For this style, the longer your hair, the better. Part it the way you like, then separate a one-inch section of hair at each temple and clip those sections out of the way. Gather your remaining hair at the nape of your neck. Then create two or three low braids, securing the ends with clear elastics. Twist each braid until it curls into itself; bobby-pin in place. Last, unclip and twist the two pieces by your temples. Pin under the braided bun or, for a slightly fancier flourish, tuck their ends into the bun before securing.
Side Fishtail Braid
This braid, which works best with longer hair, needs a bit of texture for hold; if your hair is straight, give it some wave by winding one-inch sections around a curling iron. Gather your hair to one side in a low ponytail, securing it close to the base of your neck with a clear elastic. Next, create a fishtail braid: Separate the ponytail into two sections. Hold one section; with your other hand, take a narrow strip of hair from the outside of the other section and bring it over to the one in your hand. Repeat, incorporating hair from one section into the other until you run out of hair; then secure with another clear elastic. Finally, with a pair of scissors, carefully cut out the top elastic to give the braid a loose, casual look. For a more bohemian effect, gently pull the braid apart with your fingers.
Side French Braid
This style works even for short lengths. First create a deep side part. Starting from the part and working toward the opposite temple, French-braid a section of hair about an inch wide along your hairline, stopping at the temple. Secure with a clear elastic or bobby pins. Style the rest of your hair as usual.
Slick down center-parted medium-length to long hair with a comb and some gel (such as L’Oréal Paris Strong Hold Defining Gel, $7 at drugstores). Secure hair at the nape with a clear elastic. Form a fishtail braid, then twist the braid around itself to create a “flower.” Pin to hold.
Separate the upper portion of medium-length to long hair (from temples to crown) and temporarily clip it atop your head. Take a small section at each temple and tightly French-braid it, working back toward your crown; secure each braid with a clear elastic. Next, unclip the hair at your crown. Use one hand to hold this section up and the other to tease it at the roots with a fine-tooth comb, making a little pouf. Gently smooth over the teased portion with a paddle brush. Then anchor the braids to the bottom of the pouf with bobby pins.
Move over topknot, there’s a new bun in town. The sock bun—which uses a sock rolled into a doughnut shape to form the shape of the style—is everywhere these days. And for good reason: It’s a classy, glamorous look that just so happens to be a cinch to create (with a little practice and our hair tutorial).
What you’ll need:
One sock or foam bun doughnut
One ponytail holder
A few bobby pins
Step 1: Prep your sock
If you’re using a foam bun doughnut, skip this step. Otherwise, take your sock and cut off the toe. Now, roll the bun from the ankle end to the toe end, creating a doughnut shape. Ideally you won’t see the sock but, just in case, use one in a similar shade to your hair color—no neons or patterns!
Step 2: Prep your hair
As with most updos, the sock bun works best with second-day hair. If your hair is clean or naturally slippery, spray a texturizing spray like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture & Volume Spray all over. This will make it easier to hold the style without pins.
Step 3: Ponytail
Pull your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. The sock bun looks best when it’s up high, like a top knot. Now hold the end of your pony straight up in the air, and slip the foam or sock doughnut over it.
Step 4: Roll the bun
This is where the process gets tricky—you’ll probably need to practice a few times. Hold the tip of your ponytail, which should now be just above the doughnut, and spread the ends so that they’re splayed out over the sock. At the same time, roll the sock down your pony, continuing to spread and tuck hair around the doughnut as you go. Once you get closer to the base, the process will get easier. Keep adjusting your hair to make sure it’s fully covering your sock.
Step 5: Set the bun
Once you reach the base of your pony, your bun should sit securely on the top of your head. If you need to, add a few bobby pins to secure layers. Finally, spray with a light hairspray like blowPro Blow Out Hairspray to keep flyaways in check—you’re not going for messy bed head.
There have been a lot of ways to decide how to catagorize skin type and decide on colors when matching clothes. The most popular (and I think the most useful) I have found is the seasonal categorisation. But before you run out and get a tan and highlights because you dream of being ‘Summer’, think again. The use of the Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring categories are just a poetic guideline. In fact as you will discover ‘Summer’ doesn’t naturally mean blond and tanned. In fact it has been said before that a Summer’s paradox is how impossible they find it to get that warm Summer glow!
OK so now we know the seasons lets find out which you are.
Summer’s will usually have grey to blue eyes, or even green. Their skin ranges from very pale to pink and beige and their hair sits between pale/ash blond to what is commonly referred to as ‘mousy’ brown. Summers do not suit bold colors. So when color matching stick to more subtle shades. Think cool greens, soft reds and pinks and the lighter, softer shades of blue and grey. The lighter a Summer the more pinks and grey blues they should gear towards in their outfits, but the darker a Summer gets the more aquas, greens and purples are a go.
Autumn’s eye color has a wide range. The most prominent colors are warm browns (hazel and light brown) greens, clear blue and even black. The skin tones vary from Ivory to beige (from light to golden) to olive and golden brown. As for the Autumn’s hair it ranges from blond to deep brown but characteristically has red undertones. Think Strawberry blond to auburn. Color matching with an Autumn depends on which end of the spectrum you sit on. Autumn’s with darker eyes and skin suit those natural Autumn colors with a bit of boldness. Think cool greens, warm reds, yellows and browns, medium blues and soft purple. If you are at the lighter end of the spectrum (hazel eyes with warm beige for example) you will suit much more soft and earthy colours. Aqua, natural shades of green, soft purples, peach, terracotta and salmon.
Winter’s eyes start with blacks and dark browns and include the cooler shades of blue and green. A winter;s skin tone ranges from black, deep to cool brown and then moves to medium beige and milky white. The common definer is that Winter’s skin tones generally lack a pinky or peachy hue. As you may have already surmised a winter’s hair starts with jet black and moves through the cooler colors of brown and even grey. Now before you winter’s out there begin to curse the wind that your general hue is ‘cold’ think again. This coloration means you have your pick of some truly varied and bold colors. The darker winter’s can get create great outfits using black, browns and reds, soft yellows, turquoise, royal blue and a range of the brighter pinks and purples suit the paler shades of winter.
Spring’s eye colors are the warmer lighter shades. Blues, Hazels, greens and turquoise. Their skin has a large range from Ivory, medium brown, golden brown and bronze. Some Spring’s will also have freckles. Basically Springs have a more peachy complexion. As with their skin Spring’s hair has red warm colors. Think deep to medium brown, golden blond and red. Light toned springs can explore warm browns and oranges, (be careful with hair color however) paler blue and violet, grey browns, and light yellows. As Springs become darker the colors can become more vivid, with bolder blues, deeper greens, greys, peaches and pinks.
Now bear in mind this is a guide only. It is here to help you explore the right color matching you should be aiming towards. Just hop out with some friends after taking note and try some things on and ask their opinion. You could even take the guide along and help them out! Good luck matching clothes to your season.
Andrew M Duvall has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years and is passionate about creating new looks and advising people on how to go about matching clothes and color coordinating.
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If you are looking to change the color of your natural hair, you need to make an educated choice as to which shade to choose. Not every color will work on every skin tone or with every eye color. There are also some colors that will not compliment certain natural hair colors. So, before you dye your hair, take a moment to read this article so you can make the right choice for you.
Generally speaking, when dying your hair, it’s best to stay within 2-3 shades of your natural hair color to avoid an abnormal look. Also, it is best to avoid going lighter than your skin tone, as doing this will make your hair appear unnatural.
If your skin has a pinkish hue to it, you should stick to ash tones and avoid golden blonde and red colors. If you have a pale hue to your skin, you are one of the lucky ones and can go with almost any color. But if you are white, avoid really dark colors as they will make you appear sickly. If you have a yellowish hue to your skin, you should go with a deep red or dark brown color and avoid yellow, orange and gold colors to prevent your hair and skin from being too much of a match for each other.
If you were blessed with brown, hazel or green eyes and you have a warm skin tone, you should choose a warm toned hair color such as red, dark gold or an auburn shade. If you were blessed with blue or grey eyes and fair skin, you should go with a cool toned hair color such as ash or light gold. Now with that being said, there are people in this world that have been blessed with fair skin and dark eyes or warm skin and blue eyes. If this is your case, you may find that your natural color is the best for you. It may be the only one that suits you just right.
When you are changing your color from light to dark, it’s relatively simple. Usually it will come out the color you’re expecting as long as you follow the instructions. When you are going from dark to light, however, there is the chance that you may end up with the same color that you started with. Some people may have to strip their hair of the natural color (this is called bleaching) before a dye can be applied. You usually run into this when your natural hair color is a very dark color.
When all is said and done, people assume that you can simply walk into the store and grab a box off the shelf that looks pretty, go home, put it on, and then shake your head like they do in the commercials, and you will instantly have hair that looks like they do. But unless you have a team of five hair stylists crammed in your purse, it isn’t going to happen that smoothly for you. It will require some work on your part, but the end result will be well worth the effort.
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Summer is the time to relax and have some fun! Everyone loves to go to the pool and beach. Spending time out in the beautiful hot sunny weather is just the thing to do. Unfortunately this can lead to hair damage. Here are some tips to help prevent damage to your hair as you are enjoying your summer.
• Wear a hat or scarf if you are going to be in the sun for a long time. If you do not want to wear anything on your head then apply leave in conditioner with sunscreen. If you forget to do this you can put regular sunscreen in your hair. You have to make sure you wash it with a deep cleansing shampoo when you get home.
• Limit the use of blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. These are all “hot “items. Your hair is already exposed to more heat than usual. You don’t want to add any more than necessary.If you do choose to use a “hot” item use some leave in conditioner before you use item.
• Shampooing can strip moisture from your hair. Try washing it less often. You can condition it every day. Hair chemicals can also take away moisture. Limit the use of bleach, color, relaxers, chemical straighteners, etc.
• Staying hydrated is important for your health and your hair! Drink plenty of water and have a balanced diet. Don’t cut fat and protein too much in your diet.Believe it or not it will show in your hair.
• Before going into the pool or ocean wet your hair. This will help decrease the absorption of the chlorinated and salty water. Rinse your hair when you get out of pool or ocean too. The effects of the chlorinated water are easier to prevent than to remove.
• When hair gets dry sometimes it can get very frizzy. If you are dealing with frizzy hair you can braid it, knot it, or put it in a bun to help contain frizzies. Putting conditioner on the frizzy areas and putting your hair up while you sleep will help moisturize the dry areas of your hair.
• Hair grows faster in the warmer weather. You should get your hair trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks. Your stylist can also suggest the best shampoo and conditioner for you to use to maintain moisture through the summer months.
I hope these suggestions will help you to have beautiful healthy hair all summer long!
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If you want to spice up your look to keep up with this year’s hottest styles then you will want to check out these Black hairstyle trends for 2012. There are so many different looks that you can try that are both fashionable and will make you look hot and hip, so try one or all of these tricks out.
Sleek and Straight: As always, long and straight locks are among the favorite designs. This look is always at the top of the list because it looks fabulous and is easy to do now that there are straightening irons to help you out and weaves that are affordable and beautiful. This style is also very versatile and you can arrange your tresses anyway you like once they are straight. Look to Beyonce on this one because she looks go gorgeous with sleek locks.
Braids:You may think that braids are dead and out, but you would be wrong because the micro-braids are among the trends for 2012. Go for long and straight micro-braids that you can then arrange however you like. This will make your locks easy to manage and makes everyday activities (like getting ready in the morning) a breeze. There are many celebrities brining back this look such as Jada Pinkett-Smith and Alicia Keys.
Bangs: Bangs are in this year no matter what you hair texture is, and gets out number one vote for Black hairstyle trends for 2012. You can do whatever you want with your bangs and it will look fashionable and they work for every face shape. You can go with full bushy bangs for a sexy look, angular bangs for a modern look or side-swept bangs for the whimsical look. There are many celebrities sporting bangs this year with Tyra Banks leading the pack!
Short and Sporty: Everyone seems to agree that short hair is among the best Black hairstyle trends for 2012 and is sure to change up your look. There are many things you can do with a short look. You can go ultra short with a Pixie cut like Halie Berry and play with the colors or you can go with a vintage look, like a bob cut, like Rihanna to bring out your true diva.
These cuts are the favorite style trends for 2012, and chances are that you will see it everywhere. If you are a person that doesn’t like to look like everyone else then maybe you should stay away from these looks or try to switch them up with funky colors or asymmetrical angles.
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The tips below are simple… you may already practice some of them. But it all adds up. Everything from your comb to your shampoo can make a difference in the appearance of your hair. Just a small amount of daily attention will pay off in healthy, shiny locks.
* The scalp contains approximately 100,000 strands of hair, on average.
* We lose about 100 hairs a day. So don’t panic when you see strands in your brush.
* Hair grows at the rate of 1/2 per month.
* Each strand lasts about 4 1/2 years… all the more reason to take care of your hair!
Shampoo and a Massage
The first tip is to treat your hair gently. Excessive washing and blow drying are harsh. Shampoo often enough to keep clean, but no more. This may be daily for oily hair… less often for dry. For shiny, healthy hair, treat your scalp to a mini-massage before you shampoo. My hairdresser does this and it feels so good!
A scalp massage will:
* Stimulate blood flow
* Nourish hair follicles
* Encourage skin cell renewal
Using your fingertips and thumbs on dry hair, begin the massage at your forehead. Work in a circular motion, pressing the scalp beneath your fingers. Continue massaging, moving on to the crown. Finish at the back of your head.
(Side note: Stressed? Don’t wait for shampoo time. A scalp massage is a great stress reliever anytime.)
Next, rinse with plain water to remove dirt and residual product. Then apply shampoo to the scalp. Work through to ends. Rinse thoroughly. Finish by applying conditioner as needed… again, rinse thoroughly.
To avoid potentially toxic ingredients, choose natural shampoo. The best shampoo is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). SLS and SLES are harsh detergents found in most shampoos, shower gels, and liquid soaps. Their job is to make suds. Unfortunately, they may irritate your scalp in the process and may contribute to hair loss.
Wet hair is especially delicate. Use a wide toothed comb, not a brush, to gently untangle hair. Work from the ends up. Combs and brushes should have round, smooth tips and widely spaced teeth or bristles.
Fun in the Sun and Swimming Pools
Sun, wind, chlorine, and salt water can be harsh. Dry, chemically treated hair is particularly vulnerable. The sun harms hair protein while salt water and chlorine rob moisture from the cuticle.
Minimize exposure when in the sun for extended periods. The best protection is a hat. Alternatively, wear hair up or in a ponytail. And replenish moisture with conditioner after swimming.
Aromatherapy for Hair
Here’s a tip you’ll love. It’s a simple pleasure with dual benefits. It will enhance your hair and your well-being. Rub 2-3 drops of pure essential oil onto your hair brush and gently work through.
Yes… it’s that easy!
Choose an essential oil for your hair type:
* Dry – Rosemary or Sandalwood oil.
* Oily – Eucalyptus, Lemon, Cedarwood, or Sage oil.
* All types – Geranium, Rose, or Lavender oil.
Experiment by mixing two or three of your favorite oils together.
Now that’s a tip you and your hair will both love!
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Product buildup can dull hair. A simple solution is a homemade hair rinse. Apple cider vinegar is ideal as it encourages blood circulation as it corrects the PH balance of your hair.
Healthy Hair Rinse
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
2-4 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix ingredients in a glass or plastic bottle. Shampoo and rinse hair thoroughly. Use the apple cider mixture as a final rinse. Allow to soak into hair for a few seconds. Rinse with cool water.
Voila… soft, shiny hair!
Treat your hair to this rinse once a week.
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