Everybody has their style icons that they look up to for fashion, hair, or just overall swagger tips, and I'm no exception. Being a blonde that also loves mod style, thick lashes, and a nude lip, it's no surprise that the bombshell Brigitte Bardot is at the top of my muse list. Since both time travel and body switching are still new sciences that haven't been perfected yet, I'll have to settle for the occasional nod in her direction with a few clothing details or hairstyle choices. One of Brigitte's greatest attributes is that she can style so many "easy going" traits into a classic and sexy look. I love how she makes even a simple headband seem like a glamorous choice, and it's one of her looks that I like to recreate the most. Here's how you can do it too!
-medium hold hair spray (I like this one)
–Bumpits in your hair color (I use the medium size)
-black cloth headband (almost every store that sells a hairbrush will also sell these)
-curling iron or hair straightener
First you'll want to put your headband on over your head, but keep it around your neck until it's time to pull it into place. Lightly hairspray and tease the bottom half of your hair to the roots at the very back of the top of your head (this is where the Bumpit will sit). Place the Bumpit on top of your teased roots and wiggle it into place. The Bumpit has little teeth that will grab onto your hair, so wiggling it will help the teeth grab hold. Once the Bumpit feels secure, continue to hairspray and tease the rest of the hair in front of the Bumpit in small 2" sections. Pull your headband up into place and smooth out the top layer of your teased hair. Spray the top of your hair in place. Use a large barrel curling iron or a straightener to create some curls on the bottom half of your hair. Repeat with another light misting of hairspray or use some spray wax to add some texture to the ends.
I use the Bumpit because my hair doesn't hold volume very well and it helps me keep that shape for the duration of the hairdo, but if you don't have a problem with volume, you may not even need to use it. If you normally part your hair in the middle like I do, I would also suggest blow drying your hair straight back after you wash it so it won't fall back into a middle part once you put it in the headband.
Aren't those chair photos so cool? We did a throwback pose to recreate a classic Bardot snap. Don't feel like you have to brush all the visible teased parts completely flat either. Leaving a bit of that texture is what helps give your hair that bedhead look you're going for. This is a pretty quick look to achieve as far as hair tutorials go, and you could skip the curl part or put your hair in a ponytail for a different variation. Hope you decide to add a little Bardot to your day, you won't regret it! xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Janae Hardy Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.