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Hair Care | A Lazy Girl's Guide To Hair

Hair Care // January 27, 2014

Think about the laziest person you know. I don’t know who popped into your mind, but I immediately thought of myself. When it comes to getting dressed, I wish I had a personal glam squad to help me get ready every morning. Don’t get me wrong, I love how I look when I’m all composed, but I’ll be the first to admit that I am less than thrilled about how much time it takes to transform myself from “Oh, god!” to “beauty goddess.” For me, it’s not doing my makeup that’s the issue-- it is doing my hair. I swear my hair is out to sabotage me and my social schedule. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big event or something as simple as a Girl’s Night In, my hair refuses to cooperate with me on a regular basis. As someone with minimal patience, and a busy schedule, I can't devote a million hours to washing, conditioning, drying, applying product and styling my hair - it just can’t happen. Some days, I need my face, hair and outfit to look decent without having to put out a whole lot of effort. So in an attempt to help out all my lazy girls (mainly myself, Hair Offender #1), here is a list of hairstyles that are the perfect mashup of cute and convenient.

The Ponytail - aka “Old Faithful”

We all love a ponytail. Typically known as the quick fix for a workout session or a bad hair day, this style has taken a fabulous turn into fun and fast hairstyling. The new pony is all about looking full, so spruce up your typical slick pony by adding texture. Fluff up the crown of your head to create volume or section off pieces and twist them around your ponytail for a more bulky effect. When trying to achieve this style, think poofy hair, but not Snookie poofy.

The Top Knot / Messy Bun - aka the “It Only Looks Complicated”

Before this popular look ripped the runways, it was the hidden hairstyle we all rocked at home while washing our face. Well now the secret’s out, and women all over are embracing this trendy, unstructured high chignon. Instead of the typical “grab, wrap and fluff” technique typically used, add a french braid to the back of your head to show a lil effort and showcase a lot of style.

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The Loose Braid - aka “ Pippi Chic Stockings”

Braids aren’t just for elementary school children, and they definitely don’t have to look like they are. Take a grown-up adaptation on this classic by side sweeping your hair to one side before taking 3 strands and liberally braiding them together. Try to keep the illusion of a pigtail without having the definition (the more strands that don’t make the braid, the better). Not really a braided lady in the streets? No worries; tightly braid your hair at night and undo them in the morning for relaxed waves before you go on your way.

Accessories - aka “The Lazy Girl Sidekick”

When all else fails, lazy girls know to grab a hair accessory, throw it on and keep it pushin’. If your hair isn’t giving you problems and you just want to jazz up your ‘do, opt for an ornate headband that can turn even the most basic of hair days into a fancy affair. For semi cooperative hair, throw a bandana to an updo and go for a 50’s inspired style. For completely disobedient hair days, go for a hat, beanie or headwrap that fits your personality.

So there you have it ladies, a goof proof guide to hair styling that can fool people into thinking we actually have time to do our hair. What are some of your favorite lazy girl hairstyles?

Published in Hair
Monday, 11 February 2013 00:59

Hair Care | Curly Hair Tips

Hair Care // February 11, 2013

Compliment a woman on her hair, and the response generally goes a little something like this: “Yeah? I wish it had more volume!” or “Ugh…I miss my long/short/medium-lengthed hair,” or even “It’s too…perfect. I want something edgier!” No matter what the texture, I venture to say that every woman has had their share of hair issues.  Mine, growing up, were centered on finding someone who could deal with my naturally curly, über frizzy and (often) tangled -- mane. Instances like the day my 9-year-old self went swimming wearing a ponytail and subsequently stayed up all night with my mom cursing me and slathering conditioner on my matted hair to detangle it, race to mind. (Love you, Mom!)

Over the years, I’ve tried seemingly every hair product; from those in the “regular” aisle of the beauty supply, to the ones in the “ethnic” section -- sometimes a mix of all of ‘em. I’ve also tried a host of local salons in LA who specialize in curly hair styling. My hair has been relaxed, pressed, flat ironed, blown out, braided and re-curled by a variety of contraptions. Through all my experimentation -- coupled with new, innovative products and a culture that’s starting to embrace the hair’s natural state -- I’ve picked up a few tricks. My findings? The right resources, products and cut are essential to the health and beauty of your hair. And of course, I have to share my faves with my fellow curly girls.

Curly Hair Resources
“Knowledge is power.” This definitely applies to a Made Woman’s hair. I can’t over-stress the importance of educating yourself about your curls. Every curly hair product will not work on every curl! Are you Wavy, Curly, Curly Coily or Coily? What are the pattern, porosity, density, width and length of your curls? Chances are you have no clue. Naturally Curly will help you figure out your hair texture type; and their “Curltalk” forums, articles, photos and more will bring you that much closer to the curls of your dreams.
The “Queen of Curls,” Ouidad (yes, simply Ouidad), opened the first curly hair salon in the US in 1984. As a true curly hair pioneer, her website offers amazing resources for those of you looking to really define your ringlets. Use her “rake and shake” method to achieve the lustrous, perfectly-defined curls you crave.  She also has a Curl Profiler to help determine what your hair needs to look its best. Check out more information on her salons below.

Curly Hair Products

Mixed Chicks
If you know me, you know I SWEAR by this line of products. These ladies helped me retire my flat iron and learn to embrace my natural hair. I felt so strongly about them that we had to profile them among our first Made Women of the Month! I’ve tried out other leave-in conditioners, but Mixed Chicks leaves my hair soft and touchable, while gently defining my curls. I love a slightly tousled, less perfect look; and this leave-in allows me to get the volume I love. I swear by their sulfate-free shampoo, deep conditioner and hair silk shine serum too!

Mixed Chicks is currently sponsoring our We <3 Curls Contest! Click here for more information and enter to win now!

Miss Jessie’s
I have used Miss Jessie’s Quick Curl Crème a few times, and I loved the smell and found it to be very moisturizing. While I personally prefer Mixed Chicks for my curls, I’ve heard great reviews from ladies with natural hair of various textures -- from thin and wavy to coarse and kinky. They also offer a slew of products, from puddings to meringues to baby butter crèmes. This is a great line to experiment with and find what works for your particular hair texture. They’re on the pricey side though, so try out their free samples first.

Curly Hair Salons

Ouidad Salon, Santa MonicaI first visited Ouidad Salon in Santa Monica a couple of years ago. With flagship salons in Santa Monica and New York City, all Ouidad certified stylists are trained in the trademarked “Carve and Slice” cutting technique that helps make hair a lot more manageable. Upon my visit my stylist, Morgan, introduced me to the “Rake and Shake” styling technique, which helped to really define my curls. As you can see from the photos below, Ouidad is a great option if you’re looking to cut out the frizz and get more of a “wet look.” The salon also offers a variety of treatments to suit your hair needs.


Batia and Aleeza Salon, Beverly Hills

After just one cut, Batia became my go-to gal for haircuts and styling. She has mad skills with the scissors, effortlessly chopping away while telling intriguing stories in her incredibly charming accent. Of Israeli descent, Batia’s curly hair knowledge (and that of her sister, Aleeza) comes from personal experience. I found her when I wanted a much shorter ‘do and a more tousled look, and she gave me just that (see below). I ended up with a cut that I could grow into: when she finished, she told me I didn’t need to come in for six months! I prefer a low-maintenance hair routine, so this was music to my ears.

No matter what type of curls you’re rocking, knowledge, the right products and the right cut are paramount. I hope this list will help you step away from the flat iron (at least sometimes!) and embrace your God-given curls.

Did I miss something? Let me know your favorite curly hair resources, salons and products in the comments below! And don't forget to enter our We <3 Curls Contest!

Published in Style

June 4, 2012

Now that summer is here, women everywhere are looking for the newest, cutest hairstyles. We have done the legwork for you and gathered a few of our favorites here for inspiration. We know our readers have all sorts of different lengths, textures and styles, but at least one of these should work for you.  Go ahead and give one a try....and be sure to send us before and after pics!

Ombre Colored Hair
Ombre colored hair is popping up everywhere. And for good reason -- it’s a fun way to add a pop of color to your hair. Ombre is a French word that literally means shaded; it’s a graduation of color from light to dark, or vice versa, starting from the roots. It basically looks like your hair color has grown out…but in a good way. I like it because it is low maintenance, it’s a good way to grow out your roots, and did I mention how fun it was?

Box Braids
This next style is a blast from the past: Box braids! They have become wildly popular within in the last year, largely due to Solange  (a style maven in her own right) rocking them. Box braids were really popular with young black women in the 1990s. I know had some when I was younger. They are basically single plaits, sometimes done with extensions-- but the beauty lies in the simplicity! Some wear them super thick (think Janet Jackson in the 90’s), and others add colors.  My favorite look is the one with all types of bright colors. I like them because you can do so many different styles with them and -- major bonus! -- you can get up and go without having to do much to your hair. This is definitely a trend I am going to be trying…

Fishtail Braid
It’s  safe to say that the fishtail braid or plait is the "it" style of the season. Whether perfectly neat or purposely messy, the texture and seemingly complicated pattern of this sea-inspired style provide a refreshing visual twist on your typical 3-strand weave. But before you go braid-crazy on your locks, you've got to learn the basics.  Do your research; there are tons of tutorials on YouTube and blogs. I like this style because it’s simple and it instantly turns your hair into high-fashion form.

Bohemian Crown
The bohemian crown may have started off as a wreath of flowers, but now the look has evolved into a 360-degree braided headband.  I knew that this hairstyle would take off because of the character that it adds to every look. We loved the braided crown on celebrities like Sienna Miller and Emma Watson, though some of us were intimidated by the level of difficulty. But don’t worry! Once again, YouTube will teach you all that you need to know to pull off this style correctly. 

Messy Bun
The messy bun is the perfect answer to the summer heat. The last thing you want is matted hair stuck to you face and neck…Not cute. Don’t fall victim to this. I like the messy bun because it’s low maintenance, chic, stylish, and suitable for many occasions. And the best part is you don’t have to worry about fixing your hair throughout the day because it’s supposed to be messy!

Asymmetrical Bob
Asymmetrical bob haircuts were huge in the 1980s, and they're making a comeback among women who live on the (jagged) edge.  Asymmetrical cuts and layers are in high demand and women are running to their local beauty salons to put in their request. If you are thinking about making a major style change, this is a trend you might consider if you want to add a touch of edginess and attitude to your style. I like it because it is fierce, fun, and flirty. Serve it up. *two snaps*

Hope this provided some inspiration for your next hairstyle! Don’t be afraid to try something different…fabulous hair is awaiting you.

Published in Hair