13 Timeless Halloween Hairstyles

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We can compare Halloween to the couture season – the time when makeup artists and hair stylists unleash their imagination and experiment with new ideas.

If this is one of your favorite holidays it means that you are constantly looking for inspiration for your costume, make up and hairdo. Below you will find 13 hairstyle ideas grouped in three categories that you can use this season. Most of them are quite easy to do by yourself, while for some you might need some professional assistance. This is the time of the year that you can also try some high-quality hair extensions, especially for the more elaborate hairdos.

Movie inspired hits

Some of the most beloved Halloween hairdos are inspired by movies.

  • Game of Thrones

game of thrones hairstylesNo doubt this year’s leader will be Game of Thrones. The dramatic 7th season left us speechless and Dany’s elaborate ‘dos made us envy her. Now that the internet is obsessed with theories as to why Emilia Clarke has cut her hair in September and went Khaleesi Platinum it is time to pay tribute to her braids. Braided hair is a significant feature for almost any of the main characters on GOT and is a wonderful do for your Halloween makeover.

  • The Hunger Games

hunger games katniss hairstyleKatniss Everdeen is another heroine who has inspired many women to try the side braid (and not only in the movie). If you want a more dramatic and Halloween-appropriate hairdo dye your hair in multiple colors first or use colored hair extensions.

  • The Little Mermaid

little mermaid hairstyleAriel the mermaid is one of the favorite characters from Disney movies but the mermaid look is also one of the sexiest choices a woman can made. With some mousse to damp your hair and a curling wand you can achieve this look in no time. You can combine it with several different Halloween costumes, not necessarily only with a fish tail.

  • The Great Gatsby

the great gatsby hairstyleThe ’20s Hairdo combines soft curls, braids and shiny head accessories. It is suitable for both short and long hairs and is an eternal romantic Halloween option. Combine it with the fringe dress and let the party begin!

  • A Jane Austine heroine

jane austin hairstyleThe look is created by the designer Christian Dior and looks so natural and simple. It is not hard to recreate it if your Halloween-themed party is dedicated to the English countryside. Use two different curling irons for the waves and then pull the hair back into a low ponytail.

Romantic and bold

Some of the eternal and classic hairdos are also suitable for a Halloween ‘do. They are both romantic and bold and you can add a bit of twist to them with the proper accessories.

  • A Renaissance maiden

Renaissance hairstyleThis Elie Saab designed look is for those who feel a bit nostalgic and romantic on Halloween. Soft waves and a low-key side braid will help you step into the image of a Renaissance maiden. Top it with a metal headpiece for a complete effect.

  • A Greek goddess

greek goddess hairstyleYou don’t have to put in much effort to look like a Greek goddess, especially if you have naturally curly hair. Pull it into a ponytail at the crown of your head and leave the hair around your hairline loose. Then twist the ponytail upward and secure it with bobby pins. Add a pretty comb as a hair accessory. Put a one-sleeved white dress and prepare to rule the night.

  • Medusa

medusa hairstyleIf you are more daring than romantic you should turn the Greek goddess into a Medusa. It’s a good last-minute Halloween hairdo. Make several braids and put them up round your head. Decorate the hairdo with several snakes and you are ready to go. Don’t forget the gold jewelry as it enhances the dramatic look.

  • The cheerleader

cheerleader hairstyle halloweenThe cheerleader is a popular and easy Halloween look. Sweep your hair into a ponytail and take a piece of hair from the underside of the tail to wrap it around the base. Pin it at the end to be more secure. If you want more volume in the crown, you can lift that section and use spray to fix it. 

  • Ballerina elegance

ballerina halloween hairstyleIf you have dreamt about being a ballerina as a little girl, Halloween is the time to make that dream come true. Pull your hair into a low side ponytail and secure it with elastic. Braid a small section of it and pull the braid aside. Then wind the rest of the ponytail around its base and fix it with hairpins. The last step is to wrap the braid around the bun and secure it with pins. Now you are ready for your Swan Lake performance.

  • A spider bun

spider bun halloween hairstyleThis is a simple but very thematic Halloween hairdo. It’s easy to make and funny to look at. Just add some googly eyes to your sock bun and style a few pipe cleaners as the spider’s legs and you’re done!

(Not) For kids only

These two beloved hairstyles are suitable both for little girls and their grown-up sisters and mothers.

  • Pippi Longstocking

pippi halloween hairstylePippi’s look will never go out of fashion. All you need is some wire to support your braided pig tails. Add some colorful ribbons or even tie a few balloons to each tail for a funnier effect.

  • Cindy Lou Who

cindy halloween hairstyleThis elaborated at first sight Dr. Seuss-inspired look is a great decision for a Halloween hairstyle. It is quite easy to achieve – get a plastic cup to hold the hair up, do a couple of braids and fix it with several colorful scrunchies and voila! All you need is a Grinch to make a great pair from Whoville!

If you are looking for further inspiration then Pinterest and especially YouTube can help a lot with visual tutorials. Here is just an example of what you can find.

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The Best Natural Treatments to Strengthen Your Hair and Prevent Hair Loss

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You have lovely long tresses but you are seeing much more hair on your brush recently and you start worrying what’s going on. Before turning to Google for advice on how to stop your hair loss and which are the best products available on the market, it is worth investing some time to find out what causes your hair fall and which are the best natural remedies that can help you cope with it.

Main reasons for hair loss

There are several factors that can cause hair loss and determining which one is valid for you is important for your next action. We can divide them into three main groups:

  • External factors

When we are talking about external factors we mean change of weather or location. It is normal to experience more intensive hair loss in spring and autumn. Your hair also reacts if the weather condition changes abruptly and outside temperatures rise or fall drastically.

If you have changed your living place, your hair may start falling a bit more intensive as well. It is kind of a reaction to all the different environment and natural elements that surround you.

This condition typically doesn’t last long and your hair recovers quickly. You can still use some natural remedies to boost your hair growth.

  • Medical conditions

There are many medical conditions that result in hair loss. Such as thyroid problems, ovarian cancer, menopause, hormonal imbalance, scalp infections, vitamin deficiency or genetic predisposition. If this is the case, you need to consult with a doctor and start taking the respective medicine. Usually, when the health problem is resolved, the hair will take care of itself and you will see it restored to its former beauty. Sometimes the doctor may prescribe some specific supplements to help your hair and body recover.

Though not exactly a “medical condition”, pregnancy or the period immediately after giving birth is also often associated with significant hair loss. This is due to the hormones in your body and is again a case in which your hair will cope with the problem on its own or with a very little help of some natural stimulants.

  • Life style

The most common cause of hair fall is the life style. Improper diet and excessive smoking can easily lead to hair loss. If you do not change these bad habits no hair treatment therapy will help your hair grow stronger. Try eating food rich in iron, vitamin C and vitamin B12 to give yourself shiny and strong hair and nails.

Stress and depression are also one of the main culprits for hair loss. Try different relaxing techniques such as meditation, yoga or even seeing a therapist, who can help you calm down. Your inner beauty and tranquility will immediately shine out.

Now, once you have identified the cause of your hair loss, here are a few ways how to cope with it.

Food supplements

Proper nutrition is your best ally in fighting hair loss. Protein strengthens hair and promotes growth. Food rich in Omega 3 fatty acids such as nuts, eggs, seeds and fish should be part of your daily serving. Iron, zinc and biotin are also important for the health of your hair. If you cannot source them via food, you can opt for taking food supplements. Be aware, however, since they are not completely harmless. Even though you can buy them without prescription, it is better to seek advice from a doctor which supplements to take and how to combine them.

Natural remedies

The best thing to do for your thinning hair is to stop overloading it with chemicals. There are some natural remedies that you can try in order to stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss.

  • Some smelly spices like garlic and onion are actually an excellent hair stimulant. Smash a few garlic cloves and rub the juice onto your scalp. Massage the scalp and leave it for 30-40 minutes. Then wash your hair. The same procedure can be done with onion juice.
  • Curry leaves are yet another spice that not only tastes good but has many health boosting advantages. It strengthens the hair as it affects positively the hair follicles. It is also a natural anti-oxidant and stimulates the hair growth.
  • Henna is a product that has been extensively used throughout the centuries. Queens and kings in the past used it for dying or shampooing their hair. Nowadays, henna is also used for hair coloring and cleansing. It soothes the scalp, leaves your hair shiny, promotes new hair growth and thus boost hair volume.

Of course, there are plenty of other herbs and spices that can help you fighting hair loss but these are some of the most popular and easily accessible ones.

Alternatives to hide your thinning hair

In addition to applying natural remedies, you can also use some alternatives to hide your thinning hair. Here are some suggestions:

  • You can use scalp coloring products so that your scalp is not so visible through your thinning hair;
  • Turn to experienced hair extension specialists who can recommend the best hair extensions for your type of hair so that it will have more volume;
  • Cut your hair short as this will make it look thicker.

No matter what the cause of your hair fall is, know that there is always a solution. Identify the reason and try maintaining a healthier life style in order to enjoy your long thick tresses longer.

 

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Grow Your Hair in a Week: Here is How

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Generally, hair grows about half an inch per month. You can stimulate this growth if you follow all or some of the tips below. In some cases, women have reported that by applying these techniques their hair has grown about one quarter to one-half inch in a week.

If you are curious what your results will be, grab a meter to measure your hair and try the following over a period of one week. Then measure your hair again. You can make a chart and put the figures at the end of each week to see what the long-term results will be.

Use natural oils

Natural oils like coconut oil, almond oil, argan oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and castor oil are extremely beneficial for your hair. They provide it with special nutrients, keep it hydrated and as a result the hair is healthier and shiny. Here are two ways how to use them:

  • Hair treatment with hot oil – warm some coconut, jojoba, argan or olive oil on a stovetop or in a bowl of boiling water and massage it gently in your scalp with fingers. Be careful with the temperature – the oil should be warm not hot, wait some time to cool down if necessary. Massage your scalp for about 15 minutes, then run the rest of the oil through your hair and let it stay for about 30 minutes. Wash your hair thoroughly using shampoo. You can do it 2-3 times a week.
  • Hair masks – there are many ready-made hair masks that you can use but here we suggest one that you can make by yourself in no time. Mix 1 cup of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon almond oil, jojoba oil and macadamia oil. Apply the mask to damp hair and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly using your everyday shampoo and/or conditioner. You can use the mask once or twice weekly.

Adopt a proper hair care routine

It is very important to follow a proper hair care routine. Washing your hair every day is not in its best interest. Make sure that you know how to wash your long hair right and what are the alternatives to shampooing if you want healthy long hair.

Here is a very simple routine that you can follow:

  • Don’t shampoo too often
  • Rinse with cold water at the end of the shower
  • Don’t wrap it in a towel after bath
  • Let your hair airdry whenever possible. Even cold air hair dryer can damage the hair
  • Brush properly
  • Trim regularly
  • Avoid styling tools

Follow a healthy diet

Eating healthy is beneficial for your entire body, including your hair and nails. If you want to have healthier hair make sure that you drink sufficient water and consume foods rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium. Foods high in protein are very important too. Your diet shall include meat, fish, eggs, nuts, whole grains and beans and definitely exclude fast food.

Try the “inversion” method

Lately, the “inversion” method became quite popular as a stimulant of hair growth. Basically, you need to put your head below your heart to encourage the blood flow that can stimulate hair growth. You can practice it for 4-5 minutes every day. The most popular pose is to lay on the bed with your head dangling off the edge of the bed and your neck supported by the edge of the bed. The “inversion” method can be practiced with some yoga poses too – the downward dog, shoulder stand or head stand.

Always come out of the inverted position slowly so that you don’t feel dizzy.

A handful of tips for healthier hair

Here are a few tips that will help you on the road to having healthier and longer hair. They are straightforward and easy to follow.

  • Coconut oil maintains hair in good condition and makes it easier to take care of it. It is especially good for longer hair. While it won’t stimulate growth as such, it will provide your hair with essential nutrients and make it healthier.
  • Be careful with ponytails because if the ponytail is too tight it may damage your hair and cause headache. If there is a dent in your hair once you take the ponytail down, it means that it was too tight.
  • Use boar bristle brushes if possible since they are good for your hair. They make your hair shiny and healthy without styling products, improve the hair texture and reduce frizz. If you want to brush your hair 100 strokes a day then do it with a boar bristle brush. Synthetic bristle brushes are good only for styling hair and have to benefits for its health.
  • Live a healthy life and you will see the benefits for your hair – it will be stronger, shinier and grow faster. This includes having good rest, drinking sufficient water and eating a well-balanced diet.
  • Wearing scrunchies not only doesn’t help hair growth but even prevents it. Putting your hair in too tight hair styles every day will only damage it.
  • If you want thick, long hair with maximum volume overnight try high quality hair extensions. Consult with a reputable hair extension specialist who can give you advise which type and method is the best for you. Know that professionally applied extensions will not damage your hair.
  • Choose a shampooing routine and stick to it at least a month so that you can see any results. Change it after that period if it doesn’t work for you.
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10 Hair Trends You Need to Try In Fall 2017

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Now that summer is over and 2017 is coming to an end, here are a few pretty hair trends that you definitely need to try. There is a great variety of styles to meet any taste, and besides you still have a few months left before 2018 to try a few. Well, that’s if you do not start with the buzz cut that was one of the favorite hairstyle for many celebrities this year.

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Platinum-Blonde Buzz Cut

Amber Rose turned this pretty summer style into a trend that is still an excellent choice for the autumn. This daring textured buzz was embraced by a pool of celebrities throughout 2017 so far, so if you want to join the club with Katy Perry, Taraji, Zoë Kravitz and Cara Delevingne do not waste any more time. Head for your favorite hair saloon and allow yourself to look completely badass before 2018 arrives.

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The Shag

Talking about going back, we can say that the ’70s are also making their way to the autumn hairstyles of 2017. The Shag haircuts, also known as “bedhead dos” are back in fashion. Choose a feathered, face-framing style and make it messy. The messier the better and you will be the rock star of the season.

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Crimped Hairstyle

Going back in time is definitely trendy this autumn. This year’s obsession with the ’90s brings back another tendency we swore to steer clear of: crimping. Of course, do not go to extremes – ease the style by putting your hair into a ponytail or bun. And do not overdo your hair – simply add a few crimpled sections to be fashionable.

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Curly and Brave

Curls are on this autumn. No matter if you are naturally curly, kinky or just wavy this is the season for you to shine. If you happen to have straight hair, don’t worry – the curling iron will be your friend this year. The thing to remember is to add volume and definition for a better result.

super-sleek middle length hair style

The Super-Sleek Middle Length

2017 is the time to live your school years again. The ’90s are back with straight, flat-ironed hair. Choose middle length and an even center part and you can join a list of stars rocking this hairdo that features Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Kylie Jenner, etc. The blonde color is not a must in this case but it adds the super to this sleek look.

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Ice Blond

No doubt, 2017 has been the year of the blondes. Some of the summer trendy colors included different shades of blonde, such as snow-white blonde, blonde-gray and blorange. Now when winter is coming, ice blond is the shade to try. If you want, you can also combine it with pastel undertones such as lavender or blue.

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Hair Sponging

When it comes to colors, we already mentioned that 2017 has seen a great range of them. However, a new dying technique was also born this year and the autumn season is the time to try it. It is called hair sponging and was created by U.K. salon The Chapel in collaboration with Redken. It soon got the rest of the world attracted by the funny shapes and prints it adds to any hairstyle. Most preferred with shorter dos, the sponge effect is worth giving it a try if you want to match autumn’s colors.

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Tiger-Eye Hair Color

Those of you who prefer more natural and soft colors and especially the natural brunettes the tiger-eye hair color is especially for you. It is a mixture of golden and brown stripes and the stunning effect is achieved by dying the base in warm or dark chocolate and adding caramel highlights on top of it. It looks great with longer hair and a touch of waves.

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Hair Accessories of All Sizes

The hair accessories are here to stay. Follow the example of Janelle Monáe and decorate your hair with clips, pearls or even gold wire. Even tiny shiny elements incorporated in a simple bun can change your overall mood and appearance. Let yourself be inspired by unusual hair decoration ideas without overdoing it. Less is much this season.

Hair Extensions

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Hair extensions are a timeless classic that has evolved significantly over the years. If you haven’t tried them so far, 2017 is the moment. Call our experienced hair extension stylists for a free consultation or directly get an appointment in one of our saloons for subtle touch or an extreme makeover and rock the hairdo of your dreams.

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

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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.

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The Right Way to Wash Your Long Hair

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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.