Managing A Too Short Hair Cut

Getting your hair cut can be a process, whether it’s positive or negative we’ve all had an accidental ‘bad’ hair cut.  Or furthermore, a hair cut that ended up being much shorter than we had originally anticipated.  Of course we totally understand (and we’ve been there) when you have a hair cut that turns up too short, and you’re left trying to figure out how to deal with it until it begins to grow out.  Managing a too short hair cut doesn’t have to be as bad as you may think – we promise!  To help you out, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips.

woman with short red hair

Don’t Panic
We realize this is much easier said than done, but if you end up with too short of a hair cut it really is important to take a few deep breaths and not completely panic about it.  We get it, it can be a shock and something you weren’t completely prepared for but remember it is hair and it WILL grow back out.  In addition, make sure that you communicate with your hair stylist to let them know it wasn’t the length you were expecting or going for.  Communicating with your hair stylist will help to ensure you don’t run into this problem again in the future.  In addition, your stylist may be able to give you some tips on how to style your too short hair until it begins to grow out.

Try Not to Over Heat
What does heat have to do with too short hair?  Well, when your hair is shorter than you wanted, you’re obviously going to want it to grow out as soon as possible – but to encourage your hair to grow out more quickly and healthy you’re going to want to make sure you’re taking care of your hair as best as you can.  This means that cutting back on the amount you’re using heat on your hair is important.  We’re not saying you can’t use heat at all, but try not to over style your hair with heat.  Often times, when we’re not happy with our hair and the cut we over compensate by applying more heat than we should.  Resist the urge and make sure you’re giving your hair a break from heat as often as possible.

woman styling hair

Use Quality Hair Care Products
Just like we said above, you’re probably going to want your hair to grow out as quickly as possible.  Another way to help assist with that is to make sure that you’re using quality hair care products that are going to keep your hair healthy and happy.  Adding in a quality hair mask on a daily basis can help give your hair an extra boost of hydration and moisture, promoting growth much more.  In addition, you may want to add in a hair growth supplement – any little bit helps!

Try Different Hair Styles
Of course, we can’t forget to mention that even if you’re not thrilled with your hair’s length it’s important to work WITH it.  Try out different hair styles and experiment – you may be surprised at the different options you have once you get over the initial shock.

Nighttime Routines That Strengthen Your Hair

woman on a bed

Have you ever been totally and completely satisfied with your hair? Probably not, which is totally normal – although if you have, tell us your best-kept hair secrets in the comments! —our hair goes through major changes throughout our lifetime. Things like hormones, stress levels, environmental pollutants, and even your diet all have a role in determining your hair’s strength, resilience, texture and more! Although, you probably already knew that. But, did you know that you can actually contribute to your hair’s overall quality, including its strength and texture, while you sleep? Yes, we’re serious. No, this is not a drill.

That’s right, we’ve done some digging and found a few tricks that you can add to your nighttime routine which will strengthen your hair while you catch those zzz’s. This article is dedicated to all Princess Aurora, who once wished that they too could had the powers of Sleeping Beauty; by following these tips, you too can be a sleeping beauty.

Quality Sheets are Key
Typical pillow cases are manufactured with cotton or some other cotton-poly mix. The reason for this is that it cuts down on costs and it allows for all kinds of patterns to be printed on the sheets. The one drawback to this is that cotton or cotton-poly mix pillowcases create static and cause breakage with every toss and turn. Avoid all this by switching to silk or satin pillowcases! Another bonus is that silk and satin pillowcases are optimal for those with aging or sensitive skin!

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Brush it Out
A lot of women only brush their hair post-shower with the intention of detangling their locks prior to styling. However, very few women enlist in the help of their brush before hitting the sack. Believe it or not, Marcia Brady had the right idea. Brushing your hair before bed is super beneficial because it ensures the distribution of natural oils to the mid and lower shafts of your hair. However, there can be too much of a good thing, as over-brushing can cause more harm than good. With that in mind, you can get the job done with ten-to-fifteen strokes using a boar bristle brush.

Conditioner is a Must
Sure you know the importance of lathering on a conditioner after rinsing out your shampoo, but did you know that leave-in conditioners are just as important and beneficial as rinse-out conditioners? Even if you use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair before styling, you should consider reapplying a leave-in treatment before hitting the sack. As you go about your day, your hair is exposed to all sorts of environmental factors including wind, sun, and pollutants. All these things reap havoc on your hair and cause your stands to feel less nourished by the end of the day. Take control of the situation by applying an overnight treatment or extra nourishing leave-in; just make sure that you re-dampen your hair before applying, that way all the good ingredients can do their job and soak into the cuticle.

Keeping Your Extensions Under Wraps

woman getting extensions

Whether you have long locks or short trimmed tresses, chances are you’ve gotten yourself a set of hair extensions at one point, or at the very least, you’ve considered doing so. If you fall in the latter group, it’s likely due to the fear of how to style them. Those of you who’ve purchased extensions can probably confirm that the styling-extensions fear is very real. While we’re being honest, it’s fair to give credit where credits due and say that extensions are unarguably the ultimate hair accessory. They can be used for just about everything; whether you need to add instant volume to your otherwise flat hair, want to have temporary long locks, or even just want to change up your look within a matter of minutes! Not to mention, a good set of extensions can make all of this possible while still looking like it’s your own, natural hair! Because we totally understand the desire to flaunt extensions, we’ve asked the pros for the top three tips to ensure effortless extension styling. Check it out!

Limit The Length
There’s no denying that we’ve all wished for Princess Rapunzel length hair at one point or another, but the fact of the matter is that extra-long extensions are just unrealistic (not to mention they look super unnatural. The trick is to pick the length of your extensions based on the length of your natural hair. If your hair is at or around shoulder length, then you should go for a set of extensions that’s about 16-18 inches long. If your hair is a bit longer, perhaps falling somewhere in between your upper and mid, then you can opt for extensions that are around 20-24 inches long. Another thing that many people don’t consider is matching the thickness of the extensions to your natural hair’s texture. This means that ladies with fine or thin hair would want to go for a set that’s around 160-180 grams. Those with normal or medium hair would do best with a 180-200 gram set, and those with thick hair could go for a 220 gram set.

Cut and Camouflage
When you go to the nail salon and have a set of acrylic or gel nails put on, the nail-tech files and shapes them to match and enhance the shape of your natural nail. It’s important to keep this same idea in mind when you get a new set of extensions; almost all extensions come standard with crisp, blunt ends. Most honestly, this will be very noticeable. What you can do is make an appointment for a dry trim with your stylist. Be sure that you wear your extensions to the appointment and then explain that you want your extensions to be trimmed up so that they blend with your natural locks.

Wash Up
If you haven’t already noticed, brand new extensions have a high-gloss finish. Granted, everyone wants silky, shiny hair, but this takes it to the Barbie-Doll level of shine. Luckily, there’s an easy fix to ensure the clip ins have a natural looking finish. All you need to do is give them a good wash. The best way to go about doing so is with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, then let them air dry overnight. By doing so you will rid the glossy look and have natural looking extensions!

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.

Mid-Length Hair Styles for Fall

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The cool, crisp season of autumn is among us. While the leaves are transitioning from green to gold, you too can switch up your style. Look through the mid-length styles below for some fun and easy looks that are fabulous for the season.

Reverse French Twist:

  1. Begin with your hair at a strong center part. Try using a comb to make sure that the part is as bold as it can be.
  2. Use your thumbs to slide all your hair back into a mid or center ponytail.
  3. Before securing it twist the base of the pony in a clockwise motion.
  4. If you twist all the hair at once and make sure you’re pulling it tight, you will be able to secure the twist with just a few hair and bobby pins. Finish the look with some strong hold hair spray.

woman with bun

Wrapped Top Knot:

  1. With your hair totally tangle-less, use a brush to pull all of it up into a high ponytail at the crown on your head.
  2. Secure it with a sturdy elastic so that it doesn’t come loose throughout out the day.
  3. Wrap all the hair from the pony around the base of the hair tie. Once it’s all wrapped up, use hair pins to hold every strand in place.
  4. Before adding hair spray, use your fingers or the end of a comb to relieve a few strands from the ponytail to frame your face.

woman with braided bun

The waterfall, Dutch style, French braided bun is a bit more challenging, however, once you can master the look, it’s a perfect way to get every last static-y flyaway out of your face. Follow the steps below to get the look:

  1. With your hair in a low side part, grab a section of hair from the top the top of your head and separate it into three pieces.
  2. Beginning braiding as usual, then transition to a waterfall braid by dropping the lowest outer strand and replacing it with a new, similar-sized section of hair small section of hair.
  3. Incorporate the new section of hair into the braid, then drop the next lowest section and replace it with a new section, just as you did with the last strand.
  4. Continue to braid in the fashion until the waterfall braid reaches your neck. At this point use the remaining three sections of hair to braid as you normally would. Once you reach the end use a small elastic to secure the braid from coming loose.
  5. Directly below the waterfall braid you have just created, craft another waterfall braid, this time incorporating the “dropped” pieces from the first braid as the new pieces in the second. This is now your your Dutch braid.
  6. Once you’re no longer able to incorporate “dropped” pieces,  incorporate the tail of the waterfall braid into a regular braid with the reaming hair of the Dutch braid. Be sure that to secure the braid with an elastic.
  7. Now, grab a section of hair on the other side of your head, divide it into three sections and make a French braid. Continue on until you’ve reached the bottom and secure it with an elastic.
  8. Finally, take any remaining hair that’s in the back of your head and the tails of the braids and twist it all together into a bun. Hold it in place with a few hairpins, add some hair spray, and you’re good to go!

Edibles That Strengthen Your Hair

avocado

It’s no secret that the majority of women damage and slowly destroys their hair on a regular basis. Everyday styling measures, including straightening, curling, and even blow-drying all cause havoc on the hair, and still many women wonder why their hair isn’t longer, thicker, or stronger. Apologies to those who feel that they’re oblivious bubble has just been popped, but C’mon! Hair, just like skin, can only take so much heat and chemical manipulation before it loses its luster. It can be easy to forget to apply a heat protectant when short on time – in fact, some people choose to bypass this curtail product with no idea of the damage they’re causing their locks. Fortunately, science and beauty experts paired up and found a variety of foods which straighten the hair from the inside out. Please keep in mind the information provided below should not be used in place of, but rather in conjunction with proper external heat repair and protection measures, which include, but are not limited to heat protection, leave in conditioner. Without further ado, read on to learn more about the foods to eat for healthy, resilient hair.

Avocado
This pitted island fruit is packed with all kinds of healthy vitamins, a major one being vitamin E. Not only can a mashed avocado be applied as an effective external treatment, but it will also fortify the hair by ramping up the moisture.

Brown rice
Many individuals have made the switch from white, bleached carbs to whole wheat versions, but don’t stop with bread and pasta! Switching from white rice to brown rice has been found to increase hair’s strength and durability. This is due to the high amounts of zinc within the composition of brown rice.

carrots

Carrots
These crunchy sticks aren’t only a great snack for eye and skin health, they are also a hair healthy snack! Full of vitamin A, munching on carrots will have a direct effect on the hair by building up the hair follicle to strengthen every strand.

Oils
Over the years oils have gotten a pretty bad rap. There isn’t anything wrong with consuming oils as long as they are considered healthy sources, such as omega 3’s and fatty acids. In fact, omega 3’s and fatty acids are a triple threat to the hair; the properties of oils work to hydrate, thicken, and strengthen hair. Foods that have particularly high levels of these good oils include salmon, broccoli, flaxseed, and spinach.

Red meat
Believe it or not, red meat can actually work wonders to revive hair. Loaded with a range of vitamins and nutrients, the red meat had been found to make hair stronger, as well as help it maintain a sleek and shiny luster. Keep in mind that over-consumption of beef has been found to have a fair amount of negative effects on the body. To get the most out of the meat and keep a healthy balance, try to limit consumption to once or twice per week.

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.

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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.

Planning The First Big Girl Haircut

Little girl getting her first haircut.

For the first few years, you’ve managed to trim your baby girl’s hair, but that’s just the thing: it’s not baby hair anymore. After all, your big girl is growing up, and it’s probably time for her first big girl haircut. While you might be excited about introducing your little lady to the salon which brings you endless amounts of joy, chances are she isn’t too enthusiastic. Surely you’ve been in a salon at one point when a child sat in a chair identical to yours, adorned with a cape that matched yours, and you felt your heart break when the child started to cry. At this point a million things were probably running through your head; maybe you considered what you would do if you were in that mom’s shoes, and you probably wondered what was so frightening. Truth be told, there are a million things that could terrify a child at their first big girl haircut – when’s the last time you were cool, calm, and collected when someone you didn’t know came walking towards your head with a big, sharp pair of scissors? In addition to the previously described situation, children’s brains aren’t fully developed, so seeing people sitting in chairs with the heads floating can be intimidating. Not to mention, those bright salon lights can stress anyone out.

Thinking about things from a child’s point of view, their fear can seem pretty rational, huh? However, this doesn’t mean you should take an oath to cut your child’s hair on the kitchen counter for the rest of your days. Instead, read the tips below to plan and prepare for the first big girl haircut!

Let Them Get Comfortable
You wouldn’t leave your little girl at a childcare center without visiting the location with her first, right? Although you’re not going to be leaving her in the stylist’s chair, you still want her to feel comfortable in the new and different environment. Bring her to the salon with you any chance you get. Whether you’re going for a cut and color, wash and blow dry, or just to pick up the products you’ve run low on, bring her in with you.

Don’t Make The Appointment On Time
There’s a saying in the fashion industry that goes “when you arrive on time you’re already late.” Some people are very punctual, but if you aren’t one of them, do all that you can to arrive at your daughter’s appointment 15 to 20 minutes early. This will give them time to look around and take everything in. Allow her to use the big girl’s room while you wait. Have a small snack and some chilled water for her to munch on – this will give her the impression that she’s at a place that’s safe enough to eat in, so she doesn’t need to be fearful.

Bring A Change Of Clothes
Don’t force your child to sport a cape, but don’t worry about them getting covered in hair either. Instead, bring a change of clothes. This way she can slip into a comfy hairless outfit post-cut. You could even offer for her to pick out her favorite outfit. Explain that she’s going to the salon to get pampered and that, if she’d like to, she can pick out a special outfit to wear to the salon.

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.