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Posted on November 29, 2012 by Melanie Allen
‘Tis the season… to be shopping! Give great hair for the holidays! From curly haired gals to the men in your life, we’ve got you covered for hot hair gifts. Can you say “perfect stocking stuffer?” Read on for ideas on the perfect products, tools, and accessories for everyone on your list.
For the smooth and straight: For those who are addicted to their straightener, mega moisturizing products make the perfect gift. Go for a lux product that will make her feel pampered and spoiled (instead of embarrassed that you think her hair is dry and damaged!). Try Redken’s All Soft line – the gold bottles scream “glam!” Lines like Orbie and Bumble & Bumble make great treats, too. We highly recommend B&B’s Straight Blow Dry lotion as a heat protectant and smoother. Looking to spend a little extra? Nothing beats a quality straightener.
For the curly girl: Quality curl care isn’t hard to come by if you know the right place to look! Fabulous curl-centric brands such as Miss Jessie’s and DevaCurl have designed product lines specifically for women with naturally curly hair. For styling tools, give her a set of DevaCurl’s Devagloves, which eliminate frizz by providing a smooth surface to gently absorb just enough water to keep curls perfectly defined.
For the naturalista: Don’t let the special care needed for natural hair deter you from buying a hair-related gift! Carol’s Daughter is a phenomenal line designed especially for the natural girl. Curly- and Naturalista-centric line Miss Jessie’s offers Curly Buttercreme, the perfect product for strengthening dry, brittle ends. Create a fun gift package by including a sturdy, wide-toothed comb, bobbypins to match her hair color, and a silk pillowcase.
For the color junkie: Similar to the straightener obsessed, women who color their hair frequently are often moisture-deprived and damaged. Go for a conditioning product specifically for color-treated hair (to prevent their color from fading). Davines Glorifying Color Protective Treatment and Aveda Color Conserve both rank high on our list. Add an accessory like Emi-Jay hairties and headbands. A Mason Pearson brush may seem like a splurge at first, but it’s long-lasting quality makes it a beauty must.
For then men in your life: Let’s face it: sometimes men really don’t know what they are doing with their hair (and the men that do? Major kudos!). Brands like American Crew and Woody’s are specifically designed for men and make awesome gifts. Depending on scent preference, brands like Neuma and KMS California offer products that are gender neutral.
For anyone!: Our hair favorites make great gifts no matter your hair type. Neuma’s Moisture Intensive Hair Masque and Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo & Conditioner both give brittle winter hair the moisture boost it’s dying for. KMS California HairPlay Dry Shampoo and Kenra Blow Dry Spray add ease to even the busiest morning routines. And, of course, we would be crazy to forget the hottest hair product in years - MoroccanOil! A Goody Spin Pin and grippy headbands for the gym make easy and inexpensive stocking stuffers.
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From mod bangs to polished ponies—Elle rounds up this season's hottest hair trends
By Tabatha Coffey
September 11, 2012 2:00 PM ELLE MAGAZINE
Ponytails this season, no matter if they’re high or low, are perfectly precise and chic and not that gym-wearing pony you’ve been trying to pass off as fashionable. Put some effort and styling into the look. It will only take two minutes and you’ll look like you just stepped off the runway and not out of a KatMoJAM class. First, prep your hair with a light serum to add shine. Pull hair back using a flat brush to get hair smooth. Secure with a band. Next, take a lightweight hairspray and spray lightly, To smooth down the surface and prevent those pesky bumps, spray hairspray onto a clean toothbrush (or a small hard bristle brush) and run it over the surface of your pony tail. Yes, you just kicked those annoying little flyaways to the curb.
If you’ve got ‘em, flaunt ‘em. Bangs are the ultimate hair accessory this season. Whether they’re full and square, short and rounded or just swept to the side, bangs frame the face and accentuate the eyes. When styling, start drying the bangs first and remember to use the nozzle attachment on your blow-dryer. The key to getting the perfect style is by directing the airflow straight down from the root . Using a vent or denman brush and brushing side to side will keep them sleek and prevent you from looking like you’re seven-years-old again and your mother just cut your fringe with some kitchen shears. No bangs? No worries! Go commitment-free and use clip-in textured bangs from LUXHAIR™. They are simple to use and come in a variety of shades.
It’s time to say good-bye to flaxen and golden hues and hello to cooler, icy blondes and creamy white highlights. Now that the seasons are changing and your summer bronze-y glow is slowly fading, it’s important for all you blondes to adjust your hair color to complement your skin color. If icy and white is too extreme for your eye color and skin tone, then go more beige-y or even a little ash-y. Trust your colorist and let them determine what’s best for you. And don’t forget to maintain the look. Make sure you’re seeing your colorist on a regular basis, even if it is for a slight touch-up. Remember, when you stretch out your appointments the process if more intense and time consuming which results in a higher ticket price. Also look into shampoos that help neutralize the brass and keep you always looking cool.
One thing I love about the fall hair trends is the increase in hair accessories. Beachy-waves go to the wayside and hair lovers get creative. From cosmic hairpins to ceremonial floral headpieces, adding a little embellishment is a very good thing this fall. NYFW is my go-to when it comes to inspiration and trends. I always see an endless amount of statement hair accessories turning up at multiple shows. They often share (and steal) the spotlight from their accompanying updos and styles. What do I love this season? Braided headbands, retro hair combs reminiscent of my grandmother’s style and extreme hardware like L. Erickson’s Velvet Chain Headwrap in black.
Buns, Braids and Twists
Whether braided around the crown, coiled half-back or knotted into an updo, hair is getting manipulated into a fresh, new direction this season. While some looks require an extra set of hands, others put a simple and attainable twist on the classics. Double fishtails and triple braids, much like the one I saw from Lucian Matis’ Toronto Fashion Week show, are taking plaits to the next level. My advice to you: practice makes perfect. Put down the iPhone and stop trolling your ex’s Facebook page. Grab some dry shampoo and start watching how-to videos. You’ll be surprised how simple some of these styles are to achieve.
Perfectly Imperfect Texture
Your friend calls it bedhead, you call it beach hair, I call it fabulous and effortless. Imperfect texture catches the eye and leaves a statement. But you can’t get that seductively captivating coif without using great product. Word to the wise, invest in some dry shampoo or a sprayable root powder and some pomade. Dry shampoo or sprayable powder “dirties” up the hair and gives you instant playful texture. For the ends, rub a little pomade on your thumb and pointer finger and gently twist the ends of hair to keep texture waves in place.
Not the Amy Winehouse kind, think more vintage Sophia Loren. This is going to be a great style for fall brides who want to ditch the updos and go for something more dramatic. When looking for a point of reference, I recommend going through vintage magazines. I recently acquired a stack of vintage Elle magazines that are chock-full of inspiration and throwback! Remember this, classics never make a comeback. They wait for that perfect moment to take the spotlight from overdone, tired trends.
Rich Chocolates, Cool Reds
You’re going to see a shift in color this season, especially in brunettes and reds. Color will go from less caramel to deep chocolate, less coppery to cool and slightly spicy crimson. During a color consultation, I like to reference food as a visual. Hot fudge and orange marmalade paint a clearer picture and helps prevent end results that leave you feeling unsatisfied.
Bobs come in all forms; angled, modern, lobs, etc. The cut and styling options are endless. They key to pulling of the perfect bob is finding a look that complements your bone structure. If you have a more round face, then opt for a lob with side-swept bangs. If you have a longer neck and pronounced chin, then a modern bob with a blunt fringe will make your eyes pop! It’s also important your stylist is up-to-date on his or her education. Don’t be shy to ask questions and inquire about them furthering their craft. If they haven’t taken a class in the past two years, then it’s time to find someone new.
Deep Side Parts
The hottest look for a night out is a deep side part. If that part is not at least three inches in length then start over. The wider the part, the more open your eyes appear. It is an alluring and seductive look that will keep your date’s attention the entire night. To get the most drama out of the part, I recommend using the highest point of your eyebrow as a point of reference. Using a fine-tooth comb, slowly draw your comb back from the crown to create the part. Once the part has been created, spray medium-hold hairspray onto a boar bristle brush and brush hair on both sides away from the part to set it. Next, spray hair all over with a lightweight hairspray. To add a little glimmer and reflection, use small amount of shine serum along the part line. The light will bounce of it and make your eyes sparkle.
To get these great looking and fashionable hair styles contact Hair Restoration of California and speak to one of our hair advisors. Woodland Hills 818.999.9952 West Los Angeles 310.477.2320 www.hrc4hair.com
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More than ever, stars and models are augmenting their natural hair with wigs, woven-in or clip-on extensions or hairpieces.
June 10, 2012|By Alene Dawson | Special to the Los Angeles Times
Much ado was made of Viola Davis wearing not a wig, but her natural hair at the Oscars this year. And while a good deal of the news coverage focused on the politics, history and cultural Sturm und Drang that surrounds the topic of African Americans and hair, the event also illuminated a simple truth — false hair is ubiquitous in Hollywood, on runways, in magazines and, increasingly, on the heads of women across America.
No matter their ethnicity, stars and models frequently augment their natural hair with wigs, woven-in or clip-on extensions or hairpieces.
"The wig business now is crazy ... it's just exploding," says French wig maker Julien d'Ys, talking by telephone from Paris. D'Ys is renowned for his avant-garde, flamboyant and fantastical wigs that have appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair and W; his collaborations with designers Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Comme des Garçons; and several exhibitions at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including "AngloMania," "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" and "Dangerous Liaisons."
Today's hottest trends start with celebrities, are picked up by the masses and can be helped along with some fabricated tresses.
Fantasy shapes, bold color
The fantasy wig is bursting out of its Halloween store confines into the forefront of pop culture. D'Ys attributes the trend in part to 21st century divas such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, who perform and pose for paparazzi donning far-out wigs as if they were interchangeable Easter bonnets in an array of fluffed-up cotton candy colors: yellows, blues, pinks.
In L.A., New York and Paris, "you see all these retail shops that have all these wigs in different colors or different shapes or different textures," he says. "It's fun.… Young people love that type of thing."
For the "real" woman, his preference is for the fantasy wig to be worn for special occasions, not every day. Experiment with transformation by wearing a less extreme bob, styled à la "Louise Brooks or Anna Wintour. ... That's a classic look," the wig maker says.
Many celebrities seem to have lots of hair. And it's very likely that some, if not all, of that hair was added on with a lace-front wig or a weave.
Lace-front wigs are full wigs made of either natural or synthetic hair sewn onto a delicate mesh lace base. The wigs are glued or taped along the hairline, clipped on or sewn onto braided natural hair. They are ready-made or custom-sewn strand by strand, measured, dyed, fitted to your hairline, cut and styled.
"The lace-front wig is definitely in big demand," says L.A.-based hair stylist Kim Kimble, owner of Kimble Hair Studio, who has done hair for a host of celebrities, including Beyoncé and Shakira. Her new reality show "L.A. Hair" premiered May 31 on WeTV.
"[Lace-front wigs] work well in the entertainment industry because you can switch the hair up quickly and get different looks in a video or photo shoot. ... And people, you know, they follow the trend of what the celebrities do," Kimble says.
D'Ys says that models commonly wear lace-front wigs too and that for fashion shows, wigs can serve as a kind of uniform, giving all the models a similar look.
Wigs, in general, are of a better quality than they used to be and feel lighter on the head. A custom-made natural-looking lace-front wig can cost as much as $10,000, but "a woman can get a synthetic wig for $40, $70," he says.
Having hair extensions woven in is another alternative for achieving bigger, longer or more colorful hair. Weaves are about looking natural. "That is the one reason why I am successful," says Kimble, citing several techniques she uses that make her weaves look as if the hair is growing from the scalp.
Getting a weave can cost from $150 to thousands of dollars. A variety of textures are available, and Kimble is working on creating more extensive African American textures. Color techniques have improved, although blond extensions can be dry or damaged from overprocessing. "Now there is natural blond hair from Russia, but it's more expensive," says Kimble, adding that using ombre hair (dark at the root graduating to lighter tips) is still popular. Rihanna wore this trend this year.
Twists, braids and cornrows
"The messy braid on the side is definitely not that happening anymore," says Mary Guerrero, chief hairstylist for "Dancing With the Stars"for 14 seasons and a five-time Emmy winner for hairstyling, including one win for "Mad Men."
Instead, today's hot styles are variations of the French braid or the cornrow, which can be added with braided hairpieces. Try with a trendy side part.
This trend jibes with 2012's love of fairy tales such as "Once Upon a Time" on ABC. "I still see quite a bit of that messy but elegant bun in the back of the head," Guerrero says. "Elegant buns will never go out of style."
A hairpiece can help create the look. Guerrero also strives to make the familiar look original, different or edgy by adding tiny hair ornaments, minimal sparkle, ribbon, tinsel or different textures in the hairpieces. "For something that's more rock 'n' roll-looking, maybe a piece of leather going through the braid, or if you're blond, we'll weave black hair extensions through their hair," she says.
"We use [clip-on] bangs like nobody's business on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Guerrero says. Perhaps this trend is the influence of Rooney Mara from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" on so many red carpets this year or the persuasive cuteness of "New Girl" Zooey Deschanel.
Ponytails can be sporty or elegant, and thanks to hairpieces, even short-haired women can wear the look. Try combining one with slicked-back hair. "You can make it a little bit more rock 'n' roll by popping in highlighted or colored clip extensions," Guerrero says.
To get your fashionable wigs contact Hair Restoration of California today at (310) 477-2320 to learn more about our hair replacements.
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Contrary to some beliefs, women are affected by hair loss differently than men. Just two of the differences are the causes of hair loss and the hair replacement treatment options. Here are just some of the ways in which hair loss for women is not the same as it is for men:
When men lose their hair, they tend to lose it at the front and around the base of their crowns. For some men, that front hairline recedes until it reaches the thinning hair around the base of the crown. In other cases, the front hairline is the only area of loss. For women, hair loss occurs either right at the crown of the head or all over, creating a general thinning look. Women may develop bald spots on top of their heads or the part in their hair may become dramatic.
Most men who lose their hair are genetically predisposed to hair loss. Women are much more likely to lose their hair because of autoimmune disease, changes in hormone levels, and stress. These causes of female hair loss help shape the treatment choices. For instance, treating the underlying condition or finding better ways to dealing with stress can help slow the hair loss.
Hair loss is usually harder for women to accept than men, even though 40% of people who suffer from excessive hair loss are women. Hair loss can cause women a great deal of embarrassment. Depression is common among women losing their hair. The good news is that hair extensions and hair replacement treatments can help.
Don’t let hair loss keep you from living your life to the fullest. Contact Hair Restoration of California today at (310) 477-2320 to learn more about our hair restoration treatments, including laser hair regrowth and extensions.