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Kristin and I often joke about our hair washing schedules, but let’s be honest… we’re only semi-joking. Of course, this makes me extra thankful for easy and chic hairstyles that can be done on second (or third!) day hair. So, if you’re in need of a fun Valentine’s Day style that’s quick and stylish, I have something just for you. And, of course, we put a bow on it!

Big SW hugs to Brooke of Colorbox Photographers for these fun photos.

To start, tease all over the crown of your head, focusing on the center. (If you need a little teasing refresher course, take a peek at this post!) After I have sufficient height, I spray it all over with a workable hairspray and smooth out my part/swoop with a comb.

Then, using a good old-fashioned hair tie, I secure all my hair in a low ponytail. I try to keep the shape and body of the tease while wrapping the hair tie as many times as will comfortably fit. Then, I pull ONLY the underneath of the ponytail tighter, while leaving the top layer of hair with volume. Next, I lay my hands flat on my head and gently push the top layer of hair forward to increase the “bump.”

Now for two of my favorite tricks for the perfect Southern pony! First, using the rat tail of the comb, I carefully reshape and pull up any hair that might not be exactly where I want it (check from the front to see if the shape is symmetrical). I also like to pull the back up a bit more to give it a little extra oomph! Second, I lift half of the hair from the ponytail and place an itty bitty clear (or whatever color matches your hair best!) claw clip in the middle. This helps give your ponytail that little bump that just looks extra cute.

And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I added a bright red bow! I actually used leftover Christmas ribbon, but any ribbon will do. Grosgrain is great because of its texture.

There you have it, belles!I’d love to hear if there are any beauty or hair tutorials you’d like to see in the future!

Photos by Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers, shot at Kim Box Studios.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    Growing up in the South, one thing I learned early was the importance of big Southern hair. My mama loves to use the Steel Magnolias quote “just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet” anytime she has her hair professionally done, and I’m with her — there’s just something fabulous about voluminous hair that gives me a little pep in my step! Today, I’m delighted to share the teasing tips and tricks I’ve learned over many years of practice, so if you’re curious about how to tease your hair, this one’s for you! :)

    Big thanks to my friend Brooke of Colorbox Photographers for these fun photos!

    The right products can make or break your hairdo, and these three are my go-to for big hair! After washing my hair, I apply a bit of this mousse to my roots only before blowing dry my hair. Then I spray a liberal amount of this amazing anti-humidly spray ALL over my hair. It’s pricy, but worth it with our Southern humidity!

    After applying the spray, I like to start with velcro rollers. I love these and have two sets, so I can add extra volume since my hair is currently pretty long. I use the larger ones in the front and on the side I part my hair on since the hair is heavier there. I always roll backwards on the top and down on the sides to give it some shape.

    I secure the rollers with large bobby pins and then blast my whole head with warm air from the blowdryer to help ‘set’ the volume. Then, of course, I spray it with hairspray. I’m currently loving this one because it holds but is still pretty flexible!

    I like to leave the rollers in while I do my makeup or go about my business of getting ready to be sure I give them an ample amount of time to work. After removing the rollers, it’s time to start teasing! I like to go back and forth between a teasing brush and a comb, so this combo pack is perfect for me, but you can use any standard fine-toothed comb.

    Starting on the crown of my head, I scoop up my hair (about a temple’s width) and start teasing from the back. Placing the comb about three or four inches from my head, I gently pull down toward my head. I like to do this a few times to really build in the tease.

    Then, I re-section the same piece, remove what I’ve already teased, and tease again. I do this until I reach the last piece, right in front of my face. I only tease that a little, as that will be the last layer that covers the rather fuzzy looking part. Flop the hair back over the pile of teased hair, and slowly and carefully smooth out the top layer. The key is finding the right balance between combing out all the teasing you’ve done, and creating a smooth top layer. Once I have done this down the center of my hair, I go back and do the same steps on the sides, just a bit less aggressively.

    After I’m happy with the volume I’ve created, I fluff it with my fingers and cover any parts where the teasing is showing. This is where the brush comes in handy, too — it’s great for carefully smoothing over any rugged areas. Then the last step: a heap of hair spray!

    And that’s it, friends! I’d love to hear if there are any tutorials you’d like to see in the future!

    Photos by Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers. Shot at Kim Box Studios.

    marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    1. avatar Natalie reply

      I love this! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try! You are the cutest! :)

    2. avatar Janna reply

      Oh my stars! This is the best! Perfect for some New Years Eve hair!

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    Please tell me y’all are having as much hair-envy from these photos as I am! The elusive “Southern Bump” is my favorite hair do ever, after all. Not familiar with the SB? Why, it’s the style with the perfect amount of sweet and classic mixed with just the right amount of pouf (to make it sassy!). When I got married, of course, I asked my hair dresser for the Bump, and to make me look like a vintage Bridget Bardot and not like Marge Simpson. And yes, it is a very fine line!

    Credits, from top to bottom: clip from Tessa Kim, photo by Harwell Photography, unknown, Jasmine Star via Style Me Pretty, Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings

    Achieving the perfect Southern Bump does not happen by chance – oh no. It takes practice and the right tools! On your wedding day, I would advise leaving it to the professionals, and bringing in lots of photos the show what you want. Also, be sure your hair is longer than you think you’ll need, because the teasing needed to get that perfect bump will eat up the length of your hair quickly.

    If you’re brave enough to try the bump at home, I suggest investing in the right products. I am a HUGE fan of Big Sexy Hair’s What a Tease – this stuff really works. You flip over the dry hair you want to pouf, and spray this super sticky hairspray-like concoction on the underside. Let it dry, then flip the hair back over. Viola! Instant backcombing without the damage. If you want more bump or hold, I suggest teasing before spraying in the What a Tease. Also in the big hair arsenal? A teasing comb and good dry shampoo.

    Credits, from top to bottom: Heather Kincaid, Crystal Genes via Southern Weddings, Justin & Mary, and The Youngrens via SMP

    Once last tip that one of our dear readers shared with me: if you have fine hair, using big ol’ hot rollers instead of a curling iron helps create the initial volume needed for just the right amount of pouf.

    Have you got the Southern Bump down to an art? Share your secrets with us in the comment section below! Please! I am always looking to learn how to better work this hair!

    P.S. If you’re looking for a how to video for teasing, hop over to Katie’s blog (that I’m obsessed with) here for a quick tutorial! Happy teasin’, y’all!

    Harwell Photography and Adam Barnes are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

    marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    1. avatar Madi reply

      Just loving this post today, Marissa! “The bigger the hair, the closer to God!” ;)
      I’m a big fan of Bed Head by TIGI’s Masterpiece hairspray. It’s what my Southern Belle of a hairstylist has used on me since I was a young one and I still use it daily! And you are right, a teasing comb is a must!

      • avatar Marissa reply

        Ooh, I’ll have to try that hairspray! I’m a huge product junkie, so I’m always up for trying new ones, and that one sounds right up my alley! Thanks, Madi! xx

      • avatar Andrea reply

        Marissa: Do you know where I can get this dress? I have been scouring the internet! I need it!

      • avatar Marissa reply

        Hey Andrea! I’m sending you an email now – I’d be happy to help you track down the dress! xx, MAK

    2. avatar Tim Duncan reply

      What a cute post! :)

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