Easy Curly Hairstyles for Summer
by Alicia Ward on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
We’ve checked in with veteran hairstylist Anna Craig to get the best curly hairstyles to welcome the summer. The big trend for summer 2011 is natural and loose—great for curlies! Summer curly hairstyles can look very glamorous and beautiful with little to no effort. Summer is the season of sitting poolside, lying on the beach and being outside more that usual—thus, you and your clients need some easy styles to rock this summer.
First, tell your clients to use shampoos, conditioners and hair styling products that contain sunscreens and nourishing agents to help protect their hair from the summer elements. Even better: offer these products at your salon!
Craig, a DevaCurl specialist, has more than nine years of experience and gives us the lowdown on the latest trends and how to achieve these effortless looks. Here is Craig’s list of some of the newest curly hair styles for the hottest months of the year.
Keep it messy!
In fact, the messier the better. You want it to look natural and effortless. The look should be unkempt—loose pieces and curls and waves. Keep it very natural— help your client show off her beautiful curls, kinks and waves!
Help your clients rock their curls to the side. This summer, side ponies and side buns are in. These looks are very easy to achieve, plus they keep our curls off their necks—perfect for those hot summer months.
How to give your client the look:
1: Style her hair as usual. Make sure to apply lots of frizz control products to make this look last.
2: Pull her curls to the side—right behind their ear.
3: Smooth down her curls with your hand and loosely pull them into a ponytail. Don’t pull the hair tightly from the root. Instead, leave it slack and keep it loose.
4: When the ponytail looks right to you, pinch it tightly in place with one hand and then work the elastic band on your wrist over the curls, and secure it tightly so that the ponytail doesn’t flop.
We recommend you use a clear rubber band or one that matches your client’s hair color. Another alternative to a rubber band is the Goody Simple Styles Pony Pouf Hair Styling Clip. This is an easy way to get the messy bun look.
5: Optional: Pull some front and side pieces out to give the look a more glamorous appeal.
Messy-braid those curls for a quick and easy summer look. The messy side-braid is an effortless, boho chic look for this summer.
How to give your client the look:
1: Spritz in some curl-enhancing spray and scrunch her hair to enhance her curls and reduce the frizz
2: Gather hair to one side and part in three sections
3: Braid hair loosely and secure it at the bottom
4: For a messy effect, pull out some strands and apply a texturizing product, like wax or pomade
5: Spray on a finishing hair spray and scrunch up hair again for extra volume
Scarves are the perfect accessory for summer and a great way to protect your hair from the summer heat, which can dry hair out and cause frizz!. Slipping a colorful scarf around your curls is an easy way to glam up simple curly hairstyles this summer.
1: Fold a bright scarf several times until it’s about 3 inches wide. Twist the ends. Check out these beautiful Shimmer & Bliss scarves.
2: Push your client’s curls, kinks and waves back with your hands, then place the scarf 2 to 2.5 inches behind her hairline. Make sure the ends are an even length.
Tip: To prevent the scarf from slipping, tie it twice at your nape underneath your hair. First, knot it horizontally, then do it again, but this time pull each side of the scarf vertically. This will keep the knot tight and also make the ends lay down evenly.
Ron King: Braids Are Hot in 2011
by The Style King/Ron King on Monday, December 20th, 2010
Ron King has worked as a hairstylist, transforming people’s appearances, for more than 20 years. With a growing celebrity clientele, King travels the world taking inspiration from different cultures and countries. Along the way, he has developed his own “easy wear” style philosophy which plays up a woman’s natural hair texture and pairs it with natural-looking makeup that’s easy to apply. This mantra led him to launch a signature line of cosmetics for women who want to look pulled together but who are are short on time. King has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry, including L’Oreal Professional, Ted Gibson, Eva Scrivo and Rick Wellman.
Plaited locks are making the rounds again, this time in a spin on fun, ’60s-style hairtstyles. Gwen Stefani wore a very “braid-y” look to a recent 2011 runway show and received a lot of press for it. The scene-stealing style in question was an almost lionesque mane of swooped back braids and knots that culminated in a high, messy chic bun in the back. Woven into her strands were colorful peices of string, which added her signature funk to the ‘do. I recommend using a lot of product to get this look and to rough it up a bit to get that great texture Gwen has. Finish off the look with very polished makeup, as Gwen did, so the messy hair looks intentional and stylish instead of just plain crazy sloppy (and maybe save the bright stands for a special occasion).
Photo from Ron King’s blog.
The models at the LAMB fashion show for spring/summer 2011 were similarly styled with a multi-ethnic braided style that has the same coquettish appeal, thanks to the style’s masculine/femme dichotomy (part pompadour and/or clipped back in front with a braided pony). Hairdresser Danilo also used L’Oreal Professional products to achieve the braided ponytail look. To get a subtler take on Gwen’s colorful strands, he incorporated one of my fave products, Inoa color, to give highlights and dimension to the hair.
The hairstyles at the Joanna Mastroianni Spring 2011 show were also fun and were styled by yours truly! I wanted to do a futuristic spin on a retro style, namely the perky high ponytail of the mod era, but brought it up to date by adding height and texture and loosely braiding the tail. It was a flirty look that was created by flat ironing the hair and then pulling it into a high ponytail, which was braided loosely. It was then twisted into a figure eight and then pinned under. I used L’Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert Lumi Controle and #2 hairspray. A similarly vintage-inspired face was shown at the show as well. This style is a bit more tame than Gwen’s, but still captures the retro slash modern braided look, and therefore is great for the more conservatively trendy. Pair it with sleekly stylish clothes like Mastroianni’s and you’re all set for the coming seasons.
Fall Fashion Trends—Hair and Clothes
by Alicia Ward on Monday, September 13th, 2010
We’ve got our eye on the hottest fall trends. In order to meet your clients’ needs and help them look stylish and fashion-forward check, out these top 5 hottest trends for fall, in hair and in fashion.
Top 5 Hair Trends
1. Bangs! Bangs are a great way to spice up any style. This season, chunk bangs are the hottest trend.
2. Braids! Braids are everywhere. Braids of all styles are a HOT beauty trend right now. French braids and fish tails are a favorite for Fall.
3. Messy Sexy Hair and BIG Texture! Bye-bye straightening irons—messy texture is back and bigger than ever.
4. Buns & Twists! Modern twists on classic ‘dos are taking over this fall.
5. Color! Fun pops of color are back. Colorful streaks are back in full color.
Top 5 Fashion Trends
1. Knee high boots! Tall suede boots are a fashion staple in the fall and winter seasons.
2. Gray, the new black! Greige a combination of gray and beige, as the name implies, is a big trend this fall season and a must-have style.
3. Denim! Denim on denim a hot look for fall! Pull out that denim shirt from the past and belt it for the hottest look.
4. Cardigans are back! Oversized cardigans are a “must-have” this season.
5. Tights! Patterned tights are the best accessory this season.
Mizani Showcases Texture at Houston Forum
by Megan Dorcey on Friday, May 28th, 2010
Being greeted by a six-foot-something model with an amazing afro is a great way to start off your day at a hair show. Stylists from around Texas gathered in Houston to spend their Monday learning about Mizani’s new line, True Textures. The day was spent discussing trends, learning new techniques, and strengthening salon business strategies. Guests were welcomed to the J.W. Marriott hotel on Monday, May 24.
Mizani technical educator and salon owner out of Memphis, Tenn., Geno Evans, opened the forum with information about the day’s activities and what each stylist had in store. Next up, Director of Education Veronique Morrison welcomed the stylists and helped everyone find the classes that they would be visiting throughout the day. Soon, the gorgeous and diverse models were being ushered down the runway with varying shapes and textures among them, and the room was buzzing with excitement and amazement over the natural hair designs.
Only two models had relaxed or pressed hair, which is a testament to the Mizani hair care brand. True Textures is Mizani’s newest line of natural hair products, showcasing the natural beauty of hair and embracing multi-textured individuals. The focus of the forum was definitely on embracing texture as a stylist and how it can affect your business.
One of the three classes was a business-building seminar for stylists wishing to gain more exposure within the beauty business. It was implemented by motivational speaker and celebrity stylist agent, Crystal Wright. During the hour and a half class, the stylists gained knowledge on building their portfolio, presenting themselves with poise, and how to maintain current in this ever-changing business. Wright loaded the class with tips and tricks that stylists anywhere could learn from. The latest edition of her book, Hair Makeup & Fashion Styling Career Guide, has been a smashing success in the beauty industry, giving stylists the tools and resources to achieve their career goals. Wright brought along her assistant and beauty-industry guru, Remmy Vasquez, to demonstrate appropriate portfolio techniques.
The other two classes offered were “Clip That Curl”, taught by Evie Johnson and Darico Jackson. The class offered hands-on experience for each student to implement The Pequot method of hair-cutting, Mizani’s most popular of their “Trend” looks. Stylists were also given presentations by Bizlink and Integrity Solutions to support the growing demand for an electronically compatible salon in today’s market.
True Textures by Mizani has come back into the multi-textured hair market and is making waves.