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    Tips to Give Extra Life to Ombre Hair

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    Keep Your Ombre Hair in Tip Top Condition

    Ombre hair has been a hot hairstyle trend in the past year. But while the hype may have simmered down a bit, it continues to be a top favorite for women who want to update their look without cutting their hair. Ombre hair is definitely a stunner and a look that captures attention. However, any form of bleaching or double processing will take its toll on strands in the long run. Therefore it’s of utmost importance to give hair proper maintenance and care to ensure that you not only make the colors last, but also keep hair looking healthy and vibrant.

    Three Essential Rules

    In general, there are three rules you need to observe when it comes to caring for ombre hair:

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    Rule #1: Invest in products designed for color-treated hair. Make your life easy. Most importantly, opt for a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color treated hair. In addition, avoid products that contain sulfate as an ingredient as it is the surest way to leave your ombre color looking dry and flat.  It can also make your hair brittle with continued use. Hence, you need to opt for a color nourishing formula to keep your ombre looking good as new.

    Rule #2: Undergo regular deep conditioning. Weekly deep conditioning is your ombre hairs BFF.  This will give those treated locks some much needed moisture. Deep conditioning is the best way to add moisture back to the hair that was lost during the color process. Deep conditioning protects the color and keeps hair looking shiny and soft.

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    Rule #3: Always use heat protection when heat styling. Thjs is a preventative step that should be included in everyone’s styling routine,  ombre hair or not.  Continued use of blow-dryers, flat-irons, curling irons and hot rollers take a toll on hair, especially chemically treated hair.  A heat protection spray will serve as your line of defense against damaging heat.

    More Expert Hair Care Tips

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    Here are tips from industry experts to make the most of your ombre hair, as well as best practices to care for it:

    • The key to achieving a natural, fresh ombre look is to opt for soft tones that are closer to your hair’s base color. It makes the color seem all the more natural due to the illusion of a seamless transition. Ombre hair is not the same as dip-dyed hair. Focus on achieving a more natural looking color.

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    • A great trick for achieving a modern vibe to your ombre look is to avoid lightening the ends of your hair. Instead,  work on certain pieces of hair to achieve a multi-dimensional effect. Add extra life by varying the tone and intensity of the color as you go from the roots to the ends.

    • Do not over lighten the ends of your hair. The ends are old and more fragile than the rest of your hair and they are susceptible to breakage. Find a fortifying hair product to protect your hair from possible damage. A good nourishing product will keep your hair looking soft and shiny.

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    • Undergo a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. It does not mean that only a certain portion of your hair is treated that it does not make it prone to dryness. It is important to maintain moisture to keep breakage at bay.

    What is your best hair care tip for ombre hair?

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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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    Hairstyle Trends

    A collage of the 6 Hotest Hairstyle Trends for 2013

    Hairstyles So Hot, They’re Worth Wearing

    The year of 2012 was certainly eventful with another Presidential Elections and a Mayan apocalypse under our belts. But another memorable part of 2012 was of course, the fabulous hairstyles. From flirty up-dos to sexy texture, the past year has  revealed relaxed, feminine, and timeless hairstyles that are worth wearing into 2013.


    Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Alba, Ellie Goulding Deep Side Part 2013 Hairstyles Trend

    • Who is it Best For:  Straight or wavy hair, medium to long lengths, Round, Heart, Square & Oval Face Shapes.
    • How to Style:  Apply volumizing spray on roots, focusing on the crown and the left and right of the part. Use a comb to create a clean side part. Allow hair to air dry and style with a large curling iron or blowdry with a roundbrush.
    • Recommended Products: Redken Body Full Volume Spray


    Olivia Wilde: Face framing ombre 2013 Hairstyle Trend
    • Who is it Best For: Those who want highlights without  monthly retouches, medium to long lengths, and naturally medium to dark hair.
    • How to Style: This hair color looks great with face framing layers. Smooth and straight, or tousled and wavy, this color can be worn in a variety of hairstyles.
    • Recommended Products: Kenra Platinum Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner
    • Additional Tips: Keep color looking fresh and shiny with hair gloss treatments every 4 to 6 weeks.


    Gisele Bundchen: Urban Wavy Hairstyle, Caramel Highlights 2013 Hairstyle Trend
    • Who is it Best For: Fine to Medium Hair, Oval, Heart, & Oblong Face Shapes
    • How to Style: Apply texture cream or beach spray to towel dried hair. Section hair into three or four large braids. Speed up dry time with a blow dryer, or allow to air dry.  Remove braids and enjoy sexy, relaxed waves.
    • Recommended Products: Sexy Healthy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray
    • Additional Tips: For more bounce, touch up straighter pieces with a medium to large barrel curling iron.


    Gossip Girl Celebrity: Blonde shorty layered bob 2013 Hairstyle Trend
    • Who is it For: Heart, Round, Square, & Oval Face Shapes
    • How to Style: For a tousled and sexy bob hairstyle, apply a mousse for volume and texture on towel dried hair. Blowdry the roots for volume and finish off with a dry wax for pieciness.
    • Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam; Paul Mitchell Dry Wax


    Zooey Dechanel: Long Brown Hair with Layers & Long Wispy Bangs 2013 Hairstyle Trend
    • Who is it For: Ideal for naturally straight hair, this hairstyle works well on Oblong, Heart & Oval Face shapes.
    • How to Style: Comb bangs forward while hair is damp. Blow dry bangs with a flat or round brush and touch up with a flat iron when completely dry if needed. Emulsify a tiny drop of shine serum in hands to run through hair and bangs for control and shine.
    • Recommended Products: Enjoy Shine & Smooth
    • Additional Tips: For this edgy, wispy bang it’s ideal for a hairdresser to point cut to add texture and reduce bluntness. Also, ask your stylist to go on the longer side; you can always ask them to go shorter, but they can’t put length back on!

    EDGY SHORT (short!)  STYLES

    Miley Cyrus Platinum Blonde Pixie Short a 2013 Hairstyle Trend
    • Who is it For: All hair types; Face Shapes that are Heart & Oval.
    • How to Style: Apply a volumizing gel or mousse on towel dried hair. Use a blow dryer on the roots to create volume and movement. Use a dry wax spray on tousled style. Use fingers to create additional volume and style.
    • Recommended Products: KMS Hair Play Dry Wax
    The votes are in and the hairstyles of 2012 are officially a hit!  Who says we need to retire such great style with the close of the year! Rock these hot trendy looks into 2013 for hairstyle that’s flirty, effortless, and ultra sexy! Stay up with all the happenings in hair trends by following our Pinterest Hair Trends  and Celebrities Boards.
    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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    Hair Shadows – the secret to fun colors without the commitment

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    Hair Shadows the “It” Trend This Season

    There you are, waiting for your appointment at the Salon, sipping your coffee and flipping through the latest fashion magazine and you see it. Pastel pink highlights. Oh, how you have always wanted to have pastel pink highlights, but you are afraid once you commit to the color process of lifting your hair color lighter to deposit the pink, your lovely tresses may be dried out or damaged. Your biggest fear – you won’t like the pink and now you are committed to the color and you are out $100.00. Well my beauties, fear no more. I have a solution that you, your stylist and your pocket book are going to love.

    Hair Shadow and Hair Mascara

    A perfect way to add some fun, funky colors without the commitment. Hair shadows and hair mascaras are a temporary version of hair color, that wash out with shampoo within 1-2 washes. (depending on your hair’s porosity level – if your hair tends to be on the dry side, it may take 3 – 4 washes to remove the color). There are a few techniques and applications for applying hair shadow and hair mascara. The following are products that I have used personally and are products that have been used on our clients in our Salon, and are big sellers for my retail customers.

    ColorMe by Giuliano – a Hair Mascara. It comes in a tube with a brush, just like regular mascara. Every color of the rainbow is available, as well as the newly introduced metallics.  It is to be applied to dry hair, then followed up with blow drying the color to set it. It is not recommended to use a flat iron or curling iron after the color has been applied, for risk of staining your hair.  Be sure to have finished curling/flat ironing your hair before applying the color.

    ColorBug by Kevin Murphy – a Hair Shadow. The packaging is a little round puck that fits easily into your hand. A great color selection as well. It is recommended to be applied to dry hair, and to place a towel around your shoulders to catch any of the powder residue that may fall from the ColorBug. It is recommended to use gloves for working the color into the hair, less risk of staining your newly polished manicure. It is not recommended to use a flatiron/curling iron after applying the ColorBug.

    Pigment Pencil by Joico Structure – the newest addition to the hair shadow trend. It is a pencil, it looks like a wide eyeshadow pencil. Available in pink, blue or purple. The less product applied = pastel, the more product applied = vibrant. It is to be applied to dry hair, again, after flat ironing or curling, to prevent staining. It is recommended to cover your shoulders with a towel to catch any powder residue that may fall.  *Featuring Blue Cheer on yours truly.

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    So now you can go and try that pastel pink highlight without the fear or the commitment…or the blue, or the red, or the purple.

    Hair Shadow and Hair Mascara are an AWESOME alternative for young children who want funky colored hair – let them try a few colors to see if they even like their hair a different color. No chemicals being applied to their hair and no tears or tantrums for Mom and Dad when junior realizes that he/she hates blue hair.

    Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.

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