Top Summer Hair Trends

Winter coats packed away – check. Flip-flops unpacked – check. New summer hairstyle – to be determined. Yes, summer is on the horizon and what better way to roll into our season of sweltering heat and humidity than with a summer hairstyle that is beyond cool but looks hot!

We’ve made the rounds and gathered up all the latest styles making a splash at pools and beaches everywhere this summer. Check out these hot summer hairs trends and get ready cause they are bringing the heat!

Festival of micro proportions – Micro braids that is. A go-to style for music festival fans, the myriad of micro braids is oh so boho, yet practical at the same time. This playful style can be jazzed up with a simple colored ribbon wound into the braids framing your face. We love music festivals and we love this style!

Get off your high horse – Translation – no more sky-high ponytail. We’re dropping it low and keeping it classy with a sleek or textured low ponytail. Add an even more finished look by wrapping your hair around the elastic band.

Can I be blunt – Out with asymmetrical and layered bobs, we love the edgy simplicity of the one-length blunt cut. This style works particularly well if you have very fine hair. Make sure you add a touch of shine spray or a drop of oil to get that glossy look.

Catch a wave – Tousled beachy waves always seem to make their way to the style stage summer after summer. Long, short or in the middle length hair are all suitable for this easy look that can be touched up with a little dry shampoo and fingers through your hair. Low-maintenance is a summer necessity!

Less is more – More flirty, more sassy, more pixie! What could be cuter or cooler than the uber-short pixie cut? You can rock it short and choppy or shaped and sexy but either way, it’s a win and easily maintained with a touch of hair wax or serum.

Every bun is welcome – The tight top knot, the sky-high 60’s bun, the loosely gathered at the nape romantic bun, the sleek ballerina bun… are all welcome at this summer style table! Added bonus for any bun – keeps you cooler and your hair under control for any hot summer adventure.

Noncommittal –  Don’t wanna commit to a cut or color this summer, that’s ok! You can still get a whole new look by adding accessories. Clips, barrettes and all things 90’s hair are back and can be a fun focal point to your summer look without post color/cut remorse.

Whatever style you decide to roll with this summer, have some fun with it and don’t be afraid to mix things up and make it a summer to remember. If you’ve always loved trying out new styles and have a flair for creating signature looks, maybe a career in Cosmetology is right for you! Let’s face it, the world is filled with people who need that flair to find the look that works for them. If you’re ready to bring style to the masses, check out the local beauty schools in your area. For a list of schools in your area, contact your local state licensing board and get ready to join the talented artists blazing a trail in the exciting world of beauty.

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When winter makes its annual debut, it brings the cold but also brings all things comforting and cozy.  So whether you are getting ready for a Saturday night on the town or getting ready to hunker down and weather a winter storm, you’ll be looking for a hairstyle that is fuss free and fabulous! Check out some of these easy winter hairstyles heating things up this season.

Less is more – Forego the long tresses this winter in favor of a cute and cool pixie cut. It’s certainly fuss free and can be easily styled to last with a good molding paste. Depending on your preference, this style can be sweet and feminine or edgy with a little rock star flair.

Bring on the bubbly – We don’t actually mean champagne. The bubble ponytail is easy and will have you channeling your inner Disney princess! Start with a high ponytail and space elastic bands evenly from the top to the bottom pulling each side of a section out to create a full, rounded effect.

Swept away – What could be easier than simply sweeping all your lovely locks back from your face with a headband? Sleek and straight or curly and full, this style allows your full facial features to shine.  You can dress it up with a more ornate headband for a glamour girl feel.

Handcuffed to style – You’ll feel anything but imprisoned by this style accessory. Tiny, decorative hair cuffs carefully placed up and down multiple braids or one larger cuff wrapped around a braided bun or chignon are fun and funky.

Somewhere in the middle – Actually, exactly in the middle is where it’s at with this easy style. Short or long hair, a crisp, parted down the middle style can be worn sleek, curly or somewhere in between. The side part is still in but the classic center part never really goes out of style.

The big bang theory – We’re not talking science here folks. Bangs! Long, parted down the middle bangs, short, fringe bangs or parted on the side-swept bangs are all great go-tos and can be paired with a simple ponytail or  neat, tidy bun to achieve a casual or event ready look.

Winter may not be everyone’s favorite season but it sure would be hard to appreciate spring without it. There’s never a bad time to try out a new look.  So embrace our frostiest season and have a little fun with your style!  And if you’re one of those style gurus who not only love the latest trends, but love creating them too, maybe a career in the beauty industry is right for you!

There are great cosmetology programs all over the country helping aspiring artists just like you get the training they need to become licensed cosmetologists. Check out your local state licensing board for information on cosmetology schools in your area. Don’t wait another day to start doing what you love for a living and join the exciting world of beauty.

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Now Trending: Holiday Party Looks

Tis the season for parties, potlucks, cocktails and cheer! And with all the fun and festivities, the hunt for the perfect holiday party look is on and you’re going to want to find the one that makes you sparkle just a little big brighter this holiday season. After all, making unforgettable memories starts with an unforgettable look! Check out some of the hottest holiday looks sweeping through office parties and events everywhere.

Take it from the top – Because, shouldn’t your crowning glory be, well, your crowning glory? This season has several options when it comes to holiday hair.

  • Perfectly imperfect waves – Long, loosely tousled waves are stirring up holiday heat this season. Perfect for the revelers who are not feeling the neat and tidy chignon and other more put together styles, this relaxed, yet feminine style is always trendy. You can do a side part and drape your tousled waves forward over one shoulder for a sultry, glamorous look.
  • Speaking of neat and tidy – You didn’t think the carefully coifed chignon or a huge, high bun wouldn’t be making an appearance at this year’s holiday table did you? It is and it is big, in every sense! This take on a classic topknot is elegant and bold.
  • Holiday hair with a twist – Think of a librarian crossed with a royal princess and opt for a classy, low french twist with a delicate sweep of longish bangs to one side.

Give good face – You’ve picked out your party wear and worked out the party hair, but what about that face? Get ready to shimmer and shine because the eyes, lips and faces of this season are lighting up the night!

  • Cranberry is saucy – Nothing says holiday like deep, cranberry red lips with a glossy sheen. Paired with lushly mascara-coated lashes, this look is a show- stopper!
  • Silver and gold – Gold, silver, copper… metallic shimmer is magic and you can create a smoky eye or a futuristic icy stare, depending on your mood and choice of shadow. But as long as it shines and shimmers, it’s a great option for your holiday look!
  • The eye “brows” have it – The finely tweezed, sparse brow that is merely an underline above the eye has lost its allure next to a full, brushed up brow. This more natural look really sings with a brightly painted fuchsia or cherry red matte lipstick.

It really is a wonderful time of year to reinvent your look and make this holiday season unforgettable! And for those among us who love to create signature styles for themselves and others, it’s a time to get inspired! If this sounds like you, let your inspiration guide you and explore the possibilities of a future in cosmetology! The beauty industry is growing and skilled cosmetologists are in demand. To learn more about Cosmetology and the licensing requirements in your area, contact your local state licensing board for a list of beauty schools near you.

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Top Ways You Are Ruining Your Hair

Many people are the victim of their own crime when it comes to their hair and often inflict upon themselves perfectly avoidable damage by not knowing the do’s and don’ts of good hair care practices. Fortunately, you can arm yourself with knowledge about how to prevent damage to your hair and if you heed a few simple tips, you can keep yourself from committing the ultimate crime of self-inflicted permanent bad hair days.

  1. Change it up Before it Changes on You! Certain styles that constrict the hair follicle such as a ponytail or a bun, can cause extra stress on your hair due to the unnatural tension. Try to avoid tight rubber band accessories and a style that tightly grips your hair day after day. This can cause hair follicles to split or break and create frizzy, unhealthy hair. It’s ok to throw that hair in a soft scrunchie that is a little easier on the hair, but let your hair breathe in between to keep it looking healthy.
  2. You Snooze you Lose! That is, don’t snooze with a wet head. Before going to bed make sure your hair is completely dry. Not only will your hair dry in a strange shape, going to sleep with wet or damp hair leaves you more vulnerable to dandruff.
  3. Poolside Problems- As we know, chlorine can be public enemy #1 for your hair. Not only does it dry out your hair but any highlights or dye can be altered from being in contact with that summer swimming fun. Always give your hair a rinse after you take a dip in the pool. One preventative measure you can take is lathering your hair with some hair oil or coconut oil before swimming, which acts as a shield and can keep the majority of harmful chemicals out.
  4. Blowout Boundaries- Many hairstylists tend to be time crunched and may be rushing your blowout; therefore, using high heat to speed up the process. Be sure that your stylist isn’t a jam-packed one where this could be an issue. Bringing your own hair thermal protection can save the day also.
  5. Touch-up Tendencies- When drying your own hair, most tend to go all the way to the ends every time. Doing this can dehydrate your hair which can result in an unnatural blend of color. Preventative measures can be applying conditioner where you wish to stop to prevent the dye from running.
  6. Under the UV- Sunscreen in the hair is crucial for your days at the beach or pool but you should make it a habit to do this more frequently no matter what you’re doing. Believe it or not any and all light can be damaging to your hair. This includes the sun, being near any windows or even the lights in your office or house. Stay protected to avoid lightening of your hair color.
  7. Protein Mask Mishaps- Although protein masks are fantastic for repairing hair, be sure to keep a good balance between protein and moisture. Too much of just protein can leave your hair fragile.

If you were enlightened on harmful hair care situations, it’s never too late to turn things around. Be sure with this summer in full heat you’re prepared to protect your hair. If you want to be on top of your hair game and are open to endless learning about beauty and cosmetology, contact your local state licensing board to find a school that suits you. Stay fresh, stay clean, and most importantly, stay on top of your game!

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Hair Trends for Spring 2017

Thomas Edison once said, “When you think you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember this…you haven’t!” This spring is offering trending hairstyles that illustrate this point beautifully and this season is all about endless possibilities at entirely opposite ends of the spectrum.

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Top Fall Hairstyles For Men

Today’s man is just as interested in style trends as his female counterpart. Let’s face it folks, it’s a fashion forward world where we all want to stand out. So what does fall have in store for today’s trend-conscious guy?

We can tell you it’s out with the man bun and in with all things texture! Undercuts – cut in a whole new way, fades that push the envelope of what a fade is, the “Peaky Blinders” super cool undercut with a textured top… there are so many options for fall this year!  If you were born with glorious, rolling waves, you’re in luck! The slicked back Don Draper look is out and your natural hair texture is in.  The nuances are subtle… the classic long on top with a side part and short sides and back gets a makeover with some definition and a good low shine hair pomade.  The high fade that literally goes all the way to the skin is that clean look you might be craving! There are a myriad of options and everything from a wash and go style that welcomes texture to a piecey finish achieved by simple finger styling and the right product.

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Fall 2016 Hottest Hair Trends

This fall’s hottest hair trends are reminiscent of decades past and bring new meaning to the expression out with the old, in with the new. More like, history is repeating itself! The romantic tousled waves of seasons past has been replaced by the more masculine, sternly side-parted style and sleek wet finish and the authentic look of brushed out hair circa 1970, with just a touch of intentional frizz. Dramatically tall afros pulled back with a metallic headband and the neatly parted, tucked behind the ears held in place with a pair of barrettes, also give a nod to that 70’s style. But for fans of the 80’s punk rock phase, don’t fret! The deep side part on an asymmetrical bob will have you looking for your mom’s Flock of Seagull’s album. The 90’s have representation too in this fall’s hottest trends. The spice-girlesque double bun updo is back and better than ever! Even the hotly debated mullet made an appearance on the fashion runways this season and had us scratching our heads in curious wonder.  For fans of all things Game of Thrones, the multitude of jewel encrusted hair accessories accompanying chignons, double-plaited braids and sectioned ponytails will be just the medieval twist you were looking for!

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