Friday, February 23, 2007

IMPORTANT: Don't go too crazy with this look. Keep the Pouf a reasonable size

Step 1

LIFTStart with a two-inch square of hair gathered from the front of your head. Spritz with a volumising spray from the hairline to two inches above the root.

Step 2

BLOWDRYWrap hair under and around a large round brush. Blow-dry, blasting the roots with cool air - that's what sets the style.

Step 3

HEIGHTENBuild volume by taking small sections of hair and teasing it toward the root. Then smooth the kinked-out hair by gently combing in into pompadour form (A woman's hairstyle formed by sweeping the hair straight up from the forehead into a high, turned-back roll.)

Step 4

Gather into a pouf and use your fingers to shape and play with the height. Fasten with pins and you're good to go.

Thursday, February 22, 2007



Choosing the right hair color isn't as easy as picking a color you like.

It's important to consider your natural hair color, your skin tone and eye color when choosing a new hair color.

Pale skin suits pretty much all hair colors.

Avoid shades of red or golden blonde if your skin is pink.
Stick to ash tones to neutralize your coloring.

Avoid yellow, gold or orange tones if your skin is yellow.
Stick to deep reds.

Olive skin suits darker hair colors.

What type of clothing colors suit you best?
If you know this, it can help you choose the right hair color.

If you look good in red, orange, golden yellow, olive green or rust
You suit warm hair tones such as golden blonde, golden brown, strawberry blonde and auburn.

If you look good in bluish red, fuscia, black, royal blue or pine green
You suit cool hair tones such as platinum, ash blonde, ash brown, burgundy and jet black.

If you look good in red, purple, charcoal grey, periwinkle or teal
You suit neutral tones like sandy blonde, beige blonde, chocolate brown and mahogany.


Warm tones will bring out the pink in your skin, so if you've got redness to your skin, go for cool tones - champagne, sandy or ash blonde, or cool browns.

Warm gold or reds suits olive-toned or ashy skin.

Red is the hardest color to maintain. The shade will change almost from shampoo to shampoo so be prepared for the fade.

Choose coppery-reds instead of blue reds for a more natural hair color.

Rather than guessing, take a stand test to see what color your hair will come out as. Take a strand of hair from the nape of your neck and let the color sit on it for 20 minutes.

Bring photos and pictures with you to the hair stylist to ensure you both are thinking about the same color.

If you have to wear more makeup than you did before, than you have the wrong hair color. When the hair color works correctly, your skin tone comes alive - hair color should make your face glow.

Be honest with your hair colorist (and yourself) about how much time you're willing to spend having your roots touched up. Doing conditioning treatments and more.

There are high-maintenance options and low-maintenance ones. The further away from your natural color you go the more your hair requires.

Don't blow-dry single process highlights every single day take a rest on weekends and deep condition once a week.

If your hair is the same color you had when you were young, think twice about tinting it. Alot of women spend alot of time and money trying to go back to their natural hair color, rarely with the results they want.


This method is used to achieve more lightening on the ends of the hair (It is more natural this way, as hair should always be darker on the base of the hair shaft or the root area), and less on the roots as with traditional highlights.

Bleach or a lightening product is painted on without using foils. Instead a brush and paddle are used in a sweeping motion giving the hair colorist a bit more room to play and less methodical streaks.

This method can be used to accent facial features. It brings out the eyes by adding bolder pieces of color at eye level.

Balayage is more carefree than highlights, and because the streak isn%u2019t as defined, it looks edgier and more artsy.

Maintenance: Touch up every 3-4 months.

Highlights blend two or three shades of color for a hand-of-nature effect. Or, for a more significant statement it is applied using a bleach or lightening product.

They add warmth to skin and give the hair texture and depth. It's like what a surfer's hair would look like, natural and funky.

Maintenance: They should be updated every 4-6 weeks if you've lightened your hair color a lot (a heavy weave). If you have natural-looking highlights then 3-6 months is good. At homes kits are really bad to achieve this effect, as they don't lighten enough unless you are a natural blonde.

The Skunk
Though getting an oversize stripe of color seems like it'd be simple, it's not! You need to be the type of person who takes care of their hair, someone who wears the makeup and dresses the part.

Stacking foils very tightly to create a streak at least on inch wide creates the look. Or, 1 inch panels close to the scalp about 1 inch apart is also another method.

Contrary to the name, you don't have to go for high-contrast hair color. A lighter red on redheads, or a honey streak on brunettes.

Maintenance: it takes only 15-20 minutes, but you have to retouch the roots once a month.

A hair colorist basically takes just the ends of hair and lightens them, either by painting on the color or by using foils for a dramatic effect. Go a few shades lighter then your own natural hair color and keep it piecey and chunky.

This look is perfect for straight hair with a bit of body.

Maintenance: The great news is if you don't like it, the hair color is easy to cut off and grows out with your hair. As a result, it looks great for 3 months at a time.

Highlights vs Lowlights
A highlight lightens and brightens the hair - Blonde and gold tones.

A lowlight darkens and deepens it - Reds, plums and aubergine shades.

Highlights and lowlights are a great way to update your look without making too dramatic or bold a change. Whether you're growing out a style or you want a little pick me up during winter, highlights and lowlights are great for brightening up your hair and your look.

Any length hair or style can benefit from highlighting or lowlighting. Whatever your natural color is, you shouldn't go more than three or four shades lighter or darker, as the result will be too harsh and unnatural.

The cost of highlights or lowlights can vary quite a lot depending on a number of factors- you can either get a 'full head' or 'half head'


Permanent Color
Permanent color gives you 100% complete coverage. Most permanent color uses peroxide (10 to 40 vol.) and ammonia. The downside is regrowth of new hair - it is a different shade and will leave a line of "demarcation", or regrowth.

Semi-Permanent Color
Color usually contains some ammonia and uses a developer of 10 to 20 vol.

Demi-Permanent Color
Uses peroxide in low vols. (under 10 vol.). Many have no ammonia and leave little damage. When the color fades, it does gradually so it leaves no line of demarcation

Semi-Temporary Color
These will last a short time (1-4 weeks). The usually incur no damage to the hair. You can expect about 40-60% gray coverage.

Temporary/ Color Rinse
Color lasts from one shampoo to the next and is deposited on the outside of the hair shaft.

Levels of Hair Color
2=Very Dark Brown
3=Dark Brown
5=Medium Brown
6=Light Brown
7=Dark Blonde
8=Light Blonde
9=Very Light Blonde
10=Light Platium Blond