Monday, December 31, 2012

How to Identify Your Hair Type

Identifying your hair type is important for its care, maintenance, treatment and styling. Surprisingly, not many of us know the type of our own hair. This results in choosing the wrong kind of hair products, which are not meant for our hair type, and hence we do not get the desired results.

The first step to identify your hair is to identify your skin type. The scalp shows the same behaviour as of your skin. If you have dry, normal, oily, normal to dry or normal to oily skin, your scalp also follows the same pattern. Hair types are usually the same as skin types; but they are further classified as straight, wavy, curly, thick or thin.

Normal hair is shiny and a balanced secretion of oil from the glands is in the scalp. Dry hair is prone to damage and tend to break out because of insufficient oil secretions from the glands. This type of hair is coarse and rough and requires proper conditioning. Oily hair has highly active oil glands, which secrete a lot of oil. Oily hair is also shiny but it needs frequent washing; otherwise, the oil glands clog due to dirt and can even attract bacterial infections.

Human hair can be straight, wavy or curly. Variations occur in each type of hair type, and this is the reason why every human being has different hair from his fellow beings. To identify the hair type, one should wash the hair with normal shampoo and allow it to dry without using towel or hair dryer. Once your hair is dried completely, you are ready to identify your hair type.

Your hair is one or combination of the following patterns:
1. Flat and straight
2. Little body but no wave
3. Two or three waves but overall straight
4. Loose waves
5. Distinct waves
6. Slight curls
7. Lots of loose spiral curls
8. Bouncy curls
9. Tight curls
10. Tight S-shaped curls
11. Tight S-shaped curls falling in zigzag pattern.

Once you determine the type and extent of wave or curl in your locks, you can move on to the next step. Find out the thickness of a single strand of your coat and of you overall curl. For this, take a clean single strand of your coat and hold it in front of your eyes. If it is barely visible, or felt with your fingers, it is fine hair. Medium coat is visible and felt easily with your fingers but it is still soft like a cotton ball; coarse hair is thicker, definitely visible and feels slippery and wiry when held between fingers.

To identify the overall thickness of your coat, gather your hair in a pony tail and measure the circumference. Thin hair will measure less or equal to 2 inches; normal coat will be between 2-4 inches; and thick hair will be 4-4+inches.

Knowing the exact type of your hair can lead to healthy and beautiful hair with appropriate maintenance and care.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Easy Holiday Style by Lexi With the Curls!

Lexi from Lexi with Curls, shares her favorite quick and fabulous holiday style. This is perfect for your office holiday party or family get together. Happy Holidays from all of us at Ouidad!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Knotty Hair Salon!

"May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!" 
~Author Unknown

Saturday, December 22, 2012

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Hairstyle for You

How many times have you seen a photo in a magazine or the style books at your salon and loved it, but then when it was on your own head it just didn't look right? Even if your stylist did a great job cutting and styling it just like the photo, it just didn't look that great on you. Why? Or maybe it looked great leaving the salon but you just couldn't duplicate it yourself at home? There are a number of reasons why a dream come true in the salon might turn into a nightmare in the bathroom the next day.

Avoid disappointment by considering these four factors when you're selecting your new hairstyle:

Face Shape

The most common cause of an unflattering hairstyle is not considering your face shape when making your selection. If you're not sure what your face shape is, simply sit in front of a mirror, pull your hair back off of your face (including your bangs), and use lipstick or another easy-to-remove item such as soap to trace the edges of your reflection of your face in the mirror. Stand back and look at it. Do you have the ever sought after oval face shape? Do you have a round face shape? Do you have a square face shape? Or maybe you have a heart-shaped face or oblong face.

Consider these factors when selecting your hairstyle by using these guidelines:

Oval- Lucky you! You have the most desired face shape and can generally get by with any hairstyle you choose.

Square- You may want to avoid hairstyles that are chin length or full around the chin area. This will emphasize a wider jaw line and could enhance a square facial shape.

Round- If your face is round you may want to look for a style that isn't too full around the widest part of your face. Hairstyles that are fuller around the top of the head or bangs, or are longer in length will pull your overall shape upwards and/or downwards to create an elongated effect.

Heart- You have one of the most unique face shapes! Heart shaped faces generally are wider at the forehead with a tapering jaw and chin line. You can widen the appearance of your jaw line by selecting a hairstyle that is wider around the bottom or is blunted with the jaw line, such as a bob. Around the top of the forehead avoid flat or parted styles without bangs.

Oblong- For an oblong face shape, simply avoid long straight hairstyles with no fullness at the sides. Usually a more round shaped hairstyle will give a more rounded appearance in the face. Avoid styles that are in themselves elongated.

The rule of thumb here is easy to see, you're simply selecting a style that is essentially opposite of what your face shape is. By doing so you are basically overcompensating for areas you wish were larger or more pronounced, and downplaying areas you desire to be smaller or less prominent.


The next factor to consider when selecting the perfect hairstyle for you is the texture of your hair. This is every hairstylist's most difficult challenge. Consider what type of hair you have when you take them a photo of your desired new do. Ask them, "Do you think my hair would do this?"

Be realistic with yourself. Try not to make your hair do something it won't. You may resort to chemical treatments such as straightening, smoothing, or permanents to help you reach your goal. But sometimes you still may be limited.

For example, if your hair is coarse and thick, try to stay away from smooth sleek styles unless you're willing to receive a smoothing treatment and possibly use a flat iron and/or smoothing products daily.

If your hair is extremely fine, you may not want to select a very full style unless you're prepared to receive a permanent (perm) and are willing to use volumizing products daily. You'll most likely need to blow dry, round brush, or even use heated appliances such as hot rollers, curling irons, or flat irons as well.


Next, ask yourself how much time you're willing to spend on your new style everyday. Be honest with yourself. Ask your stylist to help you understand what will be required to achieve the look you want. Are you willing to invest that much time to make it happen each day?

If your scalp and hair is oily and you need to shampoo daily, you'll be starting over each day. Will you need to blow dry? Will you need to use heated appliances? How many styling products will you need? Most important, how long with it take?

Be sure to also find out how often you'll need to have a trim or touch up in the salon. Are you willing and able to commit to the maintenance outside your own bathroom as well?


What's in your budget? Are you able to purchase the styling products and maybe the chemical services you need to maintain your desired style? What needs to be done and how often?

Hair grows, and chemical services need to be maintained. How fast does your hair grow? How often will you need a touch up?

Products are important and your stylist will show you how to use them and show you what is recommended. The good news about most professional salon products is that they tend to last longer than those purchased in the drug store. The reason is that they're more concentrated and are made from higher quality ingredients. This is also better for your hair.

If you're going to invest in chemical services, you'll want to maintain your hair properly. Using the right products is important. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money and time of a perm to go home and shampoo with an inexpensive shampoo that contains cheap ingredients. Many of the over-the-counter style shampoo manufacturers use detergents that contain chemicals similar to that of straigteners. To put it plainly, they'll take the curl right out of your hair!

If you're investing in hair color services, make sure to use something that will protect rather than strip all the hard work your stylist has done. Sulfates (a fancy schmancy name for detergents or cleansers) and other chemicals found in cheaper shampoos and conditioners can strip artificial hair color and cause premature fading.

There is a perfect style for you. You just need to be honest with yourself, consult with a professional, and commit to what you need to do to maintain it. You may not be able to get your hair to do what you see on someone else's head in a magazine. But that's OK. Select something your hair will go along with and be yourself! You'll be much happier when you leave the house in the morning-on time!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Prom 2013 Hair Styles

Joel Green, hair and makeup artists for Tony Bowls, discusses some of the hot trends for prom 2013!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

How To Choose A Hair Color To Go With Your Complexion

I heard on the news today that the temperature was going to hit the upper 90s again. If you are wearing hair color, and it does not matter what color you are wearing, I am sure you want your color to always look exciting. Many of you are spending days in the sun, at the beach and in the pool, which means chlorine and salt water, which can be very difficult on color treated hair. Did you know that the lighter your hair is from its natural color the more difficult it is to keep it healthy in these elements?

If your hair is blond and you want to keep it from turning green from the chlorine you might want to presoak it first and apply some conditioner in it before you get in the pool so that your hair does not absorb the chlorine. Redken has Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF12 that gives excellent protection, and Banana Boat has a very inexpensive one, Sport Body and Scalp Sunscreen at about $5.00 that works well. When it comes to shampooing, you also want to use sulfate free shampoos as well. Those that contain sulfates will fade your color and your color investment goes right down the drain. Because you need to shampoo often if you swim, go to the beach or work out in the gym, there is a need to shampoo more often. However, shampooing every other day or even every two days is sufficient and on those other days just use a conditioner and massage through your hair and scalp and rinse. Your hair will be clean; it will smell great and will look as if you shampooed it and won't feel weighted down.

If your hair is brunette, adding some subtle highlights would look great and give great natural highlighted look. I call it the sun kissed look. Just have it highlighted just around the face and just where the sun touches your head down to the tips with the look of perfect dark to light graduation. This can be achieved with balyage or with a large tooth comb and even smooshing it a little at the ends to achieve the desired look of warm caramels and honey gold with more blonde at the ends. Children have a natural sun kissed look after playing in the sun. If you see a child with the perfect highlights you admire, take a photo and take them to your hairstylist and see if he or she can duplicate them for you.

No matter what color or highlights you are wearing, they should enhance your face and never take away from your face. If you have warm undertones you are good to go with warm tones such as reds, coppers, gold tones and auburns. If you have cool undertones you are good to go with colors in the cooler tones or on the ashy side. Have you ever seen someone with warm undertones wearing ash blond hair? Did they look a little green to you? What about someone with a cooler complexion wearing straight up blond hair? Did they appear a tad bit washed out? You get the picture. Stay in your lane.

I love reading Rosemary Rodgers romantic novels. The heroine always has red hair and green eyes. This combination is always a good fit, don't you think? That is because on the color wheel, green and red are opposite which means they are complimentary colors.

The point I am getting at is color should complement your eyes and skin color. I have created a chart and you can select where you are with your eye color, skin color and hair color. From there, you can pick the correct color family that is perfect for you. The right hair color will change your life.

If your eye color is dark brown or black, gray-blue or dark blue, hazel with, gray or blue flecks, you fall in the cool category. If your eye color is dark warm brown, golden brown, green, green blue or turquoise, hazel with gold or brown flecks, you fall in the warm category. Now for skin color, if you have very dark brown to medium brown with olive undertones, true olive (some blacks, Asians and Latinos), medium with no color in cheeks, medium with faint pink cheeks, medium with golden undertones, pale with no color in cheeks, brown or bronze when tan, you fall in the cool category. If you are brown with pink undertones, golden undertones, pale with peach or gold undertones, freckled, ruddy or golden brown when tan, you fall into the warm category. For the natural hair color, if your hair color is blue black, deep coffee brown, medium ash brown, medium golden brown, dishwater blond or white to silver, you fall in the cool category. However, if your hair has red undertones, red, strawberry blonde, then you fall into the warm category.

If you checked mostly cools, then you are naturally cool, likewise, if you are mostly warm, you are naturally warm. If you are naturally cool you want to stay away from yellow, gold, bronze and red because they will make you look washed out. You would look great in shiny black dark ash brown, cool browns or cool blonds in platinum. Of course it also depends on your skin tone. You can even wear those awesome bright red lipsticks that other people would look less flattering wearing.

Naturally warm people should avoid jet black hair for sure, violet and blue hair because it will not be the best look for you. You will find that your best look, depending on your skin tone will be deep chocolates, golden browns, auburns, warm gold, red highlights, and golden blonds to make your look pop. I love adding highlights in warm tones to compliment.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chic Hairstyles For Short Hair

Short hair is by far the easiest to maintain but there are fewer styles to choose from when compared to long hairstyles. But all is not lost as how you have it cut, blown dry, curled, or straightened, can make a world of difference to the way you look. If you are fortunate enough to have a patient hairdresser who is also game to trying out something new each time, you can be sure that heads will turn every time you give yourself a hair makeover.

Using a straightener or a curling iron innovatively can result in a hairstyle that will be the envy of even celebrities. Like for example the really chic straight hair that breaks into large lovely curls just below eye level that frame your face. Or you could part your hair to one side and layer the top portion of your hair that should be given a professional 'messy' cut to suggest a carefree demeanour that also means business.

Then there is the fringe with waves to die for resting just over the eyebrows, or a side fringe running into a mass of short wavy curls just about resting on the shoulders. A short layered cut at chin level with the ends blown dry to turn outwards would give you a very chic and professional look. If you want to go in for a breezy look, try the really short haircut with thick tight curls all over the head.

You could go for a shoulder length hair cut with neat layers, and emphasize the layers by alternating between brushing inwards and outwards while blow drying. Or keep it really short with a centre parting, and very straight before dissolving into a riot of soft curls and spiral waves. This hairstyle looks great with the right highlights. For blonde hair, use burgundy highlights, and on light brown hair, blonde highlights.

The highlights look great on short hair cut in spikes too. This will definitely make you look very adventurous and doesn't require much maintenance. You could always take the really brave step of going for a buzz cut and still carry it off well with the right clothes and accessories. There is really nothing you cannot do with short hair if you set your mind to it.

The best hairstyles do not come from blindly copying from a celebrity but rather something that will also reflect the shape of your face, your skin tone and colour, your personality, your attitude to life, the clothes you wear, and even the type of work you do. If your job is in the corporate sector, you may not be able to play around with your hair as much as you could if you were in the entertainment sector.

But if you do a bit of research and discuss your options with your hairdresser, you will soon find out what will suit you the best. In any case, don't hesitate to try out something new as you just might find a new gorgeous hairstyle. Let your imagination fly!

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

How to Keep Dyed Hair Color Bright

Learn how to keep hair color bright after dying so that your locks will stay vivid for weeks. Here are some tips on how to keep hair color bright after dying.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hair Don'ts for a Round Face

The right hair style can slenderize a round face, be sure to avoid these "hair don'ts" and use styling tips that compliment a round face, while being chic and modern.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Moroccanoil Treatment

Learn more about the Moroccanoil Treatment in this video. 

Moroccoanoil products are available to purchase at Knotty Hair Salon!
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Red Hair Colors - Considerations You Want to Know Before Going Red

Natural redheads are really rare. This is why so many women covet red hair colors and attempt to dye their hair. Many people are unsatisfied with the results because it is the hardest color to fake. There are too many shades in a natural redhead hair to get a good result from a bottle.

The problem is that many people take dye jobs into their own hands. This means they have probably picked up a bottle of dye at the grocery store - a bottle which was one of few other choices in terms of hue. It therefore will end up looking very awkward and unnatural, causing many women to dye their hair back. For the best results, you should see a stylist.

Of all the shades of red, strawberry blond is the worst when it is faked. The combination of red and blond almost always turns out to be a horrific, brassy orange. The reason for this is that redheads tend to have multi-colored strands of hair, changing when the light hits it. They have more than just high and low-lights like other hair colors.

One thing many people forget when they dye their hair is to dye their eyebrows as well. This is often an indicator of a faker. Few natural redheads have extremely dark eyebrows. Redheads have light eyebrows, so if yours are already blond, leave them. If yours are dark, try going slightly auburn. You will be amazed at how more realistic the rest of your hair looks if you do this. Just never dye your eyebrows the same shade of red as your hair.

Eyelashes are another way for people to tell if someone is faking their hair color. You can always get your eyelashes dyed at a salon, but it may just be easier to go for mascara of a different color than you usually get. Look up makeup specific for redheads--it is a growing market. You can then get dark auburn mascara which will look less harsh than black.

Keep in mind that your skin coloring has a great deal to do with how realistic the color looks. If you have pale skin, you are more likely to look natural with it. Pick a pale shade of red. In this case, you will be able to get away with wearing just about any shade. If you are darker or have heavy freckles, light red hair might look silly. Go more the russet route and stay away from red clothes.

Try it in stages if your hair is already dark. Get red highlights and if you like them, get more. Dark auburn is a way to sneak into being a redhead. Blonds, unfortunately, have to just go for it. Their hair could look orange if they got highlights, or the red could be extremely noticeable from the rest of their hair color. Try for something less intense your first few goes.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Professional Hair Salon Stylists and Services

Salon services are there for everyone. No matter what look you are trying to achieve, a professional hair salon can help you reach your goals. They have full lines of color products matched with years of experience in hair color and highlights. By either making an appointment or walking in, anyone can enjoy professional hair services.

Books are always available at salons to help guide consultations. Bringing any pictures along of the color you want or cut and style you want is always recommended. Using books and pictures to help show what look you want is a great way for the stylists to know exactly what you want. Communication is key and professional hair salons are trained to achieve the look that the customer desires. Of course, their professional view is always available if you want advice on which color or cut would be best for your unique skin tone and features. They are skilled with different cuts for all different lengths of hair. From men's cuts to bobs and long layers, stylists know how to compliment a jaw line and face shape best.

The real technique of the professionals is in their performance. Beyond being able to cut a variety of styles and lengths, they also have to know how to mix colors, highlights, toners and more. Knowing what solutions to mix to get the perfect color and shade is a learned process that continues to grow with experience. Being able to take dark colors to blonde without damaging the hair can be done by a professional hair salon. With your desired look and the condition of your hair in mind, they can safely decide how to take your hair where you want it to go.

At the salon you can also have treatments done to your hair. Conditioning treatments and masks can help strengthen your hair and restore its shine. This is great for those that use color, highlights, or use frequent heat when styling. Treatments and deep conditioners are also great for those that are trying to grow out their hair because they can help restore brittleness and prevent split ends.

Going to a professional salon is always recommended. Cutting, styling, coloring, and color mixing is difficult to do correctly if you are not a trained stylist. Not only are they educated in the craft but they have the experience to help any male or female that sits in their salon chair.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

5 Steps to Winter Hair Care

The fall and winter season is upon us! There's so much to look forward to this time of year. School is back in session, the holidays are coming, maybe even snow to play in depending on where you live. I love the winter season. My hair and skin? Not so much. Between the dry, cold air outside and the heater running inside, my hair tends to get very dry and frizzy looking. There are some things you can do however, to help prevent this winter hair syndrome.

1. Shampoo your hair less frequently if you can get away with it. Also, always use a conditioner after shampooing your hair, and give your hair a final rinse in cold water. The cold water closes your hair shaft and adds shine.

2. Never brush your hair when it's wet. Always use a wide tooth comb.

3. Dry to avoid using blow dryers and curling irons as much as possible. If you absolutely can't live without these styling tools, then be sure and use a good moisturizer for your hair beforehand. Just be careful if you have fine hair, some leave-in moisturizers can weigh down your hair.

4. Limit the amount of chemical treatments you do to your hair as much as possible. Perming, chemically straightening and coloring your hair can really dry out your hair. If you can't wait all winter, then be sure to get any chemical treatments done at a professional salon. Avoid using home coloring kits.

5. Last, but not least, never go outside with wet hair. You may not catch pneumonia, as our moms always warned, but you will run the risk of hair breakage. Even if your hair is dry, it's a good idea to keep it covered with a hat or a scarf rather than letting it blow around in the cold wind.

Follow these 5 winter hair care tips will help keep those winter frizzies away! So get out there and enjoy the season!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How To Curl Hair - The Today Show

Grace Gold shows how to curl your hair with today's most popular hot tools: a flat iron, a conical/clampless iron, a curling iron and hot rollers.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Get Rid of Flyaway Hair This Winter Season

Well, flyaways are caused when hair strands pick up positive charges. These charges cause some strands to lift away from the rest of the hair so it's no longer in place but loosely "flying" away on its own. This can make for a bad hair day and a bad mood especially when you put the effort into making your hairstyle. Basically, you have lost moisture from your hair. It's common to have this happen due to the winter's dry air. Also, sometimes the heating in your home and workplace can dry out hair as well as static from clothing.

What to do?

Well, a great tip is carrying lotion in your purse. Lightly rub some lotion on your hands and smooth it onto the hair. Use very little - just enough to add a bit of moisture to your hair. Another good tip is before you style your hair make sure you use a leave-in conditioner on your hair as well as a bit of styling serum to give your hair a bit of moisture so it can withstand any dry air or static that it may encounter once you leave the house.

As you know, winter weather can wreck havoc on your hair so the only way to repel the evil demon of dry air is to use the right products. Follow these tips and say goodbye to flyaway hair!

Also look for products that provide moisture to the hair. This is extremely important especially for those with curly hair who want to avoid the frizzies. If you're shopping for hair products, buy products with the following ingredients coconut oil, wheat germ, keratin and/or jojoba, vitamins such as biotin, panthenol, vitamin A, E and essential oils. These ingredients work well with any hair type.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hairstyle Ideas for Long, Straight Hair

2012 is going to be the year of great looking hairstyles whether your hair is long, short, curly or straight. But, if you are tired of the same boring look, try some of these hairstyle ideas for long, straight hair. There is a look out there for you to ensure that you look the best that you possibly can for this year.
  • Super Sleek: Bust out your straightening iron and get to smoothing out those frazzled tresses. This year try to keep it as smooth as possible with some frizz taming serum and a flat iron to get your locks at neat as possible. Parts down the middle and to the side are just as popular - just take a look at the celebrities!

  • A Simple Pull-Back: If you are having a day where it seems no matter what you do, your locks will not cooperate, then try pulling all of your hair back into either a bun or a high ponytail. You can leave some tendrils or bangs out of the bun to give it a less severe look. This is a great style at work - allowing you an easy change at the end of the day.

  • Au Naturel: Another great idea is to just go natural. Whatever the texture of your locks may be, just throw in some frizz easing serum or some control gel and get on with your day!

  • Braids: Braids are all the rage this year and will look fun but mature at the same time. You can do a French Braid, a half braid, a loose slung to the side braid or a messy braid. Anything goes with a braid.

  • Bangs: Bangs are a wonderful hairstyle idea for long, straight hair because it breaks up the heaviness of locks that are one length with an interesting frame for your face. You can opt for whimsical side-swept look or go all out with a bold horizontal bang.

  • Accessories: If you want to spice up your look without cutting it, adding accessories is a good hairstyle idea for long, straight hair. Pins look great as well as bands and flowers. Keep it light and fun and you can't go wrong.
There are plenty of great styles ideas for hair that is straight and long; and all it takes is for you to do some experimentation to find out what works for you. Step out of your comfort zone and you will be happy that you did!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Hot Short Hairstyles for 2012

A long time ago you would have thought that in order to have great hair, Hollywood celebrities would have to have long flowing locks. Recent years and fashion changes have made it so that short hair can be sexy as well. Some of the most famous celebrities will sport short hairstyles and grab the attention of all the cameras at the premiere or the red carpet. If you want to get your hairstyle based on what you see from celebrities, then here are a few ideas that will help you become hip and sexy while sporting short hair.
Jenna Elfman: The TV and movie actress has gotten her short hairstyle on the pictures of the tabloids now for a couple of years. Lately, her hairdo has been more of a casual look. It is tapered into her neck which gives the style shape. The jagged layers in Jenna's hairstyle cut through both sides and her back which achieves the best results. If you have a round face, then this hairstyle is perfect for you as it is also low maintenance with an average time between hair trims being four to six weeks. Thin or medium hair density is the best for this type of hairstyle.
Ashlee Simpson: Ashlee Simpson went from medium to long hair length to a shorter more casual hairstyle. The new hairdo makes Ashlee seem more sophisticated. This hairstyle is worn with one ear showing while the opposite side shows layers which gives the hairstyle shape. Women who have fine to medium hair density and do not want to use much product will benefit from Ashlee's hairstyle. It is a very low maintenance hairdo which takes about 10 minutes to style. One recommendation is to direct the hair into the right position at the same time that you are applying your finishing products or if drying.
Katherine McPhee: Katherine McPhee's hairstyle sits beautifully on her head. There is a combination of short and medium layers which add body to the hairstyles look and the back is tapered to the neck to add to the flair. If you have an oval, square, diamond or oblong face shape, Katherine's hairdo is perfect for you. It works best with hair density that is medium to thick. It does take some time to get it to look just right. On average, styling time should be around 30 minutes. If you want shine and hold on this hairstyle, all that you need to do is apply a very small amount of smoothing shine on the top.
Mandy Moore: Brunettes will have a lot of fun wearing Mandy Moore's hairstyle. Mandy has proven that the brunette look is a great look on her. This haircut has been razored and cut whispy into a short hairstyle and that compliments the youthful appearance of the singer. If you have a medium or coarse hair type then you should definitely try it. Women with oval, square, oblong, heart or diamond face shape will look perfect with this low maintenance hairstyle. It takes about 20 minutes to style your hair to look like Mandy's.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Our Top Tips For Managing Dry, Winter Hair

It happens ever year...the cold, dry arctic blasts bring frigid air and introduce that time of year we all have to deal with hard-to-manage dry, winter hair.
The lack of humidity, increased static from shedding and replacing clothing, and the dryness of conditioned in-door air makes controlling our hair difficult at best.
So, what is happening and what can be done?
By nature and physics, cold air is less dense that warmer air. It contains less water vapor and humidity and tends to dry-out our scalp and hair. This, combined with static created by taking on and off coats, hats, and scarves leads to fly-away, low moisture content, and an increase of damage from styling appliances like flat irons and blow dryers.
So, what can be done - here's our tips for controlling "winter hair" 
  • Use a moisturizing shampoo - If your hair is naturally on the dry side, you may have already learned this trick. If not, you might consider for the winter. Moisturizing shampoos provide additional hydration to the follicle shaft (and scalp). The added moisture helps support the hair's shaft and improves thickness. This helps with control and resists dryness.
  • Avoid blow drying - Yes, I know, this is a big one, but allowing your hair to air-dry after combing with a wide-toothed comb can help a lot. The heat and dryness from a dryer makes it more difficult to style.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner - Available as lotions or sprays, a leave-in will provide daily conditioning while helping provide control and help lock-in hydration.
  • Gels & Mousse - If you use styling aids, light-hold gels can help provide control - generally better than hairspray. It may not work for all hairstyles - especially men - but the added control provides a bit of stiffness that helps fight static electricity.
  • Flat Irons - While this might seem somewhat contradictory, a good flat iron can help a lot if it works for your style. Newer, better models have tourmaline-infused plates and anti-static properties. When used with a thermal protector, you can help avoid heat damage and improve smoothness and control.
  • Styling - If you have long hair, you might consider pulling your hair back - in a ponytail or a bun. It might not be your preferred style, but it might be the best option during cold weather.
Low humidity, cold air and winding environments wreak havoc on the natural state of moisture content in our hair - making it difficult to control. These tips have helped - I hope they work well for you too!

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

NEW Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment by Ouidad

Morgan demonstrates how-to use the new Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment by Ouidad, a deeply hydrating, washout treatment that rehydrates the hair shaft, restoring & replenishing lost moisture & breathing new life into hair

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

7 Ways to Style a Ponytail, Hairstyle Ideas

Ponytails are the hairstyle equivalent of a white button-down — in other words, they're a style staple that goes with everything. Here we show you seven ways to toss your hair back, from a sleek and easy middle part (perfect for a case of the Mondays) to a teased style that will be sure to breathe new life into your LBD. The best part? There's something for every level of hair enthusiast — neophytes included! Watch now to sidestep any bad hair day with a fresh, new ponytail style!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

NEW Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum

Morgan demonstrates how-to use the New Salon Series by Ouidad Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum, a potent, water-based leave-in serum infused with Biotin & a rich vitamin cocktail that strengthens hair strands & prevents breakage.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment

Morgan demonstrated how to use the new Salon Series by Ouidad Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment, a light-textured exfoliating cream that helps clear scalp & follicles of buildup & residue to help promote healthy hair growth

Monday, October 22, 2012

Color and Highlight Options

Hair salons provide several types of color services that can give texture, volume, body, and style. Depending on the color treatment of your choice, hair color can revamp or completely overhaul your look. Expert hair stylists can give you several types of hair color treatments depending on the look you are aiming for, so it's not just highlights or lowlights. There's more.
Highlights-this is the most popular coloring technique among hair salons. They add texture to hair and are compatible with almost any natural hair color. One can get highlights over uncolored hair or over tresses that already have existing dye. Highlights are also used to emphasize your best facial features or frame a rounder face. This technique can also be a statement when two or more contrasting colors are put together like green, purple, pink, etc.
Temporary Color-as the name implies, hair color will only stay for a couple of days to a week. If you're not quite ready for change are you just want to test out different looks, then getting temporary color is the way to go without causing so much damage to your mane. Dyes for temporary color can come in shampoo or paste form.
Lowlights and Twilighting-this technique aims to either soften or give depth to hair. Lowlights gain best results if they come in warmer, darker tones. Twilights, on the other hand, yield the best outcome with lighter shades. Either way, these techniques can help you achieve darker or lighter hair in a more subtle way.
Permanent Color-when you want a full head of color, then this should be your ideal choice. The only downside to getting permanent hair color is the greater risk of damage to your hair due to the higher exposure to hydrogen peroxide. Also, once you've started on getting a full head of color, there will be no turning back since new growth of your natural hair will obligate you to touch ups and color corrections. Going to a professional hair stylist is the most crucial thing, especially for virgin hair.
Double Processed Color-this technique has t be done with precaution because it will definitely damage one's follicles. Such a technique will surely give dramatic results (from black hair to icy white) but it involves several processes that mainly strip away your natural color. Generally, bleaching will be done in order to get a "blank canvass" for the new pigment of choice. Hair salons recommend that you go undergo hair analysis and consultation prior to getting this treatment.
Color Correction-this is a method for touch-up needs for colored tresses. Some hair salons call this "veiling" since it involves applying a thin layer of pigment over the existing one to brighten and liven-up the hairstyle. Semi-permanent dyes are usually used for this technique but it all depends on the stylists and the current state of your hair.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

3 Easy Ways to Style Your Bangs

Need another reason to try bangs? We've got three, actually — and they prove that fringe definitely has its benefits. Here, celebrity stylist Tippi Shorter demonstrates how easy it is to transform your hair by changing the way you style your bangs. Watch now to see how to create three distinctly different looks!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hairstyles With Bangs

Hairstyles with bangs are great choices for women who want to have hot, attractive looks. These styles give very contemporary looks to women as well as men, and they look excellent for every occasion and can be worn easily. They are the best and easiest way for you to get a quick makeover. With bangs you can add an element of interest to your hairstyle. Hairstyles with bangs are inexpensive as well. They suit your overall personality and enhance your characteristics.

Most hair styles with bangs look good on all hair textures and all face types. Bangs are great ways to create and alter different styles. With a little creativity, finding the right style of bangs can be both a fun and exciting journey of self-discovery. Hairstyles with bangs look good on all age groups. Some hairstyles look gorgeous without bang, but bangs can definitely make a world of difference to the way you look. Hairstyles with bangs are very fashionable. There are plenty of bangs hairstyles to choose from. Lots of celebrities are wearing bangs at the moment.

Long hairstyles with bangs

Long hairstyles are the most desired and feminine hairstyles because of the lovely look the length creates. They always give a woman the great look she needs to make her appearance look great. They make curling hair much easier. Many celebrities sport these styles and wear their hair swept back with some wisp bangs to provide contour effects around their faces for evening occasions. Long hairstyles also provide women with more feminine looks. Beside side-swept and straight bangs, the rounded and long bangs are also great on long hairstyles.

Medium bang hair styles

Medium length styles have become very popular due to their relatively low maintenance. They can offer different styling opportunities, and they suit any face shape depending on the haircut. These styles have become a classic element of the haircuts long time ago. With these styles you will have the freedom to achieve multiple interchangeable looks without changing the hairstyle completely. The bangs always persist in the trends, and make your face look more sculpted and could change the image without changing the haircut.

Short hairstyles

Short hairstyles are so popular because of the vastly different looks you are able to achieve now. They are incredibly hot recently due to celebrities like Victoria Beckham or Rihanna.These celebrities benefit from bangs and you can too.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Brazilian Blowout: Turning Frizzy Hair Straight

There is certainly no shortage of products on the shelves promising to turn frizzy, curly, or over processed hair back into the luscious straight hair many women desire. Serums, shampoos, and conditioners have made a fortune promising results that never seem to materialize. Until now, most women have had to either do a tremendous amount of work before getting ready to achieve the hair they want, or simply come to terms with the fact that it was never to be. The Brazilian Blowout, an exciting new process performed in salons around the world, has changed all that. After only an hour or two in the salon, any woman can have the hair of her dreams.

Thanks to a process that can turn even the worst hair into a silky dream, almost any woman who has problems with her hair can use the Brazilian Blowout to turn things around for the better. Because of hair dryers, chemicals, and dyes, most women have damaged their hair a great deal by the time they are in their mid twenties. Short of cutting it all off and starting again, there are few alternatives but to keep doing the same things, which lead to the same results. By being up front and honest with your salon and having the process tailored to your needs, you can almost certainly benefit from this exciting application.

Though the effects don't last forever, if you apply the correct after treatment maintenance products to your hair, the Brazilian Blowout can continue to give you good results up to three months after having the process done. What's even more exciting is that there is a cumulative effect to the process. The more you have it done, the longer you can go between applications, gradually making your hair healthier and more willing to do the things you want it to do. It is perfect for women who have damaged hair due to chemicals and hair dyes, as well as those who wish to combine chemical relaxers with the application.

One final note, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding salons who use formaldehyde in their Brazilian Blowout procedure. Having too much of this substance in your hair can lead to serious health problems and is in no way worth the risk. Check with your favorite provider to make sure they do not use this harmful chemical in their process before you sign up for an appointment.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hair Extensions Work As Enhancers and Protectors

If you were to ask any of the women you pass on the street, or even some of the ones you know personally, there's a good chance that some of them will admit to wearing hair extensions. Contrary to what some people may believe, the practice of adding extra hair isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, extensions help people in several different ways.

For example, brides who want to achieve a certain look for their wedding day often use this particular product. This is more important than some people may realize. In many people's eyes, a wedding hairstyle is not really a big deal. However, to a bride who has been dreaming about her wedding day ever since she was a little girl, this particular aspect is just as important as the dress that she chooses. Some women spend hours looking through magazines, in search of the perfect hairstyle.

Unfortunately, most of them don't have the right amount of hair to achieve the styles that they truly desire. So, without the use of additional hair, they would have to settle for a hairdo that they really don't like. This can definitely turn a dream wedding into a nightmare for some brides. Instead of being happy and satisfied, they end up being disgruntled and disappointed. The good news is this doesn't have to be the case. By adding more extensions, the bride is able to achieve the look that she has always dreamed of, making her wedding day can truly be complete.

Hair extensions can also be used for events like costume parties. As previously mentioned, most people don't have the locks to achieve certain styles. This is especially true for activities like costume parties where people have to dress up as different characters or movies stars. Many times, the colors that some people desire to wear to these parties are so off the wall that they can't really be achieved by dyeing. Some of these colors include hot pink, yellow, or even dark red. Even if these particular colors can be achieved, it may end up damaging the hair. That's because some coloring procedures and products can strip your tresses of natural oils and nutrients. They can also make it brittle and fragile. The way to counter or avoid this type of damage is to get hair extensions.

Extensions are a great way for people to get the style that they desire without making permanent changes or damaging the hair. It's also a great way for brides to have the wedding of their dreams.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Vintage Hairstyle Idea For Long Hair, Hair Tutorial

No matter what trends come along, long hair will never go out of style. And neither will this '40s-inspired, luxurious-looking take on Old Hollywood curls. Here, celebrity stylist Tippi Shorter explains how to add sleekness and shine that keeps the look modern. If you have a curling iron, pins, and the right styling products, this hairstyle is surprisingly easy to create. Watch now to learn each step.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Three Reasons Why Your Hair Should Be Trimmed Or Cut

The great Martin Luther once famously said, "The hair is the richest ornament of women." Hair not only enhances beauty, it also reveals a lot about the person's habits. Many women spend hours attending to their face and skin and have very little time for their hair. Hair damage in many cases is irreversible. One of the best solutions for hair problems is to regularly cut or trim it. This makes your hair manageable and consumes less time in taking care of it. The three reasons why you should trim and cut it regularly are:

Control Split Ends - Split ends are the most common types of problems. In this, the hair splits into two or more strands towards its end. Split ends are a result of normal hair wear and tear, but can also be caused by vigorous toweling, excessive blow-drying or coloring, bleaching or over exposure to the sun. Many people don't attend to split ends on time. This can lead to damaging the hair completely and reaching a point of no return.

In today's fast and busy life, split ends have become common as people have little time to attend to their hair. The easiest method to control split ends is by regularly trimming. Trimming your hair every six to eight weeks will remove split ends and keep your hair healthy and growing strong. This can however vary depending on its growth cycle.

Remove Old Color - Life demands constant change and one way to stand out among the crowd is to color your hair. People these days are experimenting with hair color more than ever before. From semi-permanent to permanent hair color people are trying every possible product and every possible shade. However, one problem most users face is getting rid of the old color.

Here too trimming or cutting your hair serves as an ideal solution. Hair grows out from the scalp and the new hair comes out in the original state. Therefore, to get rid of the old color, all you need to do is cut or trim.

Staying Within Your Age Range - Everyone desires to look young but how many can actually achieve it? The quality of your hair reflects your age and so taking care of your hair is of utmost importance. Although hair loss is a natural process, excessive hair loss at a premature age can make a women look older.

Long hair looks beautiful but not everyone can manage long it. Cutting and trimming makes it manageable and allows you to keep it healthy. It is up to you to choose between long hair and healthy hair! Long hair worn down can also make an older woman look even older.

Summary: Trimming and cutting your hair is one of the best ways to take care of it. Trimming is the solution to split ends, hair loss and removing old color. It makes the hair healthy and more manageable.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Hydrating Shampoo + Conditioner Moroccanoil

Check out Moroccanoil's hydrating shampoo and conditioner. 

Stop by Knotty Hair Salon today to pick up your favorite Moroccanoil product! 
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Best Winter Hairstyles

If you want to look hot and sexy during the winter season, you need to be familiar with the best winter hairstyles for women. Expect hairstyles to change as the temperature drops. Get to know what is fashionable and what's not to keep your hair stylish and chic all winter long.

No matter what your hair length is, you can choose from a wide range of glamorous hairstyle options. You can add more volume to your hair, keep long and luscious locks and try hairstyles with bangs.

When adding volume to your hair, use effective volumizing shampoos and root boot sprays. You can also add textural volume to your hair by wearing layered hairstyles or vintage beehive hairdos. A hair full of volume creates more drama and looks well on layers of bulky winter clothing.

Keeping your straight, wavy or curly hair long is also included in the list of fashionable winter hairstyles. Long hair will look good on bulky clothes and winter hats while adding an air of elegance to any hairdo. If you have short hair, you can go for hair extensions for fresh and fast hairstyle change.

Hairstyles with bangs are also popular during the winter. Bangs can frame the face and draw more attention to the wearer's eyes. They can also minimize skin paleness during the chilling winter months. Try full-cut bangs for a classic look or side swept bangs that look sassy and fun.

Bobs, razors, and shags

If you want to keep your short hair, you can try some of the popular bob hairstyles. Contemporary bobs are characterized with tapered tips of striking hair, while messy bobs exhibit an alluring and carefree look.

Razor haircuts are popular during the winter because they effortlessly add drama to all winter hairstyles. The messy texture of a razor haircut reflects the confident, bold and enthusiastic personality of the wearer.

Shag hairstyles with shorter lengths also look good during the winter. Some people even add lowlights to their shag in order to create more depth to their sense of style.

Maintaining winter hair

If you want to keep your hair shiny and smooth during winter, you have to properly take care of it. Keeping your hair healthy and soft during freezing winter seasons is easy if you are familiar with effective hair care tips.

The cold winter will make your hair look drier and frizzier. Make sure to use an appropriate conditioner that can leave your hair soft and moisturized. You can also spare some of your money for hot oil treatments if you want to get rid of brittle hair.

Start eating a healthy diet and drinking more water to keep your hair moisturized and revitalized from within. Refrain from washing your hair too much. Too much washing will strip away your hair's natural oil and make it look frizzier during winter.

With these tips, you can easily get and maintain trendy winter hairstyles that reflect your impeccable taste in fashion.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Try This Different (and Easier) Take on the Braid

Heard of a rope braid? It's one of the easiest hairstyles to pull off, and after seeing how Fendi showcased them on the Fall 2012 runway; we decided to create our own interpretation for an everyday, wearable look. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Extra Volume Shampoo + Conditioner Moroccanoil

Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner contain antioxidant argan oil and nutrients to cleanse, detangle and bring back body to hair. They beautify hair with shine, manageability and movement, while making it easier to style. The formulas are free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens, so they're safer for the environment and won't dry, fade or strip hair of color

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Runway Secret For Flowing Hair That Moves

Looking for more movement in your hair? Theyskens' Theory's Fall 2012 runway show included a clever trick: a strategically placed braid that made the models' hair look as if it were floating down the catwalk. Creating the look is easy if you know how to braid your hair.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Keeping Your Hair Beautiful With Brazilian Keratin Treatment

We have all seen it before and most of us have also experienced it as well. Dry, frizzy hair that never seem to go away no matter what we do to reduce the problem. So, you went to the hair dresser, had your hair done perfectly and have to wait at least a week before you can wash it. It is a known fact that if you wash it now, it is back to your hair frizzing out and giving problems again. However, that is not the worse part, when you get your hair done, while you can avoid washing it, it is hard to avoid the rain. If it rains for ten hours straight and you are stuck somewhere, what are you going to do, stay there until it stops raining or, are you going to change your hair products and begin using Brazilian Keratin Treatment.

However, what is the Brazilian keratin treatment?

Brazilian keratin treatment is a hair straightener that was created to soften, straighten and make your hair shine, all in one step. This treatment works from the inside out and it will coat your hair to prevent it from being damaged further. What you must keep in mind about this product is that it is not a chemical product and it does not work by restructuring your hair. This is a typical hair treatment that works by reconditioning your hair and protecting it from the elements such as heat that may be caused by the sun, flat-iron, curling iron, or blow dryer. The treatment will also protect your hair from water as well and when you opt to use Brazilian keratin treatment, you can wash your hair immediately after you leave the salon and it will not frizz. A treatment of Brazilian keratin will stay in your hair and protect it for up to 12 weeks after it is applied.

Who is the Brazilian Keratin Treatment made for?

This is a treatment that can be used on basically all hair types. It is made to be used on hair that has been: relaxed, bleached, permed, colored, and it can be used in your hair if you had it straightened recently. This treatment is ideal for your hair if it is curly, has been damaged by harmful chemicals, or if your hair is wavy. However, ideally, Brazilian keratin treatment is there for unhealthy hair because this treatment will get your hair healthy again without the use of any harsh chemicals.

Brazilian keratin treatment is a revolutionary product of the future and it has been designed to be used by professionals. If your salon does not use this product, it is recommended that you suggest that they do because there are no other products like it on the market. If healthy, shiny, frizz free hair is what you have in mind, think about using the Brazilian Keratin treatment because it was designed for you.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Discover Ouidad's NEW Mongongo Multi-Use Hair Treatment!

Morgan Willhite, the lead stylist at Ouidad Salon rocks gorgeous, long, curly locks of her own, and knows curls in and out. From everyday styling secrets to rescuing troubled tresses, she's a curl maven.

Friday, September 7, 2012

How to Add Volume to Your Curly or Wavy Hair

Morgan, creative director and head stylist at Ouidad Salon, demonstrates how to add lift and volume to your curls and waves using duckbill clips!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How to Curl Your Hair With a Flat Iron, Hair Tutorial

The seemingly impossible is possible: you can curl your hair with a flat iron. It's a simple technique and with a little practice, you'll be able to create soft curls with ease. And now you won't have to worry about packing your curling iron and straightener on your next trip. Watch and learn how to style!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

How to Condition Curly, Wavy and Kinky Hair

Morgan, creative director and head stylist at Ouidad Salon Santa Monica, gives the basics on how to condition curly, wavy, and kinky hair to add moisture, shine and buoyancy back to the curls

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How to Shampoo Curly, Wavy and Kinky Hair

Morgan, creative director and head stylist at Ouidad Salon, gives the basics on how to shampoo curly, wavy, and kinky hair to cleanse thoroughly while minimizing frizz.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

What Is The Right Hair Color For Me?

One of the quickest and easiest ways to change your look or accentuate your natural beauty is by coloring your hair. In just an hour or less, your entire appearance is changed. The key is choosing the right hair color for your eyes. The perfect color will easily make brown eyes sparkle and baby blues stun. Your hair color should always make your eyes pop.
Before coloring your hair, keep two things in mind. Ensure any color you use is appropriate for your skin tone. Going too dark or light for your skin tone can make you appear dull or washed out. Skin tones are categorized as warm, cool and neutral. Warm looks best in warm colors, cool looks best in cool colors and neutral can work almost any color.
Second, be careful with how far you vary from your natural color. If you have dark brown hair and want to go blonde, choose a warmer blonde for best results. Going extreme can cause damage to your hair and may take several colorings for the hair to reach the desired shade. Going from dark to light also takes longer to process and requires much more maintenance.
Hair Color For Brown Eyes
The key to choosing the right hair color for here is to always avoid boring, dull browns. Brown eyes work great with pretty much any shade of brown and even many blonde shades, especially warmer tones. Look for dimensional color to prevent making both the hair and eyes appear lackluster. Darker brown eyes work perfect with darker shades of brown. Adding dirty blonde highlights truly makes brown eyes stand out.
If you want to go even darker, brown eyes look great with black hair. If you have a cool skin tone, black may not work well for you. Try to avoid pure blacks with no shine. Black hair only works for brown eyes when it is shiny.
Hair Color For Blue Eyes
Traditionally, blue-eyed girls are associated with having blonde hair. This doesn't mean that's the only color that looks great on them. Blue eyes paired with cool, fair skin look best with warmer shades of blonde, chestnuts and coppery reds. They also rock cooler shades as well. Adding golden or reddish highlights compliments eyes and skin tone.
The best hair color for blue eyes paired with warm skin tones are beige or ash colors. Darker blondes and browns such as chestnut, blue black and coffee also work well. Blue eyes can even work reds. Add even more color with purple, red or blonde highlights.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Why You Should Consult Your Stylist Before Correcting Your Hair Color

Color correction usually implies that the current color that you are stuck with needs to be fixed. Maybe you need a complete makeover that changes your entire look all together. This is why you should consult your stylist before correcting or changing your hair color.

There are two mistakes that people often make when coloring their own hair: 1) not consulting with a color specialist and 2) attempting to fix the problem themselves. Lets say, for example your color came out too blonde. It may seem like an easy fix to apply a light brown or medium blonde over the whole head; however porosity of the hair plays a big role in how the hair absorbs color.

As an example, when the underlying tone of the color you are using is not known, covering it with a new color could change your roots to orange leaving your ends transparent or white. When hair has been colored too dark, trying to lift a dark brown or black out to reach a natural looking color is nearly impossible to do on your own. The color needs to be gently removed first. Then, the porosity of the hair has to be taken into account so that when applying new color the ends match the roots.

There are seven levels of orange and reds that the hair has to go through before achieving a natural result. These are just a couple mishaps that can happen when attempting your own color correction. If in doubt, schedule a consultation with your favorite color specialist for suggestions on what would be the most beneficial process for your hair type.

After correcting your color, you will also need reconstruction treatments to replace moisture to your hair. Anytime hair molecules are switched around there is always damage done. The real damage comes into play when you are lifting dark color out, as mentioned before, there are many levels to get through before you are out of the lovely range of orange. You can buy reconstructing treatments over the counter, but it is better to consult with a stylist. This is because some treatments are protein based which may dry out already dry hair.

Making sure you are receiving the best conditioner that is balanced with moisture and proteins will help your hair heal in no time. Before making a decision to go through with a color correction, make sure you both agree on the cost because it can get very expensive. That way you know what to expect and your stylist can work with you on price and the best color decision for your hair.

After the color correction is achieved and everyone is very happy with the result, maintenance is a must. What I mean is you need to baby your hair for a while. Use high-end products on your hair; something that is color safe and has UV protection. When using a blow dryer or other styling tools, apply a leave-in conditioner before styling. In addition, if your hair is fine, a volumizing cream or gel will provide some protection from excessive heat.

If you have chosen a red color, know that reds fade fast especially if hair is damaged. When rinsing hair, be sure to rinse with very cool water this will help the cuticle lay flat holding in color and keeping the hair shiny. Finally, in order to leave hair looking healthy, add in a light dry oil or anti-frizz serum.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Hair Extensions - The Need of the Hour to Keep Pace With Latest Trends for Women

In this fast paced world when you don't have time for anything, growing long hair stays in the dreams of most women. Well women love their hair to be long, beautiful and healthy looking. But long hair is hard to maintain and to take care of in the hectic life you live. The polluting environment and impure air does not help this situation either. Then the best possible remedy - you cut your hair. But what happens to your need of different hairstyles? Surely all women want to look their best at all times and hair is that one essential factor in your looks you cannot replace.

The fashion and the latest trends keep changing constantly and it is very hard to keep up pace with it. But women always need to be in sync with the latest fashion be it hairstyles. But very few hairstyles can actually be achieved with short or medium hair. Moreover long, silky and shiny hair instantly transforms the look of the woman concerned. This was the dilemma faced by countless women till the concept of hair extension came into being. Sporting the latest fashion in terms of your hairstyles has been made easy with the advent of hair extensions.

People say that hair is the crown for a woman therefore most women want their hair to be long but lack of time and care make them cut their stresses. Many women, to try new hairstyles cut their hair and then regret as it takes months to grow back their hair to the previous hair length. In these cases hair extensions come to their rescue as with the help of these extensions they can make their hair look longer in length and shiny. Hair extensions are strands of artificial human hair that women add to their existing hair length to make it look longer in length or to sport a long hairdo. A report says that growing long hair takes 5 to 6 years on average growing up to 1 cm long per month.

Be it any function, from prom, evening dances, and corporate functions to weddings, girls and women want to have the best look in the crowd. They match their dress with the jewelry and their hairstyle is meant to compliment their outfit and looks. Therefore hair extension provides that instant solution to have that desired hairstyle without much ado. Finding an efficient hairstylist to give you hairstyles using these extensions is a must.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

How to Get the Perfect Cut and Color From Your Stylist

Finding the perfect cut and color should be easy. Let's talk about your hair and Peter Anthony team up to share with you our "Top Ten tips for the perfect Color and Cut". How incredible would it be if we were able to show up to a professional, and voila! Magically the perfect hair color or hair cut appeared on our heads. We get not only what we wanted and what actually is the best hair color for our skin tone or the best hair cut for our lifestyle and facial shape. Unfortunately that is not always how it works. What we have placed together are well constructed tips on how you can get any stylist or colorist to give you not only the hair color or cut you need, but what you really want.

One: Be unreasonable about your expectations! Our hair cut and hair color is a personal extension of yourself. Be reasonable with other things, but not this. We have one chance to make a first impression.

Two: Understanding your personal hair type. You need to know your specific hair type and make certain the hairstylist working on you knows these few but important things. Exactly what hair type you have. What your real natural level of color is. Your exact grey percentage and where it is on your head.

Three: Your personal hair growth pattern.

Four: Never dictate what you want the stylist to do. What you need to dictate is that they get to a predetermined outcome, not how and where to cut your hair.

Five: Skin tones and hair coloring. Find the perfect match. Explore color charts with your skin tones and look for best matches.

Six: Lifestyle. Understanding the relationship between your lifestyle and the specific requirements in attaining the "look" of your hair is paramount. Are they congruent? Do you have enough time and commitment to achieve each day?

Seven: How do you want to "feel" after your hair treatment? Smart, sexy, sophisticated or trendy? When was the last time you felt that way and how did your hair look at that specific time? You are paying for an outcome not a hair cut.

Eight: What products are you currently using and why? This will help your stylist determine how to repair damaged hair, achieve a new style and suggest proper salon products.

Nine: Are you willing to be flexible about your hair style? Flexibility is the smartest way to get what you really want in any aspect of your life, especially fashion and hair.

Ten: Are you willing to put in the time? Every style has a trade off. Looking polished and ready will be traded with time put in.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

1 Girl, 2 Hairstyles....

One Girl, Two Hairstyles...see how different her day could have been straight vs. curly. Inspired by the movie, Sliding Doors.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Knotty Girls: Kristine Sagan

Kristine became a hairstylist in 1998 and since then has been able to share all of the milestones of life with her clients. From baby's first haircut to prom and wedding day. She feels blessed to share in her client's joys in life. Kristine loves giving someone extensions who may never be able to grow long hair or teaching someone how beautiful their curl could be. She feels that whether you are looking for a huge transformation or simply want to learn how to perfect your style, changing your hair can be life changing. She believes that your hair should be the best thing you wear!

In 2003 Kristine became part of the Art Team with TIGI. She has received the best training in the industry. She has experience teaching in some of the best salons in the Bay Area. Kristine hopes to share her knowledge with you and she is thankful to all of her clients for allowing her to be part of their lives.

"What can you touch but not hold?" ...the life of a client.