Celebrity Hairstyles: Kim Kardashian

We get tons of requests for Kim Kardashian hair style photos and it’s easy to see why! With her lovely, luxurious locks, Kim really knows how to glam it up. Most of the time her style is simple and sexy with lots of long loose curls – for styling tips click here – but sometimes she wears it smooth and straight. Either way her signature style is 100% glamour with tons of shine! Everyone is keeping up with this Kardashian!

2008 Bridal Hair Tips and Trends

Half Up-Half Down Pinned CurlsHalf up/Half down is the hottest new style! All brides and bridesmaids are very into it for 2008. Brides are wearing their hair pulled back piece by piece to resemble a loose French braid, but with pinned curls, while bridesmaids are only getting the top pulled back with loose flowing curls hanging down. That is definitely the trend!

A lot of brides have veils, which will never go out of style… but the newest hair accessory, believe it or not, is a bracelet! Brides are purchasing elaborately decorated bracelets and using them like tiaras. It’s a great idea – bracelets are a beautiful accessory and are much easier to work with than a standard tiara. Bracelets are more flexible and conform to the style and head shape much easier.

As for picking a style for your wedding day, my biggest suggestion would be this… Make sure you are comfortable wearing the style. If you normally wear your hair down, try to incorporate some hair down on your wedding day. If you are not used to having your hair up, you may feel uncomfortable going all up on your wedding day, and that is the last thing you want.

Just a tip! Make sure that you are keeping up with your haircuts. A regular trim will keep the ends from splitting and eliminate frizz.

For the day of your wedding, purchase a small bottle of hairspray to keep with you in case of an emergency or just to calm fly-aways. As a gift to my brides, I give them a small emergency kit to keep with them that day.

– Jamie Kreit, Baltimore Bridal Hair

Frizz Fighting Tips that Work!

With warm humid weather, it is hard not to have frizzy hair. I read a post in Wired Berries by Valerie Gladstone on how to avoid frizzy hair. The methods provided were every simple and easy to understand. I have summarized a few very useful ones here. Read on!

Method #1: Look for frizz-control shampoos and conditioners. The conditioner should be a 2-to-5 minute daily use treatment that you leave in for a few minutes and then rinse out. Just before rinsing, run a wide-toothed comb through hair, getting out the worst of the knots.        

Method #2: Shampoo less. Use small amounts of conditioner instead and rinse hair well. You should notice a difference in a few days. Do watch out for shampoos that gives you suds beautifully because it uses harsh ingredients that will strip your hair of moisture and the added dryness causes frizzies.

Method #3: Treatment. Every once or twice a month use a good deep-conditioning or hot-oil treatment. You could also pick one night a week to leave in a conditioning treatment. Important note: Do sleep with a shower cap to avoid staining your bedsheet and pillowcase]. Rinse your hair well the next morning.

Method #4: Anti-ammonia. Avoid standard-issue coloring products, which often come with ammonia. An ammonia-free product that contains moisturizers will not only pump up your color, it’ll fatten the hair shaft and impart some great shine.

Method #5: Avoid blow-drying your hair. Blow-drying your hair increases the dryness and flattens waves or curls. I avoid blow-drying by letting my hair dry naturally. But if you really need to use the hair dryer, get one with a diffuser (see Philips’ website for example) because it emits heat evenly and with less intensity.

Special note: Apply an anti-frizz product before blow-drying and don’t hold the diffuser too close to your head (at least 4-inches away). Lift it up in bunches if you need to get underneath and scrunch the curls with your fist while letting the diffused heat blow over your head. Important note: Do not brush or comb your hair because the frizz may return.

An important fact you should know: Shampoo is for your scalp, while conditioner is for your hair (only apply to the portion below your ears).

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Style Suggestion: New ‘Do for Hillary?

Hilary ClintonObviously Hillary Clinton has been in the news a lot lately and it always leaves me thinking about her ‘serious’ hair. Of course her hairstyle these days is world’s better than her college days (but we all have our hairstyling moments don’t we?) and I think her current hairstyle is even better than her First Lady days. But is it time for a change? Maybe the color…. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks the style could use a light tweaking – hairstylist, Juan Carlos Maciques of the Rita Hazan salon would love to update Hillary Clinton’s cut.

Something pretty AND powerful.

What do you think?

Hair How To: Classic Bridal Updo

Are you looking for your wedding day hairstyle? This tutorial video will show you how to create a classic updo in no time….here comes the bride!

-StraightBelle

Celebrity Hairstyles: The Blonder the Better

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to start thinking about lightening up your hair! I’m never one to go too light with my style, but from the looks of these celebrities, they do seem to be having more fun as blondes…..hmmm, something to think about next time I’m at the salon.

-CurlBelle

Paris Hilton Haircut Help!

Question: I am an at-home mom with 3 kids.  I try to be current without looking like I try too hard and I (think!) I have held up pretty well for 42 years – most would guess me to be at least a few years younger.  With that in mind, I am ready for a change from my long layers and am thinking about about something like Paris Hilton’s latest cut, a kind of Emo-esque bob. I don’t want to go overboard but definitely need something edgier than a typical soccer-mom bob. So two questions:  How to best convey exactly what I want to my stylist? I tried to get this across to her 1 1/2 yrs. ago but didn’t know how to describe what I wanted, she tried but I wound up going back 2 more times and never really got the style – maybe time for a change there, too?  Secondly, my hair has gotten wavier and wavier as I get older, especially in oddly random areas!  If I don’t blow it out, it will be pretty curly, and I will most likely need to invest in a flat iron to make this look work.  The good news is a blowout usually lasts me 3-5 days, so if I’m good at it, I’ll be golden..that is, if you agree this style will work w/my hair type.  If so, can you recommend a good flat iron that won’t require a second mortgage?  Thanks!  Sorry this is so wordy – love your site! – Sydney via email

Paris HiltonAnswer: Good news – you don’t need to change stylists, just try a new way to communicate what you want! When consulting with your stylist, make sure you have pictures with you of the hairstyle you like. Looking in magazines and on the internet will help you find inspiration and you can bring these photos with you to the salon. This way your stylist will be able interpret the look easily, and give you the cut of your dreams. You might like Paris Hilton’s hair cut, but she changes her style so often that her bob this week might not be the same as her bob 3 weeks ago. This might explain your why your stylist is missing the mark. Next time you go, be sure to bring your favorite photo! 

Check out this video on Paris Hilton’s bob – it shows some great styling tips!

As for the flat iron, you want to make sure the iron you choose will straighten your curly hair without ‘breaking the bank’. My top flat iron picks for you are all under $100:

Hai Convertable Ceramic Flat Iron
FHI Heat Ceramic Flat Iron

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat Iron

-StraightBelle

Is Your Hair Loss Normal?

Everyone experiences hair loss at some point, but do you know when you are experiencing normal hair loss, or if something is wrong? There are many instances when you may lose hair due to an illness or treatment, and hair loss is sometimes caused by heredity.

When you think your hair is coming out faster than usual, you need to be sure it is normal hair loss and not an indication that something is wrong.

The most common reason of normal hair loss is heredity; if there is baldness in your family, you may expect to lose some of your hair as you age.

What surprises some people is that it can happen at a young age. Some men (and women) lose hair early, and are shocked to find their hair coming out and leaving bald spots. Even when there seems to be no balding gene in your family, it may happen.

If you are a woman with long, naturally curly hair, you may become worried about the amount of hair that comes out in your brush. Most people lose up to a hundred strands of hair a day. This may seem like a lot, but you are also growing new hair at the same time. When you have curly hair, the strands fall out, but stay tangled in your healthy hair. This is why it may seem to all come out at once when you brush or wash your hair. It’s normal, and you will soon learn what to expect.

There are times when your normal hair loss seems to accelerate. Hair tends to grow in cycles, so there may be times when you lose more than usual. While women tend to keep most of their hair, there are medical conditions that cause hair loss. One common condition is PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Some women with this condition lose hair and will have bald and thinning patches. If this is happening to you, you may want to see your doctor to discuss the possibility that you may have PCOS.

Some medical treatments result in hair loss as well. If you are receiving cancer treatments, you may notice you are losing hair. This isn’t as common as it used to be, but it still happens to many cancer patients.

This hair loss can go way beyond normal hair loss, and leave you with no hair at all. Don’t worry though, in many cases, it will grow back after your treatment is finished but you might want to research natural hair loss treatments if you want to be on the safe side.

-Credits: Herbal Nourish Natural Alternative Hair Loss Treatments

P.S. Check out our thinning hair section for some hair loss help.