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.

Natural hair styles in Dallas are often the hardest to achieve.  Want to know what separates the good and bad? The use of products. Which product best suits you, how much you use, and when you use it are crucial to any hair style. 2010 is proving to be the year that many girls are setting their flat irons aside. Having locks with body and a little curl is an easy, flirtatious way to glam up your look with ease.


First and foremost, let’s talk about products. Almost everyone needs to be using some kind of product to assist with their style. If you haven’t already heard about Moroccan Oil, it’s the perfect way to tame frizz, while adding the moisture your hair needs, and protecting it from all of the hot tools we use on a daily basis. (Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, hot rollers, etc.) Also, some kind of mousse, gel, or hair lotion will always help lock in the style you’re trying to achieve. You never want to use too much, as we don’t want this to look forced. A good tip is to always start small, and if you feel like you need more you can continuously add until the hair is saturated.


If you’re looking to have really tamed hair with a slight curl at the end, showing off your gorgeous long layers, a round brush will be your best friend. I suggest you use a dime size amount of Moroccan Oil, and a little bit of mousse to hold your style. When your hair gets almost completely dry but still has a little moisture in it, start round brushing your hair. It helps to clip your hair up and isolate each section you’re drying. When you’re drying your hair with the round brush, brush the hair straight up – perpendicular – to your head while turning the brush away from your face.


To lock your style, use a light hairspray that doesn’t make the hair look stiff, and allows it to still have movement. A great hairspray that supports this look is the Aquage Finishing Spray. You can also use this hairspray to tame flyaways. Holding the hairspray about 10 inches from your hair, lightly spray it and use a boars bristle brush to lock those loose locks into place.

Lately have noticed something that needs to be discussed: Plucking your gray hairs from your head. No ma’am, this is a big no-no! Let’s break this down.

When you pluck your eyebrows, do they grow back? Yes. So, if we pluck a single hair (which usually falls along where you part your hair, and is the most visible part of your head’s profile) is it going to grow back just like an eyebrow? Yes! Not only is it going to grow back, it’s going to grow back in it’s normal state: still gray!


At average, hair grows around .5 inch every month. So, after plucking that darn gray, you are setting yourself up for a whole other problem. In a month, that hair will then have grown a good half inch, which means one thing: It’s going to be standing straight up making its presence known to everyone who sees you. Hair, when short, does not have enough weight to follow suit with the rules of gravity. It will take several months of new growth to finally give that hair enough weight to fall back in line with the rest of your locks. In the mean time, you’re stuck with this stubborn hair that won’t lay down with the rest of your style.


Think about it…if you pluck one hair a week for a year, that’s 50 hairs all over the top of your head that are growing back at different rates, and you begin realizing that your hair is frizzy, and you can’t ever get those little hairs to stay down. There’s only one fix: stop plucking the grays, and just come in for a root touch up.

For someone looking for the best thin hair extensions in Dallas, I always recommend using a tape or fusion system.  This before and after picture shows my client who wanted a bit of length, but was mainly looking for more thickness and volume in her hair style.  


Michelle did the full volume treatment of the tape in hair extensions for fine hair in Dallas. The two things that make tape hair extensions ideal for fine or thin hair are:

* Weight of panel – Each panel of tape is lightweight, but is adhered to more than enough of your own hair to support its weight.  


* Removal – When the removal solution is applied to the panel, it very easily is removed from your hair unlike other hair extension systems.  

With tape hair extensions, they are on a weft base which gives you more hair added with the use of fewer extensions.  With a strand by strand fusion method, you would require many more strands to achieve the same look as tape in hair extensions.