If you are meeting with your stylist for a hair consultation, be sure to ask these five important questions to make sure you get a look you love and an enjoyable experience.
What Transformation Did The Client Desire?
The client was looking for a clean, even cut that accentuated her best features.
What Challenges Was The Client Experiencing?
The client had previously cut her own hair because she has had a hard time finding a stylist that didn’t cut her hair too short.
What Was The Salon’s Solution?
Lora created a cut that better suited the client’s face shape. This structured style flatters the client’s square face shape, adding more lift and focus to her cheekbones rather than her jawline. It also makes her feel more youthful.
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With a new season comes a new hair trend. This time, it's the shag and celebrities and trendsetters across the country are running to the salon to get the look. It was one of the top looks at the BTC Cut, Color & Style Show we attended in September.
Here's how to pull it off.
Update Your Summer Lob
The lob may have been the look of the summer, but you can easily transition to the shag for the cooler months.
Your stylist can easily transform your cut by taking weight away on the top and sides of the hair then thinning out the bottom. With a few styling tips, you'll have a whole new look.
Embrace Your Texture
A shag haircut works best for those who already have some texture to their hair. The look is meant to be messy, with lots of layers, and texture adds to the purposely disheveled style.
If your hair is straight and lacking volume, choppy layers can make a shag work. Texturizing spray, like Oribe's, can help as well. Let your hair dry naturally for an organic look.
Make it Modern and Edgy
The shag is perfect for those who want an edgy, rocker style. To get the look, start with a cut with lots of layers. Start with naturally dried hair and re-mist with the Oribe Foundation Mist to give the hair a boost.
Keep it Soft
For a different take on the shag, make it soft and feminine. Have your haircut with layers that frame your face and with long bangs.
When styling your hair, use a sea salt spray to create beachy waves. Let your hair air dry to keep its texture. While it may take some time to style, you'll have a cool and casual look.
Make it Work with Long Hair
Trying out the shag cut doesn't necessarily mean you need to take away your hair's length. Those with long hair can still take part. With long hair, a shag cut can give an otherwise boring look new life. The key, as with short styles, is to have plenty of layers cut. Have you stylist add dimension with color by adding highlights and lowlights.
Are you ready to give the shag haircut a try? Contact the stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown to schedule an appointment to have your hair cut, colored, and styled by the best.
Fall is the perfect time to try out new hairstyles and accessories.
Cooler weather often means less frizz and less sweating, making this time of year ideal playing around with your hair and getting away from the monotony of boring tresses.
What Are The Hottest Hair Accessories And Styles For Fall?
Sometimes we shy away from certain styles out of fear that they’ll make us appear too childlike.
But even the most kid-ish styles (think: pigtails) can work great for adults when worn right. Here are four ideas for adding some fun style to your look this season.
1. The Ponytail: An Updated Classic
A ponytail is a simple go-to style for many women. It’s easy to throw your hair up, wrap an elastic band around it and head out the door.
This casual style can be turned into an elegant statement when paired with the right accessory — a metallic cuff ponytail holder. The sophisticated cuff masks that unsightly elastic band and adds a bit of class to your look.
2. The Topknot: Not Just for Ballerinas
Topknots (formerly known as buns) are all the rage this year. Men, women, and kids of all ages are sporting this ballerina-inspired look.
The trick to making this style more fashionable and less get-me-a-tutu is to wear it high and dress it up with a bun cuff. Like the cuff ponytail holder mentioned above, this accessory adds elegance to an otherwise simple look.
3. The Corded Pony: A Throwback To The Roman Empire
This specific style brings to mind gladiator sandals, but for your hair. It’s a fun way to make a statement with your low ponytail.
To achieve this unique style, simply pull you hair into a low pony and then wrap a golden wire cord around it from top to bottom, tying it at the end. The cord can be found at most fabric stores.
4. The Laced Braid: A Versatile Option
You may not think that a basic black ribbon could never be a hair accessory (other than to tie around a ponytail in old-school “Grease” fashion). But lacing through a braid brings a whole new level of style to your braided hair.
The great thing about this accessory is that it works with any type of braid, whether you braid just a couple of strands on the side or your head or choose pigtail braids.
No matter which styles and accessories you choose this fall, the important thing is to have fun with your locks. Don’t be afraid to try something new and step out of your comfort zone.
If you are looking for a new look and would like to learn how to create your look at home with the right products and tools, reach out to the hair pros at The Salon by Lora Brown.
When long days at the office turn into post-work nights out, there isn't always time to completely change your look.
Luckily, these five styles will get you through the work day and any plans on your schedule for the night.
The braid trend isn't going anywhere, which is great news for those of us who want to look cute when meeting up with friends.
After a day of leaving your hair down, create a fishtail braid in minutes. Start with your hair in two sections. Pull a piece from one section and pull it to the opposite section. Do the same on the opposite side, then repeat until all of your hair is braided. Secure it with an elastic and pull it a bit to keep it loose.
Leaving your hair down everyday can get boring, and topknots are the most professional of hairstyles. Wearing your hair half up is the perfect compromise. The look works well with curled hair. After styling, just pull part of your hair back and secure it in a bun or twist. Use bobby pins, rather than elastics, for a sleeker and more professional look that transitions just right to a night look.
A long-time love of professional women, the chignon is a polished style that keeps hair up and out of your face throughout the day. Get the look by pulling your hair to one side, twisting it all the way down, and curling it around into a bun.
Take the office-appropriate look to happy hour with a quick tweak. Pull out a few strands around your face and loosen up the chignon. You'll end up with a messier, effortless style.
A sleek and simple ponytail is the norm for many women in offices. It takes next to no time and looks professional. On the other hand, it's a little boring for dinner and drinks.
Take your ponytail after hours by adding some volume. Split your hair into a top and bottom section. Clip up the top section. Then, grab your comb and tease the bottom section until it's full of volume. Spritz hairspray then add the top section in and secure it all with an elastic.
Stuck late at work with no time for a restyle? One quick tip can do the trick. Just change your part! A center part works well at work. Changing it up to a deep side part instantly gives an edgier look, perfect for hitting the town at the end of the day.
Looking for a new style that works with any day to night look? Contact the stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown to make an appointment!
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.
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!
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.