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Top A/W 2010 Hair and Makeup Trends from Fashion Week

Posted in General, Hair Extensions on February 18th, 2010 by Nancy – Comments Off

We spotted twenties-inspired makeup and long, easy ponytails at the DKNY show.  They objective was a well-bred look.  Donna Karen wanted the girls to look young, pretty as if they just got back to their estate from horseback riding with hair loosely gathered.

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Souleiman created this look by adding extensions 2-3 shades lighter than the models’ natural hair color at the back of the head to brighten the look.  Then, created a deep side part and pulled the hair into a low ponytail to lay it over one shoulder.

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photo courtesy of allure

Carolina Herrera deviated from her usual up-do penchant. This season, they opted to leave the hair down for a younger, cooler look that’s not overdone. Her season’s 70’s inspired glamour reflects a familiar Kate Moss that’s a pro at wearing a formal dress and leaving her hair natural.

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photo courtesy of allure

A familiar deep side part is also used here, emphasizing character and classiness while merging effortlessness into an entire look for the A/W 2010 line.

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Another hair down trend appeared at Zac Posen’s show, giving the models a sexy edge.  The look was created with a middle part and easy free-ended curls.  To finish the look, the curls were brushed out to enhance movement on the runway.

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Pecheux decided to combine various shades for a deep purple lip color.  To top the stark autumn look off, Peter Som opted for a graphic hairstyle.  To create this look, hairstylist Laurent Philippon styled something simple reflecting the 90’s minimalist Goth.

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photo courtesy of allure

Romantic wispy bouffants were all the rage at Vera Wang’s.  Reminiscent of Bridgitte Bardot’s sex kitten hair, Jimmy Paul kept the hair soft and loose. To recreate this look, center-part the hair with a comb prior to applying products.  spray the roos with a thickening hairspray for volume, lightly tease if necesary and leave the ends misted and loose for a beachy texture.

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From the side, your sectionally teased crown should look big and poufy.  Tease sections at a time for the best result.

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To finish off the style, either leave the ends down for a half up half down look.  Leave the fluffly tail of hair hanging loose over the shoulder,  or wrangle the hair into a messy twist and secure with bobby pins.

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Pale violet eyes and easygoing hair of downtown girls was the inspiration at the Marc Jacobs’s show. Stylist Guido says the secret to this look is a great cut that lets the hair do its own thing.  He trimmed all the model’s hair to a couple of inches below the collarbone–the perfect length. The result is a sexy, cool girl–the kind of girls you see in East Village, or a cafe in Paris, or around London.

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These hairstyles are perfect to polish off an edgy or chic couture look.  The low-maintanence and easily replicated styles transfer easily from the runways into your busy day-to-day life as well.  Just remember to keep things easy, simple and minimal.

Romantic Hairstyles for VDay

Posted in General on February 5th, 2010 by Nancy – Be the first to comment

We’ve showed you how to care for your hair and stay glamorous everyday, but what about for those special occasions?  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. With a sweetie or just close friends, it’s a day to celebrate the love in your life! To get just the right look, I’ve put together a list of romantic styles that will suit the occasion perfectly.

1. Relaxed Waves

Ahh, yes.  Waves are an iconic style of glamor. It shows off soft, touchable hair.  To recreate this look, work volumizer through you damp hair.  If your hair is already thick, remember to use les product or try a shine instead to reduce frizz.  Follow with blow-drying your hair.  Toss your hair while blow drying to really achieve volume.  On fully dry hair, take a one-inch curling iron, and hold it vertically to spiral oe-inch sections at a time.  Don’t clamp the iron entirely shut.  We want to create loose waves.  Also, start curling from the ear level down.  This will keep the look more loose and natural.  After you’ve curled all your hair, let the waves cool, then finger brush your curls and adjust each piece for a softened effect.

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photo courtesy of allure

2. Wispy Knot

Start 2 inches ffrom your scalp and tease the roots with a fine-tooth comb using broad strokes. If your hair is already curly, skip this step to avoid too much frizz. Next, gather the hair at the nape of the neck in a low ponytail.  secure it with an elastic about an inch away from the calp.  The goal is to have a loosely gathered ponytail.  Follow this by teasing the underside of the bun, and wind it into a loose bun.  Secure the bun with U-shaped hairpins on each side of the knot.  Be sure to secure the bun at the bottom as well.

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3. Soft Blowout

Blow dry the hair straight with a lartge round brush.  To get the best smooth effect, use a boar bristle brush.  Curl the ends with a large-barrel iron.  Arrange small sections and roll the ends under.  If the curl isnt holding, try to hold the curl in place with a large clip until it has cooled. After all the ends are curled, brush through the ends to create large chunky coils.

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photo courtesy of allure

4. Side Bun

Wearing the bun on the side can create a more charmign feel adn avoid the matronly or librarian feel.  Try it with a deep side part.  Comb the hair neatly and brush it into a low ponytail on the side of your neck.  Be sure the bun is on the opposite side from the part.  Secure the pony tail about 2-inches away from the center so it’s off-center.  If you create the bun too far to the side, the bun will look oddly placed. Tease your ponytail a bit prior to putting it in a bun to help it stay in place.  Using u-shaped pins, secure the bun after twisting it into your desired shape.

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5. Jumbo Curls

To create this look, hot rollers are needed.  Rollers allow curls to look more natural than a curling iron.  Depending on your hairtype, use large rollers for thick/coarse hair, and medium-size rollers for fine hair.  Roll hair in sections as wide as the roller and begin from the middle of the head, working backwards.  Be sure to roll the hair completely to your scalp.  Once the curls have set,  brush through the curls with your fingers for a soft finish.

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6.  Accessorize

Nothing is more romantic than putting flowers in your hair.  Although, this can proove to be quite a challenge for some.  It’s easy for this look to come off hokey instead of ethereal.  For a sophisticated look, choose a pin with something like an orchid or gardenia.  Avoid gaudy or hippie looking flowers like daisies or bright colors roses.  Choose soft pastel colors or white.  In some rare cases, a bright purple might be doable for brunettes.  The placement of the piece is just as important.  Be sure not to put it directly on the top of your head.  Place the accessory on the side, preferably right avoe an ear, or on the side of a low bun or ponytail.  If it looks odd to you in the mirror, it’s definitely not going to look any better to someone else.

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7. Loose Braid

Loose braids are always a no fail look.  Make a messy center part in already dry hair.  Gather the hair very loosely at the nape of your neck.  Let the pieces fall loosely around your face.  Begin by braiding the hair tightly and then secure the ends.  After, pull the sides of the braid to loosen it slightly.  You can even try doing a side-placed braid, or pull the braid to one side for an asymmetrical look.

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photo courtesy of allure

8.  Lush Wave

For a romantic 40’s Hollywood look, try a polished lush wave.  Begin by blow-drying the hair straight.  If your face shape allows, part your hair down the middle.  Using hot rollers, coil small sections of your hair up and under your scalp.  Once the hair is cool, remove the rollers and  run a paddle brush through the hair.  This will ease the curls into a big wave.  To finish, smooth shin serum through your hands and over the outer layer of the hair, avoiding the roots.

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Hopefully, I’ve given you some good ideas to create the perfect look for the lovely holiday! Happy romancing for Valentine’s Day! ;)