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Celebs walk the red carpet at the Oscars, the world-changers have the Nobel Peace Prize, cyber buffs geek out at the Webby’s and the hairstyling industry has the SouthWest Hairstyling Awards. This year, the sultans of the silver shears swooped into Denver to kickoff fashion week. The flyover-city-cum-hotspot is garnering national attention for its not-New-York style. The highly-coveted accolades boasted the attendance of hairstylists to the stars including Eden Sasson, lifetime achievement award recipient Tabatha Coffey of “Shear Genius” on Bravo and Ted Gibson, the visionary who has coiffed the lauded locks of Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway and Lupita Nyong’o. Gibson, no stranger to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire nor Vanity Fair, styled model Antoinette Rose’s hair on stage at the SouthWest Hairstyling awards as he created his masterpiece with his scissors as his paintbrush. The first night wasn’t the only hair-centric event of the week. The Hair Show, coined the “most…

Healthy Hair Growth Tips

Spring is here and you may be thinking it’s time for a change of style. If you’re planning on growing your hair out for the warmer months ahead, follow these tips to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep your hair naturally healthy and prevent unnecessary hair loss. Eat a Healthy Diet of Vitamins, Proteins and Iron You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again. Eating right is an important part of maintaining a healthy head of hair. Your diet should include many vitamins and proteins to prevent premature hair loss and boost shine! Key vitamins to make sure you’re getting include Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B complex. A daily multi-vitamin is also a good idea. However, check with your doctor before consuming extra vitamins to ensure you’re maintaining healthy levels and not going overboard. Iron is…

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the bend, we thought we’d give you a few Irish-inspired hairstyles to consider donning for the big day. Don’t worry – you don’t have to go completely green to fest it up! Braided Hair for Good Luck If you’ve been feeling particularly unlucky lately, definitely consider incorporating a braid of some sort into your St. Patty’s Day hairstyle. In traditional Irish custom, braids are a symbol of feminine power and luck! There are many options to choose from. Woven with ribbons or lace– Weave a ribbon or some lace through the braid to give a festive, fun flair to your hairstyle. You can go all out or just use one simple strand for taste. French braid twist– A French braid twist is gorgeous and classic. Great for formal and informal occasions, this style is versatile and functional. Braided half-up– Dress up the half-up hairstyle with braids for a pretty,…

Tips to Avoid Split Ends

Split ends are an unfortunate circumstance we all fall prey to at some point or other. Hard to avoid, split ends are nearly impossible to repair 100%, but with proper hair care and quick treatment, they’re not something you are doomed to live with or even deal with frequently. Tip #1: Prevention Prevention is the best medicine, which rings true for split ends. Once you have a split end, it will only get worse until treated, which likely means cutting it. However, keeping your hair well-maintained and conditioned will prevent split ends and keep your hair healthy. Here’s how: Condition, Moisturize, Hydrate Dry hair breaks easily and is more prone to developing split ends, so make sure you are conditioning frequently and regularly to maintain moisture and hydrated strands. Consider washing your hair every other day instead of every day so that your natural body oils can heal – too much washing dries out your…

With spring right around the corner, it’s time to dive into considering your next hair color to match the season and its trends. Last year saw bold shades, cool hues and colorful styles, but this year is somewhat toned down and more composed. Take a look for our predictions on what will be this spring’s biggest trends. Lighter Ends for Longer Hair For darker-haired blondes and brunettes with longer locks, brightening the ends significantly with a mix of balayage and highlights gives a classy, summery look that is on-trend. This effect requires fewer touch-ups, as there is no obvious line between the dark and light sections to manage. The coloring blends to create a natural glow at the lower half of your hair. Apply a glaze to achieve more shine and a healthy, radiant glow. Monochromatic, Rich Color Deviating from starkly contrasting and bright, cool colors of years past, this year focuses on monochromatic, rich…

We know it’s 2016, but sometimes a flashback to the 80’s is something to embrace. Remember the colorful hair, bold styles and dance moves? Take a brief trip back with us to remember one of the most popular hairstyles of the day: the crimp. Tips to Get the Perfect Crimp Back in the day, crimped hair was everywhere. Today, it’s making a comeback. To achieve this Greek goddess look on your own at home, try the following tips: Prep your hair by applying a mist of heat protectant and styling oil to the ends. Best to let this dry before proceeding. Weave 2-inch braids all around your head, using all your hair. Press a flat iron over each braid, moving it very slowly from the roots to the ends as if you were straightening loose hair. It’s a good idea to start at the back of your head and work your way forward. Let each braid…

Achieving perfectly straight hair can be tricky, depending on your natural hair texture and length. However, with the right tools, products and know-how, you can have the straightest hair the way you like it! Follow these tips for great results. Flat Ironing and Product Application To achieve perfectly straight hair, make sure you are using your flat iron most efficiently and applying the right products. Before you begin, section out your hair, clipping portions to the top of your head to allow the bottom strands to be worked on. Work from here and up to keep organized and to give the best effect. Now, mist your hair with heat protectors and some styling oil at the ends. Most importantly, make sure to let all the liquid products dry completely before starting to iron! Ironing while still wet or damp will sizzle your hair. Once the products are dry, detangle with a comb then iron your…

When it comes to choosing the best makeup for your hair color and style, be sure not to forget your skin tone. While these tips and suggestions take into account a wide range of skin tones, attention should be given to how a bold or softer hue may best accentuate your complexion in addition to your hair color. That said, read on to learn which makeup shades will best complement your unique hair color! Black Hair If you sport jet black hair, plums and jewel tones are a great choice for your face. Consider sheer shades for fair skin and opaque shades for darker skin. Adding one color to a chosen facial feature, be it your eyes or lips, will accentuate your sultry hair and really stand out. For your eyes, try smoky shades, such as navy or charcoal, along with black mascara. Sheer pink blush will add a light tint to your cheeks…

Corrective Coloring 101

Have you been to a colorist and been disappointed with the results? Maybe you’ve tried color removal, highlights or dyes at home and never achieved the look you’re after. A visit to a salon with professional corrective coloring services is what you need to fix the damage and finally enjoy the hair you’ve been wanting. What is Corrective Coloring? Corrective coloring is more or less “fixing” damage done to hair through a botched coloring job or treatment, as well as the process of applying a dramatic color change to your hair. While a traditional coloring treatment includes applying color, corrective coloring involves color removal as well as new color application and normally a cut of at least 2 to 4 inches to maintain the hair’s integrity and health. Finding the right professional colorist is very important to getting the look you want. Make sure you find a professional who has a thorough understanding…

The holidays are here and with them come the array of events you are planning on attending. With so much going on, you’ll need to plan your hairstyle ahead and whether you’re doing it yourself or visiting a salon, knowing exactly what you want will save you time and trouble. Coming up with fresh style ideas can be tricky, so take a look at this list we’ve put together of trends we think would suit any occasion when done tastefully. The Mussy Side ‘Do Related to the formal updo, this side ‘do is classic and gorgeous for a formal occasion. First, create texture by applying a dry shampoo and back combing before pulling back into a side ponytail. Then, back comb the ponytail into a loose bun and secure with bobby pins. Hairspray finishes the look. Full, Bouncy Waves Long, layered, wavy hair dresses up any event and is accentuated by applying volumizing spray…