Make Your Hair Look Longer

Who hasn’t wanted long, beautiful hair at some point in their life? Long hair can be so much fun and you have tons of options for styling! However, if you don’t have super long hair, or you are in the process of growing your hair long, there are a few styles we can show you to make your hair appear longer! Take this expert advice and create the illusion of longer hair to start off the new year looking amazing!
Our first styling tip for longer-looking hair is the “double-pony tail”. By wearing a high and a low pony tail, your hair will look extra long, and guess what?- Nobody will be able to tell that you are sporting two pony tails! First divide your hair into two sections-top and bottom. Then put the top half of your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head. After creating the top-pony you want to take the hair from the bottom section and add it to the top section, then secure with a non-damaging hair elastic. This will create the illusion of long layers in your hair and make your hair look super long! Kim Kardashian definitely has our long-pony tail envy!
Our second tip for creating the illusion of longer hair is to have your stylist cut long layers into your hair. The uneven edge will make your hair look longer and will make the eye not focus on a straight edge. This is a perfect and very subtle way to make your hair look longer than it actually is! For this style we definitely draw inspiration from Beyonce’s look!
Our third styling tip we have for you is to refrain from using heat on your hair as much as possible! Treating your hair with heat will damage your ends, and make them look rather straggly and unhealthy. This will cause the ends of your hair to break off and hinder your growth process. Using heat is definitely okay and in fact, necessary at times, but be kind to your hair and give it a break when you can! Long hair looks SO much better when it is healthy!
We hope you try out some of these tips and we wish you luck in your long hair journey! Be sure to stop by the salon for more expert tips and styling! We want to hear from you and see your gorgeous hair photos! Tweet us @jfrancisbeauty and tag us on Instagram @johnfrancisbeauty!

Achieve Frizz-free Hair!

Nobody wants frizzy hair! Are we right?! Believe it or not, achieving a sleek, frizz-free look is easier than you may think! By simply using the right products you can transform your hair so it is much easier to manage and style! Take our tips from an expert and you will be looking good!
1. Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.
When you are choosing your shampoo and conditioner, be sure to pay attention to what hair type the product is suited for! If you tend to have super oily hair, go for a clarifying shampoo. If you have super dry hair, pick out a more moisturizing shampoo. Also, be sure to stay away from products that contain alcohol! Choosing the wrong products for you hair can actually leave you with over-dry, dull hair, making it more difficult to get the sleek look you are going for!
2. Use the right styling products for your hair.
After getting out of the shower, you can apply a smoothing serum to freshly-washed, damp hair. You want to be sure to avoid putting hair serum close to your roots, as it can make your hair appear greasy. Only apply the serum to the bottom half of your hair, using just a small amount. Too much serum can make your hair go flat and look fine
3. Healthy hair is shiny, sleek hair.
Drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods are also super good for your hair, and can make it extra shiny! Limiting the amount of heat you use on your hair is also great for your hair! Save the heat for special occasions and your hair will thank you!
The next time you are in the salon be sure to ask about which products will suit your hair type the best! Can’t wait to get you your sleek, shiny look for the new year! Follow us on Instagram to see recent works @johnfrancisbeauty!

Hair Looks of the Past, With a Modern Twist

Let’s face it, this is the time to look glamorous and try out a bold look! The New Year is practically here, and why not try something new?( yet old!) What other time can you pull off an entire outfit of sequins, a bright red lip, and glitter eye shadow? But don’t forget about your hair! How about putting a modern twist on a timeless look for your upcoming New Year’s party? These four, classic hair looks of the past will pull your party look together and make you look fabulous!

Flashback to the 1920s

Gorgeous, finger waves are totally 20s and totally timeless! They give you an extremely refined, classic beauty, but they are also sexy and sleek! For a definite 1920s recreation, this look will look great on a bob-haircut, but it will also look amazing on longer hair as well! Loosening the waves a bit with you fingers before adding a shine, hold hairspray will make the look a bit more modern. Pair with a sparkly, knee-length dress and you will be looking like a modern babe with a 1920s twist!

Flashback to the 1940s

The 1940s were a time of classic beauty. Simple, yet sexy dresses and romantic hair were a staple of the time. To get a gorgeous look inspired by the 1940s simply, curl you hair all over in large, looser ringlets. This look creates a romantic, girly, but still very put together and sexy vibe! To complete this 1940s recreation try a pencil skirt, a strand of pearls and some patent leather pumps! Not only is this hair look great for a party, but it is also beautiful for everyday wear!

Flashback to the 1960s

Try something new for your upcoming party and go for a 1960s inspired up-do! Give your hair a deep, side part, tease away, and swoop it up into a twist! Leave your bangs out and pinned to the side and add a touch of strong hold hairspray for an authentic sixties look! This glamourous look is sure to catch attention at your New Year’s party! Pair your fabulous hair style with a swing dress and some cute boots and you are a modern day 1960s babe!

Flashback to the 1970s

Recreating a 1970s party look is perhaps the most trendy and common out of the bunch! Gorgeous braids are super popular and can basically be paired with any look you desire! For a pretty, party look part your hair down the middle and either add some wave or go for a pin-straight look. Take a section from each side and create a small braid, connecting both in the back of your hair. This look will keep your hair out of your face while you dance the night away, but will still give you a gorgeous party style! Add a dress with some bell-sleeves and you are a modern-day, seventies babe!
We want to see your decade recreations! Tag us on Twitter @jfrancisbeauty or on Instagram @JohnFrancisBeauty!

A Little Bit of Holiday Sparkle

Sparkle is the name of the game when it comes to styling for the holidays! Everywhere you look there is a bit of extra glitter, so why not carry this trend over to your hair?! While this may not be an everyday look, it is definitely fun to jazz up your hair for the holiday season! Pulling off a touch of sparkle this season is super simple, as long as you don’t go overboard! We have collected five ways for you to add a little holiday cheer to your hair looks this season!
  1. Hair Gems
Hair gems are really great for a subtle shine “here and there” throughout your hair. These gems come in a pack and you basically iron them on to your hair with your straightening iron. They will stay in your hair for about a week and will withstand washing, blowdrying, straightening, and curling! For a super-glam, holiday party look, braid your hair into a loose fishtail braid and add the hair gems throughout your braid!
  1. Sparkle Hair Clips
An even more temporary option to adding a bit of sparkle to your holiday look is to use a hair clip or barrette! This extra bit of sparkle adds some drama to your look and makes it look even more glamourous. Swoop your hair up into a low bun, or side twist, add a sparkle clip, and you are party ready!
  1. Sparkly headbands
Want a work-appropriate sparkle level for everyday wear that is not too flashy? Try using a headband with some shine to it! These can be found at almost any store, but Anthropogie makes beautiful pieces! A sparkly headband is the perfect amount of sparkle for day wear or work, but it still keeps your hair out of your face so you can focus.
  1. Hair Tinsel
Hair Tinsel is a super fun way of adding some sparkle to your hair for the holidays! Lasting a few weeks, hair tinsel is tied onto your strands and is easily styled with any hair style you choose! Choose a color that is similar to your current hair color for a more natural, subtle look, with just the right amount of shine.
  1. Glitter Spray
Glitter spray may seem intimidating, and a bit too on the costume side of the spectrum, but believe it or not there is a subtle way to style glitter spray! You can buy glitter hair spray in a light-hold spray or super fine glitter. Depending on how close or far away from your head that you spray will control the intensity of the glitter! You are in control, my friend!
We hope these ideas gave you some festive, holiday hair inspiration! Who doesn’t love a bit of shine and glitter during the holidays! We hope you and yours are enjoying the season, and we want to see your holiday looks! Tag us on Instagram @johnfrancisbeauty, and on twitter @jfrancisbeauty!