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Pomades, Waxes and Hair Pastes

Knowing the Difference Between a Pomade, Hair Wax and a Paste

Every where you look, in your favorite fashion magazine, daytime drama or the Pinterest hair boards, short hair is everywhere. Cute pixie haircuts to messy shags, shorter styles are in and are here to stay. Every woman I know that has sat in her hair stylist’s chair and said “Let’s go for it!” and chopped off her lovely locks has adored her new found style. Until that is, until it came time to style her hair.

If a proper consultation was not preformed while you were sitting in the chair. By consultation I mean that you were not taught how to style your new ‘do nor told what products would work best, worry not. We’ve got you covered on the products that work best for styling your new short haircut.

Hair Wax

Hair Wax

In the past, hair waxes had more of a watery consistency, now you will find many waxes are a creamier consistency, which means it usually offers a firmer hold with a medium to high shine factor, such as OSIS FlexWax (a good choice if you like to play around with your product). For best styling results use on dry hair for hold, texture and separation.



Depending on the brand, Pomade’s can be a cream base or a water base, with a medium to firm hold factor and a low to medium shine factor. *some lines offer high shine such as American Crew Pomade and AG Waxx High Shine Pomade. For best results, use on dry hair, for hold, separation and /or texture.

Hair Gel


Gel hair products have a watery consistency. Hair gels are available in all hold factors, from soft hold to extreme hold. Gels can be used on wet or dry hair and can be used to add volume and hold. Some Gels are alcohol free = less chance of flaking, such as KMS Hair Stay Styling Gel.

Hair Paste – a thicker, creamier consistency. Most Pastes will offer a high/strong hold factor with little to no shine, such as KMS HairPlay Molding Paste and Joico Flex Control Pliable Paste. Pastes can be used on wet or dry hair – depending on the style you are trying to achieve. Use on wet hair for slicked back styles, on dry hair for separated, pieced styles.

Hair Molding Clay

Hair molding clay is thick in consistency. Hair moulding clays offer a high hold and matte finish (no shine), such as Joico ICE Erratic and Sebastian Craft Clay. Clays can be used on wet or dry hair. The product should be emulsified well into your hands before applying to you hair. *if you like to play around with your style and product – a clay may not be your answer.


Matte equals no shine, but is pliable and easy to work with and apply. Waxes and Pomades with a high shine factor, use too much of the product and your hair will look greasy. Clays offer a great hold factor, they are not always the most pliable. Alcohol free products have less chance of flaking.

All products will list their hold factor/shine factor on the back of the packaging. All Salon Professional product lines have websites with great tutorials and styling tips for your new found short haired self. Happy styling Beauties!

Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.


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How To Create Taylor Swift Loose Curls

How Taylor Swift’s Loose Curls Can Get You Noticed

Taylor Swift with that beautiful head of long curly hair every gal envies, looks like a bohemian princess and has a voice to match . . . Don’t you just hate her?

I didn’t  r e a l l y  mean that now, but some girls have all the luck. I mean like that naturally beautiful, naturally loose curls. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, when spiral perms were the big thing, the long curly Taylor Swift hair is exactly what every long haired woman wanted. The problem was that with long, spiral curly perms came frizz and sometimes uncontrollable volume. You’ve seen pictures . . . think Rosanna Rosanna Dana. And since we all want the Taylor Swift hair we haven’t got, salons were full of straight haired women paying their dues and trying to wrestle their hair into submission. If you have naturally straight hair you would be better to stay away from chemical treatments that try to take your hair to the opposite extreme.

Taylor Swift Loose Curls

If you have hair with some wave and body in it, you can get the Taylor Swift hair look. One easy fix is to invest in hair extensions. Hairuwear by Ken Pave’s and Jessica Simpson are hot right now. They are easy to put in and take out with just three clips, they look real and they are priced right. Price ranges from $45.00 for synthetic to $200.00 plus for real hair. If you want long soft cascading loose curls or long curly hair see how easy it is to do here. Thick, coarse hair may require a body perm. Fine to medium hair can be coaxed into lasting loose, curls with Texture Fusion by Scruples, a perm done on sponges. You can style it by simple scrunching or you can use a curling iron.

Taylor Swift Loose Curls

Step By Step DIY Taylor Swift Loose Curls

If you have long wavy hair with body and are willing to do some hair styling, this method works great!

  • Use a volumizing shampoo and follow with a conditioner you like.
  • Spray a root lifter on roots and use a volumizing mouse, styling spray or gel if you like.
  • Blow-dry smoothing the cuticle.
  • Mist with a thermal active spray.
  • Starting at the nape, clip hair up dropping 1″ horizontal sections down at a time.
  • Using a 1″ or 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron, wrap hair around barrel starting close to the scalp in a spiral motion leaving ends out to curl last. This will allow the hair to be curled evenly throughout its entire length.
  • Gently drop without pulling out the curl.
  • Mist curls lightly with finishing spray before dropping down next section to be curled.
  • Drop down sections, repeating above till done.

Your ends shouldn’t be frizzy if you make sure to get them cleanly covered with your curling iron. But a light smoothing serum used by rubbing it into your palms and coaxing the ends down with your fingers will also do the trick.

Taylor Swift Loose Curls

Here’s How to Give Your Hair a Texture Boost

I for one, am glad to see a return to more feminine hairdos of soft curls. These hair dos will work with many face shapes, hair types and hair designs. Hair styled in big loose curls, whether they fall over the shoulders or are swept up in a messy “bed head” do for weddings and proms. Bobs are going soft loose curls too. Wavy bobs, a fresh look with movement for short hair, can be created at home using a three-barreled waving iron Whether it’s naturally curly or not there is plenty you can do to take texture center-stage.

  • Curly hair grows wider and higher from the scalp than straight strands, so make the most of it with layers that add fullness and shape.
  • Let your hair stylist know how long you want hair to grow and how much time you’ll spend styling it. Then, let him or her make suggestions.
  • The less you manipulate curl, the better. For healthy shine and shapely curls, try the new oils, which treats hair without going greasy or building up.
  • To add texture to straight strands, always think lightweight and touchable when choosing a styling product.
  • Whether you’re adding ringlets, making waves or reshaping natural texture, remember that the size of the tool equals the size of the curl.
  • Use large rollers for volume, medium-sized curling irons and rollers for true curl, and pin curls, finger-styling and rag or sponge rollers for natural, non-uniform-looking curls and waves.

See more on loose curls and stay current with what is happening with the celebs follow our Pinterest Celebrity Hair and Curly Hair boards.

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12 Curly Hair Tips That Will Have You Loving Your Locks

The Ultimate Guide to Curly Hair Tips

I can assume if you’re reading this that you have curly hair and like so many of my curly haired clients, you hate your curly hair . . . right? Well, not so fast! Haven’t you heard others tell you how they wish they had your curls? You just haven’t learned to love each and every curl that crowns your pretty head yet. I am here to convert you with some of my favorite hacks for curly hair:

Curly Hair Tip #1 Get The Right Haircut! ~~ Some hairdresser’s are scared of dealing with curly hair and only know how to cut it like they would other hair types, and this is where the problems for your hair begins. When cutting curly hair you don’t want to end up with a triangle head or god forbid the poodle look –eek! This is my nightmare, so I can only imagine how you all feel walking out of a salon if you have had a bad experience.


Learn how to communicate with your hairdresser. A hair stylist cutting a clients hair.

I’ve learned when cutting curly hair, to always use cutting scissors and not thinning shears. Visual cutting is really important for taking weight out and shaping curly hair. I always cut curly hair at an angle, that way you keep the natural movement of the curl happening. Also, I’ve found standing back and looking at how the curls falls naturally after being cut, is huge in getting a great shape. I use my cutting scissors to take each section and softly cut into the hair to remove weight. Long layers are good to help take the weight from the bottom of your hair without causing the dreaded triangle shape. No short layers, especially with long hairstyles, as this is when you end up with a curly mullet (it’s not the 80’s).

Curly Hair Tip #2 Use the Right Products ~~ Now to keep your hair looking as yummy as possible, you need to use good products formulated for your hair type. No hard sell I promise, as I’m sure you have a whole drawer or cupboard full of hair products and could probably open up your own store :) The good news . . . with the right kind of hair products, you only need 4 or 5 max.

I use Schwarzkopf products and I am in love with the Schwarzkopf Curl Bounce line. OK, I’ll get the boring science part over, but it really works, I promise! The Curl Bounce line contains the innovative Polyquaternium 72, Panthenol and Cactus Flower extract. This restores the natural balance of moisture in your curls and the memory agents control frizz. After only a couple of washes, you’ll see great results. Like magic, it remembers your curl type.

Curly Hair Tip #3 The Comb Out and Rinse ~~ After you shampoo and condition your hair in the shower, use a wide toothed comb to detangle your curls before your final rinse. Then rinse for about 10 seconds with cold water, this helps close your cuticle and helps smooth and control your curls.  Never towel dry curly hair by rubbing your head, you know you do it!  This causes friction and will make your curls frizzy and you’ll spend way too long trying to comb through your matted hair. Instead, squeeze water out with a towel, you will be amazed at the difference.

Curly Hair Tip #4 The Diamond Shape ~~ Great haircuts for curly heads have a diamond shape. Keeping the height and weight toward the top and cheekbones, and having hair tapered around the face. Have your hair stylist carve out your curls to create definition and movement.

Curly Hair Tip #5 Restructuring ~~ Curl can be fragile, so you need to strengthen while taming frizz, adding manageability and restructuring from the inside out. That’s a tall order, but the new Rusk Multi 12-in1 Miracle Treatment does all that and more . . . it’s like getting your curly locks into rehab.

Curly Hair Tip #6 Try Loose Curls ~~ When classic spirals get boring, create a loose, less-defined look with finger-combing technique. Work a lightweight anti-frizz serum through damp hair to detangle and separate curls . . . . try Paul Mitchell Smoothing Gloss Drops. Next, flip your head over and apply a curl-activator like VO5 Curvaceous Curls Styling Mousse. Then take haphazard sections and twist them like a rope, wrapping each one around your finger before pinning in place. Blow-dry using a low heat setting, unpin the twists and gently shake your ringlets loose.

Curly Hair Tip #7 Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize ~~ Curly hair’s biggest challenge is lack of moisture . . . the natural oils from your scalp do not travel to the ends because of the curl pattern. Keeping it hydrated is key! Start with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and they recommend a weekly deep treatment with MoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask. Wearing hair curly requires products that control frizz and add definition.

Curly Hair Tip #8 Skip a Couple Shampoos ~~ Curly girls who want a change can start by flat-ironing. Next, you maximize your style over time by skipping shampoos for a few days. On the second day when curl starts to come back, run a flat iron through hair and mist with Redken Wax Blast 10, which acts as a light frizz-tamer. Day three, use a dry shampoo on the scalp, like Redken Powder Refresh), brushing it through and applying heat from your blower if needed. On day four, pull your hair back into a ponytail, wet down your bangs if you have them, and blow-dry the fringe only.

curly hairstyles

Curly Hair Tip #9 Keep it Healthy ~~ Keeping hair healthy is essential for control and frizz-prevention. I recommend Redken’s Fresh Curls system, which includes a shampoo, a conditioner, Styling Mousse, Curl Refiner, Spin Control and Curl Boost Spray Gel. How do you know which to use for what? The mousse is designed to add oomph to looser, “lazier” curl. The Curl Refiner is like a leave-in conditioning treatment, making it perfect for keeping long, curly hair hydrated and soft.

Curly Hair Tip #10 Fluff it Up! ~~ Okay, you know you have to hydrate curl, but what do you do once the conditioner is on? Detangle with a wide-toothed comb,. Next, scrunch with a towel: don’t “rub” the hair dry or you’ll ru9in curl definition and create frizz. Don’t brush your hair. Work in Wella Professionals Enrich Bouncy Foam, a leave-in reconstructor that conditions curl. Follow with Wella Professionals Elastic  Energy curl-enhancing mousse, applying it evenly through hair and finger-combing it in. Once hair is dry, place your fingertips at the roots and give yourself a scalp massage. This fluffs up the interior without disturbing the exterior. Diffuse-dry with your head bent forward, and you’re done.

Curly Hair Tip #11 Give it an Undercut ~~ For coarse hair, consider leaving the length. Add lots of face-framing layers, and ask for “undercutting” to remover bulk and weight.

Curly Hair Tip #12 Learn Some New Styling Tricks ~~

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