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Braided Hairstyles Fall 2014; Strategies That Won’t Make you Crazy

The Simplest Ways to Make the Best of Braided Hairstyles Fall 2014

Loose and casual braids are the thing for summer. But when fall comes rolling around the corner, it is time to upgrade your braid game and opt for a sleeker smoother look. Now is the time to opt for something more polished to add pizzazz to your fall 2014 wardrobe. The right hairstyle can serve as a finishing touch to your chic fall look, but it can also be the star!

Check out these sophisticated and pretty braids to add into your options for a fall hairstyle:

Braided High Pony

Braided Hairstyles

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This is an easy-to-do hairstyle yet one that looks like you spent hours styling. Hence, this is a good default option for a braided hairstyle this fall when you are feeling a bit lazy yet still wants to look polished.

To create this hairstyle, start by blowing out your straight hair to make it sleek. You can also smoothen the strands with a flat iron if you prefer to style it that way. The key is to get a smooth finish to your hair for easier styling. You can also infuse some shine and a glossy finish to your hair with a smoothing serum.

Then, gather your hair into a high ponytail. Take out an inch of hair strand and use it to wrap around the base of your high ponytail. Start braiding the rest of your pony until you reach the end before securing with a hair tie.

Glam Milkmaid Braid

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The milkmaid braid is one that oftentimes a lot of women find intimidating. However, if you can practice your braiding skills, it shouldn’t be as hard as it looks. It is also one of the easiest hairstyles to transition from summer to fall or winter. To add a dose of glam, you can add some bling such as a laced headband. Feel free to add your own touch, or leave it be. This braided hairstyle does not need any more help on its own, anyway.

Game of Thrones-Inspired Braided Look

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Not only are fans going gaga over the show, but the female stars of the show are also gaining a lot of attention for their creative braids. Hence, you can take to the show for some hairstyle inspiration. You can go for a braided updo or something more casual yet sexy, but a loose and down braided hairstyle. It provides endless ideas and styling cues for you to choose from!


Upside Down Braided Hairstyle

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This is another braided hairstyle that looks more difficult than it actually is. You can easily create this hairstyle by first creating a top knot. Then, create a French braid that forms on the back of the head. This is quite a versatile hairstyle that works with an edgy look, but can also be worn to date night or evening date with friends. If you want to infuse a flirty vibe to the hairstyle, simply pair it with a smoky eye.

Which of these braided hairstyles are you looking to wear this fall? If you have other braided hairstyle ideas, we’d love to hear them!

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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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7 Easy Hair Makeovers that Transform Your Look!

When Your Look Needs Serious Help – Try a Simple Hair Makeover

When you take on the idea of a ”hair makeover,” what comes to mind?  Lopping off lots of hair? Radically changing your color? Or some other scary change that involves long-lasting results?  A hair makeover doesn’t need to involve a major alteration to your locks to be effective. Often the best hair makeovers only require small, subtle changes. A simple change in the way you part your hair, adding or altering layers, cutting in or growing out bangs, or the addition of dimensional color, will do the trick.

A hair makeover is one of the easiest ways to revitalize your look and lift your spirits!  If you want to add some volume to hair that’s become and flat and boring; hide annoying flaws; or highlight your best features; here are some small ways you can totally freshen up your look!


Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Alba, Ellie Goulding Deep Side Part

  • Who is it Best For: Straight or wavy hair, medium to long lengths, Round, Heart, Square & Oval Face Shapes.
  • How to Style: Apply volumizing spray on your roots, focusing on the crown and the left and right of the part. Use a comb to create a clean side part. Allow hair to air dry and style with a large curling iron or blow dry with a round brush.
  • Recommended Products: Redken Body Full Volume Spray


Olivia Wilde: Face framing ombre

  • Who is it Best For: Those who want the highlights without monthly retouches, medium to long lengths, and naturally medium to dark hair.
  • How to Style: This hair color looks great with face framing layers. Smooth and straight, or tousled and wavy, this color can be worn in a variety of hairstyles.
  • Recommended Products: Kenra Platinum Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Additional Tips: Keep color looking fresh and shiny with hair gloss treatments every 4 to 6 weeks.


Gisele Bundchen: Urban Wavy Hairstyle, Caramel Highlights

  • Who is it Best For: Fine to Medium Hair, Oval, Heart, & Oblong Face Shapes
  • How to Style: Apply texture cream or beach spray to towel dried hair. Section hair into three or four large braids. Speed up the dry time with a blow dryer, or allow to air dry. Remove braids and enjoy sexy, relaxed waves.
  • Recommended Products: Sexy Healthy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray
  • Additional Tips: For more bounce, touch up the straighter pieces with a medium to large barrel curling iron.


Gossip Girl Celebrity:  Blonde shorty layered bob

  • Who is it For: Heart, Round, Square, & Oval Face Shapes
  • How to Style: For a tousled and sexy bob hairstyle, apply a mousse for volume and texture on towel dried hair. Blow dry the roots for volume and finish off with a dry wax for pieciness.
  • Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam


Zooey Dechanel: Long Brown Hair with Layers & Long Wispy Bangs

  • Who is it For: Ideal for naturally straight hair, this hairstyle works well on Oblong, Heart & Oval Face shapes.
  • How to Style: Comb your bangs forward while the hair is still damp. Blow dry your bangs with a flat or round brush and touch up with a flat iron when completely dry, if needed. Emulsify a tiny drop of shine serum in hands to run through your hair and bangs for control and shine.
  • Recommended Products: Enjoy Shine & Smooth
  • Additional Tips: For this edgy, wispy bang it’s ideal for a hairdresser to point cut to add texture and reduce bluntness. Also, ask your hair stylist to go on the long side; you can always ask them to go shorter, but they can’t put length back on!


Miley Cyrus Platinum Blonde Pixie Short

  • Who is it For: All hair types; Face Shapes that are Heart & Oval.
  • How to Style: Apply a volumizing gel or mousse on your towel dried hair. Use a blow dryer on the roots to create volume and movement. Use a dry wax spray on the tousled style. Use your fingers to create additional volume and style.
  • Recommended Products: KMS Hair Play Dry Wax

Sometimes the best road to achieving a fabulous new hair makeover is to change hairstylists. Let’s face it, sometimes you and your stylists can get in  a rut after several years. That doesn’t necessarily mean your present hairstylist is incompetent, it just happens that the two of you can tend to move towards each others thinking until there isn’t and objective viewpoint any longer. By making a change in your hairstylist you automatically will have at least one of you who looks at you with fresh eyes. To help in that regard you might want to check out Barb’s article The Smart Girl’s Guide to Changing Hair Stylists.

For more younger looking hair makeover ideas, check out our Pinterest Aging Gracefully Hairstyles board and the Hairstyle Makeovers Board.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and Facebook.


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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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