Understanding Hair Porosity

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Although the term “hair porosity” seems intimidating, it’s really quite simple! Hair porosity can be easily understood as the hair’s ability to engross and maintain hydration and moisture. When one’s has high porosity it’s cuticle is often more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Even more, hair that has high levels of porosity is more likely to develop cracks and cavities, which fail to prevent moisture from taking over the hair structure. When this happens, the hair becomes tangled and frizzy, feeling dry and gnarly.

Similarly, yet not exactly the same, those who have hair with low porosity levels have hair, which is ultra sensitive to protein, causing it to feel dry, dehydrated, and easily breakable. This is because hair with a low porosity is made up of cuticles, which rest flat as they constrict the hairs cortex. This constriction prevents the hair from becoming moist and hydrated, which leads to hair product build up, causing the hair to feel dry and fragile.

Clearly, the circumstances of both high and low porosity are far from optimal. Contrary to the previous, hair with a normal porosity has the ability to absorb the hydration it craves, and even maintain this hydration. Since the hair cuticle is in an ideal condition, it feels healthy and smooth, looks shiny, and is able to maintain volume.

How Porous Is Your Hair?
If you’re not sure where your hair falls on the porosity scale the “float test” an east way to find out.

Start be filling a small bowl with room temperature water. Put a few strands of clean hair into the water. You can gather this from the hair that slips onto your comb or brush when you’re detangling your hair post-shower; It’s important that the hair is clean to achieve the best results. Let the hair rest in the bowl or water for about three or four minutes, being sure to watch it the whole time. If your hair sinks to the bottom of the bowl, it has high porosity. Consequently, if your hair remains to float after four minutes or so, it has low porosity. Finally, if your hair sinks at a slow, steady pace, it has a normal porosity.

Managing Porosity
Now that you have a solid understand of what hair porosity is and how to figure out just how porous your hair is, here are a few tips on how to manage your hair, regardless of its porosity levels.

  • If you have low porosity: you should be focusing on opening the hair cuticle to let moisture in! An awesome (and relaxing) way to do this is by throwing a towel into the clothes drier while you saturate your locks with an argan oil or grapeseed oil based hair mask. Warp the heated towel around your head to make sure the oils reach their full potential.
  • If you have normal porosity: keep doing whatever you’re doing – it’s working! Do you have any tips to share? Post them in the comments.
  • If you have high porosity: you need to focus on deep conditioning treatments. Some options include an aloe and coconut oil hair mask, or a raw egg mask. Try to use hair products which are meant to hydrate and restore dry and damaged hair.

Take Years Off Your Look

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The inevitable thing about life is we all get older; whether we like to accept it or not, part of getting older is acting and looking the part. Truth be told, your skin tone probably is not the same shade that it was in college. So why are you still getting your roots colored the same shade that you chose when you landed your first job? Believe it or not, one of the biggest secrets to taking years off your look is to choose the best color for your current skin tone. Now, one thing to keep in mind is that skin tone and skin color are not exactly the same thing. Typically, skin tone is described as warm, cool, or neutral; this is the skin’s undertone that shows through the color of the surface of your skin. This means that regardless of various changes in the actual color of skin (such as a sun tan or skin rash) the skin tone always remains the same.

Keeping the above in mind, your skin color or your complexion tends to develop a dull color, or what some might call pale. When your hair color is the suited to your skin tone, the dulling skin makes it more obvious, and it can make you look drained and tired. No one should look washed out, even on their worst days! To make sure you look your best at any age, keep reading and find out which color complements your skin tone.

Fair with Cool Undertones
You should try… an auburn hair color with a shine reflecting dimension, this will bring out the natural pink in your cheeks, making you skin appear fuller and younger! If you’re not one for reds, you may like a multidimensional blond hair color, which will offset any dullness in your facial skin, making your skin like brighter.

Fair with Warm Undertones
You should try… soft copper colored hair. This color will flatter your age by creating an illusion to soften wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the eyes.

Between Fair and Medium with Warm Undertones
You should try… a natural looking ombre, much like Julia Roberts sun-kissed look. The low placed lighter colors draw attention away from the hallowing areas of the face, giving the appearance of immature facial skin.

Medium with Cool Undertones
You should try… a silky soft black hair color. As long as you don’t kill and dry out your hair with heat tools day after day, your hair will give off a young radiance. Keep in mind that jet-black can be harsh, but if you stick to a soft black your complexion will appear smooth and young.

Medium with Warm Undertones
You should try… a golden or milk chocolate brown hair color. This color is one that flatters women of any age. This works even better if you have brown eyes! The coordination your hair and eye colors create a natural bronze appearance for youthful looking skin.

Best Way To Get Rid Of Grays

Those aren’t gray hairs;
They’re strands of glitter growing from my head.
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The truth of the matter is no one likes going gray; however everyone sprouts a gray lock at some point in time, it’s simply inevitable! Fortunately, women have been opposed to going gray for quite some time now, which means there are age-old beauty hacks to fix the lifeless looking locks. Continue reading to first find out why hair your hair turns gray, and then learn the best ways to get rid of those pesky grays. You can thank us later.

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Going Gray
Whether you sprouted your first gray the day before you graduated college or the after your daughter graduated college you hair went through the same process, here’s what happens: our human hair (as well as the hair of a considerable amount of other animals) naturally contains hydrogen peroxide within the hair follicle. In addition to hydrogen peroxide, the hair is made up of something called the hair catalase, which is comprised of enzymes. The enzymes in the catalase initiate the hydrogen peroxide in the hair to generate oxygen and water. This process occurs over and over when the hair is young. However, as the hair ages its enzyme catalase weakens, so the once-active conversion process slows and doesn’t take place as frequently as it once did. This means that the hydrogen peroxide begins to accumulate throughout the hair follicle, which in turn causes the hair to lose its color from the inside out. Of course, in losing its color it will begin to appear gray until you take action.

Woman with gray hair

Getting Rid of the Gray
With an understanding of why the hair decolorizes, you can combat the grays. Here are some tried and true, and scientific tips of how to do so.

  • Offset the gray color by distracting the eye with a mix of highlights and lowlights. While this isn’t changing the hair’s process of turning gray, it does allow you to hide the unwanted color.
  • Prepare one of the following:  black tea, curry leaves, ginger, henna, ridge guard (after you’ve done a few minutes of reading up on the product you choose, to find which one is best for you) and apply it on your locks. Keep in mind that naturally repairing gray hair takes time, and the most immediate result will always come from professionally applied artificial hair color.
  • If you are a smoker, here’s another reason to quit: not only can you prevent grays, but there is convincing evidence that you can reverse grays.
  • A wonderful way to manage gray hair, as well as your overall health, is to be sure that you’re consuming a balanced diet. Additionally, you should be most certain that you are getting the proper amounts of vitamin B12 and B6, as they are key to keeping your hair it’s natural color. Because we know it can be hard to maintain a balanced diet all the time, you can get into the habit of taking a vitamin B complex supplement every morning.

Are You A Cool Or A Warm Blonde?

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Have you ever had your hair colored to perfection, only to look into the mirror a few weeks later and notice that your hair had a strange yellow tint to it? If so, this yellow tint that you noticed is actually a Brassy tone. Brassy tones are probably the top complaint of those with blonde hair. That said, brassy tones are the result of extra blonde warm tones.

If you’re unsure of what all of this hair color mumbo jumbo means, check this out: When your stylist is creating the formula to color your hair, he or she is using a color wheel to determine which chemicals will make for the best color. Before mixing up the color, during the consulting part of the appointment you might hear her use the terms brassy and ashy. When referring to the entire color wheel, brassy or warm tones include the colors red, orange, and yellow, while ashy or cool tones include green, blue, and violet. However, when speaking only of the blonde spectrum it is easiest to think of a scale that goes from 1 to 15. Imagine the beginning of this scale being a warm yellow mustard color, but as the numbers on the scale progress to the center of the scale (say 7 or 8) it lightens to a neutral cream color. Because you can’t get much lighter than cream or white, the remainder of the scale will go from white to gray. Remember, yellow is at the start of the spectrum, and is considered a brassy color, which means it’s warm; thus the opposite side of the scale is cool. What does all this mean for you? Simply those whose blonde hair is more of a sweet sunny color are warm blondes. Of course, this means that those who have silver or platinum colored hair are cool blondes.

Now that you have a better idea of the difference between warm and cool blondes, you certainly have an understanding of why your bleach blonde isn’t as bleach colored as it once was – because for one reason or another the cool, ashy tones have faded to warm, brassy ones. Some ladies may be okay with the warmer tones but others can’t stand it! If you find that you’re one of those who isn’t a fan of the warmer tones, check out the tips below to reverse and prevent them!

  • Use a violet shampoo for regular maintenance. Since violet and yellow are on opposite sides of the color wheel, the purple color works to neutralize the brassy color. Sometimes violet or purple shampoos can be extremely drying, which is the last thing that vulnerable, bleached hair needs. Protract your hairs integrity while preventing brassiness by alternating violet shampoo with your regular shampoo every other day.
  • Use a violet conditioning treatment on a semi-regular basis. This is a great option if you are a fan of conditioning treatments and are able to find the time do them every-so-often.
  • Schedule a toning treatment with your stylist in-between root touch-up appointments. If you notice that the brassiness acts up during the summer it’s because the sand and salt water tend to do some serious damage to cool tones. It can be annoying, but it is also super easy for your stylist to take care of with a toning treatment.

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.

Summer 2016 Hair Hues

Women have been changing up their hairstyles for summer ever since new hair hues and fancy cuts became an option. Now that beach season is finally here, you may be yearning for the perfect new ‘do. This summer, its all about going lighter, brighter, and intense with those locks. Check out our list of summer 2016 hair hues, and get ready to heat up your look!

Nude
When it comes to fashion and makeup, nude tones are all the rage right now; it was only a matter of time before nude hair started gaining popularity. Nude is created through a balance of warm and cool tones. The opposing tones sort of “cancel” each other out and create a flattering natural color that looks great on all skin tones.

Pewter Blonde

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Pewter Blonde
Blonde is always a safe summer color but this summer, light blonde is turning up a notch! Pewter blonde is great for those who are already rocking beach-bum colored locks. Your stylist will likely make this look work for you by adding a full set of platinum highlights, then throwing in a few silver streaks. You can even request that your stylist to add in some honey or gold streaks in the front to help frame the face.

Watermelon
That’s right, your favorite summer snack might just be your favorite hair hue of summer 2016. Perhaps the most adventurous color trend of the season, watermelon hair is created through a double process. Your stylist will start by lifting or bleaching the hair so that it a ready for color, then (s)he will combine vivid greens  in the upper two-thirds, which will melt into sweet flirty pinks in the bottom portion of the hair.

creamy blonde hair hue

Creamy Blonde
For those of you who love blonde hues, but aren’t digging the rock ‘n’ roll vibe of pewter blonde, you might be interested in going for a creamy blonde color. Your stylist will add a mix of golden hues and white blonde hues, for a sexy, sophisticated, creamy blonde look that flatters just about every skin tone.

Color Bleed
The color bleed trend can be done with virtually any two hair colors, although we think the trend looks best on those with already-dark hair. Similar to an ombre, your stylist will gradually blend the vibrant color of your choice from the roots all the way down. When done correctly, it should not look like over-due new growth, rather the colors should just melt into each other.

Snowlights highlighting

Snow Lights
The trend of “snowlight” highlights began this spring and is getting more and more popular.  This new trend that every blonde girl should try is easy to achieve. Your stylist will take your hair to the next level by adding pale blonde highlights all throughout your hair, creating the illusion of lifted, shimmering locks.

Auburn Balayage
For all the girls who are in-love with Selena Gomez’s hair, but not to sure why, here’s your answer! Selena has been rocking her layered auburn balayage, and you can rock this look too! Ideal for longer-layered styles, your stylist will add dimension to already dark hair by strategically placing auburn colored streaks throughout the middle and end portions of the hair. You’ll leave the salon with locks that look like they’ve been kissed by sun.

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.

Japanese Hair Straightening

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Typically when women think about permanently straightening their hair, they consider having a Brazilian keratin treatment done to their hair, which by the way isn’t a permanent solution. Another less-known straightening solution, which does provide permanent and lasting results, is Japanese hair straightening. For more information on the comparative information between the two straightening options, keep reading!

Brazilian Keratin Treatment
When performing a Brazilian keratin treatment, a stylist will begin by washing the hair with a clarifying shampoo, blow-dry the hair, and then apply the straightening solution to the hair section by section. Once the solution has been applied to every last strand of hair and has been combed throughout, and given the treatment a few minutes to set, the stylist will blow-dry the hair. When finished with the blow dryer, the stylist will seal the treatment using a flat iron. At this point, the keratin straightening process is finished, although some clients may be told not to style or wash their locks for a few days. In total, the process can take anywhere between two to four hours in the salon chair depending on the individual’s hair type and length. The client will be back at the salon in about three to six months to repeat the temporary process. It is also important for clients to understand that if the treatment is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, as it straightens wavy hair; it will only soften curly hair. That said keratin treatments are superb for eliminating frizz and making hair healthy and stronger over time.

Japanese Hair Straightening
Japanese hair straightening, which is also known as thermal reconditioning uses special flat irons that allow the hair to heat to the specific temperature, which allows the chemical solution to produce the desired results. Unlike the Brazilian keratin treatment, Japanese thermal reconditioning is a permanent hair straightening process. In addition to straight hair clients will notice that after the treatment, wet hair dries much faster, requires little attention during and after the shower, and allows for a professional style with little to know effort.

When going to the salon for a Japanese straightening treatment, the stylist will begin by washing the hair apply a straightening solution then rinse the solution  and apply a treatment specific conditioner followed by a heat protection product. After this, the stylist will use the blow dryer for a quick partial dry followed by a straightening session. Once straightened, the stylist will apply a neutralizer, which has the purpose of stabilizing the balancing the pH levels of the client’s hair. The neutralizer will sit for a few minutes before being rinsed out, at this time the stylist will proceed by re-applying and rinsing out conditioner.  Once rinsed, the hair will be treated with mineral water and control crème to prepare for the final blow-dry. Once dry, the hair is flat ironed for the last time, to ensure it is completely straight. Much like keratin treatments, the client must keep hair dry and un-styled for 48 to 72 hours. In total, the process can take anywhere from four to eight hours, however, the client will not have to repeat the process, is it allows for total and permanently straightened hair. This lengthy permanent straightening process works for those with wavy and curly hair, leaving clients’ hair smooth, silky and frizz-free for years to come.

Baking Soda for Lush Locks

Baking soda

It can clean teeth, be used as a facial scrub, remove tough, stains and even soothe sunburn. We’re talking about baking soda of course! The common household product can do everything mentioned and so much more, including offer an amazing and beneficial clean to your locks. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate is actually a natural and harmless compound that can be found in just about every part of our day-to-day lives. Believe it or not, sodium bicarbonate is found in various aspects of nature, deep in the ocean and the ocean water, in dirt and soil, the substance is even in our foods, and our bodies. The easiest way to understand baking soda is to think of it as a neutralizer for a large number of compounds. As a neutralizer, the substance is helpful in distorting toxins. Remarkably, sodium bicarbonate is existent in all – yes, all – of our body fluids and organs; it is given the major responsibility in balancing acid in the human body.

Surely this super-substance should be used more often, so why not start implementing its powers by creating your own homemade shampoo? Washing your hair with baking soda on a regular basis will eliminate the harsh chemical deposits and residues typical shampoos and conditioners leave behind. In addition to leaving yucky, harmful gunk behind, shampoos have been found to strip our scalps of its natural oils, baking soda works to promote healthy production of natural oils. Those who have traded in shampoo for baking soda have found their hair to be smooth and healthy, less oily, full of volume, and much more manageable. When you’re ready to make the change, check out the options below.

Baking Soda + Water = Clarifying and Everyday Shampoo
Buy an empty shampoo squeeze bottle, or give an old one a good rinse. Once you’ve got your shampoo bottle, simply adding one part baking soda and three parts of water to the bottle, give the bottle a good shake for a few minutes to mix up the goodness. When in the shower, simply apply the mixture onto your head and gently massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it. If you find that your hair is smooth and tangle free without any sort of conditioner, then continue to style your hair as usual. However, for those of you who have the urge to grab the store bought conditioner after rinsing out the baking soda solution, don’t – you’ll only be reapplying all the chemicals that you’re avoiding!

Apple Cider Vinegar + Water = Smoothing Conditioner
Find another clean shampoo squeeze bottle and add in one part apple cider vinegar and four parts filtered water. To leave your hair smelling fresh and yummy (rather than vinegar-y), add in just a few drops of fragrant essential oil. Give this bottle a good shake now, and every time before use. Once you’ve rinsed out your baking soda shampoo, continue by applying this solution to your locks. It may seem strange to use such a thin “conditioner” at fist, but you’ll get used to it. Unlike store bought conditioner, it isn’t necessary to leave the mixture on for an extended period of time, in fact, you can rinse it out after just a few seconds if you’d like. Finally, right before getting out of the shower, rinse your locks with cold water, as this will seal the cuticle and lock in moisture, leaving your hair smooth, shiny, and frizz free!

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!