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The Space Buns are a classic ‘90s hair tutorial and this braided Space Bun tutorial has been highly requested.

I’ve put off recording this video for quite some time now and after filming it I remember why! It’s actually much harder than it seems. The braids aren’t that hard, and the buns are easy but being upside down for that length of time is tough.

Honestly I started to feel light headed after a few different attempts of this braid and almost fainted so if you are doing this style, please take care!

I recommend getting a friend to help or doing it in your friend’s hair instead. This way they could possibly lie down on a bed which would make it easier than being upside down the whole time.

Or if you do want to try this on yourself, see if you can get a spotter just to make sure that you’re picking up even sections and your braids are in line.

So if I haven’t talked you out of trying this ‘90s inspired hairstyle, let’s get to my braided Space Buns tutorial.

Braided Space Buns Hair style Tutorial

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What you’ll need:

  • Two hair elastics
  • A comb,
  • And bobby pins

Step-by-step tutorial

  1. Brush your hair before you begin to remove any knots
  2. Create a centre part all the way down your hair and separate your hair into two pigtails.
  3. Turn upside down and brush one of the pigtails all the way down. Brushing the hair forward towards the ground makes it easier to pick up as you’re braiding.
  4. Starting at the nape of your neck pick up a section of hair and split it into three. This is a Dutch braid so we cross the right under the middle then the left under the right and on the third cross pick up some hair to add into the braid.
  5. Continue the Dutch braid adding in hair on every side as you go. Try to keep your braid in line with your part and keep it close to your part for a more even style. Once you’ve braided to the top of your head gather any remaining hair and create a ponytail right on top of your head.
  6. Give yourself time to stretch before going on to the other side!
  7. Now repeat on the other side create a Dutch braid going from the nape of your neck up to the top of head that mirrors the other side.
  8. Now you have both ponytails done you can stand up and we’ll finish the buns. Gently back comb the ponytail twist it around loosely and pin it in place with bobby pins.

Styling tips:

  • Don’t rush this style being upside down for that long is hard work. So make sure you take some time out or breathe in between.
  • Hairspray helps to tame any flyaways and to hold the style in place as well. If your hair is fine, use some texturizing spray and back comb a little more before creating the buns to create more of a thicker style.
  • You can also use small donut padding to create a larger bun.

And here’s another photo of my friend Flo. She had a haircut shortly after we filmed and now looks like a completely different dog!

This cute pupper belongs to our friends here in England and if you watch to the end of the video you’ll see some funny bloopers from her.

I’m really keen to see if you try the style in your hair or if you do it in a friend’s hair. Tag me @Hairromance on Instagram or send me a photo of the style.

Have fun with your hair!

Hair accessories instantly dress up any style and make it look cooler and more stylish. While hair clips are popular at the moment, don’t overlook the simple headband.

Headbands can add an element of sophistication to a style that may look a little plain on its own or that you want to make a little more grown up. They also hold the style easily and can work into an over-all outfit well too.

What I’m wearing

Headband: Morgan and Taylor – they always have a gorgeous range of on-trend hair accessories and hats

Dress: Little Party Dress – my new fave independent dress shop run by a very cool chick.

Sunglasses: Tom Ford from VisionDirect – great value glasses and sunglasses, and check out their new range of frames made from recycled fishing nets

How to wear a headband without feeling like Alice in Wonderland

Headbands can be added to almost any hairstyle, but you don’t want your style to feel silly or twee. Here are some tips for how to make headbands work and have them look even better in your hair.

Leave some hair in front of the band

While I head band can hold your hair, it’s cooler if you have some pieces of hair out to frame your face.

Add a headband as a final touch

Style your hair and then add the headband as the last thing. With curls, a headband can accentuate the style and control sections that feel a bit wayward. In straighter hair, it can give the style more shape, texture and body.

Integrate the headband into your style

Although you can add the headband as a final touch, you can also braid over it or around it to create an integrated style. This makes the headband feel more purposeful and part of the style you’re going for.

Play with textures

Choose a velvet or textured fabric to add more interest to straight hair, and in curly hair satin and silk headbands add shine. Look for fabrics that work with your outfit. However, you don’t have to have a matching headband.

Pattern Clash

Don’t be afraid to clash patterns with your hair accessories. We can keep it simple like mine in black velvet or go crazy with different prints and patterns. Depending on the look you’re going for, a headband with a conflicting colour, pattern or texture can really liven up an outfit.

How do you feel about the new trends for hair accessories? How do you wear your headband?

PS. Wondering how to get these waves? Check out my tutorial below.

Affecting around 50% of women, hair loss is not talked about as often as it should be. Seeing anything from single strands to clumps left in your shower can be distressing and a knock to your confidence – neither of which we need!

But often, loss of hair is perfectly natural and healthy, so here are some answers to questions about hair loss and what amount of hair loss is normal.

Check out my video on hair loss below.

How much hair loss is normal?

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How much hair is normal to lose?

It’s normal to loss between 80-100 hairs per day. In fact, for some people up to 150 strands come out every day, and this is still considered normal.

If you have long hair, remember that a 100 hairs will look like a lot more when they’re wound up and all curled together than if they were flat or straight.

And bear in mind that some detached hairs can get stuck in your style, so when it comes to washing your hair, there will be a lot more hair on the shower floor than you might expect.

If you have straight hair, you’ll lose hairs all day throughout the day. They’ll fall out quite easily too, and so you might not really notice hair loss when you’re washing your hair. For curly girls, because we have a lot of tangles in our hair the loose hairs detach but they can stay in the curl.

And so it’s only once we wash our hair that we notice what looks like a lot of hair loss. Plus if you’re only washing your hair every three or four days, you should expect to see 300-400 hairs coming out in the shower.

I won’t include a photo of how much hair I’ve lost to the shower but you can see it in the video.

When should you be worried about hair loss?

If you’ve noticed a significant increase in hair loss, this is when you should start to pay attention. However, there are lots of things that can cause hair loss and most of them are fixable, so you shouldn’t be too worried.

One of the biggest triggers is stress, so worrying about it is really frustrating because it compounds the problem.

Certain deficiencies like low iron can also cause hair loss and significant weight gain or weight loss can also affect your air growth.

I have a thyroid condition and anytime my thyroid is out of balance, I can definitely tell straight away because I notice it in my hair.

If you’re noticing a significant hair-loss difference, definitely go and see your doctor, and ask for some blood tests to see if you can pinpoint the issue.

Of course, there are conditions that can’t necessarily be treated or cured, like alopecia, which can cause significant hair loss. However, I’ve linked here to a video created by Sustainable Salons that really explains some of the hard-to-ask questions about alopecia and how we can all get involved to help.

If you’re noticing hair loss, the first thing to do is not panic and know that you’re not alone. More than half of women are affected by hair loss, so just start by monitoring the situation and if you see it getting worse, please see your doctor.

I hope this has helped either allay any fears or concerns you’ve been having about this issue or at least I’ve been about to point you in the right direction.

This is part of a series of Q&A stories I’ve published on hair and hair-related issues. You can check out my YouTube series and subscribe to my channel here or catch up with the other stories on the blog here.

And as always, if you have any questions about hair loss, please asked me in the comments.

Here on Hair Romance, I show lots of tips for different products and styling your hair, but there’s a fundamental technique I want to show you. It’s my number one tip for growing a beautiful healthy hair and also for using products like hair oil more effectively.

I’m talking about giving yourself a head massage.

Not only does it encourage blood-flow to your scalp and hair follicles, which stimulates hair growth, it also helps with follicle health, sebaceous oil production and healthier hair. It also feels great and helps you relax and destress – and who doesn’t need that?

How to massage your head and scalp

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Your head is the easiest part of your body for you to massage yourself so there are no excuses. Alternatively, this is something that you can do with a friend or your kids and it’s a great way to connect with your partner.

But whether you’re doing this alone or with someone else, head massages should be a part of your daily hair routine. I like to massage my scalp at the end of the day, so it doubles up as a bit of stress relief too.

Working with oil or without, divide you head roughly into quarters and gently massage each section. You can massage your scalp either with one hand or both. Then finally finish by massaging the base of your neck.

If you’re finding your hair gets tangled as you massage, don’t try and drag your fingers through your hair. You’re likely to cause breakage and knots – and ultimately undo all the relaxing feels from the massage too! Working in small sections in key.

Gently extract your fingers from your hair and go in again fingertips first. Of course, head massages are likely to mess up any styling you have, which is why I like to do this at the end of the day.

Head massages with hair oils

If you are using hair oil, remember you only need a couple of drops for your whole head. One of the most common mistakes people make with products like oils is to use too much. This will make your hair look and feel oily and limp.

I recommend using Darshana hair oil. The important thing to remember is hair oil is more a ‘scalp oil’, and is full of nutrients that are good for your scalp rather than your hair.

So with a couple of drops on the ends of your fingers, massage the oil into your scalp in small circular motions. At the end of each of the four sections of your head, gently run your fingers through the mid-lengths of your hair to distribute some of the oil.

I know we don’t have much free time, but you can even do this while you’re watching TV or as you are settling into bed. Even if you’ve only got a minute to spare, just take as much time as you can.

Start doing this now and let me know if you see and feel a difference. I’d love to hear back at the end of a few weeks to see how your hair is looking.

When it comes to hair treatments hair oils can be quite confusing as products. But if you’ve tried hair oils and they haven’t worked, it might because you’re not using them the right way.

Alternatively, it might be because you haven’t found the right hair oil for you or it’s one that’s not right for your hair’s needs.

To help with this dilemma, I’m answering some questions about when you should use hair oils in your hair routine and what types of oils are best for your hair. I’ll also be exploring oils that are actually oil blends and whether these are okay too.

You can check out my video on hair oils that’s part of my Hair Q&A series, which is all here on my Hair Romance channel.

Click here if you can’t see the video above.

When to use hair oils

Oils can nourish your hair, but remember that oil and water don’t mix, so if you want to moisturise your hair, you need to add water first and then seal it in with oil.

It might seem counterintuitive, but adding water to the treatment is often a step that’s left out and it’s one that makes all the difference to the end result.

The key is to to hydrate your hair first and then capture that with oil.

If you have fine hair, you can still use a hair oil treatment without your hair ending up limp and lank from too much oil.

The trick for fine hair is to do an oil treatment before you shampoo. This way, you won’t have a heavy residue in your hair from the oil, but you’ll still get a beautiful scalp and hair treatment.

Head massages

When you’re giving yourself a head and scalp massage, this is a great time to use hair oils.

You can use any natural oil for this, it just depends on your hair. I find heavier oils like coconut oil are too much and I need to shampoo them out at the end.

I prefer to use light almond oil or jojoba oil, which is light enough to leave in your hair, especially if your hair is dry.

Add some shine

Oils are a great way to add shine to your hair and you only need a couple of drops to do this.

Once you’re happy with the finished style, mix one or two drops of oils in your hands and smooth it over your hair. You cna twist it through your curls to highlight them too.

Less is more when adding oil to dry hair. And note that while hair oil can smooth down some flyaways, too much oil just makes your frizz shiny too.

What if I’ve used too much oil in my hair?

If you have time, it’s probably best to pop in the shower, shampoo your hair and start again.

But if you need a quick fix, here’s what you do:

I recommend using a little dry shampoo or hair powder. Going with a matte powder product will help absorb some of the excess oil in your hair and put some body back into your hair that’s feeling a bit weighed down by the oil.

Then you can quickly restyle and you’re good to go. It may not feel the nicest, but it will look a lot better and get you through an over-oiled bad hair day in minutes.

What about oil blends?

Hair oils had a real moment when Moroccanoil launched their argan oil, and every brand followed them.

Although labelled as an oil, these are oil blends, usually with a base of silicones.

If you follow the Curly Girl Method, these are ones to avoid but if you use shampoo, they’re easily washed out and they can perform very well to smooth and add shine.

I wouldn’t use an oil blend for head massages but for styling they are a great choice.

My fave hair oils & blends

Do you like using oils in your hair? Which oils are your favourite?

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