Wednesday, 16 January 2013

How to Do My No-Backcomb Beehive

OK, cracking on with resolution #1 (more hair and DIY posts), I thought I'd show you my take on the beehive. I don't know about you, but I hate backcombing - I can never seem to do it properly, and, if I do (or, more likely, someone else does), brushing it out takes about 3 hours and involves many breakages... So I have to get a bit creative if I want to try out my favourite retro 'dos. This is how I create my much-easier-than-it-sounds-or-looks full beehive up-do. It's a great day or evening look for day (or two) old hair, suitable for anyone with shoulder-length or longer hair. Slightly messy is, thankfully, acceptable for an effortlessly chic look, or you can go super-neat for a Grace Kelly feel.


You Will Need:

  • Dry shampoo (optional)
  • Brush or comb
  • Hair elastic (ponytail holder)
  • Hair doughnut (optional)
  • Kirby grips
  • Hairspray (optional)

    How To:

    1. Apply dry shampoo, if you have it, to give your hair some "guts" in the absence of backcombing. Section hair into two sections, front and back, from ear to ear - this doesn't have to be too neat, as no one will see this bit! Pull back section into a high ponytail.
    2. Twist ponytail into a bun - ideally, use a hair doughnut for added padding and shape (slip it over the ponytail, then wrap the ponytail around it section by section  - I usually divide into 3 or 4 - pinning the ends underneath as you go).
    3. Begin to drape sections of hair from your "front" section up, over and around the bun (yes, this is the front view - you can use sectioning clips if you prefer more vision!). Pin securely at the base of the bun. I tend to start with the "back" of the front section, followed by the front and sides.
    4. Continue until the entire front section has been pinned - you can leave your fringe or front sections loose if you so desire. Mist with hairspray for extra hold.
    5. If you have very long hair like mine, you might be left with some loose ends - if you're very meticulous, you can try and "tuck" them in as you go - otherwise, do whatever you like with them - this time, I put mine in a braid, which I then coiled up and pinned beneath the beehive.
    6. Although you can leave as is, beehives look great with hair accessories - slides, Alice bands or a silk scarf for extra vintage va va voom (and/or to cover up not-so-neat sides!). Red lipgloss optional.



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    29 comments:

    1. What a great tutorial, thank you!

      I've always wanted to do a beehive but my hair is so thick that back-combing is incredibly painful.

      I'll give this a go :) xx

      http://montageme.blogspot.co.uk

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      1. You're welcome, hope it works for you :) xx

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    2. Your hair is gorgeous, I need to try this!

      http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

      x

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      1. Thank you! Yeah, give it a go :)

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    3. Beautiful hair style .. looks so pretty on you.

      What mascara are you using? Your eye lashes look so long :-)

      Monica
      www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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      1. Thanks Monica :)

        I use L'Oreal Lash Architect - I just noticed that when I proof-read the post haha, looked like I was wearing falsies for a minute!

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    4. Your hair is stunning!!!^^

      xoxo

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    5. beautiful hair style!

      XOXO
      Arianna

      http://aryannastyle.blogspot.it/

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    6. Such a good idea! When my hair grows out a bit, I'm gonna try this. Thank you xx

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      1. You're welcome, looking forward to seeing the results :)

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    7. I am just a mess while I tryto backcomb my hair, and this is such a great tutorial! thanks for sharing, I defintielly have to try this at home!
      xo
      MAria C
      http://shoesandgloss.blogspot.com

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      1. Ah thank you, would love to see this look on you :)

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    8. This is such a great tutorial! I'll definitely give this a go! :)

      hannahsfashionblog.com

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    9. Wow! Amazing hair-do! Love it... looks stunning!

      ♥, Jo
      http://www.StyleAt30.com
      {Style + Travel}

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    10. love this so much! can't wait to read more! keep it up girl!

      love, rach.
      www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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    11. Hello, Sam! How are you? Oh, loved your beautiful pictures and your lovely hair! Actually, I love such kind of hair style - it's so charming and very feminine. I know that, depending on the style, doing so can be quite laborious... But, as always, you look so beautiful :)
      All the best,
      - F.

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      1. Hello Flávio! I'm very well thank you, how are you? Ah thank you so much for your lovely comments, I'm glad you liked the post :)

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      2. You're welcome Sam! Oh, I'm glad you're well and I'm fine too, thank you! And thank you for always being so kind with my comments :)
        Have a great weekend!
        xxx

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    12. Great hair tutorial! Will have to try this and give my hair a break from backcombing :) xx

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      1. Thanks Sadie, yep definitely worth giving it a try :)

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