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The Art of Hair Extensions; Find Out How

We Are Not The First Generation to Embrace Hair Extensions

Let’s face it. We’ve been helping out Mother Nature since time began. Think about it. In ancient Egypt with Cleopatra and her pals, elaborate wigs were all the rage. In other parts of Africa, from BCE to A.D., women used whatever it took, wool, leaves, cotton to add length to their beautiful braids. On these shores our Revolutionary War grandmothers wore animal hair powdered white and piled high atop their heads.

We’re still doing it . . . Except that now we’ve got an attitude about it. Piling on some store-bought hair is seen as a cop-out, the last province of the pretentious. But as I see it, there’s nothing wrong with gilding the lily. Maybe you want to experiment with a new look. Maybe you want to give your hair a rest. Maybe your hair is thinning and you want to give it a little extra oomph. Maybe you like flinging hair over your shoulders every once in a while. Why not? Go for it.

Hair Extension Tips

Hair extensions give women the ability to have gorgeous, long hair in an hour or less. Sounds like a dream come true! In many ways extensions are, but they need to be selected and managed carefully. That’s where a good professional comes in. While it’s possible to do extensions yourself, it is not recommended. You can end up wasting money and becoming the butt of jokes. Going to a salon ensures that your extension will look natural and makes a positive enhancement to your beauty arsenal.

Your Choices

  • Methods of Attachment ~~ There are several ways the salon can attach the extensions – with clips, caps, keratin and with sewing to your existing hair itself. Extensions with clips can be taken down or modified anytime. If you have chosen the caps method or the sewing method, these extensions require maintenance every month. If you have chosen the keratin option you need to know that they are inserted for 5-6 months and then maintenance is needed as well. The most harmless method is using clips. These are tic tac barrettes with silicon parts which are sewn to the strand and then the strands are connected to the hair.
  • Human Hair or Synthetic Hair ~~ Also, it’s important to consider whether you prefer real or synthetic hair. Real hair is much more expensive than the synthetic hair, but it’s much more durable and easier to maintain. Extensions made of real hair can be treated in any way you would your natural hair – with a flat iron, curling, hair dryer, or diffuser. And can be even dyed unlike synthetic hair.
  • Hair Types ~~ Hair extensions can be obtained in a variety of different hair types. Be sure to ask your stylist about what options they would recommend to most effectively match your existing natural hair type.
  • Size and Strand Count ~~Consider your different size options as well. The most preferred in our salon are 50-55sm and 65sm. If you have elected to use extensions with strands, you will need 120-150grams of hair depending on how thick your hair is. But if you go with keratin strands, we recommend using 150-200 extension pieces.

 

Lauren Conrad hair extension tips

Keeping Your Hair Extensions Beautiful

Now you have beautiful, long hair! Here are some tips on how to keep it looking gorgeous.

  • Combing Your Hair ~~ Combing should be done regularly, and you need to use the appropriate tool. The brush should be soft to allow gentle combing of the hair in order to prevent tearing and thinning from the frequent usage. Start from the hair ends, as you would do with your natural hair, detangle first this zone and then move to the next hair levels. Be careful with the extensions as excessive pulling could lead to tearing which can transform your marvelous and soft hair into something less desirable.
  • Shampooing ~~ Washing your extensions is important for maintaining them as long as possible, and there are several rules to follow to be sure your hair extensions will look good. First, detangle before the shampoo, second, use a good shampoo and third (and perhaps the most important) – do it slowly and carefully.
  • Drying Your Hair Extensions ~~ Leave your extensions to dry naturally. After washing your hair, put the layers on a towel or hang them and let them dry naturally. Keep in mind that the direct sunlight or the hair dryer is not recommended. If you have time, avoid drying with a flat iron or a hairdryer in order to keep your extensions in perfect condition for as long as possible.

Ponytail Extension

There’s something very seductive about instantly acquiring a massive mane; it can make you feel like Miss Glamorous. If you’re going to fake it, you’ve got to do it right. And doing it right means, above all, making sure that your natural hair is kept clean, conditioned and stress-free. Hopefully this article will help you accomplish that end.

Claudia
Contributing author Claudia Egnal has been in the beauty industry for nearly 30 years. With a wide array of cutting and coloring skills, she specializes in hair extensions, color, highlights and cutting. Her newest salon, JULDAN, opened in JULY 2012 and continues to grow due to the talent of her diverse staff and team. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 



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Doing Ponytail Hairstyles the Right Way

Why Ponytail Hairstyles Should Be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

There are dozens of variations on this chic classic. Piled high on the crown like Wilma Flintstone’s or clipped low on the nape like Audrey Hepburn’s, the only caveat is not to pull your hair back too tightly over an extended period of time, because it can break and, over time, you can lose your hair (Go for 100 percent elastic without metal clasps. That tiny metal bit may seem harmless enough, but it really snags the hair.)

Brush your hair back or part it on the side. (If your hair is curly, separate out a piece from the front, set it on a Caruso curler or heat curler for a few minutes, and let it hang smooth and loose.) Slick the top back with gel or pomade, and fasten with a banana clip, a ribbon, or a scrunchy—or, if your hair is really long, use several hands, spaced out every few inches. You can also smooth the hair back, bind it with an elastic, then separate a section of hair and wrap it around the elastic—or let it hang loose.

The Relaxed Pony 1

If you haven’t mastered at least a few new ways to create ponytail hairstyles . . . it’s high time you did!! Ponytail hairstyles not only top the charts for hairstyle trends, but they are also the easiest and most versatile hairstyles to create!

There is an unprecedented amount of women who are wearing their hair long right now, at least in the celebrity and media world. One reason is baby boomers have checked-out on the old, but long held idea that 50 somethings need to wear short hair. They are growing their locks almost in defiance, are looking great and thereby are creating the new 50 (which is 30?) Love it! No matter if you’re young or (not as young,) ponytails are ageless and are stirring up a whirlwind! And the fact that the party season is right around the corner means it’s time to get your ponytail hairstyles skills in line.

I’m pretty sure these ponytails can be copied easily enough by any of you who have worn a ponytail hairstyle before, but you may just need a little practice to get it down quick and easy. Slight differences in ponytail placement, curling, straightening, adding length, mussing-up or braiding and product usage, can give you a variety of ponytail looks to go with your mood!

Elegant Ponytail Hairstyles

Ponytail hairstyles can look totally elegant when swept entirely away from the face and are coupled with elegant earrings (and of course a diamond neclace). Either slightly backcombed on top or slicked down with a styling gel, these ponytails scream posh!

sleek ponytail

low ponytail

Ponytail with Bump and Side Swept Bangs

These ponys only take some backcombing and a touch of finishing spray for a flirty look. Straightened or curled ponytails with flattened side swept bangs look feminine, fun or dressy. Wrap the ponytail with some hair pinning it underneath for a finished look!

Teased Crown Ponytail

Side Ponytails are Versatile

The side ponytail is showing up the runways are braided, coupled with braids, mussy curled and straight . . . anything goes. Remember, you can buy hair extensions to create big thick braids, or ponytail extensions for even easier hairstyles. A quick trip to your local Sally’s Beauty Supply and you’ll be surprised at how many options your have.

Side Ponytail

Side Ponytail with a fishtail braid

One Minute Ponytails

Playful Ponytail

You can’t go wrong with an ultra-versatile ponytail. Last season’s look was sleek and modern, but now we’re seeing a shift towards soft and voluminous ponytail hairstyles.

To get the look, use a 1″ barrel curling iron and curl your hair from root to tip. I suggest using the Hairdo Wrap Around Pony for an extra boost, so using the same curling iron, create curls on the ponytail as well so the hair matches overall in texture.

Next, work a paddle brush through your waves to give your hair added bounce and body. Pull your hair back into a ponytial and attach the Hairdo Wrap Around Ponytail and spray with a medium hold hairspray to complete this look.

Ponytail Extension

Ponytail hairstyles are a feminine way to pump up the coquette side in you this fall and change some bad hair days into good. We’ve got dozens more head turning ponytail ideas on my Pinterest Ponytails board. Take a little bit of time to get down the mastery of ponytail hairstyles . . . And voila! . . . You’re adorable!!

  



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Medium Hairstyles DIY Tutorial For Every Hair Type

The Medium Hairstyles Guide to DIY How to Tutorials for Every Hair Type and Face Shape

Do you find yourself ever saying, “If my hair was longer, then I could . . .” or “If I cut it shorter, my hair would . . .?”  With medium hairstyles it’s common to feel like you’re in-between styles, but take heart, there are some super hot hairstyles for medium length hair! Whether you’re style is chic and sophisticated, or relaxed and flirty, there’s a modern, feminine look for you. Here are 7 of the hotest looks on the scene right now that work with every hair type and face shape.

A wavy bob medium hairstyle

Go Wavy

Who Does it Work For: This hairstyle works great on fine, medium, and thick hair types. Its ideal for oval, heart, and square face shapes.

How to Style: If your hair is naturally wavy, apply a curl cream to towel dried hair and use a diffuser attachment on your blow-dryer for maximum volume and texture. For straight, wavy or curly hair, use a 1″ to 2″ curling iron on dry hair. Spray lightly with a flexible hold hairspray and comb your fingers through it to break up the curls.

Recommended Product: Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock, Paul Mitchell Worked Up

Tips: For an easier style, try loosely French braiding damp hair and allowing to dry naturally. Voila! Easy, natural looking waves.

Kirsten Dunst: side messy pony tail with bang

Pull it in a Pony

Who Does it Work For: The pony is ideal for medium and thicker hair, fine hair can tend to look stringy. It’s flattering for oval, heart, and round face shapes.

How to Style: Apply a dry shampoo on dry hair for a matte texture. Tease at the crown and smooth over with a comb. Tie it in a pony at the nape of the neck or to the side.

Recommended Products: Big Sexy Dry Shampoo

Tips: For a dressier look, wrap a strand of hair around the base of the pony.

chocolate brown medium bob hairstyle

Get the Long Bob

Who Does it Work For: This style works for fine, medium, and thick hair textures. It’s most flattering for oval, round, heart, and square face shapes.

How to Style: Blow dry section by section using a flat brush. Touch up with a flat iron and finish with a shine spray for a smooth and chic look.

Recommended Products: Kenra Shine Spray

Tip: For an edgier look, ask your hairstylist if a razor cut would work for you.

blonde messy bun with bangs for medium length

Do a Messy Bun

Who Does it Work For: This style is easiest on fine and medium hair types and is flattering for oval, heart, and oblong faces.

How to Style: Pull hair in a pony at the nape. Use a second elastic to tie hair in a loop. Pin pieces of the loop to the base of the pony. Use fingers to tug at pieces to create fullness and texture. Allow pieces to fall naturally around your face. Lock in the look with a firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Extra Clean Hairspray

Tips: To dress up your look, try adding an accessory, like a headband, hair comb, or hair flower.

 

medium length hair with side swept bangsRachel McAdams mid length hairstyle with bangs

Try a Side Swept Bang

Who Does it Work For: A side swept bang works best for medium and thicker hair. It’s ideal for oval, oblong, and heart face shapes.

How to Style: Apply a smoothing serum on towel dried hair and blow dry with a flat brush. Finish off the look with a flat iron. For extra wispiness, apply a small amount of dry wax.

Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, Bb Styling Wax

Tips: For round and square face shapes, try a side bang.

Medium lengths are not only flattering, but they are super stylish this year! Not to mention, there’s a variety of hairstyles for medium hair lengths. It’s time to stop lusting over long lengths and embrace your hair now, whether it’s a razor cut, wispy bang, or relaxed pony, there’s a variety of hot medium hairstyles to update your look today.

For more great mid length looks check out our Pinterest Medium Hairstyles 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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