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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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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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Before…and….

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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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Before…and…

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After.

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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Springtime is finally showing signs of life which means Summer is not too far behind. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about growing out those bangs you got in the Fall or Winter. So many times I’ve seen women walking around New York City in the middle of Summer with their bangs stuck to their forehead with sweat. Not a good look!

If you have a heavy bang like this picture, two things need to happen…

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The first thing is to ask your stylist to texturize or thin out the ends to take the blunt edge out. This will collapse the weight and allow you to sweep them to the sides easier without being bulky. The second thing to decide is if you’re going to eventually wear your hair with a center part or side part. This is important because it will tell your stylist how to start subtly angling your bangs to grow out.

 

If you have a wispy, thin bang like the picture below, here are a few tips to grow them out.

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I would suggest to actually add more hair to them. I know, sounds crazy but if you add a longer fringe over the existing wispy bangs it will camouflage and blend them into the rest of the haircut. You can add some face framing layers to add softness around the face and also to integrate and blend the bangs.

When all else fails…braid them away!

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It’s quick, easy and braids are continuously on trend. Simple, clean and fresh!

Good luck, and stay cool!

The Emmy awards were on last night, and although I was in a heavy, Italian feast coma, I caught most of it. The standouts for me were the short, cropped hair styles. Long, soft waves are never going anywhere, but I love risk takers and you create your own trend.

The two standouts from the red carpet last night were Elizabeth Moss and Robin Wright.

I get the attachment to long hair from working with my clients everyday. I also get short hair is not for everyone and in some cases is more maintenance than being able to pull it back into a ponytail. That being said let’s look at Elizabeth Moss from two years ago and last night’s Emmy’s.

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The shorter hairstyle, coupled with the perfect pale blonde actually makes her a standout! The length is perfect for her face shape and the deep side part gives the shape drama. The cut is finished with texturized ends, giving it a light, modern feel.

Robin Wright is another example from last night’s Emmy’s where shorter is better!

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The transformation is undeniable. The shorter style takes her from blending into the crowd to looking powerful and unique. Again, we see here a lighter hair color which makes this style pop. I don’t think this short crop would work as well with the dark honey blonde. The common thread of these two shorter cuts is the way they were finished with softness and movement. Hard, geometric lines are probably not going to work for you if you’re over 30 and not a size 2.

So, ask yourself these questions the next time you’re in the mirror.

1. Am I hiding behind my hair?

2. Does my hairstyle feel boring and the same for more than a few years?

3. Do I need to shake-up my look?

4. How much time am I willing to give a new look?

5. Have you ever wanted to try a different hair color?

The main thing, in my opinion, is to work with your hair stylist and hair colorist. Ask your hair colorist what your color options are based on your age, skin tone, eye color, maintenance/upkeep, etc. Ask your hair stylist what your cut options are based on your face shape, age, maintenance/upkeep and how much risk you’re willing to take. They should work together to come up with a great plan, personalized just for you!

For the past few months I’ve been following the short, shoulder length bob with bangs trend. Well, after the First Lady unveiled her on-trend hair-do this week it’s here to stay! I wanted to share this link to an article that supports this hair trend.

http://shine.yahoo.com/the-thread/is-the-karlie-the-new-rachel–174754413.html

As the article suggests, it’s only January…you might want to see if it lasts before chopping all your hair off. However, change is fun and ask yourself if you need to shake up your look this year?

First Lady 2.0! BANG BANG!

January 21, 2013 — 1 Comment

First Lady, Michelle Obama’s bangs almost have a life of their own. They even have ther own TWITTER account! As soon as they were cut they tweeted out a picture of themselves and for good reason! I LOVE these bangs! In the past Michelle has flirted with a side swept fringe, but this time she went full-on. They do all the right things for Michelle’s beautiful diamond-ish face shape. These bangs allow her great cheek bones to stand out by taking the focus away from her forehead. They also turn what can be a boring, in-between length into something much more chic and sophisticated.

Here’s to 4 more years of great hair and surprises from First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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