Let’s face it – while a standard ponytail is quick, easy and convenient, it can also be a little boring.
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Beat Bedhead with Braids, Dry Shampoo, and Accessories
Ah, braids, the hairstyle of your childhood summer camps and high school soccer days. Don’t worry: now that you’re all grown up, braids are definitely still in style, just with a more mature twist. And headbands have strayed far from their athletic roots: there are tons of great headband choices, from professional to adorable. So grab your dry shampoo: here are some of our favorite ways to do a lazy-day braid and headband style.
Double braids can be intimidatingly childlike for some, but the right touches make this look less Parent-Trap-era Lindsay Lohan and more Rihanna. Try your double braids ultra-piecey and imperfect to make your look more boho, and finish with a texturizing hair spray for a beachy, California vibe.
Perfect for keeping your hair out of your face while looking cute, headbands are perfect for an on-the-go morning. Simply spray your roots with a bit of dry shampoo, pull in your favorite headband, and head out the door!
This one’s super easy: if your hair’s still greasy from the night before, throw some dry shampoo on your roots to liven up your post-shower volume. Then, pull back your hair halfway (starting right over your ears) in a half-ponytail. Secure, then braid your mini-ponytail, securing with a clear elastic. Curl your braid around the center of your ponytail, and voila: a five-second hairstyle that looks fresh out of a salon chair. Make sure to cover with some light hairspray in order to keep your do in place all day.
A favorite, the mermaid braid looks straight out of the sea with its imperfect pieces and breezy, sexy touch. To get this look, flip your hair over, and spray generously with dry shampoo. This will keep your hair nice and voluminous, and keep it from looking too “put-together”: we’re going for “effortless” here. Once you’ve applied the dry shampoo, wait for it to absorb any extra oil for a minute or two so you get the best bang for your buck. If your hair is sufficiently volumized, spray the front of your hair with light-hold hairspray, and, starting at the nape of your neck, braid your hair until you have a very small piece left. Secure with a clear elastic, add some sea salt spray, and you’re all set.
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Start Prevention in the Shower
To really make sure your strengthening conditioner does its work, let it sit on your ends for at least five minutes while you’re in the shower. This allows the conditioner to fully penetrate your hair’s cuticle and give it the hydration it needs. Then, with the conditioner still in your hair, comb through any snags or tangles with a wide-toothed comb. The conditioner will help prevent your strands from snapping, and is much better than trying to brush through towel dried or otherwise dry hair.
Choose Your Tools Wisely
Instead of shopping around the clearance section for your next heat tool purchase, make sure you spend time and research into buying a quality blow dryer, curling iron, or other heat appliance. Lower-end tools have a tendency to overheat, which can cause even more damage and stress to your hair and worsen split ends. Try hot tools from brands like Lionesse, which offer exceptional quality at an affordable price.
Be Kind to Your Hair
Because split ends are often caused by external stressors like heat, chemical styling, and hair accessories, it’s important to pick hair accessories that are gentle on your hair. If you’re looking to try a ponytail or other updo involving elastics, make sure to choose elastics that are covered by soft fabrics like silk or cotton, and don’t have any metal pieces that could snag or break your hair. Keep wearing elastics to a minimum, since they do put stress on the hair, and try to switch up where you place your elastics so you don’t continually damage one area.
Find the Right Products
In order to both treat and prevent any future split ends, it’s imperative to use hair products designed for weak, brittle hair. Look for shampoos that don’t have sodium laurel sulfate (as long as you can handle no foam), alcohol, or other drying ingredients, and look instead for those that contain plant extracts like apricot oil, ceramide, keratin, and shea butter.
Since split-ended hair needs a little more love than regular hair, usually just a shampoo-conditioner team won’t cut it. Experiment with leave-in conditioners, smoothing masks, and heat protectant sprays to keep your hair healthy and intact.
Short hair didn’t become a common hairstyle for Western women until after the turn of the 20th century, around the 1920s. The 1920s were a time of rebellion, luxury, and economic boom, which meant women were able to spend more on luxury items and were more involved with feminine activities and glamor. Women were also becoming more independent: the suffragette movement was in full swing, women got the vote, and divorce laws were changing so that women had more power in the household. The sale of consumer luxury goods, including makeup and “expendable” fashion, skyrocketed at an unprecedented rate. The United States became obsessed with France, borrowing their laissez-faire attitude in both their economy and their style, their social norms becoming looser and more fun, and their stock market booming.
All of these social changes led to women becoming more daring and adventurous with their style: their hemlines got shorter, sequins became part of daytime wear, lipstick became dark and prominent, and the rise of boyish-glam was increasingly popular. Out of this boyish charm, of course, came the flapper bob. Cut at a very slight angle and curled in towards the face, the bob of the 1920s was usually framed by either two to three deftly placed bobby pins or a short curled set of front bangs: either way, the attention was drawn to the center of the face. The 1920s bob said, “look at my face, I’m not hiding anymore”. The bob could be finger curled or hairpin straight, and nightwear included beaded, sequined, feathered hair accessories to jazz up the flapper bob. Paired with an emphasized lower eyelash, youthful apple-focused blush, and a dark, pouty lip, flappers looked like beautiful androgynous angels.
Bobs fell in and out of charm in the 1930s and 1940s, making a real comeback in the 1950s. Instead of the flat, sleek bobs of the 1920s, the bobs of the 1950s were all about volume: hair was still cut at a slight angle towards the chin, but the back of the head was teased to the highest of hair heavens and sealed with as much hairspray as possible, inspiring an entire play, film, and lifestyle movement about its prevalence (“Hairspray”). These bumped-up bobs were adorned with cutesy headbands or clips, and were sometimes teased into super-high beehives. While bobs of the 1920s were flirty and androgynous, the bobs from the 1950s were undoubtedly feminine.
The bob has a new form: with the reincarnation of Posh Spice as Victoria Beckham, the super-angled bob has made its indelible mark on the hair world. Since 2007, the classic bob has become more stacked and textured, with the back raised much higher and the front pieces typically hanging lower than the chin. Who knows where bobs will go next?
Most famous for her dazzling glamor in Cleopatra, Taylor famously cites beauty sleep as her secret pretty weapon, telling a reporter, “honey, you’ll look like hell if you don’t get a good night’s sleep”. Words of the wise…we all know how tough it is to look pretty on less than a full night’s sleep.
Taylor was also famous for insisting on doing her own hair and makeup for photo shoots and movies, including the famous Cleopatra hair and makeup.
Loren is famous for her lustrous hair and beautiful, dark Italian skin. Her secret to her youthful glow? Olive oil! Loren reportedly took baths with copious amounts of olive oil added in. It makes sense: according to the FDA, olive oil contains fatty acids that help maintain your skin barrier and provide the essential moisture needed for glowing, younger looking skin. That’s not all: she, along with star Rita Hayworth, reportedly used wet, crushed mint leaves as eye sachets to help keep their eyes awake and refreshed. Loren still looks beautiful today at 80, so she must be on to something!
Marilyn Monroe is most famous for her dynamite curves in all the right places. Her secret? A combination of weight training, healthy diet, and a bizarre morning routine: according to Monroe, she would warm up a cup of milk first thing in the morning, add two raw eggs, mix, then drink. We’re not sure about hopping on that boat, but it worked for Marilyn!
Marilyn is also famous for her beautiful bedroom eyes. To make her eyes wider and more awake looking, Monroe reportedly lined the inner rims of her eyes with white pencil to brighten them up and give the illusion of a bigger eyeball. Her eyes are always a thing of envy, so she must’ve been on to something.
One of the most classically beautiful women in recent history, Grace Kelley knew that a woman shows her age in her hands first. According to people who knew Kelley, she was constantly applying hand cream throughout the day to keep her hands looking young. Which makes sense, since someone sporting a 10 carat Cartier wedding ring couldn’t let her hands look old!
Audrey was ahead of the times with her strong, straight brows that can be seen on modern models like Cara Delavinge and modern actresses like Natalie Portman. While her eyebrows were naturally thick, she also reportedly filled them in with a little cocoa powder to make them pop for the camera. Audrey Hepburn’s makeup artist was famous for using a straight pin to separate Hepburn’s long lashes after applying mascara (which might be one trick you don’t want to try at home!).
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How to Find a Style
You can find a hair style that suits you for your fresh new cut by going online and checking out some hairstyles via images through searches, or visiting some reputable hairstyle websites. There are also many hairstyle magazines available to look at, as well as pictures and books at your local salon. You can look at celebrity hairstyles for inspiration as well. You could also ask friends what styles they think would look good on you, or ask your favorite stylist for their input. In the end, though, you should always make sure you love your look before going all in and getting it done.
Also, as a tip, choose a style you are going to actually be able to maintain yourself at home on a daily basis. Just because you love the style Kim Kardashian has, doesn’t mean it’s going to work with your skill set, abilities, and time frame. If you can’t dedicate the time to the style, don’t get yourself involved in it.
You can also head to your favorite salon for a consultation – this may or may not cost you, depending on the salon and the stylist you see. If you choose to have a consultation with your usual stylist, chances are, she won’t charge you and you’ll get some really great advice.
Decide on a Salon
Whether you opt for a high-end salon where you are looking to spend big bucks on your style, or a small beauty salon, you should always be able to leave the salon looking and feeling like a million bucks. Choose a salon that has high ratings and a good customer base, and you will more than likely be very happy with your new hair. A word to the wise: although beauty schools may offer cheap rates in terms of stylists, you really don’t want to be a student’s guinea pig, do you? Steer clear of these types of locations, unless you really don’t care what your hair winds up looking like – as the end result could be disastrous!
Learn the Tools of the Trade
Learning the lingo and tools of the trade used by stylists and within beauty parlors and salons will help you to better understand what your stylist is asking you or telling you. If they ask you if you want your hair to be graduated, and you have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about, and simply say ‘yeah, sure’ out of fear of looking stupid, you might end up being disappointed. Be sure you know your lingo – and when in doubt, ask! That brings us to our final point.
When you aren’t sure about something, always ask. Your stylist is the expert here, and when you want to know something about what is about to happen on top of your head, you have the right to ask any question you want. A good stylist will talk you through the process and answer any questions you have, making you feel better about the experience overall.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting a fresh new hair style – except getting the perfect blowout, of course. Blowouts can add tons of volume, style and shine to your hair if done properly. Blowouts can give the hair lift as well. When it comes to requesting the perfect blow out, it all depends on the style you are going for. Lionesse has some tips for you to help you get the perfect blow out and be happy and satisfied with the outcome – and you can even make your blowout style last for a few days if it’s done right. Read on to see how to request the perfect blowout.
Tell your stylist exactly what it is you are looking for. Always make the style you want known. If you need to show pictures as a reference, by all means – bring them along! You want to get the style you want, not what they want to give you. Always speak up!
For Volume and Lift
Any stylist knows how to create volume with a blowdryer and give you the perfect ‘oomph’ you need to appear as though you have thicker, lusher hair. But you could explain this a bit to the stylist if you know the tools of the trade that need to be used, to make sure you get exactly what you want. Tell your stylist you want her to use a large round brush and concentrate on the root area. Chances are, she already knows this – but to make yourself heard and really get what you’re paying and hoping for, there’s what you’ll need to say. Also – you could request some root volumizer be used as well, whether its spray, mousse, or powder.
The same principle applies to getting the perfect lift you want. If you want hair with a lot of lift which will also appear with more volume, your stylist will want to use a round brush with the blowdryer, pull the hair straight up into the air and blow dry that way. They can use some texturizer on the roots to give you the look you crave.
If all you want is a style with your blowout, this could vary in range from blow drying the hair back and away from the face, to adding in subtle waves with a round brush, to a flat style with a paddle brush and more. Depending upon the look you’re going for, it might be a great idea to bring in a picture or show a picture you’ve saved onto your phone to your stylist so they can see what you want. A good stylist can mimic a picture’s look.
For shine, a shine spray is usually used as is a paddle brush and medium to high heat. Repeated motions and repetitions over the same flattened area against the brush is usually the best course of action when trying to achieve a shiny style. Your stylist can work in small sections at a time to achieve the shiny, perfect look. You can request her to blast the hair with cool air after the heat, locking in the heat and adding more shine. Finish with a good shine spray or serum for plenty of shine and style.
Choose Your Extensions
The hardest part about applying hair extensions at home is deciding on what type of extensions to buy. Hair extensions come in two varieties: synthetic and human hair. Synthetic versions can vary in quality depending upon the company you are buying them from, and should be purchased in person rather than online to ensure you are truly getting what you are looking for. Synthetic extensions cannot be exposed to heat from a blow dryer or flat iron. Human hair extensions, on the other hand, will look nicer, look real, are able to withstand heat from a blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron or wand, although they are more costly. The choice is ultimately based on personal preference and budget.
Apply Yourself, or At the Salon
If you plan on buying clip in hair extensions, you will undoubtedly be able to apply these at home by yourself. They are simple and easy to clip into the hair at the roots, and they will look fantastic once styled. On the other hand, if you just don’t trust your capabilities, you can opt for having the extensions applied at a salon – but keep in mind it will be a time consuming process depending upon the type of extensions you opt for, and the cost will be extensive. Clip in extensions are recommended if you are to be applying them yourself at home, as they can be easily applied and removed each day, giving you a new look whenever you want to gain some length or volume. Also, they are fairly inexpensive as opposed to other types of extensions, such as fusion extensions.
Style to Your Heart’s Desire
As mentioned above, synthetic hair extensions cannot be exposed to heat, so when styling at home, you will need to use a cool flat iron or cool blow dryer setting. Paddle brushes are great to use with synthetic hair extensions as they won’t frizz the hair out too much. When it comes to human hair, feel free to use any type of heat you like to style the hair and obtain the look you want. You can create buns, ponytails, and much more with extensions. You can create updo’s, curls, waves, and braids with human hair extensions, and your prom style can gain length and volume, no doubt making you the belle of the ball.
Lionesse hopes this helpful guide to using hair extensions for your prom look will give you a simple to understand insight as to how you can use them on your style for the big night.
Browse the Internet
The internet is a great place to begin searching for styles that you adore. There are many style and hair style websites which have many different ideas, and there are also many videos and tutorials on YouTube detailing how to get the look yourself. Even if you aren’t intending on completing your own hair style for prom, you will gain valuable ideas for the style you want to achieve.
Look in Magazines
There are many different magazines which you could look at to get ideas of the hair style you want. There are even hair style magazines which pertain to special occasion hair, and you could get ideas from the pages within those publications and modify them however you want to create your own custom style. Take a look at the magazines in the newsstands the next time you make your way to the store, and snap a picture with your phone of the style if you don’t feel like forking out the cash for the magazine.
Take Ideas from Celebrities
Celebrities are well known for trend setting, and many of their best looks are featured at events such as the red carpet awards shows every year. Browse through pictures of celebrity women attending these events, and see if there is a style you would like to wear or even modify to become your own.
Create Your Own Style
If there is a style you have been wanting to get or work on, now is the time to make it happen! Since practice makes perfect, planning out the style you want, getting all of the materials necessary, and practicing on yourself is a great way to be sure the look is exactly right before the big night arrives.
Head to Your Stylist
Chances are, most salons are going to be slammed in your area during prom week. The best thing you can do if you plan on heading to your stylist is to make an appointment in advance. Some of you maybe have a really close relationship with your stylist, which is awesome because this is the time to use that to your advantage. Normally, a hair dresser will set aside special time for their best clients. Be sure to tell the stylist exactly what you want, what it’s for, and they’ll be sure to give you the best look possible to help you look beautiful.
Ask a Friend
If you have a friend who is experienced in hair styling, or who just loves to practice or help, enlist their expertise or friendship and have them give you advice on styles, what they think would look best on you, or even have them help you do your style.