Side buns and braids are big this season. Braids and Plaits have made a comeback last season on reality tv, the runways and most recently the Red Carpet. I'd liked seeing how the young fashionistas Whitney and Lauren of "The Hills" have worn their hair in these long messy braids and fishbone plaits last season. These young women are working in the fashion industry and hair, makeup, accessories, et al are directly related to the clothing collections. The models of Spring 2010 collections (Missoni's, Alexander Wang and Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu) were wearing particularly the long side braid, and the fish plait.
Here is a pic of two cute little girls that came into the salon and had nice un-layered hair which is perfect for the ROPE braid technique.
My favorite over the counter hair product is discontinued! Why? Because the company was purchased by a new company and it was let go.. ugh!
I don't understand it... never will... but now my search continues. In it's place I've resorted to using a product that covers the gray (in-between touchups) but doesn't have the clean feel that I'm looking for. So for now I have to recommend Fullmore as my go-to easy to apply temporary color. I have clients that use it and are satisfied for the most part. It will smudge off (think of it like makeup for the hair) on pillowcases if you sleep with it in, but it washes out and doesn't leave a stain.
Psssssst! Yes, it works on thinning hair... refreshes between shampoos and even blends away the gray roots!
I have discovered a really cool over the counter product that will give your limp hair more volume and control. How easy is it? Wow... it couldn't be easier... who'd of thought that a dry hair shampoo could give texture to freshly washed clean hair that is too soft or limp to do anything? I found what this product can do kind of by accident when I was using it on 2nd day unwashed hair. It made my hair smell good but it also gave it some texture just like the Name implies, however I don't always believe what I read... so was pleasantly surprised.
So, the following day I sprayed it into my freshly washed and dried (read soft and limp) hair and it gave me the body and lift at the roots I usually only get on the 2nd day when all the hair product I use has built up and combined with a microscopic amount of waxy sebum and debris from the scalp. (yes, I agree.. gross..:( In a good way, the dry spray shampoo somewhat simulates this conglomaration. It's combining a drying agent and blows colored powder between the hair follicles, plumping them up a little like a feather pillow.
That brings to mind an old-school barber's trick that entails puffing the thinning hair of their gentleman clients with white powder and using hairspray to encapsulate the particles so that they give nearly same effect as the dry hair shampoo.
Now, that reminds me of another story of the glamorous 1940's actress (I'll have to research this again since her name slips my mind) that had cotton fibers back combed into her hair to achieve the volume needed to create her professionally crafted crown of hair. (the Starlets and Stars today get hair extensions and such and the papparazi & even the public have the images up on the internet in a matter of minutes.. but I digress and will try to get back with some updates on that story at a later time.)
Well, why not give it a try yourself, if you haven't considered it. It works great to refresh your hair if you don't have time to wash it and imparts a fresh, clean scent. You'll love it especially if you have thin or fine hair. But the colored variety helps blend away graying roots between touch ups.
At 8 bucks for the colored sprays & 6 bucks for the unscented how can you go wrong...
Unscented- Psssssst Volume + Color Instant Spray ShampooObviously this is the original and has it's long time fans. I vaguely recall trying this product many moons ago... the chemistry is a little different meaning that it may give a slightly different effect, so I'll probably purchase this one soon and review it's differences.
Going back to the 1950's, scarfs have been worn to cover hair sins like dark roots, dirty hair and now more increasingly in 'celebrity world'.... hair weaves.
I've been inspired by Japanese hair stylists for years. At hair shows many of the platform artists are flown in and while many can't speak English (to explain their techniques) just watching them at their craft leaves me spell bound.
"I’ve recently seen more and more girls playing around with hair accessories. I first noticed this trend on The Hills (Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port often sported unique headbands) and even more so on Gossip Girl where the headband has been a trademark of Blair Warldorf."
Our salon is expanding our boutique area and adding "Charlotte's Consignments" to the mix. It got me thinking about making some hair accessories such as Ribbon head bands to display in the boutique now that ANYONE can put their items up for sale. I love the look!
Spring 2008 Edition... Cawaii Hair Magazine:
When first I began in the hair styling field it was the early 80's and I vividly recall setting up my first 'station' or 'chair'. In a stack of discarded hair books I discovered an illustrated book that I recall to be "Hairlusions" by Gary Gerard and it became one of my best 'tools' on hand. The book was unusual because instead of photographs of models, it was entirely composed of quality (timeless) illustrations. What's so nice is that with illustrations is easier not to get caught up with the exact texture, thickness or color of the models hair. It's easier to just look at the shapes, angles and the like. While I recall there were plenty of very 'dated' styles, it was still by far a treasure trove of hairstyles since we know that given time, old styles resurface again with just a few twists and voila! Instant update! Classics or takes on classic shapes will always find their way back in vogue.
Finally! I've been tinkering with just what this new website would become. I am a freelance/ self-employed hair stylist and work out of a beautiful salon in a fantastic location where I've happily resided for a total of 18 years. That is forever in "Salon Years". I am so Blessed!