THE SHAG AFTER THE SHAG (JANE FONDA + ALEXA CHUNG + FELICITY JONES)

The shag is a fairly famous haircut that came to be in the 70’s when Paul McGregor gave it to Jane Fonda for the movie Klute. Not long after that it became wildly popular among musicians like Mick Jagger and actresses like Farrah Fawcett. This haircut was seen on anyone and everyone. If you were keeping up with trends in the 70’s, you were wearing a shag. This haircut has recently come back in fashion in 2017 and is just as popular as it was in 1970. But what about the shag after the shag? Not only does this haircut look amazing immediately after the initial cut, it looks just as cool grown out. This grown out shag celebrities are rocking is THE cut of 2017. It looks effortless and chic while embodying a 70’s rocker all at the same time. The cut is composed of hair that hits just past the shoulders and bangs that are long enough to be parted down the middle and swept away from the face framing it beautifully. This cut has a groovy vibe without fully committing to the serious shag.

Jane Fonda wearing one of the first versions of the shag cuts in 1971.
If you’re wanting to try this cut out or any cut for that matter, the best example you can bring to your hairstylist is always photos! It might be a bit difficult to explain a “grown out shag” to someone who doesn’t have the same vision as you but a picture is worth a thousand words. With a photo your stylist should be more than capable of achieving what you’re going for. This cut is super versatile and could work on pretty much any hair type. You can also tweak the amount of layers or how long the bangs are to your liking and to suit your hair type best. If your hair tends to look too “poofy” stay away from too many layers and if your hair is curly make sure your bangs are cut a bit longer as they’ll shrink up and be shorter than they are when they’re straight.

Alexa Chung channels the 70’s through her style and her hair
Felicity Jones pairs her shag with heavier, shorter bangs and some added layers for volume
This style is a great option for an in between cut. When you’re growing your hair out from having a shorter look and bangs and they’re getting a little longer. Or a good look if you want an low maintenance on trend look.

POLISHED PONY (KENDALL JENNER + HAILEY BALDWIN + BEYONCE)

It’s the end of the week, your hair hasn’t been washed since Sunday, you’ve already worn a hat, already done a messy bun, what now? I’ve got two words for you, high pony. Thats right, a high ponytail. Sounds like something you were forced to wear when you were on the cheer team in high school, right? Think again, high pony’s are back and chicer than ever. Celebrities have been sporting this style everywhere from the grocery store to the Met Gala, and you be should too!

Kendall Jenner sleek and simple at the Met Gala
Wearing your hair up instantly makes your entire look dressier and more put together. Pair a pony with a t-shirt and jeans for a simple yet stylish look. Another advantage to wearing this style is that it’s great for days when you’re in a rush and don’t have time to fully style or even wash your hair. No one will ever know you’ve got day seven hair piled on top of your head when you look that good.

Beyonce adds a little flare to her pony wearing it curled and off to one side

Hailey Baldwin likes her high pony’s with a bit of added texture.
Here’s how to get the look and the things you’ll need…
*OPTIONAL*
Style your hair. If you want your pony to have some added texture try wrapping a few pieces of hair loosely around a curling wand. If you’re opting for a sleeker look run a straightener over your strands to smooth them out.
Next take a boar bristle brush, flip your head upside down and start to gather your ponytail on the top of your head. Using the brush to smooth out any bumps.
Turn your head right side up and secure the hair with an elastic as tight as you can handle! (Bonus with this hairstyle is the instant face lift)
Final steps, for a casual look pull some pieces out to frame your face or for a more refined look tame your fly aways with a little hairspray or hair gel.
Viola! A quick classic hairstyle that anyone can pull off.

It’s Wedding Season…(almost)! (KIM KARDASHIAN + HILARY DUFF)

September is just around the corner which means it’s almost peak wedding season! September is the one of the most popular month for weddings so you better start planning! Let’s talk hair. A wedding style should be long lasting, comfortable, and beautiful, of course. There are so many different directions you could go with wedding hair styles so let’s touch on some of them.
CLASSIC UPDO’s
Classic and simple updo’s are always a great choice for weddings. These styles are timeless and will stand the test of time when you look back at photos from your special day. Another plus about these do’s is that they will last you all night and you won’t get hot while dancing the night away! A bouffant style bun pictured below on Hillary Duff on her wedding day showcases how elegant these simple looks can be. You don’t have to worry about your curls falling or hair being out of place, these looks are truly one and done. They also pair wonderfully with extravagant dresses or gowns with detail on the back so you get the full effect.

SLEEK & DOWN
If you still want something simple and easy to wear but aren’t a fan of your hair being up try a wearing your hair down with the front pieces slicked or pinned back. This way your hair is out of your face but you can have the rest of your locks flowing freely. With this style you have the option of wearing the hair that is left down wavy or more on the straight side like this photo of Kim Kardashian on her wedding day below. Kim opts for a middle part with the hair around her face pinned back, leaving the rest of her hair down with a slight bend to it for some added texture. You won’t be brushing your bangs out of your face and it’ll show off your glamorous wedding day makeup. Pair this look with an off the shoulder gown and let your hair cascade over your shoulders.

TRENDY BOHO
Beach waves and pulled out messy braids have been very on trend these past few years and can be a gorgeous addition to any wedding. Whether your wedding is actually on the beach or you just want to bring a little bit of paradise to your special day. These looks are dressy yet casual. Combining the waves with pulled out braids makes this style look put together while still being effortless and undone. Try something like these looks below for your special day. Start with beachy waves and add a traditional or waterfall braid around your crown, pull pieces out for a messy look and to make it even more unique add some flowers or gem hair accessories for sparkle.

 

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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Go-To Spring Break Hair Styles ( Shay Mitchell + Hallie Steinfeld )

Spring Break and vacation season is finally here ladies! There is seriously nothing better than spending a week having some fun in the sun, right?! Well, we have some super easy, cute hair styles to show you that you can either wear during the day to keep your hair protected and out of your way, or at night to add a little bit something extra to that special vacay outfit you have been dying to show off! Let’s jump right in!
Twist it Back
This hairstyle is so simple and easy to do, but it looks like you spent a ton of time! Simply take a section of hair from each side of your head and twist it back, securing with a hair elastic. You can wrap a piece of hair from the ponytail around the elastic, just like the photo, if you would like! This would be gorgeous paired with a dress or casual with your bikini and some shorts!

Half-Up Bun
The half-up bun is always a great option for day or night! It can be worn during the day to keep your hair out of your face as you lounge on the beach, or as a trendy hair style for night time with your favorite dress at dinner! Our favorite gal Shay Mitchell pulls of this look flawlessly with her natural waves, which is what vacation hair is all about!

Faux Corn Rows
We have seen celebrities rocking the cornrows left and right these days, but it really is a great, and practical vacation look! There is no need to head to the salon for this look, when you can get the look at home! Simply part your hair in the center and create two skinny, cornrows going straight back! Let your natural waves do their thing, and you are all set! Hallie Steinfeld is rocking this look!

Messy Bun + Braids
This look is on that, when you are on vacation, you can pull off wearing during the day or at night! It might look intimidating, but it is actually super easy to do! Simply make two braids starting at the top of your head and gather all of your hair into a low, messy bun! This is sort of a messy, beach version of an up-do for night time! We are obsessed!

Classic French Braids
French braids are a vacation hair staple! If you don’t know how to do them to your own hair, the chances are, someone in your crew can help you out. These braids keep your hair out of your face and protected from tangles and chlorine! Plus, how adorable are they!?

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How Often Should You Wash, Deep Condition, and Trim to Keep Your Hair Healthy? (Jessica Alba + Mila Kunis)

There are thousands of opinions floating around out there about how often you trim, wash, condition, etc, and we are here to set the record straight today! Whether you are trying to grow out your mermaid locks, or maintain your cut, we have tips for you so you can always look your best.
WASH
When it comes to washing your hair, there are lots of different opinions out there. Some people wash their hair everyday, and others only wash their hair a few times a week. If you have been reading our blog for a while, then you know that we recommend only washing your hair when necessary. It is totally healthy to let your hair nourish itself in its natural oils. When you wash your hair with the harsh chemicals of shampoo, your hair is stripped of its natural oils and forced to over-produce, which creates an imbalance in your hair. You might actually be making your hair more oily by washing it more! Try washing your hair every other day to start! It will train your hair to produce less oil, and after a while you might be able to go two days without washing your mane. Of course, if you work out, or you actually need to wash your hair, then go for it girl, and enjoy that shower! However, otherwise, make that dry shampoo your best friend! Bonus-hairstyles hold better when your hair is a bit dirty!
DEEP CONDITION 
We recommend deep conditioning at least once a week! Deep conditioning your hair is something that you can do inside or outside of the shower. It really depends on your preference! If you are going to be home all day, or cleaning for a few hours, throw some deep conditioner in your damp hair and put it in a bun to soak up some extra moisture. Deep conditioning your hair is especially important to do after you have spent a long time in the sun, or you have colored your hair lighter. Trust us, your hair will thank you for the extra moisture!

TRIM
When to get a trim is possibly the most controversial out of our three topics today. People who are trying to grow their hair out usually do not want to trim their hair with the fear that they will loose to much length. However, if you let your hair grow too long that it develops too much breakage, more hair will end up being cut off to leave you with healthy hair and you will end up going backwards in your growth progress. With that being said, If you want to grow out your hair, we recommend getting a trim every three months at the longest to ensure that you do not get too much breakage. If you are trying to maintain your haircut, we recommend getting a trim every 4-6 weeks.

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Weekend Refresh: Healthy Locks Before, During, and After the Good Times (Selena Gomez + Miley Cyrus)

Whether you just spent a weekend in the sun, or you a weekend full of events that required heat styling, your hair might need a bit of a break! It is always good to treat yo’ self to some nice hair treatments and care after a long weekend of fun to make sure your locks are ready for the next time you put them through the ringer! As we step into Spring and Summer it is officially party time, so we thought we would share our hair care tips for keeping your hair healthy pre and post fun weekend events!
PREP
If possible, the week leading up to your weekend plans, try not to over wash your hair! Let it get nice and dirty and rock the messy bun. This is actually super good for your hair to nourish itself in its natural oils When you finally do wash your hair it will feel so good and extra silky and healthy! If you are going to be applying heat over your weekend or any sort of crazy color you want to be sure that your hair is extra moisturized, especially if you will be in the sun! Applying some coconut oil from your ears down and throwing your hair up in bun for a few hours before your final wash will help give your ends a boost of moisture!

DURING
f the weather is nice, your event will most likely take place outside in the sun at this time of year! Don’t forget that your scalp and hair get effected by the sun just like your skin. Putting sunscreen on your part in your hair and drinking tons of water throughout the day if you are at a music festival can save your hair from the sun damage. Trust us, you do not want a sunburned scalp!
AFTER
Time to refresh your hair! Before you hop in the shower, if possible, try and brush through your hair while it is dry to comb through excess product. When in the shower, let your conditioner sit in your hair for a few minutes, and then comb it through with a wide tooth comb. This will make the after-shower process so much easier! In the days after your weekend, be sure to apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair once or twice to restore it’s moisture and don’t be afraid to let your hair get dirty and have it nourish itself in its natural oils! I mean don’t we all want our hair too look as healthy as Selena Gomez’s in her Pantene ad?

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Celebrity Inspired Festival Hairstyles (Taylor Hill, Emma Roberts, Kendall Jenner, Gwen Stefani, Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens)

Festival season is here ladies! This is the perfect time to be free and try out that daring hair style you have been eyeing. Whether you want to try out pink hair or crazy, space buns, festival season is definitely the time to experiment and let your free spirit show! We have gathered up some of our favorite celebrity looks from past festivals to give you some inspiration for your upcoming trips to the desert!
BRAIDS
A classic festival hairstyle that is totally versatile is definitely braids! There are so many different ways you can rock braids, and so many different vibes you can portray. Whether you want to go for a super boho look with some messy fishtail braids and a headscarf, or a sleek french braid to keep your hair out of your face so you can focus on the music, you will look fabulous! We love how Taylor Hill rocks a messy French, dutch braid to keep cool during the long festival days! Another, more polished option is Emma Roberts straight, sleek look with a single braid behind the ear.

BUNS
The best way to keep cool during long, desert days is to keep your hair out of your face and off of your body! Creating a look with some adorable space buns is a great alternative to the classic top knot and a little bit more funky for a fun, festival look! Kendall Jenner wear her space buns up high with glitter down her center part for some sparkle! We are obsessed with this look! Gwen Stefani’s blue, space buns are extra funky and bold for a weekend in the desert! Why not go for it, right?

ALL ABOUT ACCESSORIES
If you need to add a little bit of extra sass to your festival look, go for a fun hair accessory! Flower crowns are always a go-to for any boho style festival, but headbands, head scarfs, and metal accessories are great options too! Nicole Richie’s adorable metal headband is perfect for any chic festival look! Of course, Vanessa Hudgens is the Coachella Queen, and she perfectly rocks a flower crown and gorgeous messy waves! Go for a fun accessory, some texture to your hair, and enjoy your desert weekend!

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Our Favorite Celebrity Cuts: Spring Edition (Cara Delevigne, Hailey Baldwin, Jessica Biel, Alanna Arrington)

Celebrities are our go-to style inspirations when it comes to figuring out our newest look for the upcoming season! It is always fun to give your hair cut a little update when the seasons change, and our favorite celebrities are not letting us down! Their looks right now are beyond gorgeous and we highly recommend taking one of these photos with you to your next salon appointment. We have gathered up our current celebrity hair cuts, and there is definitely something for everyone!
Weight Off Your Shoulders
Thinning out the ends of your medium length cut give your hair new life! You will feel light, and ready for Spring! Adding some long, layers in the front give your hair a bit of dimension and movement, so you can show off all of your new Spring dresses! We are obsessed with Cara Delevingne’s current chop! Her thinned out strands give her hair tons of texture and movement!

Curly Gal
Always wanted bangs but never thought you could with your curly hair? Just look how Victoria’s Secret model Alanna Arrington pulls off this curly look? It is totally possible and totally adorable! This is definitely the new look for Spring for our curly gals out there! It gives your hair an extra edge and a bit more shape! Rock it with confidence, ladies!

The Updated Classic
Remember when everyone was obsessed with the “Rachel” cut? Well we still are! Hailey Baldwin is rocking a modern “Rachel” cut with the signature, flipped layers and we could not be more in love! This youthful, yet classic look is totally appropriate for pretty much any age range and occasion. We are obsessed!!

Texture Lover
Wave hair gals, we have you covered! Go for some textured bangs this Spring to spice up your look! The combination of your gorgeous waves and the bangs is perfect, and help combat the weight of your hair. We are in love with Jessica Biel’s chic look at the moment, we we definitely think you should try it!

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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!

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