Category Hair

MAKE THOSE CURLS LAST

Happy Sunday beauties!

We all love throwing our hair into soft and bouncy curls to jazz up our summery look of the day. But let’s be real, the humidity gets the best of it, and by noon it looks deflated and kinky. I’ve done a bit of research over the last few days and put together a few tips and tricks to make those curls last, regardless of the weather.

skip conditioner

Our beloved moisture concealer can actually do more harm than good. Turns out it’s harder to curl slippery hair than it is condoner-less hair. So ladies, keep it out of the process.

mousse it up 

You’ll want to add some texture to your damp hair in order for the curls to get some grip. Work a palm full of volumizing mousse starting from the roots down to your tips to put some hold in your hair. According to Merakilane the Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse works wonders.

curl properly

We all know that heat can do more damage to your hair than anything so this is where I suggest you select a worthwhile heat protectant and use it religiously when curling your hair. Investing in a good quality curling iron is key to long lasting curls. Part your hair and ensure that each part cools before moving on to avoid getting flattened by above layers. Lastly, don’t forget to turn up the heat accordingly (higher-thick hair, lower-thin hair).

I threw in one of my personal favourite curling tutorials just in case you guys wanted some reference!

hair spray

This is a given. Once you’ve curled to satisfaction, throw some extra hold with a good hair spray and you’ll be set for your next summer event (not to mention- hairspray is basically hair perfume so curly scented hair? Yes please!). Any hairspray of your favour will do.

Happy Curling lovelies!

Toronto’s Graffiti Alley Photo Shoot

As much as I love using photos that show off my makeup skills with perfect lighting and fine detail; lately, I have been feeling like my portfolio could use some more colourful images to spice it up a notch.

These days I am very obsessed with tight curls and lots of volume! Maybe it’s because I was born in the 80’s and it seems like those 80’s styles are slowly creeping back, maybe I’m just bored with loose waves because I do them almost every day for boudoir shoots.

These spiral curls I created certainly took some time to achieve. Here is how they started out:

hair before

After lots of hairspray and a little bit of teasing, the above curls turned into something special and were exactly what we were looking for!

Our first location for the day was a balcony with a view of the Toronto lake front and also a great view of the train tracks. Here’s a few shots from the first location:

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Modern Makeup

Modern Makeup

The thing you don’t know about these images is that it was actually -15 degrees celsius that day… We all froze our tails off, but we got some great images and warmed up afterwards with a big bowl of Pho!

Graffiti Alley in downtown Toronto is really something special. If you’ve never been before you should definitely make the trip and bring your camera! It is so colourful and fun and there are so many hidden images for you to find.

Here are some of my favourite shots from Graffiti Alley:

Graffiti Alley Toronto

Toronto Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley Toronto

Toronto Graffiti Alley

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We had a couple more locations we wanted to shoot at, however; the hair took exceptionally long to perfect and we started to lose our light fast! We managed to make it down to Polson Pier just as the sun was going down. Words cannot even describe how bitterly cold it was once we got by the waterfront! We just took a few quick shots here and then ran back to the car and got toasty warm again!

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