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Hot Spring/Summer Hair Trends

brn shortChicks … did you miss me?  Well, I’m back with more trends, tips, and tutorials! I’ve compiled a great list of styles that are trending right now! It’s all about short cuts, sassy color and fierce texture for the 2013 spring /summer season. If you can’t commit to a cut or color try a fabulous wig … or weave it up. Enjoy!

 

 

The Short Cut

 short

blonde short hawk

hilite blonde short

The Pixie

pixie

 pixie2

The Short Bob

blonde bob

wet bob

 The Textured Bob

tex bob

shaggy blk white

1920′s Inspired Hair Tutorial

   
I absolutely love, love, love 1920′s style. It’s my favorite era in terms of  hair styling and fashion. Inspired by the 1920′s, I created this fun 1920′s flapper  tutorial  for Halloween. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create an inexpensive flapper headband and soft wavy faux bob. Chicks …  challenge yourself this Halloween and have fun:) Enjoy!
 
 
Flapper Headband
 
 Here’s what you’ll need!
 
 

1. Feather

2. Black elastic headband

3. Brooch Pin

Step #1

 Take your brooch and  pin the feather to the elastic headband. You may have a few of these items at home already (the pin I used is from a necklace I bought last year).

 

Faux Bob

Here’s what you’ll need!

1.Brush

2.Hairspray

3.Small barrel curling iron (3/4″)

4.Rattail comb

5.Pin curl clips

6.Bobby pins

7.Hair clip

Steps 1-4

 

*** I straightened my natural hair with a flatiron for this look ( but you can also roller set your hair)

*** Short hair chicks skip steps 2-4

1.Create a side part

2. Part hair from ear to ear and clip away top half.

3. Twist hair around your finger to create a pin curl. Place pin curl close to your scalp and secure with bobby pins (if  pin curls are too difficult braid up back section and pin).

4. Create 3 to 4 pin curls in back section

Steps 5-8

 

 5.  Start at the top and part out a small section of hair (about the width of your finger).

6.Use a small barrel curling iron and curl hair forward.

7.Direct the hair forward and pin with a pin curl clip (pin curls should be about the size of a nickel)

8.Proceed to bottom side section and curl in opposite direction. Pin hair going back away from face.

Steps 9-12

 

9. Proceed to remaining sections and repeat the same process

10. After it’s all pinned … spray it up with hairspray! Let pin curls set while you start your makeup.

11. Remove pin curl clips (do not remove the 3-4 pin curls that you bobby pinned earlier)

12. Softly brush out each section

Steps 13-16

 

13. Try and create a “C” formation at the top using your finger to help mold hair in place.

14.Use a pin curl clip to help hold your “C” formation in place. Take your comb and tease the ends in an upward direction to create fullness.

15. Tuck ends under and secure with bobby pins.

16.Proceed to opposite side and repeat the same process. Use your rattail comb to help create an “S” formation. 

Steps 17 & 18

 

17. Tease, tuck and pin

18. Spray, spray, spray, and spray some more!  Add your fabulous flapper headband to complete your look.

Whew … done! It should look something like this when you finish. 

 Chicks  … have a safe and fun Halloween! Thanks for reading!

 

The Comeback Of Throwbacks

via Royston Blythe

Have you heard the term nothing is orginal anymore? Well, that goes for hairstyles and fashion too. To make old things new again we must reinvent them … right?  Here are a few iconic hairstyles from ‘back in the day’ that were super hot then and now. Enjoy!

 

 

The Flattop/Crew Cut

Then

Now

via Hype Coiffure

Reinvent It!

Hippie Hair

Then

Now

Reinvent It!

The Afro

Then

 

Now

via Sanrizz

Reinvent It!

Easy 5 Step Milkmaid Braid

 Braids continue to be a summer favorite. The side braid and fishtail braid were super trendy last summer and the milkmaid braid is hot this summer. I love this braid because it’s really easy to do and you can dress it up or down. Check out my easy 5 step tutorial below. Enjoy!    

 

Here’s what you’ll need!

1. Rat-tail Comb

2. Synthetic Hair (or human hair extensions)

3. Bobby Pins

4.  Hair Ties

Step #1

 Part hair into two sections.

Step #2

 *Chicks with long thick hair … skip this step and go to step #4*

If your hair is short or thin … you’ll need to add synthetic or human hair to your ponytail. When you have the desired amount of hair … separate your ponytail hair in half and pin the extension hair just above your ear.

Step #3

 Once the extension is secure, use a hair tie to secure the ponytail in place.

Step #4

 Braid the ponytail down and secure the end with a hair tie or rubber band. Repeat the process on the other side.

Step #5

 Bring one braid across your head and pin in place. Bring the second braid across and pin in place. Continue to pin braids down until it feels secure.

Done!

  It should look something like this when you finish. Chicks … with these 5 easy steps you can turn a bad hair day into a super cute summer hairstyle. Thanks for reading:)

 

Live In Color!

Hey chicks … it’s time to lighten up!  I love the Spring/Summer season because it’s time to be bold with hair color and style! Chicks try hues that complement your skin tone and hairstyles that complement your features. Here are a few chicks with hot summer hair color. Enjoy:)

Blonde Bombshell

via Angeles Hairdressing

via Hype Coiffure

Tip: When going blonde keep in mind that you’re removing  pigment from the hair. Your hair may become very dry and brittle over time. Use reconstructive conditioning treatments, hot oil treatments or a hair mask to help protect your hair from breakage. 

Double Trouble

via Francesco Group

Tip: Try adding  two or more colors for a very special custom color.

Cinnamon & Spice

 

Textured hair is really trendy right now!  Sporting a light brown or blonde hair color,  is an awesome way to take your textured hairstyle to the next level!

Tip: When caring for color treated natural hair, use sulfate free shampoo. Sulfate free shampoo is gentle and it won’t strip away your new hair color or dry it out. Use products that help to maintain moisture and shine. Don’t forget to do regular hot oil treatments too.

Get your Spring/Summer color on chicks! Thanks for reading:)

Spice Up Your OJ!

Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orang...

 Studies show that vitamin C is an essential nutrient needed to protect our bodies from cancer, stroke, and immune system deficiencies. Vitamin C… not only helps to build our immune system, it’s also essential for healthy hair and scalp. My new obsession is juicing. I’ve practically juiced any and everything that looks like it can be juiced. I tried this yummy juice combo last week and I’m excited to share it with you. I’ll explain how you can spice up your OJ while boosting your antioxidant intake. Enjoy:)

 

             1. Oranges: Vitamin C assists in repairing body tissues.Vitamin C  helps to protect hair follicle cells and aids in the prevention of wrinkles.

             2. Ginger: Aids in digestion.Rich in antioxidants.

             3. Sweet Potato:  Packed with vitamin C and vitamin A …rich in antioxidant nutrients that are essential for hair growth.

             4. Carrots: Packed with vitamin A and vitamin K. Vitamin A helps in slowing down the aging process and aids in fighting off viral infections. Vitamin K prevents bones from weakening and fracture.

For more information go to www.webmd.com

 

 Orange Spice

 2 large carrots

2 oranges (peeled)

1 sweet potato

1″ inch piece of ginger

(makes 1 glass of juice)

 

Get healthy hair from the inside out!

Thanks for reading…happy juicing:)

 

 

Work It Out!

Happy New Year! With each new year we’re full of hope and full of resolutions. Getting into shape is probably the # 1 resolution made each year.  If you’re a determined diva, who’s planning to hit the gym hard this year … you’ll need a sweat friendly hairstyle. I’ve listed a few easy breezy hairstyles that you can rock while getting your workout on!

EXTENSIONS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND!

Why Extensions (weave)?

1. Low maintenance hairstyle.

2. Protects hair from excessive heat styling and other harmful chemical services.

3. Extensions give you the freedom to have an intense workout and not worry about your hair.

Tip: Choose a hair stylist that specializes in extension (weave) services and hair care! In a few months, you can look forward to healthy hair growth . Don’t forget to take hair vitamins and amp up your diet with green leafy veggies and protein!

BE POETIC!

image via pin/pr photos

 Why Braids?

 * Remember when Janet Jackson rocked box braids in the movie Poetic Justicecute huh? Wellbox braids are trendy again!

1.Low maintenance hairstyle. 

2. Braids and locs are weather proof and sweat proof!

3. Braids allow you to take a break from heat styling.

Tip: Do not braid hair tight! Tight braids can lead to breakage and balding. If you live in Los Angeles and you’re looking for a stylist who braids well and practices healthy hair care … check out Crystal Oliver at www.crystalblingssalon.com . She’s an amazing braider and hair stylist!

GO NATURAL!

Why go natural?

1. Low maintenance hairstyle.

2. You can twist or set natural hair to achieve different fabulous textured looks.

3. Natural styles hold up well through workouts and bad weather.

4. Rocking natural hair is freeing! We’ve entered into a natural hair revolution … there are so many amazing products on the market today. These new products (Miss Jessie’s for example) help natualistas maintain their natural styles and keep them looking great all day.

Tip: Make sure to use products that add moisture to natural hair and avoid products with parabens, silicone, petroleum, and mineral oil. Do weekly hot oil treatments! Check out my post on natural hot oil treatments “Get Your Hot Oil On”

HEY SHORTIE!

photo credit Glenn Harris

 Why Go Short?

1. Low maintenance hairstyle.

2. Pixie cuts are super trendy and cute.

3. Short hair looks great … even when you’re a sweaty mess!

Tip:  When wearing short hair, make sure your eyebrows are neat and shaped. Don’t forget to wear lashes, makeup and earrings too.  Try to create softness when wearing short edgy hair for a balanced look. You want people to see you as a hot chick and not a dude!

Ladies, make sure that your hair is in tip-top shape while getting in shape! Do not let your hair go because you’re working out. Make hair care a priority in 2012. Let’s go! xoxo

 

 

Fab Holiday Hair Tips

The holidays are here and it’s time to take you hair to the next level! Glam up your current hair style for holiday parties or totally reinvent yourself, so that you go into 2012 fierce! Here are a few tips on how to achieve a new fabulous holiday look.

Dress It Up!

The easiest way to take your hair from ordinary to extraordinary is to add headbands, feathers, bows, and barrettes! Hair accessories are a great way to give your hair a little extra holiday glam.

Curl It Up!

Try a roller set or rod set this holiday season for a fun and sexy look. If you usually rock a straight sleek style… surprise your family and friends with bouncy curls!

Play It Up!

The holidays are also a great time to be bold and fun. If you’ve always wanted to add length and volume to your hair…now is the time! Clip-in extensions are sold everywhere. Add a few clip-in extensions to your holiday style for that instant WOW factor!

Color It Up!

Changing your hair color is like getting a mini makeover! Hair color has the ability to enhance features and hide breakage. Chicks, don’t put it off, color those pesky grays and take years off your appearance or add rich warm tones and unleash your inner hottie! 

 Go into 2012 fabulous! Happy Holidays Chicks! xoxo

 

 

Easy 5 Step Pin Curls

 
The pin curl technique has been around for years. Pin curls were mostly used to wet set and finger wave hair back in the day. They are now a great way to create curl and body without using heat. Curling and straightening your hair everyday often leads to dry damaged hair and pin curls can help prevent hair breakage. In the tutorial below…I’ll show you how to create curl without using heat. If you’re a  natural hair chick…check out Chime ( Hair Crush) on YouTube…she does an amazing natural hair pin curl tutorial. Enjoy!
 
  
Here’s what you’ll need!
 

1. Pin Curl Clips (17 to 20 clips) or Jumbo Bobby Pins

2. Butterfly Hair Clips (3 clips)

3. Rat-tail Comb

Step #1

Part hair into three sections.

Step #2

Use butterfly hair clips to hold hair in place.

Step #3

 Wrap hair around your finger and make a circle. Roll hair upward to your scalp. The smaller the circle the tighter the curl! For longer hair I suggest tight pin curls.

Step #4

You can position your pin curl to go forward or back. I prefer to roll mine back. Using your pin curl clip…clip the top of the pin curl to secure it in place.

Step #5

I usually do 2 rows of 2 on the sides and 3 rows of 3 in the back . But you can do as many pin curls as you like…do whatever you feel comfortable with!

Whew..you’re done! It should look something like this when you finish. You can leave the pin curls in for a few hours before going out or you can wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf and sleep with them overnight!

This is how it came out the next day. You’ll have to work with the curls a bit and your curls maybe a little tight. Run your fingers through your hair to create a style. Chicks…practice makes perfect so don’t get discouraged if your curls aren’t fabulous the first time. If at first you don’t succeed…try, try again!

 

Healthy Hair Smoothie

I love smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat and receive your daily dose of raw fruits and vegetables. I drink smoothies daily to get the extra vitamins I need for healthy hair, skin and body. Most hair issues are the result of  stress, poor diet and nutrient deficiencies. I made this delicious strawberry/blueberry smoothie the other day and I want to break down how the nutrients in my smoothie help to promote healthy hair.

  • Strawberries: Strawberries are high in vitamin C and manganese which helps to eliminate free radicals. Vitamin C also helps to protect hair follicle cells.
  • Blueberries: Blueberries and strawberries are both high in antioxidants! Antioxidants can help prevent hair loss and aid in a healthy scalp. BONUS: A diet high in antioxidants helps to regulate blood sugar. Wild blueberries also help prevent cancer.
  • Almond Milk: Great source of Vitamin D and Omega 3 which is great for your hair. According to www.livestrong.com studies have shown a connection between vitamin D and hair growth. 
  • Organic Hemp Protein Powder: I love this stuff…it’s packed with protein and omega 3 which is essential for healthy hair! This protein powder is gluten-free and soy free too. You can buy it at Trader Joes.

 

* Add a little Organic Blue Agave for sweetness*

For more information on the nutrients found in strawberries and blueberries go to www.whfoods.com