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6 Easy Steps For The Perfect Blow Out Hairstyle

long sandy blonde hair with volume and waves
How To Blow Out Your Hair Like A Pro

My hair looks and feels so fabulous after a visit to the salon for a professional blow out. If you’ve never experienced it, I highly recommend treating yourself to one for your next birthday or special occasion. But how can you get a little slice of heaven at home with your blow dryer? Take heart, with a few tricks of the trade and the right tools and product, you can give yourself a beautiful salon style blow out!

1.  Wash and condition hair with products designed for your hair type. Curly hair needs smoothness and moisture Kenra Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner, while straight, fine hair needs body and volume B&B Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner.

2.  Towel dry and air dry hair for 15 to 20 minutes. This will minimize unnecessary heat damage. Don’t rub hair vigorously with a towel but pat and squeeze allowing the natural fibers of the towel to absorb moisture.

hair product bottles

3. Prep with product that’s right for your texture. Morroccan Oil, is awesome for curly hair. Not only does it smell divine, but it makes hair ultra shiny and reduces blow dry time by 40%. Follow up with a styling creme like Redken Styling Balm. For straight and/or fine hair apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Lavish Lift Root Booster . To the mid-shaft and ends apply a cocktail of Paul Mitchell Gloss Drops and Paul Mitchell Extra Body Thicken up Styling Liquid.

4. Quick dry hair to remove 80% of moisture. Flip head over and dry with fingers while focusing the heat first on the roots and then the ends. This will give roots that extra bit of lift while cutting down on styling time.

Thermal round brushBoar bristle brush

5. Use a round brush. For curly and/or frizzy hair, a boar bristle brush will add smoothness and shine. A thermal brush offers control and volume for fine hair. Section the top portion of hair up into a clip and start at the bottom. First focus the brush at the roots, over directing the section away from hair’s natural growth. Continue to the ends, spinning the brush to give extra movement. Make sure each section is 100% dry before moving on. Proceed until you’ve round brushed every section.

6. Finish the look by running your fingers through it and teasing the crown for an extra boost. Use a finishing spray to lock in the style. If you want your look to last several days, put hair in a loose ponytail on the top of the head to sleep.

Blonde with a hairstyle created with round brush and volume

Ever wonder what celebrities’ secrets are to effortless, gorgeous hair? It’s all in the power of a great blowout! You don’t need to hire a professional hair stylist to get beautiful volume and waves. With a little bit of practice, your friends will be asking what your secret is.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.


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Hair Hot Rollers – Great For Big Long Lasting Curls

Women In Hot Rollers

Hair Hot Rollers A Girls Best Friend!

Now that long, luscious, full-bodied locks is a hair trend that is here to stay, hair hot rollers should be on every girls shopping list!!

For quite some time hair hot rollers have taken a back seat to curling irons and flat irons. It does seem like eon’s ago that we were using hair hot rollers on our clients and ourselves to smooth out frizz from perms and get gloriously shiny big curls that would last for days!

“I Miss My
Hair Hot Rollers”
But, truth be told, I found myself dusting off my old set of hair hot rollers recently and I’ve been loving em’ once again! (Matter of fact, I loved em’ so much they finally up and died . . . but they had a good long life.)

So now I find myself looking for a new set of hair hot rollers that will stand up to the old. I threw the old set out and I’m pretty sure they were made by Clairol and had 20 hot rollers in the set. What I liked most about them was that they were smooth with a smooth velvet covering, there was a variety of sizes and there was a thermostat so I could control the heat setting.

Having a variety of roller sizes is nice for getting different style effects. Here’s one of my favorite sets for hair hot rollers. It’s quick and easy, it gives great curl results and they last for days!!

Hair Hot Rollers

How to get the look from your hair hot rollers:

  • Shampoo, condition and put in a volumizing product like Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus
  • Blow dry for volume, upside down till 90% dry and smooth with big round brush
  • Pull hair back into a high ponytail and loosely secure with elastic
  • Spray ponytail with Thermal Heat Protector
  • Comb out one inch pieces that will easily wrap around mid-size or large hair hot rollers
  • Wrap and secure all sections
  • Spray lightly with a finishing spray like one of my favorites, Sebastians Shaper Plus

You can get an interesting effect by using two different size hair hot rollers in your ponytail too. Also experiment with dropping the sides out and finishing them with a curling iron or get a smoother effect on the sides and bangs with a round brush.

Of course shopping for hair hot rollers, like anything, can be more complicating than what it originally seems. I thought I could tell what I liked from the picture on the front but I returned the second set of hair hot rollers I bought last night. Long story short, the largest rollers were too small. The box said the ‘jumbo’ roller in the set was 1 1/4 inch. I figured that would be the same size as my 1 1/4 inch curling iron, but it was smaller. I want at least a 20 roller set with 4 jumbo size – 1 1/2 inch, 6 large, 1 1/4 inch and the rest can be smaller. With hair hot rollers . . . size matters!

The other things that matters when purchasing hair hot rollers or, that should be taken into consideration are things like:

  • How many rollers and what size do you need for the curl type you want
  • Heat-up time
  • Ionic, nano or ceramic
  • Dry heat vs. steam heat
  • Velvet roller coverings or plastic

I’ll let you know what brand of hair hot rollers I end up purchasing and give you my review after I do a bit more research. For pictures of great looks check out our Pinterest Curly Hairstyles and Wavy Hairstyles Boards.

  



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Greying Hair is Stunning When . . .

Graying Hair

Great haircut and hair care gives greying hair panache!

Just because your greying hair starts showing up randomly now and again, doesn’t mean you need to immediately reach for a cover-up. Hair color is a wonderful thing yes, but it’s certainly not the say-all, end-all, nor the only way to go. Greying hair can be a badge-of-honor of sorts, but maybe more importantly with a great cut and some good care, grey hair, silver hair and white hair . . . can be quite the head turner!“Leave Your Greying
Hair Alone”

Baby boomers have turned the hair coloring industry into a much more flourishing market than it was years ago but, not all greying hair is being covered up. Many women are tired of the time and expense it takes to “wash that grey out of their hair.” And, truth be told, age can bring on chemical related allergies with hair dyes that prevent or deter women from coloring their grey hair.

So have you thought of letting your grey hair go grey, or letting it grow out? We are seeing many more women doing just that and lovin’ it! As a matter of fact, many readers have commented that in going to their natural hair color they have more flattering remarks than they ever had before.

Lin says, “I’m almost 60 and stopped coloring my hair a couple of years ago because it just looked bad – red at the roots and too dark at the ends and I just wanted a classier look. Plus, my scalp stayed red and sore all the time. The upkeep was expensive, time-consuming and just not fun anymore. To my delight, I found out during the growing out process that I have mostly, shiny, white hair and as a white-haired person, I receive more compliments than I ever did as a brunette! The key to looking good is to have a young cut, no granny cuts allowed. I’ve got a bob, it’s classy, easy and dramatic and even my husband loves it!”

The early stages of going grey may not be as flattering for some as later on when there is more contrast between the grey and your natural hair color. In that case, using a semi-permanent hair color or rinse close to your natural hair color may be a better way to transition, at least until your hair gets into a more salt and pepper stage.

How Grey Are You?

This is not a science but greying hair percentages look pretty much like this;

  • 25% grey hair – bits and pieces of grey hair
  • 50% grey hair – a salt and pepper look
  • 75% grey hair – an overall silvery cast to the hair
  • 100% grey hair – white hair or silver hair

Graying Hair

Graying Hair

Graying Hair

Graying Hair

 



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