Half-Up Robin’s Nest: weekend hair

I know the ol’ Pinterest adage is something like “messy hair don’t care (peace emoji)”, but allow me to be slightly transparent. Realize, I’m never not gonna care just a little bit. And out of this vain inability to never not care comes the Half Up Robin’s Nest.


The preamble to my “tutorial”, and therefore this blog post, is that I ask you kindly to not make this your Monday Morning Office Go-To Hair. Like, actually do your hair for work. Alternatively, learn a sleek & quick pony or more polished half-up style for the office if you’re short on time. This is your “Target run, coffee shop, livin’ life while not punching the clock” hair. At least that’s what it is to me, on occasion.


After & Before
Like I’ll mention if you dare to venture on into my highly-profesh, top shelf video, I tend to use the cheap hair products for something like this. Having yet to find a money tree, I don’t waste the good stuff on a Target run.
This is, however, probably my favorite drugstore dry shampoo, even attempting a really good hair day: Dove Refresh + Care Volume. Everyone’s hair takes to product differently, but this is my little $3.99 mask-my-nasty-hair aerosol can of wonder. PSA of the day.
Honorable Mention PSA Products used in video:


And here you go. Enjoy 8 minutes of high studio glamour and wonder why I’m not in television. (Ha, hahaha. Please sense the sarcasm dripping from this sentiment.)

HA! What a beautiful frame. You are so dearly welcome.


Happy Weekend!


How-To Style: side swept/overgrown bangs

Word on the street is:  I got a new haircut. Except the thing is, as with news whose mode of transportation is usually that of streets and vines, this rumor is false. Downright false, I tell you, and I’m here to set the record straight, because I know how much cognitive space my very own head of hair takes up in your waking hours.

I shot a quick – might I reiterate – quick, too-long, semi-chatty video about how I’ve been a-stylin’ my front fringe these days. A little how-to, if you will. And if you won’t, that’s fine, too! I just get questions semi-often when I wear my bangs to the side:  a) is it a new cut? or b) how do I style them?

I’m here to show you, friends, it’s really pretty simple. I’ll say it in the video, but this is a hopefully helpful tool if you’ve forgone a haircut for so long your husband calls you “Cousin It” when your bangs hang low OR you’re in the process of genuinely growing them out.  Mine is the former. Key takeaway: create separation along the part + add bend to make them move in the direction you want them to.

I’m a strong believer in a good haircut, but maybe an even stronger believer in learning how to work with the cut you’re given and figure out what products/techniques give you the ‘do you just can’t quit selfie-ing.

Prepare yourself for the most high-budget film of your life. It is Oscar Season, after all.

Cheap, Deep Conditioner


I am on the constant hunt for the holy grail of hair products:  provides ample moisture, won’t weigh down my super fine strands, affordable (read cheap),  and will completely transform my limp locks into the flowing tresses of Zooey Deschanel.  

3 out of 4, I’ll settle. (Providing that 1 of the 3 reads cheap.)

Let it go on the record I hate Aussie. Those gleaming purple bottles are the worst products wrapped in the best personality –it makes me sad. Their clever and sassy voice actually makes me laugh, but I think their styling products contain the secret ingredient to Spidey String. (Marvel? Anyone?) I always end up with dry hair glued to my scalp.

Thanks to an inexpensive price point, I’ve tried their hairsprays, mousse, ‘sprunch’ spray, shampoo –the gamut. They’ve had their fair chance. I was done. They’re the worst. Everything they make is the worst. Then…

One of my all-time favorite bloggers (Kate at The Small Things Blog) began a similar moisturizing hunt, asking for help through her Instagram. After several follower’s suggestions, she tried this stuff and was raving. I’ve discovered some of my all-time favorite styling products per her blog advice. If it was good enough for Kate, it seemed I would be ending my long-time standoff with Aussie to give it a shot.

Verdict: Boy, did they get this one right.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (miracle is right)

Directions on the bottle:
“Work into clean, wet hair and leave on 3 minutes. Think deep thoughts during this time. Rinse with warm water and then cool water for some shine.”

So, that’s what I did. After a good shampoo, I massaged the conditioning product into all of my hair, thought deep thoughts, and clipped it up while I finished showering -using music as a rough time estimate to measure out 3 minutes. (Like, closer to 2-3 songs worth of time. I may or may not occasionally get carried away pretending to have Ingrid Michaelson’s voice.)

I have super fine hair, actually a bit on the longer side right now (6 months grossly overdue a healthy trim), and I did have some slight tangling issues once I went to comb through. At the same time though, it felt soft and light, and didn’t leave behind that “deep-condition-residue” products sometimes leave behind on a fine head of hair.

At $2.99 a pop from Target, I couldn’t ask for my hair to be more nice-smelling or style-able. I may be hooked.

Looks like you finally got me, Aussie.