Awesome Wedding Photography from Brian Powell – Lafayette, IN

Every bride wants to look beautiful on their wedding day. With all the time and money put into picking the perfect dress, the prefect hairstyle and flawless makeup, we think that it is absolutely crucial to also choose a photographer who will capture all the special moments of your big day. You will have these pictures forever, and trust us… there is a HUGE difference between hiring a professional and having your friends take pictures.

Last month, we posted pictures from a bridal party whose hair we styled. We were so excited when they shared pictures and a special video with us from the wedding. This bridal party was such a fun group of girls and we were happy to be a part of the big day. The photographer who shot their wedding, Brian Powell, did an outstanding job! These pictures turned out so well that we just had to share them with you! This picture video he did is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in wedding photography. 🙂

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A Day at Serenity: Bridal Party Hair :)

We had so much fun getting these lovely ladies styled for a wedding! Check out the hair…

Stylist, Ginger putting the finishing touches on the gorgeous bride!

Back view of bride’s style

Blair Waldorf?

Halloween Wigs: How to Fix and Wear a Synthetic Hair Wig

Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you picked out a costume months in advance or are waiting for an idea you hit you at the last minute, a wig might be the finishing touch. This is the best time of year to buy costume wigs because there are a lot of options and they are cheap. Let’s be honest though; most of these cheap wigs don’t come out of the package looking like the gorgeous, finished hair on the model in the picture. In reality the wig could come out tangled, frizzy and generally resemble a sort of hot mess. Don’t freak out though. With proper care, your $8 wig can actually look pretty awesome. Just follow these simple tips and you can end up with really fun and well-styled hair this Halloween.

1. If your wig comes out frizzy and tangled wash and/or condition it. I suggest using a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically design for synthetic hair. (If you don’t have one, a gentle, regular shampoo and conditioner will likely also do the job.)

Wig Shampoo from Sally’s Beauty Supply $8.99. Reduces static and increases manageability.

This spray in conditioner will de-tangle, add shine and generally re-vamp your synthetic hair wig. This spray is at Sally’s Beauty Supply for $8.99 and could be used with it’s partner shampoo (above) or alone after rinsing the wig.

2.) To ensure that your wig will set nicely as it dries, use a wig stand. These are pretty cheap and will make a big difference because your wig will dry faster and you can set it exactly how you want, so it doesn’t dry misshapen from being bent or flat on one side.

This wig stand retails for $6.99 online, which we suggest because they may be tricky to find in stores.

 

3. Gently brush your wig from ends upward to detangle, being careful not to pull hair out of the base. You may lose some hair and this is normal, but careless brushing can tear the hair and make your wig look pretty bad. You might find it easier to brush your wig while it is wet, after you have put some conditioner on it.

Using a special wig brush can make brushing easier and help maintain your wig. If you don’t want to use a wig brush, that’s okay too! Most brushes will work.

4. DO NOT use heat on synthetic hair. A curling or flat iron will burn and melt your wig. You will probably be safe with using a blow-dryer ONLY if your blow dryer has a cool setting (so again, no heat). If you need to spruce up the style – wash and condition it, brush it out and set it how you want, then set it on a wig stand to dry.

5. Wearing a wig cap can help keep all your hair underneath the wig in place. That way no random pieces will be sticking out from under your wig. These are really cheap and worth it if you are wearing a wig. They can be bought online and found in stores (a Sally’s Beauty Supply near you will likely carry them.)

Hair Crack: A Habit Forming Hair Fix Product

This Crack isn’t wack!

Ok, so I have to admit, when our sales rep first brought “Crack” into the salon I was definitely surprised by its name. This product has been getting a lot of attention lately from both the public and the press. After trying Crack, (yes, that will take some getting used to…) I can see why it is getting all this buzz. Obviously the name is bound to get some attention, but the product actually works. Crack is both a conditioning and a smoothing treatment in one.

What it Does:

            • Strengthens and repairs hair from the inside out.
            • Smooths hair
            • Adds shine
            • Reduces breakage by over 80%
            • Detangles hair
            • Protects hair from heat/thermal styling
            • Protects hair from the sun and chlorine

Crack does not build up on the hair and has no harsh chemicals. If you have ever called yourself a “product junkie” because you’ve accumulated so many products in the search for smooth and healthy hair… you can officially recover…. Crack will replace all of the product cocktails you may have tried. It transforms damaged, frizzy hair into smooth and healthy.

Crack Retails at Serenity Hair Design for 19.95

Crack in the Press (January 2012 issue)

If you have ever used Crack, feel free to comment and leave suggestions/tips! 🙂

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!

Curl Talk: How to Fix Frizzy, Dry, Curly Hair

If you find yourself stressing over your curls – stop! Seriously. Stop. Embrace your curls. Work with them, not against them. Working with your natural texture will save you a ton of time in up-keeping high-maintenance hair. There are however things that you can and should do to keep that natural texture looking its best. Read on to see my top tips for curly girls.

1. This is one that surprises people sometimes… Don’t shampoo your hair everyday! While keeping your hair and scalp clean is important, you do not need to shampoo your hair everyday to achieve this. Over-shampooing can dry your hair out. If you are used to shampooing everyday, I suggest switching to every other. How often you should shampoo depends mostly on your hair type and how dry your hair is. I have many clients who have reported shampooing 1-2 times a week to elicit the best results for their curly hair. Need to wet your hair to style it? Try rinsing and conditioning only on off-days.

2. If you use hard or well water, get a Malibu treatment or try using a Ion Crystal Clarifying treatment once a month or so to purify the hair and remove build-up. Even if you don’t have hard water or well water, this can be a great thing to do occasionally to deep clean you hair.

3. Moisturize! Make sure that you are using a moisture rich conditioner. If your hair is really dry, you should be using a deep moisturizing treatment at least once every 2 weeks.

4. Don’t blow-dry your hair 100% regularly. If you are up for spending some time on your style then go for it; otherwise, I recommend using a diffuser and only drying the hair about 80% or letting it air dry completely when you can.

5. Invest in good products! If you’re not sure what to use, ask your stylist to recommend a product for you. Your curl-type will determine what product is best for you. For instance if your hair is frizzy and very curly, you may need a straightening creme balm to smooth frizz and soften/define your curls. If your hair is fine and/or your curls tend to fall flat, you might want to try a bodifying creme-mousse like Redken’s Aerate.

6. To make your hair look polished without spending hours on it, try curling a few random pieces with a curling iron. Don’t worry about sectioning the hair or anything. Just grab some medium sized chunks and curl, working mostly around the face and top. These will blend in well with your other curls and give your style a very finished look. The best part is, it only takes a few minutes!

Redken’s Ringlet is one of our favorite products for curly hair! (Click the image to learn more.)


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.