Styling Short Hair

In this busy world, a major advantage to styling short hair is that in the blink of an eye you can wash, blow and go! Yet, that’s only the beginning. Short hairstyles let you change your style as often as your mood changes and just about as quickly!

Today you might feel trendy, tomorrow retro might fit the bill, and the next day a romantic, classic short hair style might be just your cup of tea; one day curly and coy and the next, sleek and chic!

A good short hair style emphasizes your best attributes, but as well as personal attributes such as eye and hair colors, skin tones, body shape, face shape, and of course, the density and texture of your hair, the right short hair style fits snugly into your personality and lifestyle, creating a sense of balance between your head, face, body and the unique person that is you.

Hair tools and products seem to be made especially for styling short hair. For instance, ceramic flat irons let you straighten curls and kinks in just minutes and gels and sprays are ready to let you put them back in as quick as a wink!

Short Hair Styles
In the 1920’s a new breed of women caught the world’s attention. The libertine ‘flappers’ rose up against tradition and were the first women to rebelliously ‘bob’ their hair. However, using today’s modern products, you can create a “flapper look” that would be the envy of yesterday’s flappers!

To begin, blow dry hair back away from your face. Slick it back applying gel or a light finishing product to your hair while it’s still wet. Pull a tendril out from each side and make a short, sweet curl.

Scrunch it, spike it, or style for traditional waves and curls. From hair bobs to pixies to curly-urchin short hairstyles, today’s hair care products let you define your style, no matter what type of hair naturally sits atop your head.

What’s more, styling a short haircut can put the glitz back into an end-of-the-season wardrobe!

Short Hair Styles Revival
If you’re like me, the transition from winter to spring and from autumn to winter is a time when everything in your closet looks shopworn. Before you scream, “I don’t have anything to wear,” consider perking up your style-weary wardrobe by accessorizing your short hair style!

Sparkling hair clips, barrettes, and brightly colored head bands not only add glamour to your hairdo, but also add dimension and style to what you wear. Besides, face it! Those glittery earrings usually hide under your long tresses. Short hairstyles add shine to every aspect of your style!

Talking about shine – is there any sexier or more stylish look than a clean, neatly trimmed short hair style?

Short Hair Care Tips

  • For shiniest short hair, using a shine spray or cream puts the glow back into short hair styles.
  • Trim often. Every four to six weeks will keep your short hair in style.
  • Daily washing is nearly a necessity for short hairstyles. Natural oils are much more evident on short styles and an oily sheen just isn’t the same as a healthy shine!
  • Short hair can cut conditioner needs right out of your budget! You’ll only need it if your hair is naturally very dry. Even so, a little conditioner goes a long way. Condition only the ends of short hairstyles.
  • Short hair doesn’t have to be flat! Spritz a volumizer onto your roots after shampooing and before blow-drying.
  • Hold your blow dryer at bay. Too much heat can quickly damage short hair, taking the shine from your style and adding the frizz! Blow dry only until hair is damp and let it finish drying naturally.

 

Source: http://www.hairstylingguide.com/

 

Styling Long Hair

Putting the Ponytail Out to Pasture
Tired of pulling that long hair back into the same old ponytail?

Seems like those long flowing tresses we work so hard to grow spend a whole lot of time being pushed out of our way, bridled with a hair tie and visible only from the back view. Although the ponytail is an easy, quick way to control frizzy, flyaway long hair, today’s modern hair care tools and products make styling long hair easy whether you choose to let it all hang loose or you choose an ‘updo’.

First, though, if you’re just not ready to let go of that ponytail, you can still add some flair to your hair with just two simple long hair styling tips and techniques.

Giddy-up & Go -> Change your ponytail into the easiest of updos. Simply twist the tail up and fasten it to the hair closest to your scalp with a large clip. Leave some tendrils around your face to give you a gentle, romantic look.

Practical and Stylish -> Braid your ponytail. A braid not only keeps long hair out of your way, braids are neat, chic looks that add an executive flair to your style. An additional advantage of braided hair is that when you “let your hair down”, the braid has “set” your hair into a natural, glamorous wave that lets you easily move from the work place to more pleasurable night time activities!

Tip : Braid your hair at night to both minimize tangles during morning comb-outs and take advantage of the ready-made waves during the day.

Maintaining the Mane
Before you begin styling long hair, take care to maintain it properly. What you do when you shampoo and immediately after has a major effect on the ease of styling long hair.

  1. After shampooing, never rub long hair dry. Friction is a major cause of hair damage that results in split ends, frizzies, and breaking – all factors that can put a big crimp in styling long hair.
  2. The next step after shampooing is to comb through any tangles. While hair is damp, take out snarls using a stiff wide-tooth comb. Flexible combs stretch hair follicles and weaken them. The same goes for the flexible bristles of a brush. Never brush wet hair. Always use a comb.
  3. When combing, always start at the ends and work towards the top. It’s a whole lot easier (and better for your hair) to work through little tangles, working bottom to top, than it is to tear through big snarls that accumulate from top to bottom.

Curling Long Hair
A basic problem with curling long hair is achieving lasting, natural-looking curl. The top goes flat; the ends go limp and out comes the scrungie. To create long lasting curl, first build volume into your long hair. Apply a volumizing product to clean, damp, detangled hair starting at the roots and then combing it through to the ends.

Scrunch it -> Mix some finishing (heavy-hold) hair spray with some mousse or gel. Using more mousse or gel gives you a softer curl. For stronger curl, use more spray. (Pump types of hair spray are best for mixing.)

Work the mixture into your damp hair and then scrunch the hair. You’ll get more curl with smaller sections and more wave by scrunching all of your hair at once. Let your hair finish drying naturally. This is an excellent technique to get long-lasting curl on hair that is damaged from chemical treatments (such as perms or relaxers) without causing further damage through applying heat.

Blow it -> When styling with your blow dryer and styling brush quickly dry your hair, again starting at the roots and using the high heat setting of your blow dryer. Keep the heat away from the ends. When hair is near dry, use your styling brush to hold hair in place and reset your blow dryer to cool to finish drying and ‘set’ your style. Use a high-hold finishing hair spray to keep your style in place throughout your day.

Tip : Carry a light-hold hair spray with you in your bag. They’ll help maintain your style throughout the day without adding a stiff, over-sprayed look to your hairdo.

Roll it -> Curling irons are best used to style just the ends of long hair. Use a thermal protector along with your curling iron to minimize damage from heat.

Hot rollers are another styling alternative for long hair. They’re quick to use, taking just minutes to put in and take out again. When styling long hair with hot rollers, use a working spray for long-last curl. Spray the inside of the curl as you roll it. Leave rollers in for 10 minutes or for stronger curl, a maximum of 20 minutes. (By then the rollers will have cooled anyway!)

Source: http://www.hairstylingguide.com/

 

Home Hair Styling

Wash, dry, and comb is the painless, quick, and easy method of hair styling. Yet, whether your hair is short, medium length, or long, our list of hair styling ideas lets you quickly and painlessly make hair styling glamour an easy part of your daily regimen.

  1. Fun as well as easy to use, today’s hair styling accessories add allure to hair styles for every occasion– from morning through night. You’re probably already familiar with many of them, but some less common accessories may be just the right thing to perk up your style:
    • Alligator Clamps & Jaw Claws may sound like instruments of torture, but they’re really among the quickest ways to add quick elegance to a hair style.
    • Add just a hint of sparkle with jewel studded bobby pins and their wider cousins, the hair forks
    • Hair sticks - long and short available either as singles or in pairs.
    • Medieval circlets - tiara like except that these enchanting “hair necklaces” circle your head with bright jewels that drape strikingly over your forehead.
  2. If your budget is tight, let your earrings enhance your hair style. Stay conservative during working hours with earring posts and studs. After hours put a little swing in even the shortest style with a pair of danglers.
  3. Sweep hair back with a wide leather or fabric headband.
  4. Fashion a hair band out of a sheer scarf. Instead of knotting a scarf, hold it together with a favorite brooch or pin.
  5. Before unruly hair makes you mad as the March Hare, add an Alice Band to your hair style. Named after “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, an Alice Band keeps unruly hair out of your face and puts a finishing touch on either short or long hair styles. Find Alice Bands gem-studded, fabric wrapped, or in just plain plastic in several colors and style variants in price ranges to suit every budget.
  6. Change your part. Go from left to right, center to off-center, even from straight to zigzag! If your style includes short top layers, pull some of that top knot forward for heavier bangs. If your top is long, consider a shorter part and pull the rest of your top tresses back into a ponytail, braid, or fasten them with a barrette or another type of clip.
  7. Use your curling iron to curl just the parts of your hair style that emphasize your best features. Before curling, spritzing your hair with a working spray helps keep your curl alive and bouncy throughout your day.
  8. Get the ultimate “curl for a day” by setting your hair with hot rollers. Again, spritz your hair with a working spray for long-lasting curl. Divide your hair into two-inch wide sections and wind each section up vertically. After the rollers cool, carefully remove them and instead of combing, style your hair by running your fingers through your curls.
  9. When your hair color makes you feel a bit bleached out, try the reverse on your hair. Instead of highlights, add lowlights, twilights, or veils to your hair.
    • Veils — a semi-permanent method of brightening old color by applying a darker glaze over permanent color.
    • Twilights — a first cousin to lowlights, twilights are a subtle addition of darker tones used to add depth and mystery to hair color treatments that have become too bright and brassy.
    • Lowlights — When your hair style looks flat, it may be that your hair color is fading into the sunset. Low lighting is a hair coloring technique that pumps up your hair style by creating new dimension and depth with the introduction of a few darker tones.

 

Source: http://www.hairstylingguide.com/

 

Styling Curly Hair

Curly hair gives you one big styling advantage over straight hair. Whether your hair is naturally curly or permed, curls mean lots of volume... sometimes, too much! Curly hairstyles, while enviable for both volume and beauty, are not smooth sailing! Most curly headed people find that lying obediently in place is not a curl’s strong point. It’s second (maybe first) nature for a single curl to stick up, out... do anything to make itself the center of attention in your hairstyle.

Making Curls Behave

  • Layer your curly locks. Layered hairstyles make your curls easier to shape and manage whether your hairstyle is long, medium length, or short.
  • Use only moisturizing shampoos to keep your curls from drying out. Curly hairstyles naturally get more air than hair that lies flat against your scalp, a factor that makes curly heads dry more quickly, but also leads to over drying of curly hairstyles that result in frizzies and flyaway curls.
  • Hair ‘defrizzing’ products help smooth hair and give you a sleeker, more pliant curl.
  • To create a gentle curl, rub some wax or hair pomade into the palms of your hands after curling. Then gently comb your fingers through your hair to apply the treatment.
  • When curling medium length to long hair use hot rollers to produce a well-defined, tight curl. Use a working hairspray and spray the inner part of each curl just before you begin to roll it or if you’re very sure-handed, spray as you wrap your hair onto the roller.

Curling Iron Tips
Be sure the barrel of your curling iron is the right size for both the length of your hair and the size of curl you want. Curling iron barrels may be as small as 1/4 inch to three inches in diameter. Especially for short hairstyles, it’s important that all the ends of each curl are neatly tucked away as you roll the curl.

Thinner barrels produce curlier, denser curls except in the case of long hairstyles. Wrapping long hair around a too thin barrel leads to tangles, hair breakage, and the over-drying of ends. Use thin barrels on long hair only to quickly curl your ends. Misting ends with a working spray before curling helps set the curl more quickly and provides some heat protection against over drying your curls.

Permed Hair: Preserving Your Hard-Earned Curls

  • The top of a grown-out perm can make your hairstyle look as tired as a flat tire. After shampooing, pump up your hairstyle by using a volumizing product on your roots. Than create lift by blow-drying your hair, starting at the scalp.
  • Hair is always at its most vulnerable when wet and this is especially true for permed hair. Scrubbing hair dry or wrapping permed hair in a turban adds friction and causes tangles. Gently blot the moisture from your hair after shampooing.
  • Use a blow dryer’s diffuser attachment to dry permed hair. The prongs of a diffuser lift your hair as you dry it, providing quicker drying time as well as creating extra volume.
  • Be gentle when using hair styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons, hot rollers, blow dryers and even diffusers. Give your permed hair extra protection by using a thermal protector when styling with heat.
  • Perm rejuvenating products help define your curls, add shine, moisture and generally make hairstyling curly hair easier.

In fact, using the right tools and techniques to style curly hair can coax the wildest curls into a pretty and perky hairstyle!

Source: http://www.hairstylingguide.com/

 

Hair Styling Ideas

Wash, dry, and comb is the painless, quick, and easy method of hair styling. Yet, whether your hair is short, medium length, or long, our list of hair styling ideas lets you quickly and painlessly make hair styling glamour an easy part of your daily regimen.

  1. Fun as well as easy to use, today’s hair styling accessories add allure to hair styles for every occasion– from morning through night. You’re probably already familiar with many of them, but some less common accessories may be just the right thing to perk up your style:
    • Alligator Clamps & Jaw Claws may sound like instruments of torture, but they’re really among the quickest ways to add quick elegance to a hair style.
    • Add just a hint of sparkle with jewel studded bobby pins and their wider cousins, the hair forks
    • Hair sticks - long and short available either as singles or in pairs.
    • Medieval circlets - tiara like except that these enchanting “hair necklaces” circle your head with bright jewels that drape strikingly over your forehead.
  2. If your budget is tight, let your earrings enhance your hair style. Stay conservative during working hours with earring posts and studs. After hours put a little swing in even the shortest style with a pair of danglers.
  3. Sweep hair back with a wide leather or fabric headband.
  4. Fashion a hair band out of a sheer scarf. Instead of knotting a scarf, hold it together with a favorite brooch or pin.
  5. Before unruly hair makes you mad as the March Hare, add an Alice Band to your hair style. Named after “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, an Alice Band keeps unruly hair out of your face and puts a finishing touch on either short or long hair styles. Find Alice Bands gem-studded, fabric wrapped, or in just plain plastic in several colors and style variants in price ranges to suit every budget.
  6. Change your part. Go from left to right, center to off-center, even from straight to zigzag! If your style includes short top layers, pull some of that top knot forward for heavier bangs. If your top is long, consider a shorter part and pull the rest of your top tresses back into a ponytail, braid, or fasten them with a barrette or another type of clip.
  7. Use your curling iron to curl just the parts of your hair style that emphasize your best features. Before curling, spritzing your hair with a working spray helps keep your curl alive and bouncy throughout your day.
  8. Get the ultimate “curl for a day” by setting your hair with hot rollers. Again, spritz your hair with a working spray for long-lasting curl. Divide your hair into two-inch wide sections and wind each section up vertically. After the rollers cool, carefully remove them and instead of combing, style your hair by running your fingers through your curls.
  9. When your hair color makes you feel a bit bleached out, try the reverse on your hair. Instead of highlights, add lowlights, twilights, or veils to your hair.
    • Veils — a semi-permanent method of brightening old color by applying a darker glaze over permanent color.
    • Twilights — a first cousin to lowlights, twilights are a subtle addition of darker tones used to add depth and mystery to hair color treatments that have become too bright and brassy.
    • Lowlights — When your hair style looks flat, it may be that your hair color is fading into the sunset. Low lighting is a hair coloring technique that pumps up your hair style by creating new dimension and depth with the introduction of a few darker tones.

 

Source: http://www.hairstylingguide.com/

 

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