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Hairdresser creating waterfall braids on woman

Back to School Hairstyles- Keep it Simple!

The transition from summer beachy hairstyles to back to school hairstyles doesn’t need to be anything  major or complicated. The most important thing you can do to have great looking hair going back to school is to give your hair a little extra TLC. A few deep conditioning hair treatments and a great haircut for your hair type are a couple of things that will go a long way in healthy, shiny hair is its healthiest and shiniest shape. After that, keep it simple and your back to school hairstyle will be fabulous!
“Back to School Hairstyle”
Back to school hairstyles should be healthy!

Since summer has its ways of fading, drying out and damaging your hair, now is the time to spend a little more effort getting your hair back to health. It will pay off to take a little bit of time to do these things for the health of your hair. If you swim in salt water or a pool you should use a clarifying shampoo and moisturize your hair to get it healthy, shiny, and more vibrant. Great looking back to school hairstyles start with healthy hair! When hair is dull, dry and damaged looking, no matter how much time you try camouflaging it by styling it, you still have dull, dry damaged looking hair. Here’s a routine that will get your hair in its best shape possible for whatever back to school hairstyles you choose to wear!

  • Use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week if needed, to rid your hair of product buildup.
  • Use a deep hair conditioning treatment once a week, after clarifying your hair. (Joico K-Pak Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor was voted best deep conditioner at hairdressers Choice Awards).
  • Use a shower cap or saran wrap and towel to generate heat, leave it in your hair for at least 20 minutes in order to penetrate the hair shaft more deeply. A hair dryer is a great way to deliver heat when doing a deep conditioning treatment.
  • Add moisture if you have dry hair, by using a good hair moisturizing conditioner or moisturizing leave-in hair conditioner. (PureOlogy Hydrate Conditioner was also a hairdressers Choice Awards winner)
  • Add protein if your hair is lifeless. That is a hair conditioner with collagen and elastin which adds a slight feel of thickness to the hair. (Try Frederic Fekkai Protein RX Reparative Conditioner)

Back to school hairstyles should work with your hair type!

Keep it simple – Your back to school hairstyle should not be a style that requires a lot of work before going out the door. Instead, the hairstyle you wear should work with your hair type and not against it. Getting a hairstyle that works with the natural grain of your hair will give you more easy styling options.

Unless you are very talented with styling your hair, a big hairstyle change may mean significantly more time spent upfront in your styling routine each morning. Who needs this kind of stress when you’re pressed for time? Consider saving the new hairstyle change until after you are into your new back to school routine.  If you want to make a hairstyle change, remember less-is-more.  A small change like wearing bangs or no bangs can make a huge difference in your look without a lot of fuss.

Learn 3 different ways to style your back to school hairstyle – By spending just a little time up front learning a couple new hair styling techniques, you can give your hair a break, save yourself time every day and get a reputation as being fashionista too!

You will probably have a favorite way of hair styling, but by changing it around a bit, it won’t get old and tired looking.  At every haircut appointment be sure to ask your hairdresser to show you a new way of styling your hair. Make sure to make note of the styling hair care product recommendations at the same time.  If you would rather buy over-the-counter hair products, just stay with the same type of product your hairdresser recommended i.e.; mouse, gel, oil, straightening serum etc.

Learn how to use one new hair styling tool. Try a flat iron, different size curling iron, velcro rollers, hot rollers, rag rollers, bendy rollers, pin curls, roller brush iron, hair dryer, and diffuser.

Learn to style with a hair care product only and give your hair a break. Try one of these, gel, spray gel, mousse, pomade, serum, curl enhancer, shine product, smoothing product, styling cream, root lifter, sculpting lotion, thermal spray, and volumizer.

Learn a new updo. If your hair is long enough, learn one new way to get a classic, casual, contemporary or elegant look. It will change your look totally and quickly. A good hairdresser will be happy to help you out here. Your hair doesn’t need to be as long as you may think to do some chic updo or half updo hairstyles.

Learn to braid.  Braids once again have made a big comeback!  Allow yourself a little practice time to learn a new braid, it will give your hair a break and give you some unique looks of your own. Classes are given at my local Community Education; check it out in your area. The library is another source for learning how to do new braids! Or, just invite over one or two of your friends that have the knack!

The Waterfall braid . . . . Love this look!

 

  



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Glamorama Glam Slam of Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion

Glamorama Long Layered Haircuts Fall Fashion

Macy’s 18th annual sponsored Glamorama is the fall fashion show event of the year here in the Twin Cities and last night they once again delivered a high-energy packed show at the Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre.  I wasn’t here to attend but my glam-squad reported back that this year’s Glamorama extravaganza was an altogether entertaining show!

“Glamorama Fall Fashion”Glamorama 2010, combined designer fashions with music performed by Macy Gray and Eric Hutchinson and with passionate dance numbers choreographed by “America’s Got Talent” creative director Brian Friedman.  Top designers included, Marc Jacobs, Issey Miyake, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and Sonia Rykiel.

Glamorama is the fund raising event of the fall fashion season in the Twin Cities, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The real beauty of the show is that proceeds from Glamorama benefit Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Long Layered Haircuts for Fall Fashion

It would be nice if there were more to talk about with the hairstyles at Glamorama, but the truth of it is, this show is more about haute fashion and entertainment and less about the hair. But from what the hairdressers did show us, it looks as though long layered haircuts are here to stay for a while.  The beauty of this is that to glide smoothly into Fall hair fashions, you can stash away your firm holding sprays, gels and basically any hair products that take away from a more “casual, roughed-up look.”

If you learn to work with your hair dryer to create more natural looks out of layered haircuts, you’ll  not only look ‘chic,’ but you’ll get out the door in record time!  It’s worth taking the time to learn the art of how to blow dry in order to get this fall’s hair styles.

Love the pig-tail look; it’s one of my favorites from Glamorama Fall fashions in last night’s show. How easy is that! And by the way, pigtails look great with bangs or no bangs. Check out these celebrity femme fatale’s with side swept bangs.

 

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Guido Palau tells you how to get the ‘roughed up look’ with your hair dryer and Redken Thickening Lotion. It’s reminiscent of the messy, casual side braid from this year’s Spring/Summer fashion show.

Also, had to include this picture of our local Glamorama child ambassador, Emma Laehn, a 13-year-old cancer survivor from Pepin, Wisconsin. She got all glamed-up for the Glamorama extravaganza last night . . . what a doll!!

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Emma Laehn, Glamorama Ambassador

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Glamorama haute style  . . .  Love da shoes!!
  



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Chelsea Clinton Hair for Wedding

Close Up of Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Hair

Is Chelsea Clinton hair style right?

Since we’ve been on the Chelsea Clinton hair bandwagon lately, I thought why stop now . . . Chelsea’s Mom, Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, was no doubt key in influencing Chelsea’s Cinderella story from unruly, curly girl to the chic, smooth haired, sophisticated woman she is today. Do you know, “what’s your best hairstyle?” It matters!

Maybe it was because of the wild-child hair Chelsea Clinton was born with, that pushed her Mother into becoming an adamant, pro-hair image type, or not. But, Hilary clearly tells us how important she believes our hairstyles are in our lives.

Here is what Hilary had to say in her commencement speech to the graduating class at Yale University,  thoughts about the significance of their hair or hair styles. “The most important thing I have to say today, is “hair matters” . . . Pay attention to your hairstyle because everyone else will.”

Chelsea Clinton all grown up!

Wow, that was surprising! When “the most important thing” Hilary Clinton had to say to the Yale graduating class was . . .”pay attention to your hair” . . . well, I must confess, I was taken back a bit! But then as I thought about it, the entire Clinton family, President Clinton, Hilary and Chelsea, have all been under a microscope pretty much all of their lives where any and every flaw or imperfection is magnified ten times over.

So I know you know, hair matters, Chelsea Clinton’s hairdo changes are a good example, but do you know, “What’s your best hairstyle?” What’s it going to be bangs or no bangs? Layered hairstyles?

  



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