Classy Hairstyles for Sophisticated Older Women

With the same enduring desire for fashionable and sophisticated hairstyles, mature women want to look great well beyond their 20’s and 30’s. Sophisticated older women can still sport the sexy and sassy hairstyles they’ve always loved, but sometimes a classy new style can revamp and revitalize their looks.

No matter what your age, it’s a great practice to have a few classy hairstyles on hand that you can create at a moment’s notice. You may also have mature and sophisticated hairstyles that you love – but you may need a stylist to help you achieve some of them. Regardless of whether you’ll create your hairstyle or if you plan to have a stylist work with your hair, you are bound to refresh your entire look with the right hairstyle.

Try this sexy mature hairstyle for a lovely look that takes years off your age.Philip Pelusi is the creator of the P2 hair care product line, which he specifically designed for treating aging hair. These products are said to “address aging hair from the inside out and also erase environmental and product damage from years of styling”.

Sexy and Sophisticated Hairstyles for Older Women
When it comes to a hairstyle that really makes a statement, mature women know they may have a little work to do. From stylish mature updos to sleek and smooth or curly down ‘dos, some of the best mature hairstyles truly can be created from the comfort of home.

Philip Pelusi kindly shares the following sexy, sassy, and sophisticated hairstyles for older women. Follow the step-by-step instructions to create your own hairstyle for yourself at home.

Sleek and Smooth Hairstyle for Older Women
Sleek and smooth, mature hairstyles are great for just about any occasion. To create a sleek and smooth hairstyle, follow these steps:

1.    Shampoo hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
2.    Blow-dry hair smooth by first applying a volume decreasing product to make the cuticle of the hair lay flat and smooth. This will also help the hair stay straight and smooth all night. (Try Philip Pelusi’s new Decrease Smart Styling Treatment.)
3.    After hair is completely dry, flat iron hair with a combination heat protecting and shine product.
4.    Lightly spray each section before flat ironing. (Try Philip Pelusi Brilliant Hair.)

Modern Grecian Updo for Mature Women
For a romantic spin on a classy and elegant hairstyle staple, consider the modern Grecian updo. To create a modern Grecian updo, follow these steps:

Tip: “Updo styles hold longer if hair is shampooed the day or evening before,” Pelusi says.

1.    The night of the event, section off hair into a dry Velcro roller set.
2.    Mist each section of hair with a flexible lightweight holding spray before wrapping into a roller.  (Try Philip Pelusi Fluid Spray.)
3.    After hair has dried, gently unwrap each roller.
4.    Finger thru the hair while applying a hair-molding product that stays flexible and doesn’t dry hard.
5.    Start to pick up sections of hair, twist, mold and pin into place. (Try Philip Pelusi Hair Honey.)

Sexy Chignon for Sophisticated Older Women

Chignons have become widely popular and a rather fun and functional style for women of all ages. To create a sexy chignon for a mature and sophisticated look, follow these steps:

1.    Shampoo hair with a body building shampoo and conditioner.
2.    Apply a hair volumizing product to increase texture and holding power.
3.    Blow-dry hair with a diffuser attachment and lightly scrunch hair with fingers.
4.    Once hair is dry, take 1” sections of hair and lightly mist with a medium hold shaping spray. (Try Philip Pelusi RefresHair).
5.    Wrap a section around a big barrel curling iron and allow to cool.
6.    Curl each section going a different direction. This keeps the look modern and sexy.
7.    After curling the entire head, sweep into a low ponytail and twist remaining hair around it and pin into place.
8.    Allow front pieces to fall forward toward the face.
9.    Lightly mist entire head with shaping spray again.

Loose, Luxurious Curls for Mature Women
Try loose, luxurious curls for a sexy mature look.Whether sultry and seductive or sweet and gentle, curls never go out of style. To create a lovely mature look with loose and luxurious curls, follow these steps:

1.    Shampoo and condition hair with products specifically designed to strengthen and shine longer hairstyles. (Try Philip Pelusi Long gev ity).
2.    Blow-dry hair with a light hair-grooming product like Pelusi’s Potion, which makes hair silky and shiny but does not dry hard.
3.    Pick up 1” to 2” sections of dry hair and lightly mist with a medium hold shaping spray. (Try Philip Pelusi RefresHair).
4.    Wrap a section around a big barrel curling iron and allow to cool.
5.    Finger thru curls and go!

Whether you opt for straight and sleek style, a loose and curly style, or for a chignon or an involved Grecian-style updo, remember to give your hair the cleansing and nourishing it needs to remain vibrant and soft. These are just a few of the countless mature and sophisticated hairstyles that would work great for older women, so add them to your list, but continue to pick up more techniques and additional styles.

We hope you enjoy these sexy and appealing hairstyles!

Hair Tips: Color Me Beautiful

Time for something new and appealing! One of the easiest and quickest changes to your personal appearance that you can make is a new hair color. Why not take advantage of a prominent feature and revitalize your hair with new coloring that provides a new and dashing look to set you apart from the rest of the crowd? A new shade of hair color can provide a bold and fresh look that has everyone doing a double take, and saying, “Who is that beautiful woman?”

Remember that in order to look beautiful, a little bit of effort is required. Otherwise, the beast will emerge. No one, or at least no one in the mainstream of things, wants to parade around with orange hair. Several strategies may help you with your selection of hair color. A natural look means a natural beauty and beauty is in the eye of the beholder; so be sure to do your homework before opening the bottle with the magical potion.

Know what color hair you truly have. Be aware of your own skin coloring as well. Select a shade that will compliment what you already have to offer and don’t dare travel down the path of greatest resistance- otherwise known as the totally contrasting horror story. Indeed, there is nothing that will turn a day into a bad hair day quicker than a totally unresearched and poorly chosen hair color.

Two shades darker or two shades lighter will create the desired effect without too much of a change. If you want to make a drastic change in your hair color, it is probably best to visit a professional rather than do it yourself.

If you are unsure about coloring your hair:
• Look for a temporary product that provides an easy wash out in order to sample what that color would be like.
• Test a small section of your hair and allow it to dry completely before deciding if that’s the right color.
• Pick up tips by talking to other women who have colored their hair.
  
• Try a few highlights instead.

Once you have decided what color would both compliment and add a new sense of flavor to your life, investigate which brand and color will achieve the desired results. Read the box directions. Remember that longer hair may require more than one box. Treated hair, such as permed, will process the color more quickly, as will hair that is closer to the scalp, so you do not want to leave it on too long. Keep contact brief unless you want everyone doing a double take and saying, “Who is that girl with green hair?”

Now that your hair is colored, here are some tips to keep it beautiful.
• Be sure and buy specifically formulated shampoo and conditioner that will help rather than harm your color treated hair.
• Remember that daily conditioning is not simply to make your hair more manageable, but also to revitalize the shine and beauty of your hair.
• Avoid chlorine by avoiding pools.
• Keep exposure to the sun to a minimum, since it can cause the coloring to become dull and less vibrant.

Nothing lasts forever, so enjoy what you have. Play a little and have fun.

How to Straighten Hair with a Flat Iron

If you’ve ever wondered how to straighten your hair at home or if you’re searching for answers on how to use a flat iron, you’ve come to the right place. Flat irons can make straightening a breeze!Once you learn a few tips and tricks about how to straighten hair with a flat iron at home, you should have an easy time taking your hair from curly or wavy to smooth and straight. And, to give you a good start, we’ve got first-hand tips from FHI Heat’s Artistic Director Les Haverty, who has kindly shared some great at-home hair straightening techniques as well as tips on how to use a flat iron.

Read on for tips on at-home hair straightening and flat iron tips from the pros!

“The best tip for new users to this technology would be to section hair and use clips to keep hair that is not being styled with the tool out of the way,” says Les Haverty, Artistic Director of FHI Heat Professional Hair Tools. “I always request younger clients to use tools that have a heat control thermostat and start at 370 degrees (Fahrenheit), as they can always add more heat if needed by turning it up. I hate tools that don’t give an actual temperature rating and have thermostats labeled by 1 – 10 for example, as we don’t know what 1 or 10 actually is in terms of degrees F.”

To learn how to straighten hair with a flat iron and especially how to use a flat iron, you will want to set aside some time to practice. It’s best not to try your at-home hair straightening techniques for the very first time on the same day as a particularly important special event such as your prom, a wedding, or another formal event. Once you practice your hair straightening techniques, you should be able to straighten your hair with a flat iron beautifully and effectively in a reasonable amount of time.

How to Use a Flat Iron: Different hair types and styles call for different hair straightening techniques.
Over time, you may adopt your own favorite hair straightening techniques. If you are a beginner at straightening your hair or if this is your first time learning how to use a flat iron, take your time and read the instructions on the packaging. Hair straightening techniques should become easier in time, and you may discover that some techniques and products in particular work better for straightening your hair than others.

“On longer bohemian styles that look lived-in but still finished, I recommend using a large paddle brush during the blow out phase of the style,” Haverty says. “For the trendier bob style, I like using a medium sized round brush for the blow out and then finish the longer pieces around the face with a flat iron to ensure sleek longevity of the style.”

Ceramic ionic hair appliances deliver a silky sheen and smooth texture to hair when blown dry or straightened. If you are not using a ceramic ionic tool, Haverty suggests using styling products along with the flat iron to perfect your hair straightening technique.

“Using most products when thermal styling with tools that are ceramic ionic in nature can help on humid days for frizz control,” he notes. “I like FHI Heat’s hot sauce applied at the ends and mid strands on those dreadful days.”

How to Use a Flat Iron to Straighten Hair
Follow these steps to use a flat iron to straighten your hair:

1. Comb a small section of hair.
2. Place the flat iron as close to the scalp as possible on that small section of hair.
3. Close the flat iron and keep a light grip.
4. Pull the flat iron downward and away from the scalp gently and evenly, allowing the hair to glide effortlessly between the ceramic plates.
5. Repeat this process (steps one through four) as needed through the rest of your hair.

TIP: You can create flips, twists, and curls with your flat iron merely by changing the way you hold and move the device. Use the flat iron to create these other styles by twisting your wrist as needed. You may need to experiment to get it just right!

Chemical Straightening vs. At-Home Hair Straightening Techniques
Chemical straightening in the salon tends to be permanent when performed on hair. At-home hair straightening can become a fairly routine part of your daily repertoire, especially with the assistance of a flat iron and various styling products.

Haverty suggests that at-home hair straightening can be effective and safe for hair when performed properly. He advises clients to straighten and style their hair using a flat iron at 370 degrees Fahrenheit, increasing the temperature of the hair appliance if necessary. Straightening hair with a flat iron is much easier with temperature control, he says, mentioning the FHI Heat platform or technique series as great options for anyone who wishes to straighten their hair.

Thanks to the slender and sleek design of flat irons, you can easily pack your flat iron for travel. You can straighten your hair with a flat iron at home or when you go away for business or on vacation. Once you learn how to use a flat iron and adopt a few hair straightening techniques and tips, you’ll be well on your way to effortless hairstyling!

Benefits of Straightening Hair with a Flat Iron…


How to Part Hair for a New Look

Want to change your hairstyle without dramatically chopping your locks? Before you shell out major cash for a fresh style, consider modeling a new do with a simple variation on the way you part your hair.

Though there is not necessarily a good or a bad way to part your hair, several mainstream options are easy to achieve. What matters most is that you are comfortable and confident with the style you choose. If you cannot immediately decide on your preferred style, try the following, or make up your own!

A very common method of parting the hair involves the natural part, which runs right down the center of one’s head. If this is your current style and you are ready for a change, try to form a new part a bit to the left or the right of your current part.

Parting your hair on your own is a cinch! If you aren’t familiar with doing so but want to try a new look, first comb your hair as if you are going to throw it back into a ponytail. Then take a thin comb and trace a straight line along your scalp where your hair meets your forehead to the back of your head. Separate the hair on either side of the new part and gently brush or comb it down until it lays smoothly. If you find difficulty with this, you may want to introduce a small dab of a non-sticky styling product to your hair to calm it down. Also, if your hair is very accustomed to a certain style, you may have to “train” it to respond to the new part by brushing in the desired direction and adding styling products when necessary.

To keep hair healthy and strong, it is important to schedule a trim regularly (or trim it yourself if you are scissors-inclined!) to prevent split ends. If you choose to have your stylist trim your mane for you, she should ask how you part your hair if she does not already know. It is important to “cut with the part” to keep your hair even and natural looking.

My stylist, Pat, says, “The best thing to do is to be very vocal—talk about what you want and the things you don’t understand with your stylist.”

If you only want to change your look for a night, a chic zigzag part will stand you out from the crowd. Using your comb, simply trace the part back and forth from your forehead to the back of the head. Then separate the sections so that they lay evenly on either side of your head.

Though you already have a comb on hand, a handy, inexpensive tool makes the zigzag process a bit easier. The “Part Pizazz” is a tool with a point on one end and arms that swing open to separate the sections of hair when you are finished. To design the zigzag you merely trace the desired pattern on your head as if using a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. Hairagami® produces the “Part Pizazz.”

Whether you are enjoying your new look indefinitely or just for a night, remember not to run your hands through your hair too much as it may disrupt the style. Be bold, be conservative — be YOU — have fun and make a statement. Make sure you are confident in your new style as you sport it in public. Then bask in the glow of attention as those close to you notice something is just a bit different about you. Switching your part can make you feel fresh, energized and sexy. Enjoy it!

Tips on Caring for Long Hair

Elegant and versatile, long hair gives women many options when it comes to styling and creating new looks. From perms and temporary curls to braids and up-dos spilling curls out on all sides, women with long hair can create a variety of looks with simple styles and fashionable accessories.

Long hair takes extra care!

Long hair provides a carefree freedom that is balanced by the need for hair accessories, styling products and a little bit of know-how. Read up on new, fancy, funky or traditional hairstyles for long hair. See your stylist or merely check out the beauty aisles of your favorite stores for ideas.

As far as accessorizing goes, try the following for a great new look:

– Headbands for low maintenance

– Hair scarves for a casual look

– Claw clips for a fun style

– Decorative bands for ponytails and pigtails

– Hairpins to twist hair atop head

– Combs for an elegant up-do

– Lots of little clips to create many hair twists

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Long hair often requires special care and treatments to keep strands healthy, shiny and smooth. You may wish to check out different hair care products designed specifically for long hair.

 

Long hair offers many beautiful and sensuous styles.Follow these tips to care for your hair with an easy and convenient routine:

When you apply conditioner to your hair, concentrate especially on the ends. Rub additional conditioning treatment into the tips of your hair to prevent split-end damage. You can also use a leave-in conditioner to treat dry ends on a normal basis.

As you dry your hair, take advantage of the hairdryer’s settings. Use warm airflow at first to dry your hair, and conclude with the cool setting to close the hair follicles. You can also dry your hair in sections by pinning most of your hair atop your head, releasing small sections and drying it in layers.

Protect your hair from chemical, heat and sun damage. Long hair faces a great risk of irreparable damage when it comes to high levels of chemicals or extensive sun exposure. Try styling products that are gentle on your tresses and avoid overly exposing your hair to the sun and chemicals like the chlorine found in swimming pools. Also, allow your hair to dry naturally from time to time.

Note: Many of these tips will also work for hair of shorter lengths.

Precautions for Long Hair

Wearing your hair long can be as much of a blessing as a curse – trust me, I know. I’ve worn my hair long for years and years, both as a child and through much of college and my adult life. I must admit that while I love many things about my long hair, I also have a few playful gripes.

Long hair = easily trapped and caught
I may be the only person in the world to have done this, but somehow I don’t think so. As I enter the car, often on a windy day, sometimes my hair gets swept up in the air and catches between the door of the car.

Long hair = athletic liability
When it comes to sports, long hair can get in the way unless you tie it back securely. Have you ever play-fought with someone or wrestled around on the ground, only to find that the thing pinning you down isn’t even your opponent? With hair extending down to your lower back, it becomes easily trapped beneath you, holding you to the floor unless you physically release your hair from beneath you.

Long hair = more to lose if problems arise
Have you ever gotten gum stuck in your hair? How about a bad haircut? Think about it this way – the more hair you have, the more you have to lose. Be careful with your hair so you don’t have bigger problems to deal with…like cutting away inches because of a bad style or cut.

Long, flowing tresses give women many options for beautiful hairstyles and elegant appearances. Get creative with your hair and try new colors and styles just for fun. Add some playful accessories for a great new look or let your hair flow naturally beautiful and long.

TIP: When you get tired of your lovely long hair, don’t just chop it off! Donate to Locks of Love (www.locksoflove.org), a nonprofit organization that creates custom hairpieces for children in need. A little girl will be so grateful!

Rave Review: FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1800 Blow Dryer

Looking for the perfect blow dryer? Then look no further…..

If someone had told me simply switching the type of hairdryer I use really could change the appearance and condition of my hair, I never would have believed it. I have tried dozens of products and several different drying techniques, all with slightly different effects on my hair. None, however, have delivered the same volume and shape to my hair as the FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1800 blow dryer.

FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1800 Blow Dryer

My first experience with the FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1800 dryer left me speechless. I merely shampooed and conditioned my hair in the shower, and then dried it with this product – then, VOILA! My hair looked vibrant and full of life.

The layers really came out and the dryer left my hair with so much body I almost had to tame it back! This was a truly wonderful experience for me, as I don’t always have a lot of time to spend on my hair. The blow dryer not only [pretty much] styled my hair for me, but also brought my hair from damp to dry in only a minute and a half or less!

It really amazed me how quickly my hair dried while using my new dryer. I first tried it on the weekend but I am very excited at how much time this will save me during the week before work. After drying my hair with the heated setting, I turned on the cool setting to close the follicles and smooth out my hair. The results as compared to my old hairdryer really astonished me, and even my husband made mention of how great my hair looked!

 

This efficient dryer is silver and black with high, low, and cool settings. It features ceramic technology, Nano-Fuzeion™ technology, tourmaline crystals for production of negative ions, and low EMF (electromagnetic field). The Nano-Fuzeion™ technology delivers a combination of Nano-Titanium, Nano-Titanium Dioxide, and Nano-Silver particles to remove bacteria, static, and toxins for excellent conditioning and shine. This technology trifecta also succeeds in promoting health and purification for hair. The negative ions and tourmaline technology allows hair to soak up and retain more moisture for a smoother, shiny appearance.

FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1800 Blow DryerThe FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1800 is lightweight and comfortable to use. It is a lot quieter than other blow dryers I’ve used, and it distributes effective heat that is not scalding to the hands or scalp. The far infrared heat this dryer emits is gentle and successful in preventing damage to hair. The dryer’s ceramic heater produces gentle heat for drying hair without causing any frizzy results.

According to product literature, the FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1800 blow dryer is meant for use at home and for stylists seeking a beginner’s hair tool. Dryers are rated for 800 hours of use. I am really excited about my new hairdryer and I look forward to healthier, more beautiful hair with less effort, thanks to FHI Heat technology.

The FHI Heat Nano Weight Pro 1800 blow dryer retails for $150. The package also includes a diffuser and concentrator. The product is available in pink or in a silver and black combination, and is offered at numerous fine hair salons and beauty retailers nationwide, including ULTA, Pure Beauty, and Beauty First. For more information, visit FHI Heat on the Web at www.FHIHeat.com.

Shampoo and Conditioner for All Hair Types

If you want shiny, wavy, curly, fragrant, or naturally beautiful hair, you have come Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner Setto the right place. I’ve scoured the shelves and put my own hair to the test with a variety of different shampoos and conditioners to bring you my best of spring beauty for your hair. These products offer different benefits for different hair types and styles.

Read on to see what shampoo and conditioner beauty pick will work best for you!

SHINY PICK

Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

Top Traits: Shiny, Flirty Fragrance, Clean

After using Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, my hair instantly felt cleaner and smoother. I noticed a distinct sheen to it when I styled my hair as usual. The shampoo and conditioner left my hair extra silky and easy to manage. The product line claims it restores hair’s shine as well as Sebastian®. Although I haven’t ever tried Sebastian, I really did enjoy the results of Suave on my hair – so I would believe it!

The fragrance of these products is light, flirty, and delightful. The shampoo contains tiny sparkles that glisten in the product, which must lend themselves to the quest for shiny hair. The conditioner is a smooth and creamy potion that works its way easily through hair. The Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner products work best with normal to dry hair, but it is gentle enough for color-treated hair.

Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner products contain silk amino acids, which work to remove build-up and restore your hair’s natural shine. I’m convinced that this is why my hair felt so soft and clean after using the products. Both products also contain Vitamin E, which is great for so many reasons!

Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner retail for $1.92 to $2.49 for 14.5 oz.
Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner are complemented by counterpart styling aids: Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Hairspray and Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Mist. Suave products and the Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine collection can be purchased at various drugstores, mass merchandisers, and grocery stores across the country.

To learn more about Suave products, visit www.suave.com.

WAVY PICK

Sunsilk Waves of Envy Shampoo and Conditioner

Top Traits: Waves that truly do behave, great smell

Beach tossed waves are perfect for this time of year, and so is Sunsilk Waves of Envy Shampoo and Conditioner. These products offer a lovely fragrance of rose, jasmine with cassis, amber musk, peach, and mango. I absolutely adore Sunsilk Waves of Envy Shampoo and Conditioner, from its pretty aqua-colored potion to its luscious and lightly fruity, flirty fragrance, to the way it makes my hair flip beautifully after each use.

Sunsilk Waves of Envy Shampoo and Conditioner left my hair feeling truly refreshed and fashionable. After the first time using it, I felt as if I had been to the salon to have my hair cut and styled. The waves really came out in my stubborn hair, which normally resists curls and waves of all kinds. The Sunsilk Waves of Envy collection contains sea botanicals and light moisture therapy to promote smooth and flowing waves for manageable hair. The shampoo and conditioner products are safe for color-treated hair.

In the product lineup, Sunsilk Waves of Envy Shampoo and Conditioner are just the beginning. A lovely Waves of Envy Sea Mist spray product refreshes hair and encourages more definition and texture for beach waves. The spray contains silicone for shine and sea salts for the perfect tousled beach look. Waves of Envy Gel & Cream Twist delivers sculpted glamour waves with definition and longevity.

 

Sunsilk Waves of Envy Shampoo and Conditioner retail for around $3.49 for 12 oz. Sunsilk products are available at mass market retail stores such as CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Target, and various grocery stores, to name a few. For more information, visit Sunsilk on the Web at www.sunsilk.com. For additional wave-enhancing tips, visit www.gethairapy.com.

CURLY PICK…


How to Get Two-Tone Hairstyles at Home

Two tone hairstyle, courtesy of morgueFileYou may not need a special trip to the salon to get the cutting-edge, two-color hairstyle you desire. For a great two-tone hairdo, look no further than the beauty aisle of your favorite store and your own bathroom. Here are some tips from Colorist Sandy Taylor-Furst on how to get two-tone hairstyles in the comfort of your own home.

“You think that colorists can do your color more efficiently than at home; not always so,” says Master Hair Colorist Sandy Taylor-Furst, who is president and CEO of www.stylelikapro.com. “I have seen some drawn out hair coloring processes that could have been done by someone at home.”

Sandy Taylor-Furst provides helpful tips and tricks for hairstyles on her Web site and through her DVDs. She offers these instructions to get the two-tone hairstyle you want, starting quite simply with the box instructions:

Materials:
– One box of tint

– A highlighting kit

Step 1: Tint your hair. First things first – tint your hair according to the box instructions.

TIP: “If you have any white hair, allow the tint to stay on longer, for about 35 minutes rather than the 10 to 20 minutes the box recommends. (They just want the consumer to purchase more color more often.) Keep the tint on your hair for 35 minutes on the roots and then pull through the ends for the last 10 minutes.”

Step 2: Shampoo and condition. Apply the box conditioner, which is formulated to help soften the hair. This should return moisture to the inside of the cuticle/outer layer of hair.

Step 3: Dry hair. Dry hair until it is about 90 percent dry.

NOTE: “100% dry leads to more dryness, possible brittleness (breakage) when applying the highlight product. You can apply color onto damp hair.”

Step 4: Decisions, decisions. Determine whether you would like chunky or finer highlights.

Step 5: Highlight. Read and follow the directions. Apply the highlighting material according to where you would like to see the color fall around your head or face.

Two-tone hairstyle, photo courtesy of David Kitchenham, morgueFileTIP 1: Patience – “DO NOT BE IN A RUSH. Lightening materials (bleach) have to take your hair through the different stages of lightening. Brown hair goes from brown through brown/red to red to orange/red to orange to gold to banana yellow to a pale buttery color. So, DO NOT BE IN A HURRY to remove the highlights.”

TIP 2: Color saturation – “If color is not lifting, hit it with heat from a hood hair dryer or sit outside in the heat. Direct sun can fade the new color.”

TIP 3: Cleansing – “Shampoo and condition. As I state in my DVDs, condition only from mid-shaft through ends and only rinse for 10 seconds; otherwise you are only conditioning your drain.”

TIP 4: Education – “Plug in a Style Like A Pro DVD and Voila!…Great bi-color, great shiny style and a MORE confident you!”

Two-tone hairstyles can be hip and trendy or classic and sophisticated. These two-color or highlighted styles look great on women of all different ages. What you wear and how you style your hair also play into the overall impression that you make. We hope you enjoy your new and exciting two-tone hairstyle!

 

About the Expert:
Sandy Taylor-Furst is President and CEO of Style Like A Pro, www.stylelikeapro.com.

 

How to Blow Dry Hair for a Straight and Smooth Look

Want that silky, touchable hair that Pantene Pro V and other expensive products claim their shampoo will give you? Look no further—you can have that flawless look by spending only a few extra minutes blow-drying your hair! Ditch the designer hair products and follow these simple instructions to give your hair the same beautiful look and soft feeling:

Blow drying your hair gives it a more controlled look. You can add volume to your hair easily when blow drying, simply by turning your head upside-down as you dry your hair. For a straighter, smooth and shiny look, follow these steps when blow drying your hair.

Materials:
– Towel

– Hairdryer

– Brush / Comb

– Claw-Clip or barrette

– Your usual styling products or a small amount of hair gel for touch-ups
(These may not be necessary after you try this tip.)

Step 1: Twist hair up into a towel in order to remove excess water. How long you keep it wrapped in the towel is up to you—my hair is long, so time permitting, I keep it like that for about 15 minutes.

Step 2: Comb out any tangles and part hair as you wish.

Step 3: Gather hair and twist except for a thin layer at the base of your head. Pin hair atop your head with the clip or barrette.

Step 4: Begin drying the loose hair. (You can use a lower heat setting if you do not have a time restriction.) When hair is complete dry, turn off hairdryer and brush or comb hair.

Step 5: Remove clip and take another section of hair to be dried. Re-twist your hair and replace pin.

Step 6: Repeat step 4 as necessary. For thicker hair, you may need to separate hair into sections several times. My hair is of a medium thickness but long, so I separate it into 3 sections.

Step 7: Once hair is completely dry, brush and style as you wish, or leave it down, as it should be less dried-out and more manageable. If your hair is not completely frizz-free and cooperative, rub a small amount of gel in your hands (a nickel’s worth or a quarter’s worth) and gently smooth over your hair, paying close attention to the ends.

Drying and styling time will vary based on your hair’s thickness and length. Though I do not always have enough time to use this drying technique, it works wonders for my hair for those special occasions!

Approximate time required: 10-20 minutes, depending on thickness and length of hair.

Wedding Day Hairstyles, Tips, and Trends

Bridal hair - half up half downSo many decisions rest around your wedding day – the dress, the shoes, the flowers, the cake, and of course, location, location, location. Let’s not forget your wedding hairstyle! Wedding hairstyles can be customized to your liking, or they can be copied identically from a photo within a magazine. With the going rate of photographers these days, you want to ensure that you look your absolute best on your big day, starting with your wedding hairstyle!

Trends in Wedding Hairstyles
So what is hot nowadays for wedding hairstyles? Many salon owners and hairstylists will offer the same bits of advice. Hairdos that pin hair half-up and half-down are the biggest styles for brides. Also, it seems that many brides choose to wear their hair half-up and half-down, while requesting that their bridesmaids get total up-dos.

Curls are a classic addition to every wedding hairstyle, whether you’ve got natural curls or simply added them with a curling iron or hot rollers. Hairstylists can often just look at you and know what style would look great, but they often want you to decide on a wedding hairstyle that suits you and your preferences.

 

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Hairstyle:

Task yourself with researching hairstyles online to see what strikes your fancy. View a few Web sites, especially wedding-centered sites, and print out your favorite styles.

Pick up a few bridal magazines and get an idea of what people are doing. Bridal hairstyles come in countless fashions and trends. Subscribe to a bridal magazine or pick one up every now and again to give yourself some ideas.

Go for a sample hairdo prior to the big day. First of all, getting a sample hairdo done will give you an idea of what to expect from your wedding day hairstyle. Secondly, meeting with your stylist prior to the date will give you both a chance to play around with your hair and the options available to you. You can try all different styles and see what you like best.

Take pictures at your sample hairstyle appointment. Even if you have an elephant’s memory, bring your camera along to the salon and ask your stylist to take some pictures of you with your hairstyle. Save these pictures so you can look back and decide if the style is absolutely positively what you want on your wedding day.

Try your hair several ways. Even if you think you know how you want to wear it, it can’t hurt to let your stylist play around a bit with your hair. Get a complete up-do, a completely down style, and a style that involves hair half-up and half-down.

Wear a shirt or outfit that is similar to the style of the dress. If your wedding gown is strapless, wear a tube top or a strapless dress to the salon so you can get an even better idea of what you will look like on your wedding day.

Don’t forget your headpiece! If you plan to wear a veil or a tiara on your wedding day, don’t forget to bring them along to your sample hairstyle appointment. Make sure you get pictures with this as well!

If you don’t like it, speak up! You shouldn’t worry about hurting your stylist’s feelings on or leading up to your wedding day. Politely tell her, or have your bridesmaids or mom tell her that you would like your hair to be done a bit differently. Usually you can nip this problem in the bud by going to a sample hairstyle appointment.

Make sure you enjoy your hairstyle because it will be visible in just about every photo of you. Best wishes to you on your wedding day! 

Bridal Hairstyles and Hair Accessories for Brides and Bridesmaids

Your bridal hairstyle is a vital part of your entire wedding day ensemble. You’ve got the dress and you’ve decided on your makeup. The special jewelry items you choose accent your look, but it is your hairstyle that you will notice in every picture that contains your face. Bridal hairstyles run from casual to simple and elegant to exquisitely elaborate, or even on the border of the wild side.

Bridal hairstyles often boast spiraling curls and twisted up-dos, loosely pulled-back tresses, or even a style that is only partially pinned up. Some brides and bridesmaids even opt to wear their hair down. When it comes to choosing the right look for you and your right-hand ladies, consider whether you’d like to dress things up a little with some hair accessories or keep it toned down for a more sedate look.

Some Examples of Accessories for Bridal Hairstyles:
– Flowers
– Decorative combs
– Antique hairpins
– Heirloom hair ornaments
– Crystals
– Feathers or feathered hair ornaments
– Pretty barrettes
– Decorated bobby pins
And more!

 

Hair accessories lend themselves to your creativity. They give you a perfect chance to personalize your hairstyle in such a way that only you can imagine. They also help to mimic the hottest hairstyles bedecking the pages of magazines and the billions of Web pages online. To create your perfect bridal hairstyle and exceptional hairstyles for your bridesmaids, consider these tips:

Three Tips for Choosing Hair Accessories for Your Wedding Day
Usually, the bride chooses a hairstyle that will set her apart from her bridesmaids. Her style may be complete pulled atop her head, half-up and half-down, all the way down, completely curly, completely straight, wavy, and so forth. She may choose to don barrettes or hair accessories, or she may suggest that her bridesmaids do so. Perhaps she’ll decide against them altogether. Whatever the case, the selection of hairstyles for the bride and her attendants is a critical decision that will impact hundreds of photos taken at the wedding.

– If you are interested in flowers for your hair, speak with your florist. Many florists will have the latest tips and trends in flowers as adornments for the hair. Check out magazines to get other ideas, and clip out pictures of the styles you like best.

– Take pictures of your sample hairdo with and without the hair accessories or flowers. Get your mother’s and your bridesmaids’ opinions on the hairstyle and which they prefer – with accessories or without.

– Don’t go overboard. You really don’t want your barrettes or the flowers in your hair to take away from your headpiece or to compete with your tiara. Ask your stylist for her opinion if you aren’t sure whether you can get away with both.

While accessories can be lots of fun, many brides choose to wear their hair sans adornments. Many times a bride may opt for curls or waves over fancy barrettes, decorative combs, or flowers in her hair. Simple bobby pins and a generous amount of hairspray can give hair all the lift it needs to withstand the entire wedding day.

How to Curl Hair: Curling Iron Versus Hot Rollers

Before digging out the spongy pink curlers or running to your stylist for a hasty perm, check out these effective alternatives for an evening of uncustomary curls! You can curl your hair a number of different ways, but curling hair with a curling iron or with hot rollers are two great at-home options. Use either of these curling techniques to curl your hair easily at home.

Curling hair can seem more challenging than it actually is, when it all comes down to it. Consider your hair’s texture and normal response to curls. Decide if you are comfortable with the idea of a curling iron vs. hot rollers, and read on to get more details about each curling technique.

Curling Iron:
Inexpensive, relatively user-friendly and quick for minor touch-ups, this device can give you a glam look with a few minutes’ investment. If you’re donning only a partial head of curly locks, a curling iron could be just the tool you need for an immediate response to your need of a few well-placed curls.

 

Glamorize your up-do with a curling iron by emphasizing your style with a few loose spiral curls around your face or one or two seductively sweeping along the back of your neck. Creating these curls can be a quick and easy process, but don’t forget to spritz them with a little hairspray, or else they may not last the entire evening!

Another common use for a curling iron is tending to your hair’s ends. Tuck them under or flip them out a bit wildly, but you won’t get the same results with a set of hot rollers! A curling iron is versatile enough to curl precisely the strands that you want curled, in whichever manner you wish to achieve. Even if you wish to curl more than a few small sections of hair, a curling iron is capable of curling your entire head as well.

 

Time Involved: Curling Iron use may take anywhere from 5 minutes or less to 45 minutes or more, depending on style’s involvement.

Hot Rollers:
Just a touch more expensive than the curling iron, hot rollers can achieve a full head of flawless curls, typically in under an hour. Hot rollers generally have a small amount of wax inside that is heated when the set is plugged into an electrical outlet. When the curlers are ready for use, the color may change color so that you know to begin applying them.

Forget about fighting with the curling iron and trying to decide which way you want the curl to spiral. Instead, enjoy the remarkably easy process with hot rollers—once you have fastened the curlers in your hair, your hair will all curl simultaneously!

It is still a good idea to use some styling products such as a non-sticky hairspray or gel to retain the shape of the curls. (Curls formed by hot rollers tend to last considerably longer for me than those I create with a curling iron, as my hair is typically resistant to curling in general.)

Tip for Hot Rollers: Try to wash your hair the night before you want to employ the hot rollers. Sometimes very clean, sleek hair tends to resist curling.

 

Time Involved: Hot Rollers may take about 10 minutes to warm up and anywhere from 10-20 minutes to apply, and about 15 minutes to set. (Color of curler will revert back to original color to indicate that the curl has set.) Add additional time as necessary for styling your locks if you intend to use barrettes, bobby pins or other adornments and styling products.

Curling Iron Versus Hot Rollers:
– Both beauty appliances require time to heat up, but hot rollers may require a few extra minutes.
– Hot rollers are very easy to use when styling the whole head or a section, but don’t count on them to curl your ends out or under. Leave that to the curling iron!
– Color of hot rollers indicates when they are ready to use and when your curls have set.
– Curling iron gives great flexibility for choosing between loose spirals and tight ringlets, but you can always brush out your curls formed by hot rollers to achieve the style you desire.
– Curling irons are much easier to transport when traveling and staying in a hotel or other location away from home.
– Hot rollers save more time if going for a full head of curls. Success rate for curls enduring the entire evening may also be better.
– Both devices are useful in and of themselves—the best advice for you is to try them both and see which you like the best!