THE REVISED BOB (JANUARY JONES + CIARA + DAKOTA JOHNSON)

Last time we talked we spoke about the Blunt Bob, a big hair trend in 2017. What’s possibly an even bigger trend this year? The modern bob, or better known as the long bob- the lob. As the name suggests, this cut is the longer version of the classic bob. Typically this cut hits right at the shoulders or below with little to no layers. It’s universally flattering and not really a traditional “short haircut” which makes it super versatile. Because it’s not very short you are still able to pull your hair out of your face into a ponytail or bun. Since there are little or no layers you’ll have a clean looking pony or bun with no pieces sticking out. If your hair is feeling heavy or like it’s too thick with the shorter cut, you can always opt for layers in your lob and make it choppier.

January Jones styles her lob with some choppy layers
While we’ve been talking about cuts so much let’s get into color for a minute. A lob works with virtually any hair color. If your hair is a singular color and you’re feeling like your hair is looking a little bland without layers try adding some light. Highlights or a balayage are the way to go. This adds movement and texture to the hair breaking it up and making it look more interesting and on trend. If you do opt for some layers highlights can really accentuate them and bring the whole style together. Adding lightness to the hair makes it look less graphic so it really depends what kind of look you’re going for.

In this photo Ciara showcases how adding lightness to the lob can really transform the look
As with the previously talked about classic bob, any hair texture will work with this cut. If you have curly or wavy hair stay away from too many layers as it can make the cut look out of control and unruly. The goal with this cut is to make it look effortless and chic so less is more.

Dakota Johnson is the definition of chic with her tousled modern bob and side swept bangs

Hair Cutting: Dry vs. Wet (John Sahag + John Francis + Demi Moore)

When you get your hair done, does your hair stylist cut your hair wet or dry? The most common answer now a days is wet. However, dry hair cutting is a revolutionary way of cutting hair! The technique was coined by John Sahag, who was known as the first internationally-recognized freelance hairstylist. He performed his hair magic on celebrities from Gweneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt to Jennifer Anniston and Mick Jagger! Sahag is famous for giving Demi Moore her signature “boy cut” in the film “The Ghost”.

Dry cutting the hair involves cutting the hair in a series of layers before washing and coloring, to ensure a precise and even cut. It allows both the hair stylist and the client to see that shape of the hair as it forms through the cut, rather than waiting for the big reveal after the wash and blow dry! If you have ever experience a drastic change at the salon, you can imagine that this might be a good way to go.
When you hair is wet, it does not show its true length or volume, so cutting dry really gives your hair the benefit of the doubt. Your stylist is able to see every cowlick, curl, wave, and uneven length you have going on. When you hair is wet, it is almost impossible to see all of those imperfections.

Our very own John Francis has been cutting hair dry, just like John Sahag for over 10 years! He has been praised for his dry-cutting techniques and has been lovingly compared to Sahag over and over again. John Francis travels from celebrity client to client performing his dry-cutting, hair magic, just like Sahag once did! It is uncommon to find a hair stylist who cuts hair dry, but the advantages of cutting hair dry in comparison to wet are huge! If you have never had your hair cut dry, we encourage you to give it a go, drop into the salon for a consultation!

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Spring Hair Styles: (Blake Lively, Solange, Kendall Jenner, Zendaya)

Last week we covered the hot, new trends in hair cuts, and now it’s time to show you some fresh hair styles to rock with your new cut! Trying out a few new hair styles every season can really help to keep you excited about your look, so let’s dive right into this season’s hottest hair styles!
Braids, Braids, Braids
With festival season coming up quickly, it is no surprise that braids are hot for Spring! Braids are so versatile and can represent any look from boho to street to glam! Whether you want to look dolled up for a night out or super casual for running errands, braids are definitely a great option! Our favorite gal Blake Lively is always killing it in the braid game!

Big, Voluminous Waves
Waves are a look that any woman can rock! Whether you rock your natural waves or you have to enhance your hair with a hair wand, waves are this seasons hottest texture! Brush your waves out a bit to make them a bit messy and undone, pair with your favorite maxi dress and sandals and you look you like are ready to strut the streets, my friend! Solange is definitely our wavy hair idol!

Slick it Back
Creating a slicked back look instantly adds a bit of drama and elegance to your look. Not to mention- it only takes a few seconds! If you feel like your look needs a bit of polish, go for a strong part and a bit of strong-hold hair gel to really smooth out the look, are ready to take on the day! Kendall Jenner really shows us how to turn heads working the slicked back look in a soft way!

Loose-Ends Bun
The topknot has been a staple hair style for years now, but we are adding a small twist! Keeping the ends of your bun loose gives a fun, fresh vibe to the classic topknot! The bun can still be secure, but leaving the ends out makes your bun look a bit more laid back and casual. This look is great for everyday, or even for the office! Our gorgeous gal, Zendaya, took this look to the red carpet and looked stunning!

What are your go-to hair styles? We want to hear from you! Tweet us @jfrancisbeauty and tag us in your gorgeous hair photos on Instagram @johnfrancisbeauty!

Spring Cuts: (Vanessa Hudgens + Jennifer Aniston + Chrissy Teigen + Ali Larter + Olivia Wilde)

It is starting to warm up a bit, which means its time to give your look a boost! We have gathered the seasons hottest, new trends in hair cuts and brought them right here for you! These looks are classics that will look chic, beautiful, and stunning with all of your amazing Spring fashions we know you can’t wait to bust out of of your closets! So, let’s jump right in to this season’s hottest trends in haircuts!
LONG LAYERS:
Layers are the perfect option for the gal that just wants to add a bit of freshness to her hair for the new season. A drastic change isn’t her speed, but she still wants to look chic and on-trend. Layers give your hair dimension and shape and allow your hair to look more voluminous and full. Vanessa Hudgens is known to rock this look!

BLUNT, JUST-BELOW-SHOULDER-LENGTH CUT:
A mid-length cut is awesome for someone who doesn’t want to take the plunge and chop off too much hair, but they still get a dramatic look with the blunt edge. Khloe Kardashian has rocked this look for years, but most recently, Chrissy Teigen has been seen looking absolutely stunning with this look!

A-LINE BOB:
The a-line look is a bit more bold, but a great transition cut for those that want to test out a short look! Going shorter in the back allows you to still have the comfort of the longer hair the in the front while testing the waters of the length in the back. Ali Larter has the perfect length a-line bob!

LONG BOB AND BANGS:
The long bob is a style that almost any face shape can wear! Whether you wear is with texture or blown-out straight, it still looks beautiful. Olivia Wilde’s rocks a beautiful, textured bob with soft bangs

CHOPPY LAYERS:
If you aren’t in to chopping off your locks, but still want a fresh, new do, then why not add some spunky layers? It is a fun, sexy look that is put-together and easy to style! Jennifer Aniston’s choppy layered look is gorgeous and simple!

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What Hairstyle Should I Get? (Ginnifer Goodwin, Selena Gomez, Keira Knightley, Ashley Greene, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Simpson, Halle Berry, and Taylor Swift)

Sometimes you want to switch up your look but you aren’t exactly sure where to start. There a few little things to consider when choosing a new hair style for yourself that will help you pick a look that will make you look your best! We have them all laid out here for you along with some of our favorite celebrity inspiration photos to make your hair transformation journey as smooth-sailing as possible!

Step #1: Determine your length based on your face shape

Choosing the most flattering length for you is highly based on your face shape! You can easily determine your face shape based on the photos included below, and after you have done that, you are open to world of possibilities when it comes to hairstyles! A few examples of flattering lengths for each face shape are as follows:

Oval: For a short cut, try out a short, angular bob with chin-length layers like Keira Knightley. On the long side, go for a sleek, shoulder-length blowout like Ashley Greene!

Round: For a short cut, go for some spiky layers like Ginnifer Goodwin! If long hair is more your speed, go for long layers that hit around your jaw-line like Selena Gomez.


Square: Try out a short, layered bob with subtle bangs for a short cut like Cameron Diaz! For a longer style, try out collarbone-length hair with longer bangs to the cheekbone Jessica Simpson.


Heart: A pixie cut with short layers on the top is the perfect short cut for heart shaped gals like Halle Berry! For a long cut, try out a collarbone length cut or a super long layers with full bangs Like Taylor Swift!


Step #2: Choose your hair color based on your skin tone
You want to be sure to choose a hair color that flatters your skin tone and makes sense for your lifestyle! Determining whether your skin tone is deep, warm, cool, or neutral is essential in figuring out the most flattering hair color for you! This is something that your hairstylist can do for you when you come in for your consultation! Giving you the most flattering look is what they are trained to do,so you are sure to walk out the salon looking fabulous!
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FIND THE PERFECT CUT FOR YOUR(DIAMOND) FACE SHAPE

As we discussed in our last post there are many factors that can go into determining the perfect haircut for you as an individual. However, The most important element is identifying the shape of your face. In this face shape series we will help you identify the cut that will work best for you. So here is the question? What is your Face Shape? Heart, Long, Round, Square, Oval or Diamond? Today we discuss the Diamond Face Shape.
Diamond
The diamond shaped face is widest at the cheekbones with a narrowing forehead and a skinny, pointed chin.
CELEB DIAMOND FACE SHAPE: Tyra Banks, Serena Williams, Brandy, Scarlett Johansson
What is the perfect hairstyle, for a diamond shaped face?
  • Your face shape is balanced and dramatic. Experiment with a variety of styles. Almost everything works with your face, as long as you are a true diamond. You can wear shorter styles. However, if you are a dramatic diamond shape, you need to leave weight in the back nape area like someone with a heart shaped face. This will achieve more balance between your dramatic cheekbones and more delicate chin line.
  • Fringe options: Bangs (fringe) that sweep to one side
AVOID: The good news is you can do just about everything, but try not to wear too much hair on your face because you don`t want to hide your great features! I also suggest you avoid really short styles, a part in the center and styles that add fullness at your cheeks.
ALWAYS: Take a few photos of styles you like and take them to your hairdresser. They can best advice you on what will work best with your face shape, personality and lifestyle.
We hope you have enjoyed this Face Shape series. Happy styling!

FIND THE PERFECT CUT FOR YOUR(OVAL) FACE SHAPE

As we discussed in our last post there are many factors that can go into determining the perfect haircut for you as an individual. However, The most important element is identifying the shape of your face. In this face shape series we will help you identify the cut that will work best for you. So here is the question? What is your Face Shape? Heart, Long, Round, Square, Oval or Diamond? Today we discuss the Oval Face Shape.
CELEB OVAL FACE SHAPE: Charlize Theron, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce Knowles, Mariah Carey, Uma Thurman, Elle Macpherson, Victoria Beckham
Oval
An oval face shape has a curvilinear shape. The length of the face is proportional to the width. The forehead and jaw are also the same width.
What is the perfect hairstyle for an oval face?
You lucky thing! Almost any style will look good on you.
Do you have long, thick, curly hair?
  • Ask your hairdresser to cut it so the curls are looser and to take out the thickness. Then sweep the top part back for a soft, flirty, sexy look. Want to get rid of your curls? Chop them out with a short, messy crop.
Fine Hair?
  • If you’d like your hair long ask your stylist for soft layers. This is the best way to add volume and sex appeal. If you want to go super short, you’re in luck. Your hair texture and face shape is ideal to carry off one of my favorite styles. A short, messy style is ideal.
Medium-textures hair?
  • Try, a fair amount of layers to keep it soft with a bit of edginess! Think modern.
Fringe options: Always keep soft looking and not too blunt or hard, as that look can age you, as well as, give you a hard look.
Color you sexy: Ask your stylist about low lighting the hair around your face to elongate your oval shape.
AVOID:  Heavy bangs. It may appear to add weight to your face.
ALWAYS: Take a few photos of styles you like and take them to your hairdresser. They can best advice you on what will work best with your face shape, personality and lifestyle.

FIND THE PERFECT CUT FOR YOUR(SQUARE) FACE SHAPE

As we discussed in our last post there are many factors that can go into determining the perfect haircut for you as an individual. However, The most important element is identifying the shape of your face. In this face shape series we will help you identify the cut that will work best for you. So here is the question? What is your Face Shape? Heart, Long, Round, Square, Oval or Diamond? Today we discuss the Square Face Shape.
SQUARE
A square shaped face is strong and broad with the cheek, forehead, and jaw measurements almost the same.
CELEB SQUARE FACE SHAPE: Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Demi Moore, Lucy Lui, Natalie Portman, Kristen Wiig
What is the perfect hairstyle of a Square Shaped Face?
OVERALL: Your perfect hairstyle options are surprisingly sexy. A style that is feathered at the top and soft around your ears is an instant disguise for a square jaw.
Do you have fine hair?
  • A long straight cut with root lift is absolutely perfect and flattering for a wide jaw.
Do you have curly hair?
  • If you have curly hair, coax soft, sexy, textured layers around your face to soften your strong features.
Fringe options: Most hair types, except curly will be able to take a fringe that touches the eyebrows and which is longer and layered at the sides. However, if your hair is thick or frizzy layer the fringe throughout to thin it out.
Color you sexy: Lightening hair all around the face will soften a square face.
AVOID:
 As a rule of thumb avoid long straight styles that accentuate the jaw. Straight bangs, center parts and really short cuts are also to be avoided.
OVERALL: Make sure in styling that you achieve some roundness to the shape and some height at the crown or bangs and you will be on the right track.
ALWAYS: Take a few photos of styles you like and take them to your hairdresser. They can best advice you on what will work best with your face shape, personality and lifestyle.
Next post we will discuss the Oval Face Shape.

Find The Perfect Cut For Your (Round) Face Shape

As we discussed in our last post there are many factors that can go into determining the perfect haircut for you as an individual. However, The most important element is identifying the shape of your face. In this face shape series we will help you identify the cut that will work best for you. So here is the question? What is your Face Shape? Heart, Long, Round, Square, Oval or Diamond? Today we discuss the Round Face Shape.
ROUND
A round shape face is just about equal in width and length.
CELEB ROUND SHAPE: Kate Bosworth, Olivia Munn, Charlize Theron, Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Kirsten Dunst, Adele
What is the perfect hairstyle of a Round Shaped Face? The secret to accentuating a round face is to create the illusion of length!
Do you have medium to long curly hair?
  • Ask your stylist for choppy layers through the back and bottom of your hair to give it some shape and sex appeal.
Do you have Straight hair?
  • The golden rule to remember is that round faces need a style that has longer layers that fall into place and frame your face.
  • The goal is to lengthen your cheeks making them look slimmer and your cheekbones more structured.
  • Try a modern bob cut with layers that fall softly on to the face.
Fringe options: Long wispy fringe will look great for a round face. If your hair is thicker, a longer fringe that you can sweep to the side will lengthen your face.
Color you sexy: Low lights at the side of the face and lighter highlights at the top of the head will create the illusion of lustrous length.
AVOID:
  • Chin length hair with a rounded line that mirrors face’s circular shape.
  • Center parts.
  • Short-short cropped bangs.
  • Fullness at side of ears.
  • A rounded haircut ending at the chin will add weight to your face shape, because the widest part of your face is at the cheeks and ears. It will make your face appear wider.
  • Whether your hair is long or short, if it’s prone to a wave or curl, avoid at all costs ending up with a rounded ‘bubble cut’.
ALWAYS: Take a few photos of styles you like and take them to your hairdresser. They can best advise you on what will work best with your face shape, personality and lifestyle.
Next post we will discuss the Square Face Shape.

Find The Perfect Cut For Your (Long) Face Shape: Long

As we discussed in our last post there are many factors that can go into determining the perfect haircut for you as an individual. However, The most important element is identifying the shape of your face. In this face shape series we will help you identify the cut that will work best for you. So here is the question? What is your Face Shape? Heart, Long, Round, Square, Oval or Diamond? Today we discuss the Long Face Shape.
Long
A Long shaped face is longer than it is wide with a long straight cheek line.
CELEB LONG SHAPE: Courtney Cox, Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, Kim Kardashian, Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow
What is the perfect hairstyle for a Long Shaped Face?
Breathe a sigh of relief: you are certainly not short on style options.
Do you have long, fine hair?
  • Go shorter so your hair looks thicker and your face looks wider. A cut that is unstructured can be worn messy or edgy, which is a time saver.
  • If you like a more groomed sophisticated look a one-length modern cut with layers will give you that edge of sleek glam.
Is your hair thick, coarse and curly?
  • Lucky you! Your hair is a playground and the results can only be positive.
Fringe options:
  • Unfortunately in the fringe area it’s not a case of anything goes for you.
  • Disguise a long forehead with a thick blunt, cut. You’ll be surprised how feminine it makes you look.
  • Steer clear of a fringe if you have a small forehead – it will just emphasize the length of the rest of your face.
COLOR: A trick to make your face appear shorter and wider is to add highlights at the sides.
AVOID: Too much hair length around the face area or height will lengthen your face. My overall suggestion is keep the length above the shoulders. When your hair gets past your shoulders there is a good chance it will do you more harm than good.
ALWAYS: Take a few photos of styles you like and take them to your hairdresser. They can best advise you on what will work best with your face shape, personality and lifestyle.
Next post we will discuss Round Face Shapes.