Highlights – Hair Happenings Around the Web

Maintaining curly hair can be a challenge. Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint shares the perfect products for curly hair.

Spoiled Pretty tells us about good hair days!

The Makeup Divas reviews Alterna 10 Science hair products.

Mischo Beauty shares a lesson on hair porosity in her Mischo Beauty School: Hair Porosity 101 post.

And, just in case you missed ours:

StyleBell shows you How to Fake Eva Longoria’s Bob.

How to Fake Eva Longoria’s Bob

Eva LongoriaEva Longoria’s short curly bob is so super cute and trendy, almost everyone wishes they could do this ‘do!

But what if you have longer hair?

Good news! You’re not out of luck, you can fake it!

Hairstylist extraordinaire Johnny Lavoy to the rescue (again!) with his super savvy styling tricks on how to recreate her fabulous bob hairstyle sans scissors.

Bonus: It’s easier than we thought, and the results are stunning! You really should give this one a try the next time you want to glam it up a little.

-CurlyBelle

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

2008 Spring Hairstyles: The Bob is Still Going Strong

The Spring season brings warmer weather and shorter hairstyles for many who want to lose those longer locks and welcome the sunshine. But what if you’re not ready to embrace Victoria Beckham’s Posh “POB” or Katie Holmes’ bouncy, bang-y bob? What’s a girl to do? Don’t worry, you can still find a bob that works for you. Just check out this slide show showcasing our favorite celebrities and their hot Hollywood hair. It looks like everyone in Hollywood has had a bob at some point, even Madonna’s on here. Bobalicious!

If your bob needs more bounce, check out these styling tips.

-CurlyBelle

Today’s Hair Trends

Victoria BeckhamPeople are always asking me what is new in hair. They may not want to participate in a trend, but they want to know what it is.

The Posh Bob is the most recent nationwide trend that has enamored Average Jane.

 The last one was the Rachel Shag!

Now, I want you to go out on a limb and guess why.

It is because these hairstyles can be tweaked to be flattering on lots of different faces!

So it is this observation that leads me to my next comment about hair color trends.

PINK.

Every day my blog stats tell me that people are searching for pink hair.

Really.

Every day.

And I am here to tell you that in the land of non-traditional haircolors, pink is the stand-out winner.

Go out on that limb again and ask yourself why.

Because pink is a color that can be tweaked to be flattering on lots of different faces!

And it has the added bonus of being considered “cute” as well as “sexy” and when pushed into fucshia, “edgy” or “funky.”

So you see, pink is the crayon color that Average Jane can pull off (in bits and pieces) and still is unconventional enough that when applied with a heavier hand is acceptable in the alternative cultures.

Add to that the changes in technology that enable us to make a pink color that actually lasts, and you have a winner.

There are even websites ALL about pink hair!

Now, this dabbling in the crayon box is nothing new.

Those of you who are old enough to have been doing hair or getting your hair colored in the eighties might remember getting a Cellophane. This was a Sebastian product that gave a bright deposit of color and was often used to make a boldly colored streak. My Aunt Cindy (a blonde in her twenties at the time) had a dusty blue streak. I thought it was very cool!

So here we are in the 21st century and we have done every natural color to death.

Blondes are blonde, browns are brown and reds are red.

But every shade can incorporate pink.

Live a little.

Remember the cardinal rule of haircolor: If you don’t like it, we can always cover it with something darker.

– Aura Mae, Get Some Hairapy!

Pump Up the Volume on Your Bob

Got a bob that’s not quite bouncy? Pump up the volume on that cute new ‘do by adding movement and volume with a ghd IV mini flat iron – the slim width is perfect for styling those shorter strands. This video shows how to add tons of body to a voluminously challenged bob, transforming it from flat to fab! All products shown are from ghd, and if you’ve ever tried them you know ghd should stand for Great Hair Days!

-CurlyBelle

Celeb Style: Paris Hilton

Paris HiltonWhether you’re a fan or a foe, you’ve got to admit, Paris Hilton’s hair is hot. From the clean lines of her haircut, to the high-class platinum highlights, to the blow out and beyond, if you want your hair to look like Paris Hilton’s, consider this your first step in heiress hairstyling. Complete with flat iron tips and before and after photos, this video from Video Jug will show you how to take your hair straight from Main Street to Park Avenue – it’s pure platinum, pure drama, pure Paris. Perfect for the celebutante in all of us.

Just add your own glossy pout, posh posse, and perfect pose and you’ll be red carpet ready.

-StraightBelle

Celeb Style: Diablo Cody

Diablo CodyI am definitely a fan of Diablo Cody’s street chic wardrobe, choppy hair style, and tongue in cheek attitude. Her personal style is part pin up girl mixed with some rocker chic plus a dash of glamour. For hair this sleek and smooth I’d fire up an FHI Platform 1″ Flat Iron. The Ceramic and Nano-Tourmaline technology will straighten and add tons of award winning shine worthy of any leopard print loving, million dollar shoe wearing, Oscar winner.