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The year is over so Happy New Year from the team at Legends Salon of Hillsborough! We were excited to spend quality time with friends and family but we are just as excited to welcome you all back in the new year!
With a fresh new year comes the question, is it time for a change? All the promise of 365 shiny new days can inspire us to get creative and try something new so we are going to run through two of the biggest options to consider with our award-winning best hairdressers.
Long or short?
Is there anything more feminine than beautiful mermaid-like curls? It’s the ultimate hairstyle status symbol, as immaculately kept long hair can’t help but look luxurious and expensive. For versatility long hair wins every time. Sleek and straight. Soft waves. Elaborate up-dos. Intricate braids. Sure, there is a little more upkeep, but it’s not something that everyone gets the chance to experience, so if you are able to grow it, why wouldn’t you? Even growing it out doesn’t need to be essential thanks to the amazing extensions now available.
When it comes to convenience, short hair is in a league of its own. Who hasn’t chopped off their locks and felt the most incredible sense of freedom and empowerment? It’s like those extra lengths can weigh us down physically as well as emotionally. With a perfectly cut bob, shag or pixie, short hair is downright sexy. It’s just so much more relaxed. No battling knotted tendrils into submission, no desperate last-ditch ponytails or headwear to get out the door. Spritz some texturizing spray in, give a quick scrunch and you are good to go.
Blonde, Brunette or Redhead?
Do blondes really have more fun? Are redheads fiery and passionate? Do good girls have perfect brunette locks? Hair color is so closely tied to people’s perceptions of us, both good and bad. When it comes to color we think everyone should feel comfortable enough to play around with different hair color at least once in their life.
For brunettes looking to go blonde, new hair color formulas mean that the damaged and broken peroxide hair of the past is truly gone. In its place are the most natural sun-kissed options to either ease into or metallic icy tones for those who want to jump straight in.
For blondes looking for a change, we love taking them to a deep, rich chocolate shade to make blue and green eyes pop but we especially love trying out a red. From vibrant gingers to warming wine tones, there is so much fun to be had with becoming a redhead and it is surprisingly adaptable to different skin tones.
For any color or cut change, we recommend coming in with some reference photos and having a full consultation. While playing around with colors and cuts should be fun and adventurous, there are still some things to keep in mind, namely face shape, skin tone, upkeep, and hair condition. When you are ready to make the change, you can rest assured that we are the best hairdressers near you providing the best colors and cuts.
You won’t be disappointed with Legends Salon of Hillsborough. Visit us today.
One of the best things about hair is the ability to experiment with style whenever you like. So, when it comes to making a major change, like getting a short haircut, it’s important to know what to expect. Your local hair salon, like Legends Salon of Hillsborough, has some tips to help you decide if short hair is right for you.
To really get the most out of your haircut, it’s important to take your hair texture and hair type into consideration.
If you have thick, wavy hair
Women with naturally thick hair texture should go for a short haircut that makes their hair feel lighter and less weighed down, like a shaved A-line bob. This cut can be styled a number of ways and is perfect for those who want to try out a short hairstyle without the commitment of a pixie. To get the look, ask your stylist for a deep part with asymmetrical layers on one side, and shaved hair on the other. Add side-swept bangs that hit at the brow for a layered fringe that requires minimal upkeep.
If you have straight, fine hair
Embrace fine hair with a bold pixie cut. While it might look intimidating, it’s possible to pull off with a head of fine hair that can cooperate with the piecey texture this cut demands. To get this short hairstyle, ask your stylist to cut your hair into an undercut in the back and with longer, fuller pieces at the crown that fall into a layered bang.
If you have curly hair
Super curly hair types benefit from a chin-length short haircut. When talking to your stylist, ask for a part down the side with layers that are longer at the chin and shorter in the back. This type of style helps balance curls without adding bulk. If your hair is curly without coarseness, you can also play around with curly bands. Ask your stylist to keep the cut above the shoulder and cut hair into layers starting at the eyes. This will help create a shaggy, wispy effect that gives curls movement.
If you have dry, frizzy hair
A short haircut can do wonders for hair that is on the dryer or frizzier side, by it’s important to keep it on the longer side and avoid tons of short layers so that the hair can sit nicely without going too poufy. Ask your stylist for a long bog with a few longer layers throughout and blunt ends. Have your stylist go the traditional route and cut the ends with scissors as opposed to thinning shears or a razor, which can leave unwanted frizz behind.
To discover if a short haircut is right for you, reach out to your favorite stylist at Legends Salon of Hillsborough today. They will give you a consultation and help to give you the best cut for your hair type and texture.
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Going to the hair salon can mean many things. You could be getting your routine maintenance at the salon, transitioning your look for a new season or dramatically changing your style. Whatever you plan on doing, there is one thing you should be avoiding: a bad hair appointment. If you live in NJ and are looking to change to a hair salon that gives you what you want, scroll down and make an appointment with Legends Salon in Hillsborough NJ.
For the salon experience to be a good one, there are a few things to look out for when it comes to your stylist. Below are some signs that you should break up with your hairstylist because no one wants to leave the salon looking worse than when they went in.
A trim means a trim
You know you have been to the salon looking for a trim and left with four inches of hair missing. This could be due to miscommunication because everyone has a different idea of what a trim means. Or it could be that your stylist simply disregarded what you asked for.
The lines of communication are not open
Following the miscommunication of a trim is the miscommunication of everything else. The best hairstylists wills it down with you before they even wash your hair and ask about what you hope to get out of the appointment. They should ask about your style preferences, your daily maintenance, your texture and everything else that can affect your hair. If you don’t have this conversation, there is a lot of room open for interpretation.
Socializing takes priority over hair
When you are getting your hair colored, this tends to be downtime for the colorist. No one expects them to wait on clients hand and foot, but if your hairdresser gets to the point of socializing, reading magazines and eating where they forget about your hair, it’s time to dump them. Leaving color in for too long can be damaging plus it’ll ruin the color you actually wanted to leave with.
Your example picture is disregarded
Showing an example of what you want is highly recommended as it makes for much easier communication. But when that picture is completely tossed to the side and you leave the salon with the opposite of what you asked for, your hairstylist will never give you what you ask for and you’ll be continually dissatisfied with your style.
Blow drying becomes damaging
Even if your cut and color went fine, you still have to get through the blow dry without damage. Whether it’s not putting a heat protectant on your hair or it’s using a heat styling product on way too high of a temperature setting, be sure you’re out of the line of fire when it comes to heat damage after an appointment.
While most of these things don’t happen often, they do, in fact, happen. You can be certain that the professionalism at Legends Salon of Hillsborough is superb. If you are dissatisfied with your current hairstylist, consider a move to Legends. We have some of the best hairstylists in New Jersey.
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Load up on protein, bananas, and dark green veggies. Your locks will thank you.
The pursuit of beautiful, shiny locks starts with fish, beans, bananas, and lentils. A healthy diet is as good for the 150,000 hair follicles on your head as it is for your body. Having a balanced diet, while putting extra emphasis on things like protein and iron gives your hair a boost.
Protein is the building block of hair. If you don’t get enough your hair will grow more slowly and strands will be weaker. Include a small dose at each meal and your hair follicles will stay strong. Safe bets include poultry, lean beef, fish, beans and nuts. If you start a healthy hair diet today, you will likely see improvements within six months to a year, depending on how fast your hair grows.
Try these ten foods to help your hair:
Lean red meat
Too little iron can cause baldness. Treating iron deficiency can help hair grow. Other iron reach foods include turkey, egg yolks, whole grains, dried fruit, and beans.
Eggs are full of biotin, a B vitamin that promotes hair growth and overall scalp health. A deficiency can cause brittle hair. Other high biotin foods include peanuts, almonds, wheat bran, salmon, low-fat cheese and avocados.
Bananas, beer, oats, and raisins
These contain the mineral silica, which is thought to improve hair thickness. Emphasizing on foods rich with this miner helps make hair stronger and more durable.
Dark green vegetables
Load up on spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard. They are packed with vitamins A and C, which help produce sebum, a scalp oil that works as a natural hair conditioner.
Opt for these to get plenty of zinc, a mineral that helps regulate the production of androgens. These are hormones that, in low levels, are associated with hair loss. Other zinc-rich choices include crab, clams, liver, lean beef and wheat germ.
These are packed with beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A, a nourishing agent for your hair and skin. Vitamin A protects against dull hair and dry skin, a leading cause of dandruff. Other choices include carrots, kale, butternut squash, asparagus, and pumpkin.
Legumes like kidney beans and lentils are great sources of iron-rich protein. Lentils, in particular, play a role in hair maintenance and support.
Fruits and veggies
They’re full of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Getting too little vitamin C makes hair dry and week. Try broccoli, leafy greens, green peppers, citrus, and strawberries as your best sources.
Omega-3 fatty acids
They support scalp health and a deficiency can lead to dry scalp and dull hair. Good sources include salmon, sardines, flaxseed, and walnuts.
If your diet is too low in fat you can get dry, lackluster hair. Healthy oils like olive, peanut, safflower, and sunflower can restore the shine. About a teaspoon a day will do the trick.
Keep your hair healthy with a good diet, regular trips to the hair salon and good hair products that will keep your hair clean and healthy. For the best in hair care, visit Legends Salon of Hillsborough and let us help keep your hair happy.
The selection of hair shampoos seems so complex. Why are their clear, green, blue, cheap, expensive, thick, thin, fragrant and unscented varieties of shampoo? Why can’t the whole cleansing process be simplified by using the same bar of soap on our hair that we use on our body? Does the shampoo selection really make a difference?
A shampoo is technically designed to clean the scalp of sebum and prevent the development of dermatitis. Shampoos are intended to rid the hair of sebum, sweat components, styling products, and environmental dirt. The idea of beautifying hair is really a secondary concern that is primarily addressed by a conditioner.
Beautifying the hair is really quite a complex task. Bar soap was used to clean hair until the mid-1930s when liquid coconut oils became available, which allowed the formulation of liquid soap that lathered and rinsed better than bar soap. At present, bar soaps are not recommended for hair cleansing because they leave behind a soap scum when mixed with hard water that is difficult to rinse from the hair and scalp. There really is a need for well-formulated shampoos that both clean and beautify the hair.
Shampoos are basically liquid cleansers based on synthetic detergents blended to achieve the desired amount of cleansing given the condition of the hair. Some ingredients are added for actual hair and scalp cleansing, while others are added to impart desirable aesthetic characteristics to the shampoo.
All shampoo formulations contain the same basic ingredients. The variety of shampoos in the marketplace might be rather confusing, but the ingredient categories are standard to a large extent. The categories of shampoo ingredients are foaming agents, thickeners, sequestering agents, PH adjusters, conditioners and specialty additives. How these categories are added to shampoos are what makes each brand different.
Shampoos are a complex formulation of ingredients selected to clean the scalp, as well as beautify the hair. This is a complex task leading to a wide variety of shampoos currently in the market. Selecting the proper shampoo for you means understanding the various ingredient functions and the unique attributes of each shampoo type. It helps to talk to your hair stylist about the type of hair you have if you don’t already know, and what would work best for your hair type in order to achieve the best look for your hair, not to mention, keeping it healthy.
If you aren’t sure what shampoo is best for your hair (and there are so many on the market so confusion is nothing new), experimentation is important but also asking what brands your hair salon uses as well. You leave the salon with beautiful, happy hair, you might as well shampoo with the same thing!
For the best in hair care, contact the experts at Legends Salon of Hillsborough and come see why we are an award-winning salon. We offer the best in hair care products as well as having the most experienced hair stylists around.
Bad hair days can happen to good people. Instead of trudging through the workday with lifeless locks or tons of frizz, use your best beauty products to tame your mane once and for all. Here are some reasons that you might be having a bad hair day and how to recover.
The struggle: “My hair is so flat and boring!”
The solution: Turn to texture
Flat hair can be the worst. From limp to lifeless, sometimes our hair can be totally unreasonable. If you need an instant styling boost, turn to a texturizing spray to help perk up your roots and give your hair a sexy vibe.
The struggle: “My dry shampoo isn’t working”
The solution: Perfect your technique
We’ve all been there. Spraying gallons of dry shampoo onto our roots in hopes of miraculously salvaging our hairstyle. You may have noticed that this method doesn’t always work. When it comes to using dry shampoo, the fastest way to refresh your scalp is by spraying the product in small sections throughout your roots, waiting 30 seconds for the product to work its magic, and then combing the product through with a brush. You’re using less and getting more out of your dry shampoo.
The struggle: “My hair just looks so dull”
The solution: Enhance what you have
Despite our best intentions, sometimes hair color can just look dull or faded. For days when your hair is looking lackluster, use a shine-enhancing spray to add some luster back to your look. Simply spray your ends for a quick pick-me-up or use on dry hair after heat styling for an added “wow” factor.
The struggle: “My curls aren’t that bouncy”
The solution: Get (Re)Active
Despite what you see on TV, curls aren’t always big and full of bounce. Instead, there are days when the texture of your hair can be totally bland. To give your curl some extra oomph, try using a curl reactivating spray. Used on either dry or damp hair, this spray helps to revitalize the curl and bring it back to bouncier times.
The struggle: “My up-do/braid/general hairstyle keeps falling out of place”
The solution: Mattifying Hair Powder
Misbehaving braid or up-do? Keep your style in check by prepping your hair before you even think about reaching for a bobby pin. By using a mattifying hair powder before creating an intricate style, you can actually give your hair extra grip and grit that allows the hair to stay in place as you work. For ladies with fine hair or locks that are hard to style, it’s a must-have in your beauty routine.
For the best hair care, visit Legends Salon of Hillsborough and consult with an expert today.
Whatever your 4th of July plans may be you will need a hairstyle that will get you through the festivities without a lot of fuss. If you are hitting the beach or a backyard BBQ, you want effortless, no muss hair so that you have more time to enjoy the day. Visit your local hair salon before the holiday begins to get your hair in top shape. Once you’ve had your cut and color, check out these cool ideas to keep your hair low maintenance all day long.
Half hair twist
Keep your bangs out of your face with this half hair twist. Perfect for long and medium length hair. Pull pieces of hair from both sides of your head, twist and hold in place with a barrette or hair tie.
Messy half bun
This simple and quick hairstyle is a great pick-me-up for those on the go this holiday weekend. Pull pieces from both sides of the side of your head and twist into a bun. You can either bring the bun to the top of your head or leave it in the back. Secure with bobby pins.
Short side French braid
Soft waves up the cool factor for this relaxed side French braid. Start a French braid on the side of your head. This works on long or short hair and looks so American and bohemian!
Partial crown braid
Starting at the top of your head, start two braids on either side of your part. Bring them together at the end and secure with a hair tie or barrette.
This ponytail will take you from the beach to barbecue to fireworks with no effort!
Grab hair into a low ponytail and twist it into a knot. Secure it with a hair tie. For a fabulous 4th of July look, use red, white and blue ribbon!
This style is great for those of us whose shorter layers fall out of a conventional low bun. The braid holds loose strands in place while keeping a cool-girl vibe. Create a French braid in the back of your head, right down the middle. Take the remaining hair on either side and tie it into a low ponytail.
Create a low bun and wrap ribbon throughout it. This would look perfect with red, white, and blue ribbon wrapped through it!
There are so many styles you can create that will be perfect for the upcoming festivities no matter what it is you are doing. Dress them up or down, as long as your hair is healthy and strong, your hair will look great in any style!
When it comes to men’s haircuts and grooming, currently the trends are all about freshening up, blowing out the cobwebs and looking for the very best version of yourself. There is something for everyone and your hair salon has all the secrets.
The return of the mustache
The big news in facial hair is that the beard is going by the wayside. Now is the age of the clean-shaven chin. The good news if you are a fan of facial hair is that the mustache is returning. On the right face, a mustache can add balance and create a pleasing aesthetic counterpoint to the eyebrows. Even more, a mustache can work wonders at softening more dominant jawlines.
If you are shaving your face on a regular basis, you want a fresh razor every time to reduce shaving rash or nicks. This is the generation of razor subscription services. Some services worth checking out include Dollar Shave Club, Gillette’s Shave Club and Harry’s.
Length of hair
If you’re not getting a buzz cut, you should be growing your hair out. Just be sure to keep your hair in good condition and to have it trimmed regularly. Scruffy, bed head hair is definitely not the look you want to be going for if your hair is long.
The key to getting a buzz cut right is to get better acquainted with your head shape. If you are a little long in the jaw the style probably won’t suit you as it works best on square and round heads. Many men buzz their hair for different reasons. Some may be losing their hair; others just like the feel of a clean-shaven head. Whatever your reason is, ask your hairstylist for their honest opinion before you shave it off. And for best results, have your hairstylist do it for you.
Go for a proper consultation with a qualified dermatologist. The benefit of this is that they will cut through the grooming nonsense, provide you with accurate facts about your skin and suggest corrective treatments that will actually work.
Tanning (yes tanning)
This year looking sun-kissed is all about subtlety and safely. So forget the tanning beds and going to the beach, there’s a new generation of tanning products which are designed to give you a subtle glow like you’ve spent an afternoon in the fields or after you’ve had a light jog.
Sheet masks may make you look funny for a moment but they are quite possibly the most effective tools in your grooming arsenal. The product that is embedded into each sheet is allowed to seep slowly into the skin over a ten to fifteen minute period and is prevented from drying on the skin due to limited exposure to air. Try a mask and see what it can do for your skin.
For proper grooming and the best techniques, visit Legends Salon of Hillsborough and get pampered!
Hottest haircut for summer
Right now the look of soft, shaggy layers with a textured bang is the hottest cut for summer. It is a great way to transition out of a shorter cut or hide grown-out roots if you have them. Tell your stylist you want a lot of movement and texture, especially towards the ends and in the bangs. It also helps to show your stylist screenshots of looks that you like, as long as they are of someone with similar texture and length to yours.
In order to get your hair ready for summer, try these tips. Ask your hair stylist at Legends Salon of Hillsborough if they can help you get your hair summer ready. They will give you the best advice and give you tips about how you can treat your hair at home, in between salon visits.
Visit Legends Salon of Hillsborough and get your hair summer ready!