DIY: Milkmaid braid

It’s an exciting day on the fourth floor – the launch of our first-ever video! Starring the lovely Andie and Natalie, they’ll take you through each step of creating an easy milkmaid braid.

What should our next video be about? Tweet us @rockitpromo or comment below to let us know.


Fave 5: Spots for your locks

With an office of 10 girls, the topic of where to get your hair done tends to come up… a lot. From blow outs to colour maintenance, we all have our preferred salons and stylists that we are fiercely loyal to. Today we’re letting you in on our top five favourite spots to get our hair did. 

Best blow out 
For a quick and easy blow out, we’ve recently discovered Kristin at Doll Bar (thanks for the tip, Sweetspot)!  She is a professionally trained hair stylist (unlike some other blow dry salons) and you’re out the door in 30 minutes – which is almost unheard of in the land of blow outs.   

On Twitter:  @dollbarinc

Best hair cut 
For a cut, Barberella in Little Italy takes the title. Why? Because Tara Leigh, co-owner and stylist, is amazing at making really current, of-the-moment hair suggestions without compromising your personal style. She injects enough creativity into every cut that it’s always slightly different from what everyone else has. And, if you let her, she’ll push you to expand your boundaries and look outside your comfort zone.

On Twitter: @roxton

Best colour 
The fourth floor fave for hair colouring is Brennen Demelo Studio. We’ve had our locks tinted by Matthew and Justin, but their whole team is experienced and produce the most perfect hues. Their studio is centrally located in a loft on Adelaide and is a great place to relax and catch up on international fashion mags.  

On Twitter: @Bd_haircare

Best treatment 

When our hair starts feeling a little, let’s say ‘under the weather’ (read: crispy), we head for some hair TLC at W Lifestyle on Queen St. W. Their conditioning treatment leaves our hair feeling healthy and refreshed.  

Best updo

For a fancier affair or a night out on the town, we’ll visit Viv at ritual. She’s got mad updo skills and can do sleek or funky, whatever you’re looking for. Best of all, she teaches us along the way, so we can recreate the look ourselves in a pinch. 
On Twitter: @ritual2

Speaking of self-hair styling, we also have our own resident updo haristylist On The Fourth Floor. If you’re looking to save some $$, you can always follow her step-by-step Ballerina bun tutorial.

DIY: The Fishtail Braid

The braid is back. It’s been spotted on the red carpet during the SAG awards, and hailed as one of spring’s major hair trends by one of our fave beauty blogs, we’re working on perfecting one of most stylish and simple looks – the fishtail braid. It looks tricky, and can take a few tries to get it right, but the beauty of this style is that it looks best a bit undone – meaning you can wear it from the office, to yoga and to drinks after without having to touch a strand. 

Time needed: Ten minutes

Dry shampoo 
Hair elastic
Hair spray
Bobby pin

Step 1: Cleanse. 

Start with hair that hasn’t been washed in a day or more and give ‘er a good spray with your fave brand of dry shampoo for texture. We’re currently obsessed with Cake’s Satin Sugar Hair & Body Refreshing Powder. Not only does it smell amazing, it’s available for darker hues, too. Purchase on Dealuxe and it comes right to your door.
Step 2: Divide.
Part your hair into two large sections, straight down the middle.

Step 3: Cross-over. 
Here’s where it gets a tad tricky – Take a thin strand of hair from the outside of the right section and cross it over to the inside of the left section. In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the right section and finishes under the left.

Step 4: Repeat. 
Repeat on the other side.Take a strand from outside the left section over to inside the right section.

Step 4.5: …and repeat some more
Depending on the size of your strands and the thickness of your locks, this make take a bit of time. Patience is key. 

Step 5: Wrap it up.
Put a hair elastic around the bottom (it also looks great to leave a couple inches at the bottom) and take a strand of hair to wrap hair around the elastic. Keep it wrapped with a bobby pin, tucked into the elastic vertically.

Step 6: Spray and Tousle. 

You don’t want your hair to be too picture perfect. A few loose, messy pieces look nice and less high maintenance. Be sure not to make the loose pieces look like 1996 prom hair, though (you know what we’re talking about). 

If you want a video play-by-play, check out this fishtail tutorial by Emily Schman on her blog 

Missed our ballerina bun tutorial? Check it out here.

Fashion-able: The ballerina bun

They were prominent during TIFF, Toronto Fashion Week and often make red carpet appearances. Worn on and off the runway, the ballerina bun is not only great for sprucing up your mane routine, but also for events and upcoming holiday soirees. 

Ever wondered how to turn your locks into a glorious pile of hair atop your head? We’ll teach you our secret, but put away your EZ buns, donuts and socks. 

Time needed: 
5 to10 minutes 
Dry Shampoo
Bobby pins – minimum of 5
Hair elastic
Hair spray
A friend (it’s easier to have someone else do this for you, especially the first time)

Step 1: The Thickening
This look works best on hair that’s a day or two dirty. Don’t be discouraged if you feel your hair is in need of a wash – enter the dry shampoo.  Spray or powder it all over your roots, all around your hairline and give it a good rub. Our fave is Ojon Dry Cleansing Powder, $24.

Step 2: The High Pony
Grab your elastic and make a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Easy enough, right? 

 Step 3: The Tease
Take your hair into five sections and tease it like crazy. Does it look like a hot mess? Good, you’re on the right track. 

Step 4: The Pinning
This is the step that takes a little finesse. The most important piece is the front section. Take the piece and loop it around the front, using the comb to smooth it over where you got a bit wild with the teasing. After you have that pinned down, the rest is simple, just move around your bun pinning the rest into place.

Step 5: The Spray
Spray everywhere and spray a lot – and you’re done! Check out some of the ‘after’ shots below.

Try it out and let us know how it goes.