How I Style My Hair

Just thought I’d do a quick post putting together all the different ways I like wearing my hair – along with the relevant tutorials.

My default hair style is down and parted to the side. Since I have fine, straight hair – this hardly requires any styling – just some Aveda Volumizing Tonic and Moroccan Oil.

My default everyday hairstyle

Another easy hairstyle is parted (either to the middle or the side) and pulled back:

Sides pulled back hairstyle

I also like braiding the front of my hair and tying it to the side while leaving the rest free – this is my favorite way to wear my hair:

Braided and tied on the side

For special occasions, I blow-dry my roots and curl my hair (either using a flat iron or a Hot Tools curling iron – the ONLY curling iron that creates a lasting curl in my hair!)

Blow-dried and curled

I use a lot more products for this style. I start with a volumizing mousse before blow-drying, followed by a heat protectant spray before curling and a hair spray after.

On bad hair days, I either put my hair in a side braid, parted to the side in a ponytail or in a ballerina bun (If you’re doing a bun, you NEED to use spin pins!)…Funny how I don’t have many pictures of my hair in these styles…believe me – I looked!


Blowdrying technique by Nurberxo
– a vented brush is key. I’m using a Conair one – but this Brushlab one is on my wishlist.

I’m SO grateful for these amazing tutorials on youtube – they taught me all I know about doing my hair!

Curling with a curling iron by MakeupByTiffanyD:

Curling with a flat iron by FrmHeadToToe:

Twisted Rope Braids by FrmHeadToToe: (I use this technique when braiding the front of my hair)

How do you usually style your hair? Any must-have tips or products to share?


  1. Carolyn
    June 19, 2012 / 9:15 am

    gorgeous! i love that updo bun

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 20, 2012 / 2:07 am

      Yes – buns are amazing in the summer heat – no sticky hair on my neck!

  2. Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet
    June 19, 2012 / 1:29 pm

    Thanks for the links to those tutorials! Going to watch them all tonight. I am so useless with my hair – it's only ever up in a ponytail or down unstyled. Lol. My favourite look of yours is the second one, pulled back and sweeped to one side. I think it would look great with both casual and dressy outfits! 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 20, 2012 / 2:08 am

      Hope you find the tutorials as useful as I did – youtube is SO amazing for learning new techniques – much better than TV or magazines.

  3. Schnelle
    June 19, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    You are so gorgeous and btw you strongly resemble Salma Hayek in the second photo. I've been using Moroccan oil too and I love it, doesn't it smell amazing?

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 20, 2012 / 2:12 am

      Love the smell of Moroccan oil – and a little lasts a looooong time! Love Salma Hayek – I wish I resembled her LOL!

  4. Lilly
    June 19, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    So great to see your pretty face! Love all the hairstyles on you, wish I could look so great with different ones. I've been wearing the side braid a lot lately, especially now that it's getting hotter outside.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 20, 2012 / 2:13 am

      Side braids are great – but since I have layers, it's so challenging to keep it from looking too wild – have to use lots of bobby pins!Along with outfit envy – I also have serious hair envy – your hair always looks so amazing and perfectly styled!

  5. Anonymous
    June 20, 2012 / 12:13 am

    You are so beautiful! You're so good with different hairstyles, some days I don't even brush mine! lol

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 20, 2012 / 2:15 am

      Thanks – you're so sweet! I wish I was better at styling my hair – but thanks to blogs and youtube, I'm definitely more adventurous than I used to be!

  6. Beautygirl24
    June 20, 2012 / 2:04 am

    You have beautiful hair! I love the way you braid the front, I keep meaning to try SOMETHING different but my default hair always takes the lead. It's funny that I also wear my hair straight and parted slightly to the side. I'm really hopeless with my hair most of the time though – I want to curl it more, but it's hard for me! You look gorgeous all the time!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 20, 2012 / 2:19 am

      Thanks sweetie – braiding (or twisting) the front is super-easy – and I like it because my hair is down but not in my face. Was definitely inspired by Lauren Conrad's constant side braid LOL!

  7. Skylette from Sequins&Stilettos
    June 20, 2012 / 5:48 am

    I love that you posted all of these looks – I need to branch out a little more with my hair. Your hair is gorgeous and a little off the subject – so are your brows! In the "braided on the side" photo they just look perfect!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 20, 2012 / 4:54 pm

      I don't think you need to branch out with your hair – why mess with perfection 🙂 I love the color and waves and volume!I just leave my brows the way they are (no tweezing or filling in)…I'm glad I was too lazy to mess with them when I was younger – otherwise I'd have 2 very thin lines for brows now LOL!

  8. littlemissandrea
    June 20, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    You look great in all the hairstyles! I typically roll out of bed at the very last minute and hope for the best in the mornings, haha 😛 Of course I try harder when I have to look more put together – thanks for sharing all the styles!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 21, 2012 / 2:08 am

      Yes – I know the hope-for-the-best feeling only too well! Hair is always the last thing I do – make-up and clothes come first 🙂

  9. Melita Jagodic
    July 1, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    my hair is a little bit shorter then yours and I had bangs, but they're so grown now so my fav way now is braiding them and tying to the side also 🙂

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