We ended up changing in the car and I did my hair and makeup just a few minutes before we arrived to our destination. After we arrived, I got a handful of compliments on my hair, which was surprising to me considering I couldn’t really see what I was doing!

What I love about this out the door hairstyle is not only how quickly you can do it, but how versatile it really is. From wedding guest, to running out the door, to an office meeting, this style will surely sneak it’s way into your weekly routine. All you need are three clear elastics and a handful of bobby pins. Here’s how to accomplish it:

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STEP 1:

Start with your hair curled, straight, natural, etc. – you really can’t mess it up, it’s all about your preference. I slept with my hair wet the night before doing it and ended up only touching up a few pieces with my curling iron first.

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STEP 2:

Next, take one of your three elastics, take a 1/3 section of your hair and tie into a small messy bun at the nape of your neck.

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STEP 3:

Repeat with a second bun

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STEP 4:

And a third bun

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STEP 5:

Now, stretch each bun out and bobby pin into a messier version, interlinking each bun making it look perfectly imperfect.

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STEP 6:

Lastly, pull out a few wispy pieces around your face if you want and top off with a bit of hairspray.

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I’d honestly be surprised if this took you longer than 10 minutes to accomplish! Plan on trying out this simple up style? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


 

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PACK LIKE A MINIMALIST : BEAUTY PRODUCTS

IMG_3634.JPGWith Spring coming to an end and Summer finally arriving at our doorsteps, we approach one of my favorite seasons of the year. The Summer months are nothing short of brutal here in Arizona, so I try to seize every opportunity I can to get out of town to cooler temperatures.

Vacations are always the best, but as you know, they take a bit of planning. After you have your flights and hotels booked, you’re left with only one thing – packing. I myself am a complete minimalist when it comes to packing for trips. I only travel with a carry-on bag and leave as much room as I can for new purchases while abroad. But what about beauty supplies? For many of us, we have a strict skincare routine, certain makeup we can’t live without, and hair products to keep our manes looking pristine. We know we can’t bring along our entire cosmetic collection, so how do we choose what stays at home? Well my friends, today I’m going to share my tips to packing beauty supplies like a minimalist for your summer vacation.

Hair Care

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First and foremost, consider what you’ll be doing most on your trip. If you’re going to the beach, chances are, you don’t need to be packing a flat iron and lots of styling products. The ocean water will give you enough glorious texture to last for days. Some shampoo and conditioner should do the trick, and a little coconut oil on your ends won’t hurt.

If you’re going to be out and about in a city playing tourist, chances are you’ll be wearing your hair up quite a bit. Again, just some shampoo & conditioner, and a mini bottle of hairspray to control fly-aways.

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If you really feel like you need to blow your hair out and do a full on style while you’re out of town, consider the products and tools you only absolutely need. For me, a blowdryer, roundbrush, shampoo & conditioner, and Living Proof’s Style Extender are all I need to get by. Maybe a bit of hairspray considering the weather. Don’t forget to pack liquids in plastic bags just in case something leaks out in your suitcase. There’s nothing worse than finding conditioner all over your clothes.

One last piece of advice – travel size products are your best friends. Many professional hair care lines carry travel sizes, and can be found in stores like Sephora and Ulta. Even Target has some great options!

Here’s a lineup of my favorite travel size Hair Care products:

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner;

Living Proof Style Extender;

Tresseme Aresol Hairspray


Skin Care

Skin care is something that should never be neglected, even while travelling. But where do we draw the line when it comes to the products that make it through our so-called packing security? I like to break it down to the following necessities: Cleansing, Moisturizing, and Protecting.

If you have a particular cleanser that you love, see if the producer makes it in a travel size. If not, pick up some travel size bottles and fill them up. Your life will be so much easier when you don’t have to force a big bottle of cleanser into a quart size bag, then praying it makes it past TSA. Try to avoid packing any sort of brush or tool for cleansing – like a clairsonic for instance. If you’re only gone for a few days, your skin will survive without being polished. Pack a cleanser with exfoliators if you feel like you need a good scrub.

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For moisture, do the same thing when it comes to size. If you use a night cream or any sort of serum, ask yourself if your skin can go a few days without, or find a product that can work as both a night and day moisturizer. I like to go the organic route and just use straight up coconut oil. Apply liberally at night for a nice glow in the morning. You can also use as body moisturizer in place of lotion.

As far as protecting goes, we all know we need to be using SPF on our skin. Try to use a moisturizer that has SPF in it if you’re not already. If you’ll be in the sun quite a bit, sunscreen is a must. There are a million travel size options at Target, but if you need a big bottle and are strapped for space, don’t sweat it. Chances are, there will a convenience store near where you’re vacationing for you to drop by and pick some up.


Make Up

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This tends to be the hardest of categories for me. It’s hard to decipher what you do and don’t need. I’m going to share exactly what I pack, with a couple of flexible options for those who need variety.

Face

I am a gal who rarely goes a day without foundation. While travelling though, I try to find easier options so I’m not holding up precious vacation time applying makeup at the hotel. Rather than bringing the whole shebang of concealers, powders and brushes, I break it down to just 2 items for my face. The first is a good foundation. Sonia Kashuk Luminous foundation has great coverage while still giving me a fresh look. If you’re looking for something lighter, consider a tinted moisturizer – especially for anyone going outdoors. The second item I pack is a bronzer blush duo. Having both these products in one compact is the best, plus it takes up far less space.

Eyes

For the love of all that is good, please don’t be the girl who packs an entire giant eyeshadow palette for her trip. Choose one light color and a darker shadow for contrast. If you really feel like you need a smoky eye, a sweep of eyeliner should do the trick. After that, choose your favorite mascara and call it a day. Don’t forget your ELF eyebrow kit thought – that is an absolute necessity in my book.

Lips

Choose one bold lipstick and a (tinted) lip balm. I doubt you need a different dramatic look while out and about every night. Not to mention, keeping it simple will only help in showcasing your natural beauty.


Plan on using any of these travel beauty tips? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.breann bowman

MOTHER'S DAY BEAUTY

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking of all the beauty tips and tricks my mom taught me. Like most girls, my mom was the first to introduce me to the beauty world. From the time I had enough hair for pig tails she took special care to make sure her little girl was the cutest thing. (Including making me sleep with foam/ plastic rollers in my hair – the torture!!!) From there, I remember my mom bought me clear mascara in 6th grade because I wanted to wear makeup SO bad, but was too young for it. As a teenager she always reminded me to wash my face to get rid of zits and use moisturizer so I don’t get wrinkles when I’m old. I’ll never forget watching her get ready on Sunday mornings for church, putting on Chanel No. 5 and a sweep of lipstick.

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Growing up, I was always told “Oh my goodness, you look exactly like your mom!” Whether it was at family reunions or by the nice ladies giving us pedicures, I have always known I’m practically a carbon copy of her.

As a kid, I didn’t think much of it. Now as I’m older, it’s one of my favorite compliments. Maybe it’s because she has aged so well that I’m hoping those genes will manifest in me! Really though, I think it’s because she is my biggest role model, and I really hope that I grow up to be just like her.

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’ve been trying to figure out the best gift to get her. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to really spoil mom and buy her the stuff she normally wouldn’t get for herself. This year, I’m opting out of the typical flowers and card, and treating my mom with some fun products from Flora Apothecary.

IMG_3606.JPGAfter a long day, I love taking a long soak in the tub, and I’m sure most of our mothers do too! What with trying to raise decent human beings and all. A candle is a perfect gift to tell mom to take a few minutes to herself and unwind.

IMG_3607.JPGAnother product to throw in the gift basket is this all-natural body polish. Not only will it leave mom feeling like a new woman, it smells incredible too!

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Lastly, don’t forget to tell your Mother how much you love her. Let her know how grateful you are for the obvious stuff like giving you life, but also for the little things. For being understanding when you were a snotty teenager, or buying you lipgloss when you were at the cash register at Target. Mostly, tell her how lucky you are to have a built-in best friend.

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” – Abraham Lincoln


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SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH FLORA APOTHECARY

Processed with VSCOcam with b4 presetAdmittedly, I am not the best at washing my face. The mascara stains on my pillowcase can certainly attest to that. When it comes to bedtime routines, most of the time I’d rather stay up and catch a few extra minutes of House of Cards. At any rate, cleansing your skin on a regular basis is a habit we should all incorporate into our beauty rituals.

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I think one of the reasons I tend to forego washing my face before bed is because my skin is extremely dry. It seems like no matter what cleansers, toners, and so-called moisturizers I use, my skin is left feeling extremely dried out. That was until I stumbled upon Flora Apothecary. I know you guys have heard me rant and rave about their products, but it’s because they have honestly been the best things for my skin! Today I want to share with you my simple skincare routine. All I use are two products regularly, and occasionally supplement one or two others when I feel like pampering myself.

IMG_3555I start with trying to remove most of my makeup with a hot, damp washcloth. I don’t scrub, just simply wipe away what will easily come off.

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IMG_3550.JPGNext, I follow up with any of Flora Apothecary’s soaps. I’ve been using Padma, which is a Vanilla & Vetiver scent. I’ve been particularly enjoying this one because it’s so calming. Since all of Flora’s products are natural and handmade, it’s much less harsh on my skin than store-bought cleansers. Simply run the bar under warm water, create a lather, and rub onto your skin in circular motions. Rinse off with cool water, and pat dry with a washcloth.

IMG_3550For moisture, I simply spritz any of Flora Apothecary’s Facial Elixirs all over my face, neck, and decolletage. I would also recommend doing this immediately after getting out of the shower. Lately, I’ve been using Deva Facial Elixir, which is a Lavender and Hyacinth scent. I love how fresh and uplifting it is!

One of the great things about the Facial Elixirs is that they aren’t overly moisturizing. Too often I’ve used creams and lotions that certainly hydrate my skin, but leave a residue on the surface. The elixir’s sink right in, giving your face a healthy glow, that’s easy to put make up over in the morning.

IMG_3547One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about having a simple skincare routine, is not overloading my skin with a million products. In my experience, the more I use, the more my skin depends on. So when I run out, blemishes appear quicker than usual, and I’m stuck with spending more of my hard earned money on products that I don’t necessarily need. Ever since I have began this two-product routine, my skin is happier and healthier, and so is my wallet. 🙂

Plan on trying any of these products, or a simple skincare routine? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram and Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


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SIMPLE BLOWOUT WITH LIVING PROOF

IMG_3438.JPGIf I were to only wash my hair and let it air dry, it looks like the photo below. Oh the frizz and curls! They are the bane of my existence! To say my hair is difficult to manage is an understatement. It is exactly why I go so long without washing, and avoid blowing it out at all costs.IMG_3439.JPGThat was until I got my hands on Night Cap by Living Proof. This miracle cream instantly smoothes and helps give you up to a week of shiny, manageable hair – all while you sleep. I start with taking a quarter size amount and applying it throughout my hair – wet or dry. I then hit the hay (don’t worry, it’s pillow safe), wash it out the next day and style as usual.

IMG_3444.JPGWhat I found is that when I wash my hair a couple days later, my hair is still easier to blowout and has a great amount of shine! Here is my easy step-by-step guide to blowing out your hair after using Night Cap.

STEP 1.

While hair is wet distribute a dime sized amount of Living Proof Primer Style Extender throughout your hair. Then begin blow drying without the brush to get rid of a lot of the moisture.

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Next, part your hair down the middle and round brush the top section in motions away from your face.

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Brush the top section to the side and round brush the sides and bottom sections. Since my hair is so unruly, I tend to brush in all directions, ending with a motion going downward to straighten it out.

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To add a bit of volume and texture, I take a small section and brush away from the root about 2 inches, then using the brush still, twist backward and lightly apply hot air from the dryer.

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Part on either side or keep it down the middle. Smooth any flyaway’s as needed and enjoy smooth, shiny, manageable hair for up to one week!

IMG_3443.JPGPlan on trying out Night Cap or any of these blowdrying tips? Be sure to tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


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STAYING SALON FRESH

oneWe all love the feeling of walking out of the salon with a fresh new style. Whether it’s getting your roots touched up, having dull hair chopped off, or the lightness of a blowout, you usually leave on cloud nine. But have you ever felt the magic of that salon visit dwindle away after just a couple of weeks? We certainly have. For some reason, that new color fades, the cut doesn’t lay right, and you can’t get the same volume your stylist gave you. Well today, I’m going to teach you three ways you can you can stay salon fresh. Pretty soon “Uptown Funk” will become your new theme song!

five1. GET REGULAR TRIMS

This is perhaps the most important way to keep your hair healthy and manageable. You should stop in about once every 5-6 weeks and ask your stylist to just dust the ends off. You can do it either wet or dry, and stylists will usually charge a fairly small amount. For those with bangs, most stylists do trims either for free or less than $10, depending on where you’re located.

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For blondes, you may start to see those bright highlights fade into a dull brassy hue. For brunettes and red heads, you might notice that your color just isn’t as rich after a few washes. An easy solution to getting a more vibrant (and shiny) color, is to stop by for a toner or glaze from your stylist. It’s a semi-permanent color that is applied onto wet hair to freshen up your locks. Simply squeeze in an appointment at your salon – you can even leave with your hair wet! Most stylists charge less than $20 for a quick toner. Totally worth it every 3 weeks or so in between root touchups.

four3. DEEP CONDITION

When I was working as a stylist, one thing I always mentioned to clients was to deep condition at least once a week. With all the heat, color, and strain we put on our locks, they need a little TLC every once in a while. Keeping your hair moisturized will help in achieving salon-worthy results each time you get ready in the morning. Our friends at Bloke Body have recently come out with a stellar hair treatment! At only $25 you can get several deep conditioning treatments out of it, plus your hair will smell like heaven!

twoPlan on trying out any of these tips for salon worthy hair at home? Be sure to tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @LaurenKelp and #LKbeauty.


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SIMPLIFY YOUR BEAUTY STASH

IMG_3269.JPGFor all of you amazing Lauren Kelp Newsletter subscribers, you may have recognized that during the month of March we are focusing on simplifying all aspects of our lives. Simplifying is such a remarkable tool, and seems so fitting during this season of Spring Cleaning. One of the challenges we issued to readers and ourselves was to clean out our makeup drawer(s). This is something I have been in major need of doing. Just check out my baskets of beauty products and hairstyling tools below.

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Yeah, I know… YIKES! Skin and hair care products are definitely items I tend to hoard and have a hard time throwing out. This last weekend, I set out to de-clutter and simplify these baskets that sit in my bathroom. Today I want to share my three rules for simplifying and tidying up your beauty supply! IMG_3272.JPG

RULE NUMBER ONE:

If you haven’t used it in 3 months, toss it.

A lot of hair care and ESPECIALLY cosmetics products have a short shelf life. For me, I love using organic products, so using them in a timely manner is key. Like regular food and liquids, products can begin growing mold (sick, right?!) or just lose their luster after a while. If you are feeling any doubts about throwing an item away, ask yourself “Will I use this tomorrow?” If the answer is no, toss it. If it’s yes, keep it, but toss it out at the end of the day if it still stays untouched.

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IMG_3271.JPGAwesome! Now that you’ve thrown out all the unnecessary it’s time to organize!IMG_3282.JPG

RULE NUMBER TWO:

Organize items by category, and pick up some organizing containers.

For me, I hate seeing boxes of q-tips in the original packaging. Having storage containers not only makes the product look more aesthetically pleasing, but makes it easily accessible instead of boxes stacked on top of each other.

I start out with organizing my products by category, then placing them in the appropriate storage. For instance, all of my skincare products go in one basket and hair care into another. I like to keep disposable items that are used on a daily basis, like cotton balls and q-tips, next to each other and in an easily accessible area. Containers don’t have to be anything fancy – I love storing items in re-purposed mason jars.

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RULE NUMBER THREE:

Leave some space for growth. 

There’s nothing worse than coming home with a shopping bag of new products, only to have them sit on the bathroom floor until you make room for them. Allow yourself a few extra square inches for your new lipstick or body scrub purchases.

Another thing to consider, is leaving space for your significant other. My husband hates it when my products take up all the space, and he has nowhere to put his stuff. Being considerate of other peoples possessions will ultimately help you in implementing simplifying habits into your life.

IMG_3286.JPGPlan on trying out any of this simplifying rules in your beauty drawer? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty


 

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EMMA STONE’S OSCAR HAIR TUTORIAL

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It’s no surprise that celebrities brought their A-game to this years Academy Awards. We saw lots of gorgeous cream and blush gowns, sleek romantic up-do’s, and natural faces with a pop of colored lips. One actress who has continually impressed us this awards season is none other than Emma Stone. This nominee killed it at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, but she definitely saved the best for last at this Sunday’s Oscar’s.

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Her lemon hued Ellie Saab gown was stunning, but her hair and makeup are what really won me over. I immediately fell in love with the soft curls that framed one side of her face while the rest was delicately pulled back. I think what I love most about this style, is it’s extremely versatile. You can easily wear this to an interview, a night out on the town, or when hosting a dinner party. It has just the right amount of playfulness, while staying out of the way. Here is an easy three step guide to getting a simple version of Ms. Stone’s chic up style.

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Curl hair back and away from the face using a 1-1.5 inch curling iron. To avoid a “ringlet” look, wrap small sections of hair around the wand. When you get to the ends, gently tuck under the clasp.

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Step Two:

Lightly tease the back of the crown section, then secure with bobby pins towards the nape of the neck.

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Step Three:

Lastly, take small sections of hair and gently twist back towards the nape of the neck and secure into place, making a small chignon. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

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Plan on trying out this glamorous Oscar’s look?

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EMMA STONE'S OSCAR HAIR TUTORIAL

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It’s no surprise that celebrities brought their A-game to this years Academy Awards. We saw lots of gorgeous cream and blush gowns, sleek romantic up-do’s, and natural faces with a pop of colored lips. One actress who has continually impressed us this awards season is none other than Emma Stone. This nominee killed it at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, but she definitely saved the best for last at this Sunday’s Oscar’s.

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Her lemon hued Ellie Saab gown was stunning, but her hair and makeup are what really won me over. I immediately fell in love with the soft curls that framed one side of her face while the rest was delicately pulled back. I think what I love most about this style, is it’s extremely versatile. You can easily wear this to an interview, a night out on the town, or when hosting a dinner party. It has just the right amount of playfulness, while staying out of the way. Here is an easy three step guide to getting a simple version of Ms. Stone’s chic up style.

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IMG_2962.JPGStep One:

Curl hair back and away from the face using a 1-1.5 inch curling iron. To avoid a “ringlet” look, wrap small sections of hair around the wand. When you get to the ends, gently tuck under the clasp.

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Step Two:

Lightly tease the back of the crown section, then secure with bobby pins towards the nape of the neck.

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Step Three:

Lastly, take small sections of hair and gently twist back towards the nape of the neck and secure into place, making a small chignon. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

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Plan on trying out this glamorous Oscar’s look?

Be sure to snap a pic and tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


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VOLUME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

IMG_2507.JPGWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, most of us are starting to think about our ensembles and beauty looks for the most romantic day of the year. We want to look extra hot for our dates, so we pull out all the stops from our primping handbooks. Of course nothing completes our outfits and carefully selected shades of lipstick like the perfect blow out. We want volume and we want it to last throughout the night. Instead of shelling out the cash and booking an appointment with your stylist, here are a couple of tips on how to get natural volume at home, without the teasing and gobs of hairspray.

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The keys to getting soft, natural volume are good products and a bit of round brushing knowledge. The Lauren Kelp Team is a HUGE fan of Living Proof products. I always recommend using their Style Extender before blow drying. Just a quarter size amount distributed throughout damp hair is enough. To get a bit of lift I recommend using a mousse or texturizing spray at the roots. Flip your hair upside down and wave the dryer over your locks until most of the moisture is gone. Attempting to round brush from sopping wet hair is not only frustrating, but time-consuming.

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Think of your round brush as a tool for smoothing and shaping. I usually start by clipping the top half of my hair up and round brushing the bottom section under until smooth. Once done, I un-clip the top and round brush that section in the opposite direction of my part. When you part it back the usual way, your hair will create its own natural volume since it’s just been pulled in the opposite direction.

IMG_2505.JPGWhen round brushing the front section of hair, I always recommend pulling the section away from your face and back. Think Farrah Fawcett hair, but with a brush instead of curling iron. This creates a more natural looking wave instead of it hanging straight down or falling into your face.

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After you’ve finished smoothing and shaping your hair with the round brush, it’s time to bust out the old velcro rollers! While my hair is still warm from the dryer, I like to section the top half of my hair into five sections. One directly above my forehead that I like to call the “pouf” section. Remember when it was cool to pull your bangs back, poof them, and bobby pin into place? You’ll be using that same technique by taking that same section of hair and rolling back. I take the two side pieces and roll them under, as well as two additional pieces toward the back of the crown. Velcro rollers don’t hold well on their own, so make sure to secure them with clips or bobby pins. Using a medium hold hairspray, lightly dust the hair in the curlers and let them set for about 5-10 minutes until completely cool. I usually let them set while I’m doing my makeup.

IMG_2501.JPGGently pull out the rollers and finger comb your hair into the style. You can then curl your hair or straighten the ends for a sleek look. Use a light wax to create texture on the ends, and finish off with a light to medium hold hairspray if you feel like you need it. Now all that’s left is to touch up your make up, and slip on your dress and heels! IMG_2504.JPG

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