on St. Patrick’s Day we wear green, + hairspray for dummies

The 4th day of Toronto Fashion Week happened to fall on March 17th, St Patrick’s Day. That was probably the day that I had the most trouble dressing for, as I had to literally RUN to a lecture (and do pushups for being late), and I ended up finalizing my outfit seconds before leaving my house.

I thought it would be EXTREMELY clever to wear green, but to be low-key about it by wearing olive green. Oh. So. Clever.

I’m not even joking, every other person at TFW was wearing green. OLIVE GREEN. Whether it was a sweater, pants, or an accessory, olive green was definitely the colour of the day. Well done Toronto, well done.

To be fair, I did incorporate shamrock-green into my outfit with a hair tie, because for the first time in almost a year, I did a high ponytail! Ever since quitting my competitive ballroom dancing career, I’ve had the opportunity to let my hair heal from years and years of excessive hairspray, as well as cut it short into a curly bob. As a dancer, I was never “allowed” to have short hair, because I had to accommodate for the intricate buns and designs I had to do for every competition. So a little under a year ago, I said “screw it!” and made the jump into the world of short hair.

And the world of short hair really is amazing. I forgot what hair ties look like, except for the occasional half-bun whenever I go work out. But something about Fashion Week made me miss doing something interesting with my hair other than curling vs. straightening.

That’s why I took the time, and the hairspray, to put my hair up. It was definitely a challenge, definitely gave me a headache (both while doing my hair, and then wearing it), but made for a cutesy look.

Here’s what you need to know about hairspray:

There are types, and you can’t just use the first one you find for your hairstyling needs. None of that $5 drug store crap. Invest in some good hairspray, one that costs closer to $20. I learned this from when I did competitive dancing; cheap hairspray didn’t produce quite the same result.

I have two hairsprays that I stick to now, as a “normal” person, one that is stronger (Bed Head Hard Head), and another that is lighter (Sebastian Shaper Plus). Use a stronger one for tighter hairstyles that can’t fall apart (i.e. high ponytail), and the softer one just to secure your curls or tame the frizz.

Knowing your hairspray is half the battle. Knowing how to use it is the other. I’m going to keep this as simple as possible.

  1. Brush
  2. Spray
  3. Brush
  4. Blow-dry
  5. Spray & Blow-dry; repeat as necessary

By blow-drying after applying hairspray, you’ll be able to avoid the wet hair look, making your do a lot more natural looking, as well securing it much better than sticking to only hairspray. Using two different hairsprays and my blowdryer, I was able to get my short hairs into a tight high ponytail without any suspicion of the trouble I went through.


If you were at TFW and managed to show up on Thursday without wearing olive green, I salute you. You are my hero.



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