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Finding the Best Hairdressers

I remember feeling, apprehension, and self-doubt of whether I was making a good decision here. After all, I hadn’t had a hairdresser who wasn’t a hairdresser friend and or coworker for over 20 years! I could go to a number of hairdresser/friends who were located close by. I decided to venture out into the unknown, for a few good reasons – to practice what I preach in my class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You!, to see what someone who doesn’t know what I do has to offer, and to make my life less stressful to get to an appointment

I had moved about 45 min from my hairdresser and this was the worst, annoying, stress inducing, stop and go traffic in the Twin Cities. When teaching a hair style class in the new area of town, I had two students who really had cute hair styles. I asked both who was their hairdresser – both went to the same hairdresser, by the way-and lo and behold, the hair care salon was only 5 minutes away from my home!

I went slow with her, on my first appointment. I let her know my background, and also let her know how I came to making an appointment with her. I wasn’t ready to let her do whatever she wanted at first. I needed to get a feel for what I thought of her abilities and asked her to give me a similar cut to the one I had. (I say similar because there really are no two hairdressers who cut the same.) So I knew she would have to reveal a couple of things to me, her ability to listen to what is important to me, as well as her hair cutting skills and lastly her hair styling techniques. (I say lastly hair styling techniques, because to me no one can style my hair the way I want it styled. Sound familiar?)

I was impressed, but at home I styled it my own way. My first few cuts with her went without surprises. That is, we would talk about and make small changes to my hairstyle that I would be comfortable with..

She has done a great job. I knew she had the ability because I saw her work on other women. She has everything I look for in a good hairdresser – good listening skills, creative and artistic ability, professionalism, consistency and she is priced right. She charges $41.00 by the way.

How do you feel when you have just lost your friend and hairdresser? It can be pretty unsettling, like leaving your well-being to the hands of anyone who has passed the test. They’ve spent their 9 months in school and received a certificate that says they can make your life whole again? Face it. If you don’t do your homework, you are leaving a part of your self-esteem (there I said it, as shallow as you might think it sounds-it has a lot of truth to it) to the wind.

I ate my own words, that is, hooked up with a new hairdresser, by the same way I tell those in my clients to do it.


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5 Hot Medium Length Hairstyles

Medium length layered  hairstyle ombre style

Find the Best Style for Your Hair!

Do you find yourself ever saying, “if my hair was longer, then I could . . .” or “if I cut it shorter, my hair would . . .” with medium lengths it’s common to feel like you’re in-between styles, but take heart, there are some super hot hairstyles for medium length hair! Whether you’re style is chic and sophisticated, or relaxed and flirty, there’s a modern, feminine look for you.

wavy bob hairstyle

Go Wavy

Who Does it Work For:  This hairstyle works great on fine, medium, and thick hair types. Its ideal for oval, heart, and square face shapes.

How to Style:  If your hair is naturally wavy, apply a curl cream to towel dried hair and use a diffuser attachment on your blow-dryer for maximum volume and texture.  For straight, wavy or curly hair, use a 1″ to 2″ curling iron on dry hair.  Spray lightly with a flexible hold hairspray and comb your fingers through it to break up the curls.

Recommended Product: Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock, Paul Mitchell Worked Up

Tips: For an easier style, try loosely French braiding damp hair and allowing to dry naturally. Voila! Easy, natural looking waves.

Kirsten Dunst: side messy pony tail with bang

Pull it in a Pony

Who Does it Work For: The pony is ideal for medium and thicker hair, fine hair can tend to look stringy. It’s flattering for oval, heart, and round face shapes.

How to Style: Apply a dry shampoo on dry hair for a matte texture. Tease at the crown and smooth over with a comb. Tie it in a pony at the nape of the neck or to the side.

Recommended Products: Big Sexy Dry Shampoo

Tips: For a dressier look, wrap a strand of hair around the base of the pony.

chocolate brown long bob

Get the Long Bob

Who Does it Work For: This style works for fine, medium, and thick hair textures. It’s most flattering for oval, round, heart, and square face shapes.

How to Style: Blow dry section by section using a flat brush. Touch up with a flat iron and finish with a shine spray for a smooth and chic look.

Recommended Products: Kenra Shine Spray

Tip: For an edgier look, ask your hairstylist if a razor cut would work for you.

blonde messy bun with bangs for medium length

Do a Messy Bun

Who Does it Work For: This style is easiest on fine and medium hair types and is flattering for oval, heart, and oblong faces.

How to Style: Pull hair in a pony at the nape. Use a second elastic to tie hair in a loop. Pin pieces of the loop to the base of the pony. Use fingers to tug at pieces to create fullness and texture. Allow pieces to fall naturally around your face. Lock in the look with a firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Extra Clean Hairspray

Tips: To dress up your look, try adding an accessory, like a headband, hair comb, or hair flower.

medium length hair with side swept bangsRachel McAdams mid length hairstyle with bangs

Try a Side Swept Bang

Who Does it Work For: A side swept bang works best for medium and thicker hair. It’s ideal for oval, oblong, and heart faces.

How to Style: Apply a smoothing serum on towel dried hair and blow dry with a flat brush. Finish off the look with a flat iron. For extra wispiness, apply a small amount of dry wax.

Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, Bb Styling Wax

Tips: For round and square face shapes, try a side bang.

Medium lengths are not only flattering, but they are super stylish this year! Not to mention, there’s a variety of hairstyles for medium hair lengths. It’s time to stop lusting over long lengths and embrace your hair now, whether it’s a razor cut, wispy bang, or relaxed pony, there’s a variety of hot medium hairstyles to update your look today. For more great mid length looks check out our Pinterest Medium Hairstyles Board.

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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How To Shave 10 Minutes off Your Hair Routine

Model blow drying long layered brown hair with carmel highlights

Take a look . . . see what a few little changes can do to your hair routine!

Who couldn’t use and extra 10 minutes…especially in the mornings! You could meditate, walk the dog, read the paper, actually eat breakfast, get to work on time…so many options! Well those 10 extra minutes can be yours if you are willing to make some small changes to your hair routine. We’re not talking about a huge lifestyle change, but a few simple hair routine changes that can yield big time results.

The No-ShampooPoo

There are the obvious ones, like using a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner to save steps in the shower. Or, of course you can temporarily eliminate the traditional shampoo routine by using a dry shampoo. Not only is it a good idea to eliminate daily shampoos, which can dry out your scalp and deplete the natural oils that help keep your hair healthy, but you will also be cutting down your shower time, also saving water, which is good for the environment.

Style it in the P.M.

Another obvious trick to speeding up your morning routine is to do your hair the night before. Washing drying and styling your hair before you go to bed may sound silly, but often times you’ll wake up with clean, gently tousled hair that just needs a quick finger comb before you hit the road.

A Quick Dry & Style

But there’s more to saving time in the morning than two-in-one shampoos or nighttime style sessions. If you can’t bear the thought of a day without a fresh shampoo, invest in some microfiber towels to help soak up extra water before you blow dry your hair. These magical towels are the same ones that Olympic divers and swimmers use, and they really work!  Using one to towel dry before a blow dry will not only save you precious time on drying, but it will also help protect your hair from the overuse of heat. Another time saving trick with these towels is loosely wrapping it around your wet hair before bed. You’ll wake up with beautiful, frizz free waves!

woman resting peacefully in bed

P.M. Braids

If you have wavy hair, or even if you wish you did, try loosely braiding your damp hair before you go to sleep. If you want a bit more hold to the waves, add a bit of gel before you plait. When you wake up, undo the braids, finger comb and, presto! Beachy waves in no time flat.

Buns and Ponys

If  you really want to get up and go, try a sleek ponytail or a chic bun for a quick, easy hairstyle. Slicked back pony’s and cute ballerina buns work with both dry and wet hair, so you might pick up an extra five minutes if you opt for the these looks!

The Right Haircut

Of course the biggest time saver for your morning hair routine is to get a haircut that works with your natural texture. If you have stick straight hair, coaxing it into a curl every morning is going to eat up precious time, and the same goes for curly girls who dream of matchstick locks. Working with what you’ve got, will give you the most styling options in the least amount of time and save your hair from heat damage. And besides, with all that extra time saved doing your hair, you can spend more time on your makeup!


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