Archive for the ‘Styling Products and Hair Care Sets’ Category

How to make a faux bob

       
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Like the look of a bob but don't want to cut your long hair? Try a faux bob!Have you ever noticed how some stars rock the red carpet with long, gorgeous locks one night and show up a few days later with a chic bob? Sure, there are extensions and major haircuts that might come into play sometimes, but one of the latest celebrity hair trends is the faux bob. Believe it or not, it's easy to create yourself!

Start out with a reparative shampoo in the shower, which will strengthen weak or broken hair, leaving it much softer and more manageable. A complementary conditioner will further prep your strands for styling.

Now, it's up to you to decide if you want a curly or straight faux bob. Depending on your choice, you may need to use a curling iron or a straightener to achieve the texture you're looking for.

When that's finished, gather your hair into a low ponytail and use a small elastic to secure it loosely toward the end of the tail. Tuck the end underneath the tail and roll the entire thing up toward the nape of your neck. It's okay if a few pieces fall out – especially if you have shorter layers!

Secure the roll of hair in place with plenty of bobby pins, then use a hairspray like Fekkai – COIFF Sheer Hold Hairspray for added hold. That's it!

Warming Up Winter Wears

       
Monday, November 26th, 2012

Warming Up Winter Wears

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Warming up with Winter Wear

Do you struggle with flyaways?

       
Monday, November 19th, 2012

Do you struggle with flyaways?When it comes to making a stunning first impression, having well-maintained and luxurious hair is an important component. Yet, when the winter season gets underway, it can be difficult to keep locks looking their best. From cold winds to blistering snow storms, most women battle the elements by bundling up in scarves and hats – this can lead to the dreaded appearance of flyaways.

If your hair gets static-like after wearing a hat or other woolen material, you don't need to fret. You can guard against this threat with a few simple beauty steps.

For starters, you should invest in quality shampoo products and a silky finish conditioner that will leave your mane voluminous and hydrated. You may not think this matters in the fight against flyaways, but you couldn't be more wrong. By having well-nourished strands, you can prevent a host of follicle foibles, including frizz and flyaways.

Once you're through, you can make your beleaguered locks feel good as new with a non-sticky hairspray that can allow you style your hair into any look you desire. A reliable spray can also keep your strands from going haywire if you slip a hat over your head for a trek outdoors. 

How to get an ultra-sleek ponytail

       
Friday, September 28th, 2012

Here's how you can create an ultra-sleek ponytail!Have you ever wondered how some girls manage to get their ponytails so gosh-darn perfect? While lying over the edge of your bed with a comb in hand is a method many ladies have used (it gets the job done…but might send a rush to your head), there's an easier way to do it. Here's how The Beauty Department likes to style a super-sleek pony.

First, smooth your dry hair with a product like Hamadi – Shea Hair Cream. It helps tame frizz and hydrate dry ends, which you don't want ruining your look. Make sure to comb it throughout your hair.

Now create a ponytail that leaves out the hair closest to your hairline. It sounds weird, and it kind of looks strange, but don't worry – this isn't the final look. Essentially, it's like a half-updo with the majority of your hair up in the ponytail. Use a comb to get rid of any bumps – it's okay if they build up toward the elastic.

Now start gathering the free strands of hair and smoothing them over the ponytail you just created. Use a comb as you do this to make sure it's totally sleek. When you've got it all together, tie another elastic around the base.

Finally, use a bit of hairspray like Fekkai – COIFF Sheer Hold Hairspray to smooth down any flyaways. That's it!

Olivia Wilde’s stacked bun hairstyle: fall’s hottest updo

       
Friday, September 28th, 2012

Olivia Wilde has mastered the stacked bun updo!Olivia Wilde's outfits and makeup looks are the definition of chic – it's hard to pinpoint a time when this gal didn't look downright fabulous. And at the recent premiere of Butter, Olivia showed up with a hairstyle that Glamour Magazine's beauty blog predicts will be super trendy this fall. What was it? A row of stacked buns.

Stacked buns aren't that new – Heidi Klum and other celebrities have been experimenting with them for a while now – but Olivia's were super fresh. They were loosely twisted into romantic coils that gave her a somewhat Victorian look, which is the perfect effect for fall.

So how do you get it yourself? Start by prepping your hair with a shine spray like Hamadi – Shea Spray. Part your hair where you normally part it, then begin gathering your hair into four sections, starting at the crown of your head. Use clips to hold the different sections in place.

Begin with the top section, twisting the strands into a loose bun and pinning it in place with bobby pins. Then make your way down to the very last section, keeping the buns relatively uniform (but not perfect).

Finish with a generous mist of Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle and you'll be as glam as Olivia!

Want hair that’s as straight as Jennifer Garner’s?

       
Friday, September 28th, 2012

Want hair that's as straight as Jennifer Garner's?Jennifer Garner doesn't normally partake in the latest trends, but that wasn't the case recently when she exited a New York City hotel with sleek, smooth strands that were so shiny, she might've been able to see her reflection in them (okay, maybe not THAT shiny). Super-straight, ultra-glossy hair is totally trendy this fall, and even girls with curls can get the look.

Start out in the shower with a glossing shampoo that smoothes your hair's cuticles and follow up with a similar sleekifying conditioner. When you're rinsing it out, turn the water temperature down so it's cold. This helps seal the hair's cuticles, trapping in moisture.

Now blowdry your hair as usual, taking special care to aim the nozzle down your hair toward the ends. If you go in any other direction, it could rough up your strands and create frizz.

When your hair's totally dry, part your locks wherever you'd like (Jennifer did hers down the center), and heat up your flat iron. Carefully smooth the iron over small sections of your hair, making sure that you don't stay in one spot for too long.

Finish up by spreading a pea-sized amount of glossing cream throughout your hair, staying away from the roots. Comb through and you're done!

Hair trend alert: the braided top knot

       
Friday, September 21st, 2012

Transform your bun into a braided top knot!In case you haven't noticed, there are two major hair trends that have been getting attention all summer long. That's the chic top knot and the cool, intricate braid. Both of these styles are great on their own, but can you imagine the awesomeness that ensues when you combine them into the same hairstyle? The braided top knot not only looks fabulous, but it's not as hard to do as it looks.

There are two ways that you can pull this look off – one involves braiding the front version near your hairline, while the other braids the section of hair underneath the bun on the back of your head. Either way looks great, and it's up to you which one you want to pull off.

Start with a little texturizing cream, then French braid your hair. You can do it as you normally would if you're braiding the top, but if you're doing the lower section on the back of your head, it may help to lie on your bed or a couch and hang your head off the edge (with your face toward the floor) so you get better access.

Stop braiding when you get to the point where the bun will be and secure it with a small elastic. A spritz of hairspray will keep it in place so you can put your hair into a bun as you normally would, whether it's with pins, a sock or an elastic. Done!

Top 5 tips for pulling off hair accessories this fall

       
Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Looking for tips on how to rock this fall's trendy hair accessories? Here they are!Hair accessories are a hot commodity these days, and now that summer’s humidity is gone, you’ll probably be looking for ways to flaunt your smoother ‘do. To draw attention to your mane and have fun with the latest accessory trends, follow these tips to perfection.

1. Add shine first. Accessories in dull hair aren’t flattering, so boost the shine of your locks with plenty of glossing hair products.

2. Use barrettes instead of elastics. Allure Magazine recommends these accessories because they’re more elegant and grown-up looking.

3. Turn anything into an accessory. You don’t have to stick to the usual items – try securing brooches, earrings, flowers or necklaces in your hair with floral wire for added intrigue.

4. Give them plenty of grip. Second-day hair is ideal, reports Allure, but a product like Fekkai – COIFF Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray can add texture if you like washing your hair every day.

5. Don’t just use them to keep your hair out of your face. A well-placed headband or sparkly clip can be a simple way to update your look – it doesn’t need to serve a particular purpose other than lending you fabulousness!

Jealous of Lauren Conrad’s waves? Get ‘em yourself!

       
Monday, September 17th, 2012

Want waves like Lauren's? Here's how to get them!As a true California girl, Lauren Conrad rocks seriously awesome waves on a regular basis. And with locks like hers, why shouldn’t she? While it’s true that LC has the help of stylists when it comes to creating that mermaid-like perfection, that doesn’t mean their methods aren’t worth noting. If you’re dying for Conrad-esque waves of your own, Allure Magazine got the details from one of her hairdressers.

After showering, apply a leave-in conditioner throughout your hair, from the roots to the ends. Then add a silicone-based serum for extra shine that’ll last all day – even if things get a little humid.

Now use a 1 ¼-inch curling iron to make loose curls, starting at eye level. Focus heavily on the ones around your face, taking care not to make them too uniform – you want the waves to look natural. Do this by twisting each strand the opposite way from the last one you did.

When you’re done with your whole head, use a light-hold hairspray to make the waves last even longer, then use your fingers to separate. You should end up with a gorgeous mane that’s just as shiny and wavy as Lauren’s!

Want to know stylists’ secret for super shiny strands?

       
Friday, September 14th, 2012

Here's how you can boost your hair's shine!Shiny hair is a sign of health, youth and attractiveness – who wouldn’t want it? But unless you were born with the hair of a supermodel (who probably wasn’t even born with it herself), your strands might not be as lustrous as you’d like. But Allure Magazine got the scoop on how to ensure shiny locks from some of the top stylists at New York Fashion Week. Here’s the deal.

After using a clarifying shampoo like BORGHESE – Shampoo Purificante Cleansing Treatment for Hair and Scalp to get rid of buildup, blowdry your hair as usual (without using any products) and use a flat iron to straighten your hair. This smoothes the hair cuticles, creating a sleek surface.

Now pick up a shine spray or cream like Fekkai – Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream. Use a bit more than you normally would – as long as the product doesn’t contain silicone (which is in most shine serums), your hair won’t look wet.

Now blowdry your hair again quickly to set the product and create a “shield of shine,” as one stylist said. Looks almost reflective, doesn’t it?