Fresh hairstyle ideas for fall

September 26th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Fresh hairstyle ideas for fall

Your beachy waves were just fine for summer, but you might be getting bored with your hair now that autumn is here.

Something about the changing leaves, cozy sweaters and richer colors in your wardrobe may have you itching for a change in your coif. If you don't have the funds – or the guts – for a dramatic transformation, don't fret. There are plenty of ways to shake up your hairstyle without a ton of time or effort. Here are a few ideas to consider for your new 'do:

Fetching fringe
Even if you've been too timid to try bangs, sideswept fringe is flattering on a variety of face shapes, and can be relatively easy to maintain. Feeling bold? Elle magazine noted that blunt bangs are a major trend this season. The source recommended using a heat protective spray on damp hair before blowdrying them. A shine serum can help to eliminate frizz, and a spritz of hairspray ensures they stay in place.

Still, you might not be ready to take the plunge. Fortunately, Harper's Bazaar reported that the side faux bang is an ideal alternative when you can't commit to the real thing. Redken creative consultant Guido told the magazine that all you have to do is part your hair farther to the side and sweep it across your forehead to give the illusion of bangs. You can use a bobby pin to secure the section in place.

Deconstructed bun
While a neat bun always looks elegant, a messier version is on trend this autumn. Fortunately, it not only looks chic but also takes considerably less time. Refinery 29 explained that the first step is spraying your strands with a thickening product that will boost the volume. The key is not to overbrush your hair to keep the tousled texture. After rough drying your hair, pull your tresses up the top of your head and tie in a ponytail with an elastic. Fold your hair through the band to create a loop, and then twist the ends that are sticking out around the base of the pony to build the bun. Keep playing around with it until you're happy with the undone look, then pin the ends in place.

Wet and wild strands
You might be surprised, but hair that looks soaking wet is actually a major trend this season. Harper's Bazaar explained that models for Prada, Oscar de La Renta and Roberto Cavalli all sported this sleek look on the runway. Don't leave the house just after showering, though, especially as the temperatures are starting to drop. Instead, get the same effect with hair oil, which creates a high shine finish.

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Hair report: How stars make a bang

September 4th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Hair report: How stars make a bang

Bangs are something of a beauty enigma. They look stunning when they're done right, but that task can seem nearly impossible. Styling them can be a major hassle, they fall into your eyes, and then there's the awkward growing out phase. Still, you've likely been eager to try them out yourself – after all, they frame your face, and can completely transform your hairstyle.

With the right hair products and a little inspiration from some of Hollywood's most fashion-forward starlets, you just may be able to bang it out.  Need some inspiration? Consider these celebs' hair-raising styles before you get some bangs yourself.

Sienna Miller
Sienna makes beautiful bangs look just too easy. With a swept-up bun, she keeps things casual by pulling out a few pieces of her around her face. That technique also helps to soften the harsh look of bold bangs.

Zooey Deschanel
Bangs have become somewhat of a signature look for this actress. Her blue eyes always pop from just underneath a thick layer of dark fringe, which she keeps both straight and voluminous. The resulting look, combined with her retro makeup, recalls a 1960s charm.

Reese Witherspoon
This blond's thin, fine locks wouldn't work with thick bangs, so she opts for piecey, delicate ones. Her fringe never looks too heavy, and is especially flattering with gleaming highlights that give them an airy effect.

Alexa Chung
The queen of mussed-up chic, Chung parts her bangs so that they don't get in her eyes, and also leaves them unstyled and unkempt.

Kim Kardashian
​Kim K's extra long bangs look alluring grazing the top of her eyelashes. The blunt cut has a striking effect, especially in contrast to the rest of her long locks, which are loose and wavy.

Jennifer Lawrence
If you've ever been curious to try bangs but are too afraid of a bold, bunt cut, take a cue from this actress. She opts for a subtle, sideswept look that's simultaneously understated and elegant.

Liv Tyler
Tyler has been sporting straight, thick bangs for most of her career, and for good reason: The mod look just works for her. Glamour magazine noted that the actress even has a secret technique to make them work for her face. By tucking longer strands around her face behind her ears, she emphasizes her cheeks and visually highlights her flawless bone structure.

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Caring for curly hair: Essential tips

August 16th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Caring for curly hair: Essential tips

While you may have battled with your curly coif your whole life, you’re likely the envy of most of your friends. In fact, some straight-haired women spend hours trying to get the same bouncy, voluminous tresses. The question is – how do you discipline your ‘do? With these tips and a powerful combination of products, you’ll be able to keep curls under control.

Comb carefully
The more you brush curly hair, the greater the frizz factor. So before you step in the shower, use a boar-bristle brush to make sure the natural oil from your scalp is evenly distributed throughout your hair. Tommy Buckett, celebrity hairstylist for Garnier Fructis, noted to Glamour magazine that curls tend to get tangled and knotted. In the shower, use a wide-toothed comb to brush your conditioner through your strands from roots to ends. Buckett explained that color-treated curls are extra thirsty and require a deeper conditioner. Opt for a weekly treatment like the Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask, which enhances hair’s strength and manageability. Once you’ve rinsed out the conditioner, avoid wringing your hair, rubbing it with a towel or putting it in a turban. Instead, lightly squeeze the moisture out with a clean towel, encouraging your curls’ natural shape.

Style smarts
This is a key step in your regimen, whether you have kinky ringlets or looser ones. While hair is still damp, work a reasonable sized amount of de-frizz serum or styling cream into your locks, scrunching as you go. Finer hair can benefit from the lightweight Leonor Greyl Algues Et Fleurs Curl Enhancer, which uses seaweed and other film-forming proteins to restructure the curls so they maintain their shape. Thicker, coarser curls should opt for a heavy-duty product that can tame and relax the hair, like the rich Hamadi Shea Hair Cream.

Whatever product you use, don’t go overboard as too much can make your hair greasy and weigh it down. Air drying is your best bet for avoiding poofiness, but if you’re jetting out the door, blowdry your bangs and roots. It’s helpful to pop a diffuser on your hairdryer, which can distribute the heat more evenly.

Sleeping beauty
Waking up with flattened or frizzed out locks? The way you style your hair before you go to sleep can have a big impact on how it looks in the morning. For a better bed-head, pile your hair high on top of your head in a  neat knot. You’re less likely to have a tangled mess in the morning, and more importantly, you’ll avoid the risk of breakage. Buckett also recommended in Glamour purchasing a silk pillowcase, as it won’t cause as much friction on the hair fibers as a cotton one.

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How to style short hair

August 15th, 2013 | Contributed by:

How to style short hair

Beyoncé recently chopped off her famously long locks in favor of a piecey pixie, and ever since many girls have been eager to snip their own strands. Whether you’re already rocking a shorter length or are tempted to make the cut, you’ll need to consider these particular products and styling tricks first:

Straight up
Halle Berry is the poster child for the pixie cut, which she has maintained throughout most of her career. Celebrity stylist Neeko, who did Berry’s ‘do for the “Cloud Atlas” premiere, told PopSugar that the style is pretty simple to recreate. Start by blasting your blowdryer on your hair while using your fingers to create a disheveled look. Neeko stressed that it’s essential to use products that will thicken the hair so there’s no need to tease it. Work in a small amount of Jack Black’s Sleek Finish Texture Cream, which is infused with Vitamin B5, to make hair appear fuller, as well as Lanolin and Beeswax to control frizz. Next, he advised using a flat iron on small sections to straighten them in different directions for a mussed up effect. Lock in your look and add extra definition with the Baxter of California Hard Water Pomade.

Va-va-volume
If you’re looking to amp up the drama with a shorter cut, take a cue from Lena Dunham. Redbook magazine noted that achieving her style requires a texturizing hairspray. Try spritzing Fekkai’s COIFF Bouffant Lifting And Texturizing Spray Gel all over hair to lift the roots and give the rest of your mane some character.

Still want higher impact? Go for Pink’s signature pompadour. According to Redbook, celeb hairstylist Marcia Hamilton achieves it by curling large pieces at the top of the head with a big barrel iron and then using bobby pins to secure every individual section. After smoothing pomade over the top and sides, unpin the hair, tease it and coat with Structure Naturelle Strong-hold hair spray by Leonor Greyl to protect the pouf all day long.

Cropped curls
With a little finesse, curly girls can wear short hair, too. Mischa Lisikiewicz, a stylist at Sine Qua Non in Chicago, explained to Redbook that it’s advisable to only shampoo hair once or twice a week so that natural oils have a chance to hydrate strands, combating any coarseness. In between washes, you can keep your coif fresh with theBalm En Route Dry Shampoo. Work in a de-frizzing cream and blowdry with a diffuser for a flawless, frizz-free finish.

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How to make thinning hair look thicker

July 24th, 2013 | Contributed by:

How to make thinning hair look thicker

Starting to notice a widening part or a more visible scalp? You're not alone: More than 30 million women in the U.S. suffer from hair thinning or loss. Fortunately, this problem can be addressed with the right dietary choices and supplements, hair products and styling tricks.

The first step to thicker hair starts at the scalp. Try Jack Black's True Volume Thickening Shampoo, which is formulated with expansion technology and delivers body-building wheat protein and creatine into the hair shaft to give each strand a fuller appearance. Basil and tea tree oil help to keep the scalp flake free and stimulate the hair follicles for healthy growth, thus minimizing any potential hair loss. Meanwhile, soy protein provides structure for thinning hair, and white lupine revitalizes and strengthens new hair growth.

Next, work in En Root Give Me Volume Conditioner by theBalm, which is infused with bamboo, rice protein and vitamins A, C and E for soft, full, voluminous hair. Work a mousse like the Fekkai Advanced Full Volume Styling Whip through damp hair. The solution packs a powerful plumping complex which can help to boost the fullness of every strand from roots to ends while providing lightweight, all day hold. If you need to fake it till you make it, ESalon recommends opting for a multi-layered haircut or face-framing bangs and getting regular trims to keep hair from looking flat.

By following these steps, you can achieve a fuller, healthier and more voluminous looking mane.

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Kate Middleton tops the list of best celebrity hair

July 15th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Kate Middleton tops the list of best celebrity hair

Women all over the world admire Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, for her elegant style, skincare routine and composed demeanor, but her most sought-after quality just may be her hair. According to a recent survey, more than one quarter of women polled said that the British royal has the best hair of any celebrity, Female First reports. 

The duchess may have the resources of an entire monarchy at her fingertips, but it's relatively easy for women to mimic her hairstyle. Getting picture-perfect hair starts with choosing the right shampoo and hair conditioners. Top products will work to restore hair that's been damaged while also infusing locks with nutrients needed to maintain volume and shine. Some styling finishers, like Fekkai's Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream, can add glossiness to any type of hair. 

Once the hair has the right texture, consider styling it in a half-up, half-down manner, as Kate Middleton frequently does. To add some spark, incorporate subtle waves with a 1-inch curling iron to add bounce to the look, Hollywood Life reports. You'll want to set it with styling products like hair spray, but don't go too heavy, as stiffness in your locks can ruin the natural effect. 

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Turn to braids for the perfect beach hairstyle

July 15th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Turn to braids for the perfect beach hairstyle

Everyone dreams of the perfect beach waves. No, not in the water – in your hair. Flowing, carefree curls are a glamorous look for anyone who spends her days at the beach, but sometimes, people just want to pull their hair back as they frolic on the shore – and when this urge strikes, braids can be a great option. 

Fishtail braids are a great way to wear a braid while adding some sophistication to the look. Other options include waterfall braids, which can help you show off the beach hair while keeping it out of your face, as well as classic plaits. 

However, even girls who don't get to enjoy all day in the sand and sun can still get the laid-back look of a braided, beachy coif. Hair styling products are ideal for this, as they can help you achieve the volume and shine, as well as hold, that you need to rock the perfect braid.

No matter what style you choose, you will want to make sure your hair conditioner is capable revitalizing hair that has been damaged by the sun or sea. Bonus: A good conditioner that detangles will not only make it easier to weave your locks into perfect braids, but can also help you undo your 'do at the end of the day. 

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Healthy hair requires a healthy scalp

July 2nd, 2013 | Contributed by:

Healthy hair requires a healthy scalp

Many common hair problems can be traced back to the scalp. Even if you think your hair has been damaged by the sun or is the victim of damage from outside chemicals, the source of the issue may actually lie at the roots.

Hair and scalp treatment products can help fight hair loss or replenish locks that have been damaged by coloring, heat and other procedures. A common ingredient in these serums is collagen, which promotes the regeneration of hair while soothing the scalp. Although these products may not be a miracle cure, they can help you enhance the appearance of the hair you have while also encouraging the growth of more healthy strands.

If scalp dryness and flaking are your main problems, consider trying hair masques for a soothing treatment. These creams can lock moisture into your scalp, relieving annoying itching while also benefiting your tresses. Use a mild shampoo that hydrates the scalp and follow up with a leave-in conditioner to maximize effectiveness.

On the flip side, those with oily scalps will want to use conditioners sparingly, turning instead to a deep cleansing shampoo. After washing your hair, you should bypass a lot of heavy brushing, as overworking your hair can lead to more oil production.

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3 ways to protect your colored hair from the sun

June 24th, 2013 | Contributed by:

3 ways to protect your colored hair from the sun

You might already know how to keep your face looking fresh with True makeup throughout the summer, but what about your luscious locks? If you have dyed hair, you're prone to losing the vibrancy of your tresses over the course of the season. Ultraviolet rays can cause your hair to fade with time, and this can occur well before the end of the summer if you love spending time under the sun at the beach. Here are some tips for keeping your hair looking beautiful all season long.

1. Make sure it stays hydrated
Hollywood Life stated that it's critical to keep your hair hydrated. Invest in a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed to strengthen your hair and provide protection against harmful UV rays. 

2. Try an oil treatment
Argan oil is one of many oils you can use on your hair this summer to help you lock in moisture and ensure that your tresses always have a healthy glow under the sun.

3. Cover up
The Huffington Post recommended keeping your hair covered up under a hat or bandana if you're going to be spending an ample amount of time in direct sunlight.

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New hairstyles already debuting for fall 2013

June 17th, 2013 | Contributed by:

New hairstyles already looming for fall 2013

Now that you have your True makeup and skincare products all set for summer, it's never too soon to start thinking about the fall! There are already hair trends to be taken into consideration for the upcoming season – whether you're ready for them or not. 

One style that will be popular this fall and winter is two-toned hair, according to Vogue France. Although it seems a little bold to go with two completely different shades on your head, doing so can give you an edgy look just in time for the cold weather.

Another trend that seems to be growing in popularity is the low ponytail, according to Harper's Bazaar magazine. Whether you're the kind of woman who enjoys keeping your hair tied back or this look would be new for you, keep it in mind this fall. A sleek ponytail can ensure that your locks are out of the way and stylish.

Regardless of which trends you try, don't forget to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner as cold weather rolls in. This can help your hair stay strong and frizz-free in the fall and winter.

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