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Balayage vs Ombre

Let’s talk hair. And the difference between “balayage” and “ombre.” I recently tried my hand (or rather, our hair stylist Ashley’s hand) at the ombre effect, and I am absolutely in love with the results. Although the balayage and ombre trends have been around for years, the use of social media has made both a popular hit on such sites as Pinterest.

“Balayage” is French for “sweeping,” whereas “ombre” is French (in the hair world, you’re pretty much bilingual) for “shaded.” Balayage is a low maintenance style. According to Michael Kelly, Senior colorist at Oscar Oscar in Sydney’s Paddington, its “application can leave the hair looking like you’ve been on the beach in the South of France for three months. It’s soft and pretty, the most natural of all looks… [I]t can illuminate features, soften out skin tones and minimize the amount of make-up a client may have to wear.” (Less make-up? Yes, please!) (http://www.vogue.com.au/beauty/hair+insider/the+new+balayage,19975)

Ombre is a two-toned, gradual (←KEY WORD) lightening of the hair strand that usually fades from darker to lighter, roots to ends. It tends to look like a block color – more dramatic than the subtle balayage. Ombre is also relatively low maintenance. (Let your roots show! ON PURPOSE.)

If you’ve decided you’re ready for a change this summer of 2014, I suggest you consider these two options. Whether it be the sun-kissed balayage route, or the edgier, more prominent ombre style, your hair will be ready to show its sassy self off in the summer sun.

Chalk It Up

Hair chalking, the tie dying trend of the hair world, is a temporary coloring method for those of us who are reluctant to permanently dye our locks. Using only soft pastel chalk, water, a flat iron or curling iron, and rubber gloves, you can create a unique look with multiple colored hairs in just minutes.

Holiday Hairstyles

Shopping. Baking. Decorating. Caroling. Traveling. With such a long to-do list, it would be easy to skip over something as seemingly trivial as hair. Don’t let this season be hairific. Try one of these three simple looks at your next company Christmas party, family gathering, or girls night out.

City Slicker Look

City Slicker

Part your hair in the middle or give yourself a deep side part to add a touch of drama and slick your hair back into a sleek and elegant bun at the nape of your neck. Start by working in a smoothing serum (Pureology’s Shine Max or Redken’s Glass 01). After parting your hair with a comb, pull your hair toward the nape and tie in a low ponytail. Twist into a chignon and secure with bobby pins.

Go Big or Go Home Look

Go Big or Go Home 

Soft, retro, and easy to recreate. After spraying in a thickener (Redken’s Guts 10), blow hair dry and part on the side. Use a half-inch curling iron to curl your hair. Begin at ear height and keep the hair on the top of your head flat. Pin each curl. Once cool, unwind the curls and separate with your fingers. Maintain the bounciness by spraying your hair with hairspray (Redken’s Control Addict 28 or S Factor’s Vivacious Hairspray).

Braids for Days Look

Braids for Days

Get this look by parting your hair in the middle and using the front pieces on either side to start two french braids. Run the braids until you reach the tips of your ears. Always create a tight braid. If you prefer a softer look, loosen afterwards with your fingers. Spritz with hairspray to tame frizz. To create texture, curl your hair with a one-inch curling iron before beginning this look. (This is a great look for “dirty” hair as well. Braids make it easy to hide greasy hair and these french braids pull the hair away from the face.)

Short Hair

Summer has come and gone, but short hair hasn’t! Short hair is just as common as long hair is, it all depends on your face shape!

When choosing a short hairstyle: choose a cute that flatters your face shape. Short cuts are popular because they make your features the center of attention. If you have a square face, show off your strong jaw with a bob that hits you at the jawbone. Make sure to ask one of our stylist for a graduated bob which is short in the back and angles long in the front. If you have a round face, consider a short cut that ends an inch or two below the jawbone and has a few long layers. If you are one of the many women in the US with a long face shape, they tend to have high foreheads. Cover up that forehead with some blunt or side-swept bangs.

Our hair comes in different textures as well, so consider these tips when deciding on short hair:

  • if you have straight, fine hair, you’re in luck. A short hairstyle will be easy for you to maintain with little fuss. Invest in a good voluminzer so your hair doesn’t fall flat.
  • if you have wavy hair, you might want to consider owning a blowdryer and a flat iron for occasion, but short styles naturally look amazing!
  • if you have coarse or curly hair, reconsider your quest for short hair. Curly hair tends to frizz up when cut short and it can make hair too triangular. Coarse hair needs length to weigh it down.

Talk to your stylist today on whether or not you would like or consider a short hairstyle!

Long Hair

Most people would LOVE to have long, thick, and flowing hair. Right? We have some tips on containing that luscious hair we all strive for.

1. Buy the best shampoo & conditioner you can: Everyone’s budget is different but buying the best line for your hair really makes a difference. Hair care lines come in three different tiers: 1) you can find in grocery stores 2) those that you can find at Ulta 3) those in specialty stores or at the hairstylist. Some of these overlap obviously but you get the picture. The ones from the first tier are chock full of wax to keep the product lasting longer and wax is not good for your hair. Some of my favorite brands are: Aveda, Chi, John Frieda, Biolage, and Paul Mitchell.
2. Switch your shampoo & conditioner when you shower: Always have two to three different brands and switch it up at different times.
3. Comb through your hair while the conditioner is still in it: Use a wide tooth comb and comb through, starting with your ends, then twist is up and get along with your shower routine. This helps coat all the strands and detangle your hair. Plus it’s much easier than trying to fight it after you get out!
4. Air dry when you can: Everyone knows heat styling damages your hair, so try to air dry. Sometimes if it’s not dry in the morning, go over it with a hair dryer but usually it’s pretty dry.
5. Deep condition at least once a week: thick and long hair needs deep conditioner! It needs it like you need air! It strengthens, protects, and revitalizes your hair. Find a good one (or use coconut oil), saturate your dry hair, throw a hot towel around it, and chill for 10+ minutes, then rinse.

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