It's not everyday here in NC that I get to create festival hair for someone. So, anytime I have the chance to just play however I like, I quite enjoy playing around with different ways to style and festival hair has been intriguing me lately!
What is festival hair? I'm certainly not a trendy kid, I sing Backstreet Boys in my car, but music festivals like Cochella are becoming more and more popular and all the cool kids are wearing super funky hair. Think modern day Wood Stock. For me though, this style of multi-braids is super fun for creativity. So here is my most recent creation!
Here's the how-to on the infinity braid in this style. This was the focal point that so many people have commented on and want to know how to do! So, I have the footage for the entire hairstyle, which I'll upload as a video, but I decided to also have a video dedicated solely to the infinity braid. It's a pretty easy technique of over, under. Once you see it, it makes so much sense!
FRIZZ! It is the bane of our existence. What is it about our hair that can get so out of control and make it look like we have a permanent electric shock?? While there are so many factors (humidity, curl pattern, bad product, etc..), there truly are things we can do to combat it! Let me share my top six ways to help out frizz!
1. SULFATE FREE SHAMPOO
It's no secret that I am an avid ingredient nerd. It's starting to get to the point that I am skeptical of almost everything. Alas though, there are shampoos out there we can use that are better than others. For frizz purposes (because I could go on all day for many reasons on whats bad for all reasons), make sure there are no sulfates in your shampoo! Sulfates are harsh detergents found in laundry detergent among other things we don't use on our bodies. Sulfates strip your hair of moisture just so you can get enough suds to create that shampoo Mohawk we all loved as kids.
(If you really enjoy detailed info on such things, click here for a video from my 22 year old self where I share detailed info on sulfates, play interesting spa like back ground music, and literally show you a bag of the actual ingredient. :])
This one is especially for guys! In general, I know most women are fans of conditioner. However, whoever you are, if you are experiencing frizz, no matter who you are, you need to be using a good moisturizing conditioner. Frizz is lacking moisture. Just like a raisin in the sun, our hair will dry up due to lack of moisture.
(Click here if you want to see a more recent video of me showing you how to properly condition your hair!)
3. PROPERLY TOWEL DRY YOUR HAIR
Do you attack your head with your towel thinking you'll really get the moisture out, only to look in the mirror and find tangle city? OR do you do the standard old school tying up your hair in the towel? (Although I must say, for nostalgia I do love that look of circa 1995, towel up in the robe laying out your pink fuzzy curlers you're about to put in.) Properly towel drying means squeezing the water out, rather than attacking your hair. Click here to see me show you the proper way to towel dry your hair.
5. THE HEAT VERSES NO HEAT DEBATE
Yes, flat ironing and curling your hair daily will tame the frizz. But is that keeping your hair in it's healthiest state? No! Heat drys out your hair more, therefore when you wear your natural hair, that glorious frizz we're avoiding is going to look even drier. It's certainly a personal decision, but if you are trying to show love to your natural hair, keep the heat to a minimum.
6. Keratin Treatments
There's no doubt that Keratin treatments are amazing for dealing with frizz. This is a salon service that basically de-poofs the hair without making it completely straight. It is a chemical (a lot have a small amount of formaldehyde in them, not enough to harm, but if you are a fellow ingredient nerd like me, it is something good to know) that smooths out the frizz for roughly 3 months and slowly graduates back to your natural hair texture. It's a great option because unlike a relaxer, it's not permanent. As a stylist, I have a lot of people who get it done just as spring is starting so the warmer months don't get them with the frizz. Then they book round two for three months after. Then of course I have people who do it year round. It's all in how tame you want your hair to be. The beauty nowadays is they have an express version!! Not as expensive as the full version, the express lasts about six weeks and is a great service to regularly get for fighting frizz!
I hope you found these tips helpful! Let me know in a comment which one you are going to try or if you have already tried any of them. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
With love and hair,
This past week, if you follow me on instagram, you probably saw a whole lot of this blonde, romantic hairstyle. I can't get enough! So I wanted to share the full images with you! This style would be great for a bride, but if you're really wanting to show off on date night, you could also wear it for that! I hope you enjoy and please let me know your thoughts and what you enjoy seeing on the blog!
If you are a bride in or around North Carolina and this style is something you love, click here for more information about booking me to be your wedding day hairstylist! I can't wait to meet you!
With love and hair,
I'm one to wear my hair up often, especially with I'm working or in warmer months. But I do greatly appreciate a good half-up, half-down hairstyle in the colder months (although today feels like a beautiful spring day, we still have a few weeks of winter left). Winter allows you to explore more down styles without having to battle full humidity, sweat and your blanket of hair making you hot. So, here are a few of my favorite styles I like to do when it's still cold out!
Adding a little bling always spices up a style!
This one might be the easiest of all! Simply tie your hair back in a loose half-up, half-down fashion, pull the top a bit so it's loose and wrap some hair out of the half ponytail, around where your hair is placed to hide it! Make sure you bobby pin the hair down, preferably where it can't be seen. I like to add in a nice, little clip of adornment when I wear really simple styles like this. It helps add a little pizzazz!
This one is incredibly easy! Twist the front pieces of hair away from your face and make a ponytail with them. (So you'll start with just a half-up ponytail, just with a twist, literally!) Then roll that ponytail up into a little messy bun and pin to keep held up, and you're good to go!
Which one would you like to try? Are there any styles (here or in general) you'd like to see a tutorial on? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!
With Love and Hair,
YouTube has been a part of my life for years now! It was the first social media platform that I really started talking about hair on and it grew more than I had imagined. I have a small following of people who watch every video and have been there from the beginning and knew me as my original YouTube name; Megalizabeth9. I knew that YouTube needed to be a part of my branding and name change, but I knew that there would be that core group that would notice even if I didn't create a video about it. So I decided to create a video chatting about all the change so that my local viewers who physically come to me to do their hair and my world wide viewers who love hair advice, but can't come sit in my chair, would all be updated on all the changes. I am so grateful to be blessed with two such followings. This wouldn't have even been a possibility 20 years ago, so I am thankful to have the internet to connect. So, if you would like some to be filled in on my branding changes, why I went with "Healthy Hair Stylist", and more, check out my latest video! Next video will be a review on one of my current favorite products!
Hi friend! I am so glad that you have chose to come explore my website and get to know me! Let me tell you a little about myself and how much I love hair.
My name is Megan Pirrocco, if this is your first time ever reading anything about me, Pirrocco is my married name. My maiden name was Megan Sandy and it's so funny having grown up with two first names, people were SO upset when I changed my last name. But hey, if you still call me Megan Sandy, I will certainly answer to it, that's who I was for 26 years and the name I started my career with!
If you don't already know this, I absolutely adore hair styling. There is so much creativity in it, that's what originally got me started in this industry. But my inner hippie child has gotten me into the more natural side of life and that has led me to feel the passion for true, healthy hair. I can't complain at all about my life. God gave me this gift, so therefore each little stepping stone He has put in front of me, I graciously accept.
I've been doing hair now for nine years, and just typing that out is mind boggling! Where has the time gone?! Early on in my career though, two big things happened.
First, I got the love bug for wedding hair. This makes perfect sense though, because designing your dream wedding hair is peak creativity for me. Taking hair from just down and natural to a glorious style that the bride looks in the mirror, tears hit her eyes and she gives me a big hug, is absolutely one thing that brings me fantastic joy. This love of wedding hair has stuck with me all these years and I still adore helping a bride on her biggest day to feel her best.
photo credit: Emily Moore Photo
Second, early in my career and in my early 20's, I was extremely active on my YouTube channel where I did hair tutorials, hair advice videos and tips on how to have healthy hair. My hair tip videos, which I called Quick Tip Tuesday, became so popular! To this day, they are still the videos that get the most traffic. So in figuring out my niche in the hair world, those videos really helped in deciding on coining myself a "healthy hair specialist". I certainly do not know everything, but I know a lot about hair and I am always learning, and healthy hair is so important to me!
I slowed down on the YouTube channel when my sweet husband entered my life. Yet another part of my life where God opened that door and spoke to my heart, we dated a year and a half before he got down on one knee atop Stone Mountain, NC and I said yes! Fast forward to October 7, 2016, we said "I do" on a sweet little farm with a hurricane blowing over us.
photo credit: Emily Moore Photo
Fast forward just a little bit more and we get to now, early 2018, and I am in my second month of being in my own salon! I quite fancy having my own little space to work with my sweet clients who have so diligently followed me over the years. I am so grateful for each and every person who comes to see me, including you! If you are new here, I would love to see you in my chair! Click here to book an appointment with me, or feel free to contact me on any of my social media sites! I look forward to meeting you!
With love and hair,