Product Review: Sunsilk Hairapy Captivating Curls De-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

For that salon quality look, feel, and fragrance, consider trying out new Sunsilk Hairapy Captivating Curls De-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, both meant to tame frizz-prone curls using aloe-e. If your hair tends to go frizzy on those muggy summer days or just about any time it rains, this de-frizzing duo could be just the product set for you. Combat the frizz and free your hair from its crazy ways with this fragrant shampoo and conditioner set, just in time for the warmer months of the year.

Upon first sight, Sunsilk Hairapy Captivating Curls De-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner each boast a vibrant, bright green bottle with flip-top lid. To help you remember which is which, the shampoo bottle opens on the top and the conditioner bottle sits on its lid.

Both products carry a light and slightly fruity aroma that lingers long after your shower concludes. The shampoo’s and conditioner’s fragrances are reminiscent of the same kind of fragrant products your hair enjoys at the hair salon. Another nicety – when you walk by someone within a few hours after washing your hair, the delightful fragrance catches a passing breeze and lingers for all within a nearby radius to enjoy the enticing scent.

 

Perhaps the most striking thing I noticed about Sunsilk Hairapy Captivating Curls De-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner is the condition of my hair after washing it with these products. I found my hair soft and fluffy immediately once my hair dried and the softness lasted all throughout the day. I truly enjoy these products and the way they make my hair look, smell, and feel.

Unless it’s an optical illusion, the Sunsilk Hairapy Captivating Curls De-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner products both boast a soft, very pale minty green color and a shimmery sheen, with an overall creamy consistency. These beauty potions are pretty and effective at the same time.

By including Aloe-E, Sunsilk Hairapy Captivating Curls De-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner hydrate your hair, leaving it softer, silkier, and frizz-free. The products allow hair to take on its own natural wave or curl, minus the sometimes frizzy texture. If you want to get sexy natural curls and waves, give Sunsilk Captivating Curls a shot. The results are great and the price can’t be beat.

Sunsilk Hairapy Captivating Curls De-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner retail for under $4 each. This product line by Sunsilk includes shampoo, conditioner, cream gel, scrunching mousse, and de-frizz leave in cream. The products are available at drugstores, supermarkets, and mass retailers near you. You can also buy these Sunsilk products in bulk at Amazon.com.

10 Quick Tips for Washing, Drying, and Styling Manageable Hair

beautiful-straight-hairSleek and sexy hairstyles don’t have to take hours to create. If you are comfortable working with your hair, you can design beautiful new styles for yourself in just minutes. Once you know how your hair responds to heat, humidity, rain, styling products and other factors, you can quickly and easily style your hair for any occasion.

Even if you don’t know what to expect from your hair, try these unbeatable tips for a quick fix or a lasting style!

Washing and Drying Tips for Manageable Hair:

1.    Avoid over-washing your hair.
If you can stand it, try not to wash your hair with shampoo every single day. For days that you do not wash your hair, apply a fragrant mist designed especially to refresh tresses.

2.    Don’t apply shampoo directly to the top of your head. Apply shampoo from the nape of the neck first, and then work it through the rest of your hair.

3.    Distribute cleansing and styling products evenly through your hair.
When you apply conditioner, use a comb to spread the product evenly through your hair.

4.    Lessen trauma to your hair.
Try to avoid wrapping your hair in a towel and leaving it twisted up on your head for long. It may be convenient, but it can damage your hair.

5.    Avoid blow-drying your hair everyday. Allow your hair to dry naturally whenever possible, whether you shower at night or let your hair dry over the weekend.

Styling Tips for Manageable Hair:

mothers-day-hairstyles1.    Accessorize!
On days when you just don’t have time, go for a ponytail or a headband. Realize that your hair can look really cute even if you don’t spend a long time styling it.

2.    Experiment with color. If you find yourself constantly bored with your hair, a new color might be all you need to add some zest to your appearance. Still a little wary of dying your hair? Try a brand that washes out in eight shampoos.

3.    Opt for a new cut. Colors and accessories do lend a lot to a hairstyle; however, haircuts are the true standby for a new look.

4.    Select styling tools to vary your look. Curling irons, flatirons, combs, pins, clips and an assortment of brushes offer nice diversity for hairstyles.

5.    If all else fails, wear it straight.
If you don’t feel like fighting with your hair today, wear it down. For hair that behaves rather well, consider letting your hair dry naturally. If your hair requires more maintenance, apply a gentle styling product to prevent frizzy hair. Remember, a sexy, straight hairstyle can be perfect with any outfit, for any occasion.

Q&A on Gray Hair, Caring for Gray Hair, and Hair Care Tips for Mature Hair

As women grow to be more mature, their hair naturally begins to turn gray. Often at the first onset of those few grays poking through a more colorful mane, many women panic. Some women dash to the hair salon at the first sight of gray hair while others may make a break for the at-home hair dye aisle of their local pharmacy. What many women may not realize is that the onset of gray hair doesn’t automatically make a woman less beautiful. In some cases, much to the contrary!

Deciding whether or not to dye your gray hair is something you will probably have to do for yourself. There is no right or wrong answer as to what you should do, and the more you agonize, the less you’ll enjoy being you. Gray hair can be heartbreaking and even borderline debilitating for some women. For others it can be a symbol of class, sophistication, and confidence.

The truth is – it’s up to you to choose how you will deal with your graying hair. Will you hide it under dye job after dye job? Will you proudly show it off, silky and strong? Only you can decide what to do about your graying hair.

Author Anne Kreamer confronted her graying hair head-on after years of dyeing her graying hair brown. In this Q&A with Kreamer, who is the author of Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters, shares a number of her own observations dealing with gray hair throughout the writing of her book as well as personal feelings and ideas around living with gray hair.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: Let’s get this out in the open — How do you feel about gray hair?

A. – Anne Kreamer: I never really gave gray hair much thought before I made the decision to stop dyeing my hair. I think I’d been brainwashed like everyone else to believe that gray was unattractive, dull, or lifeless. In fact, now that I have gray hair, I’ve discovered that it is just the opposite. Every single woman has a unique blending of the grays in her hair – from shimmering silver and platinum to subtle cashmere hues. I now think gray hair is utterly magnificent – truly distinctive and beautiful. I receive more comments from bystanders about my gray hair than I ever did with my dyed hair.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: What changes when your hair starts graying? How is gray hair physically different? Does hair texture change when hair turns gray?

A. – Anne Kreamer: Each woman’s hair is different – I have not found any difference at all between my gray or my dyed hair texture – if anything, my natural hair is softer and healthier than my dyed hair. It certainly is shinier and reflects light more.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: Does coloring change the texture of gray hair?

A. – Anne Kreamer: Some women claim that hair dye adds dimension to thin hair, or that dyes make hair “smoother.” I’ve found the opposite to be true.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: How do you keep gray hair shiny and smooth?

A. – Anne Kreamer: It is important to use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners – and to use a specifically formulated “blue” shampoo for gray once or twice a week. Gray hair can absorb air pollutants and yellow and the blue in those shampoos corrects that.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: Could you suggest some classy hairstyles or haircuts that would look nice with gray hair?

A. – Anne Kreamer:
There isn’t a simple one-style-fits-all for gray hair – I think every woman should conduct what I call MyStyle360 once a year – take a full front, full rear and side photograph and assess her overall image. For some women an Emilylou Harris relaxed, longer style might be most suited while for others the style of the wig that Meryl Streep wore in The Devil Wears Prada might be best for others. It’s important to take into consideration one’s facial structure, hair type, height and professional and social circumstances and decide what feels best given all of those variables. What is important is to look groomed.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: Can you recommend some effective products to make gray hair more manageable?

A. – Anne Kreamer:
I think nourishing treatments are important for hair, whether one dyes or not, as women age.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: Based on your book, how do you perceive that women with gray hair are perceived as compared to women with blonde hair, red hair, brown hair, or black hair (or any other colored hair, for that matter)?

A. – Anne Kreamer:
Counter-intuitively, I’ve discovered that gray hair is viewed as desirable and statement-making for the women who choose to go gray. There is a certain amount of self-confidence and self-assurance that others perceive in women who are gray.  We’ve very much entered a not-your-mother’s-gray period.

 

 Q. – Life Love Beauty: What are some of the most amazing, or most surprising, things you learned in writing your book?

A. – Anne Kreamer: I learned a lot. First, I discovered that in 1950 only 7% of American women dyed their hair – today it’s almost 75% nationwide. So in the space of two generations, we’ve gone from almost no one dyeing their hair to almost everyone doing it.  I found that interesting because I think our adoption of hair dye as an essential life tool has been fueled by mass market advertising. And a lot of that advertising makes us believe that we are unattractive if we don’t dye our hair. Just look at the use of “mousy” to describe every color of brown hair that a woman might have.

I tested the woman-can’t-be-attractive-with-gray-hair assumption by going on Match.com twice – in both cases using the same profile and the same photo, but in one photo using my natural gray hair and in the other photoshopping my hair back to the brown I used to dye it.  In New York, Chicago, and shockingly, Los Angeles, three times as many men were interested in going out with me with my hair gray as they were with my hair brown. And, younger and frankly better looking men. It blew my mind. When I was on Good Morning America they repeated the experiment with a 61-year-old widow from Florida and she had the exact same results.

So what I learned is that men could care less about a woman’s hair color – they are far more interested in finding a woman who is lively and who is interested in their lives. It was a wonderfully liberating discovery.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: Are there any celebrities or other icons we can look to as role models, showing off shiny and beautiful gray hair?

A. – Anne Kreamer: I think Jamie Lee Curtis looks terrific and of course Helen Mirren, Vanessa Redgrave, and Judi Densch. I do think if more high profile women went gray – say Katie Couric or Hillary Clinton, then more women would feel license to try it themselves.  It’s a bit like baldness was for men before Bruce Willis and Michael Jordan made baldness sexy and virile for men. Today young guys shave their head to emulate the look.

Q. – Life Love Beauty: Anything else you would like to add regarding tips for women living with gray hair?

A. – Anne Kreamer: I guess I would say that we are always physically evolving and I think one key to defining one’s style is to be open to allowing nature be our guide for what looks best for us at any given moment. There is good research data that suggests that we can ac
tually extend our life expectancy by accepting and acknowledging our age. I think that has to do with the ability to “be here now” rather than to be backward looking.

About the Expert:
Anne Kreamer is the author of Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters. She previously worked with Sesame Street, Spy Magazine, Nickelodeon, and Nick at Nite. For more information, please visit http://www.annekreamer.com.

How to Get an Elegant Modern Chignon with Side Part like Queen Latifah at the 81st Academy Awards

For a soft and elegant hairstyle that goes with just about every occasion, you might like to try styling your hair like Queen Latifah at the 81st Academy Awards. Queen Latifah’s chignon hairstyle with side part looked truly graceful and sophisticated at the awards ceremony. Her stylist, Julie Baker, used FHI Heat hair tools to create this look that you can also recreate for your own hair.

If you would like to learn how to achieve a beautiful and elegant, sophisticated hairstyle much like Queen Latifah’s hairdo at the 81st Academy Awards, you are in luck. Queen Latifah’s celebrity hairstylist Julie Baker shares step-by-step instructions to get the lovely and graceful modern chignon with side part hairstyle for your own hair.

To style your hair like Queen Latifah’s longtime celebrity hairstyle at the 81st Academy Awards, simply follow Julie Baker’s steps below.

DIY Instructions to Get Queen Latifah’s Elegant Modern Chignon with Side Part
“Latifah’s dress is very elegant, modern and chic, and her hair needs to complement this, so we decided on a modern chignon, which features very smooth hair, a side part, bangs that swoop down in front, a low bun in the back that is off to the side,” says Julie Baker, Queen Latifah’s stylist.

To create this achieve this sensational and contemporary celebrity hairstyle, Julie Baker dried Queen Latifah’s hair using the new FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2100 blow dryer. She then completed the following steps, which you can also use to create the same hairstyle for your own hair.

1.    After partially drying the hair, apply FHI Heat Hot Sauce, a heat-activated conditioner that protects hair, to slightly damp hair.

2.    Use a styling iron to smooth out your hair. (Julie Baker used her favorite FHI Heat Runway styling iron to smooth out Queen Latifah’s locks.)

3.    Continue styling the hair into a chignon.

About FHI Heat:

Learn more about FHI Heat products, including blow dryers, styling irons, curling irons, razors, heat-activated conditioners, styling clips, carbon combs, shears, brushes and a chemical straightening system, online at www.fhiheat.com.

Product Review: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Cream Conditioner for Frizzy, Dry, and Unmanageable Hair

If you are looking Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo, Sleek & Shine - 25.4 Oz - Buy online at Amazon.com.for a good everyday shampoo and conditioner set, you might consider Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Cream Conditioner. These products eliminate frizz and leave hair soft and smooth and smelling great for the duration of the day.

The products rinse clean through hair and in my experience, did not seem to leave buildup. I really enjoyed the fragrance and lather produced by Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Cream Conditioner.

The Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Cream Conditioner products offer the following benefits to your hair:

–    Contains Vitamins B3 and B6.
–    Contains Apricot and Avocado oil.
–    Smoothes hair from root to tip for long lasting frizz control.
–    Improves hair’s texture.
–    Moisturizes and softens hair.
–    Makes hair smoother, stronger, and shinier.

Boasting a delightfully fruity and fresh fragrance, the Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Cream Conditioner Sleek & Shine products leave hair looking, feeling, and smelling great. The smell of the shampoo and conditioner is sweet and pleasant, and keeps hair smelling fresh all day long.

These Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner products would be equally well suited for females and males. In fact, I am convinced this is a kind of shampoo and conditioner that the whole family would enjoy using.

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Cream Conditioner are available in their traditional bright green 13 oz. regular size or 25.4 oz family size containers. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Cream Conditioner products retail for between $3.49 and $7.00. You can buy Garnier Fructis products at your favorite drugstores, supermarkets, superstores and mass retailers, as well as online.

For more information about Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Cream Conditioner Sleek & Shine and other Garnier Fructis products, visit online at www.garnier.com. You can buy countless Garnier Fructis products online at Amazon.com.

Celebrity Hairstyles of Reese Witherspoon and Amy Adams at the 2009 Oscars

The Oscars always show us such lovely fashions, hairstyles, and beautiful makeovers on celebrities from A to Z, perfect for us to admire and wish for ourselves. Luckily for us, many of the celebrity makeup artists and celebrity hairdressers are kind enough to share their expert tips so that we too can achieve the same kind of celebrity hairstyles for our own hair.

For the the 2009 Oscars, Celebrity Hairdresser Mark Townsend used the Fhi Heat Nano Salon Pro 2000 Dryer and Curling Iron to create the celebrity hairstyles of Reese Witherspoon and Amy Adams. Townsend kindly shares the following tips so that you can also create a celebrity hairstyle for yourself, just like the styles of Reese Witherspoon and Amy Adams wore in the 2009 Oscars. Now let’s get started!

How to Get the Red Carpet Celebrity Hairstyle of Reese Witherspoon at the 2009 Oscars
To achieve Reese Witherspoon’s Red Carpet hair and post-ceremony hair, Celebrity Hairdresser Mark Townsend styled her hair using the following tips:

Materials needed to recreate Reese Witherspoon’s 2009 Oscars celebrity hairstyle:
–    Vavoom Volumizing Foam
–    large Spornette Mixed Bristle round brush
–    FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2000 hairdryer
–    Biolage Molding Souffle
–    Ponytail holder
–    bobby pins
–    hairpins
–    Vavoom Gold Heat Iron-In Control (for the after-party look)
–    FHI Heat Curling iron (for the after-party look)

“I applied Vavoom Volumizing Foam to her damp hair and blow dried with a large Spornette Mixed Bristle round brush and an FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2000 hairdryer,” he said. “When all the hair was dry, I applied Biolage Molding Souffle to give the hair shine and piecey-ness. Next I gathered the hair in a ponytail at the nape of the neck and then twisted it into a textured knot and used bobby pins to secure the knot and I used hairpins to shape the knot into an uneven chignon with lots of loose pieces.

“For the after-parties I took Reese’s hair down and gave it a quick brush out. Then I took three-inch sections of hair and sprayed them with Vavoom Gold Heat Iron-In Control and wrapped them around a FHI Heat Curling iron to create a shiny, loose wave all over her head. I then pulled the side pieces back and secured them with bobby pins and let a few hairs around the face fall out for softness.”

How to Get a Pretty Chignon like the Red Carpet Celebrity Hairstyle of Amy Adams at the 2009 Oscars
To achieve Amy Adams’ Red Carpet Hair from the 2009 Oscars, Celebrity Hairdresser Mark Townsend styled her hair using the following tips:

Materials needed to recreate Amy Adams’ 2009 Oscars celebrity hairstyle:
–    Biolage Bodifying Spray Gel
–    FHI Heat Nano Pro 2000 blow dryer
–    large Spornette Mixed Bristle round brush
–    Biolage Molding Souffle

“To get Amy Adams’s chignon, I sprayed her damp hair with Biolage Bodifying Spray Gel and blow dried her hair with an FHI Heat Nano Pro 2000 blow dryer and a large Spornette Mixed Bristle round brush,” Townsend said. “When the hair was dry, I took some Biolage Molding Souffle in my hands and raked it through her hair with my fingers to create a soft, piecey texture.”

Celebrity hairstyles from the 2009 Oscars turned heads, so if that’s any indicator, these styles may be the kinds of hairdos we’ll expect to see for some time to come. Stay tuned for more tips on how to achieve your own celebrity hairstyles at home!

About FHI Heat:
Learn more about FHI Heat products, including blow dryers, styling irons, curling irons, razors, heat-activated conditioners, styling clips, carbon combs, shears, brushes and a chemical straightening system, online at www.fhiheat.com.

How to Get Soft, Romantic, and Sexy Celebrity Hairstyles Like Marisa Tomei and Jessica Biel in the 81st Academy Awards

At the 81st Academy Awards, celebrities Marisa Tomei and Jessica Biel both showed off soft, feminine looks with lovely hairstyles created by Celebrity Hairstylist Adir Abergel. These beautiful stars wore their hair in such a pretty fashion that would look very nice on just about anyone with medium length or long hair. If you’d like to take a page from the beauty book of Jessica Biel or Marisa Tomei from the 81st Academy Awards, look no further.

To get a soft, romantic, and sexy hairstyle like these beautiful celebrities, just follow the steps below to recreate these loose, cascading hairstyles with your own hair. Learn how to achieve Jessica Biel’s and Marisa Tomei’s celebrity hairstyles from the 81st Academy Awards with these easy instructions from Celebrity Hairstylist Adir Abergel.

How to Create Marisa Tomei’s Cascading Hairstyle from the 81st Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actress Nominee Marisa Tomei wore a lovely and romantic hairstyle to the 81st Academy Awards. You can also wear your hair with Marisa Tomei’s special style, simply by following these steps from her stylist.

For the first step, stylist Adir Abergel blew Tomei’s hair out with the FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2100 Blow Dryer and also using a round brush. He then completed the following step-by-step instructions to give Marisa Tomei the beautiful and romantic, soft hairstyle she wore to the 81st Academy Awards.

1.    While blowing out the hair, pin hair in place as it cools, using hair clips to secure the hair in various soft curves.
2.    Sweep bangs to the side and let them cascade over the eye.
3.    Apply bobby pins to secure the hair.
4.    Remove the hair clips and finish with hairspray.

“The look exudes looseness, softness and lots of femininity, which complements the twists and turns of her graceful dress,” explains Abergel.

How to Create Jessica Biel’s Romantic Half-Up Hairstyle from the 81st Academy Awards
Presenter Jessica Biel’s celebrity hairstyle at the 81st Academy Awards was a lovely and somewhat flowing, somewhat swept back hairdo that looked absolutely gorgeous on her. The hairstyle Biel wore truly fit the ticket for romantic, soft, sexy, and feminine.

Adir Abergel used the FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2100 Blow Dryer on Jessica Biel’s hair to create this ravishing, almost Victorian look. Then Abergel completed the following styling steps to create the full look. You can use these steps to recreate Jessica Biel’s 81st Academy Awards hairstyle with your own hair.

1.    After drying the hair a bit with the hairdryer, hand-dry the rest of the hair completely to remove all of its natural texture.
2.    Curl random pieces of hair using a 1” curling iron.
3.    Pin the hairstyle half up, allowing several pieces of hair to fall and frame the face.
4.    Braid two small braids on either side of the temples and then pull them back.
5.    Finish the style with hairspray.

About FHI Heat:
Learn more about FHI Heat products, including blow dryers, styling irons, curling irons, razors, heat-activated conditioners, styling clips, carbon combs, shears, brushes and a chemical straightening system, online at www.fhiheat.com.

White Sands Phase 1 Hair Care Products Review

Unbelievable; that’s exactly what you’ll say once you try Phase 1! White Sands Phase 1 Shampoo and Conditioner Product Review by Barbara Baker

Phase 1 shampoo and conditioner, created by White Sands, will completely transform your views on how real shampoo and conditioner is supposed to work. I was so impressed with the automatic results I experienced when I tried this combo that I just know; once you try them, you will feel the same way.

When most people wash their hair I’m sure it feels clean, but they’ve never felt a clean, clean like this before. The smell is fascinating and consumes you. It corrects the moisture balance in your hair; as well, it gives you just enough body and shine to captivate all who see you. It leaves your hair feeling extra soft, clean and weightless, which is something that I have always looked for in a shampoo and conditioner.

Phase 1 is developed for the colorist with a pH level 4.6 for blondes and brunettes. It contains Heliogenol, an herbal extract that protects tinted hair from color loss by neutralizing the oxidative radicals generated by daily UV exposure while slowing down hair-dye oxidation, leaving hair shiny and healthy without residue or buildup.

Let’s face it, most of us feel the ill effects from years of perms, hair coloring and the (oh so) beautiful environmental ailments we subject our hair to every day. It puts a real damper (no pun intended) on our looks and as a result, our hair becomes an eye soar for some. Most of us wish that we had younger, more vibrant looking hair. I’m sure there are a few of us out there that wish they had that natural sheen that embraces hair of the young and youthful; I know I do. I want my hair to look young again.

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen drastic improvements in my hair. I am devotedly using White Sands phase 1 shampoo and conditioner and it’s proving to be well worth the time spent “babying” my hair. The feel, texture, and overall appearance of my hair is changing. My hair has become more manageable and lighter on my head. It shines much more than before and the feel is worth talking about.

White Sands Phase 1 Shampoo and Conditioner Product Review by Barbara BakerThe feel, oh the feel that is left after using this combo, is so-o-o nice. The tangles are virtually gone and I’ve found my girls are “petting” my head more often when they sit beside me. They’re bringing out hair brushes and brushing my hair for hours at a time. No kidding; they really like it and they’re telling me so.

They say my hair is so pretty and that it feels so-o-o-o soft (and that means a lot coming from a 5 and 7 year old). Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reviewing White Sand’s Phase 1 products and recommend it to anyone wanting the same results.

If you are interested in finding White Sands phase 1 shampoo and conditioner; please feel free to check out the official website, www.whitesandsproducts.com.

White Sands Phase 1 Shampoo and ConditionerI gladly give White Sands Phase 1 Shampoo and Conditioner an award for being #1 in products that beautify hair; results you will see and feel from the using these products!

To Color or Not to Color – Pre-Wedding Hair Dyeing Tips for the Bride, Bridesmaids, Mother of Bride, and Mother of Groom

As the wedding approaches, all members of the bridal party and immediate family of the bride and groom will want to ensure they look their best. For anyone who dyes their hair – or wants to dye their hair – special steps and coloring precautions should be taken so that the hair looks great for the wedding day. To Dye or Not to Dye - Pre-Wedding Hair Coloring Tips

Coloring one’s hair can have a variety of desirable and undesirable effects, so it is important to visit a hairstylist you know and trust. Feel free to ask questions and share your concerns – your stylist is there to help you. If you plan to color your hair leading up to the wedding, no matter if you are the bride, bridesmaid, or mother of the bride or mother of the groom, consider the following tips before getting your hair dyed pre-wedding.

How Soon Before the Wedding Should I Dye My Hair?
Experts in the hair industry agree – if you plan to dye your hair before an important wedding – be it your own, your son’s or daughter’s, friend’s, or family member’s wedding – make sure you set your appointment for one week prior to the wedding.

“If anyone in the wedding party colors their hair, I always recommend that they to it one week before the big day, so that the color looks fresh and if there was any staining around the hair line, it will be gone in time,” says Maria Schmiedicke, stylist, president and owner of Salon deZEN in Alexandria, Virginia. “One week also gives you the freedom to change or correct your color in any way.”

“Also, I recommend anyone who colors their hair to color their hair at least one week before the wedding. Any longer and you may begin to see regrowth,” says Lia Dominguez, Stylist at Tom Brophy Salon in Beverly Hills. “Additionally, fresh colored hair gives the hair more volume which can make the hair easier to style and hold.”

“However, many brides tend to have conditioning treatments beforehand and this may tend to make the hair too soft and any style may not hold,” Dominguez adds. “Conditioning treatments should be performed one to two weeks before the wedding to avoid making the hair flat.”

To Dye or Not to Dye - Pre-Wedding Hair Coloring TipsShould I Try a New Hair Color Before the Wedding?
Hair care experts caution on trying a dramatic hair color change before a big event like your own wedding or your child’s wedding. Consider the following advice to help you decide on whether you should color your hair before the wedding.

“If you color your hair, try not to do anything different; the last thing you want is a color disaster before the big day,” says Lia Dominguez.

“Don’t make any big color or style changes before the wedding,” Schmiedicke likewise cautions. “You want to feel like yourself on that day. Also, all the guests will know your old hair style and so with a big style change you would draw attention to yourself that should be directed to the bride.”

About the Experts:

Lia Dominguez is a weddings and up-do stylist at Tom Brophy Salon in Beverly Hills. For more information about Tom Brophy Salon, please visit online at www.tombrophyhair.com.

Maria Schmiedicke is a stylist, president, and owner of Salon deZEN in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, please visit online at www.salondezen.com.

How to Create a Modern Grecian Up-Do Hairstyle at Home

The modern Grecian up-do offers a classic hairstyle look that delivers both style and grace. Try out this DIY Modern Grecian Up-Do with styling instructions from Dayna Cakebread. (Photo courtesy of Dayna Cakebread)A Grecian up-do can be a very pretty and elegant hairstyle to wear to a wedding or other special event. The hairstyle is formal, classy, and sophisticated, making it a great style for women of just about any age.

To create your own modern Grecian up-do, read on for step-by-step instructions from Dayna Cakebread, owner of Belle Epoque Salon in Portland, Oregon, and a list of materials you will need to complete the style.

How to Create a Heather Wedding Style Grecian Up-Do
“This Grecian up-do is simple and perfect for a quick and fun evening look,” says Dayna Cakebread, owner of Belle Epoque Salon in Portland, Oregon.

Cakebread shares the following tips for creating your own Heather Wedding Style Grecian Up-Do:

Supplies for Creating a Grecian Up-Do:
–    Thick ponytail holder
–    Bobby pins
–    Comb
–    Paddle brush
–    Light hairspray

Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a Grecian Up-Do

Try out this DIY Modern Grecian Up-Do with styling instructions from Dayna Cakebread. (Photo courtesy of Dayna Cakebread)1.    Divide your hair into two sections.

a. “The front section runs from the tops of your ears to the top of your head, including your bangs,” Cakebread says. “Once you have separated the front section, part as desired and clip these two pieces out of the way. These pieces will be used in the last step to connect the whole style together.”

b. “The back section should now be pulled into a smooth ponytail in the middle of your head,” she adds. “Use a thick ponytail holding band that will not slip or break, and pull tight to the head.”

2.    Apply a bit of light hairspray to help smooth the flyaway hairs. Brush the hairspray through the ponytail until your hair is completely smooth.

3.    Take small sections roughly one half-inch thick from the ponytail and start to twist until the curls are wound tightly against one another.

4.    When each section is twisted tightly, pin with bobby pins close to the ponytail holder.

5.    Arrange sections around the ponytail holder, leaving the centermost section for last.

6.    After you have twisted the centermost section, pin it on top to finish the cluster of twists.

7.    For an extra secure hold, criss-cross the bobby pins to lock onto one another.

8.    To finish, unclip the front pieces, break into sections and twist.

9.    Gently pin the front pieces near the rear cluster as best suits your facial features.

10.    Apply light hair spray keep the twists from undoing.

About the Expert:
Dayna Cakebread is the owner of Belle Epoque Salon in Portland, Oregon. For more information about Belle Epoque Salon, please visit online at www.belleepoquesalon.com.

 

Wedding Hairstyles for Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom

If you are preparing to celebrate the marriage of your son or daughter – first and foremost – congratulations! Photos of mother of the bride and mother of the groom hairstyles can help you find the right wedding hairstyle.This is a joyful time to enjoy and remember for a lifetime. As mother of the bride or mother of the groom, you may already have a lot of things on your mind, especially those related to the planning and preparations for the wedding. Have you given any thought yet to your own wedding hairstyle as an honored mother?

Choosing wedding hairstyles for mother of the bride and mother of the groom can be challenging at first if you don’t know how you want to wear your hair. Hairstyles for mother of the bride and mother of the groom are definitely less discussed than hairstyles for the bride and bridesmaids. Despite the lack of discussion around hairstyles for the mothers in the wedding, you can still find a wedding hairstyle to make you look and feel fabulous.

Whether you are mother of the bride, mother of the groom, or stepmother of the bride, or stepmother of the groom, you can surely find a lovely mature and sophisticated wedding hairstyle that fits the theme of the wedding and positively reflects the styles shared by the bride and the wedding party.

Consider the following tips and suggestions from expert hairstylists and hair artists to help you select the perfect wedding hairstyle for mother of the bride or mother of the groom.

When it comes to wedding hairstyles, are there any rules of thumb for mother of the bride (MOB) and mother of the groom (MOG)?

Consider a curly wedding hairstyle for the mother of the bride or mother of the groom.•    “Try to remember it is the bride’s day, the MOB and MOG hair styles really depend on how formal or casual the wedding is,” says Lia Dominguez, Stylist at Tom Brophy Salon in Beverly Hills. “In any case, I feel the MOB and MOG should keep it classic and not too complicated, try not to distract from the bride.”

•    “For mothers it is important to reflect their hairstyle to the bride and the rest of the bridal party,” says International Hair Artist Naz Kupelian. “If everyone has up-dos then the mother’s look should reflect the same formality and still be age appropriate.”

•    “The mothers need to gauge it by the style of the bride and how fancy her hair will be,” agrees Maria Schmiedicke, stylist, president and owner of Salon deZEN in Alexandria, Virginia. “If the bride does an up-do, the mothers should go with a low chignon. Chingnons are very in right now and they are not too overstated.”

•    “The mother of the bride and mother of the groom need to always remember that, though they are an important part of the wedding and are honored guest, they are not part of the ‘wedding party’ and their hair style should reflect that,” Schmiedicke says. “In other words know your place and never outdo or outshine the bride.”

Wedding Hairstyles for the Mothers – Up-dos, Wearing Hair Down, Blow Outs, etc.
Whether the wedding is formal, causal, or somewhere in between may have the biggest impact on the way you wear your hair to your daughter’s or son’s wedding. Consider these tips to help you choose a wedding hairstyle to wear to your child’s wedding, but remember, not all stylists share the same opinions and not all hairstyles look the same on different people. Ask your own stylist what would work best as a special wedding hairstyle for you to wear to your son’s or daughter’s wedding.

Do you recommend up-dos, half-up / half-down, or flowing hairstyles for mother of the bride and mother of the groom?

Consider this mother of the bride or mother of the groom wedding hairstyle.•    “Wearing the hair up or down is about formality of the wedding and time of day,” says Lia Dominguez. “The more formal the wedding, the hair should go up. The earlier in the day, the less the hair goes up. Usually, I prefer the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom to look more polished or classic and recommend a nice blow out or classic up-do rather than half-up or half-down.”

•    “The hair style depends on the initial look of the person,” says International Hair Artist Naz Kupelian. “Up-dos don’t generally look good on everyone. If it is a formal wedding than half up / half down is still considered formal.”

•    “If you are the mother of the bride or groom and you find yourself unsure of what to do with your hair for the wedding day, play it safe and treat yourself to a professional blow out from a stylist,” says Schmiedicke. “That way your hair will still look like your style, but with the fullness and structure that can only be achieved with a professional styling.”

•    “Never make it look like they will be sitting through a hurricane with the hair all slicked back,” Schmiedicke adds. This will make them look too old and out of touch with the current fashions. A loose side swept bang looks great on mature women. (Ever heard of Botox bangs?) They work.”

What are some formal wedding hairstyles suggestions for the MOB and MOG?

Photos of mother of the bride and mother of the groom hairstyles can help you find the right wedding hairstyle.“The classic formal style I recommend is the French twist; this is a classic no fail style,” says Lia Dominguez. “I also recommend a simple chignon, simply pulled back without hair accessories. If the hair is short, try not to style the hair too big, or not with too much height as this may upstage the bride. Try to keep it simple.”

What are some casual hairstyles suggestions for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom?

“The MOB and MOG should always look classic, a simple blow out if the hair is shoulder length and above, anything longer can be styled in a simple French twist, up-do, or classic chignon,” says Dominguez.

What are some no-fail, popular wedding hairstyles for the MOB and MOG no matter how formal the wedding?

•    “No matter if the wedding is formal, semi-formal, or casual is the classic French twist,” Dominguez says. “This hairstyle suits all – you can add a few more or less curls depending on how formal or casual the wedding is. The more formal, the less curls.”

•    “A no fail hair style is keeping the style similar to what they would normally do yet adding some curls with a curling iron for some texture,” suggests Naz Kupelian.

Should mother of the bride and mother of the groom wear accessories or flowers in their hair?
Photos of mother of the bride and mother of the groom hairstyles can help you find the right wedding hairstyle.
•    “It is not recommended that the MOB or MOG wear hair accessories or flowers in their hair; leave this for the bride and wedding party,” says Dominguez.

•    “Mother of the brides and mothers of the grooms should only wear flowers in their hair if the bride invites them to,” says Schmiedicke. “As for accessories the rule of thumb is ‘Less is more.’”

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If you are ever in doubt about choosing your mother of the bride or mother of the groom hairstyle, don’t hesitate to check in with the bride about her preferences for wedding hairstyles. Some brides already envision things a certain way, and a simple conversation can go a long way to getting everyone on the same page for a joyous, memorable occasion.

Something fun to do — consider getting your hair done as a group before the wedding. The bride might invite you to go along to the salon or to her bridal suite to have your hair done together. If not, consider putting together your own primping party with close family or friends who are also going to the wedding. Your mother of the bride or mother of the groom hairstyle is sure to stand out, so don’t forget to smile for all those pictures.

Best wishes!

About the Experts:

Lia Dominguez is a weddings and up-do stylist at Tom Brophy Salon in Beverly Hills. For more information about Tom Brophy Salon, please visit online at www.tombrophyhair.com.

Maria Schmiedicke is a stylist, president, and owner of Salon deZEN in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, please visit online at www.salondezen.com.

Naz Kupelian is an International Hair Artist and owner of Naz Kupelian Salon. For more information, visit Naz Kupelian Salon online at www.nazkupeliansalon.com.

(Photos courtesy of Terry Akins and TG Public Image.)

Cornrows, Mini Braids, Micro Braids – And the Best Place to Get Them

Beautiful seas of blues and greens, soft and sparkling white sand and sun that beats down, tempting a tan on one’s exposed parts…these things are just a few signature traits of an unforgettable island vacation.

Many travelers will strive for the perfect golden glow to take home while others may slather white limbs in coconut-scented sunblock to avoid a painful charring. Perhaps the most common souvenir taken home from a week or two’s stay in the Caribbean is a new hairstyle!

Cornrows, mini braids, and micro braids are popular take-home hairstyles of the world’s tropical islands. Many women and some men choose to don these tiny braids that often reveal their most recent escape from corporate life. Many people wear these braids for work and for play even after they return home from their exotic vacations. The braids are thin and span the entire length of the hair, often adorned by pretty string, beads, or seashells.

Braided hairstyles are common in a wide array of tropical locations, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, and countless other island destinations.

Choosing to Get Braids

Offers to braid one’s hair may be plentiful, depending on the time of day and location of the vacation. Women skilled in many styles of creative braiding usually wander the beaches in search of their next clients, asking all those whom they pass if they would care for some pretty braids.

Vacationers can request as few or as many braids as they would like, in a number of fashions. Once the number of desired braids is set, the braiding style becomes the next consideration. Common styles seen in the Bahamas include dozens of straight micro braids – woven from roots to ends, cornrows fastened with beads at the crown, and cornrows ending in long braids.

Beads or tiny seashells often adorn braids and cornrows in the desired colors of the wearer. Popular styles include cornrows ending at the crown in two alternating colors, and long micro braids fastened off with a few beads on each one.

Special Hair Care for Cornrows, Mini Braids, and Micro Braids
Some important hair and scalp care is necessary for those donning the stylish braids. Dabbing a bit of sunblock on the scalp is critical to preventing sunburn. When shampooing, wearers of the braids should not shampoo the braids directly, but rather the scalp, allowing the suds to soak down the braids. To keep braids in great condition longer, a light coat of conditioner on each one should do just the trick.

When removing braids, the best method involves coating braids with conditioner and gently unraveling them one by one. A warm shower with normal shampoo and conditioner products should restore hair to its usual texture and appearance.