Highlights vs. Lowlights

Highlights are meant to compliment your hairstyle, and face.  They can be any tone or shade you desire; they are lighter than you original hair color. Generally they are placed at the crown and around your face for optimum effect. The thicker the highlights (thick highlights are also known as chunky highlights), the less natural they look. The thinner the better. Want to mix them beautifully? Go for contrast, with highlights that are even, thin and natural looking.

hair highlights
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For a general idea of shades to use, look at the following:

  • If you have dark hair, go no more than three shades lighter than your natural color.
  • If you have black hair, red highlights enhance the contrast and cut of your hairstyle; blonde or caramel highlights blend well, so they are the most popular highlights; purple highlights soften dark hair color and add subtlety, highlighting your bangs. Feeling quirky and fun, by trying multicolor highlights.
  • If you have brown hair, it has shades of red to go through first. If done incorrectly, it will turn brassy. Some shades of platinum blonde are fine on brown hair; do not use platinum blonde on dark brown hair, or it will turn your hair green.
  • For light brown hair, try a color two shades lighter than your original hair color; copper highlights look great; try copper and gold highlights for a gorgeous look.

Lowlights are meant to add definition and depth to your hairstyle. Adding lowlights the third time you get your hair highlighted, will blend your highlights with your natural color which looks fabulous and prevents salon trips every six weeks to cover dark roots. Tones of blended copper and gold are often the best lowlights to use. As always, consult your stylist.

Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Out of town appointments welcome.

Military Hair Styles Increasingly Popular Among Men

Are you among the growing ranks of men going for the military look?

Reasons for choosing military styles include:

  • Military
  • lean look
  • Fits my face and head
  • Significant other likes it
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There are multiple styles to choose from, based on their aesthetic appeal, they are:

Haircut #1: The Induction Cut is the shortest cut; and hence the name, it is the first cut you get when you begin Basic Training. The style is created by clippers; you don’t need to be a barber to give this cut! Most civilians (non-military) ask for the Burr, as it is a good style for the man that is going bald. This style follows the curve of the head, emphasizing roundness.

Horseshoe Haircuts
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Haircut #2: The Flattop is the favorite with upper brass of the military; the name says it all, the crown of your haircut is flat. The flattop can be altered by making the frontal portion of the hair into a U shape; this style is called the horseshoe flattop. If you want to look masculine, tall, and sporty, this is the hairstyle for you.

Hairstyle #3: The Crew Cut is the favorite among schoolchildren, mostly during the summer. Like the Induction Cut, the Crew Cut is a good style for the man that is going bald. This style adapts to most men’s head shape, face and neck shape, frontal hairline and facial features. An adaptation of this hairstyle is the Ivy League which is a longer crew cut favored by business men.

OCS graduation
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Hairstyle #4: The High and Tight is popular with military characters in movies because it is a stylish cut. There are two versions of this style; the second being the more extreme, the High and Tight Recon. This style looks like an extremely short Mohawk, or a patch of hair on the crown.

Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City. Out of town appointments welcome.

Don’t Let The Fate of Your Hair Rest on A Box!

Using at home hair coloring products is often more damaging to your hair than you know. Do it yourself hair color kits use chemicals like ammonia that are more than strong enough to color your hair, but also leave it dry and damaged.

Girl with purplr hair.
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Because of the wide array of techniques and products professional hairstylists use to color your hair, going to a salon to get your hair colored is far less damaging than doing it on your own.

At home coloring kits provide you a picture on the box which represents the color the dye is supposed to change your hair to. The chemicals in the box are strong enough to get your hair to the desired color as long as your hair isn’t too far off from it in the first place — from dirty blonde to auburn, for example. But consumer hair coloring products remove all of the moisture and protein from your hair, often making it look worse than it was before, just a different color of worse.

Besides the damage that home coloring does to your hair, you will also probably not get the exact color you wanted. Consumer products are not meant to dye to a color that is far different from your natural hair color. If your natural color is light blonde and you want to dye your hair to a dark brown or black, it is going to take more than one dye job to get to the color you want. Multiple applications of strong hair dye in a short period can damage your hair to an extent that not even deep conditioning and protein treatments can save.

A professional hair stylist will decide on the perfect combination of dyes for your hair, to get it just the way you want it. Professional products are not as strong as the products you get at the store, and mixing them or having multiple applications will not damage your hair anywhere near the extent that a do-it-yourself coloring kit will. If you want your hair to turn out to be the exact color you’re looking for with the minimum amount of damage possible, especially over time, then it is best to have a professional take care of your hair coloring needs.

Don’t let the health of your hair rest on a coloring kit in a box. If you would like to have a fresh new color for your hair and still have it as healthy as it was before you dyed it, Anastasia can help. Call to schedule a consultation, and we can work out a hair color that is perfect for you and discuss how we can keep it looking fabulous even after it’s dyed. A woman’s most important asset to her beauty is her hair and, if it’s unhealthy and dry, then it becomes more of a hindrance than an asset.