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Summer Hair Trend 2012: Slicked Back Wet Look

There are several styles trending this summer in hair; but one that has caught my attention is the slicked back wet look. Variations of this style hit the runways hard for spring/summer 2012 collections. Initially, I was a little turned off by some of the more severely sleeked and wet looking styles. While there are definitely those who can pull off an extreme wet look, I would like to focus on some slightly more subdued ways that this trend can inspire everyday wearable styles. So here are some do’s and don’t’s to guide you…

DON’T….

1. Over-do it by using too much product (such as gel or oil). This can make your hair look greasy and/or be unflattering.

Heidi Klum’s extremely wet-looking style, is not for everyone. Over-doing it can end up looking greasy and unkempt.

Another extreme wet-look that may not be for everyone…

DO… 

1. Use a light gel, oil, or balm.

2. Tousle the hair for a beachy, messy look.

3. Lightly blow dry or air dry your hair when trying to achieve a stylish, wet-look with some volume.

I love this tousled, slick, wet, and mildly messy up-do.

 4. Try slicking some hair back on top and leaving hair down around your face as seen in the picture below. I think that this is a great way to pull off this trend: high-sheen and a slightly damp appearance (that doesn’t look drenched).

This sleek-look is both edgy and polished.

5. Play with texture. Beachy waves and volume are great for summer. The varying textures and sheen create added interest.

This wet and beachy style is another great way to play up the wet-look trend.

I love this more refined, slick style for a dressier occasion.

6. Try sleeking your hair back into a very polished pony or braid.

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Wedding Hairstyles: Basics that Every Bride Should Consider

Wedding season is just around the corner! If you are a lucky bride-to-be, it’s likely that you have thought about wedding day hairstyles. Before you lock down your decision, be sure that you have considered these basics of wedding hair.

1.) Pictures – Consider how your hair will look in pictures. This is one that not every bride thinks of. For instance, you might choose an up-do that is intricately gorgeous in the back, but simple in the front. For some brides, this style will be covered by the veil and look almost like a pony-tail from the front. Now, that’s not to say that a pony-tail wedding style can’t work, or that a swept-back up-do is bad. I just want you to consider these things so that you can choose the best style for your special day. If you want your style to be seen from the front, side-swept styles or styles in which at least some hair is left down usually photograph quite well from all angles.

This style is hidden completely by the veil. The back could be beautiful, but in most pictures you will not be able to see it.

Full bangs and a simple accessory are a great addition to a back-swept style and photograph very well. (You can purchase this accessory on Esty at http://www.etsy.com/listing/58937222/dolly-bridal-crystal-rhinestone-headband)

 

This cascading braid and side swept up-do photographed well from every angle.

2.) Veil – Do you plan to take the veil off at the reception? Will your style still look how you want it sans-veil? Also make sure you know how to take the veil off easily or have someone there to help.

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3.) Accessories – Accessories can be a great way to glam up any hairstyle. Tiaras are no longer the go-to wedding accessory. Today there are accessories to custom fit every style. Sites like etsy.com can be a great way to find unique, custom-made, wedding accessories. Check out http://www.etsy.com/weddings/bridal-accessories for tons of wedding accessory ideas.

While Kim K. may not be a the best relationship role model, she never disappoints in the fashion department. Her glamorous, yet tasteful, jeweled accessories are trendy but simple, giving the look a classic quality.

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4.) Fleeting Fads – I always advise brides to steer clear of trendy fads for wedding styles. I will never forget the wedding hair story told by a stylist I once worked with. She was so fashionable, so trendy, her hair was just perfect on her wedding day. Unfortunately that was in the 80’s. Now when she looks back at the teased mullet and enormous sleeves, all she can do is laugh. This does not mean that you can’t be fashionable, but just to consider fleeting fads and don’t over-do it. Remember that you will have these pictures forever. Will your wedding hair be as timeless as your photographs? If you find yourself feeling torn, I generally advise that brides err on the side of natural.

Keep in mind that this not-so-timeless style was once quite fashionable…

Kate Middleton’s more natural looking wedding hair however is sure to be just as gorgeous in years to come.

Remember that these are general guidelines. Everyone is different and what works for one bride may not for another. At the end of the day, if you are happy and you feel beautiful, that is all that matters. Hopefully this guide has given you some direction and been helpful in choosing your perfect wedding hair style.

Feel free to comment with any questions or additions.

Graduation Hairstyles: Styles that Work with a Graduation Cap

Graduation is fast approaching. You’ve worked hard to earn that cap and gown and probably want to look your best for all of pictures that people will be taking. Finding a hairstyle that works works with your graduation cap can be hard; but it isn’t impossible! Check out these great styles that will finish your look and will work with your graduation cap!

The Side Pony

This style is simple, polished, and will still look great when you take your cap off. To re-create this look, curl the hair with a large curling iron and wrap into a side ponytail. We suggest taking a small section of hair and wrapping it around the base to finish the look and conceal the hair band.

This style also looks great with lots of curls and/or an added hair accessory like a simple flower, near the base.

To give this look some added interest you can also incorporate a braid by starting at the part and working down towards the base of the ponytail. (Be careful to avoid bulky braids that could get in the way after you put your cap on.)

Waves

Waves that start at the temples or lower work fabulously! As long as there is not a lot going on on the top of your head (ie: teasing, curling too high up), this style will look soft and pretty with or without the cap!

Braids

Braids may just be more popular than ever right now! And lucky for you, they can also work very well with a graduation cap. From tight and polished to messy and disheveled, your options are many.

This last one is a braided up-do option that would work well on short-medium hair lengths.

Hair Trends 2012: Wella Trend Vision 2012

I recently attended Wella’s Trend Vision 2012 class in Chicago. The class presented Wella’s projected tends for this year. Wella’s collection is an inspirational one that can be interpreted from Haute Couture to every-day, wearable looks. So read on as I recap and break down each trend.

GRACE: THE MODERN MUSE

This was probably my personal favorite trend from the collection. Grace is all about rich honey-beige blondes and silky shine. This look is classic, feminine, and oh-so-pretty! The picture above is one that I took during the class and shows some wearable options for this trend. I love the full bang and bouncy waves.

ROXY: THE SCENE STEALER

This 70’s-inspired trend uses rich dark colors and deep purples for a truly “scene-stealing” look. I really love this color combination. It looks great with the varying textures shown above, but would still be very wearable with sleek-straight locks. This would be a great option for someone who wants an edgier look and is up for trying new color. I really love that this color looks great with all hair textures!

CELESTE: THE FREE SPIRIT

This trend is sleek, cool-toned, and very futuristic. These icy shades may not work on everyone, but if you can pull it off, I say go for it! Celeste uses frosty blondes to pastel violet tones. This look is edgy, but can also work for every-day looks on the right person. The wonderful educators showed us one example of how this trend can be toned-down for an everyday look. They used a model with light blonde hair that had violet undertones and wrapped and tucked the hair for a simple and polished style which created a futuristic-inspired ‘do that was a little more conservative than some of the other looks from this trend.

BLAZE: THE FEMME FATAL

The Blaze trend embodies an edgy seductress.  With a bold, precise cut and fearless color placement, this hair is sure to be the center of attention. This trend is defined by the high contrasting hues of hot pinks, greys, and the darkest of dark colors. The clothing that fits this collection has lots of geometrical openness and lace. I’m not quite sure I could pull it off myself, but I am loving this fashion fierceness! If you are searching for a new look with a strong impact perhaps the Blaze collection will inspire you.