When it's time to see your friends and family this Thanksgiving, trade in your usual style for this easy-to-DIY braided style. Whether your hair is long or short, a headband braid is a fun and easy way to keep your hair out of your face but still show off your waves. We headed to DreamDry, where stylist Faith Huffnagle gave us her tips for mastering the simple look.
Grab your brush, some styling products, and perhaps some bobby pins. It's time to rock your hair's world. Because we aim to please, we gathered some of our favorite hair tutorials in one place so you can find instant inspiration before your next work event, date night, or girlfriends' weekend.
One look that we've seen pop up on the red carpet over and over again is beautiful sideswept waves that impart an Old Hollywood vibe on the stars who wear them. While it might seem otherwise, the polished style can be achieved without a beauty team. Just grab a blow dryer, round brush, curling iron, pins, and some hair spray, and you're well on your way to chic curls. We headed to the Patrick Melville Pipino Salon, where celebrity stylist Ric Pipino gave us his tips on creating the glamourous look at home.
Braids, plaits, interlaces — whatever you call them, they're gorgeous and always give off a bohemian vibe. A regular braid is a great go-to, but why not kick yourself into high gear with our braid boot camp? Think of it as Braid 101. Learn how to master the fishtail braid (which we've seen Selena Gomez wearing a lot lately), the dutch braid — sister to the french braid — and the four-strand braid.
Before long, you'll have these down pat and will be ready to move on to the braid big leagues: waterfall braids, upside-down topknot braids — the options are endless.
This sideswept braid is something of a cross between a waterfall braid and the french braid Katniss Everdeen wore in The Hunger Games. Not only is it a chic way to keep hair out of your face, but it also looks elegant on a night out. See step-by-step photos, along with instructions on how you can re-create this side french braid yourself, when you keep reading.
We've seen the braided undercut time and time again on the red carpet, but last night, Kate Bosworth showed off an innovative look that we've dubbed the braided mohawk. Kate attended the Big Sur premiere in New York with a hairstyle that was all business in the front and an edgy take on braids in the back. Her hair was split into three sections, with both sides slicked down to enhance the texture of the braids that started at the crown of her head all the way to the nape of her neck.
On creating the cool coif, celebrity stylist Renato Campora explained, "I was inspired by a book of photographs from photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere. It is full of the most beautiful, sculptural hairstyles I have ever seen." To achieve the impressive style, Campora started by applying Serge Normant Meta Form Sculpting Pomade ($25) to Kate's hair to make it easier to braid. He then sectioned the hair into three parts: the top, followed by two portions on the left and right. After slicking down the left and right sections, he joined them together to form a baby ponytail. Next, he took the top part, divided it into three sections, and braided each one downward. Once he reached the neck, he worked the braids into the ponytail, pinning everything into place.
Since the spotlight was all on Kate's hair, makeup artist Daniel Martin kept the palette low-key using SK-II Facial Treatment Foundation ($95) for a radiant complexion and the lighter shadows in the Dolce & Gabbana Eye Shadow Quad in Femme Fatale ($59) palette. Kate was redefining punk braids with her woven mohawk, but she kept it classy with a polished finish. What do you think of Kate's braided updo?
Vintage hairstyles are eternally popular for weddings no matter the season, but a too-literal interpretation can leave a bride with a serious case of helmet head. So what's the key to borrowing from the past without looking stuck in it? Texture and movement. "The perfectly coiffed updo is outdated," says Dani Weidner, a stylist who worked at Robert James Color in San Francisco. "Imperfect is best."
To balance contemporary trends with a retro influence, Weidner designed this '20s-inspired updo. A defined curl and thick roll give a nod to the past, but the overall look feels fresh and current. It's an ideal style for brides — and it's one you can do at home. To get the look, read on for pictures and step-by-step instructions.
It can happen to even the most skilled at-home colorist: you use a box color to dye your hair, and the hue comes out much darker than you'd hoped. But believe it or not, you don't have to suffer with a hue that's not for you. Keep reading for our tips on how to lighten a botched dye job.
- Try a clarifying shampoo: These types of cleansers are full of color-stripping surfactants (the stuff that makes your shampoo and soaps lather). The faster you can get to your freshly dyed hair, the better; just make sure you deep condition afterwards.
- Call the hotline: If you experience unwanted results from an at-home hair color, immediately call the hotline number on the side or back of the box. The company representative can offer you professional advice on what to do next.
- Face the facts: The only true way to lighten color is to remove it. But once that unwanted color has been removed from your hair, sometimes toners have to be added to color-correct. Sure, there are color-removing products like L'Oreal ColorZap ($12) readily available at the nearest beauty supply store, but if your too-dark color is still not looking right, heading to a professional is probably the best option.
How to prevent it in the first place: Since semipermanent or demipermanent colors typically fade a lot faster than permanent colors, they are often more gentle for the home colorist. And when coloring your hair at home, go only one to two levels lighter or darker than your natural hair color to avoid "oh no" moments. While most box color includes a description of what the shade will be (such as medium-light brown), keep in mind that level one equals black and level 10 is light blond.
Not one for the beachy hair of Summer? Well, you're in luck, because the sleek blowout is in for Fall and Winter. But sometimes, maintaining a blowout once you've wrestled your hair into this shiny, sexy style is easier said than done. Don't think you're up for the challenge? We've got five tips to turn your hair from flimsy to fabulous.
- Opt for a casual texture: "The trick to keeping a blowout is to keep it a little bent at the ends," Mark Townsend, celebrity stylist for stars like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, said. That means forget the supersleek, straight blowout. Use a round brush to add a small bend to the ends for texture and hold.
- Ease up on the product: Overdosing on products is a sure-fire way to wind up with greasy strands that won't hold up. Instead, fix yourself a regimen of products that are lightweight, and stick to only two or three. Keep them away from your roots to avoid product buildup there, too.
- Wrap it up: The easiest time for a blowout to fall flat? When you're walking around outside, usually to and from work, and the weather kicks up. To fix this, pull your hair into a loose topknot, avoiding tight elastics, which can add unwanted dents in the hair. The topknot will accent your hair's volume but accentuate the casual texture you started off with.
- Spray with a dry shampoo: This is especially true at night. A good spritz around your hairline will absorb oil and add volume, and doing it at night helps you skip a step in the morning. Just make sure to work it into your hair and brush it out.
- Avoid moisture: "Humidity and water can be the ultimate destroyers for blowouts," says Nick Penna, creative director of Boston's Be Styled blow-dry lounge. So when it's time for a shower, be certain to wear a shower cap to protect your perfect coif.