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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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.

Are Your Ready for Christmas?

Ideas for Christmas Presents: Products and Gift Cards for Everyone

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Well, we’re halfway through the holiday season – with Halloween and Thanksgiving in the past and looking forward to Christmas and the New Year.  Christmas is just 25 days away – eek! But you’re not worried – you have your “list” and you’re checking it twice. Plus, you’re looking for gifts that won’t be put away in a closet after the holidays because they’ll be using them every day!

We know how important good-looking hair is to us…and that having a good cut (from Donna Rolls Hair) can help us love our hair. So, when you’re thinking of what to get your friends and family, so they can love their hair too, here are some great gifts you can pick up when you get your hair cut for the holidays. Of course, you want to recommend that your friend start with a good cut, and she can Book It Here.

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Davines Wellbeing De-Stressing Lotion is perfect for not only the holidays, but everyday life. It has a UV filter that protects your hair from sun exposure whether your snow skiing or working outdoors when you may not be wearing a hat for protection. Plus, there’s the added bonus of soft and silky hair and a nourished scalp.

And, you can wrap it up with some paper and a bow, or just slip it in her stocking!

Davines Beautifying Potion graphicIf you’re looking for the gift of extraordinary hair shine and softness, give OI/ Absolute Beautifying Potion.  Potion – it sounds magical, doesn’t it? It also aids in detangling and anti-frizz.  Whether you’re living in a humid area or high desert, products with anti-frizz effect help your hair look and feel smoother.

Nourishing Body Lotion graphicAuthentic Replenishing Butter is one of those products that are multi-purpose.  You can use it as a pre-shampooing conditioner, which will leave your hair soft, shiny, silky and easy to control. Rubbing it on your face and body will nourish your body and leave it feeling velvety smooth.

Now, if you’re looking for the best gift cards or gift certificates for presents, there are a few tips to be aware of so they won’t want to re-gift it.

  • Know what they like or are interested in.
  • Pick a category: food or restaurants, drink (think Starbucks), anything/everything (think Visa), clothing, home improvement, and of course, hair care.
  • Don’t buy it last minute – they’ll know it. (Remember that saying…it’s the thought that counts…)

You can always purchase a gift certificate from me!

And, finally, don’t stress. Plan ahead, stick to the plan and enjoy yourself!

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.

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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!

How Do You Keep Your Short Hair Looking Great?

So, you’ve made the decision to wear your hair short. It’s freshly cut and styled, and you want to keep it looking salon-perfect from here on out.  But, how do you do that? It looked so easy when they did it!

Here are some tips on styles and products:

1.  Bob haircuts can be both very feminine and tomboyish. Do you go for the long bang,

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Long Bangs, Asymetrical cut picture

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Emma Watson’s pixie

windswept look that can be stick straight or tousled?  Or, the very short, pixie-like look of Emma Watson’s style? With a Bob, you can work in some texturizer like Hyrating Argan Oil Hair Mask by Arvazallia and scrunch with your fingers for a height and some body. Or, you can use a heat protecting hair care cream, mousse or spray before using a flat iron to tamp down that flyaway hair.

2.  Curls can be “well-defined and frizz-free with non-greasy Ouidad’s Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream. Using both hands, distribute a small amount thorough damp hair and style using a diffuser (see Tip #3 in my last Blog post.)  You’ll get a strong hold with soft bouncy curls.  And, it gets high marks for not drying your hair out!

3.  Chin length, or even a little longer, you can add a side braid that will pull the hair off your forehead and give you some height (Again with the height, you say!  Do I have a complex? No! Adding height to your hair lengthens your face and makes it appear narrower. Just sayin’.)  First, spritz your hair with a little hairspray to help it set a little.  Then just part your hair over the middle of your eyebrow and start braiding. Use some more hairspray once you’re finished.  This is a great “do” on a windy day.

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Head Wrap

4.  And, that’s a Wrap!  I mean, use a wrap, or a silk scarf.  Once you’ve got your bangs just so and the rest of your hair gathered high, grab your square scarf. Fold corner to corner so you have a triangle. Fold the tip in about 2 inches, and then fold it another two inches. Wrap (See, you knew I’d “tie” it in there) the scarf around your head with the folds on the inside. Tie it in a knot, then again, and tuck the ends into the scarf. Voila!

I hope these tips have helped you love your short hair even more. Share some of your tips with me!

Back to School Hair for Your Kids

Low Maintenance Styles During a Busy Day on the Schoolyard.

Are you one of those Moms who’s out the door before their kids are awake? Or, are you the Mom that wakes her kids up, makes their breakfast and lunch, and does their hair?  Either way, you need some ideas for this new school year!  Ponytail and headband, so yesterday!

This year you want something fast, easy and keeps their hair out of their face.

Quickest of all – Top Bun. Gather all hair on the top, put in a ponytail holder. Spritz with hairspray, tease a little, wrap into a bun.  This is especially great on the second day of school when you’ve both been up late filling out that pile of paperwork and signing up to help at the next fundraiser!

If your daughter’s hair is affected by the weather, don’t fight it! Spritz her hair with an anti-humidity spray and scrunch it a little. Any flat pieces can be curled quickly with your fast-heat curling iron. Spray and she’s ready for the carpool!

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Snake Braid

Another way way you can do this is with a snake braid in the front and long and straight in the back. Just grab 3 sections of hair, braid down the length at an angle.  (For longer hair, have thicker sections so the end of your braid isn’t too thin.)  Once you have the length you want, hold one the middle end in one had, put the other two ends together. Hold on the middle section and start pushing the 2 sections up.  Start at the top and slowly slide down to separate so it looks like a snake. Use hair spray to set the style and keep flyaways down. Use a bobby pin to secure.

For your sons with long hair on the top, comb their hair on top forward so it falls over his forehead. Put a dime-to quarter-sized amount of styling gel in the palm of your hand. Rub on your fingers and run through his hair pulling it from front to back. It should still look a little messy; but it will stay in place. He’s ready to rock!

And, if you have a little more time, check out Prim’s Hunger Games Bow Braid. Let the games begin!

Keeping it Easy With Home-styled Summer Hair

5 Simple Tricks to Keep Cool

Temperatures in the 90’s and the humidity is high. What!?! What happened to our “dry heat?”  If you have always just pulled your hair into a high ponytail to keep cool, here are some suggestions to keep cool and look hot!

  1. I Love Lucy graphic

    I Love Lucy

    Pull your hair up into a bun and wrap a colorful folded Bandana around your head.  You can choose to have the ends up like Lucille Ball or underneath your bun.

  2. Gather your long hair into a low ponytail and tie into a knot with wispy ends. This keeps your hair neat and does not cause breakage.
  3. Keep your hair out of your face by braiding your hair across the top, from one side of your head to the other, and then add to a mid ponytail. It will be off your neck – nice!
  4. French braid the top section of your hair and add the rest of your hair to a tight mid ponytail. This keeps your hair neat and off of your neck!
  5. Gather your hair into a low side ponytail and braid your hair using the Fishtail method. Click Here for a video link.

Try one of these tricks to look Hot, but not be hot!