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    Pomades, Waxes and Hair Pastes

    Knowing the Difference Between a Pomade, Hair Wax and a Paste

    Every where you look, in your favorite fashion magazine, daytime drama or the Pinterest hair boards, short hair is everywhere. Cute pixie haircuts to messy shags, shorter styles are in and are here to stay. Every woman I know that has sat in her hair stylist’s chair and said “Let’s go for it!” and chopped off her lovely locks has adored her new found style. Until that is, until it came time to style her hair.

    If a proper consultation was not preformed while you were sitting in the chair. By consultation I mean that you were not taught how to style your new ‘do nor told what products would work best, worry not. We’ve got you covered on the products that work best for styling your new short haircut.

    Hair Wax

    Hair Wax

    In the past, hair waxes had more of a watery consistency, now you will find many waxes are a creamier consistency, which means it usually offers a firmer hold with a medium to high shine factor, such as OSIS FlexWax (a good choice if you like to play around with your product). For best styling results use on dry hair for hold, texture and separation.



    Depending on the brand, Pomade’s can be a cream base or a water base, with a medium to firm hold factor and a low to medium shine factor. *some lines offer high shine such as American Crew Pomade and AG Waxx High Shine Pomade. For best results, use on dry hair, for hold, separation and /or texture.

    Hair Gel


    Gel hair products have a watery consistency. Hair gels are available in all hold factors, from soft hold to extreme hold. Gels can be used on wet or dry hair and can be used to add volume and hold. Some Gels are alcohol free = less chance of flaking, such as KMS Hair Stay Styling Gel.

    Hair Paste – a thicker, creamier consistency. Most Pastes will offer a high/strong hold factor with little to no shine, such as KMS HairPlay Molding Paste and Joico Flex Control Pliable Paste. Pastes can be used on wet or dry hair – depending on the style you are trying to achieve. Use on wet hair for slicked back styles, on dry hair for separated, pieced styles.

    Hair Molding Clay

    Hair molding clay is thick in consistency. Hair moulding clays offer a high hold and matte finish (no shine), such as Joico ICE Erratic and Sebastian Craft Clay. Clays can be used on wet or dry hair. The product should be emulsified well into your hands before applying to you hair. *if you like to play around with your style and product – a clay may not be your answer.


    Matte equals no shine, but is pliable and easy to work with and apply. Waxes and Pomades with a high shine factor, use too much of the product and your hair will look greasy. Clays offer a great hold factor, they are not always the most pliable. Alcohol free products have less chance of flaking.

    All products will list their hold factor/shine factor on the back of the packaging. All Salon Professional product lines have websites with great tutorials and styling tips for your new found short haired self. Happy styling Beauties!

    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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    Short Haircuts for Women Fall 2014

    Why Mom was Right About Short Haircuts

    There are so many stunning short haircuts for women right now that you may be considering taking the plunge yourself. Its a shame how many women I see that would look stunning in short hair, opt instead for some dull, boring mid length or longer hairstyle. If it’s fear of styling that’s holding you back, I’m here to help relinquish that! Go for it! With these DIY how to secrets to styling short haircuts, you won’t have to struggle with your new hairstyle. It’s as easy as Badda bing, Badda bang. . . and you’re out the door!

    short crop haircut

    short pixie haircut

    Use The Correct Products

    No matter what length haircut you have, when you get a new hairstyle, always check with your hairdresser to see that you have the hair care products you need in order to make your short hair cut look the way you want. With short haircuts, I love to use texturizing products to bring out the layers within the short hair cut. Try a texturizing product like, Enjoy – Texture Spray while your hair is damp, to give subtle texture all over, or use a texture paste like, Artec Textureline Smoothing Serum, on the ends of hair when dry to really bring out the individual pieces and layers in the haircut.

    short flat ironed crop haircut

    Charlize Theron curly short haircut

    Use the Right Styling Tools

    Along with the right hair care products, you’ll want to have the right tools for styling your short haircut. The latest trend in short haircuts is smooth, straightened hairstyles, so a professional flat iron is essential. You’ll also want to invest in a smaller round brush to give hair volume and to bend the ends while blow drying. And if you don’t have a paddle brush already . . . get one! Although, most popular short haircuts are now being worn straight, if you find yourself wanting a curly hair look, make sure you invest in a good quality curling iron like, Hot Tools Professional Ceramic Titanium Professional Curling Iron for around $30. The 1″ inch barrel is a popular size, but if you’re confused as to which size iron is right for you, ask your hairdresser to help you out. If you are purchasing your curling iron at a beauty supply store, an employee should be able to help you select the right barrel size for your short haircut.


    Rihanna in a adorable pixie haircut with long bangs

    short razor haircut

    Less is More

    What I mean is that often less styling is better than more styling. Perfect is not always the way to go when it comes to styling short haircuts. In fact, hair that looks too done often looks old and outdated. A little bit of the bed head look ups the chic factor with short haircuts. So if you find yourself struggling with hair that sticks out a bit here and there and simply won’t cooperate, don’t worry about it, just quit! All you need to do is add a dash more texturizing paste here and there to create a fun, funky look.

    short haircut with texture and wispiness

    Keira's formal short pixie haircut

    Short haircuts for women can be so much fun when you know how to change them up a bit. With these simple DIY how to secrets, you can head into the salon with confidence knowing that you’ll be able to style your short hair cut with ease. Don’t forget while you are in the chair, to ask your hairdresser to give you a lesson or two on a new and unique way to style your new ‘do!

    For more great short haircuts for women check out our Pinterest Short Hairstyles board.

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    5 Short Formal Hairdos That Will Never Go Out of Style

    Move Over Long Hair, Short Formal Hairdos are Taking Over!

    I’ve begun to see a trend that is very subtle and not very widely reported and that is toward more formal classic hairstyles. Retro looks of the 40’s and classic styles from the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn are showing up on the celebs. So I think it is time to look at what influence this classic short formal hairdo movement might be having.

    Short formal hairdos are so much fun, and keep an eye on the accessories! I adore this asymmetrical short boy-cut on Marley Shelton. Big, flirty earrings and bare shoulders make the look come alive for any soiree! A great cut and color is essential to making this look over-the-top! Dimensional hair color gives a coquettish quality to the hairdo . . . lighter in front, darker in back and a few strategically placed high lights and you’re there!!

    Marley Shelton Short Formal Hairdos

    Keira Knightly Short Formal Hairdo

    Short formal hairdos like Keira Knightly’s . . . pure panache! If you think short hair is boring, think again. This short, magnificently mussed-do is tooooo cute! Note once again, to make this a more formal do, remember the earrings . . . the earrings. To add all this fullness to this shape, Keira’s medium thick hair have been layered and texturized throughout to break it up. Style with volumizing products, shampoo or mousse and spray roots with a product like, Matrix root lifter and blow dry haphazardly to create fullness. Use your favorite styling gel or pomade to ends for a piecy look.

    Katie Holmes Short Formal Hairdo

    Katie Holmes Short Formal Hairdo

    Both of Katie Holme’s short formal hairdos fall into classic hair stye territory! This short crop haircut with long layered bangs looks especially ‘cute’ on oval or petite face shapes. Other face shapes that can wear this well include heart, diamond and sometimes rectangle. Round face shapes normally should avoid this hairstyle, but there are some exceptions, your hairdresser should be able to help you.

    The slightly inverted chin-length bob with bangs is also a classic shape that makes it fit our list of short formal hairdos. This hairstyle is cut just slightly shorter in back. Part of what gives this short hairdo a formal look is the chic, sleek styling. Use a flat-iron and a shine serum like Morrocanoil to create this look. This hairdo fits most face shapes and will work best with straight hair.

    Naomi Watts Short Formal Hairdo

    Short formal hairdos like Naomi Watt’s retro look are full of glamour and style! This year’s trendy wavy, lightly layered bob is especially popular because it’s low maintenance and versatile! This short hairdo takes on a more formal look with a deep side part and by tucking one side behind the ear. Try a sparkly pin and voila! Another big plus is this hairdo works for all face shapes.

    Prep clean hair with a hair styling spritz or mousse like, Sebastian Whipped Creme. Use a mid sized curling iron, 1′ to 1 1/4′ barrel and wrap horizontal. Let hair cool before pulling through with fingers to style. Mist with a light hairspray like, Sebastians Shaper.

    For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles Boards.

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