By lemaster 09 Jul, 2016

You're not dressed until your hair is done!

How you wear your hair style says a lot about your looks, your likes and your lifestyle. So it’s worth finding a style that really suits you. Hair is a badge of identity. While it can say many different things about who you are any given day...Subtle, sexy, striking…It also defines your mood or mode of the moment. Although we have plenty of factors that should be taken into consideration, based on the shape and features of your face, the texture of your hair, age and lifestyle that can help and keep you find your most wearable style. 

Form follows function. Choose your hairstyle to suit your lifestyle.

When choosing a cut and style, remember that your hair is something that you wear every day. Decide how much effort you’re willing to commit to devote to grooming and maintenance without altering your lifestyle; and be honest! Ask yourself, "How much time do I actually have?" Then choose a style you can achieve daily without going out of your way to accommodate your hair needs.

The texture of your hair is a key in choosing suitable style. Straight, fine hair versus curly hair determines the direction of style choice. Consider the location and climate you live in, and your hair's natural tendencies. How it falls; how it grows where it parts. Though styling tools and products can help you get the look you’re after, think about how much time and effort it will take to attempt to defy what ‘Mother Nature’ intended. I believe hairstyles have a maximum lifespan; however, a well-cut style will grow out gracefully.

By lemaster 09 Jul, 2016

A fringe is a smart option when you want to change your image and bring a fresh perspective to a hairstyle you are bored with without going for a total restyle. It helps draw attention to great eyes, disguises an uneven hairline and frown lines.

The catwalk shows are the catalyst for many hair trends, and the stylists backstage say the fringe is the perfect accompaniment to the ponytails and half ups so much in vogue at the moment. The bold blunt cut fringe has proved to be one of the definitive interpretations of the fringe in recent years, as the fresh-faced young models can carry off the archetypal schoolgirl version to perfection. However the look may be either too severe (brunettes) or too girlie (blondes) if you’re in your mid thirties and upwards, so choose lighter feathered versions instead. Also steer clear of heavy fringes if you have a round or square shaped face, make the fringe thin and wispy so you can see your forehead through it and therefore gives the illusion of length in the face. Long faces can be shortened to more balanced proportions with a heavier fringe.

Cleopatra - blunt - severe, straight and wide, either curved up toward the temple to lift the eye and open the cheekbone or curved down and wide to broaden the face at the cheekbone.

Micro - very very short - think Mia Farrow, a gamine feel that’s only for the brave or the confident.

Feathered and wispy - a flattering option with a lot of the weight removed, for a softer more separated feel, but the length remains.

Choppy/chewed - a heavily texturised fringe, particularly suitable for naturally wavy hair and textured shapes and creates a face framing jagged effect.

Asymmetric - deliberately lopsided. Mainly cut on a diagonal from short to long.

By lemaster 09 Jul, 2016

If you ask people what they expect when they visit their hairdresser, they all say “One that listens to them and understands their needs”. Cutting hair is easy; making sure we understand what our clients want and assessing if that is really the best hairstyle for their face shape and lifestyle is often harder.

  • Take along some pictures, use images to explain what you want, bring as many as you require to get the look across, find a hairdresser who takes the time to understand what you want.
  • Spending money on a quality cut from a reputable salon that values staff education and training will save you money in the long run.
  • Be specific; explain your fashion tastes and the amount of time you spend on your hair each day.
  • Do you have an area that annoys you? You know, the piece of hair that you fiddle with or touch most of the time. Can something be done about it?
  • What are your hair habits? Do you like to tuck your hair behind your ears? Will your new style accommodate this?
  • Check out some of the looks that the salon is creating. If you see one you like, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Would it work and what is involved and that includes the styling tools and products needed to maintain the style.
  • Listen to the hairdresser's feedback about the hairstyle you have selected. A skilled stylist knows what look will complement your best features. Be prepared for alternatives and a different perspective from  what you are used to.
By lemaster 09 Jul, 2016

I often have clients getting confused by hairdressing jargon and cutting techniques especially in the area of hair design – line, graduation and layering where the latter become the most confusing.

So in the following paragraphs I will explain the differences and when to use them.

Line: directs attention to complementary facial features (cheek bone, lips, jawline, eyes) and divides or frames an area of the face and neck. A bow shaped fringe lifting higher towards the temples will bring attention to the eyes and open up the cheekbones. 

Graduation: builds up recessed areas of the bone structure and the face shape, creating width and or volume to narrow or flatten heads. This form of cutting hair, I believe, is great for fine hair because you are stacking the hair; nape to crown-shorter to longer creating volume. Short to mid length shapes work best with this technique.

Layers: can soften angular areas of the face shape and complement weaker neck lines. In addition they can flatten bulbous areas of the head shape. Layers are particularly good for removing excess length and weight while imparting various degrees of texture. This can either be soft and feather like or chunky and disheveled. Layers work well on many lengths and shapes.

By lemaster 09 Jul, 2016

A good hairbrush should do far more than just brush hair, but buying the right one can be very confusing. There are two important factors to consider: finding the appropriate brush for your hair type and styling regimen and making sure you get a quality brush

The Styler “salon favourite”

“Denman or Vess” is a brand name often used to describe this type of brush. They have no vents and a solid cushion backing. The bristles are on one side only and form a slight half circle bend. They are available in two sizes, 7 row and 9 row. They are best used on bob shape cuts and mid length hair using a “wrap dry” technique to achieve a little root lift and to smooth and straighten the lengths and ends of the hair.

Vent Brush

A vent hair brush could be either cylindrical or flat but its specialty is that it contains holes or small openings on its base. It could be either concentrated to only the middle or it could be spaced out throughout the brush. This provides ventilation for the hair letting air to pass through the brush which speeds up the blow drying process; hence, the name. For this very same reason, its bristles are also widely spaced. This brush is also great for adding volume and shaping the hair.

Round Brushes

The name “round brush” describes itself but the most important thing to realise about it is that it’s not just for creating curl. The more open bristle type is used for achieving maximum height and lift. The densely packed real bristle round brush is great at smoothing and straightening your hair with the tension needed for hair that naturally has a wave or curl. The size of the brush you need depends on the length of your hair and the effect you want. The basic rule is that the smaller the round of the brush the tighter the curl.

Thermal Brush

Not a brush type but a version really, these come as vent or styler types. If time is your concern then a thermal brush could be what you need. They work by using a metal or heat conductive material at the center of the brush; this gets hot using the heat from your hair dryer. Therefore as you increase the heat that is drying your hair it will be working not only on the surface of the hair, but internally as well. You can get effects that are rather like setting your hair on rollers when you get really good with one of these! You most commonly find round thermal brushes but they also come as vent or styler types.

Paddle Brush

Great for straightening medium to long hair, a paddle brush smooths as it lengthens. As opposed to the round hair brush, this style encourages hair to lie flat and is better for hair which is not layered too much: Made for medium to long hair, this brush is a daily brush that massages the scalp and can perform the same duties as the half-round brush.

Here are some additional hairbrush tips:

  • Look at a good brush like an investment. If it’s high quality and well taken care of, a good hairbrush will last for years.
  • Clean your hairbrushes regularly. Oils and greasy hair residue take away from their performance. Rub another brush into the bristles to lift and loosen trapped hair. Gently soak your brushes in warm water with a little shampoo.

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