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3 Reasons Why Dirty Hair is the Best Hair

You probably feel the best you can possibly feel with freshly washed hair, clean sheets and a full cup of tea. However, you probably don’t look the best you could possibly look, because freshly washed hair is the most annoying type of hair to work with. Dirty hair is really the best hair – it’s the hair that will do what you want, it’s the hair that stays in place and it’s not as gross as it sounds. Embrace your dirty hair a little bit more and understand that freshly washed hair has an attitude that you really don’t have time for.

Dirty Hair Will Do What You Say

Dirty hair really doesn’t have the energy of freshly washed hair – it’s a little more broken down, it’s a little heavier and it’s willing to stay where you want it to go. After washing your hair, the best thing you can do it dirty it up again. Pop some Moroccan Oil on your ends, massage in some Kerastase Volumactive Mousse or pat in some Schwarzkopf Osis instant volume powder. Your clean hair just wants to fluff and drop, so you need to show it that you’re in control. Go to town on your styling – curl, straighten, spray and spritz away! It’s all for the greater good of creating the best possible hair-day tomorrow.

Dirty Hair Doesn’t Need to Look Dirty

Some turn their nose up at dirty hair and hate the feeling of oily or dry hair. If you can look past your feelings, you reap big dividends in manageability. This is the reason why dry shampoo exists! As well as being an absolute lifesaving product when you’re completely run off your feet, dry shampoo adds wonderful, beautiful volume to your hair, which you’ll become completely addicted to. It’s a very easy product to use – hold the can around 30cm (12″) away from your scalp and spray away. It will be loud, it will leave a white residue (blondes, you’ll love this, yet the brunettes and redheads may have to brush it in a little more) and it will instantly soak up that pesky oil that’s creeping in and threatening to ruin your look. My personal favourite is Klorane dry shampoo and it will probably become yours too.

Dirty Hair Saves You Time and Money

Let’s face it – washing your hair is quite the tedious task. The excuse of not being able to go out because you’re washing your hair is a legitimate excuse, especially for those of you with long luscious locks. Frequently blow-drying it, styling it and stripping it of all its natural oils isn’t really helping you in the long run – it’s actually drying out your hair more (which is why you have to wash it so much), you may be fading your hair colour if you’re not using the correct shampoo/conditioner combo and you’ll be wasting a whole heap of product when you really don’t need to be. Embrace your dirty hair and enjoy sleeping-in, product lasting longer, colour taking a long time to fade and ultimately, healthier hair!

Nicola Wood
Guest Author Nicola Wood is a freelance writer, traffic reporter for the Australian Traffic Network and has her own blog called First World Beauty Problems. She spends her mornings flying over Sydney in a chopper reporting on the delays, spends the middle of her days testing, trailing and writing about beauty problems for girls then spends the afternoons on radio. Connect with Nicola on FaceBook and Twitter.

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Sassy Summer Styles

Modern Behive

Modern Vintage

Create a modern edge to a vintage hairstyle like this flattened beehive. Asymmetry is really hot right now like shaved sides but if you’re not up for the full commitment of a haircut, try sleeking back one side to create some edgy interest. Backcombing is a must for a retro beehive hairstyle like this and don’t forget your styling products either- we love Redken Guts™ and Redken Powder Refresh™ for this style!

Easy Ponytail Hairstyle

Easy Ponytail

The low slung ponytail and bun is still in (and we think it always will be!). An easy and fresh hairstyle for summer, part your hair where desired and gather in the nape and secure in a pony or a bun for a simple and clean look. Whether you’re going to the beach or to a BBQ, this look will bring you there in style!

Headband Accessory


Summer is all about hanging out with loved ones and feeling easy and relaxed which is why we love hair accessories. Bandanas are a great way to add a pop of color or design to your style. Achieve a bohemian look by using a bandana in various ways as an accessory.

Messy carefree look


Summer is also about being low maintenance and creating a hairstyle that can withstand the heat and humidity. Don’t fight your natural waves, embrace them! It’s not about coiffing every single strand, it’s about letting your tresses stay messy! We love a product like Redken Wax Blast™ or Redken Wool Shake™ to create that beachy, messy look. Spray on dry hair, scrunch, mess, twist and pin and you’re ready to go!

The Messy Ponytail

Mix it up

Fuse together carefree style with low ponytail or bun. Pull you hair back into a messy pony- only pull half the pony through and then wrap the rest around the base to achieve an interesting twist on the basic low slung ponytail or bun. This is a perfect look for effortless summer fun.


Confidence and Fun

Pastel hair colors are really hot right now and summer is the perfect time to add a little attitude to your ‘do. Have fun experimenting with light colors to add a pop of color. If it’s too big a commitment to go pastel all over, start with an ombre effect. Throw on a pair of shades and you’re ready to go!

Jennifer McGann, Vice President of Education at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture
Contributing author Jennifer McGann, Vice President of Education at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. Jen has worked in the Cosmetology industry for 15+ years as a salon technician, educator and freelance designer. Since 2005 at Tricoci University, Jen has been passionate about the development of the finest educators and students, delivering the season’s hottest trends to students and helping raise the bar for beauty education in our industry. Follow Tricoci on FaceBook and Twitter

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Sophisticated Braided Bun Tutorial

Sophisticated Hair Bun How To

So, pretty so easy . . . 3 bobby pin easy!

Have you got an event coming up that needs a sophisticated look . . . that special party, a job interview or a friends wedding? Sometimes you need a quick and easy style, yet you want a clean, sophisticated look. This braided bun provides it all and this easy-to-follow video shows how to secure it using only three bobby pins. Here’s the simple insider how to:

What you’ll need:

  • Natural bristle brush
  • Water spray bottle
  • Finishing spray
  • Elastic
  • 3 bobby pins

Mist your hair using the spray bottle and brush smoothly into a ponytail.

Mist the ponytail with water and braid, keeping the hair as smooth as possible.

Braid the hair leaving approximately 2 inches at the end.

Secure with an elastic, but on the last wrap, don’t pull the ends all the way through . . . leaving a small loop of hair at the end.

Put a bobby pin through the loop.

Wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail and secure it underneath with the bobby pin.

Use the other two pins to secure.

Brush down any fly-away’s and use a finishing spray to lock into place.

How’s that for a quick and easy style for all of you women on the go! Plus, it can be so versatile. So, get creative! Make two small buns or incorporate the securing tip into another updo!

Contributing author Monica Voth is the salon owner and beauty artist at Monica’s 9th Avenue Salon and Spa. A cosmetologist for 18 years, Monica is passionate about enhancing beauty on the inside and out. Educating herself and her clients on holistic beauty, health, and wellness are as integral to her artistry as the latest hairstyles, cuts, and hair color. Follow Monica on FaceBook.

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