Archive for September, 2008

Lowlights vs. Highlights
September 22, 2008

What’s the difference between highlights and lowlights? Highlights lighten hair by adding brighter shades to complement skin tones. Lowlights enrich dark shades in hair allowing strands to look more vibrant. You can use both treatments separately, but together they can provide a very harmonizing look. Lowlights help highlights blend in with your natural hair color, so color treatments don’t look as fake and drastic.

Stylists suggested getting lowlights in between highlights to keep your hair looking great. For brunettes, red, copper and gold lowlights work best. Blondes should turn to copper and gold lowlights to keep highlights from looking brassy.

There are several things to consider when getting high or lowlights. First off, go to a professional. The two hair treatments are not quick processes you can buy in a box. Each treatment should be customized to your personal hair and skin tone. Second, don’t go crazy at the back of your head. This area highlights naturally. And finally, go for a natural look. Your hair tones should blend seamlessly.


Hair trends for Fall
September 12, 2008

Elle magazine just compiled a list of the “Top 10 Haircuts for Fall 2008.” So what’s hot for the new season? The list has a little something for every style:
1. The fringe –perfect for oval shaped faces, thick bangs add a little mystery and sophistication. Use a smoothing serum to keep your strands smooth and glossy, and remember to get your bangs trimmed frequently.
2. The layered look –great for giving weighty hair texture. Avoid excessive coloring, simple two toned shades are best.
3. The natural –an incredible short shear for women with coarse hair. Requires literally no maintenance.
4. The mushroom bob –a short, layered bob that works well with lighter or medium weight hair. The cut is results in a bouncy, lifted style that looks rather boyish.
5. The asymmetrical shag –short hair is popular these days with celebrities like Victoria Beckham sporting close cut hairdos. A layered shag that is asymmetrical is a great way to look edgy without looking crazy.
6. The wild curls –if you have springy, tight curls, let them loose this fall. Have layers cut in to tame the strands but don’t be afraid to go big.
7. The blunt bob –a straight across bob is good on fine and straight hair and looks stunning.
8. The pixie –Katie Holmes has made the pixie the new must-have haircut. Pixie cuts really emphasize facial structure and show off necklines.

Rihanna with a pixie cut

Rihanna with a pixie cut

9. The layered bob –finally, a bob for round faces. Layers around the ears and chin help make the cut wearable.
10. The all-one-layer –this cut is very blunt and only works on straight hair. But if done properly, the results are runway model worthy.

Straight Hair Secrets
September 4, 2008

For many women, straight hair means an hour long battle with a flat iron only to be foiled at the first hint of moisture. To help women on their quest for pin-straight strands, Marie Claire’s beauty editors gave their “4 Secrets to Straight Hair:”

1. After straightening curled hair, wear a side part. The weight of your hair will keep your do from puffing up.

2. Use a 1500 to 1800 watt dryer. You need the extra power to lock in the shape. Professional hairstylists always use high powered dryers.

3. Blow dry in small sections. Trying to dry large sections won’t work and will just leave your head with patches of damp strands.

4. Use water free styling products. You definitely don’t need the extra moisture.

If you’re a little unsure about how to handle straightening your hair, or if you’ve already tried and been unsuccessful, check out a salon. Salon professionals are great about teaching patrons hair styling techniques.