Summer 2013 Hair Shades: Embracing a Spectrum of Colors

2013 so far has been a year of experimentation when it comes to hair color. Ladies are now bravely tiptoeing on the wide spectrum of hues to fashion their tresses with. Summer is fast approaching and women are scrambling to get that desired look that will be perfect not only for the beach but for the countless parties ahead.


One of the top trends that is quite evident even among Hollywood celebrities would be the Ombré hair color. Seen from the snaps of stars like Drew Barrymore and Jessica Biel, this technique involves gradual shading. A French term which means “shaded,” Ombré is achieved by having the root area of the hair applied with the darkest hue and gradually, the shades applied to the ends would be the lightest. The tone effect it exudes definitely fits ladies who are very laidback in nature.

Another popular style that female musicians and the eccentric set are currently rocking would be the bloody red shade. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, hair is bleached prior to applying the chosen scarlet hue as this vivid color needs a lighter base hair shade for it to stand out. What was once meant only for natural blondes, donning a vibrant red color is now evident regardless of any skin color. But for those who opt to wear this radical shade without undergoing the traditional technique of bleaching, one can choose among L’Oreal’s INOA Ammonia Free permanent color line that is now being used in top international salons such as in Rush Croydon in Southern London. As more people tend to bend traditions, going on the purple-gray hair color route is also an alternative option to try. Mixing these two pale hues definitely results in a hair that delves in between sweet and punk.

Dip-dyeing on the other hand is often chosen by the younger crowd. A bit similar to the effect of the mentioned Ombré trend, this practice involves dyeing the ends of the tresses instead with a different shade. Whether dark brown or even neon pink; dip-dyed hair lends one a spunky appearance that emulates Asian pop stars.
Whether opting for gradual coloring or daring one’s self to delve in the most eccentric of hues, the summer hair shade trends of 2013 epitomizes that color should be embraced, not avoided.

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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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The Sedu Revolution Flat Iron

When looking for a new flat iron I was confused as to which one to purchase. With so many different models on the market, how would I know which flat iron would be best for my hair? After conducting numerous hours of research, my instinct told me to try the Sedu Revolution flat iron. After purchasing and using my flat iron for the first time, I was glad I had done so.

Sedu Revolution Flat Iron

The Sedu Revolution flat iron has plates that are made of tourmaline ceramic. Unlike the prior ceramic plates I had used, this flat iron was not just coated with the tourmaline ceramic, but it was fully made of it. These types of plates proved to have great effects on the overall appearance of my hair. Never once did my hair look dull after using the Sedu flat iron. I soon found out that the quality of my hair was all due to the quality of the flat iron. The negative ions that are produced by the tourmaline ceramic plates reduce frizz in my hair and create a smooth and lustrous finish.

The Sedu flat iron kept my hair healthy while making it beautiful. The Sedu uses infrared heat for the straightening process, which is extremely better for the health of the hair. There is significantly less damage and less styling time that is needed. I was able to cut the styling time in half while having hair more beautiful than I ever have had before.

The plates on the Sedu are the anti-slip plates, which enable all the hair to stay in place rather than slipping out of the flat iron. The curve of the edge allows me to create perfect looks and bouncy curls, unlike the traditional flat irons that left dents in my hair.

The Sedu flat iron has been one of the greatest hair investments I have made. Its ability to straighten my curly hair made me love it even more. It can reach up to 450 degrees and worked wonders on all the issues I was facing when using other flat iron brands. Everything I needed to know about the Sedu flat iron was located at this link. I have recommended this flat iron to all my friends. Even if they do not have curly hair, there are different temperature settings which can work for their hair type. The Sedu flat iron has become my best friend over night!

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