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Surprising Mistakes You’re Making Between Hair Appointments

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What Hairdressers Know About Keeping That Salon Look Longer That You May Not Have Considered

It doesn’t matter whether you’re paying $50 or $200, no one wants to waste money and time with unnecessary visits to the hairdresser. An average head of hair grows at around a quarter of an inch per month, which means that most hair stylists recommend a haircut every 4-6 weeks.

Even if you don’t mind spending time sitting in the hair stylist’s chair you’ll want to make sure that your haircut looks as good as possible for as long as possible. The Online Hair School is run by professionals with decades of experience, and we’ve put our heads together to come up with a basic, but a very comprehensive guide to keep that salon look longer between hair appointments.

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What To Do On The Day

For starters, don’t tie up your hair on the same day as your haircut. This will not only spoil that ‘just cut’ look, but can also ruin your hair stylist’s careful work in the long run and cause your hair to slip into those dreaded waves.

Additionally, you should never use your fingers and hands to set your hair. Fiddling with your hair will undo all of that careful brushing and blow-drying which your hairdresser used to achieve a certain set. If you absolutely have to make some adjustments (particularly if you suffer from unmanageable hair) then make sure you use a brush (but never a comb!).

What To Do That Night

Many of our students and clients find that in the days after getting a haircut their hair tends to twirl just a bit. This is easy to avoid if you remember to use a moisturizing conditioner to set the hair and keep it manageable.

We swear by the benefits of using serum, it not only helps to set your hair, but creates a silky soft appearance. After you’ve conditioned, rinse your hair with cold water to seal the outer layer and then apply the serum to set your hair.

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Taking Care Of Your Haircut By Taking Care Of Your Hair

If you don’t take proper care of your hair you’re going to find yourself sheepishly traipsing back to your hair salon in less than a month between hair appointments. As the only way to deal with split ends is to cut them off, preventing split ends is one of the best ways to extend the life of your haircut. This said, remember to never ignore split ends as they have a tendency to travel up the hair if left untrimmed.

Every celebrity stylist, shampoo ad, and beauty magazine have their own ‘secret’ tools in the war against split ends, but if you’re careful and keep to a few simple rules then you can avoid split ends and put off your next haircut.

Always brush your hair before showering, as brushing helps avoid your hair becoming tangled. Make use of moisturizing shampoos, and ensure that you concentrate your use of the product on any split ends. Use only the tips of your fingers on your scalp and never rub hair together as this will tangle it. Always rinse your conditioner out with cool water to help seal the hair’s outer layer and protect against the outside world.

After washing, squeeze dry your hair with a towel rather than rubbing it, as rubbing can also tangle the hair and will cause breakages when brushing. If your hair does become tangled then invest in a good ‘leave in’ conditioner or de-tangler to help relax the hair. Avoid using hot tools as much as possible; in reality any more than twice a week is really too much. When you absolutely have to use a blow dryer be sure to aim the hot air at the roots and midsection of your hair rather than at the ends.

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Choosing Your Haircut Wisely

When you’re considering a new look think about how much maintenance you want to do in the future. If you choose wisely then your haircut can last you for several months, growing out to look like a longer version of the original style. If this sounds like an attractive idea then to go for a longer, layered cut which will grow out well.

For those of you who prefer to go for a shorter look, it’s a good idea to talk to your hairdresser about going with a ‘pointy cut’ on the ends as this will lead to softer edges as it grows out. Shorter bangs and blunt cuts are always going to need regular maintenance, so avoid these if you’re tight on time or money.

When you’re committing to a style for the long-haul its worth considering paying slightly more for the initial cut, because a skilled hair stylist can create a look that is style-able for several months.

A hairdresser having a conversation with client on a couch in hair styling salon

Talk To Your Stylist

Because every head of hair is different the best advice we can give you is to consult your hairdresser. They’re the person to talk to about the best products and techniques for keeping your haircut looking its very best between hair appointments.


Contributing author Online Hair School This post was put together by the good people over at the Online Hair School, the world’s first online source of quality tutorials in the art of hairdressing. We have created a wide catalogue of simple, no frills, step-by-step tutorials hosted by professional hairdressers with years of experience. You can follow Online Hair School on Twitter for straightforward tips, tricks, offers, and more.


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How to do Retro Hair Styles Like a Pro

Hair Waves; Retro Hair Styles Make A Comeback

There’s no doubt about it, hair waves and curls are coming on strong this season. Everywhere you look, you see waves hair reminiscent of every decade from the ‘20s to the 90s. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of hair style fashion keep those old yearbooks of Mom and Grandma handy as retro hair styles always make a comeback. Whether it’s modern, gently curved ends or ‘40s-style finger hair wave, you’ll want to give at least one of these hair styles a try.

Jessica Alba-long wavy retro hair style
1940’s Galm

The look is a sexy return to glamour (Veronica Lake anyone?) and has been featured in the runway collections of Valentine and Christian Dior. See your hairdresser for the full effect, or get the retro feeling at home with hot rollers and a heat setting spray, like Graham Webb Heat Response Firm Finish Spray. After creating a deep side part, set sections that are the same width as the roller, and roll them under, directed toward your face. Be sure all of the rollers are going in the same direction to create a uniform hair wave, and allow them to cool completely.

Once you’ve uncoiled your curls, brush them into pretty hair waves, turning the ends under. Smooth hair with a medium-weight pomade (try Graham Webb Wax Pomade) to hold hair waves together. Then, decide how you want to finish the hair style. Do you want to wear it all down like Madonna or tuck one side behind your ear like Liv Tyler? You may want to add a little something sparkly; Hillary Swank favors a glittering barrette with her waves. The same technique applied to a bob will take you back to the ‘20’s with a super cute, flapper-esque feel.

Chloe Sevigny Waves a Retro Hair Style

1970’s “Farrah” Hair

Chloe Sevigny has been opting for a full-bodied look. A modern take with wavy hair ends, made so popular by Farrah Fawcett. For this hair style, use a 3/4 curling iron. Curl the ends of 1” sections under, making sure they wrap around the barrel about three times. Then, unwind the iron and clip curls in place until they’ve cooled. Once you remove the clips, brush curls into the luscious hair waves that model Petra Nemcova has been sporting lately. The look is late ‘70s-fabulous!

Tinsly Mortimer with Waves Retro Hair Style

1980’s Power Volume

For something less tricky, brushed out waves and curls may be the perfect way for you to get a throwback hair style. This look is a little more imperfect, which means it’s easier to do yourself. You’ll use the same setting technique that you used for ‘40s hair waves, but instead of turning the rollers under and toward your face, roll the bang area away from your face. You can roll all the rollers back, and brush your hair into looks similar to those worn by socialites Tinsley Mortimer and Tracee Ellis Ross. Or, for a look pulled straight from the ‘80s, change the direction of every roller and skip the pomade.

Retro Hair Styles


If you have longer, straighter hair, you might like to experiment with the curled-under ends seen on the runways at Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. You’ll need a curling iron, curl clips and that all-important heat-setting spray. Starting from the bottom, curl 1” sections of hair under and toward your face. To keep the curl at the ends, don’t wrap rollers farther than a few inches up.

If you just want to bump ends under, mist on a thermal protector and wrap just the ends around the barrel of a 1-1/2” curling iron. Then, clip ends in place until hair has completely cooled. lf you’re ready for a retro look with hair waves, curl and sexy movement, dust off those hot rollers, ask your mom if she still has her big-barreled curling iron, and get to curling. Totally undone ‘dos are on hiatus this season, and it’s time for glamour.

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


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The Seven Deadly Hair Care Sins

An Interview with Celeb Hair Stylist Patrick Melville About Hair Care Sins

Patrick Melville, of the Patrick Melville Salon and Spa in New York City, is one of the most prestigious hair stylists in the fashion industry. His work has been seen in the pages of Vogue, W, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar and his celebrity clients have included, Demi Moore, Heidi Klum, Halle Berry, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Brooke Shields, Sting, Mark Wahlberg, Harry Connick Jr. Tom Cruise and more.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Patrick, about what sins women are most often likely to be guilty of when it comes to their hair care.  I understand why his appointment book is full .  .  .  He cares about his clients, about making them look and feel good, that’s what makes a truly great stylist!

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Here’s what Patrick shared with me


When a woman gets stuck in a hair rut it’s usually fear that’s standing in the way. But fear is always an illusion, a false thought.

A change to your hairstyle, or color doesn’t need to be dramatic or major in order to give you a whole new look. Small changes like adding a touch of dimensional color, some face framing layers or a fringe, are great ways to freshen up your style and coincidentally, your spirit.

Skin tone alters slightly with seasonal changes so even the slightest adjustment to your hair color will pull your look together. Spring is the time for adding some brightening hues to the hair and in the fall, adding some warmth to the hair warms up skin tones that start to pale.

Patrick’s advice:  Shorten hair in the winter and let it grow longer in the summer months. Shorter hair compliments winter clothes with higher collars and scarves worn up around the neck.  And, longer hairstyles flatter the lower necklines and softer, sexier clothing of spring and summer. Trimming off summer damage is always a good idea and shortening the hair creates more volume in the winter when hair tends to lay flat to the head.

Spring to summer and winter to fall, your hair changes with the seasonal changes and a little change can always do a woman good, fear is never a good thing!

Woman Dyeing her own hair. Hair care sin

2. DIY At-Home Hair Color Sins

The mistake we see most often with at-home hair coloring is pulling the color through all of the hair. The result is dark ends and roots that are too light. The ends of the hair are typically more porous so they grab more color than the rest of the hair. Coloring over previously colored ends will also compromise the integrity of the hair.

Doing a single process hair color at-home may work for some, but always stay within 2 levels of your own hair color. Trying to do an at-home dimensional, color or highlights is a big mistake. If you’re going to color at home, Patrick suggests using a clear glaze afterwards to lock in your color and give the hair more shine.

For those times you can’t get into the salon and your roots won’t wait, here’s a great fix!

Patrick’s advice: A customized color kit made with your exact color formula. A Personal Color Extender Kit is the buffer you need when you can’t get in for your regular color appointment. It is enough color to touch up your hairline, your part and the area around your face to hold you over till you can get into the salon.

Woman using a Shampoo-bar. Hair care sins


Most people don’t need to shampoo daily. Over cleansing the hair by shampooing too often or with a wrong product, can dry the hair and strip it of its natural oils. Sulfate and paraben free products are best for saving the integrity of the hair and it leaving moisturized.  Even if you have extremely oily hair or you work out daily try these alternatives; Aveeno Pure Renewal Collection and Dry Shampoo.  Aveeno Pure Renewal is both a sulfate and paraben free product you can buy over the counter.  The Dry shampoo is great to hold you over in-between regular shampoos and an added bonus is it adds texture to the hair.

Patrick’s advice: Instead of always using a shampoo, wet your hair in the shower with warm water, add a bit of conditioner, comb it though and rinse it out. This will clean and moisturize your hair and shampooing less often will help retain your color longer too.

Stylist triming hair. Avoiding trims is a hair care sin


The sin here is that by NOT trimming your ends, you end up defeating the purpose you have set out to do! The thought that waiting longer in-between trims would get you to your goal of longer hair more quickly .  .  .  is just plain wrong.

Patrick’s advice: Dusting the ends ¼ inch every 8 to 10 weeks. This way your hair will look better and it will actually have a ‘redefined style’ to work with as it is in the process of growing. By dusting the ends every 8 to 10 weeks, it’s less painful; we don’t need to cut as much off. And, your hair will be more manageable and will look healthier too!

Woman with conditioner on her hair. Not conditioning is a Hair care sin


Everyone’s hair needs moisture and conditioning. Just as your skin needs a moisturizer to look and feel better, your hair needs moisturizing too! The fear that using a conditioner only flattens or dulls your hair is just plain wrong. Even those with fine hair need moisture.

Patrick’s advice:  A mistake many make is to apply too much conditioner or apply it in the wrong place. Conditioner should be applied from mid-shaft to the ends of the hair. The ends are the oldest and the driest part of the hair and therefore need the most attention.

Woman at hair product counter. Product misues is a hair care sin


Product misuse is not a little sin, using too much, using it in the wrong place, not knowing how to use it, afraid it will make your hair dirty so you don’t use it.

All products are formulated for specific uses and hair types. When a stylist gives you the breakdown on what products they are using and how to use them, be sure to listen and ask any questions you might have. Think of it this way; if the stylist needs the products to get your hair to look great, you are going to need them too!

If you’re convinced products just make your hair dirty, you may be using the wrong product or more product than you need.  Gels, mousses and other products when used right, will actually act as a barrier to help protect the hair from irons and other heating tools.

Patrick’s advice: When you’re in the chair don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t get discouraged, if you don’t get a new styling technique down right away, give yourself time to learn something new and let us help you correct any problem you may be having.

Woman blow drying hair. Too much heat is a hair care sin

7. Over Use of Heat

It’s always a good practice to use less rather than more heat when it comes to hair. And with tools that get as hot as 450 degrees or more, damaged hair happens.  It’s a good idea to give it a break when you can and do something else with your hair rather than the same old, same old, smoothing, flattening or curling.

Patrick’s advice:  Great alternatives to styling with hot tools are braids, buns and updos. Try putting damp hair into a bun overnight for soft, natural looking waves or braiding damp hair for a totally different effect.


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