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    The Faux Hawk – Is it the right haircut?

    Conservative Faux Hawk hairstyle suitable for business

    A faux hawk haircut is more versatile and adaptable than you may think!

    The faux hawk is one of the most talked about and debated haircuts I can remember in my 20 year career as a barber. Is it or isn’t it a faux hawk? “It’s too short”, “it’s too long”, “it’s too spikey”, “it’s not spikey enough, the sides are supposed to be shaved”, “the top is supposed to be a lot longer than the sides”. These are some of the common statements and thoughts about faux hawks.

    So, is it right for you? This is what I commonly hear from customers: “I am too old”, “I am too conservative”, “I like something more edgy”, “my son is too young”, “I have to wear a shirt and tie to work”, “I don’t have time to style my hair”, blah, blah, blah, but the faux hawk . . . has options!

    Causual faux hawk hairstyle suitable for business

    If you are considering a new and more modern hairstyle the faux hawk can be an excellent choice. There is a variation of this haircut for almost anyone. It is extremely versatile and can fit in well with any lifestyle. You just need to be very specific when asking for this haircut. A few things to keep in mind:

    • Do you want a more conservative version?<
    • Do you want an extreme or subtle difference in length from the sides to the top?
    • Do you want a natural outline around the perimeter of your haircut or do you like to see a distinct line?
    • Would you like to be able to spike your hair up or just let it fall forward?
    • Maybe you would like the haircut to be more versatile so you can style it a few different ways.
    • The shorter the overall length of the haircut, the more often you will need to get it cut. 3-4 weeks for shorter versions and 4-6 weeks for longer versions.
    • If you like a wet looking finish you will need pomade for softer feeling finish or a firm gel for a stiff finish.
    • If you like a dry finish a styling paste or thick cream works best. Just make sure your hair is completely dry before styling.

    Trendy faux hawk hairstyle

    The best suggestion I can give, as someone who has cut thousands of variations of faux hawk hairstyles, is to look at pictures of athlete’s and actors that have this hairstyle. Get an idea of what you like and discuss it in detail with the professional cutting your hair. Most importantly, bring a few pictures with you for a reference because it’s true that “a picture says a thousand words”. For more great looks check out our Pinterest Men’s Hair Board

    Master Barber Greg Zorian
    Guest author Master Barber Greg Zorian is a third generation barber, educator and manager of several successful barbershops. Greg is in high demand as a barbering instructor and workshop leader. Greg’s work has been featured in Milady’s Standard Professional Barbering textbook and DVD series as well as many national and international publications including Travel and Leisure Magazine and Four Seasons Luxury Travel Magazine’s “Top 5 Haircuts in the World” category.


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    Emmy Hair Style – The Chignon

    Kathereine Heigl Chignon Hairstyle

    And the best Emmy hairstyle award goes to . . . Katherine Heigl and the Chignon!

    There were only a few stars, in my opinion, that came up with great hairstyles for the Emmy’s. Maybe the scorching hot weather that afternoon contributed to some of the droopy looking hairstyles. Never-the-less the stars of the show will, once again, set the theme for the hottest looks for you this season.

    “simplicity and elegance of the chignon hairstyle”

    Katherine Heigl, of Grey’s Anatomy, gets my vote for not only the best hairstyle, but the best overall look as well. Her hairstyle was a classic one, wearing a low chignon and just a bit of lift in the front. The look was stunning with her off the shoulder, form-fitting white gown. The simplicity and elegance of the chignon hairstyle took nothing away from the dress, but complimented it instead.

    A chignon (pronounced ” sheen-yon”) hairstyle is easy to create at home. It rarely turns out the same way twice, so don’t get hung up on trivialities. If you can create a bun, you can create a chignon hairstyle. A true chignon is created low, at the nape of the neck. The most important part in making an elegant chignon hairstyle, is in the hair preparation. Go for sleek, shiny, conditioned hair for your most elegant look.

    Quick steps to a smooth, classic chignon;

    • Blow-dry clean, conditioned hair with a texturizing product of your choice, mousse, gel, spray etc. Blow down the hair shaft, in the direction of the cuticle, with a paddle brush for a smooth finish. Use a shine serum if desired such as Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

    • Pull back into a low ponytail and secure with a hair band.

    • Lightly spray and smooth down any flyaway ends.

    • Split ponytail into two or three sections.

    • Lightly backcomb each section, then smooth out with a bristle brush.

    • Roll one section starting around a couple of fingers, then roll it around itself and secure with hair pins. Do the same with the other sections.

    • Finish by lightly spraying over all.

    If your hair is too short to do this naturally, try one of the many new hair pieces available. We have kiosks at many malls in my area that have nice pieces. They will do some up do’s for you, which will teach you how to attach the piece to your hair. Beware, and make sure they don’t sell you a piece that is darker than your own hair. The ends of your hair are naturally lighter than the roots, if the piece is a little too light it will look much more natural than if it’s a little too dark.

    Chignon foundations are available at beauty stores, drug and department stores. They look like a mesh doughnut, which you pull your ponytail through and wrap sections over the top securing with hair pins underneath. These don’t work well on hair that is too long or too thick. Thanks to Nexxus who shows us a video of another technique in creating a chignon hairstyle. For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles and Braid Boards.

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    Curly Hair, Can I Wear a Short Curly Hair Style?

    Curly hair style


    Long Curly Hair Style Delima

    Natasha asks;

    Hi, I have very curly hair and always end up putting it up in a bobble as I find it too irritating. I am desperately trying to find a haircut that will suit my curly hair. I have below shoulder length hair at the moment and want to go short. Have you any advice on how short I could cut it before looking stupid?


    Curly Hair Style

    Sarah Hamilton answers;

    Curly Hair Style Options”If your natural curly hair is tight or in ringlets, it may be best to keep your hair cut about shoulder length. Adding some long layers to the hair will draw the curls down to make them appear looser and freer flowing. Make sure your hairdresser creates texture to break up your curls; this will create a more ‘airy’ look to the hair. Keeping the hair longer will avoid that triangular look that most curly haired women hate . . . you know the one that resembles a Christmas tree.

    Curly Hair Style Meg Ryan
    Some curly hair women may think going short is out of the question for them if their hair has a tight curl pattern to it. This short curly hair style on Meg Ryan busts that myth! To me what makes this a stylish, cute look on Meg, is that it’s shaped well and her curls are defined, not frizzy looking. Although this hair style has a mussy, bed head look to it, don’t let that fool you. The haircut is great and it has been styled into shape with product.

    Curly Hair Style Charlize Theron
    On the other hand, if your curly hair is on the loose side it would be best to go with a haircut a bit shorter, chin length or above, to allow the curls to spring up to create a fuller look to the hair. Ask your hairdresser about a short rounded layered look, this will also give the hair fullness and give you a complete makeover with a fun new hair style. A little side note for you, a side swept bang compliments a short layered haircut well!

    Now that we covered the haircuts, styling the hair is just as important. Curly hair can be hard to tame so finding the correct short curly haircut to suite your style of curls is essential! It is also a good idea to research and test hair care products for your new do! Products are a curly hair girls (or boys) best friend! They help to make the curly hair more manageable and control that frizz that usually accompanies the curly hair. I would recommend buying a curl crème to put into the hair when wet, such as, TIGI’s Curls Rock, and also a defrizzer or smoother to apply when the hair is dry or nearly dry like Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

    If your natural curly hair is a looser curl try blow drying with a diffuser. The key to making the hair look frizz free when using a diffuser is to place the hair into the diffuser and simply leave it alone. The more you move and manipulate the hair, the more frizz you will get.

    For pictures of great looks check out our Pinterest Curly Hairstyles and Wavy Hairstyles Boards.

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