December 11, 2013

Greek goddess hairstyles

Hi guys! Many of you are asking me to show you some Greek goddess hairstyles, while I have already made quite a few of such tutorials for you to choose from. With over 230 videos that are now on my YouTube channel, it might be difficult to find them, so I prepared this selection for you. I love seeing your recreations, so feel free to post them on my facebook page or tag them #LilithMoonHairstyle on Instagram (my Instagram is @LilithMoonLife).

October 16, 2013

New hair color: dark blonde, or how to tone down bleached blonde hair

Quite honestly, dark blonde is one color I'd never consciously go for. I like platinum blonde, dark brown, black, red and all sorts of crazy hair colors like pink, blue, purple... just not dark blonde. Funny enough, it happens to be my natural hair color that I've been successfully hiding since I turned 14. This time I was going for a champagne beige blonde (something in between the color on the photos below and my usual platinum blonde). I have already tried many toners before, so I when I used L'Oreal Dialight 9.02 mixed with 9.03 (25ml 9.02 + 25ml 9.03 + 75ml 9vol Diactivator developer, left for 20min), I was expecting a much lighter color. Level 9 toners I tried from other companies were usually quite light. And especially since L'Oreal 10.02 (the next toner in their blondes range) did not change the lightness of my hair at all (neither it changed my hair color... so I wouldn't really recommend it). So I was quite shocked to discover how dark my hair has turned out. And really surprised to find out that I actually like it! :) It must be the most "natural" hair color I had in many many years and to me, it's more extreme than pink lol

I wonder how long will it last... Because no matter what toner I use, sooner than later it washes out completely exposing my platinum blonde as if it was never ever toned.
I give it 2 weeks... but we'll see :)

September 16, 2013

Cute and easy hairstyles for medium long hair: weekend in Geneva

Hey guys! A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I went for a lovely long weekend in Geneva, Switzerland. In this post I'll share with you all the highlights of my stay and hairstyles I was wearing. Most of them were super quick and easy to do, so hopefully they'll get your inspired to be even more creative with your hair.

Day 1

A morning train from Paris got us to Geneva in around 3 hours. The weather was wonderful, so we went exploring the city. It was a really hot day and I needed something to keep my hair away from my face and neck, so I decided to go for a super quick updo that you can see on the photo below. It's a real life saver when you're running out of time (or just being lazy) but still want to look like I've made an effort :) You can watch the tutorial here. In the video I've pre-curled my hair to get a more fancy look, while here I just used my natural straight hair.

Here is another photo. Can you see that little dragon on the left?
You can find them everywhere in Geneva and I really like them!  ;)

Day 2 

On the second day I decided to do something fun with my hair. There was only one problem: my dark roots have grown really long and I didn't touch them up before leaving. I hate hate hate photos with visible roots so I started to think what could I do about them. I remembered that one hairstyle of Rihanna with a bow headband and decided to give it a try. Strategically placed scarf has covered my roots really well ;) I firstly curled my hair with a flat iron and then pinned it into an updo just like I've shown in this video (I skipped the braid part). You can also check out my video on 10 ways to tie a head scarf.

I took the following photos in the hotel room against those super fun walls :)

We went for a walk to one of my very favorite places in any city - a botanic garden.
I was amazed to discover the biggest leaves I saw in my entire life. Again, I felt like a tiny Thumbelina from a fairy tail lol

The place was really beautiful, and here is another one by a lovely pond with water lilies. Here you can see my hairstyle even better.

We had a quick lunch with the most beautifully served "cafe gourmand" I ever had. Yumm!

Geneva stands on the border of a wonderful lake with a magnificent jet of water (Jet d'Eau) being its main attraction. We went for a long walk by the lake and I still can't believe that I saw a real rainbow right in the fountain!!! It really felt like seeing a miracle! And it's amazing how my camera actually captured the entire thing really well :) How magical is that?!

We hired a boat and went for a ride to see Geneva from another angle.

I even had my 5 minutes of fame as a captain lol

Another thing that got me really impressed is the amount of swans in the lake. There are hundreds of them and they are literally everywhere. Along with all kinds of ducks I never saw before :) You look at them and suddenly feel like you're in heaven!

Aren't they gorgeous? Couldn't miss the opportunity to take a picture with them! The only thing is that with my camera, it's either them in focus or me... So I decided to take two separate photos lol

For our dinner, I decided to change for something more elegant. My hair was already curly, so I just pinned it into a side bun using the technique I've shown in this tutorial.

Our dessert was another masterpiece that I had to capture for the record.

Day 3.

I have to tell you that Geneva is just CRAZY expensive, *but* they give you free bicycles to cycle for 4 hours. How surprising is that! So we decided to go for a ride outside of Geneva along the lake. I was in the mood for something playful, so I went for a side swept ponytail with a cute dutch braid in front. You can check out this video to learn how to create such a braid.

I wish I could cycle to countryside more often, it's so peaceful and relaxing!

In the evening, exhausted but happy, we had a dinner in an Indian gastronomic restaurant. Interior decor of the place and the art of serving food was beyond gorgeous.

Sometimes I find it hard to dig into my food when it looks so beautiful lol
Do you know that feeling? 

That evening I was just too tired to even think about what to do with my hair, so I just washed it and pinned the front section off my face to get that elegant effortless look.

Do you see this pink bobby pin? I was sooo happy when I found them :) I really hate using bobby pins in colors that do not match my hair lol so these ones were a real find!

That was the last day of our stay in Geneva and the next morning we returned back to Paris.
I'm already looking forward to the next summer so that I could start planning my following vacation! And how about you, guys? What places would you like to visit?


September 15, 2013

How to color your hair pink

Hey guys! This post is for those of your who were asking me how I colored my hair pink.

And to those of you who are asking me WHY I colored my hair pink I can only tell that
1. I love my blonde hair, but I had it for too long and need a change.
2. I love pink hair :) To each its own, you know!
3. Products that I use are hair-friendly and wash out really quickly, so there are no risks and no commitment, just pure fun! To me, my blonde hair is still there and it's not going anywhere lol

So far I tried 2 different products. They are both ammonia-free toners that do not damage your hair. BUT they work only on blonde hair - either natural, colored, or bleached. The lighter your hair is, the more vibrant pink you're going to obtain.

In photos in this post I have my entire hair colored pink, while in my earlier post you can see photos of pink highlights that I had before.

L'Oreal Chroma Care

The first time it was just a strand test with L'Oreal Chroma Care toning conditioners. I applied it onto the bottom layers of my hair to get an ombre effect with pink ends.


#6 is a red-pigmented toner, while #2 is a light purple one. #6 is usually used to revive red color, while #2 eliminated brassy pigments from light blondes. To achieve a beautiful pastel pink, I added just a couple of red drops into the purple toner. I applied the mixture onto my shampooed and towel dried hair and rinsed it after ~30 minutes.


The color I obtained was a super pretty baby pink, a very very light one. If you'd like to get a vibrant pink, I don't think these toners would do the job. Because if you'd add more red, the mixture would turn red rather than pink. The color itself didn't last long at all - it was totally gone after I washed my hair twice. So taking into account the high price of these products, I wasn't really happy about it. But for some of you who'd like to change their hair color only for a couple of days, these toners could be a perfect solution. Though I don't think they'd work on darker blonde hair. Since they produce a really light pastel color, your hair should be a very light or platinum blonde (level 10 or 9).

Effect on hair

These toners are at once conditioners, so they have nothing but a good effect on your hair.

Paul Mitchell Ink Works

The second toner I tried was Ink Works from Paul Mitchell. I found it when I was looking for a professional products for hair lamination. I bought both transparent and pink toners, and they met all my expectations.


So here is how I use it. I grab any hair conditioner and add several drops of Hot Pink into it. On the photo above you can see that the color of the toner isn't exactly pink, but mixed with a white conditioner, it creates a pink mixture. So I keep on adding this toner drop by drop and mixing it with the conditioner until the color of the mixture corresponds to the color I want to have on my hair. So far I was applying it onto my dry hair and leaving it on for ~30 minutes.

I already used this toner to color my own hair 3 times (firstly just highlights, then my entire head) as well as to color a set of my hair extensions (which is really A LOT of hair), and you can tell that the bottle is not even half empty yet!! So this product is really cost-effective and I can really recommend it.

If you're wondering how I've colored my clip-in hair extensions (my own hair is shoulder length, so in all of my long hair tutorials I'm using the extensions for that extra length and volume), I did it just like I've shown in one of my previous tutorials linked below. This time I only used Ink Works instead of Wella products.


It's written on the bottle that the toner is supposed to lasts ~20 washes and I think it's true. The color is washing off really gradually though, it's hard to tell the difference after a single wash. But over time it does fade, and it fades really beautifully. That's another thing that I loved about it. I started with a kind of a vibrant electric pink which gradually washed out though gorgeous pastel shades of baby pink. So if you love pink, you'll totally enjoy the entire experience! I think after 10 washes the color becomes really light, but is still takes another 10 washes till it is gone completely. And of course, you can re-tone you hair any time you feel like.

Effect on hair

Another great thing about Ink Works is that I just loved the condition of my hair after using it. It felt healthier and thicker, much more shiny than when it's blonde.

And how about you?

Leave a comment and let me know if have ever colored your hair crazy colors and what was your experience with them. Which products did you use? Were they good for your hair? How long did they last? Or what color would you like to try in the future :)

Here are a couple of photos of the entire outfit I was wearing the other day.
I love to pair my pink hair with boho chic clothes and this maxi skirt is one of my favorites.
The braid I'm wearing here is from this hair tutorial.


August 30, 2013

My hair disasters, or how I became my own hairdresser

The other day I was thinking about how did it happen that now I only want to cut and color my hair on my own? When I was a student on a tight budget and couldn't really afford visits to a salon, I was dreaming about times when I'll have a job and will be able to pamper myself in the best salons getting top service at any price. Guess what? The time for me to get a job has come, but the thing about top service has never really lived up to my expectations. I changed many salons, many of which are considered the best in Paris, consulted many hairdressers trying to find the right one, but only to come to a conclusion that rather than being pampered in a SPA-like environment, I get stressed and disappointed. I don't get neither cut nor color that I want, my hair is being damaged by people who don't really care about it, and I'm actually paying $$$ for all of that. I realized I had to learn how to cut and color my hair on my own, because even if I wouldn't do a perfect job, whilst I'm careful, it still couldn't get much worse than what I was getting in salons. I'd eventually learn everything I need to know and finally have a cut and color of my dreams. In the meanwhile, I'd save time and money :) And so far I was right!

I won't be describing every experience that made me want to become my own hairdresser, here are just some highlights...
  • After chopping off 6''(15cm) of my hair, a hairdresser replies to my:
- But didn't we say it's going to be 1''(2-3cm)?!
- Darling, your hair really needed it! I chopped off whatever looked really horrible, so you should be happy about it.

Happened more than once. I wonder why I never felt that happy... at all! I actually felt like mourning... RIP my hair... Plus I never asked them what they thought about my hair. I just came to pay for a certain service and get it done, so using words like "horrible" was really uncalled for. It's something nail technicians also like to say a lot. Whenever I used to change nail technicians (now I do my nails on my own as well), they'd always say "Who's this terrible person who did your nails? They look horrible!" [Yeah, right! like your work is going to look any better in 3 weeks time. So far I tried ~20 nail technicians  (I moved countries and places quite a lot and had to find new salons nearby) and only 2 were really awesome].

Anyway, this is what it made me think of:

and  also this one

Having been violated this way more than once, I decided I could no longer take the risks to loose all the precious hair that took me a year to grow in a single ends trimming session. So I assigned my mother to be my hairdresser ;) For a couple of years she's been doing a great job trimming my ends, but eventually one of my friends taught me how to trim you ends on your own and that's what I've been doing ever since. By now it's been 2 years and I have never been happier with my trims :)
  • After coloring my hair, a hairdresser replies to my: 
- But I wanted *this* hair color! [showing a photo that I brought along and asked to match]
- It IS this hair color!

Now this one, I heard it so many times from different hairdressers, that it's not even funny anymore. I still don't get how do they have the nerve to say it to my face, when the color looks totally different! Both in lightness and in tonality... Gosh... This reply is so ridiculous that every time I hear it, I seriously doubt I'm dealing with a mentally stable person and for my own sake, I just leave without saying another word...  Or no, on my way to the exit, I actually do say "How much do I pay?" Though I heard of people who wouldn't pay for such a service and I think they are doing the right thing. I'm just not confrontational enough for that lol

Dear hairdressers,
 (1) If you're unable to reproduce a particular color (which is totally understandable), please, be honest about it, tell it to your client *before* you commit to coloring their hair.
(2) If something went wrong (sh*t happens! we're all human and your job can be very challenging at times), just have the courage and dignity to accept it and analyze your mistakes to do a better job next time ...or just refer to (1).
  • A hairdresser in reply to
- With all this bleaching, my hair has gotten so sensitive, it keeps on breaking! [my ends are visibly much thinner than my roots]
- No, it's not! [grabs a section of hair dissolving toward the ends and pretends he doesn't notice anything] Where do you see breakage? [wtf! all along the hair strand!!!] Most girls who have their hair bleached have to cut it short, but you actually managed to grow it till your shoulders! That's really rare, you should be happy about it!"

Wait, as an Eastern European, I know hundreds of girls who bleach their hair and still have it down to their waist... Thick and gorgeous! So what's the point to insult my intelligence and tell me things which are obviously not true... I know for a fact that the condition of my hair has worsened a lot! Is it just to justify his work and avoid taking responsibility for the condition of my hair?..  But I'm there not to point fingers! I just want to find a solution, while his attitude is something that makes any further conversation meaningless and his professional skills doubtful.
  • A hairdresser in reply to
- My hair is very thin, and with all this bleaching it has gotten even thinner [my ponytail is the size of my thumb totally dissolving toward the ends].
- No, it's not thin. This other client of mine, you can see most of her scalp through her hair. That's thin!

Here I have to take a deep breath. If I were not quite as polite as I am, I'd say that this client of his needs to see a doctor, there's obviously a health issue that needs to be addressed. Just because you cannot see my scalp, doesn't mean my hair is "not thin" or something! It's so obvious that I can't believe I'm even writing it, it should be in "NO COMMENT" section lol
  • In reply to "I think bleaching is bad for my hair. Perhaps instead of bleaching, we could try coloring my regrowth a slightly darker blonde and then adding some highlights every couple of months?" 
Hairdresser A (never met me before, never will see me again):
-  If you're so smart and know everything, why do you even ask me about my opinion?

When I heard that, I really thought I was dreaming... Believe me, I'm a very polite person and put a lot of efforts into phrasing my words in a way that sounds respectful. But this person got so offended by the fact I was coming to her with my own ideas rather than quietly entrusting my hair into her professional hands... And unfortunately, 90% of hairdressers I've spoken to so far tend to get annoyed when I suggest what's that I'd like to be done with my hair. And God forbid me getting technical and telling them what developer and hair dye/toner number I'd like to have used. That's something they seem to consider borderline insulting.

And that's such a pity!!! I wish I could find someone I could bring my money to for doing what I want. After all, as a hair model, I went through so many hairdressers and participated in so many trainings, that even though I don't have much technical experience, I get to see more theoretical novelties than some hairdressers.  I get to have them applied to my hair and have a good idea of how they work for me. And since it's my hair, I do have a right to suggest things. There's nothing insulting about it! Sigh...

 Hairdresser B:
- No, it's going to be ugly. You'd need to add some dark lowlights to the rest of your hair"
- But since my hair is so light, won't these lowlights wash off after 2 weeks?
- Yes, they will.

And this is something that pisses me off. Forget "What's the point to suggest something that's not going to last?" and will turn to "Ugly" in a matter of weeks. What I'm really annoyed with is that so many times I asked for a color, got something vaguely similar, just to discover that in 2 weeks time it will be totally gone!

Dear hairdressers, please inform your un-hair-educated clients about longevity of a certain hair color and tell them what their hair is going to look like in a week, month and so on. Tell them what sort of maintenance commitment is there to make. Tell them what kind of damage can they expect. If I knew that bleached hair needs to be toned every 2 weeks to maintain that Hollywood pearl blonde, I'd never ever have it bleached at first place! Same thing about pink/red/blue hair washing off to yellow/orange. Once my best friend asked for purple highlights in her "virgin" black hair and she got them. But surprise surprise! After 2 weeks her purple strands have gotten orange! Needless to say, she didn't see it coming and was rather upset with the entire experience.

Some other things that turned me off hair salons in general is that

  • In my experience, hairdressers try to receive more clients than they physically can. Forget 20 to 45 minutes that I usually have to wait for them after the time of my appointment, the worst thing is that way too often there's  no one available to wash the bleach out of my hair since everyone's already busy with new clients. Very often I had to wait for another 20 minutes after 50 minutes of the *maximal* recommended product development time. No wonder that over time my hair has gotten more and more fragile and started to break off.  
  • A very poor choice of hair dyes and toners. Every salon seems to work with only one brand of hair products and when it comes to blondes, there's hardly anything to choose from. Especially here in France where blondes are not popular and girls generally do not dye their hair unless they want to cover their grey hair. So recently I decided to tone my hair on my own with toners I buy online. I use ammonia-free products that are super easy to use and instantly give that Hollywood blonde shades that I was always dreaming about. They do wash off after a couple of weeks, but since they are quite cheap (5-10 times cheaper than what they charge for toners in salons), I can reapply them as often as I need to. 
  • Even though there are dozens of ways to highlight one's hair, every hairdresser I met so far seems to be super attached to one particular technique that they like most. Not only technique, but also placement and thickness of highlights. Basically, once I ask for highlights, they consider our conversation over and get really annoyed when I try to explain what particular type of highlights I'd like to have. Then they say it's not a good idea and insist on doing what they want, the way they want. Or say they got my point, but still do it their way. Oh well, they left me no choice but to learn how to do highlights on my own. I've already done it once and got very nice results :)

The following things I experiences/heard from people I was modeling for. I do realize that at work I cannot expect to be treated like a princess, but wait, how ridiculous is that?!

  • No  comment.

A renown stylist was taking his time to crimp my hair for an hour, burning it alive over a generous amount of hairspray strand by strand. I was cringing for the entire hour to the point my muscles started to hurt and I got a headache. But as a model, you're expected to stay quiet, so I did. Then he started to tease my hair for another hour. He was going for that crazy Marge Simpson-like volume (haute couture hair styling, you know!). I could see my crispy hair breaking and falling on the floor every time he vigorously moved his comb probably assuming that my hair was made of some flexible iron. Another model sitting next to me (a much more lucky one since her stylist had a more "hair friendly" hairstyle in mind for her appearance in the show) could also see it and asked my stylist "Isn't it damaging for her hair?!?!" to which he replied "Look at her. She's bleached the f*** out of her hair. Now that's MUCH more damaging for her hair than what I'm doing here!"

  •  Broken hair disaster.
A colorist was preparing my hair for a show. She had to bleach my roots, but whatever she did to my hair made it break to the extent that when I touched (!) a strand of wet hair at the back of my head, it stayed in my hands!!! And that was a really thick strand!

Just look at the photo below, taken several months after the disaster. That's just one strand, later on all top layers of my hair have gradually fallen off and I had to cut my hair quite short. Don't worry, it's not a recent photo, but it took me 2 years to grow my hair back... and imagine that I had to model in the meanwhile! Thanks God I discovered hair extensions by then! 

I'm generally quite a polite person, what's done is done and shouting wouldn't fix anything, so despite all sorts of names that were going through my mind at that moment, I didn't say anything. I just couldn't help tears coming out of my eyes (for like 7 days in a row). Guess what this colorist told me?

 - My darling, but what's that you do to your hair that it reacts this way to our quality products?! You should have really taken better care of your hair, condition it sometimes or something!

That time I was modeling for Wella Professional and the ironic thing was that for many months I was using Wella Professional masks to deep condition my hair every single time I was washing it. And the condition of my hair was very good. Afterwards, I found out that she used an unnecessarily strong developer and has put me under heat for way too long. She also overlapped her bleach over previously bleached areas and my hair just broke in those places. She's never apologized and kept on blaming *me* for whatever has happened. Well, my hair was bleached for many months before and many years after that horrible experience with her, but nothing of that kind has *ever* happened to me. And I can't believe that people like this actually work for such big companies - she even teaches other professionals how to use Wella's products during paid trainings...
  • Burned scalp disaster.
A colorist was preparing my hair for a show (also in Wella Professional, Paris) and she had to bleach my roots. After she has applied her product, instead of usual tingling, I felt a real pain. I told her that, but she said it was normal. After 50 minutes she has finally washed the bleach out of my hair, but to my horror, the pain was still there. My scalp kept on hurting 5, 10 and even 30 minutes later. I just couldn't stand that pain anymore, so I told her that my scalp was really hurting me. She replied "Well, in that case I could perhaps use this special bleach neutralizing shampoo". In my mind, I was thinking "Why is the world didn't you use it at first place?!?!" So she has shampooed my hair once again and I finally felt a relief, but when I was touching my scalp, it felt as if it was bruised. For many days, I had difficulties brushing and styling my hair. After a week, my skin started to peel off in huge 1''(2cm) wide flakes as if it was sunburned...That was really scary and I can only imagine what kind of potentially permanent damage it has caused my hair bulbs. I noticed that the hair at the sides of my head never grows that long ever since :(

Gosh, thinking about those things made me cringe once again. Hope you've been more lucky than me, but if you also have a story to share, please post it in the comments down below. Hopefully some hairdressers would read this post and find out how not to treat their clients lol

With all that said, I still secretly dream about having my hair pampered by the right person - after all, doing your own hair is quite a workout ;) Why why why awesome hairdressers are so rare? I'd love to know heros by their names! :)

August 14, 2013

New hair color: pink highlights

OK guys, I just could not resist my color temptation anymore...and here are the results of my first experiment to color my own hair :) This time I added some pink highlights just on top of my head to see what it would look like... and actually I'm very pleased with my results! :)

Why did I color my hair pink? Well, ever since I saw Gwen Stefani in "Simple Kind of Life" I've been mildly obsessed with pink hair... But then the trend was gone... and now it's back! ;)
 So I really felt like trying it out before it's gone again lol 

Another somewhat practical reason is that in the near future I also plan to start highlighting my hair on my own since I had enough of having it done by other people. Every hairdresser I met so far has their own way of doing highlights which is never the way I want them to be: they are either too thin or too thick, too many or too few. Sometimes they also pull them through my previously highlighted hair and this just ruins it. So I decided to learn how to do it by myself! :) 

Since bleach used for highlighting can cause unfixable damage and you cannot really undo your highlights once they are done, I decided to practice with semi-permanent toners... 
And pink one sounded like a perfect one! ;) 

This time I played around only with my top layers and left quite a gap near the roots to make sure I wouldn't have any spots (I didn't - yay! - so next time I'll do it even better!). But soon I'll be adding color to my bottom layers as well so that I could also put my hair up. 

In the video below on quick messy curls with a flat iron you can see what my hair looks like curled.

And what about you guys? Have you ever tried any crazy hair color? 
And what color would you like to try? 


August 10, 2013

Vacation hairstyles for medium to long hair: week in Portugal

Hey guys! Hope you're all enjoying summer time :)

I recently got back from a wonderful 1 week vacation in Porto - one of my favorites cities in Europe. I've already been there several times and will be definitely coming back :) It's just too beautiful and has everything that I love - river, ocean, beach, hills, stunning architecture, amazing food (especially bread! yumm...) and friendly people.

I went there with my boyfriend and the first 3 days we spent in the Yeatman hotel overlooking breathtaking sights of Porto. It was so beautiful that most of the time we spent chilling out on the terrace enjoying sun, food and drinks. After busy life in Paris, it's such a bliss to relax and just do nothing :)

Day 1: Rolled half up half down hairstyle with curls 

Everything felt really special, so I went for an elegant hairstyle that I finally had an occasion to wear :) No one likes spending hours to do their hair, especially on vacation. And I'm not an exception :) So I just attached my hair extensions (to get an effect of lowlights, I used two sets of extensions in different colors like I've shown in this tutorial) and quickly curled the ends with a flat iron. Then I just rolled my top layers upward like I've shown in this video. Didn't take me more than 10 minutes! Another 10 minutes for makeup, and I was ready to take loads of photos on the terrace :)

Then we went for a walk around the beautifully decorated hotel and found...the biggest cork in the world :) Now that's when I feel like Thumbelina!

This huge chair also made me feel like a tiny fairy :) I wish there were more chairs that size around so that tall girls like myself could also feel small and fragile sometimes haha

Day 2: Knotted half up half down hairstyle with curls

For the second day I decided to go for a romantic look with a trendy messy touch to it. Just as before, I wanted something quick and easy to do, so that I would't have to steal much time from my beautiful vacation. So I grabbed my flat iron, added some more curls and then used the technique from this tutorial.

And of course, I had to take some more photos :)

We had a dinner on the terrace of our suite, and even though it was really warm, I couldn't resist the temptation to light a fireplace that we had in our sitting room :) I just looooove fireplaces, so whenever I find one, I just have to see it in action :) 

Day 3: Upside down french braid with a messy bun 

Even though I'm not a big fan of pools and generally prefer real sea/ocean water, I just could not miss the opportunity to go for a swim in the Yeatman's pool with such a fantastic view. The water was freezing, but it was still worth it :) I thought an upside down french braid from this tutorial will do a better job taming my shortest hair than any normal bun, and it did!
As I said, the water was really freezing, so a flock of seagulls came to cheer me on :)

In the afternoon I decided to spice up my hairstyle adding some twists to the front.

We went for a walk by the Atlantic ocean at Foz do Douro and watched one of the most beautiful sunsets ever.

Day 4 - Dutch braided updo 

Finally I decided to go to the beach and get some sun (covered with a sunscreen head to toes...for some reason, as long as I use it, I do not get *any* tan... did any of you ever succeeded to get a tan while wearing a sunscreen? :/ )

To keep my hair away from my face and neck, I've chosen a stylish dutch braided updo from this video. Check out this post for more ideas on hairstyles for the beach.

Day 5: Cute hair bow updo

Thinking about what hairstyle to wear, I realized it's been a while since I wore a cute hair bow from this tutorial - a perfect hairstyle for the second day hair.

Day 6: Elegant rolled bun

It was just another very hot day, so keeping my hair up seemed like the best option. As usual, I did not feel like spending much time on my hair, so I went for an elegant rolled bun from this video. It creates an awesome illusion of thickness even in hair as thin as mine.

Day 7:  Unique side swept braid

By the end of the week I started to miss my extensions lol I was in a mood for a side swept braid and picked the one from this tutorial. I love the eye catching combo of a regular braid with twisted elements.

And how about you? Where did you go or plan to go this summer? And what hairstyles do you like to wear most on vacation? Let me know in the comments down below! :)


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