7 Days of Beach Waves

Since our beach vacation is only a little bit more than a month away, I thought it’d be fun to continue with a few posts related to traveling.  That includes last week’s packing checklist, today’s 7 days of beach waves & a roundup of all things baby next week! I always like posts like this so I can find out how other families make it all happen.. because traveling with children is essentially a circus act.

 One of my biggest issues during trips to the beach, or really anywhere, is my hair.  I find that it always ends up an afterthought & I feel like I end up looking frumpy in pictures.. This time, I’m determined to make it a priority without sacrificing a whole lot of time each day to “do it”.  To accomplish that, I’ve come up with this game plan.  Of course, it’s not perfect & I doubt I’ll follow it to a T, but at least it’s a starting point.  The beach wave trend in hair going on right now definitely helps my case, but I’m shooting for a little more variety. Here’s what I’m thinking..


(Airport) We don’t fly in until 7:00pm, but to make the next few days easier, I’ll start the trip with freshly washed hair and a loose style with some product already in. I’ll probably go with the 901 wave I mentioned a couple weeks ago.


 This will be our first full day, so we’ll be anxious to eat a quick breakfast and head to the beach.. I’m hoping to rely on the previous day’s leftover style to make it through the day.  For nighttime, I’ll throw in a loose twisted crown braid.


Now I’ll be on 2 day hair + a beach day, so I’ll have some texture to work with.  I’ll shoot for a half-up top knot & hopefully it will last for the whole day. If it’s windy or I want my hair off my neck, I’ll do an inverted braid underneath and pull it all up.


I’ll definitely need to wash my hair by today, but I don’t want to waste our precious time by the ocean washing, drying & styling..my solution is to wash it first thing in the morning then add some texturizing spray and a braid in front then let the rest air dry.  For the evening, I’ll take out the braid, throw in a few quick waves with the iron and be ready to go.

I have yet to plan a style with a hat yet, so I’m thinking this lace-braided updo at the nape of my neck would look so cute peeking out from under the hat.


As long as it was able to hold up through the elements in the previous day, I’ll do another half-up top knot on this day, but add in a tiny braid that can hang on the side for a little extra flair.


We don’t leave until the afternoon, so depending on how much time I have, I’ll either wash it once more to go home with clean hair or do a braid up front with a low pony and call it a day.



I also started a beach hair board on Pinterest to have at the ready because I always like to have back up options.. and in case you were wondering, the only tools/products I’ll be taking with me are: my trusty wet brush (just act like you can’t see the hair in it), a curling iron, bobbi pins, a hair tie, hairspray, dry shampoo & my favorite texturizing spray-hair shake.

Here’s to a vacation spent viewing the ocean & my two main men.. not myself in the mirror! 


The Lob Dilemma

   lob dilemma

I like my hair both short and long for different reasons.  You can relate to that, yes? I loved my long hair because I could style it so many different ways with braids and updos and even pretty ponytails *side note: my hair is fine, but I have A TON of it.*  But I love my short hair because #1 there’s less of it, I can style it fairly quick, and it’s never too hot on my neck or all over Danny’s face in bed haha. Before our wedding, I grew my hair out so that I had enough for the style I wanted, but literally the week after our honeymoon I chopped it all off.. well, my sister did. She is my stylist, so I have unlimited and easy access to someone that can get the job done right–no matter what I throw at her.  When she originally cut it I loved it, but going from having extremely long hair to not even long enough for a pony was a bit of a shock.  

So I grew it out for a few months to be the ever-popular lob.  Which I loved.. not too long and not too short! But the only problem I had with it is that my hair grows too fast to enjoy the cut for an entire 6 weeks.  I’d only have a couple weeks at the length I really liked and then it’d get thrown up in a pony almost every day until my next appointment. I went into the salon last week and told my sister exactly what I just described.  I loved the cut she’d give me, until two weeks down the road when it got just a little longer.  We came up with this solution..since I didn’t mind going a little shorter to begin with, she gave me a blunt almost bob so that as the weeks pass by, it would slowly grow out into a lob! I know that technically speaking it’s not that simple to achieve, but for my daily purposes it’ll definitely work.  Plus then I’d get the really nice blunt look that I wanted in the beginning.  Let me show you what I mean…

via left right

See how the styles appear to be the same length? They both hit right at the shoulder/collar bone.. but if you look closer, the photo on the right has more of a curl so it appears shorter.  I had been asking for it to be cut like the one on the right and then two weeks later it’d be too long.. so here’s where the left photo comes in.   Right now, my hair is shorter like the one on the left & I style it straight or just with a bend in it.. Once it gets a little longer, I’ll be able to curl it a little more and keep it from feeling too long.  See? The perfect solution!

I’m loving my current style situation and I can’t wait to see our plan come to fruition in the next few weeks.  I’d definitely recommend taking this to your stylist if you’re having the same issue with a lob getting too long too quick.. maybe it’s just me with the prenatal vitamins, but maybe not?