Get ready to party, New Year’s Eve style . If your letting your hair down (or not) at the end of year party, whatever you do be sure to look your best.
To help on what styles are hot this year, Kim has selected some of the top looks from the latest runway shows. Here’s their favourite looks with some top tips on how to create these styles.
Big and Teased
This New Year’s Eve it’s time to bring back the beehive! the beehive and the sleek and polished bob were back at Fashion week: return of several iconic 60’s hairstyles . Add some subtle 60’s flair by trying a backcombed ponytail. This look will add a boldness to your style, but with an elegant twist.
Section off the front of the hair and tie a ponytail with the rest, as high as you like. Spray the front section with some volume dry shampoo to add texture and volume. Split into smaller sections and backcomb to create a quiff. For a sleek finish; wrap a strand from the ponytail around the tie and fasten.
Twisted Top Knots
Twisted Top Knots were everywhere at Fashion Week and it’s definitely one to try!Add some party to your everyday top knot to finish off 2018.
To create this look, divide the hair into two or three ponytails up high, split each ponytail in 2 sections and twist the together so you have two or three twisted ponytails. Now wrap the twisted ponytails around the bases of the ponytails until you have one combined top knot. This gives you heaps of texture!
Textured Side Sweep
To create a textured side sweep you can start by either curling or backcombing your hair for a raw look.
Next, create a low sitting parting on the side of the crown and sweep your hair across. Careful when you move them across from one side to the other so as not to break the curls ; a paddle brush is perfect to moving your locks without losing too much bounce and curl. Now move the rest of the curls underneath the parting around and over your shoulder
Add some NYE Bling to the look!
Glitter hairspray or a sprinkle hair glitter over the parting gives you that extra festive look
Less dramatic but equally
as impressive, try a soft ponytail. The classic ponytail is always a winner: Curly, wavy or straight! Ponytails featured at this year’s fashion week. From Sleek and tidy to bohemian and messy with wisps of hair framing the face to give subtle texture for a softer finish. Dressing this look up is easy with beautiful hair accessories for a bit of extra New Year’s Eve sparkle!
A lot of people love to bathe. For them it’s routine – they start their day with a shower. Showering give people than fresh new day feels that gets them motivated.
A lot of people abstain from washing their hair due to health reasons. But, here are some reasons why you should:
- The oils
Some oils add beauty; some don’t. A lot of people consider their hair dirty because of oil. It makes the hair all clumpy and sometimes stiff.
The amount of oil your hair produces has something to with genetics, age, sex and the environment. Guess what, oil is produced more at your age of prime. At around 20’s to 30’s, expect your hair to produce more sebum than of the former years and after. It doesn’t sound convenient to how you want to look does it?
However, the good news is the sebum that’s produced by your hair is actually good for your skin. It has vitamin E that protects skin from aging and cancer.
- The sweat
Sweat is known to be the cause why a person looks “haggard”. This is why a lot of people often rush to the shower after a heavy workout. Sweat spreads the sebum giving your hair a different shine, and it’s not the shine you’re looking for. Naturally, your body would feel wonderfully healthy after a heavy workout, but not how you look. Although some people find it hot, do you?
- The dirt
Take a city with all the dust from the wind, the smoke from vehicles and the dirt. Add, your sweat under the heat of the sun, and you get a very bad hair day. This does not only affect your morale but also your ability to become more productive.
Dirt carry bacteria. When you don’t wash your hair asap, it may cause irritation to the skin. Having a longer hair makes it easy to catch more dirt. That’s why a lot of people just can’t wait to get home, turn on that playlist and get to the tub.
- The styles
If you’re job involves audience or national television exposure, then you must be one of the few who apply a lot of hair products every day. Whether it’s all natural for the shine or chemically induced to capture a certain style, you would want to get that out by the end of the day.
Experts advise to not sleep with hair products on. As much as possible, rinse it back before going to bed.
- The type
Your type of hair depends on your genes. Some have curly and thin; the others get the thin and straight.
Straight and thin hairs need to be washed frequently because the oil scatters fast. Having an oily hair makes it easier for dirt, dust and pollen to stick. Contrary to that, sebum brings out that beautiful shine for the thick curls. Curls hair need more moisture to stay soft and away from frizz.
Don’t you just want to wash your hair with a lot of shampoo now? No, don’t! If you think putting a lot of shampoo will make your hair more beautiful, think again. Everything has to be in moderation.
In our next blog, we’ll be talking about many times you should shampoo your hair. Here’s a clue, it’s not every day.
Hair colouring can dramatically change the way you look. If you’re tired of your natural hair colour, consider getting highlights or go for a bold hair color you’ve never tried before like fiery red or platinum blonde.
Hair colouring treatments can be expensive though and without the proper aftercare, you could end up with dry and damaged hair. Don’t worry, though. There are ways for you to make the most out of your trip to the salon. Here are some tips for you to make your hair colouring treatment last longer:
Prep Your Hair
Get your hair ready before your scheduled hair colouring treatment by using a chelating shampoo.This particular hair product is used to remove any buildup of styling products in your scalp and hair. Use it on your hair a day or two before your hair dyeing session. Applying a deep conditioning mask weeks prior to changing your hair colour will also give your hair time to get moisturized and ready.
Protect Your Hair from the Sun
Aside from fading your hair colour, prolonged sun exposure can dry out your hair making it look dull and frizzy. Make sure you protect your hair using a hair protector with SPF when you stay outdoors for long periods of time. Consider buying a hair sunscreen with sunflower oil for extra moisturizing benefits and antioxidants. When swimming in the beach or pool, make sure to wear a swimming cap to prevent colour fading.
Minimize Heat Styling
You are gonna have to lessen the use of heat styling tools like hair blowers, curling irons and straightening irons after a hair colouring treatment. These items speed up colour fading and they could damage your hair especially if you use them right after the colouring treatment. It’s best to stay away from heat styling for the first week or so after dyeing your hair. If you must style, use a thermal protectant to prevent heat damage.
Lessen Shampooing and Washing
Regularly shampooing can fade your new colour and it could strip off the natural oils from your hair. Try to put off washing your hair for as long as you can. Salons usually advise customers to not wash their newly dyed hair for the next 24-48 hours. Another option is to look for a dry shampoo that you can use on your locks.
Install a Shower Filter
Hard water can speed up the colour fading process and they can also dry out your hair. Consider installing a shower filter to remove chlorine, minerals and other chemicals from your shower. Aside from shower filters, you should also make sure to wash your hair only with warm water and not scalding hot.
Use the Right Styling Products
There are hair styling products like hair gels, moisturizers, conditioners and shampoos made specifically for colour-treated hair. Aside from preventing colour fade, many of these products are formulated to bring out your new hair colour and keep your hair moisturized. Make sure you invest in these products so that you get the most out of your new hair colour.
Hair washing is probably one of the most basic of hair care routines. We know we are supposed to wash our hair regularly to remove dirt and oil and to prevent buildup from hair styling products. But what does “regularly” even mean? How often are we supposed to wash our hair?
First, we need to understand that washing our hair does not necessarily mean washing it with shampoo. Rinsing the hair with water alone does not affect the production of sebum, the hair’s natural oil, but shampoo could disrupt it.
So the right question that we should be asking is, “How often should I shampoo my hair?”
The truth is there is no magic number. The answer will depend on the following factors:
The three skin types are: super oily, super dry and balanced. If you notice your scalp is balanced or isn’t too dry or too oily, then you only need to wash your hair for about once or twice a week. If your scalp is super oily, then you will need to wash it every other day, perhaps even every day. People with oily scalp tend to experience itching and flaking if they go too long without shampooing so make sure to observe your hair when this happens. If your scalp is super dry, make sure to apply a moisturizing product like a conditioner.
Shampooing will also depend on how thick, smooth or fine your hair is. If you have fine hair, you may need to shampoo your hair once or twice every week because the fine strands allow sebum to spread faster. People with curly or coarse hair textures need to minimize shampooing because it usually takes longer for natural oils to moisturize all that hair.
How Often You Style
There are countless hair products out there that could let us achieve whatever look we want with our locks. Keep in mind, however, that constant styling may damage hair. It is best to give your hair time to breathe and just be natural. Styling your hair with intensive hair products and washing it with shampoo everyday could increase the chances of damage.
While there is no magic number, we can all agree on these three important reminders:
- Let the natural oils of your hair do their magic. So, let your hair rest from all the artificial styling and chemical products from time to time.
- Using shampoo daily could damage your hair especially if you style often or if it is already dry to begin with.
- Using chemical styling products often can increase the chances of damage. Minimize chemical treatments on your hair and if it’s possible, invest on natural and chemical-free hair products.
Your hair is one of your best accessories so make sure to take good care of it. Take time to observe and understand your hair type so you’ll know how often you should really shampoo. Last but not the least, make sure to only head to salons that understand your hair needs.
Your hair can be the best accessory to have so it pays to play around with the cut, style and even the colour. Whether it’s a completely new and bold hair colour or simply enhancing your current one, hair colouring treatments can do wonders to the way you look.
A new hair colour can accentuate your face and complement your naturally beautiful features. There’s a rainbow of hair colours that you can choose from so how do you decide which one is the best for you? Here are some tips you must keep in mind when picking a hair colouring treatment.
Find Out What Your Natural Hair Pigmentation Is
Dyeing your hair involves stripping the outer hair colour and exposing the natural underlying pigments of your hair. What colour does your hair turn to when it is exposed to the sun? This should give you an idea of what your natural hair pigment is. If you want your new hair colour to be as natural and long-lasting as possible, your natural hair pigment can give you an idea of what shades to pick. For instance, if your hair pigment is black then you can pick colors that are warmer and closer to that colour.
Look At Your Skin Tone
Your hair and your skin are great assets so make sure the two complement each other. People with light and fair skin tones will look great with warm hair colours like strawberry blonde, gold, honey and copper. On the other hand, deeper skin tones will look wonderful with dark shades like dark mocha and brown black. Here’s a neat tip: brown shades like dark chocolate, chestnut and mocha is flattering on most skin tones.
For more adventurous hair colors like pastel, you can let your imagination run wild but here are some tips to keep in mind: blue looks good on people with golden skin tones while saturated jewel tones like magenta and ruby complement tanned skin.
Consider Your Age
Your age is another important consideration when picking hair colours. The general rule of thumb is to pick softer hair colours as you age. Also keep in mind that colours on the extreme ends of the colour spectrum such as black and platinum blonde can look harsh on older people because they tend to bring out imperfections and wrinkles.
Find Your Celebrity Look-Alike
One of the quickest way to find out what hair colour looks best on you is to match yourself with a celebrity that looks like you. Which celebrity has the same skin colour and facial features as you? Google images of the said celebrity so you can get an idea of which hues look great on him or her. You can even show the image to your colorist on your next salon visit so you can achieve the look you want.
A new hair colour can instantly upgrade your current look. To get the best results from your hair colour transformation, make sure you only go to a professional.
Chroma Hair Studio has a team of academy-trained and award-winning master colourists. Contact us for more information about the hair colour you want to achieve.
Among the natural treatments of hair, oil is one of the most commonly used and effective remedy. No, it’s not the typical oil you use for cooking, but it also comes from plants.
Here are some of the oils you can easily find or already have at home that help you in your hair growing process.
- Castor Oil
This is one of the most famous oil which known to cure a lot of diseases in the hair, skin and health. When applied to hair, hits two bird with one stone thanks to omega-9 fatty acid. It stimulates the blood flow of hair follicles promoting hair growth and wellness, and also treats the scalp from itchiness and dandruff.
- Coconut Oil
Notice how a lot of people include coconut in their diet? In level with castor oil, coconut oil also has a lot of health benefits, one that include medicinal. It is a good source for medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that helps prevent loss of protein in hair while growing your hair strong and shiny.
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
Since the published research about pumpkin seed oil causing a reverse effect in alopecia, many are applying it in their regimen. However, in 2017, another experiment was published explaining that the pumpkin seed oil does not seem to live up to its claim. Although there were alteration in facts, researchers are put in a juxtaposition that aside from its hair health benefit, maybe it can help grow more hair.
- Tea Tree Oil
Its tenacity justifies its impression as it does not only help prevent/cure hair loss, but also treats scalp problems. Tea tree oil is an anti-microbial agent that removes dirt blocks from hair follicles while nourishing its roots.
- Jojoba Oil
Jojoba is a tree usually found in the southwestern states of the USA. It is similarly associated with sperm whale oil which has a lot of astounding properties. Discovered around 1940’s, Jejoba oil can be used for treating acne, healing wounds and preventing hair loss. It is also known to have a natural that can preserve itself for a long time without adding any preservatives.
- Taramira Oil
Known as Jamba in Hindi, Taramira oil is extracted from the leaves of Eruca Sativa seeds. It is said that some 2-3 hours of massaging your hair with Taramira oil twice a week will remove dandruff, lice and stress. By removing the factors that cause irritation of the scalp and hair follicles, it also prevents your hair from becoming bald.
- Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is widely known to be an ingredient for candies, dishes and cures. The oil it produced did not fall short on being packed with nutrients favorable to skin and hair care. Peppermint oil has properties that cleanses your hair follicle, eases skin irritation and pushes the hair back to anagen (the growing stage of hair). Add up the cooling effect of the menthol then you have an oil that soothes and relaxes your mind.
- Olive Oil
Every household must have this healthy oil in their kitchen. While it is known to be used for healthy frying, this oil is also known for its medicinal effects. It is internationally used as a carrier ingredient for other hair products. It lowers DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which is the common cause of hair loss, protects the hair from harmful dandruff and itching, and has omega-6 and 9 fatty acids that keeps the hair and scalp moisturised.
Do you remember what your hairstyle was in high school? What was the “it” look back then?
These are the hairdos that did their part in defining a generation. These are in no particular order but definitely, have cemented their mark in hair history.
1. The Eton Crop
It was named after the famous English school whose boys wore their hair slightly longer than was usual for the day. It was, in fact, sometimes termed the “boyish bob.” This super-short cut was revolutionary in the 1920s. Jazz Age chanteuse Josephine Baker wore hers slicked down with gel.
2. The Bob
This short, stylish haircut first popularized in the 1920s has many famous fans. That’s because the swingy layers flatter all face shapes. If you’re hesitant to chop off your hard-earned inches all at once, we’ve got lobs (a.k.a. long bobs) for you to ease into it! Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Lawrence, just to name a few, have been seen sporting this ‘do.
3. The Beehive
The beehive is a woman’s hairstyle in which long hair is piled up in a conical shape on the top of the head and slightly backward pointing, giving some resemblance to the shape of nature’s beehive. It is also known as the B-52 due to a resemblance to the distinctive nose of the Boeing B-52 airplane.
Think about Audrey Hepburn’s glossy beehive at “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” down to Amy Winehouse’s signature exaggerated beehive. The style can go either exquisite or with a dash of danger. Either way, the beehive is a modern classic.
4. The Betty Bangs
Bettie Page, an American modeling legend, became popular in the 1950’s for her pin-up pictures. Her biggest trademark was her beautiful hair which spanned just past her collar bones and was complimented by her short jet black bangs. Her bangs became so iconic that they inspired a style of their own and are commonly referred to as the “Bettie Bangs.” This style was wildly popular back then and because it’s so fun and flirty, it’s making a strong come back.
5. The Bouffant
The bouffant was a mainstream hairstyle in the mid-to-late 18th century in Western Europe. It was thought to be created for Marie Antoinette, as she had relatively thin hair and wanted to create the illusion of having a very full hair. It was also popularized in the 1960s by singer Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley’s wife Priscilla. Known for its towering over the top greatness, the Bouffant is a hairstyle one that could work just for anyone.
6. The Rachel
The epiphany of iconic, it was smooth, full-bodied and almost as much of a ’90s sensation as “Friends” itself, but Jennifer Aniston never cared for the haircut that became her signature look on that hit sitcom. Despite the fact that Aniston only wore that particular hairstyle during the Friends’ first and second season, the opening sequence and the Windows 95 Video Guide, and switching at the beginning of the third season to a more traditional long-haired look, it has become indelibly associated with the character. In the second season episode, “The One With The Lesbian Wedding,” Rachel Green bemoans the fact that her mother is trying to pattern her own life after hers, lamenting, “Couldn’t she just copy my haircut?”
Hair Tips for Summer
Summer is finally here! You’re probably just as ready as we are to jump into a pool or hit the beach and enjoy the water. There’s one question we need to ask, though: is your hair ready to fight off the summer damage?
Here are a 5 essential hair tips you can follow to keep your tresses shiny and healthy as you soak up some sun.
1. Get a haircut.
Your locks grow faster in the summer so it would be a good idea to get a chic but easy-to-maintain trim. A short ‘do would need less maintenance which means you’d cut your morning prep time and lessen the chances of frizz. You’d also get rid of any split ends that might’ve started to appear from the start of the summer. It should be in a style that your hair can grow out of beautifully. Anyway. if you realise later that it’s not the haircut you want, it’ll always grow back. Just don’t cut it too short, if you’re unsure.
2. Use a leave-in conditioner.
Protect your tresses from the heat. Headgear offers the best cover but for when you can’t or when the hat can’t shield all your locks, put on leave-in conditioner before you leave the house. Choose one with SPF and apply it while your hair is still damp.
3. Use hair masks and treatment.
Apply a hair mask more often during the summer. Pour a coin-sized amount onto your hand and apply this to the middle of your hair until the tips. Then you can proceed to the top part, especially the roots, without adding more of the product. Hair masks are much more effective in adding moisture and adding a protective layer on damaged locks than your regular conditioner.
4. Style less.
Your crowning glory would be exposed more to heat during this time of the year so keep away from the blowdryer, the straightener and the curling iron. Heat makes the cuticle surface rough and ruins artificial colour. Take this chance to appreciate your God-given natural hair. For times when styling is a must, such as during special occasions, you can use a heat protector first.
5. Add gloss.
Increased exposure to heat can give your tresses a dull look. There are department store hair gloss products you can buy and apply on yourself but for a professional, more natural finish, see your stylist. A gloss treatment doesn’t cost much at most salons and takes only 30 minutes for your hair to look as good as new. You can also ask your hairdresser about toning which enhances your hair colour. Toners for light-coloured hair and dark shades differ so be sure to clarify that before you opt to go the do-it-yourself road.
Hair care should change as the seasons change. There are new weather conditions, a new environment and a change in your activities. Help your hair adjust to keep your ‘do looking good. Maintain it as it needs to be for that current time. As hair differs as much as people, always consult a trusted professional for the right advice.
Summer is almost here. This is the season for sun, fun, and beachy waved hair. But there are those who get greasy, limp, frizzy, or even brittle hair.
We have listed down the problems that this season can bring to your hair and what you can do to solve them.
Chlorine Water. This can really change your hair colour, especially if you have lighter locks. It can also make your hair very brittle. Soak your hair with plain water before you jump into the pool. The plain water will bind to your hair making it harder for the chlorine to get in. You can also use a leave in conditioner to achieve the same results. Then follow with a hair mask to repair damage and seal the cuticle.
Greasy hair. The sunscreen you’ve put on your back and shoulders makes hair dirtier. So washing your hair more often is fine, especially if it’s longer.
Sun damaged hair. The sun breaks down strong keratin bonds causing weaker strands and fading colour. To protect your tresses, use a UV hair product, then add a leave in conditioner.
Frizz. Use anti-frizz serum or spray and silicone-based products to tame frizz and smoothen your hair. Stay away from heavy products as well.
Now you’re ready for summer.
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8 Wedding Hairstyles To Match Your Gown’s Neckline
With an asymmetrical neckline, or single-shoulder gown, there are a couple of attractive hairstyle options. Side-swept curls or a braid or pony will cover your bare shoulder and balance the neckline, whereas an updo will focus attention on the stylish cut of the dress. A mussed beehive adds volume and glamour while contrasting with the gown’s architectural lines. Sweep your bangs off to one side to mirror the dress’s shape.
The boat, or “bateau,” neckline skims along the collarbone to show only the faintest hint of skin. To suit this design, have your hair up and off the face in either a cropped cut with finger waves or a low updo in a soft, feminine style. If you have long tresses, secure the bulk of hair at the nape of your neck. A row of decorative bobby pins, a brooch or a barrette will add a little flash when pinned at the side or to the back of the hair.
An ivory dress with ruched straps pushed off the shoulders is pure class. A smooth and simple updo radiates elegance and draws attention to one body part that never gets flabby: the shoulders. We like a deep side part and strands so shiny you can see your reflection. A tight knot or chignon is a mature option for a sophisticated style.
Strapless, the choice of many brides, looks exquisite with loose, flowing locks. This type of hairstyle adds versatility in photographs, as hair can be pushed off shoulders or pulled over to offer more coverage. A perfect side part and soft waves will add a princess quality to your look without going over the top. A slightly wet appearance at the roots adds a modern twist.
The square neck is a no-fuss cut that can reveal almost as much skin as a strapless and shows off a beautiful collarbone and décolleté. This dress suits a modern bouffant hairstyle with a thin headband and volume at the crown. The look is perfect for the bride that wants to dial up the glam.
An updo paired with a V-shaped neckline will elongate your neck, making you appear tall and lean. The lace on this gown adds a romantic flair, so choose a hairstyle to match. The mid-part and braided circlet offer a regal element to the look, as well as the perfect place to clip in your veil—no tiara necessary.
A high neckline is an atypical choice that will make a refined statement. Hair should be pinned up to show off the gown in all its glory and loose, carefree waves to contrast with the ladylike collar. This style should look textured, as though you just stepped from the ocean and twisted your strands up yourself. Allow short tendrils to escape around your ears.
A low scoop neck reveals cleavage, especially when enhanced with a hidden corset. A simple style and thin straps goes best with long, straight tresses and a sleek blunt bang. To nail the look, hair must be ultra shiny. No flyways; not a hair out of place. Admittedly, the pairing is a little more Hollywood than wedding, but that’s a good thing!
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