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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!

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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!

The SAG Awards were last night, did you watch? I did, well most of it at least (gimmie a break, Downton Abbey was on)!

Anyway, I saw the red carpet coverage which is the most important part for spotting hair trends, and hair that should have checked itself in the mirror one last time before stepping out the door!

My favorite trend that I spotted last night was hair that was styled over one shoulder with soft, light waves. It’s simple but glamorous, casual yet sophisticated. It’s also a great alternative to the all down or half up look.

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I’m a big fan of hair just casually laying over one shoulder and not pinned into place. In most of these pictures the hair is long enough to do this and stay in place. If you’re hair is not quite long enough to stay in place on it’s own then try a soft loose braid or a roll/twist to one side. It will just stay better and you will be able to hide those pins you may have used.

I was not a fan of January Jones and Julia Stiles’ looks. I’m usually a big fan of January’s style, but in this case the look was too severe and overworked. Julia, while the look was fine, it did however, age her. She’s a young woman and the cut and style made her look pedestrian and older than her years.

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I think the reason the hairstyles that worked so well just worked, is because the ones that worked used the hair as an “accessory”. Accessories like jewelry can throw off or add to a look just as much as the hair. The hair should never, in my opinion, be the main attraction. You should consider the whole look and how everything compliments each other.

I definitely will be using the over-the-shoulder waved look on some of my clients for their next big night out!

I’m off to rewatch Downton Abbey…it was that good!!

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.

Holiday Style

December 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

Are you looking for a simple but exquisite hairstyle for a special holiday party? Try this look from Jenny Packham’s 2013 runway show found on fashionising.com, written by .

http://www.fashionising.com/hair/b–twisted-ponytail-how-to-tutorial-34374.html

The nuances of this style are:

  1. you will have better luck if the hair is NOT clean. second day is best.
  2. a very deep side part on whichever side is natural for you.
  3. on the heavy side, start to gather and twist as you go (like a braid) and secure with pins. Do not try to smooth the hair and make it look perfect. It’s best when it looks gathered and textured.
  4. twist and gather until you reach behind the opposite ear and secure with an elastic or a variation is to continue twisting down the ponytail and pin-up like a bun.

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