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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.

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!

This summer is kicking off-to-be a HOT one so far! To beat the heat and stay cool, I’ve been seeing a lot of girls in the city wearing textured, slightly disheveled top knots. That’s not so new, but what I’ve seen them accessorising with is! This leads me to the first thing I’m obsessed with which are these “Athens” double braided, leatherette headbands from dearelli.com. What’s great about them is the price! They’re a steal at $10 and they come in a variety of colors from metallic to neon. I personally like the idea of wearing two at the same time for more of an impact.

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The site has some unique and inexpensive hair accessories to add something special to your next updo.

The second thing I’m obsessed with is Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray. It’s my go-to product when working with hair that is too clean and soft. It creates an amazing foundation to do a variety of looks. It builds body, adds volume and creates texture to limp hair and also absorbs oil at the root. The other great things to note is the amazing fragrance and that it leaves no powdery residue!

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So, try the two things together. Spray the Oribe spray throughout, from roots to ends and gather into a high ponytail. Next, lightly back brush the ponytail and loosely twist around the base of the ponytail and pin into place. Finish off with one or two of the “Athens” headbands. That’s it! It’s clean and fresh and current! That’s your July Hair Fix, enjoy!

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.

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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?

I saw a new client last week for a haircut and Great Lengths consultation. Brittany has a lot of fine hair and the ends were not in the best shape due to a lot of color damage. She’s now a rich brunette which will give her hair a break from being blonde last summer.

Brittany has had Great Lengths before and loved them but she was concerned about them damaging her hair. I put her mind at ease with my number one home care maintenance tip. I would say, in my experience, the main reason people feel like bonded extensions damage their hair is because they don’t brush between the bonds. You have to brush between the bonds twice a day to ensure the hairs you would naturally shed that are now in the bond do not get tangled around each other. I’ve seen clients come in with golf ball sized mats of hair because they never or rarely brushed between the bonds. Tugging and picking out those mats is where the damage comes in, not from the extensions.

That one tip alone can make all the difference with your extensions experience.

Brittany wanted her hair to feel fuller and just a little longer than her current length. We went with 12″ hair which added 5″ inches to her length. After 4 hours she was so happy with the finished look. Here’s the before, middle and after picture of this Great Lenghts makeover. Enjoy!

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2013 Hair Trend

January 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

My first blog post ever in 2012 was about the Lob (Long Bob). I talked about the versatility of this style and how it’s a great choice if you have long hair but are afraid to make a huge change. Well, according to fashionising.com this hairstyle is still going to be a favorite in 2013 as seen on model Anja Rubik in this Dolce & Gabbana ad for Elle UK, February 2013.

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The key to this style is the perfect length. It should be an inch to two inches below the shoulder. It can be worn with or without a fringe/bang. The fringe can be wispy like in this ad or a heavy, blunt  bang can be added. This style should not be overly styled. The goal is messy textured waves.

If you’re looking for a new look and want to be on trend for 2013 give this look a try.