Celebrity Styles in 2009

2008 was marked by a very fashion-forward trend – the classic bob – which celebrities wore in various lengths. Fans of the bob craze include fashion icons Victoria Beckham, Katie Holmes and even Anna Wintour herself. This season takes it further with going even shorter in length – in comes the cropped and pixie bob. At the same time, making a fashion statement can involve doing the exact opposite, with long grown-out hair, like Isla Fisher in her Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Here is a quick look at which hair trends to expect from celebrities this season:

Cropped bobs, Pixie Cuts and Fringes: The usual chin-length bob is replaced by bobs with a twist, such as english supermodel Agyness Deyn’s short, sculpted bob with straight-cut bangs and Halle Berry’s fave style, the pixie cut which Victoria Beckham also gave a try. Bobs are as much preferred this season as it was last year, only this time, expect a lot of people – not only celebrities – to wear this type of ‘do.

Messy, Textured, Bed Hair: Trend-setter Kate Moss sets the standard texture this season, with her messy, peroxide-blonde, shoulder-length bob which was very visible on most designers’ runways. Last season saw a lot of structured hairstyles, while this season features a more sexy, natural texture for hair. The style has the hair looking like it’s free of any hair product- very au naturel – something like look you have when you get up from bed in the morning.

Loose, Mermaid Waves: On the other end of the extremely short cuts are flowing, feminine hair. The mermaid hair style channels the 1940’s glam look and gets a subtle update with side partitions popular on the runway and with celebrities. Reality TV star Lauren Conrad is rarely seen in any other hairstyle and supermodel Miranda Kerr just looks even more beautiful with her flowing,wavy locks. Even Sarah Jessica Parker wore her hair in loose waves at the Oscars.

Expect more celebrities to go for long hair to make a definitive statement in a sea of short bobs. Katie Holmes already had extensions put in her hair just in time for husband Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie premiere in Tokyo.

Classic Style for Men: Men’s hair trends right now takes their cue from classic glamour, bringing back the clean, slicked-back look worn by George Clooney on the red carpet. Variations of the classic slick-back are solely about length. Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick wears his hair with the length reaching the lower back of his nape.

Fringed, Short Cut: A continuing trend for men this season is last year’s very popular heavy fringe. As with the classic slick-back, variations are all about the length of the fringe. The back and the sides are still kept short and out-of-the-way. An update on this look is to have the fringe evenly scattered on the forehead instead of the side-swept style a lot of celebs wore last year.

Take your pick from the upcoming celebrity hair trends, and strut the streets with a new look. Whether it be short and sassy or flowy and feminine, a new style is a perfect way of welcoming the new season. You don’t have to look like Beckham or Clooney to look like Beckham or Clooney. A little style and a lot of you is the formula for a cool combination.

Caring for Your Scalp

Maintaining a great looking head of hair starts with a healthy scalp. So here are a few tips to ensure yours stays in good shape.

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Get a scalp massage. It promotes good blood flow and also relaxes the muscles. It can be done by using your fingertips and applying firm pressure in a circular motion. Doing this for a few minutes once a week will be sufficient. It is extremely relaxing and can help relieve headaches and migraines. Try not to wear tight fitting hats and caps as they cause poor circulation and deprive your hair of proper nutrition. The buildup of sweat and dirt inhibits follicle health.

Avoid a dry scalp. One reason people suffer from a dry scalp is by using water that is too hot. You strip your scalp from essential oils which leads to dryness. Too much blow drying can also cause dryness to your scalp. Try washing your hair in lukewarm water and use a leave in conditioner when you notice excessive dryness. Also try to wash your hair after a swim to remove chlorine residue which is extremely damaging to your hair and scalp. You can get a shampoo and conditioner from your salon. They contain a much higher quality protein which enables the conditioner to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft and locks in moisture.

Exfoliate. Remove dead skin cells and dirt from the scalp once a week with an exfoliating scrub. A scrub that is made for your face is gentle enough to be used on your scalp. There are various products available from a salon that you can use to exfoliate your scalp. Essential oils help nourish it and improve hair’s strength and appearance. Think of oils as the food of your hair. It works the same way as a moisturizer works for your skin.

Last but not least, wash daily. Keeping your scalp clean minimizes clogged pores and other problems. Wash once a day, using a gentle shampoo and conditioner if needed. As I mentioned before, try using salon products as they are gentle on your hair and scalp and contains quality ingredients.

Always remember that stress, a poor diet and lack of nutrition can negatively affect the health of your hair and scalp. These tips together with a healthy, balanced lifestyle will ensure your hair looks its best.

Get your stylist involved with questions about your scalp care. Don’t be shy – he or she is probably hoping you’ll ask. I’m available, if you’d like to come in for a cut and a consult – call first to make sure I’m there. Or just call me to make an appointment, and we’ll get to work creating a much healthier scalp and head of hair.
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Cheap Haircuts Cost More

A guest article from someone who wished to remain anonymous…

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWe often think that by spending less we could already save a lot of money. This could be true for some situations but not at all times, as we try to look for cheaper alternatives, this can sometime lead to spending more and buying things which should have been unnecessary. Let us try to look back at my previous experience.

It was sometime last year when I went out with my friends malling. We passed by this new salon wherein they have colorful promotional banners all over the place, “FREE PEDICURE FOR EVERY FOOT SPA”, “FIFTY PERCENT OFF FOR ALL HAIR TREATMENTS”, “FREE HAIRCUT FOR EVERY HOT OIL SERVICE”. The last promotional banner caught my attention. I was even more persuaded to go in when I saw there are a lot of girls coming in and out of the salon, not to mention the free drinks and cookies they were giving their customers as part of their marketing strategy.

We immediately went inside and tried their services. I opted to have the hot oil treatment with which I could have the free hair cut. A petite lady came and introduced herself, she was friendly. She started rinsing my hair after which she already applied the hot oil treatment. Everything was so fast, she finished in less than twenty minutes; massaged my hair for 5 minutes then rinsed. After which it was blow dried then another salon staffer came to cut my hair, in less than ten minutes, I was done already and was instructed to the counter since another group of teen ladies were going to our area.

After paying we decided to go home. When I arrived home, I immediately went to my room and checked my new hair. After thirty minutes of combing and facing the mirror I noticed that my hair was not done evenly. At first, I thought it was just a new hair style but as days passed by I started to get annoyed with some of my hair falling in different directions. To make it look better, I bought hair clips in all different colors and shapes, thinking I could wear different everyday to cope with my new hairstyle.

After a week of putting on hair clips, which is very distracting, since I have to mix and match things, I decided to just put highlights in the uneven hair falling in my forehead and ears to make me more fashionable. But after being an anti-fashion icon for weeks, I decided to got to my favorite hair stylist and have my hair done again. Want to know who fixed my hair? You guessed it!

Now I feel and look better. My new hairstyle fits my personality, and I don’t have to worry everyday about how to arrange my hair. I came to realize that by using cheap hair cut services, it cost me more by buying things which should have been unnecessary in the first place. I created a need to buy all those clips, highlights and still ended up redoing my hair.

We should remember that we should not be easily tempted with promotions and discounts. We should be able to weigh whether it is worth availing ourselves of said discounted rates, especially when we are talking of hair cuts which need the expertise and confidence of your hairstylist.

Anastasia Says: Get your stylist involved in making cost-effective decisions about your appearance. I’m available, if you’d like to come in for a cut and a consult – call first to make sure I’m there. Or just call me to make an appointment, and we’ll get to work transforming your hair in a way that puts all questions to rest.

Deep Conditioning Right for You?

Your hair is under constant stress. From regular hair product usage to just wearing a hat, your hair is always losing moisture and body that it cannot regenerate on its own.

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If your hair is flat, dry, brittle, or frizzy, then you might need a deep conditioning treatment to give your hair the moisture it desperately needs.

Salon deep conditioning treatments replenish the moisture in your hair and give it fresh new luster and body. Deep conditioning treatments are often confused with protein treatments, because they both renew your hair, but what they do is very different. Protein treatments implant and replenish the basic protein your hair is made of – something that is lost naturally or with using hair care products. Deep conditioning treatments work on the surface of your hair and give it back the moisture it has lost from even staying out in the sun.

Regular conditioners, even regular salon products, give you a temporary moisture boost, but they do not repair your hair. Conditioning your hair on a daily basis is a given, but it simply cannot give the long-lasting benefits that deep conditioning treatments offer.

If you have black hair, it is especially important to get regular deep conditioning treatments from your stylist. Damage and dryness is much more visible in black hair than in any other hair color and un-moisturized hair is unsightly.

If your hair is frizzy or brittle, and nothing you try seems to work, call I’m happy to help. Make an appointment, and I’ll give you a professional opinion on whether a protein or deep conditioning treatment is what your hair needs.