Prom season has arrived and it's time for teens to search for the perfect outfits.
Before you shop, take a look at our guide for choosing the best dress for your body type. Picking the right dress will help you look and feel your best on prom night.
If You're Pear-Shaped
Girls who carry their weight on the bottom half of their body are considered pear shape. A-line dresses work with your body. Look for dresses that are fitted on top and flow out from the waist. This is a great opportunity to wear a beautiful ball gown.
If You're Lacking Curves
Create the illusion of curves! The cut of certain dresses can create a feminine shape. Look for mermaid silhouettes that cinch in at the waist and add curves on top and on bottom. Having a slender body shape also means that you can get away with wearing a dress with lots of extras, such as ruffles and embellishments.
If You're Petite
Forget the full-length dresses and opt for something above the knee. There are plenty of cocktail-length formal dresses and they're the ideal choice for shorter girls. Pair your short dress with some tall heels for a fun and flirty look on prom night.
If You're Hourglass-Shaped
Embrace your curves! Skip the sheaths and look for more form-fitting dresses. Dresses that accentuate your waist, like a mermaid or trumpet style, look great on those with an hourglass shape. Choose soft and flowing fabrics that will skim your curves and keep you comfortable.
If You're Apple-Shaped
Those who carry their weight on the top half of the body are described as apple shaped. Look for dresses that accentuate the bust and draw attention away from the mid-section. A-line and empire waist dresses look great on apple shapes. Try on dresses with interesting necklines and embellishments on top, like sequins, beading, and off-the-shoulder straps.
If You're Busty
It's all about support! Choose a dress with wider straps or with a bodice with built-in support. Draw attention to your face with a statement necklace. Look for dresses that add interest to the bottom half of the body, like those with a slit up the leg or with a full ball gown skirt.
Complete Your Prom Look
The perfect dress will help you look great and feel confident while you're dancing the night away, but your hair is the detail that will pull the look together.
Visit The Salon by Lora Brown for prom hair tutorials or call today to make an appointment for a prom-perfect hairstyle.
Are you envious of the volume and texture of wavy-haired women? Do you wish you could fall asleep and wake up with a whole new look?
Good news! The following three no-heat methods will give you gorgeous wavy locks overnight.
Many of us have been using this method for no-heat waves since we were little. Just go to bed with braids with damp hair and wake up with a new ‘do. However, now that we're older and wiser, we know that not all braids are created equal.
Experiment with the type of braid you choose to get different results. A fishtail braid will produce wavy hair without the crimping that can come with a standard braid. A rope braid will leave you with a more piecey, natural look. French braided pigtails can create tighter, all over curls. Give a few different braids a try and see which works best with your hair.
The Sock Bun
Did you ever think you'd use a sock to get beautiful, wavy hair? Give it a chance. You can easily make your sock bun by grabbing a sock and cutting off the toe area. Roll it up to create a doughnut shape and you're ready to go.
Before bed, after towel drying your hair, add a bit of styling product, such as mousse or a texturizing spray. Put your hair into a ponytail, then pull it through the sock ring, keeping it toward the bottom of the ponytail. Spread your hair out around the sock ring then tuck it in while you roll the sock ring toward the base of the ponytail. Secure it with bobby pins. In the morning, unroll the sock and check out your brand new waves.
The Twist and Clip
If you're not having luck with braids or buns, one last option might give you the waves you're looking for.
Once again, start with slightly damp hair. Then, dividing the hair into two equal sections. Tightly twist the first section. When you've twist all the way to the end, pull the hair to the top of your head and secure it with a clip. Do the same for the second section. Use more clips to ensure that the hair is secure and your twists won't come out as you sleep. In the morning, unclip the twists and enjoy your new look.
Overnight waves are a quick and simple way to change up your daily look. Make even more of an impact by choosing an all new cut, color, or style. The style experts at The Salon by Lora Brown can help you find the perfect look. Contact us today to make an appointment.
You've picked the dress. You've broken in the shoes. You've lined up your date. All that's left is to choose the hairstyle you'll be rocking at prom.
Here are 10 prom hair suggestions for any hairstyle and look.
For Short Hair
Twist it. Side twists work on any length of hair, but look especially cute and spunky on short styles. Make a deep side part, then divide two sections, twist, and clip.
Spike it. If you wear a pixie cut with your everyday style, go edgy on prom night. Use styling glue to model your hair into an edgy Mohawk.
Slick it back. This easy but ultra chic look works especially well with elegant dresses. Use a bit of Oribe styling cream and smooth your hair back.
For Medium-Length Hair
Wear a flower crown. Flower crowns aren't just for Coachella! They are perfect for formal occasions, too. Start by creating a braid crown, or using bangs to twist into a similar look. Pull the rest of the hair into a low bun. Add small flowers to complete the look.
Add a braid. Create a deep side part, then French braid the front of the fuller section of hair. When you get to the end, add it to the rest of your hair and pull it all into a low bun.
Put it in a bun. A sleek side bun goes well with any prom look. Use a flat iron to smooth out the hair. Then, pull the front into side swept bangs. Pull the rest into a bun on the opposite side as your bangs. Secure with bobby pins.
For Long Hair
Braid it. Braids aren't just for casual looks. Use a tutorial or have your stylist try out a more complicated braid, or try something new like weaving a ribbon in with your hair.
Pull it back. A sleek and simple ponytail is a great option for those who are wearing an elegant and simple dress. A slicked back pony is also perfect for those with a bold, embellished gown, as it won't take attention away from the dress.
Go glam. For a classic Hollywood look, use a curling iron to create full, loose waves. Create a deep part and pull the front section of hair over to create side swept bangs. Pin the bangs with bobby pins and spray all over to keep hair in place.
Add color! If you're willing to get bold with your prom-night look, add a bright burst of color to your hair. Hair chalk or temporary coloring will have heads turning when you walk into the dance.
Are you gearing up for prom? Grab your inspiration pictures and call The Salon by Lora Brown. Our stylists will work with you to get a prom-perfect look. Styles start at $25.
Chemotherapy takes a physical and emotional toll on breast cancer patients. However, one piece of simple but innovative technology is helping ease one of the most hated chemo side effects: hair loss.
What Is Cold Cap Therapy?
Cold caps are exactly what their name suggests. The caps are shaped like a helmet and equipped with gel that can be cooled to negative 22 degrees. The cap can be worn before, during, and after treatments to help prevent hair loss.
While the caps can be expensive, they can be rented for the period of time they're needed and efforts are being made to lease the caps to hospitals for patients to use.
How Does Cold Cap Therapy Work?
Scalp cooling is a method for keeping hair intact during chemo that has been tested for years. The idea is that cooling the scalp will dramatically slow the rate of blood absorption, lowering the amount of chemo chemicals that make their way to the scalp and hair follicles, causing hair to fall out. The scalp is cooled gradually, starting before the chemo treatment, and stays cooled throughout the treatment.
Does Cold Cap Therapy Actually Work?
According to trials, yes, but cold cap therapy isn't 100 percent effective. Breastcancer.org shares information about cold caps as a resource for chemotherapy patients and notes that the caps are considered highly effective, keeping most of the hair, for just over half of all patients who use them. Over 2/3 of patients kept at least half of their hair throughout their chemotherapy treatments.
Are There Any Concerns?
When cold caps were introduced, there was some concern that blocking chemicals from reaching the scalp could prevent the chemotherapy from attacking stray cancer cells there. However, the FDA is now stating that the likelihood of that happening is so rare that it shouldn't stop patients from using the caps. The FDA has recently deemed the DigniCap as a safe option for patients.
As with any new product or therapy solution, there are some side effects to take into consideration. Some patients have noted headaches, discomfort, and mild pain from the cold.
Rescue Your Hair, Build Your Confidence
For many cancer patients and survivors, maintaining a healthy appearance is a way to keep dignity and confidence intact. The Salon by Lora Brown can cut and style your wigs, and cut, color and style your hair to make it appear full, healthy, and naturally beautiful.
The Texas Panhandle can be a very windy place to wander around, and it certainly isn't your hair's friend.
Once you've applied the perfect makeup and put on your best power suit or date dress, the last thing you want is to find yourself face-to-face with the wrath of the gusty Amarillo air that can destroy your hair.
These 5 simple, yet chic looks will keep you looking stylish, no matter the wind speeds.
Fishtail Braid: Any braid is great when it comes to combating the wind while maintaining a put-together appearance, but a fishtail braid adds a certain bit of elegance to this otherwise easy and low-maintenance mane. Frame your face with bangs that are a good fit your face shape. Avoid a too-taut look by gently adding the layers of your locks to the braid and allowing them to softly find a place to lay as opposed to slicking them back into the braid.
Nape-of-the-Neck Side Bun: If you're in a pinch for time, a side braid can be a beautiful accessory to any outfit. If you have an extra minute or two, wrap that side braid around itself into a bun, and secure it against your head with bobby pins or decorative U-pins to create a stylish side chignon.
Tousled Topknot. Stick-straight hair and curly locks both work well when you stick a tousled topknot on top of your noggin. This casual updo is easy to pull off whether you're on your way to work or play. When your hair's still damp, apply a leave-in conditioner to help define structure to the strands.
Chignon: A bit of classy elegance might be just the thing you need to keep the breeze at bay. A chignon is a low bun formed at the nape of the neck. You might be surprised at the creativity you can exercise with this handcrafted hairstyle, and every option you choose will look gracefully put-together and ready to hit the town.
Slicked-Back High Pony: A sleek and frizz-free style can still fight the winds of the Texas Panhandle with a little help from from a spritz of a smoothing spray and a boar bristle brush. Pull the pony up high on the back of your head, and brush your hair smoothly into a secure rubber band. Don't fret about the texture of the tresses that hang long because tousled strands are a perfect fit for this look, and the wind will only enhance the designer distressed look beneath the rubber band. Wrap the base of your pony with hair to hide the holder.
Looking for other creative ways to craft your beautiful tresses? Check out The Salon by Lora Brown Blog for more hair tips and tricks and be sure to ask us about our hair tutorials!
The Texas Panhandle has been experiencing a bit of humidity lately, and many of us aren’t used to this phenomenon called moisture!
While humidity gives us a nice break from the dry arid air, it can turn your hair into a hot, frizzy mess. Below, we share how to tame the frizz and keep your hair looking its best.
Add Moisture to Beat the Heat
Are you noticing mid-day frizz after being out in the hot, humid air? Tackle the problem by reaching for the same nourishing oils you use post-pool, such as Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Oil. This product can easily smooth out frizzy hair and leave you with a perfectly smooth and shiny mane. After 15 minutes, it will penetrate the cuticle, preventing greasy hair. Just smooth the oil through the hair to smooth down flyaways.
Choose the Casual Look
When spending time under the sun, sometimes the best option is to go with a quick and cute updo. A topknot, braid, or simple ponytail that might look messy in your everyday life can give you a casually chic look whether you’re going to walk or strolling on the beach.
To look like you've put in a little more effort, choose a braided style. Fishtail braids are easy to achieve while looking like they took a lot of time and skill. Milkmaid braids look cute with a beach wardrobe and will keep hair out of your face while you're exploring the town.
Prep After the Pool
Chilling by the water this weekend? Before you hop into a chlorinated pool, wet your hair and put a deep conditioner on it. You don’t want your hair to absorb chlorine. The deep conditioner will protect the hair cuticle though. After getting out of the pool, shampoo and condition your hair as soon as possible. We recommend Oribe’s Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo to help remove chlorine from your hair. If you plan on getting in and out of the pool all day, just reapply the deep conditioner.
Frizz is an issue most of us have to deal with when traveling to humid locations, and surprisingly, even here in Amarillo. If you want to humidity-proof hairstyle, call the experts at The Salon by Lora Brown to schedule a hair tutorial. We can teach you how to style a fun braid or updo that will keep the frizz under control.
Wedding season is here, and that means it’s time to check out the wedding hairstyle runway trends for 2016.
This year’s style is all about classic feminine looks–think chignons, butterflies, flowers, soft curls, and braids. And accessories are going far beyond the bridal veil.
Here are a couple of bride-worthy ’dos that will have your groom running down the aisle to meet you.
The Twisted Bun
There’s nothing quite as classically elegant as a gorgeous chignon, and this adds a fun twist for a little extra flair. To get the look, follow these simple steps.
The Side Pony
Another classic style, the side pony is anything you make it. It can be sleek or messy, straight or curly. To stay in vogue with this year’s wedding hair trends, consider a slightly messy, wavy side ponytail. Here’s what to do.
These are only a couple of examples of this year’s top wedding hairstyles. Just remember with whatever style you choose, add feminine accessories seen on the runway this year for the full effect.
Not talented with a brush? Call on the experts at The Salon by Lora Brown to give you perfect, runway-ready wedding hair for your Big Day.
There seems to be a hair product for every hair problem these days. You can buy everything from dry shampoos and dry conditioners, to frizz control products and hair fresheners.
Drugstores and big box stores are stocked with hair care products. However, not all hair care products are created equally.
Price is one major difference, and many find the products you can purchase in a salon are exceedingly more expensive than the brands in stores. We’ve had many customers ask if there really is a difference between salon options and drugstore brands. The simple answer is, yes.
Drugstore Brands Are Watered Down
Many cheap, drugstore brands are watered down, so the giant bottle you scored for $5 dollars may actually contain much less of the actual product than you think. When you check the label on drugstore brands you’ll often find that water is one of the primary ingredients. That is because the brand uses water to stretch the product, allowing them to sell a larger bottle at a cheaper price. This doesn’t translate well for your hair, however. You are likely to use more of a cheap product more quickly to get results. If you do choose to buy drugstore products, check the expiration date.
Professional products are more concentrated and contain more active ingredients, which means you’ll use less product to get your desired results. In many cases, a small bottle of professional grade product will last longer than a larger bottle of a drugstore brand.
Salon Products Use Gentler Ingredients
Professional-grade products are formulated to help hair remain healthy and maintain a natural shine. Drugstore products use whatever ingredients they can find that offer instant, but fleeting results. Oftentimes, drugstore products and brands use harsh chemicals and surfactants that can damage hair. This even includes “organic” and “natural” products.
Savings May Mask Unethical Behaviors
When you buy products at drugstores or online, there is no way of knowing what you are really buying. Many stores use wholesalers for their product supply instead of going directly to the company. Sometimes, products are further watered down or tampered with to increase savings for stores and the wholesaler. This doesn’t happen all the time, but it does occur.
The bottom line is pretty simple. While drug store brands are cheaper, they may not actually save you money in the long run. Plus, they can wreak havoc on your hair. Higher-grade products often last longer because you do not have to use as much product, thanks to the quality ingredients.
A little goes a long way with good products. If you are looking for products to keep your hair healthy and beautiful, contact the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We carry a wide supply of Oribe products, one of the top hair care lines in the industry. Their high-performance products use only the best ingredients, containing no parafens, harsh sulfates or sodium chloride or harsh sulfates.
It's wedding season! Allow the experts at The Salon by Lora Brown to make your hair perfect on your Big Day!
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.