Short hair styles can lead you to thinking of creative ways to style your hair. In the past, flipping hair outwards to showcase layers was a big hit. Current trends, however, are quite the opposite. A more relaxed, flowing ease of style is preferred by many women today. To do this, use a flat iron, or round brush to create a slight bend towards the face and soften the angular nature of the cut. Arc your flat iron towards your face as you pass through the strand to give it a soft bend. If you’re looking for a wavy style, try using your flat iron to create a soft wave in your style. Check out the picture of Charlize Theron. Isn’t she gorgeous?

 

-Brandon Stephens

Coming from the best blonde hair stylist in Dallas: Roots are a fact of life. Duh, right?  Here’s the deal:  I get it. If you naturally have dark hair and choose to go blonde, then let’s do it right. The idea that you can have low maintenance hair when going blonde is pretty far fetched. Your roots are probably 4 or more shade darker than your ends and it will be obvious that it’s time for your h air to be colored 5-6 weeks after having it done.

 

Being a gorgeous Dallas blonde means keeping up with the maintenance. There’s no easy way about it. You can ask your stylist if a base break will give you a few extra weeks before you come back in for a partial or full highlight. Sometimes you can opt to get a base break (if your hair isn’t too dark) and it will soften the harshness of the dark to light contrast of your root to ends. But in the end, being in the chair every 4-6 weeks getting your roots done is the only answer.

 

As I walk down the streets, and see women on television whose roots are more than an inch deep, I cant help but shake my head. Being blonde isn’t easy, and it simply means you just have to keep up with your roots before the overtake your look.

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Tired of your curly hair style just looking frizzy? If you have curly hair, you will probably agree that it’s a workout to get your hair straight. We all don’t wake up every morning excited about the prospect of a 20 minute blow-dry, and 20 minute flat iron. There are those times when sporting your curly hair is a great option that can look great, and really ease your morning routine. The days of putting gel in your hair to lock in the curls are over.

Crispy, rigid curls are a thing of the past given new product advances. For instance, I love to work with the Moroccan Oil Intense Curl Cream. It has the sticky consistancy you get from a gel or mousse, but has the Moroccan Oil as well. We already know about, and love moroccan oil! The great thing about having the oil in the curl cream is its ability to further maintain frizz, and really soften the gel. In the end, you have a substance that locks in the curls, then the oil that softens them into a polished mane of locks.

Check out this video about the Moroccan Oil products, and a before and after of the Intense Curl Cream.

-Brandon Stephens
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After an inferno summer from you know where, fall is quickly approaching! You know what that means… tone down that blonde, and throw in some highlights. Or, for the brunettes it’s time to throw in some caramel highlights or do a color gloss to enrich your color. I have put together my list of Fall Dallas Hair Style Tips.

 

* Casual Styles
If your hair was curled with a hot tool the previous day, don’t wash your hair and start from scratch! Make that second day curl into today’s style. Pull your hair up, do a little teasing, or throw some bobby pins in to make a messy updo. Fall 2011 hair trends are a direct reflection of our economy: messy, imperfect, with no set purpose.

 

* Braids
Braids are back in full swing, and they’re evolving into many different styles. No, I’m not talking about that kind your mother did that gave you an awful headache, and crow’s feet 30 years later. Loose, messy braids are in. Try braiding your bangs, or a very loose braid to one side. For the advanced stylers, try a fish tail braid.

 

* Honey Colored Highlights
This would be for the brunettes. Instead of a solid all over color, throw in some highlights to give your hair some interest. Nothing chunky, or bold. A partial foil with fine pieces of caramel can really make your color look rich, and give your style dimension.

 

* Thick Bangs
We’ve seen this trend for a while now, but it’s still holding strong. Thick bangs really draw attention to your face, and can be a great, simple way to change your style.

 

* Elegant Ponytail
If you’re going to a cocktail party, or out on a night out on the town a ponytail can really be perfect. You don’t just want to throw your ponytail up and go about your way. Throw some curls in your hair to give it body. Once you’ve curled your hair, brush it all out and put it in your ponytail.

 

* Headbands
Headbands are making their way back. If you’ve noticed the 70’s inspiration in the latest style trends from fashion weeks, you’ll understand this style. Easihair makes a headbands that are synthetic braided hair. They come in different colors so you can match your hair color and it’s a gorgeous way to accentuate your style.

 

* Messy Up-Do
Like I said earlier, if you spend time styling your hair (other than a flat iron) then you should make that style last a few days. On the second day, after having round brushed, curled, hot rollers, dust off your bobby pins and put them to use. Try pulling your hair to one side, and roll curls into your hair and pin them up. You’re not looking to match your 1990 prom up-do, so don’t shoot for perfection. Remember, casual styles are in.

 

* Wigs
Last but not least, wigs. They’ve been a bit of a taboo for the longest time but I think they’re really starting to make their way into the mainstream. Wigs aren’t always those plastic things you see at the Halloween costume store. You can now get really great wigs that are as close to your color, and style as possible. Plus, they can be customized to further match your style. If you’re not feeling up to the daunting task of styling your hair, throw on the wig and go.

Looking for the best hair extensions in Dallas?  Coming from someone with several years of specializing in hair extensions and hair color, trust me: doing your research is VERY important.  Putting the trust in a stylist to do your hair extensions is a very big deal, and it’s best that you have a general idea before visiting a hair extensions salon in Dallas.

 

For an in depth look at hair extensions that add thickness and fullness to your fine hair, or add length and volume to your thick hair, check out my guide to hair extensions in Dallas.  Also, check out my salon menu for a detailed list of pricing for the best hair extensions in Dallas.

In the fall of 2010 we saw celebrities sporting a new trend in hair color now known as the Ombre look. This look is starting to make its way to my clients, and I am starting to see people rocking Ombre hair color in Dallas. 

 

The Ombre look is a gorgeous, low maintenance way to show off highlights in the form of contrasting colors. When done right, the colors blend from dark to light in a way that shows no lines, and goes with the beachy, bohemian look of today’s hairstyles. The picture of Whitney Port and the other celebs are gorgeous representations of using color to create a flirtatiously feminine style that is actually low maintenance.

 

Bad Ombre 1 Bad Ombre

 

 

These pictures in represent the extreme side of ombre styles. They have taken the concept a bit too far, or literal, and the results are obvious. Finding the happy medium is usually when you see the better results. You don’t want to go from black hair to white ends, or for a look like you dipped your hair in dye. A smooth transition from a darker, to a softer light color is the best route to go.

 

Hot red hair in Dallas is always in! Sometimes natural colors just dont fit with your style. Check out my client who wanted fire engine red hair! Much like Rihanna, she wanted to make a statement with her hair color. Dallas is a city where you have to make a statement to be seen. She definitely makes a statement when she enters a room with her Red hair color in Dallas!

As a hair color specialist, I often recommend adding in a few natural highlights in Dallas to give you the best looking natural hair color.  I believe doing at least a few highlights gives your hair color extra richness and customization that sets it apart from a solid color.

 

Natural Highlights in Dallas Natural Highlights Dallas

 

Having highlights doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be platinum blonde.  Sometimes just doing a few shades lighter than your all over color makes all the difference in giving you dimension and a customized hair color that best suits your palette.   

 

The newly crowned 2011 Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, wears a wig on a daily basis. Noticing that her hair was too damaged to maintain the heat from styling it on a daily basis, she decided to seek alternate options. After cutting her hair to a short style, she committed to wearing a wig every day to allow it to regain its integrity.

I like to focus on many options to add the length or volume you desire. From hair extensions, to “Halo” pieces, The Beauty Box Salon is the top salon in Dallas. We take into consideration what you want, and give you options that suit your hair’s needs in the long term. In the end, we find a solution that gives you the hair you’ve always wanted. Technology has changed, and as a result you now have options for natural looking hair pieces that can transform your look. Book an appointment to see what you can do to instantly change your do!

-Brandon Stephens

2010 has come and gone, and as we all set our 2011 new year’s resolutions, why not set aside a bullet point to think about your “New Hair Solutions.” We all get our hair cut, and most of us get our hair colored, so it’s important to start off the year putting our best foot forward to look our best!

First, and foremost, let’s talk about loyalty. I, myself, learned this lesson the hard way firsthand. When I couldn’t get in to my normal hairdresser, I took the risk because I “needed” it that day. (Or, so I thought!) I went to someone new and got the worst haircut of my life. It was then and there that I declared, “I will always go to the same person hereafter!” When you find a hair stylist who speaks your language, and does a great job, don’t take the risk of reversing the progress.

Second, let’s each assess our style. Am I rocking the same style I was back when I graduated high school? Does it make me look as good as I possibly can? These are questions we should all be asking ourselves, and our hairdressers. It’s way too easy to get stuck in a moment, and we look back 10 years later and have the same do. Or, in this case, a don’t!

Now, let’s take a good look at the shampoo/conditioner in our shower. We can’t possibly expect our hair to look as good as it should, or our color to last as long as it should if we’re using Pantene, or Suave products! Furthermore, if we wonder why our hair was flat in 2010 let’s take a look at our styling products. This year lets take a chance on what our stylist recommends.

Last, but not least, let’s start off this year by taking the necessary steps towards fulfilling our New Years resolutions. Instead of creating a list of things to do each year, let’s make 2011 the year of accomplishment.