Hats are great accessories that add charm to just about any outfit throughout every season. However, the style of hat you choose should correspond with the season you’re in.
While some hats can easily transition from spring to summer or fall to winter, be careful in the way you wear them or what you pair them with.
The bad news about hats? Sporting a perfectly gorgeous hat all day can leave you with horrible hat hair. What happens when you need to take the hat off?
Here are a few tips for wearing hats during the fall as well as how to prevent hat hair.
How To Wear Hats This Fall
As we mentioned above, hats are versatile. One or two for each season is really all you need. These are investment pieces, meaning you can wear them for years, so you may want to consider going to a special hat store to find your perfect match.
Once you’ve settled on a hat or two for fall, keep these tips in mind.
How To Avoid Hat Hair
Now you know how to wear your fashionable hat this season, but what do you do when it’s time to take the hat off? Whether your hat is too large to wear inside or your host frowns upon wearing hats indoors, there will come a time you when need to remove it.
This one trick keeps your hair volumized and looking amazing even without your hat. To avoid smooshed hair, simply part your hair to the opposite side before donning a hat. That’s all there is to it! Once you remove the hat, flip your hair back to its usual side, and it will hide your flat tresses.
For more hair tips and tricks, reach out to the beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Does your hair need some added oomph? Two products from Oribe can give you the lift you need. Below, we compare Oribe's Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and Dry Texturizing Spray to help you decide which product you need and when to use them.
Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo
Oribe's dry shampoo was made for those days when washing your hair just doesn't fit into your schedule. Gold Lust Dry Shampoo cleans hair by absorbing oil and dirt. Your hair will instantly feel clean, fresh and soft.
Many women are coming around to the idea of not washing their hair every day. Going longer between washes means that hair has time to rest, without being stripped of natural oils and being damaged by the heat of a hairdryer.
Dry shampoo is a great way to keep hair looking its best on the days between washes. It's the perfect solution for maintaining your blowout.
Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is lightweight. However, it does not add much volume to your hair. It's sole mission is to give you a clean look and a blank canvas. As a bonus, though, it gives your hair Oribe's signature scent!
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
On days that you want an extra boost for big, beautiful hair, Dry Texturizing Spray will save the day. Like dry shampoo, texturizing spray helps to get rid of dirt and oil to leave hair looking clean and fresh. However, texturizing spray also adds some grip to the strands, to make styling easier.
When it comes to staying, just washed hair isn't the easiest to work with. Freshly washed hair can be slippery, making it more difficult to hold a curl or stay in place. That's where texturizing spray comes in. By leaving some grit on the hair, you'll notice added volume and find that your hair stays in place, holding onto the style you create.
Dry Texturizing Spray has a bit more weight to it. It adds texture and pumps up the volume, giving you sexy, glamorous hair. Texturizing spray takes that blank canvas and primes it for styling. And, yes, the Oribe's texturizing spray has the same great scent.
Get Your Hair in Shape
Products like Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and Dry Texturizing Spray from Oribe can keep your hair looking its best between salon appointments. When it's time for a refresh, visit the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We carry a full line of Oribe products at our salon.
Many of us will opt to darken the shade of our hair to ring in the cooler months. For some, a bigger change can be a great way to create an updated look.
The Salon by Lora Brown just returned from the BTC Color, Cut & Style Show, and here are just four of the hottest hairstyles we saw.
If you're ready for a new look to celebrate the new season, check out these fall and winter haircut trends.
The Short Shag
Take a cue from Taylor Swift for this fall trend. The short shag is a cut full of layers and texture. The beauty of the short shag is that, like your outfit, it can instantly transform your look. Make it more feminine by creating soft curls with a curling wand. Going for a more edgy look? Change the part and straighten the hair.
Bangs Are Back
It's the trend that reoccurs at this time every year. Bangs continue to be a popular trend because they look great with nearly any haircut, from short bobs to long beach waves. If you're considering bangs, keep two things in mind.
First, your new haircut will be a bit high maintenance. You'll need to dedicate more time to styling in the morning and make more frequent salon trips to get trimmed. Second, this is not a look you should try to attempt by yourself. Bangs gone wrong are difficult to repair, so be sure to visit your stylist to have them professionally cut.
Keep Your Lob
The lob was the cool girl haircut of the summer and it isn't going anywhere for the fall and winter. Chrissy Teigen is giving major style inspiration with plenty of photos of her lob on social media. Follow Chrissy's lead and add dimension with darker shades to update the look for the fall and winter months. As a bonus, the cut looks great as it grows out.
Frame Your Face
If you've let your summer hair grow out, you might have a bit of length to deal with now. Rather than having those layers trimmed, try a face framing contoured cut. The look is just one layer, hitting right at the collarbone. The sleek style looks best with straightened hair and a center part, giving it a cool, modern edge.
For style inspiration, look at pictures of Kylie Jenner when she lets her natural hair make an appearance.
Unsure? See A Stylist
Even armed with plenty of inspiration, it can be tough to choose a new haircut that's both trendy and flattering. Luckily, stylists can help.
Make an appointment with one our great stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown to get an expert opinion and professional assistance in achieving your fall and winter look. We know all the latest trends, colors and cuts!
Hairdryers are an essential tool for anyone that wants to create a polished look at home.
With so many products on the market, choosing the best one can be daunting.
Use our guide to find the top rated and best reviewed hair dryers for every price range.
Budget Friendly: Under $30
Even with a small budget, you can find some great options. One common complaint about less expensive hair dryers is that they take too long to get the job done.
The Revlon Perfect Heat Fast Dry Speed Hairdryer solves that problem. Positive reviews say it dries hair quickly and works well for all hair types.
Mid-Price Standout: $30-60
Ceramic hair dryers do less damage to the hair while giving you a sleek and smooth look. The Remington T Studio Pearl Ceramic Professional AC Hairdryer is a favorite among reviewers. Boasting salon quality for quick drying, this hair dryer promises to leave you with silky smooth hair.
Reviewers agree, saying that their hair has less frizz and feels healthier than ever after a drying session.
Serious Styling: $60-100
Do you love the look of a blowout, but fear the damage that heat can do to your hair? The Chi Ultra CHI Pop Pink Dryer is a mid-priced smart solution. A slightly lower heat setting effectively dries your hair, while minimizing heat damage.
The brand that everyone loves for their certain straighteners uses the same ceramic elements to offer even heat to reduce frizz and boost shine.
Beauty Investment: $100-200
When you choose from products at a slightly higher price point, you can find hair dryers that will be your go to tool for years to come.
The ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer has rave reviews at Sephora, from customers who say the higher price tag was well worth it for the at home blowout achieved with the tool. The ghd dryer works quickly, cutting down on styling time in the morning.
The Splurge: $300+
When money is no object, the Bio Ionic 10X Pro Ultralight Speed Dryer is the best of the best. Most hair dryers work by heating up the hair, but the Speed Dryer takes it to a new level.
This hair dryer works by dissolving water molecules from the inside out, leaving hair shiny and smooth. Science meets style, and reviewers love the results.
Beauty tools can help you style at home, but when you need a serious update, call the pros. Contact The Salon by Lora Brown today to make an appointment.
Not every day can be a great hair day. When the weather doesn't cooperate, your go-to styling routine may not do the trick.
Follow these tips to protect your hair and look great, even when cold weather gets in the way.
Avoid The Dreaded Flat Hair
Do you notice your normally bouncy style falling flat in the winter? You're not alone.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bring back the volume. Start with daily scalp massages. You'll stimulate hair growth and boost your roots.
Styling products like a volumizing spray can help. And when you need to wear a hat to protect you from the elements, just throw your hair into a bun first. When you get back inside, just take out the elastic and give your hair a quick shake to bring it back to life.
Don't Skimp On Moisture
Dryness is a common and annoying issue for hair in the winter months. Dryness can lead to a flaky scalp, hair breakage, and a dull appearance.
Fight back with a conditioner. Use extra conditioner when you shower and try out a deep conditioning treatment twice a week to replace the moisture that's lost to the cold, dry weather.
Keep It Cool
Heat is an enemy for your hair in the winter. While hot showers may feel great when the temperatures drop, the hot water can do major damage to your strands. Rinsing in cool, even cold, water can help to keep your hair healthy and shiny.
When styling, cut back on heating tools like hairdryers and straighteners, which will dry out your hair. If you do need to use heat for styling, be sure to use a heat protecting spray first.
Call Your Stylist
If your hair is suffering from the winter blues, your stylist can help you find the cut, color, and style that will bring it back to life. Make an appointment with The Salon by Lora Brown to get your hair winter-ready!
It’s been a week since we returned from the BTW Color, Cut & Style Show, but The Salon is still reeling from what all we learned from this amazing event
Stylist Sarah Lyons and I attended the three-day show in Florida, along with 63 educators, 41 sponsors and hundreds of our fellow stylists and salon owners.
Educators showcased coloring, cutting, barbering, styling, braids, and wedding hair on stage.
Industry experts also participated in panels, offering business advice, social media tips and more.
A few of the educators we had the pleasure of listening to were:
This year’s theme for coloring is seamless; colors just seem to melt into one another so you don’t notice where each color was placed.
Fashion colors, such as rose gold and pink, are still hot but are softer shades that blend in well. We will continue to see more pastel pinks, violets and grays.
Reds are always a strong color in the fall, especially deep reds, copper and ruby reds.
As far as blondes, you will begin to see more ash grey and buttery colors to rose blondes with a hint of soft pink.
However, hair color trends will continue to have depth and dimension.
We saw cutting from:
The theme for cutting is soft lines and weightless movement.
These educators performed dry cutting in order to see the natural flow of the hair. Shags, natural curls and loose waves are very strong for fall 2016 and spring 2017. Bangs also continue to be hot.
The new long is shoulder length, according to Garren, who just returned from Fashion Week.
Men’s Barbering Trends
We saw barbering from Mark Bustos and Matty Conrad.
Barbering is here to stay, and barbers are heading back to the old school looks of clean lines and soft blending, as well as shorter to longer and a pompadour on top.
Bustos and Conrad offered tips for men who desire strong square cuts to appear masculine. Beards are also well groomed.
Natural is the theme for hair styling.
From very natural ringlet curls and soft undone waves to Victoria’s Secret-model waves (a la Sarah Potempa) and finger waves to soft continuous S waves that fit together and don’t separate. Seventies-style curls are also back.
Braiding continues to be a huge trend. Some new looks to consider are one center braid and loose waves, Dutch infinity braids, knot braids, and rope braids.
The “One Shot” hair awards show included stylists’ work from all over the world. Pictures illustrated everything from color and cutting, to editorial looks and men’s, to avant-garde styles and rainbow coloring, to even extensions.
We also saw vendors who were displaying the latest and greatest tools to make styling more efficient as well as preserve the integrity of one’s hair.
After the hair show, Sarah and I traveled to Miami to view the new LBP Education Center. The staff stayed after hours to give us a tour. Guests artists, such as Garen, visit to offer hands-on education with professional photographers to boost your portfolio.
Social Media and Business
In addition to color, cut and style trends, Sarah and I also had the opportunity to learn the latest social media and business tips from the pros. The social media panel discussed how stylists can become famous just by properly harnessing the power of social media.
The celebrity stylist panel included:
These industry experts discussed how to brand yourself in addition to the time, hours and dedication it requires to become a successful stylist.
Visit The Salon By Lora Brown
Do you want to try out one of these new colors or hairstyles? Visit The Salon By Lora Brown and get the hottest new looks!
If you’re like most women, you use a hair product (or several) every day.
As a salon, we encourage this — we love hair products! But is your favorite serum causing your skin to break out?
Can Hair Products Really Cause Acne?
Hair products breaking out your skin even if you wash your face daily — that’s a myth, right? You don’t want to believe it. After all, how will you keep your hair on-point without products?
The Truth About Acne And Hair Care
Unfortunately, this problem isn’t a myth. Maybe you think you’re safe because you don’t have bangs or long hair. Sorry, wrong again.
The truth is that anyone who uses hair products is at risk for acne. While bangs and long hair certainly increase your acne risk (since the hair is resting on your skin), there are other ways products cause trouble.
Any time you have skin-to-hair or product-to-skin contact, there’s a chance acne might occur. In the shower, for example, when you rinse out your shampoo and conditioner, those products run down your skin.
And when you sweat during an intense workout, product from your hair streams down your face even if your hair is pulled back.
What’s The Best Way To Avoid Product-Related Acne?
The first thing you need to do is determine if your acne may be a result of hair products. There’s a good chance it is if it’s located in the following areas:
Once you’ve eliminated or replaced all your hair products, start adding your favorites back in one at a time to determine the culprit. As an extra precaution, always follow these tips.
To learn more about hair care, give the beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown a call and be sure to follow our blog!
In one of our previous posts, we gave you a simple tip for avoiding hat hair. Now, we’re going to take it one step further.
Here are six hairstyles that look fabulous under those warm hats you’ll be sporting when the first chill hits.
The Best Hairstyles To Wear With Hats
Whether you choose a beanie, fedora, floppy beret, or a rimmed hat, finding a hairstyle that not only survives the accessory but also looks amazing underneath can be challenging.
These six styles are easy, quick, super fashionable, and can be worn solo as well as with the perfect fall/winter hat.
1. Adult Pig-Tail Braids
Think pig-tail braids are just for little girls? Think again. Add a little tease to the braids, throw on a gorgeous beanie, and you’re ready to tackle — in a very grown-up way — anything the day throws at you.
2. Hair-Wrapped Low Pony
Ponytails are the go-to style for ball caps. But sometimes you want to add a little more style and a little less casual.
Simply pull your hair into a low ponytail, add the hair wrap tie over the elastic band, tease the top a little, and you’ve got a more chic version of this sporty hairdo.
3. Bohemian Twist
This classy updo looks gorgeous, sophisticated, and...complicated. Good news — it’s actually pretty easy. To achieve the look, twist and tuck your tresses around a thin elastic headband. It’ll look amazing with your favorite floppy beret.
4. Faux Bangs and Layers
Is your hair long, messy, and hard to manage? This style could be perfect for you.
Create a side-swept look by maneuvering your locks to frame your face. Toss on a loose beanie and your hair transforms from crazy messy to fashionably put-together.
5. Knotted Side Braid
Low side ponytails add a bit of elegance to any outfit.
For this particular hairdo, incorporate a gorgeous knotted braid into your pony, then pair it with a fabulous brimmed hat.
6. Straightening Iron Curls
Did you know you can get an awesome messy-curls look with your straightener? It’s a great trick that gives you an easy way to fancy up your normal hairstyle, and it might just become your go-to winter style.
Add a little spunk by donning a furry trapper hat.
Getting Gorgeous Hair From the Pros
At The Salon by Lora Brown, we know what it takes to create a look that not only radiates beauty but also works great with your lifestyle. Give us a shout to learn more simple hair tips and tricks.
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.