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Halloween Hairstyles: Mermaid, Witch, Corpse Bride, Cat, Day of the Dead

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It’s one of the favorite times of year for many people, whether you’re a child or an adult. The most fun part of Halloween is getting dressed up!

So whether you’re going for something gruesome, fun, or pretty, the next step is going to be hair and makeup. Makeup is usually quite easy to do – green face paint and fake warts for witches, or red fake blood and white paint for vampires. But what about hair? Hairstyles are often the part that people struggle to find inspiration for.

So we’ve picked out 5 of our most popular hairstyles for various Halloween costumes.

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Mermaid

Mermaids are a popular choice for Halloween parties as it lets you show a feminine side. For this look, team sparkly pastel makeup with luscious long locks. For the extra length, use clip in hair extensions and create waves or curls to give a true mermaid style. For a pop of color, you could also clip in small clip in highlights in pinks and blues.

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Witch

One of the easier costumes, the witch is a great idea if you want something quick and easy to style for Halloween. Again, using hair extensions and heat spray, crimp the hair to create that messy, crazy witch style. Try leaving some pieces straight for an even better disheveled look.

Corpse Bride

This is a fantastic costume to try if you want to go all out on hair and makeup. Makeup is still girly and made up, but using very pale colors on the face to give the corpse look. For the hair, firstly use hair extensions to give extra thickness and length, as this is key to the look. Start off by creating a deep side parting and curling the hair and hair extensions. Next create a braid across the front from one side of head to the other. Keep the sections large so that it creates a chunky braid, bringing in more hair as you go like you would with a French braid.

Secure with a bobby pin behind the ear then the rest of the hair at the roots. Create a side ponytail with the remaining hair and this is where you can either bin into a side bun or leave it loose and wavy.

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Cat

Like the witch costume, a cat is also a popular and easy choice. The best hairstyle to match this costume is a long, sleek and smooth ponytail.

If you haven’t got long hair, use hair extensions to create a ponytail. First tie your hair in a high ponytail, using hairspray to make it as sleek as possible. If you’re using hair extensions, create a small ponytail with just the middle section of hair in the center of your head (leaving all hair around the outside of your head free). This is the base ponytail that you will clip in the hair extensions pieces around. Then take the remaining hair and pull into a ponytail over the top of the base ponytail – this will then hide all hair extension clips and make it look natural.

Use hair straighteners to smooth the hair and hair extensions as you want it to be as straight as possible for a cat look. Now you can add your cat ears and you’re good to go!

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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is a great way to show off your makeup skills. But if it’s hair you’re struggling with then clip in some hair extensions and curl both your natural hair and extensions to create volume and gorgeous barrel waves. For this look you want to show off the makeup and the best way to do that is to create a very deep side parting and sweep all of your hair over the shoulder on the opposite side. Continuing with the Day of the Dead theme, get some flower hair clips to keep the hair in place at the side and off your face.

Laura is a hair and beauty writer with extensive knowledge in Beauty, Makeup and hair care.

 

Book Spotlight: Dana Ellington Myles – Diva

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I read an excerpt from ‘Hello Diva’ and the scene focuses on a woman getting her hair styled with fake hair and being worried about everyone knowing it’s fake. What inspired this story?

 

All of my books are based on things that have happened to me.  Hello Diva came about as I struggled to come to terms with my own hair loss. The progression or I guess I should say, regression of Chari’s hair line is the same as my own. I started wearing the half wigs and pony tail attachments, progressed to just a few wefts of weave, to full wigs as the balding became more and more obvious.  The novel was born out of my work to rebuild my self-esteem and come to grips with my new appearance.  The scene you describe is not quite word for word, but representative of the fun conversations I have with my stylist.  Every appointment, it’s part of our “ritual” – I laugh with her about the wig or just shaving my head and her responses help ease my discomfort.

 

Does hair make the woman or the woman make the hair?

 

Confidence makes the woman, her hair is just an accessory as far as I’m concerned.  A confident woman knows how to work with what she has and doesn’t let what she doesn’t have, stop her from feeling good about herself.  That’s actually the “moral” of the book – that self-acceptance, love, confidence, etc. shouldn’t be based on what others think, but should instead, come from within.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

It’s funny, because I grew up reading horror.  Stephen King is my all time favorite and one of the most prolific writers of my generation.  I think he churned out a new book every couple of years.  Anyway, aside from him, I’ve read Lovecraft, Poe, and Matheson.  I think they set the bar for horror writing.  New favs to my library are Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris – both of them write in a Chick Lit / Monster genre that seems to be a combination of romance and horror.

How do people react to you when they find out what you write?

The funniest reaction came from my mom. She had told me this story a long time ago, right about when she discovered the “dirty” book I had hidden in my room.  She said that there was no need to read that kind of thing when she was growing up because The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer was all the smut they needed.  Huh? I’d  read that book in college it was so far from “dirty” as to be ridiculous.  Anyway, I hadn’t told her that I wrote erotica, but instead, had told one of her friends.  We were talking writing and it just sort of slipped out.  Well, she asked my mom about it days later.  Mom calls me and in an almost whisper, asks me if I write “those kinds of books.”  I fell out laughing and said yes.   She won’t read any of my writing, but she’s proud to hear from her friends who have that I’m a pretty good writer and they enjoy reading my work.  Aside from that, the reactions have been great.

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Hair Gets Hot: Fifty Shades Of Brunette, Blonde And Red

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When it comes to altering your hair color, a change may be in the air. Whether you are using real hair wigs or your own hair, simply adding a twist to your natural color is not to be underestimated when it comes to creating a great look.

Brunettes Hit the Bottle

If you are a brunette it is time to hit the bottle, in both senses of the word. To make the most of brown locks, lightening and brightening hair does not need to be drastic. Instead, channel the shades associated with whiskey and cognac; this will add a sense of depth. As the colors are not flat, a sense of vitality should be maintained and hair will be looking shiny in no time. If you are planning to go a touch lighter and add some blonde locks to your overall style, there is a way to do this without bleach.

L’Oreal has launched a range of hair colors which are free of ammonia, meaning the product is a lot kinder to hair. For those wishing to avoid going lighter, there is another quick way to update hair, whether you are using your own locks or real hair wigs. Rather than thinking of alcohol, channel chocolate. Opt for a rich color reminiscent of cocoa, boosting with a rich conditioning or glossing treatment if it is needed. When it comes to updating brunette locks, you don’t have to take drastic action to get good results!

A Boost for Blondes

Similarly, those with blonde hair can add subtle hints to change their style. Rather than choosing futuristic colors, it could be time to think about adding an earthy quality to your hair. The trick is to choose shades that make hair appear equally luxurious and lived in. Therefore, avoid stark and crazy colors and instead select shades of honey and latte. If you are spoiled for choose and cannot settle on one particular color, bring out the holiday snaps and select a picture of yourself looking thoroughly relaxed and tanned.

Show this to your stylist and they can pick out a matching shade for you to sample. Some hairdressers are taking this to the next level. By simulating sunlight through using special lamps, different shades of blonde can be created. This makes it easier to both see the natural shade of the hair and try out different colors. For those feeling a little less brave, simply add a clear gloss to your locks. This is a quick and easy way of adding something extra to the hair, without going over the top.

Redhead Revival

For redheads, there are many routes to choose if a color change is on the cards. To update any look or style, opt for henna-inspired shades. This is best done by a professional hairdresser, as stylists can mimic the deep coppers and bronze shades fairly easily without causing damage to the hair. If this does not sound like your sort of thing, there is another way to achieve glowing locks. Instead, think about layering a range of shades. The first step is to add a permanent dye, perhaps in a natural red or a hint of copper. Then, select conditioning treatments and color glosses to enhance these colors, drawing out the separate hues and adding an overall gloss to the finishing look.

One technique to bear in mind is color-melt. This is where the crown of the head is separated into a shape resembling a star. By merging colors throughout sections of the hair, it limits the appearance of re-growth, melding all the tones and shades together. Whether you are using your own hair or real hair wigs, it could be time for a subtle, but entirely noticeable, color change.

Your author Emily Starr takes a special interest in the world of hairdressing.

The Origin Of Human Hair Extensions

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The hair extension industry is booming, with many girls between the age of 16-30 having some experience with using hair extensions to enhance their looks.  There are many different types of hair extensions, and knowledge on what methods are safest for our natural hair is openly available.  However many tend to find that their knowledge becomes unstuck when dealing with the slightly more complex issue of the type of hair, more specifically hairs origin and the best types.

Here we will go through the most common types of hair used for human hair extensions to gain a greater understanding of what girls should be looking for in quality hair extensions.

Chinese Hair

Chinese hair is commonly used for inexpensive wigs, hairpieces and hair extensions. The hair is thick and coarse and tends to be naturally straight and dark in color.

Chinese hair is great for business as there is a high quantity available; the hair is long lasting, durable and low in cost.  In terms of strength the hair is very strong and can withstand multiple chemical and mechanical procedures.  There are however down sides to the use of Chinese hair in hair extensions.  Due to the extreme chemical processing that is undertaken with Chinese hair the quality tends to be quite poor.  It does not naturally have the same properties as European hair therefore for sale on the European market it undergoes an extreme amount of processing which damages the hair.  As the cuticles are large and the layers are dense Chinese hair is the most likely to tangle so it’s not desirable at all.  Additionally the thick strands reflect light differently to European hair, therefore when fitted they tend to look artificial despite the fact that it is human hair.

European hair

European hair is mainly used for high priced handmade hair extensions, custom wigs and hair pieces.  European hair is fantastic as it is high quality and true Caucasian hair, therefore it is perfect for the European and American market.  Typically the hair tends to come from Russia, Eastern Europe and the United States.  The texture is fine and there are a wide range of natural colors meaning that in some cases the hair does not undergo a dying processes and this is what the industry refers to as virgin hair.  Due to the fact that it is Caucasian the match with Europe and American markets is perfect, and the extensions blend perfectly.  There are downsides to European hair however.  Due to a low quantity available on the market the hair tends to be very expensive.  There is an availability problem with European hair with many manufacturers struggling to source lengths longer than 15 inches.  The hair fibers of European hair are also very fragile, and therefore European hair is more complex to care for than stronger hair types such as Chinese and Indian.

Indian hair

Indian hair is by far the most desirable of all hair types as it sits right in the middle in terms of quality and price.  Indian hair is typically used for custom made wigs and hair extensions.  The Quality is excellent and there is a high quantity available.  Indian hair has very similar properties to European hair, and therefore with minimal processing can be made to look and feel just like European hair.  Indian hair comes in a range of textures and lengths, as well as colors.  The only downside to Indian hair is that it is not available in a virgin form and therefore does require some degree of chemical processing, however virgin hair is very difficult to maintain.

With all the information laid out, it is clear to see that although European hair has some fantastic qualities, it is Indian hair that comes out on top in terms of quality and value for money, unless of course you are happy to spend the kind of money European hair requires and take the time to care for them in the correct way.

Hi, my name is Amy and I am the owner of hairextensionskent.co.uk.  As a business we are passionate about educating customers about hair extensions and the different options available.

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