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    Sassy Summer Styles

    Modern Behive

    Modern Vintage

    Create a modern edge to a vintage hairstyle like this flattened beehive. Asymmetry is really hot right now like shaved sides but if you’re not up for the full commitment of a haircut, try sleeking back one side to create some edgy interest. Backcombing is a must for a retro beehive hairstyle like this and don’t forget your styling products either- we love Redken Guts™ and Redken Powder Refresh™ for this style!

    Easy Ponytail Hairstyle

    Easy Ponytail

    The low slung ponytail and bun is still in (and we think it always will be!). An easy and fresh hairstyle for summer, part your hair where desired and gather in the nape and secure in a pony or a bun for a simple and clean look. Whether you’re going to the beach or to a BBQ, this look will bring you there in style!

    Headband Accessory


    Summer is all about hanging out with loved ones and feeling easy and relaxed which is why we love hair accessories. Bandanas are a great way to add a pop of color or design to your style. Achieve a bohemian look by using a bandana in various ways as an accessory.

    Messy carefree look


    Summer is also about being low maintenance and creating a hairstyle that can withstand the heat and humidity. Don’t fight your natural waves, embrace them! It’s not about coiffing every single strand, it’s about letting your tresses stay messy! We love a product like Redken Wax Blast™ or Redken Wool Shake™ to create that beachy, messy look. Spray on dry hair, scrunch, mess, twist and pin and you’re ready to go!

    The Messy Ponytail

    Mix it up

    Fuse together carefree style with low ponytail or bun. Pull you hair back into a messy pony- only pull half the pony through and then wrap the rest around the base to achieve an interesting twist on the basic low slung ponytail or bun. This is a perfect look for effortless summer fun.


    Confidence and Fun

    Pastel hair colors are really hot right now and summer is the perfect time to add a little attitude to your ‘do. Have fun experimenting with light colors to add a pop of color. If it’s too big a commitment to go pastel all over, start with an ombre effect. Throw on a pair of shades and you’re ready to go!

    Jennifer McGann, Vice President of Education at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture
    Contributing author Jennifer McGann, Vice President of Education at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. Jen has worked in the Cosmetology industry for 15+ years as a salon technician, educator and freelance designer. Since 2005 at Tricoci University, Jen has been passionate about the development of the finest educators and students, delivering the season’s hottest trends to students and helping raise the bar for beauty education in our industry. Follow Tricoci on FaceBook and Twitter

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    Sophisticated Braided Bun Tutorial

    Sophisticated Hair Bun How To

    So, pretty so easy . . . 3 bobby pin easy!

    Have you got an event coming up that needs a sophisticated look . . . that special party, a job interview or a friends wedding? Sometimes you need a quick and easy style, yet you want a clean, sophisticated look. This braided bun provides it all and this easy-to-follow video shows how to secure it using only three bobby pins. Here’s the simple insider how to:

    What you’ll need:

    • Natural bristle brush
    • Water spray bottle
    • Finishing spray
    • Elastic
    • 3 bobby pins

    Mist your hair using the spray bottle and brush smoothly into a ponytail.

    Mist the ponytail with water and braid, keeping the hair as smooth as possible.

    Braid the hair leaving approximately 2 inches at the end.

    Secure with an elastic, but on the last wrap, don’t pull the ends all the way through . . . leaving a small loop of hair at the end.

    Put a bobby pin through the loop.

    Wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail and secure it underneath with the bobby pin.

    Use the other two pins to secure.

    Brush down any fly-away’s and use a finishing spray to lock into place.

    How’s that for a quick and easy style for all of you women on the go! Plus, it can be so versatile. So, get creative! Make two small buns or incorporate the securing tip into another updo!

    Contributing author Monica Voth is the salon owner and beauty artist at Monica’s 9th Avenue Salon and Spa. A cosmetologist for 18 years, Monica is passionate about enhancing beauty on the inside and out. Educating herself and her clients on holistic beauty, health, and wellness are as integral to her artistry as the latest hairstyles, cuts, and hair color. Follow Monica on FaceBook.

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    Steam; The Latest Hairstyling Technology

    Heat Cap uses steam to set hairstyle
    Behind the Scenes of the Discovery of a New Steam Styling Tool

    I went to beauty school in the days when hair setting was an art. As time went by, the gains in speed and convenience brought by curling irons and hot rollers came at a high price. The incredible glamor and high fashion of true hairstyling skills that I loved and trained for began to fade, and heat damage became a way of life.

    There has to be a better way

    Considering some of the tricks we used during the time of my cosmetology training, I wondered if steam could be used to create strong, lasting curls, without the need for scorching high temperatures. With some experimentation, a product was born. A simple microwavable cap was created that surrounded dry hair, set on any kind of curlers, with warm gentle steam. You never know for sure what’s going to happen. And then we tested it . . . and we were amazed.

    We eventually realized how it worked. By letting the steam in the cap surround the dry hair on the curlers for 2 minutes, the hair was relaxed to the shape of the curlers. However, the trick that made it work came after removing the cap. Allowing the hair to air cool before removing the curlers was the unexpected part of the equation. With testing, we found that this cooling process was what “locked in” the curls, and that they lasted incredibly without the need for scorching high temperatures.

    Asian Hair Type is the most difficult to curl

    Asian hair, the ultimate test

    An Asian model close to the project at the time had hair that was considered “impossible to curl”. We tried setting her hair dry in perm rods. We warmed the cap briefly in a microwave, and placed it (filled with warm steam) over the curlers on her head for 2 minutes. We then removed the cap, and allowed her hair to cool for 3 minutes. And then we held our breath . . . and removed the first curler. It was one of those moments that you never forget. Her long hair (which was normally to the middle of her back), had turned into incredibly strong tight spirals that came only to her shoulders. None of us had seen anything like this, including the model, who couldn’t recall seeing any significant curls on her head in her entire life. As we continued testing with more and more individuals, we found that the cap worked incredibly well on hair that was considered difficult to curl.

    And then came the media

    As production began, so did the publicity circuit. One of the first live on-the-air demos (WJZ13 Morning News) captures the spirit of early days of the release, along with the surprise of the interviewers after seeing the results. Give it a look:

    As women learn more and more about the damage done to their hair by traditional heat styling tools, they will naturally seek new ways to move away from harsh temperatures and chemicals, and more and more toward more gentle and natural methods, I see a shift toward the use of pure steam, without scorching damaging heat, as the primary method of styling. It has been my blessing and privilege to be a part of this change.

    Contributing author Carol Graves originally received her cosmetology training in the Washington DC area, and is currently the President of Microwaves Corporation. Microwaves Corporation produces the patented Microwaves® Steam & Style® Heat Cap. Facebook and Follow us on Pinterest and Twitter.

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