Bangs – The Long and Short of Them

Bangs – You either love them or hate them. Maybe you have bad memories from when you were a child and your bangs were only one inch long.  You could hardly call them bangs, they were barely a “fringe” (as they’re known across the Pond.) Or, maybe you’re like my friend whose Mom found her with scissors, wisps of hair on the ground and jagged hair across her forehead. She was 5, what did she know! Now she gets nervous when someone comes at her bangs with scissors – No jagged bangs!

Katy Perry photo

Nowadays you can wear them short, long, in between or swept to the side.  Let’s start with the Short bangs  (Katy) AKA “Baby” bangs look.  This is also called the Betty Page look. Before you ask your stylist to cut your bangs, you could fake it if you aren’t sure you want to make that commitment. As noted, this style of bangs is not for every face; this would not be your best look if you have a long slender face.

Medium Hold Pliable Paste graphic

Med. Hold Pliable Paste

If you decide to make the cut, know that this will take a while to grow out…if you don’t like it.  Actually, it’s the same amount of time if you do like it! You will need to allow more time in the morning to get ready – this is not a wash and wear hair style, especially if you hair is not bone straight. Make sure you have these 3 items on hand: Davines Medium Hold Pliable Paste, hairspray and a mini flat iron. Or, you could try the old-fashioned way – raise your hand if your Mom went to bed with scotch tape on her bangs.

Long Bangs work well with straight hair or wavy hair. One variation covers the eyebrows (Jessica), and the other tickles your eye lashes (Zoey). This style can be worn with a center part or slightly off center. It also means you need to trim your bangs more often, just so you can see while driving, eating or walking. Can’t have them covering your eyes completely!

Long Bangs graphic

Side-swept Bangs are so versatile.  You can wear them to the left, to the right and even down the middle.  They can be delicate and wispy or heavy. They can sit up high (Rhianna), braided out of your eyes (Carey), or long and parted on the left (Reese) Side-swept bangs also work great if you are growing your bangs out!

Side-swept bangs graphic
One more thing, with short bangs, you can also sweep them completely off your face like they’re not even bangs.  What do you think? Is this sleek style too severe or very stylish?

Victoria Beckham photo

Now that you’ve considered Bangs or “Fringe” variations, which style is right for you? You can always schedule an appointment with me to discuss it.  Just Book It Here.

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Winter Wedding Hair

Up Do or Down Do – What’s the Perfect Look For You?

You’re special day is coming closer and you’ve figured out everything else. You’ve booked the caterer, hall, photographer, band, and officiant.  You’ve got the dress and the shoes and the nails nailed.  But, what about your hair? Should it be up – because it’s a special occasion and you’ve never worn it that way or long and flowing – because you want to look ravishing?  Either way, it’s decision time.

Is your wedding day “do” predicated on what the weather will be like or what your hair will be like in that weather? If you’re looking for a stay-put, weather-proof hairstyle, below are some examples of elegant looks that you won’t have to worry about during YOUR BIG DAY.

Three UpDo Styles - Photo Credit Glamour UK

Three UpDo Styles

The Wet Look Bun is easy to do, wind-proof, and gives you silky waves at the end of the evening. Dress it up with some pearl pins or your “something borrowed” broach. The Twisted Bun is both dressy and simple. The Rolled Hair look starts with hair parted won the middle (very dramatic!) and then rolled towards your head (need lots of Bobbie pins) and joined at the back. Plus, they all look great from the back!

If you’re looking for a fuller hairstyle, wearing it wavy and long is an excellent choice. (Here’s a hairdresser’s tip; don’t wash your hair the morning of; its easier to style slightly dirty hair.)

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Long and Lovely Hairstyles

Almost Braided is accomplished with hair curled with a large barrel curling iron or in large rollers to get that full curly look. You can have a slightly off-center part, with two wisps of hair on each side brought back. Then start loosely gathering the curly hair so that you’re almost braiding it, being careful to not pull out the curl. Dress it up with either a spray that matches your bouquet, a glittery clasp  or a small faux flower. The Side Part Curls look starts with hair parted on the side (of course) and long soft curls. Hair can be drawn back, just at the ear with a Bobbie pin to secure it and a blingy Facinator on the side. The Half Braid/Half Curly combines a little teasing, semi-French braiding the top and curling the bottom in long loose curls. With the side clasp, you look great while saying your vows!

With all of these styles, spritz with a firm-hold hairspray, and add a little shine spray for a glossy look. Your hair will look great in your photographs!

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Ready for Retro Glam Hair?

According to Wiki, “Retro” means any fashion, trends, attitudes or hairstyles of generally fifteen to twenty years prior. But, I’m not talking about the hairstyle you had in fifth grade.

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Victory Rolls

I’m thinking farther back, when glamour was in style. Remember pin curls? They took a lot of work to do your whole head, but, wow, it was worth the effort!   Nowadays, we can skip the pin curl step.  On the right, our model has large victory rolls on top. All you need are 3 tools: comb, hair spray and Bobbie pins. First, divide your hair into 1 inch sections.  Curl your hair from the end toward your scalp. Pin your hair, keeping its round shape, with a flat pin through the middle of your curl.  This keeps it from crushing.

When all of your hair is rolled, spray well with hairspray. (Not the kind that will make your hair feel crunchy.)  Once it’s set, remove the pins and run your fingers through with an aim to loosen and combine.  Now, add more hairspray (I promise, you won’t use the whole can for this hairstyle!)

Part your hair on your most flattering side – you know what I’m talking about.  Start on the side with the most hair. Grab a section and pull upward with your thumb starting at your ear. Keeping the top smooth, tease underneath and spritz more spray. Finish rolling all the way down to your scalp. Smooth and shape until you’re satisfied with it. Now, start again on the other side; repeat until finished. Spritz just once more all over…see, you still have hair spray left!

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Samples of Victory Rolls

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Finger Waves

If you’re looking for something easier, grab some of the clips like your hairdresser uses. With clean, slightly damp hair parted on the side, put the first clip up on your forehead to keep it out of your face. Add the next one with a slight curve of your hair. The third one will point the opposite way, pushing hair forward (see photo.) The fourth and fifth will pull hair back. Let dry, remove clips and spray in place. You’re ready for a night on the town!

Picture of Demi Moore and Michelle  WIlliams with bobs

Demi Moore and Michelle Williams

If you’re looking for a shorter, faster style, look no further than the bob. The wedge bob was first made famous by Vidal Sassoon.  He wanted something that did not require lacquer to look shiny, and would be low maintenance.  Vidal was all about angles and geometric shapes. The photo on the right shows two different ways to wear it – full bangs or swept to the side. This cut requires more frequent trimming, but it is low maintenance, wash and go hair the rest of the time. This is the best cut to show off your favorite earrings!

Whether your hair is long or short, start practicing with it now so you’re ready for those holiday parties!