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Move Over, Fishtail – Meet the Lobster Tail Braid!

How the Lobster Tail Will Change the Way We Think About Braids

Whether your hair is thick and sleek or a tendrily pouf a soft braid can be fun as well as fetching. There is a reason why on most every runway these days, you can see the major designers opting for braids .  . . they flatter the face better than any hairstyle you can name. Braids are way under utilized as a beauty option, especially those of you who are gifted with heart, oval or diamond face shapes. But, if you’re tired of the same old, same old, I’ve got a treat for you.

Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, has shared his tips on how to create the Lobster Tail Braid, a messy and textured twist that is easy to create and doesn’t even requiring braiding skills . .  just twisting! Depending on the occasion, the Lobster Tail can be as deconstructed or as neat as you like.

 

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The Lobster Tail Braid DIY, How To

Start with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. Use a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten your hair.

  • Step #1 ~~ Gather your hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite. Curl these pieces with a 1-inch barrel curling iron to add more shape around your face.
  • Step #2 ~~ Separate your hair in half, a front and back section, and make three small sections out of the back section. Twist each one individually before joining all three to make one twist. Secure with a clip so you can work freely on the front section. Don’t worry if it untwists a little bit, you can re-twist later.
  • Step #4 ~~ Take the front section, split into two small twisted sections and then combine to make one twist.
  • Step #5 ~~ Join the front and back twists, make one complete twist and then secure with 5-6 bobby pins near your ear. This will hold together the beginning of the twist.
  • Step #6 ~~ Spray texturizing spray again on the hairs below the bobby pins to create fullness and then make two twists with this remaining hair and combine the two twists into one, twisting all the way down. Don’t twist too hard; let it be a little loose to give it more thickness and some texture.
  • Step #7 ~~ Before securing with a hair tie, put bobby pins UP throughout the twist almost like a skeleton for the twist and then secure with a hair tie. The pins will hold the twist in place.
  • Step #8 ~~ Finish off with a light hair spray, such as Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray.

 

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Don’t get discouraged if your Lobster Tail Braid comes out a bit messy! Mario says it is easy to make it neater by adding additional bobby pins up and through the twist, securing more pieces.

If you want to add a little “something” to the end of the Lobster Tail, Mario recommends wrapping a small piece of hair around the hair elastic and pinning it with a bobby pin behind the twist.

Like the fishtail, this is a versatile, sophisticated look that you can wear to an event or for a lunch outing. It is also a great look for fall’s chilly temperatures because it is a style that works well with a hat.

  



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Hairstyles for Your Face

A perfect symetrical round face

How to Determine Hairstyles for Your Face

Fashion freaks over the world dread the fact of mismatching their clothes with the accessories and hairstyle. While choosing the clothes and accessories are quite easy, deciding over a hairstyle is comparatively difficult as there is a need for one to determine the face shape and take the personality into consideration. A right kind of hairstyle for your face is as important as hair care. It is also important if the person is able to carry off the hairdo in style. Here are a few tips for choosing the right kind of hairstyles for your face.“Getting Hairstyles for Your Face Right”

  • It is primarily important to determine the shape of your face. You can do this by tying you hair behind and watch your face closely in the mirror. Determine the shape of your face before you go ahead to choose the hairstyle. This is essential as the hairstyles done without taking the shape of the face into consideration your look may go awry.
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  • If you have an oval face, you can say you are extraordinarily gifted, as any type of hairstyle will suit you. This will allow you to experiment different and innovative kinds of hairstyles. But the best tip would be to settle down on a haircut that gives a lot of volume to the hair with movements near the areas of cheekbones.
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  • If you have a round face you need to be extra careful with your selection of hairstyle.  A wrong choice of hairdo and you can mess up with your looks. You need to focus on the hairstyles that make your face shape less round. Keep away from the fuller and round hairstyles. A side parting of the hair can make your hair appear less round. The right length for your hair is below the chin as this lengthens the features of your face. For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.
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  • Short and bobbed hairstyles are a strict no-no for the round faces. They make the face appear broader and spoil your look. You can create volume and fullness to the crown of your head by choosing a layered hair style. This also makes your face appear narrower. A hair color of chocolate brown or sandy blonde may also look great.
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  • Short and straight bangs are also to be avoided. They draw attention to the widest parts of your face. Even if you want to have bangs in a short side swept effect. This works better.
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  • For the people with an oblong face shape, the short to medium hairstyles will work best. Go for a hairstyle that has a side parting than at the center as a center parting may amplify the length of your face. Very short cuts or very long cuts are better avoided.
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  • Whatever may be the face shapes you can choose the hair colors for the hairstyles according to the trend for example the right hair dye colors for Asians include black and brown.

  



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Haircut Trends: Blunt Haircuts for Long, Medium and Short Hair

Blunt bangs with long hair and creative color

Blunt Haircuts are Hot

Layered, texturized, blunt, or razored . . . all these haircutting terms can leave a girl’s head spinning. How do you decide what haircut you want, or what cutting technique is best for your hair? Some of the hottest haircuts of the season feature a straight form or blunt haircut. This look is an awesome option for creating fullness and shine. For some people, layers are the way to go, but for our fine haired friends, the blunt haircut could be a new favorite. Check out these blunt haircuts for hairspiration.

Tyra Banks: long hair with blunt bangs and caramel highlights

Blunt bob and bangs and color blocking

Blunt Bangs

While side bangs have always been a go-to option to add extra movement and style to a look, Tyra Banks among other celebs, are stepping up their hairstyles with bold, blunt bangs. (For more great pictures of bangs check out our Bangs Pinterest Board)

Ideal Hair Types:  Fine to Medium Textures; Straight Hair

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval; Heart; Oblong

Long straight hair with ombre color

Demi Moore straight long hair

Long blunt hairstyle

Long blunt hairstyle

Long Luxurious Lengths

Go for an understated and sophisticated hairstyle with a long, blunt haircut. This clean and simple look is not only a great option for every day, but the look has been popping up on the red carpet too. (For more great pictures of long hair checkout our Long Hair Pinterest board)

Ideal Hair Types:  Medium Texture (Fine hair can look stringy if too long!)

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval; Round; Heart; Square

Long blunt bob hairstyle

Long bob hairstyle with ombre color

Long blunt bob hairstyle

Bombshell Long Bob

The long bob offers the perfect compromise between long and short hair! Not to mention, it’s a great way to amp up the volume. Take a cue from celebs like Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow for a sleek, sexy blunt haircut. (For more great pictures of bobs checkout our Bobs Pinterest board)

Ideal Hair Types:  Fine to Medium Textures

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval; Round; Heart; Square

Blunt pixie haircut

Blunt pixie haircut

Blunt bob with bangs and red haircolor

Perfect Pixie

A look that’s not for the faint of heart, the perfect (blunt) pixie haircut is a bold, statement hairstyle that is sophisticated and fashion forward. Wear it smooth and sleek, or add volume and texture for a flirty style. (For more great pictures of short hairstyles checkout our  Sassy Short Pinterest board)

Ideal Hair Types:  Fine to Medium Textures

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval, Square, Oblong, Heart

For fuller, shinier hair, look no further! The straight form blunt haircut offers a sleek, easy style that helps to create volume and sheen. Whether you want to make a statement with bold bangs or sexy length, blunt haircuts can be a great option for fine to medium hair.

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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