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    11 Back-to-School Hairstyles Worth Stealing

    Hairstyles you should consider for a new back-to-school look

    It’s officially back to school time! With the start of a new school year, it’s time to stock up on school supplies, revamp your wardrobe and most importantly, update your hairstyle!  New clothes are fabulous, don’t get me wrong, but new clothes alone won’t account for a fresh, new look. There is nothing like a new ‘do, or even the subtlest change of hair color, to make a new fashion statement and put you on the “fashion forward” hot list.

    You can take cues from the latest runway shows and adapt them for your favorite everyday back to school look. Or, get inspiration from your favorite celebrities. Either way, great looking hairstyles start with healthy hair. To revive your hair from any damage it acquired throughout the summer, start a great hair care regime that includes using moisturizing hair products, deep conditioning, and getting regular trims to cut off old ends that are weak or ragged.

    A great back to school hairstyle should work with your hair type so it doesn’t require long and grueling work. A new school year means a fresh new start, and we’ve got the inspiration you need. Try out one of these fabulous hairstyles and make a new impression as you head back to school!

    Medium Length with Attitude

    Layered Hairstyle is a great back to school look

    Shoulder length Hairstyle is a great back to school look

    Shoulder length hair mania has not subsided yet. In fact, shoulder length cuts are great for back to school looks because they are easy to manage and provides a lot of room for versatility in style. But one way to easily transition your summer hairstyle for fall and back to school is to add beach waves to your mid-length hair. A light ombre can also give a hint of summer to your hairstyle. However, keep it light and subtle for an updated look.

    Sleek but Sassy

    Sleek Bob Hairstyle is a great back to school look

    If you’re not a fan of either beach waves or ombre, this is another way you can wear your mid-length hair for back to school season: straight and sleek with highlighted tips. This hairstyle features the right balance of a sleek finish to your hairs with a dose of sass from the highlights at the ends.

    Freestyle Braids

    Over the soulder messy braid is a great back to school look

    The Messy Braid Hairstyle is a great back to school look

    Braids are not only hot, but they are probably the most forgiving hairstyle we have. You can opt for a braid of your choice as a default hairstyle, especially on those days when your hair just does not want to cooperate with any efforts to style it. There are no hard-and-fast rules to follow here – these free styling braids can be worked to fall on the side or down the back. The messier the look, the better!

    Add in Headbands

    Hair Accessories is a great back to school look

    Hair Accessories is a great back to school look

    Hair accessories like headbands provide endless possibilities for styling your hair. You can wear it with a bun, ponytail or with your hair down. You can opt for a thin, thick or jeweled headband. Any of these combinations will create a completely new and  different look. Hence, you can come up with different variations for every day of the week and you will have different back to school looks to wear.  Wearing a headband is a great way to unleash your creativity!

    Center Part with Bangs

    Center part with bangs hairstyle is a great back to school look

    The center part is officially back on the scene! It’s a flashback to the 70’s and if you haven’t noticed, now is the time to get on this bandwagon. Try this easy center part hairstyle with straight bangs for a modern look. It’s a flashback to the 70’s alright, it’s easy to style, and gives an effortless touch to your hairstyle.

    Blunt Bob with Bangs

    Blunt bob hairstyle is a great back to school look

    Blunt Bob with bangs is a great back to school look

    Blunt bobs can be intimidating for some women. The structure and angle can give a certain level of sophistication to any look. Hence, you can infuse a playful attitude to your look by adding bangs into the mix. You can opt for blunt or wispy bangs – it’s completely up to you!

    Ballerina Bun

    Style your hair in a neat and tight bun for your back to school look. This is the perfect choice on busy mornings because you can do it within minutes and don’t have to worry about your hair for the rest of the day! Start by forming your hair into a ponytail and then twisting the ends to form into a bun. Secure with an elastic tie so you can keep the hair off of your face. If you have some extra time on your hands, you can also spice up your regular ballerina bun by adding in some braids. It is also a great hairstyle to transition into the night as you can create lovely waves when you remove the bun.

    What is your preferred hairstyle for going back to school?

    Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist
    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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    How To Get Smooth and Silky Hair

    How To: Humid-Resistant Straight Hair in the Summer

    You’ve seen those models in shampoo commercials? Yes, the ones with smooth and silky hair that is stick straight hair and also comes with a glossy sheen. If you thought those models are born with it, then the advertising people behind them has got you wrapped around their pinky. Even though waves are the fad lately, we’ve all had those days wherein we dreamed of having smooth and silky hair. It takes patience, the right products, and good techniques. However, the hot and humid days of summer might add extra challenge when trying to style your hair straight.

    Below are some of the essential styling techniques you have to keep in mind so you can have straight hair that resists humidity:

    Straight Smooth and Silky Hair

    It starts in the shower

    Unless you are born with super sleek and straight hair, you need to use a lot of heat to submit your hair into ultimate straightening. This, however, can be extremely damaging to your hair. A good shampoo and conditioner can, therefore, address these issues. Preferably, buy your shampoo and conditioner from a salon to ensure the quality, as well as to insure it is free from sulfates. If you can find a production line that specifically caters to keeping your hair smooth and straight, go for it.

    Straight Smooth and Silky Hair

    A good straightening balm is your friend

    Using a straightening balm or smoothing cream is the best way to achieve sleek but straight hair. It also provides an additional layer of protection on your hair against heat damage; hence, you can use them on your hair prior to using your heat styling tools.

    Straight Smooth and Silky Hair Dirty Blonde

    Dry your hair thoroughly

    Make sure that your hair is completely dry before you step out into the hot, humid weather. When your hair has some moisture left in it, it becomes extremely prone to frizz and flyaways when comes in contact with heat or wind.

    Straight Smooth and Silky Hair Blonde

    Work with your hair in sections

    It is important that you work your hair in sections if you want to achieve smooth and silky hair that can bust humidity. This ensures that every bit of hair is dried completely. In addition, you can work on every strand so they are more likely to stay straight. It will take you more time to dry and style your hair, but it will be worth the extra effort.

    Simultaneously dry and straighten hair

    When you dry your hair, avoid clipping the section of hair that you just dried. This could leave dents and waves in your hair, which you do not want. Instead, immediately use the flat iron on your hair after you have dried it. This will save you time so you can speed up the straightening process.

    Straight Smooth and Silky Hair Gwenth Paltrow

    Invest in the right brush

    As with any form of styling, you need to use a brush as you style your hair. In the case of achieving pin-straight hair, use a paddle brush instead of a round brush. A paddle brush is ideal for curling or creating more bounce to your hair. Using a brush as you style helps the hair settle fairly quickly.

    Use a high quality flat iron

    If you expect to get beautifully straight hair, you need to use the best flat iron. Go for professional brands if you can afford them as they give the best results. You need to do some research on the most recommended flat irons, as well as the ones that get the most positive feedback.

    Straight Smooth and Silky Hair Brunette with Carmel Highlights

    Sealing is key

    To ensure that your straight hair can fight humidity and stay straight, always use an anti-humidity hair spray to finish off your styling effort. This will give more hold to your hair so they can resist frizz formation caused by humidity.

    What is your secret to humid-resistant straight hair?

    Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist
    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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    How To Style Fine Hair

    medium length fine hair

    Secret Weapons to Style Fine Hair

    I think I can go out on a limb here and say that if you’re reading this, you are one of many fine haired women who struggle with getting your hair to hold a style, to have some body, volume or lift . . . Am I right?

    Your problems are most likely twofold. . . But neither of these problems are insurmountable. Here’s how I see it . . . to get a great hairstyle with fine hair you need two things; an impeccable haircut and the know-how of how to style it.  Not impossible!

    The Cut Is Important

    Getting the right haircut is first and foremost. Cutting fine hair is an art; if it’s not properly shaped it falls flat or worse, it shows uneven lines. Do your homework by asking friends, family, strangers on the street, in the mall, or at the grocery store for referrals. If they have fine hair and a haircut you like or think is especially well done, ask for the referral . . . they will be flattered you asked, really. You may have a few misses before finding your Edward Scissorhands, but your efforts will pay off big time in the long run.

    How To Style Fine Hair

    Every hair type has its quirks for coaxing it into a great, long lasting hairstyle and fine hair is no different. If you’ve taken the first step to finding a great hair stylist, they will be instrumental in cutting it right and steering you towards the right type of styling products for your haircut. However, the hair products you use today may need to be changed down the road, depending on how your haircut changes and sometimes because of the change of seasons.

    style fine hair

    Short fine hair looks fabulous when cut into chipped, uneven edges and disconnected layers.

    • To encourage volume with short hair start with a lightweight root-lifter.
    • Dry by roughing it up with your fingers while quickly using the blow-dryer.
    • Use a 1″ curling iron to add movement, volume and direction to layers.
    • Mist with a finishing spray

     

    style fine hair

    I think this chin length layered bob is a great look for Paris Hilton. It works great by maximizing volume and body for her fine thin hair type. Consider face-framing highlights which will give dimension and depth to the hairstyle. Also highlighting or bleaching the hair gives it more fullness and volume from roughing up the cuticle. To style:

    • Try a new sea salt-based mousse to swell the cuticle of your hair.
    • Blow-dry with a round brush. Apply heat to the roots, lifting straight up, then winding down to the root.
    • Use ‘cool shot’ on each section before unwinding brush, to set the bend at the ends.
    • Spray lightly with volumizing spray. Or, finish with a volumizing powder you shake onto the crown area and fluff with fingertips.

    style fine hair

    This long layered hairstyle works great with fine hair. The layers are long enough to add volume and shape but not too long to go flat when styled.

    • Start with damp hair and add a volumizing mousse or spray to the roots.
    • Flip head upside down and with the hair dryer on high pointed at the roots, massage your scalp. This will rough up the cuticle layer and give more volume to your hair.
    • When mostly dry (85-90%) flip back up to finish.
    • Spray lightly with a thermal spray.
    • Using a round brush (preferably one with a metal interior) and blow dryer, lift and roll each section, heating with dryer and finishing using the “cool shot” to set the curl. This step makes a big difference in holding the shape you just put in.

    If you don’t have a ‘cool shot’ button on your hair dryer (or you don’t have one that works) you might want to consider investing in one. Blow-dry styling is trending now. Ionic technology, among other options, works to make the job of styling hair faster and leaves  hair softer, shinier and in better health than ever before.  You can find a new hair dryer that won’t break the bank and will give you all the options you need. And if your hot tools aren’t up to snuff with new technologies, do a search on Amazon or Folica and read reviews for your best buy.

    For more thin hair ideas check out our Pinterest Thin Hair Board.

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