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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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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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Healthy Hair Never Looks Dated

I have been the lucky recipient of this horrible flu going around this year and that is in part why I have not been here much at all. I happened to catch an old movie yesterday. The First Wives Club. Though this was made back in 1996, Goldie Hawn had the best hair. Loved it so had to go search for pictures. Great shape and beautiful color. Soft and touchable. These things never go out of style.

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Chocolate and Caramel Ombre

I have not been around much with the holidays in full swing and me being sick to boot. Just a little beauty for you for today.

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Beautiful Stephanie with her dark brown wanted to have a little change without cutting her hair off so we elected to add some caramel ombre. With an ombre, you can have some “blonde” in your hair whether or not it is “your color” so long as it is not against your face.

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Love Your Long Hair

I have been in this business for 40 years now. I have done just about every type of hair that there is. I like to do all types straight, curly, short and long. Of course short hair is easy as far as keeping it in good condition. People with short hair tend to have more regular haircuts. Unfortunately, long-haired girls have a hard time finding someone who will make their hair look beautiful without cutting too much off. As professionals, we need you to do your part so we don’t feel the need to cut too much off.

1. Long hair needs regular trims just as short hair does. Here are some other tips for keeping your long hair in great shape.

2. Wash hair sparingly with a good quality shampoo. Many people insist that washing here too often can leave here dried out, at least in its natural oils, and damage your hair. Shoot to shampoo your hair no more than every other day. Some people wash their hair only twice a week. Ask your trusted professional to recommend a good shampoo for your hair type.

Lather hair generously at the scalp only. The shampoo that washes through the length and ends of your hair should be enough to clean them.

3. Use conditioner/moisturizer every time you shampoo. Use a deep conditioner once a week. Start by applying your conditioner from the ends to the lengths. It is generally not necessary to run the conditioner all the way to the scalp.

* De-tangle hair with a good paddle brush starting from the very ends and working your way up. Never use plastic or wire bristles for this.

* Do not sleep with wet or damp here this will weaken the follicles and make hair strands brittle.

* When towel drying, don’t rub the hair vigorously. This splits the hair. Squeeze and blot the hair as much as possible.

4. Never tie your hair back while it’s wet. Trying to tie your hair when it is semi-damp can cause hair to become brittle. Always make sure to dry the strands before tying your wet hair to stay away from severe hair problems.

*Hair damage When hair is wet. There are chances of shedding more hair. Never try to rigorously brush or tie your wet hair since this weakens and breaks the hair strands. These stern actions can lead to acute hair damage. Healthy hair can only be achieved through a lot of persistence so use a soft towel to drain out water from your hair before tying them.

* Never tie your wet hair into a ponytail as it is fragile and therefore cause hair loss. Using hair elastic to tie dripping hair is definitely asking for more root damage and hair breakage. Make sure to dry your tresses before tying your hair.

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Small Change, Big Difference

This is Becka. We only did a haircut on this young lady who of course wanted to keep it long and flowing but with more body. Having no layers in her beautifully naturally curly hair was not serving her well.

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