Freshly Cut

September 22, 2012

I’ve always been jealous of my sisters’s hair: both of them not only have lots of hair, but they also have insanely thick hair. I, on the other hand, inherited fine, naturally straight hair, the kind of tresses you need to double up on elastics for not because they’re heavy but because the second I start jogging my fine hair starts slipping out all over the place. Anyway, while both my sisters can easily go about six months without a cut, mine needs a lot more maintenance. It was looking particularly limp lately when I heard that master stylist (and B.C. native) Mark McLeod had left his post in New York City for the beautiful KORE Salon in downtown Vancouver. Destiny? I think not.
Mark took my blasé strands and added some much-needed structure and layering that’s now given my hair lots of great movement. Since I told him I was extremely low-maintenance when it comes to hair styling and go for natural looks over super styled looks any day of the week, Mark also gave me a quick and easy tutorial on how to achieve a beachy look through “finger-curling”:
1. Add a small amount of mousse to roots and spray some surf spray through hair.
2. Tug up on roots while drying with a blowdryer, adding volume around head as you go.
3. Once roots are mostly dry (shaft and ends should be damp still), start 
twirling small sections of hair into curls away from your face with your fingers.
Tip: don’t pull these little makeshift ringlets too much – release
 them as you’re creating them to make for really loose waves/curls.
4. Direct heat downwards as you twirl curls out to side, and then
once nearly dry, cup curl in hand and lift, directing heat in cupped hand.
5. Do smaller curls at front and move to bigger sections as you move
around to the back of your head.
6. Once it’s all nearly dry, spray hair with dry shampoo and then go in
with blowdryer on low heat again and rough up curls slightly.
7. Finally, back comb a few curls using your fingers and reform them.
To “back comb”: grab a curl at its end and with the index/middle finger and
thumb of the other hand, press down and push hair towards head.
8. If you’re looking at a longer day, finish with hair spray
to maintain the shape and you’re done!
If you’re in the Vancouver area, here’s some good news: up to October 31st, you and a friend can get 2 cuts for the price of 1 (1 cut = $108). Just mention that you heard of Mark through this post and plan for a friend date in the near future!
Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend so far!

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  • Reply Naomi at The Occasional Indulgence September 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    He did a good job! I like the effortless tousled look.

  • Reply Kelli Anne September 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Gorgeous cut! LOVE IT!

  • Reply Ashley of Southern (California) Belle September 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Your hair looks amazing! I have thin hair too so I know the struggles when you grow your hair out long. But the structure is perfect!



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  • Reply Cee September 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Aw pally, so glad to see your hair looking even more gorgeous than ever! And so glad to hear great things about Mark McLeod, I was so sorry to miss out on letting him do a little work on my strands. I'm always envious of your gorgeous locks – thickness has its downsides, too, I promise – but they are looking especially stunning now 🙂

  • Reply Chloë September 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Verry nice pictures,your hair is verry pretty!
    Thank you for the nice comment on my blog!X

  • Reply Cheryl Hurley September 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Very gorgeous. I love the sexy tousled look! Honestly, be happy you don't have massively thick hair. Not only is it a pain to dry, but if you don't cut it often, it sometimes ends up looking like a wig.. yuck. Oh, and the headaches!


  • Reply Well... September 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Layers can work wonders! You look like a beach babe now 🙂

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  • Reply Shannon September 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Looks GORGEOUS!

  • Reply Gabriele September 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    thank you for the tips, actually I dont think I would need to use them, because my hair is already extremely thick,and wavy… i would rather have straight thin hair in fact.


  • Reply alison*elle September 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    As a fellow straight/limp haired girl, I totally feel you. Your new hair looks great, Alex! Like Cee, I wish I had been able to have him cut and style my hair too… I've had the same hairstyle for years and years, haha.

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Ramona September 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Alexandra, I never thought about your hair as you described.They are beautiful.But I know what you mean.Sometimes no matter what other say there is that feeling which doesn't make feel comfortable about it. I'm glad you have found your peace with your hair. They looks beautiful as well.

    xoxo Ra

  • Reply Marisa September 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Gorgeous cut, Alex! And I've said it before but I never would've thought that you had fine hair in all the photos I've seen of you, it always looks thick and voluminous to me!


  • Reply Rachel September 23, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Wow your hair looks SOOO good!!!! I really need to do something with mine!

    xo Rachel

  • Reply Manda September 23, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Looks fabulous, chica!
    Go you for being brave enough 🙂
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  • Reply Francesca Giusti September 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    love your hair and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad 😀

  • Reply Adly Velasco September 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Love your new hair! It looks so full of life and pretty. 🙂

  • Reply Nikki | The Ginger Diaries September 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    You look absolutely stunning with the new hair 🙂 Not that you didn't look amazing before ^^ I love the layers and the weavy-ness 🙂 Like you, I also have thin, easily dry and damaged hair. I need a cut every 4-6 weeks because I have so many split ends 🙁 x

  • Reply SIENA.STYLE September 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    wow!great change!
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  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} September 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Alex, you've just read my mind girly!!!! i'm on the hunt for a new hair stylist cos mine *sad tear* moved to T-dot. since i used to be a stylist myself i'm super choosy about who i let loose on on my hair but Mark seems to be a master. i LOVE the way yours turned out, beautiful beachy waves….perfection! i bet it feels amazing too, whenever you get a fresh cut that actually works they way you'd like it to, can't you practically hear a sonata when your styling it yourself?! 🙂 awesomeness. xo ♥

  • Reply dreamingincashmere September 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I would have never guessed that you had fine hair! It looks so gorg all of the time, but I am loving the layers!!
    xo, amy

  • Reply fluff and fripperies September 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hello gorgeous! Hope you're doing well – love the new hair! xo

  • Reply ellinelle September 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    ..your hair is beautiful , seriously , you don't need to worry , you look stunning ..

  • Reply sharon lei September 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Alex, your hair looks fabulous! And you are gorgeous as ever. Hope you're having a great day, hun!

    xx Love & Aloha

  • Reply JennaStevie September 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Your hair is looking gooorgeous! I love the layered, easy, beachy look. Perfect for you!

  • Reply MizzJ September 24, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I never thought there was anything wrong with your hair before as it always looked good, but this new cut.. wow, it looks amazing!! He did a great job. Sigh, I wish I could do the beach wave thing but unfortunately without chemical intervention, it's just not meant to be for me haha

  • Reply Caroline Topperman September 24, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Your hair looks fantastic I might just have to check him out! Thanks for the tips.


  • Reply Just Another Shopaholic September 24, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Your hair looks simply beautiful!!

  • Reply Joana September 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    You look amazing with this little change – I love it!

  • Reply Leah September 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    The layers look amazing! Definitely lifts your hair and gives it so much body. You look great!

  • Reply Kacie September 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I always love your hair! The layers look so good!

  • Reply thefortyexpress September 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Your stylist did right by you. Well done.

  • Reply Viève September 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    what a great cut! wicked stylist – hold on to that one, he's a keeper!! haha


  • Reply Petite Adventures September 28, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Your hair looks amazing!


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