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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Herringbone braid chignon

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By Andrea Claire · December 3, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

When I was in high school there was a girl who had her hair perfectly coiffed and frozen in place - from the front - the back was flat as a board - sure it was the 80s but that was no excuse. Even before I got into hair and makeup I noticed these things and wanted to help.

At one point in time - The back of your head looks RIDICULOUS! - meant it truly looked ridiculous - case and point in the aforementioned story.

Now 'The back of your head looks RIDICULOUS!' - means your hair looks amazing!

Here is one 'fab from the back' chignon:

  1. Blow out your hair with a round brush
  2. Secure into a simple side ponytail - hide the elastic with the hair
  3. Fishtail the ponytail
  4. Wrap and pin the tail flat against your head - each time you can play with the chignon shape.

Not sure how to herringbone a.k.a fishtail? I show you here on Yahoo! Glam Up!

How to: Short hair updo

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By Andrea Claire · June 22, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Have you ever had a function to go to, lacked funds to hire a pro? Or just wanted to coif your own 'do?

This week on Glam Up! I show you just that!

The key to any updo is to think about your hair in sections: isolate your areas! Here I started at the nap and braided to give the illusion of an upsweep. The braid acts as an anchor for the complete style as well as gives it a little interest.

Next I pulled the hair back and twisted it. Where the twist is you will see a seam. Pin there. Cross your pins in an 'X', especially for stubborn hair which then locks it all in place.

Want to see this in action? More tips? Watch it here on Glam Up!

What's Glam Up!? Tip driven beauty segments hosted by me on YAHOO! to make your DIY beauty a little easier. Copy or inspire to create your own looks.

Hoping for a makeover show? Yeah, me too *wink* but Glam Up! Is strictly tips.

See me in makeover action here and where I recently chopped off lovely Ashley's hair for Locks of Love.

Want to see something specific? Leave me a comment below and I'll share it with my producer maybe you will see your question answered on Glam Up!

Update: Are you two left hands when it comes to tying the trendy turban? Click here for another short hair how-to with the turban trend.

DIY Hair Bow

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By Andrea Claire · July 1, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Long before GAGA we had hair bows. I love them! As a hairstylist the sectioning and how-to is a little hard to explain as we aim for perfection; lots of sectioning, back-brushing, smoothing, spraying and pinning.... whew!

This is an image from my portfolio that I did hair and makeup on, roughly in 2004. Photo by Arline Malakian.

I guaranty that the time and effort involved was more than the youtube tutorials out there but I was VERY impressed with this one that I had to share.

bebexo I believe is her youtube ' handle' - her method is easy and keeps in some texture so more wearable than the high fashion version.

This is my hair bow - it withstood trying on clothes. I thought wearing my hair up would deter me from shopping.... nope. I like the deconstructed bow, a bit more 'day time'.


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