The Faux Bob

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For my long(er) haired people! Do you ever feel like chopping your hair off into one of those super chic bobs?…But then not. But kinda. Like maybe next time… Well I like to suggest to my clients who are wavering back and forth to try the Faux-Bob. No it’s not the same, but it gives you a glimpse into what you will look like with shorter hair. And it’s also a fun way to switch it up without actually cutting off all your hair! Here’s how to create the look…

1. Blow-dry your hair to look as smooth as possible, preferably using a round brush for the bang and crown section of your head. (Use a smoothing serum and volumizing spray if possible).

2. When your hair is completely dry, curl 1 inch sections of hair, starting from the back, using a 1 inch curling iron. Work your way to the front of your hair until all of your hair is curled, the more curls the better!

4. Once the hair is all curled, apply a small amount of shine serum to your hands and run your fingers through your hair to break up curls.

5. Tie a hair band at the very end of your hair. Then roll the hair under the elastic and tuck toward the nape of the neck. Be sure to spread the hair evenly in a horizontal direction (creating the look of a bob). If you hair isn’t super long you can leave the sides of your hair out to further create the illusion of the bob.

6. Secure with LOTS of bobby pins and spray your hair with a strong/medium hold hairspray.

7. Boom! You got a Bob!

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Balayage!

balyBalayage is a French hair coloring technique. It’s a freehand technique where the hair color is applied by “hand sweeping” for a more natural look. Because the color is painted on the hair vertically, you will not get that dreaded “line” or see grow out as noticeably, making time between salon appointments longer. And unlike ombre’ you can straighten your hair without having to worry about seeing noticeable lines of color!

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I used the balayage technique to achieve these natural beachy highlights. Balayage creates depth and dimension, and leaves you with a beautiful sun-kissed look!

Lovin’ the LOB

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Loving the LOB [long bob] it’s just so effortlessly chic! This cut works on straight and wavy hair. My personal fav is the flat-ironed wave (see tips below).

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Clamp halfway down a strand of hair and turn it back away from your face. Keep the iron at that angle and slowly move it down the hair shaft, while continually rotating to the ends. Sometimes I leave the ends out to give more of an edgy look.

For another way to get those beachy ‘I didn’t even do my hair’ waves, check out this gal’s YouTube video at http://youtu.be/GonlEXXSP1E

Bye Bye Split Ends!

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Do you feel like the  ends  of your hair are perpetually dry and damaged? We’ve all been there. Unfortunately there is no way to fix a strand of hair once it has split. In which case, it’s best to cut your losses, get a trim, and start with a clean slate. The good news is there are ways to prevent your hair from split ends. Just follow these simple tips and you will see a big difference in your hair growth and strength! 

▪  Use a deep conditioner: Apply two times a week, and let it soak into your hair for 2-4 mins before you rinse it out.

▪  Use a wide-tooth comb: After you apply conditioner in the shower, run a wide-tooth comb through hair (from ends to root) until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage that can happen when brushing damp hair out of the shower.

▪  Avoid using a brush on wet hair; a wide-toothed comb is gentler.

▪  Try to cut back on shampooing and heat styling. Both can leave hair dry and more apt to split. If you shampoo everyday try to skip a day and just rinse/condition.

▪  Take biotin & folic acid: I’m a big believer in vitamins! Nutrients build the proteins that make up your hair strands. These two vitamins in particular, folic acid and biotin, both have been shown to promote hair health, length and thickness!

4 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hair

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[How to handle your hair when wet]  Be Gentle!! Towel drying your hair too roughly can cause breakage, as can brushing your hair when wet. This is because wet hair is more prone to breakage and should be treated delicately. Try scrunching your hair with the towel from ends to root to take the moisture out, don’t rub it all over your head as fast as you can. Also I recommend getting a ‘Wet Brush’ if you do have tangly hair, or a wide tooth comb.

[How to brush wet hair]  When brushing, you should start by brushing the ends of your hair and move up as the tangles come out. This will significantly help with hair breakage, and is also much gentler on the scalp.

[Heat Protection]  Everyone knows the curling iron or flat iron is damaging to your hair. A great way to help protect your hair from such tools is by spraying on a heat protectant before styling or blow-drying your hair. Heat protectors are a great way to help hair stay strong through a lot of heat contact, and most add shine to your locks as a added bonus! Also, never turn your tools up to the hottest setting…shoot for the medium temp and save your hair the stress.

[Rubber band usage]  Buns or ponytails should be worn loosely in order to keep smooth, healthy looking hair. Wearing super tight buns (which I am guilty of) and tight ponies cause broken strands (you know those fun little fly-aways that never seem to grow, and stick straight up). Braids can be a lot less harsh on your hair, so if you need to pull your hair back go for a braid or a loose side bun.

Hope this helps! I can see a huge difference in my hair when I follow these simple steps each day.

Pump Up the Volume

Who doesn’t need a little volume in their life?

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|Here are some tips & tricks to give your hair that extra lift!|

Start with the right products

Use a Boar bristle teasing brush or teasing comb, when teasing your hair. These types of brushes help create that friction when brushed down.

When your in the shower

Try not to put conditioner on the top portion of your hair, just condition your ends. This will help your hair hold the tease, and not fall out mid-day.

The work

Try to blow-dry your hair upside down for the majority of the time to help give it some extra lift. Once your hair is completely dry, add (Big Sexy Hair)  volumizing powder to the roots of your hair, just sprinkle a little all over in different areas, don’t dump it on top of your head. Then take a section of your hair about half an inch wide. Hold your hair tightly and straight back, away from your head and begin teasing the hair at the root back towards the scalp. Keep doing this in various sections around the sides and crown of your head.

Repeat

Tease each section of hair about 3 times before backcombing you hair. Then use your teasing brush to smooth out the backcomb and use the pointed part of the brush to shape your hair without removing the tease. Once teasing is completed, take some sections around the hair and wind it around your curling iron to give it a finished look.

Make it last

I love Kenra light hold hairspray! It will hold your hairstyle without becoming sticky or too firm. Hold the hairspray the length of the can away from your hair and spray in the direction you want your hair to lie.

Final touches

Finish off your look with a good shine spray. I love Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray, it gives your hair that perfect gleam!

volume products brick|Product Recap| 1. Kenra light hold hairspray 2. Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray                           3. Big Sexy Volumizing Hair Powder 4. Teasing comb & Curling iron