Mermaid Waves

Mermaid Waves

I hope everyone is having a great week. I will show you how to achieve mermaid curls today.
I have always strived for the perfect “Beach Waves” since middle school. I know I looked ridiculous then, I would put 10 lbs of Aussie mousse in my hair and hold a blow dryer to it as I scrunched as much as I could in one hand until it was dry and CRUNCHY! Haha…. beach waves? No! more like I stuck my finger in a light socket. 
Over the past few months I have discovered Deva Curl Products. Have you heard of them? A lot of people with curly hair have I’m sure. But I had no idea my hair had so much natural wave in it until I tried these products. Living Proof also has a curl line and if you do these same techniques you can achieve the same look.
So there is four types of curls: corkscrew, curly, wavy, and s’wavy. I have s’wavy hair. AKA sort of wavy. 
Below I have listed pictures and how to instructions. Sorry there’s so much typing, the instructions are very in depth, I tried to make it so you all can understand.
Start out with dry hair (before you shower) and brush your hair. Because this is almost your only opportunity to brush it. I like using this wet brush. If you don’t have this brush in your life get it! Seriously.
Get your hair completely wet like you normally would on a “washing hair” day :).
Start out with Deva Curl No-Poo . Yes, this is the shampoo. You are going to scrub with the pads of your fingers on your scalp only. You can run it through the ends at the end of the wash, but this is not necessary. As you do not want to strip all of the oils off of your hair, this can make it dry and cause frizz. 
DRY HAIR = FRIZZ 
 Hi extensions! Yes even my extensions will do Mermaid Waves.
 Apply a large amount of the Deva Curl One Condition to your hair. Now when you have this in your hair you are going to want to “brush” your hair one last time with your fingers and start actually forming some waves/curls together. So you will work this into your hair for about 3-5 minutes. Pressing the product into your hair as you are running your hands through. You can even pinch each piece, like you are wringing tiny pieces out. 
This is where you are putting all the moisture back into your hair.
Rinse the conditioner out of your hair until the water looks milky. So you will leave a little in there. Some people with really dry hair can barely rinse any out. 
 You want your hair to be dripping wet! DO NOT wring it out. Flip your head over like mine is after you have turned your water off and your conditioner is partially/almost rinsed out.
Then, while your hair is soaking wet and your head is upside down in the shower, get some Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel in your hands. (I use quite a bit of this) and brush your hands over the outsides of your hair. As if you were petting your hair almost. Ha I can’t think of a better way to describe this method.
After you have applied the gel start scrunching upward like I’m doing in the pics below. Don’t run your fingers through your hair. Just scrunch. 

 

You will then grab your Deva Curl Towel or your boyfriend/husband’s/your old white T (like a hanes shirt) and lay the towel over your hands and scrunch again with the towel in your hands. 
I always use the Deva Towel but if you don’t have one a shirt will work. You don’t want to use a normal terry cloth towel because it will create frizz.
This is my hair just after I’ve done all of the above, no drying. You can let your hair air dry like this. Be careful not to whip your head up, do more of a lift while turning your head so you don’t whip your curl straight.
My hair needs a little help with body and this just speeds things up a bit so I’m going to continue and use the Deva Curl Diffuser. I love this diffuser because it is shaped like my hand so I can really get the “fingers” up and under my hair to create extra wanted body. It also blows out of every direction so you are not so worried about the curls/waves being in the diffuser. 
This diffuser also stretches to fit on most blow dryers.
Wa-La Mermaid Waves!

You can find Deva Curl products at Ulta here.
I linked a trial kit for you to try if you’d like.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know if you have

any questions.

XO,
Britany

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Mermaid Waves

Mermaid Waves

I hope everyone is having a great week. I will show you how to achieve mermaid curls today.
I have always strived for the perfect “Beach Waves” since middle school. I know I looked ridiculous then, I would put 10 lbs of Aussie mousse in my hair and hold a blow dryer to it as I scrunched as much as I could in one hand until it was dry and CRUNCHY! Haha…. beach waves? No! more like I stuck my finger in a light socket. 
Over the past few months I have discovered Deva Curl Products. Have you heard of them? A lot of people with curly hair have I’m sure. But I had no idea my hair had so much natural wave in it until I tried these products. Living Proof also has a curl line and if you do these same techniques you can achieve the same look.
So there is four types of curls: corkscrew, curly, wavy, and s’wavy. I have s’wavy hair. AKA sort of wavy. 
Below I have listed pictures and how to instructions. Sorry there’s so much typing, the instructions are very in depth, I tried to make it so you all can understand.
Start out with dry hair (before you shower) and brush your hair. Because this is almost your only opportunity to brush it. I like using this wet brush. If you don’t have this brush in your life get it! Seriously.
Get your hair completely wet like you normally would on a “washing hair” day :).
Start out with Deva Curl No-Poo . Yes, this is the shampoo. You are going to scrub with the pads of your fingers on your scalp only. You can run it through the ends at the end of the wash, but this is not necessary. As you do not want to strip all of the oils off of your hair, this can make it dry and cause frizz. 
DRY HAIR = FRIZZ 
 Hi extensions! Yes even my extensions will do Mermaid Waves.
 Apply a large amount of the Deva Curl One Condition to your hair. Now when you have this in your hair you are going to want to “brush” your hair one last time with your fingers and start actually forming some waves/curls together. So you will work this into your hair for about 3-5 minutes. Pressing the product into your hair as you are running your hands through. You can even pinch each piece, like you are wringing tiny pieces out. 
This is where you are putting all the moisture back into your hair.
Rinse the conditioner out of your hair until the water looks milky. So you will leave a little in there. Some people with really dry hair can barely rinse any out. 
 You want your hair to be dripping wet! DO NOT wring it out. Flip your head over like mine is after you have turned your water off and your conditioner is partially/almost rinsed out.
Then, while your hair is soaking wet and your head is upside down in the shower, get some Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel in your hands. (I use quite a bit of this) and brush your hands over the outsides of your hair. As if you were petting your hair almost. Ha I can’t think of a better way to describe this method.
After you have applied the gel start scrunching upward like I’m doing in the pics below. Don’t run your fingers through your hair. Just scrunch. 

 

You will then grab your Deva Curl Towel or your boyfriend/husband’s/your old white T (like a hanes shirt) and lay the towel over your hands and scrunch again with the towel in your hands. 
I always use the Deva Towel but if you don’t have one a shirt will work. You don’t want to use a normal terry cloth towel because it will create frizz.
This is my hair just after I’ve done all of the above, no drying. You can let your hair air dry like this. Be careful not to whip your head up, do more of a lift while turning your head so you don’t whip your curl straight.
My hair needs a little help with body and this just speeds things up a bit so I’m going to continue and use the Deva Curl Diffuser. I love this diffuser because it is shaped like my hand so I can really get the “fingers” up and under my hair to create extra wanted body. It also blows out of every direction so you are not so worried about the curls/waves being in the diffuser. 
This diffuser also stretches to fit on most blow dryers.
Wa-La Mermaid Waves!

You can find Deva Curl products at Ulta here.
I linked a trial kit for you to try if you’d like.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know if you have

any questions.

XO,
Britany

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Sorry I have been MIA on the blog lately.  I have been super busy with starting our house, the salon, and allergies. Below I have put together a little collage to show you what’s going on with our house building process.
March 28-29
This was right before we broke ground with our house. We went out and started clearing out the brush and some unwanted trees. 🙁 #treehugger. There really wasn’t any unwanted trees other than the ones that were were the house was going and the Cedar Trees. We also found out that Jake is allergic to them…. I know sad. He broke out in an awful rash. 
This was the first time we brought the puppies out to see their new home. As you can see from the photos they loved every 2 acres of it. I love the picture of Tripp (the white one) running.
Jake’s parents came out and helped us clear out a lot of brush. His dad, Paul, brought out his tractor. It was so much fun watching him ride around like a little kid pushing all the limbs and brush away. He was in heaven. He even pulled out a dead tree, you can see below my husband is attaching a chain so he could pull it into our big burn pile. Thank goodness we had them and their tractor, it helped tremendously. We spent the weekend before and this weekend clearing where the house would go and a little bit of our back yard. I mean barely any of our back yard but we are getting there. We also haven’t been out to clear any more of the back because Jake, his dad, and me all got poison ivy. YUCK! If any of you have any home remedies or how to prevent it, PLEASE let me in on your secrests. At least we have our lot cleared where the house will go and we also made a cute little spot with firewood stacked up.
On a mushier note, watching my husband work on our land, seeing how much he loves doing this, and planning our next several years together on this piece of property makes me fall in love him all over again!

April 4-10
This is when we actually BROKE GROUND! And this tractor on our lot is a Dozer,  I did not know what one looked like, I think I pictured the tractor with a cage which is called a skid loader/ bobcat, obviously I was wrong. hmm.. Idk what that is for either. I should since my Dad has been in construction my whole life, but I do not. :/ 
We had to cut the front of our lot down and move some dirt around, so that is what the dozer man did. When I came back and looked at it when he was done I was in shock honestly. ‘Is this our lot? This looks nothing like it!’ I got kind of nervous. But then I kept going back to look at it again and again and I still love it. It’s weird how different this makes it look. Can you imagine once we have a house on it!! I still can’t believe we are doing this, it is so surreal that I am moving out of my tiny house. It’s biter sweet!

April 15 2015
We started setting our forms this week. It is seriously the craziest thing I have seen…. so far. I’m sure I will say this at every step ha! But it is so neat to see the outline of YOUR house being put up. They had to stop half way because they ran into some rock, and they couldn’t dig into it.

^^^ This is the cutest Daddy ever (mine) :). He outlined our back patio for us in yellow so I could make more sense and realize how to proportion everything. 
April 20 2014
This week we had to bring someone in to break the rock up so they could finish the forms. Once they finish the forms we plumb (and when I say we I mean it, my dad is a plumber so we will be helping him :)) and then they pour the slab. AH!
We probably won’t do anything else this week since the rain is in the forecast. This would happen when we started building…rain. But at least the lake is filling up a little more.
The corner of the house that is in the first picture below is our bedroom! I stood in it, NBD! haha

I hope you are all having a great week!
XOXO,
Britany
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Sorry I have been MIA on the blog lately.  I have been super busy with starting our house, the salon, and allergies. Below I have put together a little collage to show you what’s going on with our house building process.
March 28-29
This was right before we broke ground with our house. We went out and started clearing out the brush and some unwanted trees. 🙁 #treehugger. There really wasn’t any unwanted trees other than the ones that were were the house was going and the Cedar Trees. We also found out that Jake is allergic to them…. I know sad. He broke out in an awful rash. 
This was the first time we brought the puppies out to see their new home. As you can see from the photos they loved every 2 acres of it. I love the picture of Tripp (the white one) running.
Jake’s parents came out and helped us clear out a lot of brush. His dad, Paul, brought out his tractor. It was so much fun watching him ride around like a little kid pushing all the limbs and brush away. He was in heaven. He even pulled out a dead tree, you can see below my husband is attaching a chain so he could pull it into our big burn pile. Thank goodness we had them and their tractor, it helped tremendously. We spent the weekend before and this weekend clearing where the house would go and a little bit of our back yard. I mean barely any of our back yard but we are getting there. We also haven’t been out to clear any more of the back because Jake, his dad, and me all got poison ivy. YUCK! If any of you have any home remedies or how to prevent it, PLEASE let me in on your secrests. At least we have our lot cleared where the house will go and we also made a cute little spot with firewood stacked up.
On a mushier note, watching my husband work on our land, seeing how much he loves doing this, and planning our next several years together on this piece of property makes me fall in love him all over again!

April 4-10
This is when we actually BROKE GROUND! And this tractor on our lot is a Dozer,  I did not know what one looked like, I think I pictured the tractor with a cage which is called a skid loader/ bobcat, obviously I was wrong. hmm.. Idk what that is for either. I should since my Dad has been in construction my whole life, but I do not. :/ 
We had to cut the front of our lot down and move some dirt around, so that is what the dozer man did. When I came back and looked at it when he was done I was in shock honestly. ‘Is this our lot? This looks nothing like it!’ I got kind of nervous. But then I kept going back to look at it again and again and I still love it. It’s weird how different this makes it look. Can you imagine once we have a house on it!! I still can’t believe we are doing this, it is so surreal that I am moving out of my tiny house. It’s biter sweet!

April 15 2015
We started setting our forms this week. It is seriously the craziest thing I have seen…. so far. I’m sure I will say this at every step ha! But it is so neat to see the outline of YOUR house being put up. They had to stop half way because they ran into some rock, and they couldn’t dig into it.

^^^ This is the cutest Daddy ever (mine) :). He outlined our back patio for us in yellow so I could make more sense and realize how to proportion everything. 
April 20 2014
This week we had to bring someone in to break the rock up so they could finish the forms. Once they finish the forms we plumb (and when I say we I mean it, my dad is a plumber so we will be helping him :)) and then they pour the slab. AH!
We probably won’t do anything else this week since the rain is in the forecast. This would happen when we started building…rain. But at least the lake is filling up a little more.
The corner of the house that is in the first picture below is our bedroom! I stood in it, NBD! haha

I hope you are all having a great week!
XOXO,
Britany
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Half-Up and Wrapped

|| Jeggings – Link ||  Tunic – Link || Sandals – Link || Sunglasses – Link || 
|| Lipstick – Link (wild orchid) ||

This hair style is super easy when you are wanting something different or for day two or three when you are getting a bit greasy.  Just pull the top back with a small pony tail and wrap a small piece of hair around the pony tail, then bobby pin down. 
This is a super casual look with a pop of pink lipstick. This is actually my liquid lipstick, in wild orchid, it comes in a tube like gloss so it’s super easy to apply. It lasts a long time too. 
Have a great week! I’ve got a braid tutorial coming soon!
XO,
Britany
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