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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!

short crop haircut

short pixie haircut

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.

short flat ironed crop haircut

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

short razor haircut

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.

short haircut with texture and wispiness

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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Japanese Hair Straightening: Sorting Through The Fog

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Hair Straightening

It’s easy to get confused with hair straightening options, Japanese Hair Straightening or Thermal Reconditioning. Both procedures are pretty much the same and differ only in minor ways. In researching these new innovative hair straightening services, I’ve come to understand the most important consideration . . . an experienced professional. Like any chemical hair treatment, Japanese hair straightening takes some time to get the experience of how different hair types will react any chemical treatment. A hairdressers past experience with perms, hair straighteners and hair dyes gives them a leg up in being able to identify a number of critical issues that need attention when considering hair straightening.

Japanese Hair Straightening

An experienced hairdresser can assess if your hair can handle Japanese hair straightening. They also will know, from experience, just when your hair has been relaxed enough to stop the processing.

Seek out a SPECIALIST because Japanese hair straightening requires special training. A good personality type to seek out is . . . a meticulous, anal-retentive type who is well-informed and keen on detail.

How do you find this person? Japanese hair straightening is still fairly new in America so it may take work on your part. Ask around and get referrals if you can. Check well established, credible salons, including high-profile chain salons. In the consultation, ask lots of questions, ask for before and after pictures and references. The more informed you are, the better you will be able to assess their know-how. If you question their confidence and ability, hold off and consult with someone else. Tell them you need to think it over if you aren’t sure. A consultation is a two-way street, so follow your intuition.

Japanese Hair Straightening


On average about $500.00 but it can go from $200.00 to $800.00 depending on how long it takes. Basically, you’ll be charged by the hour.


A ceramic flat iron is used in the process to create pressure with extreme heat.


With this hair straightening method, the Japanese discovered a way to “soften” strong-minded hair, as well as curly hair. Softening the hair gives it more movement or body and a healthier look!


A preliminary consultation is a must! A qualified specialist needs to check the condition of your hair to evaluate if it will hold up to the chemical process. You need to be very clear about any chemicals that you have used in the past that may still remain on your hair. You may be sent home with a hair care regime to follow before your scheduled appointment. Some red flags to having this done may be:

  • Pre-lightened hair
  • Some residual colored hair
  • Strong African hair types
  • Hair straightened with lye type or sodium relaxers


Simplified, it looks like this;

  • A straightening solution is applied and rinsed when your hair has reached the correct stage of relaxation
  • Sections of (approximately 1/4 inch) throughout the head are blow dried and flat-ironed . . . meticulously
  • A neutralizer solution is applied and watched as it “sets in” the new form of the relaxed hair
  • Rinse, blow-dried and flat-ironed again

This procedure may need to be repeated and seems to take on average 5 to 8 hours. Some people may require a second day appointment.

Japanese Hair Straightening


Your natural hair type will make the difference on how well the new growth can blend with the straightened hair.

From those I’ve talked to in the hair industry, sounds like when this is done right the results are spectacular, straight hair, incredibly soft and silky, shiny hair with no frizz! If it’s not done right, major breakage can happen! (Maybe you want to think about investing in a high quality flat-iron instead?)

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