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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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!
Whether you are struggling to take your bob longer or just want super long mermaid locks, there are tips and tricks you need to know in order to grow your hair faster and longer.
The old saying, “you are what you eat,” couldn’t be truer. Diet is very important for hair growth. You need to be eating sufficient levels of iron, B vitamins, zinc, and protein. Greens like kale add iron and iron is a very important mineral that if not introduced to your diet can cause hair loss. Taking a supplement can also help contribute to the maintenance of healthy locks if your diet isn’t well-balanced.
Stop clogging your follicles
Dirt, oils and product build-up can clog your follicles, hindering healthy hair growth. To avoid this, try to give your hair a rest from overloading the root area with styling products.
Exfoliate your scalp
If your scalp is the gateway to healthy hair, it makes sense that exfoliating it helps promote growth. Use a detoxifying shampoo or a scalp scrub once a week to thoroughly cleanse and remove excess sebum from follicles.
Get a caffeine hit
Caffeine has been found to stimulate the hair shaft by blocking the effects of DHT, a chemical known to damage hair follicles. Drinking caffeine may not be the best way to hair growth, however. Try hair products with formulas that encourage hair growth.
Massage your scalp
Massage stimulates blood circulation, supporting the tiny blood vessels that feed the hair follicles. Gentle pulling of the hair and doing a rhythmic tapping technique are two massage methods to try yourself. Alternatively, try a professional head massage, which will help with stress-relief. This can help your hair grow too!
Daily shampooing can compromise the scalp’s natural essential oils that stimulate growth, while excessive heat-styling, backcombing, brushing and chemically processing the hair can leave it brittle, appearing to shorten the length from the bottom-up when it breaks.
Loosen tight hairbands
Another common cause of breakage is the hairband. Tight elastics, worn repetitively in the same place cause wear and tear on the hair which is not what you want when you’re growing it out. The wrong band can snag and damage strands, so pick the right type and keep them loose.
Get regular trims
This is not because cutting your hair makes it grow faster but when hair is freshly snipped the ends will appear coarser without their damaged, tapered points. Plus by trimming it regularly and managing damage you’ll have to cut off less hair in the long run so indirectly, you are speeding things up!
To help your hair along in the quest to grow it out, try these simple tricks and follow good hair and body health. Hair that grows relatively quick is a sign that your body is healthy and well taken care of. When you are looking for the best hairstylists to help you during the transition from short to long and everywhere in between, visit Legends Salon of Hillsborough and know that you will get the best possible treatment for your hair’s overall health.
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.
Hair trends come and go but there’s a set of cuts that have proven to stand the test of time and therefore, will always be in style. While your favorite celebrities aren’t afraid to take chances and go for dramatic changes, many stars have one haircut they always return to. Do you have a signature style that you return to all the time? Does your hair stylist know they can count on you to stay with the same style? Even if you like traditional cuts, it’s always good to switch it up from time to time as well.
You don’t have to go with a current trend but maybe one of these time-tested cuts will make you take a second glance.
The textured, side-swept pixie is a timeless classic. Think roaring 20’s short do. A layered pixie cut is an adorable yet sexy look. Most women think they could never wear a pixie but the truth is, this is a cut that does look good on most women.
Bangs are always in style. Yet, not every woman can wear them. Bangs frame the face so make sure you are ready to have all eyes on you when you are sporting bangs. Blunt bangs are bangs that are cut straight across with no framing of the face. They are a showstopper for sure and super bold for some.
Wave and volume
Think big, cascading volumized waves. It is a bombshell style with a soft touch. Long bouncy locks with face-framing layers are also a version of the classic wavy style. Keeping it long with wave and volume never goes out of style.
An ultra-smooth style parted down the middle is super sleek. Using a flat iron to get hair perfectly straight is the key to this style. It is a classic and timeless cut.
This is another cut that has been in style forever. Ever since the turn of the century when women were getting bold with their fashion, the bob has been around to make a statement. It’s another result of the roaring 20s and beyond. It has been altered over the years but the idea is always the same.
Curls, curls, curls
There is nothing quite like a head full of curly hair. It’s why so many women were getting perms in the 1970s and 1980s. Everyone wants curly hair and this style never goes out of style! If you are blessed with natural curls keep them tight and free from frizz. It will keep your hair tamed and shiny.
Some cuts and styles will never go out of style and those depicted above are some of them. If you are looking to make a change to your hairstyle, talk to your hair stylist about keeping it traditional with one of these cuts but altering it just so that it is current and on trend to today’s looks.
At Legends Salon of Hillsborough, we want to give you the best cut possible for your face. Let us consult you today!