Do you hear that? Um, I think it’s coming from my hair!
Marge came over today to help me brainstorm Halloween costumes and dish about the World Series (we both think the Giants will win in 6).
I’m still not sure what I’m going to do/wear to the Monster Bash tomorrow night, but if worse comes to worst, I could always wear some go-go boots with a mini-skirt and build a big Marge-inspired beehive.
What do ya think? This was my first one ever, and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Hair’s how to get this obnoxiously high hairdo (mine measured 8 inches from my crown to the tip of the hive, yikes!) in four easy steps.
What you’ll need:
- A lightweight volumizing mousse like Got2B Fat-Tastic Hair Thickening Plumping Mousse
- A hairdryer, the lighter the better, because you may be holding it for a while (I like the T3 Featherweight and Rusk W8LESS)
- A comb or brush
- A maximum hold hair spray like Big Sexy Hair Spritz & Stay
- A stocking, preferably one the same color as your hair
- Something to fill the stocking with, like fabric batting, packing peanuts or air-filled packing cushions
- HELLA bobby pins
Countdown to big hair in 3…2…1!
1. Mousse and Squirrel
I started by spritzing some water into my hair to dampen it, and then worked Got2B Fat-Tastic Mousse thoroughly through from mid-shaft to the ends, scrunching with my hands to start building up the volume. At this stage since my hair was only a little damp, I allowed it to air dry while I did my makeup, but you could also use a dryer to accelerate the process.
2. I Root for Volume!
For hair to stand on end, it needs MAJAH volume. Starting at the base of my neck and working my way up toward the top of my head, I sprayed, dried, and teased my hair section by section. I’d take a small section and spritz the roots with hair spray, then pull the section up toward the ceiling while drying the roots with the hair dryer. After that I’d tease the section downward with a brush from mid-shaft to the roots for a lifted, ratty effect. By the end of this stage your hair should look like a cross between C.C. DeVille’s hair from Poison and Robert Smith’s from The Cure.
3. How to Build a Better Beehive
Constructing the actual hive is easy if you build it around a frame (like a papier mache egg). I used a dark brown stocking stuffed with several small air-filled packaging cushions.
I stuffed the stocking until it looked about the right size for the length of my hair and tied a knot at the end. Then, I stood the stocking/egg on top of my head, securing the knotted end to the hair with about a million bobby pins (okay, more like 15).
NOTE: I went with packing pillows because they were lightweight, flexible and I had some around the house, but in retrospect packing peanuts might have been easier to use because I came very close to popping them with the bobby pins a few times.
4. Time to Wrap It Up
Starting at the sides with small, 1-inch sections of hair, I used pins to hold them in place while I sprayed each section with hair spray and blow dried (blew dried?). After the sides, I moved on to the back, finished with the front. When I got to the pieces that would make up the outer surface of the hive, I carefully smoothed the hair down with my fingers while I spritzed it with hair spray for a smooth, sleek shape.
At the end of construction…
The little barrette’s like my flair. How T.G.I. Fridays, ha!
NOTE: Even if you use a ton of hair spray (I must have used at least a quarter of my bottle), big beehives may not be sturdy, so you might want to refrain from base jumping, headbanging or rolling in your 5.0 with your ragtop down (so your hair can blow).
The next time you build a beehive, please send a pic!
Products mentioned in this post
- Big Sexy Hair Spritz & Stay Handles Snooki Poofs with Ease
- Bespoke Labs T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer
- H8 the Box, Like the Rusk: The Rusk W8LESS Hair Dryer/Iron Combo Kit
Looking back at bygone Halloweens…
- Addicted to Love and Makeup: A Halloween Look
- Face of the Day (FOTD) and Just for Fun: My Halloween Costume – Amy Winehouse
- BOO! My MAC Smokey Eyes for Halloween
- MAC Smokey Eye Tutorial: Halloween Flashback
- Urban Decay Halloween Eyes, Rated PG (Purple and Gold)
- YOU MUST CHOOSE: The Halloween Edition
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict (reporting live from Springfield),