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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Hair exists in a variety of textures. There is no rhyme or reason as to what we were blessed with in the hair category. It is important, however, to know what kind of texture we have. This will allow us to understand how to take care of it. When we think of hair texture, there are three main aspects to consider: curl pattern, strand thickness, and density. There are other aspects to consider as well.
Regardless if your hair is straight, wavy, curly or kinky, we all have 3 basic textures: fine, medium, and thick, which can also be called coarse. Texture is not how the hair feels but describes the thickness of each individual strand. The comparison is typical to a piece of thread. If your hair is fine, it’s thinner than the thread. Medium hair is usually the same width and thick or coarse hair strands are thicker than the piece of thread.
Fine hair is the most fragile texture and can be easily damaged. People with finer hair tend to have more hair than people with thicker hair strands. Fine hair can tend to be oilier than other hair types. For those of you with fine hair, you may find it difficult to hold a style. Your hair is light and can fall flat against your head. Volume is not often attained. Structurally, fine hair has two hair layers: a cortex and a cuticle.
Medium hair is the most common hair type and often covers the scalp very well. This hair texture is not as fragile as fine hair and can be manipulated into styles easily. Structurally, medium textures have two layers: the cortex and cuticle and may contain the medulla.
Thick or coarse hair
This hair texture is strong because structurally it contains all three hair layers: the cortex, cuticle, and medulla. The medulla, the innermost layer of the hair shaft is pretty much a series of empty spaces. It’s an area filled mostly with air and protein. This hair texture usually takes longer to dry than others and can be resistant to various chemical treatments. It can tolerate heat well and resist breakage better than the fine or medium hair.
In general, there are 4 basic hair types: straight, wavy, curly, kinky curly. This is based on the shape of the hair fiber.
Naturally straight hair is the strongest of the types and reflects light to the eye the best giving it a glossy appearance.
Wavy hair has s-shaped curls down its length or much of the hair can appear straight with slight bends towards the ends of the hair. Wavy hair can frizz fairly easily and requires care to achieve perfect waves.
Curly hair tends to do so down the entire length of the hair shaft. Strand thickness can range from fine to coarse but is most often fine. The greatest challenges for curly hair are frizz, lack of curl definition, shrinkage and dryness.
This hair type has the tightest curls ranging from fine to coarse with S-shaped and z-shaped curls with everything in between. It is the most fragile of the types. If curl definition is a challenge for curly hair types, it’s almost an impossibility for kinky-curly hair.
This is a quick tip sheet to help determine the kind of hair you have. Once you know and understand your hair, you will know how to take care of it better. For more tips, contact the experts at Legends Salon of Hillsborough.
We always want what we don’t have. If you are short you want to be taller and vice versa. The same holds true with our hair. If you have fine straight hair, you long for thick, full-bodied hair. But what if we could just embrace the hair we have and be happy? We would just be a little bit less stressed if this were to happen. When you visit your local hair salon you are most likely asking for a color different than your own or a treatment or cut that turns your hair into something totally different.
By embracing the natural texture of your hair, you are letting go of wanting what you don’t have and in the meantime taking a lot of pressure and stress off yourself. It doesn’t mean that you can’t straighten those curly locks once in a while or put tons of waves into that pin straight hair, it just means you can be happy with what you have right now.
If you have thin hair, there are many ways to emphasize the color or the cut and stop focusing on the fact that it is thin. Try playing with different makeup applications and get a cut that frames your face. Your hair will still look beautiful but the emphasis will be more focused on those beautiful eyes. You will soon learn that thin hair can be a bonus. You can throw it up in a bun and fluff it out a bit to make it look fuller. Be happy with your thin hair because somewhere out there is a girl with curly, out of control hair that is wishing she was just like you.
For those born with curly, crazy hair, we feel your pain. But that wild child look is just one thing about you that others love. You may look in the mirror and see nothing but hair. Big, fat, fluffy hair. We say embrace it! Let that freak hair flag fly! Use the right products for your hair texture to help keep the frizz at bay but make sure you use the right products that also emphasize the curls and give them more definition. Who wants straight hair when you have big, bold and beautiful bouncy locks?
Is your hair somewhere in between? Consider yourself the luckiest girl in the world then! When you have hair that is straight but with a wave to it, not too thin but not real thick either, you have the hair that is easy to control and fun to maintain. You can wear it up or down, straighter or curlier, the choice is yours.
Whatever texture your hair is, the in thing to do these days is to just embrace it! In a world where we are trying to be more natural and organic, loving your hair is one step in the right direction. Take the stress out of worrying about the hair you don’t have and love the hair you do.
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Styling Both Straight and Curly Hair, Everything you need to know about styling hair that’s straight on top, curly on the bottom
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… That pretty much sums up what it feels like to be blessed with both straight and curly hair. Interestingly, largely due to genetics, many women experience the board-like strands on top of their head and the twisted ones below. Environmental and styling issues intensify this difference. Speak with the experts at Legends Salon of Hillsborough to guide you to the perfect solution for you.
The hair on top of your head has more exposure to the sun and heating tools and is being pulled and touched more than the hair at the bottom. This breaks down the cortex of the hair, which, like the core of your body, gives structure and shape. As a result, those top pieces unfurl and lose curl. Unruly hormones (a result of pregnancy or stress) are also a key culprit in textural changes. Estrogen and testosterone levels affect the diameter, texture, and strength of any given strand. Those who have lost hair to chemotherapy notice that their hair grows back very different than it was before.
To make peace with your unusual hair, you have to have the right haircut. The right cut can be a great peacemaker. Ask your hairstylist for face-framing, graduated layers (we know what you’re thinking and no, we’re not talking about the Rachel; we’re talking subtle). By removing weight, strands around the front and top of your head will spring to life. It gives them the much-needed bend they are lacking to better resemble your curls underneath.
To align the textures, consider getting a partial straightening or wave treatment at the salon, which lasts for about three months; or at home, style only the outer layer. Want to make your curly-straight combo straighter? Apply a smoothing cream on curls and flatiron them, working in small, one-inch sections of hair so you don’t miss any layers. Want your curly-straight combo curlier? Curl only the straight section.
Waves, not quite coils, not quite rails, help aggressive textures meet in the middle. From roots to tips of damp hair, work through a golf ball-size amount of a soft-hold mousse. Then, starting by the face, grab one-inch-wide sections of hair and twist them so they mimic the curls on the bottom. Use a diffuser on the top, which enhances curls, and let the curly bottom air-dry to relax that section.
These are some ways in which you can try and get your straight and curly hair to meet in the middle. It’s a tough situation to be in if you have hair that behaves this way but it doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Control your out of control hair and show it who’s boss.
For the best cut and advice, talk to the experts at Legends Salon of Hillsborough. They can explain the right cut for your hair texture and recommend the best products to use.
Having beautiful, healthy hair isn’t just for models and celebrities. You can have strong, nourished hair too. All it takes to see a big difference is a few simple tricks and some tender loving care. Take the time to learn what your hair wants from you. Knowing your hair type (straight, wavy, curly) and creating a routine specific for your unique texture, color and style can make a world of difference. Changing one simple task in your daily hair routine could significantly impact the health of your hair.
Perhaps you need to switch to a different shampoo or invest in a decent moisturizing scalp treatment. Whether you are searching for a new routine, looking to maintain the vibrancy of newly colored hair or you want to upgrade your moisture intake, there are plenty of ways to do it to keep your hair healthy and strong.
Know your curl type. Defining your hair patterns is step one in learning how to maintain and care for your curls. Curl type is determined by the shape of the hair follicle. Curl patterns are also identified by the shape the hair strands make (kinky, curvy, spiraled). A person can have multiple pattern types on their head as well. Identifying curly hair type is best done when hair is wet. Hair identification is as follows: 1- It is straight, 2-it is wavy, 3-it is curly and 4-it coils. Next, the subclassification of curly hair falls between A to C based on the width of your pattern. A has a wider pattern, B is medium and C has the smallest patterns. Once you know your curly hair type, taking care of it will be much easier and more manageable.
It might seem ridiculous to cut thinning hair but trimming thin hair about two inches can make it look thicker and healthier. Making thin hair look thicker can also be as simple as seeing a colorist. Add highlights to make thin hair appear thicker. Color changing swells the hair cuticle, which gives you the appearance of having more hair.
A simple single color change can easily be done at home as long as you pick a color that’s no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural color. The problem is, when you dye your hair at home, you can have patches of color and then your hair appears uneven in color. For the best look in color, trust a professional.
Keeping your hair cuticles sealed is the first step to fighting frizz. Preventing moisture from seeping in is important. Rub a dime-sized drop of anti-frizz cream between your hands and rake it through wet hair. If you have fine hair, look for a lightweight, water based product. If you have thicker hair, use an anti-frizz cream that contains silicone to lock out humidity. Also, air-dry your hair versus using a blow dryer every day to protect your cuticles and prevent unwanted damage and frizz. The less you touch your hair when its wet, the less frizz you will have.
For great hair care, visit Legends Salon of Hillsborough today.