Monthly Archives: October 2014

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How often should you cut your hair?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman with the perfect haircut wants to keep it looking as perfect as possible.  One of the keys to keeping your locks looking their best is to know how often to get a trim.  Obviously, this depends largely on the length of your hair as well as the chemical processes and products to which your hair may be exposed.  Here are a few quick tips and guidelines to help keep your mane manageable.

The average person has hair growth of about one half inch a month.  Of course, this can differ slightly from person to person, but it’s a good place to start.  For those of you with long hair, it’s important to keep in mind that the hair at the ends is older hair, and thus is more prone to breakage and split ends, especially if you dye or highlight.  Long hair should be cut every 8 to 12 weeks, and if you notice breakage or split ends a haircut may be needed as frequently as every 6 to 8 weeks. If you want your hair to grow longer, a stylist should only trim about a half inch off the ends.  To keep it the same length, talk with your stylist about how much or how little would work best for you.

For medium length hair the same general rules for long hair apply.  A haircut every 6 to 12 weeks will do just fine for your ‘do.  If you’re growing your hair out, you may want to take more time between trims.

Short hair usually has a particular style to it, and thus you will need haircuts more frequently in order to keep that feather cut fresh.  Short styles need a trim every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on how fast you gauge your hair to grow.

If you frequently color, highlight, perm or straighten your hair, you may notice a need for a trim more frequently.  As mentioned, chemical processes such as these can take cost your coiffure and will require more regular attention.

Here’s to keeping our tresses terrific!

Bobby Pins, Baby

You may be getting ready to learn something that is potentially life-altering here, so consider yourself warned.  You’re entire life you have probably been using bobby pins wrong.  Something so simple, yet it has the potential to majorly rock your beauty routine.

So, picture the bobby pin.  Straight on one side, groovy on the other.  Here’s the thing: the grooved side is supposed to go down against the scalp.  Yes, you read that right, that is the side that should go against your scalp.  Turns out that this side is meant to grip your hair while the straight side is meant to press your hair down into the grooves.  It has been rumored that utilizing the pins in this way will mean that you will not need to adjust or tighten the bobby pins in order to get them to stay for an entire day.  It’s like they’re designed, when used properly, to stay put.  Who’d have thought it?

Another tip for making the pins stick is to spray them with hairspray before you place them in your ‘do.  This allows for some extra grip.  So if you’ve been afraid to attempt that beehive ‘do because of non-sticking bobby pins, now’s your chance to try!

Bang! Bang! Shot me dead…

Bangs—the final hair frontier.  Should you be a voyager on the Starship Bang-erprise or not?  Will Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” be your siren song, or your walk of shame?  Well, the good news is that most people can pull off a bang and daresay should try a bang.  It just depends on your face shape as to what kind of bang will make you bangin’.

Now that all the bad bang puns are mostly out of the way, let’s talk faces.  Square faces, which have an equal width and height, look best with a feathery bang.  You do not want to go heavy or blunt with a bang, but softness will definitely pay refinement rewards.

For heart shaped faces, which are wider at the forehead, a side-swept bang is the top choice for your tresses. You’ll want to keep it shorter at the sides in order to draw attention to your eyes, and to soften the angular features of your face.

For round faces, you’ll want to keep the bangs a bit wispy.  Showing a little forehead will keep the bangs light.  Also, asymmetrical bangs and gently arching bangs that are longer on the sides will help lengthen your face.

For oval faces, you basically won the face shape lottery here because you can pull off any style of bang your little oval faced heart desires. A cut across the brow line will add width to your face, so go for it.  Long bangs, heavy bangs, light bangs, blunt bangs, you can make it all work.  The rest of us will try really hard to work on not hating your bang carte blanche.

A few other tips to add here for flawless fringe. The number one thing, if you remember nothing else from this article, is that you need to know that bangs are NEVER a do it yourself job.  No.  Do not do it.  Seek professional help for this one.  Also, the texture of your hair is very important.  Straight or wavy hair will do best with bangs, while curly or very textured hair can utilize other cut techniques to frame the face.  Skin type is also very important.  Oily hair and skin will not rock a bang look because bangs rest on your forehead.  So, if you’re prone to breakouts you may want to keep your hair off your forehead.