The Secret to Kim Kardashian Curls

April 29, 2014
One of the most requested hairstyles I get in the salon is for Kim Kardashian curls.  

So what is the difference between normal curls

and Kardashian curls?

The secret
is in
the length.

What most people don't realize is how. much. hair. Kim has.  
It's no secret that she spends thousands of dollars on her hair extensions, but for those of us who don't have that kind of money to spare, clip-ins are the easiest and fastest option.

I am wearing the I-Do clip-ins by Laced Hair Extensions, color 18/22.

These clip-ins are perfect for Kardashian curls, as well as every day styles and bridal styles.  

Watch the video to learn how to get the look!

What I Used:
Extensions - I-Do Clip-ins by Laced Hair Extensions, color 18/22
Dry Shampoo - Verb Dry Shampoo
Flat Iron and brush - GHD Jewel Collection

How To: Braided Beach Waves

April 22, 2014
A few days ago I posted a picture of some beach waves I did, and I got a lot of requests for a how-to. This bride had really silky, fine, straight hair, so I wanted to demonstrate how to get this beachy look even if your hair is completely straight.  

Watch the video tutorial below to learn how!

What I used:

European Courtyard

April 16, 2014
LOVED being a part of the inspirational shoot.  All of the vendors and the models (recognize Brooks from the Bachelor?) were amazing to work with.  Love how it turned out!

Hair and makeup by Steph
Planning/Design: Attention 2 Detail Events 
Dress: Gateway Bridal  
Florals: La Fete Floral 
Stationery: Peter Loves Jane
Groom’s Suit: Urbana Custom 
Rentals: Diamond Rental 
Male Model: Brooks Forester
Female Model: Blake Bradley


April 10, 2014
On a scale of 1-10, how much are you obsessed with these pictures?  

Photos by Ciara Richardson, the photographer and dear friend who never ceases to amaze me.

Madison Heath

April 9, 2014
Hair and makeup by Steph
model: madison heath
sandals: rocket dog
dress: free people
floral: studio stems
photography: lindsey shaun photography

Easy Fishtail Updo

April 8, 2014
It's Tutorial Tuesday again!  This week I'm demonstrating how to get this super easy fishtail braid updo.

Learn how in the video below, and check back next Tuesday for a new tutorial!

How To: Naturally Curly Updo

April 1, 2014
This week's video tutorial is for all the curly hair girls out there!  

My good friend Tori agreed to be my curly hair model in this tutorial.  This isn't the first time I've used her lovely natural curls (you can see another shoot I did with her here.)

To start, Tori gives us a detailed walk through of her daily routine for taming and styling her natural curls so they look amazing like this -

Styling naturally curly hair takes skill, and she has some AWESOME tips for how to master it.

"When I get in the shower I make sure to take a comb.  When conditioning, I comb my hair a few times and then part my hair how I want it parted for styling. I then rinse the conditioner out, holding my part so that it doesn't get messed up. After I get done rinsing I do not brush or run my fingers through my hair because I don't want any of my curls separating, resulting in frizz.
I towel blot my hair and again do not separate the curls (they may start to separate on their own and this is fine).
I then spray quite a bit of leave-in conditioner all over my hair. 
I then take some Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Curl Creme on my fingers, section off a piece of hair that is the width of 2-3 fingers, and starting at the scalp I work down the shaft of the hair twisting and wrapping and twisting it around my fingers, so when I reach the bottom of the hair I am left with a perfect ringlet. 
Repeat with the rest of your hair.  When I finish I have about 20-25 ringlets (I have really thick hair).
Then let air dry (you will look and feel like Shirley Temple). I usually let air dry for 1 1/2-2 hours just depending on how much water I can get out with the towel.
When my hair is just about dry (still a tiny bit damp), I blow dry (I blow dry on low to reduce frizz). When I blow dry I don't use a diffuser, my curls are already curly enough on their own!
I usually flip my head over and blow dry upside down that way so that the curls get some volume and lift off of my head. As you blow dry start to separate the big ringlets into smaller ones. Blow dry until it's 100% dry.  
And..... that's it!
Good luck curly friends!"

As a stylist, I have worked with many brides and bridesmaids who want to wear their natural curl.  A few of my tips for doing an updo on naturally curly hair are:

-Do not comb or brush your natural curls, and try to run your fingers through them as little as possible.  The less you touch and mess up the curls, the better they are going to look.

-Take clean sections, and be gentle with the hair as you move it around.  Once again, the less you mess with the curls, the less frizzy they will be.

-Go for loose, voluminous styles.  Styles that are too tight or intricate won't look right on naturally curly hair.

-For added definition in your curls, use a 1/4" wand (or wrap it around a curling iron) to loosely curl any hair that is frizzy or has lost it's curl.  Never curl your natural curls with a flat iron or clamp them inside a curling iron.  Those types of curls are too smooth and they won't blend in with your natural curl.

Watch the video below for a simple and fast updo on naturally curly hair, and check back next Tuesday for another tutorial!