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    DIY Insider How-To Secrets For Hair Waves

    Hair Wave . . . How-to tips for every hair type

    I have this vision of our ancestors as far back as cavewomen, warming a bone over hot coals and twisting it through their gnarly locks in an attempt to get some amount of bend or wave. Let’s face it, hair wave techniques have been around longer than we may believe and with more than one way to achieve the look. Certainly the hair waves or curls seen on the Greeks and Romans weren’t all natural.  And don’t forget those fabulous finger waves we’ve seen in Old Hollywood, or when glancing through grandma’s old yearbook.  So we decided to dig up some how-to tips from a couple of celebrity pro’s.

    Celebrity hairdresser Theresa Marra Siliceo, whose resume’ includes,  As the World Turns and Law & Order,  shares with us her techniques on how-to get waves for fine, medium, and thick hair. Siliceo says that if your hair has any natural bend, making hair waves, even in winters drier conditions, is a breeze!

    Kate Hudson with long hair waves

    Always begin with freshly cleansed hair. Gently blot your hair dry with a towel (rubbing hair will lead to frizz.) Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner to the ends, or a light application of your favorite oil (mine is Macadamia Natural Oil). Using too much of these products can weigh the hair down, but a small amount acts as a heat protectant while adding softness and shine to your hair.  Wet hair stretches and it’s highly prone to breakage, so use a wide-tooth comb to smooth hair and remove any tangles. Now that your hair is well prepped, here are some of my favorite ways to get big, glamorous hair waves that hold for days!

    • Fine Hair ~~ Apply a volumizing spray like, Bedhead Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray, to damp hair. Then take 1″ sections and clip them into pin curls using small clips or bobby pins. Dry completely using the diffuser on your blow-dryer, or a hood dryer. Let hair cool before removing the clips. Finger-comb through the hair to break up the curls. For big waves, brush through the curls. A boar bristle brush leaves hair looking smooth and polished.
    • Medium Textured Hair ~~ Prep clean damp hair with a quality volumizing mousse, I like Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Foam.  Let hair dry naturally, or for added volume use a diffuser on your blow dryer and scrunch hair upside down, directing heat at the roots. Wrap 2″ sections around a vertically held curling iron. Use  a 1″ curling iron. Don’t worry if the curl looks too tight at first; it will relax into a wave that holds.  Let the curls cool before misting with a finishing spray. Use fingers to style into place.
    • Thick Hair ~~ Apply Bedhead Curls Rock Leave-In Moisturizer to damp, towel dried hair. Spray on a root lifter like, Bedhead Curls Rock Booster. Towel dry hair a second time and place large clips at the roots for lift. Then, while scrunching hair dry using a diffuser on a low setting, re-mist with Curls Rock Booster, scrunch sections, and remove clips.



    Beach Waves or Defined Waves

    One of the hottest hairstyle trends this year is soft beach waves, also called the boho or bohemian look or beachy waves. As the weather gets warmer and humidity levels rise, those of you with some natural wave in your hair have two choices; you can fight it, or go with it! I highly suggest the latter. There are only a few things that are essential for making beach waves that last; the cut, the how-to, and the right product . . . that’s it!

    Wouldn’t all you wavy haired girl’s love a defined, soft look to your waves like Kate Hudson’s? Now scrunching works alright for some of you, but if you want more definition, or more than what scrunching gives you, check this out.  Kevin Murphy, renowned hairdresser and product innovator with Modern Salon, brings us this how-to video on creating soft defined beach waves.

    Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, a method of perming called, “transfer perms” were done by only a minority of hairdressers in my area. The reason might have been because the process took longer and therefore cost more. But, the results of this double wrapping method for perms was gorgeous! With this method you could achieve large defined curls that held their shape. It basically involved rolling the hair on a small rod, partially processing the perm and then “transferring” each rod to a larger rod before finishing the processing.

    This type of “transfer” process is how Kevin achieves this soft defined beach wave. This type of wave lasts a long time because it has a strong base curl structure. First, the smaller rod forms a tight curl; then the second larger roller, softens it to a strong holding larger wave. Does that make sense? Well, this is why I love video’s. . . video’s and pictures tell a thousand words . . . Thanks Kevin and Modern Salon!

    Renowned hairdresser Kevin Murphy, and Modern Salon, bring us this how-to video on creating defined beach waves.

    For pictures of more great looks, check out our Pinterest Wavy Hairstyles Boards.

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    8 Ways to Style a Center Hair Part

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    8 Flattering Center Hair Part Styles to Try Now

    The advent of outrageous hairstyles that aim to step out of the norm have somewhat relegated classic hairstyles into the back burner, so to speak. However, this does not mean that the classic ways of styling a woman’s hair has completely been forgotten. It has only adapted a new perspective wherein the classic hairstyles give a fresh twist. The same goes with the center hair part. Even though side swept ‘dos and deep side parts were becoming highly popular in 2013 and still continues to be popular, there are still fun and creative ways you can wear a center part this year. In fact, this trend has never really disappeared – it has simply taken on a new form.

    If you are either too afraid to explore with a new part or simply cannot let go of that center hair part, no need to worry. We will give you eight chic ways to wear your center part and keep your hairstyle dated.


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    If you feel like rocking a sophisticated, maybe a bit glam, hair style, styling your center hair part with a chignon is the surest bet. This is also a very easy hairstyle to do, while also providing a wide range of styling possibilities. It starts with parting your hair in the middle and then pulling back the lower ends of the hair. You can opt to style it sleek and neat, or loose and a bit messy.


    But before you do, make sure you blow dry your hair after you have gathered the lower ends. Use an elastic tie to secure the hair into a low ponytail. Then, twist the ends to form a bun (loose or sleek, it is up to you). Use bobby pins to secure the hair at the ends and keep it from falling off. You have the option to finish off the hair with a serum to keep them well behaved or you can also pull out the smaller hairs along the hairline to fall off freely.

    Down with Loose Waves

    This is a great hairstyle for women with naturally wavy hair. All you have to do to style this center part is to apply an anti-frizz serum while hair is still wet. Then, take out your diffuser and blow dry. If you have the luxury of time, you can simply let hair air dry.

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    Even though you have naturally straight hair, you can still try this center part hairstyle to give more shape and volume into your looks. You have to shower before going to bed and use a styling mousse while hair is still damp. Make sure you apply from roots to ends to ensure maximum absorption of the mousse.

    Then, part your hair in the center and start braiding each side (where the part is separating them). Release the braids from your hair when you wake up the next morning. Simply run your fingers through the hair to release the braids from any knotting. This will also create that loose wave effect. Refrain from using a brush. To keep hair from becoming oily, apply dry shampoo. This will also help hold the style throughout the day.

    Sleek and Straight

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    Gwyneth Paltrow is one celebrity that has popularized this look when she wore it to the Oscars 2001 red carpet. However, more than a decade has passed and this center hair part look continues to be a hit, whether you’re a celebrity or not. The sleekness of the look gives it a sophisticated touch that is almost reminiscent of the runway looks.

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    But if you want to make this hairstyle look dated, you need to match it first with your hair’s length. The ideal length for this center part hairstyle should be around the shoulder. This also works with shorter hairstyles, such as a long bob. Start by applying product to eliminate frizz and spritzing heat protection spray on damp hair. You can now blow dry hair to keep it looking smooth and to have that glossy sheen. A flat iron will help to keep those locks well behaved. Finish off with a styling crème to give it body without looking limp.

    What is your favorite way to style a center hair part?

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    Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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    How To Style Fine Hair

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    Secret Weapons to Style Fine Hair

    I think I can go out on a limb here and say that if you’re reading this, you are one of many fine haired women who struggle with getting your hair to hold a style, to have some body, volume or lift . . . Am I right?

    Your problems are most likely twofold. . . But neither of these problems are insurmountable. Here’s how I see it . . . to get a great hairstyle with fine hair you need two things; an impeccable haircut and the know-how of how to style it.  Not impossible!

    The Cut Is Important

    Getting the right haircut is first and foremost. Cutting fine hair is an art; if it’s not properly shaped it falls flat or worse, it shows uneven lines. Do your homework by asking friends, family, strangers on the street, in the mall, or at the grocery store for referrals. If they have fine hair and a haircut you like or think is especially well done, ask for the referral . . . they will be flattered you asked, really. You may have a few misses before finding your Edward Scissorhands, but your efforts will pay off big time in the long run.

    How To Style Fine Hair

    Every hair type has its quirks for coaxing it into a great, long lasting hairstyle and fine hair is no different. If you’ve taken the first step to finding a great hair stylist, they will be instrumental in cutting it right and steering you towards the right type of styling products for your haircut. However, the hair products you use today may need to be changed down the road, depending on how your haircut changes and sometimes because of the change of seasons.

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    Short fine hair looks fabulous when cut into chipped, uneven edges and disconnected layers.

    • To encourage volume with short hair start with a lightweight root-lifter.
    • Dry by roughing it up with your fingers while quickly using the blow-dryer.
    • Use a 1″ curling iron to add movement, volume and direction to layers.
    • Mist with a finishing spray


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    I think this chin length layered bob is a great look for Paris Hilton. It works great by maximizing volume and body for her fine thin hair type. Consider face-framing highlights which will give dimension and depth to the hairstyle. Also highlighting or bleaching the hair gives it more fullness and volume from roughing up the cuticle. To style:

    • Try a new sea salt-based mousse to swell the cuticle of your hair.
    • Blow-dry with a round brush. Apply heat to the roots, lifting straight up, then winding down to the root.
    • Use ‘cool shot’ on each section before unwinding brush, to set the bend at the ends.
    • Spray lightly with volumizing spray. Or, finish with a volumizing powder you shake onto the crown area and fluff with fingertips.

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    This long layered hairstyle works great with fine hair. The layers are long enough to add volume and shape but not too long to go flat when styled.

    • Start with damp hair and add a volumizing mousse or spray to the roots.
    • Flip head upside down and with the hair dryer on high pointed at the roots, massage your scalp. This will rough up the cuticle layer and give more volume to your hair.
    • When mostly dry (85-90%) flip back up to finish.
    • Spray lightly with a thermal spray.
    • Using a round brush (preferably one with a metal interior) and blow dryer, lift and roll each section, heating with dryer and finishing using the “cool shot” to set the curl. This step makes a big difference in holding the shape you just put in.

    If you don’t have a ‘cool shot’ button on your hair dryer (or you don’t have one that works) you might want to consider investing in one. Blow-dry styling is trending now. Ionic technology, among other options, works to make the job of styling hair faster and leaves  hair softer, shinier and in better health than ever before.  You can find a new hair dryer that won’t break the bank and will give you all the options you need. And if your hot tools aren’t up to snuff with new technologies, do a search on Amazon or Folica and read reviews for your best buy.

    For more thin hair ideas check out our Pinterest Thin Hair Board.

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