Thursday, July 28, 2011

Confessions of a Beauty School Dropout

My only claim to fame in high school is that my senior year I got voted "Best Hair". Somehow that year the "Senior Personalities" didn't make it to the year book so you are just going to have to take my word for it. ;)
Growing up with 2 younger sisters, I developed a passion for styling hair. I taught my self to french braid when I was in elementary school and I was constantly begging my sisters to let me practice on their hair. I started doing updo's for friends and neighbors for school dances and took every opportunity I got to style someone's hair. When I got to high school it just made sense for me to go to beauty school. I went part time for 2 years while I was a junior and senior in high school. 
Now for the confession... I am a beauty school drop out.

I know you all just started singing "Beauty School Drop Out" from the movie Grease in your head now- sorry.. ha ha ;) but- that's pretty much me, except that I did graduated from high school so I guess it's not all bad. I dropped out because I wanted to become a dental assistant. I had plans of going back and finishing beauty school later in life and just never have. People ask me if I ever will and honestly I can't say yes. It taught me a lot and I had a lot of fun with the girls at school, but I don't think doing hair professionally is for everyone. I love doing hair, but somehow when I was training and gearing up to do it as a job it started to loose it's appeal. 

I try to finish all the things I start in life. So obviously the fact that I never finished beauty school goes against the grain on that one, but I guess I justify it because I at least learned a skill that I can apply in my life and the lives of my family. (I cut my husbands and my kids hair and have saved our family hundreds of dollars over the years because of it.)

There have been ups and downs as far as my hair styles go over the past 7 years since dropping out of beauty school... And I would have to say right now is kind of a down time for my hair. For those of you that are moms can probably understand why- when you have kids, sometimes styling your hair and taking care of yourself are the last things that get done! So most days you can find me with my hair in a pony tail.
I have 2 friends , Mallory and Meryn, that just happen to be sisters (not mine) that do hair blogs. They have inspired me to step it up a little as far as hair goes. They are each doing a challenge of wearing their hair different everyday for 30 days and they are blogging about it. Check them out. They are amazing!

I've decided that I have about 5 hairstyles that are my "go to" hairstyles... And I do them each in about 10 minutes or less. Each of us can take 10 minutes a day for ourselves right? 

The first thing you need to know is that these days I am all about easy. So I let my hair air dry pretty much everyday except Sunday since I have church at 9:00am. Some would probably call it laziness, which in reality it probably is, but I like to call it taking care of my hair... Ok who I am kidding here- I am just lazy! I wash my hair either the night before and sleep on it wet (sometimes not a pretty sight when I get up in the morning) or I spend half my day letting my hair air dry while I take care of the kiddos or do things around the house. After it is all dry then I tackle it. With that said- here are my 5 ten minute hairdo's. 

1. The frizzy curl
To do this style I use a 1/2 inch curling iron and I wrap my hair around the outside the barrel and hold it there until it's ready and then unwrap it. It takes only ten minutes because I only do the top layer of my hair. The underneath is just crazy hair that dried on it's own while I slept. Sometimes you just gotta embrace the crazy, right? After I do the top layer of curls I rake my hand through it to get the frizz. and voila you have frizzy curls! These last for days in my hair and I think it looks even better after I sleep on it a time or two because the curls get looser. I can get 2 maybe 3 days out of this hair before I wash it out... If you take the time to style your hair and it looks fine the next day just roll with it! 

2. Little Bit of Body Curl


When I let my hair air dry it gets a lot of body. It is wavy and has parts that are weird curliness and other parts that dry straight. So for this hair style I pretty much just go with what my hair is doing that day and throw in a handful of curls using my flat iron to make it look like I styled it. 

3. Tip it under

Sometimes it's nice to just have your hair flat ironed and not really do more than that- I just tip my flat iron as a go to slightly curl it under but not too much. This is one of my favorites because it's just soft and sleek and I can tuck it behind an ear and go. If you want it to look a little more finished you can back comb it a little to make it fuller and get more of a "styled" look.
P.S. That is my super duper hottie of a husband in the picture with me:)

4. Diffuse it

I mentioned that my hair is kinda funky- some of it is a little curly and other parts are stick straight. So when I want a 5 minute hairdo I put some gel or mousse in it and put my diffuser on my blow dryer and flip my head down and dry it using my hand and diffuser to scrunch my hair as it dries. Sometimes it turns out curly enough to just wear it down and if it turned out kinda weird I just throw it in a pony tail and it looks like I put a little more effort into my hair than just putting it in a pony.

Now for the hairdo my hair is sporting most these days... Drumroll please....


5. The Lazy Hair

With the heat of the summer and all the play dates at the park I do with my kids, this is how my hair looks most days. Pretty isn't it?? JUST KIDDING! This hairdo takes approximately 1.2 minutes depending on how many kiddos are hanging on my leg. I braid the front part to keep the shorter pieces out of my face and also for my peace of mind that I didn't just pull it all into a ponytail without putting any effort in- But who am I kidding?? ha ha It's just plain lazy hair...  but with the help of my friends blogs, I am freshly motivated and inspired to put a little more effort into my hair these days. Who knows- I might go crazy and go a week without a ponytail. :)

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22 comments:

  1. This is great! There is no shame in dropping out of beauty school. You got what you wanted out of it, so, no worries. I love this post. Moms need to feel pretty too. Your explanation for the styles was great. I see why you were voted best hair.... FYI I was voted biggest cluts :)

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  2. I always think your hair is totally cute, even on your "lazy days". Today I am using you as inspiration, and did the little braid on the side with the pony tail :)

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  3. Umm..so you are so flippen' cute. :) I need you to help me learn how to french braid. I am pretty good at the curling stuff- but not so much the braiding. :) You look darling in all these pics.

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  4. great post, we have similar hair...funky with the curly/wavy/straight. this post was perfect for me and gave me some great ideas to look more put together without having to put much effort into it! Thanks!

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  5. No matter how ya sport it.....you're my darling girl!!! I love you!

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  6. I love this! You have so many cute hairstyles. You always look so cute!

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  7. Ashley you are such a cute girl. I think your hair always looks good, even in a ponytail!!! Your great, thanks for the shout out!!

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  8. I have my hair in the "lazy way" hairstyle! LOL! I know, it takes like 3 minutes to do! LOVE IT! I also went to beauty school too!I finished and actually did hair until 4 years ago! I got so burned out, but I agree totally agree that you save lots of money!

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  9. I like all of your cute hairstyles. My hair is stick straight so it usually just ends up in a ponytail.

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  10. I seriously remember your hair our senior year. You cut it in a way cute bob and I was so jealous. You have awesome hair!

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  11. I would love to have your curls/waves! Anything but my straight as an arrow hair. Stopping by from 504 main.

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  12. My Friend Ashley!! YOU ARE AMAZING AT HAIR....you were truly my inspiration for Hair....I always wanted to be as talented at YOU ARE!!!! MISS YOU!

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  13. GREAT ideas!!! I use almost the exact same styles on my wavy-ish hair (I think my hair must be a lot like yours.) My hair is shorter, though.

    What products do you use? I struggle with that.

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  14. I loved looking at all these pictures for ideas! I like to let my hair air dry too! Blow-drying is so hot during the summer! I am excited to try some of these out!

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  15. Yup' hairdo #5 is my standard summer hair. Curls on Sunday, which get me to wednesday. My hair hasn't seen the blow dryer in weeks:)

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  16. We have the same hair type:) I have straight hair on the side and really curly hair towards the back of my head. Before my baby I would spend at least 20 minutes on my hair, now I'm lucky to have washed by 1:00:) I like the pony with braid, it is cute!

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  17. I love this post! I am so guilty of never doing anything different with my hair. It's either straight, in a ponytail, or curled.

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  18. Your sassy A-line our senior year of highschool totally inspired me to do the same cut my first year of college!

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  19. Great hair. I usually wear mine in a pony tail but it is so boring. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your hair tutorials. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  20. Oh, those hair styles are nice. They look good on you. Anyway, there's no shame in dropping out. Beauty school can be an interesting experience, but there's no fun in it if you can't be passionate about it. At the very least, you learned some useful stuff while you were studying there, right?

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  21. Hi Ashley, my names Andrea. I'm currently in beauty school, well not currently actually, as I had to drop out to get surgery and then will have to re enroll. With all my time off I keep wondering if I really want to go back. I went to college for a year studying fashion and left because I didn't feel it was for me.. But I sort of jumped the gun and decided to move home and start beauty school only 6 weeks after finishing that year of college. I miss it and a lot of things about it, but I am almost half way through with beauty school, and hate to have done that all for nothing, wasting time and money. I really know in my heart I want to go back to college and the college town and atmosphere, but am worried I will regret leaving beauty school like I regret leaving college. Since I feel I am in a similar position as you were, I was just hoping you would have some advice for me, anything at all. Thank you!!
    Angie91492@msn.com

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  22. I just found your blog, and read your post about your lazy hair days. It was super true for me because that's how I do my hair! My go to styles are just like yours :)

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xoxo, Ashley