How-to Hair - Hair Week


By Molly Freeman

Photo courtesy of Clay Duda.

The invention of the internet gave every person with access the power and means of creating their own blog to talk about whatever they want. Consequently, an abundance of useless information began to infiltrate the internet and an endless amount of pop culture blogs were created online. Now, for every niche there is a community of bloggers. Since this week on BTR we’re celebrating coiffures, fringe, mops, and bobs, let’s talk about the unique world of hair blogs.

Within the blogosphere there are as many different types of hair blogs as there are hair. Some bloggers pass on their love of hair through tips and style ideas, while others double as hairdressers who might be passing on wisdom or keeping up their blog to promote their shop. Meanwhile, other bloggers are on a quest for natural and healthy hair, and even more profess their love for unnatural hair (such as wigs.) There is even a niche for the elusive men’s hair blog, although those blogs might take some digging to find. The one thing all these blogs have in common is their love for the furry stuff that typically sprouts from our heads.

If you’re just dipping your toe in the lake of blogs about hair, let’s get you started with one that’s good for everyone. The Beauty Department is a make up and hair blog run by Lauren Conrad (remember her from Laguna Beach and The Hills?), Kristin Ess and Amy Nadine. The hair section of the site features cool tutorials about how to trim your bangs at home, how to pack for vacationing in a humid environment, and talks about different hair cuts that look good on different face shapes. The blog also occasionally posted DIY hair accessory tutorials. It’s a great site for all kinds of ladies who need some tips on their tresses.

Another good introductory blog is Hairdresser On Fire, run by a hairstylist in New York City who knows her stuff. Since she’s a stylist, she can provide a bit of insider information that maybe your own stylist is holding back from you. She’s recently posted about the best detangling brush she’s found and some tutorials for hairstyles to wear while working out. Her tutorials are in video form, unlike The Beauty Department’s tutorials, which makes them easier to follow. It’s a great blog with a lot of personality, a good jumping off point for getting into hair blogs.

If you’re not really into the typical hair thing (because a bob and bangs can be SO boring), there are plenty of alternative hair blogs out there. Rockalily is an alternative hair salon in East London that specializes in retro, vintage and Rockabilly hair. Rockalily’s owner, ReeRee Rockette, runs the salon’s blog and posts more than just hair tips. The tagline for her blog says “Sharing thoughts about alternative fashion, business, self esteem, hair & beauty, feminism, rockabilly, vintage and more!” Recently, she’s written about a range of topics from events that the salon holds (like retro hair sessions,) to the Women of the World Festival 2013. While this blog caters specifically to people who are interested in Rockabilly fashion and music, it might open your eyes to something new. Plus, what’s not to love about a lady with blue hair and tattoos?

Now, if you’re wondering whether all hair bloggers are white girls, let me put your minds at ease: there is a huge community online for ladies of color who are interested in healthy hair. Women who are striving for more natural and healthy hair —no perms or other chemicals— should look into blogs like CurlyNikki and The Good Hair Blog. These blogs write posts about natural hair products, goals for their tresses, and hair inspiration. There is also a very helpful forum with over 1,000 members in the community. CurlyNikki has gotten a lot of hype for her book Better Than Good Hair and she offers natural hair consultations for her readers. Although CurlyNikki has an established following, she doesn’t make all her content inclusive and helps promote other blogs; Nikki recently posted a DIY natural hair cream created by Good Hair Blog. These are two good blogs to check out for information about natural hair as well as community support.

There’s another type of hair community in the blogosphere, perhaps for those in more need of support, catering to people who have trouble with hair loss. Whether they have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy or the disease alopecia, there are blogs on the internet to offer support and insight into the world of wigs. Diary of a Self-Confessed Wig Addict is a blog written by Emma Hirst, who also founded Aspire Hair, a site that offers consultations and a slew of wigs to purchase for those who suffer from hair loss. About Emma, who suffers from alopecia, the Aspire Hair site says: “Fed up with the lack of information, support and options available to her at traditional wig stores, Emma decided to set up Aspire Hair with the vision of providing her clients with the best service she could possibly give.” Both her site and her blog are dedicated to helping those with hair loss cope with their condition.

If you’re wondering whether the only blogs online are geared toward women, that is not so! Cool Men’s Hair and The Rebel Rouser are two particular blogs written by men for men with a passion for tamed tresses. Cool Men’s Hair is much like a typical women’s hair blog, but is focused on products and styles for men. Although, a recent post about how to get the smell of cigarette smoke out of your hair without showering could certainly appeal to anyone. The Rebel Rouser is written by a barber who is very much into the Rockabilly style. He posts reviews of hair products, pictures of cuts he’s done, and even a pompadour how-to video. While it might be difficult to find men’s hair blogs online, they are out there, even for alternative hairstyles.

Should you want to continue on in your own search for more hair blogs, the best place to start is Google. Make sure to tailor your search to what you’re interested in. Find a blog you like then find out what other blogs that person follows or reads. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find a blog you particularly love. Or maybe you should start your own blog (seriously, anyone can do it.) If you want to get into the racket, Tumblr might be a good place to start because it has a built in community. Besides, the blogosphere is welcome and inviting to more people posting ideas, tips, tutorials, and building a community to celebrate the cylindrical follicles sprouting from our heads.