Techniques

Fringe

June 15, 2014
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Bangs are the perfect way to add a hint of something fresh and new to your look. Bangs allow for a change in your appearance without drastically cutting off all of your precious mane. Bangs are fun because there are different ways to style and cut them, depending on if you want an edgy look, a soft look, a dramatic look, etc, etc.

Model with Bangs

A few different types of bangs or fringe include choppy bangs, blunt bangs, wispy bangs, and side-swept bangs to name a few. I will tell you a little bit about each type and how to maintain them.

Choppy bangs are great for most face shapes, and I love them because they are ready to wear. Not too much must be done to style these types of bangs because they are purposely cut asymmetrically, with unevenness to add texture and visual interest. Just add a bit of paste or pommade to create some separation and accentuate the piecey-ness.

Blunt bangs are lovely because they make a statement. A little bit more time must be spent on styling blunt bangs since they are meant to fall into a straight line. Also, those with small or short foreheads should avoid them. To style blunt bangs, make sure they are sufficiently wet. Take your blow-dryer and heat style with a basic comb by blowing the bangs back and forth in opposite directions. This makes sure the bangs fall straight across when they dry, and takes care of any pesky cowlicks in the hair line. If you want more volume, a brush can be used instead of a comb. Mist a minimal amount of light hair spray on your palms, and then gently pat down any stray hairs, making sure not to press bangs onto forehead.

Side swept bangs are a good option because they don’t get too weighed down. Side swept bangs can be worn more as a bang or as a face framing layer, depending on where they are pulled from. They look good on all face shapes. Because of their length, they are very versatile. Side swept bangs also look great pinned back, twisted, and clipped away with a cute barrette. Style with a round brush, using the blow-dryer and brush to feather hair away from face, softly.

Hopefully this gives some insight for the many options that are available to those desiring new fringe!

Updo Types

June 14, 2014
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Work on an Updo for a Fashion Show.There are three main updos that usually updos are built off of. One is the French twist and, in my opinion, is the easiest one. All you do is take the hair pull it straight back and twist the ends in on itself. And remember hide those pins! It’s simple, elegant, and always so beautiful.

The second is chignon, trust me I don’t know how to pronounce it either, but this is more like a bun. It’s a little more complicated but still very easy. You can make a bow chignon which has become very popular, even the Hilton’s wear it!

The last one is the drape. This is probably the most tedious of them all. You have to make a pony tail with only the center half of your hair. Then you take the rest and pin in sections lying across the pony tail in the middle. It turns out pretty, but I don’t think it’s in style any more.

What is always in style is definitely the Marcel waves like they wore in the 20’s and in the Great Gatsby. These are all just basic updos and can certainly become more than the simple elegance they are. They become extravagant, artistic, and creative styles. Besides, when the hair is down, almost every updo that a celebrity wears on the red carpet is taken from one of these designs.

They are all so easy and so buildable which does make it for everyone even if you are not a cosmetologist.

Work on Updos for a Fashion Show

Three Sweet Secrets for Healthy Hair Treatments at Home

June 1, 2014
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Carmen MirandaDid you just run out of your favorite store or salon—bought deep conditioner? Is your hair dehydrated and dull? Maybe you’re having a night in of pampering yourself and just want to get creative in the kitchen. I will show you a handful of ways to nourish your thirsty tresses, using easy natural recipes.

A papaya treatment can help remove build up and residue from cleansing products and chemicals, and also restore hair’s natural shine and softness. To make a papaya pack, buy a papaya and half it. If you have very long thick hair you can use the entire fruit. Peel the skin and discard along with all of the seeds. Mash the fruit until pulpy, add a half cup of plain yogurt, and blend. Apply this mixture to your hair and leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Honey contains vitamins, minerals, and acts as a humectant to retain moisture. A honey treatment can be a solution to split ends and contributes to a healthy scalp, making your hair feel nourished and enriched. For a mask, heat together three tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of honey. Then add a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well. Apply it to the scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes or longer. Rinse out, then shampoo. Do this once a month for healthy locks.

The ancient Egyptians were the first to recognize the fantastic benefits of avocado. It can add shine and luster to the hair, as well as prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. All you have to do is wet your hair, mash up an entire avocado, and make sure to coat all of the split ends. Leave the avocado in the hair for up to 30 minutes, and then rinse. Follow with shampoo if needed. The vitamins and amino acids will noticeably condition your thirsty ends.

Hopefully these fruity salves will help solve all of your dryness distress! Plus, you will be happy to save money by taking a break from expensive products and using these trusty treats.

Protein for Hair Growth

May 25, 2014
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Your hair needs the same vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients needed for good health that the rest of your body needs to stay in shape. Your hair health is completely interconnected and reflective of your diet and lifestyle. Your habits effect the rate of hair growth and the condition of your hair, which is why it is good to be mindful the way you treat yourself.

Making sure to get enough protein in your diet is a good way to make sure your hair grows healthy and strong. Because your hair is made of mostly protein, it means you need to eat enough protein for your hair to grow.

At any time, 90% of your hair is in the growing, or anagen phase. For each hair strand, this phase lasts 2 to 3 years. After that, hairs enter a resting phase, or telogen phase, which lasts about 3 months before hairs are shed and replaced by new ones. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, more hairs than usual may go into the resting phase.

Everyone sheds hair throughout the day. Most people shed about 50 to 100 strands a day and don’t even notice. However, if an unusually large number of hairs enter the resting phase at the same time, hair loss can become noticeable. This can easily be fixed by adding more protein to your diet. Even if you don’t eat meat, foods like nuts, beans, and dark leafy greens can give you a substantial amount of protein.

If not getting enough protein is the reason for your lack of hair growth, just change your diet!Aveda Damage Remedy - Graham Brown Photography, Inc.

The Many Ways to Use Dry Remedy Moisturizing Oil

May 4, 2014
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The new reformulated Dry Remedy line is an absolute favorite of mine. It adds just enough moisture without weighing hair down, and leaves hair smelling fresh with a soft herbal aroma. Dry Remedy just came out with a new additional styling product called Daily Moisturizing Oil. It’s 99% naturally derived and uses buriti oil from a sweet palm nut that is packed with hydrating nutrients, instead of synthetics. The lack of silicone means no grease slick on your hair, and only a drop or two is needed!

The most awesome thing about the new Daily Moisturizing Oil is that you can use it in various ways, in damp & dry, straight & curly, and fine & course hair! The product’s versatility makes it one of my favorites.

The oil acts as both a treatment for your hair, and a styling product. A few drops can be applied to damp hair before heat styling to create a soft, silky look. The antioxidants, beta-carotene, and fatty acids in buriti oil will work to penetrate hair and actually improve its health. The oil can also be used as a styling finisher to smooth away flyaways. Emulsify a couple drops in your palms and gently pat the crown of your styled, dry head. The oil will gently seal down any frizzies and enhance straight looks. Another way to use the Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil is to finger comb into curly hair, and/or mix a little bit with Confixor to add extra shine and separation to curls.

You will be so impressed with the luxuriousness of this product, and its ability to be used in so many different ways. Not only will your hair be instantly moisturized by 41% but it will smell wonderful and glisten.
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It’s All About Color!

March 17, 2014
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It’s all about color! Ladies, let’s be real. You can have a great hair cut but it’s not perfect till your color is just right. New trends are coming and going all the time but having dimension in your hair is something we can all agree is essential. Some of my favorite coloring techniques consist of balayage, tipping, and circles. These are just a few types of creative coloring techniques that really add dimension and pop to you haircut.

Balayage is a wonderfully creative natural looking way to place highlights or lowlights. It is done by freehand so the color artist chooses every placement and can really customize it to their guests needs and desired look.

Tipping is a beautifully placed accent foiling technique that gives the hair a “sun kissed” look. It is great for all levels but is ideal for darker shades. The foils can be a lot or a few depending on the desired effect, but look the best when strategically placed to pop through the layers.

Circles of color provide multiple layering of color through the hair, there is ideally lots of layers in the hair cut and normally three colors. Looking at the head from the crown, the colorist would section out three sections each going all the way around the diameter of the head, hence the name circles of color. This technique can be subtle or dramatic, but is definitely highly customizable.

Color is a really great way to customize your look and there are so many wonderful new and exciting ways to stand out! Branch out and ask your stylist for a new look, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
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Eyebrows and Face Shapes!

March 13, 2013
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Let’s talk about something we all have (though some have better ones than others): EYEBROWS!

Some people have naturally gorgeous, full, shaped eyebrows (go ahead and take a moment to dislike them), but some of us need more help with them than others. I will say personally, I am an eyebrow fanatic! I am always on the lookout for outstanding eyebrows, whether it be the shape, color, length, or what have you, and I have absolutely no problem telling the person attached to them how good they look. But on that note, some of us need help with our eyebrows and need to take more time focusing on them. I am the second one.

While I do have a good natural arch (toot toot!) I have to work everyday to keep good looking brows. On almost a daily basis I have to tweeze, trim, fill-in with a powder and look for symmetry to achieve the look I need to frame my face. That’s right, I said frame my face because that is what they do.

Have you ever seen anyone without eyebrows or imagined what you may look like without them?

Russell Brand with and without Eyebrows

Weird right?!

So why not take the extra few moments in the morning to put them on if you need them? Below I have a picture of basic guidelines to achieve the most fitting brow to frame that gorgeous face of yours.

 

 

Hold your eyebrow brush or pencil just resting right by your nostril straight up, this is where point A, or the head of your brows, should start. Now keeping it in the same place, just resting by your nostril, slowly angle it to line with your pupil. This is where your arch should be, or point B. Again, keeping it in the same place, angle the brush to the end of your eye, this will tell you where the end or tail of your brow should be, or point C.

Now that you know where your face wants your eyebrow to be, with some help of course, you have one more choice to make:

What kind of shape do you want?

Do you want the head to be more rounded off or more square?
Do you want the angle to be harsh or soft? Rounded or flat? Curved or square?
What shape will go best with my face shape? Do I know what face shape I have? How can I figure out my face shape?

Who knew so much went into such a small area of hair?! Below is just a quick little sketch of face shapes and a slight idea of a shape.

 

 

Oval

Forehead is wider than the chin
Prominent cheekbones
Face gracefully tapers to a narrow oval chin

 

 

 

Round

Face is almost as wide as it is long
Face is widest at the cheeks
Long

Forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all about the same width
Can tend to have a prominent chin
Has an elongated appearance

 

 

Square

Forehead, cheekbones and jawline all about the same width
Squared jawline is the most obvious feature

 

 

 

Heart

Similar to oval but the chin tapers to a point.

 

 

 

 


Diamond

Not as common as the other face shapes
Typically the face is highly angular
The forehead is somewhat short
The face is widest at the temples

 

 

I hope this helps you out, best of luck to you and your brows!