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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

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!

DIY Twist Out

It’s all about being a naturalista these days. Chicks are putting away their flat irons and are rocking fabulous textured hairstyles. Below is a DIY twist out tutorial. It’s super easy and this technique can be used on all hair textures. Enjoy!    

 

Here’s what you’ll need!

1.  Hair Foam

2. Hair Clips

3. Rat tail Comb

Step #1

Shampoo and condition hair. Apply hair foam (or whatever styling product you prefer). Part hair into two sections. Use hair clips to hold hair in place.

Step #2

  Start in the back … create a two-strand twist. Twist hair down close to the scalp. You can also achieve this style by braiding your hair into cornrows.

Step #3

 Make sure that your twist is secure. Proceed to the next section.

Step #4

Continue to the top section.

Step #5

 When you finish … it should look something like this. Dry hair for 45 minutes under the hair dryer or air dry overnight. Separate each section and fluff to create fullness.

DONE

Done! Try this style when you’re between hair appointments. If your hair texture is really fine (like mine) you may have to re twist your hair at night to maintain this style.

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DIY Spiral Rod Set

 There’s nothing like soft bouncy curls. Spiral rods add volume and texture to fine limp hair. Rod sets also allow you to take a break from harmful heat styling. This week I cut and rod set my hair. I wanted to share the process with you, so that you can experiment with this style at home. Enjoy! 
 
 
 
Here’s what you’ll need!
 

1. Setting Lotion or Hair Foam ( I use Lotta Body )

2. Jumbo End Papers (sold at local beauty supply)

3. Hair Clips

4. Rat tail Comb

5. 15-20 Medium Rods  (sold at Sally Beauty Supply) (rods come in all sizes)

Step #1

Shampoo and condition hair. Part hair into four sections.Use hair clips to hold hair in place.

Step #2

 Apply setting lotion to the first section.

Step #3

  Take a small section of hair. Fold the jumbo end paper halfway down. Then slide the end paper all the way down to the end. Make sure that your hair is really saturated so that the end paper slides down easily.

Step #4

 Place the tip (with the end paper) at the end of the rod. Roll up. I’m rolling my hair forward because that’s the direction I want my hair to fall in.

Step #5

 Your hair should look like a candy cane stripe on the rod. After rolling the rod up to your scalp… bend the top of the rod to hold it in place. This step takes practice…so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right away:)

Step #6

Proceed to rod each section of hair. Don’t worry about perfect rod placement… you can basically pick up random strands of hair and it will still come out cute! Now…get ready to stuff your alien-like hairdo under the hair dryer.

Step #7

 Okay… I headed over to the salon to use the hair dryer. Sit under hair dryer for 35-60 minutes or until completely dry.

This is how it looks dry with rods removed. I like to use a small amount of Bed Head Manipulator on my fingertips when pulling the curls apart to control frizz.

Step#8

Separate each curl a few times to create fullness.

Done!

 Whew… finally done! You can use spiral rods on all textures of hair. Chicks have fun…be creative…play and manipulate the curls to create beautiful textured styles. Try one side pinned back, or braided… create a sexy updo. Good luck!

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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

 

 

Get Your Hot Oil On!

 Sometimes we can be very cruel to our hair. Pulling, curling, coloring, straightening, etc. We do not realize how much torture we actually put our hair through. That’s why it’s important to put back in what you take out. But before I get into that…let’s take the healthy hair test.

HEALTHY HAIR TEST:

1. Pluck a strand of hair from your head

2. Drop the strand of hair into an eight ounce glass of water

Okay chicks…if your hair strand sinks to the bottom of the glass quickly… your hair lacks protein and moisture. If your hair floats…it’s healthy! 

 I’ve listed three of my fave natural hot oil treatments below and they all add moisture and promote healthy hair and scalp. These hot oil treatments can be found in your home! If they’re not in your home…they should be!

Containers of coconut oil and flax oil

Coconut Oil: I love coconut oil. Coconut oil helps to regrow damaged hair and  it’s effective in eliminating dandruff. It’s also a great moisturizer for dry hair, scalp and skin . Coconut oil is light, so it’s perfect for chicks with fine hair who suffer from dandruff and dry scalp. BONUS: You can also bake with coconut oil! Cooking with coconut oil has many health benefits. It aids in digestion, kills bacteria and  strengthens your immune system. You can find coconut oil at your local health food store. Please go to www.organicfacts.net for more information on coconut oil. If you’re allergic to coconut try flaxseed oil or avocado oil. 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree is one of the best healing oils. It’s a natural antibacterial disinfectant. One of the major hair/scalp benefits of tea tree oil is that it eliminates dandruff and scalp bacteria while adding moisture. Tea Tree oil is also great for men to use after haircuts…to help prevent razor bumps. Do not cook with tea tree oil! BONUS: Tea Tree oil is effective on burns, acne, warts, boils, etc. Caution: If you’re preggers (pregnant) or have sensitive skin, you should avoid using tea tree oil. Visit www.homeremediesweb.com for more information on tea tree oil.

Olive Oil:  one of the oldest and most common oils on the market today. Olive oil works wonders on dry damaged hair. If you have a dry hair issue more than dry scalp…this is the oil for you! BONUS: Olive oil is probably the most popular cooking oil today and cooking with olive oil has cardio vascular, digestive, and anti-cancer benefits. Visit www.whfood.org for more information on olive oil.

Do-It-Yourself  HOT OIL Treatment

1. Take your oil of choice and put it into an applicator bottle. Heat oil in the microwave for a few seconds (you can buy applicator bottles from your local beauty supply)

2. TEST OIL ON YOUR FINGER FIRST TO MAKE SURE THAT THE OIL IS NOT TOO HOT!

3. Apply oil to your scalp and massage in using your fingertips for 5-10 minutes.

4. Comb oil through hair from scalp to ends. 

5. Run hot water over a towel. Twist out excess water and wrap the warm towel around your head.

6.Place a plastic cap over the towel for 15-20 minutes. (optional)

7. Shampoo and condition hair thoroughly.

*Like everything in life…you get out what you put in! If you take care of your hair and scalp…healthy hair will grow out!

Healthy Hair Breakfast

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day… well it can definitely be an important meal for your hair! My clients want to know how to achieve maximum hair growth- fast! I usually recommend hair supplements because it’s easier than requesting that they change their eating habits. The truth is… the nutrients found in certain foods actually encourage hair growth, healthy skin and scalp more than any hair supplement. Above is a picture of my usual breakfast and I want to break down why my spinach, mushroom, and avocado scramble with green ice tea is the ultimate hair breakfast!

  • Green Tea: Filled with powerful antioxidants and protein. Great for the hair and skin! Green tea is also known for its anti-aging properties. BONUS: Not only is green tea a beauty gem, it prevents the growth of cancer cells and aids in weight loss. 
  • Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein which is awesome for the hair. BONUS: Eggs can also be used directly on the hair as a reconstructive hair treatment.
  • Spinach: Good source of vitamins A & C  which is great in helping produce your body’s natural hair conditioner -sebum!
  • Avocado: Good source of fiber, vitamin K and B6 .Vitamin B6 is needed to help break down proteins. This is great because a good hair diet is full of protein.
  • Crimini Mushrooms: Studies show that crimini mushrooms are a good source of B-12 which is amazing for your hair and body. BONUS: Crimini mushrooms are also good for the immune system.
  • Chicken Sausage Links: Not a meat-eater?? Okay, you can skip the chicken links but poultry is a high quality protein and it provides iron… excellent for healthy hair.

For more information about the nutrients found in the foods I’ve listed above go to www.webmd.com

Relaxed Chicks

Cover of "Good Hair"

Cover of Good Hair

To relax or not relax… that is the question! Well, there’s no right or wrong answer. I prefer that my clients with weak, fine, sensitive scalp, or color treated hair go natural. The reality is that hair relaxers are made up of chemicals. Chris Rock‘s documentary “Good Hair” shined an unflattering light on hair relaxer and the damage that it causes. I’m sure his documentary scared a lot of women natural. Half of my clients freed themselves from the “creamy crack” years ago but the other half are still hard-core relaxer addicts. I believe that it’s a personal choice and if your hair is able to flourish with a relaxer-I say, do you! My clients who have relaxers actually have beautiful healthy hair, but in order to achieve healthy relaxed hair you must follow a few rules. I’ve listed a couple of tips to help maintain relaxed hair.

  • Have a licensed professional hair stylist apply all chemical products to your hair! Look for a stylist who specializes in chemical services and hair careBreakage occurs when relaxer is overlapped. New growth only!
  • Commit to it! Breakage also occurs when you’re not consistent. Try to keep a  8-10 week schedule (depending on hair growth)
  • Moisture, Moisture, Moisture. Relaxers can strip hair of essential oils.  Maintain your relaxer by using shampoo and conditioner that add moisture. If your hair becomes overly dry…use olive oil as a hot oil treatment or a reconstructive hair masque.
  • Keep hair trimmed. When you trim your ends… you’re cutting off the oldest part of the hair. The ends tend to become dry and brittle over time and trimming your ends gives your hair a healthy appearance.

 

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