Basic Hair Extension Types and Texture

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hair colors palette hair texture

Some of the terms used to describe hair extension, their type and texture are quite popular but others are very specific. Therefore, we have decided to come up with a small glossary that can help you choose the best hair extensions for you.

One of the basic terms we use is a weave/weft or hair weave – human or artificial hair that is integrated with one’s natural hair in order to add length and/or volume.

Types of hair used for hair extensions

The first thing that you have to decide is what type of hair you want for your hair extensions. There are basically two main types – human and artificial but even with them there are differences.

Premium hair is the term that you will come across very often if you google hair extensions. Do not be misled by the word “premium” in it – this is actually the most common type of hair offered on the market and is usually quite affordable. As the roots and tips of the hair face different directions, premium hair is prone to tangle. There is, however, a more expensive option called “tangle-free premium hair”, where the cuticles are chemically removed in acid bath thus avoiding friction and tangles. This type of extensions are laminated to give the hair healthy and shiny look.

Synthetic fibers are combination of different synthetic fibers and contain no human hair. They do not last as long as human hair ad are easily damaged. Besides, synthetic hair extensions cannot be styled with any heating appliance such as curling or flat irons. These extensions never blend with the natural hair and remain visible because they are stiff and move differently. They are much cheaper but even though their quality was improved in recent years, their popularity and usage has fallen drastically.

Futura hair extensions are special type of synthetic fibers that can withstand heat and therefore can be curled and strengthened but not colored. Futura extensions may outlast human hair extensions but lack all of their properties and qualities. Sometimes futura extensions are also sold as a human hair blend.

Note that you are not going to find any synthetic fibers or futura hair extensions in our Chicago Hair Extensions Salon.

Human hair is what we use for our high-quality hair extensions. Depending on the method of collection and preparation of these human extensions we differentiate between the following types:

  • Remy hair is the highest grade of hair available on the market and is a synonym of superb quality. It contains only aligned cuticles from root to tip. The word “remy” originates from the French verb “remettre” that means “to put back”. Initially, in order to have Remy hair all hair in a bundle has been re-aligned to face the same direction. The production required a lot of skills and excessive work. Now, the term Remy hair means that the hair was never inverted but cut directly from the donor and kept in its original direction.
  • Virgin or raw hair is human hair that has not been processed in any way prior to being collected. This means the hair has never been colored as well. Such extensions are incredibly soft and blend perfectly with one’s own hair giving it an incredible look and feel.
  • Single drawn hair refers to a bundle of hair that was combed only to remove just the shortest strands of hair from the original ponytail. Thus, a bundle of single drawn hair will contain a mixture of strands with different lengths.
  • Doble drawn hair means that the bundle was combed through several times or with the respective equipment (drawing board/mat) to ensure that only strands of the same length remain. Thus, the extensions have almost the same thickness at the roots and at the tips.

Color and texture of hair extensions

Both human and artificial hair extension come in a great variety of colors so there is a plenty to choose from. Natural hair can also be additionally colored to match your own shades or to add some different nuances to your hairstyle. You should know that natural virgin blond hair is very rare and hence its price is also quite high.

The different hair extension textures that you can choose from include:

  • Silky straight – straight and smooth, has the look of East Asian hair
  • Yaki – straight hair that has the texture of relaxed Afro-Caribbean hair
  • Coarse straight – straight with a wave
  • Deep wave – looks like spiral curls
  • Curly wave – similar to the look and feel of spiral curls
  • Romance wave – also referred to as loose deep wave, offers softer and more romantic curls
  • Kinky curly – it recreates the look of natural Afro-Caribbean hair and has very tight “s” or “z”-shaped curls
  • Wet and wavy – also knowns as Spanish wave or Indian wave, it uses naturally curly human hair or hair that was permanently waved. It gives you soft natural-looking curls that become quite curly when wet as is typical for Latin American or South Asian hair

You can see the great choice you have when applying hair extensions. In case you have any specific questions, our experienced stylists will be more than happy to answer them. All you need to do is contact us and schedule a free consultation at any of our locations.

Interesting Facts About Hair Extensions and Their History

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Long flowing tresses and complicated hairdos with multiple layers and braids have always been a symbol of status and beauty both for women and men. Now, hair extensions are used by women to boost their self-confidence and feel better in their own skin and also to meet the higher grooming standards and reach the physical perfection, established today.

Many stylists say that their clients refer to the extra hair as something that they can’t do without and the cost for maintaining the chosen look is simply incorporated into their monthly expenses without much hesitation. It feels like hair extensions have become an ordinary part of our everyday life, however they have been known and used much longer than you can imagine.

The origin of hair extensions

hair extensions in Egypt CleopatraAs unbelievable as it may sound, the first hair extensions date back to 5000 BC and Ancient Egypt with the first documented proof of their usage being the hair weaves used by Egyptians in 3400 BC. This hairstyle was a symbol of status and wealth and both women and men wore wigs or sewn-on hair pieces. The wealthy men shaved their heads and used the hair to make ornamented wigs out of it. They used human hair – their and the hair of poorer Egyptians who sell it. The poorer men who wanted to be fashionable as well, used mainly dyed sheep wool for their wigs. Egyptian women added hair extensions and braids, which were usually of bright colors – gold, blue, red, etc. They used resin and bee wax to attach the extensions. Cleopatra also weaved her hair and her favorite color was peacock blue. The aristocrats in Ancient Egypt used the different knots, twists and braids as a symbol of their status, age, religion and wealth.

Hair extensions throughout the centuries

Hair extensions and wigs kept their popularity throughout the centuries with different intensity, especially among Europeans and Americans.

Hair extensions in middle agesThe 1960s were the era of large wigs, such as the Beehive wigs and the 70s were dominated by powdered wigs. The fashion of white powdered wigs, called Perukes, was established by King Louis who used it to hide his baldness. The trend was picked by the nobles and soon after both men and women wore huge extensions and weaves that looked like a beehive. Quite often special frames had to be used, around which the hairdo was formed.

hair extensions in 1960sIn the 18th century the popular hairstyle was the Apollo, which had tight curls attached closer to the scalp in mounds.

pompadour hair extensions exampleBy the time the 19th century came, the Pompadour hairstyle marched in. This is the time when women started actively using real human hair extensions to achieve the modern hairdo. It was a symbol of wealth, beauty and status and the demand for hair extensions grew. At the time, Britain imported more than 100 tons of hair from France to satisfy the demand.

The version of the modern clip-in hair extensions, known as the Switch came into fashion in the 1900s. These extensions quickly became popular as they were easy to add and remove. They were made only of human hair and a bunch costed less than $1.

Sporting long hair was in fashion in the 1940s and artificial hair extensions were massively used, even though they often damaged the hair.

From the 40s to the 80s “big hair” was the rule. Women were inspired by different popular music bands and often had colorful weaved hairstyle to match their favorite star.

Modern hair extensions

modern hair extensionsIn most recent times, hair extensions tend to be made predominantly of human hair, even though some high quality faux hair extensions are also used. There is a great variety of extensions – some are removable, like the clip-ins, while others are sewn or taped in and can last several months with proper care. The modern hair extensions are incorporate in such a way that you cannot take them apart from the rest of the hair and give you a natural look unlike those used in the past.

Initially, hair extensions were used mainly by singers, actresses, fashion models and other celebrities. However, the “secret” soon was spilled and women of all professions, ages and nationalities started improving their hair look.

Hair extensions are the ideal solution if you want to grow your hair long for a special occasion like a birthday or a wedding, if you want to hide your fine hair or change your hair color. They are also a comforting solution for women who suffer from a decease like alopecia or who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.

No matter what change in your hairstyle you are looking for, we recommend you to contact our reputable hair extension specialists for a free consultation about the best hair extensions for you.

5 Alternatives to Daily Shampooing

shampoo alternatives for washing hair

The discussion about how often to wash our hair goes hand in hand with the question which shampoo is better for me and are there alternatives.

Depending on your hair type and length you might need to wash your hair daily or once in a week. If your hair is very fine and your scalp tends to be oily then you should go for daily washing. The thicker, drier and curlier your hair is, the less the frequency of washing. If you have long hair, then it is better to follow a special routine in order to wash it the right way. But if you want to avoid the daily shampooing, without totally skipping it, keep reading for some inspiration.

Tricks to avoid shampooing

There are some alternatives to shampooing your hair way too often but still keep it clean and well looking. Here are a few tricks to try:

  • Style your hair – if your hair was styled, keratin-treated or air-blown after being washed, it will look clean longer and you can go a week without washing it. When you see the first signs of your long hair getting “dirty”, you can put it in a side braid or a bun. For a shorter hairdo you can use accessories such as hats or head scarfs.
  • Try hair extensions – there are different methods of adding extensions to your hair and some of them will allow you to go longer without washing. Since the best hair extensions are made of real human hair, however, make sure to ask the hair extension specialists for advice how to properly treat them.
  • Apply powder – if you apply powder to the roots of your hair it will absorb the oil and won’t let it go down your bangs. Thus, you can give your hair another shampoo-free day. It is better to try this option first over the weekend, for example, so that you know how your hair will react and if it will have the desired effect. Do not use it as a quick remedy before an important meeting. In such cases better choose the next option.
  • Use dry shampoo – dry shampoo is a great product that can be used not only as alternative to lathing up your hair. Some hair stylists use to lift a fresh blowout, for example. Dry shampoo is also excellent as a preventive measure. You can spray your hair before going to bed and it will work overnight to absorb the excessive oil.
  • Replace the shampoo with a conditioner – you know that the leave-in conditioner is good for styling your hair, but did you know that you can use your conditioner instead of a shampoo? That’s right. You can wet your hair and add some conditioner to refresh it or you can wash your hair only with a conditioner once in a while without adding shampoo. This is a nice change that will revitalize your hair.

The “No poo” method

Since we are talking about alternatives to shampooing, it is worth mentioning the “no poo” method. “No poo” (short for no shampoo) is collective term for methods of washing hair without commercial shampoo. If you ask hundred no poo-ers, you will find hundred different routines that they follow and products that they use to avoid the shampoo. Some still go for the organic type of this product, while others choose only alternatives. Do not hurry to try them on your hair before you research them, though, since they are suitable for certain types of hair and may not have a very good effect on yours. Or in case you have some allergies towards any of their ingredients. Here are some of the most common products that replace the shampoo:

  • Baking soda
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Soapnuts
  • Clay
  • Henna
  • Tea
  • Eggs
  • Water

Now, the last one may surprise you as it means replacing your shampoo virtually with nothing. This alternative, however, is worth trying even if you are not a fan of the “no poo” movement. The focus here is on massaging the scalp when you are under the shower and letting your body do its work. You will let the natural oil remain on your scalp and protect and moisturize your skin and hair.

So, if you feel the urge to wash your hair every day maybe skip the shampoo once in a while and just enjoy the nice warm water rinsing through your hair.

shampoo alternatives for washing hair

The Right Way to Wash Your Long Hair

How to wash your hair
How to wash your hair

Do you have a special care routine for your long hair that you follow strictly in order to boost its growth? If your answer is yes, then the following lines are just for you. Learn how to wash your long hair properly in order to avoid damaging it and enjoy it much longer.

How often to wash?

One of the big questions with no definite answer is how long should I wash my hair. From the advice to do it every day to the “no poo” movement, you can find any type of information on the net. The truth is that the frequency depends on the type of hair you have (and not that much on its length). It is generally fine to go a few days without washing, since shampoo traps oil and its frequent usage may dry your hair excessively, make it prone to breakage and look unhealthy. So, how to proceed?

  • People with very fine hair, oily scalp and those who exercise daily and sweat a lot or live in very humid climate should wash their hair every day.
  • People with thick, dry, curly and less oily hair can shampoo less frequently. The thicker the hair is, the longer the time between washes. Some women can go for 5-7 days without shampoo.
  • The average person can go without shampooing 2-3 days.

Quite often the frequency of washing depends on the personal style and preferences. With longer hair it is easy to hide the first signs of cleanliness going away by styling it into a ponytail, bun or braid but those with shorter hair should wash or choose a hat or headscarf as an accessory.

No matter the type or length of your hair, however, it is not recommended to go more than 14 days without shampooing.

How to wash your hair right?

Once you determine the frequency of your shampooing, you need to learn how to do it right. Longer hair needs gentle treatment.

  • The first thing is to choose the right products depending on your hair. If it is colored, you should opt for color protection shampoo and conditioner; if you wear hair extensions, you need to treat them accordingly; if you are looking for more volume, then you go for “volumizing” products, etc.
  • Adding a shower filter to your bathroom will be beneficial both for your hair and body as you will be exposed to less chlorines, for example.
  • Now, when it comes to the actual routine of washing, raw coconut oil is one of the best friends of long hair. For perfect results it is better if you apply it to your strands in the night before you go to bed, put your hair in a bun and sleep over it. Then wash your hair in the morning. If that is not possible you can apply it 1 hour before washing or at least a few minutes in advance.
  • Before adding shampoo make sure that your hair is wet. So, rinse it with warm water and add a few drops of conditioner to the ends. This will help trap moisture. That add the shampoo and lathe up your roots. Unless your hair is very dirty it is not necessary to lathe the ends as well or to wash it a second time.
  • Add the conditioner from the middle of the hair to the ends without applying it to the roots. Let it stay if it is a leave-in or wash it just before you go out of the bathroom. You can clip your hair up so that it is not in your way. The longer the conditioner stay, the more positive effects it will have on your hair. Rinse it from your hair with warm water.
  • For better results finish your hair washing with a cold shower. The final rinse with cold water will seal the cuticle and make your hair look healthier and shiny.

Visit out blog next week for some alternative ideas on shampooing.

Enjoy your long hair longer by following the advice of the specialists on how often to wash your hair. Treat it with love and care and walk your strands proudly anywhere you go.

How to Hide Thin Hair with Hair Extensions

long black hair extensionEvery woman wishes to have long thick hair that looks vivacious and healthy. Unfortunately many of us are not that lucky and have fine thin hair that is often prone to split ends and breakage. The type of hair is a genetic issue so what we need is to accept it looks and do our best to improve it. Another reason for the thinning of your hair may be age. When we grow older our hair grows slower and falls more often. However, if we take good care of our hair and use one simple clever trick – proper hair extensions, we will have the voluminous mane we have always wished for. Below we will try briefly to explain why your hair doesn’t grow so fast, what you can do to hide it and what are the best hair extensions to use with fine hair.

My hair won’t grow: WHY?

why hair don't growWe have already mentioned that genetics plays the main role in terms of hair thickness and growth. Age also has its say. However, there are some other factors that prevent your hair from growing and thin it further:

  •  Breakage – if your hair does not receive sufficient nutrients it will break easier and faster than it grows. Therefore it is important to use only quality hair products and treat your hair properly. Avoid to much coloring or heat treatment, opt for natural shampoos and conditioners, eat healthy and drink more water. If you want longer hair follow these simple tips (LINK to article) and you will soon see improvement.
  • Diet – quite often if we are on a diet this will affect our hair growth and thickness. Make sure to always include a lot of iron, Vitamin D and B-complex intake in your diet and to stay well hydrated. Foods that will improve your hair look include eggs, spinach, avocados, whole grains, salmon, etc.
  • Split ends – if your hair is deprived of the necessary nutrients it will split into two or even three at the end. The best way to cope with split ends is to cut them. The sooner you do it the better since if left the split will go higher and higher in the hair. To stop your hair from splitting avoid bleaching it or drying it with a towel too harshly.
  • Medical condition – it is normal to shed about 100 strands every day. If your hair falls more intensive and is very dry and damaged you might be experiencing some condition that needs medical treatment. Visit your doctor and get yourself checked.

How to hide my thin hair?

conceve thin hairIf your hair is thinning there are a few tricks that you can use to hide this:

  • Visit the hairdresser – a good solutions to improve your hair look is to chop it off. If you cut some inches and add layers your hair will look more voluminous.
  • Get a good blowout – a quick way to instantly add volume to your fine hair is to blow it out. You can achieve an attractive look even at home using a round brush and a hair dryer.
  • Use proper hair products – always use shampoos and conditioners that are meant for fine hair and that are alcohol and sulfate-free. You can use volumizing mouse before blow-drying your hair for a fuller look.
  • Wear hair extensions – choose the best natural hair extensions that will help you get instant thickness and length without damaging your hair.

Which are the best hair extensions for thin hair?

hair extensions to use with thin hair

While following a healthier diet and treating your hair properly is a must in order to promote its growth and good condition, there is one other quicker solution for hiding thin hair: hair extensions. There are several types of hair extensions and not all of them are suitable for fine hair. Clip-ins, for example, will be too heavy and may only damage the hair further. Our best advice for fine hair is to use quality tape-in hair extensions. This is an amazing methods with natural looking result. Once the hair extensions are “taped” you can finally enjoy a gorgeous head full of hair. And the best thing is that you can style it the same way as natural hair. Different updos, fuller ponytail or curls are not a problem anymore. You can rock a beautiful hairstyle no matter if you are having a night out or exercising in a gym. Our tape-in hair extensions are light and won’t be heavy on your natural hair and scalp and thus prevent growth.

We are strongly recommending to consult a hair extension stylist who will be able to best advice you on the proper color and length for you. At our Chicago salon we offer free consultations after an appointment and our experts will be more than happy to help you.

5 Ways to Tame Your Hair This Summer 

keep your hair tight in the hot summer

The hot and humid summer weather is definitely not a favorable time for your hairstyle. It takes a bit more time and nerves to achieve the perfect polished look you rocked in spring. Therefore instead of investing that time we offer you five easy ways to tame your hair and look gorgeous despite the heat.

Chop Chop Chop

cut hair short for the summerThe ultimate way to get your hair away from your face and neck is to chop it. Shorter hairdo is quite trendy this year and there are many option you can choose from. From the ultimate buzz cut through the pixie and the bob and as long as the lob (the long bob) for those who would like to keep some of their bangs. You can rub some texturizing cream into your hair to style it and skip any of the hot tools. The shorter hairdo requires less maintenance but gives you freedom to play with color and form. If chopping your hair is not your idea of a best summer look, then just keep reading for more attractive options for longer hairstyles.

Ponytails

ponitails hair for the summerThe ponytail suits all hair types and it is the ultimate look for the scorching summer days. The final result is a look that looks neat and simple while flirty and stylish at the same time. Despite being an easy way to style your hair, the ponytail also allows you to play with several options. You can tie your hair in a a sleek high ponytail, rock a bubble ponytail or choose a more relaxed style with a loop-side ponytail. This cute summer hairstyle looks even more gorgeous with professionally applied hair extensions as they add volume and texture to your overall irresistible look.

Braids

braid you hair for summerThe classic braid can be customized in many ways to match your perfect summer style. It is a quick way to both look and feel cool during the scorching summer heat. There is a great variety of braids that you can choose from. You can even turn your ponytail into a stylish rope braid at some point during the day if you want to change your look. The thick long hair with or without hair extensions looks fabulous in a fishtail braid or a side Dutch braid. For a more romantic look you can add flowers to your braid once it is done. You can also opt for double Dutch braids or simply add some baby braids to your hair no matter if it is up or down. Baby braids are tiny and simple braids that you can also decorate with a colorful string or other accessories for more diversity. If you have started your day with a high sleek ponytail combined with a messy fishtail braid and you don’t feel the plait at the end of the day you can quickly fix it up into a bun with a few bobby pins.

Waves

wave curly hair for summerThe beach waves are the perfect summer style for ladies with longer locks. Since smooth and polished waves are harder to achieve in this sweaty weather and working with the hot iron is not very pleasant we suggest that you go for these “undone” beach waves. You can also look for some other ways how to make your hair wavy without much treatment and damage. There are some clever tutorials on YouTube for using headbands and even toilet paper to get heatless curls. You can try and see which option works best for you. After all you, should keep in mind that achieving an effortless and a little messy style does require some efforts on your side. The undone beach waves are suitable for all hair types but look better and more defined while wearing quality remy hair extensions. Adding an unusual color to your hair style will make your casual waves even more memorable.

Accessories

keep your hair tight in the hot summer

Summer is the time to have fun and adding accessories to make your hairstyle less formal and flirty is a good way to achieve that. You can wear your hair in a casual low ponytail or put it in a bun and add a few metal clips to improve the look. Depending on your hair color and your mood you can opt for neutral nuances or go bold and chic with sparkling or neon clips. Do not be afraid of asymmetry as it will be trendy this season. You can also adorn your hair with a flower crown or wear a hair scarf.

If you are inspired to try any of these easy ways to style your hair this summer and have some questions how this can be achieved by adding hair extensions our Chicago stylists will be more than happy to help you with tips and suggestions.

5 Tips to Boost Your Hair Growth

how to grow long hair guide how to grow long hair guide Growing your hair long is a task that requires a lot of commitment and patience. Some people have naturally thicker and fast growing hair while others seem to be unable to get their hair length past any certain point. While genetics has a lot to play when it comes to our natural features, still there are a few tricks that we can use in other to promote healthier and faster hair growth. There are many tips and none of them is universal, so you really need to find those who work best for you. We have selected five ideas that are easy to follow and won’t take much of your time or finances.

Trim your hair regularly

We have all heard how important hair trimming is. Cutting your hair regularly may sound a bit counterintuitive to the idea of making it grow longer, however if done properly it actually boosts growth. When we are talking about a regular trim we don’t mean visiting your stylist every two-three weeks but rather every 2-3 months. Depending on your hair type and level of damaging it can even be up to 3-4 times per year. And the other trick here is to be careful with the length that is cut. You should ask your hairdresser to shorten your hair by half an inch to an inch maximum. Not 2, nor 3, just 1 inch. This will help eliminate the damaged ends and will make your hair look healthier and much better. It will also stimulate the growth.

Be careful with washing

Most of you have heard that natural oils are beneficial for the hair. Therefore we shall avoid washing it too often in order not to deprive it from this nourishment. Depending on your hair type it is good to skip washing your hair for 3, 4 days or even a week. You can wear your hair in a ponytail or braid the 2nd or 3rd day and experiment with styles that will suit your “unclean” hair. By all means washing your hair daily is the worst you can do.

Avoid heat treatment

Heat is one of the worst enemies of hair in general. Therefore it is advisable to avoid treating it with hot iron or having it blow-dried all too often. There are other ways to sport that curly look without heat treatment. Be creative in your style and keep those hot gadgets away from your hair as often as possible. This will make the hair stronger and it will ultimately grow faster. Remember heat dries the hair and dry hair gets damaged quicker and splits. Of course we are not telling you to throw that curler away but just give it some deserved long rest.

Take supplements

Something that you can do to assist your hair growth is to take some supplements. Always opt for those that are made of natural ingredients. An example of what you can add to your diet to boost your hair growth includes hazelnut butter, iron and folic acid. Hazelnuts are rich in biotin, which is a B7 vitamin that is necessary for cell growth. Biotin is a recommended supplement for strengthening hair and nails. Iron and folic acid are the other necessary micro elements that boost the health of your hair. If your hair is brittle and breaking you most probably need iron as supplement. Especially if you are vegan or vegetarian a natural iron formula supplement will help you get the necessary iron your body needs. Folic acid is another B vitamin that helps your body produce and maintain new cells. So, all these 3 supplements will help your hair grow and look much stronger and healthier.

Drink a lot of water

Drinking a lot of water has many positive effects on our body and the hair is no exception. This will make your hair look shiny and your scalp healthy, which will lead to faster hair growth. One of the signs that you are dehydrated is that your hair is brittle and prone to splitting and breaking. So grab another glass of water and drink to your hair length. Cheers! Long hair will always be fashionable. Hopefully the tricks above will work for you and you will be able to enjoy the length you want much sooner than expected. Meantime, in order to get the feeling of what it will be like to rock longer bangs you can try wearing professionally applied hair extensions. Our Chicago stylists will be more than happy to direct you to the right type of extensions that will reveal your best look.    

2017 Hairstyle: Summer Buzz Cut Inspired by Celebrities 

Long hair has been treated as a symbol of female beauty and prestige for centuries and this would hardly ever change. The short hairdo, however, has been present on the catwalk, the TV screen or on stage long enough to become part of the norm. The modern trend of rocking a buzz cut is still popular in 2017 with some celebrities who joined the club earlier this year like Cara Delevingne and Amandla Stenberg. Many women were also inspired to chop their locks and rock a more challenging  shorter ‘do. And is there a better season to take the scissors in hands than summer? If you are considering the buzz cut for the summer of 2017 then below you can get inspiration from celebrities who rocked a short hairdo with style.

Trendy short and in color

Sporting a cropped hairdo is in no way dull and even though you cannot try six different ponytails, for example, you can surely find interesting and creative ways to style your hair. Opt for a clean cut, choose to leave some, or a lot at the top, shave only one side, play with its “length” – from zero to 3-4 inches. And last but not least: there is COLOR! And it’s easy to maintain.

amber rose trendi white blonde short hairAmber Rose has turned the platinum blonde buzz cut into a trend. It seems that different nuances of blonde are quite suitable for the very short hairdo as shown by many celebrities such as Jessie J, Toni Collette and Agyness Deyn. And since blonde is one of the trendy colors for 2017 it’s a good time to try the blonde buzz cut this summer.

 

 

 

 

stylish short hairstyles haircuts for women pastel buzzcutWhen it comes to a buzz cut, pixie or any other short ‘do pink and all its nuances, paler and darker, are a favorite option. Alecia Moore, America’s talented singer, songwriter, actress and dancer, better known by her stage name Pink has rocked her chopped hair in almost every nuance of blonde and pink throughout the years.

 

 

 

 

blue short hair styleThe undercut is yet another sexy and trendy hairstyle that ladies can choose for the summer. When combined with a vibrant blueberry color the hairdo becomes one of the hottest summer trends. do not stick only to this mystique shade but opt for the nuances that better match your skin tone.

 

 

 

 

short hair in all colorsAll in color! If you are hesitating whether pink, blue or purple is the best color for your summer buzz cut then simply skip the wondering and go for it all. The geometric shapes formed by the lines cut into the hair really stand out due to the various dye nuances used.

 

 

 

 

Bold and brave

demi moore short hairMany actresses have parted with their hair in order to better portrait their heroin. One of the well-known such iconic transformations was by Demi Moore who shaved her hair in 1997 for her role in the movie G. I. Jane. Many other stars have followed suit throughout the years with the most recent inclusions being Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne and Amandla Stenberg.

 

 

 

 

jean seberg short hairActress Jean Seberg also didn’t hesitate to buzz her hair for portraying Joan of Arc in Saint Joan. A sign of her bravery is that this was her debuting role and the year was 1957. She looks radiant, shick and confident with the shorter hairdo.

 

 

 

 

grace jones short hairSingers are also known for rocking shorter hairdo. Grace Jones, a talented singer, actress and model demonstrated how to wear the buzz cut with style back in the 1970s.

 

 

 

 

 

sinead oconnor short hairTalking about bold and brave we shall not omit Sinead O’Connor who shaved her head in the 80s as a response to her recording managers who wanted to see her with longer hair and in mini-skirts. The buzz cut became her signature look.

 

 

 

 

shaved hair girl with a tattooYou want something even bolder and more distinctive? Then follow the example set by Eve Salvail, the 1990s catwalk iconic model, and get your head tattooed! Now, that’s a way to make a statement.

 

 

 

 

The one thing to keep in mind when you are considering to chop your hair is that it will eventually grow back. Meantime you can take advantage of yet another trendy option that is also preferred by many celebrities – high quality hair extensions. They are suitable for shorter hair as well and when professionally done they will not hinder the growth process.

So, enjoy the summer with a trendy buzz cut and welcome winter with beautiful naturally-looking longer hairdo!

Image source: Fashionisers  and Marie Claire

 

Gorgeous Summer Hair Colors Trendy in 2017

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Summer is here and all the ladies are ready to rock their best hair look at work, around the pool or simply while grocery shopping. This is the time of the year when we are more willing to experiment with hair color. Since 2017 turns to be welcoming anything from natural look to watermelon hair and succulent tones it’s your chance to find your best hair color while being fashionable. We have selected three of the leading trends this year and we challenge you to try them.

The Eternal Blonde

Blonde has ever been trendy and 2017 is no exception. What is new this season is that we will be hearing a lot of new words when it comes to blonde such as smoked taupe, creamy ginger, honey blonde with babylights, etc.

 

pearlescent hair Pearlescent hair

This pearl shiny finish is suitable for all types of blonde – from gold to platinum. Your hair will look cool and glossy but you might need several visits to your stylist before achieving the final effect.

 

 

 

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Blonde-Gray

Even though it is not a new combination the mix of blonde and gray shades with darker, almost black roots is the epitome of modern for 2017. It looks great both on short and long hair.

 

 

 

snow white blonde hairSnow White Blonde

The platinum blonde has been polished and upgraded to look less yellow and more white. Choosing this shade is a commitment in terms of maintenance and preventive hair care but the final result is worth the efforts. If you like the idea of “snow” during the summer heat but prefer more shades in your hair then you can opt for snowlights. These are highlights of pale blonde that make your hair sparkle in the light as if covered with snow.

 

 

Baby blonde

In line with the natural look trend baby blonde is taking the stage in 2017. The color is neither too yellow or white, nor bright but looks like naturally growing.

 

 

 

 

Trendy words for trendy colors

2017 is the year of color combinations and mixtures and the respective words are coined to match the style:

 

blorange hair colorBlorange 

In line with the trendy blonde blorange is the mix to rock this year. Orange has already won its place onto the hair scene back in 2016 to be overrun by blorange in 2017. The new shade combines blonde and ginger and stands in between the two tones to offer a stunning look.

 

 

bronde hair colorBronde

This hair color trend seems to be modern at all times. People love bronde and for good reason – the hair looks blonde in the light and turns chocolate when it’s darker. Two trendy looks with one hairdo – is there something better?

 

 

 

grombre-hair-colorGrombre 

The combination of gray dye and ombre effect is a chic way to add unconventional color to your hair this year. Known as grombre this style is suitable for any hair length.

 

 

 

ronze hair colorRonze

Ronze is a shimmering color that is a mixture of copper red and bronze brown. It will light up your complexion. Stylist swear that you can rock this color all year round and not only during summer.

 

 

 

Going natural

Summer of 2017 is the best time for the ladies who prefer a more natural hair look. You can let nature do its work by letting your hair gray or your roots grow and still be part of the modern tendencies.

 

 

gray-gray hair colorGray-gray

If you are lucky enough to have your hair gray naturally you will be rocking a trendy hairdo in 2017 without much effort. For the rest – there is dye and purple shampoo several times per week to eliminate any shades of brass or yellow.

 

 

 

overgrown roots hair colorOvergrown roots

The shadow roots were trendy in 2016 but 2017 takes it to a greater length. The distance between the root and the color can be up to five inches and instead of being scorned for not visiting your stylist you will be welcomed as a fashion icon.

 

 

 

nude hair colourNude hair

Nude hair offers a balance between warm and cool tones. It is easy to wear and is quite trendy since neutral colors are flattering to all skin tones.

 

 

 

ultra thin foilsUltra-thin foils

This is for the ladies who would like to do something with their hair but are not fond of big changes. If you have natural brown hair, straight, wavy or curly, several tiny highlights added to it will do miracles. They will not be immediately noticeable but the contrast will make your hair look thicker.

One great way to experiment with hair color is using quality hair extensions. Out stylists at Chicago Hair Extension Salon will gladly assist you on choosing the best nuance, extension method and hairdo that will suit your face.

Source of our images and of more good hair ideas is Good Housekeeping (http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/hair/g3027/best-hair-color-trends/ )

How to Get the Most out of Hair Extensions

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There is no point in denying that a great hairstyle can transform your look. Some women wake up every morning with beautiful heavy locks, others, however, are not so lucky. Moreover, with every passing day, the density of the hair keeps falling. Although you can try hard to use all the available remedies in the market to cure that, there are still no guaranteed results. Moreover, even if you have healthy hair, there are chances that you will be tired of sticking to the same hair style. After all, experimenting on your hair is considered rather risky.

Hair extensions are an easier way out to cover the lacking of your hair as well as allow you to enjoy unique hairdos without any long-term commitment.

Do you remember how back in the 90s, famous pop stars had started the trend of using showy hair extensions? There had been a lot of criticism by the media as well. However, the hair extension technology has come a long way since then. Now they are considered acceptable and are easily available — not only to the celebrities but also to the general public. If you are tired of your age-old hairstyle and looking for a drastic change, hair extensions are just the thing for you. There are excellent services available in Illinois including hair extension salons in Chicago, Skokie, Schaumburg, and Highland Park, IL.

Here are some amazing ways in which hair extensions can help you get a complete makeover:

1.     Adding Volume and Length

Most people think that the hair extensions are only used for adding length. However, they have an equally useful role when it comes to increasing the volume. In fact, hair extensions are an excellent and easy way for adding volume to thin hair. For people who cannot increase the volume of their hair at least in any natural way, hair extensions are the right option.

2.     Braiding

Braids have undoubtedly made a huge comeback. You can see the trend making waves all over the Instagram. However, you will notice that all these braids are impossibly thick and long. If you have been pondering over this mystery, of unexceptionally dense hair then here is the answer—they are using the hair extensions to achieve that look. There is no way to have that kind of braid with your natural hair without one nice extension incorporated with the hair.

3.     Fixing Bad Haircut

Bad haircuts are unavoidable. They range from uneven and choppy layers to having your hair cut way over just one inch. In some cases, it is because of inexperienced hairstylists but that is not the case every time. In fact, some of the experienced hair stylists can make this mistake. At other times, it happens because you fail to explain them what you are really looking for. Whatever the reason behind the mishap, it can be fixed by using hair extensions.

4.     Bring on the Color

Dying the hair is another most common dilemma among women. Constantly coloring your hair requires a lot of time and energy and there is always the risk of damaging the hair, thanks to the heavy amount of bleach and other chemicals present in the hair coloring products. On the other hand, if you are looking to experiment with a funky color to try on your hair, you can always use tape-in or clip-on hair extensions, which are easily available at the hair extension salons in Chicago, Skokie, Schaumburg, and Highland Park, IL. The process is not only risk free but is also time saving since it takes only 30 minutes to add a hair extension. You can experiment with different colors without having the fear to remain stuck with it for a few months.

5.     Temporary Bangs

Bangs are among the most popular hairstyles. They keep coming and going away from the fashion trends for hairdos. Despite their immense popularity, the fact remains that bangs are not cut out for every face shape. Add to it their unpredictability in staying in the fashion scene and you will definitely want them on a permanent basis. However, it does not hurt to get a taste of them once in a while either. The problem has been solved by the availability of clip-on temporary bang hair extensions option. Try a style without fearing any kind of commitment.

6.     A ponytail with some Volume

The Arian Grand trademark look has recently become quite popular especially among teenage girls. A high ponytail is in fact a risky look if you do not have the hair volume that is most desirable for it. Not very many people are blessed with thick voluminous hair. However, you do not have to worry anymore if you want to rock this kook at a party but the number of locks on your head is not agreeing with your wishes. Add in a few hair extensions and your voluminous ponytail is sure to make waves at that party!

7.     Beautiful Curls

There is a general misconception among the public that all the models they see on the runway are naturally blessed with amazing hair. They see a woman walking the ramp with log and heavy curls hugging her around the body and they get impressed beyond reason since they think they cannot have the same look. Here is a surprise—those locks there are hair extensions and you can have them too! No need to curse your straight hair anymore if they do not curl, just get yourself a nice curly hair extension.

8.     Glamorous Up do

Most women wear their hair in an easy style that becomes their signature look. However if there is a party and you want to look different you would not go for your routine hairdo. What you can do, however, is opt for a classic yet glamorous look with a nice up do. Unfortunately, it is impossible to get that look if you have thin and fine hair. No need to worry though! You can have instant volume and a glamorous up do with clip-in hair extensions.

So are you ready to buy some hair extensions to rock at the next big event? Get an appointment with Chicago hair extensions salon for the perfect product to match your hair color and texture.