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Hair Color Trends – When Black is too Dark!

Hair Color Trends

Hair color trends in the past couple of years went dark . . . and here are some problems that come with that.

Hair Color Trends
Ashlee Simpson in lighter days

Janny asks:

I had black hair and now I want my hair blonde. I went to a salon and they turned my hair into an orange fried mess, but I know its my fault, I left with a smile on my face and a few days later I dyed my hair a light brown. My question is; can I go ahead and bleach it again? Will it work or should I wait?


In reading your dilemma, it’s easy to think that the hair colorist was in the wrong, however it’s not clear as you said, ” I know it’s my fault, I left with a smile on my face.”

Be Honest With Your Hair Colorist

If your hair colorist thinks you are happy with the color correction, what reason would they have to change it?

When doing a major hair color correction as this one is, it’s not the time to be ‘nice ‘in order to ‘keep the peace’ so to speak, with your hair colorist. If you are unhappy with the hair color you end up with, you need to be completely honest with your colorist.

“Hair Color Trends
are too dark
for my tastes”

Maybe you’re not sure and you need to sit with your new hair color for a few days, that’s fine.Tell your hair colorist that up front so they have a heads up at this point. They will most likely tell you they would be happy to adjust the color for free as long as it is done quickly.Just make your decision within a few days. At this point, they should be happy to fix it at no cost to you.

It can be a win-win for both of you; you don’t need to look at yourself in the mirror daily with horror and it’s easiest to fix earlier than later. And as for your hair colorist, they would prefer to keep you happy and not lose you as a client.

Don’t Try to Fix It Yourself!

Bringing black hair to blonde, nears the top of the list when it comes to difficulty and takes a certified colorist in order to do it right. They need to know all the colors or chemicals that may be in your hair before assessing what to do next. Lifting black color out of the hair takes a high level bleach and developer and it needs to be assessed if your hair can handle that process.

Application is key for an even lifting of the black color out of your hair. A keen eye for the timing of this process is needed also. After the color is lifted out to a light enough degree, which may take more than one application to achieve, a toner needs to be applied and timed in the hair. If you have roots that area different color than your black hair, it will only add to making the process more complicated. The roots will need to be treated with a different formula or you will end up with two different colors, roots and the rest of your hair shaft.

It’s always scary when people write in with this kind of problem. You are desperate and you can easily go from bad to worse! If you go ahead and try to fix this yourself at this point . . . you can do irreparable harm.



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Prom Updos

Ayla Kell Prom Updos

Most Popular Prom Updos are Simple & Chic

Prom updos this year are simple, chic, classy, sexy and easy to do! How great is that! If you watched some of the red carpet events at the Peoples Choice Awards and the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, you saw some of the updos that will be channeled at this years prom!

Many of you long-haired darlings, who have a bit of talent wielding the brush and comb, may be able to manage this years prom hair style at home. However, I’m not suggesting that you should, by any means, take for granted that you will be able to achieve the look you want without first practicing the do’ you will do!!

After all, this is just one of the most glamorous nights of your life, and you do need to get the dress, the shoes, the accessories and please . . . get the hair style right! (There will be pictures, that keep showing up for a long-time you know!)

If your hair is short and you long to do an updo, check out your local beauty supply stores for clip-in extensions. Don’t worry about styling them yourself, call around to find someone who works with extensions and go in for a trial run. No surprises!

Don’t forget to bring in a picture to your hairdresser of what you’re looking for, it’s the best way of getting the look you want. Oh . . . and for you ladies who don’t want to do an updo, keep in touch, we will be bringing you some new ideas too!

Miley Cyrus in a sleek bun updoMiley Cyrus in a style that could be a prom updo

This simple, chic, updo like Miley wore at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, will be one of the ‘most popular’ prom updos this season!! Miley’s look is all about soft texture!

Here’s how to get the look!

  • Blow dry using a volumizing product like, Catwalk Your Highness Firm Hold Hairspray with large hot rollers or use 1 1/2 inch curling iron
  • Brush through, backcomb top section of hair, smooth over and lightly spray.
  • Gather sides and back into low ponytail. Make sure to leave height on the top and brush sides in tighter.
  • Secure with clear elastic.
  • Twist into bun and secure with bobby pins.
  • Pull out a few wisps around the face to soften the look
  • Spray over all with a finishing spray like Sebastian Shaper Plus Hairspray
Olivia Wilde Prom Updos
Olivia Wilde
Nicole Kidman Prom Updos
Nicole Kidman
Prom Updos
Sarah Jessica Parker

For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles and Braid Boards.


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Short Hair Bangs . . . and the Winner is

Lissa Rinna Short Hair Style with Bangs.

Short hair with bangs (fringe, for of all you Brits)

Short and bangs are like peanut butter and jelly, they just naturally go together. Americans know them as bangs but much of the world knows them as fringe. If you are looking for a quick, easy way to update your look . . . try adding or changing the style of your hairdo. There are hairstyles with bangs to fit your face shape, hairstyle and hair type, just start watching for it.

A frustrating issue I hear often, is this:

I would like to wear short? bangs but can’t because I have cowlicks. Or, my hair is too wavy or curly to wear short hair bangs, they have a mind of their own.,,

The frustrating part here is, I know these women could wear short hair with bangs if they just knew how to style them.

Cowlicks can be tamed and straightened with a flat iron. Because of the flat irons ability to lay on the forehead, without burning, these hair types can now achieve straight bangs easily and quickly.

If you’re having a hard time believing this one because of your past experience, have your hair dresser show you how it’s done. You may be pleasantly surprised!

The most favored choice of short bangs today is bangs that are styled forward in long chunky pieces and high lighted to add more texture and depth. Texturizing techniques give movement and airiness to the long layered bangs. Paris Hilton, Lisa Rinna and Sienna Miller show slightly different versions of this look.

Short Hair With Bangs
Sienna Miller in Long and chunky short bangs

Short Hair Bangs
Natalie Imbruglia with short bangs

Another trendy, but less worn hairstyle is the heavy, blunt cut bang of the 60’s, (think early Cher.) It can be an extremely vogue look on woman who carry it off by dressing in vogue fashion. But others, beware, hairstyles with straight, heavy bangs can be the kiss of death in, oh, so many ways! Round face shapes and square face shapes should steer clear of the blunt cut bang hairstyles. These bangs will give the illusion of added weight to your face shape. Kelly Osborne wears this hairstyle, despite of her round face shape . . . but that’s Kelly!

The short-short, fringy bangs are soooo cute, particularly on petite women, or women with small bone structures and face shapes. These types of short hair bangs can be wispy with uneven edges, or, chunkier and uneven. If you have big round eyes, and a smaller frame, you must try this type of short hair with bangs. The only face shape that should not wear this is an oblong or rectangular face shape, this hairstyle will only make you face shape longer.

OHH . . . and this is important, you should have a nice face, because the short-short fringy bang hair style shows everything off! A well proportioned face is best, that means, if you have a large nose, chin or forehead, think twice about the fringe.


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