Hairstyles That Hide Blemishes

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One of the biggest skin related misconceptions is that once you’ve made it through puberty, you shouldn’t get a blemish ever again. While some individuals are lucky enough to have the complexion of a porcelain doll, the vast majority of us still experience blackhead breakouts, cystic flare-ups, and pesky pimples. Some women find that blemishes occur when they’re under a lot of stress, others may notice these imperfections at certain times of the month, and some women can’t pinpoint a single cause of their blemishes. But let’s face it, pimples aren’t fun for anyone – no matter what the reason! Whether you’re just not into caking on the cover-up or you’re sick of reapplying it every few hours, you’ll be delighted to know that there are indeed hairstyles that hide blemishes. Below you will find two different hairstyles, each a bit different from the other, but both equally suitable to cover up the imperfection that has made its mark on your face. Browse through the blemish hiding hairstyles below and show that sucker who’s boss!

Braided Crown
This artsy blemish masking hairdo is perfect for covering those pesky pimples that run along the hair line, as well as those unsightly forehead zits that make you cringe every time you wash your face. After your hair has been washed and died, go ahead and cover your blemish with the treatment of your choice, then allow it to dry for a few moments. When you’re ready, grab a small section of hair behind your ear, separate it into three sections and begin a French braid. As you move along draw pieces from the back to pull to the front and incorporate into the braid. You want to be sure that you’re leading the braid along the top of your forehead, this way it ends right around the opposite ear. Use a small elastic to secure the end, then use your fingers to flatten and widen the braid. Then lay it across the top of your forehead so that there’s no visible space between your hairline and the braid, then secure it behind the ear with some bobby pins.

Faux Side Bangs
This style is also commonly referred to as “the swoop.” This style is perfect for hiding any imperfections that pop up on your forehead, brows, and even the temple area. Simply start by creating a deep side part, so that about three-quarters of your hair is pulled to one side. Also, when creating your side part, keep in mind that you’ll want the side with more hair to be the side that your blemish is on. If you typically need extra volume, go ahead and give your hair a good tease now. You’ll notice that there are strands of hair falling into your face, trying to make it back to the natural part. Swoop those strands so that they lay diagonally across your forehead. Bring the remaining hair behind your ear and slip in some bobby pins to keep it all in place.

Simple Updos You Can Style at Home

One of the best things about social media today is the encouragement of sharing and using all kinds of DIY tips; from baking to cleaning, makeup to hair, the internet has an indefinite amount of tips and trick. Of course, this is all fine and dandy, even more exciting when you find a new hack and it actually works! However, we’ve all experienced the anticipation in the promise that a specific hack will work, only to be let down. We noticed that a particularly large amount of hack-let-downs are owed to the disappointment of DIY updos. The problem isn’t necessarily in the updo itself, rather, it’s the amount of skill required to create the updo – which many people confirm they don’t have after a few attempts – that can drive a DIYer crazy. Fortunately, we understand that the majority of you aren’t hair stylists. Although we also understand that you also want to the independence of creating an elegant updo without having to make an appointment at the salon. For this reason, we have selected some simple, yet stunning updos that you can easily style at home.

Disclaimer: It is important to keep in mind, before starting any hairstyle, to have an open and accepting mind of your final ‘do. Seldom do hairstyles turn out exactly as they are shown in pictures (even when professional stylists attempt them), which is why it’s important to find the beauty in your work and any imperfection. Oh, and one more thing: don’t wash your hair… styling clean hair can be a major pain! Whether you skip the shampoo or add a good amount of product to your hair, it’ll be much easier than attempting to style squeaky clean stands.

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Flirty twisted updo
Separate your hair into two even sections. Select a small section by your temple and begin to twist it away from your face. Once you’ve twisted a few inches, grab another small section from the hair below it and marry the two by twisting them together. Continue the process until the entire side of your hair is twisted, at which point you should keep twisting until the hair starts to coil and pull itself into the scalp. Secure the twist with a few hair pins, then repeat the process on the other side.

French twist
For this ‘do, it’s important to begin with a volumizing product. Then you’ll want to separate your hair into a horizontal part, which is basically like creating a half-ponytail, but instead of using your thumbs to separate your hair, you’re going to use a comb to create a part that goes straight across from one ear to another. For extra volume, tease this top section, then twist it just a few times and secure the “tail” against your head. Gather together all the hair of the bottom section, starting at the nape of the neck, twist all the hair upwards. Once it’s twisted all the way up you can start to incorporate the ends of top section with the twisted section. Finally, tuck the ends of the hair underneath itself, be sure to secure it with hair pins and some strong hold spray.

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Chic Chignon
Start with a low side part that is parallel to your eyebrow. Bring all your to whichever side of your head is opposite of your part and create a low side ponytail. Divide the pony in half, then create a rope braid. To do this you’ll want to twist both sections in the same direction, once their twisted to the bottom twist them over each other in the opposite direction. Continue twisting in the opposite direction until you’ve reached the bottom, and secure the rope braid with a small clear elastic. Now wrap the rope braid around itself, similar to the way a cinnamon is wrapped. Slip in a few bobby pins to hold everything in place and finish with some hair spray!

 

Haircuts That Stand Up To Humidity

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Beach season may be nearing its end, but the humid and muggy days are far from over. If you’re and early raiser you know that early fall mornings are for dew filled grass, foggy windshields, and humidity-ridden hair. Depending where you live in the U.S., the hair troubles don’t stop when the humid mornings are over. When the dew on the grass turns to frost, many women are fighting with static-y tresses. If you feel like you just can’t catch a break, know that you’re not alone. Instead of letting the weather changes get the best of you, opt for a new style. Below you’ll see a selection of haircuts that stand up to humidity, decide which one works best for you and call the salon to make an appointment!

Long Bob/Lob
Oh yes, this look is sticking around, in fact, it’s one of the hottest styles at the moment. The lob is not only stylish, but it’s also ideal for a variety of hair types. Those who have limp and lifeless hair will experience an instant volume boost from the sassy cut. When adding long layers to the look the lob is almost un-phased by heat and humidity. The reason for this is because the layers provide the hair with additional texture, which means that the natural movement of the strands still appear relaxed when humidity happens.

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Lavish Locks of Layers
At first thought, long hair may seem like the least humid-friendly style around, but it’s actually one of the most clever ways to beat the heat. Whether you have curly tresses or a thick wavy mane, long layers and angles are the way to go. The science is long hair weighs more than short hair. When the humid weather hits, curls and waves have a natural tendency to tighten and coil, but if your hair is long, it will resist the urge to tighten due to the weight pulling it down. Plus, the layers and angles add movement so that if there is some tightening, it looks more like intentional texture.

Perfect Pixie
Whether you prefer a more delicate pixie (such as Emma Watson’s) or a rock star chop (much like Riri’s) a short pixie cut is one of the most magical ways to prevent humidity from taking over your hair. Have your stylist snip your strands so that you have a short and sweet cut that is particularly asymmetrical. being sure to have longer strands at the top. Not only is this ‘do low maintenance but you’ll also have less worry on humid days. The reason being longer pieces on the top section of your head will curl downward, rather than frizz up.

There you have it! Three totally different looks with the same purpose: to stand up to humidity. However, it’s totally understandable if you aren’t willing to chop your locks just because mother nature is having a bad day. If this is the case, remember to put use to your basics: the classic French braid; the sassy and creative head wrap; the perfect messy bun.

Creating A Chic Braid

No matter what the season, where the event takes place, or the time of day, a chic braid is always appropriate. Going to and evening wedding at the Ritz? A braided updo is a perfect choice. Meeting your crush for an early morning coffee date? A messy braid will complete your yoga and hoodie ensemble. The best part about braided hairstyles is that many of them are actually easy to do! Granted, there are plenty of braided styles that stump even the most talented of stylists, but the majority of them look much more intimidating than they actually are… seriously. Below are step by step tutorials for two different chic braids, check it out!

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The Fab and Faux Fishtail

  1. Begin by pulling all of your hair to the back of your heady and securing it into a low pony. For the best-finished result, we recommend securing it with a sturdy clear elastic (or two-to-three of tiny clear ones so that they provide a stronger hold) or a regular hair tie that matches your hair color.
  2. Stick your thumb under the elastic and up through the center of the hair above the elastic. If you’ve done it correct you should be about to pull the half section of your hair apart from the other half by using your thumb and index finder.
  3.  With your free hand grab the “tail” of the ponytail, flip it up and tuck it through the opening that you’ve just made with your thumb. You’ll pull the hair all the way through. It should look as if you have a few inches of a fishtail above your ponytail.
  4. Three-or-so inches below the original elastic, wrap another clear or color-matching elastic around the hair and use your fingers to separate the section of hair between the two elastics (the same way you did in step 2).
  5. Just as you did in step 3, flip and tuck the “tail” of the ponytail through the opening.
  6. Repeat septs 4 and 5, adding as many sections as the length of your hair permits.

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Triple Braided Knot

  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is back comb or tease a wide section of hair that runs along your hairline which lies at the crown of your hair. This will create the volume you need to slay this sexy updo.
  2. Divide your hair into three even sections. Secure each section with a tiny clear elastic.
  3.  Braid each of the sections moderately tight, then secure them at the end with another elastic.
  4. Even though you braided each braid moderately tight, use your pointer finger and thumb to pull the hair apart, this way the braid becomes wider and appears a bit fuller.
  5. Twist each braid around itself until it coils on itself. At this point, it should be twisted all the way to the base of the section. Secure it to your scalp by inserting color matching bobby pins.
  6. Repeat the previous step to the remaining two braids, then give your updo a bit of extra hold with some hairspray.

Summer Hair Care Tips

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There’s no better way to spend the sweet summertime days and nights than in the great outdoors. The summer welcomes comfy clothing, minimal makeup, and natural hair. It may be impossible to fall out of love with summer ways, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t health and beauty conflicts throughout the season. Many of us have been versed a time or two on the proper way to care for and protect out skin during the warmer months, but few of us have taken into consideration the necessary measures that should be taken to safeguard those tresses. Since the sun has been putting in the overtime, we thought we should shed some light on some tried and true summer hair care tips. 

Hit Snooze and Skip the Shampoo
As you may have heard, scrubbing your scalp with shampoo doesn’t just cleanse your locks, but it has been found to strip the hair of its healthy natural oils. Naturally, it seems ideal to rid the hair of oil, but the thing is, hair that is over washed compensates for the continual oil loss by amping up oil production, leaving your hair more and more greasy looking over time. Instead of  washing your hair with shampoo in the shower, simply sleep in a bit later and skip your shower every few days. If you absolutely need to shower, try rinsing your hair directly under the shower head for a few minutes to help reduce the excess oil.

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Conditioner is Key
We’re true believers that saltwater and all day pool days are good for the soul, but sadly, all the sodium and chlorine isn’t the best thing for your tresses. Reverse the damage caused by the elements by using a deep conditioning treatment on a regular basis.

Better Safe than Sorry, Use Protection
Often times we overlook the fact that out scalp is just as susceptible to sunburn as is our skin. Not only that, but our hair is not able to provide the adequate UVA and UVB protection. There are a few different options to prevent your scalp from burning this summer:

  • Look into shampoos and conditioners that contain sunblock
  • Mix a small amount of oil-free sunscreen in the palm of your hand with your regular hair product. This way you’re killing two birds with one stone in mere seconds.
  • Whenever possible, sport a cute baseball cap or floppy monogrammed sun hat.

Give Your Blowdryer a Day Off
It’s no secret that applying continual heat to the hair on a regular basis isn’t hair-healthy. Chances are that the temperature outside is as high as the low or medium setting on your blow-dryer, so why not let your hair dry naturally? Of course, there are days when the time commitment to air-drying isn’t realistic, but the take home point here is that whenever possible, you should give all heat tools a day off.

Don’t Crack Under Pressure
We’ve all done it before: gathered our hair into the perfect style, secured it with elastics and bobby pins only to realize that a single strand of hair was being pulled so much that it was causing an uncomfortable painful sensation. Remember, pain is the body’s way to tell us something is wrong! When you’re experiencing hair-pulling scalp-pain, it’s because those locks are being pulled so tight that they are about to split and snap. You hair is already in a vulnerable state in the summer, simply avoid splitting due to too-tight styles by opting for loose braids and messy buns.

Over the Rainbow

Rainbow hairstyle

Rainbow colored hair is one of the hottest trends in the beauty world right now! If you’re like the majority of women interested in the look, chances are you have no clue of how to go about the vibrant style. If you are feeling a bit lost in the clouds over the rainbow look – but that’s okay! Read on to gather the info of everything you need to know for rocking the rainbow.

Color and Incorporation
If you’re reading this article, chances are more than likely that you’ve already begun looking into the different colors and styles that fall under the umbrella term of Rainbow Hair. It seems that there are more and more options everyplace you look. If you know you want to go for the look, but are looking for some extra inspiration, here are a just a few of our favorite color palettes and a handful of ways to incorporate the color into your hair:

  • Standard Rainbow: Just as it sounds, standard rainbow uses the six elementary rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple).
  • Electric Rainbow: This selection of colors is just a bit different from the standard rainbow in that instead of sticking to the typical rainbow shades, the colors are amplified; think of using highlighters to color a rainbow, rather than crayons.
  • Unicorn: This theme is super delicate and ultimately favored by those who typically stick to lighter color palettes. Colors in the unicorn rainbow include silver and very light blue and pink.
  • Watermelon: The daring watermelon rainbow includes the two main colors of the juicy fruit, pink and green.

Keep in mind that the color themes mentioned above make a very limited list. There are many, many more rainbow hair colors including electric watermelon, sherbet, mermaid, and more; the color options are endless. Once you’ve chosen the colors for your new look, you’ll need to decide how you’re going to incorporate the color into your hair.

  • A (very) full set of highlights: this will give you multi-colored streaks evenly throughout your hair.
  • Rainbow Roots: With this method, the rainbow color will not be visible when your hair is styled straight and left down, however as soon as you curl your hair, put it up, or even run your fingers through it, the rainbow color will pop.
  • Under Lights: This is very similar to rainbow roots, the variance being that there is less color and it is more of a streaky color than a chunky root color.
  • Under Layer: this is similar to getting a partial set of highlights; instead of getting the color on top of your head it will be under layers of hair and only visible when you pull your hair up into a ponytail or bun.

When the Trend Ends…
Just like any other bright beauty trend, this one will one day come to an end, which is why it’s important to keep in mind that rainbow hair is a pretty hefty commitment. If you’re not sure you can handle the commitment, there are a number of ways to rock the rainbow with lesser commitment, such as semi-color, hair chalk, and colored hair spray. That said, if you’re up for the commitment, here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind during the heat of the trend, as well as when the trend starts to die down:

  • More likely than not, your stylist will have to bleach your hair prior to adding in a multiplicity of colors. This means that your hair will be extremely fragile as it will have gone through a double process to get where you want it. To maintain your hair’s integrity, it’s a good idea to use a deep conditioning treatment once a week or so. Another way to care for your newly colored hair is to wash it less frequently, this way it has a chance to absorb all those natural oils before they get washed out.
  • Keep in mind the typical fading time for the colors you’ve chosen; you may have residual hair color when the rainbow trend begins to die down. The best thing you can do in this case is to let the color fade naturally. By doing so, you are prolonging any re-damaging of the hair that may happen when you choose to dye your hair again. Typically, green, blue, and purple take the longest to fade.
  • No matter what color you dye your hair, new growth will appear, giving you those oh-so-dreaded-roots. With a “typical” color, you can simply visit your stylist to re-high light the new-growth and solve the problem, but it doesn’t work quite the same with rainbow colored hair. Eventually, you will be waiting for your color to fade, as your roots grow in and the trend has ended. You don’t want to color the roots, as this would only defeat the purpose to letting the color fade. But, remember you did a double process, which means under all that color, the hair cuticle is much lighter than the root, which makes things difficult. The best way to avoid awkward roots is to allow your hair to go through the natural fading process and have your stylist help you get your hair color where you want it.

Try These Japanese Hairstyles

The country of Japan is recognized worldwide for lush, inimitable culture. The people of Japan are known for their fun, yet modish style. Notorious for following all the latest beauty trends, Japanese women frequently sport unique and head-turning hairstyles. Many have wider foreheads that they prefer to hide with bangs; they also believe that bangs, which just barely reach the eyes, alude a sort of desirable-mystery about them. Generally speaking, Japanese women often keep their hair at a healthy, medium to long length. That said, those who prefer to keep their hair on the shorter side tend to have a layered look. In addition to their unique cuts, Japanese women are no strangers to wearing the latest hair color trends, as hair dye often complements their fair skin tone. Check out the popular Japanese hairstyles below and give them a try for yourself!  

Japanese hairstyle

Glam Doll
This look is directly inspired Barbie. In fact, there are a group of women who idolize Barbie, and for this reason, dress up like Barbie regularly. If you want to show off your young and fun side, this look is perfect for you. The Glam Doll leaves plenty of room for personalization, simply because it includes anything that Barbie herself would approve of – the one must-have in the look is thick, full bangs (bonus points is they’re styled with a large barrel round brush). Other than that, you can make the look your own with long, pin-straight locks or large, perfectly placed, bouncy curls. Master the look by adding hair clips, bows, and more!

Roller Buns
This style has reminded popular for more than a few years now. Most often worn by those with shorter cuts or those who belong to the younger generations, the look is super easy to achieve. Begin by creating a center part all the way through your hair, then use an elastic to secure a semi-messy bun on each side of your head. The buns are typically placed up higher on the head, but you can add your own personality to the style be securing them as high or low as you’d like. If you need the look to appear more polished, secure two pigtails, then use two small hair donuts to create buns.

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Kitty Ears
This look is for anyone who likes to be the center of attention. What you’re going to do is create two tiny pigtails that should line up diagonally above your eyes. Use a regular sized hair tie to secure the pigtail, then twist it around and around just until it starts to coil on itself. Next, wrap the twisted pony completely around the hair tie. Once all the hair is wound up, stick two bobby pins at the base of the kitty ear, so that they are crossing over each other like an X. Once secured with bobby pins, use your finger to pull the center of the wrapped hair up just a bit, in order to create the classic pointy kitty ear.

Twisted Bouffant
This half-up-half-down style looks stunning on those with medium length layered hair, plus it takes almost no effort at all! Simply start by pulling your hair into a loose half pony and use the tip of a comb to pull out just a few small sections of hair. Rather than just securing the pony right away, use our fingers to twist the pony atop itself. Once it’s as twisted as you like, slip a few bobby pins in the top and the bottom of the twist. You can even heat the look up a bit by curling the loose hair – perfect for date night.

Second Day Hair

Okay, it’s no secret that teens and young adults say up much later than they should. Now, we’re not here to hound you on getting to bed early or avoiding caffeine after 3.00 pm but we do have a few tidbits of advice – hair advice that is. More times than not, going to bed late means waking up later, unless you’re woken up that is. From parties and a social life to crash study sessions and career planning, something is bound to keep you up late every now and again. While those nights that turn into mornings can be quite fun, what’s not enjoyable is getting up and getting ready for your morning commitments… that is, if you manage to muster up enough energy to get up when your alarm sounds and have time to get ready. Because we know that every last second you can squeeze out of your slumber matters after a late night, we have dedicated this article to second-day hair tips and styles. Yes! That means you have permission to save time by skipping the shower and trying one of the easy second day hairstyles listed below. Just be sure to freshen up by washing your face, brushing those pearly whites, and using a swipe or two of deodorant.If you find that your second-day hair is oily, you have three options to combat those shiny roots.

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Dry Shampoo
The first, most common option is dry shampoo. It is ideal for those with colored hair. There are all kinds and colors of dry shampoo’s on the market today. That’s right, all kinds of colors, so if you have darker hair you no longer have to worry about the obvious dry-shampoo-roots look. Additionally, there are a variety of different dry shampoo products that are formulated for different hair types. For best results, follow the directions on the product.

Baby Powder
The second option is good old baby powder. It is ideal for those of you who’ve noticed your hair tends to product a bit more oil than most. The major difference between baby powder and dry shampoo is the application. The vast majority of dry shampoo’s today are applied via a spray nozzle. Baby powder, of course, is applied either with the fingers or through gentle tapping and shaking of the boatel. Keep in mind that baby power doesn’t smell the slightest bit salon-like as dry shampoo would. That being said if you don’t mind the smell of baby products and need find that you finish a bottle of dry shampoo in only a few uses, give baby powder a try. Apply it in the morning by sectioning the hair and sifting it over the roots then use your finger tips to work the oil-absorbing goodness all around.The final option is a root lifting powder, ideal for those whose hair is thinning or naturally fine and lacking in volume. Much like baby powder, root lifting powder is indeed powder form, and similar to dry shampoo it typically has a pleasing scent. One thing to keep in mind is that root lifting powder is sold in small bottles because you do not need a lot to achieve the desired results.

Root Lifting Powder
The final option is a root lifting powder, ideal for those whose hair is thinning or naturally fine and lacking in volume. Much like baby powder, root lifting powder is indeed powder form, and similar to dry shampoo it typically has a pleasing scent. One thing to keep in mind is that root lifting powder is sold in small bottles because you do not need a lot to achieve the desired results.

Once you’ve freshened up, and made sure you hair is oil free, you can be certain that you’ll get out of the house in 10 minutes or less with these second-day hairstyles.

Sock bun hairstyle

Sock Bun/ Donut Bun 
If you need your hair off your neck, but just not feeling a ponytail, grab your handy sock bun/donut bun hairpiece. Throw your hair into a high pony and slide the round hairpiece right over the base of the ponytail. Spread your hair like a waterfall around the bun-maker, then use an elastic secure the hair as it’s covering the hairpiece. Once secure, pull the remaining hair to one side, braid it, then wrap it around the base of the bun and slip in some hairpins to keep everything put.

Headband
Another option is the headband tuck and cover. The easiest way to do this is place an elastic headband around your temple. Starting near your hairline, grab small 1/2 -1 inch sections of hair and cover the headband by wrapping each section over and tucking it back under. Do this same tuck and cover process all the way around until you can no longer see the headband.

Ponytail hairstyle

Ponytail
If braid and buns aren’t your thing, try a pull through ponytail. Simply use a brush to smoothly pull every strand into mid-to-low pony without any bumps. Go ahead and secure it with a hair tie as normal. Now, reach under your ponytail pushing your thumb and index finger through the hair, behind the elastic. Finally, use your thumb and index finger to grab the pony and pull it down, through the separation of the hair.

Fun Hairstyles

Beauty in the teenage years can be hard! Part of the time a girl wants to look cute for her crush, and the other part of the time, she wants to look good and gain respect from peers, professors, and classmates. Wealthy with confusion, the teenage years should be filled with style experiments, allowing her to find her own unique style; as this time should be filled with the utmost self-expression. When searching for and developing one’s own style, she should be on the lookout for a beauty routine, which flatters her natural beauty. Below are two totally different, yet equally fun hairstyles that all teens should try this summer. Check ‘em out!

Boho front braids

Boho Front Braid
Begin this style with right-out-of-the-shower damp hair. If extra volume is needed, apply a light-to-medium hold mousse, being sure to comb the product through hair with a wide-toothed comb. Blow dry hair and add extra volume by flipping the head upside down. Be absolutely sure that the hair is totally dry and section it into three sections : left, middle, right. Focusing on one section at a time, use a 1½-2 inch barrel curler, and separate the larger section into three smaller sections, curling each. Continue by separating the remaining two larger sections into three smaller sections, and curling each. Once all the hair is curled, select small section that is the entire length of the hair part – pull the section of hair to the front. Begin braiding the section of hair incorporating one or two sections (like when French braiding) of hair to the temple hairline hair, this will ensure that the braid stays close to the front of the face. Continue the braid all the way down before securing it with an elastic band. Make the braid a boho braid by loosening and flattening the braid with a gentle grip. For those who have naturally wavy hair, don’t bother with the mousse and blow dryer, instead, add some texturizing spray allow hair to air dry.

Swept curls

Sweet 16 Swept Curls
As the name of the style suggests, this style is a killer style for a sweet 16 soiree, is also great for a night out to dinner or for a college interview! After showering, towel drying and detangling the hair, apply a medium hold product (either gel or mousse, it doesn’t make much difference in this case). Following the suggestions on the product label, blow-dry the hair so that it is directed to one side of the scalp – this is easiest to achieve with a paddle brush. Once the hair is dry, use a 1-inch curling wand curling the hair so that it falls down on the side that hair has been blow-dried. Loosen and mingle the curls being sure that they stay on the one side, however, if a curl or two is stubborn, just let it do it’s own thing, as messing with it too much will ruin the curl. Once the curls are in place, mist over the ‘do with some high-quality strong-hold hairspray. To keep the lower and back curls in place, slide in some bobby pins!

Creating Summer Highlights

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The summer season and highlighted hair have had a close relationship for longer than we can remember; for some reason, the sun just seems to inspire us to lighten up our locks. More than likely you’ve ended up here, reading this very article, because summertime has got you interested in a lighter do. In previous years the decision to “highlighting your hair” left you to choose between two options: thick and chunky highlights, or thin and piece-y streaks. Thankfully, artist of the beauty world has provided us with more than a few choices today.

Being that a girl’s highlighting choices aren’t as limited as they once were, we have pulled together a few different highlighting style options. Take your time reading through the highlighting possibilities, that way you know exactly what you want when you make your next salon appointment.

A Summertime Balayaged Lob
What better way to rock the hottest haircut of the moment, the l(ong b)ob, than to bring in some added dimension with a tortoiseshell balayage to lighten things up?! Tell your stylist that you’re interested in an ecaille balayage, let him/her take the rest from there.

Light and Long Summertime Hair
If you’re the person who wants highlight your hair as much as possible, without actually going all-blonde, you’ll love the idea of light and long highlights. This works best on hair that is a natural light brown, but can be achieved in the double process as well for those of you who have darker hair. Either way, explain to your stylist that you want a full set of dimensional blonde highlights.

Heavy Highs and Lows
For those of you that love the look of thick, chunky highlights, you should opt for a partial set of highlights mixed with a partial set of lowlights. Make your look stand out every once and a while a by curling your hair to revile each and every low and highlight.

Long hair highlights

Subtle and Strong Summer Highlights
If you know you want highlights, but are scared that you’ll look too blonde, this is the perfect look for you. Your stylist will create somewhat of a hybrid ombre; your highlights will start ¼ to ½ the way down your hair shaft. Some streaks will be thick and rather subtle, while others will be a bit stronger. The alternating pattern creates an illusion of natural sunkissed highlights, the only difference is the highlights are right where you want them.

Brown + Blonde + Honey hues
If you’re interested in a dimensional look, but don’t necessarily want the look of artificial highlights, you are the perfect candidate for tai-colored highlights. Tell your stylist that you’re in light brown lowlights, blonde highlights and honey highlights. Did we mention that this look looks radiant on just about every skin tone?

Frosted in the Summertime
Do you already have blonde hair, but find that you still wish to go lighter for the summer? That’s okay! This can easily be done with a partial highlight, just a few shades lighter than your base blonde, and a total toning treatment. A week or so later you may notice the silver or frosted tones begin to fade, to keep your hair just as silver and vibrant as the day you walk out of the salon, go ahead and buy a high-quality toning shampoo.