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Tips to Give Extra Life to Ombre Hair

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Keep Your Ombre Hair in Tip Top Condition

Ombre hair has been a hot hairstyle trend in the past year. But while the hype may have simmered down a bit, it continues to be a top favorite for women who want to update their look without cutting their hair. Ombre hair is definitely a stunner and a look that captures attention. However, any form of bleaching or double processing will take its toll on strands in the long run. Therefore it’s of utmost importance to give hair proper maintenance and care to ensure that you not only make the colors last, but also keep hair looking healthy and vibrant.

Three Essential Rules

In general, there are three rules you need to observe when it comes to caring for ombre hair:

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Rule #1: Invest in products designed for color-treated hair. Make your life easy. Most importantly, opt for a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color treated hair. In addition, avoid products that contain sulfate as an ingredient as it is the surest way to leave your ombre color looking dry and flat.  It can also make your hair brittle with continued use. Hence, you need to opt for a color nourishing formula to keep your ombre looking good as new.

Rule #2: Undergo regular deep conditioning. Weekly deep conditioning is your ombre hairs BFF.  This will give those treated locks some much needed moisture. Deep conditioning is the best way to add moisture back to the hair that was lost during the color process. Deep conditioning protects the color and keeps hair looking shiny and soft.

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Rule #3: Always use heat protection when heat styling. Thjs is a preventative step that should be included in everyone’s styling routine,  ombre hair or not.  Continued use of blow-dryers, flat-irons, curling irons and hot rollers take a toll on hair, especially chemically treated hair.  A heat protection spray will serve as your line of defense against damaging heat.

More Expert Hair Care Tips

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Here are tips from industry experts to make the most of your ombre hair, as well as best practices to care for it:

• The key to achieving a natural, fresh ombre look is to opt for soft tones that are closer to your hair’s base color. It makes the color seem all the more natural due to the illusion of a seamless transition. Ombre hair is not the same as dip-dyed hair. Focus on achieving a more natural looking color.

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• A great trick for achieving a modern vibe to your ombre look is to avoid lightening the ends of your hair. Instead,  work on certain pieces of hair to achieve a multi-dimensional effect. Add extra life by varying the tone and intensity of the color as you go from the roots to the ends.

• Do not over lighten the ends of your hair. The ends are old and more fragile than the rest of your hair and they are susceptible to breakage. Find a fortifying hair product to protect your hair from possible damage. A good nourishing product will keep your hair looking soft and shiny.

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• Undergo a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. It does not mean that only a certain portion of your hair is treated that it does not make it prone to dryness. It is important to maintain moisture to keep breakage at bay.

What is your best hair care tip for ombre hair?

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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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Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

13 Gorgeous Long Hairstyles Worth Stealing

Long hair can be a dream; the length provides a seemingly endless array of opportunities for styling.  Indeed, long haired girls never need to feel stuck in a hair rut, or at a loss of styles to wear, not with all these lovely variations to toy with. These trends are from runway and celebrity red carpet events. Take a look at these gorgeous long hairstyles that are trending in 2014!

 

Side Swept Blowout

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

This kind of blowout refers to the stick-straight hair. The side swept ‘do was all the rave in 2013 but most of these hairstyles leaned more towards side swept waves. The trend continues in 2014 but with minor alterations – the ends are now slick instead of wavy. The hair from the crown towards the middle is designed to be sleek for an ultra posh look. There could also be a hint of wave at the ends but keep it subtle.

 

Slicked Back

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

This is one hairstyle that is absolutely inspired by runway looks. The hairstyle is characterized by its optimum shine and a slicked back sides and crown that almost falls flat to the head. You can let the ends fall loosely or with a mixed texture. There is also a glossy, almost wet, finish to this look.

 

Mixed Textures

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

This mix of textures creates a new modification to an old look. This hairstyle starts with a center parting (zigzag in this case) styled to achieve a crisp finish. Hairstylists suggest using gel or pomade on the top only in order to achieve the different textures. This look constitutes a flat, slicked look on top with soft, loose waves from the middle to the ends of the hair.

 

Messy Braids

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

Expect braids to stick around for a long while and in 2014, hairstylists predict they are going to be bigger than ever. Whether you are going for a glossy or matte look, it always ends up looking messy. This is the perfect go-to look for women on-the-go.

 

Splashlight

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

“Splashlights” are the new “ombre” for 2014.  This one will turn heads and is for the brave and bold!  If you want to take color for your long hair to new heights, you should put “splashlights” on your to-do list.. This color effect is characterized by the horizontal band of color cutting across your hair from one ear to the other. Hence, it looks like a brilliant beam of light ”splashing” across your hair!

 

Heavy Fringe

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

Bangs are another hairstyle trend that hit big in 2013. But in keeping with the trend, the fringe is going to be even bigger in 2014! Here is your chance to sport that heavy side or front fringe and stand out from other long-haired women!

 

Ornate Ponytails

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

The ponytail is a favorite go-to look for women with long hair, and it needn’t be boring.  In 2014 the ponytail is taking on a higher profile with more elaborate styling. Think of big volume at the back, on top or throughout the tail, or maybe adding a wide headband with a low ponytail. The styling opportunities are endless!

 

Extreme Side Part

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

A prevailing trend for top 2014 hairstyles is the androgynous look. This is exemplified by an extreme side part that delivers a boyish tone to any look with a sleek comb-over. The irony of this boyish look is that it exudes extreme confidence in a women and is utterly sexy.

 

Sleek Half-Up, Half-Down

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

Another classic hairstyle favorite for women with long hair is the half-up, half-down hairstyle. However, the classic look is often worn with soft waves or curls on the ends. You can go for the hot 2014 trend wherein this look is worn sleek from the front to the crown and all the way to the ends.

 

Slept-in Texture

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

The beachy wave was popular for its ability to exude an undone look – effortless style that is both casual and sexy. The slept-in texture that is starting to get big for 2014 is going to take that up a notch. The waves are softer and sleeker than beachy waves; as in second day hair, or your hair after you just slept in it, thus the name.

 

Disheveled Top Knot

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

When you want to put your long hair up, the disheveled top knot is a great option in 2014. This hair might look like a hot mess but it is undeniably sexy. The characteristics of a disheveled knot includes no particular part, lots of smaller pieces of hair falling out of the knot, and lots and lots of texture!

 

Segmented Ponytail

Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014

Looking for a fun and creative way to liven up your ponytail? Go for a segmented ponytail! It is up to you to create as many segments as you’d like (it can vary based on hair length and thickness). You can even opt for exaggerated bulges in-between each section for a more dramatic effect.

Which of these long hairstyle trends for 2014 are you planning to try or are already rocking?

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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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5 Imaginative Ways to Part Your Hair

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Part With Your Routine with the Most Popular Parts of the Season!

It’s an easy habit to part your hair the same way day after day, but mixing up your part can be a fun way to change up your style without going to the salon for a haircut or change of hair color. Whether you’re going for sophisticated, bohemian, sexy, or flirty, a part can be a great way to emphasize your style. Mix up your style and keep people guessing by trying out these 5 imaginative ways to part your hair.

The Middle Part

Mila Kunis didn’t just snag the hottie Ashton Kutcher, on the red carpet she’s snagging a gorgeous and classic hairstyle emphasized by a clean middle part. To keep it sleek, try copying Mila’s straight shiny hair. To create a softer look, compliment the middle part with waves. For a part that is nice and clean, try using the long end of a rat tail to create perfect definition.

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The Deep Side Part

Nothing says sophistication like a deep side part. Dramatic side parts were all over the runway at New York Fashion Week and are projected to be a major trend for Spring 2013. You can either wear your hair down for a more casual look, or add some elegance paired with a clean low pony tail. To get an idea of where to begin the part, use the highest point of your eyebrow as a gage.

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The Messy Part

The “bedhead” is totally in this Spring and Summer. A messy part is a great way to compliment casual waves, rough texture, or an undone updo. Also, if you’re in desperate need of a root retouch, a messy part can help disguise those pesky roots. To recreate, place the long tip of a rat tail comb in the front where you want the part to start, and draw a squiggly line, then lift the comb straight up and let your hair fall to either side.

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The Diagonal Part

Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston are both known for loving the diagonal part. Why? Instead of a straight part on the side or down the middle that can divide your face, the diagonal can appear softer with your facial features. It’s also a great option when wearing a hairstyle with more volume. To duplicate, take the long tip of a rat tail comb and place it on the side you want the part to start, drawing a diagonal line toward the center of your head. For more glamour, comb the crown area back and tease.

Blake Lively long blonde waves, zig zag part, and braids

The Zig Zag Part

Many of us remember ten years ago, when the perfectly drawn, zig zag part was super vogue. Today the zig zag part is still popular in a softer and less defined style. Blake Lively’s relaxed, bohemian hair is complimented well by a more subtle zig zag part. To recreate, place the long end tip of the rat tail comb at the front of your head and make “Z” shape movements back and forth until you reach the back; then, raise it straight up and let hair fall to either side. Don’t worry about making the “Z’s” perfectly symmetrical. You change your shoes and your purses, and if you’re anything like me, you change your haircut or hair color at least twice a year . . . so why not change up your part? Defy your “natural part” and switch up your look with one of these sexy hairstyles!

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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