American Idol Hairstyle: Zig-Zag Ponytails

American Idol is back in full swing and I’m already addicted to it – again – thanks to the talent, the music and Dean Banowetz, American Idol hairstylist extraordinaire. Who could ever forget Sanjaya’s faux-hawk? I’ve already spotted some hairstyle shifting among the new crop of idol wannabes so I’m sure this season we are all in for the same hair shenanigans. Take these two simple ponytail styles in the video clip below, Dean proves that some of the easiest styles have the biggest impact.

-StraightBelle

5 Top Tools Spotted in the Salon

Hai Elite RodI’m always on the lookout for the hair appliances the salons use – who better to attest to a styling tool’s greatness other than a professional who uses it all day long? While waiting for a friend to get a quick trim the other night, I couldn’t help but notice the following styling tools – call me obsessed. Here are my top five sightings (well, this week!) and my commentary of course.

#1 – HAI Convertable 1-1/4″ Ceramic Flat Iron
Pro: Silkens and smooths all hair types – it’s even on our best flat iron list!
Con: Lower price point is misleading to consumers – they don’t realize how great it is.

#2 – Hot Tools 1-1/2″ Ceramic and Titanium Spring Curling Iron – I spotted it easily by its purple barrel, though it might have been a different size – my eyes couldn’t quite judge the width.
Pro: Ceramic + Titanium technology is a great heat conductor for long-lasting curls and this is one of my personal faves.
Con: I wish they made this curling iron in a 2″ width for bigger curls. Hint, hint Babyliss.

#3 – Babyliss Pro Carerra 2 Hair Dryer
Pro: Well known and very popular, magazines love to write about this one.
Con: They are sometimes hard to get because they run out of stock so fast and that’s such a letdown.

#4 – Hai Elite Rod (pictured)
Pro: This wonderful curling wand kicks *ss and is used everywhere to create those loose celebrity curls.
Con: It really is a professional tool. It’s quite large and can be somewhat difficult to handle by yourself so if you take the plunge and buy one, be careful.

#5 – FHI Platform 1″ Ceramic Nano-Tourmaline Flat Iron
Pro: Stylists love this because it straightens hard to straighten hair well. I see this iron in a lot of salons.
Con: It’s kinda pricey when compared to the others, you might not need this much power if your hair straightens easily.

-CurlyBelle

Celeb Style: Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer LopezFrom Fly Girl to J-Lo to Bennifer to new Mom (congratulations on the twins), Jennifer Lopez has taken many a stylish step, especially with her hair. I love that she’s 9 months pregnant in this pic and her hair is fabulous. For this look, first straighten your hair with your favorite flat iron, then lightly coat your strands with a tiny bit of mousse to coax the curls. Then, taking 1 inch pieces, use a 1-1/2″ curling iron to create long, loose curls from ear level down. After curling, gently brush out your hair with a paddle brush to relax the curls and add volume and body. Finish with hairspray and get ready for your own close up.