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How To Get Fancy Hair

Armine Gambaryan – CEO IVChic: Hair Jewelry

Day in the life of a fashion trendsetter, globe-trotter, city chic mademoiselle on the go where a typical day starts at 6 o’clock am until late in the evening can be pretty tough. But even then, the day is not over because now it’s time to unwind, relax (you’ve earned it) and socialize. After a long day at work we want a fresh look to meet our friends for a night out.We want a different look for a date night in the city. We want a chic look that says “I don’t care how I look, but I know I look good” hair attitude.

IVChic wants you to find the perfect tiara for your bun, the extra touch for your ponytail, the perfectly polished demur made to look and feel effortless yet extremely glamorous. It’s that simple. With a collection of unique, chic and stylish hair jewelry designed with women on the go in mind; having a bad hair day is long gone.

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The City Chic Collection has various cuffs that go over the bun and give your hair a sleek finished look. Want something more classic? Select Savannah and cover your hair tie with a more polished and sophisticated feel.

I’m an IVChic girl – With a full-time corporate office job and a workout schedule 6 days a week, my signature hair style was a simple bun or ponytail. I grew tired of the same, old – same old very quickly. Inspiration: hair jewelry. After a sweat drenching spin class, sparkles in my hair made me smile and hair jewelry allows me to feel confident, vibrant, and lively!

Check out IVChic’s collection:


$12–City Chic Collection: Providence *  Pretty in pearls for your special occasion.


$18–City Chic Collection: Denver * From the top of the mountain, to meeting friends for dinner and drinks, keep you hair casual and sleek with Denver.


$38–City Chic Collection: San Francisco * Let your hair do the talking! Get wild and creative with San Francisco.


6 Hairstyles That Will Always Impress


Your dress is gorgeous, your heels are killer and you’ve just applied a fresh coat of lipstick to take on the world. But what about your hair? What styles will be able to complete your look and turn every head in the room? Here are just a few ideas.

1: The Bob
Sleek and straight, the bob is a classic style that also speaks to sophistication and class. It’s the kind of hairstyle that you can’t roll out of bed with: It takes time and dedication, symbolizing your commitment to a fashionable look and the effort you put into taking care of yourself.

2: The Chop

The chop is a compromise between long locks and short crops. It falls to your shoulders, usually in layers, but it can be styled with curls, waves, straight hair, et cetera. It’s the perfect hairstyle for those who aren’t ready to cut it all off but are tired of a daily battle with longer hair.

3: New Jersey Curls

Popularized by the ladies of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, these big, bold ringlets are a statement of confidence and fearlessness. Drop by a
Freehold Barber Shop and tell them to do their worst.

4: French Braids

Unlike ponytail or pigtail braids, French braids offer an older, more mature look that’s easily customized depending on mood or outfit. They also look great but don’t take long to achieve in the mornings, making them perfect for working women or moms on the go.

5: The Updo
Dare to impress with an elaborate updo, a name given to any hairstyle that sweeps the hair off your neck and into a slightly-messy collection at the back of your skull. Just remember to leave a few tendrils hanging, because that’s where you’ll tempt men into tucking it back behind your ear.

6: Pixie Cuts
Short and boyish, pixie cuts are cropped close to your head, usually leaving your bangs for a hint of femininity. They work best with oval and heart-shaped faces and can really make your eyes pop with the right kinds of mascara and eye shadow. If you aren’t afraid of going all the way, welcome the breeze on your neck with a pixie cut.

If you’re looking for great hairstyles, take your cues from these six, which are some of the most lasting and iconic looks of our generation. But don’t forget to experiment, too! You never know when you’ll accidentally create a signature look just for you.


11 Hot Haute Couture Hair Styles



1.     Ethreal and Enchanted.

This look comes from Chanel and sweeps the hair away from the face, in feminine yet untamed swirls, gathering it together to bring volume at the back, then letting it fall to one side.  Adorned with pastel, white and black translucent flowers the hair and make-up gives this look a wild and delicate sensibility.



2.     Suck Me Sweet.

This look from Dior, despite making the model look like a giant piece of candy is not as sweet as one might expect.  There is a harsh Grace Jones element to the look, with the deep purples contrasting the model’s pale skin, set against her blackened lips.  One can make out the towering shapes that form her mounting hair underneath the plastic wrap, that all comes together to create a look that is severe yet sweet.



3.  Period Dandy

This haute couture hairstyle melds together the wide, white bouffant of dramatic period femininity with the opposing dark dandification Victoriana.  Infusing explosive blond hair a the black top hat and feathers to create a look that is utterly arresting, not just because of the enormity of the hair, but the entire contradicting composition.


4.     Pastel Princess

This pastel princess hair is utterly fantastic!  Calling to mind a school-girlish innocence, all the hair is placed in a vast updo, sweeping in two buns around the sides and back.  Infused with silvery white that offsets and cutens the model’s blonde hair, it all comes together with a bow and pastel pink rose set at the front, above a dramatic and straight cut fringe.  My favorite part, however, is when it all comes together with an intricate, pink seam that covers the hairline running from the nape of the neck to the top of the head at the back.  Beautiful!


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5.  Breaking News

This haute couture hair from John Galliano is one of my absolute favorites!  Looking like a post-apocalyptic perfection the model has her hair back combed and swept dramatically upwards, the back of her head is covered with stuck on newspaper that follows the natural shape of her head.  The sides are given an extra special twist with two curls molded along it, to give a little extra shape and intricacy.  The entire look is garnished with an assortment of pink and purple hair sprays for the extra grungy, graffittied look that really brings out the models metallic make-up.

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06.  Frost Bitten Thorns

This is the most elaborate and enchanting hair of the list, and is an absolute fantastical beauty.  The hair is styled to fall down, and is long and completely crimped, to give it an utterly textured effect, but what it incredible is all the styling that is going on above the head.  Styled in the piece are a network of spiraling crimped strands that form interweaving vines, laced with large snowflakes that sprawl across the top of the model’s head and up along the network of auburn vines.  The sides of the head are finished with a crimped flower-esque bow. Utterly divine!


7.  Woven Weave

This unusual hair is a wonderful rendition of a medieval maiden.  The hair creates a canvas that starts right up the top and weaves in and out of itself falling in a long, straight but textured sheet all the way down.  The back is finished with all the hair being braided in a feminine, circular swirl.


8.  Asian Empress

These hair styles are all in keeping with the same theme, a beautifully maintained and ornate quality.  The hair is slicked extremely close to the head.  Separated at the front with a precise middle parting.  The hair then forms a band that goes all the way around the head, covering the ears.  On top of this is an elaborate bun.  The styles swoop forwards in perfect swirls, and are then completed with a spray of hair on the very top, the tips fanning out dramatically.  A contrast to the precise and smooth hair beneath it.


9.  Stormy Turbulence

This hairstyle by Pepis London dramatically rises skyward in jet black.  It winds itself round and round emulating the eye of a hurricane, when reaching a certain point it changes direction and begins to decline again, as it does so the pitch black color becomes intermingled with a silvery grey, adding to the stormy effect of the style.  It culminates in pure silver, having become narrow it is as though one has discovered the heart of the storm.

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10.  Rose Garden

This hair is so naturally feminine.  Red hair wildly rises upwards above the head, and then falls in gorgeous curls on either side.  On one side, nestled by the head are three roses that match the hair so perfectly it is as though they are made of it.  The haute couture hair is the absolute epitomization of what it means to be an English rose.  Stunning.

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11.  Frost Bitten Thorns

This is the most elaborate and enchanting hair of the list, and is an absolute fantastical beauty.  The hair is styled to fall down, and is long and completely crimped, to give it an utterly textured effect, but what it incredible is all the styling that is going on above the head.  Styled in the piece are a network of spiraling crimped strands that form interweaving vines, laced with large snowflakes that sprawl across the top of the model’s head and up along the network of auburn vines.  The sides of the head are finished with a crimped flower-esque bow. Utterly divine!

For more information about Hair Extensions for models please visit VixenandBlush.com.


Abi Sehmi has a real love of beauty. She is currently writing for VixenandBlush.com, she talks about fashion, hair styling and hair extensions.


#KeepitDangerous! Marathon: Self-inflicted Hair Loss – The Cost Of Fashion


Most people dread the idea of losing their hair. It seems, strange, then that people would employ beauty practices that put them at risk of permanent alopecia. It’s surprisingly common, you’ll soon discover. They hope not to do permanent damage to their scalp, of course, but are prepared to take the risk to achieve a certain look.

The population most likely to engage in beauty practices that can result in this type of hair loss, are African-American women. A particular pattern of baldness called central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) was identified in 59% of women who took part in a particular study.

So what is it and what causes it? CCCA is a type of hair loss that starts at the crown of the head and some severe hair styles may be the primary cause. Weaves and braids, where the hair is pulled very tightly, close to the scalp, and then left in braids for weeks at a time, can damage the hair and follicles. Both white and black women who wear these types of hair styles for extended periods of time can experience hair loss, and over time, this may become permanent.

It’s not just the style – pulling on the roots of the hair – that may contribute to the damage. Hair care that is less than ideal can also contribute. Regular washing and conditioning of the hair is important, especially when you are using styling products on top of the braid.

The four most common reasons why this type of hair fashion can result in alopecia include:

-          Adding unsterilized hair extensions to the weave

-          Using too much glue

-          Braids that are too tight

-          Leaving braids in for months at a time

-          Braiding the same area in the same way over and over again.

Risky hair extensions

A lot of hair extensions are imported from other countries and they are not always sanitarily packaged before shipping. This can mean that parasites or insects may be part of the package and after the hair is stitched into the style, these tiny bugs can irritate the skin, or eat the new hair growth as it sprouts from the follicle. It’s important that the company providing the hair extensions is well-regarded and meticulous with the sterilisation process.

Too much glue

Glue is not a natural product for the skin to come into contact with. The skin has pores and needs to be able to breathe and this is as true for the skin on our heads as for anywhere else on the body.

People who try to control their hair with glue and over-use it can suffocate the follicles of the scalp. Once follicles are permanently damaged they can no longer produce new hair. This can result in bald patches on the scalp that become permanent alopecia.

Are my braids too tight?

A nice neat braid is going to be pretty tightly woven, but how tight is too tight? Firm can still feel comfortable but a good rule of thumb to gauge whether the braid is too tight and could potentially damage the scalp is whether the hair style hurts. If you are experiencing pain then the braid is too tight and the pressure on the hair root and follicles is too great. Over time, this kind of stretching and pulling at the scalp could cause alopecia. You may think the pain will pass as you get used to it and the new style “settles in”, but actually what happens is that the nerve-endings go numb and the follicle gives way. When you undo the braid, you’ll find a lot of your hair comes with it.

Leaving the weave in

It’s okay to leave the weave in for a period of time. It’s a lot of work to get it looking that way in the first place, and it needs to have a certain amount of longevity. Just don’t overdo it. If you are wearing the braid for a month or more it’s too long for the hair. Only keep the style in place for up to four weeks.

Taking the braid out for a while gives the scalp a chance to breathe naturally, but also means you can tend to the scalp better, not just the hair. You can properly clean the products out of the hair, as well as wash away any dead skin or potential fungus that has built up on the scalp. Fungus? Well, if you regularly spray your hair or do not properly dry your braids it is possible to develop skin infections beneath the braids that can have some nasty side effects.

Common sense is the best way to avoid permanent, self-inflicted alopecia; and taking care of your scalp, not just the look of your hair.

Katherine West is a health freak and freelance writer who in 2003 studied for a Diploma of Nutrition. She is also into yoga and pilates.

Top Story: 5 Professional Hairstyles You Can Do At Home

It is natural to want to ensure that your hair always looks perfect, as if you’ve just left the salon. The problem is, we all have bad hair days and we’re not all salon professionals. However, there is an easier and much cheaper way to get fabulous looking locks on a daily basis without the need for professional styling every day. After all, we can’t all have our own team of stylists on hand. You need to know simple tricks for your hair that you can do yourself. So with that in mind, here are five professional-looking hairstyles to recreate at home.


  • Side Ponytail

You’ll require some serious holding power for this ‘do so it works best on day old hair. Gather your hair into a half ponytail and secure at the back of your head, right in the center. Then push up this section of secured hair to create a bouffant style over the back of the crown. Pull your fringe section free and brush to one side of your head before securing with hair grips. Pull the rest of your hair into a full ponytail and drag to one side of your head, securing with a hair tie. Then take small sections of your hair and curl for a feminine touch. Finish with a spritz of hairspray to hold it in place.


  • Posh Chignon

Wash hair and condition with an intensive moisturizing formula to eliminate frizz. Comb through hair and section into a side parting. For a more dramatic look, go for a deep side parting. Gather hair at the nape of your neck and secure with a hair tie. Then twist the hair and wrap it around itself to create a bun. Secure any flyaway strands with grips and spritz with hairspray to keep it looking chic all day long.


  •  Half up, half down

This look is really easy to recreate and takes a matter of minutes which is ideal if you are in a last minute rush. Wash and condition hair with a deep conditioning treatment to ensure super smooth locks. Squeeze the excess water out and leave to dry naturally. If you’re running short of time then blow dry hair. The great thing about this ‘do is that it doesn’t matter if your hair is a little wavy as that will add to the natural looking appeal. Use grips to pin back hair at each side and brush your fringe forward. Use your fingers to muss your hair up slightly as it is supposed to look lived in.

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  • Smart up-do

A great look for the office or for any formal event which requires you to dress up, the smart up-do can be created easily from the comfort of your own home using only hair grips and a brush. Here’s how to create the look. This ‘do works better with day old hair as it will hold better and is less likely to create flyaways. Comb your hair into its natural parting and gather up into a pony tail. Instead of securing with a tie, twist your hair around and in on itself at the back of your head, before securing with hair grips. Pull a small section of your side fringe free and give hair a quick spritz with hairspray to finish.


  • Loose

Don’t be fooled into assuming that this look is created simply by brushing your hair and leaving the house. Make sure hair is washed, conditioned and blow dried straight. Use straighteners to give it a poker straight finish. This hairstyle looks great if your hair is cut into layers as it really frames your face. Keep hair in place all day long with a spritz of hairspray.

Guest post contributed by Lauren Belfield, a fashion blogger with a love of easy to do hairstyles and fashion tips.


Badass Haircut! Miley Cyrus

Any woman that can rock the hell out of a short haircut is OK with me. She’s so much for free and edgy now. Hannah Montana has grown up!


And, Maxim chose her as the No. 1 piece of ass!


Top Story: The Skrillex Hair Style – The Shaved Side of Head Fashion


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Along with technology, trends and fashion are also adapting to new horizons. Things are changing so fast that it becomes hard to keep up now a days. If you are not attending high school right now, then you are most likely behind the new style updates like myself.

There happens to be a new hair style out right now that will make you drop your jaw. It consists of females shaving only the side of their head on one side of hair. This way, the girl has her pretty hair on one side and kind of over laps it a bit on the shaved side. At a quick glimpse, your mind might think of it as some sort of a medical condition. But second glimpse will confirm just to be a very extreme looking haircut.

Where Did This Idea Hair Cut Come From?

A man that goes by the stage name of Skrillex is where this idea rooted from. He won two Grammy awards last year for his insanely viral music surfacing all over the Internet. The style of his music is called dubstep and is a sub genre of the electronic music style. It is done using computers and sound devices.

His music is crazy popular all over the world and enough power to win him two Grammy awards last year in 2012. He has this haircut and has pretty much coined the entire idea of this haircut. People around the world look up to Skrillex dubstep and want to be like him.

How Society Reacts to Skrillex Haircuts

Women have never really been seen in society as having no hair or missing parts of hair. Since the dawn of time, for a woman to be a beautiful model, she must have a head of beautiful hair. Times are changing and this haircut is evidence to that. People are going to look at you differently, but it won’t be to a negative level as it would of 40 years ago.

Tattoos and body piercings are pretty much a way of society now and new things like this hairstyle aren’t going to slow us down. If us humans are good at anything, its only caring about ourselves we do best. If your haircut doesn’t effect me then I don’t care if you have it. Women can get very far with pushing fashion boundaries and still being drop dead gorgeous. Individuality is what is what makes a person attractive along with their unique style. This could be a huge part of one’s unique style.

Moral For the End of the Day

Instead of worrying about how weird he or she’s haircut is, maybe take a second to think of how you can diversify your style from the other millions of people on the planet. If your going to talk badly about unique styles, then I can almost guarantee you that your style is super boring itself.

This author Christopher Weber is a huge Skrillex fan and really enjoys a new style to the fashion world coming through the music industry.


Dangerous Hair Styles For Spring & Summer


A new year often times means a new hairstyle. What better time than now to switch up your look. Out with the old, in with the new, right?
While winter was all about sleek and chic, this spring and summer has a more rebellious and edgy vibe. So let your inner bad girl go wild. Here are the hottest spring/summer trends for this year.

Bombshell Blonde
While Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj rocked those neon pinks, greens, and blues, platinum blonde is this years’ hot summer color. Those bold, bright colors were great for dull, dark wintery weather, but with sunshine filled spring and summer, who needs those loud colors anyway?

Get Down
While the top knot, high buns, and high ponytails were all the rage in 2012, this year’s hairstyles seem to be gravitating toward other things, like the nape of your neck to be more specific. So instead of gathering all your hair into a high bun on top of your head, focus your ponytails, and accessories toward the nape of your neck.

All About Accessories
Bows and patterned scarves are all the rage this spring and summer. Pull your hair up into a Beehive style and complete it with a bow headband. Or twist your hair up into a loose French twist, hold it in place with pins, and wrap a patterned scarf around your head. Bows and scarves are a great way to add to or complete your new hairstyle.

Heavy Metal
Being the savvy trendsetter that you are, you probably picked up that metal and metallic are hot, hot, HOT! Be it on your shoes, on your clothes, on your fingernails, anything goes. Well this goes for hair accessories too. Wrap hair chains around your ponytail, or pin your hair back and add in a metal headpiece around the back of your head for a feminine but edgy look.

The Anti-Ballerina Bun
Forget those slicked back, high bun days. Let your inner rebel out. Shed those heavy winter layers and get ready for spring! You already know that styles are focusing around the nape of your neck, so bring that bun down and go wild with it. Twist your hair into a would-be bun, but then loosely wrap it around the nape of your neck to create a deconstructed bun. Go wild with it! Embrace the messy bun.

These spring and summer looks are all about letting loose with these relaxed hairstyles. Celebrate a new year with a new hairstyle.


By Fiona Marcelino

A fierce fashionista, Fiona loves everything about the industry… from hair to shoes or head to toe. Often she immerses herself in research to find out the styles we will be looking forward to and how to make them her own.

Celebrity Stylist Tips for Growing Long African American Hair

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Author: Paula Clarke

KeraCare produces quality products for African American hair, especially if you have an itchy scalp from braids or hair weaves. However, their shampoos and conditioners tend to sometimes leave black hair dry and brittle, unless it is there detangling shampoo. As a result, although their products will help your scalp, they will leave your hair looking like you did it yourself. If you have a relaxer or chemically treated hair, and are use to using products like Elasta QP, Motions, or TCB, then it is long over due to make the switch to all natural hair care products.

Just because you buy natural hair care products does not mean you have to cut your hair and grow a mini afro or get dreads. You don’t need natural hair! There are several benefits of using all-natural hair care products, especially if you have relaxed hair. One of the best all-natural products on the market is Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Silky Smooth System for Ethnic Hair. The shampoo and conditioner in the system are loaded with vitamins and natural oils that will not leave your hair dry like KeraCare, but instead will hydrate your follicles and nourish your roots. You can even use products like GodHead™ Max Moisture and Gro System to lengthen your hair and extend times between getting relaxers. You can find their products at wwwdiscoverb4acom

Here are the top five Hair Care Tips for Black Hair according to Hollywood’s Celebrity Stylist Michelle Vincent.
Hollywood Stylist Tip# 1 for Black Hair: Stop using low grade hair care products that contain sulfates: Even if you get a perm or wear weaves, your hair needs the most nutrients that it can receive between salon visits.

Hollywood Stylist Tip# 2 for Black Hair: Buy all natural hair care products, most natural stores carry Jason’s or Aubrey Organics ® Shampoos or you can by Beauty 4 Ashes ® online.

Hollywood Stylist Tip# 3 for Black Hair: Take care of your hair from home. You can do it! Wrap or roll your hair before bed. Don’t just sleep on it without a protective covering, which can lead to split ends and result in YOU getting your hair CUT.

Hollywood Stylist Tip# 4 for Black Hair: Drink plenty of water and reduce your intake of junk foods. Take a B Complex on a daily basis.

Hollywood Stylist Tip# 5 for Black Hair: Buy Silk pillow cases and hair wraps. Avoid cotton, it can lead to hair breakage.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/advice-articles/celebrity-tips-for-long-african-american-hair-176256.html

About the Author

For over 20 years, I have worked as a natural herbalist and consumer educator on natural products. I have also done extensive research in the biologically active ingredients in natural products. I am dedicated to providing consumers with information they can use to make more intelligent purchases.


A Week’s Worth of Hairstyles


We’ve all been in a hair dilemma at some point in our lives. If you’re bored of always wearing your hair the same way, I’ve compiled a week’s worth of fabulous hairstyles so you can pick and choose your favourites. Whether your hair is short, medium length or long, you don’t have to stick in your style rut for much longer.

Short Hair

Easy to manage but often difficult to style, people with short hair tend to be stuck for ideas when it comes to styling.

1)      If your hair’s short, use a volumizing shampoo and a 10 pence sized blob of wax to add texture and oomph. Spikey, cropped styles à la Keira Knightley and Emma Watson, (also known as the pixie crop) are right on-trend and add a bit of mischief to the wearer.

2)      A side-swept fringe looks great on those with short hair. Simply use a touch of heat-protection spray before straightening from root to tip and finish with a fine mist of hairspray.

3)      Going out for the evening? Wear some sparkly hair slides or a floral headband to add a touch of glamour.

Medium-length Hair

Whether you have a long bob, or are in the growing-it-out stages, there’s plenty of ways you can style your hair.

1)      The half-pony. Often favoured with schoolgirls many years ago, this half up, half down do is really easy and is different to the usual ponytail. Simply gather hair from each side of your temple and secure at the back of the head with an elastic band or clip.

2)      Festival-style braids look quirky and cute. Take a small amount of hair from each side of your head, plait and secure at the back with a hair slide.

3)      Tousled waves. Look like you’ve come straight from the beach by using a touch of salt spray through the ends of your hair and scrunching up to create textured, tousled waves. You’re sure to catch the eye of the cute surfer dude.

Long Hair

If you have long hair, the world really is your oyster.

1)      The chignon. This is basically a posh bun, not dissimilar to those worn by ballet dancers. To create this look, pull your hair in to a high ponytail. Twist the hair and wrap it to form a donut shape. Secure with elastic bands and hair slides and smooth down any fly-aways with a bit of hairspray.

2)      The side-plait. Most people’s hair will naturally fall heavier on one side. Leaving any side fringes loose, pull hair to this side and separate in to three sections. Braid the hair and secure with an elastic band. Use hair slides to prevent it from coming loose. Next plait your side fringe and secure with a hair slide.

3)      The grown-up ponytail. Gather hair into a low ponytail and secure on one side of your head, just below your ear. Taking a pair of curlers, lightly twist the hair round until it forms loose waves. Finish with a flowery clip just above the elastic band. Perfect for a sophisticated up-do.

So there you have it, hair does not have to be in the same style every day. All of the above are very easy to do, so don’t panic if you think you’re a bit of a novice. You can always ask a friend to help when you’re going on a night out. She can do your hair in return for you doing her make-up. Never accuse us of being unfair!

This guest blog contributed by Janet Mitchell a writer who is dedicated to helping you find the best hair styling, such as short hairstyles by L’Oréal Professionnel.


How To Grow Long, Luscious Hair!

If you’re looking for long, luscious locks then these top tips will help your hair to grow in thick and strong.


Choose A Cut That Will Grow In Well

This mind sound like a bit of an odd one considering you are aiming for longer hair, but as you begin to grow your hair it is sometimes a good idea to get some of the length taken off it. Your stylist can advise on a hair style that will grow in thick and full and be easy to keep in good condition.

Get Regular Trims

Again, this sounds a bit counter intuitive, but regular trims to remove split ends will ensure your hair remains healthy and strong and aid growth.

Cut Down On Washing

Try not to wash your hair every day as rubbing your hair will pull hair and can cause damage. Washing also removes essential oils which are required for healthy growth.

Cut Down On Heat Styling

Unfortunately, while you are growing your hair you will have to make an effort to cut down on heat styling. Heat damage will inhibit growth.

If you are using irons or rollers then make sure to apply a thermal protection spray prior to styling.

The same applies to your hair dryer. Try to cut back where possible and allow your hair to air dry for 20-30 minutes prior to blow drying. This is actually good practice in general!

Use A Deep Conditioning Mask

Use a deep conditioning mask once a week to give your hair a moisture boost and ensure it remains healthy and nourished.

Tie Your Hair Up At Night

Again, you are trying to minimise pulling on your hair, so tie it up at night before going to bed to avoid damage while you are tossing and turning in your sleep.

Eat A Balanced Diet

Well, it’s a cliche, but you are what you eat so eating a healthy, balanced diet will help to keep your hair in top condition. Additionally make sure you drink plenty of water to ensure hair is well hydrated.

Be Patient

Hair grows at an average of 0.5 inches a month (6 inches a year) so to get the long locks you crave will take time. Following the above tips will ensure your hair remains healthy and looks good, so persevere and you will eventually get the hair of your dreams.

While you are waiting for your hair to grow, you might want to use clip in hair extensions for a length and volume boost, which will also allow you to try out different styles.

So, that’s our top tips for growing long lustrous hair. Look after your locks and you’ll be a 21st century Rapunzel in no time!

Author Byline: SKR Hair have a fantastic range of clip in hair extensions, made from 100% human, REMY hair.


Hair Extensions 101


Leaders in the fashion industry as well as celebrities across the globe are seen with constantly changing hair styles. From different color choices to varying lengths of hair, each week brings something new. Short cuts are followed by long, luxurious locks the next day, baffling everyone around. Now it’s easier than ever to lengthen your mane with the use of hair extensions. But there are some who remain on the fence about them.

Extension Basics

If you’ve always dreamed of having longer hair, extensions may be the answer you’ve been looking for. They can also be used to add volume to limp, thinning hair or a pop of color. So long as you have at least 3” of hair to work with, a talented stylist can add extensions. There are several ways hair extensions can be added to your hair, depending on how long you want them to stay. They can be glued in, braided in, woven in, or even clipped in for a temporary style boost.

Unfortunately, hair extensions are not cheap. A variety of factors contribute to the cost, but extensions can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. In addition to the financial investment, they also take a significant amount of time for the initial setup process. The procedure is not painful, simply time consuming and pricey.

Know Your Extensions

When you have made the decision to have hair extensions put in, it is important to find an experienced specialist. Ask to see photos of prior hair extension work. Also inquire about how the stylist will place and remove the extensions, as well as how he or she will minimize the damage to your natural hair. Gluing extensions can be damaging, while tracks (weaving or sewing) can be much too heavy.

Find out whether you will be having synthetic or natural human hair extensions. Human hair is far more expensive, but is more viable. Synthetic hair generally cannot be heated, severely limiting styling options. Individual strand extensions provide a completely customizable look that is far more natural than other placement options.

Make sure your hair is healthy enough to withstand the pressure of the length of extensions you are looking for. When hair extensions are too heavy, they can severely damage the hair and cause it to break.

Care and Upkeep

Like almost any other hair process (certain cuts, coloring, perm, etc), hair extensions require a certain amount of upkeep. But you should only have to spend about an hour at the salon getting things touched up every six weeks. Most extensions can be treated like natural hair, just more gently. They do require a special brush created just for extensions, called a loop brush. It is also a good idea to use a gentle shampoo, light conditioner, and cool water in order to minimize tangles.

While they are not for everyone, hair extensions are a great way for people to explore a variety of hair lengths and styles. The financial and time commitments are often worth it when it comes to a botched, hated haircut or other hair fiasco. Try them out and perhaps you’ll fall in love with your new ‘do.


Guest author Julie Eben helps run a blog about Clearwater hair extensions.  She has been a hairstylist for years and now shares her expertise with clients in the blogging universe.


Fall/Winter Celebrity Hair Style Guide

You’ve only got to look to the celebs this year to see the latest style trends. Bored of the same old hairdo day-in, day-out? Surprise everyone at work with a different style every day, and why not try out these winners which are fashion musts this season?

The Beautiful Bun


Think less school-teacher, and more sophisticated glam, the beautiful bun is always in fashion. From Cameron Diaz to Kirsten Dunst, celebrities love this look because it gives them a fab lift to their faces, without having to bother too much with their hair. Here’s how:

  1. Put your hair neatly into a ponytail.
  2. Twist your hair and spiral it into a bun shape.
  3. Pushing through the base, use a spin pin to hold your style, then do the same for the top.
  4. Unless you want a dramatic (and hard to pull off) severely slick-backed bun, soften the look by loosening the front of your hair so it frames your face.

Pump Up The Volume


For a busty, sexy hairstyle, get some volume in your hair.  Cheryl Cole has pioneered full-bodied locks and this can be perfect for you too. Great for a night out, it’ll surely grab everyone’s attention.

  1. Dampen your hair and detangle it.
  2. Blow-dry until 80% done, use a round brush to create volume.
  3. Divide 2 inch sections of your hair and wrap it around the brush.
  4. Blow-dry down the hair and pay particular attention to your roots.



We can’t remember when curls went out of fashion, so if you’ve been perfecting your technique at home, you won’t be sad to hear that curls are very much in this season. An exceptionally feminine look, if your curling practice needs a little more work, we’ve got some top tips on how you can achieve this pretty hairstyle:

  1. Wash and towel dry your hair.
  2. Get your hair 80% dry with your hairdryer.
  3. Take 2 inch sections of your hair and wind them around a round brush and blow-dry, running the brush down to the roots of your hair. A barrel curl should begin to form.
  4. Use the cold setting to set the style, once you’ve got rid of excess moisture.
  5. Fix any unwanted strands in place with hair fashion jewelery.

Chignon Knot


We’ve been on the lookout for a classic and stylish do which we can wear to work, and Angelina Jolie has recently brought the chignon knot to our attention. It’s pretty simple to do, but leaves a gorgeous finish:

  1. Get yourself a chignon pin to fasten the hairstyle in place.
  2. Gather your hair behind you and twist into a bun shape.
  3. Insert your pin into the bottom of your bun.
  4. Lift your pin upwards and then twist downwards for this lovely knot.

The Ponytail


Even Taylor Swift has taken to wearing this hairstyle usually attributed to school girls, but done right, a ponytail can be glamorous. Don’t believe us? We show you how:

  1. Add a little hair oil and scoop back your locks into a low ponytail.
  2. Fix with an elastic band.
  3. Separate your ponytail in two and wrap one section around the hair tie.
  4. Hide the end underneath and fix with a bobby pin.

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3 Age-Defying Hair Cuts

Some women embrace the lines on their face as telling their life story, and others couldn’t be prouder when they gain their first grey hair! However, let’s face it, tell-tale signs of ageing aren’t so warmly welcomed by the majority of women.

If you’ve found yourself in this predicament, then look no further! Here we’ve compiled three of the best age-defying haircuts ready for you to take to the salon and try.


Add Bangs

A common place that women first begin to get lines on their face is their forehead, and if you have straight hair parted down the middle there’s no way of covering this up, so this is a great trick to help you look younger and cover up those unwanted lines in an instant – no botox required!

Most people believe that bangs only suit younger women with long hair and big eyes, but why shouldn’t bangs suit an older woman?

There are many different styles of bangs nowadays, so take a trip to your local hair stylist and ask which they think would suit you. My favorite is a straight bang cut into a hard even line just above the eyes, or softer sweeping bangs that falls to one side.


For women living some decades ago, when they reached a certain age it was customary to have all of their luscious long locks cut into a shorter style, and it was almost unheard of for an older woman to keep her long hair. As we age, hair thins and this is all the more visible on longer hair.

However, by layering the hair you can make your face look years younger and keep your beautiful mane.

Most women with long hair will just pull it into a ponytail for day to day activities and don’t bother with regular trims or styling, meaning the hair is left to grow at its own rate. This tends to end with women having long hair all cut to one length, which isn’t a problem until they start getting lines on their face – this style is flat and limp, highlighting the worst features of your face.

A simple way to salvage this without losing your length is to have some face framing layers cut into that lovely long hair. This will take weight off the main part of the hair, stopping it from ‘dragging down’ the face, and will emphasize other features such as big eyes. With layers, longer hair also moves more freely and will bounce around for a gorgeous, youthful look!


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A Short Bob

A simply hairstyle that suits almost every face is a bob, and there are so many different kinds of bobs out there now that you can choose the style you think would suit you best.

A short bob can hide thinning of the hair as it is usually cut into layers, especially an inverted bob that adds volume to the back and frames the face at the front. A longer bob can look lifeless, but just buy a curling wand to add some loose, sexy waves!

Having a lightweight hairstyle rather than heavy, long hair will stop the hair from pulling your face down, and will seem so much lighter that you might just feel younger on the inside too!

What’s your favorite hair styling trick to take the years off?

About The Author: Michelle Star is a fashion and beauty blogger, currently on a mission to try every shampoo in existence on a search for the best one out there – she’ll let you know when she finds it!


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