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Woman dyeing her hair.

How to Avoid Brassy Hair

Woman dyeing her hair.

One of the most frequent sources of remedy-seeking calls made to the beauty hotlines and the rest is from desperate people who, in an effort to go blonde, somehow wound up orange, pinky-orange, brassy or some other non-blonde color that is nothing closely resembling the color of hair on the head of the model pictured on the box. While some folks are at least smart enough to stop here and seek professional mitigation, there are quite a few brazen others who, taking matters into their own unprofessional hands, try to fix their mistake, and in doing so, often wind up producing colors and hues that appear even further away from blonde on any color chart.

Bleaching Causatives
The source of brassiness is not always a direct product of a dye job– well, at least not immediately following the process. Sometimes, it’s a bit later on that the brass hue begins to appear, growing more and more in boldness with time. Often, the possibility of producing a brass effect directly correlates to how dark, or far away from blonde the person’s natural hair coloring is. In other words, someone with black hair will have a much greater tendency of a brassy final product than someone with dark to medium blonde hair who is wanting to go to a lighter shade of blonde. Darker hair has more pigment, and the more pigment there is needing to be lifted, the more challenging it is for the colorant to adequately lift the darker colors. This is where you should either really know your stuff or seek the services of a professional hair colorist with enough successful color lifting experience on darker haired clients. The better the color is lifted in the initial process, the less likely it will be to turn brassy at any later point.

Improper Care of Your Color
Aside from processed brassiness, there are a lot of ways in which you can aggravate or prevent having a brassy color of blonde locks.
Stay away from the color red, in any hair care product, no matter how you might need to use any of the sort in a pinch. One time can produce lasting results.

Shampoos that you use on lightened hair should be either formulated expressly to support the color of your hair, and/or be free of a lot of harsh detergent-type ingredients. They should be gentle and not contain any ingredients known to interfere in any way with your achieved color. Stay clear of parabens, sulfates and shampoos containing silicones, as these all can strip away that lovely color and turn it to brassiness. Believe it or not, a violet toned shampoo is going to be your best bet for blonde hair. The violet perfectly counteracts any brassiness, and will not leave any purple–or purple undertones in your hair.

Steer clear of all innocent, in-between processing products that bear any claims of having hair lightening potential, for all the reasons you might imagine–even something as seemingly innocuous as lemon juice can prove disastrous to chemically lightened hair.

Let’s keep the word “brass” where it belongs–either when referring to home furnishings, machine fittings or the symphony.

Woman with stylish hair highlights

Hair Color Trend Alert: Pumpkin Spice

Woman with stylish hair highlights

Everything starts coming up pumpkin spice in the fall. Of course, everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice latte makes its triumphant return to Starbucks, sending coffee lovers into a frenzy. But you’ll also start to see pumpkin spice making the rounds in cookies, cakes, donuts and other treats. Even scented candles get the popular pumpkin spice treatment.

Now you can enjoy not just the delicious taste of pumpkin spice, but also the beautiful look of it. This season’s hot hair color trend is inspired by the taste sensation that has everyone welcoming the return of fall. Pumpkin spice hair is a vibrant and warm color that will turn heads and have you looking right at home with the changing leaves.

Here are a few tips for getting this look for yourself:

Go to a Professional
Do not try this at home. Red hair dye is persnickety enough as it is, and pumpkin spice is a specialty color that requires a precise blending of hues to get right. You can’t get this color out of a box.

Go to a professional to get the precise color. Your colorist may also need to lift or color correct your current shade to provide the right base for the new color. These are things you would not be able to do at home — and likely don’t even know that you need to do.

Consider a Custom Blend
You don’t have to choose an all-over color to get this look. Consider changing up the color to rock a unique twist on the trend. For example, you might talk to your stylist about an ombre blend of pumpkin spice and another color in the red family. Or you might choose to add streaks of ruby or auburn to cut through the pumpkin spice and add dimension.

Talk to your stylist about the options to get a better understanding of what you might like and what might look best on you.

Get the Right Hair Care Products
Red hair dye fades out faster than other colors. Pumpkin spice is a specialty blend that will quickly turn to a generic copper hue before then fading out to a brownish/blondish hue, depending on the intensity. You need to purchase the right hair care products to protect the color and to make it last longer.

One of the most important things you’ll need is a quality sulfate-free shampoo that won’t strip the hair. Stay away from shampoos designed to enhance red hair. These are made to deposit red dye into the hair as you wash, and the colors in the shampoo can shift the balance of your color away from the pumpkin spice your stylist so painstakingly created.

So what are you waiting for? The weather is getting colder, and a trip to the salon for a whole new look is just what you need to feel reinvigorated. Why not try out this warm, new color that will leave you looking radiant and fresh? Plus, you’ll be right on trend.

Woman getting her hair styled.

Sizzling Hot Hair Trends to Try Now!

Woman getting her hair styled. /

Looking for a way to do a makeover that’ll give you a whole new take on things without a whole lot of over the top work and effort? Why not do something with your hair that will show the world that you are certainly up on the latest and the greatest. There are some really hot hair trends that are so distinctive they’re impossible to confuse with any other time.

hair bun

The Bun is Back
The newly trending bun is back, and hotter than ever, with a new character, from a prominently lower position, more at the nape of the neck. Works for casual, work and those dressy affairs, seamlessly and with changing up some accompanying accessories, the difference is distinguishable. This bun begins with a sharply lined center part. Taking the back section of your hair and all but a couple inches of the side sections moving toward the face and secure with an elastic ponytail holder. That section is to be rolled upward toward the head and then pinned to the head. Next, using the two side sections left out earlier, take them one at a time and wrap each one around the rolled up section and pin them to stay put. Top with an adequate spritz of shape-securing hair spray. Another type of bun is emerging as a tousled topknot, that is a messier form with great effects. Stick some antique chopsticks through this one, or other oddities for extra charm. Purposely leave out protruding ends and strands that dangle.

Ponytail hairstyle

Ponytail Styles
The ponytail is morphing into new and distinctive forms of flair for today’s hottest women. You’ve surely seen the low, low gathered ponytail, which is huge right now. Almost appearing to be an afterthought, this ponytail is super sexy and enticing. To dress it up, secure with some flashy metallic wrap or antique jeweled broach. The traditional higher ponytail is still in demand, but the modern one features purposefully pulling on precise strands of the ponytail to create some pouf and upward flounce on the other side of the elastic band that’s holding the do. All kinds of effects can be rendered to the ponytail itself, with interspersed crimping–not all of it, just some. Another effect is to curl large or small sections of the ponytail with a curling iron or pin curls–or take sections and braid them. When ready, either rake fingers through for a messy beauty, or try one of the new volumizing and mattifying powders for hair, and some brisk teasing for a bouncy, full and impressive statement-ponytail. It’s said that these effects are easier to accomplish on hair that has not been washed in a few days.

French twist hairstyle

A Twist on the French One
With a new wild, unkempt charm, the French twist is back. The once super-straight, conservative school marm French twist is out, and the new French do is in. Anything but straight, and more tousled and even lopsided, the “now” French twist has managed to turn yesterday’s “off limits” to today’s best sexy-aloof hairstyle, with tons of charm. Dry shampoo helps to secure these twists, and the fingers are used to make grooves in the hair as it is gathered and wrapped/rolled together, from the crown on down, being secured by bobby pins that are U-shaped as you go. The bottom can either be left protruding but somewhat gathered by bobby pins, or it can be further wound and stuffed back into the twist, next to the head. Leave some strands out. Then spray liberally.

Stylish man with bun hairstyle

Man Buns

Stylish man with bun hairstyle

If, upon reading the headline here, your eyes rapidly darted just below, to find the associated content that followed– in some type of eager expectation of finding a description, expose or promiscuous diatribe focused upon a specific area of the male anatomy, sorry to disappoint you. Anything of that nature is not what you will find here. We’re talking about what might be loosely considered to be an anatomical component, although it is certainly no longer a vital part of the living body. No, what you will find here is a foray on a currently trending hairstyle, and one that is being taken up by members of the male species. Not that women’s hair is excluded in any way from this style, but this is more based on a hairstyle that is new to men, and at the same time is not so particularly noteworthy, from being nothing new to women at all.

A Little Knowledge is Helpful
No, what you will find here is a somewhat brief attempt to showcase/explain/justify the latest burgeoning man-trend fashion of man-buns. The first thing to know about them is that they make a loud and proud (but particular) statement, and anyone should first learn about how wearing man braids will define them before they clip one or a couple onto their man head. Whether your hair is long enough to form your own man-bun or you must go buy one to wear whenever the “man bun” mood strikes, sporting a man bun is one of the bolder fashion statements you can make. When worn in the right circles, a man bun can immediately credit you with a certain belonging that might never be possible otherwise.

Benefits of a Clip-On
While the purchasable variety has received a market value of around $65, you can pick one up for under $10, plus S&H, and the clip on variety will allow you the freedom to switch modes, back and forth, as you are so inspired. This price range will give you your very own man bun made from artificial hair, and with the wide variety of colors available, you should be able to match one to your own hair color without too much difficulty.

Worth the Risk?
There are concerns over how going to the man bun as your default hair-wear could wind up balding you. A condition known as Traction Alopecia can occur when the hair is kept pulled tightly back regularly–after a while. This condition gets worse with time, and sometimes it’s sadly been incurred and well-advanced before it is even noticed by the bun-wearer. This form of balding is generally seen around the hairline, where it’s most noticeable, and when women have been surveyed as to their take on this trend, an overwhelming majority used words like “abhor,” “never,” “feminine” and even “hate–” so…

We would love to hear from you! Tell us what YOU think about “man buns” – love, hate, could care less?? Could this be a fad that fades or lasts?

Vintage Waves

50s Hairstyle How-To: Vintage Waves

Vintage Waves

Among the many hairstyles that are forever associated with the decade lasting between 1950 and 1960, perhaps the particular waves of the time are among the most notable elements that come to mind. It’s important to remember that women of the 50s had nowhere near the myriad of hair styling tools that we have today; not even handheld blow dryers. This meant that the hair had to typically be styled while wet or damp, or spritzed with water before even beginning to style it, and the most commonly known time to style hair was at night, just before going to bed. This was because the length of time necessary for the hair to “take” the intended shape was best found during the night, when no one would see a woman with her hair unstyled. While today, most women would not be all that bothered if someone were to see her hair in curlers, back in the 50s, it was supremely embarrassing, and to be avoided at all costs. This was one of the prominent ways in which scarves served a dire purpose.

A “Must-Be” Beauty, With Many Limitations
There were few salons and few products for women to use in getting the hairstyle they most wanted, and in the 50s, the precise level of beauty women attained was almost shamefully important, as back then, women were (inappropriately) saddled with the responsibility of hanging onto their boyfriends and husbands by making sure to always look gorgeous. So, with limitations in every sense of the word, women would work tirelessly on getting their hair to look like the styles of Hollywood leading women of the day. The most commonly known devices for styling hair were sponge curlers, home perms, bobby pins for pin curls, and the form of hair rolling passed from many previous generations–rags, for rag-tied curls. There were special plastic clips that had special teeth on either side to grip the hair, thereby forcing it into a wave, but these had to be used one after another, in succession, the full length of the hair to the ends.

Product Supply Deficit
In fortifying the curls, many women would use a styling gel called Dippity Do, which, depending on how heavily it was applied, would dry to a crisp-holding power that would last and last. Women who could not find or afford to buy Dippity Do would sometimes use sugar water, but this wound up mostly being more attractive to bees than men. Today’s women have the benefit of many styling products to help achieve a variety of holding strengths they desire.

Getting the Look You Desire
First, decide between all over waves and wavy ends, which are both 50s styles. Rags, sponge rollers (you can still buy,) and even curling wands can help you to achieve these. Just focus on the ends of your hair, not to exceed more than 3 to 4 inches of curl, starting at the ends. If you have bangs, you can curl them too; to frame the face, or leave them straight. For larger waves, simply use bigger rollers, much thicker rags or a large-barreled curling wand. The waves that run throughout the hair can best be created by first curling with an appropriately sized curling wand barrel, and then taking each freshly heat-curled section and pinning it still curled, with bobby pins, to the head. You don’t have to use the curling wand, but it’ll save a significant amount of time, if you do. These pin curls should involve sections of your hair from all over your head, in approximately one-inch square sections. With both methods, you can spray your hair while “set” with hairspray for a better hold. When you take out the rollers, rags or pins, the distinction of the 50s hairstyles is that you will need to use a bristle brush to thoroughly brush through your hair–no form of raking through your hair with your fingers here, Ladies. The 50s were defined by order, and this certainly encompassed hairstyles. You can stop here, or add a headband, scarf, bow or ponytail–for beautiful 50s waves.


50s Hairstyles to Try Now

Women of the 50s had trendy styles that encompassed every possible length of hair, with one particular common element, and that was curls. Primarily, the 50s curls were either worn as distinctive ringlets that were obviously independent of each other, or they might be styled to form one continuous roll, typically at the bottom of the hair ends. Waves were big, and there were special clips that women used to set their hair with, to create those waves. The leading form of creating lasting curls was found in what was a more “permanent” solution, or “wave”–now referred to strictly as a permanent. The Toni Company sold a product that was used by women whose hair was straight, or just not able to hold curls for very long. These permanents were performed typically in the kitchen, and produced a characteristic odor that was anything but pleasant, but women–long known to suffer for their beauty–persisted in the effort.

50s perm

Permanent Holding Power
The thing was that the curling process did not end with the completed perm. The signature tight and more or less unruly and unkempt look a perm gave a woman’s hair might be just wonderful as one of today’s rocking styles–but not in the 50s. It would have been unheard of to be seen with any curling effort that stopped at a perm. The 50s perm was strictly performed to give the hair a type of “curl memory,” or body that would more easily assume the shape intended by being subsequently rolled on hair rollers of a variety of sizes. And there were no blow dryers and curling wands, either. Just rollers and hairspray. And it was quite common to sleep all night with rollers securing the hair all over one’s head. Ouch!

Pin-up hairstyle.

Easy Curling
Finger curls, or pin curls were easier to sleep on and highly popular, and for these, all you need are a brush or comb, some bobby pins and a little time. After being set for a suitable time–like after sleeping in them overnight, You take them out, and use a brush to organize the curls into joined waving and curling effects that form the hairdo. Nothing messy or tousled here–hair was controlled, and it showed. To copy a popular form of curled hair from the 50s, you can use pin curls or your curling wand to create a succession of curls that frame your face and run the extent of your hair ends, all the way around, with the hair from the scalp to the curls being rather flat, straight and close to the head.


For anyone willing to contend with the aftermath, there are many fabulous 50s hairstyles to try that involved teasing. Bouffants and beehives were what gave half ups, French twists and more their 50s characteristic flavor. The higher, the more these looks rock. Just be prepared to spend a good chunk of time and patience and conditioner to detangle the teasing, and if you aren’t, stick with the safer 50s curls.

Modern French Twist

Secrets of a Modern French Twist (The Undo)

Modern French Twist

Regardez cette belle coiffure . Il est la dernière tendance à venir de la ville , remerciements vont l’influence française !

Not How They Have Made the Dance Their Own in Paris
Unless you speak fluent French, or studied French in school more than a year, the chances are slim that you can even begin to understand those two preceding lead-in sentences. Fortunately, they are referring to a new, gorgeous French-influenced hair trend that is totally easier to accomplish than any attempt to learn the language ever was. Everyone knows what a French twist is–the woman’s hairstyle where the hair is tucked into a vertical roll that runs down the back of the head. (And no, it’s not some type of Parisian version of the wildly popular dance made famous by a long ago Chubby Checker chart-topping dance song!) The french twist, a la modern style has come back, but with amazingly stunning style you wouldn’t believe, unless you saw it for yourself!

Make Your Undone French Twist a Secure One
The Undone French twist can be done on any length and any texture of hair. And all you need to do the basic style is a hairbrush or comb and some bobby pins. For the most superior hold you can get, it’s really worth investing some time in purchasing the Dianne brand of bobby pins. their superior holding ability makes it possible to secure any style without worries or constant repinning. The investment of time will come from you finding a place where you can buy them. Google them and get yourself some. You’ll be glad you did! The style breaks down into two processes: the left side, followed by the right side. The “finish” is accomplished by leaving the ends unpinned, and just hanging down, freely. Before you begin, thoroughly brush your hair to make sure you have no tangles to interfere with the style. Gently tousle your hair, and then put the brush away.

The Left Side
Begin by pulling the hair on the left side back, gently running your fingers to rake through it as you go. Once the hair is pulled all the way back, secure starting from about an inch above the hairline at the nape of your neck all the way up the back of your head about 5-6 inches with a line of bobby pins lined up vertically.

The Right Side
For the right side, you will be working in sections, with the top section being fuller than the others. Using only the fingers again, pull the top section loosely back, and when you get to where the left side’s bobby pins are, go just slightly over these to obscure them, and take the section and wrap it around, making what was the outermost hair of that section now the side facing your head, and secure with bobby pins underneath, not visible. Leave the remainder of the section to hang down. It will be successively secured by the other wrapped sections as you move downward with the wrapping. Each section should be roughly 1.5 inches wide, but gauged on your hair’s thickness, of course. Once you get to the nape of your neck hairline, use bobby pins to draw up both sides into the twist, so they’ll appear to be more fused with the entire style. Finish off with a little hairspray, and you’re done. This style can be done with a middle part or a side part, but if you do it with a side part, make sure the section you begin with is the side the part is on, or the side with less hair.

Steampunk hairstyle

Steampunk Hair Styles

Steampunk hairstyle

This new hot trend is still relatively unknown in wider circles, however, its bold form and ambiance is surely going to snag a huge chunk of followers, and secure a prominent position within the most popular styles to try out. Steampunk has actually been around for years, confined somehow to a select few. so it is certainly nothing new, per se. To illustrate, the year of the very first steampunk convention was 2006–a full nine years ago, and the term actually became an inclusion of the Oxford English Dictionary last year, too. If you, like many, are unfamiliar with the term, read on.

Steampunk comes from science fiction novels, supposedly an invention of author Kevin Jeter, who wanted to distinguish the particular genre of tetra-tech styled science fiction writing that he and his fellow cronies used from the more futuristic directed writings of other sci-fi writers, or “cyberpunks.” The thing is,  it truly began, it’s grown, morphing into a signature style, and probably even as a philosophy. In a nutshell, steampunk effectively mixes the old with the new, in an elaborate but intentional fusion of today’s technology with the Victorian Age design aesthetic and the philosophy behind it. It’s been tagged “sort of Victorian-industrial, but with more whimsy and fewer orphans…” by author Caitlin Kittredge. Other descriptions include that it’s akin to starting with anyone’s unique relationship with advanced technology and giving it a goth, or antique sort of ambiance. So, how would steampunk convey to hair?

Don’t Let Short Hair Stop Your Steam
While long hair is ideally the easiest hair to work with, in going “steampunk,” if yours is short, don’t let this stop you. There are some great tutorials all over the internet that will show you in detail just how to get Victorian hairstyles, and while most of them do seem to specify long hair, there are ways in which you short haired steampunkers can rock the look. Among your options, you can choose to simply work with your short hair, at its present length, and in doing so, still find variety. Alternately, some steampunkers have purchased full head wigs or half-wigs and styled them suitably, to be worn for the image. If you can manage to get your hair into any semblance of a bun, you can then attach a larger bun of artificial hair over it. Gently curl all strands with a smallish- sized wand. You can add more hair effects by adding extensions that match your hair, and either braiding portions, in a half-up style, or creating cascading, looser curls off to either side of the face.  The key component to the Victorian hairstyles is found in their complexity. Different sizes and types of curls, interspersed braids, some up, some down, buns and wrapped strands are all fun to experiment with, and will give your hair the aura of signature steampunk tresses.

We would love to hear from you! What do you think about the latest styles, especially Steampunk? Would you give it a try?

Plus size model

The New Look of Models

Plus size model

It’s been too long in coming, but at least there’s been a long-needed breakthrough in the previous set in stone, tremendously narrow qualifiers that might land a runway hopeful even a chance of an interview for the gig. While fashions of all kinds certainly drape, hang, crisscross, loop, zigzag, bare and gather beautifully on those willowy, svelte forms as they glide down that narrow strip, real people want to know how those gorgeous designs might convey in the real world. Apparently designers listened, and some have come through with new, exciting lines for real people who need real clothes, and their real money spends just as well and any.

Embracing Plus With Flair
Any worthwhile effort to include a good variety of shapes and sizes should most obviously begin with designs focused on beautiful apparel for plus sizes, and like it or not, there are more plus-sized women and men out there who enjoy looking good just as much as their skin and bones counterparts. So when plus-sized consumers hear that plus-sized models are becoming more prevalent, the news is a welcome relief, as it serves as a signal that hope is on the horizon. And it’s true, that plus-sized people are finally getting more exposure on TV, in movies and as brand ambassadors.

Whose Version is This, Anyway?
While the modeling industry is busy announcing the inclusion of plus size models, some say they have a long way to go, with the leading plus size models not really being good representations at all. Leading plus size model Robyn Lawley is now known as the “first plus size model” to be featured on the Sports Illustrated mag. swimsuit issue. Sounds like the definition of beauty has expanded until you find out that this leading model (who does not think of herself as being plus-sized,) is a tall 6 feet, 2 inches in height, and easily slips into a size 12. Ashley Graham, another leading plus-sized model wears a size 16. While it’s encouraging to know that designers are expanding, somebody needs to tell them that plus sizes do not even begin until after size 18.

Turning Disabled into Fashion-Enabled
There are those who think that they don’t stand a chance at becoming a famous model and that they are too imperfect to fit into that perfect world. But then there are those who don’t care and just go for it. Fashion Week at NYC broke the mold, with a line of gorgeous models, some walking, some gliding down the runway in wheelchairs. Some of these catwalkers were amputees, some required prosthetic devices and some relied on canes to walk, but they all looked fabulous in their haute couture, and they made a fantastic political statement at the same time. It’s about time that the fashion world began designing for the real world.

We would love to hear from you! Who are some of your favorite models? What do you think about the new looks on the runway?

man with braided hair.

New Men’s Hair Trend: Braids

man with braided hair.

It’s a brave new world for men’s hair. We’ve already seen men branching out into feminine territory with the embrace of the man bun, seen on celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio and others. Now we’re seeing men taking on a timeless lady look: The braid.

Of course, most men are not interested in this age-old ladies style or don’t even have hair long enough to actually put into a ponytail, but like the ponytail, braids are no longer faux pas when dealing with men’s styles. Just ask the Scottish men who have been donning braids for centuries! Now there’s a group of men that are completely secure in their kilted manhood!

We’re not talking about the long, sweeping Elsa braid that so many women wear with their long hair. Most men who are braiding still have short hair, so they are getting inventive.

Some men are braiding their disconnected undercut into a single French braid right on top of their head. Men who have longer hair on the top manage to get the braid to hang down, but most end up with a little stub right at the edge of the braid.

Others are getting a bit more inventive with the braid trend, using several smaller braids to take care of their shorter hair. The look is similar to cornrows, but the pattern is not as ordered. Braids might go in opposite directions or might be arranged in geometric patterns. Men who have longer hair might pull the ends into a ponytail or bun.

Men who want to try out the look but who aren’t ready to fully commit can braid just a small patch of hair on the side while the rest hangs naturally or is pulled into a bun.

Of course, men with longer hair have the most options. They can pull it into a long braid at the back or try out French braids or other fancy braids. Jared Leto and Shia LaBeouf have already been spotted wearing braids that come down their backs, but that is no surprise!

There is also the 80’s throwback of rattails – or the “mini mullet”. A long, thin strand of hair that trails down ones back – braided or not, has started to gain more popularity. Even if it’s simply an extension – just don’t tell!

What to Tie it With…
So that leaves us with the manly dilemma of what on earth do you secure your new man-braid with? Leather is the answer. You cannot go wrong with a dark, leathery band or tie. If you can’t find this manly strap, go for the tiny, clear rubber bands, similar to the ones people use for braces – no one will be able to tell.

What do you think of the new trend? Will you be trying it out? Ladies, what would you think about your man wearing a braid? Share your thoughts about what type of braid you’ve seen or would like to see on your man!