Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Headbands, Hair Pins, Headpieces & More! Plus A Quick How To For Short Hair!


Do you love head bands as much as I do?

It's such a fun way to change your style, give your hair a little more volume or even better take your hair form a day/night look in seconds!

Here is a fun how to of how to make your short hair better with a head band. 

**For most of you, we know this might be easy, but for those of you who are not stylists, this might be very helpful!!

Step 1. Use a Texturizing product to rough up your hair texture and make it a little more pliable (easy to work with).

Step 2. Place and secure the head band roughly 4 fingers length from your front hair line or for those of you with bangs, just past the bang area.

Step 3. Pull pieces of your hair out from behind the head band and place them
over the elastic, to hide the elastic from showing.

Step 4. To increase volume, backcomb the hair behind the elastic. You do this by pulling strands of hair straight up and placing a comb in the center of the strand. Using the fine side of the comb push the hair strand down towards the scalp while holding the hair taught. This will create what is known as a Tease or Cushion to the hair.

Step 5. Once all of the volume has been maximized, spray your hair with a texturizing based hair spray to create hold and separation

Here is a fun slide show of some great ideas for headbands, hair pins and more!

P.S.  Salons! I think if you don't have an assortment of these in your salon you need them.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Q & A: Layering Question (Specifically For A Heart Shaped Face).

Question: "peecho86" writes.....
"Help Needed
I wanna do my younger sis [haircut]... she has wavy hair and wants to retain length, also she has got volume in her hair, im confused about what [type of] layering [to cut] and what [type of] texturing i need to do.... her face shape is heart.
kindly reply !!!!!"


Thank you so much "peecho86" for your Question!

So, from what you are describing, it seems as if you are trying to create a long layered effect to her hair. The benefit of long layers is the ability to maintain weight and length while still enhancing the shape and body of the interior within the cut.

Ideally being that she has a heart shaped face you want to keep the height to a minimum and create contour and volume around her face. Beginning somewhere bellow the cheek bone, depending on the exact facial structure, is the ideal place to create this shape. 

One of the best ways to create this form of layering would be to establish the length of the shortest layer at the point to which you want maximum volume and cut everything else based off of that point. 

Once you have established this length, elevate everything 45 degrees out from the crown of the head; starting in the center back. Using your layer length as your guide cut the "triangle" shape that will be present, removing maximum amount of weight within this area.

Pivot from that point from center to left over directing each section to your last to maintain the length in layers. (A Hot Tip would be to over direct the last 2 sections near the front hairline back to the previous.)

Finally repeat this process on the opposite side, starting in center working to the right.

This is a very basic long layered based haircut. What makes this personalized to a heart shaped face is the point to which you establish the shortest layer!!!

Thank you again for your input and Question!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dita Von Teese Knows Style!

Dita Von Teese was out for a day of shopping..... Cue Inspiration!

Personally I love Her! I also love vintage based styles. I think it's because it's nostalgic without having to live during the times. There is just an energy that is captivated from these times. Maybe it's from the media, movies & television (such as Mad Men) that brings this energy about?..... either way it's inspiring and gives us the ability to create something new with something old.... hence vintage! 

I thought it would be fun to share these shots with you!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Do You Love Red Hair? If You Said Yes! Check Out These Trends & Red Formulas!!

I Love Red Heads! So I am constantly looking for new trends, concepts, ideas and anything else to change my Red Head formulas for the season.

In doing so I found a great article that shares a lot! This was a great article so make sure to Check It Out!

Before you do so.... I took the liberty of showing the pictures in our blog and giving you my interpretation of each look and some formula ideas. So with out any further waiting............

Everything I am seeing from these shots are Natural, Natural, Natural! Lets take those reds, incorporate some copper or gold and bring out the beauty of Natural Looking Red Heads.

Florence - From Florence & The Machine
I Love This Color!! I also love her music! With that said this color is great. It gives you a lot of vibrancy with a lot of Natural based tonalities. My formula: 1 & 1/2 oz 7 level Copper - 1/4 oz level 7 Brown Gold - 1/4 Orange Kicker (optional for added intensity)

Blake Lively

A Perfect Strawberry Blonde! My formula: 1 & 1/2 oz 9 Natural Gold - 1/2 oz 9 Gold Orange. Want to spice it up? Add a few blonde highlights with some foils to create added dimension.

 Christina Hendricks
She has been rocking this for a while and it still isn't old! My formula: 1 & 1/4 oz 6 level Copper - 1/2 oz 6 level Red Brown - 1/4 oz 7 level Neutral Gold

 Karen Elson
Very similar to the others, but a slight change to the formula. My formula: 1 1/4 oz 7 level Copper - 1/2 oz level 6 Red Brown - 1/4 Orange Kicker 

If you have any thoughts or other ideas for these formulas; We would love to hear them! Feel free to leave comments!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Make Thin Hair Look Thicker With Hair Color!

Looking to take your super fine hair and give it a fuller-thicker appearance? It's Really Easy! Here's what you do:

One of the best ways to create thickness is in the bang area or throughout the perimeter. You can do this with color and creating depth. It's what I refer to as shadowing.

Shadowing is very very simple. 

For the bang area - Formulate a color at least 2 shades darker than your base formula. Use no more than about 2-4 foils and starting at the front hair line of the bangs, place your first foil in a weaving manner. Continue working your way up to the crown, in horizontal sections, making sure to never expose the darker color on the part line.

For the perimeter of the hair - Formulate a color at least 2 shades darker than your base formula. Out line the entire hair line, including front and back. Using foil apply a baby fine slice fore each section, in a horizontal manner, then skip a section and apply another foil in the same manner. Continue this throughout the entire hair line.

Thats It!!! Easy as...... Pie?

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lady Gaga's Mom Was Her Hair Stylist??

It seems Lady Gaga's mom used to cut her hair when she was younger. Funny thing about that is it wasn't by choice.

Apparently her mom used to cut her split ends while she was sleeping.
Why is this news floating about? Well she not only is telling the world about her secret hair stylist, but she's singing about it. Her new single "Hair" is about how parents try to change your looks, without realizing how important your hair and clothes are to your sense of identity.
In an interview about the song Gaga explained, "When I was young my mom and dad used to ask me to not leave the house dressed a certain way and asked me to change my hair."
"My mom would even cut my hair when I was asleep because I had really long split hairs, because I liked it really long like a hippy."
"Your hair is your glory and my hair represents my identity as it does represent the identity for many people."
I think with a song title like "Hair", we have to listen!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Canes Film Festival Brings Summer Trends and Insight!

With the summer coming, a new season of trends in hair fashion is sure to arise. What better way to get a sneak peak of these looks at Canes Film Festival.

This is one of the most premiere film festival in the world and it's located right off the coast of France. 

So it's not only about the movies its about the beach! 

Here are some of my favorite looks and my thoughts!:

I love Gwen Stefani with this look! The texture is awesome. It is definitely a look we have seen before but some how she always seems to make it different. This is a perfect look for a night out after a full day at the beach.

Elizabeth Olsen is rocking a 20's inspired style. This look is always fun! It's casual yet defined. You will see a lot of casual elegance from my grouping of pics.

Tilda Swinton gives her short DO an interesting look. It's a little more dressed up and has great structure.

I love this look worn on Uma Thurman! It is a perfect way to throw up your beach worn hair and make it elegant!

We have to talk about color! In doing so, I love this summer blonde! I highly recommend replicating Clemence Posey color this summer.  
Very similar to Gwen Stefani's look, Karolina Kurkova rocks out the texture. This look clearly has a little more elegance and sophistication. However, I love them both. If your looking for something a little more done, this is the look for you! Once again perfect for a night out after a full day at the beach!