Cassie from Skins

Posted in Celebrities on October 12th, 2011 by Reagan

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Im so excited because a week from tomorrow, Im going to London for the first time! I absolutely cannot wait, and if any of you have some wildly exciting London suggestions, I welcome them in the comments. Hooray!

So, since Ive got London on the brain, Ive been thinking of one my favorite tv characters of all time. Cassie from the British show Skins was played by Hannah Murray. Cassie is a sweet, but lost teenager with all kinds of problems. When Cassie was on the screen, I couldnt look away. She was such a lonely and confused little girl that I just wanted to care for. The acting was amazing and just thinking about it makes me want to Netflix the whole series again.

Another reason I love Cassie so much, is her hair and clothes. She always had some kind of cute touch to her hair. Maybe a bow or clip, messy waves or a piece here or there pinned up. Nothing every too done, which is my kind of style. I love the look of just spending 2 minutes to jazz up your hair. If the 2 minute style is a contest, then Cassie wins!

Isnt she amazing? Did you ever watch that show?

(PS Im not talking about the short-lived American version of Skins on MTV. The British one was amazing.)

Tutorial: Party Bun

Posted in Celebrities, Tutorial on January 9th, 2011 by Reagan

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Quick and beautiful party bun tutorial. Have fun!

This bun was inspired by

Hair Answers: Best cut for very thin hair

Posted in Answers, Celebrities on November 29th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Claire: ***I have totally thin hair but I dont want my hair shorter than ponytail length. Which cut is best for me? Also, I live in Australia. DBJ.

A by Reagan: Not to get all mushy on your Australian a, but my heart really goes out to people with super duper thin hair. It is hard to feel beautiful when you arent happy with your hair. I have some really good tips for you though, Claire! So get pumped!

Tip number one-Get a trim often. Really thin hair tends to lose its shape much faster than thick hair. Keeping your ends trimmed up will make it look fuller.

Tip number two-Blunt cuts are best. Dont let anyone use a razor or texturizing sheers on you. Avoid point cutting too. You want your ends blunt so that it doesnt look stringy.

Tip number three-Avoid too many layers. It will make the length thinner. You can have long layers if you insist, but nothing shorter than an inch or two above the length.

Tip number four-Bangs (fringe) are awesome. I really try to talk my super thinnies out of lots of layers, like I was saying in tip three, so a straight, square cut with bangs makes for a nice style. Bangs prevent your cut from looking boring, and gives you a beautiful shape. There are many lengths and ways to wear bangs, so find something that you like with your face shape. A round face looks better with sweepy bangs.

Tip number five-Clip in extensions. You could also go for more permanent extensions, but those are very expensive and have to be redone every few months. I have clients who clip in a couple of rows when they go out, and it creates so much fullness. Remember, you can get extensions the same length as your hair if you dont want your hair longer. Just a few rows will make a big difference. Give it a try!

Here are a few pictures of the ideal thinny hair cut.

Nicol Richie has extremely thin hair. This haircut is perfect for her. She has extensions all over the place for thickness, even in her bangs! I can tell, cause its my job to tell.

Agyness Deyn has a very similar cut, but shorter and with a heavier fringe. This look will be best between her length, and just an inch or two past your shoulders. You dont have to have super short hair just because its thin!

***I wrote my own question for Claire, just to get to the point. Dont be offended, Claire. I want you to be my friend, and one day Im going to make it down to Australia.

ps, I give up with the pictures. no matter how I try, they never center properly. Boo.

Kate Middletons Hats

Posted in Celebrities on November 18th, 2010 by Reagan

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Im a little obsessed with the recent royal engagement. Im jeal of Kate Middleton because when I was little, I played with a Princess Diana paper doll, now Kate gets to wear her ring. Im jeal of Kate Middleton because she gets to become a princess. But the reason Im the most jeal of Kate Middleton, is because she has the most incredible hat collection of all time. There are a lot of things that I love about the Brits, like when they say Brilliant! or Rubbish! or Spot of tea!, but the hat thing they do there is my favorite. I just want to wear a big hat. Really. Really. Really hard.

I google imageΒ  Kate Middleton Hats often and sigh at her fanciness.

The end.

PS which one is your favorite? for me, the bigger, the better.

Center part

Posted in Celebrities on November 16th, 2010 by Reagan

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Ive never been a huge fan of any particular reality star, but Kristin Cavalari looks stunning with this smooth as silk center part. It looks good both with a tee shirt and jeans, or with a fancy holiday party type dress. I love it!

Halloween Hair: Sid and Nancy

Posted in Celebrities, News on October 25th, 2010 by Reagan

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Its Halloween week! Yay!

I love Halloween, so much. I love to dress up and I love to spice up my hair/make up too. Last year, Jake and I were Sid and Nancy, and the costumes came out perfect! (in my humble opinion!)

Along with the right clothes, what really made these costumes work, was the way we did our hair! I rolled my wet hair, bangs included, in tiny perm rods (think white, gray and pink!) and let it dry by itself all day. After I took the rods out, I fluffed and sprayed so it would hold. It looked rad even the next day. I seriously considered perming my hair after wearing it like that for two days.

Nancys make up is just a very pale foundation, lots of blush and red lips.then all the black liner, mascara and fake eye lashes I own.

For my Sid, I flat ironed Jakes hair, teased it so it was nice and spikey, then hair-sprayed it into a pokey punk look.

Topped off with some fake cigs (rolled up note paper!) and we were good to go.

These costumes were a huge success and we were recently featured in UsWeekly for best celeb Halloween costumes!

Fun fact: Jake is wearing my jeans.

Hair Answers: Jennifer Lopez

Posted in Answers, Celebrities on October 14th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q from Newbie- so i am a hairdresser my self. but i am still a baby at it. and i love love love jennifer lopezs color. i just cant seem to understand how they get her all over color so light with lifting with color. i know she has foils but her natural is probably a level 3 or 4 and her all over looks like a 6 with blonde foils. i need someones elses imput. or how you think they acheive such a pretty color. thank you so much. it would be awesome to hear a response back from you.

A from Reagan: Dear Newbie, great question. Im sure you are right about JLos natural color. There is no way she is anywhere near a 6 or 7 naturally*. One of my dearest friends from beauty school and I have a huge pet peeve of people trying to be blonde with only highlights when their base color is so dark. You have to lift your base first. If you dont, my friend will call you calico hair. And shell have a right to. Because your roots will look like a coat pattern, or a scarf at best. Lift your base first!

Although I am not Jennifer Lopezs colorist, I can tell that Jenny gets her base done. A lot of times, if you are just lifting one or two shades, you can still use 10 volume. But I would guess for J.Ls color, she uses a 20 volume developer. And most times when I have gotten my base done, they only leave it on 10ish minutes before rinsing.

After the base is lifted and the color is rinsed, THEN you throw in the foils.

The beauty of a two process color, is that you dont always have to have highlights every time. Someone as dark as JLo, probably has to get their base done every few weeks, but only needs foils every 8-10 weeks.

This hair lingo might be foreign to everyone besides me and newbie.

Here is a translation for you hairclients on fire.

You: Help! I think I have calico hair. The coat kind!

Me: Not for long. (rubs evil hands together). Lets start by lifting your hair to at least a level 6, but for you dirty blondes, lets go an 8 or a 9. If you already have highlights, you can just have the color applied to your roots. Since the color is touching your scalp and lifting slightly, it will probably tingle/burn a little bit. After rinsing the color, you might worry that you look like the singer, Vitamin C (you wont, I just think its a funny comparison), this is just because you arent used to having light roots!Β  Next, blow dry your roots and add the foils.

When you are all done cooking, you are going to be amazed, because for the first time in your life you will look like a natural blonde with subtle highlights. Most blonde celebrities do this, that is how they basically never have roots (except for when theyre doing Ombre!). Think Jessica Simpson, Reese Witherspoon, Gwennyth Paltrow all those light blondies.

A base isnt necessarily needed if you have light hair naturally. When Im not getting my ombre on, and Im foiling to the roots, I like to have a base done just to change the tone of my color since naturally Im so ashy. I want to be flashy, not ashy. That was bad, dont laugh at that.

A base is especially awesome if you have grey hair that needs to be covered. Something to think about ladies (and I guess maybe a man or two).

*Levels are how we describe how dark/light your hair is. Black is a level 1, Platinum blond is a level 12 (right? why am I not sure?).Β  My natural color is about a level 8. Is this helpful? Or confusing?

Im easily all over the place with these hair answers, because I get really excited when I talk about hair. Super sorry. But youll have to like me the way I am, because I just cant help the excitement. hooray.

Hair Answers: Coloring during pregnancy

Posted in Answers, Celebrities on October 6th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Emily: Can I dye my hair while pregnant? How dangerous is it? Ive heard varying opinions and am interested to hear yours.

A by Reagan: Emily, I think youre right to question this. There are many opinions out there and its hard to know where to side. In fact, I had a client who I thought was going to get into a screaming match with a pregnant woman who was touching up her highlights about a year ago. That was a the closest I ever came to having a heart attack at work. (and the closest I ever came to divorcing a client)

Here is my answer. I think its safe to color your hair while youre pregnant. The truth is, haircolor used to be made with harmful ingredients, like lead. Lead, can you believe it? No wonder there is still so much confusion. I really dont blame people for being afraid, or even for choosing not to color their pregnant strands. But really, youll be fine.

If youre still too scared, but dont want to stop coloring, here are a few tips to help you out.

~Avoid on the scalp processes. Anything with foils wont be touching the scalp, and so if you are worried about something seeping into your blood stream or pores, this is the way to go.
~Avoid coloring in the first trimester. Most pregnant women are sensitive to smells. Having color done might bother your snout. Get plenty of fresh air.

I know of some colorists who will not take pregnant clients, which I think is likely for legal precautions, so keep that in mind if you are turned away.Β  And as always, talk to your Dr. if you are having doubts. What is your opinion?

*This episode of hair answers is strictly HDOFs opinion. Although Ive done some research myself, and spoken with several colorists about the issue, I am not a scientist or a doctor and should not be used as a main source for health/pregnancy advice. Please dont sue me is what Im getting at.

Best hair cuts for a round face

Posted in Answers, Celebrities, News on September 14th, 2010 by Reagan

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Ive been getting a lot of questions about what type of hair styles look good for specific face shapes. Today were going to talk about the round face shape. Because guess what! Im a roundy myself! I like to say Im in-between round and heart shaped, because I always thought it would be cute to have a heart shaped face, but I think Im definitely leaning more on the side of round. How do you know if your face is round? Your face is nearly as wide as it is tall, and your cheek area sticks out the farthest.

So, the first thing I recommend doing, is looking at celebrities with round faces. Because a lot of celebrities wear their hair a lot of different ways, so you can compare what you like and what you dont. Ive uploaded a few images of fellow roundies, with haircuts/styles that I think are suiting in a good way. (please forgive the random order of the pictures!)

Kirsten Dunst. I think this girl is gorgeous. And let me just proclaim right now that the bob is universally flattering on every face shape and hair type. She looks great with a bob. In fact, stunning! Here she is wearing it with a little wave.

Cameron Diaz. I know she looks a little square in this picture, but in most pics it is more round. There are two important things about Cam in this picture1) her layers arent too short 2) sweepy bangs! If her layers were any shorter than they are in this picture, it would widen her face more. The bangs balance out the roundness, and the heavy part breaks it up as well. Heavy part+sweepy bangs are the way to go for roundies! Want me to stop calling us roundies? Too bad so sad!

Ginnifer Goodwin rocking another beautiful bob with lots of fullness at the bottom.

I had to post two of Ginnifer, because this style works so great for a round face. Having her hair pulled to one side is a great way to not overcrowd her facial region. Im trying to get creative with my descriptions, because I feel like Im writing face too much.

Kirsten again with a bob, but this time its straight! See how she has a little volume/height at the t0p? That does wonders for a round face.

And the last picture is where it gets awkward. I am saying awkward, because although this girl has a round face with blunt bangs, I still think she looks very pretty. Blunt bangs and/or a center part dont usually work as well on round faces. But I have to say, I do them both on occasion myself. I just need the variety!Β  Blunt bangs tend to smoosh the face down more, making it look short. But I just think they look so sassy, so I give myself some every few years.

Whatever Ive put in this post is just to help you out when choosing the right hair cut or style for you. If you feel like something else might work, then do what you want! Try something new with your hair now and then, its not going to kill you if you decide later it wasnt the best choice!

Key things to remember about us ladies with round faces
*Avoid too short of layers
*A heavy side part looks best
*sweepy bangs make you look hot
*volume at the crown elongates your face

Hair Answers: Preserving color

Posted in Answers, Celebrities, Products on September 6th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Heather: Im a lifelong blondie and just recently took the plunge into red. Β Everyone keeps telling me that red fades the fastest, so what do you recommend for preserving the color so I can extend the time between colorings as long as possible?

I have very fine, soft, limp hair, and have found a color-safe volumizing shampoo/conditioner that I LOVE, so Id prefer to continue using those, merely adding color protecting products to these products and not replacing my shampoo and conditioner.

A by Reagan: Going from blond to not blond is tricky. Blonds tend to have more porosity than everyone else, so the color fades the fastest. Its also true that red fades faster that other tones, so you are in double fade fast mode. Here is my recipe for preserving color

~Use Shampoo for color treated hair (which youre doing Heath! Good job! Can I call you Heath?)
~ Shampoo less often. Remember how much I like dirty hair? Here is another perk to dirty hairshampoo strips your color little by little every time you do it. So the less you do it, the less you are stripping! I dont want stripper hair!
~Use a color depositing Shampoo once in a while (maybe once a week? once every other week?). You have to get one that closely matches your color level. I recommend this one.

*Note* I posted this picture of Christina Hendricks because she is a natural blond who went red when she was just a little girl! And also I posted this picture of her because Madmen is my favorite show and her character is the main reason for that..