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    Layered Haircut With Bangs

    Want Versatility? Try Layers and Bangs

    I’ve had a lot of haircuts in my time. I’ve rocked a pixie, tried out the center part, got creative with bobs and even bleached my hair blonde one summer . . . but I have to say there is nothing in the world that I love more than my fringe and layers.

    Having a fringe with layers is an extraordinarily versatile haircut. It makes your hair lighter and more manageable, but you still need to put a little bit of effort into managing them to get the most out of your layers. So let’s start at the beginning:

    My biggest piece of advice is to go to the professionals to get your hair cut. (Unless you have endless amounts of practice, this is not something you want to try out in your bathroom alone.) Getting your fringe the right length and style is crucial and a stylist can help you decide on which type of bangs will fit your face properly.

    Always keep suggestions from the stylists in mind. Just because it is a popular hairstyle doesn’t mean if will necessarily look good on your face. Don’t take offense to that last statement, it just means that some hairstyles are better suited for certain faces over others. It’s all about finding the right hairstyles that will work for you.

    Layers can add volume and texture to your hair if they are treated properly. Never disregard your layers. It’s like owning a cat or a dog; if you can’t take care of it then you shouldn’t get it. Layers that are not taken care of properly will drag down your hair and make you look frumpy.

    To get the most out of your layers brush them in separate sections with a natural bristled brush. Naturally your layers will add more volume to your hair without product but if you want that extra “oomph” then as you’re brushing out each layer mist them over with hairspray. If you want that sexy bedhead look then let your hair air dry and add some mousse and finger scrunch it.

    This is a great ‘do if you want a haircut but don’t want to get it cut any shorter because you can leave the bottom layer the same length and then work your way up from there. Layering your hair is a great way to snip away all the dead ends, which will make your hair grow out faster because it won’t be breaking off.

    Layers and fringes are a super versatile look that will add volume and character to your hair no matter what look you’re going for. They’re just plain perfect.

    Guest contributor Gabe Gilker is part of the team of writers at She writes with the same passion that she has for beauty and fashion (…and a few other weird things). She’s a social media-loving, can’t-say-no-to-life kind of gal. You can see more of her great articles at or on their Facebook Page.


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    What Does Your Halloween Costume Say About You?

    Halloween Hairstyles Define The Look!

    I love Halloween, even though I admit, I haven’t celebrated the day in a costume in quite a few years. But, I still love to see what others choose to be and how they put their ideas together . . . into form. It’s just as interesting to me to see WHO or WHAT people choose to become for Halloween, as how they interpret it and put it together.

    Homemade costumes are always my favorite. Everyone has their own twist on costume design and character portrayal but those who create themselves from scratch seem to have the best time of it, in my eyes. People let down their reserves and loosen up instantly in costume . . . and it doesn’t seem to matter who they are for the day, as they have fun becoming the vision of their creation.

    I was reminiscing with my BFF the other day of Halloween’s past when we worked together in a hair salon. Halloween is a holiday that inspires us to have more fun. Do you have a Halloween memory that stands out? I hope so! Ginger and I always reminisce of the year she was Glenda, the Good Witch of the North (easily recognizable.) She wore a perfect dress, with layers of crinolines, making the biggest skirt possible with sparkles randomly sprinkled on top, reminiscent of fairy dust that caught the eye from different angles. Her naturally big, long, blonde curly hair to her waist was styled halo like with the perfect witch’s hat, only fit for a good witch. She was a show stopper when she waved her magic glittery wand (with a star at the end) and granted wishes to the lucky.

    I chose to be Harpo Marx because he made me laugh and I knew I would have fun playing him for the day. I rolled my long hair with rags when damp the night before and it turned into a short afro that curled up to my ears. I picked it into shape, sprayed my deep brunette hair a golden blonde and put on a top hat. I had baggy pants held up with suspenders over a flannel shirt and trench coat filled with candy. I carried an annoying horn I honked in place of speaking . . . how did they put up with me all day?

    We helped clients with hair styling ideas they could do at home to make their Halloween costume come to life. We did a few Halloween hair creations, for clients who were going to parties and were serious about taking home the coveted prize for ‘best costume.’ These hairdo’s usually involved lots of back combing (only a professional will tackle,) some spray-on color, (in every color you can imagine) and some sort of hair ornaments or twig like thingies to add the final touch!

    Sometimes, the hair that defines the person like deep black, slick straight, Elvira (or Cher) hair; a Marilyn Monroe champagne blonde, retro coif, or the bride of Frankenstein beehive. For the guys a classic Elvis pompadour, Dracula’s slicked down jet black hair with a defined widows peak or the ever classic caveman with wild man hair.

    Who or whatever you decide to be this Halloween you’ll be fabulous if you capture some aspect of your psyche to play act . . . and don’t forget the hair, the hair!

    A few classic Halloween personalities . . .

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    6 New Uses For Hair Spray

    And You Thought Hair Spray Was Just For Hair

    I ran across this interesting tidbit in Real Simple magazine and really thought it interesting all of the uses for hair spray that most of us wouldn’t think of. I just had to pass it along.

    Lipstick Remover

    Kiss that smudge of Really Red good-bye. If the fabric is machine washable, saturate the spot with hair spray, let it sit for 10 minutes, then dab with a damp cloth or sponge to remove. Launder as usual to wash out any residual stain and spray.

    Stocking Saver

    The polymers that hold up an updo can also reinforce the toes of your hose. Spray after each wash to help prevent nylons from running.

    Artwork Protector

    Hanging kids’ art in a high-traffic area, like the refrigerator door? A light coating of hair spray will keep chalk or dried, flaky paint from brushing off.

    Petal Preserver

    Spray fragile dried flowers to help them stay put on their stems. (Here’s hopin your wedding bouquet sees its silver anniversary.)

    Gum Unsticker

    Free chewed Juicy Fruit from the carpet without wasting a wad of time. Douse the gum with hair spray to harden it quickly, then scrape it off with a knife.

    Shoeshine Fix

    A light spritz of hair spray gives newly polished loafers a longer-lasting patina. Test on a small area first before spraying the whole shoe.

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