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!

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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.

February Fun Hair Ideas

It’s February, the time of year of chocolates, cupids and hearts.  Now you can not only find hearts full of chocolate, but heart designs for hair.  Below are some samples of how to get in the spirit!

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Women are not the only ones with Hair He(art) designs.  Check out this video from Cute Girls Hairstyles on how to style your daughter’s hair this Valentine’s Day.

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It’s important that your hair is in good condition so that it’s at its shiny, smooth best. This is especially true during cold dry weather. Here are 3 tips to help keep your hair smooth with anti-frizz products and techniques.

  1. NaturalTech Nourishing Hair Building PakDeep Condition: Use a deep conditioner, at least once per week. Dry conditions lead to frizz. Massage a good conditioner into your hair and keep on for at least 10 minutes. (This is a good time to treat your face to a facial.) NaturalTech Nourishing Hair Building Pak restructures and nourishes the hair shaft; it prevents your hair from trying to take in the moisture from the surrounding air which leads to frizz.
  2. Be Wise When Drying: Instead of rubbing your hair vigorously with your towel, which damages your hair shaft, squeeze the excess moisture of out your hair. And, if you use a hair blower, aim the barrel down the hair shaft. Finish with the cool air button to help lay your cuticle down.
  3. OI Absolute Beautifying LotionRejoice with Oi: With just 2-3 drops of OI/ Absolute Beautifying Potion, gently massaged into dry hair, from top of your head to ends of your hair, you’re ready to dry your hair. It doesn’t hurt to add a few more drops to your palms and then smooth over hair for added shine and smoothness.

If you want something special, something soft and romantic, you can always schedule an appointment with me!  Just Book It Here.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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!

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

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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!

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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New Hair New Life For Liz

Meet the beautiful Liz. She has very thick, very curly/frizzy hair that she has had to spend around an hour and a half to get under control by blowing it out with a big brush then flat ironing it. Today she can simply blow it out. She also loves the look when she just lets it dry out of the shower.

For Liz we did a haircut, a partial highlight to blend in the outgrowth and a Keratin Treatment to make her life easier and give her hair more movement and touch-ability…

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