A growing and popular trend I’ve had my eye on is the top knot. It’s a great, quick, easy look for summer. It actually started with guys and has been adapted by women in different variations. There are a few nuances between how its worn between men and women. For guys, it’s more undone. Using your fingers instead of a comb or brush to pull it up and back. For girls there are more defined partings and seems to be a little more polished. Below are some examples of various lengths and top knot looks.

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The top knot has two distinct things that can add a lot of variation and a multitude of looks.

The first is to decide how much hair you are going to pull back. You can just pull back a rectangular section from the recession areas back or you can pull your hair up all the way from above the ear or anywhere in between.

The second thing to decide is what to do with the tail once you fasten the hair with an elastic. You can twist the hair around and tightly enough that turns in on itself and fasten with a pin. You can simply loop it through the elastic and don’t pull it through all the way, or my pick is to use your favorite braid (three or four strand, rope, fishtail) and wrap it up and around the base of the elastic to get a very unique looking knot.

Finish the look off by adding loose waves to the hair that’s down. Add a shine spray or serum to smooth fly-away’s from the part that has been pulled back.

Experiment, have fun, and rock a top knot this summer!

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Cool Braid Alert!!

April 13, 2015 — Leave a comment

Shailene Woodley won several awards at the 2015 MTV movie awards, including Best Female Performance and Best Kiss for the movie, The Fault in Our Stars. She was also the recipient of the Trailblazer Award for The Fault in our Stars and the Divergent franchise.

Now normally I’m usually not a fan of her styling, but Shailene sported an amazing small dutch braid starting from the front of her hair around to the back where it was twisted into a small bun. To add to the look, her hair was slicked back on the opposite side while the top added loose height to create texture and balance to the shape.

The main reason I’m a big fan of this look is that it shows even with shorter hairstyles you can add big drama to them with braids. Anyone that knows me well knows that I’m mad about braids! I love doing them, learning different variations, and integrating them into a hairstyle whenever possible. Another reason is, it’s perfect for summer and on trend with the bohemian hair look. Lastly, if you do have a short hairstyle that you’re in the process of growing out through perhaps and awkward stage this look or a similar look is a great solution.

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Hello Hair Fix Fans,

It’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m back and better than ever! My very first post from November, 2012 was all about the Lob, and two and a half years later this trend is still HOT! Thanks to celebrities like Julianne Hough, Kate Mara, Rose Byrne, and Ciara the trend has stayed strong.

The reason it’s been so popular is because of how versatile it is. Of course it all comes down to customization by your stylist to make it work for your face shape, hair texture and hair type. In general though, the Lob suits most face shapes by simply adjusting where the part falls and how long you choose to keep the length. The length of a Lob should be anywhere from just grazing the shoulders to a few inches below. Another reason why it’s so versatile is it makes finer textures look fuller and can bring out a natural wavy texture for anyone that has long thick, heavy hair. This style can be worn sleek and straight, natural, or textured by using a curling iron and using a dry texture spray. I like Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave. Lastly, because it’s a Long-Bob, if you don’t like it, it won’t take you very long to go back to your long locks. Give it a try, summer is coming!

I’ve shared a few pictures below of recent Lobs I’ve done, at my home, the Antonio Prieto Salon. There are 5 main techniques that go into a well executed Lob for me.

  1. The ideal length, cut with a soft A-Line
  2. A combination of surface layering and undercutting
  3. Long or no layers around the face
  4.  Diffusing any blunt lines to create texture
  5. Directional slicing & channeling to add movement

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A big source of inspiration for me is stylist, Anh Co Tran, from the Ramirez Tran Salon. He does beautiful, cutting-edge work. Follow him at anhcotran on instagram. Follow me as well on instagram at brianzinno.

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Looking good is just as much about taking care of your body on the inside as it is about using products on the outside. And we’re not just talking about your skin: “A nutritious diet promotes healthy nails and hair, too,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. But there’s no need to add a refrigerator’s worth of new foods to your diet. “Since both hair and nails are made of keratin, through a similar process in the body, it’s thought that nutrients that help one can also help the other,” says Dr. Zeichner. Ready to say bye-bye to brittleness? Read on for foods that give your hair and nails a boost.

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New Press

August 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hi All,

 

It’s been a busy, fantastic summer (hence not blogging in a while). Although I’ve been busy soaking up some sun before the fall and winter hits, I have been fortunate to write a few hair related press articles. The first one is on stylebistro.com. It’s a “how to” step-by-step.

http://www.stylebistro.com/Hair+How+To/articles/rDdZ5dVcqSp/Hairstyle+Need+Try+Inverse+Ponytail

The second article was featured on seventeen.com. I was asked to comment on one picture out of a serious of six regarding fall trends.

http://www.seventeen.com/beauty/tips/fall-hair-trends-2014?click=main_sr#slide-5

Check them out!

Hello All,

It’s been a busy June so far and extensions are the reason for it. I’ve done two big Great Lengths makeovers that I wanted to share with you. Both were between 5-6 hour services, and both were to add length and thickness.

Rachel has fine hair and slightly damaged due to over styling and over processing. I used 12″ Great Lengths hair in colors 64, 19, & 09, standard bundles cut down to extra fine and custom bonds. The placement blended quite well into her ombre hair color done by John O’Brien at Antonio Prieto Salon.

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After!

My next client Erin also wanted a bit of length and fullness. I used 16″ Great Lengths hair in colors 64, 84 & 09. Standard bundles cut down into extra fine bonds to blend with her natural density.

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In both cases, cutting and blending the extensions into their natural hair is key. In my opinion it’s the difference between noticeable extensions that people on the street point at and stage whisper to their friend and say, “she has extensions” and seamless extensions that are undetectable and people on the street say to their friend, “I love her hair”. While there is skill and an eye for placement involved with an extension service, once you have your rhythm down, it’s 4-6 hours of the same repetitive movement. You only get one shot at blending the extensions into the natural hair. If you cut the extensions too short or create an awkward layer you have to take those out and put new ones in.

These will last approximately 4 months and dry with a soft wave to blend into their natural texture.

You don’t always have to go for length and fullness. Some clients are happy with their current length, but just want to add fullness and volume to what they have. In that case you need a lot less Great Lengths hair and it’s also a great way to experiment with extensions.

If you’re curious, make a consultation at a certified Great Lengths salon. http://getgreatlengths.com/salonlocator.aspx

 

 

Check it out! I particularly like #3,7 & 8.

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