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Hair accessories

Our Favorite Winter Hair Accessories

Hair accessories

Accessories are the definitive way to absolutely transform one basic outfit into a myriad of other distinctive looks that are characterized by the precise flavor that the piece imparts. They are the greatest secret tool of the savvy fashionista–especially one on a budget, as with only a few style basics, the right accessories can make it look like there’s an unending supply, somewhere. Accessorizing requires some skill, a keen eye and staying up on all the latest options. The most readily thought of accessories tend to be jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, scarves and gloves, with little or no particular thoughts of accessories expressly for the hair. Hair accessories have become big business, and the varieties continue to build, as interest continues to grow.

Hair Accessories Through Time
Going back to the Renaissance and Middle Ages, hair accessories were prominent, with hats and specific ornamentation like a variety of snoods (hair nets,) and bun covers worn for both practical and aesthetic reasons. These early hand-knotted nets were typically brown, and later made fancier by the addition of jewels and golden threads interwoven throughout. As time moved forward, these rather primitive hair net accessories featured more and more customized decoration, with thicker cords, ribbons and beading decorative add-ons. During the Victorian and Edwardian eras, hair and hair/head embellishments became big. We remember the Gibson Girl, who took hair accessorizing to a whole new level, with bigger hair and bigger pieces added for flair. As hats of this period became larger and larger, hairstyles (and lovely, decorative hat pins) were developed to support them, like the Pompadour. There were large fresh flower blooms, all types of feathers and plumage, large shell, amber and bone hairpins, and a variety of decorative combs, such as the Mantilla combs. New, synthetic materials like bakelite and celluloid helped to broaden the scope of hair accessory designs. Many women owned “Hair receivers,” which were decorative pots into which their hair from combs and brushes would be stored, and when there was enough, the hair would be formed into “rats,” which were used as underlays or armatures beneath the hair, to create more natural looking fullness.

Not That Much Has Changed
Fast forward to the winter of 2015-2016, and we find that with minimal exception, today’s women are still incorporating the very same style elements for hair–and right down to the “rats” to plump up hairstyles, but we generally buy them, rather than saving them from our brushes. As with many hairstyles worn by our predecessors, there seems to be an endless stream of new updo styles, and particularly braided ones–that serve as the ideal spot for one or more attractive accessories.

Woman wearing headband.

Looking at headband options, you’ll find a wealth of designs that can range from diminutive, barely there metal materials uniquely crafted, and often embellished with gemstones and more–to larger, more head-covering headbands of fabric. Metalwork in headbands comes close to taking on an almost “tiara-like” appearance, from a menagerie of stars, swirls and rhinestones that add instant brilliance to any look. The fabric types can be the more familiar round, completely connected piece that stretches for wear, and there are a lot of really cool things going on with the covered headbands that run from behind one ear to the other. To these basic covered hair bands, there are different effects with braided fabrics and formed bows as attachments that rock a hairstyle. Turban type headbands made of fabric can also feature intricate beading and metallic accents that make many suitable for evening wear. As for colors–most are neutral, ranging from all the metallics to blacks and browns, with occasional red or darker tones here and there, but not much color drama. Be sure to check out pear Tilbury headbands–a top design.

Other Hair Glam
Interesting details are available in this winter’s array of hair clips, with larger basic clips and unique embellishments added to others. Ornamental bobby pins are big business, with beautiful metallic artwork featuring pearl and gemstone accents attached to either the bend, or the entire top side. And things just keep moving along, when it comes to new renditions of the once, lone ponytail-securing elastic band. These–now collectively called hair ties, are coming out in newly formulated materials that serve to effectively grip the hair while being extra kind to it and preventing breakage common with the old school devices. Fabric-covered stretch ponytail holders open up a whole new range of styling options for mix and match with wardrobe items. The trend of repurposing old and vintage brooches as hair accessories continues, with the sky being the limit here. Each one is a timeless representation of old style excellence for today’s hair.


Cute Hats to Warm Your Head

Stylish woman wearing a hat

With winter fully kicked into gear, things are getting pretty chilly, and the more acclimated the area is to snow and blizzards where you live, the likely everything will be business as usual, no matter what the weather decides to do this year. Now, this could mean a lot of different things to you, depending on your lifestyle, but there’s one thing that will be pretty much the same, across the board: the requirement to dress to stay warm. Chances are, you’ve already been wearing your winter coat, and by now, you might have broken in those new winter boots. Gloves? Check. Umbrella? Check. Hat?

Now, You Can Have Both!
Thankfully, the days of the utility winter hat are long gone. Those times always gave you a clear cut choice between either being warm and ugly or totally styling, but frozen. Now, there are wonderful styles that really keep you warm, being top on both fronts. There’s a whole new level of designer awareness that has obviously gone into providing consumers with what they’ve been needing and wanting for a long time now.

Whistles’ Winter Hats
Whistles Women’s Clothing has some adorable winter hats that give all the fun fashion associated with summer hats, but with warming capabilities. They offer a precious array of winter fedoras made of warm, soft felt. Likewise, on the felt kick, check out their fun, floppy hats that you’ve seen in straw, but these are felt, for super winter warmth. Their faux fur hats give you extra protection and PETA won’t be able to say a thing about it.

Nordstrom Niceties
The adorable BCBG MAXAZRIA ‘Winter Veil’ Beanie with Genuine Fur Pompom is a delightfully designed winter hat that you can even wash by hand and lay flat to dry. The embellishment of a lovely veil overlay makes this one a game changer of a knit beanie. It’s topped with a cuddly soft angora rabbit fur pompom. The Helene Berman Wool Blend Cap With Veil is another veiled design, with accent pieces on the netted veil that add luxe glam to this warm, wool-blend cap, imported from Italy.

Liberty London
Liberty London has one of the best collections of winter hats on the Internet, and they’re offered in every possible style, too. Check out their whimsical Awon Golding Blue Pitt Beaded Pinokpok Hat, which is full of whimsy and delightfully oversized. This outsized disc features bugle beads and a giant ostrich pompom and splice details that will make an entrance really special. Liberty London has the best designer hats for winter. Check out their cozy beanie hats with precious cat ear details. Lovely ribbed beanie hats in a myriad of colors, a nice winter array of cashmere beanies and fun, floppy brim fedoras in unique colors are just part of the collection.

This is the definitive place to go for slouch hats. Their Cappuccino Alpaca Slouch Beanie Hat with Caramel Rabbit Fur Bow is a total game changer for warm, winter style. This adorable stretchy knit beanie is full-slouch chic while being wonderfully warm. Cute little rabbit fur bow that allows for you to change how you wear this one. Can be worn as a slouch beanie, or fully pulled down for added warmth on super chill days. A cozy blend of alpaca, wool and acrylic that feels like cashmere, from France. The Desiderata Black Fur Felt Hat comes entirely handcrafted from Italy and is truly chic and contemporary. Made with the finest finish rabbit fur felt. An elegant showpiece that is finished with lovely details including a discreet logo in gold.

Woman with blue hair

Blue Hair Inspiration

Woman with blue hair

Looks like the next big color trend in hair is set to go full-tilt blue, and for anyone who remembers– celeb Demi Lovato made the transition back in October 2013. The Smurf-blue tresses, for anyone who is interested, are all over Pinterest, and in a variety of forms, if you’re interested. While Lovato credits her particular method of Unite Blonda Shampoo for prep and multi-dyes of different blues and greens for success, it’s not the only way to go blue. Since that time, Lovato has done practically everything possible that can be done with blue to hair, and she’s rocked every style.

Who’s Gone Blue?
Among the all-blue celebs who’ve picked blue for their signature hair tone are Kelly Ripa, Nicole Richie, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kat Von D., Gwen Stefani, T.R. Knight, Kells, Juliette Lewis, Katy Perry, Kate Winslet, Rita Ora, Cher Lloyd and Kylie Jenner.

Semi Blue Too?
Others who have either streaked blue, dip-dyed blue or added blue extensions are Selena Gomez, Jessie J., Lily Allen, Liza Minelli, Adrien Brody, Adam Lambert, Jaime King and Ke$ha, just to name a few.

Woman with semi-blue hair.

Get the Look
Going blue involves making some decisions before you begin. First and foremost, you must understand that the only way to go blue and look blue is to begin with a blank canvas–or more specifically, a no-color slate. This means anyone with dark blond, brown to darker hair coloring must first remove the color by bleaching their hair. Once bleaching has been successfully completed, practically any color applied to it next will “take.” This being said, even though bleached white hair is absolutely prime for immediate absorption of any color deposit, due to the chemistry involved, the bold blue color you first produce will fade over time, and eventually become a color you’ll want to do something about.

Get the Color
You’ll need to choose the shade of blue, too. You can go baby blue, a cold gray-steel blue, royal blue, teal blue, navy blue, and many other shades. Just keep in mind that the darker you go, the quicker you’ll lose that color when shampooing. Manic Panic sells both the bleach and all the vibrant colors in their High Voltage line, which are formulated to glow in the dark. The company features ten different shades of blue, so do some homework before diving into a specific color you might see at a brick and mortar store. Other leading brands are Amplified Hair Color, Jem Amplified Hair Color and Manic Panic Dye Hard, which glows in the dark. Make sure to apply petroleum jelly like Vaseline to any area of skin that could come in contact with the dye, for obvious reasons. Try leaving the dye on as long as possible, even all night works. The longer, the better!

Keep the Color
Try to wash your blue hair less often, and only use super gentle shampoo and conditioner. Avoid hair products like gels and hairspray that can remove color. You might try dry shampoo, however, the darker your blue is, the lighter the dry shampoo will (temporarily) turn it.

You can DIY with your own mix of powder lightener and 40 volume creme developer. Your hair will turn a lot of colors like orange and yellow before it hits white, and sometimes you’ll need to bleach your hair a few times before you get that desired neutral white you’re wanting. Just remember the whiter your hair, the truer your blue will be. Bleaching to white will really dry out your hair, so you’ll need to apply some TLC conditioner to it, after.

Jennifer Lawrence

Top Celeb Hair Updates of 2015

With the whole New Year thing here again, the trend of change is in the air–with everyone imagining new selves, new identities and new, flirty flair. While some changes, like going back to school, weight loss, quitting the tobacco habit and skin care improvements are all certainly worthy aspirations, they generally take a while to either get noticed or they (like quitting habits,) take a while to make sure they were 100% effective. Your hair, on the other hand, is something you can always change, and even the more conservative alterations tend to show up and get noticed by others, right away. No one changes their hair more than Hollywood celebs, who are not only striving to stay ahead of the trends, but also must frequently change their hair and more for a role they’re playing. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they have the top stylists to keep them coiffed. As coming up with the style or cut is where these talented A-lister stylists shine, you can thankfully take what they’ve created and present it to your local trusted lock-trimmer. Here are some celeb hair updates you’ll surely love.

Rachel McAdams

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Rachel McAdams
Looks like R. McAdams has found an all-out flattering color and cut, with her new bob, of subtly-layered tresses. Perfect for her fine hair, it’s cut with a smattering of thinner, piece-y ends that playfully flirt with her face, at her jawline. Her rock-anywhere new do features a side part, revealing her multilayering of blonde shades integrating both golden and ash tones for dimension.

Georgia May Jagger
Georgia May’s multidimensional layers of dark to blonde shine like nobody’s business, and as she’s attempting an uneventful bangs grow out, Ms. Jagger pulls a “can’t beat-em, join-em” move by adding in a few longer but shorter strands to frame her face in an “I’m with the bangs” sort of style. Result? Looks intentional, and kills.

Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence
Shockingly layered blonde streaks that represent the higher octaves of the blonde composition, JL totally rocks the move to bleach-blonde her way into a dramatic transformation. It’s her best color, by far, and her do for premiering The Hunger Games’ last installment. Coupled with her edgy multi-ended new cut that falls about midway from the shoulders to the jawline, she’s been hot on the new trending deep plums that are exquisite and stunning, particularly for blondes, apparently.

Khloe Kardashian
Possibly following a little in sister Kim’s footsteps, Khloe K. went radically all-blonde earlier this year, with everything from a more honey-toned base to the multidimensional shades up to platinum. Most recently, the estranged wife of Lamar Odom chopped off those long tresses and went for an LOB (long bob), and she rocked it. Looking nothing like a Kardashian, Khloe’s cut hits just above the collarbone, with blunt-cut ends and layering throughout the top which gives super texture and increases the movement. Gives her a more sophisticated, mature look, with no less beauty, of course!

Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus
Insider sources tell us that Liam Hemsworth has not stepped down even an inch in the heart of MC, who still carries a–no, THE torch for her ex, with whom she parted ways in 2013. It’s rumored that Hemsworth loved her longer hair, and because of this, she’s growing out her trademark short, short tresses she’s sported the last two years. Cyrus apparently clipped all her “Liam-loved” long hair just before the two went their separate ways. Her new look is longer–almost shoulder length now, with her dark brown roots blending into those bleached blonde tips of her shorter look. Fringed bangs complete the deal. Will this work? We’ll be watching.

Woman getting haircut

Dry Cuts: Why They Are so Great

Woman getting haircut

It’s funny, the particulars we tend to notice and those that go on without our ever paying attention–even when they directly have an effect on us, like our hair, in particular. Among a group comprised of many women of all ages and cultures, most had no vague idea of how a dry haircut might compare to one performed on wet hair. Men do it all the time–get their dry hair cut completely dry, regardless of whether it’s done with them seated in the chair of a barber or a hair stylist in a salon. There is no washing, conditioning or towel drying–just straight to the haircut. While not all women’s haircuts are performed when their hair is wet, most are. Have you ever wondered what the difference might be, or even if a difference exists between the two approaches?

Hair Has Growth Patterns
When your hair is dry, the stylist can visualize and feel the way your hair naturally grows, unlike when it’s wet, and all the particular nuances of how your hair projects from the scalp and waves are masked by the water. This means cutting it before they wash it and blow it dry, too, as the act of blowing it dry forces the hair to the particular shape that the heat and brushes make it acquire. When cutting wet hair, it can be a bit of a guessing game that involves more of a “one style fits all” format which just doesn’t work, for many reasons. Your hair does not grow out of your scalp perfectly evenly all the way around. Some areas have more of a concentration of hair than others. This is much easier to distinguish when working with your previously untouched hair. Dry cutting allows your stylist (and you) a view of what your hair will look like, ultimately.

Dry vs. Wet Details
When your hair has just been cut wet, and then blown dry, you really have no idea of what it’s going to look like a few days later after you’ve washed it and dried it at home. By cutting it dry, it gives you the ability to work together with your stylist to get the exact cut you want. Particularly when someone has thick hair that needs to be thinned out with the right cut, the only way to ensure this is to cut the unwashed hair while it’s dry. Wet hair can often obscure irregularities like cowlicks that tremendously affect the way the hair looks when dry.

Woman with curly hair getting a haircut.

Dry Cuts for Curly Hair
Naturally curly hair grows in established patterns that can only be identified in hair that has been left alone to fall naturally. When your hairstylist can visualize these curl patterns, he or she can truly give your unique hair the best possible cut. Curly hair becomes a lot longer when it’s wet, not only because the curls are straightened, but also because there’s no way to gauge how much the hair actually curls–how big the curls are and where the most concentrated curls happen to grow. Some parts of hair are simply curlier than others.

Keep it Smooth and Real
Cutting wet hair tends to pull on it, stretching it out with each time it’s combed even for a snip.  Dry cuts produce less damage with fewer split ends overall. They’re just cleaner cuts, overall. Results from well-cut dry hair naturally just hold their shape better as they grow out, keeping your hair looking like an actual style far longer. And a dry cut doesn’t mean that you have to forego the luxurious wash–You can enjoy that part following your cut.

Be Prepared
Dry haircuts generally take longer, which can make them more expensive. Typically, cutting the hair while dry will take the good part of an hour, and the better salons charge between $80 up to $350, depending on the detailing of the cut and the length of your hair. Make sure the stylist who dry cuts your hair is experienced in the technique, as it’s a different process altogether. You’ll typically find the dry cut pros in the bigger cities.


Winter Wedding Looks

Bride and groom. Winter wedding.

Being a winter bride has a special form of significance–kind of like being a rare snow queen being especially showcased in cameo style. By arranging your wedding to take place during the colder months of winter, you can enjoy a special measure of attention that’s all yours–particularly as winter weddings are not as thought of as frequently as those months during which warm weather is expected and dry weather is what’s hoped for. Excluding the possibility of an ocean side wedding on the beach or another equally romantic outdoor location for the festivities, there are many wonderful ways in which your winter wedding can truly celebrate the season in a signature style. Many of these custom details are not possible to pull off when a wedding takes place in the fall, spring or summer.

Become the Snow Bride
A winter wedding gives you the ideal opportunity to rock the whole white thing, with white being the entire color of any self-respecting wintertime ambiance. In addition to your winter white gown, veil and accessories, create a dreamy world of white to the sides, up above and below. Wedding designers are doing a lot of fantastic things with twigs on up to full trees that can be painted white and woven into arbors, trellises and placed all around, for a true wintry effect. White options for floor decor just need to be safe and support a large volume of traffic. Bring in white temporary flooring from a staging and lighting company. Tabletop arrangements can include lovely snow globes that you can order with a personalized bride and groom inside. What a wonderful area to create a fantasy snow feeling for your guests! Take advantage of the chill in planning your reception fare–with heartier menu and food options that feature more heated dishes. You can serve some wonderful hot chocolates and coffee drinks at a special “hot chocolate bar,” stocked with every imaginable add-in, like mini-marshmallows, candy canes, cinnamon sticks, and milk chocolate chips. And don’t forget the perfect alcohol companion add-ins, like Kahlua, Disaronno, RumChata and Pinnacle Salted Caramel. This is an excellent opportunity to serve other yummy hot toddies like hot buttered rum cider and Russian tea. When you depart, make it snow, with white confetti! And if your winter wedding happens to take place somewhere without snow–make it happen! By creating your own reception snow, it’ll even be more special for everyone. Your younger guests (and those younger at heart) can enjoy some sledding on inexpensive plastic sleds you provide, make snowmen and enjoy snowball play.

Your Fun Choices
Even if you plan on going strictly conventional, you can take advantage of the reception and some photos to add to your “straight” look, a warm, furry vintage jacket and mittens…or you and your groom can don some festive winter scarves as accent pieces after the ceremony. Why not include some cute winter footwear that’s hidden below your gown?

Winter Footwear for the Bride
What about slipping your altar-bound feet into a pair of cute rain-Wellies or perhaps some rubber snow boots that come printed with a wedding motif? Lots of brides are opting for some whimsical and surprising rubber boot footwear beneath conventional layers of silk, satin and lace. Looking around on Pinterest, you can get some gorgeous ideas for adding ultra-feminine touches of ribbons, bows and more for snazzing up those winter staples. You can even snag some gorgeous full-western designed rubber boots for women-replete with fun and trendy patterned designs. They’ll be a lot more comfy, and especially when you and your new Mr. hit the dancefloor! Check out for starting your search among reasonable prices.

Bride holding a rose bouquet

Your Gorgeous Winter Bouquet Options
Your winter options truly expand the range of lovely inclusions like pine cones, baby’s breath and mistletoe. These can be added au naturel, or painted a beautiful white for special serenity. The flowers most closely associated with winter favorites are freesias, dusty miller, poinsettias and lilies, and your choice to go all-roses is excellent in the winter–mix in some snow-like baby’s breath for a perfect match. Your choice to go all-white or to add in color is safe for a winter bouquet, with the top colors being gold and silver. Why not add only one– smattering of ruby red lusciousness to match your solo makeup feature of ruby red lips? Just make sure to evaluate each potential color addition. One thing about a wintertime color arrangement to any aspect is to let white dominate. The shape is wide open, from a cascading effect to the simple, hand-tied touch.

Woma with a hair bun.

Statement Hair for Holiday Occasions

It’s the holiday season! This is the time of year with the most highly concentrated number of significant holidays to be found, the whole year. Certainly, there is no other time during our annual 365 day spin around the sun when there are more festivities amid a sizeable spread of occasions to get out and be seen. Have you decided how you want to show up at these various venues, from mall shopping to your corporate holiday fare? What will your look convey to other attendees? How do you want your hair to represent you? The style in which you design your hair has a lot to say about the way you feel on the inside–both from a philosophical point of view as well as the particular mood you currently happen to be in.

Show What You Want
All of a sudden, your hairstyle takes on a lot more gravity, when in consideration of its ability to communicate silent messages to the world at large about information you typically aren’t even aware of. To start, there must be a strategic blending of the look you like the most and the range of possibilities pertaining to what can be done with your specific hair type. Regardless of whether you’re going to a stylist who knows you, inside and out–or someone you’ve never met previously–one of the best ways to communicate your vision effectively is to bring photos. Sometimes certain celebrity-inspired hairstyles are either impractical or cannot be replicated from one distinct hair type to another. Compare textures, thickness and lengths first. Also, it’s important to know that these photo glossies of celebs are often photoshopped, or at least, the subject’s hair has been precisely styled, with the celeb remaining virtually motionless for the shoot. The manner in which their hair might respond to movement and environmental factors could produce an altogether different look.

First off, in determining the style you want, assign to it a category. Will it involve relaxing or straightening? Will it be up, down or half-up? Do you want to convey power, softness, availability, intellectuality, generosity, corporate belonging, or perhaps you’d prefer to show your more flamboyant side? These are all categorical details that your hairstyle will have said about you by the time you reach the center of the room.

Woma with a hair bun.

Updos convey a certain sophistication, right off the bat. There’s a lot of room to play, within this category, as buns–regardless of placement and tidy/messy, always convey power, intelligence and a corporate or academic sort of mentality. Take that gathered hair, before forming it into a bun–call it a ponytail, and you almost portray the polar opposite: playful, casual, energetic and somewhat unrestricted. Braids are updos deserving their own category. French twist wizardry is always an option. You’ll need some statement earrings with one.

Woman with braided hairstyle

Holiday Happenings and Braids
There is no other hairstyle that embraces such a wide range of attitudes as braids. Whereas braids in women’s hair at one time, signaled simplicity, subservience and a certain compliance, today’s women have exalted braids to a level of absolute artistry. If your hair is long enough to be braided, you owe it to yourself to explore the vast scope of braiding techniques available to you, for an enviable presence at any holiday occasion. One thing’s for sure–you’ll come off as anything BUT simple!

Woman with an unpinned hairstyle

Unpinned Hairstyles
Ungathered, unclamped and unrestricted tresses lend themselves to a myriad of styling. Heat curl with clampless wands, and ditch the brush for a minimal finger-combing. Spray with one of the cool new flexible hold hairsprays and dance the night away.

Woman holding her hair

Volumizing for Thin Hair

Woman holding her hair

Is there any woman who is absolutely content with the state of their hair? Particularly when it comes down to volume–when women are discussing their hair, the conversation typically centers around the ones who feel their hair is too thin, and those who hate how thick their hair is. All in all, there seem to be a number of women who would give their all to have thicker hair, and especially in specific instances.

More Volume Where it’s Truly Needed
All-over thicker hair, and more volume in general, is not exactly what any woman wants. It is more about being able to easily produce volume in the desired spots that best complement any specific hairstyle. It’s about hair control, and being able to form your hair into the precise shapes that any style requires. No such thing would be possible without strategic formulations, procedures and tools to pull it off. Fortunately, women today have a wealth of products to help and assist them in producing strategic volume where it will look best, while simultaneously allowing them to leave other sections of any hairstyle less voluminous for desired effects.

Where it All Begins
Make sure you start with a clean slate. Hair that is weighted down by a number of products can be a major deterrent to volume. Make sure to add a powerfully cleansing shampoo to your collection, that comes dedicated to clearing your scalp and invigorating the boost of your hair’s roots. Look for ingredients like coconut, almond, soybean and sunflower oils that are proven volume-producers.

Fill up on Filloxane
Studies have shown how almost half of all women contend with worries over how their hair is thinning. There is good news for these women and many others who might have such concerns. The keyword is “Filloxane.” This proven hair thickening agent remarkably inserts itself right into the shaft of the hair, which results in a thickness from inside the hair shaft. Look for this key ingredient in the hair products you select. You’ll find it in shampoos, in-shower treatments and specially formulated conditioners.

Roots Down
Before going to bed, arrange your hair up, on top of your head, thereby pulling it from the roots upward. Take strands from there and twist into curls that are secured with bobby pins for tomorrow’s hairstyle. And when you blow dry your hair, do it upside down, which gives the roots an added boost for ensured volume.

Add-Ins You Can Use
There are many dry shampoos on the market that can double as hair volumizers. In addition to products specifically formulated for adding dry volume, these hair volumizers are wonderful for not only adding volume, but at the same time, adding an awesome control to everything you want to do, including teasing and updos. And what is amazing is that even when you don’t have any specific volume-adding products and you need volumizing on the fly, look no further than your pantry, spice cabinet or bathroom. Try using the best-colored product to match your hair color. Cocoa powder works great to volumize darker shades, and talcum powder can be exactly what’s needed to lift those lighter colored locks.

Skyler Samuels

Hairstyles Inspired by Scream Queens

Skyler Samuels

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If you’ve gotten hooked into the wildly fascinating, darkly humored show Scream Queens, you should check this rapid fire show full of Chanels. This spooky-themed show from Ryan Murphy borders more on comedy, but everyone want to know more about the hairstyles. The show’s main character Chanel has sidekicks–or minions who absolutely worship her, doing everything she tells them to and wants from them. In exchange, they receive popularity and the supreme position at school. Self-possessed Chanel cares so little about these three that she literally calls them Chanel number two, Chanel number three and Chanel number five. She doesn’t even know what their real names are, and she doesn’t care what they are, either. Recently, Jennifer Johnson (Gossip Girl,) the show’s main hairstylist revealed to the world a lot of details regarding the way she designs the hairstyles for all the show’s beauties, along with their flashy hair accessories. Inquiring minds–of fans who’ve become entranced by this show since it first aired in September–want to know.

A Little Goes a Long Way
Among the questions, Jennifer Johnson’s been answering are some pressing ones regarding the potential for Lea Michele’s character getting a makeover. Johnson credits her five years of work on Gossip Girl for giving her the expertise to be able to pull off her high tone styles with such an apparent ease. She enjoys the fact that her hairstyling history speaks for itself among everyone in the biz. Skyler Samuels plays Grace, and has admitted being a diehard fan of the series, sharing how she and her mom would always watch the show so that they could do the same hairstyles themselves. She confesses that many times, she’ll take a Gossip Girl hair design and tweak it to become a do for the new show. Anytime Johnson is questioned about makeovers and glam effects, her default answer is to tell the questioner to “Tune in to watch the show and you’ll see.”

How They Do it and Manage to Keep Their Hair in Place
All the antics and special features are a bit demanding of the girls’ hair, and a lot more than in the show “Gossip Girl.” In order to make sure the hairdos remain in place throughout, it’s all about the products that really work and hold. Especially as the girls on this show are known to do most of their own stunts. Without the right products, it could be a disaster. And as far as accessories go, the Chanel’s impressive hair accessories–which are a huge focal point of the series–from chains to barrettes–an insider secret. Most of these cool finds are from Etsy and Ricky’s NYC. Earmuffs come from Kizmuffs. These were Billie Lourd’s pastel ear covers–the Chanel number three.

Woman with braided hair

How to Get Bigger Fluffier Braids

Woman with braided hair

Here you are, with another social engagement on your calendar, and you may have already decided what you will wear, shoes, lipstick color, jewelry and perfume. Of course, you can just show up with the hairstyle you always wear–your trademark–you know, the one that makes it a no-fail for friends and family who might ever need to identify you in the most crowded of people configurations. You could just mindlessly brush that hair and gather it all into a flat but easy high ponytail that has your name all over it. You could even go with just brushing or running your fingers through your tresses and be done. You could get wild and do a side braid OR–try this trick that has everyone pouring through the Internet to find the stuff on the fluff–aka tutorials on the how-to for adding fluffy to otherwise flat braids.

Controlled Fluff Comes Into its Own
At first glance, the words “fluffy” and “braid” would seem to be at opposing ends of the spectrum of anything–fluffy conjuring up imagery of airy, light and freely unrestricted. Braids, on the other hand are essentially a form of controlling the hair within a woven pattern that is anything but loose and free. At least, that’s what we’ve all been thinking until now. Regardless of the type of hair you have, spanning the whole range of possibilities, you can create a big, dramatic style that manages to pull your hair back and away from your face but keep it more feminine and interesting, with uncommon dimension.

What Helps
There are a few tricks that make it easier to render a heightened degree of fluff and volume to the most lifeless, limp and lazy hair. One is to never attempt any braided anything with freshly shampooed hair, dry or wet. There is no time when your hair is going to be silkier and less interested in grabbing itself in any lasting fashion. Might sound opposite of anything your mom taught you, but don’t wash your hair right before or the day of any occasion that might include your hair, and a special braided look you’re going for. Next-day-hair is always better, and two-days-out hair is supreme. Any longer, and you’re on your own. Just sayin’. And another great hack for style control is the dry shampoo products out there. Some are in powder form, which offer limited application control, but will work when that’s all you have. The ones that are aerosol sprays are the best. And if you don’t have either form, you can always sub talcum powder or cornstarch for lighter shades of hair and cocoa powder for dark shades, and for medium shades, try mixing the two. These immediately give your hair the support to support your hair effort to go big. Going big and fluffy, contrary to a prevalent misgiving, does not have to involve the adding of hair extensions. If you love ‘em, don’t stop, but you can go without them and you’ll be fine.

Woman with braided hair

The Trending Focus
You’re going to see the most fluffy effects trending right now with fishtail braids. There are some amazing styles that involve a lot of cool braiding effects to check out. Here is the basic how-to for growing the fluff and volume of any braid:

  • With any braid, it always helps to add a visual fluff when you begin a bit away from the scalp. Many actually begin lower even, with the hair ungathered in a poof preceding the point where the braiding begins. But once you have braided all the way down to the end, secure the braid with a clear, elastic thingy.
  • Begin a process of semi-pancaking. Beginning at the top of the braid, start loosening up the sections, one by one, all the way down to the end.
  • Pull on the top section preceding the braid to give it more fullness.
  • The braid may almost feel like it is going to separate completely, but this is where you go in with bobby pins hidden but securely holding the braid in place. Also, with each loosening progression, give it a light spray with hairspray and let dry before going on.
  • Once done, give the whole braid and “non-braid” a securing with hairspray. Check for any bobby pins that might be showing.

Bigger? Done. Fluffy? Done.