Celebrity Style: Bold Brunettes

They say blondes have more fun, but I’m sure these bold brunettes are laughing at that! Check out these dark brown, sultry hair styles on celebrities Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Katie Holmes, Miley Cyrus and others. Brunettes are beautiful!

An Expert Asks: How Realistic Are You About Your Hair?

The reason why salon customers become dissatisfied with their stylist usually falls into two categories:

1) The client has unrealistic expectations about what their hair will and won’t do.

2) the stylist has limited ability or training or doesn’t educate the client about their hair.

It never ceases to amaze me how clients will chose a style that does not reflect what their hair will actually do. The first step in making sure that expectations do not lead to disappointment is to take a close look in the mirror. Here are some steps to take when doing so:

A) Look in your eyes. Don’t look at the skin texture or any slight disappointing facial features or shapes. Look deep into the eye and note the color. That color is a spectrum of what balances your skin tones. Gold’s, reds, yellows, blues … whatever the spectrum, variations of those colors need to be in your hair either naturally or applied. The choices of those colors will brighten your skin and facial features to work together.

B) Now pull your visual back a bit and note the reality of your hair texture. Is it coarse, fine, thick, thin, curly, frizzy, and straight or a combination? Does it work with your personality? Is it over stressed by your trying to make it what it isn’t or is it compatible with your attitude and the way that you carry yourself?

Being honest with the way that you look is essential for avoiding frustration. If your color or texture is not working for you then you have probably chosen someone else’s hairstyle that does not fit your personality or lifestyle.

There are many stylists to chose from that can either help you to see the reality of your hair and how it enhances your lifestyle or how it has created a monster that has to be controlled everyday or you won’t walk outside your door.

A stylist’s ability is either forced or natural. A forced ability in a stylist is someone who has not learned the structure or basics with hair, hence may not have the confidence to guide you. This means that they may not have a full comprehension of one or all of the following, which is balance, growth patterns, texture, density and color. Note, I did not mention facial shape. That is an antiquated approach of determining the shape of a style. I always try to bring attention to the eyes because they are the windows of one’s true beauty. Missing any of these important components can take a hair style from expectation to disappointment.

Maybe you found a stylist that you heard is great. You decide to set up a consultation. This is the time for the stylist to shine, to win you over with their personality and expertise. Put them to the test by asking them to explain how they see all five aspects of your hair. This is to say that you have a realistic summation of your attributes and challenges. If any of those components do not calculate into reality then most likely neither will the hairstyle.

Now that you see the reality of your hair, you can choose the best style and stylist. Whether your new look requires 10 or 15 minutes in the morning or is a blow ‘n go, make sure that the balance, growth pattern, texture or density and color will all work together to make your style complete. And remember, ultimately your outer beauty is a reflection of who you are inside.

-Victor Sabino, Sabino Hair

Ten Smooth Hair Tips from Aveda

Aveda1. Start clean. Always begin with freshly washed hair. This is especially important if you want your sleek/smooth blow-out to last for several days. Start with the right shampoo and conditioner. Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner cleanses and conditions to create a perfect foundation for smooth sleek hairstyles.

2. Protect hair from heat. Always blot wet hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. Don’t rub! It creates frizz. Spray Brilliant Damage Control on damp hair to detangle, reduce breakage and protect from thermal damage.

3. Apply before you dry. Always use a styling product before blow-drying your hair. Apply small amount of Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother evenly from roots to ends to protect from heat styling and defend against humidity for up to 12 hours.

4. Quick dry. To shorten the time it takes to dry your hair, �rough-dry� it using only your hands. Use this technique until hair is about 80% dry.

5. Divide and conquer. Use clips to section hair off into small, manageable sections. Each section of hair should be no larger than the width of the brush you are using. By blow-drying hair section-by-section you ensure a nice, smooth and consistent blow-dry.

6. Give frizz the brush-off. Using an Aveda Wooden Styling Brush and a blow-dryer with a nozzle attachment on high-heat, direct the nozzle downward starting at the top of the section all the way to the ends. This helps smooth the cuticle down, while eliminating frizz. Continue this technique section by section.

7. Cool it. When hair is 100% dry, use cool air to set. This closes the hair’s cuticle and ensures your smooth blow-dry will last longer.

8. Finish what you start. Always apply a finishing product on hair before flat ironing for added slip, shine and heat protection. Run small amount of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid through hair and follow section by section with flat-iron heat.

9. Keep it dry. If you want to finish your hair with hair spray, make sure you use a very dry spray so that the hair does not get wet and revert to unwanted curl/wave. Aveda’s Air Control Hair Spray features a water-free formula that sprays on dry, provides light/flexible hold and helps protect hair from humidity.

10. Sleep on it. In order to help extend the life of your blow dry, it helps to sleep on a silk pillow case or wrap your hair in a silk scarf before bed. This keeps the hair from rubbing up on the pillowcase and causing frizz. For thick/coarse hair, apply Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother before bed. This helps maximize smoothness and helps prevent excess volume in the morning.

-StraightBelle

Hair Drying Help: A Better Blowout

This video covers everything you need to achieve the results the pros get at home. From applying the products to using that little concentrator attachment (nice!) this is your blow-drying 101 lesson to getting those professional results. You’ll see some great tips on using a hair brush to add that extra sexy volume to your style too. Blow-dryers ready? Begin!

You might also be interested in reading this: Better Blowout, Straighter Strands.

Celebrity Style: Ravishing Redheads

This hairstyle gallery features some gorgeous celebrities and their ravishing red locks. We’ve got Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Kate Walsh and Marcia Cross of course, but keep an eye open for Joss Stone, Anne Hathaway and even Jennifer Aniston! Yep, everyone enters the ‘red zone’ at least once!

Bridal Hairstyle: Half Up Half Down Glamour

James Warner demonstrates a wonderfully glamorous, half up, half down wedding hair style that would be the perfect ‘do for an off the shoulder wedding gown.

Hairstyle Gallery: Beyonce

This hair style slide show features the one and only Beyonce and her many different styles. This child makes her own destiny and her look is 100% flawless every stiletto’d step of the way.

Hairstyle How To: Deconstructed Updo

Sometimes updo’s are sleek and polished… not this one! This video shows you how to create a soft, deconstructed updo that is classic and chic and screams “I’m fabulous.” Perfect for day or night and simple to do, we promise!