Hairbrush 101

Navigating which hair brush you need can be confusing, but the right tools can make all the difference. So which brush is right for you?

PADDLE BRUSH

Got tons of tangles? This is a good pick for you. A paddle brush is great for detangling really thick, wet hair. We advise to start with the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots.

CERAMIC ROUND BRUSH

If you want big curls but would prefer to skip the iron, we recommend using a ceramic round brush with synthetic bristles: While the synthetic bristles lightly detangle and wrap the hair around the brush, the heated ceramic barrel actually molds the hair into a shiny, bouncy curl. No curling irons and way less fuss.

WOODEN ROUND BRUSH

These brushes offer tension and control over your hair, making them a favorite of stylists. Pros tend to favor wooden round brushes with natural boar bristles because they rely on technique and control more than they do on the heated barrel. Bonus: They’re healthier for your hair because the bristles don’t snag and the barrel doesn’t overheat.

VENT BRUSH

This brush allows air from the blow dryer to pass right through it, which speeds up your blow dry time. The downside: You can lose a lot of control over your hairstyle. The vent brush is great for a fast but imperfect hairstyle, so if you’re in a hurry and can do without the best possible blowout, reach for this pick.

TEASING BRUSH

Teased hair is one of the biggest hair trends of the year, so get this tool if you’re ready to add lots of volume. But big hair isn’t all this handy teasing brush can do — if you have thin locks that you wish could look thicker, try our handy root teasing trick for instantly fuller locks.

DENMAN BRUSH

Short-haired ladies, rejoice: This brush is perfect for you. The Denman brush makes your fresh bob haircut sleek and straight with just a subtle bend on the bottom.

ROUND BRUSH

You generally only use round brushes on hair that has been layered. A small round brush creates a wavier style with more lift at the roots, while a large round brush simply delivers smooth bounce and soft definition.

DETANGLING BRUSH

If your locks are dry and you need to detangle, we recommend using a detangling brush to get those knots out.

WIDE TOOTH COMB

Curly-haired girls, listen up: You need this tool if you want hydrated, healthy locks. A large wide tooth comb is great for detangling hair in the shower. And if you have curly hair, you should use it while conditioning your hair so that every last strand gets the right amount of moisture and nourishment.

TALL COMB

Love to add drama to your hairstyle? This skinny tool creates the best statement hair part. With a tall comb, you can create a severe center, dramatic deep side, or even zig zag part, or clean sections for braids. For the most perfect line, we recommend firmly pressing the point of the tail comb onto your head as you create the part.

HEAT RESISTANT V-COMB

If you want perfectly straight hair, this is the tool to try. A heat resistant v-comb is great for flat ironing because it can guide and control a section of hair without melting from the iron.

Hair Dyeing Options

Looking for a change and do not know what to do? Look no further! We are about to break down some dyeing techniques and how to achieve each look the best way you can. There are various techniques and methods you can use when dyeing your hair. Also, many different colors are available at your disposal. The options are endless.

The great thing about deciding to change your hair is that you can find a dyeing technique that you are comfortable with or venture outside of your comfort zone and try something new!

In this post, you will find different ways you can dye your hair. The great thing about each technique is that if you do not want to go for a natural look and you want to kick it up a little, adding a few different colors can do that. It’s time to finally add some spice to your look!

 

BALAYAGE

Balayage is a coloring technique developed by the French in the 1970s. It is a freehand technique where the color is added by hand instead of the regular foiling or cap highlighting techniques. It can work for even the shortest hairstyles such as a pixie cut. However, it shows up best in longer hair.

In Balayage, there are dark pieces left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look. With highlights stemming from close to the roots towards the ends of the hair. This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair.

Balayage is an excellent option because you can achieve a softer effect or add colors that make your hair pop. This style is great if you want to switch up your hair but make it look natural. The natural highlights can make all the difference.

 

How to get the look:

Part your hair

There are different ways you can choose to part your hair. The recommended way is to do a hot cross bun method which is parting your hair into four equal sections which make it easier to dye your hair piece by piece. This step is crucial because you want to take your time when preparing to dye your hair so that it comes out nicely.

Dye your hair

Balayage is all about the contrast between dark and blonde, so be careful not to get any of the dye in areas you want to keep dark.

You want to pull the dye through your hair from the middle of the strand to the bottom using the comb applicator, avoiding your roots entirely. The amount of hair you cover will depend on how thick you want your highlights to be.

This difference varies from each person. You may use hair clips to section off and color smaller, more targeted strands. To achieve a more natural look, use your fingers (make sure you are wearing gloves!) to work the dye into the tips of your hair, blending the color using downward strokes. Then you wait for the amount of time stated on the box, and wash the dye out carefully section by section.

It is important to remember to be very careful when dying your hair by this method as you want it to look as natural as possible. But the hard work pays off!

 

DIP DYE

This vibrant two-tone coloring technique is a fun way to add a little umph to your hair! Dip dye is a statement hairstyle as the two different colors do not ease into each other. They do not blend which makes the process even easier to achieve.

You can have a more natural look with dip dye by dyeing your hair 4 or 5 shades lighter than the natural color, or you can go for a bolder look by going for pinks, blues, and greens.

 

How to get the look:

Bleach your tips

To achieve this look, you first want to bleach the ends, so the color shows up.

Place the tips of your hair on folded aluminum foil or a plastic bag. Brush the hair evenly with the bleach mixture before wrapping it in the aluminum foil, or spread the bleach on the tips of your hair equally before covering your tips with the plastic bag and securing it with a rubber band.

Keep in mind that if you use aluminum foil, the directions may call for using a hairdryer. However, a highlighter kit should always give you instructions on how long to leave the bleach mixture in your hair based on your hair color. Pay close attention! You do not want to cause damage.

After you have left the bleach in for the amount of time on the box, wash your hair out. It’s essential to not over-bleach your hair.

Add the second color

If you want a color that differs from the usual brown to a blonde gradient, like red or blue, switch to new gloves and apply color to your hair. Follow the instructions from the coloring kit.

This dyeing process is straightforward. It takes little effort and is a fascinating way to switch up your hair. Make sure to wear gloves and add petroleum jelly to your edges to keep your skin safe!

 

OMBRE

Ombre hair color is darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. It is such an exciting way to dye your hair, and you can make it look more natural by going a few shades lighter than your roots.

Ombre is a bit similar to dip dye. However, the difference is that ombre blends into your hair no matter the color.

 

How to get the look

Apply The Color

Get tools ready and apply color to the tips.

Apply the color to the tips of your hair, a section of about 3 inches high, with a brush or your hands (wearing gloves). Be sure not to leave a sharp line. This method is important to make your hair look natural and blended.

Now secure the foils by folding them around the hair, but do not fasten them too tightly. The hair strands need space for the color to develop.

Wait for the color to develop

Leave the color to form on the ends of your hair. Make sure to leave the color in for the amount of time listed on the box subtracted by 10 minutes. The reason for this is when applying the second layer for, you do not want to overdye the bottom half.

Add more dye traveling up your hair

Once you have opened up the foil and can see that the tips look like the color you want, add some color higher up the hair – about another 2.5 inches up (again not leaving any blunt lines).

Put the foils back and leave this to develop. About 10 minutes should be enough, but remember to check. You do not want to leave the color in for a long time, so it does not over-develop. If the hair gets over-developed, the ombre look will not be as effective.

Rinse

Once you are satisfied with how much the hair color has turned out, you need to rinse the dye out of your hair.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights are partial or spot hair coloring in which just parts of hair are dyed a few shades lighter than your base color. The primary purpose of adding highlights to your hair is to brighten up the overall tone of your hair and add softness and gorgeous depth to it.

Your natural hair color determines the shade of your highlights. No matter what the base color of your hair, you should never go more than a few shades lighter than it so that they look natural. Going lighter than a few shades may risk your hair looking like stripes similar to a zebra. No one wants that!

 

How to get the look

Choose the Right Shade

You want your highlights to look natural. So here is a color guide that works well for skin tone.

If your eyes are brown, blue, or hazel with blue or green flecks, you have a cool skin tone and should choose shades that are cool-toned as well – such as ashy brown, beige blonde, burgundy red, and blue-hued blacks. Cool skin tones usually look best in silver jewelry, so if you naturally gravitate to silver, this is you.

If your eyes are brown, blue, or hazel with brown flecks, your skin is likely warm-toned, and you look best in gold jewelry. Choose hair colors that are similarly golden-toned, like golden brown, wheat-toned blonde, auburn red, and black with reddish tones.

Apply the Color

You want to apply the dye first to the hair that’s visible when it’s combed into your usual style and then move onto the bottom layers.

Brush the dye as close to the roots as possible, and then drag the color down the length of your hair. Continue the process until the entire first layer is saturated. Then, use a clip or hair tie to separate the first inch of the top section and continue the process on the next layer.

Rinse

Once your hair has sat for the right amount of time, make sure you are rinsing your hair off at the right time.

 

HALF & HALF HAIR DYE

We have seen celebrities such as Nicki Minaj slay this look with the half blonde half blue hair. Half and half hair color is becoming popular. It is a remarkable hairstyle and a bold new look. You can mix and match any two colors you would like.

 

How to get the look

Section off hair

To get the half and half look you want to separate your hair evenly down the middle and tie off the two sections.

Apply the Color

Dye the first half: You then want to take the first section and dye your hair the color of choice. Cover the part with the dye and leave it in for the amount of time listed on the box.

Dye the second half: You then want to take the second portion of your hair and repeat the same process using the second color of your choice. Once you have left it in for the proper amount of time, you then want to rinse it out.

Short Haircut Mistakes To Avoid

Thinking about a new short ‘do? We recommend taking several key factors into consideration before chopping off your locks. When you catch the bug for a new look, it’s really tempting to immediately decide on this season’s “it” ‘do, and make an appointment with your stylist right away. However, it’s best to resist the urge for instant gratification, because while locks can be chopped in an instant, it can take months—and sometime years—to grow them back. And as much as you might love your favorite celebrity’s Instagram selfies of her chin-length textured style, it’s important to remember that same cut might not flatter your face the way it does hers. Don’t worry! You can achieve something equally sassy—and specifically catered to you. We talked to a few professionals to give us the tips needed for avoiding any short cut mistakes.

  1. Don’t Take Off Too Much, Too Soon.

Because hair takes a lot longer to grow out than it does to cut, it’s important to take a drastic hair change in baby steps. Going from one extreme to another—say waist-long hair to a pixie—can have you regretting your decision and will leave you with few options to get back a look you’re comfortable with. It’s really important not to do something shocking. Your reaction to a new cut can be two-fold—at first people are generally excited and happy with the cut. Then they go have coffee with friends and get feedback that’s not exactly what they hoped to hear. That’s when the shock sets in. But it’s too late to go back. That’s why we recommend going shorter a little bit at a time. For example, go from shoulders to chin at one appointment, then chin to pixie the next time.

  1. Always Consider Your Hair Type.

Your hair’s texture will be a big determining factor in how your cut turns out. Every cut isn’t right for every hair type, and it’s hard to know off hand what will be best for yours, so we recommend listening to your stylist. Stylists have been trained on this stuff, and have years of experience working with different types of hair. They know the outcome. Always listen to your stylist.

  1. Learn How To Style Your New ‘Do.

You need training and education on how to style your hair, so make sure your stylist gives that to you. No matter how you cut hair or what style suits you the finish (or styling) is 50% of achieving the look you want.

  1. Know What You’re Getting Into.

While it may sound counterintuitive, short hairstyles often require more maintenance than longer hair. You have to get your haircut a lot more often when it’s shorter or it loses its shape and looks messy. You normally go every 6-8 weeks, and you just can’t wait that long with a short haircut. That’s a common mistake that a lot of women make.

  1. Get The Right Cut For Your Face Shape.

Just like in fashion where you have to dress for your shape, you have to cut your hair to flatter your facial features. So often people go into the salon & know exactly what they want, and it’s usually based on a celebrity cut they’ve seen. However, keep in mind that the cut isn’t going to look exactly the same on you because you have a different face. Spend the extra time on the consultation, you will be happy you did.

  1. Cut Your Hair For The Right Reasons, Not The Wrong Ones.

There are all kinds of reasons one can decide on a short cut, but make sure yours are good ones. For instance, just because you’ve hit a certain age doesn’t mean you have to cut your hair a certain way. Age shouldn’t dictate your hair, as long as it’s healthy, it’s beautiful. You should also not let external factors influence making a dramatic hair change. It’s really common for someone who’s going through something tough like a divorce to want to get a dramatic change but remember, doing something drastic might be a source of more stress in an already stressful time.

How To Find The Best Salon In Your Area

What are the trademarks of the very best hair salons? A pleasant atmosphere, well-trained staff, and stylists who have great hairstyles themselves.

Finding the best hair salon can sometimes be quite a challenge. You can’t trust just anyone with your hair. Your main goal in choosing one should be getting access to competent hairdressers who keep up with all the latest trends. You want to have a positive experience that inspires trust, from the minute you arrive at the salon to the few moments your stylist spends teaching you to reproduce your new hairstyle at home.

Here are five things to keep in mind when looking for a salon that is not only trendy but will stand the test of time.

 

REFERENCES

Friends and work colleagues are a great source of information about the best hair salon addresses in town. Look around at the office or when out with friends and when you see a style you like, ask where it was done.

You could also do the rounds of the different hair salons close to you or check out the salons in the trendiest neighborhoods. Remember that the hairdos the stylists themselves are wearing are a good indication of their colleagues’ talents! If you are still not 100% sure you on a spot you can check with sites like Angies List or Google and see what others are saying about them.

 

THE ATMNOSPHERE

Several different criteria can be considered when looking for the best hair salon, starting with the atmosphere. A visit to the hairdresser’s is an opportunity to take care of yourself. And because it’s not always easy to take a break from your busy schedule, your salon hiatus has to be enjoyable.

Look for a salon where you feel at ease as soon as you arrive. A warm welcome, a short waiting time, and comfortable surroundings can make all the difference.

 

AVAILABLE SERVICES

Consider the different services available. Some salons specialize in coloring, others in blow-outs and styling. The best hair salon for you is the one where the stylists can meet all your expectations, depending on your hair type and your personal style.

Pay particular attention to what services are on offer when you want to really transform your hairstyle. For a successful makeover, it’s vital to entrust your head to a professional who’s done that kind of work before.

Some salons offer other complementary services on site. You might want to choose a spot where you can also get your makeup done, or a manicure, massage or body hair removal. Even if the availability of these services isn’t a guarantee of overall excellence, it can be very practical to find all of them under the same roof.

 

THE EXTRAS

Nothing beats the little extras. The best hair salons offer comfy chairs and coffee or a glass of wine, along with recent magazines and hairstyle books. Those plusses turn your outing into a real treat that you can look forward to during a hectic week.

 

A PACKED SCHEDULE

For better or for worse, the best hair salons are often very busy. So once you find your ideal spot, you’ll probably have to call well in advance to get an appointment. But at least you know that it will be well worth the trouble!