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December 16, 2014

Holiday Messy Braids

For the party season, relaxed braids are the perfect compliment to evening wear!

The Messy Braid- lets call it American- is a mixture of European styles but more relaxed and untamed. There are an abundance of these undone styles on the streets and on runways. The models in Erdem’s springs show wore undone braids with lush, elaborate gowns: a formal look offset by the ease of the hair… Some of these are barely even braided braids, as seen at Michael Kors, a style that almost suggested a sort of bedhead look, but paired with dresses and skirts in nostalgic prints. This almost suggests having better things to do than fuss over an exacting up do or sleek blowout. Effortless appeal, however, rarely come without effort. Our stylists will tell you there are products necessary to achieve a perfect messy braid, one that stays just loose enough without unraveling completely. We recommend a base spray or mousse to stop the braid from slipping, a tail comb for the center part, a thin row brush for teasing and hair powder to give a matte finish. Our best advice “try not to think about it too much.” For do it yourself, make an attempt at the braid of your choosing. Go about your busy day. By evening, the messy braid is yours.


Recommended products: Bumble and Bumble surf spray on damp hair, Bumble and Bumble thickening mousse, Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-powder


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November 7, 2014

The “How To’s” of hair in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond!

Rules to follow in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond!


Nearly 30% of women skip conditioner. In your teens, when the scalp produces a lot of oil, this works, but at this age a quick sudsing just won’t cut it anymore. In your 30’s, oil production on your scalp drops sharply. The less oil your scalp produces, the more fragile your hair becomes. Why? Coloring, heat styling, and general wear and tear leave holes in the surface of the hair, and your hair becomes weaker, less elastic, and more vulnerable to breakage. Conditioner is an excellent substitute for sealing the hair and adding shine. We recommend following every shampoo with conditioner, and for extra insurance an at home mask once a week.

In your 40’s- EASE UP ON YOUR HAIR

During this decade, your hormones can throw you a curveball. Hair texture often changes in your forties, becoming wavier, coarser, and curlier. Pregnancy and other hormonal shifts can also cause thinning. Treat those thinning tresses with kid gloves. If your hair is wavier than it use to be, play this up with a texturizing spray like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. If it is straighter, a good line of thickening products including shampoo, conditioner, and mousse or a dry spray will add fullness and texture. If your hair is coarser than it used to be, a protecting blow dry cream will smooth it and make your morning routine faster. Finally, if your hair is thinning, try a shampoo or serum with thickening properties. We like Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum.


If your brows have become white or gray they are less apparent, and this can throw off the proportions of your face. Your brows look best when they’re a shade darker than your hair color. Another option is to get your brows tinted at a salon (this frees you from having to fill them in every morning.) Tinting typically last three to four weeks, even with twice a day face washing.


In your 60’s- LET YOUR HAIR GROW

It’s nonsense to think you’re too old to wear your hair long. You can subtract years by keeping your hair at a collarbone length or longer. If your hair is thinning, don’t go too long or you may sacrifice body. One tip is to use layers, bangs or both to soften and frame around your face.


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