Seven Easy Hair Styles

Looking to try something new with your hair? Here are seven styles that are quick and easy and that look great!

Hair Waves

1. Voluminous Curls

Adding curls and volume  is a great way to update your look with little effort.  Start with a curling iron or all you need is a large barrel curling iron or, better yet, a volume building hot air styler. Dry you roots, blowing your hair upward to create volume. Then, section your hair and style it in pieces to create large curls. Tease your hair at the roots to add more volume and lightly fluff the curls with your fingers. Add hairspray, and you are ready to go!  Need a good hot air styler to create your look? Click here for Babyliss big hair products.

2. Beachy Waves

A perfect look for spring and summer is sexy beach waves.  Even if you don’t live near a beach or have a vacation planned, you can use a windswept beach look to add new interest to your hair.  You can get the beachy waves look by using a few spritzes of texturizing spray and blow drying your hair upside down to add volume at the roots. Then, to add more texture, flip your hair over spritz again, and finish drying while scrunching your hair between your fingers for an informal wavy look.

Straight Long Hair

3. Sleek and Straight

It is hard to go wrong with a sleek and straight hair style. However, you also must be careful not to go stick straight. You want some volume. Start by blowdrying your hair upwards at the roots to create some volume. Then, blow your hair straight with a round brush and finish off by using a flat iron to fully straighten your hair, if you need a good iron, you can find a range of hair straighteners from Argos. The trick to using the iron is to leave your root area alone and just straighten the ends or where you need it. That will keep your straight style from looking overly flat.

4. Sexy Waves

For long sexy waves, wrap your hair around a curling iron without clamping your hair in the iron. You can prep your hair by using a light mousse or styling lotion so that the wave pattern will set well and stay in place longer. But, if your hair curls easily, you can also avoid these.

5. Knotted Hair

Knotting your hair allows for a fun and easy updo looks. Grab some hair pins and a brush or comb to create this easy style. You make one knot, or make several, it is up to you. While your hair is damp, section it off and slowly twist your hair until you’ve reached your scalp. Once you have the knot where you would like it to be, use a hair pin to pin it into place. Very easy!

6. Braided Bun

Try this new take on the bun. Take small sections of your hair and braid it close to your scalp, leaving the ends free. Collecting the ends and bottom part of your hair into one big bun.

french twist.

7. French Twist

A casual chignon or french twist is the perfect classic style. French twists can be done easily with bobby pins and by sweeping your hair off to the side. Place a bobby pin in your hair vertically and continue to place them vertically in a criss cross pattern up your scalp. Gather your hair in one handful and twist it and place more bobby pins to hold it in place. Use hairspray to hold the style in place.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Argos.

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Pixies, Afros and Mod Bobs – Short Hair Trends for 2012

2012 is all about revival and re-branding. Fashion designers are looking to the past to create the collections of the future, and the hairstyles on the catwalk are shaping the trends of today. A hairstyle is far more than just a cut, it reflects a person’s style and individuality even more so than their outfit. After all, clothes are changeable but a haircut is (at least semi!) permanent.

Portrait of a beautiful african american woman

Although they may not have the gym-toned body to pull off a celebrity outfit, any woman can take a picture of Scarlett Johansson or Emma Watson into a hair salon and – several hours later – they can emerge with a nearly perfect resemblance. The women of 2012 have more choice than ever in how they style their hair, and the choices available can often seem overwhelming.

Hair Trends for 2012

The Pixie/Rock Crop

The ubiquitous pixie crop, so popular in recent years, isn’t going anywhere – but, like most aspects of the 2012 hair scene, it is undergoing a re-branding. It’s emerging on the catwalks as the “rock crop”, best suited to those with androgynous facial features and short, angular cut fringes. This short, choppy cut can either be spiked up with gel for maximum rockabilly style, or slicked down for a sleeker appearance. This versatility makes the Rock Crop the perfect day-to-night style.

The Mod Bob

The Sixties Revival is still going strong in 2012, with several designers releasing collections that look like wardrobes from the set of Across the Universe. This wavy, mussy bob with the characteristic peak at the crown could be lifted straight from the head of Sixties goddesses Twiggy or Brigitte Bardot. Part hair at the side and fasten with a bobby pin for a maximum Sixties vibe.

The ‘Softfro’

Alongside its earlier counterpart, the Seventies comeback is making waves across the West. Based on the traditional afro, the re-branded is softer and dreamier than its edgy predecessor. Think fuzzy halo rather than bouncing curls – this is a look that can be paired with delicate lace and chiffon, in addition to bold patterns and animal print.

Hair Extensions

The great thing about having short hair is that it’s easily transformed into long hair with very popular extensions for hair – a transition which our longer haired sisters are unable to do without a pair of scissors! Hair extensions can be professionally woven in at a hair salon, although this can be eye-wateringly expensive (sometimes up to $300 for 50 extensions). Clip-in extensions are usually cheaper, can be applied at home, and can be removed and re-used. The more expensive hair extensions are made from authentic human hair and can be curled and straightened.

Styling Essentials For Short Hair

A good quality set of combs is vital for maintaining short hair. Use a variety of fine and wide tooth combs to create your style. Styling wax is usually better for creating texture in short hair. Finish off the style with a firm-hold hairspray to maintain the volume.

Brenda is a passionate bloger and a big animal lover. In her free time she likes to write about fashion, beauty and home decoration.

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High Tech Hair Straightening Techniques

Throughout the years, many curly-headed women have tried countless methods and techniques for straightening their hair, with many ending in pain and horror stories. For a long time, the desire to have long, sleek, and shiny hair had been nothing more than a pipe dream for these women and they have had to settle for finding curly styles that better fit their natural hair texture. At the same time, women in different parts of the world have had no problem switching from a curly head of hair to straightened locks without any issues. What is the difference? The latter women were using specific methods to accomplish the task in the best way possible. The top two techniques have since become global and now use modern equipment to straighten even the curliest locks.

straight dark hair

 

The newest of the two main straightening techniques comes from Japan and is called Japanese Thermal Straightening or Reconditioning, or the Japanese Straight Perm. Whatever name is used, the process involves a number of high tech chemicals being applied to the hair to get the dramatic texture change. Most salons will have one or two brands of Japanese Straightening Systems. The best of these are either Liscio or Yuko, both of which have had great success with very curly hair. A person who has decided on this procedure should ask their stylist which products they will choose and be cautious if neither of these brands are mentioned. All told, a Japanese Thermal Reconditioning session can take quite a long time, with reports of up to six hours being common. However, the straightening technique will keep the hair looking good for half a year to a full year, depending on the person’s individual level of wear and tear as well as the humidity in the air.

Yuko thermal straight hair

 

The other high tech straightening technique is also foreign, this time coming from the South American nation of Brazil. Called a Brazilian Keratin Treatment, this process uses a different set of chemicals to achieve the straightened effect. The main chemical is keratin, a protein that occurs naturally in hair, which is probably why the method is so successful. Combing keratin, other chemicals, and conditioners, the hair is straightened to a desired texture and will stand up to blow drying and even moisture for several months. While the technique has evolved greatly in modern years, a woman thinking about getting a Brazilian Keratin Treatment will need to know what chemicals are going into her hair. Specifically, she should ask the stylist if they use formaldehyde and choose a different salon if they say yes.

Keratin straight hair

 

With these two different techniques both being effective, many women wonder which one they should choose for the best combination of appearance, longevity, and cost. The main difference between the two is in the amount of time that they last. While the Japanese treatment lasts up to a year, the Brazilian version usually only lasts for a few months before another trip to the salon is needed. At the same time, the Brazilian straightening process does leave the hair more shiny and wavy, so a woman may desire that texture. For most women, the correct choice will come down to personal preference and how she wants her hair to look and feel.

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