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Hair Traveling Tips

It’s vacation season – a time for carry-on consideration. With all but one airline charging for baggage these days, vacation hair takes significant pre-planning. If you want to actually style your hair when you are out of town, you’re going to need to pack your blow dryer, hair products, some sort of styling tool, a brush, a comb and more. Remember that you can’t carry on any bottles bigger than 3 ounces or they will be confiscated in security. It’s a bad way to start a journey.   Here’s How to Avoid the Hassle:   – Straighten: Straighten your hair. Follow up with a low bun, a side ponytail or casual braids to get your hair off of your neck (cooler). Loosely tied with tendrils are the bomb (hot). – Ponytail: You shouldn’t be worrying about your hair on your vacation; you should be having fun and reeling in adventures! Avoid things like teased hair, artful…

Insane Hair Facts

Did you know that scientists can determine everything that has ever been in your bloodstream just by looking at the core of your hair? How about this? Most men will spend a total of five months of their life shaving their faces. If a guy were to skip shaving all together, his beard could be 30-35 feet long by the time he died. Whether short or long, thick or thin, curly or straight, or something a little in-between, it is as unique as the individual who wears it. Taking care of your mane is important – it showcases who you are and where you come from. An expression of your personality and spirit, make sure your hair is healthy and reflects the person you want to be. Reinventing some aspect of your life? Change up your hairstyle to accompany it! Hair is full of amazing stories and mysteries just beneath the surface. Take care…

Sun-kissed hair is one thing; fried tendrils another. If you don’t protect your hair, the sun will take the same toll on it as it does your skin. Sun coupled with fun summer activities, like afternoons at the pool or long days at the beach, can strip your hair of the natural oils and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. This leaves your hair dry and brittle, and sometimes the only fix is to cut off the damaged ends. Avoid Heat Styling The first step to prevent sun damage is to avoid using heat to style your hair. This means no blow-dryers, hot irons, curling irons, or hot curlers, and yes, it also means that you’re going to have to plan ahead when it comes to styling your hair. But it’s worth it. Letting your hair dry naturally protects it from the damaging heat that comes with styling tools, double damaging during hot…

Tips to Style Damaged Hair

Damaged hair happens to just about everyone. Too much time in the sun, a dry climate, blow dryers and flat irons, or simply too much time between cuts. Tell-tale signs of damaged hair are split ends, brittle hair that breaks easily, dulled shine, and a change in texture. Cut The fastest and easiest way to remediate damaged hair is to get it cut. Lop off the damaged ends to give your hair a fresh start. Then use quality shampoo and styling products. Then implement proactive steps to prevent damaged hair going forward. Wash The first line of defense against damage has to do with washing. Wash your hair 2-3 times a week at the most. When you shampoo your hair, you strip it of natural oils that help protect your hair and scalp. Over-zealous washing can leave your hair brittle and dry. If your scalp is naturally oily, use a dry shampoo to help…

Deciding to take the leap from long hair to short hair is nerve-wracking and sometimes downright scary. If you’ve been toying with the idea of taking off several inches, keep two things in mind: 1) The stylist makes all the difference 2) Hair always grows back. It’s good to do a little research ahead of time to figure out what look might be right for you. Also remember that “short hair” is subjective – what’s short for you may be long for someone else. The simple fact is that you want to pick a style that is right for your hair type and your lifestyle. Conform to Your Face Shape As you start looking into different cuts and styles, start with your face shape. We know we’ve said this before, but getting the right cut for your face shape can be the differentiator between great hair and a great disappointment. Heart: Heart shaped faces are a…

Bangs or Botox?

For those developing lines on the forehead, Botox isn’t the only solution. Consider bangs. They can be a great way to change up your look without doing anything too permanent. Bangs Bring Balance Bangs can help bring balance to varying facial structures, accentuating different aspects of different face shapes. But the wrong bangs can be more frustrating than attractive. Vet the shape of your face: If you aren’t quite sure what shape your face is, stand in front of a mirror, pull your hair away from your face, and trace the outline of your face on the mirror with a dry erase marker (make sure it’s dry erase, or you won’t be able to get it off your mirror). From there, you’ll be able to see the basic shape of your face and thus determine the hairstyle that will best suit your facial structure. Styles for Your Face Shape So once you have your face-shape…

If you’re a bride-to-be, in all likelihood you are scouring the web for Pinterest posts of the perfect hairstyles for you and your bridesmaids. Pinterest offers a lot of options. Before you become buried in trends, evaluate your own hair type to narrow down your hunt for hairstyles. Consider Your Hair Type Obviously, if you have tight curls, short hair, or fine/thin hair, you need to look for trends that don’t require handfuls of hair to stay put over a 4 to 6 hour period of your wedding and reception. While there are always workarounds (extensions, straighteners, hair spray, etc.), you’ll find it’s easier to encourage your hair to do what it does naturally than to wrangle it into submission. Loose Curls Loose curls are in for 2015 on every front, from attending weddings to hitting the red carpet. Conveniently, loose curls work with nearly every hair type excepting pixie cuts. For moderately short hair…

Summer is an inspiration for highlights. But what level of highlight will compliment your skin tone and what will make you look washed out or older than you are? Master hair colorist Misha Belfer of Salon Misha has spent years in training to recommend highlights that make customers look younger than their years and agree with their natural hair color. Know Your Tone To begin with, it’s essential to know your own skin tone. Warmer skin tones are darker, don’t burn easily, and usually indicate darker natural hair color. Cool skin tones, tend to be pale, burn easily, and often have freckles. If you’re not sure whether you fall into the warm or cool category, study the veins on the inside of your wrist under good lighting. If the veins look blue, your skin tone is cool. If they appear green, you have a warm skin tone. The Highlighting Process If you’re over 40, highlights…

Time is of the essence isn’t just a dramatic line they use in the movies. Time is truly the one thing you can spend and never get back, and let’s be honest. When it comes to doing your hair, the less time you can spend styling it, the more you have to use on all the other demands on your life. That said, we’ve all seen the online tutorials that show “easy ways to do this-extremely-complicated-hair-thing,” that leave us baffled.  Bear in mind that the one thing you can do that is guaranteed to make you faster is practice. So, get the girls together on the weekend, and have a hair styling practice party…if things go horribly awry, just add chocolate (to your get together, not to your hair). Some of the tools you’ll need to style your hair include bobby pins, hair spray, dry shampoo and hair ties. Bobby pins can be…

Long, loose waves are ever popular for summer. Perhaps it’s because the style reminds us of the carefree days of summer, sitting on a beach and letting the humid, ocean air dry our hair. Plus, it’s because it’s a very easy way to get a new look into your repertoire. Try a number of different ways to achieve waves. Using a curling iron, curling wand or flat iron is faster and takes zero planning. Before you start, make sure your hair is bone-dry. Adding heat to wet or moist hair can cause serious damage to your lovely locks. If you have very curly hair, you’ll want to straighten it before you attempt to add beach waves, as the existing curls can make it difficult to style. Apply a protective spray, oil, or cream to your locks. This will help prevent your hair from major damage. If you have layers, you’ll want to section…