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As a modern woman of today, you likely don’t worry about the etiquette rules of old. After all, common rules, like not wearing white shoes after Labor Day or having to wear pantyhose with a skirt or dress in an office setting, are no longer applicable or followed. However, when it comes to your hairstyle, there are still guidelines you should follow when it comes to how to wear your hair in your 20s, 30s and beyond. However, don’t look at them as “rules” you have to adhere to, instead consider them tips to follow to look your best during each decade of your life:

Hairstyles For Your 20s

Do: Your 20s is the decade for experimentation when it comes to your hairstyle. If you have ever considered going crazy with color, now’s the time. Also, especially trendy styles like super short pixies or other edgy styles are best attempted in this decade.  Since your face is still relatively free of lines and other signs of aging, you can pull off virtually any look. This is because you don’t have to hide anything with your hair or worry about not being able to “pull off” an extreme look. So, this is the decade to try it all!


Don’t: The only hairstyle mistake you should avoid in your 20s is being too conservative. Of course, you should keep your face shape and your personal preferences in mind when choosing a hairstyle. However, you shouldn’t limit yourself during this decade.

Hairstyles For Your 30s And Beyond

Do: In your 30s, you can still pull off longer hairstyles. Try adding layers for an added bit of visual interest. In addition, shoulder length hair is especially flattering on you as a woman in her 30s. In this decade, it’s especially important to pay attention to your facial shape and what cuts and styles flatter you and to stick with those. If you want to be adventurous, try temporary highlights of a bold color.

Don’t: According to Total Beauty, once you hit your 30s you should no longer attempt just any look that’s trending. For example, the severe librarian buns that were all the rage weren’t that flattering, so women who were in their 30s and beyond should’ve avoided trying to pull off that look. Also, always avoid harsh, nonnatural color after the age of 30.

The above tips will help you navigate the world of hair in your 20s, 30s and beyond. If you still aren’t sure about what would suit you best, ask your stylist for recommendations.

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We all love a good visit to the tropics, but you know what doesn’t tend to appreciate all that sand and surf? Your hair. Unless you have naturally long and beachy locks, chances are your hair won’t respond well to the wind and humidity so common on vacation. So what can you do about it? Here are a number of tips to try.

Cool It on the Shampoo

Shampoo strips natural oils from your hair, causing your sebaceous glands to produce even more oil in reaction. In the meantime, you remove it from the ends, where new oil can’t reach. The result? An oily scalp and dry ends = major frizz. Instead, shampoo at a maximum of every two days … and up to a week in between. You can rinse with water every day, and condition where necessary.

Minimize Use of Heat Tools

In tropical climates, heat tools are pretty much useless. The minute you finish straightening the baby curls at your temples, they pop right back out again. Straightened hair that’s been exposed to humidity, however, tends to look even frizzier than your natural wave, so for now, skip it and just let it air dry.

Use a Smoothing Serum

Nothing keeps flyaways under control like serums. Use a heavier serum than you would in temperate climes, squirting onto your finger tips and rubbing it around before smoothing onto the top of your head and the ends of your hair. Wriggle your fingers under the tops layers of hair as well to catch the baby hairs that will emerge when the wind blows.

Think Long-Term

If you want a more permanent solution, try a Brazilian Blowout before you leave. This relatively new treatment has been taking the world by storm, and for good reason. It makes your hair smooth, soft and frizz-free for months … all without heat tools or additional products. Since it takes a few hours (think the length of time required for a dye job), call your salon to schedule it well ahead of time.

These tricks won’t necessarily guarantee perfect hair every time, but they’ll give you a major leg up on controlling your locks before your plane even lands. Try them today!

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If you’ve been simply buying hairbrushes based on their price or the way they look, it’s time to change the way you think about your hairbrush. You use your hairbrush everyday. This tool can have a dramatic impact on your hair. Here’s a guide to the best hairbrush for your hair type.

Very Thick Hair

If your hair is super thick, a synthetic bristle brush works great. Synthetic bristles are usually made from nylon, which makes stiff bristles that will be able to really get through thicker strands. Another benefit to synthetic bristle brushes is that they don’t create static when you use them.

Fine, Delicate Hair

If your hair is thin, fine and delicate, opt for a natural bristle brush. Sometimes made with boar’s hair bristles, these brushes are a little more pricey than some other hairbrushes, but the extra cost is worth it. Natural bristle brushes are easier and gentler on fine hair, and they won’t tug and damage delicate locks.

Dry Hair

If you suffer from dry hair and scalp, a natural bristle brush is perfect for you, too. These hairbrushes reach the scalp, and help to distribute natural oils along hair strands.

Oily Hair

Does it seem like your hair could always do with a good wash? Then a vent brush would work well. Vent brushes are designed to work in tandem with blow dryers, but they are also good for styling oily hair because they don’t distribute oil from the scalp like some other hairbrushes.

Curly Hair

If your hair is medium or very curly, a mixed bristle brush is a good tool to try. Mixed bristle hairbrushes combine natural and synthetic bristles in one hairbrush that will help detangle as well as style those unruly curls.

Remember, no matter which kind of hairbrush you use, never brush wet hair, and always keep your hairbrush as clean as possible. Even if you have the best hairbrush, if you don’t clean it regularly, you’ll be distributing oil, dust and dirt every time you brush.  If your hair isn’t behaving the way you would like, it’s possible that the cause is your hairbrush. Consider one of these options to fit better with your type of hair.

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Your hairstyle is the most important element of your look. On the flip side, finding a salon and stylist you trust to consistently make you look your best is vitally important for your overall satisfaction with your appearance. The following is some helpful information you should put towards good use the next time you have to choose a new salon.

Word-of-Mouth

Although technology has pretty much taken over all aspects of life, word-of-mouth is still one of the best ways to learn who offers the best of any service. If you have a friend whose hair is always on point, ask them about their salon of choice. Of course, you don’t have to only ask friends, if you see someone out and about whose hair you love, don’t be afraid to ask them what salon they visit even if they are a stranger to you. After all, who doesn’t love to be told their hair is amazing?

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Check Out Online Reviews

Today, virtually all salons have an online or social media presence. Reviews on these platforms are invaluable to discovering a new salon.  Keep in mind that some reviews may be inaccurate, so keep an open mind when viewing some of these. You can even use social media to ask your buddies on your Friend List to recommend salons to try.

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Pay Attention to Local Ads

Local radio, billboards, newspapers, and magazines are all great places to learn about privately owned salons. This tip is especially helpful if you are new to an area. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that an ad does not always mean it’s the right match for you. Therefore, it’s important to do some research before committing to a certain salon.

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Before Your First Official Visit

Before your first official visit to a new salon, schedule a consultation. Most salons will offer this service complimentary, but it’s best to ask just to be sure. A consultation is a great way to determine if you have chemistry with a certain stylist, like the location, and figure out how long your service will take. Don’t forget to know your Salon Etiquette before your appointment.

 

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Your hairdresser does more than just give you the latest style or update your color. They take the time to examine your hair and scalp as they work and often gain insight onto your health, habits and life while they do so. From discovering you tried to cut your own hair to spotting the early signs of skin cancer, here are just a few things your stylist can tell about you, just by looking at your hair:

You Tried to DIY

We’ve all been there – a little cut here, a little cut there, and suddenly there’s more hair on the floor than on your head, and it still isn’t even. Your stylist can tell if you’ve done a DIY, even if it’s been a few weeks. When you cut your own hair, you likely just grabbed a pair of scissors and chopped bluntly across the ends – the lack of layers and precision is clear to your stylist. It is not a big deal at all – but your hairdresser can tell if you tried to cut your own locks.

Your Kid has Lice

It happens every September – parents show up with kids in tow asking for short cuts; once the stylist takes a peek, the nits become obvious and the family gets sent home. According to Reader’s Digest, this happens annually, as kids return to school and pick up all kind of germs and even parasites from one another.  Professional attention won’t clear the problem up on its own —  and your stylist can spot nits and eggs right away. Instead of making an appointment and hoping for the best, get the lice under control first, then come in for a trim if you truly need one.

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You are Pregnant – or Menopausal

Both pregnancy and menopause cause significant hormonal changes to your hair. If your hair is brittle, dry and refuses to cooperate, but doesn’t seem over processed, the problem is likely hormonal, and your stylist can make an educated guess about your pending new arrival.

You Have a Medical Issue

Your stylist does more than just fix your hair, they also examine your scalp. If you’ve been pulling your hair or scratching your head (both common signs of stress), your hairdresser can tell. According to WebMD, hairdressers are even a powerful weapon in the fight against skin cancer, since they get an up-close look at parts of your head you can’t see on your own.

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Your hairdresser is an ally in more ways than one and your hair may be providing them with insight and information – whether you realize it or not. Fortunately, your stylist will only use his or her powers of observation for good – and to give you a fresh new look you’ll love, regardless of the other issues you may be struggling with.

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As summer becomes nothing more than some amazing memories and fading tan lines, it’s time to start contemplating your fall and winter look. Read below to learn the upcoming hair trends you can expect to see this fall and winter seasons according to Vogue and shebook.com

Braids Are Back

Antonio Marrac, a hair stylist for high-end models, utilized braids in many variations for several autumn and winter themed fashion shows. Braids are a fantastic way to add texture and interest to a look. Although they look intricate and complicated, most braids are easy enough to duplicate yourself. However, if you are wanting a particularly impressive braid or one that is more formal in nature, a trip to the salon is likely in order. Tribal tresses or the dreadlock look were also seen at Balmain, Andrew GN and Saint Laurent shows.

Natural Hair is In

According to Vogue, hair that is free flowing, simply styled and in natural lengths are trending this season. This means hair is left down, styled by hand with water only. To pull this look off, your hair needs to be especially healthy, though. Your stylist will able to advise you how to improve the overall health of your hair after the heat of the summer.

Beach Waves Remain

Although trips to the ocean are in the past, you can keep your beach hair. Nina Ricci, Fendi and Dior, among others were all runways featuring models with beach waves. You might also describe this look as a natural or loose wave. Contrast it with the tight curls to get a visual. Many people can achieve this look by simply letting their hair air dry and adding some product to encourage curl, while others have to cheat a little and actually create their “natural” curl with a big barrel curling iron.

Bobs Are Back

As if they ever really left, bobs are officially back once again. This year, they are more apt to be short, brushing along the ear lobes.  This length is edgy and creates a youthful look.

Headbands Are Here Again

This retro accessory is making a comeback once again. You can wear a fur or crystal-encrusted headband or on that is more sporty in nature. Really, anything goes as long as it enhances your hair.

The above hair trends have all been spotted on this year’s winter and autumn fashion runways. You will most assuredly see them everywhere once autumn and winter arrive. Talk to your stylist about ways to implement these trends in your fall/winter look.

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