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2015 Hairstyles; A Little Bit Naughty

Trendsetting 2015 Hairstyles Will be Slightly Naughty

You’ll find us Harlots dancing together and goofing off at our salon in Venice Beach, CA, but we are quite serious about the upcoming trends we see and are creating. We are fond of saying that the trendsetting 2015 hairstyles are combining upscale with just a tad bit of naughty! With the perfect, slightly naughty haircut, any woman is ready to rule the world. As we head into holiday season, I’ve rounded up three sexy looks for all of you lovely ladies to rock day-to-day or for a special occasion. One of these ‘do’s ought to tickle your fancy.

Expensive Boho:

2015 Hairstyle the expensive boho

Calling all free-spirited flower children! Do you desire a color change but aren’t ready to commit to a totally different hair color? The expensive boho is the look for you. This style combines authentic color blocking to create a very posh hairstyle. It’s hair chalking for grown ups. You can’t go wrong with this look, no matter how short or long your hair is.

To style:

  • Dye a couple of thick sections of hair a drastic, pastel color. Don’t worry about getting the dye placement perfect. The more uneven and unnatural, the better.
  • Create heavy waves with a thick barrel curler.
  • Tousle those strands so the color meshes in the hair.
  • Add some flowers in your hair for a truly bohemian look.

Gypsy girls, this look is to dye for . . .

Lazy Fringe

2015 Hairstyle the lazy fringe

Summer is long gone, but don’t fret, my dears. You can still get lazy, beachy waves with this style that I call the Lazy Fringe. It’s uber low maintenance, so skater chics and beach bums with medium-length hair, this is the look for you.

This trend brings edge to the forefront with unique hair color, shape and texture. Sex it up!

To style:

  • Keep the natural color at the roots and paint a worn-in, artificial tone at the ends.
  • Cut your bangs to a longer fringe. I’m all about adding a sultry addition here and there to styles and these bangs are totally bangin’.
  • Texture the shape to marry all of the elements together. I can sense love in the air!

I adore a lackadaisical look that doesn’t try too hard but is still risqué, what about you?

Strong Bob

2015 Hairstyle the Strong Bob

Naughty sistas with a charming side, take note. I present the strong bob . . . a classic bob with a twist, so it’s perfect for anyone. Yes, I mean you!

Make it uniquely you by upping the ombré game to your favorite soft-hued color and setting the part on a different side of your head than where you normally have it. This look is so versatile and fierce, perf for flip-flopping from work to happy hour. I’ll meet ya there!

To style:

  •  Cut your hair to the collarbone and let it dry naturally.
  • Weave cut the hair. First, determine where you want weight, volume or looseness. Then take a thin slice of hair and weave your shear scissor back and forth through the slice.
  • Slightly close your scissors and backpedal to the head. This technique allows the texture to come alive on its own. Weave cutting is great if your client wants to keep their hair one length but also wants volume on the crown.
  • Color the ends a pastel color, which will look stunning against natural hair color, trust me.

It’s called a strong bob for a reason. Now go out there and rock it!

These trendy 2015 hairstyles are NOT for the weak of heart. Don’t just turn heads, ladies. Break necks. These looks will make you stand out in all the right ways, so what are you waiting for? Indulge me: I want to see your interpretation of these ‘do’s! Snap a pic and tag me on Instagram: @kokentheharlot.

Marylle Koken
Contributing author Marylle Koken is owner of The Harlot hair salon in Venice, CA is an accomplished professional and celebrity stylist. As an industry trendsetter, Koken takes her skills around the world with Wella Company and Sebastian Professional Educating hair stylists. Koken still manages time in her hectic schedule to work on exclusive Los Angeles clientele. Koken’s salon The Harlot has been voted as the #1 hair salon in greater Los Angeles by InStyle magazine.


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The Ultimate Blow Dry Tutorial

The Blow Dry Tutorial That Blow Dry Bars Don’t Want You to Know About

The best thing for your hair is to let it dry naturally. But of course, that’s not realistic . . . especially for women with fine hair, most of whom are addicted to the master blaster, with good reason; it’s the ultimate volumizer. If you do blow-dry all the time, at least take a break on the weekend, when you can condition your hair and give it special care. Leave-in conditioners everyday and a deep conditioning treatment or hot oil treatments also help to take the strain off over-processed hair.

To do as little damage as possible, follow these ground rules. If your hair is curly, use a diffuser, which not only helps hold the curl but also diffuses the heat. Also, keep the blower at a low cool setting as much as possible, and hold it four to six inches from your head.

Blow Dry Tutorial

Get the Right Hair Dryer

Not all hair dryers are not created equally. So what makes the grade in my book? The size, the weight and a cool button. A hair dryer that’s light, not too heavy is important. I don’t like hair dryers that are too big. A cool button is important to me . . . you can touch up your look by pumping air back into the hair. A 1,200 to 1,500-watt dryer is powerful enough for most women: if your hair is thick or coarse. You may need 1,700 watts. Experiment with a diffuser or nozzle attachment, I’m addicted to nozzles! They direct the heat when I want to get the hair really straight and smooth, and they don’t ruffle the cuticle.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Buy a Good Hair Brush

I use mostly round brushes on myself, I prefer a Denman brush, which boasts rubber-coated bristles. If I want the hair to be really, really straight, I use the brush at the roots. The rubber grips the hair and allows you to really pull it taut. If you are able to get the first two inches from the roots straight, the rest of the hair will follow. And if you don’t, watch for that mid-morning natural wave to bounce back!

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Use a Really Good Volumizing Product

But, take inventory of your hair texture and pick a volumizer that best suits your hair type.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Section Your Hair Off

There’s a reason why stylists section their clients’ hair when blow-drying . . . it provides more control with the brush as well as tension, heat and airflow. Here’s how to achieve smooth, shiny results, just like you get in the salon.

  • Divide your head into four quadrants and use large clips to hold each section in place as you blow-dry.
  • Hold the brush in your writing hand and the blow dryer in the other on, keeping them about 1/2″ apart.
  • Position the dryer parallel to the brush . . . Never put the nozzle directly on the brush, as it will burn the blower motor out, damage the brush’s bristles and burn your hair.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Be Careful Not to Over Dry Your Hair or Style Too Soon

85% is the magic number, over drying can strip your hair of essential moisture, bounce and elasticity. Don’t start styling your hair with a round brush when blow drying until you get about 85% of the moisture out of your hair first, so it’s just damp. One result of over drying hair is a lot of static.

Blow Dry Tutorial

Blow Dry From Roots to Ends

Start by gently blotting your wet hair with a towel. Then, hang your head upside down as you blow dry from roots to ends. Don’t blow into the hair, or you’ll ruffle the hair cuticle. You want to keep your cuticle lying down smoothly. As you are turned upside down, you are giving your hair added volume, and when hair is 85% dry, get out that brush and put some shape in that style.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Dry the Bottom Layers First

Start at the back and dry the under layers first. For straight hair, always direct the blow-dryer down toward the floor: this smooths the hair and prevents frizz. Lean over and blow-dry at the roots to give your hair volume. To add height or volume to the top of your hair, lift the hair from the roots with your fingers (or use your round vent brush or paddle brush) and blow-dry at the roots. For wavy or curly hair, hold the diffuser into the hair (with your head straight up) and work your way around your head, from bottom to top (do not use a brush).

Blow Dry Tutorial

Smooth the Top

When the under layers are dry, use your brush to shape the top layer. Put the bristles against your scalp, turn and lift back small sections of hair, and curl them under until dry.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Curl the Ends

Take your brush and curl the ends under. Brush through and follow with the blow-dryer directed toward your hair. Finish styling with a shot of cold air, which “sets” the style and makes your hair shinier.

  
 



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Winter Hair Care 101; The DIY, How To

9 Ways Winter Hair Care Can Make Your Naughty Hair Nice!

As I am creating this article we are under a winter storm warning and the predictions are for 14″ of snow. So we might as well face it Old Man Winter is upon us again. The winter season can be especially hard on hair. My furnace is blasting hot, dry forced air for several hours each day, excessive styling with holiday parties coming up and the harsh winter weather can leave hair more naughty than nice. But don’t get the winter blues over limp, dry locks, try these nine DIY how to quick hair care tips to get your mane on the nice list.

  • Step 1 ~~ Use Deep Conditioner for Healthier Hair. Be kind to your hair by using a weekly deep conditioner. If you have chemical damage from harsh perms or coloring, use a conditioner with protein to repair hair strands. For hair that has general wear and tear from heat tools & the great outdoors, opt for a moisturizing conditioner. For maximum effect, apply conditioner to wet hair and put on a plastic cap. Open the cuticle by using a blow dryer on low setting to gently heat your head. Wrap in a towel. Rinse after 15 to 20 minutes with cooler water to lock in the moisture.  Tip: Ingredients to look for in Protein Rich Conditioners: Silk, Wheat, Keratin, Collagen, Amino Acids. Ingredients to look for in Moisture Rich Conditioners: Glycerin, Oils (Jojoba, Argan, Coconut, Castor, etc.) Fatty Alcohols (Stearyl, Cetyl, & Cetearyl), and Panthenol.)

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 2 ~~ Try Velcro or Hot Rollers for a Wavy Hairstyle. Velcro and hot rollers are great options to add bounce and volume to tired tresses. Plus, with the help of rollers, you can avoid curling, crimping, and smoothing hair with harsh heat tools which will zap moisture out of your hair. When hair is 90% dry, apply Velcro rollers to give your style volume. Let your hair dry naturally, or use a blow-dryer to set. After you remove the rollers, use a curling iron or flat iron if necessary to touch up your style. If Velcro rollers aren’t for you, try hot rollers on dry hair. Use bigger rollers on the crown area to add volume. Gently run fingers through hair to relax curls that are overly bouncy. Spritz with hairspray, and you’re done.

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 3 ~~ Beat the Heat Tools with Thermal Protection Products. You’re not alone if you have a hard time breaking your addiction to your trusty flat iron, curling iron, or blow dryer. But, to avoid excessive damage from these tools, always use a thermal protection spray or serum to protect your hair cuticle. Some hair sprays and serums are specially made for damp hair, which is useful to protect hair during blow drying. I’m liking Redken Thermal Setting Mist, (splurge) or Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray Serum. There are plenty of good products for saving hair from excessive heat damage, the key is . . . to use one! Shine sprays and oils are another great option to combat heat damage and promote shiny healthy hair.

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 4 ~~ Use Hair Friendly Products. Ingredient labels are a useful tool to determine the products that are hair friendly from those that are harmful. You don’t need to be a scientist to decipher the good from the bad, just take a couple notes on what to look for. Hairspray with excessive alcohol will be drying to your hair (with the exception of fatty alcohols, Stearyl, Cetyl, & Cetearyl, and Panthenol. Many hairsprays are now available with low amounts of alcohol or no alcohol at all. The ingredients are listed in a sequence from highest quantity to lowest, so the first ingredient listed is the dominant one. Sulfate free shampoos and conditioners are the “IT” products now because they do the job of cleaning the hair and scalp without using that harsh stripping chemical.

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 5 ~~ Haircuts are Your Friend. Maintain healthy hair with a visit to your hair stylist every 2 to 3 months. Regular trims prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft. Stop damage in its tracks by getting rid of those ends. Remember that visiting your stylist regularly will ensure that all you need to keep your hair looking healthy is a dusting of your ends, which is especially good news for all you long haired loving ladies!

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 6 ~~ Use a Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Pick up a moisture rich shampoo and conditioner for the winter months, preferably one with vitamins and oils. I recommend L’Oreal Professionanel’s Serie Expert Liss Ultime shampoo and conditioner.
  • Step 7 ~~ Use Argan oil. Argan oil contains fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants that restore your hair’s natural luster without a greasy shine. Use about a dime sized amount and comb it evenly through your damp hair.
  • Step 8~~ Use a Thermal Protectant. When blow-drying, always use a thermal spray or serum to protect your hair. Also, be sure to go all the way. Blow-drying hair halfway will only create frizz and damage. Spending the extra 5 minutes blow-drying your hair to a smooth finish makes all the difference.

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 9 ~~ Never Go Outside with Wet Hair. Wet or even damp hair can easily freeze once temperatures drop into the 30’s, and frozen strands mean split ends or in a worse case scenario hair that actually breaks.

With all those holiday treats, late night soriee’s and other winter festivities, we can’t guarantee you’ll be “nice” all season long but, with these hair tips, you can certainly treat your hair nicely, ensuring shiny, healthy hair all winter long. Now you can focus on picking a bombshell dress to impress your coworkers at that holiday office party, you weren’t sure you wanted to go to! For more winter hair ideas, check out our Pinterest Winter Hair Tips 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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