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Wedding Hair Styles

We recently did a photo-shoot that featured 3 different bridal/formal hairstyles. These gorgeous models were absolutely wonderful to work with and we were thrilled with how each of these wedding updos turned out.

First pictured is model MaKayla. MaKayla’s hair is parted on the side with a fishtail braid on side of the part. The back is curled,  lightly teased to add volume and a tousled effect and pinned. This style has an elegance to it that demands attention, but isn’t overdone. This style is versatile and would work well for a prom, wedding or other formal event.  IMG_6213 IMG_6212 SerenityHairDesign-MaKayla-4 SerenityHairDesign-MaKayla-5 SerenityHairDesign-MaKayla-6 SerenityHairDesign-MaKayla-7

This next updo, as seen on Tawnah (our model below), incorporates varied textures. The top is smooth, polished and side-swept. The hair was curled and pinned, cascading to the side for an asymmetrical balance. This updo was perfect for a birdcage veil. We actually made our own for this shoot by simply gathering and  pinning a section fabric at the base. We concealed pins and tied it all together by securing  a peacock feather hair piece at the base. Side-swept styles are great for weddings because they typically photograph well. You will likely not have pictures in which the hair style is completely hidden from the front, as you may with some updos that are centered in the back of the head. SerenityHairDesign-Tawnah-5 SerenityHairDesign-Tawnah-4 SerenityHairDesign-Tawnah-3 SerenityHairDesign-Tawnah-6

Last but certainly not least, we have Christine, who is modeling a classic, refined and simple bridal hairstyle. This updo is smooth and polished all over. We teased lightly at the base to create some volume then smoothed everything down into a low, side pony-tail. Next, we teased the hair in the pony-tail to create fullness, smoothed over the top and tucked it into place with bobby pins. We finished this look by placing a few simple orchids at the base. This is a great style for someone seeking timeless elegance. This style works best on people with long, thick hair. If your hair is not long and or thick though, your stylist can probably use extensions or hair fillers to create this style.

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Behind-the-Scenes Photo Shoot: Updos and Bridal Hair Styles

Check out what went on behind-the-scenes at our most recent shoot that featured updos and bridal hair styles. We had so much fun working with our awesome photographer and lovely models. Enjoy!

Model gift bags, tons of make-up, hairspray, bobbypins, and snack-time 🙂

Getting started… a lot of lacing/teasing was necessary to give this look volume and hold.

Fishtail Braid!

Stylist Erin getting model MaKayla’s hair ready for the shoot

Sittin’ pretty

Stylist/Maku-up artist Monica with model Christine

We think Monica looks like a model herself in this one!

Finishing touches to set this bird-cage veil in place. We used a small piece of fabric and a some peacock feathers to make our own birdcage veil for this shoot. We grouped the fabric together at the base, pinned it all in place, and then added the feather to finish the look.

Behine-the-scenes with photographer, Margot Roudebush and model, Christine.

We just LOVE how this smooth, polished bridal hair style turned out. So classic!

How to Grow Your Hair Out: Advice for Achieving Longer Locks

Growing your hair out can be a very frustrating process. If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you want longer hair. Perhaps you’re even working towards a specific style or goal. But all the in-between phases your hair has to go through to get there… this is where most people get frustrated or even give up. But I am here to tell you that it IS possible to grow your hair out and love every style along the way!

Just follow these helpful hints and you will be well on your way to longer hair…

1.) How you STYLE your hair has a LOT to do with it. As your hair grows, you may not be able to continue styling your hair the same way. Play around with different styles on your hair as it grows and ask your stylist it you’re feeling stumped. You might even need to switch up the products you’re using too.

2.) Cutting your hair regularly is essential, but will not make your hair grow faster! Hair grows about a half an inch a month on average. Cutting your hair will not change how quickly it grows; but it will help your hair look its best and stay healthy. Maintaining a good haircut throughout the growing process will be necessary if you want to avoid awkward phases and dead-ends. Unhealthy hair can lead to frizz and breakage – which is probably where this hair myth originated.

3.) You don’t have to cut your hair as frequently when you are growing. If a client is seeking to maintain a haircut they love, I suggest a visit to the salon about every 4-6 weeks. But if you are growing your hair out, I generally suggest going a little longer – about 8-10 weeks. That way your stylist will have more freedom to shape and style your hair without back-tracking on your growth.

Have fun with the process! I suggest finding pictures of styles that you like for some of those in-between lengths. Let your stylist know if you are having trouble styling at home. Don’t be afraid of color if you’re getting bored too. (Just please don’t try to lighten your hair without a pro!) If you play with new hairstyles and/or color along the way, it’s like getting a whole new look at every salon visit – which can be a super fun way to get you through each transitional length.

Check out the different looks that Keira Nightly has played around with while growing her locks.

Charlize Theron has tried many different styles and lengths.

Natalie Portman has gone from one extreme to the other and had many different hairstyles along the way.

How to Tell if Bangs are Right: The Bang Quiz!

Bang Quiz: What Bangs are Best??? 

1.) I have a high forehead.

a) Yes. My forehead (from the hairline to the brow) is greater than equal distance when compared to the length from my brow to nose and nose to chin.

b) Actually, I have a short/low forehead. The distance from my hairline to brow is less than the length from my brow to nose and nose to chin.

c) No. My forehead is pretty average in size.

2.) I would describe my chin and/or nose as strong or prominent.

a) No. My chin and/or nose are not large/prominent features.

b) Yes.

3.) My face shape is wide.

a) No. My face is average width.

b) Yes. I would like to find a style that narrows my face.

c) No. My face shape is narrow or long.

If you answered all A’s: you are a good candidate for straight across bangs.

If you answered all B’s: you are a good candidate for side-swept bangs.

If your face shape is not too wide or too narrow and your forehead is not tall or short, then it is likely that you could pull off a wide variety of bang options from a full bang to no bang.

You may not have answered all A’s or all B’s though. That’s OK! In efforts to make things a little clearer, I am going to break down why I put each question in the quiz and give you some things to consider when thinking about what type of bangs to get. I strongly suggest asking your stylist at your next appointment. He/She will know best how to give you the most customized answer to this question.

The Break-Down: 

1.) High/Low Forehead: Side-swept bangs help to elongate a low forehead. Heavier bangs (like a straight-across bang or a full coverage sweep) help to conceal taller foreheads. If your forehead is average in height you will likely have more options when it comes to choosing your bangs.

2.) Strong/Prominent Chin or Nose: A full or straight across bang can emphasize a strong chin or nose. If this is already a prominent feature it may not be flattering. I would suggest a side-swept bang if you have a large nose and/or chin. However if you do not have a prominent nose or chin, you may be able to pull off a full bang.

3.)   Wide Face Shape: A side-swept bang will help to narrow a wider face. Straight across bangs and middle parts do not typically flatter wider face shapes. If you have an average to narrow face, a side part and/or sweeping bang will likely be a flattering choice.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s side swept long faux-bang elongates a shorter forehead.

Hayden Panettiere’s middle part is less flattering for a wider face shape. A sweeping side bang or wispy full bang is a much better choice.

See the difference? Christina Ricci has a tall forehead. Full-coverage bangs are a much better choice.

Blunt bangs are edgy and add or emphasize definition and structure to the face.

There are several factors to consider when trying to choose the best bangs for your face shape. So feel free to ask questions and look for more article to come on this topic!

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.

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.