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.
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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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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Since I wrote a post about this season’s hottest hair colors, I thought I’d it follow it up with an informative post about how to actually choose the right hair color for your skin tone (thanks to a fellow reader!). Whether you’re a natural blonde, brunette, or redhead, you can pretty much change to any hair color as long as you follow some strict guidelines.
All complexions consist of two skin tone categories: warm skin tones and cool skin tones.
WARM SKIN TONES
If you have a yellow or golden undertone, you fall under the warm category. Therefore, hair colors that have a warm undertone will look much better on you than a cool undertone color. So how can you tell if you have a warm skin tone? Simply look at the veins in your arms in the day light. If the veins appear to be green, then your complexion is warm.And don’t forget that this rule doesn’t only apply to hair but everything else in between such as makeup and clothing!
COOL SKIN TONES
If you have pink or blue skin undertones, you have a cool skin tone. This means that hair colors with cool undertones will look better on you. To see if your skin tone is cool, take a look at the veins in your arms during daylight and if they are blue, then you have a cool complexion.
WARM TONE COLORS
– If you’re dying your hair for the first time, head to your local salon for better results. Plus, they’ll be able to match you with your perfect hair color.
– If you’re a pro at dying your hair at home (you’ve done it a few times), don’t forget that all dye boxes now tell you whether the color is warm or cool.
– There are always exceptions to the rules, such as combining warm and cool tones and using them as dimensional colors, but again, I would suggest you get this done by a professional
– Can’t figure out what your skin tone is? As a rule of thumb, most people are actually cool toned.
As a season marked by fashion revivals, it’s no surprise that some of the hottest hair trends for the summer of 2011 happen to be updated versions of classic styles. Much of this is driven by celebrities who sometimes take inspiration from the fashion trends of yesteryear. As such, here are some of the most popular cuts and hair colors for the hottest months of the year.
Long hair is always popular, but this year the way it is styled will take precedence over the way it is cut. For example, first appearing on various fashion runways this spring, the summer beehive is back in vogue, albeit a bit more relaxed than its predecessor. Jennifer Lopez was one of the first celebrities to sport the updated beehive this year.
Another new trend for long hair this summer is the braided topknot. Combining two popular hair trends of the past three years, the braided topknot recently appeared on the Sass and Bide spring runway to compliment their summer tribal fashion line. While some styles combine multiple braids, the basic hairstyle consists of a single French braid running up the back of the hair, finished off with a messy topknot. Many celebrities have sported variations of this hairstyle recently.
For a more casual long hair look, the double hair knot is a soft, summery look that is perfect for almost any facial shape. The look is essentially an undone braid sitting at the nape of the neck, and incorporates elements of texture and contour to maintain a fresh look.
Medium hair has been dominated by long bobs, but summer 2011 styles will feature a twist on the outgrown bob – literally. Loose waves that just graze the shoulders will add a feminine sophistication to your hairstyle. Bobs with loose waves and enhanced volume can be done in both fully stylized as well as more relaxed varieties, offering something for just about every woman.
Extremely short hair will be another trend in 2011, with the pixie crop emerging as the favored short hairstyle. Celebrities like Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan have sported this look in the past, but unlike 2010’s pixie cut, which was long in the front and short in the back, this style is daringly short all over.
Full, bold bangs will also be in vogue this year. One popular variation involves pairing this style with a sleek bob, and all lengths and styles of hair have seen the reemergence of the fringe. Long and oval face shapes are best suited for these bangs.
Colors can be as extreme as the summer temperatures, and two of the most popular shades at the moment are vibrant red and pale blond colors. The rarity of these colors adds to their appeal, and in general the best shades should be bold without appearing unnatural. Both of these colors look especially great on women with fair complexions.
With as much variety for hair as there is for fashion, the summer of 2011 should prove to be a fun-filled season of experimentation for fashion divas everywhere.
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It’s summertime and a makeover is in order. The easiest way to look fab is to get some highlights. Summer’s all about colour and fun. So get creative with hues that enhance your looks. The summer colour palette throws out unlimited options – strawberry, pastels, platinum blonde and more! To get it right make sure they complement your skin tone and eye colour. Quick tip – if the veins on your wrist look green, you belong to the warm group. If it is blue, you belong to the cool group.
The Colours of Summer
One of the coolest hair look doing the rounds is the surfer look. It imitates the surfers who spend so much time in the sun that their hair remains dark at the roots, gradually getting lighter towards the ends. If you are a brunette, going all blonde is a no-no. What you can do is go lighter at the ends.
Another colour that is working its magic this summer is platinum blonde. However, tread with caution as this needs to be touched up every month, so that the roots don’t show. If you don’t like the fuss and want something less pricey for your blonde hair, beige-gold is the answer.
One tip for summer is to use highlights sparingly, whatever colour it is because highlights work best when they contrast with darker shades. Bold shades are ‘in’ this season. Think purple, pink, red, green and even orange. Red works for both warm and cool tones. The trick is to pick the right shade. Chicas with green eyes will look spectacular with bold red highlights. Pink undertones in your skin calls for auburn over red.
Summer Colour Care
To keep your highlights looking fresh in summer, avoid washing your hair frequently and using too much shampoo. The sun is unkind to coloured hair so take care to cover your hair when you are out in the sun. If you swim, chlorine and salt water can both harm your hair. To keep your hair colour safe, wash your hair in fresh water and use a conditioner before getting into the water.
There are a number of specialized salons in Atlanta which will take care of your beauty and hair care needs. You can find details about the services at these salons online and schedule an appointment according to your convenience.
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