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.

Victory Rolls picture

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!

Samples of Victory Rolls picture

Samples of Victory Rolls

Picture of Finger Waves "How to"

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!

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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,

Long Bangs, Asymetrical cut picture

Long Bangs, Asymetrical cut picture

Emma Watson's pixie picture

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!

Curly Hair? 5 Tips to Solve the tame down without losing the volume

Curly Hair Picture

With curly hair, you have the best of both worlds – you can straighten it or leave it curly.  So, how do you tame it without flattening it?

  1. If you shampoo your hair every day, you are drying out your hair.  That tends to add frizz.  Have a plan. Wash your hair every other day (or even once or twice per week) and condition the other times you wet it.
  2. StyleSixty, Frizzy Hair remedies, 9/24/12Don’t just put conditioner on your hair, comb it through. And, your mother was wrong – don’t start at the top of your head. Ouch! Start at the bottom and work your way up! Leave conditioner in for required amount of time and then rinse out with cool water.
  3. Use but diffuse. If you’re going to use a hair dryer, use a diffuser. This will help you keep your style without adding frizz to it.  But first apply a gel or mousse for use with heat-styled hair.
  4. Hair products can either flatten your hair or add volume. Decide which of these works better for your hair – mousse or gel. Try using a leave-in conditioner to reduce the damage to your hair; pick one for either dry hair or damp toweled-dry hair.
  5. Curly Layers picturesLet’s talk haircuts. Curly hair works well when it’s layered; one length tends to drag down your hair because of the weight. Having layers allows your curly hair to be bouncy and full of life!

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!

Snake Baid picture

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!

Do You Want Just Anyone To Be Doing Your Hair?

Please take a moment to watch the video linked in Tabatha’s photo and take the appropriate steps.  I have posted more links below.  Thank you.

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Is She a Blonde or is She a Redhead?

This is Jeanne. She likes to have fun with her hair color. Though she has been blonde for awhile, she has in the past also been a redhead which she really liked. Red is fun. I used to be a redhead myself before I went white. Either way, red is high maintenance and generally needs to be done as a full head of color rather than just a touch up at every visit. Our solution for Jeanne was to keep her blond highlights and give her some red around the face to make her blue eyes pop!

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