New Year, New Hair, New You

Woman getting her hair styled

Can you believe we’re getting ready to welcome 2017 into our lives?  2016 has been filled with so many things, positive and not so positive.  Regardless, it’s always an exciting opportunity to be able to welcome a new year.  It’s always this opportunity that so many of us take to reevaluate different areas of our lives, make new goals and plans, and make some changes we’ve been wanting to make.  That start to a new year is kind of this OK we give to ourselves to start fresh and begin a new year with a new mindset.  We’re willing to bet that you’ve thought about changing your hair in some way or another with the change of a new year.  New year, new hair, new you?!

The thing about our hair is many of us tend to get into a routine with it.  We style it the same couple of ways pretty much consistently, we tend to stick with the same type of haircut, and it’s hard to get out of that hair rut.  But it’s a brand new year just days away, and a great time to make some new hair changes to bring out a whole new you.  Making even small changes to your hair can be just the refresh you need to feel like a new you in the new year.

If you’re not quite ready to make a major hair change, there are plenty of other ways you can get new hair feels into your life.  If you want to start slowly, try just doing something as simple as changing how you part your hair.  Seriously, we get so used to wearing our hair the same exact way – you might be surprised at just how different your hair looks with the change of a part.  Another seemingly simple, but powerful, way to change up your hair would be to try out some different hair care products.  Again, you might be surprised at just how different your hair looks.  While you’re at it, do a little internet searching from some hairstyling ideas and try out a few new hairstyles.  It can be such a difference in how your hair looks and how you feel!

Now if you’re feeling like you’re ready for some new hair that’s a bit more drastic than just changing your part or trying a different hairstyle, there are plenty of ideas.  One of our first suggestions would be to actually try out a different hair stylist.  Even if you love your hair stylist, it can be difficult to get yourself truly new hair when you’re still seeing the same hair stylist that’s been cutting your hair in the same way for years.  Try out someone new, and see what types of hairstyle suggestions they have for you – coming from a completely fresh perspective on their end.  Another fun way to get some new hair is to add some bangs to your look.  Bangs are incredibly versatile and a really fun and easy way to change up your look pretty simply.  You don’t have to go for a full bang, ask your new hair stylist what they suggest!

Styling After A Bad Haircut

woman frustrated with hair

Ever get a bad haircut?  It’s ok, we’ve all been there a time or two in our lives.  The worst part of having a bad haircut is trying to actually style it until it grows out.  If you’re in that place, or just want to be prepared in case it happens again (knock on wood) we’ve come up with some great ways to style after a bad haircut.  Before you panic…they’re all super easy to achieve and will leave you hating your bad haircut less and working with what you’ve got until you can get it cut properly.

Accessorize Like A Queen
Hair accessories are a major life saver when it comes to styling after a bad haircut.  It doesn’t have to be complicated or intricate to style with accessories, either.  Even just twisting little sections of hair and pinning them back with bobby pins can be the difference you need to take a bad haircut and make the most of it.  Bobby pins, headbands, the list goes on.  The point is to have fun with accessories and play around with different ways of incorporating them into your hair to help you feel a little better about your haircut gone wrong.

Woman using a curling iron

Use Different Styling Tools
If you’re typically a flat iron girl, switch it up and go for the curling iron.  When you’re not in love with your haircut sometimes simply switching up the tools you use to style it can take you from loathing your cut to loving it!  It can really be as simple as changing the tools you use from straight to curly, or curly to straight.  Play around with the different hair styling tools we have access to, we all get stuck in a bit of a rut so honestly switching things up regardless can be a fun way to experiment.  You never know what you may end up liking!

Use Hair Care Products
When you’re coping with a bad haircut, it’s even more important that you make use of quality hair care products.  We get it, you’re not loving your hair so why would you want to spend more time and energy on it?  But the thing is, hair care products can help make your hair more manageable and easier to work with especially when it doesn’t seem to be doing what you want it to.  Of course, we do not mean that you should go apply every hair care product under the sun on your hair.  But we are suggesting that you invest in some quality hair care products that are specifically designed to work with your hair type.  They can work wonders, in fact, they’re MADE to work wonders.  So why not use them to your advantage here?

All in all, don’t forget to be patient.  We all deal with bad haircuts and truly it’s never as bad as you think it is.  Try to maintain your patience and work with what you have.  Experiment and try to have fun with it.

Do you have any tricks to styling after a bad haircut that you live by?

Timeless Bridal Hairstyles

Although traditional and modern brides may differ in the details of their weddings, neither bride wants to look back on wedding photos and cringe. Which is why deciding on a hairstyle can be just as difficult as picking out a dress. In an effort of helping all soon-to-be brides, we’ve narrowed down the choices for you by selecting the most elegant and timeless bridal hairstyles to date. Each is a little different from the next, and some might even seem too timeless for your taste (if there is such a thing?). The hope is that by the end of this list you will either have found a hairstyle that you’ll be happy with for years to come, or – at the very least – you’ll be inspired and have a slightly better idea of how you want to style your hair on the big day.

Bridal hairstyles

  • A big, round beautiful bun is a classic wedding day hairstyle that will be in style until the end of time. Trust us, if your daughter doesn’t wear a bun on her wedding day, you’re daughter-in-law or even your granddaughter will because it truly is one of those timeless hairstyles. If you’re having your hair professionally done for the big day, the stylist may ask for your opinion and direction specific details for the bun (i.e., placement, volume, etc.). However, this is also a great hairstyle for those of you who are planning to DIY your wedding day style. You can simply create the look by smoothing all the hair back into a ponytail and wrapping an elastic around it. Then use a sock-bun or bun-doughnut over the ponytail, then roll and tuck all of the hair around until it’s sitting securely over the base of the elastic.
  • Loose and lavish curls may seem too typical for a wedding day hairstyle, but they are the ultimate timeless ‘do. If you are going to do this look, you’ll want to prep in the months leading up to the big day by washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner that encourages strength and shine, you’ll also want to be using hair masks on a regular basis and try not to over process your hair. Following these few steps will ensure that you have a head full of flawless, cascading curls. If you’re going to curl your own hair on the big day, you might want to take it upon yourself to practice using a curling wand once a week or so, that way all goes smoothly the morning of.
  • A prim and proper ponytail is another classic wedding day hairstyle. At first thought, it may seem insignificant, but when it comes down to it, a ponytail will never go out of style. A great thing about going to pony route is that you can alter it to fit your personality. If you have an eye for all thigs prep, you might center the ponytail in the back of your head, then accessorize with a small headband. If you have a chic style, you could wear a low, side ponytail with loose waves. The opportunities really are endless for this timeless wedding day hairstyle.

Haircuts That Stand Up To Humidity

woman with long bob

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.

Girl outdoors layered hair

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.

Hair Cuts To Try In Fall 2016

There’s something so fresh about a new season that encourages us to make a change; some get the urge to redecorate the soap room, others aim to switch up their eating habits, we here at Lionesse find ourselves yearning to change our look. With fall nearly upon us (sorry for stating that reality, on the bright side there’s still one more month of summer left!) we’ve found ourselves browsing the internet for haircut inspiration and calling our stylists’ with the hope of getting in for an appointment sooner than later. After some friendly conversation and some social media observation, we’ve noticed that tons of women across the country feel the same way. We hope you enjoy the last few beach days of the season to their fullest; We know you’ll be stress-free – as far as your hair contemplations are concerned – after browsing through our favorite haircuts that will be “in” this fall. In no particular order, here are the must-try haircuts of fall 2016:

Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson is our first celeb inspiration. She effortlessly rocks a long cut that is filled with angles, long layers, and bangs. This cut is perfect for those long-haired girls who want a small change. Also, if you want to make the look even more versatile, you can have your stylist give you longer bangs so that you can sweep them into side-bangs or spread them out into full on bangs. Of course, this in-between bang length is pretty particular so you should be prepared to stop by the salon ever few weeks or (if you’re confident in your ability, be prepared to trim them yourself. With total uncertainty of who wears this next haircut better, we turn to Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba as celeb hair-spiration. While layers, angles, and uneven texture can be fun and flirty, these to women slay with the chest-length, simple center-parted, one length haircut. If you hair is medium to full in thickness then this look is a perfect choice for you this fall. If you follow any one of Kylie Jenner’s social media accounts you’ve probably come to notice that she experiments with trends just before they make it mainstream. Of course, she is one who changes her look up before the pictures make it to the press, but her look that we love for this fall is the straight and smooth one-length lob. Her ends were long enough to bush her chin, which makes it the perfect lazy-girl hairstyle.

Victora Beckhams bob hairstyle

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For this next cut, we turn to super model Victoria Beckham and her fabulous A-line bob. If you have a round-shaped face, then this cut is absolutely perfect for you. If you like the idea of an A-line cut but aren’t ready for such a short look, then you may like Jenifer Lawrence’s A-line lob, this Hunger Games actress gives the look a sexy update by adding in loose, voluminous waves. Finally, if you spent last year on the fence about getting a pixie cut, now’s the time to go for it! Yes, the pixie cut is still in, and with stars like Anne Hathaway, Tyra Banks, and Scarlett Johansson still rocking the look, we have a feeling this cut will become more popular for seasons to come.

Summer Cut, Color and Style

Woman wearing sunglasses enjoying the summer months

With summer nearing its end some women may find themselves reminiscing on all the events (birthday bashes, wedding showers), milestones (graduation, job promotions), and changes (moving into a new house, making new friends) that have taken place this past season. Isn’t it funny how all these events happen and we don’t even notice all the change that’s taken place in our lives until we look back and notice just how different things are? Life changes are one thing, but hair changes are another. It’s known that even small changes to one’s hairdo can make a major difference. If you feel like your hair needs a bit of a summer update to coincide with the rest of your life, look no further. Below are the hottest cuts, colors, and styles of the summer, lucky for you there’s still enough time left in the season for you to pull ‘em off!

Women with bob hairstyle

One of the season’s hottest trends is the bob; whether you’re into a lob or a classic bob you’re sure to turn heads with this look. This style is perfect for those who feel like they are constantly flipping, tossing, and touching their hair – feel like you’re throwing your hair into a bun before you’ve even made it to your morning meeting? This style is ideal for you as well. Not only does it get the hair off of your neck, shoulders, and back, but it also provides allows for a bit of cool relief around your upper body as you battle through the dog days of summer.

If you’re one of those who jokes about being “cold blooded” chances are you love the summer and all the heat it brings. Maybe wearing your hair down has become a mere habit simply to keep your ears, neck, and cheeks warm in the winter. If this sounds familiar, a bob might not be the small change you’re looking for, however, long layers might tickle your fancy. Rather than having your ends lay in a straight blunt line, have your stylist create long, yet soft layers. This sexy style gives hair some extra volume and texture which is perfect for all your favorite updos and downdos.

Women with stylish bangs

Baby bangs are the bomb this summer. It may seem strange that we’re proposing bangs immediately after suggesting a bob, but give the idea a chance. Baby bangs are only about half as long as regular bangs, so they do require some extra maintenance, but it’s nothing too major. They’re best for those who have large foreheads (a.k.a. all the five-head beauties out there), otherwise, they look a tad bit awkward. Although, if you have the space and are looking for a small change for summer, baby bangs are a perfect choice.

Already content with your hair cut, but dying to change the color? You’re not alone. We’ve turned to celeb stylists to find out what colors are sizzling up this summer, here’s what we found. If you’re looking to update your blonde mane check out the following color options: pale flaxen blonde, platinum gray, or soft butter highlights. If you’re considering updating your red roots check out rose gold red highlights or gradient copper. If your brown locks are looking more blah than anything else lately check out these color options: cool mocha, dark walnut, three-dimensional brunette, or mahogany.

Adding Volume to Thin Hair

Woman with thin hair

Any girl with thin hair knows that the classic fixes, such as sleeping with your hair in a braid or adding in some curls, don’t seem to get the job done. If you feel like you’re at your whit’s end with your thin hair read through the tips listed below of methods you should take in order to successfully add volume to thin hair.

Wash Your Hair on a Regular Basis
Those who have thicker, whether curly or straight, are able to wash hair locks less often simply because their hair has the natural tendency to be drier; Skipping washes for them allows the hair’s natural oils to linger down and condition the hair. However, if you have thin hair the oils manage to slide right down your strands. Not only does this make thin hair look ultra greasy and grimy, but it also weighs the hair down. Prevent the weight of oil buildup by giving your hair a good scrub once daily.

Allow Your Hair to Dry Completely Before Heading Out
When you begin your work day with partially dried hair, you will likely notice it looking thinner as the day progresses. This is because the water remaining in the hair is weighing it down as it dries, once it’s fully dry it will look dull and lifeless. Let you hair look alive and full throughout the day by letting it dry completely, once it’s dry, take a few moments to run the brush through your hair from different angles to infuse some fullness into those locks. Begin by brushing all your hair to the left, then to the right, flip your head upside down and give it a good brush through, then finish off with a final up right brushing.

Blow Dry from a Different Viewpoint
Save your arm workout for the gym; Give those arms a break and flip your head upside down when blow drying. This saw you are literally setting the cuticle in the most voluminous angle possible. Of course, gravity will take over and your hair will fall down, but it will have the extra lift you’ve been looking for. Keep that lift heightened throughout the day by scrunching some high-quality moose into your damp roots before blow drying.

Try a Non-Volumizing Product
Just because something isn’t specifically marketed as a volumizer doesn’t mean it won’t add volume. One product that any thin-haired gal should try at least once is a texturizing spray. Of course, you should do your research before you buy a specific product; Make sure that the product is high quality or produced by a reputable beauty company, also be sure that you are grabbing a texturizer that is lightweight – you can do this by reading reviews of the product.

With the above tips in mind, here are few things that should always be avoided when adding volume to thin hair.

Don’t Condition Your Roots
It may seem strange to only condition the mid-to-lower hair shaft, but of you have thin hair then your roots don’t need that extra moisture. Not only does your hair get enough nourishment at the root from the natural oils, but any additional oils and silicones in conditioner will weigh your roots down even more.

Use Hair Product Sparingly
While in theory, it may seem like the more volume enhancing moose added to your locks will give you a more voluminous look, but this is not the case. It’s okay to use product, but only use enough to allow it to do its job. Using too much product will only weigh your hair down more.

The Many Ways To Wear Bobs and Baby Bangs

The beauty world’s fear of having too-short hair is long gone. With bobs and baby bangs hotter than ever more and more women are wondering if they can pull off a short ‘do. If you too are contemplating a chop, but wondering what your style options will look like, look no further. Below is a handful of ways to style both bobs and baby bangs.

The Many Ways to Wear Bobs

Bob haircuts

Lengths

  • The Classic Bob: The blunt cut that your teenage-self said you would never wear, well now you can rock it. To imagine the size, think of model Karlie Kloss’s fresh cut bob.
  • The Baby Bob: For the women who want to go short, but not that short, the baby bob is a perfect choice. The ends of your hair should be grazing your chin so that it is too long to be considered a bob but too short to be considered a lob. Think of singer Julianne Hough’s short cut.
  • The Lob: The perfect cut when you want to assert your maturity, but still want that extra feminine oomph. The ends of the hair usually fall somewhere between just-above-the-shoulder and just below the collarbone. T.v. personality Khloe Kardashian, singer Nicki Minaj, and actress Ashley Benson have all been seen rocking this length.

Bob haircuts

Looks

  • Messy Curls: The tousled look is a great option for any bob. All you have to do is curl your hair as you normally would, apply a spritz of hairspray, then use your fingers to loosen everything up. If you get some frizzies while doing so, simply rub some anti-frizz serum between your palms and smooth it back down.
  • Tight Curls: Whether you emphasize your natural curls or use a small-barreled curling iron, this classic look work day and night.
  • Twisted Bun: It’s exactly what it sounds like! Simply twist your hair back into a bun, using as many bobby pins as you need to hold it in place. This is great for date night, taking all the hair away from your face so that your fabulous bone structure is the main focus.
  • Bombshell Bump: Yes, the bump is back on the rise, and it’s the perfect way to style your bob. Simply pull back the hair between your temples, give it a quick tease and use pins to hold it back.

Baby bangs

The Many Ways to Wear Baby Bangs:

  • If you have the itch to totally change up your look, a super cute option is a pixie cut with wispy baby bangs. Not only is this look super easy to style in the morning but you’re bound to be bombarded with compliments.
  • If Beyonce has been the inspiration of baby bangs, then you should wear them just as effortlessly as she does. Go for that I-woke-up-like-this look by simply using your fingers to scruff up your bangs once they’re totally dry.
  • If you’re a bit punky like Miss Kelly Osbourne, use a curling iron to give them a tuck.

Hair Styling Tips For Stubborn Hair

Woman holding her lifeless hair

Do you have difficult hair that has a mind of its own? Fret no more! This article will provide you with instructions on how to get your hair away from your face, with all sorts tips and tricks to style your stubborn hair that you can use for any style!

ballerina bun

If you want to rock a ballerina bun, but find yourself giving up after endless fails, we urge you to give this look a try just one last time after reading these tips. You’ve probably read over and over again that it’s best to construct this look with freshly washed and conditioned, combed and dried hair. Sure, this works excellent for those who have straight, less difficult to work with hair, but this will only make things harder for you. To achieve this look with stubborn hair you’ll need to do things a bit differently. If you know ahead of time that you want to wear a ballerina bun, don’t shampoo your hair in the shower. Slather on some conditioner and let it sit on your locks while you wash up, just don’t forget to rinse before you get out of the shower. Instead of wrapping your in a bath towel, use an old t-shirt, this will make your hair less frizzy than if you were to use a normal towel. When you’re ready, use a wide toothed comb to thoroughly detangle your locks. Before pulling your hair up into a bun, apply a small amount of hair gel to the top and front portions of your hair. Then use a brush to pull back that frontal hair backwards and upwards, this will make sure that all your hair stays down and in place as it dried throughout the day. Wrap your hair into a ballerina bun and don’t worry about your hair all day!

Chignon hairstyle

If you envy your thinner-haired friends for their low chignons, then you’ll love the tips you’re about to read! Begin with washed and dried hair; it’s totally fine if it’s not freshly cleaned but you should be sure that there isn’t any product already in your hair. Use a comb to be sure that there aren’t any tangles in your tresses, then spritz some shine spray on your locks (shine serum works too) then use a comb or brush to work the product throughout the hair. Pull your hair into a low bun, but before wrapping the elastic around it, give it a bit of a loosening shake so that some side pieces slip out of your grip. Use an elastic to wrap your hair into a low chignon (like a loose and low bun). Finally, use a small curling iron to give those loose pieces a bit of body with a twist. Finally, spritz on some hairspray and you’re good to go.

Of course, you can deal with your stubborn hair by getting it out of your face as explained above, but you should also be sure that you’re giving your hair the proper maintenance that it needs. This means getting your hair trimmed regularly, not over-using heat tools, and showing your locks some attention by putting on a conditioning mask every week or so.

Summer Hair Care Tips

Woman with beautiful hair

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.

Woman applying conditioner

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.